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Thriving SPCO keeps rebuilding 20 months after lockout — The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is again thriving. With a balanced $9.77 million budget, the SPCO is on firm financial ground, less than two years after a difficult contract dispute and lockout of the musicians that resulted in a smaller orchestra.

One year after lockout, SPCO regains financial footing — While orchestras nationwide experienced a decline in ticket sales of more than 20 percent in the last decade, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra audience has increased by more than 40 percent.

MIA receives $8M gift to fund director's job — The donation from the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation is the largest staff endowment in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' history.

Penumbra Theatre regains financial footing — St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre, which nearly collapsed in 2012, has balanced its books with a $500,000 boost in donations and grants.

Minnesota's passion for the British ad awards is unmatched in the U.S. — Between now and Jan. 4, the Walker Art Center will screen a compilation of British ads 88 times, likely to the delight of Minnesotans who love the show.

In 'National Gallery,' filmmaker Frederick Wiseman turns the camera on art — Acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman has tackled a wide variety of subjects, from a hospital for the criminally insane, a portrait of U.S. Army basic training and the juvenile justice system to the Comedie Francais in Paris. But for his latest film, Wiseman decided to focus on a monumental institution: the National Gallery in London, home to 2,400 of the world's finest paintings.

Cube Critic: 'Foxcatcher' — Sponsor Sponsor Nov 19, 2014 Thanksgiving weekend is a big time of year for film releases and viewing; as such, MPR News Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Foxcatcher, a new film starring Steve Carrell. "This is not a comedy," Euan explains.

Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' tells true story of money and murder — Even though "Foxcatcher" was inspired by a true crime story involving murder, money and the Olympics, director Bennett Miller was not interested in sensationalism.

Violinist wants to push SPCO's musical envelope — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - When Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her debut this weekend as an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she hopes to break new ground. But the violinist European music critics describe as one of the world's greatest hasn't come to the SPCO with a grand plan, Minnesota Public Radio News ( ) reports.

Cube Critic: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' — Sponsor Sponsor Nov 19, 2014 MPR News Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Mockingjay - Part 1, the next in the series of films inspired by the popular books. "This is the third in the trilogy of four movies," Euan quips.
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