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Aneedda Xiong prepares an order for a customer at the Mill City Farmers Market on Saturday, May 2.

Running to the market: A&E’s guide to safely enjoy farmers markets

May 7, 2020

The opening of farmers markets in the Twin Cities signals the beginning of summer, with fresh fruits, bundles of flowers and food trucks lined up along the streets.  The experience of walking among...

Eva Berezovsky

This Marcy-Holmes apartment is home to over 60 plant species — and some are for sale

May 5, 2020

The Home Depot houseplant section may be your default for cultivating your plant parent aesthetics, but there is a Marcy-Holmes apartment that has way more to offer.  Isabella Pizaño and David Enrrigue...

Desert / Southwest

College kitchen: cocktails for the places you’d rather be

April 30, 2020

With summer plans at a halt for the foreseeable future, we’re stuck at home, dreaming of remote locations far from the Midwest.  Luckily, we’ve created a few drinks inspired by the places you...

Tessa Jonson performs the Tree pose in Como Regional Park on Monday, April 27. Rose instructs both traditional yoga and meditation based classes online. In her teaching, Rose believes that the mental aspects of yoga are often more important than the physical. 

Q&A: Local yogi Tessa Jonson talks stress management and mindfulness

April 28, 2020

“Health” and “wellness” are becoming bigger buzzwords as COVID-19 continues. With finals week approaching and summer practically within our reach, though, we have an opportunity to focus on ourselves...

Owner Emi Nijiya wipes off ink on Nia Rathbone's arm on Tuesday, July 9 at Jackalope Tattoo in Minneapolis.

Books closed: Tattoo artists grapple with COVID-19 uncertainties

April 24, 2020

Needles are no longer buzzing in Twin Cities tattoo shops. Like many businesses deemed “nonessential” in Governor Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, tattoo shops have closed their doors to clients, hoping...

Morgan La Casse

Review: Fiona Apple ditches self-deprecation for liberation, love

April 20, 2020

There are few albums where a heroine recognizes her own weaknesses as strengths and claims them proudly. Fiona Apple’s “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” does just that.  In Apple’s first release in...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Drawing inspiration from nature, Shelby Larson creates handmade gems

April 17, 2020

Minneapolis artist Shelby Larson can make you a piece of art out of practically anything and in any medium. For her, it’s not so much about the technique as much as it is about her love of crafting.  Her...

Shuang Cheng is still providing takeout for customers on Friday, April. 10

Hungry? These restaurants near campus are still open for takeout or delivery

April 14, 2020

As the days become longer and we have nowhere to be but home, we may be telling ourselves it’s time to start cooking real, homemade meals. But let’s admit it — we all miss the experience of sitting...

Sarah Larsson poses for a portrait on Sunday, April 6. Larsson says, “I sing traditional music as a way to access part of my history. I can’t ask my great-grandmothers what it felt like to be a young woman in Poland, but I can channel some of those stories in these songs.”

The Nightingale Trio serenades with Slavic songs

April 10, 2020

The Nightingale Trio’s rehearsals have always been remote — and not just from one Twin Cities neighborhood to the next — but states away.  When they do come together, whether it’s in Minnesota,...

Portraits of new immigrants are displayed at CarryOn Homes at The Commons. Photos like these will be displayed in their next project which is planned for Central Ave in Northeast. 

CarryOn Homes working to connect communities amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 6, 2020

Right now, its more than obvious that many of us are yearning for that feeling of connection and community that the Twin Cities often harbors. We’re looking to Zoom, FaceTime and other means of communication...

Sarah Mai

Books for your quarantine days, recommended by U librarians

April 3, 2020

If there ever was a better time to get reading for fun, it’s now. Sure, the last time you read a novel was probably in the 10th grade, but better late than never again. A&E asked two of our University...

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Embracing your skin, even if it’s a little crusty

April 2, 2020

Trent Andersen can comfortably exclaim that his skin is “just a little crusty,” regardless of his audience. Whether over the phone, in an interview, or to his more than 2,000 followers on Instagram,...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Advice from a tea expert: History, brewing and best practices

March 26, 2020

Among the many different experts who call Minneapolis home, a World Tea Expo "best tea educator" may not be a name that comes to mind.  Bill Waddington, a resident of Northeast Minneapolis, has been...

