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Large plumes of steam rise over the Northern Pacific pedestrian bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Passersby said the noise was deafening.

What was that sound? Steam plant testing captivates UMN students

Published March 1, 2017

Clouds of steam and raucous ringing coming from the University of Minnesota’s new Main Energy Plant stumped students as they snapped pictures on Washington Avenue Bridge Tuesday.“I don’t know,”...

Utility worker Jeff Berry sorts plastic, aluminum and tin at the Como Recycling Facility in Minneapolis on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

After years of stagnation, University of Minnesota recycling center looks for renewal

Published February 20, 2017

Machines roar as student-workers sift through paper on a conveyor belt, pulling out misfit items like Pop-Tarts boxes and broken cellphone chargers.Across the warehouse, classic rock blares from a secondhand...

Protesters stand in front of TCF Bank Stadium on Sat. Dec. 17, 2016. After 10 Gophers football players were suspended for sexual assault, the Gophers football team boycotted playing in the holiday bowl until the suspensions were lifted.

Following Gophers suspensions, hundreds rally around survivors of sexual assault

Published December 17, 2016

Around 250 demonstrators rallied in support of sexual assault victim-survivors outside TCF Bank Stadium Saturday, an effort to show solidarity after 10 University of Minnesota football players were...

U uses tuition, state funds to pay legal fees associated with faculty union push

Published September 15, 2016

The University of Minnesota has spent more than $500,000 of state taxpayer and tuition money in legal fees as it battles faculty unionization advocates in court.Records obtained by the Minnesota Public...

Four Gophers football players involved in MPD case

Published September 13, 2016

The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating a case involving four suspended Gophers football players.Players KiAnte Hardin, Ray Buford, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson are mentioned in an unspecified...

Man who fell five stories from FloCo balcony identified as a University student

Published September 12, 2016

The 19-year-old man who fell from a fifth story FloCo Fusion apartment balcony Saturday night has been identified as Mackenzie John Caron, University of Minnesota student.Caron landed on the concrete about...

Demonstrator Bella Looney holds a sign in alliance with sexual assault survivors in front of the Loring Pasta Bar on Fourth Street on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Dinkytown. The protest was to raise awareness that Jason McLean, owner of Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater, has four civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors at the Childrens Theater Company during the 70s and 80s, when he worked as an actor and teaching artist.

Protesters call for boycott of Varsity Theater, Loring Pasta Bar

Published September 11, 2016

About 40 demonstrators lined the sidewalk between the Varsity Theater and the Loring Pasta Bar Saturday, quietly holding signs and talking with passersby. The protest was meant to educate the campus...

Gophers basketball player arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Published May 9, 2016

A University of Minnesota men’s basketball player was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual assault and is being held in Hennepin County Jail. Reggie Lynch was arrested by officers from the University...

Woman sexually assaulted

Published April 26, 2016

A woman was sexually assaulted Saturday evening after entering a stranger’s car in Dinkytown, according to an email from the University of Minnesota Police Department.      The...

Veteran admin to retire in June

Published February 15, 2016

After 24 years at the school, University of Minnesota Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Richard Pfutzenreuter will retire in June, according to an email President Eric Kaler sent to...

University of Minnesota chief financial officer to retire

Published February 12, 2016

After 24 years at the school, University of Minnesota Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Richard Pfutzenreuter will retire in June, according to an email President Eric Kaler sent to...

Following months of student protest and controversies at the University of Missouri, its system president resigned Monday morning. Soon after the announcement, a crowd of more than 500 rallied at the schools Carnahan Quad, where students, faculty and other demonstrators chanted in celebration of their movements success.

Mizzou president resigns

Published November 10, 2015

A weekslong campus-wide cry for University of Missouri leaders to address racism at the school received an official response Monday morning with the resignation of the school’s system president.   Mounting...

Heat lamps used to simulate climate warming hang over segmented plots of varying plant diversity at the site of the Biodiversity and Climate (BAC) experiment in Cedar Creek Biosphere Reserve on Monday afternoon.

Biodiversity stabilizes climate

Published October 27, 2015

Increasing plant diversity might play a key role in combatting climate change, according to a new study conducted in part at the University of Minnesota.   Published earlier this month in the science...

Goldy Gopher pumps up the crowd during kick off at TCF Bank Stadium as the Gophers face Texas Christian University on Sept. 3.

