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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...

Calamity Janes

May 4, 2010

Calamity! WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 20 WHERE: The Lab Theater, 700 First St. N. TICKETS: $12 in advance/$15 at door (Sold at Cliché boutique) Collectives are so hot right now. Think La Nouvelle...

The Fashionista is in - Advice before heading out

The Fashionista is in – Advice before heading out

May 3, 2010

So this is it, ladies and gentlemen âÄî my final column as your handy-dandy Minnesota Daily Fashionista. WeâÄôve been together for a little more than a year, which is quite a bit longer...


The wonderful world of Etsy

April 28, 2010

Ets y, an online marketplace for handcrafted gifts and vintage treasures, is a treasure trove of sweet trinkets and one-of-a-kind finds that you can brag about snapping up before your hipper-than-thou...

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,...

The Fashionista is in - Walk of Shame Survival Guide

The Fashionista is in – Walk of Shame Survival Guide

April 26, 2010

Last weekend was Spring Jam, wasnâÄôt it? IâÄôd completely forgotten until I happened to notice more than a few hot messes stumbling home on Sunday morning from whatever salacious activities...

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...

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...

Solving a mystery with the Harty Boys

April 21, 2010

âÄúThe Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping PlatypusâÄù WHERE: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 Lake St. W. WHEN: Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. TICKETS: $12 A priceless work of art has been stolen...

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...

Battle of the báhn mi

Battle of the báhn mi

April 14, 2010

Move over muffulettas and poâÄô boys. Báhn mi, a French baguette sandwich with a French-Vietnamese twist, is having its 15 minutes of fame in Twin Cities cuisine. The sammy is so...

The baby-sitters are back

April 14, 2010

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Claudia Kishi. Kristy Thomas. Cathy Dollanganger . No, these aren't pop stars or the hottest new members of the Disney clan, but to a certain generation of young women,...


“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,...

The Fashionista is in – Fashion Week

April 14, 2010

Major âÄúfashionâÄù cities like New York City and Paris have Fashion Week, a crazy period during the spring and fall when designers present their collections to the press. Obviously, youâÄôre...


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...

From Jeremy Messersmith's Twitter

Local Celebrity Twitters

April 7, 2010

When Twitter was developed all the way back in 2006, who would have known that its succinct manner of condensing life and self-promotion into 140 innocent little characters would have become so incredibly...

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...

The Fashionista is in – Talking Beauty with Beauty Bets

April 5, 2010

Elizabeth Dehn has an impressive resume: stints with Target and [beauty company] Kiehl's, writing for national publications like Rachael Ray's magazine and formerly serving as lifestyle editor at local...

Cooking with in-season ingredients

March 31, 2010

With the arrival of 50-degree weather comes the University Avenue barrage of grills boasting greasy burgers and hot dogs. While each has its merits, adding a few new ingredients to your usual routine can...

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...


An art party with a bang

March 31, 2010

Ricochet Kitchen WHERE: Bedlam Theatre WHEN: April 3, 8:30 p.m. TICKETS: $5 (21+)/$10 (18 and under) On a typical night at the Bedlam Theatre, bands, plays and community events fill up the sprawling space....

The Fashionista is in – Spring Beauty

March 30, 2010

The temperature is climbing, and that means itâÄôs time to change up your beauty routine and freshen up! Be gone, winter blues, and with you your red cheeks/noses, chapped lips and frozen fingers....

ROBOTLove is movin’ on up

March 26, 2010

Watch out, Uptown, N.E. is gunning to be the new arts mecca of Minneapolis. What was once a relatively blah neighborhood, save for the presence of Lunds and SurdykâÄôs, has recently blossomed into...


Review: She & Him, Goldfrapp

March 25, 2010

ARTIST: She & Him ALBUM: âÄùVolume TwoâÄù LABEL: Merge Records Confession: I am not a Zooey Deschanel fan. In fact, as of late I have come to detest all that Ms. Deschanel stands for:...


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...

“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...

Cake Eater creators Emily Harris and Sheela Namakkal

Let them eat (Surly-flavored?) cake

March 24, 2010

I am drinking coffee with the ladies of Cake Eater Bakery, and though IâÄôve only known them for about three minutes, I already know that their soon-to-open shop may become my new favorite hangout....

