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Annual Festival of Nations event explores world food, dance and art

Published May 4, 2017

The International Institute of Minnesota is organizing the annual Festival of Nations event, which has served as a launching pad for community engagement and philanthropic causes for 85 years.“The structure...

BFA graduates host event exploring the best visual art UMN has to offer

Published May 4, 2017

The University of Minnesota art department will host a program May 5 to celebrate its newest exhibit, “Message Pending.”The exhibition, which runs through the 13th, will show work from 25 University...

Culture compass: Garage rock, action movies and auteurs

Published April 27, 2017

Friday: Sound Unseen Presents Jay Reatard: A Birthday Celebration I love Jay Reatard. The singer-songwriter fought his way through the underground rock scene to international superstardom. This event is...

Greta McClain, lead artist of GoodSpace Murals, paints a new project for The John & Denise Graves Foundation on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Minneapolis. The muralist group works mostly with schools and non-profit organizations to bring art into the community, including the Universitys HECUA program.

GoodSpace Murals integrates community into large-scale art projects

Published April 27, 2017

Western art may be centered on the individual, but one local art group is working to unite the viewer and the creator.A community-based method is part of the inspiration behind GoodSpace Murals —...

Art in Bloom 2016: Spring Fling; Thursday April 28 - Sunday May 1, 2016; The 33rd year of Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Minneapolis Institute of Art readies for annual ‘Art in Bloom’ exhibition

Published April 26, 2017

At the end of the month, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host Art in Bloom — a festival of museum artwork-inspired fresh floral arrangements.The MIA iteration of Art in Bloom is organized by...

Left to right: Billy Sheehan, Mike Graske, Mike Fetting and Keegan Anderson of the band Mr.Submissive pose for a portrait during band practice on Monday, April, 17. 2017.

Local rock band Mr. Submissive records new EP; lights local scene on fire

Published April 20, 2017

For some fresh-faced bands, finding wide acclaim and signing a record deal can be a long, arduous process.The Minneapolis rock band Mr. Submissive has followed that trajectory. Billy Sheehan, the singer...

Sharron Husbands poses for a portrait at The Saloon during an Easter Sunday event where participants competed to be named the sexiest biblical character.

Street Style: “Hunky Jesus Contest”

Published April 20, 2017

One of the best things to do on any given religious holiday is attend a parody event, like “A Drag Queen Christmas” at the Pantages Theatre.No holiday is duller and more deserving of a makeover than...

Nathan Nasuta help a customer at The Bark and Bite food truck at Bent Brewstillery in Roseville on Saturday, Apr, 8. 2017.

Local food truck, Bark and the Bite, is using jackfruit as meat substitute

Published April 12, 2017

While finding meat substitutes can be a drag, jackfruit has become the substitute of choice for staple foods like pulled pork and pork cutlets. So after scouring the city for the best jackfruit sandwich,...

Culture compass: Nostalgia, comebacks and never-lefts

Published April 6, 2017

Friday: Bruise Violet “Trophy Wife” EP Release ShowMinneapolis teenage hard rock trio Bruise Violet is releasing their newest EP, entitled “Trophy Wife,” this Friday. Opening acts include best...

An actor playing a nun performs during a dress rehearsal for Giacomo Puccini

University Opera Theatre performs Giacomo Puccini in spring show

Published April 6, 2017

Last weekend, the University of Minnesota’s University Opera Theatre performed their spring production, Giacomo Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.”Directed by David Walsh, the...

Members of Remo Drive, Erik Paulson, Stephen Paulson and Sam Mathys, pose for a portrait in the backyard of their practice space on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Bloomington. The indie rock band recently came out with a new album, Greatest Hits.

Minneapolis emo brand, Remo Drive, garners local acclaim

Published April 6, 2017

“Emo” rock is difficult to define. Is pop-punk emo? Or is emo a genre befitting 90s indie rock that delves into emotional faire?Minneapolis band Remo Drive self-describes as “emo.”“Right now...