Anonymously Yours

Published October 15, 2015
A University tradition 63 years in the making.
Goldy Gopher pumps up the crowd during kick off at TCF Bank Stadium as the Gophers face Texas Christian University on Sept. 3.

Anonymously Yours

Published October 15, 2015

Her oversized maroon bow fluttering, a girl hardly older than 5 hustled down the bleachers at TCF Bank Stadium. At the end of the steps, Goldy Gopher reduced her to fairylike giggles with a tap on the...

Owner of Sssdude-Nutz Bradley Taylor packs up a bag of doughnuts for a customer on Sunday morning at the Sssdude-Nutzs storefront in Dinkytown. Taylor and his fiance and co-owner of the shop, Ashley Peterson, opened the storefront last week.

Doughnut dreams fulfilled

Published September 14, 2015

For weeks, Ashley Peterson and Bradley Taylor labored until 2 a.m., scraping concrete off the floor and painting walls, preparing to open Dinkytown’s newest shop.   The recent University...

U’s Chief Information Officer steps down

Published September 4, 2015

University of Minnesota Vice President and Chief Information Officer Scott Studham resigned Friday.   Studham started in his former position in February 2012, and oversaw the IT department for the...

Billy Thompson stands with his camera in front of a mural in downtown Milan on July 25. The mural depicts Thompson documenting Milans history, something he strives to do each day.

U alum captures history piece by piece

Published August 5, 2015

Weeks after a heart attack, Billy Thompson manually removed bricks from a burned-down church in Milan, Minn.   The 86-year-old saw the bricks as an important addition to his homage to the tiny Minnesotan...

Life as a ski rat

Published August 5, 2015

Donning a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume, Abe Cass zipped along the Mississippi River on water skis, completing a few back flips along the way.   The stunt was part of the Twin Cities River...

Culture Compass 8/5/2015 – 8/12/2015

Published August 5, 2015

Eat this: Giordano’s Deep Dish Pizza   The Chicago-based restaurant Giordano’s graced the people of Minneapolis with a location in Uptown this past month. Now that some of the buzz has...

U professor Jeff Millikan poses in his studio in Minneapolis on Monday. Millikan is one of the artists showcasing bee-related art at the Inaugural Bee Arts Event at the St. Paul Student Center on Monday, August 3.

Making an artful buzz

Published July 29, 2015

Local artist Jeff Millikan left books outside so bees could create honeycomb in the pages. As with many of his projects, Millikan photographed the results.    “As they eat away at the text,...

Actor Damiian Lang poses in the backyard of his house, the future venue for his one-man show Glorious Garbage, Good Grief! Langs show is a part of the greater Fringe Festival, which hosts live theater throughout Minneapolis July 30 through August 9.

Recycling the past

Published July 29, 2015

Minnesota native Damiian Mario Lang’s childhood home in Dinkytown will serve as the backdrop of his show for this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival.   Since first performing the show at...

Michael Rault will play 7th Street Entry as an opening act for Happyness on Sunday.

Nothing means something with rocker Michael Rault

Published July 22, 2015

Alightbulb sparked for Michael Rault when his father taught him the opening guitar riff to Van MorrisonâÄôs âÄúBrown Eyed GirlâÄù at age 12. âÄúAfter I figured that out,...

Culture Compass 7/22/2015 – 7/29/2015

Published July 22, 2015

Thursday FLOW Northside Arts Crawl Back for its 10th anniversary, the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl presents three days of art. The festival celebrates variety, showcasing performing and visual art. On Saturday,...

Brendan Connelly and Scott Heron will perform their piece Appalachian Spring Break this Friday and Saturday at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Break time

Published July 22, 2015

Donning a tall 18th century white wig, Scott Heron teetered on his pointe shoes on a table before sliding off to collapse beneath it. The stunt was one small piece of his latest dance performance with...

Kevin Allison created the storytelling podcast in 2009 as a space for any kind of story.

Kevin Allison to host “RISK!” live in Minneapolis

Published July 15, 2015

Amid the political correctness of âÄúThis American LifeâÄù and âÄúThe Moth,âÄù Kevin Allison set out to create a space where people can tell any kind of story. Allison hosts...

Culture Compass 7/15/2015 – 7/21/2015

Published July 15, 2015

Paddle this: Lake Harriet Make the most of the sunshine with a recently established pastime âÄî paddleboarding. When picking a paddle paradise, Lake Harriet makes a great contender with its free...

