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Q&A: Wanda Sykes

September 27, 2012

    What: Wanda Sykes Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., Friday Cost: $39.75-$59.75   Though shows bearing her name have been commercially unsuccessful,...

Text and the city

September 27, 2012

  What: Discussion with Janet Groth and Garrison Keillor When: 7 p.m., tonight Where: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave.   When Janet Groth was a student at the University of Minnesota during...

Haunted past, bright future

September 20, 2012

  What: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti When: 9 p.m., Saturday Where: Fine Line Music Café, 318 N. First Ave., Minneapolis Price: $15   Days before their ninth album, “Mature...

Q&A: Ira Glass

September 17, 2012

  “Sleepwalk with Me” Where: Uptown Theatre Directed by: Mike Birbiglia Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn Unrated   Ira Glass is famous for telling stories....

Movie review: “The Inbetweeners”

September 13, 2012

  “The Inbetweeners” Where: Lagoon Cinema Rated: R Directed by: Ben Palmer Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison Opens: Sept. 13   Anyone who sets out to make a raunchy...

Pure as the driven snow

September 13, 2012

  What: Purity Ring Where: First Avenue’s mainroom, 701 N. First Ave. When: 8 p.m., Friday Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door   Canadian duo Purity Ring’s ascent to popularity...

West Bank (of the U) becomes contested

September 6, 2012

When: Sept. 4-Oct. 6 Where: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, 405  S. 21st Ave. Cost: Free    When Howard Oransky was hired as director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in...

Movie review: “Samsara”

September 6, 2012

  “Samsara,” the new film from Ron Fricke, comes 20 years after the release of “Baraka.” In that film, he captured fascinating and bizarre images from around the world in hopes...

Teengirl Fantasy performs on Friday at the 7th St. Entry.

Q&A: Teengirl Fantasy

September 4, 2012

  The Brooklyn-based electronic duo Teengirl Fantasy played the 7th Street Entry last Friday night, showcasing their rare ability of making danceable music you can do homework to. Logan Takahashi...

Gimme gimme gimme

May 3, 2012

  Anyone who has attended elementary school since the mid-’90s has probably had “The Giver” assigned as homework. Whether or not they actually read it depends on their level of academic...

Just keep swimming

May 3, 2012

  What: Great Lake Swimmers When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $12-15 The Ontario folk collective Great Lake Swimmers has been together for nearly...

I got it for my mama

May 3, 2012

  Mother’s Day is a little more than a week away, which means it’s time to start thinking about what to get or do for mom this year. If you’re over the age of 11, the days of giving...

Historical Sci-fi

April 26, 2012

  What: “Steampunk Delusions”   When: April 27- May 12 Where: Open Eye Figure Theatre Cost: $12-16 Odd subgenres seem to pop up almost daily. But it’s generally in music where...

Socially Assimilated

April 26, 2012

  What: Social Distortion, The Toadies, Lindi Ortega When: 5 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday Where: First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N, Minneapolis Cost: $30+ Ages: 18   Mike Ness, the front man and...

The Daredevil Christopher Wright will play the 7th Street Entry on Sunday night, in the midst of prepping their forthcoming LP,

Risk and Reward

April 19, 2012

    What: The Daredevil Christopher Wright Where: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. When: Sunday, April 22 Cost: $12-14   Over the past few years, Eau Claire, Wis., has experienced a musical...

Fred Eaglesmith left his family farm at age
15 to pursue music, hopping trains and hitchhiking all over North America.

Eagle eyed

April 19, 2012

  What: The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Show When: 7:30 p.m., April 15 Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $15 in advance, $18 at the door   It’s not clear...

Fred Eaglesmith at the Cedar

April 17, 2012

There is a weird pride that comes with being the youngest person to attend an event. Or maybe it's not pride, exactly, but an automatic sense that, by default, you are the hippest person in the room....

Debut novel

From the Screen to the Page

April 12, 2012

  There is a moment in David H. Steinberg’s new young adult comedy, “Last Stop This Town,” where he writes, “Yet part of graduating high school was also pretty scary. It was...

