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Review: ‘The Death of Stalin’ seizes the memes of destruction

Review: ‘The Death of Stalin’ seizes the memes of destruction

Published March 26, 2018

Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury (writer) and Thierry Robin (artist), the film comedically chronicles the desperate bids for power made by the members of Stalin’s central committee in the wake...

A&E’s guide to spring style in 2018

Published March 22, 2018

In anticipation of a more temperate climate, A&E sought out some fashion authorities on upcoming spring styles.  David Loranger, a professor in the retail merchandising program who’s gone from...

Culture Compass: Corgis, beer and gloomy electric-pop

Published March 5, 2018

Friday: "Bad Day at Black Rock" “One of the few Hollywood films to tackle anti-Japanese-American bigotry during World War II,” this 1955 CinemaScope thriller will show you how the movies used to handle...

Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow

Review: The dynamic brutalism of ‘Red Sparrow’

Published March 5, 2018

Just kidding. It’s a spy thriller, and not much more than that.  “Red Sparrow” is vicious and, at points, fun. But the movie lacks the self-aware camp it would take to make this movie truly...

Clockwise from top left: Annabelle, Presley, Dillanger, Tinkerbell, Nana, Thea

The personalities at Cafe Meow

Published March 1, 2018

Turns out the recently opened (and super popular) cat cafe boasts a baker’s dozen when it comes to kitties in their cohort. Fluffy and good-naturedly ferocious, these cats come from no-kill shelters...

Review: ‘Born 2 Ball’ has no bounce

Published February 19, 2018

Lonzo Ball, son of LaVar Ball, is twenty years old, and the point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.  It’s hard to find an article on Lonzo Ball that doesn’t also mention or consult his father,...

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed.

Review: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ just sucks. It really does.

Published February 12, 2018

Sophia Vilensky I was, at one point, intrigued by the Fifty Shades trilogy. I read the books (on a Kindle so as not to worry my mom), and giggled through the first movie with my girlfriends. I’ve listened...

Justin Timberlakes Man of the Woods album cover.

Review: With ‘Man of the Woods,’ Justin Timberlake fails to blaze a new path

Published February 5, 2018

“The 20/20 Experience” met rave reviews in 2013. Why? Who knows, given that Bruno Mars’ early stuff was more grown-up than Justin Timberlake's awkward sonic assemblage. In “Man of the Woods,”...

Treehouse Records is open for business on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Treehouse Records on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. The store is closing after 44 years because its owner, Mark Trehus, is retiring. 

Long-time Minneapolis music shop Treehouse Records closes Dec. 31

Published December 14, 2017

The owner of Treehouse Records, Mark Trehus, has been in the Twin Cities vinyl industry for a long time. Before Treehouse Records, he managed Oar Folkjokeopus, from 1985 to 2001, until he bought the shop...

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Review: The Shape of Water

Published December 13, 2017

It’s the age of time capsules and the Space Race, of turquoise Cadillacs and Jell-O pie. It’s the Cold War in the ’60s, and paranoia governs the States.  War sets the stage for many of del Toro’s...

Local punk band Uranium Club pose for portraits in Wilson Library on West Bank on Sunday, Dec. 3.

Minneapolis’ punk band Uranium Club discusses process and popularity

Published December 7, 2017

A&E met with the club to see just how exclusive it is — and to preview their upcoming show. From the oversized ad for a dentist’s office hanging in the kitchen to a taxidermied pheasant in the...

Culture compass: Cult films, trippy electro-pop and the best food for finals in Dinkytown

Published December 6, 2017

Friday: Screening of "The Room" – Midnight Madness This December, the Uptown Theatre's monthly showing of “The Room” complements this week’s release of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.”...

The Guthrie Theater presents Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol for the 43rd year through Dec. 30.

Review: The Guthrie’s 43rd Performance of “A Christmas Carol”

Published December 5, 2017

Good luck being a scrooge after seeing this year’s production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie. In turn chilling and warming, it’s the ideal old tale with which to welcome winter. “May it...

Courtesy of A24 Films

Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’

Published December 4, 2017

In 2003, Tommy Wiseau released “The Room,” a ferociously passionate melodrama that he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. His hope was to gain Hollywood’s recognition, and he succeeded, but...

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner, Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum, Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion are displayed on Monday, Nov. 27.

