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The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Board of Regents reviews alcohol sales at Mariucci, Williams arenas

May 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents reviewed expanding alcohol sales at sports arenas, discussed a changing environment for transfer students and welcomed the newly elected regents at meetings...

President Eric Kaler speaks during a meeting of the University Senate on Thursday, May 2 at Mondale Hall. The group discussed policy, budgeting and administrative matters. 

President Kaler’s final conversation with the Minnesota Daily

May 6, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler had his final conversation with Minnesota Daily before his presidential term comes to an end this July. Kaler discussed the Board of Regents’ decision not...

Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Reckoning with history: How the University’s efforts to rename buildings failed

May 6, 2019

 The University of Minnesota has not renamed a building on campus since its founding in 1851, a record kept after the Board of Regents meeting last month.  In spite of more than a year of student...

Regent Abdul Omari listens in on the Board of Regents' special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Reckoning with history: How the University’s efforts to rename buildings failed

May 5, 2019

The University of Minnesota has not renamed a building on campus since its founding in 1851, a record kept after the Board of Regents meeting last month.  In spite of more than a year of student advocacy,...

Professor John Wright faces the Board of Regents after receiving support from the crowd during the special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

‘Frustrating, disappointing and enraging’: Reaction to regents’ decision on renaming

May 2, 2019

Even before an overwhelming majority of regents voted against renaming buildings Friday, it was clear that disagreement about the University of Minnesota’s complex history was far from over. Protesters...

‘Frustrating, disappointing and enraging’: Reaction to regents decision on renaming

May 1, 2019

Even before an overwhelming majority of regents voted against renaming buildings Friday, it was clear that disagreement about the University of Minnesota’s complex history was far from over. Protesters...

Professor John Wright faces the Board of Regents after receiving support from the crowd during the special session on Friday, April 26. The board voted against the renaming of four buildings on campus after more than a year of community discussion on the issue.

Regents vote against renaming Coffman

April 26, 2019

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted against renaming four campus buildings despite protesters commandeering a special meeting Friday afternoon to decry the resolution.  Regents voted...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski.

On renaming, regents pursue own historical research

April 24, 2019

The debate over building names at the University of Minnesota hinges on different approaches to interpreting the same historical archive. After a University task force recommended renaming four buildings...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Amid regents’ accusations, some worry about distorted debate over building renaming

April 18, 2019

After weeks of back-and-forth about renaming buildings on campus, some people at the University of Minnesota are concerned that public focus has diverted from how the campus should reckon with its racist...

University Regent Linda Cohen poses for a portrait on Saturday, April 13 in her home in Minnetonka. The cardigan she is wearing was her father, Louis Gross' from his time at the University in the 1920s. 

Longtime Regent Cohen set to depart from board

April 15, 2019

Linda Cohen has served on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for the past 12 years, a tenure marked by a term as board chair, steadfast support for education and, above all else, abiding love...

Eastcliff, the official resident of the president of the University of Minnesota, is seen on Wednesday, April 11 in Minneapolis. The house will get $970,000 in repairs this summer.

University’s presidential residence to get $970,000 in repairs

April 11, 2019

With a new tenant moving in, the University of Minnesota’s presidential residence will undergo renovations this summer that will cost almost $1 million.  The University will spend up to $970,000...

Diagram by Morgan La Casse. Photos courtesy of the University of Minnesota

Where do the regents stand on renaming buildings?

April 8, 2019

Board Chair David McMillan: Unknown Chair McMillan said in an emailed statement to the Minnesota Daily that the board would continue to have a “constructive and candid dialogue around these important...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Trump’s executive order on free speech raises doubts at UMN

April 4, 2019

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order linking federal funds to college protections for free speech has stirred uncertainty at the University of Minnesota, with some on campus questioning how...

Coffman Union as seen on Saturday, March 30.