A man wearing a face mask stands in the window of Hong Kong Noodles Restaurant on Saturday, March 21.

Shopping locally: A guide to keeping your favorite Dinkytown businesses open

March 22, 2020

Reader, these are unprecedented times. Especially for Minneapolis' local businesses. Places like Electric Fetus and Como Tap had normal operations one day and found themselves closing shop the next. Of...

From left, Karen Townsend, Jeffrey Skemp and James Everest. Courtesy of Jeffrey Skemp.

Skemp & Weather album debut provides solace, comfort in time of crisis

March 19, 2020

Minneapolis band Skemp & Weather is almost like an embodiment of the Twin Cities arts community. Its blend of poetry, tunes, natural imagery and visual art feels familiar as individual aspects, but...

Anat Shinar dances with lifelong curiosity, experimentation

March 15, 2020

As a kid, Anat Shinar says she was the one “dominating” every playdate. She would ask her friends to do scene-by-scene remakes of “The Little Mermaid” from start to finish and make sure they were...

Writer Olivia Baxter, left, and Artist Cedar Thomas pose with their newly published book of poems entitled You and Me (But Mostly Me). The book features poetry by Baxter coupled with illustrations by Thomas.

You, me and a self-published book

March 2, 2020

With reflections on home and learning to love your mind, “You and Me (but mostly me)” tells stories of self-reflection and vulnerability. The self-published poetry book written by Olivia Baxter and...

Eva Berezovsky

‘Unifying Uniqueness’ workshop dances with humanity and individuality

March 1, 2020

A group of 12 people stood in a circle in a room in North Minneapolis, sheepishly shaking and stretching out their limbs, preparing to dance with direction from dancer Catherine Ellis Kirk. Ten minutes...

Musicians Alex Fuller and Jake Yaeger, members of the local band Hit the Skids, pose outside of Hard Times Cafe on Feb. 21. The band is set to release a new album entitled New Horizon and will play in the University's Battle of the Bands.

Marked for Battle of the Bands, local punk band Hit The Skids is on the rise

February 27, 2020

It began with a love letter two years ago. Now they’ve got an album. Local band Hit The Skids has found a way to combine various influences, including Neil Young, Green Day and The Replacements, into...

Frankie Miller, left, and Sophia Balabanova-Gebreab, right, the creators of Kaleid Zine, pose for a portrait in Honour Cafe on Saturday, Feb. 22. 

Kaleid Zine: a colorfully creative outlet for young artists

February 24, 2020

With an Instagram feed as bright and lively as they are, Sophia Balabanova-Gebreab and Frankie Miller are in pursuit of a platform for young artists. They’ve curated and created themes and colors, bands...

Minneapolis Musician KingEmpress performs at the Tangible Thoughts Open Mic event at A-Mill Artist Lofts on Saturday, Feb. 15. The recurring event serves as a platform to highlight Black thought and expression in the Twin Cities.

‘Tangible Thoughts’ holds space, love for Black creatives

February 20, 2020

Zania Coleman and Ricki Williams knew they wanted to create together since the eighth grade. They stayed friends through high school, both involved in extracurriculars and the arts. College finally came...

Auditionee Mimi Ewuakye poses with her call number at an open casting for ‘Love Island' at Surly Brewing Company on Saturday, Feb. 15.

So, you want to be a ‘Love Island’ contestant?

February 17, 2020

Although the mood of Valentine’s Day began to subside for many after Friday night, there were still a few who were out looking for love on Saturday at Surly Brewing Company.  Upon walking into the...

From left, Loring Collective board members Melissa Riper, Tony Burton and Izzy Voigt pose for a portrait on Friday, Feb. 7. The group aims to empower queer creatives in the Twin Cities by creating platforms for authentic expression and facilitating collaboration.

Emerging nonprofit ‘Loring Collective’ celebrates queer artistry

February 10, 2020

In a city brimming with talented queer artists, Loring Collective was created to bring them all together. An emerging non-profit named after the LGBTQ+ cultural hub Loring Park, the collective is aimed...

