Arts & Literature

Fri
25
Oct

Zombies to invade theater from all directions


Jeffrey Furchner practices his gutteral noises and drunken, wild stagger for his role as a zombie in the Historic Mounds Theatre’s production of “Night of the Living Dead.” (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The original zombie, back to undead

If you can’t handle an onslaught of zombies -- a zombie from the left, a zombie from the right, a zombie from behind and a zombie head on -- you may want to stay at home, rather than go to the Historic Mounds Theatre’s production of “Night of the Living Dead” on Halloween weekend.
Scares, gore and a sense of claustrophobia are what Derek Dirlam and Sal Niteo are hoping will pull you into their immersive, live production of the classic 1968 zombie horror flick.

Wed
16
Oct

North High alumnus back in town with ‘Wicked’


North High School graduate Adam McDonald poses backstage with an intimidating “Wicked” prop. Adam is currently on tour with “Wicked,” serving as second key and as an associate conductor.

He may be a nice guy, but Adam McDonald has spent nearly two years being Wicked.
That’s how long the North High alum has been working with the national touring company of the Broadway hit “Wicked.” Adam has served as the tour’s orchestra as “key 1”; recently he was promoted to Associate Conductor and took over “key 2.”

Mon
16
Sep

Twin Cities artist takes a curious portrait


Photographer Xavier Tavera stands in between two portraits he took of Latino families in the Twin Cities. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Xavier Tavera is standing beside a striking, 3-foot-square photo he took of a Hispanic family from Minneapolis. The patriarch is wearing a clown suit and makeup, surrounded by his family in their normal garb, in the family’s living room.
To Tavera, the photo depicts a scene that’s normal to him -- he knows the clown man, and it’s not out of the ordinary. But for people stopping by Tavera’s exhibition at Metro State University, he is hoping they come up with their own story to go along with the image.

Tue
27
Aug

RAHS grad onstage at Guthrie


Aeysha Kinnunen (submitted photo)

From an early start in Roseville community and school theater, Aeysha Kinnunen has landed on the Guthrie Theater stage, as “Lydia” in “Pride and Prejudice.”
The “Pride and Prejudice” production, which runs through Aug. 31, stars Vincent Kartheiser from TV’s “Mad Men” as Mr. Darcy and Ashley Rose Montondo as the intelligent, spirited Elizabeth Bennett.
Under Joe Dowling’s direction, this “Pride and Prejudice” is definitely played for laughs, and Kinnunen, as Elizabeth’s twitter-pated and brazen younger sister, gets some of the biggest.

Mon
05
Aug

West St. Paul author offers ‘dilemma’ in first book


submitted photo

In his first novel, “The Devereaux Dilemma,” West St. Paul writer Steve McEllistrem paints a picture of a disturbing time in the not-so-distant future.
In this “speculative” science fiction piece, the world is on the verge of collapse. War is breaking out among humans, many of whom are biologically enhanced, and the bio-weapons being created are powerful enough to destroy them all. As war wages around him, Jeremiah Jones embarks on a journey to hunt down an elusive religious leader who holds the key to saving them or destroying them all.

Wed
17
Jul

Mounds View Theatre offers first local “Les Mis”


The revolutionaries prepare to fight to the death in the Mounds View Community Theatre production of “Les Miserables.” (photos by Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

“Les Mis” fans, rejoice; for the first time, a non-professional Minnesota theatre is presenting “Les Misérables.”

Until recently, the production rights for the wildly popular musical were exclusive to professional theatre companies. When the rights were released  to non-professional theatre groups this year,  the Mounds View Community Theatre (MVCT) was the first to obtain those rights.

“I was just really impressed that Mounds View took that leap of faith,” said New Brighton resident Tina Brauer, who plays Mme. Thenardier.

Wed
26
Jun

“Chicago - The Musical” brings “All That Jazz” to Tartan Theatre


The Tartan cast starring Chris Wallace as Flynn and Ariana Campanaro as Roxie rehearses for “Chicago” which runs June 28-29 at 7 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m.. Director’s note: parental discretion is advised. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Tartan Theatre is proud to present their production of the classic Broadway hit, Chicago - The Musical.
This classic American musical will run Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.

Wed
12
Jun

New Brighton actor takes the stage in “Joseph”


New Brighton resident Wes Mouri is serving as understudy for six of Joseph’s brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. (Heather Edwards/Bulletin)

It isn’t easy being a theatre understudy; you must always be prepared to take an actor’s place if they become ill or are injured. However, if an actor enjoys perfect health, the understudy may never take the stage despite extensive preparation.
“(Audience members) don’t think about what really goes into being an understudy,” noted Wes Mouri of New Brighton, who is an understudy for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Tue
28
May

Talking about the Glock with Paul Barrett

Monday, June 3.
Circle this date on your calendar, then head on over to the Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library for what should be a fascinating presentation entitled: “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.”
That’s also the title of the best seller by New York City author Paul Barrett who will be in town for his only visit to Minnesota this year.

Wed
01
May

Fond ‘Memories’


Gloria VanDemmeltraadt will release her new book, “Memories of Lake Elmo,” on May 1. (submitted photo)

Most people would not consider two years’ worth of arduous research a fun task, but an Oakdale author has taken on the challenge in order to satisfy her fascination with Lake Elmo’s colorful history.
Gloria VanDemmeltraadt began looking into the city’s past in September 2011. Little did she know the research she was doing would amount to several hundreds of hours poring over old newspaper clippings and vintage photos, as well as conducting personal interviews with longtime residents.

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