THEATER REVIEW | The Chameleon Theatre Circle's "Jesus Christ Superstar" powerful, frightening

Passion Sunday has come and gone, but the passion and drama live on in Burnsville in The Chameleon Theatre Circle’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This staging of the classic musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is recast by co-directors Jim Vogel and Bradley Donaldson as a pot of mob violence on the verge of boiling over. The result is striking, arresting, and often frightening in its power.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Information Society at The Fine line Music Cafe

Photos By: 
Ben Zvan

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

The crowd for Information Society's April 18 homecoming show at the Fine Line Music Cafe appeared to have been mostly in junior high and high school while InSoc was releasing the albums that made them a hit. DJ Jake Rudh began the evening with music and media designed to take us back to that time, when a handful of weird kids with samples and synthesizers could become a band and an enduring band at that. Stony-faced and ambitiously coiffed young musicians of thirty years ago shared the screen with Star Wars sequels and Daleks to create a 1980s just a bit better than the decade we actually grew up with.

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Record Store Day 2015: 10 stores, 5 hours, 2 cities

Photos by Ann Treacy

Saturday, April 19 was Record Store Day. My favorite 10 year old and I made our second annual pilgrimage to as many shops as we could visit in St Paul and Minneapolis.

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"Down Below or The Womb of the World: A Shadow Opera" on the life of Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington was an artist and writer. Her art is like a mashup of Beatrice Potter and Hieronymus Bosch, intricate and complicated with the nursery rhyme sweetness of Potter and dark edge of Bosch. There’s something compelling that makes you look closer. Her life reads the same way.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Charlie Hunter Trio, Molly Maher & Gabriela Sweet and Erik Koskinen on Real Phonic Radio

Photos by Ann Treacy

Thursday, April 16 I heard a cover of Lorde's Royals on the trombone and I'm not even sure if that's the best thing I heard that night. On the Third Thursday of the month, Real Phonic Radio Hour presents music at the James J Hill Reference Library. Each month is something different; April was a month of instrumental wows!

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THEATER REVIEW | "The Other Place" transcends subject matter at Park Square Theatre

Photo courtesy Park Square Theatre

The Other Place, one of the most powerful plays I have seen in the last year, opened at Park Square Theatre on April 3. Shari White’s play concerns a medical researcher working on a drug to combat dementia who, herself, is suffering from early on-set Alzheimer’s. Aditi Kapil masterfully directs this intense show which highlights how fragile the mind can be.

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THEATER REVIEW | "And the World Goes ‘Round" showcases John Kander and Fred Ebb's hits (and nonhits) at Jungle Theater

Photo credit Michal Daniel

And the World Goes ‘Round  at the Jungle Theater is a musical revue of songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the team that gave us the great musicals of Cabaret and Chicago. The production was “conceived by” Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson. Although the songs from these two musicals are featured, so are the songs from lesser known musicals by the pair including The Happy Time, The Rink, The Act, Woman of the Year, and Flora, The Red Menace. Unfortunately, for the most part the songs in these lesser known musicals only serve to demonstrate why they are lesser known musicals.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Damien Rice nails it at Northrop Auditorium

If there was a single line or moment that perfectly captured last night’s performance at the Northrop Auditorium, it was towards the end of the show when Damien Rice said with a smile after a particularly light-hearted moment, “We’re not supposed to be laughing, it’s a sad concert.”

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Al Milgrom's long to-do list: Second of two parts: Film Society founder becomes filmmaker

Protesters gathered in and around vacated buildings for a month in 1970 to prevent their demolition for the construction of a fast-food restaurant. Over the roof, you can see Marshall High School in the distant background a block away and some former Victorian homes that had been converted to businesses. Photo by and Copyright Cheryl Walsh Bellville.

Al Milgrom, who founded the first long-lasting film society in Minnesota, has become a filmmaker himself with his first feature length film, “The Dinkytown Uprising,” on the demonstrations to stop

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Circus Juventas hits the international high wire

Members of Circus Juventas model the spinning cube. Photo by Dan Norman.

Weather in Minnesota may be flirting with winter and spring at the same time, but across the Atlantic some Twin Cities ambassadors are heating things up. The occasion? The Waldoni Circus Festival in Darmstadt, Germany. The ambassadors? Charlotte Richardson-Deppe, Jenna Ober, Rabiya Sehgal-LaRocque, and Shayna Rutledge ­– four area high school students who are also members of Circus Juventas.

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