Christopher Nolan Featured Filmmaker for Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series 2015

Director Christopher Nolan on set. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, 2014. Photo courtesy Photofest ©Paramount Pictures.
Each year, the Walker Art Center selects a director of note for its Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series, and hosts a variety of screenings and talks celebrating the artist. Past talents have included Ang Lee, Joel and Ethan Coen, Steve McQueen, and Jodie Foster.

This year's featured artist is Christopher Nolan, a filmmaker known for the intense performances he gets from his stars, as well as his mind-fuck storytelling and dark summer blockbusters. His movies include Inception, The Prestige, Interstellar, and the most recent Batman reboot.

Before the screenings start up, Nolan will be in town May 5 to chat about his work with Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas.

So what movies are screening? The lineup looks pretty awesome. Take a look:

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Fruit Fly Ready for Its Full-Length Spotlight

Categories: Theater

Photo by Lauren B. Photography
Max Wojtanowicz and Sheena Janson
When it debuted at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Fruit Fly: The Musical found an instant audience for its tale of two best friends -- one a gay man, the other a straight woman -- and how their relationship changes over time. That the two creators used their own real-life relationship helped to build that connection.

After going through several workshop versions, Fruit Fly is back at the Illusion Theater starting this weekend. Creators Max Wojtanowicz and Sheena Janson return, as do songwriter Michael Gruber and director Nikki Swoboda. We caught up with Wojtanowicz for a quick email chat.

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Fruit Fly Ready for Fresh Ink

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Alonzo Bodden: "Finding a Good Mechanic Is Harder Than Finding a Good Doctor"

Categories: Comedy

Image courtesy the standup
Alonzo Bodden is probably most widely known as a semi-regular panelist on the NPR show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. However, the Brooklyn native has done quite a bit of TV hosting. In 2008, he hosted 101 Cars You Must Drive for Spike TV. In 2010, he hosted Travel Channel's America's Worst Driver. His current project, if picked up, will return him to Spike TV with a show tentatively called To Catch a Car Guy.

"We go after dishonest car mechanics and car salesmen," he says. "Needless to say, if they pick it up we'll have material for years to come. They say finding a good mechanic is harder than finding a good doctor."

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We Can't Stop Looking at These Incredible Views from the Old Pillsbury A-Mill

Scott Heins
It's a familiar story: urbanization endangering historic places. This might entail development companies pouncing on prime real estate and gutting the old buildings, or razing them to the ground to make room for high-rises. The fate of the Pillsbury A-Mill is in the former category, as it's poised to become an ultra-chic riverfront property right on St. Anthony Main.

In 2011, the Pillsbury A-Mill ranked on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the most endangered historic buildings in the country. Once the world's largest flour mill, the A-Mill is undergoing a transformation into more than 200 affordable artists' lofts.

Late last year, New York-based photographer Scott Heins went to the mill and documented incredible sights within, including skeletal scaffolding, colorful graffiti, and a gorgeous nighttime look at the Minneapolis skyline. We got Heins's insights about how he found this urban diamond in the rough, what it really looks like inside, and what he thinks about the rapid urbanization of the Twin Cities.

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Awesome Graffiti and Views from the Old Pillsbury A-Mill

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Open Streets Minneapolis Announce Dates, Adds Locations

Athena Feldshon
Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has put together festivals where the streets shut down to motorized vehicles, opening up to cyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrians. Along the routes, local businesses and organizations host happenings that are free for all, including morning yoga sessions, live music, kids' activities, bike obstacle courses, and theater performances.

The events have been a huge success, expanding each year. This summer will be no exception, as the organization has announced dates and proposed locations.

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The Frugal Rake: An Introduction

Categories: Fashion

bobbi vie
Welcome to the inaugural post of the Frugal Rake, a monthly blog series for folks looking to build a good-looking masculine wardrobe from the ground up without breaking the bank. In upcoming installments, we'll be covering everything you need to start becoming style-conscious on a budget, including finding the right fit, where and how to shop, and the proper care of garments.

The watchwords of the series are "frugal masculine style," so to kick things off, a note on each of those words. After that, we'll go over some good rules for beginners to take to heart.

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Meet the Lumbersexual: He's Part Hipster, Part Metrosexual, All Sartorial Man

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Justin Willman: "With Magic, It Takes Longer to Find a Voice."

Categories: Comedy

Image courtesy the standup
One question a lot of comedians get both from journalists as well as fans is, "Where do you get your material?" Songwriters are often asked this, too. What many may not realize though is that magicians like Justin Willman go through the same creative processes and face the same challenges as their musical and comedic counterparts.

Willman came to magic by accident. After breaking both arms when he was 12, doctors recommended learning card tricks to help regain his dexterity.

"The cards were a makeshift physical therapy," Willman explains. From age 14 to 24, he always had a deck of cards in his pocket. "That also was a makeshift chastity belt. Keeps the ladies away."

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Three Free Things to Do This Week

Categories: Free Stuff

This week in free stuff to do we have a bad-ass '80s movie screening, a pop-up shop where items are all discounted, and a unique collaborative art show.

Come take a look.

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Best Of Dressing Room March 16-20

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:

-- The Walker Art Center released more info on its upcoming mini-golf offered this spring and summer.

-- We geeked out over Kevin Smith's announcement that he's planning to do a Mallrats sequel.

-- We talked to Girl Code's Carly Aquilino about her meteoric rise in standup before her show at Woman's Club this weekend.

-- Christopher Lloyd has been spotted hanging out in Minnesota while filming a movie.

Northern Spark 2015 Announces Date, Commissioned Projects

Categories: Announcements, Art

Kory Lidstrom
Northern Spark 2014, MINN LAB, POSTography
For the past five years, Northern Spark has taken over the Twin Cities to create an evening of pop-up installations, activities, performances, and more. Past happenings have included letter messengers on bikes, short-film screenings on the sides of buildings, yarn bombing by HOTTEA, and giant swing sets.

Last year's event managed to carry on as best as possible despite torrential downpours most of the night. We're hoping for clear skies and nice temps at this year's event. The organization recently announced the festival date and some planned projects for 2015's all-night art party.

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All-night Art Party at Northern Spark 2014 [SLIDESHOW]

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