Category: Arts & Entertainment

A man walking up to a burning house.

Lonely spaces, interior and exterior

A conversation with Erik Skjoldbjærg, director of the quietly unsettling film Pyromaniac Andrew Penn Romine Seattle, Wash. The opening scene of Erik Skjold­bjærg’s 2016 film Pyromaniac (Pyromanen), screened at the Seattle International Film Festival...

Kai Robert holding his trumpet.

Kai Robert tours the Midwest

The Upper Midwest’s favorite Norwegian trumpeter, Kai Robert, presents another musical extravaganza from Østfold Leslee Lane Hoyum Rockford, Minn. Trumpeter Kai Robert Johansen, making his 14th tour of the Midwest, is bringing musical artistry...

Cover of "Last Leaf" album.

CD review: “Last Leaf” is fresh

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. This is the recording you’ve been looking for: fresh, gorgeous, and unmistakably Nordic. The Danish String Quartet, famous for unusual programming and folk influences as well as unimpeachable technical chops,...

Book review: “They Sang for Norway”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Two Norwegian brothers from the so-called Red County of Nord-Trøndelag took two different directions with their lives: One stayed in Norway, organizing guerrilla forces in his country’s struggle for independence...

Norwegian Notes

Three musicians come together in Alaska to showcase Norway’s traditional music Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska She leans forward into the mike when she sings, her face framed by long blond hair. In her Sunnmøre...