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Students roller skate in the Northstar Ballroom at the St. Paul Student Center during a roller disco event.

Cummerbunds and kneepads galore: Local Twin Cities roller skating community hosts “Skate Prom”

Published July 28, 2021
Several local skate groups and organizations come together to host the first large-scale skating meetup since pre-COVID-19, with a formal attire twist.
Frances Priya, also referred to as FPA, is this years featured artist for the Walker Art Centers “Sound for Silents” event. Priya is a multidisciplinary artist from Minneapolis. Photo courtesy of Frances Priya.

Local musical artist partners with the Walker Art Center to create music for selected silent films

Published July 25, 2021
The Walker’s “Sound for Silents” event is back with artist FPA set to perform her newly written compositions alongside three short films August 19 on the Walker grounds.
Obi Original plays guitar to layer over a newly created computer track on Sunday, July 11 in his home studio in Minneapolis, Minn.

Underground update: Local Afro-fusion artist Obi Original prepares for debut EP release

Published July 16, 2021
Minnesota artist and co-founder of local artist collective “Ozone Creations,” Obi Original prepares for the release of his debut project “Waves.”
Review: “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” by Tyler, the Creator

Review: “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” by Tyler, the Creator

Published July 6, 2021
The sixth studio album from jack-of-all-trades artist, Tyler, the Creator, exceeds all expectations.
Bell Museum opens larger-than-life bug exhibit

Bell Museum opens larger-than-life bug exhibit

Published June 30, 2021
The Bell Museum introduced an insect-centered 3D sculpture exhibition, which will be open through September.
Photo courtesy of Jacob Pesci.

It’s not beginner’s luck when it comes to Papa Mbye, it’s the real deal.

Published June 29, 2021
Local artist Papa Mbye prepares for the summer release of his debut EP, “MANG FI.”
Local band Keep for Cheap writes and performs indie folk and prairie rock in the Twin Cities. Photos courtesy of Bethunni Schreiner.

Underground Update: Keep for Cheap is back on the scene

Published June 25, 2021
As they finish up work on their album and gear up to start performing live again, St. Paul five-piece Keep for Cheap expands on their prairie-folk sound.
Do I bring my mask? Twin Cities summer events are back, but what exactly will they be like?

Do I bring my mask? Twin Cities summer events are back, but what exactly will they be like?

Published June 12, 2021
A&E’s rundown of a handful of local summer highlights and what their requirements and COVID-19 restrictions will be.
Shavunda Brown dances with her daughter Lola at the Save the Boards event in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, June 6.  Save the Boards is a grassroots movement to preserve the artwork made on the boards that covered up businesses windows to protect from the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd.

Local organizations continue efforts of community and preservation through artwork exhibition

Published June 7, 2021
Despite the over 90 degree heat, the festivities went on strong with live poetry readings, free food and live painters adding to the already remarkable display of visual art.
Members of the local band Distant Edge pose for a portrait outside the Guthrie Theatre on Tuesday, April 27 in Minneapolis, Minnesota From left to right, Sam Swanson on the keys, Nate Erickson on guitar, Nolan Litschewski as lead singer, Aaron Eiden on bass guitar and Jahmal Fischer on drums. “This feels like a really momentous occasion for us, it’s very complete and cohesive and I’m really proud of it,” said Swanson on the release of their debut album.

Local band Distant Edge releases long-awaited debut album “Redlight”

Published April 28, 2021
After years of playing together, Distant Edge dropped their 11 song LP.
Review: Young Stoner Life, Young Thug and Gunna’s “Slime Language 2”

Review: Young Stoner Life, Young Thug and Gunna’s “Slime Language 2”

Published April 26, 2021
The modicum of hits brought to the table on “Slime Language 2” are unfortunately outnumbered by the utter duds.
La Doña Cervecería, a latin-influenced craft brewery located on Freemont Ave North, is a short nine minute drive from the University of Minnesota campus.

