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A&E’s top ten of 2018

December 13, 2018

2018 was the year of Ariana Grande's chart-toppers "Sweetener" and "thank u, next," blockbuster hits like "Black Panther" and "Incredibles 2," buzzy TV shows like "Killing Eve" and so much more. In other...

Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Your holiday season binge watches

December 3, 2018

You know the drill: the snow is here, and your desire to go out on the weekend is slowly fading. Why leave the comfort of your bedroom to go to the movies, when some of the best viewing options can be...

A&E’s guide to upcoming movie releases

November 29, 2018

We’re quickly approaching one of the best seasons for movies. Family-friendly picks for the holidays are showing alongside Oscar-hopeful flicks. Here are seven upcoming movies that A&E has its eye...

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This week in releases: ‘Widows’ and ‘Oxnard’

November 19, 2018

“Widows” With a highly-anticipated script by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave” and “Shame") and Gillian Flynn (the author of “Gone Girl”), “Widows” is a heist film that both defies and...

Album covers for Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra's

This week in music: Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bradley and more

November 12, 2018

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra — “The Capitol Studios Sessions”  Jeff Goldblum might be one of the most baffling recipients of recent Internet fame. He’s known for iconic...

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This week in movies: ‘Suspiria,’ Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Wildlife’

November 5, 2018

“Suspiria”  Director Luca Guadagnino’s (of “Call Me by Your Name” acclaim) remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 dance-horror film “Suspiria” makes some significant revisions. Most notably,...

Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell star in Beautiful Boy

This week in movies: ‘Beautiful Boy’ and ‘Mid90s’

October 29, 2018

“Beautiful Boy”  “Beautiful Boy” is based on two memoirs about Nic Sheff’s struggles with crystal meth addiction: “Tweak,” written by Nic himself, and “Beautiful Boy,” written by...

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Review: “Halloween” and stream-able thrills

October 22, 2018

“Halloween” Even movie buffs who are ashamed to admit that they’ve never seen the original “Halloween” (or its multiple sequels) won’t need to shy away from the 2018 reboot starring Jamie Lee...

Amandla Stenberg and Lamar Johnson in The Hate U Give. Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. 

This week in movies: ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

October 15, 2018

“The Hate U Give” Based on a young adult novel by Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give” features a main character who leads two lives. Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) lives with her family in a predominantly...

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star together in the film A Star Is Born

This week in movies: ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Private Life’

October 8, 2018

“A Star is Born” In case you’ve forgotten her glitzy pop anthems, Lady Gaga is a star in its fullest form — radiant, awe-inspiring, bright.  In “A Star is Born,” she is Ally: a girl-next-door...

Morgan Peterson, a University of Minnesota graduate and Thrift Stylist at Arc's Value Village, poses for a photo at Mid City Modified Vintage Market on Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. Peterson performed alterations and tailoring for the pieces that people purchased at the market.

Q&A: Vintage maven Morgan Potter on fall style and thrifting

October 4, 2018

When we met University of Minnesota alumna Morgan Potter last week, she wore a cream blazer, tartan pants, leopard heels and a vampy lipstick. A vintage fur piece draped over her shoulders. “This is...

Culture compass: Non-Homecoming-related fun

October 4, 2018

Friday: Free October Improv Show Not looking to buy tickets for the Steve Aoki show on Friday? That's okay, because Minnesota Long-Form Improv will be hosting their first show of the semester just down...

Abdinasir Nourkadi, left, Zoe Long, Joshua Wang and Ruby Wesley pose for portraits outside Weisman Art Museum on Friday, Sept. 28 in Minneapolis. 

Street style: Fashion Week (U)MN

October 1, 2018

Last Friday, while local couture made its way down Twin Cities runways for Fashion Week MN, University of Minnesota students held down the campus fashion front. A&E camped out near the Weisman Art...

Posters for Parks celebrates Minneapolis’ gems: green space and artists

September 25, 2018

From the shores of Bde Maka Ska to the skyline views at Boom Island Park, the Minneapolis parks system connects the city through greenspace and water.  Graphic designer Dan Woychick, a passionate...

This week in movies: “Assassination Nation” and “Lizzie”

September 24, 2018

“Assassination Nation”  “Assassination Nation” takes place in Salem, a town that director and writer Sam Levinson uses to play out his interpretation of — you guessed it — a modern witch-hunt.  When...

Freshmen roommates Ellie Schmitz and Julia Jakubiak decorated their room together using inspiration from a shared Pinterest board.

