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New visual language of Laure Prouvost fascinates Walker audience
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New visual language of Laure Prouvost fascinates Walker audience

It was almost inevitable for French conceptual artist Laure Prouvost to explore the intricate nature of language in her art. Having moved to London after high school to study design and the arts, she speaks both English and French fluently; yet, as she explained at the opening of her Walker exhibition “They Are Waiting For…

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Ball Park Music puts you in a “Good Mood”

Of all the things that bring joy to a music listener’s heart, few do it better than honest, sincere artistic expression. And that’s exactly what Ball Park Music did on “Good Mood”, the aptly titled fifth offering from the Brisbane quintet that some have hailed as the defining Aussie band of this generation. Not 18…

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24 Frames Per Second: A “Game Night” to Maybe Skip Out On

It’s rare for me to review a major Hollywood release in this column. Typically, I highlight lower-budget independent features. Nevertheless, I’m not a prude when it comes to mainstream movies, especially when it comes to comedies. I love watching well-crafted comedy films like the original “Ghostbusters” and “Happy Gilmore,” or more recently, “21” and “22…

Rostam live at Fine Line: An intimate, string-driven show
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Rostam live at Fine Line: An intimate, string-driven show

It’s around 8:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, and opening band Joy Again finish warming up the stage with an enticing chorus of guitars and jazz scales. A playful introduction to the main act, former Vampire Weekend member Rostam, whom the crowd awaits eagerly. Having left the critically acclaimed band in 2016, Rostam has focused more…

The Grandview Review: the profundity of “Black Panther”
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The Grandview Review: the profundity of “Black Panther”

This is not a superhero movie. There are no capes in “Black Panther.” No heroic escapades or cookie-cutter villains. At the heart of this film are concrete questions about responsibility, duty and culture. The axis of these questions is Wakanda, a technologically-advanced African nation hidden behind the mask of an impoverished Third World country. Beneath…

Portugal. The Man plays sold-out show at Palace Theatre
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Portugal. The Man plays sold-out show at Palace Theatre

During the second song of their Feb. 9 sold-out performance, the screen behind St. Paul’s Palace Theatre’s weekend feature read “We are Portugal. The Man! Just making sure you’re at the right concert.” For a band that’s been releasing music for over fourteen years, you’d think this banter would be unnecessary. Yet, it proved to…

“SLUT: The Play” explores rape culture
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“SLUT: The Play” explores rape culture

“SLUT: The Play”, opening on Friday, Feb. 16, is the latest production by the Macalester theatre and dance department. The play explores rape culture through the lens of a high school thrown into chaos following a violent sexual assault. Given the cultural context of the #MeToo movement, the play is immensely relevant to a college…

Crafting bars behind bars: Talking with rapper Tee Grizzley
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Crafting bars behind bars: Talking with rapper Tee Grizzley

Tee Grizzley wrote his entire debut mixtape, My Moment (2017), while serving nearly three years in prison. As soon as he was released, he went to the studio to record the aptly named “First Day Out.” The song is both personal and aggressive, and references the events that landed Grizzley, born Terry Sanchez Wallace, behind…

An American Ascent: A powerful film about race and climbing
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An American Ascent: A powerful film about race and climbing

June 2013. It’s the 100th anniversary of the first ascension of Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. Rising to 20,310 feet, the mountain has welcomed many great expeditions. That summer, outdoors enthusiasts from all over the world reconvened for an anniversary ascent. Amongst them were nine climbers, the first…

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