Judah Friedlander has been performing and honing his

Interview: Judah Friedlander

April 12, 2012

What: Judah Friedlander When: April 10 Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE Cost: $18-20 Judah Friedlander has been doing standup for more than 20 years, but he’s most recognizable for playing...

Post-wizard rock

April 5, 2012

  What: Harry and the Potters and Koo Koo Kanga Roo When: Doors open at 12:30 p.m., April 7 Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave. Cost: $10   Even if there is a Harry Potter movie marathon...

Seann William Scott leads a surprisingly talented cast in what is (apparently) a true story of fighting to find your place.

Review – “Goon”

March 29, 2012

  Directed by: Michael Dowse Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill Rated: R Showing at: Lagoon Cinema   “Goon” really only slows down once, and it’s to show...

Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm began making music together four years ago. Their debut full-length has finally gotten them some spotlight.

Review: “Mixed Emotions” – Tanlines

March 29, 2012

  Artist: Tanlines Album: “Mixed Emotions” Label: True Panther Electronic pop is an over-saturated market by now. Technological advances in music production have made bedroom-project dream...

Love is Blind

March 22, 2012

  What: “Blind Date” When: Now until April 1 Where: Ordway McKnight Theatre, 345 Washington St., St. Paul Cost: $40-45   It’s hard to think of two more flop-sweat inducing things...

Megafaun; Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, Phil Cook, photographed in Durham, N.C., June 15, 2011.

Digital let-down

March 22, 2012

What: Megafaun When: March 24, doors open at 8 p.m. Where: Turf Club, 1601 W. University Ave., St. Paul Cost: $15      “Freak-folk” has all of the connotations and trappings...

Buddy Cop Film Festival

March 21, 2012

I, like everyone else, saw "21 Jump Street" over the weekend. And like pretty much everyone else, I thought it was awesome. There are plenty of reasons for this, most notably the script...

Julianna Barwick released

New age gets new life

March 8, 2012

  What: Julianna Barwick Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. When: 6 p.m., March 8 Cost: Free               It would be easy enough...

Photographer unknown; Babe Ruth; 1919; 8 1/2 x 11 in; Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division; LC-DIG-npcc-00316

The art of sport

March 8, 2012

What: “The Sports Show” Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 S. Third Ave., Minneapolis When: Thursday through  May 13 Price: $4-8, free with student ID Last week, after much deliberation...

“Up the Yangtze” at Bell Museum of Natural History

March 1, 2012

Anyone who subscribes to Netflix knows how easy it is to get hooked on the Instant streaming feature of the site. One morning you might decide to take a break, skip one of your bigger, more skip-able lectures...

Review: Hunx's

Review: Hunx’s “Hairdresser Blues”

March 1, 2012

   “Hairdresser Blues” Artist: Hunx Label: Hardly Art “Dropping out feels nice, and I don't wanna be a fool,” Hunx, the onstage persona of Oakland singer-songwriter Seth...

On the recently released

No Man is an Island

March 1, 2012

  What: Islands When: 10:30 p.m. Friday Where: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. Cost: $12 Ages: 18+ Wordsworth wrote “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting” in his classic poem “Ode:...

Hypothetical Foot Tapping Music

February 24, 2012

Converse has recently teamed English genre benders Gorillaz with James Murphy, leader of the now defunct LCD Soundsystem, and Andre 3000 for a song called "DoYaThang" as part of their "Three...

Harold, played by Don Darryl Rivera, reaches for the moon from his rocket ship, with help from co-star Khanh Doan.

That kid cray

February 23, 2012

What: Harold and the Purple Crayon Where: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 S. 3rd Ave. When: Feb. 23-26 Cost: $10-43.50 The first objective of children’s entertainment is, believe it or not,...

Napoleon returns

February 23, 2012

Show: “Napoleon Dynamite” Time: 7:30 p.m. Sundays Network: Fox Jon Heder is now eight years removed from the debut of his most popular role as the courageous, moonboot-wearing Napoleon Dynamite....

Schoolboy takes a puff off what we like to assume is tobacco.

Going Back to School

February 16, 2012

  What: Schoolboy Q When: 9 p.m., Feb. 18 Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE Cost: $15 Age: 18+   Influential tastemaker and hipster-bible music website Pitchfork Media gave Los Angeles...

