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The best of Art-A-Whirl 2010

May 4, 2010

From wood manipulation to painting with hot vibrant wax, no facet of art is overlooked in the 2010 Art-A-Whirl , an annual 3-day festival to celebrate the Northeast Minneapolis arts community. This booming...

MFA graduate Virginia Maki brought her drawing station, her car, right into the gallery.

MCAD’s finest @ The Soap Factory

April 28, 2010

Minneapolis College of Art and Design: Graduating MFA Exhibition WHERE: The Soap Factory, 2501 Stevens Ave. S., Mpls. WHEN: April 30 - May 16 The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is an energy tank...

A group of Filipino women offer the cameraman traditional food.

Culture Revival 101: The Festival of Nations

April 28, 2010

âÄúFestival of NationsâÄù WHERE: Saint Paul River Centre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul WHEN: April 29 âÄì May 2 General Public hours are: Friday,...

A&E’s rootin’ tootin’ coffee round-up

April 21, 2010

As finals week rolls around, Espresso Royale and The Purple Onion will be packed with busybodied, procrastinating students writing final papers and cramming for biochem exams. If you're like A&E, running...

Artist Caprice Glaser’s public art resides in a children’s park near Jax Building.

Inside the artist studio at the St. Paul Art Crawl

April 21, 2010

âÄúSt. Paul Art CrawlâÄù WHERE: St. Paul TICKETS: Free Tackling an entire city of artists in a weekend seems a daunting task. With over 30 buildings of art studios and even more separate...


“Avenue Q” is a fixer-upper

April 14, 2010

âÄúAvenue QâÄù WHERE: The Orpheum Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: April 13 âÄì 18 TICKETS: $28 âÄì 68 Sex is a universal theme in theater, even when the main characters...

‘Face Forward’ philanthropic art

April 14, 2010

âÄúFace Forward: Art Through HumanityâÄù WHERE: First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. WHEN: April 21st TICKETS: $12 Despite the rigorous agenda of becoming the next Richard Prince or Andy Warhol,...

Kramp's knitwear walks the runways at Voltage. PHOTO COURTESY KEVIN KRAMP

Designer profile: Kevin Kramp

April 14, 2010

While University of Minnesota students were downing piña coladas in Cancun and stumbling inevitably into the latest âÄúGirls Gone WildâÄù video, Voltage designers were hemming...

Dan Deacon plays the Whole Music Club on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY ULI LOSKOT

Weekend Culture Compass – Dan Deacon, Mountain Goats and “Spice World”

April 7, 2010

Thursday Music âÄì The Mountain Goats Red Stag Supperclub 509 1st Ave. N.E. 9:30 p.m. $5 Get your reservations now for a close-encounter with The Mountain Goats at the Red Stag Supperclub. Whiskey-throated...


Art seniors strut their stuff

April 7, 2010

The B.A. and B.F.A. Senior Art Exhibits WHERE: Regis Center for the Arts, 405 21st Ave. S. WHEN: April 2 âÄì May 13 From drag queen troll sculptures in tiaras to eerie found-object collages featuring...

Alt. Theater 101

March 31, 2010

The Minneapolis theater community is more than the Guthrie and traveling New York Broadway plays. The rich collection of local, turtle-necked dramaturgs is ripe for your enjoyment this spring, but where...

“LOOK!” by Joe Tilson is part of the Walker’s collection of art from 1964. PHOTO COURTESY WALKER ART CENTER/JOE TILSON

Walker Collection (The Remix)

March 24, 2010

WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. TICKETS: $6 Students Sorting through the WalkerâÄôs collection of works like a college grad would sort through a box of old love letters and fortunes...


Jennifer Davis’ “Spree” at First Amendment Arts

March 24, 2010

âÄúSpreeâÄù WHERE: First Amendment Gallery, 1101 Stinson Blvd. WHEN: March 27 TICKETS: Free Enter the world of artist Jennifer Davis , a darkly whimsical land wrought with two-headed brothers...

