New Delhi Bar and Restaurant

We add our “megadittoes” to the chorus of praise heaped on this Loring Park restaurant since it opened this summer. Although it’s located in a graveyard of failed dining ventures (the unfortunately named “Snoodles” restaurant being only the most recent doomed enterprise), this Indian eatery has culinary chops to spare, and a pleasing atmosphere of […]

Bar Abilene

We rarely think twice about a visit to this Uptown Tex-Mex haven, though it gets awfully loud inside on a busy Friday. So we took advantage of one of September’s last warm nights and grabbed a sidewalk table for some pre-Lagoon noshing. The vegetarian in our party was pleased but not thrilled with her potato […]

Cullberg Ballet

In anticipation of December’s arrival of the Bolshoi Ballet, also at the Northrop, this much-decorated Swedish troupe presents Mats Eks’ modern reworking of Swan Lake . It makes a certain amount of sense to put the cart before the horse like this; as much as we might like to, we cannot escape the constraints of […]

Comedy of Errors

Ironically enough, while guests from France take over the Jeune Lune stage for their production of Hamlet , longtime Jeune Lune director Dominique Serrand is in residence at the Guthrie for another Shakespearean offering, one that’s never been performed at the Guthrie before. Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s zany coincidence-ridden farces, and […]

Hamlet

Last year’s production of Hamlet worked out so well for Jeune Lune that they’re taking it on the road. But before the company heads out for an East Coast and Midwest tour, they’re restaging the play at their home base for a couple of weeks, where they’ll also return in late November. As in the […]

Waiting For Godot

For all its imposing reputation as the play where nothing happens for two hours, Waiting For Godot is Samuel Beckett’s most accessible play, as you might have seen if you caught the recent PBS production of his collected stage works. There’s a famous story about its enthusiastic reception from an audience of hardened lifers at […]

Beck, Sea Change

For a musician who’s changed directions as many times as Beck has, Sea Change is an apt album title. If our Mr. Hansen has a single style, it’s eclecticism, tossing blues, hip-hop, rock, folk, and whatever else happens to be in the room at the time, into the mix. The irony here is that the […]

Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head

We were skeptical of Coldplay’s massively huge debut album Parachutes. It seemed like a blatant ripoff of a much better thing—to wit, fellow Scottish navelgazers Travis—and a kind of superbuffed commercial repackaging of Britain’s wave of earnest young acoustic groups. But as the saying goes, you have your whole life to record your first album […]

Elvis Costello

You could be forgiven for falling asleep during the last few years of Elvis Costello’s career. Don’t get us wrong, his collaborations with the classical Brodsky Quartet and pop-standards king Burt Bacharach were tasteful and sophisticated proof of his facility in more musical modes than mere rock. But for many of us who discovered him […]

Bob Mould

Bob Mould is no stranger to shocking his audience with a radical new direction—after his years in Hüsker Dü, the loudest punk band in all creation, the quiet and folkie Workbook seemed dumbfounding, though now seen as a career high point. But that’s nothing compared to his recent jump into dancefloor techno and electronica, on […]