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Your chance to play the arts critic

Welcome to the arts version of Monday-morning quarterbacking. We’re interested in what you thought were the most compelling shows of the weekend and whether you’d recommend them to the rest of us. We also want to know which ones didn’t measure up to the hype or your expectations.

You might not always agree with MinnPost’s critics and writers. But we respect that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that what sounds heavenly to one ear might sound hellish to another.

Tell us the highlights and the low lights, no matter the art form. Any books you’d recommend? Tell us why.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dan Haugen on 12/15/2008 - 09:41 am.

    My weekend cultural highlight ended up being an empty theater.

    The snow made driving up north slow on Friday afternoon, so my wife and I just missed her sister’s band, Yeltzi, performing at the Lyric Center for the Arts in downtown Virginia, Minn.

    After the show, board member Pete Pellinen gave us a peak at the near-century old theater in back of the arts center building. The 700-seat theater was once used for vaudeville, shows he said. Paramount bought it in the 1930s and showed films there. It’s been unused since the 1960s.

    In 1997, some neighboring businesses wanted to demolish it to make room for a parking lot. A group of arts supporters came together and managed to save the building. The ceiling above the theater is water damaged, but the structure is in tact, he said. They’re planning a restoration with an architecture firm in the Twin Cities.

    Here’s a picture of the asbestos fire curtain, remarkably still in good shape:

  2. Submitted by Gary Peterson on 12/15/2008 - 12:26 pm.

    “Peace,” the holiday concert of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus did it for me, presented Fri.-Sun. at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.

    The program included the usual mix of serious and fun selections, including works by Persichetti, Leavitt, Walker, and Nordqvist, plus an audience sing-along and new compositions by three TCGMC singers.

    The fun was provided by “St. Nick at Night,” featuring familiar holiday lyrics set to television show theme songs and accompanied by camp characters.

    Unlike other choral groups, and despite its sterling sound, this is one group one never hears on MPR.

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