Renaming efforts turn into a contentious debate over the historical record

April 1, 2019

After more than a year of investigating racist and anti-Semitic actions in the University of Minnesota’s past, a push to rename buildings on campus has come to an impasse amidst pushback from members...

President Eric Kaler answers questions for the Minnesota Daily in his Morrill Hall office on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Kaler discusses renaming buildings on campus, mental health and reciprocity

March 25, 2019

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler before spring break to talk about his recommendations to rename controversial buildings on campus, rising concern about student...

University President Eric Kaler fields questions after stepping down as president one year before his term is scheduled to end on July 13, 2018 at McNamara Alumni Center.

Kaler reflects on presidency in final State of the University

March 14, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler gave his final State of the University address Thursday — a reflective speech that highlighted the University’s successes, setbacks and Kaler’s own regrets...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Student representatives ask regents for sustainability, mental health resources

March 11, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents reviewed recommendations from student representatives and discussed system campus’ enrollment plans at a meeting Friday. Report from student representatives Student...

Dean Garry Jenkins gives a tour of the Law School in Mondale Hall during the Board of Regents' West Bank professional programs visit on Thursday, March 7.

Annual regents tour explores West Bank professional programs

March 8, 2019

Members of the Board of Regents spent their Thursday meeting with academic leaders, faculty and students on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank as part of the board’s annual campus tour.  This...

University of Minnesota Rochester campus.

Implementing a ‘bold’ vision for the Rochester campus

March 7, 2019

The Rochester campus is the newest of the University of Minnesota’s five-campus system. But after a decade into an innovative approach to higher education, campus leaders are looking to the future with...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Memorial Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Kaler calls for renaming Coffman, other buildings

March 4, 2019

Coffman Union sees thousands of students pass through it every day. The student union is home to an assortment of student organizations — including the University’s nine student cultural centers. Soon,...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Kaler calls for renaming Coffman Union and other campus buildings

March 1, 2019

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is recommending renaming Coffman Union and three other buildings on campus that were named after controversial figures.  Kaler announced his recommendation...

Julie Tonneson, associate vice president for budget and finance at the University, looks through years of old files in her office at Morrill Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Behind the budget: Julie Tonneson’s ‘invaluable’ expertise as UMN budget director

February 28, 2019

Julie Tonneson isn’t afraid of numbers.  It’s a skill that comes in handy for the University of Minnesota’s budget director, who is responsible for guiding the school’s multibillion-dollar...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

UMN looks to revamp long-standing lib ed requirements

February 25, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s liberal education requirements have been in place for two decades.  Now, a University committee is moving forward with overhauling the curriculum, aiming to simplify...

The University of Minnesota Law School is seen on Tuesday, June 5.

Rising enrollment, applications a good sign for Law School

February 20, 2019

Rising enrollment numbers and applications are among signs of progress for the University of Minnesota’s Law School as it works its way out of a multi-year, multi-million dollar deficit.  This fall,...

President Eric Kaler answers questions for the Minnesota Daily in his Morrill Hall office on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Kaler discusses tuition increase, building names, presidential transition

February 15, 2019

The Minnesota Daily sat down with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler this week to talk about the University’s tuition hike for non-resident, non-reciprocity students, the issue of controversial...

The University's Board of Regents convene at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Conflicting priorities emerge as UMN works to readjust tuition

February 12, 2019

As the University of Minnesota works to readjust tuition on the Twin Cities campus, there are conflicting priorities about how the University should balance costs for Minnesota students and those from...

Regent Kendall Powell speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 8.

Regents approve tuition surcharge for CSE students

February 8, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents passed a tuition surcharge for College of Science and Engineering students, approved renovations to the University’s volleyball center and reviewed progress...

University President Eric Kaler answers questions from the Minnesota Daily on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in his office at Morrill Hall. Kaler told the Daily his favorite part about the fall semester is watching Gopher football and volleyball games.