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club visit First Ave. this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY TESSA ANGUS

Weekend Culture Compass – “Wizard of Oz” and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

March 23, 2010

Thursday, March 25 Music âÄî Bella Koshka, Me & My Arrow, the Alpha Centauri 7th St. Entry 701 1st Ave. N. 8 p.m. $6 Fresh off of a stop at AustinâÄôs SXSW music festival comes darkly...

Local photographer Jenn Cress tells A&E about Paris fashion week.

The Fashionista is in – Profile: Jennifer Cress

March 23, 2010

IâÄôd been emailing back and forth with local photographer Jennifer Cress, 32, about chit-chatting with me for a Fashionista column and she was all for it âĦ except at the time,...

Guest sexpert Robyne Robinson, at your service

March 10, 2010

Possibly because most of A&E has such a burning love and blistering desire for the lovely and talented Ms. Robyne Robinson, FOX9 anchor, art enthusiast and designer of Rox jewelry, we couldnâÄôt...

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...


The “Yo Gabba Gabba!” dance train makes a stop in Mpls.

March 10, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! WHERE: U.S. Bank Theater at the Target Center WHEN: March 13, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. TICKETS: $17-45 Way back in the summer of 2007, Aidan, the 3-year-old I nannied, used to race to the TV...

Fashionista beauty endorsements: Spring 2010

March 9, 2010

 Hello darlings! Can you believe my makeup-obsessed self completely neglected to endorse anything for winter? I can't! So, without further ado, here's my list of passionate loves for springtime, which...

The Fashionista is in - Oscar dish

The Fashionista is in – Oscar dish

March 8, 2010

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, but the majority of Hollywood starlets nixed Dior and Chanel for the Oscars, in what was not necessarily a wise choice. I can't imagine what it's like to choose a dress...

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...

The fashionista is in - DIY: Spring Break Bronze

The fashionista is in – DIY: Spring Break Bronze

March 3, 2010

Last year at this time, I was a Darque Tan devotee. How can you not be? Have you visited the place? ItâÄôs clean, sparkly and certain beds even come with aromatherapy. ItâÄôs heaven in...

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...

Ms. Handler and Chunk.

Turning the pages with Chelsea Handler

March 3, 2010

âÄúChelsea Chelsea Bang BangâÄù AUTHOR: Chelsea Handler PAGES: 247 PRICE: $25.99 Chelsea Handler is a funny lady. SheâÄôs funny when sheâÄôs not-so-secretly making mad fun...

Non-infected residents of Ogden Marsh survey the damage.

They’ve got “The Crazies,” and you should too

February 27, 2010

âÄúThe CraziesâÄù STARRING: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Joe Anderson DIRECTED BY: Breck Eisner RATED: R PLAYING AT: Area theaters "The Crazies" had me so unnerved about silent, empty...

Oberstar with Michelle Kwan, who had a cameo in the remake of “Ice Castles.”

U student acts in ice skating film

February 25, 2010

As Twitter trending topics and incessant âÄúTodayâÄù show coverage would suggest, Americans are fascinated by figure skating. Maybe itâÄôs the glittery costumes and romance of it,...

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...

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...

Fro-yo war: Fru-Lala vs. DIY

February 24, 2010

There have been many enduring rivalries in history: the Hatfields and McCoys , the Montagues and Capulets (who cares if theyâÄôre made up?), Leno and Letterman , Pepsi and Coke âĦ...

Get smart on campus with Trivia Mafia

February 17, 2010

Question: WhatâÄôs the best way to spend a drunken night on campus that doesnâÄôt involve screechy karaoke at Blarney or weak dollar rails at the Library? Answer: Playing trivia, duh! And...


All-deaf cast takes on “Vagina Monologues” at the Ritz

February 17, 2010

âÄúThe Vagina MonologuesâÄù WHEN: Feb. 19-20, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. WHERE: The Ritz Theater, 345 13 Ave. NE TICKETS: $19 Playwright/actress/activist Eve Ensler had to have known that âÄúThe...

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....