Bachelor of Music senior Hannah Hickman poses for a portrait outside Ferguson Hall on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

UMN classical music students continue long line of excellence

Published March 30, 2017

Music can be a family thing —a parent stokes their children’s curiosity by singing, playing records. Others parents outright enforce 12 years of piano lessons.Either way, musicians are of a certain...

Audience members listen as the Jonesies play at Coming Soon in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Q&A: Madison-based ‘Jonesies’ talk Midwestern musician lifestyle

Published March 29, 2017

Unlike the coasts, the Midwest sees thousands of bands and artists migrate from city-to-city on a regular basis.The Wisconsin-based band, Jonesies, is no different. They have lived in Madison, Wisconsin;...

Local band Private Interests.

Minneapolis rock band Private Interests releases new record

Published March 28, 2017

Classic power pop is no longer a popular form of rock music. What was once the best shot-rock music with chart success has now been relegated to the trash heap.For Minneapolis rock group Private Interests,...

A 10 ounce New York Strip with grilled lemon and poached carrots beside a side of shrimp scampi and Potatoes Confit with chive mascarpone at The Strip Club Meat & Fish in St Paul.

Twin Cities eatery ‘The Strip Club’ is closing, but you’re still in time for dinner

Published March 23, 2017

The Strip Club Meat & Fish, is a strong contender for best restaurant in the Twin Cities. For nearly 10 years they’ve delivered some of the best and most creative meals around.On July 1, the restaurant...

Culture compass: old comic, new comic and aging comic acts

Published March 9, 2017

Friday: Michael Kleber-Diggs and Sun Yung Shin Poetry ReadingEarlier this year, the Daily published a Q&A with Sun Yung Shin, a Minneapolis-based poet who has garnered acclaim from critics as well as audiences....

Michael Jacobson poses for a portrait in his home in Minneapolis on Monday, Mar. 6, 2017

The art of words that don’t make any sense

Published March 8, 2017

A new exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts explores the vast terrain of asemic writing — an art form that utilizes abstract, illegible script.The exhibit entitled, “Asemic Writing: Offline...

Colin Wilde of Black Thumb poses for a portrait before his show at Dead Media on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Wisconsin-based rocker Colin Wilde talks his new project — Black Thumb

Published March 7, 2017

In the last few years, Appleton, Wisconsin has quickly become a haven for like-minded indie-rockers. Bands like Tenement have received national attention for their unabashedly catchy snark-rock.A member...

Dear Darwin, photographed on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, features work from artists Vesna Kittleson, Carolyn Halliday and Julia Randall. Each artist interpreted the work of Charles Darwin in three ways. The exhibit runs at the Weisman Art Museum until May 14, 2017.

New Weisman Art Museum exhibit ‘Dear Darwin’ mixes science and art

Published March 1, 2017

From now until July 23, the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum will host an exhibit, “Dear Darwin,” focused on how art and science interact. The name comes from the process the artists...

Review: Hippo Campus debut record Landmark falls short

Review: Hippo Campus’ debut record ‘Landmark’ falls short

Published March 1, 2017

Uber-cool boy band Hippo Campus is exactly what’s wrong with modern rock music: they’re overblown and self-assuredly smirking; both parts are bleak drivel and derivative posturing.Up until now, fans...

Reb L Limerick and Alex Adkinson from the band Astral Samara sing covers of Arthur Russells music on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at Rebs home in Minneapolis. Various bands are staging a tribute performance dedicated to Arthur Russell.

Local artists organize Arthur Russell tribute; raise money for those living with HIV

Published February 22, 2017

The White Page gallery will host an event paying homage to ’70s and ’80s musician Arthur Russell on Feb. 26.The show, entitled “Love Comes Back: An Arthur Russell Tribute,” features Twin Cities...

The cast of These Things Happen perform on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis-produced play ‘These Things Happen’ graces Phoenix Theater stage

Published February 22, 2017

Now through Feb. 26, the Phoenix Theater is hosting the darkly comedic play “These Things Happen.” Written and directed by local playwright L. Alan Mason, the play serves as a “concurrent-quel”...

Cucumber Mango Winter Smoothie consisting of orange juice, apple, mango, spinach and cucumber.

