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Glass Animals lead singer Dave Bayley greets the crowd at Palace Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Saint Paul.

Review: Glass Animals brought energetic melodies, floods of color and pineapples to their sold-out St. Paul show

Published October 2, 2017

Supporting their sophomore album, "How to Be a Human Being," the genre-bending indie rock band Glass Animals came to the Palace Theatre Wednesday. They opened their set to a sold out crowd with the lively...

Louie Tran and his new dog Jaspen sit outside Espresso Royale in Dinkytown. Louie Tran is a regular at Espresso Royale with his old beloved dog Chip.

Farewell, Chip. Espresso Royale’s resident canine left big paws to fill

Published August 2, 2017

Espresso Royale has lost one of its most loyal patrons: Chip.Dinkytown’s resident dog — who found a second home within the cafe over the last seven years — passed away from lymphoma on June...

Artist and attendees gather at the Red Eye Theater for the first LaLa festival. The festival featured artist who identify as women, LGBTQ or people of color and looked at the role of critical conversations and criticism within art.

At LALA Festival, art and intimate conversation

Published July 31, 2017

A circle of wooden table chairs, beige floral ottomans and a red cloth couch set the stage for artful dialogue at the Red Eye Theater Saturday.Part of the three-day LALA Festival, a group of around 25...

Hannah Maccarone practices her poses before performing in the River Rats Aquatennial Show on the Mississippi in Minneapolis on Fri. July, 2017.

River Rats bring their love of waterskiing to the Mississippi

Published July 25, 2017

The thought of being pulled behind a speeding boat and launched off of a ramp while balancing on skis may scare some.It is for Freddie Plessner, but he loves doing it anyway.“[I like] the fear of it...

Izaak Davison-Kerwood works on his ceramic project at Regis Center For Art on Thursday.

Summer classes are short, ceramics are forever

Published July 19, 2017

Ceramics is an art form that you can interact with, feel and even talk to.So, when University of Minnesota psychology senior Claire Nusbaum heard that Crisis Connection — a local mental health crisis...

Deforis Nash, left, spars with Chris Polys on Friday at Van Cleve Park.

Live action role play group calls Van Cleve Park home

Published July 19, 2017

Water breaks are an important part of any active sport, from basketball to tennis.They're even more important when the players wear long cotton tunics, leather armor and boots.That's the uniform of a handful...

Mark Rivard instructs children how to draw during a workshop on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center. The visual artist runs workshops locally and abroad to inspire children to follow their dreams through experiential learning that points toward art.

Coming soon to the Twin Cities art scene: The art of skating

Published July 12, 2017

The X Games will soon bring skateboarding, BMX and Moto X events to the Twin Cities, but art will also come with these staples.Mark Rivard, a local skateboard artist, will take part in one of a handful...

Andrew Friedman delivers a monologue during a rehearsal in Blegen Hall on Tuesday, July 11, for the upcoming Fringe Festival production Hot Air.

U students to bring film noir to Fringe Festival

Published July 12, 2017

Some say the best ideas begin as sketches on napkins. That’s exactly how “Hot Air,” a film noir-inspired play created by University of Minnesota students, got its start.Art junior Fletcher Wolfe...

Mondo Cozmo front man Josh Ostrander and reporter Katie Lauer pose for a selfie at Bonnaroo.


Mondo Cozmo front man Josh Ostrander and reporter Katie Lauer pose for a selfie at Bonnaroo.

Describing the details

Published July 5, 2017

When Maureen Pranghofer went to the movie theater to see “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” she wasn’t sure if Drew Barrymore’s character was laying out Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s or Starbursts for her...

Members of local band Treading North pose for portraits on Jan. 21.

Treading North is treading on

Published July 5, 2017

For Treading North’s front man Gabriel Rodreick, moving downstairs to rehearsal takes as much orchestration as the music itself.Rodreick has used a wheelchair for the last nine years, ever since he injured...

The recipe for a summer song

Published June 28, 2017

“I know a placeWhere the grass is really greener. Warm, wet and wildThere must be something in the water.”Just like the water, there were some things in Katy Perry’s smash 2010 single “California...