Face the elements with A&E’s guide to affordable winter skincare

Published November 30, 2017

Most beauty product advertisements rely on their ability to make you feel inadequate, giving you problems you didn’t know you had. However, winter skin care isn't a made up problem. Winter in Minnesota...

Review: Björk’s “Utopia”

Published November 27, 2017

Eerie and ethereal, Björk’s “Utopia” feels like the musical equivalent of the Driftless Area, that corner of the Midwest the glaciers never touched, leaving its landscape surprisingly different...

Intimate Battles is directed by Lucía Gajá. Photographs courtesy of Lucía Gajá.

Cine Latino Film Fest: A snapshot

Published November 20, 2017

 Documentary: “Batallas Intimas” (Intimate Battles) by Lucía Gajá “Batallas Intimas” follows five women throughout the world in the aftermath of domestic violence they’ve suffered —...

Manager and projectionist Earl Luckes views out a screening window to make sure the movie is playing correctly for the audience at the Parkway Theater on Friday, Nov. 10.

No rules apply in the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society

Published November 16, 2017

Grindhouse, trash sci-fi and kung fu films, experimental 3-D — these are the territory of bizarro cinema. The Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society, which has been operating since March, screens one-off...

Culture compass: Impending Thanksgiving, strange girls and the latest of Netflix’s originals

Published November 15, 2017

Friday: MN to Palestine: How to talk about colonialism at Thanksgiving Following social justice movements at college, but anxious about how to handle heated conversations around the turkey table? IfNotNow...

Courtesy of Big Machine Records

Review: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’

Published November 13, 2017

The album title might have made sense years ago, but today, Taylor Swift’s reputation as either celebrity or musician is painfully irrelevant. And if it’s meant to be ironic, it should at least be...

The Enchantments performs during the Universitys A Cappell-Off at Coffman Memorial Union on Friday, Nov. 3.

UMN A Cappell-Off was pitch perfect

Published November 6, 2017

At Coffman Union Friday evening, a line of bundled-up undergrads stretched from the building's theater, around the escalators and out toward the doors by the Goldy statue.  No, it wasn’t free hot...

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: No animals harmed in the process

Published November 6, 2017

Spoiler Alert: The following contains light plot spoilers for Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Killing of a Sacred Deer." “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Lanthimos, 2017), colors outside the lines of the revenge...

Kyle Lambert, Courtesy of Netflix

Review: Things are still strange in Hawkins

Published October 30, 2017

Spoiler Alert: This story contains plot and character information from the second season of Netflix's "Stranger Things." This was a weekend for binge-watching. If you skipped the Halloween parties to hide...

Magic and mystery with The MAZE

Published October 29, 2017

Munroe welcomed more than a hundred students to the Hall to stun them with the tricks he had up his sleeve. When asked where he got his tricks, Munroe left his secrets veiled. “I just grew up loving...

Isabel Enns, left, Tessa Dahlgren, middle, and Kate Powers, right, discuss their work in the play In the Next Room on Friday, Oct. 20 in the Rarig Center on West Bank. The play debuts at the Rarig Center on Nov. 2.

Bringing buzz to the invention of the vibrator

Published October 26, 2017

“The Vibrator Play” was originally written and published by playwright Sarah Ruhl in 2009. This production is directed by Kate Powers, who came to the University last fall to teach a course on women...

Ty Dolla Sign performs during the 2017 homecoming concert at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday.

Review: Homecoming show fails to impress

Published October 23, 2017

The section of bleachers that parceled out for the sparsely-attended homecoming concert felt like a chaperoned middle school trip to a baseball game. Coin, the indie pop act famous for songs like “Talk...

Danny Cohen, Courtesy of Matador Records

Review: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s ‘Lotta Sea Lice’

Published October 19, 2017

“Lotta Sea Lice” reveals how two contemporary artists can have stellar creative capacities, clever insights and agile guitar ranges, yet in collaboration fall short of their respective solo music. Barnett...

A mock funeral home setting is set up in a classroom in Jackson Hall on Friday, Oct. 13. Mortuary Sciences majors learn the business side of becoming a funeral director as well as anatomy.

Talk about ghosts: Mortuary science and the art of communication

Published October 19, 2017

Morticians (also called funeral directors) work with more than dead bodies. They mediate ceremonies of death from floral arrangements to corpse preservation. Their toughest job: explaining to grieving...