In final semester, Kaler maintains a full agenda

February 7, 2019

President Eric Kaler is taking on a full agenda to round out his time at the helm of the University of Minnesota.  From making a decision about Coffman Union to overseeing the University’s multi-million...

University President-designate Joan Gabel shakes the hand of Regent Ken Powell after being voted into the job on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN presidential transition already underway

February 4, 2019

Joan Gabel will not take over as President of the University of Minnesota until July, but planning for her presidency has already begun.  A University transition team has six months to prepare President-Designate...

Passersby walk next to Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. 

Examining the past: UMN efforts to rename buildings among longest in nation

January 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota's efforts to reevaluate four buildings on campus named after controversial figures have become among the longest in the country.  The University’s work to examine its...

Examining the past: UMN efforts to rename buildings delayed again

January 28, 2019

The University of Minnesota's efforts to reevaluate four buildings on campus named after controversial figures have become among the longest in the country.  The University’s work to examine its...

A University of Minnesota Health sign is seen on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Long-awaited academic health restructure goes into effect

January 24, 2019

Following the restructure of its Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota administrators say they're looking forward to a more collaborative approach to health sciences. The overhaul, which went...

President Eric Kaler fields questions in his office in Morrill Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18.

University of Minnesota sexual misconduct prevention efforts show signs of success

January 21, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s plans to combat sexual misconduct set out with an ambitious goal: to stop the “epidemic” of sexual assault and harassment on campus.  Nearly two years into the...

Presidential finalist Joan Gabel wins over UMN community

December 13, 2018

There’s building excitement about University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel as she heads into her interview before the Board of Regents this Friday. Among faculty, staff and students who...

Members of the Board of Regents converse during their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, where they discussed the finalists for the next presidential of the University.

Concerns persist about another lone presidential finalist at UMN

December 12, 2018

University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel was the only front-runner willing to be publicly named, even if other finalists remained in the running. That decision ended up placing Gabel on...

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

UMN presidential finalist comes to campus

December 11, 2018

University of Minnesota presidential finalist Joan Gabel made her first public appearance on Monday at Coffman Memorial Union — the start of a weeklong visit to all five University system campuses.  Gabel,...

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

[Photo] Joan Gabel takes over as University of Minnesota president

July 1, 2019

University Joan Gabel visits the Twin Cities campus on Monday, Dec. 10.

UMN works to fend off international student decline

December 10, 2018

Facing declines in international student enrollment, the University of Minnesota is bolstering efforts to combat what’s become an increasingly challenging problem for schools across the country.   The...

A provost at the University of South Carolina, Joan Gabel is the sole finalist in the presidential search at the University of Minnesota.

Joan Gabel: lone UMN presidential candidate

December 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents selected a lone finalist in the search for the next president: Joan Gabel, who could become the first female president of the University. Gabel, the provost...

UMN student, professor combine efforts on environmental advocacy

December 6, 2018

Savita Sidhu and Scot Adams bonded over two things when they met in Washington D.C. last summer: environmental advocacy and the University of Minnesota.  University undergraduate Sidhu and Adams,...

Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26.

UMN student hit by car on St. Paul campus

December 5, 2018

A jaywalking University of Minnesota student was hit by a car on the St. Paul campus last night after leaving class.  University student David Tambornino, 54, was struck near the intersection of Gortner...

With inflation rising, pay raises at UMN remain 'modest'

With inflation rising, pay raises at UMN remain ‘modest’

December 3, 2018

Some faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota have raised concerns about the amount of money designated for yearly pay raises, which has remained stagnant over the past decade. The University has...

UMN pays $137,500 settlement to student sexually assaulted in Cuba

November 28, 2018

The University of Minnesota paid $137,500 last year to settle a lawsuit brought by an undergraduate student who said she was raped while studying abroad in Cuba in 2014, according to the Pioneer Press.  A...

UMN members advocate for disability training

November 28, 2018

Amid increasing demand for disability resources at the University of Minnesota, members of the University Senate are pushing for mandatory training for employees on disabilities issues. The Disabilities...