College kitchen: Smoothies for winter

Published February 20, 2017

It’s a common misconception that during cold winter nights, sipping on hot cocoa or coffee will keep you warm. The opposite is true: drinking something colder actually helps regulate your body temperature....

Culture compass: synth-rock, yeah maybe and prisoners

Published February 16, 2017

Friday: Los Lokos Presents: Anodic MelangeI must admit that I’m not a huge fan of electronic music — it usually tends to be more boring than other musical experiences. Luckily, the acts here are...

Tact poses for a photograph outside on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in Minneapolis. The band released a single and have started playing live.

New Minneapolis band, Tact, comprised of purebred rockers

Published February 15, 2017

Creating a social media presence and learning how to foster a band’s brand is the modern version of cool album art. But curating that image can be difficult.That’s why the well-developed online persona...

Sarah Mirman and models walk onto the runway in Rapson Hall on Saturday. The Ethereal Collection focuses on unique fabrics and high-class cosplay. Each dress in the collection is its own original red-carpet look for costume enthusiasts and celebrities alike.

For design majors, UMN apparel design fashion show culmination of four years of hard work

Published February 8, 2017

Each February, seniors in the University of Minnesota’s Apparel Design Program hold a fashion show — the event is the culmination of four years of skill building necessary for their industry. “Some...

From left, Ty Gale, Lex Noens and Maddie Morley of 4th Curtis pose for a photograph in Gales fathers office on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 in St. Paul. Each member of the band is transgender.

All-trans Minneapolis band, 4th Curtis, melds creativity and positivity

Published February 2, 2017

The members of local band 4th Curtis are fresh-faced and irritable. They’re obviously young, and their music is concerned with the political.“We do bill ourselves as an all-trans band,” said singer...

From the lost 1917 film, The Amazons.

Theater event highlights history of gender fluidity in 1900s silent film

Published January 31, 2017

A new book that explores early 20th-century silent films, challenges the notion that breaking gender norms is a recent phenomenon.Crafted by author Laura Horak, the new work — entitled “Girls Will...

Culture compass: spelling, house partying and jazz

Published January 26, 2017

Friday: Aaron Carter at The PourhouseThis Friday, come dance with me to that one Shaq song. Aaron Carter, the child star we all know and love, will be playing his greatest hits for throngs of middle-aged...

Minneapolis based poet Sun Yung Shin poses for a portrait outside the Roosevelt Library in Minneapolis on Saturday, Jan 21.

Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin talks art, the state of the U.S., writing during difficult times

Published January 25, 2017

Once in a while we come across a talented writer who is able to meld and marry classic artistic ideals with prevailing, progressive views.Local poet and teacher Sun Yung Shin has won the Asian American...

Gallery viewers look at art in the local gallery space Yeah Maybe in the Seward neighborhood on Jan. 22, 2017. Local musical collective Six Families helps to curate music at the space, which also hosts shows.

Artist collective Six Families advocates activism, builds Twin Cities community

Published January 24, 2017

For artistic collective Six Families, fighting for social justice and community building has taken on even more importance with President Donald Trump in office.“I think we started to organize in order...

Rob Schleicher explains the game Call of Cthulhu to Ryan Albright as both learn how to play it at Fantasy Flight Games in Roseville on Jan. 16, 2016. The center hosts a variety of activities and competitions for tabletop game enthusiasts in the Twin Cities.

Roundup: Here are the best local board gaming spots in the Twin Cities

Published January 19, 2017

Before online video games, board game culture thrived in comic book store backrooms and basements.Today, games like Dungeons and Dragons or Magic: The Gathering provide an outlet for natural puzzle solving...

Local feminist art community makes room at the table for female, non-binary artists

Published January 18, 2017

For many people, finding adequate representation in the arts is difficult, but local visual arts organization Feminist Video Quarterly is tackling that issue head-on. The group’s main goal is to support...

Cards rain on magian David Harris as he poses for a portrait at Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

Q&A: magician and comedian David Harris

Published December 14, 2016

If you want to find a stand-up comic in Minneapolis, all you need to do is walk up to the nearest person and ask. You have a fifty-fifty shot they’ll know one.But if you’re trying to find a magician,...

