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Barlow's postcards may not depict scenic vistas, but they do offer a new take on the one of the first photographs taken.

Richard Barlow goes postal

August 7, 2013

Most of Richard Barlow’s recipients have no idea who’s sending mail to them. But when the artist picks someone for his “Daily Bromides” series of watercolors, he sends them one...

Kevin Kling, writer of

“Humanimal”: Beyond Kevin Kling’s wildest dreams

August 7, 2013

Twelve years ago, a car altered Kevin Kling’s life forever. At the corner of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue, he clung to life on his motorcycle after a near fatal crash. The accident left his right...

Book talk: “Brain on Fire” by Susannah Cahalan

August 7, 2013

Susannah Cahalan found two red dots on her arm one morning in February 2009. She figured she had bedbugs like many New Yorkers at the time. After several fumigations and increasing anxiety, Cahalan’s...

Dreamy psychedelic pop band Carroll.

Handle with Carroll

July 31, 2013

Carroll is a band with a hell of a work ethic. “Needs,” the only release by the Macalester College-founded group, is only six songs long, but the brief back catalog never meant they shied away...

Actors Phillip Schramm, Brandon R. Caviness and Joel Thingvall in the play

Forever on the Fringe: comedies at the fest

July 31, 2013

Since 1994, the Minnesota Fringe Festival has offered a staggering amount of theater over its annual 11-day run. With 176 shows in 16 venues, the largest non-juried theater festival in the United States...

Andy Kaufman’s debut album

July 24, 2013

Drag City recently released the first and only album by Andy Kaufman this month. Entitled Andy and his Grandmother, the infamous “song-and-dance-man” recorded the album’s material on...

Part Mammal practices at Elliott Snyder's home on Monday June, 22nd 2013.

Part-time, Part Mammal

July 24, 2013

Every band needs a meeting spot. Between beers and bocce ball, Part Mammal first bonded at the Nomad World Pub. The West Bank bar has been the band’s natural habitat since 2010. A sign at the bar...

Comic book artist Zak Sally in his studio on Tuesday July 23rd, 2013.

Twin Cities comics scene gets physical

July 24, 2013

You can almost feel the sweat dripping off the pages of “Sammy the Mouse,” Zak Sally’s latest series of comic books. He spent months slaving over the first volume’s run, working...

Culture Compass: Jimmy Pardo, FLOW and Alabama Shakes

July 24, 2013

STUFF TO DO FRIDAY: Jimmy Pardo Fast-talking Chicago native Jimmy Pardo has a sweet job,warming up the audience every night for Conan O’Brien’s late-night show. Though one could see that gig...

Crime and medicine in “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist”

July 24, 2013

In October of 1946, Hermann Goering committed suicide. Inside his prison cell, the Nazi war criminal swallowed a vial of cyanide. Following the end of World War II, the remaining leadership of Nazi Germany...

Minneapolis artist Bill Ferenc is one of the many artists updating vintage science fiction novel covers from the '50s and '60s for the Light Grey Art Lab's show

Odd future at Light Grey Art Lab

July 17, 2013

DreamHaven Books houses a vast repository of lost science fiction gems. Talking cats and floating cubes litter the pages of these ’60s- and ’70s-era pulp novels, but simply taking a look at...

Minneapolis residents gather round the pavilion near the Stone Arch Bridge to listen to local band Silent Agency on July 15th, 2013.

Hear this: World Listening Day at the Walker

July 17, 2013

Sometimes the vegetables give off a reedy low-pitched tone. Other times, Philip Blackburn’s talking plants emit a set of seemingly random percussive beats. “Some of them have more emotive qualities...

Culture Compass: Beyonce and Beer

July 17, 2013

STUFF TO DO   THURSDAY:   Beyoncé   She put on one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows in recent years and hasn’t slowed down. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter...

“Looks Like Fun” at Will Call

July 10, 2013

  Who doesn’t like to add a shrewdly placed Hitler moustache to a stern portrait? What better way to pass the time than doodling a meandering trail of geometric shapes? Local artist Leanna Perry...

Allegra Lockstadt's half of

Andres Guzman and Allegra Lockstadt bring eye candy to Paper Darts

July 10, 2013

  Andres Guzman and Allegra Lockstadt both complained of sores on their hands. “Don’t you get calluses from working with concrete or sanding things all day?” Lockstadt said. Neither...

Author Laura Waterman Wittstock Monday, July 8, 2013, at her home in Southeast Minneapolis. Her book,

“We Are Still Here” chronicles American Indian Movement

July 10, 2013

A band of demonstrators from across the country gathered outside the White House, right under newly elected Richard Nixon’s nose. As author Laura Waterman Wittstock remembers, the timing couldn’t...

