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Alex Strangman

Alex Strangman, A&E Editor

Name: Alex Strangman
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @foarthkind
Pronouns: he/him/his

Alex Strangman is the Arts & Entertainment editor at the Minnesota Daily. Alex has been with the Daily since 2019, starting as an Arts & Entertainment reporter. A Colorado native, but raised in Wisconsin, he is in his fourth year at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Journalism. In his free time, Alex can be found scouring Reddit for hip-hop leaks, skateboarding around campus and watching all of his favorite sports teams lose.

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Heat of the week: 6ix9ine, hop-hop holidays and an “ethereal bisexual”

Heat of the week: 6ix9ine, hop-hop holidays and an “ethereal bisexual”

Published November 23, 2020
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
Heat of the week: Documentaries, Doe Boy and dope local threads

Heat of the week: Documentaries, Doe Boy and dope local threads

Published November 16, 2020
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
Heat of the week: Sandler, Savage and soul food

Heat of the week: Sandler, Savage and soul food

Published October 13, 2020
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
Courtesy of  Elise Radspinner.

Directing duo keeps film Coool

Published May 7, 2020

In a field less than a mile northwest of Scandia, Minnesota, Jess Shoman from the Chicago-based folk project “Tenci” slowly rides a horse toward the camera. She’s under direction from two guys with...

Sullivan Moran (4) rides his scooter uphill at Powderhorn park in Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 31.

Twin Cities parks: no amenities, no problem

Published May 6, 2020

First there was social distancing. Now amenities are being closed. While making use of the many green spaces in the metro area may have become more difficult, it doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

Reading’s not dead: Book lovers can still access local libraries and bookstores

Published May 1, 2020

What is there to do when almost everything is closed, most people are stuck in isolation and you’ve crossed everything off your Netflix list? Grab a book! Local libraries and bookstores are still...

Tips and tricks from UMN RecWell trainers to get moving during quarantine

Tips and tricks from UMN RecWell trainers to get moving during quarantine

Published April 27, 2020

Getting active under lockdown is no easy task. It’s hard to create a solid workout when gyms are closed and running the same route each day gets old fast. Along with other gyms, University Recreation...

Apparel Designer Maggie Thompson assembles a mask in her apartment on Tuesday, April 21.  With each mask sold, Thompson donates two to individuals and partnering organizations.

One stitch at a time: Local clothing designers support community with masks

Published April 23, 2020

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 takes a consolidated effort from the entire community. Some local clothing designers are stepping up to do their part. With protective face mask shortages across the nation,...

Courtesy of Julia Maiuri.

Grad student creates virtual art gallery in Animal Crossing

Published April 22, 2020

Julia Maiuri isn’t letting a global shutdown stop her from making and sharing art.  Instead she has turned to a different, virtual world — the game Animal Crossing — where she’s created a...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Q&A: About to cut your hair in quarantine? Here’s advice from a professional hairdresser

Published April 16, 2020

Quarantine has everyone looking a little worse for wear, especially in the hair department. Some people have taken it upon themselves to make cosmetic changes — sometimes for the worse. A&E spoke...

A cyclist rides past a vacant St. Anthony Main Theatre on Monday, April 6.

Filling a void, local film organizations create online streaming platforms

Published April 15, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put normal life on hold, film fans far and wide have had to switch the script. While movie theaters aren’t operating, two local film organizations, Twin Cities Film...

Courtesy of Miles Carlson.

‘Don’t try this at home’: U alum creates ‘dangerous art’

Published April 9, 2020

Equipped with a microwave hooked up to jumper cables, molten aluminum and one hell of a death wish, Miles Carlson is not a typical artist by any stretch of the imagination. Over the past year, Carlson...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Review: Childish Gambino awakens more than just love on new album

Published April 1, 2020

When Donald Glover is involved, nothing can be ordinary. And when he dons the persona of Childish Gambino, things get even stranger. On March 15, a new album appeared on Glover’s website,

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Topping 2,300 entries, theater “bakeoff” brings camaraderie to quarantine

Published March 29, 2020

Minutes before the stream even went live, the comment section was buzzing with activity as people from across the globe tuned in for live script readings of the 10 finalists from the “Quarantine Playwriting...