A detail of one of Edies woodcut pieces of work. Edie is one of five emerging Minnesota artists to receive the Jerome Foundation Fellowship award this year.

Bright lights, bigger picture

Published October 12, 2017

Edie Overturf is an assistant printmaking professor at the University of Minnesota, and one of five recipients of the Jerome Fellowship for emerging artists in 2016 — that's from a pool of 229 applicants. The...

Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049

Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

Published October 9, 2017

The world of the original "Blade Runner" was a mess. It was desolate, dark and foggy. "Blade Runner 2049" hoists the world of the original film into an upright position, dusts it off and slaps it in the...

Hannah Doyle and Lindsey Bronson pose for a photo at the Wizard Camp-In on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Fantastic geeks and where to find them

Published October 5, 2017

With nearly 300 people in attendance, the Great Hall — er, auditorium — was packed with Potter fans primed to drink Butterbeer and search the museum’s stalls for Moaning Myrtle. There was something...

Laura Bidegain posts her doodles on the wall during the Doodle Jam workshop at the Minneapolis Zine Fest on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Any zine you like

Published October 2, 2017

The 13th Annual Twin Cities Zine Fest took place Saturday at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts on Washington Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. Three of the five event organizers — Aaron King, Katrina...

Kenneth Kearney, Courtesy of Calabro Music Media. 

Moon Hooch: Uncontrolled substance

Published September 28, 2017

Made up of two saxophonists, Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, and one drummer, James Muschler, Moon Hooch’s sound neither mimics popular music nor echoes the past. It’s of its own category: part electrifying...

Joe Davis and the Poetic Diaspora warm up before performing at the Powderhorn PorchFest on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Porchfest highlights music, dance in Powderhorn

Published September 25, 2017

With four stages strewn across two blocks and 18 acts slated to perform as the afternoon slid into evening, the Powderhorn Porchfest offered anyone walking on the street Saturday something to connect with. Nicole...

Film reals sit in the projection room at the Trylon Cinema on Thursday in South Minneapolis.

Hanging out in the dark together: the Trylon Cinema reopens

Published September 21, 2017

What’s the Trylon about? High-brow arthouse? Foreign films? All-night horror marathons? Why not all three? A&E talked with owner Barry Kryshka and programmer John Moret (who chooses which films to...

Arab Film Festival Director and UMN PhD Student Michelle Baroody poses for portraits with Program Coordinator Jordan Lee Thompson outside of Pillsbury Hall on Tuesday.

Reel Perspectives: The 12th Arab Film Festival

Published September 21, 2017

Hosted by Mizna, a local arts organization, the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival invites viewers to share in the iterations of contemporary Arab lives, but above all, to enjoy some incredible cinema. Festival...

People view James Rosenquists mural Worlds Fair Mural at Weisman Art Museum on April 12, 2017.

A&E’s go-to sites around Minneapolis (and St. Paul) for students

Published September 15, 2017

Museums Weisman Art Museum Free, on the East Bank next to Coffman Union. Everything from pop art to Native American pottery is on display. Walker Art Center A new sculpture garden and a modern, wide-open...

Festival goers dance to music performed by The Levendes at the Minneapolis Greek Festival at St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Taste of Greece at weekend festival

Published September 14, 2017

What is souvlaki? What’s a Greek church doing in land-locked Minneapolis? How many gyros can one person eat in a day? A&E visited the Taste of Greece Festival this weekend to answer these questions. Just...

The Miami Dolphins play songs off their second LP, Water You Waiting For, on Friday Sept. 1, at the Seward Cafe in Minneapolis.

Q&A: The Miami Dolphins’ Chaotic Pop

Published September 5, 2017

The Miami Dolphins, whose members describe the Minneapolis band as neoliberal pop, will release a new album Sept. 8.  Before their latest effort, “Water Your Waiting For,” the band released an...

Patrons browse through records on Saturday Sept. 2, at Dead Medias grand re-opening in South Minneapolis. Dead Media is a record, tape and book store that now has a performance space in the basement.

Dead Media now lives in Powderhorn

Published September 5, 2017

One might expect Dead Media to be run by a handful of dads with overlarge LP collections who started a record shop when vinyl and cassettes began to trend ten years ago, but its three owners — Simon...