Manatees to the rescue

Published July 10, 2015

It’s Thursday, which means we’ve already had four days of this miserable week. You’re probably tired, overworked and hungry because you don’t really know how to cook anything besides...

Warehouse Eyes takes to the dance floor

Published July 8, 2015

While they were working on their latest EP, Jennie Lawless and Christopher Williams of Warehouse Eyes made it a regular habit to dance in their living room.  A simple glance at the movie title “God...

Jen Kirkman stops by Cedar Cultural Center

Published July 8, 2015

The self-deprecation in Jen Kirkman’s humor doesn’t seem to match up with her career.    In addition to stand up, the comedian has written a New York Times bestseller titled “I...

Donuts reporting for duty

Published July 3, 2015

A lightbulb sparked for Craig Nordeen when red, white and blue doughnuts arrived at his workplace around this time last year.   Nordeen, who works as a designer at an advertising firm, saw potential...

Local indie-pop band Step Rockets poses in their rehearsal space in Minneapolis on June 25. The band will headline a show at Mill City Museum on July 4.

Step Rockets blasts off Fourth of July weekend

Published July 1, 2015

After forming in 2012, the Twin Cities band gained attention with their 2013 single “Kisser,” which garnered over a million plays on SoundCloud. Since the buzz, the band has released singles...

Northern Lighter pyrotechnicians Joe Schroeder, left, and Paul Marchio, right, use a remote device to detonate fireworks at Fred Lawshe Park in St. Paul on June 28.

The art of explosion

Published July 1, 2015

In the midst of a rain storm Sunday, roughly 30 men and women in neon green T-shirts paused their work at Fred Lawshe Park as Marlyn Anderson shouted, “Fire in the hole!”   On cue,...

Nietzche jokes, grammar quips and nihilism: 3 bizarre novelty Twitter accounts

Published June 25, 2015

We all know Twitter is great for a lot of things, whether it’s skimming headlines, sharing pictures of your cute pet or just plain old lurking. But even if you think you’ve curated the perfect...

Tale of a troubadour

Published June 24, 2015

A stop at a flea market during a road trip home from a vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., sparked Brian Wheat’s musical career as a preteen.   “I think my parents were fed up with my sister...

Culture Compass 6/24/2015 – 7/1/2015

Published June 24, 2015

Eat this: Eli’s Donut Burgers    Donuts? Burgers? Thanks to Eli’s, you don’t have to choose. The zany pairing is available at Eli’s Donut Burgers food truck. The gluttony...

The Tate Laboratory of Physics sits empty in preparation for the two years of renovation planned for the building. While the exterior of the building will be maintained, the interior will undergo a complete remodel, introducing modern lecture halls, labs, and office space, the largest renovation the building has seen in nearly 50 years.

Tate Lab to undergo two-year renovation

Published June 24, 2015

Since his arrival to Tate Laboratory of Physics in 1959, physics professor William Zimmermann said the building has seen periodic updates to its labs. Now, it’s in for a total makeover.   The...

Ryan Traster returns to Mpls.

Published June 17, 2015

In high school, Ryan Traster traded his trumpet for a bass guitar and didn’t look back.  Over past decade, the singer-songwriter has lived and played in New York, Portland, Los Angeles and...

Alison Scott will release her new album Stone Cold Love in August.

Spotlight on Alison Scott

Published June 17, 2015

As a McNally Smith College of Music 2005 graduate, Alison Scott entered a singer-songwriting competition and unwittingly kicked off the rest of her music career.    Since winning the contest...

Culture Compass 6/10/2015 – 6/16/2015

Published June 10, 2015

Wear this: Sun gear   As warm summer temperatures move in, it’s important to keep properly and stylishly covered from the sun. Go find sunscreen and that perfect pair of sunglasses that say...

Graduate design students Robin Carufel and Kira Erickson put the finishing touches on dresses designed for activewear in McNeal Hall on Monday. Tucker Center researchers worked with College of Design students to create a line of culturally appropriate activewear that East-African middle school girls will model at a fashion show on June 10.

Breaking barriers in basketball

Published June 10, 2015

As a coach and behavior specialist at Cedar Riverside Community School, Jennifer Weber witnessed East African girls struggling to handle their skirts or keep their hijabs intact while playing sports   “Teams...