Summer brews near the U

Published April 23, 2021
A&E rounded up some of our favorite local breweries open for socially distanced, in-person seating.
The new Why Canoes? exhibit located in the Northrop gallery on Tuesday, April 13. The exhibit was curated by University of Minnesota graduate student Jacob Bernier, American Indian Studies professor Dr. Vicente Diaz and former University student Chrissy Goodwin.

Graduate student curates Northrop exhibit highlighting Indigenous canoeing communities

Published April 16, 2021
Heritage Studies and Public History graduate student Jacob Bernier is bringing attention to the importance of Indigenous watercraft with the opening of the exhibit “Why Canoes?”
Blast beats, boy bands and boughatsa

Blast beats, boy bands and boughatsa

Published April 15, 2021
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Rituals of Resilience illustration by Johnalynn Holland and lettering by Andres Guzman.

Mia partners with l Self Devine to create new audiovisual exhibition

Published April 3, 2021
Chaka Mkali, aka I Self Devine, created an album inspired by 28 works of art from Black artists for a new exhibition titled “Rituals of Resilience.”
First Avenue venue sits empty on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The Minnesota chapter of the National Independent Venue Association was founded by First Avenue, along with other local music venues, to advocate for relief in the form of the SaveMNStages bill.

Minnesota venues seek state relief with newly introduced SaveMNStages bill

Published April 1, 2021
The Minnesota Independent Venue Association has been spearheading legislation aimed at providing aid to shuttered entertainment businesses.
The inside of Walrus art gallery Tuesday, Mar. 23. Walrus is a new community-based art gallery that sells and showcases work by local artists.

Community art gallery showcasing local works opens in North Minneapolis

Published March 24, 2021
March 4 marked the grand opening of the new affordable framed art gallery, Walrus.
Biggie, blues and fresh brew

Biggie, blues and fresh brew

Published March 22, 2021
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Courtesy photo of Danez Smith.

Poet and St. Paul native Danez Smith joins the Walker for virtual showcase

Published March 17, 2021
Smith, joined by the members of their poetry collective, Dark Noise, will perform an evening of poems available on the Walker’s website March 26.
Samantha Montoya poses for a portrait with the neuroscience coloring book she created on Monday, Mar. 8.  Montoya is a UMN neuroscience graduate student.

UMN grad student launches neuroscience coloring book

Published March 12, 2021
Second-year neuroscience graduate student Samantha Montoya pairs the study of the human brain with visual art in her new coloring book.
Kyle Skye, a Minneapolis musician, poses for a portrait in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 4. Skye just released his new single, Halo.

Underground Update: Musician and former Gophers football player Kyle Skye makes his mark

Published March 5, 2021
Local artist Kyle Skye continues to combine his eclectic taste and musical skill set with his latest single, “Halo.”
Review: Trippie Redd’s “Pegasus: Neon Shark vs Pegasus Presented By Travis Barker”

Review: Trippie Redd’s “Pegasus: Neon Shark vs Pegasus Presented By Travis Barker”

Published March 3, 2021
Trippie Redd has turned rock star with his newest release in collaboration with Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker.
BFA Acting program takes annual thesis showcase online

BFA Acting program takes annual thesis showcase online

Published February 27, 2021
The capstone projects for the fourth-year students within the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Acting program went live online on Feb. 19.
David Buchanan, Minneapolis-based writer and filmmaker, poses for a portrait inside the St. Paul Neighborhood Network building on Tuesday, Feb. 23. His film, Black in Minneapolis, was retitled and released in response to the events of this past summer.

Q&A with filmmaker David J. Buchanan on his film “Black in Minneapolis”

Published February 26, 2021
A&E spoke with the filmmaker about what his 2018 film means in today’s social climate.
Stylings of Trinity Vang of TRIN Collective on models Shannon Lee and Kathryn Nguyen.

UMN student Trinity Vang launches personal jewelry line

Published February 16, 2021
The third-year University student launched the accessory brand Flourish through her self-made arts platform.
Heat of the Week: Magic, MAFIA and mochaccinos

Heat of the Week: Magic, MAFIA and mochaccinos

Published February 15, 2021
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Physician and author Courtney Burnett poses with her memoir Difficult Gifts in her home in St. Paul on Friday, Feb. 5. In the memoir, to be released on Feb. 8, Burnett describes searching for happiness when she unexpectedly finds herself diagnosed with a malignant brain cancer.

