Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

Categories: Film and TV

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Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay
Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

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A Homecoming for Artist Eric Inkala at Public Functionary

Categories: Art
Eric Inkala's work in studio
This Saturday, Brooklyn-based mural artist and painter (and former Twin Cities resident) Eric Inkala returns to Minneapolis for the opening of a new solo exhibition, "Eric Inkala: Chaos Complex," at Public Functionary. The show will feature 12 to 14 original paintings and a large-scale mural.
Inkala's work has roots in graffiti, but in recent years his graphic style has been further simplified, distilled down to its essential elements of pastel colors and flat, two-dimensional shapes. The upcoming exhibition at Public Functionary marks the debut of a new series of paintings that Inkala, a self-taught artist, has assembled over a two-month period in consultation with the show's curator, Tricia Khutoretsky.

"This is my first exhibit in Minneapolis in five years," says Inkala. "So it's going to be interesting to see people's response to where my work has gone since relocating to Brooklyn. "

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Keegan-Michael Key: "I Think That Key & Peele in Its Current Form Has Kind of Run Its Course"

Categories: Comedy
In the post-Chappelle's Show era of sketch comedy, it's hard to argue that there has been a more influential TV show than Key & Peele

Currently in its fourth season, the Peabody Award-winning show on Comedy Central is equal parts insanely funny and culturally important. The duo have played black Republicans, white face-wearing black men in Nazi Germany, and two guys who have no problem calling their wives "bitch" -- as long as they aren't around and can't hear what they're talking about. Needless to say, the show doesn't exactly limit itself. 

This week, one half of the Key & Peele phenomenon, Keegan-Michael Key, joins John Moe and musical guest Bhi Bhiman as the featured guest of Wits. Before he takes the stage, we talked with Key about sketch comedy, his ventures into feature films, and how we might be seeing the end of Key & Peele sooner than we think.

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CTC's Grinch Still Brings Holiday Cheer

Categories: Theater

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Brandon Brooks and Reed Sigmund.
The holiday season has plenty of traditions, especially at local theaters. While the Children's Theatre Company doesn't present Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, it is usually a welcome addition to the schedule.

This year is no exception, with a fast-paced adventure that unfolds like a Technicolor-fueled dream, buoyed by a well-honed script and songs, and deepened by a cascade of delightful performances.

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Toil & Trouble's Burlesque Rocks: Win Tickets!

This upcoming Thanksgiving weekend marks the final performance of the season for Toil & Trouble burlesque troupe. But they won't be trotting out any turkeys. Instead, they're cranking the amps to 11 and jamming out to rock tunes. Taking the stage will be local favorites Sweetpea, Queenie Von Curves, and Foxy Tann, and Chicago's Viva La Muerte will also be on hand.

City Pages has a pair of general admission and a pair of VIP tickets to give away to the Saturday night show. Here's how to enter to win:

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MIA's Third Thursday Offers Free Admission to "Italian Style"

Categories: Art
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Photo by G.M. Fadigati © Giorgini Archive, Florence
Sfilata (fashion show) in Sala Bianca, 1955 
You may want to dress up for this one. Tomorrow, as part of its monthly Third Thursday series, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is offering free admission to its fabulous exhibit featuring Italian fashion design since the mid-20th century. So put on your party shoes for a whirlwind tour exploring the luxury, gaudiness, and flamboyance of Italian fashion. 

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Relics Misses Opportunities in Far-Future Look at Our Modern World

Categories: Theater


Everyone loves a good apocalypse story — the Rapture, a zombifying plague, a planet of highly intelligent and pissed-off apes.

Relics, a new experimental work presented at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio, takes us to a post-apocalyptic society 300 years in the future, on the anniversary of "The Great Wipe," which, we are told, annihilated our society and destroyed all records of its existence. Here, a museum exhibit is about to open, packed with artifacts from long-lost 2014.

This is a progressive production: The audience travels through the exhibit, visiting several chambers along the way to the finale, where the sacred rites of this lost society are on display. Think of it as a haunted house, but instead of scares there is a mystery: What has happened to our 2014 way of life, and what kind of world do our descendants inhabit?

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Nat Fuller Ready for Latest Turn in A Christmas Carol

Categories: Theater

Photo by Michal Daniel
Nat Fuller played Scrooge at the Guthrie Theater for several years during the 1990s. He has appeared in nearly every production of A Christmas Carol since 1988.
For the past quarter century, Nat Fuller has spent his holidays onstage in the Guthrie Theater's annual A Christmas Carol.

In that time, he has played practically every male role in the show, from the man who knocks on Scrooge's door to ask for money for the poor to the great miser himself.

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Relics Offers Futuristic Look at the Present

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House of Balls Is Moving to the Old Medusa Space

Categories: Art
A visit to House of Balls is like traveling to another dimension. An electrician by trade, Allen Christian is a self-taught artist. His metal work and found-object sculptures often take on characteristics of living creatures, stemming from the artist's belief in animism. Falling into the uncanny valley spectrum, they can be frightful or genuinely inspiring.

After 20 years in the Colonial Warehouse building, Christian's House of Balls finds its new home in the former DIY music space Medusa, right off the LRT stop on the West Bank. Christian and his wife, writer Mary Jane LaVigne, have been hard at work getting the space, which was pretty rundown, into shape. The new and improved House of Balls opens in about a month. In the meantime, they're hosting a sale at their old space in the Warehouse District this weekend.

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Allen Christian invites visitors into his House of Balls

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Standup Josh Wolf on College, Flatulence

Categories: Comedy
Comedian Josh Wolf isn't sure he was what you would call a funny kid. "I had been told a bunch of times by my dad that I was a wise-ass," he recalls, "and all my teachers would say to me all the time, 'What are you, a comedian?'" Indeed, he did his first standup set at the age of 15.

When he arrived at the comedy club for his very first set, he asked what he should talk about onstage. The show's organizer told him to talk about what he knew.

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