Caitlyn Dibble helps a customer before the start of a film at Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

Trylon microcinema shows old, rare, independent films

Published December 13, 2016

It used to be that a group of people could empathize with each other about the roles of certain movies or cultural landmarks in their lives. Nostalgia was not just a currency spent on “new” seasons...

Visual artist and University adjunct Professor Kate Casanova poses with pieces in her Spectra series in her studio in Northeast Minneapolis on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

U adjunct professor Kate Casanova’s artistic journey — from sand to fungi

Published December 8, 2016

Visual artist and University of Minnesota adjunct professor Kate Casanova clearly remembers her first formative artistic moment.“I have an early memory of digging clay out of a pile of sand that was...

Jack Woolsey of Posh Lost performs at the Triple Rock Social Club on Nov. 4, 2016.

Local post-punk bank, Posh Lost releases debut

Published December 7, 2016

For any band, a name change comes with certain risks, but when a newly-discovered word aligns with a group’s aesthetic — what’s the harm?That was the case for Minneapolis post-punk inspired band,...

Comic book writer Eliot Rahal poses in his office in front of his published comic books at his home in Minneapolis on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

Comic book writer Eliot Rahal starts new hybrid stand-up comedy show

Published December 1, 2016

Comic book giants like Marvel and DC no longer supply a fringe hobby for a youth subculture.Instead, connoisseurs are turning to the flourishing independent comic book market, and writer Eliot Rahal is...

Culture Compass: pastiche, puzzles and pop-rock

Published December 1, 2016

Friday: Melissa Jones’ Birthday with wetter, Sass, Absolutely Not and Mrs.Melissa Jones — one of the Minneapolis music scene’s most promising young songwriters — is celebrating her birthday...

Patrons dine at Cafe Alma in Minneapolis on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.

Alma Cafe completes renovation, re-opens as hotel-cafe

Published November 30, 2016

I couldn’t stomach the idea of going to Alma and spending $58 on its three-course tasting menu. I’m sure it’s good. In fact, I’m sure it’s delicious.But I also know I could eat like a king for...

Gilmore Girls

How “Gilmore Girls” ruined my life

Published November 23, 2016

While writing this article, I realized I sort of hate “Gilmore Girls.”I don’t exactly hate it, but the Amy Sherman-Palladino-written teenage slop affair has ruined my life in a lot of ways. It’s...

Participants in the 30th annual Iron Pour work in the foundry at the Regis Center for Art on Nov. 18, 2016.

Metal casting students take part in annual iron pour

Published November 22, 2016

On Friday, the University of Minnesota art department hosted its 30th Annual Thanksgiving Iron Pour at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.The event allowed students to exhibit the skills they learned in their...

Senior Ben Zhang poses for a portrait with an entree from Little Szechuan in Stadium Village on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Eating good with University student Ben Zehang

Published November 17, 2016

As the son of Chinese immigrants, University of Minnesota computer science senior Ben Zhang grew up exposed to authentic Chinese food.One day, Zhang’s love for Chinese food converged with his academic...

New-to-Minneapolis rock band, Wild Firth

Rock band Wild Firth has moves to Minneapolis

Published November 15, 2016

Band names are difficult to create. Most good names are already taken by some Australian dad-rock band. Even when one is available it begins to feel like a trap.For new-to-Minneapolis rock band Wild Firth,...

Culture Compass: music, music and music

Published November 10, 2016

Friday: Drool, Pussyfoot, Wild Firth and Both/And at Eagles Club 34This show is definitely worth the measly $5 admission price. Newish avant-garde act Both/And is finally hitting its stride and there are...

Pastries sit on display at Pennys Coffee shop at 100 Washington Square in downtown Minneapolis on Nov. 6, 2016.

A&E reviews the hippest new Minneapolis coffee shop, Penny’s

Published November 9, 2016

Do we need another coffee shop that sells overpriced coffee and “treats?” To me, the modern coffee shop is a self-fulfilling prophecy: ask for money — hand-over-fist — and customers will...