UMN grad and physician recounts battle with brain cancer in new memoir

Published February 8, 2021
University of Minnesota graduate and Internal Medicine Chief Resident Courtney Burnett prepares for the release of her memoir “Difficult Gifts: A Physician’s Journey to Heal Body and Mind.”
Local artist Mama Rose poses for a portrait at Lake Nokomis Park on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Rose is releasing her debut solo EP which combines many music and art styles such as Neo-jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word poetry.

Underground Update: Local artist Mama Rose prepares for debut release

Published February 4, 2021
Charlotte “Mama” Rose channels her experiences, personality and eclectic musical influences in her first EP, “drink More water.”
Heat of the week: Fantasy, frequencies and fresh Mexican food

Heat of the week: Fantasy, frequencies and fresh Mexican food

Published February 1, 2021
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The Minneapolis Institute of Art on Monday, Dec. 7. The MIA will be reopening to the public on January 28.

Open or closed? Local museums welcome back visitors as COVID-19 restrictions lift slowly

Published January 22, 2021
As we emerge from a period of statewide closures mandated by Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order in November, some local museums are beginning to reopen.
Heat of the week: Profanity, bad boys and a new cafe

Heat of the week: Profanity, bad boys and a new cafe

Published January 20, 2021
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Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

A&E’s top 10 albums of 2020

Published December 12, 2020
There were few bright moments this year, but here are 10 albums that brought a little bit of light to 2020.
Heat of the week: Beats, bake-off and bar food

Heat of the week: Beats, bake-off and bar food

Published December 7, 2020
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Elizabeth Abraha stitches a new mask at her home on Monday, Nov. 30. “I’ve always been a creative person, and now this is my way of making my thoughts real.”

Local artist stitches politics into handmade masks

Published December 1, 2020
Elizabeth Abraha started a business selling face coverings embroidered with powerful political statements on Instagram.
Junior Wariboko Gabriel Semenitari poses for a portrait in Dinkytown on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Semenitari performed his play “Naija is Alive” with an audience over Zoom. The play is now available to watch on YouTube.

UMN acting student protests Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad with original play

Published November 20, 2020
Wariboko Semenitari wrote and directed a virtual play giving voices to victims of police brutality in Nigeria titled, “Naija is Alive.”
Twin Cities theater company brings stage to stereo

Twin Cities theater company brings stage to stereo

Published September 29, 2020
Trademark Theater prepares for the opening of a new audioplay version of their original production, “Understood.”
Artist Brooks Turner poses for a portrait with a piece of his art outside his home on Saturday, Sep. 12. Turner will exhibit his art in a display centered around past examples of anti-semitism in Minnesota at the Weismann Art Museum in late October. “While starting this project I never thought how much I would uncover, how much I would learn, and the paths that I found while researching.”

In precarious times, Jewish Arts Council continues arts project-funding

Published September 16, 2020
Amid the global health crisis, Rimon, the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, continues work funding the arts wherever they can.

In the Heart of the Beast’s yearly May Day celebration goes online

Published May 3, 2020

Live music filling the air, masked figures, 10-foot tall puppets making their way down the street and crowds of people gathering to welcome the summer season — this is what you’d expect to see on Bloomington...

St. Paul Art Crawl goes virtual

St. Paul Art Crawl goes virtual

Published April 25, 2020

Back in mid-March, as large group gatherings began getting canceled and businesses were forced to shut their doors, the members of the St. Paul Art Collective could see little hope for hosting their semiannual...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

University of Minnesota student Nibir Sarma wins Jeopardy! College Championship and $100K

Published April 18, 2020

After two weeks of intense competition, the 2020 Jeopardy! College Championship has crowned its winner —Nibir Sarma, a sophomore chemical engineering major, came out on top after the two-day finale to...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

University sophomore Nibir Sarma moves on to semifinals of Jeopardy! College Championship

Published April 14, 2020

Update: Nibir Sarma is moving on to the Jeopardy! College Championship finals to take his shot at the $100k grand prize. He dominated his semifinal round on Tuesday, taking on opponents from the University...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

“Quaranzine” inspires creativity, community during quarantine

Published April 13, 2020

During this time of social distancing and self-isolation, the organizers at Minnesota Youth Collective are attempting to bring communities together through art. “Quaranzine” is a new digital zine that...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

University sophomore Nibir Sarma to take on Jeopardy!