Brode Benish, a first year student at the University of St. Thomas and Sophia Rossman, a first year student at St. Catherine University, sit on Bridge 1 over Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 25.

Wondering how to stay sane under quarantine?

Published March 26, 2020

Across the globe, people are stuck in their homes. Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. The future is uncertain, and with most people cut off from family and friends, stuck in the same 'quar-routine'...

Morgan La Casse

How to support local artists when concerts are canceled

Published March 25, 2020

Boredom, stress, anxiety. As the COVID-19 lockdown continues to ramp up, people everywhere are feeling the effects in one way or another. For artists, the pause on normal life has created a stressful financial...

The exterior of Varsity Theater in Dinkytown on April 26, 2017.

Twin Cities live music venues will stay closed until at least April

Published March 23, 2020

As industries across the globe take hits due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the live music industry is feeling the heat as well. After Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency, discouraging gatherings...

Sarah Mai

UMN theater students’ creative quarantine competition goes viral

Published March 15, 2020

As people across the globe are stuck in quarantine, many are looking for ways to escape this new dystopian-like reality. A few University of Minnesota students came up with their best attempt to beat isolation. Three...

From left, Izzy Bobby, Carter Ridl, Jacob Mechler, Henry Kueppers and coach Summer Freed of MN long form improv team “Robot Family Band” laugh while posing for a portrait before their team practice on Wednesday, March 4. The team won the Upper Midwest Regional Championship for long form improv, and is now advancing to nationals.

UMN improv troupe “yes ands” their way to nationals

Published March 6, 2020

On Feb. 8, the funniest students from around the upper Midwest congregated at the HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis to compete in the Upper Midwest Regional of the College Improv Tournament.  After...

An intricately designed Vintage Hermes Paris jacket at The Cat and The Cobra thrift and Consignment store on Friday, Feb 29.

Four wild vintage items at Northeast’s “The Cat and the Cobra”

Published March 5, 2020

Step into The Cat and The Cobra and you’ll find a plethora of unique threads waiting catch the eyes of prospective customers. From second-hand denim to various retro band and Harley-Davidson tees,...

Courtesy of Mod Sun.

Q&A: Mod Sun talks music, sobriety and positivity

Published February 27, 2020

Mod Sun has had a hell of a year. He’s been in and out of the public eye, gotten sober and returned to his musical roots. The Bloomington, Minnesota native sat down with A&E to talk about this new...

Ai Weiweis Safe Passage, installed at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for the exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration. Courtesy of Charles Walbridge.

New at Mia, “When Home Won’t Let You Stay”: Artists respond to migration

Published February 27, 2020

The exterior columns of the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s north entrance adopted a new look this week, exchanging the normal off-white color for an array of oranges, reds, blues and greens. For the...

Exhibit Curator Amoke Kubat poses for a portrait in the Weisman Art Museum on Saturday, Feb. 15. Yo Mama’s House, an artist, activist and healer cooperative, is celebrating Black History Month and Women’s History Month with this pop-up display. (Emily Urfer / Minnesota Daily)

“Black to the Future”: new WAM exhibit celebrates a rich African history

Published February 20, 2020

As an artist, mother and activist, Amoke Kubat uses her art to shed light on North Minneapolis’ history and empower her community. In partnership with North Minneapolis creatives and the Yo Mama’s...

The Fillmore Minneapolis. Courtesy of Live Nation.

The Fillmore brings retro style to North Loop concert scene

Published February 17, 2020

The lights dim. Iconic crystal chandeliers glow above the pit as a band on stage prepares for sound check. The new Fillmore Minneapolis is ready to rock and roll. The Live Nation-run Fillmore franchise...