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What Comes After

February 16, 2012

What: Memorial show for Daniel Levy When: 1:30 p.m., Saturday Where: History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul Cost: Free Twin Cities rock veterans the Honeydogs are hard at work readying their 10th studio...

Celebrity Mourning

February 15, 2012

Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that flags in his state would be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of the late singer and New Jersey native Whitney Houston. The statement...

TGS Hates Women?

February 9, 2012

Let me first say that for your weekly television news, Tony Wagner is your man. I apologize to him and his family for stepping into his realm, but I want to so I will. "TGS Hates Women" is the title of...

2010 Waffle League Champions, the Roe Family Singers, will be back this year to try and reclaim the coveted Waffle Iron.

Tone Jugs-n-Harmony

February 9, 2012

  What: 30th Annual Battle of the Jug Bands When: Feb. 11-12 Where: Feb. 11: Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. Feb. 12: The Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. Just a few weeks removed from the Janis Joplin tribute...

Simone Perrin (right) will join Kevin Kling at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium for a night of love-inspired songs, stories and poems.

Write (and sing) About Love

February 9, 2012

With mid-February days away, ValentineâÄôs Day is right around the corner, as is the backlash that accompanies it each year. Public displays of affection and mushy subplots on every episode of...

Culture Compass — Jeff Mangum, Chairlift and Pizza Bagels

February 2, 2012

Thursday Tom Segura Acme Comedy Company 708 N. First St. 8 p.m. $15 You may remember Tom Segura from his legendary performance as âÄúBear Suit GuyâÄù on an episode of the short-lived CBS...

Busey Holly

February 2, 2012

  What: An Evening with Gary Busey &undefined;&&undefined;undefined&undefined; When:  7 p.m. Friday Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 S. Chicago Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $48-58 College...

Featured artist Atom Pechman poses with his moustache sculpture, from which the show in Northeast Minneapolis takes its name.

The art of the ‘stache

February 2, 2012

What: Juicy Steak Moustache When: 12-4 p.m., Saturdays until March 10 Where: Northrup King Building, Studio 395, 1500 Jackson St. NE Cost: Free Anyone who has caught a glimpse of Michael Cera's thin,...

Halftime Show Reconsidered

February 1, 2012

Kenneth Parcell said it best: "More than jazz or musical theater or morbid obesity, television is the true American art form." And the biggest day of the year for TV comes on Sunday. You...

Show review: Freddie Gibbs at 7th Street Entry

January 31, 2012

The first time I saw Freddie Gibbs live was his performance at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival. Despite his self-constructed gangster reputation, Gibbs's technical abilities as a rapper and strong production...

Kittens inspired for glory

January 26, 2012

What: 36th Annual Championship and Household Pet Cat Show Where: Exhibition Hall at the River Centre, 75 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul When: Jan. 28-29 Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors YouTube,...

No Boys Allowed

January 26, 2012

  What: Screening of âÄúFrom the Back of the RoomâÄù Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., Jan. 30-31 Cost: $5-10 âÄúFrom the Back of the RoomâÄù...

Kittens Inspired by Glory

January 26, 2012

What: 36th Annual Championship and Household Pet Cat Show   Where: Exhibition Hall at the River Centre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul When: Jan. 28- 29 Cost: $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors...

Premature Oscar Predictions

January 25, 2012

This year's Oscar nominations were released yesterday in a characteristically awkward and unnecessary ceremony. Why can't they just put the list up on their website? I think the Academy of Motion...

Box Wine Theater presents Raucous Caucus II Political Theater Festival

Illogical America

January 19, 2012

What: Raucous Caucus II When: 7 p.m., Jan. 19 and 10 p.m., Jan. 20 Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis Cost: $12 When did âÄúpoliticsâÄù start feeling like a bad word?...

Mikelson, backed by an impressive roster of local musicians, channels Joplin in last year's performance.

Somebody to Cover

January 19, 2012

What: Happy Birthday Janis Joplin! Tribute Show When: Jan. 21, 8:30 pm Where: The Cabooze Cost: $10 At its worst, nostalgia for music of the âÄò60s and âÄò70s results...