David McMillan speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Will UMN name multiple finalists? The question re-emerges as the presidential search enters its final stages

November 26, 2018

As the search for the next University of Minnesota president enters its final stages, many are waiting to see if the University will publicly name multiple finalists for the position — a decision that...

Horticultural Science Ph.D candidate Seth Wannemuehler explains the science behind fruit breeding on Thursday, Nov. 15 on Saint Paul campus.

Better, sweeter, stronger: UMN’s fruit research program

November 21, 2018

University of Minnesota researcher Seth Wannemuehler wants to make the kiwiberry Minnesota’s next big fruit. The first step: explaining what a kiwiberry is.  The green berries — a close cousin...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

As search for next president narrows, diversity brought to the forefront

November 19, 2018

Last month, biomedical engineering professor Jonathan Sachs pointed out an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in the search for the next University of Minnesota president: diversity. “I’m...

Abdul Omari speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

UMN presidential search committee announces short list of candidiates

November 17, 2018

The search committee selected to help find the next University of Minnesota president announced Friday the group had narrowed its list of candidates — the next step in the ongoing process to find President...

Changes to sabbatical policy run into headwinds

November 15, 2018

Proposed changes to the University of Minnesota’s sabbatical policy will undergo further review following opposition from several faculty members in the University Senate. University officials put forth...

Abdul Omari speaks during the University's Board of Regents meeting on Friday, Sep. 14 at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Concerns about vetting loom over search for new UMN president

November 12, 2018

The search for the next University of Minnesota president has raised questions regarding the candidate vetting process amid larger concerns about a lack of transparency.  Some faculty and transparency...

Voters make their way into the gym on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis.

Voters start early in UMN campus area

November 6, 2018

Paige Reno has a tradition on Election Day: she always goes to Al’s Breakfast before heading to the polls. Today, she decided on the blueberry walnut pancakes, a coffee and mostly Democrats down the...

Voters entering University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown right after polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

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November 6, 2018

Voters entering University Lutheran Church of Hope in Dinkytown right after polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Incoming Vice President of Research Chris Cramer.

New VP of research looks to future of research funding

November 6, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s next vice president of research, slated to start next week, will face a challenging environment for funding.  Chris Cramer will lead the Office of the Vice President...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN looks to aid struggling Minnesota farms

November 5, 2018

With many Minnesota farmers facing additional stress amid an agricultural economic downturn this harvest season, a University of Minnesota Extension program offering free financial counseling aims to lend...

Faculty provide input on the future of the St. Paul campus on Friday October 24, 2018 in Ruttan Hall.

University members provide feedback on St. Paul revamp plan

November 1, 2018

During listening sessions about the future of the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, many members expressed support for the University’s plans. However, some faculty and staff said they’ve...

Lecturer Marta Shore addresses false negatives in her graduate level biostatistics course on Monday, Feb. 26 in Bruininks Hall.

University members to look at non-tenure faculty member treatment

October 31, 2018

Members of the Faculty Senate are taking a deeper look at how the University of Minnesota treats non-tenure faculty amidst ongoing concerns and questions about their role on campus. The Faculty Consultative...

Grant Zastoupil sends his absentee ballot on Friday, Oct. 12 in Dinkytown. Zastoupil, a fourth-year student from Fargo, is voting in North Dakota for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. “My vote would physically mean more in North Dakota,” Zastoupil said. “I felt confident enough that the district would be blue and stay blue that I felt my vote was more needed in North Dakota.”

Despite historically low turnout, students’ voices could make the difference

October 31, 2018

University of Minnesota students could be the difference in many of Minnesota’s close races during midterms.  Despite low turnout rates, political experts and student activists agree that student...

