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  • DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

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    DVDish - The best DVDs of '07 made old movies feel new again

    Pause & Rewind Blade Runner: The Final Cut (Warner Bros.): It's the collector's-set briefcase that seals the deal, a gunmetal-gray case that all but shouts "Completist dork!" Also: There's damned near every single version imaginable, plus a making-...

    by Jordan Harper on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Sheletta Brundidge

    Sheletta Brundidge By Jerry Freeman It was winter three years ago when some of us at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper found ourselves gruesomely down in the dumps and wondering why. Suddenly the obvious dawned on us--too much bad news! We...

    by Jerry Freeman on January 2, 2008
  • Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

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    Artists of the Year - We identify the most interesting, influential and inimitable artists of 2007.

    When British author Doris Lessing accepted the Nobel Prize last month, she told a remarkable story about her travels to Zimbabwe and the thirst among poor Africans for knowledge. Her vivid and eloquent speech concluded with this passage: "Ask any ...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Ernest A. Bryant III

    Ernest A. Bryant III By Doryun Chong It would be a gross understatement to say that 2007 was a busy year for Minneapolis-based visual artist Ernest A. Bryant III. He opened his first solo outing at Franklin Art Works in September, followed almost i...

    by Doryun Chong on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - The Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild of America By Max Sparber At the time of this writing, it is six weeks into the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, and it's quite a brawl. On its website, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is keeping a run...

    by Max Sparber on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert By Eric Lorberer Satire was in trouble. An art form nearly as old as civilization itself, it had fallen on especially hard times of late. In the age of reality TV, the edifying gesture of the genre seemed all but dead. Fortunately, ...

    by Eric Lorberer on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Jim Denomie

    Jim Denomie By Ann Klefstad "Brown-Eyed Rabbit" is the name of Jim Denomie's recent show at the Todd Bockley Gallery. How can I explain how right that name is? There's so much to know before you can know this--and that's part of what makes Denomie'...

    by Ann Klefstad on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Myron Johnson

    Myron Johnson By Linda Shapiro For more than 20 years, Myron Johnson has been producing dance-theater that defies classification and attracts audiences who normally wouldn't set foot in a dance concert. Smart and smart-ass, campy and classical, sex...

    by Linda Shapiro on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Alex Jones

    Alex Jones By Steve Marsh Texas isn't all bad. I mean, there's Austin. Austin's given us Willie Nelson, Dazed and Confused, Bottle Rocket, and a couple of okay Spoon records. And Austin broadcasts The Alex Jones Show, a radio show in which Alex Jon...

    by Steve Marsh on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Christopher Hitchens

    Christopher Hitchens By Emily Condon It's sometimes difficult, in our current quagmire of blogs and declining bylines, to remember that great journalists and critics still slog along daily, weekly, monthly. The golden era of American criticism may ...

    by Emily Condon on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Paul Dickinson

    Paul Dickinson By Stephanie Wilbur Ash I have a crush on a punk poet. Of course, being a recently divorced suburban housewife with an MFA, that's to be expected. It's my poet who's special. No poet I know can write about hitting a drunken sorority ...

    by Stephanie Wilbur Ash on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Twin Cities playwrights

    Twin Cities playwrights By Quinton Skinner If the world can be described at the battleground of limited perspectives, the stage might well be the place where every perspective exists at once: the performers, the technicians, the audience, all colla...

    by Quinton Skinner on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman By Rod Smith Even if New Line's Golden Compass were a halfway faithful adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel, rather than the miserably bowdlerized, $180-million spool of poo it is, the film wouldn't have been the biggest feather in t...

    by Rod Smith on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Craig Zobel

    Craig Zobel By Jim Brunzell III Craig Zobel's Great World of Sound premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 and emerged as one of the best films of the year, establishing Zobel as a filmmaker to keep a close eye on. Zobel's debut fe...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Al Franken

    Al Franken By Sean Broom Al Franken can't really be considered an artist or entertainer these days, but his stage presence comes from his past as a comic and performer. On the Senate campaign trail, he usually bursts into a room and declares that h...

    on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - John Grider

    John Grider By David Hansen With the stiffening of sentences for crimes of graffiti, our bus stops and brick walls have become visual wastelands, left to scavengers of the stylus who lack the time and the inspiration to do anything more than scribb...

    by David Hansen on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Bon Iver

    Bon Iver By Steve McPherson When Justin Vernon retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin, he wasn't setting out to make one of the warmest, most tender albums of the year, but that's just what he ended up doing. He was looking to hibernate and get over the...

    by Steve McPherson on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Ben Olson and Emma Berg

    Ben Olson and Emma Berg By Taylor Carik It was another great year for the Twin Cities visual arts community. Anna Lee made a triumphant return with Voltage: Fashion Amplified; GQ named Rogue Buddha's Nicholas Harper an artist to watch; the Minneapo...

    by Taylor Carik on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Michael K

    Michael K By Sarah Askari Though I revere Michael K, I know almost nothing about the man. Here is what I do know: He's part Asian and all gay, and he lives in New York. He's the voice of DListed, the celebrity gossip blog I want to marry. DListed i...

    by Sarah Askari on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Latisha Jones and Patricia Hampl

    Latisha Jones & Patricia Hampl By Jocelyn Hale Last January I found myself trying to avoid sloppy boot drippings as I sat on the floor in a back corner of Open Book's packed auditorium to hear Patricia Hampl read from her soon-to-be-released memoir...

    by Jocelyn Hale on January 2, 2008
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