Joy Spika, left, and Leilani Mendoza paint the outer walls of Intermedia Arts in Uptown Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. The mural is part of the B-Girl Be exhibit, which opens on Saturday.

Celebrating B-Girl Be

Published June 10, 2015

Though artists Krista Franklin and Gloria Talamantes-Data (aka Gloe) both live in Chicago, they first met at Intermedia Arts’ B-Girl Be Festival.    Now the two will collaborate as featured...

Ard Godfrey House now open for the season

Published June 7, 2015

Though it may not match the glamour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Science Museum of Minnesota, there’s yet another source of educational enrichment in town that quietly opens for the...

Harmony in the Park concert tonight at Minnehaha Falls

Published June 4, 2015

If you’re a choral connoisseur (or maybe you just like fish tacos), you may want to grab a lawn chair and zip on over to Minnehaha Falls tonight.   Starting at 7 p.m., three vocal ensembles...

Soul Asylum returns to Minneapolis

Published June 3, 2015

In the midst of the ’80s new wave craze, a group of Minneapolis teenagers took a stab at punk rock.   Soul Asylum was born.   “When Soul Asylum started out, we were a real punk rock...

Maiden Dixie to play the Cabooze

Published June 3, 2015

When Jonathan Krentz returned from his six-year service in the National Guard band, he joined the first country band he could find.    When that band fell apart, he and bassist Drew Sherman started...

Culture Compass: Psych rock, family strife and mountains

Published May 27, 2015

Friday: Temples The British rock group will be bringing their psychedelic tunes to the Mainroom during their U.S. tour, which ends at Bonnaroo. They released the album, “Sun Structures,” in...

Cadillac Kolstad and his band perform for a packed Palmers Bar on Sunday night in Minneapolis.

Bygone days with Cadillac Kolstad

Published May 27, 2015

As a young boy, Cadillac Kolstad’s father snuck him into bars on the West Bank of Minneapolis to give him his first exposure to live music.    Now an established musician, Kolstad brings...

The Last Revel to Play Cedar Cultural Center

Published May 27, 2015

As a college freshman in 2007, Lee Henke tracked down the music resonating through his dorm’s hall and found guitarist Ryan Acker, his future bandmate.     The two have been playing music...

Tame Impala at First Avenue with Mini Mansions

Published May 16, 2015

Tame Impala delivered a seamless set of jams to a sold out crowd at First Avenue Wednesday night in Minneapolis.   It was their first show in town since 2013.   The band’s lead vocalist...

Tender Meat to play 7th Street Entry

Published May 7, 2015

When Andy Fritz isn’t laboring away in the library for his computer engineering degree at the University of Minnesota, he plays in the electronic duo Tender Meat with Jon Coe.    Fritz...

The Gear Daddies, a Minnesota based country rock band, will play three shows at First Avenue this weekend.

Gear Daddies return to Mainroom

Published May 7, 2015

The Gear Daddies seized the hearts of Minnesotans in the 1980s.    The Austin-based country-rock band, which features Randy Broughten, Nick Ciola, Billy Dankert and Martin Zellar, parted ways...

A cardboard galaxy

Published April 30, 2015

Bent over a paint-splattered table, Justin Spooner and Peter Lincoln Rusk weighed whether to paint a space diamond or a DNA helix on their cardboard space computer.    The two University of Minnesota...

Web of Sunsets to play First Ave

Published April 30, 2015

Whether it’s helping each other with parallel parking or taking turns fronting the band, Minneapolis band Web of Sunsets maintains a team player attitude.    Sara Bischoff, Chris Rose and...

Jake Allan poses in his apartment in Minneapolis on Thursday. Allan is a new singer-songwriter who recently moved to Minneapolis for the music scene.

Two-named troubadour

Published April 23, 2015

  Whether he’s hand-drawing posters for gigs or cutting hair for his day job, Jake Tousignant is working toward a career as a musician. The country-folk singer-songwriter moved to Minneapolis...

Senior and co-director of the Minnesota Miss Amazing Pageant Jordan Crosser assembles trophies in her apartment in Uptown on Monday evening in preparation Saturdays event.

Pageantry with a purpose

Published April 23, 2015

Around the clock, Jordan Crosser is making people feel amazing. Whether it be with a crown on their head or simple compliment, the University of Minnesota student is giving back. Of her many jobs, she...

