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Culture compass: yarn, yuletides and Yarborough

Culture compass: yarn, yuletides and Yarborough

November 14, 2019

Already yearning for the holiday season? We're with you. Check out these local events if you're an art aficionado or just looking for some gifts for loved ones.  Friday: Yarborough Fundraising Art...

Courtesy of Fatuma Mohamud. 

Fatuma Mohamud sees the world through her camera lens

November 7, 2019

You can usually hear Fatuma Mohamud before you can see her. Her distinct speaking voice cuts through soundscapes and more often than not, it’s filled with joy and excitement.  It’s just one facet...

Breakdancing is breaking boundaries

August 27, 2019

Welcome to the template article. This is where your lede should go. A lede should feel like the opening sequence to a great movie — give your readers something interesting that invites them into your...

A&E’s favorite spots near campus

August 22, 2019

The University of Minnesota and its surrounding neighborhoods are a cornucopia of music, art and entertainment. Start on the East Bank campus with the first big, shiny building you see: Weisman Art Museum...

Minnesota Orchestra Musical Feast, Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 26.

Digging in: Minnesota Orchestra finds common ground between music and culinary arts

July 29, 2019

According to Sarah Hicks, the principal conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra's “Live at Orchestra Hall” series, “chefs and musicians have a lot in common.” From first discovering a musical or culinary...

Jose Gonzalez prepares tacos at El Taco Riendo on Central Avenue in Minneapolis on Friday, July 19.

Digging in: El Taco Riendo is a tried-and-true community favorite

July 24, 2019

El Taco Riendo is a mainstay on Central Avenue, a street lined with restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. In the span of a few blocks, one can find Thai, Ecuadorian, Middle Eastern, American-style...

Bryan Deane Bertsch opens a barrel in his kombucha factory on Saturday, July 13 in St. Paul. 

Digging in: local brewers continue the kombucha craze

July 17, 2019

Bryan Deane Bertsch began his business in a much different market than today. Back in 2009, the product of his hobby was meant only to be shared with friends and family. But the operation eventually grew...

Amanda K., left and Nei'yana Roby prepare sandwiches on Sunday, July 7 at All Square in Minneapolis.

Digging in: Support for the formerly incarcerated, all squared into a grilled cheese

July 9, 2019

All Square serves up delicious grilled cheeses, but its name stands for much more than the classic square sandwich. The restaurant employs those with criminal records, who may otherwise encounter barriers...

Cook Danny Herrera cuts lamb shawarma on Friday, June 28 at Afro Deli in Stadium Village, Minneapolis.

Digging in: Afro Deli joins cultures, communities and flavors

July 3, 2019

One week ago, Abdirahman Kahin, owner of local chain Afro Deli, testified to a House committee in Washington on the positive contributions immigrants can bring to communities.  When Kahin first came...

Patrons fill the restaurant during dinner at Hai Hai in Minneapolis on Sunday, June 23.

Digging in: Hai Hai wins over Northeast with bright colors and Southeast Asian flavors

June 26, 2019

Christina Nguyen is strikingly humble as she acknowledges her recent semi-finalist status for a James Beard award.  “That wasn’t really a goal,” said the chef. “It was just to make a space...

People sit in Fig + Farro on Saturday, June 8 in Uptown.

Digging in: Fig + Farro makes food to fuel the climate change resistance

June 19, 2019

On a recent Saturday afternoon at Fig + Farro in Calhoun Square, customers conversed in the large dining area, with its contemporary, mismatched wooden tables and chairs, warm lighting fixtures, cozy booths...

Billie Eilish performs at the Armory in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 8.

Review: Billie Eilish flirts with being an angel and a demon

June 10, 2019

Billie Eilish’s dark silhouette appeared on stage amid the shrill screams of thousands of fans Saturday night. The 17-year-old’s signature blue hair was done up in two space buns and, like usual, she...

Artist Eric Larson, creator of The Intermediate Meme Museum, works on his computer on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Minneapolis. Larson curated

More than just memes: local artists digging deeper into meme culture

December 10, 2018

Like many 20-somethings, Eric Larson is a member of the generation that grew up with memes. He can barely remember when they started entering his consciousness because for him, it feels like they have...

The album cover for Benny Blanco's new album,

A hit and a miss: Vulfpeck’s “Hill Climber” and Benny Blanco’s “Friends Keep Secrets”

December 10, 2018

Benny Blanco, “Friends Keep Secrets” Most artists try to come off as authentic as possible for their debut release.  Not Benny Blanco. The longtime producer and songwriter for pop stars like Katy...

Jeremy and Celeste enjoy the The European Christmas Market on Dec. 2 in Saint Paul. The open-air market features vendors selling European holiday items.