The Chicago Afrobeat Project arrives at the Cedar Cultural Center this Friday.  PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT

Weekend Culture Compass – Chicago Afrobeat Project, Eggs for Africa, and um, Spring Break

March 10, 2010

Thursday Music âÄî Patches and Gretchen The Varsity 1308 4th St. S.E. 7 p.m. $10-$12 The Minneapolis-based group Patches and Gretchen call themselves an anti-folk band, but we canâÄôt be...

Report: Boots being knocked younger and younger

March 10, 2010

Gone are the days when the ideal spot for virginity loss was the senior prom after-party. Teens are no longer waiting for the perfect romantic moment after an evening of sparkling cider and cheap corsages...

Drawing on memory

March 8, 2010

âÄúConjured MemoriesâÄù WHERE: Stevens Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Ave S., Mpls. WHEN: Mar. 6 âÄì Apr. 4 The chronicling, repression and reexamination of memory is a process...

Kirlin's underground

Pancakes & Booze: the new Wine & Cheese

March 3, 2010

âÄúPancakes and Booze Art ShowâÄù WHERE: 715 Hennepin Ave., Mpls WHEN: Fri., Mar. 5, 8 p.m. COVER: $5 âÄúI love pancakes, man. Who doesnâÄôt love pancakes? After a night...

Restaurant Review: Bin Wine Bar

February 24, 2010

âÄúBin Wine BarâÄù WHERE: 400 Sibley St., St. Paul PRICE: $10-30 Tired of karaoke nights at Blarney, the Fashionista and I set off to St. Paul to try out its newest wine bar, Bin, which...

The Southern takes on experimental theater with “New Breed”

February 24, 2010

âÄúMinneapolis New BreedâÄù WHERE: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. WHEN: Feb. 25 âÄì 28 TICKETS: $18 The lines between dance and theater seem to have been set in stone...

Art overflows at Foot in the Door 4

February 17, 2010

WHAT: âÄúFoot in the Door 4âÄù WHERE: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S. WHEN: Feb. 19 âÄì June 13 TICKETS: Free On the first day of my âÄúBody and the...

The story's main characters engage in an extramarital emotional affair and learn about themselves.

“Brief Encounter” is satisfying quickie theater

February 17, 2010

âÄúA Brief EncounterâÄù WHERE: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St. WHEN: Feb. 11 âÄì April 3 TICKETS: $29 - $65 All over the world tonight, you can hear the sound of lovers in love....

Sap-Fest Love Songs – My Top 25

February 10, 2010

A while ago, Kara (aka Fashionista) actually charged me with making a list of my favorite love songs. So, here they are, slightly updated, in no particular order:  "A Case of You" -- Joni...


Student artist profile: Cinnamon Janzer

February 10, 2010

The word âÄúartistâÄù is usually accompanied by a sweeping vision of brooding, wounded Hemingway-type characters doubled over in some cruddy motel in Paris. This is not so for University...

Catch a screening of

Weekend Culture Compass – Red Pens, Pee-Wee Herman and Sinbad, oh my!

February 10, 2010

Thursday Film âÄî Short Works by Haegue Yang Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Ave. 6:30 p.m. Free Take advantage of the WalkerâÄôs Target Free Thursdays by stopping by for a set of short...


Mu drew a line for you, and it was all yellow

February 3, 2010

YELLOWFACE âÄúYellow FaceâÄù WHERE: Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St. S. WHEN: Feb. 4 - 21 TICKETS: $18-30 Yellow face refers to a white actor going on stage in makeup in order to portray an...

Sophomores Brenden Gerber and Elsabet Roth watch a video at the faculty exhibition in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery on Tuesday.  Faculty work will be shown at the Regis Center for art through February 18th.

How far away is ‘almos(t)here?’