Lady Midnight performs at The Southern Theater as part of

Creating to cope: University students uplifted by artistic hobbies

February 10, 2020

Too often, scheduling “me time” is a forgotten task on a student’s to-do list. It becomes less and less of a priority as work and school take over, and mental health is put on the back burner.  But,...

Courtesy of  Sophina Saggau.

“MOTH”: using the stage to process trauma

February 6, 2020

On a night out to the theater in the Twin Cities, you will find yourself among Shakespeares, Arthur Millers and Tennessee Williamses. However three University of Minnesota alumni want to present Australian...

Dua Saleh poses for a portrait in Northrop Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Finding identity, Dua Saleh morphs poetry into lyricism

February 3, 2020

The first time Dua Saleh performed at an open mic, they were terrified. Saleh stood shaking on stage, having finally summoned up the courage to participate rather than just observe. It was their senior...

Headshot of Wafaa Bilal. Courtesy of the artist.

Bringing books back to Baghdad

January 31, 2020

In 2003, the library at the University of Baghdad's College of Fine Arts saw its tens of thousands of books vanish into ash. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq left the library in shambles. Seventeen years...

Printmaker Ethan Buck poses for a portrait inside his local, eco-friendly print shop, Yarborough, on Saturday, Jan. 25. Buck hopes that his store will inspire other young people to start their own businesses. 

Yarborough Print Shop: where clothing meets sustainability

January 27, 2020

Clothing and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive for Ethan Buck. Instead, he believes that the former should always come with the latter.  Buck began a project called Yarborough as a skate...

Courtesy of Emma Wondra.

Finding wonder, fantasy in Emma Wondra’s photos

January 23, 2020

One of Emma Wondra’s favorite photography technique involves broken glass bottles rather than just a change of lighting.  She’ll shatter the bottles on her quest to find the perfect shard, which...

Courtesy of Madeline Buck.

From textbook to sketchbook: making legal concepts accessible

January 19, 2020

For those unfamiliar with law, it can seem very black and white. Studying law can require hours of reading about difficult concepts and practices, to the point where they become nothing more than words...

A bartender serves customers at Betty Danger’s Country Club in Northeast Minneapolis on Saturday, Dec. 7. The club held its fourth annual Betty’s Bizarre Bazaar which is an event for local artists to sell their art and homemade food supplies. 

Getting into the holiday spirit(s)

December 12, 2019

'Tis the season for holiday-themed drinks and Instagram posts. Among the many markets and events in the Twin Cities, there are a few places that bring all of that indoors.  The ceilings are crowded...

Courtesy of Noah Gunderson.

The Arias blend genres for a nostalgic debut album

December 9, 2019

When Tony Arias played a new song in front of his family, they sat in his basement and were absolutely moved. Arias had only been working on the song for about a day. He'd been at work programming the...

Courtesy of Cyrus Pamganiban.

Q&A: David Archuleta talks songwriting, authenticity and Christmas

December 5, 2019

Almost any Generation Z person’s middle school years would have been incomplete without David Archuleta’s 2008 hit “Crush.” Flash forward over a decade later, and it’s still a go-to car karaoke...

Courtesy of Ryan Coit.

Local drag queens pay tribute to iconic show

December 2, 2019

A soccer bar may be the last place you expect to see a drag show, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood.  The Black Hart of St. Paul, which sits right on University...

Devohn Bland, host of Fresh Bleats, a workshop where comedians are given given five minutes to try out new acts, speaks at the Comedy Corner Underground on Thursday, Nov. 21. 

Open mic workshop provides comedic collaboration

November 25, 2019

If you put a handful of comics in one room and tell them to perform brand new material in front of an audience, you start to realize that comedy may not be so easy. They fumble over their words and spout...

A MPLS MADE jumpsuit hangs on display in Elena Bagne’s studio space in Northeast Minneapolis on Wednesday, Nov. 20. MPLS MADE is a custom hand-drawn and printed streetwear brand that uses thrifted clothing in an effort to be a sustainable. 

Meet Minneapolis Made Apparel: a growing, handmade local line

November 24, 2019

Elena Bagne pats her screen printing press that sits in the middle of her new studio space. The room has bright green walls and rap music playing through speakers.  “This was terrible trying to...

