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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...

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,...

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&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...

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...


“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,...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...


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,...

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...

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...

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...


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...


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...

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....

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...

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...


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,...

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...

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

Fast rhymes with Mayhem Poets

Published 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...


Do You Remember?

Published 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...

Areca Roes Sheets

The Nash keeps it in the family

Published 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...

Red Eye Thug Life

Published 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...

Asobi Seksu is a colloquial Japanese term for casual sex and also a bilingual indie shoegaze group who are visiting this weekend. PHOTO COURTESY POLYVINYL RECORDS

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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

(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

Published 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

Published 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...


Morphing Mutantes disappoint

Published 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...

A detailed photograph of Oranskys Distant Thoughts reveals sweeping brushstrokes that expose the movement of the work.

How close is too close?

Published September 9, 2009

âÄúShared DistanceâÄù WHERE: Form+Content Gallery, 210 2nd St. N., Minneapolis.. WHEN: Sep. 10 âÄì Oct. 17 PRICE: Free Distance may seem like a concrete concept. It can be measured...


Dance dance … social revolution!

Published September 9, 2009

âÄúAshesh Barsha, Unending MonsoonâÄù WHERE: Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave. Minneapolis WHEN: Sep. 10 - 13 PRICE: $22 Members of Ananya Dance Theatre arenâÄôt organizing...

D N Eduardo

Published April 12, 2009

As technology continues toward its ever-expanding realm of understanding, scientists are questioning the biological definition of species. Eduardo Kac’s new exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum asks...

John and Kara on the Minneapoline

Published February 2, 2009

Ever since Tyler stopped contributing to The Minneapoline, it's gone way down hill. Way back when, it was at least an interesting site, with well-thought outfits. Lately, there is far too much focus...

“Isn’t it good, ‘Norwegian Wood’?”

Published January 12, 2009

I can't say this review is exactly timely. Japanese author Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" was published in 1987 and finally translated into English in 2000, so I'm about nine years behind...

Dating tips that might possibly be effective

Published December 22, 2008

Due to continuous demand (and what appears to be serious necessity), I’ve decided to put together a quick guide to dating for a little romantic success in 2009. I’m not claiming that this will...

No naked huddling required

Published December 12, 2008

Most stores are rocking their holiday lines for the time being, but once January hit they'll be playing "Here Comes the Sun" and touting new flat front shorts and summer loafers. This is exactly...

Finals Week Procrastination

Published December 10, 2008

Now, if you're like A&E, you know that working hard can always wait until three hours before your exam rolls around or the deadline for the 31-pager on the history of pre-modern Inuit pop culture....

Calcium, Vitamin D and Gay Rights

Published December 4, 2008

Harvey Milk was the first openly Gay man elected to public office in California in 1977. There have been many documentations of Milk's life, including the documentary called "The Times of Harvey Milk,"...

Big Surprise: Tyra Banks “relates with other people of color.”

Published November 12, 2008

On the racist-o-meter, Tyra Banks falls somewhere between white-supremacist groups and my grandmother who has verbally denounced just about every demographic of people including her own (from people that...

Is There No Hope For American Cinema?

Published November 4, 2008

America is not a land known for high culture. The land of "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," Wal-Mart and Popeye's chicken, we've been known to take joy in the most simplistic of endeavors. (I would...

Kitty Wigs

Published November 2, 2008

I think the world needs to be introduced to the intricate social implications of Kitty Wigs ( For a nominal fee (about 50 bucks a wig), your cat can be an icon of modern style....

“Glass Passenger” Makin’ like Laura’s Menagerie: Broken

Published October 22, 2008

I have to confess this. For the longest time, I was nearly head-over-heels in a man-crush with Andrew McMahon, the front man of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin. It's embarrassing, I know, but...

Red Let-down Year

Published September 17, 2008

Ani DiFranco has been making angry chick music since... well, since there have been angry, indie chicks to nod their heads, sing along and avoid showering in the spirit of misanthropy. Her someteenth (anywhere...

Delicious disappointment

Published May 1, 2008

Laminated on khaki menus, desserts always appear more satisfying than they are. "My Blueberry Nights," the luscious, sugar-coated narrative, is no exception. Though we can always pray that satisfying our...

Baby Mama: pregnant with complications

Published April 24, 2008

."Baby Mama" features Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey), a 37-year-old, single working woman. Though successful and competent in her endeavors into the world of organic food production and sale, she is plagued...

Climate change isn’t cool

Published April 24, 2008

Whether it is greenhouse gases, some higher power's punishment, or just a trick Mother Nature herself is playing, we can all agree: The planet just might fall apart if we don't stop ignoring the problem. "Seeing...

Frying up some soul food

Published April 3, 2008

A line of unusual suspects was wrapped around the block. Everyone from thin teenagers in black metal tees to middle-aged mothers in loud, floral-print dresses shivered in front of Club 3 Degrees in north...

La vie en noir

Published March 13, 2008

In his new book, "The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll be Dead," David Shields examines the experience uniting the whole of the human race: death and its inescapability. The book, a jumble of biological...

Spring break jams

Published March 13, 2008

.Joseph Arthur's new EP "Could We Survive" is a refreshing departure from the current popular airbrushed indie music. It features six heart-wrenchingly honest tracks. On his Web site, Arthur says, "(EPs)...

Feels like home

Published February 21, 2008

."Little boxes on the hillside. Little boxes made of ticky-tacky Ö Little boxes all the same." The opening theme to the popular Showtime comedy "Weeds" hums of the constant horizontal expansion of the...

‘The Eye’ delivers a few successful jolts

Published February 7, 2008

American producers love remaking Asian thriller flicks by amping up the special effects and tossing in an attractive damsel in distress (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Naomi Watts, etc). More often than not, these...

Rolling melodies and political undertones

Published February 7, 2008

Everyone's favorite eco-friendly surfer-turned-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson released his fourth solo album "Sleep Though the Static" earlier this week. And in an effort to remain "green," the album was...

Rethinking the runway

Published January 31, 2008

During winter break, while you were busy lazing about on your living room couch flipping through channels in your rattiest sweatpants, you might have stumbled upon Bravo's "Project Runway." At first you...

United we tensely stand

Published January 24, 2008

Since its creation, photography has innately implied a passive absorption of a distant set of visual details. As a viewer, one feels compelled to judge based upon beauty, composition characteristics, and...

What to know and what to throw

Published January 24, 2008

It is apparent, campus-goer, that semester commencement, drab weather and, for some, the results of a certain Iowa caucus have left a bitter taste in your mouth. Well, consider yourself lucky, because...