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Conquering kitsch, surviving local plunders

May 4, 2006

It was moving day some 10 years ago in a debilitated college house on the West Bank. Along with the hand-me-down tables and stained loveseats, roommates and University students Scott Wentworth and Rog...

Undercover agents in Alaskan wilderness

April 20, 2006

Sure, Lucinda Schroeder loves animals. But she loves criminology more. Her first book combines these interests, and the mixed subject matter is so unique that, for the most part, it works. "The Hunt for...

The show will go on

April 20, 2006

This year's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival has already undergone its fair share of drama - and it just started today. Through the past few chilly months, there had been talk that the...

Raising Art’s Eyebrows

April 13, 2006

Don't let the lowbrow in the phrase lowbrow art fool you. Behind the humble adjective is a lot of history. At the turn of the century, the term lowbrow mocked the popular idea that a person's skull shape...

A local tour around the world of art

March 23, 2006

>Click here to download the .pdf with more photos and graphics Sweden The American Swedish Institute > 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis > (612) 871-4907 > www.americanswed ishinst.org It seems appropriate...

Pick your pleasure

March 9, 2006

Sophomore Jamie Schlies, 20, and her roommates made a recent pilgrimage to Sex World. They came back mostly empty-handed, save a few items purchased for comic value. When it was time to buy the lubricants,...

Can we graduate from high school already?

March 2, 2006

Very few twentysomethings admit wanting to go back to high school. After all, no one misses the insecurity, the fear of not being cool enough and the superficial relationships interrupted by the occasional...

Stripping burlesque down to its pasties

February 16, 2006

Jack Kabrud has spent years researching beautiful, nearly naked female dancers. He has collected photographs and films of ladies bathing on stage, performing various breast tricks and shimmying seductively...

This ice is anything but vanilla

February 9, 2006

This winter, as she has the past two, artist and real estate agent Keri Reardon spends her time on Medicine Lake in an 8-foot silver cube with portholes for windows, a trapdoor for fishing and a lime green...

All dressed up and nowhere to go

February 2, 2006

About 200 guests donned prom dresses, special occasion jewelry and somewhat bewildered expressions at a gathering last week in St. Paul. Their faces seemed to echo the awkward-but-promising state of the...

Professor draws drama out of small-town life

January 26, 2006

It's a gray winter day and University professor and author Charles Baxter is preparing for the removal of a wisdom tooth, a fact he says embarrasses him a little at his age. The dental appointment is just...

Garrison Keillor loves U

January 19, 2006

Garrison Keillor began his Jan. 14 radio show by crooning the tune "As Long as I Live." He dedicated the love song to a place he holds dear, featuring stories and skits about the same spot, "out of pure...

Hard work drives robot show at U

December 13, 2005

Robots normally make life easier, but they did just the opposite for a group of students in the Introduction to Engineering course (ME 2011). About 225 students, mostly from the Institute of Technology,...

Rural reality memoir hits home

December 8, 2005

Critics' reaction to Nicole Lea Helget's depiction of southern Minnesota farm life is probably predictable, considering how few Americans have grown up on a farm. In describing her memoir "The Summer of...

Geisha’s beauty is only skin deep

December 8, 2005

When novelist Arthur Golden penned the 1997 best seller "Memoirs of a Geisha," he had to defend his identity as an American white man supposedly spilling a young Japanese woman's secrets " and doing so...

Sex moves from the bedroom to the convention center

December 1, 2005

The biggest shocker at last month's International Sex and So Much More expo wasn't the woman crawling the catwalk in a black rubber suit, lapping milk out of an oversized bowl and eventually dumping it...

“Bee Season’ buzzes around many themes but never lands

November 23, 2005

There's a tendency to romanticize what we don't understand. And in an industry that uses all the sophistication of hand signals to evaluate final products, it's often easier to throw a tangle of complex...

Remaking a classic without prejudice

November 17, 2005

Americans don't know it, but in Britain, "Pride and Prejudice" is not required high school reading. In fact, when Joe Wright accepted the task of directing the book's umpteenth screen adaptation, he had...

To her, even AIDS has a ‘silver’ lining

November 10, 2005

A 2004 Canadian study confirmed what most observe firsthand: Women and men have distinctly different ideas of humor. Men, the study concluded, love physical humor and off-color topics. Women, on the other...

When women embrace Playboy

November 3, 2005

Despite the women's movement, we still live in a world in which women - their anatomy and appearance - are sold as objects. But according to Ariel Levy's book "Feminist Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise...

Clothes to their heart

October 20, 2005

The buzz is going strong. If the number of fashion shows and media coverage is any indication, the local fashion scene has been grabbing attention for more than a year now, and it shows no sign of losing...

Found magazine creator tells other people ‘s stories-and his own

October 13, 2005

Some people have all the luck. Or maybe they have what the rest of us classify as luck only because we are jealous. Either way, Davy Rothbart, creator of Found magazine, contributor to Public Radio International's...

Play’s history lesson proves personal

October 6, 2005

Define the term "buffalo soldier." A) A black U.S. soldier (and often former slave) sent west after the Civil War to bravely fight American Indians and further expansion. B) A black U.S. soldier responsible...

Blurring boundaries with author Octavia Butler

September 29, 2005

Describing author Octavia Butler is a difficult task. She admits it herself. She's not just a science fiction writer, though she's written 13 books and the words science fiction often follow her name -...

Noraebang: Get a room

September 22, 2005

The pink and turquoise neon light in the upstairs window of Korea House casts a strange glow on the dark parking lot below. The colored lights feel otherworldly - as if the restaurant stands in an alternate...

