Brilliant debut from under-appreciated Minnesota chanteuse

It's amazing the quantity of quality talent that calls the Twin Cities home.  How some of it still awaits national stardom is a good question.  Take, for instance, neo-soul cha

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OPINION | Roosevelt Library hours should be extended

The Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods are fortunate to have a great neighborhood library, Roosevelt Library (4026 28th Ave. S.), right here in the community. The recent renovation updated technology and expanded space for library patrons. Hennepin County’s investment in Roosevelt Library and our community is greatly appreciated.

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Where has all the music gone?

Sometimes I plan courses I would like to teach if I were still an adjunct or a high school teacher.

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Eileen Cooke: A National Library Week tribute to Minnesota's champion of libraries

With a firm hand and a smile that could charm the toughest solon, Minnesota native Eileen Delores Cooke (1928-2000) shaped and steered the legislative agenda of America’s libraries. She anticipated the role of telecommunications technology, held firm to the principle of freedom of information, and saw to it that the there are public libraries in small towns throughout the nation.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, April 14–Sunday, April 20, 2014

Welcome to single-sort, curbside recycling, Saint Paul! We are following the simplest of recycling adages: keep it simple and people will use it. If I can fit all of my recycling into one bag, will I have room for more art in another? Saint Paul is reducing, reusing, and recycling. I hope this affords us more creative spaces and the time to fill them with talent. I've listed a few examples here.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Eric Whitacre charms Orchestra Hall with a Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale concert

Photo couresty Eric Whitacre

An unusually age-diverse crowd filled Orchestra Hall for a Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale concert led by Eric Whitacre. The program featured works by the well-known choral composer, supplemented here and there with some of his own favorite pieces by other composers. Soprano soloist Hila Plitmann and cellist Anthony Ross rounded out the evening's musical offerings.

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THEATER REVIEW | Minnesota Opera showcases the magic in Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

Photo credit Robert Millard

To call the Minnesota Opera's current production of The Magic Flute "a reimagining" would be a gross understatement and a disservice. "Outstanding" would be a better word, "revelatory" another, and "hopeful" maybe the best yet. A friend working on the production told me that at the final dress rehearsal last Friday a huge crowd of students "screamed at the end like it had been a One Direction concert." I think Mozart would have been very proud to see this production, even if he wouldn't know who Harry Stiles is.

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THEATER REVIEW | Six Elements Theatre reworks Arthurian legends in "Tales from Camelot"

Morgan le Faye (Emily Knotek, behind) seduces Nimue (Tamara Koltes, front) into participating in Merlin's demise in Broceliande: The Death of Merlin, the first half of Six Elements Theatre's Tales from Camelot; photo by Teresa Townsend

Jenna Papke’s Six Elements Theatre and phillip andrew bennett low’s ongoing exploration of the Arthurian legends of England are such a perfect fit in retrospect I’m surprised a production like Tales From Camelot didn’t happen sooner. As it is, this new iteration of Tales From Camelot brings out the best in both. Tucked away in a gallery space in the art-saturated Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis is a delightfully intimate evening with larger-than-life human beings.

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Dan Schneidkra​ut's "Old Man" screens at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Fest

The power of filmmaking can sometimes take hold and lift us into an escapist retreat from our entire life, and other times it can be a wondrous experience of dealing with an emotional turbulence, strange melancholy, or a genuine belly laugh that can make your head hurt from laughter. One of those films I experienced all of these feelings were in local filmmaker, Dan Scheniedkraut's newest film, Old Man, which screens Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Main Theater as part of the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Dan Schneidkraut's film opens with Andy Schneidkraut walking out of his record shop in Boulder, Col.—Albums on the Hill, the last standing record shop in Boulder today. The record store is the subject of the documentary, but it's also about Schneidkraut's relationship with his father.

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THEATER REVIEW | Children's Theatre Company's "Balloonacy" appeals to all ages

Photo by Dan Norman featuring Robert Dorfman

Theater for children's audiences is often a hit-and-miss proposition: fun for the kids and less so for the adults who chaperone them. The play Balloonancy breaks this mold and is a delight for young children and their parents. Its mix of puppetry, wordless situational comedy, and Chaplin-esque physical humor is a winning combination.

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