January 28, 2010

almos(t)here: New bearings from contemporary artists in Europe WHERE: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S. WHEN: Jan. 22 âÄì Feb 18 TICKETS: Free In the continuing globalization of the economy,...

The event’s Get Lucky Drawing offers the chance to win “Mind Over Matters” by Jennifer Davis

The Soo Visual Arts Center helps students “Get Lucky”

January 20, 2010

Get Lucky WHERE: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S. WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. TICKETS: $25 Advance Are you starting to sense that youâÄôre outgrowing the Audrey Hepburn and Simpsons...

Still from “Heavy Sleepers,” 2006. See more work by Zhao Liang at The Walker.

Winter Arts Calendar

December 9, 2009

Take this month of free time to experience culture missed during a school year crammed full of grad school applications and binge drinking. For your wintertime pleasure, A&E has listed the best art...

The Decemberists'

Weekend Culture Compass – The Decemberists and British Ads galore

December 4, 2009

Thursday Film âÄî âÄúHere Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love VisualizedâÄù The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 7:30 p.m. $3 Filmmakers Guilherme Marcondes, Julia...


Top ten local artists of the decade

December 2, 2009

Minneapolis and St. Paul have been placed among the top art cities in the world, but who are the people that bring this title to the cities year after year? Here is a list of the top 10 most influential...


Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” will eat your heart and your brain.

November 25, 2009

The Fame Monster ARTIST: Lady Gaga LABEL: Cherrytree Records With structured sequin headdresses, feathered Jean Paul Gaultier collars and leather-latex body suits, Lady GagaâÄôs wardrobe is the...

Robison's recent projects are sculpted animals made from a combination of his completed work and found objects.

Artist profile: Dan Robison

November 24, 2009

Art is often discussed as the âÄúcreative work,âÄù implying that artists deal mostly in the creation of objects, but Dan Robison , an artist attending Hamline University, feels differently....

Minneapolis artist Carey Netherton's work seems so meticulously designed that it must hide some mysterious functional use. 

“Environmental Aesthetics” is ethereal

November 24, 2009

âÄúEnvironmental AestheticsâÄù WHERE: The Larson Art Gallery, St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave. WHEN: Nov. 19 âÄì Dec. 17 In their new joint exhibition, âÄúEnvironmental...

“Heavy Petting” is not too naughty

November 18, 2009

LBâÄùHeavy PettingâÄù WHERE: The Gallery at Fox Tax, 503 First Ave. N.E., Mpls. WHEN: Nov. 14 âÄì Dec. 31 Free âÄúThe Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea. In a beautiful pea-green...

The Prufrock Theatre takes on social stratification

November 11, 2009

âÄúLandscape of the BodyâÄù WHERE: Minneapolis Theater Garage, 711 Franklin Ave. W., Mpls. WHEN: Nov. 6 âÄì 21 TICKETS: $8-18 Imagine a lounge singer in the afterworld, wailing...


The many angles of Dan Graham

November 4, 2009

âÄúDan Graham: BeyondâÄù WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: Oct. 31 âÄì Jan. 24 âÄúBeyond,âÄù American artist Dan GrahamâÄôs touring retrospective,...

Red Stag's grilled pork sirloin served with stewed lentils and spaetzle in a homemade whole-grain mustard sauce.
Vegetarian option: tempura fried broccoli instead of pork.

The Cities’ best date nights

October 28, 2009

ItâÄôs about that time of year when the mittens are pulled from deep in the closet and everyone hunkers down for the winter with a special someone to endure blizzards in poorly-heated apartments....


Mangia! Italian eating

October 28, 2009

âÄúNever Trust a Thin CookâÄù AUTHOR: Eric Dregni PUBLISHER: University of Minnesota Press PAGES: 240 PRICE: 22.95 When traveling abroad, itâÄôs not always feasible to buy a run-down...

The trio of spoken word poets exercises their acting chops in skits about chickens, poverty and magical pens.

