Archives for May 2004

Sisu Coffee and Tea

Not many Americans remember that we were once at war with Finland, and unlike the Vietnamese, Finns have not tended to migrate here and open restaurants that might remind us of this history. Lori Luchsinger and Karen Salmey, therefore, have been left pretty much on their own when it comes to satisfying the metro’s pent-up […]

Dave Chappelle

If Richard Pryor were thirty years younger and tapping the same inspirational vein as the South Park guys, he might be very like Dave Chappelle: smart, scatological, splenetic, and not interested in slaughtering sacred cows so much as stampeding the whole herd off a cliff, or maybe through Dick Cheney’s front yard. His sketch series, […]


Now here’s a worthy import. The Guthrie Lab closes its 2003-2004 season with a play the London Guardian called “the year’s funniest and most important.” Winning the “triple crown” of British theater awards, Blue/Orange depicts a struggle between two psychiatrists over the care of a soon-to-be-released Afro-Caribbean patient. Christopher suffers from multiple personality disorder, but […]

The Mousetrap

If classic whodunits really float your boat, you’re in luck. It’s reasonable to deduce that you’ll leave the Showboat with suitable closure on Agatha Christie’s crime classic The Mousetrap. It’s an archetypal Christie setup: Snowed in at an ancient manor, guests find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery when one of them turns up brutally […]

Les Miserables

A humble fugitive trying to lead a life on the straight-and-narrow. A self-righteous inspector chasing the past. An orphan child in love with a man at war. The Victor Hugo classic, on a return trip to the Ordway for three weeks, has more characters than the Michael Jackson trial, but entertains with much more dignity. […]

Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker

Guyton and Walker are two up-and-comers whose work was most recently seen, respectively, at the Whitney Biennial and at the legendary Paula Cooper gallery in New York. For this show, the pair engaged in some pretty heady collaborative hijinks. They subjected a limited selection of imagery—including a designer couch, a knife blade, a private jet, […]

Robert Polidori

You’ve probably seen Robert Polidori’s stark yet sumptuous architectural images in the New Yorker; here’s your chance to view some in their full-scale grandeur. In a brand-new series on view at the Weinstein, the photographer creates gorgeous, masterful, and telling pictures of the new New York. Times Square looks as if the rain Travis Bickle […]

Art Inside/Outside Space

The Jerome Foundation and Intermedia Arts have been pushing boundaries for upwards of twenty years with this annual show of installation art; this year, they expand their mission outside the gallery space. In one of five commissioned pieces, the “installation” is the streets and sidewalks of Lyn/Lake, as Sean Kelly-Pegg openly borrows an idea from […]

Found Magazine’s “Slapdance Across America” tour

It’s amazing what some people will throw away. While most of us ignore scraps of discarded paper lying on the ground, Davy Rothbart collects them, scans them into his computer, and publishes them in his magazine, Found, and on Taken together, the tossed-away and lost scraps become a wonderful showcase of accidental art, offering […]

Paneer Masala, It’s Only Cheese!

Kats Fukusawa loves to mix things up. The Japanese native first learned dance by watching West Side Story and now has eight years’ experience with Indian dance as part of the local troupe Ragamala. He joyfully interweaves his own work with healthy skeins of other world cultures—Irish, Latin, jazz, whatever strikes his fancy. In Paneer […]