Alana Chapelle

A look at the fashion of Flip Phone’s ‘Cher Drag Brunch.’

Published November 9, 2016

Flip Phone,an inclusive party-planning group, hosts hundreds of LGBTQ-friendly events around the Twin Cities every year. Usually, the events focus on some sort of popular figure from the early 2000s, or...

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeanne Taylor gears up to release first EP

Published November 3, 2016

University of Minnesota senior and family social science major Taylor Peterson, known by her stage name Jeanne Taylor, comes from a long line of Minnesota music royalty.Fresh off the debut of her music...

Plus Dog Collective members April Kasulis, left, Alex Araiza, center, and Marissa Luna, right, pose for a portrait on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 in Minneapolis. They will attend Short  Run Seattle, a comix and art festival, next weekend to promote Plus Dog Collective and connect with other artists.

Minneapolis artist collective Plus Dog is working on their fourth zine

Published November 1, 2016

Plus Dog, the Minneapolis artist collective, is more than just its semi-annual zine.“We kind of canoodle around with making this an organizational center,” said founder April Kasulis. “Like an anchor...

Comedian Raghav Mehta preforms at The Comedy Corner Underground in Minneapolis on Tuesday, at a roast he put together for himself as a farewell before he leaves for New York City.

Q&A: Minneapolis comedian Raghav Mehta

Published October 27, 2016

A&E sat down with Minneapolis comedian Raghav Mehta to discuss the intricacies of stand-up comedy, his migration from Minneapolis to the Big Apple and advice for burgeoning comics.Mehta’s final headlining...

An actor stalks patrons at the Trail of Terror on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 in Shakopee, Minnesota. Trail of Terror has multiple Halloween attractions, including a haunted woods walk and a three fourth of a mile haunted maze, Hotel 666.

The top three haunted houses you should visit this Halloween

Published October 25, 2016

There are two truths in life. The first is the inevitable demise of you and everyone you love. The second is that above libations and spooky costumes, the holiday’s pinnacle are Halloween-themed attractions.And...

Culture compass: Kesha, drag and kisses

Published October 20, 2016

Friday: Kesha at TCF Bank StadiumThis year’s homecoming concert will feature Kesha and Jidenna. While she hasn’t been able to release any new music following her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke...

Members of the band Sass, from left to right, Willem Vander Ark, Stephanie Jo Murck, Alex McCormick and Joey Hayes, pose in their practice space in the South East Como neighborhood in Minneapolis.

New Minneapolis punk band Sass releases first single, bursts onto scene

Published October 20, 2016

The name “Sass” was not their first choice.“I wanted to name the band Sassy after my stage name in [Cherry Cola] and the dog in ‘Homeward Bound,’” singer and guitarist Stephanie Jo Murck said....

Minnesota Daily reporter Joe Christo on the KURA bed in the childrens section at IKEA in Bloomington on Tuesday, Oct. 11. 2016.

I lived at IKEA for a day … here’s what happened.

Published October 12, 2016

For young millennial adults, IKEA provides the perfect balance of playground and ready-to-assemble maturity. The funny-named furniture is consumable, the food is cheap and everything in the store is arranged...

Joy Spika prepares to hang a frame for the Skins exhibit at Intermedia Arts Center on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. The exhibit explores themes of Native American identity and multiculturalism in America.

New exhibit at Intermedia Arts focuses on American Indian identities

Published October 11, 2016

A new exhibit at Intermedia Arts entitled “Skin(s)” explores the identities of the Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo and other indigenous nations through a variety of mediums — performance,...

Shannon Bee, Stephanie Murck, Chloe Carson and Liz Coombs of the band Tights pose for a portrait on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in Minneapolis.

New Minneapolis rock group Tights is playing around town

Published October 5, 2016

The members of Tights are Minneapolis music royalty. Each has been in some popular local project over the past few years, including Tony Peachka, royal brat, and Cherry Cola. Now, they’ve banded together...

Pieces of art from the Weisman Art Museums Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States exhibit hang in the museum on Oct. 3, 2016. The exhibit opens to the public on Oct. 9 and will be on display until Dec. 31, 2016.