Graduate students Alberto Babio and Deuk-Geun Hong build WAMs upcoming pop-up park in the W.L. Hall Workshop inside Rapson Hall on Sunday. Created by the WAM Collective student group, the park will take over the museums front plaza from April 20 to May 10.

From concrete to tiny park

Published April 16, 2015

Soon, the concrete in front of Weisman Art Museum will be transformed into a grassy oasis.    Starting Monday, the WAM Collective will present a pop-up park of artificial grass and wooden...

Mac Irv will open for Haphduzn, MaLLy and Last Word at 7th Street Entry on Friday.

From hoops to hip-hop

Published April 16, 2015

After making a name for himself on the basketball court, Lawrence McKenzie picked up a new name for his hip-hop persona: Mac Irv. McKenzie graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a degree...

Ghost Wolves: Two road warriors and a dog

Published April 11, 2015

  Photo courtesy of Tina Machina   The Ghost Wolves brought their punk blues to Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis on Thursday. After a stop in Madison, the pair made their way to Illinois,...

University adjunct law professor Larry McDonough plays an original composition entitled Tuscarora with his jazz group in his St. Paul home on Monday evening.

A trumpeting tribute

Published April 9, 2015

After receiving applause from a packed audience at Jazz Central, Larry McDonough and his quintet decided to bring their Chet Baker tribute concert to the Dakota Jazz Club. McDonough, an adjunct law professor...

Lead singer Daniel Groll and drummer Michael Fuerstein record their first album for the Counterfactuals. The band will play at the Minnesota Music Summit this week.

Concerts and conferences

Published April 7, 2015

The Counterfactuals are paving their way in the prof rock world. Carleton College professors Daniel Groll, Jason Decker and Andy Flory and St. Olaf College professor Michael Fuerstein comprise the indie...

Sophomores on Shakespeare

Published April 2, 2015

From scansion to songwriting, sophomores from the University of Minnesota and Guthrie Theater BFA program will show off their Shakespeare studies this weekend. The students present two Shakespeare productions...

Exploring creativity

Published April 2, 2015

Hunched over the table, Billy Mullaney recited descriptions off the wine menu using poetic rhythm. Lately, Mullaney said, he’s looked at everyday text for meanings beyond their conventional use. On...

University graduate Bradley Taylor, founder of pop-up donut shop Sssdude-Nutz, sells donuts at Alpha Print Inc. in Dinkytown on Wednesday. Taylor makes the donuts himself and sells them in various pop-up locations around Minneapolis.

Doughnuts and a dream

Published March 26, 2015

Bradley Taylor said his doughnuts’ recipes require a cup of sexy and swag. The recent University of Minnesota graduate started delivering doughnuts in November. And recently, his operation —...

Game developers Lane Davis, Steve McGregor and Charles McGregor run a multiplayer test of their game Fingeance in the Southeast Como neighborhood of Minneapolis on Saturday. They plan to showcase the game at the upcoming GlitchCon, a gaming convention hosted in McNamara Alumni Center March 28-29th.

Gamers with a goal

Published March 26, 2015

University of Minnesota alumni are repairing a glitch in video game-design infrastructure. Nicolaas VanMeerten and Evva Kraikul co-founded Glitch, an organization that aims to create a community for video...

Dreams of Next Summer

Published March 12, 2015

Al Church[J1]  is claiming a spotlight of his own. The Minneapolis[J2]  bassist, drummer and singer spent the last two years recording his debut album “Next Summer.” [J3]  Church...

The Trylon presents “Made in Berlin” and “The Tiki War”

Published March 11, 2015

    This Thursday, March 12th, the Trylon will feature two films from Minneapolis filmmaker John Ervin: “Made in Berlin” and “The Tiki War.”   “[The event]...

Kindness will play the Triple Rock as part of his first United States tour.

Kindness to perform at the Triple Rock

Published March 10, 2015

In keeping with his musical alias Kindness, Adam Bainbridge offers free DJ gigs while he’s on tour. As Kindness, Bainbridge released “Otherness” in 2014, following his 2012 debut album,...

Tom Luong receives a birthday serenade from pianist Terry Boullianne and audience members on Saturday night at The Shout House.

Day in the life: Dueling Pianos at the Shout House

Published March 5, 2015

Two singing pianists face each other, interacting and cracking jokes with audience members, for the Shout House’s featured entertainment event — dueling pianos. The 10-year-old Minneapolis...

