Ananya Chatterjea on Imagined Futures Emerging from Despair

Categories: Dance
Photo by V. Paul Virtucio
After spending four years investigating violence against women through the lens of mud, gold, oil, and water, choreographer Ananya Chatterjea of Ananya Dance Theatre now points her focus toward revering the extraordinary work women do throughout the world to sustain their communities. Titled "Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming," Chatterjea's new piece draws on Duke Ellington's concept of a an imagined future that's not frilly but soaked in the blues of past disappointments. 

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Interview: Standup Will Durst

Categories: Comedy
Will Durst has gotten his days mixed up. Instead of phoning him on his drive up to Lake Tahoe, we instead catch him in Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport. "It's a lovely airport," notes the political satirist and standup comic before settling in for the interview.

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Workhaus's Lake Untersee Makes Little of its Ideas

Categories: Theater

Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
Michael Booth, Adelin Phelps, and Jennifer Blagen.
Producing brand-new work is a bracing and frightening proposition for a theater company. It can be the same for an audience, who walk into the truly unknown, wondering if what they are going to see will succeed or fail.

Workhaus Collective's Lake Untersee falls into the second camp. It's a disorganized mess of a piece, loaded with unlikeable characters, preposterous action, and a tone-deaf script.

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The Hollow: Mess in the Bayou

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Envision Fall 2014: Top Trends of the Season

Categories: Fashion

Tony Nelson
On a chilly Friday night, Orchestra Hall hosted another successful season of Envision, one of the Twin Cities' most popular fashion shows. The crowds gathered around the runway (and watching from the floors above) were treated to 13 designers' collections throughout the evening.

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Fashionable Folks at Envision Fall 2014 Fashion Show

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Keersmaker's "Rosas danst Rosas" Inspires Beyonce... and Possibly You

Categories: Dance
It's no secret that pop culture borrows from the modern art world all time. For example, Beyonce's video for "Countdown" may look familiar to fans of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's performances and dance. In celebration of Keersmaeker's upcoming show at the Walker, and of creative types drawing inspiration from other creative types, the artist, the museum, and the Northrop are inviting folks to create their own video for the chance to win fun prizes.

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Three Free Things to do This Week

Categories: Free Stuff
Free stuff to do this week includes a midnight book launch, a fun beer party, and an art party. Come take a look out our list and plan your week on the cheap.

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Hello, Dolly! Shows Its Age at Chanhassen

Categories: Theater

Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
Michelle Barber as Dolly, along with her waiter chums.
Half a century in, and Hello, Dolly! is showing its age.

It was an old-fashioned show when it premiered in the first half of the '60s, with a thin plot and even thinner characters. It found success on the back of a mostly memorable Jerry Herman score and the sheer force of will of Carol Channing.

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Mother-daughter team top Chanhassen revival of "Hello, Dolly!"

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Best Of Dressing Room: September 8-11

Categories: Weekly Wrap-up
Folks in the Twin Cities are always up to something exciting. Here are some of Dressing Room's top stories from this week:

-- We spoke with standup Pete Lee before he and other Acme friends head to Asia on a comedy tour.

-- Open Streets is coming to St. Paul this September.

-- Global Taxi Driver at Intermedia Arts explores the world of the cabbie.

-- Bull Run Coffee Shop is hosting a vintage pop-up shop this weekend.

TuckUnder's 'doubleplusgood' Takes Aim at Language and Privilege

Categories: Art
Mike Cloud, Collages on Shelf
The stench of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 still reeks. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American male, by a police officer proved to be yet another horrible reminder that we live in a country where the experience of white Americans and the experience of people of color are profoundly different. In "doubleplusgood," a new show at south Minneapolis's TuckUnder Projects, a group of African American artists address the issues of white privilege and the disparities that perpetuate inequality in our society in a series of works that focus on language and symbols as an entry point for discussion. 

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The Rainmaker Arrives at Yellow Tree Theatre

Categories: Theater

Image courtesy Yellow Tree Theatre
Jason Peterson, Dawn Brode, and Peter Christian Hansen.
After hearing about it for some time, Craig Johnson took the plunge and took in a show at the Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo.

"I went to see Sylvia, and I thought it was great. I feel in love with the space. I love small theaters," Johnson says.

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Yellow Tree Theatre closes season with "The 39 Steps"

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