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At Fringe Festival, UMN students give new life to Shakespeare

August 2, 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, a group of University of Minnesota students aimed to present transgender voices in a traditionally patriarchal medium.Under the organization...

Street style: Pebbles in the Garden

July 25, 2017

At most music festivals, drug fueled audiences wear revealing outfits, eccentric hairdos and body odor — Rock the Garden was an exception.The audience was comfortable in their conformity, and they...

Headliner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays to a sold out crowd at Rock the Garden on July 22, 2017 at the Walker Art Center.

Rock the Garden: A lukewarm festival in tropical heat

July 25, 2017

After relocation last year due to construction, Sunday’s Rock the Garden music festival was back to its native ground — the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.Thunderstorms were projected, but the sky...

Minneapolis artist Scott Seekins poses for a portrait at CC Club in the early hours of the morning on Saturday, July 14 in Uptown. The painter, known for his black or white attire, frequents bars in the area to socialize and sell his work.

Q&A: Scott Seekins on Minneapolis art

July 19, 2017

You’ve probably seen him around town, wearing a white suit in the summer and a black one in the winter. His name is Scott Seekins.Over the years, Seekins has become an icon in the Twin Cities. His unchanging...

The Diamond Dog available at The Depot Tavern in Minneapolis. The quarter pound dog is an all-beef hot dog wrapped in pepper bacon, deep fried and served on a pretzel bun.

Hot dogs are back. Here are the best ones in Minneapolis

July 18, 2017

As hipsters move from craft beer back to cheap stuff for authenticity’s sake, they’re also swaying from sushi burritos to hot dogs.On top of that, Snapchat’s dancing hot dog filter is bringing even...

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“A Stray” depicts Somali American life in Minneapolis while confronting stereotypes

July 11, 2017

Ever since its recent “Scaffold Scandal,” the Walker Art Center has trod carefully around the topic of identity politics.The release of “A Stray” was a big step in the right direction.The film,...

Oleksandra Kharchenko performs during the professional open Latin championship semi-final round at the Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis on July 8, 2017. The competition hosted dancers from across the nation.

National ballroom dance competition arrives in Minneapolis

July 10, 2017

You have $7,000 to use as spending money. Do you buy a car or … a dress?No, these aren’t bridal gowns; they’re ballroom dance competition dresses. Add another thousand onto that price tag to...

Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Darwin Black and 
Taylor Collier perform at

In “The Shop,” black artists find their space

July 5, 2017

In the wake of Jeronimo Yanez’s acquittal, the art at “The Shop” feels particularly charged. In one painting, a black boxer hangs on a cross with bubblegum pink accents in its grain. In another,...

Review: Jay-Z’s “4:44”

July 3, 2017

After Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” delved into the depths of infidelity in the artist’s marriage to Jay-Z, many wondered where the rapper would go with his music — could he continue...

(l to r) Buddy (Jon Hamm), Darling (Eiza Gonzalez), Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Bats (JAMIE FOXX) discuss the next heist in TriStar Pictures' BABY DRIVER.

Review: “Baby Driver”

June 28, 2017

“Baby Driver” opens with the eponymous character, Baby (Ansel Elgort), sitting in a car and dancing to “Bellbottoms” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion while his colleagues rob a bank at gunpoint....

Coach Shawn Daivari demonstrates a move on a student in the ring while other students observe at The Academy in Minneapolis.

No ‘wrest’ for the wicked

June 28, 2017

In the lobby of The Academy’s warehouse, a cabinet of action figures lines one wall, with plastic versions of coaches throughout their careers as professional wrestlers. In the training room, a ring...

Danny Brown performs his set on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Eaux Claires in Wisconsin.

Street style: Embodiments of the silent “x” at Eaux Claires

June 21, 2017

This weekend brought the Eaux Claires Music Festival to Eau Claire, Wisconsin — a two-day event founded by Eau Claire’s own Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.From Paul Simon to Danny Brown, the festival...

Paul Simon plays for a packed crowd of the weekend on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Eaux Claires in Wisconsin.

Review: Oh, Eaux Claires – A look at Wisconsin’s biggest festival

June 21, 2017

Walking through the fields of the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival last Friday, puffs of cotton floated in the air — setting the scene for a dreamlike weekend. The many stages, art installations,...

