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James Schaak

James Schaak, A&E Editor

Hi, my name is James Schaak and I'm the arts & entertainment editor at The Minnesota Daily. I'm beginning my fourth year at the University of Minnesota this fall where I double-major in journalism and studies in cinema & media culture.

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Protesters stood outside of Varsity Theater with signs while show attendees stood in line waiting for the show to start.

Dave Chappelle stand-up shows bring tension to Varsity Theater

Published July 27, 2022
Chappelle performed at Varsity Theater after First Avenue canceled his performances on Wednesday following backlash regarding his comments about transgender people, prompting community response.
Caroline Polachek sang and danced her way through a goth performance at First Avenue on Tuesday night

[Photo] Caroline Polachek writhed, vocally and physically, through concert

Published December 10, 2021

Caroline Polachek sang and danced her way through a goth performance at First Avenue on Tuesday night

The bronze bull sculptures, designed by artist Peter Woytuk, outside of Haecker Hall on the St. Paul Campus on Monday, Dec. 6.

Campus Contrived: The kid proof-ication of the St. Paul bulls

Published December 7, 2021
In Campus Contrived, the Minnesota Daily’s newest series, writers uncover the stories behind underappreciated works of art and architecture on the Twin Cities campus.
Ten pop culture movements that defined 2021

Ten pop culture movements that defined 2021

Published December 3, 2021
From Olivia Rodrigo to British royal family drama: here are ten pop culture trends that defined the year for better or worse.
The Halluci Nation brings its signature “powwow step” to Minneapolis

The Halluci Nation brings its signature “powwow step” to Minneapolis

Published November 1, 2021
The Canada-based music duo blended electronica with traditional Indigenous music styles in their Wednesday night show at the Cedar Cultural Center.
UMN Professor Matt Carlson poses for a portrait with his new book, New After Trump, on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

UMN professor Matt Carlson’s new book examines journalism after Trump

Published October 27, 2021
Carlson and his co-authors touch on morality, populism and the changing relevancy of journalists.
Northrop Auditorium on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Northrop is hosting the Spotlight Series that focuses on patriotism, public service, and civic engagement.

Northrop’s 2021-22 Spotlight Series focuses on patriotism and the military

Published October 25, 2021
Dr. David Hamlar, Brig. Gen. urged his Northrop audience to become involved if they want to see change in the military in a Oct. 14 presentation from the series.
Top eight college horror movies

Top eight college horror movies

Published October 15, 2021
Celebrate the season by watching these eight horror movies about college students.
The Saint Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The MSP Film Festival will host the Cine Latino event that highlights new cinema from Latin American film makers from Oct. 8-14.

Ten must-stream movies at the 9th annual Cine Latino

Published October 14, 2021
Cine Latino is returning Oct. 8-14 with in-person events for the first time in two years and a focus on Afro-Latino cinema.
10 Green Line-accessible restaurants for when you’ve had one too many Cane’s Texas toasts

10 Green Line-accessible restaurants for when you’ve had one too many Cane’s Texas toasts

Published October 11, 2021
Take a ride on the light rail and hit up these cool bars and restaurants that are just a few minutes’ walk away from a Green Line station.
Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Published September 29, 2021
While “Cats” will go down as a nightmarish yet campy Broadway-to-Hollywood musical adaptation, “Dear Evan Hansen” fails to even make a mark.
Both Phoebe Bridgers and Kesha performed in Minneapolis on the same weekend and provided Twin Cities music fans with an opportunity to observe the juxtaposition of their differing career paths.

[Photo] Phoebe and Kesha showdown: One weekend, two concerts, two blondes

Published September 16, 2021

Both Phoebe Bridgers and Kesha performed in Minneapolis on the same weekend and provided Twin Cities music fans with an opportunity to observe the juxtaposition of their differing career paths.

Former RadioK Program Director and Founder of the Vanguard Julian Green poses in the RadioK headquarters on Thursday, Sept. 2.

One student’s lasting impact to diversify Radio K; creating The Vanguard

Published September 9, 2021
As RadioK’s program director, Julian Green created The Vanguard in 2020, the only hip-hop and R&B radio stream based in the state. After he graduated, he left the project that celebrates this Black artform to his white successors.
Joe Davis & The Poetic Diaspora performs for Northrop’s Amplifying Solidarity concert series on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Amid another uncertain semester, Northrop welcomes students back to campus with Amplifying Solidarity concert series

Published September 8, 2021
The concert series, which seeks to showcase Black and Indigenous artists in Minnesota, premiered last year virtually. As it returns for a second year, audiences are returning to Northrop in-person for the first time.
Minneapolis Police drive downtown on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Students react: balancing police presence and student safety

Published July 11, 2021
Students have noticed a surge in crime, but balancing a heavier police presence with student safety and comfort remains a dilemma.
A cloth mask and bouquet of flowers are seen on the Goldy statue outside Coffman Memorial Union on April 1, 2020.

A summer update on COVID-19 rules and protocols at the University of Minnesota

Published June 30, 2021
The University has lifted many of its COVID restrictions.
A collection of art contributions at George Floyd Square on Sunday, June 13. (Alexa Lewis / Minnesota Daily)

CLA hosts discussion on the power of art, role of museums in fight for racial justice

Published June 17, 2021
The discussion is part of the college’s “What’s Next?” series where it examines the next steps to eliminate institutional and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

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