Artist Lil Crush poses for a portrait at RiverRock Studios on Monday Feb 10. Lil Crush goes on “Me, Myself, I’m kind of a heartbroken kid, and I’m all about love in every form. Whether it’s the bad kind or the good kind.

Underground Update: World’s got a Lil Crush

Published February 17, 2020

Deep bass flooded the control room of studio A at RiverRock Studios in Northeast Minneapolis. It wasn’t Chance the Rapper, the Script or Soul Asylum, all of whom have recorded at this studio. This session...

Angel Hawari evaluates the placement of a painting during setup for Safeword: An Erotic Art Show at the A-Mill Underground Museum on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Just in time for Valentine’s day, erotic art show pops up in Minneapolis

Published February 13, 2020

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still not sure where to take bae, Otherworldly Arts has you covered with an event that’s the perfect mix of sex and art. This upcoming weekend,...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Review: Lil Wayne’s “Funeral”

Published February 10, 2020

Lil Wayne made little mention of his 13th studio album “Funeral” until April of 2019 when the New Orleans MC posted a single coffin emoji to his Instagram story. Following a summer of promotional interviews,...

From left, Lilliana Loll, Arcadia Langmead and Harrison Browning pose for portraits on Friday, Jan. 31.

Street style: Students find a balance between staying warm and looking fresh

Published February 3, 2020

Dressing for the cold is an art form of its own. Trying to weigh style over comfort is a hard decision, but it is something every student at the University of Minnesota must confront during winter. While...

University of Minnesota Student and Social Media Influencer Bri Flasch poses for a portrait in Downtown Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 24. Bri seeks to inspire others through her social media presence, promoting freedom of expression through her hashtags #DoEverythingYouLove and #WearWhateverYouWant. 

Bri Flasch: behind her lens, story and style

Published January 27, 2020

On a brisk Saturday morning in January, an unrelenting creative force took over the stone-walled basement of Claddagh Coffee Cafe in St. Paul.  Nine models huddled around the large, dining room-esque...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

Review: Mac Miller’s “Circles”

Published January 27, 2020

When Mac Miller released “Swimming” in August 2018, it seemed like the Pittsburgh MC had finally turned a creative corner. On “Swimming” tracks like “Come Back to Earth” and “Hurt Feelings,”...

Morgan La Casse

A&E’s top 5 albums of 2019

Published January 19, 2020

5. Denzel Curry: ZUU Denzel Curry has made great strides as an artist since his days in Raider Klan. His newest project “ZUU” is a testament to just how far the Florida MC has come. "ZUU" is his fourth...

Minneapolis Shoe Designer Salvatore Marcum poses for a portrait in his home studio in Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Marcum has created custom pairs for players for the Minnesota Vikings, Timberwolves and clients all over the country.

Sneakers by Salvatore: customizing shoes for the Twin Cities and beyond

Published December 12, 2019

Salvatore Marcum is not a traditional artist. One could say his work is for the sole. Marcum’s medium is painting. His canvas? A pair of shoes.  The 27-year-old artist from South Minneapolis creates...

Keyshawn Jokhoo, a second-year finance student, poses with Yeezys that he plans to resell to customers on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Inside the dual life of a student and professional reseller

Published December 5, 2019

Jordan, Yeezy and Nike — for most people these are just brand names, but for others they’re a way of life. For Keyshawn Jokhoo, a second-year finance student at the University of Minnesota, these...

Nate Blomquist, left, and Colton Allen, right, who own the apparel shop Common Apparel pose for a portrait on Friday Nov, 22.

Common Apparel is anything but ordinary

Published November 27, 2019

Tucked away between a tobacco store and a tattoo parlor on University Avenue in St. Paul, Common Apparel is a modern streetwear brand in the truest sense. Street-style murals adorn the walls, a mounted...

Trap Zilla poses for a portrait on Friday, Nov. 15. Music has changed his life for the better and led him to the belief that finding what you love is most important.