Torchress' hand blown glass work, participating in a collection with other women artists, sits on display at Legacy Glass Works on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Women kick glass in the Twin Cities

November 21, 2019

Glass is a difficult medium to work with, as it involves knowing how to use a molten-hot furnace. However, glass artists have developed respect and understanding for their craft through years of trial...

Jerusa Nyakundi teaches a creative photography class at Fairview Park on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Nyakundi’s class was fully funded with the help of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation board.

U grad launches photography program to inspire Minneapolis youth

November 18, 2019

As a kid, getting your hands on a camera feels oddly powerful. You’ve been given this device to capture moments that carry meaning to you and those around you. However, if you’re not getting the hang...

Massage therapist Ioana “Coca” Vladislav gives an impromptu hand massage to student Emily Clarke at the University Recreation and Wellness Center on Monday, Nov. 11. Vladislav is known as “Grandma Coca” and has been working at the U for 20 years.

Relaxing remedies with the University’s resident ‘Grandma-ma’

November 14, 2019

Spending an hour in a room with Ioana “Coca” Vladislav pretty much goes like this: a conversation that hits an endless number of subjects, intertwined with jokes about aspects of her life.  She...

Rose Hein watches a performance at Malleable, an art exhibition by and for trans women and trans femme artists, in Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 7. 

Shaping space for trans women and trans femme art

November 11, 2019

For one night only, illustrations of nude torsos, blurred bodies and beaded leather adorned the walls of Moon Palace Books' performance space.  “Malleable,” held on Nov. 7, was a night "of, by...

Hailee Schievelbein

First-ever international dance festival comes to Twin Cities

November 4, 2019

The opportunity to dance through the night is finally here, Twin Cities, and it’s not at a club. The Bailame Dance Festival celebrates the histories and cultures surrounding the bachata, salsa, kizomba...

Local band ahem plays a release show for their newest album

Minneapolis band ahem keeps it simple and sweet

November 4, 2019

Short, simple and to the point, ahem’s music believes in the idea that less is more. It’s DIY to the core — from the songwriting process to its screen printed t-shirts.  “The two-minute song...

Florence Brammer lays for a living embalming session in the Southern Theater on Saturday, Oct. 26. Living embalming sessions, brought to the theater for the Twin Cities Horror Festival and put on by

“Bug Girl” brings gore and artistry to Twin Cities Horror Festival

October 31, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to get embalmed, the Twin Cities Horror Festival can help you out. You can experience a15-minute embalming session — what they call an “ASMR sensory...

The annual BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, which brings art to the community through movement and puppetry, is performed on Saturday, Oct. 26.

This year’s BareBones Puppets Extravaganza illuminates climate crisis

October 31, 2019

Walking into Hidden Falls Regional Park during the final weekend of October meant finding yourself face-to-face with formally dressed ghouls.  They greeted you at the gates, guided you through the...

Student artists, from left, Jayson Clune, Axel Santo Domingo, Juan Mantilla and Josh Cachon pose for a portrait outside of Coffman Union on Monday, Oct. 21.  Members of the artists collective, theMARAJ, they have been making music together since they attended Wayzata High School together. 

Student music collective theMARAJ raps for representation of identity, culture

October 24, 2019

About four years ago, Juan Mantilla and Josh Cachon sat in Cachon’s high school bedroom discussing the difficulties of making music. They were self-described “high school rejects” and had no resources...

Sarah Mai

Free “Artability” workshops give participants access to the arts

October 24, 2019

Creating art can be a great way to de-stress, whether it’s painting calming blues on a canvas or writing out thoughts in a journal. The process can also be a great way to cope with mental illness, especially...

Photographer Lucy Owiredu, right, and one of her models offer a counternarrative to society's portrayal of black masculinity at Coffman Union on Thursday, Oct. 10. 

Student photographer explores concepts of black masculinity and fragility

October 13, 2019

White tulle is draped over a black man’s head, creating a veil over his face. The strength in his stance is softened by a smile. Lucy Owiredu, a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in public health...