Secretary of College Democrats at the University Abdinasir Nourkadi, 19, fills out his absentee ballot on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Coffman Memorial Union. Nourkadi said he is voting for Ron Case for Mayor of Eden Prairie. Case was Nourkadi's math teacher.

Voting where it matters: amid close races, University students prepare for midterms

October 29, 2018

University of Minnesota students Ben Allard, Michael Geiger and Sarah Lardy all plan on voting in upcoming midterm elections. That decision could make a big impact — they're voting in Minnesota's 2nd...

Doug Snyder of the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization explains how water flows through the East Bank campus into the Mississippi River on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

New exhibit at UMN highlights impact of water in Minnesota

October 18, 2018

Water researchers at the University of Minnesota are increasing collaboration with community partners in light of a new exhibit on water resources hosted by the University. We Are Water MN — a traveling...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Despite recent declines, cheating persists on campus

October 15, 2018

Reported cases of cheating at the University of Minnesota have declined in the past five years, but University officials say it’s difficult to know the full extent of cheating on campus.  Last school...

UMN sees out-of-state student enrollment decline

October 12, 2018

The number of non-resident, non-reciprocity freshmen at the University of Minnesota dropped dramatically this semester — hitting the lowest point in five years — after the University raised tuition...

Rod McDavis of the newly selected firm, AGB Search, addresses the senate in Mondale Hall on Thursday, Oct. 4. AGB Search will head up the University's search for a new president following Eric Kaler's resignation at the end of the 2019 academic year.

UMN Senate questions new presidential search firm

October 8, 2018

The University of Minnesota Senate held its first meeting of the academic year Thursday, where it hosted the search firm recently selected to guide the University's presidential search. The University...

Psychiatry Assistant Professor Kristina Reigstad drops her 4-year-old Eve off at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center before heading to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Minneapolis. The University announced that the daycare would close last January, but reversed the decision after backlash from parents.

Child care center to stay open, concerns remain

October 4, 2018

After months of waiting, parents with children at a popular child care center at the University of Minnesota were relieved to hear the center would remain open. Last month's decision to keep the Child...

The third floor of Sanford Hall as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Flooding in Sanford Hall caused by flying disc

October 4, 2018

Parts of Sanford Residence Hall flooded Tuesday night, the result of residents playing with a flying disc in the hallway, setting off sprinklers. The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. on the fourth floor...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Revised grading policy enters final stages

October 1, 2018

Following a year-long review, changes to the University of Minnesota’s grading policy could go into effect as early as next semester.  The revised policy — the University’s official guidelines...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein 

University researchers working in the Boundary Waters face an uncertain future

September 25, 2018

Amidst ongoing debate about mining near the Iron Range, University of Minnesota researchers in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are continuing their work with a skeptical eye toward the future.  The...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

Delayed fellowship potentially a breach of academic freedom according to UMN committee

September 24, 2018

Faculty at the University of Minnesota are investigating whether a delayed Medical School fellowship violated academic freedom – the latest response to ongoing controversy surrounding the reproductive...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

University Senate launches comprehensive academic dishonesty review

September 20, 2018

In an effort to better understand academic integrity at the University of Minnesota, members of the University Senate are looking at ways colleges across the University system can prevent cheating. Starting...

Em Conway and Luna Johnson pose for a picture on the University of Minnesota campus.

Proposed UMN gender expression policy still in progress

September 17, 2018

In response to concerns about free speech rights and potential disciplinary measures, University of Minnesota officials are reworking a proposed policy that would require University members to use the...

UMN professors balance political commentary and academia

September 10, 2018

With the 2018 midterm election season in full swing, political science professors at the University of Minnesota are faced with a challenging, yet important side gig: punditry.  University faculty...

Two finalists selected to lead the UMN Office of Equity and Diversity

September 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota’s hunt for a new vice president of equity and diversity is almost over after a four-month-long process narrowed the search down to two finalists.  The University hosted...