Culture compass: Free art, new Prince and cookie dough

Published June 27, 2017

Friday: Antiquarian and Rare Book FairWhat’s better than a good book? An antique and collectible book! Starting Friday, over 50 dealers from around the country will sell books in all conditions and fields...

Haley Fritz, co-owner of Dough Dough Dessert Food Truck, hands a customer spoons for their cookies by the spoonful at the Uptown Food Truck Festival on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The truck had customers waiting for over 40 minutes to get their cookie dough and sold 2800 scoops throughout the day.

Uptown Food Truck Festival brings quality snacks and sights

Published June 27, 2017

Pride wasn’t the only festival that drew dense crowds Sunday.The Uptown Food Truck Festival, which hosted over 60 trucks, brought throngs of people — and dozens of dogs — to Calhoun Square....

Left Improv actors Hannah, and Taha perform an act based on a audiences annoyance with her phone not updating Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The rest is still unscripted: Minneapolis’ distinct improv comedy scene

Published June 22, 2017

Long form improv is not “ComedySportz,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “Saturday Night Live.”The style moves away from games and skits, and features shows of multiple unscripted scenes, created...

Danny Brown performs his set on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Eaux Claires in Wisconsin.

Street style: Embodiments of the silent “x” at Eaux Claires

Published June 21, 2017

This weekend brought the Eaux Claires Music Festival to Eau Claire, Wisconsin — a two-day event founded by Eau Claire’s own Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.From Paul Simon to Danny Brown, the festival...

Paul Simon plays for a packed crowd of the weekend on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Eaux Claires in Wisconsin. Anger breeds anger, said the 75-year-old artist as he delivered a short monologue.

Review: Oh, Eaux Claires – A look at Wisconsin’s biggest festival

Published June 21, 2017

Walking through the fields of the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival last Friday, puffs of cotton floated in the air — setting the scene for a dreamlike weekend. The many stages, art installations,...

Q&A: Josh Ostrander, the front man of Mondo Cozmo

Published June 16, 2017

When it comes to the world of music, Mondo Cozmo is making quite the entrance. Front man Josh Ostrander and his backing band, Illinois, have multiple festival performances under their belt, as well as...

Bonnaroo or bust: A reflection on the four-day music festival in Tennessee

Published June 14, 2017

It wasn’t until The Weeknd broke into “Can’t Feel My Face” just before 11:30 p.m. on the final night of Bonnaroo that I realized what a dancing sea of 65,000 people looks like.It’s an insane...

Culture compass: Butterflies, ties and DJ guys

Published June 14, 2017

Friday: Blooming ButterfliesBetween now and Labor Day, Como Zoo will exhibit over 100 species of butterflies from around the world in its greenhouse. Hundreds of butterflies will be released weekly, but...

Greg Lombardi works on a tattoo on Nik Bloomfields arm at Dinkytown Tattoo on June 3, 2017.

Dinky tattoo shop offers medley of styles and skills

Published June 8, 2017

You can tell a lot about a person from their clothing, music or vocabulary. At Dinkytown Tattoo, you get a good idea of the style and personality of an artist by their work station’s look.Daniel Peace,...

Owner of Fast Eddies Place Jim Picard works on a shoe inside his repair shop in the Dinkydale building.

Patches, needles and nails continue to “heel” shoes in Dinkytown

Published June 8, 2017

At Fast Eddie’s Place, hundreds of Birkenstock sandals, high heels and leather loafers line the shelves behind the front counter and in the back room.From that back room down the hallway of Dinkydale...

Milk tea with bubbles sits next to macarons on Tuesday, May 30 at Sencha Tea Bar in Stadium Village.

Battle of the boba: In search of the best milk tea near UMN

Published June 1, 2017

Bubble tea goes by many names, but there’s no mistaking the drink’s large straw and dark bobas.With its growing popularity, new shops continue to open in the University of Minnesota area — most...

Walker to remove controversial gallows sculpture

Published May 30, 2017

A new gallows-inspired sculpture at the Walker Art Center will be removed from the museum’s grounds after public protest, the museum announced Saturday.The two-story wood and metal sculpture, entitled...

