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MUSIC REVIEW | Nathan Gunn one-ups himself at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Baritone Nathan Gunn.

Audiences at the Ordway on Tuesday night were treated to an intimate recital of lieder and American art songs. Baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife, pianist Julie Jordan Gunn, were the featured performers for a show that was almost done in by the cascading series of problems still afflicting Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare airports. Fortunately for the audience, a few planes did manage to claw their way out of the Windy City during its current tumult.

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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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Twin Cities Veg Fest shows eating vegetarian doesn’t mean losing taste

(Photo courtesy of Compassionate Action for Animals)

When Sal Kravik became a vegan 12 years ago, she didn’t eat the way she does now.

"When I first changed my diet … there were so few options," Kravik said. "Vegan cheesecake was not a thing."

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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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The not-so-common Loon: New study warns of decline

(Photo by Pete Markham published under Creative Commons License)

By 2080, Minnesota may be without its state bird during the summer months.

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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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Student bonfire sheds light on college access

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Students from Augsburg, Macalester, St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota gathered around a bonfire in Como Park last Saturday, Sept. 27 to discuss topics like the achievement gap, college access and the coverage of minorities in the media.

Huddled around a bonfire in Como Park, eating s’mores, 14 college students sat and told each other a different kind of horror story — the story of the state’s achievement gap.

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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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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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