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Sun, 12/14, 10:18pm (6 days ago)
  The Broadway musical “Into the Woods” is well known among theater lovers, but to the non-theater world, it lurks in the shadows. With the screenplay and score by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway musical will premiere in its movie form on December 25. The musical movie is pure fantasy, said…
Tue, 12/9, 8:49pm (2 weeks ago)
  Award season is upon us, and with 2015 (and its Grammy awards ceremony) approaching, I thought I’d do something different to eschew the endless internet sea of 2014’s best albums retrospectives. With that in mind, here’s a list of the greatest albums that I first heard in 2014. “Donuts”- J Dilla This…
Mon, 12/8, 3:11pm (2 weeks ago)
On Tuesday night, I tagged along with one of our photographers, Liam, who was shooting photos for The Ridiculous Puppet Company story. Though the story was already locked in after deadline, witnessing the Ridiculous Puppet Company film their weekly video blog was an experience in itself.   As Liam and I…
Sun, 12/7, 3:45pm (2 weeks ago)
On a recent episode of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” indie rock sweetheart Mac DeMarco became indie rock victim Attacked DeMarco when a gaggle of Asian warriors forced DeMarco’s face into a farting butt.   While I wish there was a more mature way to phrase that last part (okay, they’re…
Sun, 12/7, 3:41pm (2 weeks ago)
(via Film.com)   Despite it’s misleading name, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a near-flawless film executed to perfection with stellar performances from its cast, director, and music composer.   In the film, aging superhero movie star Michael Keaton takes a legitimate stab at artful acting by portraying Riggan Thomson, an aging…
Sun, 12/7, 3:33pm (2 weeks ago)
(Via Moviefone)   Registration for next semester is open to the masses, and now that I’m in my third year within the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, I consider myself well-versed in all-things liberal, artsy and of college-level significance.   Taking a look back at my unofficial transcript, here’s a retrospective list…
Mon, 12/1, 8:36am (3 weeks ago)
  After the 88 second “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser-trailer was released in select theaters and online this past Friday, fans were stumped over many visuals. For one, the cross-guard lightsaber; another, the soccer ball shaped robot; but perhaps most puzzling: the mysterious voice in the beginning. Though the voice sounded uncannily…
Sun, 11/30, 4:22pm (3 weeks ago)
A blithe holiday weekend for many, a somber day for the theater community. Television, film actor, teacher and mentor to the University of Minnesota Guthrie B.F.A. acting students passed away this Thanksgiving weekend. He is a father figure that will be greatly missed by U of M students and faculty. As the director…
Thu, 11/27, 8:25am (3 weeks ago)
  The Minneapolis-based theater companies, Walking Shadow Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre team up to perform “The Whale,” a play by Samuel D. Hunter. “The Whale” is set in a northern Idaho town where Hunter grew up. “All of my plays are set in that part of the country, and I’ve drawn a…
Thu, 11/20, 9:39pm (4 weeks ago)
“The New York Times” is the most reputable news source in America.  Other newspapers can’t match their veracity and breadth of reporting.  They give attention to stories and ideas that wouldn’t fly in the rest of our country.   I was disappointed, then, to see the Times’ recent “Thanksgiving Recipes Across the…
Mon, 11/17, 2:50pm (1 month ago)
I know, I know; nobody wants to read an annoying blogger defend another annoying blog. Then again, who knows? Perhaps some of you are riveted imagining the sounds of a blogger at work at his desk, furiously punching the keys to form these words that you hear in your brain…
Mon, 11/17, 2:42pm (1 month ago)
Forget “Interstellar;” if you’re looking for a spaced-out dystopian culture fix, check out “In A Starry State,” by The Great Depression.   The Cannon Falls, Minn.-based band aimed for the stars with lush orchestral arrangements and psych-disco madness on their latest release, which came out last week. With the single “New Salem,” The…
Sun, 11/16, 4:25pm (1 month ago)
As a nail biter, I miss out on the wonders of nail art. The insane quantity of nail-tutorial Youtube videos is a testament to the complexity of this genre of decoration. My unfortunate relationship to nails extends to a childhood collection of clipping I kept in a flowery box. My family…
Sun, 11/16, 12:59pm (1 month ago)
BY ROBERT LARSON How has tour been going? It’s been really good. I’ve done five shows solo, and then down in new places I haven’t been before. I think this is fourth show with the full band. Beautiful rooms. This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for all year to present the…
Sun, 11/16, 12:44pm (1 month ago)
BY ROBERT LARSON James Vincent McMorrow dazzled a captive audience at First Avenue on Thursday night. McMorrow’s sophomore album, “Post Tropical,” departed far from his indie-folk under-produced debut. On “Post Tropical,” McMorrow’s R&B, soul and hip-hop influences manifested in a series of multilayered atmospheric compositions. The album does not lend itself well…
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