Weisman Art Museum’s new exhibit showcases Latin American modernist art

Published October 4, 2016

The Lowe Art Museum’s traveling exhibit “Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States” is primarily concerned with the reclamation of what it means to be American.The...

Culture compass: Activism, slacktivism and hacktivism

Published September 29, 2016

Friday: Standing Rock Benefit version 2.0This is another fundraising effort for those who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Entry is donation-based — anything from $5 to $10 is accepted.YONI...

Haley Swan Johnson practices with her band, Chalk, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in Uptown Minneapolis. Chalk is releasing a new album, Water, on Saturday, October 22, 2016 with a release show at the Kitty Cat Klub.

Minneapolis rock band Chalk releases record, plans new tour

Published September 29, 2016

Hard Times Cafe is the obvious center of our wilting college music scene. The bizarre ordering system, the pile of free second-rate thrift store junk and tables filled with bright-haired, angry artists...

Ye olde street style: Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Published September 23, 2016

I know that this sounds too easy. Finding people with interesting outfits at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is literally the point of the whole thing. Everyone goes all out and drops hundreds, if not...

Computer Science junior Frank Hartman, left, Biochemistry senior Sebastian Swanson, center, and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture senior Joe McNairy, right pose for a portrait at Parkway Theater on Sept. 15, 2016. They have all contributed to films that will be screened at the MPLS Shorts: Emerging Filmmakers film festival on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Parkway Theater at 7p.m.

Film event in Minneapolis to feature emerging filmmakers

Published September 22, 2016

Every young filmmaker dreams of the moment they see their work presented on the silver screen. On Sept. 22, the Parkway Theater will host “Minneapolis Shorts: Emerging Filmmakers,” an event focused...

Kbop Korean Bistro serves up a Bulgogi entree with a choice of marinated chicken or beef on top a sizzling cast iron skillet in Dinkytown. The entrees include a variety of small sides that change frequently.

Review: KBOP Korean bistro

Published September 15, 2016

KBOP — the resident Dinkytown Korean bistro — opened late last year to rave reviews and heavy foot-traffic.Throngs of college-aged foodies have talked this place into oblivion. I usually don’t...

Guitarist Heidi James, bassist Hilary James and drummer Steve Crowley of the band Fiji-13 pose for a portrait on Sept. 10, 2016.

Minneapolis rock band Fiji-13 — approved for (appropriate) audiences

Published September 13, 2016

I’m told Fiji-13’s name is a joke.This seems appropriate — the Minneapolis punk-ish trio’s songs always make use of catchy word-craft that blends the topical with irony. “We were going to...

Members of The Controversial Skinny Pill pose for a portrait.

Minneapolis band ‘The Controversial New Skinny Pill’ delivers a fresh sound, garners acclaim

Published September 7, 2016

Dance-y rock music is sorely underrepresented in 2016. Instead, business-as-usual includes high-speed drumming, and melody in lieu of rhythm.Unlike other proclaimed dietary supplements, it seems The Controversial...

Some of the figures created by Melissa Stern for her The Talking Cure exhibit that opened at the Weisman Art Museum on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Talking heads, talking art

Published September 7, 2016

Melissa Stern’s traveling art exhibit, “The Talking Cure,” is primarily concerned with the way art and storytelling intersect with perception and psychology.“You can see how my studies in anthropology...

Local comedian Jacob Blank performs stand-up for the Talent Show edition of the Boy Kisses comedy showcase at Universe Games on Sunday. The groups sketch comedy gained national exposure in July when they were featured on Comedy Centrals Tosh.0.

For troupe, it’s all jokes and kisses on stage

Published August 26, 2016

For comedy troupe Boy Kisses, conventional comedy routines are outdated.“We like audience engagement,” said Robert Fones, one of the troupe’s producers. “Every year we throw a ‘prom,’ and our...

Eat this: Best buffets

Published August 26, 2016

College kids rarely eat until they’re full. No money means small, short meals punctuated by long stretches of “malnourishment.”If you’re like me, you eat one meal a day, and that meal needs to...