Cinnamon spice and everything nice: local Christmas market thrives in St. Paul

December 3, 2018

Immediately, the smell of cinnamon flooded visitors’ senses as they walked into the European Christmas Market in downtown St. Paul. Saturday morning, the East Plaza at Union Depot was transformed into...

Illustrated by Jane Borstad

Discover “hygge” just in time for winter… and finals

December 3, 2018

The Danish word “hygge” (pronounced hoo-guh) roughly translates into “cozy” in English. But, the word has taken on a lot more meaning than that.  Hygge is a difficult word to translate because...

City Love preforms at the second-annual SusTunes concert in the Learning and Environmental Science building on St. Paul campus on Dec. 2, 2016.

Sustunes brings music charged with meaning to St. Paul campus

November 29, 2018

In lieu of the familiar three R’s, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” this year’s Sustunes has a different take on sustainability: “resilience, rise, revive.”  On Friday, The University of Minnesota’s...

Q&A: Ladybrain talks new show, ‘Hysteria’

November 29, 2018

Ladybrain made waves this past summer with its first show, “Ladybrain: A Sketch Comedy Revue,” which explored the male gaze and the "Free the Nipple" movement, among other things.  Their new show,...

The cast of Benjamin Britten's,

Review: Supporting singers outshine leads in U’s ‘Albert Herring’

November 19, 2018

On Friday night, the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre gave a color-infused, modern performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring." A 13-member cast tackled the celebrated comic opera, set...

An onlooker views one of Jose Dominguez’s paintings on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Public Functionary gallery.

‘The Art of Avoiding PPL’ is relatable for anyone with anxiety

November 19, 2018

Jose Dominguez never planned to show his intricate, colorful journal pages to anyone. But, there he was, at the opening of his first solo show in years Saturday night at the Public Functionary gallery....

Artist Ashley Mary

Ashley Mary embodies the rainbow — in work and in spirit

November 15, 2018

You may be one of her more than 46,000 Instagram followers. Maybe you bought a planner at Anthropologie, a yoga mat from Manduka or a makeup bag from Target with her artwork on it. During your daily commute,...

Artwork showcased for a silent auction at The White Page for the gallery's five-year anniversary celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The White Page gallery celebrates five prolific years

November 12, 2018

On Saturday night, friends gathered at The White Page gallery on Cedar Avenue to celebrate a milestone. “Five years!” yelled Andy Delany, throwing both arms into the air. “Five years!” yelled back...

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs his set on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Eaux Claires in Wisconsin. Wilco's performance summated the festival.

Q&A: Nels Cline of Wilco and countertenor Ryland Angel on the premiere of ‘The Call’

November 7, 2018

On Sunday, Oct. 28, musician-composers Nels Cline and Ryland Angel premiered their project "The Call" at Ted Mann Concert Hall. In preparation for the performance, Cline and Angel spent a week working...

Noises Off is running until Dec. 16 at the Guthrie Theater.

‘Noises Off’ finds comedy in chaos

November 5, 2018

“Noises Off,” which performed this week at Guthrie Theater, is not an average play – it is a play within a play. The acclaimed 1982 comedy, written by Michael Frayn, comments on how the drama of...

Professional Puppeteer Liz Howls demonstrates part of her show on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Howls performs shows in the Minneapolis area. 

Pulling strings with Liz Howls

October 31, 2018

When Liz Howls was a child in Iowa, her father brought home a refrigerator box and cut a hole in it. Just like that, the young Howls had her first puppet theater. She loved putting on productions for her...

Movie posters for Suspiria (1977), Hausu (1977) and The Omen (1976)

A&E’s guide to local Halloween-inspired theater and film screenings

October 29, 2018

Why go through the hassle of finding a costume when you can sit and enjoy an entertaining Halloween evening? The Twin Cities has vintage horror movie screenings and spooky theater events that you won’t...

Lamia Abukhadra, a local Palestinian-American artist, works on a print in her home studio on Saturday, Oct. 20. Abukhadra graduated from the University last spring and since then has taken the local art scene by storm with her politically-driven work. It often deals with her Palestinian heritage and tries to dismantle colonialist narratives.

Meet Lamia Abukhadra, an artist exploring her Palestinian heritage

October 25, 2018

Lamia Abukhadra is many things: smart, savvy, creative and politically aware. She is one of few Palestinian-American artists in Minneapolis — something that gives her pride and has helped shape her identity. Abukhadra’s...

Culture compass: Halloween, hand warmers and the Haunted Basement

October 25, 2018

Friday: "Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular" Stroll through the Minnesota Zoo – which has been transformed into an enchanted forest – and see over 5,000 illuminated, carved pumpkins of all shapes and sizes....