Visitors interact with artwork on display at the “Coffee with the Curator” event at All My Relations Arts Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

“Changing Horizons” spotlights Native identity through contemporary visual art

October 13, 2019

When Angela Two Stars began her gallery tour at All My Relations Arts, she mentioned something unique about the current exhibition, “Changing Horizons.” It’s Native art, and it has everything to...

Courtesy of Tristan Carosino.

Bad Bad Hats has no genre, and they want to keep it that way

October 10, 2019

More often than not, a musician’s identity is mapped out in their discography. If you hit shuffle on any given artist’s collection of albums, the sound you hear — whether it be from their first-ever...

Drew Kinkade works on screen printing t-shirts for his clothing brand,

In pursuit of creativity: Local brand Flavor World has an original take on skater style

October 10, 2019

You may have seen stickers with an italicized "F" printed in front of a bright blue and red yin-and-yang-like symbol. They've been popping up around the Twin Cities campus, from lamp posts to bus shelters...

Courtesy of Jenny Zander.

Jenny Zander uses the body as a canvas and lets her work breathe

October 3, 2019

Jenny Zander is not a painter in the same way that most painters would describe themselves. She’s a body artist and photographer, or simply put, “I paint people and I document it." In one of her photos,...

Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, gives a tour of the Queer Forms exhibition to visitors before presentations from the artists on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.  

“Queer Forms” highlights the past, present and future of LGBTQ+ community

September 29, 2019

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the first gay liberation organization at the University of Minnesota, the Katherine E. Nash gallery presents “Queer Forms.” The...

The entrance of Smitten Kitten as seen on Sunday, Sept 22, 2019.

Smitten Kitten is not your high school’s sex ed class

September 22, 2019

Upon first stumbling in, this building on Lyndale Avenue South looks like an average bookstore, displaying shelves lined with books placed against an exposed brick wall and a few couches for lounging. But...

The Museum of Russian Art's

“Bone Mother” fantasizes folklore for a modern audience

September 22, 2019

Russian folk music swells as a woman climbs up green aerial silks, wrapping them around her legs as she climbs higher and higher. A moon is projected against the wall and she is posed in the middle of...

Courtesy of Junauda Petrus.

Local author Junauda Petrus sources her creativity in healing

September 19, 2019

Junauda Petrus can fluctuate between being an aerialist, a teacher or a writer, depending on when you catch her. The local author effortlessly combines her many creative endeavors into an artistic identity...

Annual bread festival makes everyone a breadwinner

September 15, 2019

Tucked under the train shed at the Mill City Farmers Market among the vendors was an “L” shaped table topped with dozens of loaves of bread and surrounded by people. Farmers market regulars and bread-lovers...

Courtesy of Paul Lundgren.

Sounds of the cities: tracing local music history to the 1950s

September 12, 2019

It’s 1979 and Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is playing on the radio and through your brand new Sony Walkman.  The Minneapolis-native and “High Priest of Pop” brought the nation’s...

Emily Kastrul poses for a portrait on Wednesday Sept. 4. Kastrul leads a band of seven named

Sister Species begins where the rest of the world ends

September 9, 2019

Emily Kastrul is sitting on her parents' old couch with her feet up on the coffee table, looking through her phone. “Do you want to hear what I said to the band?” Kastrul said. The groupchat she refers...

Jessica Langhout-Budge checks out a customer at Mother Earth Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 31.

These Twin Cities women mean business

September 2, 2019

The Twin Cities boasts a seemingly infinite array of local businesses, lining the streets and tucked away in small residential areas. Women-owned businesses in the Twin Cities offer a number of locally...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Inside the life of a Minneapolis booking agent

September 2, 2019

The lights dim and the crowd screams. Suddenly, the wave of people behind you crashes in, pushing you forward toward the stage. Then, the music of your favorite band blasts through the speakers. But while...

Alex Pieczynski and Kathy Patino browse the shelves of The Book House on Thursday, May 2 2019. Pieczynski and Patino are members of Chicago band

Judging a book by more than its cover

May 6, 2019

The sight and smell of an old book is distinct. Its pages, now yellowed, are crisp and fragile. At one point, it may have been someone’s favorite book — the past obvious in its dog-eared pages. Or...

Fans cheer for POS at Rock the Garden on Saturday, June 16.