Culture compass: Real news, dogs and tacos

Published May 4, 2017

Friday: The Art of VodkaAlcohol can be art too, apparently. This second-annual celebration will bring in bartenders and spirits from local breweries so you can enjoy sips while appreciating artwork. While...

Festi Daze, LLC, a company that sells pins and other apparel at EDM venues, displays their products on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Exchange in Minneapolis.

For first-year UMN student, pin-making project tied to EDM

Published May 4, 2017

Over the last half decade in the EDM scene, the Tuttrup brothers started to notice colorful, soft enamel pins featuring intricate artist logos, music festival designs and pop culture references on the...

For the deaf, ASL interpreters help translate the intimacy of live music

Published May 4, 2017

When Shawn Vriezen interpreted the national anthem for the Minnesota Wild Stadium Series hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks last February, his hands shown in stark contrast against his black shirt...

Cassettes line the shelves of Dead Media in on East 25th Street in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017. Dead Media sells a variety of old books, vinyl records and other outdated media recorded on older platforms, including many cassettes recorded by local artists.

Yes, cassette tapes may be impractical, but in Minneapolis people are keeping them alive

Published May 1, 2017

Cassette tapes are impractical, and the people who buy and produce them agree. Yet, a community of listeners continue to keep them alive.“It's ridiculous buying cassettes and having a cassette player,”...

Q&A: UMN School of Music professor talks world of world music

Published April 25, 2017

As spring semester nears its end, the University of Minnesota School of Music’s “Worlds of Improvisation” course will put on its fourth and final public master class, featuring South Indian classical...

Culture Compass: Dancing, “DAMN.” and Donald Trump

Published April 20, 2017

Friday: Late Night Dance PartyThis Friday, celebrate the life of Prince at First Avenue for the one-year anniversary of his passing. With the Memorial Street Party sold out and the celebration at Paisley...

Students and the public attend the Battle of the Bands on Friday, April 20, 2012, in front of Coffman Union.

UMN Battle of the Bands: A musical preview

Published April 20, 2017

Battling to play the Spring Jam stage, these five Battle of the Bands finalists should be a nice musical warm-up for Saturday’s main acts. Here’s what to expect:Early Eyes“A mix of California-rock,...

Artist Steve Maxam poses for a portrait at his home studio on Monday, April 17, 2017.

Local artist produces work with an interesting twist

Published April 18, 2017

When he’s working on one of his paintings, Stephen Maxam’s studio looks like a scene from Breaking Bad. Unlike the show, however, the full face respirator, gloves and tarps are only used to protect...

Adam Mikell works on a haircut for one of his frequent customers, Adi Mizrahi, on Thursday, March 6, 2017 in the 17th Avenue Residence Hall.

Need a haircut? UMN student sets up barber shop at 17th Avenue dorm

Published April 13, 2017

On any given night, Adam Mikell’s Wahl Lithium Ion clippers can be heard buzzing in a 17th Avenue Residence Hall bathroom.With barber pole striped spray bottle, barber’s cape, Andis T-Outliner trimmer,...

University alumnus Brady Knudson sells movie tickets at the St. Anthony Main Theatre on Tuesday night. The theatre is one of the venues hosting the 35th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival from April 7-23.

A go-to guide for the Minneapolis Film Festival for UMN students

Published April 11, 2017

With over 350 films and events, the 36th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival has something for everyone.Running April 13 to 29, the festival’s busy calendar can seem a little daunting....

When it comes to blues-rock, The Cold War Kids are alright.

Cold War Kids make a strong return with “L.A. Divine”

Published April 7, 2017

For Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett, “L.A. Divine,” which was released today, was a venture into simplicity while still bringing the band’s signature driving, indie rock sound. From the belt-in-your-car...

A cougar stalks around its enclosure at the Como Zoo on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

After three-year wait, two new snow leopards join the Como Zoo

Published April 5, 2017

As spring approaches and some in the Twin Cities start to think about visiting the Como Zoo, two new snow leopards will be there to greet them.The snow leopards — Moutig from France and Alye from...

Northrup King Building showcases local Minneapolis art

Published April 4, 2017

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District has dozens of studios and buildings, and has been called one of the best art districts in the country. But the area’s sheer amount of art can be overwhelming at...