Culture compass: Pretty girls, soul books, and “Melodrama”

June 20, 2017

Friday: Twin Cities Jazz FestivalFriday marks day two of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, a festival credited with developing Lowertown in Saint Paul. The second half of the day lineup features various jazz...

University of Minnesota alumna

The art of dancing — on a pole

June 20, 2017

Walking into the studio, situated in an industrial complex beside a gym, I passed through a door with a sign for Knockout Bodies, the pole-dancing studio where Angela Lofquist, better known by her stage...

Justin Tweeton competes in a show of strength strongman competition at the Minneapolis Convention center on Saturday June 10. 2017.

A show for Minnesota’s strongest

June 13, 2017

Pole dancing, bodybuilding, powerlifting and a “Strongman” competition were front and center at Saturday’s Minnesota State Sports Expo.In the Minneapolis Convention Center, women contorted themselves...

A symbolic cutting of the ribbon by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, left to right, Minneapolis Parks superintendent Jayne Miller, Walker Art Center executive director Olga Viso and Sen. Amy Klobuchar officially marked the reopening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Walker’s sculpture garden re-opens, a week behind schedule

June 12, 2017

In the wake of a two-year renovation and recent “Scaffold” scandal, the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden reopened Saturday. Gathered around the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” throngs of...

Audience members seat themselves before the Altered Esthetics Film Festival on Thursday, June 1 at the Southern Theater on West Bank.

The Southern Theater’s fringes of film-making

June 7, 2017

Inside the reception area, three dancers wove through the crowd shouting commands to each other like “Sustain!” while three people worked at separate keyboards. A girl waved her arms in the corner,...

Carl Sutherland and Stacey Modahl are questioned regarding their occupations at the Liar! Liar! exhibit on June 2nd in Minneapolis.

Interactive art exhibit “Liar! Liar!” offers a critique of state surveillance and control

June 7, 2017

At the exhibit’s entrance, two security guards sternly asked people to remove their shoes and show the contents of their bags. These security guards were merely actors, but apart from a single grumpy...

David Lynch: A film history

June 1, 2017

In 1990, David Lynch and Mark Frost transformed television with the question, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”Not only was this the driving mystery of the indefinable series “Twin Peaks,” this question...

Review: The psychedelic odyssey of “Long Strange Trip”

May 31, 2017

The four-hour documentary opened with skeleton graphics, naked women and a recurring Frankenstein motif. Then a rolling guitar solo came on and the opening stanza of Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could...

Ryan Coit poses for a portrait in his photo studio on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Ryan's art explores queer sexuality and the human form.

Lifting the veil: Mpls photographer captures images of queer sexuality

January 20, 2017

The studio looks like any other photographer’s studio, except along the walls are leather puppy masks, leather harnesses, pictures of nude males and a Holy Bible.This is where Minneapolis photographer...

Culture compass: the holiday spirit, hip-hop’s latest and murder

December 8, 2016

Friday: Murder MysteryIs it a play, puzzle or game? The Murder Mystery Company is leading a “murder investigation” in Coffman Union’s Great Hall. In this interactive performance, the audience doesn’t...

As a ‘sugar baby,’ one U student makes thousands of dollars to go on dates

December 8, 2016

No — it’s not like an episode of Shameless. The "sugar baby" community is alive and thriving, and it’s happening right here, right now.Angie — a first-year student at the University...

Tim Horton's offers a wide selection of food, but is best known for their mini donuts, called Timbits, and coffee. The Canadian chain recently opened in Dinkytown and at the Mall of America.

Review: Tim Hortons has arrived in Dinkytown

December 6, 2016

Tim Hortons, a popular Canadian doughnut chain, opened a location in Dinkytown next to Sssdude-Nutz last Monday. Needless to say, Canada has found the best possible market for their doughnuts and coffee...

Portrait photographer Shelly Mosman poses for a portrait with work at her studio in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Photographer Shelly Mosman on crafting surreal images

November 30, 2016

The white floor and walls of Shelly Mosman’s studio are broken up by bright photographs three to four feet tall.The photographs range from imitations of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine”...