Indie rock artist Mike Midwestern. He will release his new CD

Mike Midwestern releases “Oh My Soul”

July 10, 2013

  Green Day’s “Dookie” made an impression on a 14-year-old Mike Cunningham. “That’s really what made me want to play an instrument,” he said. Known as Mike Midwestern,...

A caipirinha and a sangria make a great couple for summer cocktails.

A couple of college cocktails for summer loving

July 3, 2013

Let’s face it: that half jug of Gatorade is not the most enticing thing to offer a potential sexual partner. Why not add some class to your bag of beverage tricks? Make some stiff drinks to help...

Culture Compass: Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and “The Lone Ranger”

July 3, 2013

STUFF TO DO   SATURDAY:   “Pride and Prejudice”   Be honest with yourself: you’ve never actually read a Jane Austen novel. You might as well start with the most well-known...

Minneapolis psychedelic band Flavor Crystals

Underwater with Bathysphere at First Avenue

July 2, 2013

At First Avenue this weekend, fans will get to take what the venue bills a “psychonautical voyage.” The Bathysphere journey may be proverbial, but the festival boasts a list of trance-inducing...

Minneapolis writer and author of

All of the red-lights

June 26, 2013

On a bike ride through the riverfront district in Minneapolis, Penny Petersen realized one brick building was out of place among the upscale housing. From what she knew about the late 19th century in the...

Tao Lin edits the independent publisher Muumuu House. His previous novels are Eeeee Eee Eeee and Richard Yates.

Interview with Tao Lin: What happened in “Taipei”

June 26, 2013

Under a mountain of inked paper and Adderall, Tao Lin worked tirelessly on “Taipei.” Crafting his third novel — an alienating piece of comic fiction — required copious amounts of...

Jim Kolles, left, and Erica Krumm together make up Minneapolis band Oaks.

Local band Oaks release “Field Beat”

June 26, 2013

After a storm knocked out electricity for more than half a million homes and businesses in the metro, Erica Krumm and Jim Kolles entered their cramped Minneapolis practice space to check the power. The...

Culture Compass: Guante, Kanye and 10 Thousand Sounds

June 19, 2013

STUFF TO DO   FRIDAY:   “Speak Up and Get Down,” featuring Guante and the 2013 MN Brave New Voices team   Minneapolis underground emcee Guante is a busy man. As well as working...

Q&A with Dan Savage

June 19, 2013

Since 1991, Dan Savage’s syndicated advice column has served up frank sex talk to worrisome virgin teenagers, bi-curious feminists and everyone in between. “Savage Love” only represents...

Metric performs live at Rock the Garden on Saturday June 15th, 2013.

Review: Rock the Garden (and Garage) 2013

June 16, 2013

Despite the mid-afternoon thunderstorm, Dan Deacon forged ahead underground on Saturday. When rain made his performance on the Walker Art Center’s outdoor stage for Rock the Garden completely impossible,...

Minneapolis artist and graphic designer J. Zachary Keenan works in his studio Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in the Washington North Loop. Keenan is one of the artists featured in the You Can Do It, Put Your Back Into It Exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab opening June 14.

Living in a perfect word

June 12, 2013

Words of encouragement cover everything from the walls of fluorescent-lit offices to college dorm rooms reeking of leftover pizza — the world runs on the genre of inspirational vernacular. Now that...

Indie pop band Hot Freaks.

Freaking out

June 12, 2013

With the arcade in mind, pop-funk, five-piece Hot Freaks enter the local music sphere with plenty of quarters and Mountain Dew in hand. Inspired by Nintendo’s back catalog of video game soundtracks...

Minneapolis teacher Jen Arzayus, left, and lead editor Zane Spang explain the process of shooting and editing a documentary on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Arzayus's Minneapolis home. Her documentary

“White Cactus” and white lies

June 12, 2013

Trash bags marked with red tape carried the cocaine. A trucking company would gather the haul like it was garbage at ports, sites where the cruise ships docked. In the 1980s, coke from Colombia poured...

Augie's Bar lies behind the streetcars on Hennepin Avenue in this 1949 photo.

Gangsta’s paradise: “Augie’s Secrets” and Minneapolis mob life

June 5, 2013

Israel “Icepick Willie” Alderman punctured victims’ brains via their eardrums with his namesake tool — that way, an autopsy would fail to detect any sign of a homicide....

Theresa Kay’s Top Ten Trash Films

June 3, 2013

Each week, Trash Film Debauchery hosts screenings of the best of the worst movies. The kind of cheap thrills you're too shy to admit you love. So if you couldn't show your face at recent screenings...

From comedian Andy Haynes's set on

Growing Haynes

June 3, 2013

Andy Haynes no longer sleeps on an inflatable bed—now he’s making enough money to afford an actual mattress. When the stand-up used to live with fellow comic Rory Scovel in L.A., he slept on...