Culture compass: Concerts, craft beer and comedy

Published March 30, 2017

Friday: Lizzo in ConcertThere is little doubt that Minneapolis-based vocal powerhouse Lizzo will bring down the club Friday. Her 2016 EP “Coconut Oil,” is full of gospel soul and electronic club bangers,...

Larry Kahlow poses for a portrait in Eagle Magic and Joke Store on Friday, March 24, 2017. The shop opened in 1899 and is the longest continually running magic shop in the country.

The oldest joke shop in the U.S. is right here in Minnesota — and it’s still going strong

Published March 28, 2017

Situated in Burnsville, the “oldest magic shop in America” has all the supplies necessary to craft the perfect April Fools’ Day. The rows of shelves and showcases in Eagle Magic and Joke Store are...

Maggie Benson, Ivory Towers design manager, makes finishing touches on a design in Lind Hall on Wednesday, March 22. 

UMN literary magazine ‘Ivory Tower’ readies for April launch

Published March 23, 2017

With over 700 submissions and seven months of work behind them, the students behind “Ivory Tower” are getting ready to launch their annual literary magazine.To celebrate the magazine’s 2017 edition,...

Phantogram performs at First Avenues Mainroom on April 13, 2014.

Phantogram delivers charged finale to Palace Theatre’s opening weekend

Published March 23, 2017

St. Paul’s Palace Theatre reopened last weekend, and if spring break disrupted newsfeeds just know the revamped 101-year-old venue deserves all the hype it’s received.Ending the packed three night...

An artist by the name of Mows installs mouse doors in Minneapolis on Tuesday, March 8, 2017. This door located in a alley on N 4th street in Downtown Minneapolis.

Local street artist decorates Twin Cities with little ‘mouse’ doors

Published March 9, 2017

Tiny black-hinged doors, windows and doormats have popped up around Minneapolis in the last six months thanks to a new local street artist. Mows — pronounced “mouse” — who prefers anonymity...

Miles Taylor prepares the back of a piece of artwork to be displayed at the Gamut gallery in Minneapolis on Tuesday. The 2017 Minneapolis installment will feature an exhibition of more than 90 artists from around the world running March 11-31.

Glitch art takes center stage in new Minneapolis exhibition

Published March 8, 2017

An upcoming art exhibit at the Gamut Gallery in Minneapolis will bring the global glitch community together to showcase the digital art form.Featuring 82 artists from 23 different countries, the exhibit...

Culture Compass: Nicki Minaj, jazz and dinosaurs

Published March 2, 2017

Friday: Decoding Nicki MinajIs Nicki Minaj a feminist? This discussion will try to answer that question. By analyzing the rapper’s music videos for “Anaconda” and “Starships,” a Twitter feud...

Members of the Ski-Brew-Mah club tour a brewery. The club, which is relatively new to the University of Minnesota, focuses on the business and culture of breweries and wineries.

New student group, Ski-Brew-Mah, opens UMN students to world of local beer

Published March 2, 2017

Beer and wine have a special place in college culture. They also have a culture of their own, and a new University of Minnesota student group, Ski-Brew-Mah, is dedicated to exploring that world.Sara Dick...

Karolynn Bratten mimics Kylo Rens pose at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Feb. 25, 2017. The museum hosted a Star Wars day that featured activities and events based on the series.

Star Wars Day at the Science Museum brings learning, fun

Published March 1, 2017

A Stormtrooper, Tusken Raider and Darth Vader himself were just a few of the Star Wars characters that greeted guests at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Saturday. While the museum’s four-hour Star...

Font designer Chank Diesel poses for a portrait with his dog, London, in his Minneapolis home on Tuesday. Diesel has been designing fonts for nearly 20 years.

Designer who worked on Prince’s love symbol talks about power of typography

Published February 23, 2017

Chank Diesel’s typefaces have appeared on movie covers for “The Hunger Games,” Crayola crayon boxes and in the World Series logo. But that’s only a small selection of his work.“Have you ever...

