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The best of Art-A-Whirl 2010

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

MCAD’s finest @ The Soap Factory

Published 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

Published 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 wonderful world of Etsy

Published 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...

The Fashionista is in - Walk of Shame Survival Guide

The Fashionista is in – Walk of Shame Survival Guide

Published 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...

A&E’s rootin’ tootin’ coffee round-up

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

Battle of the bánh mi

Battle of the bánh mi

Published 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 popular even the...

The baby-sitters are back

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Kramps knitwear walks the runways at Voltage. PHOTO COURTESY KEVIN KRAMP

Designer profile: Kevin Kramp

Published 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...

From Jeremy Messersmiths Twitter

Local Celebrity Twitters

Published 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”

Published 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

Published 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...

The Fashionista is in – Talking Beauty with Beauty Bets

Published 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...


An art party with a bang

Published 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....

Cooking with in-season ingredients

Published 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

Published 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...

The Fashionista is in – Spring Beauty

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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:...

“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)

Published 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

Published 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....

Davis upside down exhibits her contrasting themes of curiosity and caution.

Jennifer Davis’ “Spree” at First Amendment Arts

Published 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...

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

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

Published 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

Published 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,...


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

Published 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...

Guest sexpert Robyne Robinson, at your service

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Fashionista beauty endorsements: Spring 2010

Published 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...

Bliss is one of J. M. Culvers explorations of memory. PHOTO COURTESY J.M. CULVER

Drawing on memory

Published 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 - Oscar dish

The Fashionista is in – Oscar dish

Published 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...

The fashionista is in - DIY: Spring Break Bronze

The fashionista is in – DIY: Spring Break Bronze

Published 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...

Kirlins underground Pancakes and Booze Art Show premiered in Los Angeles last May to an enormous opening crowd.

Pancakes & Booze: the new Wine & Cheese

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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,...

Fro-yo war: Fru-Lala vs. DIY

Published 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...

The Southern takes on experimental theater with “New Breed”

Published 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

Published 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...


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

Published 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

Published 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 storys main characters engage in an extramarital emotional affair and learn about themselves.

“Brief Encounter” is satisfying quickie theater

Published 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....

Get smart on campus with Trivia Mafia

Published 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...

The Fashionista is in - Alexander McQueen: A Tribute

The Fashionista is in – Alexander McQueen: A Tribute

Published February 15, 2010

Aside from the blue gingham âÄúDorothy dressâÄù I wore daily from ages three to five, the first time I was ever truly enchanted by fashion came courtesy of Alexander McQueenâÄôs...

Sap-Fest Love Songs – My Top 25

Published 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

Published 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 Pee-Wees Big Adventure this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY WARNER BROS.

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

Published 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...


The Fashionista is in – Designer lines at Target

Published February 10, 2010

February is a tough month. The weather is frigid, the sky is gray and everyone is relatively miserable, myself included. IâÄôm already hankering for March, mainly because of what TargetâÄôs...

Last minute valentine’s day guide for the ladies

Published February 10, 2010

Hey ladies, itâÄôs almost ValentineâÄôs Day and youâÄôre screwed. YouâÄôve made zero plans with your significant other (if you have one) or with your trusty band of girlfriends...


The Fashionista is in – Fashion marketing

Published February 7, 2010

Before I dive into this edition of Fashionista, I have to mention that I completely neglected to mention one of my favorite models, the gorgeous Crystal Renn, in last weekâÄôs âÄúModels...


Baby Jonas goes it alone

Published February 4, 2010

NICK JONAS ALBUM: âÄúWho I AmâÄù LABEL: Hollywood Records I have very little shame in admitting my Nick Jonas fascination. The kid is the musical mastermind in his sibling three-piece,...


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

Published 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?’

Published 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,...

Minne Tonka helps make the Midwest best in Burlesque.

The art of the tease

Published January 27, 2010

Best of Midwest Burlesk WHEN: Jan. 28-30 WHERE: Varsity Theater (Thursday)/The Ritz Theater (Friday-Saturday) WHEN: 9 p.m. âÄî Thursday/7 & 10 p.m. âÄî Friday-Saturday Burlesque, just...


The Fashionista is in – Models 101

Published January 25, 2010

I talk a lot about fashion designers, runway shows and celebrities in this column, but I rarely talk about one of the most vital parts of fashion in general: Models. WeâÄôre not going to get into...


Put the guitar down, Lil Wayne

Published January 20, 2010

Lil Wayne ALBUM: âÄúRebirthâÄù LABEL: Universal RELEASE DATE: Feb. 2 âÄúRebirthâÄù may just be Lil WayneâÄôs âÄúChinese Democracy .âÄù Granted, the...


The Fashionista is in – New York Shopping and Golden Globes

Published January 20, 2010

Shopping in New York Nothing beats winter break âÄî endless hours of âÄúJersey ShoreâÄù reruns, spending all my days in my frigid apartment and, best of all, taking a trip to New...

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”

Published 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...

Oh no! Prince Naveen needs a princess kiss to transform back into a real boy.

Disney’s New Orleans fairy tale fails to enchant

Published December 11, 2009

The Princess and the Frog STARRING: Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard RATED: G PLAYING AT: Area theaters YouâÄôd like to think going to see a Disney film at the ripe old age of 22...

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

Winter Arts Calendar

Published 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...

Weekend Culture Compass - Mates of State, Lookbook and Christmas stuff

Weekend Culture Compass – Mates of State, Lookbook and Christmas stuff

Published December 9, 2009

Thursday Music âÄî Andrew Bird St. MarkâÄôs Cathedral 519 Oak Grove St., Mpls. 8 p.m. $29-32 Andrew Bird is an ace whistler and a fantastic fiddler. HeâÄôs doing a tour of churches...