Summer block parties in the Twin Cities

May 29, 2013

  Nothing spells the advent of summer like the local block party, a Twin Cities tradition. Even though the First Avenue and River’s Edge festivals were shelved this year, the Cities are alive...

Claps, a local Dark Wave, Post-Punk band play a dark, minimalistic style of synth pop music that is comparable to acts such as New Order and Cold Cave.

CLAPS won’t leave the basement

May 29, 2013

Jed Smentek founded his band after buying a retro synthesizer off of Craigslist. To form CLAPS, he’d need the inspiration from the ’80s synth to build the moody minimalism his band is known...

Ryan of the shadow cast for the Rocky Horror Picture Show plays Frank N Furter live during a midnight showing of the film on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at The Uptown Theater. The theater shows Rocky Horror on the last Saturday of every month and actors from the shadow cast, Transvestite Soup, perform along with the movie while screaming profanities and interacting with audience members throughout the film.

Trash Talk

May 29, 2013

“Starcrash” hasn’t aged well, but last Wednesday, the 1978 Italian sci-fi romp graced the screen of the Trylon Microcinema, where B-movie fans gather each week to embrace the forgotten...

METZ means nothing

May 9, 2013

What: METZ with No Joy and Buildings Where: Coffman Union, Whole Music Club When: 8:30 p.m., Friday Cost: $5 for University students, $7 for the public Age: 18+ To hear METZ live means to hear the pulsating...

Movie review: “Upstream Color”

May 9, 2013

Shot on 16 mm film on a mere $7,000 budget, 2004’s “Primer” stands among the brainiest sci-fi movies ever made. But the technical story didn’t depend on a multi-million dollar Michael...


Seeing stars: “The City Dark” at the Bell Museum

May 2, 2013

What: “The City Dark” Where: Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis When: 7 p.m., Thursday Cost: Free with museum admission   Armed with his homemade telescope and...

In addition to writing music, Colleen Green occasionally draws a comic centered around a cartoon version of herself smoking weed.

Green machine

May 2, 2013

What: Colleen Green Where: Memory Lanes, 2520 S. 26th Ave., Minneapolis When: 10 p.m., Monday Cost: Free   Colleen Green hasn’t had a real job in four years. Between stops in Canada and Detroit,...

Theophilus London Calling

April 25, 2013

What: Theophilus London Where: CoffmanUnion, Front Plaza When: 12 p.m., Friday Cost: Free   Delving into the list of influences that inspire Theophilus London feels dizzying. His culture-hopping retrospective...

Culture Compass: Danny Brown, Art in Bloom and Tim & Eric

April 25, 2013

THINGS TO DO   THURSDAY   Art in Bloom   Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Art in Bloom brings floral artists to the Minneapolis Institue of Arts for a four-day tribute to all things art,...

A Nick Drake Tribute at the Cedar Cultural Center

April 23, 2013

What: Nick Drake’s Musical Legacy Who: Joe Boyd presents Mason Jennings, Steve Tibbetts with Wendy Lewis and Haley Bonar Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave, Minneapolis When: 7:30 p.m.,...

Documentary highlights the legacy of ACT UP

April 18, 2013

What: “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP” When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $9   When the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power first...

New tech, ancient art

April 18, 2013

Home to 83,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of human history, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts collection only represents a puny fraction of the artifacts yet to be discovered on the ocean floor. Recent...

The botany of booze

April 11, 2013

  What: Amy Stewart Where: Magers & Quinn, 3038 S. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday   Not many authors readily admit to alcohol’s role in their work. But in “Wicked...

Big ‘Gulp’

April 2, 2013

Atypical subjects rarely faze Mary Roach, a science writer who has penned books about everything from cadavers to the feasibility of sending humans to Mars. For the latest line in her taboo-oriented books,...

Movie Review: ‘Starbuck’

March 28, 2013

“Starbuck” Where: Landmark Edina Rated: R Directed by: Ken Scott Starring: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand Opens: Friday   The opening scene of “Starbuck” finds...

Charles Sugnet, an English professor at the University, co-hosts KFAI radio’s “African Rhythms” show on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Minneapolis.

Radio without borders

March 14, 2013

Until recently, the DJs on “African Rhythms” had to rely on more expensive means of finding new music. They’d use their connections to purchase obscure music everywhere from Mali to the...

Sea Change

March 7, 2013

  What: “This Clement World” When: 8 p.m., Thursday throughSaturday Where: Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $22 ($18 for members)   Within...

Culture Compass: “Searching for Sugar Man,” Dr. von Hagens and Yeah Yeah Yeahs

March 7, 2013

  THINGS TO DO   THURSDAY   “Searching for Sugar Man” Where: Landmark Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $7   Sixto Rodriguez released two albums in the...