Street style: It's 60 degrees in November!

Street style: It’s 60 degrees in November!

November 18, 2016

Some might see the warm weather this November as indisputable evidence for anthropogenic climate change. Instead, see it as an opportunity to look fly as hell in the face of the Armageddon.These outfits...

Culture compass: Labyrinths, A Tribe Called Quest and accordion music that doesn’t suck

November 17, 2016

Friday: Gavin JamesIrish singer-songwriter Gavin James is performing at 7th Street Entry on Friday, and he’ll be breaking hearts with his angelic vocals. James is like an Ed Sheeran with better facial...

Illustrator Gabriel Garbow captures the beauty of male eroticism

November 16, 2016

The walls of Gabriel Garbow’s shared studio are lined with sculptures — nude clay figures in various poses, life size water colors of naked angels and busts of old men.The artist’s personal creative...

Artist Joy Spika works on a live painting at the launch party for the artist organization

Leather-clad art enthusiasts gather to celebrate art collective

November 15, 2016

On Saturday, Minneapolis art collective A Conspiracy of Strange Girls held a launch party at CO Exhibitions. The event featured live performances of, well, everything.Walking into the open studio, over-stimulation...

Young Americans for Liberty general officer Chaz Fenske tells jokes at “The Roast of Trump, Clinton, Aleppo, and this Awful Election” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Coffman. Young Americans for Liberty hosted a political roast to poke fun at national political candidates before the election.

The roast of future president

November 7, 2016

In Coffman Union, a room filled with the disgruntled youth of America was determined to seize what little solace they could in this year’s presidential election through humor.Last Tuesday, 25 students...

Painter Dyani White Hawk embroiders porcupine quills onto a canvas on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 in her Northeast studio at the Thorp Building. White Hawk is Sicangu Lakota, member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and creates artwork that incorporates Lakota porcupine quillwork with modern abstract painting.

Native American artist Dyani White Hawk is ready to get you talking

November 2, 2016

Chatting with painter Dyani White Hawk, one gets the sensation of easy, coherent serenity.Her work reflects this — clean lines and pure colors create an aesthetic seldom found in abstract expressionism....

Designer Shelley Wade walks with a model at the end of her show at the Loring Pasta Bar on Oct. 30, 2016. Wade's creations have a Gypsy influence and were originally intended to be shown to Prince in a private show.

The Loring Pasta Bar hosts Shelley Wade’s debut fashion show

November 1, 2016

On Saturday evening at Loring Pasta Bar, Shelley Wade exhibited her debut fashion collection “Gypsy Shells” during three different shows.Upstairs, the moody Red Room was filled with models in open...

Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for traditional pasta and makes for a hearty, healthy fall dish.

College kitchen: It’s October, cook with squash

October 27, 2016

Fall is indeed the time for pumpkin spiced everything, but the season has an unsung hero — squash.Butternut, red kuri, crookneck, calabaza — all are great options for seasonal cooking. Spaghetti...

Cookie Francisco works out at Life Time Athletic on Tuesday in Eden Prairie. Francisco is the 2016 Minnesota State and North Star Masters Bikini Overall Champion. She dedicated 5 months to get ready for the show in June, saying “prepping is all about discipline.”

A peek into the life of bikini competitor and champion Cookie Francisco

October 27, 2016

To onlookers outside the world of fitness and bodybuilding, the culture can seem like a cult. To those within, fitness is simply one of life’s priorities.On Oct. 8, 39-year-oldCookie Francisco cemented...

Photographer Karl Herber rolls out prints of his work at his home in South Minneapolis on Oct. 15, 2016.

Minneapolis still-life photographer Karl Herber talks Europe, pre-visualization and purity

October 20, 2016

Karl Herber’s home doubles as an office — the walls are covered with photographs and paintings. Knick-knacks litter all available shelf space; Herber is a collector of memories.In an artist statement,...

Kanye West performs atop a stage floating above the general admission crowd for his St. Paul stop of The Saint Pablo Tour at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

Kanye West’s ‘Saint Pablo’ stops by Excel Center

October 13, 2016

Below the dark platform stage hanging over the crowd, orange lights shone on a single square of audience. The chest-rattling bass of “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” hit, and a single gold light illumed...