Back when comedic duos were funny

September 15, 2005

Every so often, a movie comes out that is so unimaginative it's hard to picture even the screenwriter feigning enthusiasm for it, let alone staying awake for the end. The film "The Man," which opened in...

A custom-made wedding: The meaning behind the tradition

September 15, 2005

On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, friends Cara Heneberry, Brittany Stephens and Katie Griffith examined wedding gowns, gazed at photos of smiling couples and chatted about their own future nuptials. But...

The Hookah’s New Haven

September 8, 2005

Minnesota is not a trend-setting state. But any self-respecting University student can hear "it's big at Madison" only so many times before wanting to prove that Minnesota students aren't always geekishly...

Eugene Hutz: On laughing, linguistics and life

September 8, 2005

Eugene Hutz is no stranger to the performing arts, though "Everything is Illuminated" is his debut film. Born in the Ukraine as a descendent of gypsies (the Sirva Roma), Hutz is also the singer and songwriter...

From the Ukraine, with Love

September 8, 2005

In 2003, Brooklyn-based author Jonathan Safran Foer was named on a list of "50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers" by a local weekly. When an interviewer mentioned the "nomination" to Foer in a discussion of his...

Campus exhibit visualizes composers through history

August 17, 2005

It's no secret that artistic talent runs through the blood of some families, endowing multiple children in a family with enviable natural talent. Despite comparable levels of talent, though, it is often...

Festival to unite hip-hop fans

August 17, 2005

Much has been said and written about divisions within hip- hop culture, pitting whites versus minorities, mainstream versus underground, purists versus innovators. Hearing Toki Wright and Larry Lucio talk...

Are you a fair-goer?

August 17, 2005

The Minnesota State Fair has been a late summer mainstay for years, its 12-day run marking the end of lazy afternoons and the beginning of the school year for children and adults. Fair-going is the kind...

Walker exhibit highlights career

August 10, 2005

It's hard to imagine children recalling specific works of modern art from school field trips to the Walker Art Center. But then, Chuck Close's "Big Self-Portrait," a piece often cited as memorable by young...

Fringe Festival ready for 2005

August 3, 2005

Leah Cooper likes to say that "every community gets the arts it deserves." Apparently, the Twin Cities deserves a frenzied, grassroots theater festival featuring everything from puppetry to dance, amateurs...

Director Posin eyes teenage condition

August 3, 2005

Director Arie Posin's parents refused to purchase a television until their son was 16 years old. Despite this fact, or perhaps because of it, Posin grew up understanding that images were powerful - so...

Photographer brings refugee’s stories to life

July 27, 2005

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state has become a new home for at least 70,000 refugees during the last 25 years. And photographer Jane Kramer knows each and every one of these refugees...

It’s a matter of perspective

July 27, 2005

In preparation for an upcoming art show, artist Amy Rice spent hours fashioning miniscule shoes and handbags out of polymer clay. When she was done, she promptly put the pieces where she thought they belonged...

Criticizing celebrity, in ‘hilarious’ ways

July 20, 2005

Naturally, when a novel does well critically, its publishers want you to know it. They add extra pages to accommodate the words of praise, and the cover has to be redesigned so the positive adjectives...

Esther Park means business

July 20, 2005

Esther Park doesn't look the part of a small- business owner. She is 23 years old but appears even younger; she stands less than 5-feet tall, her hair is long and black, and at the crown of her head a...

Scrapbook like you mean it

July 12, 2005

Thousands of die-hard scrapbook aficionados filled the St. Paul exhibit hall Saturday, trying to balance their enthusiasm for an overwhelming array of materials with the limits imposed by their wallets. Kristen...

Chinese art: past, future and thumbtacks

July 6, 2005

It doesn't get much more contemporary than silver thumbtacks. Along with literally keeping a number of works from falling off the wall, the thumbtacks -pushed tautly into the corners of elegant watercolors...

Contemporary artworks, provided context

July 6, 2005

Contemporary art is not something ordinary folk commonly want to discuss between observations about the weather. Listening to others talk about it, though, seems like a far more pleasant idea. That is,...

A weekend of pride and activism

June 29, 2005

Fireworks burst high in the muggy Loring Park sky Sunday night while individuals, couples and entire families celebrated their freedom in more ways than one. With the Fourth of July still a good two weeks...

A Wilde ride back to the past

June 22, 2005

If Oscar Wilde were alive today, the tantalizing combination of his plays and his personal life would certainly have people talking - not to mention the editors of Us Weekly. But Wilde would likely care...

Gehry’s influences, friends at Weisman

June 22, 2005

In 1967, The Beatles sang about "getting by" with the help of one's friends. In the case of burgeoning architect Frank Gehry, his '60s friends and fellow artists did more than just help him "get by" -...

Alcohol the cause of, and solution to, all the world’s problems

June 15, 2005

Despite the availability of alcohol on campus, the University has a tendency to frown upon binge drinking, underage drinking and, well, just about any sort of drinking. However, University professor emeritus...

Provocative “Sweat” takes a steamy look at the world of prostitution

June 8, 2005

Corey McLeod, director and writer of "Sweat," now showing at Dinkytown's Varsity Theater, spent hundreds of hours researching his work by interviewing prostitutes in South Africa. After directing a show...

Four artists typify Minneapolis’ Red Hot scene

June 8, 2005

Tucked away in downtown Minneapolis, the fourth annual Red Hot Art Festival took place last weekend in Stevens Square Park - the same weekend as the upscale suburban Edina Art Fair. And although they both...

12 untold stories of WWII, shared in the public space

June 1, 2005

From their sterile, quiet environments to their contents -documents and records from the past -- archives aren't places typically associated with vitality. But that doesn't mean their subjects weren't...