Top journal suspends submissions, hurting UMN academia

September 5, 2018

The Review of Higher Education temporarily halted submissions last month, a decision that is affecting researchers at schools across the country, including the University of Minnesota.  The move comes...

UMN sexual assault prevention training updated for older students

September 4, 2018

The University of Minnesota recently updated its online sexual assault prevention training, tailoring it to adult-learners and graduate students. The revamped training, which is part of the University’s...

Dan Schlissel, founder of Stand Up! Records.

Records with resilience

May 5, 2016

Dan Schlissel has a lot of stuff.Myriad CDs, posters, stickers, limited edition vinyls, promotional T-shirts and recording gear chronicle Schlissel’s 20 years as the founder of the independent comedy...

Local comedian and host of

A sucker for silly

May 3, 2016

On stage, Maggie Faris dons an old-school cabbie driver hat, circular owl-framed glasses and a fun-loving attitude. She’s the same in person.      In a typical set, Faris may talk...

Left to right, graduate students Nai-Cha Chen, Maria Mannone, Nathaniel Akers, William Heinze and Yan Pang pose in a rehearsal room in Ferguson Hall on Saturday afternoon. They will be performing their Composition Recital this Friday to present their original works.

Composing original classics

April 28, 2016

When people think of classical music composers, names like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and maybe a few other old, dead European guys are mentioned.     Graduate students in the School of Music are...

Comedian Kurt Braunohler, who will be headlining Acme Comedy Club through Saturday.

Constant comedy

April 26, 2016

Kurt Braunohler is just about everywhere. He lends his voice to characters on the hit show “Bob’s Burgers,” hosts a weekly comedy showcase and performs stand-up on a variety of late night...

Superior Siren, a four piece Duluth-based band who will performing at the

Minneapolis under siege

April 21, 2016

Al Church may have moved to Minneapolis more than 10 years ago, but his heart remains in his native town of Duluth, Minn.     A multi-instrumental musician, Church joked he left Duluth at the...

Comedian Mary Mack who will performing in

Let’s see how this goes

April 19, 2016

Stand-up comedy is difficult in its own right. It takes writing, revising and rehearsing — even then, a performance can go badly.     Chicago comedian Tim Slagle decided to raise these...

Pat Susmilch

Validation after all these years

April 14, 2016

Local comedian Patrick Susmilch’s stand-up routines are basically an attempt to win approval — he jokes about getting on stage and just yelling “Validate me!”     “That’s...

Comedian Emily Galati

Quick on the draw

April 12, 2016

Phoenix native Emily Galati moved to Chicago to attend graduate school and perform improv. She now does neither.      She’s an established stand-up comedian who performs around the...

University alumnus Brady Knudson sells movie tickets at the St. Anthony Main Theatre on Tuesday night. The theatre is one of the venues hosting the 35th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival from April 7-23.

Around the world in 300 films’

April 7, 2016

If you’re going to pick out the titles that make it to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, you have to do more than enjoy a good flick. You have to be obsessed with watching movies.     Presenting...

Left to right, Kenny Bernard, Milo Bonacci, Rebecca Zeller, Wesly Miles and Mathieu Santos.

Rolling with the changes

April 5, 2016

Recording in Seattle, Brooklyn, upstate New York, Los Angeles and Milwaukee, Ra Ra Riot is used to working on the go.     Although their latest album, “Need Your Light,” was written...

Tommy Ryman

Up close and personal

March 31, 2016

From behind thick tortoise-framed glasses and underneath a head of wavy auburn hair, Tommy Ryman has no problem admitting he can only do one pull-up.     By accenting his physical looks and...

The cast of Shakespeare's King Henry VI run through a dress rehearsal at the Rarig Center on Monday night. The play opens March 30 and runs through April 4.

400 years later, Henry VI restaged

March 29, 2016

Bickering factions, swaying loyalties, backstabbing betrayals and a whole lot of political ambition — “Henry VI” is the perfect play for this election season.      Although...