Winter break workouts

Published December 9, 2009

Tallying up everything you eat during the holiday season will only result in a cold, nervous sweat. If your family is anything like mine, there will be potatoes swimming in butter, calorie-laden fudge...


The fashionista is in – get that holiday glow.

Published December 9, 2009

The end of the semester means the end of four glorious months of me spewing out my opinions on everything from runway shows to Bumpits. But despite losing my soap box, it also means holiday parties. And...

The Decemberists Hazards of Love screens at the Cedar. PHOTO COURTESY KILL ROCK STARS

Weekend Culture Compass – The Decemberists and British Ads galore

Published 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...

My picks for best of the decade — Kara

Published December 3, 2009

I spent most of the 2000s in a teeny tiny town up near Fargo, population approx. 243. The only way we got "indie" music was from "The O.C." soundtrack.   My Personal Favorite Movies...


The hot list

Published December 2, 2009

Any good âÄúend of the decadeâÄù list must mention the people who raised our blood pressures by power of sheer hotness alone. Here are our favorites. LADIES 1. Olivia Wilde We kicked Angelina...


Top ten local artists of the decade

Published 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...

Top journalistic start-ups of the 2000s

Published December 2, 2009

In the past 10 years, Minnesota journalism has expanded more than we could have ever dreamt in 2000. The prevalence and popularity of both the Internet and blogging started a revolution amongst both journalists...


The Fashionista is in – Holiday shopping guide

Published December 1, 2009

How was your Thanksgiving? I eschewed Black Friday shopping (rare for me) in favor of my bed and turkey leftovers. (Plus thereâÄôs nowhere to shop in North Dakota. Bebe just made its way to Fargo.)...


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

Published 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...


The Fashionista is in — News update

Published November 24, 2009

Model Daul Kim dies Things are not always glamorous and gorgeous in the fashion world. There are drug overdoses, murders and other horrible tragedies that sometimes cancel out the glitz. On Friday, it...

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

Artist profile: Dan Robison

Published 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....

Holiday party DIY

Published November 24, 2009

Face it âÄî weâÄôre getting older. Soon weâÄôre going to have to helm our own holiday cocktail hours and assorted feasts, so we better start learning now. Perhaps the spirit of...

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

“Environmental Aesthetics” is ethereal

Published 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...

Panel 10 and Panel 11 from Heavy Petting. Materials are acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas. PHOTO COURTESY THE GALLERY AT FOX TAX

“Heavy Petting” is not too naughty

Published 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...


Interview: Mary Karr

Published November 18, 2009

Razor-sharp sentence-wielding writer Mary Karr has lived such a life that itâÄôs allowed her to pen not one, not two, but three gripping memoirs. Her latest is âÄúLit,âÄù the story...

The dish on Gastro Non Grata

Published November 18, 2009

GASTRO NON GRATA WHEN: Nov. 22 WHERE: Triple Rock Social Club, 6 p.m., $5 I met Craig Drehmel and Jeff Mitchell of Gastro Non Grata one gloomy Friday afternoon at the Wienery on the West Bank. Over Upsetter...

The Fashionista is in — Waste your time fashionably

Published November 16, 2009

Looks like the weather will be in the mid to high 50s for the rest of this week, so take advantage of it and dress up! IâÄôll probably be out with the camera again. Last year, I recommended several...


The Fashionista is in – A short history of fashion

Published November 16, 2009

Since 2009 is almost over, IâÄôve been thinking affectionately of the golden years in which I came of age, and felt a fashion history column was in order. (Plus my editor failed a quiz on fashion...


Designer profile: Tender Cuts

Published November 11, 2009

Each year, talented designers are busy stitching and draping away over at the St. Paul campus. Sometimes, all that hard work gets them noticed in a big way âÄî take senior Emily Bryngelson , whose...


Shop local design at Shoppe Local

Published November 11, 2009

WHAT: Shoppe Local WHERE: 813 50th St. W. Mpls. As the Twin Cities become more and more celebrated for their burgeoning local design scene, plenty of people are taking notice and itching to get involved....

The Prufrock Theatre takes on social stratification

Published 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...

You are (and you write) what you eat

You are (and you write) what you eat

Published November 4, 2009

Food scribes Rick Nelson and James Norton go out to eat âÄî a lot. They estimate that they fill a booth or take a seat at various restaurants around the metro anywhere between four to five times...

Amelia Laura Franceschi.

The Fashionista is in – On the street

Published November 4, 2009

In this past week, I indeed managed to find some fantastic fashion lurking on our campus. Check out your sartorially minded peers and learn from their success. Name: Cinnamon Janzer Year/major: senior,...


The many angles of Dan Graham

Published 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,...

Cinnamon Janzer.


Cinnamon Janzer.

Alexandra Baldwin and Adrian Pansch.


Alexandra Baldwin and Adrian Pansch.

New Britney video “3” premieres

Published October 30, 2009

 BRITNEY JEAN SPEARS. Why can't you dance? I'm sick of this parading around, that's not dancing. Where are you, "Slave 4 U" Brit? Your body is awesome, your hair is not an obvious...

Designer profile: Kathryn V

Designer profile: Kathryn V

Published October 28, 2009

MNFashion WeekâÄôs SCENEaSOTA event was a bevy of inventive, impressive designs from a diverse pool of local designers. One line of particularly sophisticated pieces came from Kathryn Sterner,...

Red Stags 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

Published 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

Published 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...

First-rate pasta comes to the North Loop

Published October 28, 2009

Bar la Grassa ADDRESS: 800 Washington Ave. N. PRICE: $6-$80 Before I begin to sing the praises of the new North Loop eatery, which fills the real estate left by Cuban-themed Babalu , I have one very important...