Performers Ansa Akea, Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund rehearse for Huck Finn on Sunday at The Childrens Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Director Greg Banks chose to use just three actors to play all parts in the famous story, which opens on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Huck Finn to open at the Children’s Theatre Company

Published March 3, 2015

Three actors are reviving the story of raft-fording companions Huck Finn and Jim in director Greg Banks’ adaptation of the classic novel this month. Banks’ adaptation of Mark Twain’s...

From engineering to the stage

Published February 26, 2015

As a mechanical engineering freshman at the University of Minnesota, Davey Steinman wandered into the Rarig Center and found a spiral staircase, beckoning him to explore his first catwalk. When he was...

Actor Peter Lincolnrusk plays a singing chalkboard with other actors hands in Davey Steinmans show Basement Creatures at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Coffee, halibut and whiskey: Davey Steinman’s world of puppets

Published February 26, 2015

As a mechanical engineering freshman at the University of Minnesota, Davey Steinman wandered into the Rarig Center and found a spiral staircase, beckoning him to explore his first catwalk. When he was...

Spotlight on Sophia Shorai

Published February 26, 2015

As an 11-year-old, Sophia Shorai saw jazz-infused musical comedy “Babes in Arms” and was awestruck. The jazz-pop artist, who’s a University of Minnesota alumna, has been performing throughout...

What the Dickens?

Published February 19, 2015

The play “To Begin With” reimagines the life of Charles Dickens and spotlights one of his lesser-known works. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, it will premiere at the Music Box Theatre this weekend....

Lynn Nottage will share the first scene from her unreleased play Sweat on Wednesday at Coffman Union.

A visit with Lynn Nottage

Published February 17, 2015

Lynn Nottage will unveil the first scene from her unreleased work “Sweat” at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday. Penumbra Theatre  actors Carl Atiya Swanson, James Craven and H....

Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, University public affairs student Tane Danger and Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, talk Minnesota politics in the Cowles Auditoriom and Atrium on Wednesday night. Danger is the co-founder of the Theater of Public Policy.

Putting pizzazz in public policy

Published February 12, 2015

Brandon Boat and Tane Danger are taking the script out of politics. The duo leads the Theater of Public Policy, an improv group that combines skits and interviews with local leaders and politicians, combining...

University of Minnesota graduate Justin Schell works on finishing touches to his documentary We Rock Long Distance at his apartment in Minneapolis on Saturday.  Schell has been making documentaries for about 7 years, and this is his first feature length documentary.

Hip-hop without borders

Published February 5, 2015

University of Minnesota Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature graduate school alum Justin Schell traveled across the globe for his Ph.D. dissertation. When he got back, he found that he couldn’t...

University of Minnesota graduate Justin Schell works on finishing touches to his documentary We Rock Long Distance at his apartment in Minneapolis on Saturday.  Schell has been making documentaries for about 7 years, and this is his first feature length documentary.

Worlds away, documenting Minneapolis artists

Published February 5, 2015

When Justin Schell returned from traveling the world for his dissertation, he realized he couldn’t fit all of the experiences into his paper. The University of Minnesota cultural studies and comparative...

Dans Askina founder and instructor Amina Beres shares a laugh with team members during rehearsal on January 29.

Belly dancing for a cause

Published February 5, 2015

Robin Kaehler clapped to the music’s beat as her fellow dancers in the Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble  rehearsed. The 11 members of the troupe lit up the studio. And this weekend, they’ll...

Disney’s BeachBot creates large-scale sand drawings

Published January 31, 2015

The days of simple sandcastle entertainment may be dwindling — Disney has developed the “world’s first autonomous sand art bot,” aptly titled “BeachBot.”   College...

170 years of “The Raven”

Published January 31, 2015

Via Society6   Thursday, January 29th marks 170 years since the publishing of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” To commemorate this occasion, here are 5 notable readings of the famous,...

Mississippi Hot Club to play Byrant-Lake Bowl

Published January 29, 2015

Once, while Joshua Parlanti was strumming his banjo and belting out a song for a concert at a barn, someone interrupted his band in fear of a fire. As the smoke-like substance faded around them, members...

The members of the show Liberation of Auschwitz rehearse on Sunday at Augsburgs Anderson Music Hall. The show, which includes a male chorus, solo baritone, orchestra and a dancer, premieres on Tuesday at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Celebrating today

Published January 27, 2015

The anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation is bringing Minneapolis musicians together. University of Minnesota landscape architecture professor David Pitt joins other area professionals — from...

