MUSIC REVIEW | Lily Allen pops in at Skyway Theatre

Photos by Ann Treacy

Lily Allen is pop. I guess I wasn’t quite ready to admit that until I saw her live at the Skyway Theatre on Wednesday night because her lyrics are clever and her music hold hints of deeper roots but the staging, costumes and audience all scream pop.

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THEATER REVIEW | Walking Shadow Theatre Company's "Gabriel": WWII tale with a twist

(Image by Dan Norman Photography) Estelle (Lily Wangerin), Gabriel (Ross Destiche), Lily (Miriam Schwartz), and Jeanne (Katherine Kupiecki) in Walking Shadow's production of Gabriel

I never know quite what to expect from Walking Shadow (which is a good thing). Their 10th Anniversary season kicks of with an old-fashioned story by a very modern storyteller, Gabriel, from award-winning English playwright Moira Buffini. It makes for a very entertaining evening of theater.

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THEATER REVIEW | BOOM! Theater's "Next Fall": When faith and sexuality collide

(Photo by Kim Pettengill) Adam (Josef Buchel) and Luke (Daniel R. Flohr) in BOOM! Theater's production of Next Fall

What if Adam (Josef Buchel) a gay man with no religious upbringing struck up a relationship with a younger gay man Luke (Daniel R. Flohr) who came from an evangelical Christian background? What if they moved in together? What if the young man kept putting off telling his parents Arlene and Butch (Julie Ann Nevill, H. William Kirsch) that he was gay, and that he was in a committed relationship for over three years? What if the young man was hit by a car, and his lover and those parents met for the first time at the hospital and were suddenly forced to deal with one another in an incredibly tense situation of crisis? Sounds like it could be a really compelling, moving play that explores the tension between religious faith and human sexuality, plus the evolving definition of family, right? Well, we got Next Fall, so it’s a start.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, September 29–Sunday October 5, 2014

My Minnesota mind cannot help but wonder if we are going to be “punished” for the abundance of beautiful weather that has greeted the many wonderful activities in the Capital City. One look at the Almanac arts calendarand that imposed pennance is not in sight. The summer officially ended under the cover of a deceptive sun and a couple of kind, brief sprinkles of rain. That’s great momentum to carry us into this week.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Lykke Li at First Avenue

Photos by Chad Rieder

On Sunday, September 28, Lykke Li played at First Avenue in Minneapolis. MORE »

BEHIND THE STORY | Towards a Minnesota aesthetic

In the over 50 years of the Guthrie’s Theater’s existence, it’s never had an Artistic Director that was from Minnesota. All of the Artistic Directors have come from either overseas or New York, with the exception being Garland Wright, who originally was from Dallas but was based in New York City when he was hired. Now there are many good reasons for this, mainly having to do with keeping the Guthrie as an institution with a national reputation, but I don’t see why, after all this time, we couldn’t have an Artistic Director whose career was nurtured right here in Minnesota.

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Up Down US

Photos By: 
Emma Parfitt

This is a matching series of photos taken in Minneapolis. The cental idea is about taking some time out of our daily lives to look at the world above or below us.

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Museum Day Live: An excuse to be a tourist in your hometown

Photos by Ann Treacy

Saturday, September 27 was Museum Day, or at least according to Smithsonian Magazine it was. Five museums in the Twin Cities participated; we visited four. The fun part was that they were museums that we don’t visit often – two were entirely new to me. Celebrating Museum Day really just means you can get access to free tickets but it’s also a good excuse to get out.

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Everything on track with Blind Shake and Kitten Forever at the Amsterdam for a Lowertown Line gig

Lowertown Line’s show at the Amsterdam Bar this week got everything right. It’s in St Paul! It’s right by the train station. I walked in and got a ticket for a free beer. I didn’t have to worry about eating before the show as the Amsterdam has the best broodjes (mini-sandwiches) in town. Beer-braised smoked pork with a side of curry ketchup – what’s not to like?

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MUSIC REVIEW | DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist turn tables at Skyway Theatre

Photos By: 
Emmerlee Sherman

School was in session last night in the Twin Cities as DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist rolled into the Skyway Theater with an aggressive and infinitely danceable turntable sound brought out through the record collection of the “The Godfather” of Hip Hop culture, Afrikaa Bambaataa.

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