Jenn Truchon-Kelzenber of Blaine plays a Family Guy themed pinball machine at the Up Down bar in Uptown Minneapolis on Sunday evening.

Grown-ups game at Up-Down Bar

Published July 27, 2016

This summer, a new beer arcade — Up-Down Arcade Bar — opened in southwest Minneapolis.More than 60 craft beers are served at Up-Down, along with pizza by the slice. All of their fare is available...

Drummer Seth Tracy, base player Bree Meyer and vocalist and guitarist Jeremy Warden of the band Ego Death pose for a portrait on July 24. Ego Death has been playing together for two years and is working on a new album.

Rock group Ego Death prepares for new album, apocalypse

Published July 27, 2016

For nearly a decade, Jeremy Warden has used the moniker “Ego Death” — an homage to his “hippie-punk-kid days.”“It came about when I was going to the woods and altering my head,” Warden...

Left to right, Stephanie Bahoman, Michael Iokavidu, Riley Iosh and Chris Sferra.

Street style: Pitchfork Music Festival

Published July 20, 2016

Music festivals are places where self-expression is not just encouraged but expected. Last weekend in Chicago, indie-rock kids and their older music-loving kin met at Pitchfork Music Festival to revel...

The Hotelier’s Christian Holden

Published July 20, 2016

Following the release of their two studio records — “Home, Like Noplace is there” in 2014 and “Goodness” in 2016 — American rock band, the Hotelier, sat down with A&E...

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and coleslaw are perfect dishes for a summer meal.

College kitchen: fried chicken

Published July 6, 2016

It’s a common misconception that barbecue is the best summer food. We are barraged with images of cookouts, grills, Frisbees and bratwursts.  The truth is that fried foods reign supreme, no...

Lunar Bedrooms rehearse in their basement practice space on July 3.

Nighttime melodies

Published July 6, 2016

The first thing you notice about Lunar Bedrooms is that there is no drummer.  “It leaves a lot of room on stage,” said bassist Alex McCormick.  “Which is good because then there’s...

A time to purge

Published June 29, 2016

To film the latest installment of the “Purge” series, Universal Pictures spent $10 million, and unfortunately, there’s no reason to believe the film is worth the cost.  With $10...

Scratching an itch

Published June 29, 2016

Katelyn Farstad is already a celebrated Minneapolis drummer. Now her solo project, Itch Princess, has her stepping into the spotlight.  Beginning in 2009, Farstad primarily performs and records alone.  “Usually...

Eat this: food trucks

Published June 22, 2016

The food at Rock the Garden is almost as important as the music. Every year a bevy of vendors gather around the flock of hungry festival-goers delivering very specific, sometimes foreign food. This year,...

Daisy Chains performs for a late night crowd at Eagles 34 early Saturday June 4.

Pocket full of posies

Published June 8, 2016

In the 19th century, poet John Keats wrote a love story called “La Belle Dame sans Merci.” The titular femme fatale character — decked with a beautiful daisy chain garland — devoured...

Volunteer Lauren Haun organizes vinyl records for sale at Dead Media, an independently run cassette, record and bookstore in the Seward neighborhood, on Monday June 6.

Hymn for the dead

Published June 8, 2016

While the storefront of Dead Media may be unadorned, the south Minneapolis record store is a thriving artistic enclave.  Catering to analog-format music aficionados, the store is chock-full of cassette...

Two clarinets wander into a museum

Two clarinets wander into a museum

Published June 1, 2016

The Weisman Art Museum swells with potential inspiration for artists of all stripes. Inspiration stemming from a certain painting — “Star Cage” by David Smith — birthed a new creative...

Tears dry on their own

Published May 25, 2016

Many local music scenes are filled with throngs of bands led by mopey, long-haired dictators keen on emphasizing originality over catchy hooks. There is an obsession with the new, the technical over the...

Underwater music

Published May 25, 2016

High school senior and jazz guitarist Zeke Erickson spent last January composing the music for his friend’s theater production. The restless 18-year-old artist played drums, keyboards and guitar...