A&E heads west (kind of)

Published January 25, 2015

A circulating TIME article reports that you can now play “Oregon Trail” online through the Internet Archive, a site that brings back hundreds of retro games you likely played on one of these.   When...

Eric Noren, owner of Peacock Groove, works on a customers bike Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. His Voltron bike will be featured in the Design Cycles show at the Goldstein Museum, which is opening Friday.

Spotlight on design

Published January 22, 2015

The College of Design’s newest exhibit at the Goldstein Museum on the St. Paul campus takes visitors for a ride through the world of bicycle design. The museum opens its “Design Cycles: A Bike...

Minneapolis native and Chicago transplant Quinn Tsan will bring her band to the 7th Street Entry on Sunday.

New horizons

Published January 22, 2015

At age 17, Quinn Tsan left her Minneapolis home for Chicago to sing backup vocals for folk singer Joe Pug. Since then, Tsan has claimed a spotlight of her own, forming a band herself in 2014. The singer-songwriter...

I’ve got friends, you’ve got friends

Published January 19, 2015

After a wholesome five hours of sleep one morning last week, I tuned in to the Current’s morning show and endured 50 seconds of confusion and hilarity as the audio from this fantastic video played....

And remember kids, Pop-Tarts are explosive

Published December 28, 2014

Pop-Tart ads have become known over the years for their darkly humorous scenarios in which anthropomorphic pastries unexpectedly meet their fate.  They appear in various situations, whether as a closet...

Uncovering the depths of the Internet: Forgotify and Petit Tube

Published December 28, 2014

Whether you’re killing time on a boring Sunday afternoon or yearning to find something “before it was cool,” Forgotify and Petit Tube have got you covered.   According to the Forgotify...

Alvvays misunderstood

Published December 10, 2014

Molly Rankin’s carefree attitude toward the persistent mispronunciations of her band’s name, Alvvays, mirrored her friendly, positive persona on the phone. Alvvays consists of Rankin as lead...

Embracing darkness

Published December 10, 2014

As humans have done for millennia, Bradley Greenwald celebrates the winter solstice in his show “The Longest Night.” Greenwald curated a mix of songs and poems focusing on various elements...

Behind the scenes with Felton and Chives

Published December 8, 2014

    Megan Culverhouse helps Chives the puppet get in costume. Photo by Liam Doyle   On Tuesday night, I tagged along with one of our photographers, Liam, who was shooting photos for The...

Personalizing puppets

Published December 4, 2014

The Ridiculous Puppet Company helps people get up close and personal with puppets. Jeff Neppl and Megan Culverhouse founded the company in 2012 with the goal of taking puppetry beyond the theater realm....

A new odd couple

Published December 2, 2014

Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” dramatic comedy features a zany pair of roommates. After 21-year-old protagonist Leo Joseph-Connell completes a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride, he decides...

Vilifying volleys

Published November 26, 2014

Zach Nyhus considers himself an “unofficial, unsanctioned audience recruiter” for the comedy show Vilification Tennis. He and his fiancée go to almost every monthly show at the...

Branches of folk

Published November 26, 2014

The Pines’ haunting strings and vocals have crept across the country. The Minneapolis-based band has released four full-length albums since 2002. Most recently, the group released “Dark So...

A new spin on Shakespeare

Published November 20, 2014

When three playwrights wanted to revamp Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” they turned to the Bard’s other work. Writers Dominique Serrand, Steven Epp and Nathan...

Another cup of coffee

Published November 20, 2014

In 1995, Michael Donley, Bill Arnold and Bob Stromberg met for a cup of coffee. By the end of the visit, they had decided to create the show that became Triple Espresso, which is opening for its 20th season...

Sophomore and vice-president of the Universitys Juggling Club Yang Yang Sim practices the Diabolo Wednesday afternoon at Northrop.

Just jugglin’

Published November 13, 2014

Chatter and the occasional thump of a plastic club hitting the floor filled the annex of Northrop Auditorium as members of the University of Minnesota Juggling Club practiced their craft. The casual atmosphere...

Interpol will play a sold-out show at First Avenue as part of the bands tour for its latest album, El Pintor.

Interpol to play First Avenue

Published November 13, 2014

When Daniel Kessler registered for classes at New York University, he didn’t know he’d meet two future bandmates on campus and later sign a record deal. Interpol consists of Kessler on guitar,...