Underground Update: Trap Zilla, the plug’s plug

Published November 18, 2019

Standing on the balcony of his downtown apartment, adorned with tattoos and flashy jewelry, rapper Trap Zilla certainly looks the part of an up-and-coming musician. Born Eddie Fauth in St. Paul, Trap Zilla...

Twin Spirits Distillery, the host of the “Making Strange Microshow, as seen on Friday, Nov. 8.

Fine art, liquor and three strange girls

Published November 11, 2019

Twin Spirits Distillery was a welcome refuge from the cold Friday night as people packed into the cozy establishment for “Making Strange Microshow.” Hosted by A Conspiracy of Strange Girls, a Minneapolis-based...

Culture compass: Vinyls, vintage and visuals

Culture compass: Vinyls, vintage and visuals

Published November 7, 2019

Friday: Second Annual Mill City Art Show With an eventful Halloweekend in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take things down a notch.  Start off your low-key weekend at the Inverted Arts space...

Lizea Harper poses for a portrait outside of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Underground Update: From boom bap to pop rap, Lizea Harper does it all

Published October 27, 2019

To label Lizea Harper as a singer or a rapper denies her versatility as an artist. Whether it’s singing melodic hooks or rapping over a boom bap beat, Harper refuses to be boxed in. Hailing from St....

Soda Supreme poses for portrait on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Underground Update: Brooklyn Park’s Soda Supreme

Published October 20, 2019

Rapper, photographer, dancer and creative director: Soda Supreme does it all. Donning a black leather jacket accented with hand painted lettering and Vans with painted flames, he surely looks the part...

Tae Supreme poses for a portrait in his studio on Friday, Oct. 11.

Plugged in like a charger: Meet Tae Supreme

Published October 17, 2019

Sitting on a black leather couch in a dimly lit room down the hall from his Cedar Riverside studio, Tae Supreme lights a Backwoods with ease. As the smoke gently rolls out from between his lips, fellow...

Morgan La Casse

Mourning the cancelled Megan Thee Stallion concert? Give these three local female artists some love instead

Published October 6, 2019

When Student Unions and Activities announced this year’s homecoming headliner, Megan Thee Stallion’s name spread around campus like wildfire. Coming off the high of a Hot Girl Summer, students around...

Morgan La Casse

Crank up the tunes; Hook Club is in session

Published October 1, 2019

On most days, room 209 in Akerman Hall houses some of the best and brightest minds on campus. It sees the likes of the TC Rocket Team and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. On Monday...

Sarah Mai

Midwest’s first avocado bar coming to Dinkytown this fall

Published September 26, 2019

You’re on campus with an hour to kill before your next class. You traded breakfast for an extra 15 minutes of sleep, a decision you’re now regretting as your stomach rumbles louder and louder. You...

Fashion designer Denimani Livingstone poses for a portrait at Sure Space gallery on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Originally from Ghana, Livingstone has established a client base in Minneapolis and is engaged in his first design partnership with Piff, a local streetwear retailer.

Local designer Denimani Livingstone brings hand-crafted quality back to fashion

Published September 15, 2019

An endless supply of creative energy buzzes through the air at Sure Space gallery, and one of Minneapolis’s hottest new designers is at the center of it all. Meet Denimani Livingstone: an artist, designer...

Morgan La Casse

Review: Tyler, The Creator brings an “EARFQUAKE” to the Armory

Published September 5, 2019

From hypebeasts more concerned with getting their hands on coveted “Igor” merch to diehard Tyler, The Creator fans rocking clothes more reminiscent of the Odd Future days, it was plain to see that...

Justin Ofori-Atta looks at shoes inside Corner Store Vintage on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Trendy and eco-friendly: affordable Twin Cities resale shops sure to spice up your fall wardrobe

Published September 1, 2019

Nuanced playlists flood the University Avenue air while fans press and hang Gopheralls, preparing for game day. School is back in session, and as the weather gets cold, the 'fits heat up.  As much...

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