Jay Gabler (jay [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net) is associate editor and arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
He grew up in Duluth and St. Paul, where he graduated from Nativity of Our Lord Elementary School and St. Agnes High School. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in education from Boston University and graduate degrees in sociology and education from Harvard University. With colleagues, he has published several academic research articles and a book, Reconstructing the University (co-authored with David John Frank, Stanford University Press, 2006). He is also the author of Sociology for Dummies (Wiley, 2010) and a revised edition of the Insiders' Guide to the Twin Cities (Globe Pequot Press, 2010); and co-editor, with Becky Lang, of the short story collection Future Cities (Bascom Hill, 2013). Additionally, he teaches media and cultural studies at Macalester College.
He now lives in the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis. He is a co-founder and co-editor of The Tangential, a creative writing blog. He also writes the hyperfiction blog Unreality House and writes about guilty-pleasure pop songs for Portable. He contributes art criticism to Artforum.com, and in 2013, he is serving as visiting critic in the Jerome Foundation Fellowship program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
He made his debut as a playwright with Ivory Tower Burning in the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. An avid biker, he serves on the board of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.
Trista Moldovan and John Cudia (you've seen one Phantom, you've seen 'em all)
When I was a high schooler involved in Serious Theater (I had a one-man version of Long Day's Journey Into Night), my parents went to see Phantom of the Opera and came home with a
Lady Sovereign performs in front of vegetation she is unlikely to find in Minnesota. Photo by Justin Kent (Creative Commons).
Image courtesy Walker Art Center
Photo courtesy Lady Sovereign
Aria Souder in Powderhorn Park. Or Scotland.
There are a lot of things wrong with Chan Poling's new musical Venus, but one crucial thing is very, very right: the graphic design.
Kristin Van Loon (left) and Maren Ward
Photo courtesy Ragamala Dance
Greta Oglesby and T. Mychael Rambo. Photo by Michal Daniel, courtesy Guthrie Theater.
Thanks are due to whoever told the Twin Cities' behemoth cultural institutions that it was okay to have some fun this spring.
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