A&E’s summer concert guide

May 2, 2019

The school year is coming to an end. It’s time to celebrate with a little dancing.  Summer in the Twin Cities brings some incredible acts. If you’ve been studying hard this past year, it’s finally...

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Ricky Lagoon croons his tunes

April 29, 2019

If ‘60s big band music and satirical masculinity is your thing, Ricky Lagoon will make you swoon.  For one night only, the comedy concert “Ricky Lagoon: He Croons!” will include classic swing...

Blythe Baird has more to slam

April 25, 2019

She is dressed in pastel pinks and purples. Lace is draped across her arms. The image is gentle — but the story she tells is candid and cutthroat. Her words invoke a processing of emotions and exclamations...

Just give them a guitar and a week

April 23, 2019

The word “challenge” frequently follows the word “creative” when a tight deadline is involved. For five Minneapolis musicians, a recent creative challenge included writing and recording a brand...

Nadirah McGill, left, Natalie Klemond and Kathy Callahan, comprise the musical group Gully Boy Band.

Gully Boys comes into their own

April 18, 2019

No brothers have a bond like that of the Gully Boys. Drives between shows on the band's last tour could be described as similar to the “Tiny Dancer” scene in the 2000 film “Almost Famous.” Except...

Culture compass: Snoop Dogg, climate and safety

April 18, 2019

Friday: The Sound of Aurora The Wake, Radio K and Women for Political Change are partnering for this event to help with some fundraising for The Aurora Center. The benefit event will include comedy from...

Katie Loop, Veronica Min, Lea Davidson and Nico Moore pose for portraits at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Saturday, April 13.

Street style: Art isn’t the only thing blooming at Mia

April 15, 2019

The brief taste of spring in Minneapolis had everyone showing off their favorite spring looks before digging out their winter jackets again.  Still, some weren't ready to give the florals up so soon. The...

Horticulturist Paul Knuth poses for a portrait at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory on Thursday, April 4.

Q&A: Como horticulturist talks flower shows and apartment plants

April 11, 2019

The setting: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. More specifically: the Sunken Garden.  A man stands near the door. As A&E steps into the garden, he reaches out his hand to introduce himself. “Hi,...

Stephanie Sunberg, one of the contributing photographers to

Looking for love, a sense of self

April 8, 2019

Nostalgia and longing are emotions meant to be felt wholly and expressed authentically. Stephanie Sunberg and James Molitor prefer to capture them in photo. The two Minneapolis-based artists find nostalgia...

Instructor Dakota Wolfe helps Marijo Greeman during a pole tricks class at Knockout Bodies Pole & Aerial Studio in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 28.

Finding self-love in a studio, on a pole

April 4, 2019

Mesmerizing aerial lifts and spins make their bodies appear like well-oiled machines, highlighting their strength and beauty while they dance. The pole is the frame and the dancer is the painting — twirls...

Culture compass: Funk, hustle and focaccia

April 4, 2019

Friday: "Body Heat: 80s Funk Dance Night" Eighties funk music is arguably the absolute best music for dancing. If that synth doesn’t make you shake your hips, then you’re lying to yourself. This dance...

Remembering Tucker Sterling Jensen

April 2, 2019

Tucker Sterling Jensen’s love of local music was almost unprecedented. He did not look for the obscure just for the sake of it. He looked in order to share it, uplift it and, in the process, help create...

Misha Estrin, Weird Sh*t Art Show leader, speaks to the Minnesota Daily on Sunday, March 31 in Minneapolis.

Not your classic art exhibition

April 2, 2019

There may be no place where you can see sculptures made out of baby doll parts and a person walking around in a gas mask — other than the “Weird Shit Art Show.” Here, you could find comedians, cosplayers,...

Pimento owner Tomme Beevas poses for a portrait with a dish on Saturday, March 23 at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen in Minneapolis. The restaurant was celebrating 3 years of living in its space on Eat Street.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen cooks up Kingston culture

March 28, 2019

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen’s bright yellow walls radiate warmth as soon you step through the restaurant’s doors. When it’s “Minnesota outside, it’s Jamaica inside,” owner Tomme Beevas likes to...