Journalist Jim Walsh will discuss his new book on Prince at UMN Bookstore

Published February 22, 2017

Not many journalists write from their own perspective, and very few articles are printed with their personal emotion.Jim Walsh is an exception. When he started writing about music and culture in 1988,...

Albert Walla poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Northrop Auditorium. Walla is an ASL teacher at Eden Prarie High School and an avid theater attendee.

Twin Cities theaters make plays more accessible to deaf community

Published February 16, 2017

Albert Walla estimates that he’s seen over 2,000 theater performances in the last 30 years. But as a deaf person, Walla faces his own set of challenges when attending theater shows.When the 64-year-old...

UMN Media Matters series screens “13th” for Black History Month

Published February 16, 2017

For some University students, Black History Month provided the perfect occasion for a showing of the film “13th” on Wednesday.The screening was part of a new series called “Media Matters” put on...

Culture Compass: Battle of the Bands, brunch and Bonnaroo

Published February 11, 2017

Friday: Battle of the Bands: Battle IIYou don’t have to catch an Uber or Lyft to listen to local music for free. Head to the depths of Coffman Memorial Union to catch this round of bands fighting it...

The Instagram famous I Like You wall in Minneapolis composes the side of the artist-owned I Like You store, which opened a new location named I Like You Too in St. Paul last year. Some local artists products are displayed in the new store on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

I Like You — a local shop catering to the eclectic Twin Cities art scene

Published February 9, 2017

When Angela Lessman and Sarah Sweet decided to open a store that sells wares from the Twin Cities art community, the hardest part of the process was deciding on a name."You want something that someone's...

Artist Matt Hanzelka melds two pieces of glass together on a lathe at Stone Arch Glass Studio on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.

Art and business meld at Minneapolis Stone Arch Glass Studio

Published February 9, 2017

Inside a nondescript, saffron-colored warehouse on the fringes of St. Anthony East, Paul Merry uses a lathe to meld two pieces of glass. A torch radiates heat.Using a technique called lampworking, Merry...

A new film explores Minnesota’s little-known bootlegging history

A new film explores Minnesota’s little-known bootlegging history

Published January 31, 2017

While prohibition in the United States is largely associated with stories of Al Capone and underground tunnels, Minnesota has its own bootlegging history.And one such enterprise was led by farmers in Stearns...

Jordan Musselman

Harry Potter street style: Not a muggle in sight

Published January 31, 2017

Saturday’s Yule Ball provided a night full of dancing, butterbeer and magical outfits.Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Quidditch team, the sixth annual event served more enchanting looks than...

Psychic Holly Burns sits at a table in Magus Books and Herbs awaiting customers to give readings to on Jan. 25, 2016. Magus, located in Dinkytown, offers a variety of spiritual services to the Minneapolis community.

Holly Burns heard a whisper in her ear. Now she’s a psychic reader at Magus.

Published January 26, 2017

“The Fool” tarot card isn’t what it sounds like. The card can represent someone who follows life’s path and trusts the journey — exactly how Holly Burns started working as a psychic at Magus...

Rachel Takazawa watches as Rod Dockter putts the ball into Hole 16 at Can Can Wonderland in St.Paul on Thursday, Jan 16.

Exploring Can Can Wonderland — an adult playground with drinks and games

Published January 24, 2017

Can Can Wonderland — an artist-created mini golf course/arcade/bar/ adult playground — opened earlier this month in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood.Arriving at the slightly creepy...

Members of Stone Arch Isles left to right, Matt Gleason, Carlos Kelley, Phil Levine, Daniel Chapdelaine, Alex Chapdelaine and Trevor Stroschein.

Local indie-rock band Stone Arch Isles finds early success

Published January 18, 2017

Despite only four months of live performance under their belt, local indie-rock band Stone Arch Isles is set to headline Skyway Theater’s Studio B at the end of January. “Everyone’s been contacting...

Mark Mallman poses for a portrait with his star at First Avenue in Minneapolis on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

530 stars cover First Ave’s exterior. For these local musicians, having one is an important symbol.

Published January 18, 2017

The stars on First Avenue’s exterior flaunt the iconic venue’s impressive history, and many of them have been dedicated to local artists and bands. Out of the nearly 530 stars, close to 65 have roots...