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

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

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

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 University's HECUA program.

GoodSpace Murals integrates community into large-scale art projects

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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,

Minneapolis emo brand, Remo Drive, garners local acclaim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Russell's 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Gale's father's 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Penny's Coffee shop at 100 Washington Square in downtown Minneapolis on Nov. 6, 2016.

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

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.’

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

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

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

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...