Fast rhymes with Mayhem Poets

October 21, 2009

âÄúMayhem PoetsâÄù WHEN: Oct. 13 - Nov. 1 WHERE: ChildrenâÄôs Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis TICKETS: Prices vary From race and gender stereotypes to salmonella...

Areca Roe's

The Nash keeps it in the family

October 14, 2009

âÄúHere and NowâÄù WHERE: The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Ave. S. WHEN: Oct. 13 âÄì Nov. 12 PRICE: Free The University of Minnesota photography faculty has been influencing...


Do You Remember?

October 14, 2009

âÄúBrokenâÄù and âÄúDonâÄôt Worry, I Have a MapâÄù WHEN: Oct. 9 âÄì Nov. 29 WHERE: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S. Living forever is not possible...

Asobi Seksu is a colloquial Japanese term for

Weekend Culture Compass – Halloween festivites, Asobi Seksu and The Decemberists.

October 7, 2009

Friday: Music âÄì Asobi Seksu 7th Street Entry 701 1st Ave. N. 8 p.m. $12 New York-based band Asobi Seksu is touring to promote their second studio album, âÄúHush.âÄù Singer Yuki...

Barbara Evan’s “Silly Girl” is one of the many featured works of art at this fall’s St. Paul Art Crawl.

St. Paul Crawl ain’t small

October 7, 2009

St. Paul Art Crawl WHEN: Oct. 9-11 For students, it may be difficult breaking into the prolific Twin Cities art scene, with the plethora of art galleries strewn about the metro area...

Red Eye Thug Life

October 7, 2009

âÄúThe ThugsâÄù WHERE: The Red Eye Theater, 15 14th St. W., Minneapolis WHEN: Oct. 9 - 25 PRICE: $8 Students Take one part NBCâÄôs âÄúThe Office,âÄù add in one part...

Spectators inside Haegue Yang’s “Yearning Melancholy Red” immediately become both a critic of the elaborate maze of blinds and a hidden limb of the work.

Haegue Yang is a new kind of insider

September 30, 2009

âÄúIntegrity of the InsiderâÄù WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: Sept. 24 âÄì Feb. 28 PRICE: $6 for students, free Thursday nights Inanimate household objects are...

South American Bajofondo streams together funky new age hip-hop with sensuous Spanish rap. PHOTO COURTESY THE CEDAR

Uprooting the Scene

September 24, 2009

WHAT: Global Roots Festival WHERE: The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S. WHEN: Sep. 24-27 Blossoming from a previous annual celebration, âÄúNordic Roots,âÄù West BankâÄôs...


“Bright Star” shines

September 23, 2009

âÄúBright StarâÄù DIRECTED BY: Jane Campion STARRING: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw RATED: PG SHOWING: Uptown Theatre The sheer number of period dramas hitting the box office today can be...


Morphing Mutantes disappoint

September 16, 2009

âÄúHaih or AmortecedorâÄù ARTIST: Os Mutantes LABEL: ANTI- Following a quizzical stint as the soundtrack to a 2008 McDonaldâÄòs Happy Meal commercial , legendary Brazilian psychedelic...

(L-r) SCOTT BAKULA as FBI Special Agent Brian Shepard, JOEL McHALE as FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon and MATT DAMON as Mark Whitacre in Warner Bros. Pictures

“Informant!” divulges nothing

September 16, 2009

âÄúThe Informant!âÄù DIRECTED BY: Steven Soderbergh STARRING: Matt Damon, Joel McHale, Scott Bakula RATED: R SHOWING: Lagoon Theatre Cue the hazy lighting that emblemizes early âÄô90s...


Jay-Z offers blueprint for mediocrity

September 16, 2009

Jay-Z ALBUM: âÄúThe Blueprint 3âÄù LABEL: Roc Nation Every year or so, Jay-Z blasts himself onto the commercial scene to remind us that he is still a legitimate hip-hop legend and not the...