Authors sign books at Public Art Saint Paul on Oct. 6, 2016.

New book explores city planning collaboration with artists and STEM professionals

October 12, 2016

Talking over tiramisu and craft beers, partygoers celebrated the launch of City Art Collaboratory’s new book, “Meandering Methodologies, Deviant Disciplines,” at Public Art Saint Paul last Thursday.City...

Storyteller Greg Pickett sings as part of his story of perseverance on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at Kieran's Irish Pub. Pickett's story on his journey through heroin addiction to sobriety won second place in the night.

At Kieran’s Irish Pub, storytellers pull the heartstrings of audience members

October 11, 2016

Both the stories and their authors were eclectic. One audience member laughed boisterously at things that weren’t jokes. The emcee navigated the tricky terrain of humor and personal anecdotes.Last Tuesday...

Culture compass: Smith, Stranger Things and the stage

October 6, 2016

Friday: Caroline Smith at the O’ShaughnessyIndie rock or ’90s R&B? Decide for yourself at The O’Shaughnessy this Friday, where Caroline Smith will coo her groovy R&B rhythms over an atmospheric...

Shop owner and tattoo artist Nikki Time poses for a portrait  at MPLS Tattoo Shop on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 in Minneapolis. Nikki specializes in watercolor styled tattoos.

Running the parlor with a steady hand

October 6, 2016

Walking into MPLS Tattoo Shop, you always notice a smile behind the front desk, several plush couches and the proverbial skull décor.The woman behind this friendly parlor? Nikki Time.Time, owner and artist...

Fans cheer as Dark Star Orchestra performs at Skyway Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.

At Dark Star Orchestra, Grateful Dead fans feel the love, nostalgia

October 4, 2016

There are few instances when grown men proudly wear tie-dye, and one of them happens to be at a Grateful Dead concert. Since it’s is no longer the ’70s, Dark Star Orchestra will have to suffice.On...

Street Style: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Uptown Theatre

September 28, 2016

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is famous for its cult following, vulgar counterpoint dialogue and its central character — mad scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite...

“UNTITLED_I will be there when you die,” had its Midwest premier on Friday and Saturday night at the Walker Art Center.

Evoking the ‘fragility of human existence’ through juggling

September 27, 2016

In the hulking silence before the act began, a stern man told a girl to shut off her phone. The more awkward patrons giggled in the quiet.Stage lights revealed four men dressed in simple attire. The only...

Thomas Pope poses for a portrait outside his home on Sept. 17, 2016 in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Inside Hollywood with Tom Pope

September 22, 2016

In a lecture hall, Tom Pope stands before a projection of a black hole in the space-time continuum grid. What’s he teaching? Screenwriting. Pope, the author of “Good Scripts, Bad Scripts” —...

Artist Yuya Negishi poses for a portrait in front of his second mural he created on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2016 a block away from his home studio in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. The mural was painted by Yuga for protection for a friend  that passed away.

A new kind of calligraphy

September 22, 2016

The art studio, apartment or disco — depending on the time of day — lies between an upper-middle class yoga studio, and a sequestered lot littered with empty bottles of vodka.Within the house,...

Artist Shawn McNulty works on a painting in his studio on Sept. 9, 2016. McNulty's process of painting includes a shoe palette knife and is being featured at the Fall Fine Arts Show through the Northeast Minneapolis Art Association.

Painting, with feet

September 15, 2016

The studio — a long rectangular corridor — is lined from floor to ceiling with works-in-progress. Elvis Costello plays loudly in the background; a pug roams.In the center of the floor is a...

Savannah Reising speaks with Artist Carlos Merino about his comic art while performers hit the stage on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at the Bedlam Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Concert-con, comic-con… body-con?

September 14, 2016

On one end of the room, a folk quartet sang covers. The other end rang with the nerdy conversations that occur when people congregate over a mutual passion. Tables displaying the works of local comic book...

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs at the Eaux Claires music festival on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Review: Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’

September 9, 2016

Melancholy, nostalgia, instrumentals — these are things we typically associate with Bon Iver.“22, A Million,” however, disregards all expectations, breaching new sonic experiences. But not to...