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In Review: “Aging Magician” at the Walker

Aging Magician at Mass MoCA

In an exciting bit of news, I was asked by the Walker Arts Center to share my thoughts on Paola Prestini, Rinde Eckert, and Julian Crouch’s new opera / music-theatre work Aging Magician, which played at the Walker on March 5 & 6.

For my review / reaction to the piece, head over to the Walker’s performing arts blog.

Photo Credit: Jill Steinberg

The Obligatory Kurt Cobain Post

As a proud child of that time, I can tell you exactly where I was on April 8, 1994 (even though the man himself had died three days earlier on April 5; no one had found the body). I was sitting in my place in Nebraska doing homework, my mother and brother were asleep, and as I was watching MTV, I wondered “Why are they playing Nirvana’s Unplugged special over and over again?” It wasn’t until that other Kurt (Mr. Loder, my generation’s Walter Cronkite) broke the news that Mr. Cobain had passed.

Rather than go into a long exelgesis on the man, his band, and/or his/their influence, I thought I would share this…

“Princess Kurt” by Elizabeth Peyton
{Part of the permanent collection at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis}

The story behind this paining goes that Nirvana was playing a rock festival in Brazil and the crowd was booing the opening band, which was an out lesbian punk band. Cobain, a long-time LGBT ally, was so enraged that when it was time for Nirvana’s set, he took to the stage wearing a slip and crown and rocked the house down. (And yes this did happen; there’s footage of it in the film Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!)

Rest well, Kurt. And thank you.

PS: Anyone that fangirls the way you and the boys did over RuPaul at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards is cool in my book.

Todd Takes On… Claes Oldenberg

Say what you will but The Walker knows how to throw a party.And on Saturday, 21 September, it threw two of the most anticipated parties of the fall. While my l’étoile colleagues were dancing the evening away at the annual Avant Garden gala (which you can read all about in Beth Hammarlund’s review of the event), I ended up going to the Walker After Hours party celebrating the 1960s.

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Todd Takes On… Rock The Garden (Again!)

It is the topic that won’t die in the local music scene.

Today, on the Local Current blog for 89.3 The Current, programming director Jim McGuinn commented about the reaction to this year’s Rock The Garden lineup and to the ticketing policy for the show and the fact that it sold out in record time.

Some of Jim’s comments are pretty amazing, but of course I do have my reactions. (It wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t have reactions to things, now would it?)

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Todd Takes On… Rock The Garden

Today 89.3 The Current and the Walker Art Center unveiled the lineup for the 2012 Rock The Garden concert in the Sculpture Garden on June 16 in an event at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul in a live broadcast revealing the lineup: Howler, tUnE yArDs, Doomtree, Trampled By Turtles, and The Hold Steady.

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