Published April 10, 2020

While driving his younger brother home from a high school quiz bowl competition in early January, University of Minnesota student Nibir Sarma got the phone call he had been waiting for. He was told that...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Online class during COVID-19: boredom, distraction and procrastination

Published April 10, 2020

For many students, the transition from in-person to online classes from home comes with many distractions. Locked indoors with family, roommates and pets running about is not an ideal academic environment....

Flyers for events canceled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are seen outside the Rarig Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The performing arts, without any performances

Published March 24, 2020

As the University of Minnesota makes its transition to online instruction, certain students and faculty within the performing arts have found it difficult to adjust. For those pursuing majors in music,...

Eva Berezovsky

Review: Lil Uzi Vert’s “Eternal Atake”

Published March 16, 2020

The internet blew up on the day that Lil Uzi Vert announced that he had completed work on his second studio album, “Eternal Atake.”  In the months that followed, the artist generated buzz on social...

Dan Norman, courtesy of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.

“The Skriker” goes beyond the average fairy tale

Published March 1, 2020

Strobe lights flashed above a set thick with faux trees, fog poured up from cracks beneath the stage and sounds of Radiohead rumbled through the speakers of the Stoll Thrust Theatre. The cast and crew...

Culture compass: de-stressing, dancing and a dog-friendly market

Culture compass: de-stressing, dancing and a dog-friendly market

Published February 27, 2020

Friday: Weisman Art De-Stress Tour Feeling the stress of midterms? Looking to take your mind off school and see something new? Join the Weisman Art Museum on East Bank to kick off an afternoon of relaxing...

Local artist Bayo poses for a portrait in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 23. 

Underground Update: Get to know St. Paul’s Bayo

Published February 24, 2020

Self-love, generosity and hard work are not themes found in the lyrics of every up-and-coming rapper. But St. Paul Rapper Bayo is pulling out all the stops in 2020 in order to spread his message of positivity,...

Culture compass: 90s bangers, Black History Month and laid-back sketching

Culture compass: ’90s bangers, Black History Month and laid-back sketching

Published February 20, 2020

This weekend is all about celebrating. Dance the night away by making a tribute to some of the best 90s hits on Friday, honor the work of local artists by celebrating Black History Month on Saturday and...

Developer Charles McGregor poses for a portrait in his workspace on Wednesday Feb 12. McGregor and his team at Glitch launched a new game called Hyperdot.

Local game developer Charles McGregor launches “HyperDot” game for Xbox

Published February 17, 2020

After years of work on his very own arcade-style action game, 26-year-old Charles McGregor is thrilled to share “HyperDot” with the world. Since learning coding from his father at a young age, McGregor...

Culture compass: bands, bonfires and brunch

Culture compass: bands, bonfires and brunch

Published February 6, 2020

Whether you’re looking for live music or to spend some time outdoors, this weekend in the Cities is full of events you won’t want to miss.   Friday: Battle of the Bands  Stop by the basement...

Bands, Bonfires, and BrewCo

Published February 5, 2020

Friday: Battle of the Bands  Stop by the basement of Coffman this Friday and check out the best bands and solo artists that the university has to offer! Get the chance to cast your vote for the performers...

Culture compass: pucks, paintings and perennials

Culture compass: pucks, paintings and perennials

Published January 30, 2020

If you're looking to get off campus after a busy start to the semester, check out these weekend events for some winter fun both indoors and outdoors.  Friday: Family Skating & Bonfire Enjoy a...