May Arts and Entertainment Picks

Tony Bennett

His career might have been on the ropes during the classic-rock era of the 1970s, but Tony Bennett has since had one hell of a second act. He’ll be 89 (!) when he performs at State Theatre this month, and has essentially endured by being a fixed star in the firmament, hewing to the American songbook and swinging band arrangements while watching musical fashions come and go. Lately he’s been picking up Grammy Awards and releasing hit albums like an artist a third of his age, and he’s still in possession of one of the all-time greatest voices in popular music. Bennett embodied cool, went out of style, and now has emerged again into the realm of the truly timeless, with a seemingly effortless sense of style, heart, and class: We should all be so lucky. • (Photo by Dwight McCann – Wikimedia)

Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, guthrie

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

When I studied Don Quixote in college, my prof summed up Cervantes’ masterpiece as “a battleground of limited perspectives.” That’s proved a pretty sturdy description of life outside the printed page as well, and a key to why this 500-plus year-old story endures—we all find ourselves, at one point or another, resembling the geriatric would-be knight living in an adventure of his own silly invention. Four Humors tackles this adaptation in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio; they have a track record of unsettled and searching ensemble work, recently taking on Nabokov’s Lolita, another story of fevered misapprehension and a hero who can scarcely be trusted to live in anything approaching reality. • (Photo by Dan Norman, Four Humors)

The Auction at MCAD

I was talking to a friend recently about New Orleans and suddenly remembered a painting in a gallery in the French Quarter that I fell in love with—a huge orange-and-red abstraction like staring into the heart of a fiery sun. When I pointed out that I would have had to borrow a good deal of money to buy it, he said, “You should have anyway. It would probably be worth four times as much by now.” Investment aside, owning art is of one of life’s great pleasures, and this party/auction affords the opportunity to bid on works by MCAD alumni, faculty, and staff. So far this annual auction has raised more than $500,000 for MCAD scholarship funds, planting seeds for the next generation of creators. • (Photo courtesy of Minneapolis College of Art and Design)

The 1975

The 1975 come across like the anachronism their name implies: a singles-heavy pop band with a penchant for curveballs and left turns like genre-blending inspiration Talking Heads. They never sound the same to me twice, with shades of funk, disco, and what-have-you with an indie sensibility that lives up to singer Matthew Healy’s description of his group as “a post-modern pop band that references a million things.” Their latest, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, should figure into this show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium; it veers into R&B textures while sounding as radio-ready as can be. • (Photo by Roger Decker)

Skyline Mini Golf

While the Walker Sculpture Garden undergoes its renovation, this year’s nine-hole mini-golf course moves up to the rooftop terrace, which is fine with me—the perch features some of the best views in the city. I’m a sucker for putt-putt (which we called it in the Stone Age), and this course offers oddities galore, from a condensed Augusta, to hybrid Putt-Pong, and a hole that makes you a work of art/obstacle for your fellow players. I’m most looking forward to the Chicken Putt maze filled with eggs and a henhouse fox. Mini-golf meets barnyard: Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before? • (Photo courtesy of Walker Art Center)

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