Album cover of MØ's

Review: MØ’s “Forever Neverland”

October 22, 2018

MØ’s recent release “Forever Neverland” is a ride: sometimes bumpy and other times smooth. The Danish songstress has a one-of-a-kind voice with impressive range, but it's often hidden by over-produced...

Apparel design majors put their costume sewing skills to the test

October 18, 2018

When you're an apparel design student, every day requires costuming. These are the people we look to for fashion inspiration, after all. Oct. 31, however, is special. Chances are, you won't find a pre-packaged...

Art pop-up in downtown skyways kicks off this month

Art pop-up in downtown skyways kicks off this month

October 15, 2018

The Minneapolis skyway spans 9.5 miles and connects 80 city blocks in downtown Minneapolis. The vast system is home to corporate offices, restaurants, pharmacies, nail salons, dry cleaners and more. This...

Local band The New 86 preforms during the More Local Than Local show at the Whole Music Club.

Celebrating fifty years of the Whole Music Club

October 11, 2018

Eating free peanuts and throwing their shells on the floor, sipping a soda and stepping outside to smoke a joint before the main music act began. That’s how Steve Fingerett remembers the Whole in the...

The downstairs salt cave at Salt Cave Minneapolis as seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Combating the stress of college with … salt?

October 11, 2018

Lying down shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers in a cave made from granulated Himalayan salt is not the most conventional way to spend a Thursday night.  Looking up, you see large chunks of the pink...

The chamber strings from the University Symphony Orchestra backed up St. Paul and the Minneapolis Funk All Stars as they opened for the ceremony for honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Prince at Ted Mann Concert Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 26. An honorary degree is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota, recognizing achievements that have added to the betterment of society.

Prince inspires University music students, old and new

October 4, 2018

First and foremost, Cameron Kinghorn was a trumpet player.  He came to the University of Minnesota to pursue an instrumental music education degree, studying at the School of Music with trumpet professor...

Review: Season three of 'Serial' tackles the U.S. court system

Review: Season three of ‘Serial’ tackles the U.S. court system

October 2, 2018

If you were expecting another gripping true-crime drama podcast from "Serial" this season, you’ll be sorely disappointed.  The nail-biting season one case of Adnan Syed, so skillfully delivered...

Bringing the museum home

September 25, 2018

Hudson Walker, a Harvard-educated art collector and historian, was christened the first curator of The Little Gallery on the University of Minnesota’s campus in March of 1934. What began as the Little...

Review: Leon Bridges brings slow jams and dance moves to St. Paul

September 24, 2018

On Friday night, Leon Bridges reminded us the 60s are not dead.  The 29-year-old Texan entered the stage for the second night of his two-night gig with a spring in his step, looking like a retro cowboy...

Culture compass: “Appalachian Spring,” “Anni-Hootenanny” and arepas

September 20, 2018

Friday: 2018 Season Opening at the Minnesota Orchestra  Have a classy Friday night at Orchestra Hall and see world renowned pianist Emanuel Ax play Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the orchestra....

The group Black Lines Matter conducts a session.

Black Lines Matter: Poetry that goes beyond the page

September 19, 2018

Blackmospheres. This is the word director Keno Evol uses to describe the gatherings that take place through his nonprofit, Black Table Arts. At only 25, Evol has created a community for creative people...

Twin Cities Veg Fest has its biggest year yet

September 19, 2018

Welcome to paradise — vegan paradise. Twin Cities Veg Fest is an event that ignites overwhelming excitement, sending butterflies to a vegan’s stomach as they walk through the gates. A one-day affair...

Paige Dansinger, the founding director of Better World Museum in downtown Minneapolis, draws on

In real life and in virtual reality, The Better World Museum works to live up to its name

September 12, 2018

Surely, if you live in the Twin Cities, you’re familiar with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum. But have you heard of the Better World Museum? Located...

SALES performs at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Review: SALES did not sell themselves on stage

September 10, 2018

SALES’ sold-out Wednesday night show was highly anticipated among lovers of indie pop. Fans who'd missed the window to buy tickets flocked to the event’s Facebook page, hopelessly begging for a way...

Review: Notes from a first time fair-goer

September 6, 2018

As a native of Iowa — which has its own extravagant state fair tradition — I was not planning on attending this year’s Minnesota State Fair, assuming that all state fairs are practically identical. Still,...

The painting,

First Giordanos, Portillos. Now, Mia brings “Art from Chicago.”

September 4, 2018

As the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, creating an exhibit championing artists from Chicago had been on Robert Cozzolino's mind for a long time. A native...