Arts Orbit Radar 5/19/11


What’s happening this week

I’m taking a mini-vacation this week, so Arts Orbit Radar is abbreviated to a few quick event picks.

The big event of the weekend, of course, is Art-a-Whirl, the country’s largest art crawl. With music festivals and food specials happening throughout Northeast Minneapolis all weekend long, there’s a lot more to do than just tire-kick abstract paintings.

Meanwhile, it’s a big weekend at the Walker:
Improbable’s The Devil and Mister Punch, a puppet show, will play to an audience consisting of both people and puppets.
The New World, Terrence Malick’s dramatically shaky but visually stunning epic about Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, plays at the Walker Cinema.
• A major new exhibit opens: Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870. A special highlight of the exhibit will be Nan Goldin’s touchstone photo series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency—one of the major inspirations for an entire post-post-modern drugged-out DIY aesthetic—presented in its original 35mm slideshow format.

Over at the State Fairgrounds, the Midwest Comic Book Association is presenting its annual SpringCon, with presentations on subjects like “Wimmen’s Comix,” “Spiritual Themes in Comics,” and “The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.”

Other important community events this weekend include a film festival featuring Native youth and a reading by TGIFrybread, a Native poets’ group. Enjoy!

Daily Planet arts roundup

Books and spoken word

Tou SaiKo Lee mentors South High students in spoken word (feature and video by Sheila Regan)
Vietnamese community celebrates two significant language and literature projects (feature by Mai Hoang)
Joanna Russ (blog entry by Eleanor Arnason)


Vote No: Where to get the t-shirt (blog entry by Matthew A. Everett)


Bridesmaids walks a tightrope down the aisle (review by Jay Gabler)
Hmong film festival at Metropolitan State University (feature by Harvey Meyer)
Native youth film festival will showcase videos on health issues (feature by Circle staff)


Is Lady Gaga’s “Americano” a genuine political statement or cultural appropriation? (blog entry by Lolla Mohammed Nur)
Face to Face at First Avenue: Something new—but not too new (review by Kyle Matteson, photos by Jeff Rutherford)
Slightly Stoopid, Meat Puppets, and Honeyboy Carencro: Mixed genres blend well at First Avenue (photos and mini-review by Jeff Rutherford)
YELLE and French Horn Rebellion freedom-fry First Avenue (review by Sarah Heuer, photos by Stacy Schwartz)
Tunng at the Walker Art Center: Pop goes the world (review by Kyle Matteson)
A first-timer discovers African drumming and dance in downtown Minneapolis (feature by Bobby Kahn)
Fancy Ray and the Travelin’ Moburys (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
My ten most-listened artists who I’ve never seen live (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Are Marshall Cretin the best thing to happen to rock music since electricity? (review by Dwight Hobbes)

Theater and Dance

Classical Actors Ensemble’s All’s Well That Ends Well needs a little less conversation, a little more action (review by Matthew A. Everett)
I write negative reviews because I’m a smug, narcissistic, selfish, destructive, pathetic excuse for a human being (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
At the Ordway, Next to Normal is a musical full of unusual surprises (review by Matthew A. Everett)
Allen Malicsi is Ritchie Valens in Buddy Holly (feature by Asian American Press staff)
Nervous about the Northside (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
An inside look at Bedlam’s 10×10 Fest (feature by Margo Ashmore)
Bedlam Theatre’s 10×10 Fest heads north (review by Jay Gabler)
MovingCompany’s Come Hell and High Water: “So. That Happened.” (review by Matthew A. Everett)
After the Quake: Masterful storytelling by Walking Shadow Theatre Company (review by Betsy Gabler)


Raw milk sales given hearing (feature by Susan Hegarty)
Dalai Lama stays at Marquette Hotel, does not order steak (blog entry by Jeremy Iggers)
Real food road trip: The first morel and other pics from the road (blog entry by Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein)
Big Daddy’s BBQ: Smokin’ in St. Paul (feature by Jeanette Fordyce)
Boiler Room Coffee (neighborhood note by Rachel Dykoski)
Checking out the food trucks: World Street Kitchen, Smack Shack, and Dandelion Kitchen (blog entry by Jeremy Iggers)


Festival of Nations most FAQ: Where is Oromo? (feature by Oromsis Adula)
Spring inches northward (blog entry by Dick Bernard)
Shepherd’s Harvest Fiber Festival 2011 (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
A normal wet rainy day in St. Paul (blog entry by Frances Fuller)
Avian celebrities on Como Lake (blog entry by Laurie Hertzel)
May/June 2011 powwow calendar (feature by Circle staff)
Spring edition: Things to do outside, new and closing exhibits (feature by St. Paul Almanac staff)

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