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Good weekend read: Emma Hooper's 'Etta and Otto and Russell and James'

mprnews.org — If you're looking for a fun and thought-provoking read over the Fourth of July weekend, you might try Emma Hooper's debut novel.

A sexy novel emerges from questions that can't be unasked

mprnews.org — Novels that are based on life on a college campus often are about young people. But when Dean Bakopoulos, a writer-in-residence at Grinnell College in Iowa decided to put the town in the summer spotlight, he focused on older people who, having seen something of life, wonder what went wrong.

From galleries to graffiti, art inspires author's first novel

mprnews.org — In her first novel, "Tagged," author Diane Mullen examines how graffiti offers hope to a teenage boy growing up in a tough part of Minneapolis. For Mullen, graffiti can be both beautiful and harmful. She reached that conclusion at the Walker Art Center, where she works as a gallery guard.

Devo co-founder reveals his visual artistry

mprnews.org — Some people know Mark Mothersbaugh as a co-founder and the voice of the rock band Devo. Others might know him as the composer of music for TV shows such as "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and the Wes Anderson movies. But Mothersbaugh considers himself a visual artist, and a huge retrospective at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts underscores his claim.

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' is youthful and serious

mprnews.org — A favorite of the Sundance Film Festival, the movie explores a high school senior's relationship with a classmate who is dying of cancer.

Northern Spark art festival takes all-night gaming to a new dimension

mprnews.org — The annual festival, which runs from 9 p.m. Saturday until 5:26 a.m. Sunday, will feature some 70 different performances, installations and events at six different spots around the city. While the event is designed to get visitors involved, there is a special emphasis on games this year.

Beach Boys film explores Brian Wilson's troubled life

mprnews.org — Bill Pohlad is a big name in Hollywood. As president of River Road Entertainment, he produced major movies, among them "Brokeback Mountain," "Ten Years a Slave" and "Wild." For his latest film, the Minnesota native took on another big challenge.

SPCO's Liquid Music new season expands reach and offerings

mprnews.org — The next Liquid Music series will present nine performances at Twin Cities venues and a "virtual residency" that fuses music from an innovative Berlin ensemble and the band Polica.

Ordway President Patricia Mitchell to retire

mprnews.org — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will soon be looking for a new leader. Patricia Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway, has announced that she will retire in December. Mitchell has led the Ordway since 2007, a tenure capped recently with the opening of the center's new $75 million concert hall.

Dowling departs the Guthrie with career-launching play

mprnews.org — Joe Dowling's 1986 production of "Juno and the Paycock" at the Gate Theatre in Dublin led him to Broadway and the Guthrie, from which he soon departs as artistic director.
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Jul 02, 2015

Early @cubecritics this week! We have Magic Mike, Terminator and The Overnight. Plus @MadelynMahon. On @MPRnews with @TomCrann today.

Jun 30, 2015

@stephcurtis @melanied333 Also Mad Max Fury Road if still around And at the other end of the spectrum the amazing "Testament of Youth. "

Jun 23, 2015

My closest brush with celebrity this week, and he didn't even swear at me! #ted. @mprnews… instagram.com/p/4TBO8-PxvB/

Jun 20, 2015

One of two unwelcome alterations to the back garden discovered this morning. Small groups of rabbits… instagram.com/p/4KRQC2vxvd/

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