Destiny A. Davison poses for a portrait on Thursday, March 7 at Bordertown Coffee in Dinkytown. Davison is a local illustrator is working on a new series called

Destiny A. Davison illustrates that anything is possible

March 14, 2019

Destiny A. Davison believes that anything, absolutely anything, is possible.  Her illustrations and comics tell stories of real thinking things, un-real thinking things and sentient planets.  “So...

Brooke Lozano practices the

All fired up and ready to burn

March 11, 2019

Smoke from frequently extinguished fires surrounded the lights inside the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis on Friday. In the studio, a group of 10 people gently spewed fire from their lips...

Daniel Volovets, a medical student at the University, plays his guitar in The Bad Waitress in South Minneapolis on Friday, Mar. 1.

Daniel Volovets strums to the beat of numerous passions

March 7, 2019

It is easy to get lost in Daniel Volovets’ love for classical music.  In conversation, he frequently brings up famous composers alongside obscure ones, expressing what he admires about each.  The...

Culture compass: Women, spelling and avocado toast

March 7, 2019

Friday: "Clay Snowman Making" Dock 6 Pottery is offering you the cutest way to get into pottery: making your own little snowman. Sure, it’s March and we’re all waiting on spring, but there’s at least...

From left, Emma Dalen, Lauren Casson, Shalini Saravanan and Hannah Schmidt pose for portraits before Tan France gives a talk at Coffman Union on Saturday, March 2.

Street style: UMN serves looks with Tan France

March 4, 2019

If you ever thought picking out an outfit was stressful, think about the possibility of a famous fashion designer seeing it. Now multiply that stress by one hundred. That was exactly how it felt to put...

The Debu-Taunts team listens to a trainer during practice on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. The Debu-Taunts training program of the Minnesota RollerGirls meets every Sunday to teach developing skaters about the world of derby.

The Debu-Taunts train to make their derby debut

February 28, 2019

It takes stamina, strength and an insurance card to roll with the Minnesota RollerGirls’ Debu-Taunts. Whether they started with a background in roller derby or not, the trainees in the program look forward...

Adrianne Lenker performs at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Adrianne Lenker serenades at sold-out show

February 25, 2019

Plastic chairs, cups of coffee and guitar tuning were abundant during Adrianne Lenker’s intimate set at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday.  Clutching a cup of tea, Lenker trotted onto the stage....

Illustrated by Morgan La Casse

Keep it on the down low: local speakeasies withstand the test of time

February 21, 2019

The Roaring '20s were widely known for their thriving economy and vivid arts scene.  But back when jazz was the bee’s knees and flapper girls were the belles of the ball, the U.S. saw a nationwide...

Nick Baker, Noah Welter, Chase Wackerfuss and Andy Engstrom of Fragile Canyons pose for a portrait on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Bryant-Lake Bowl and Theater in Minneapolis. The show brought in around 50 people Saturday night.

Meet Fragile Crayons — oops, we mean Fragile Canyons

February 18, 2019

Twin Cities-based band Fragile Canyons has three goals: to record an album every year, play one gig a month and donate their profits to charity.  “When I was starting the band and when we started...

Culture compass: Chili, sales and eight hours of sleep

February 14, 2019

Friday: "Moulin Rouge" This early 2000s classic will be playing at the Landmark’s Uptown Theatre all weekend. Just because it won’t be Valentine’s Day anymore, that doesn’t mean love won’t still...

Ben Noeldner poses for a portrait in his home on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Noeldner recorded his first album on tape which requires the playing of each song straight through with no errors.

Ben David strums fresh folk and roots in debut album

February 13, 2019

When Ben Noeldner began writing music, he sampled chord progressions from a Rage Against The Machine song from the “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2" soundtrack to create something all his own. (This was middle...

Hector Chavarria performs during Transitional Transmissions Live at Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories transforms traditional narratives

February 11, 2019

"Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories" finds its home at the intersection of stand-up, cabaret and theatrical production. Here, art for and by the underrepresented is celebrated. The collective, founded a...

Illustrated by Abby Adamski

Looking for: a missed “Queernection”

February 7, 2019

With mentions of stolen glances, innocent smiles and offers of free coffee, these classifieds represent more than just missed connections.  The Facebook group “Twin Cities Missed Queernections,”...