Daniel Kibblesmith, left, and Eliot Rahal.

It’s a real job, we promise

March 24, 2016

After getting into comics at age 17 and interning at Marvel during his college years, Eliot Rahal fell in love with the genre.     One day, it eventually clicked for him that he could turn his...

Local sketch comedy group LESTARIL works on an upcoming video on Sunday.

Sketch in the city

March 22, 2016

Sketch comedy is changing its form in Minneapolis.     A longtime hotbed of humor, the city boasts an impressive collection of comedians dedicated to open mics, improv and weekly stand-up showcases.     However,...

Comedy and controversy

March 10, 2016

With a penchant for anything anti-authoritarian, a casual disregard for creating controversy and a steady diet of ’90s cartoons, comedian Justin Colucci is familiar to anyone who went to high school...

Left to right, Michael

Dive into success

March 8, 2016

    For Lake Street Dive, major success has been a long time coming.   Formed in 2004 while the members were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, the band released...

Producer Katrah-Quey, left, sits with local rapper and community activist Guante.

Getting his “hands dirty”

March 1, 2016

Local rapper Guante is a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to music, he’s pursuing a Masters of Liberal Studies at the University of Minnesota. He also works as a community activist, educator, spoken...

Perfume Genius

A live monster

March 1, 2016

Perfume Monster was never meant to be a band.      While finishing up on different music projects, lead singer Thomas “Hazen” Zimborski and drummer Kyle Steen began sharing...

Local band Poolboy runs through songs in their practice space on Tuesday night, ahead of their EP release show at the 7th Street Entry on Feb. 28.

Taking a dip

February 25, 2016

Born in chlorine, electrocuted and dropped as a baby, and taught to read from a weird uncle’s Playboy subscription — this is the off-kilter way Poolboy describes the origin of their music.     In...

Local comedian Robert Fones performs at an open mic at the Comedy Corner Underground on West Bank on Friday night.

Humor with humility

February 23, 2016

When he accidentally referred to his routine as “art,” comedian Robert Fones shook his head in embarrassment, half-joking, “God that sounded arrogant.”     Even though...

Actresses, left to right, Noa Beckham-Chasnoff, Simone Williams, Holo Lue Choy, Atlee Jensen, Alyssa DiVirgilio, and Jillian Duffy of GIRL Theatre rehearse

‘What womanhood is’

February 18, 2016

Scarlett Thompson and Alexandra Hatch, like most high school seniors, are busy handling school, applying to colleges and making time for friends.     But unlike most of their peers, the two students...

Left to right, Paul Rutledge, Paul LaNave and Spencer H. Levin.

‘Deceptively simple’

February 16, 2016

Although its title may suggest otherwise, “The Aliens” is a play about ordinary people in ordinary situations.      Set in a small Vermont town, the piece centers on an unlikely...

Jug band musicians, left to right, Amanda

Everything but the kitchen sink

February 11, 2016

Although the Battle of the Jug Bands has been around in one form or another, there is some doubt regarding the origins of the competition. This contributes to tall tales and folk-lore surrounding the...

The only girls in the room

February 9, 2016

Starting as a comedian can be difficult. Trying to figure out how to sign up for open mics, which local clubs to get booked at and what the heck the blinking red light on stage means — (it’s...

Anthony Atamanuik, left, and James Adomian, right, as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Arguing for laughs

February 4, 2016

If you’re disappointed after missing Bernie Sanders speak at the RiverCentre in St. Paul last week or saddened by the absence of Donald Trump at the last Republican debate, here’s a pick-me-up.     On...

Local comedian Adam Quesnell performs at Sisyphus Brewing on Saturday night. Quesnell will be performing two nights at the Comedy Corner Underground this weekend.

Starting the year off right at home

February 2, 2016

Even though he just quit his day job, comedian Adam Quesnell couldn’t be happier.     As he presented his future plans — getting married, settling down in Minneapolis, planning his...