Avery McQuaid Nelson Lawrence does a head stand as part of a performance piece on Friday, Feb. 1 at the new Weisman Art Museum exhibition

“Baggage Claims” showcases more than just luggage and vacations

February 4, 2019

A man in a light blue ensemble has his feet in the air and his head in a bright blue suitcase. The handstand goes on for almost ten minutes. Then he leaves. This is how the Weisman Art Museum welcomed...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen

Q&A: Professional killjoy Melody Hoffman on women in podcasting

January 31, 2019

The podcasting world is often described as male-dominated, a space for men to share their opinions. These feminist killjoys want to change that.  Melody Hoffmann and Raechel Anne Jolie completed their...

Keno Evol listens to the poetry reading at Bordertown Coffee in Minneapolis on Friday, Jan. 25.

“Chai & Chill” amplifies artists of color — even without a mic

January 28, 2019

A microphone can have a certain effect on a poem. Add in a stage, lights and an obscured-by-these-lights audience, and suddenly reading poetry might feel intimidating, even a bit impersonal.  Keno...

Culture compass: Cat meditation, local music and “You”

January 24, 2019

Friday: Fool’s Errand Comedy Variety Show Back with another variety show, Fool’s Errand will provide the Purple Onion crowd with some jokes and tunes for the first Friday night of the semester. The...

Ellie Bryan connects natural world to society through ceramics

January 23, 2019

Ellie Bryan’s connection with the natural world is ever-present in her work. As a crafter, Bryan’s pottery, illustrations and music harbor the spirituality she feels is present in nature. Bryan graduated...

Chavonn Williams Shen reads pieces of her poetry at Honey in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Shen was one of the featured artists at art collective Err's 36th event.

Err celebrates emerging artists and creative collaboration

January 21, 2019

The steps between pursuing art as a hobby and becoming a practicing artist can be blurry. Local art collective Err aims to make that path a little clearer by giving creatives the opportunity to define...

Sterling Jensen, lead singer of the five-piece soul and rock band Dirt Train, poses for a portrait in Five Watt Coffee in Minneapolis. Jensen helps organize live music on Friday nights at the coffee shop.

Local band Dirt Train adds southern-style rock n’ soul to the great North

December 13, 2018

In a singer-songwriter dominated environment, Dirt Train infiltrates the Twin Cities music scene with a Motown feel and a rock n’ soul vibe, harkening back to the days of Muscle Shoals music.  Before...

Aubrey Asleson and Koryne Martinez encourage writers to contribute to Trouble Child Mag on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Bordertown Coffee in Minneapolis.

Trouble Child Mag combines uncertainty and creativity in storytelling

December 3, 2018

Oftentimes the feeling of uncertainty creeps out from the corner in which it was hiding. It strikes each person differently, adopting different forms as it manifests.  Trouble Child Mag wants to hear...

Culture compass: Christmas trees, new museums and Tiny Desk Concerts

November 29, 2018

Friday: "Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting"  With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas is now in full swing — and the Union Depot has you covered in the early-holiday-spirit department. Their annual...

Warren Thomas Fenzi poses for a portrait on Sunday, Nov. 25 in Minneapolis. Fenzi said his music is inspired by internal struggles as he learns about himself, which he hopes will connect people to his music.

Warren Thomas Fenzi brings desert sound to Minneapolis tundra

November 26, 2018

For some, writing songs can be a daunting task. For local singer-songwriter Warren Thomas Fenzi, the process is more like coloring in a coloring book. Fenzi comes up with chord progressions and melodies...

Olivia McKee is immersed in the process of making a poster during an art activist poster making event on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

Power of the poster amplifies voices at Weisman workshop

November 19, 2018

An 11-by-7 inch poster holds the potential to lead movements and change headlines. Artist and activist Leon Wang shared this power of the poster with University of Minnesota students during a workshop...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

There’s no place like home for ‘Ruby Slippers’ production

November 14, 2018

The “Wizard of Oz” is often associated with innocence and fairytale — a story about a girl trying to find her way back home. This well-known film is about to get a makeover with Jazzercise, an exploration...