A slice of dorm life

September 20, 2018

Whether you spent hours scrolling on Society6 trying to find the cutest tapestry for your freshman dorm or grabbed the first twin XL comforter you saw at Target, you know the grueling process that is styling...

Christopher Selleck a university graduate poses for a portrait in his exhibit,

Recording masculinity and gay identity in the Twin Cities

September 17, 2018

The Soo Visual Arts Center in Lyn-Lake has opened both of its back gallery spaces to one artist for the first time ever — University of Minnesota alumnus Christopher Selleck’s exhibit, “This is a...

Review: Dessa’s “My Own Devices” bubbles with heartache and sparks with wonder

September 12, 2018

The inside flap of the debut essay collection by musician, writer and University of Minnesota philosophy alumna Dessa states she “defies category.” “My Own Devices” reflects this defiance. It begins...

Culture compass: “Scott Pilgrim,” spanakopita and streaming

September 6, 2018

Friday: Midnight Madness: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”  Kick off your weekend with a throwback movie screening. The Landmark’s Uptown Theatre will screen “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” at...

Illustration by Jane Borstad

Discounts, concerts and art galore: A&E’s guide to seeing it all as a student this fall

September 3, 2018

If you’re new to the Twin Cities, exploring can be a little intimidating. Do you stay on campus and see a football game? Take the Green Line to downtown St. Paul? Support some of the art students on...

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Review: What’s there to find in “Searching?”

September 3, 2018

The dangers of the internet can range from cyberbullying to catfishing to the embarrassing profile photos you haven’t deleted from your early Facebook days. “Searching,” a new thriller directed by...

Zero waste Tare Market hosts first pop-up this weekend

August 1, 2018

Thanks to blogs and Instagram, the zero waste world has long thrived on the Internet, allowing people who live trash-free to share tips, products and advice in online communities.  Adopting a zero...

From left, Lourdes Juarez with Muñeco, Erin and Brian Hart with Rona, Kim Lykens with Elvin, and Peri Riddel with Arlo pose for portraits during the northeast Minneapolis dog parade on Friday, July 28.

Street style: Northeast Dog Parade

July 30, 2018

The pups were out to strut Friday evening, thanks to the Northeast Dog Parade. Organized by The Heart of Northeast, the pups enjoyed a stroll around Northeast before joining at the park across from Wilde...

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The 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival: Magic, chickens, right swipes and more

July 25, 2018

In its 25 years, the annual Minnesota Fringe Festival has filled thousands of seats at theaters across the Twin Cities. Modeled to be widely accessible like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, performers...

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This week in movies: “Eighth Grade” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

July 23, 2018

"Eighth Grade" In an A24 newsletter, comedian Bo Burnham urges viewers to see his directorial debut, “Eighth Grade,” in theaters. “We believe that this girl and her story deserve to be projected...

The Minnesota Daily rated the best products from Trader Joes for students. A new Trader Joes will open on South Washington Avenue on July 20.

A&E’s guide to Trader Joe’s snacks

July 18, 2018

The recently-opened Fresh Thyme near campus has found competition in downtown Minneapolis — a brand new Trader Joe's, opening this Friday. Located a couple blocks away from the Guthrie Theater and a...

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Review: The cringe and heart of Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade”

July 16, 2018

In an A24 newsletter, comedian Bo Burnham urges viewers to see his directorial debut, “Eighth Grade,” in theaters. “We believe that this girl and her story deserve to be projected 20 feet tall. Her...

Instagrammers share their favorite Twin Cities bites

July 11, 2018

From Eat Street to Sweet Martha’s cookies, the Twin Cities is known for a sprawling food scene.  It can be difficult to tackle the full scope of food options we have here, so A&E turned to two...

Culture compass: Bell Museum, Bastille Day and Bon Appétit

July 11, 2018

Friday: Bell Museum Opening Night Celebration  The long-awaited grand opening of the new Bell Museum is finally happening this weekend. On Friday night, head over to the St. Paul campus to see the...

Amy Adams in Sharp Objects

Review: The dark, twisted premiere of HBO’s “Sharp Objects”

July 10, 2018

From “Big Little Lies” to “Killing Eve,” television shows are digging into the minds and feelings of complicated women. HBO’s “Sharp Objects” is the latest to follow the trend of examining...

Courtesy of Brittany Vickers

BodyCartography Project: staging collaboration in the Weisman galleries

July 3, 2018

When Boris Oicherman moved to Minneapolis a little over a year ago, he was looking for arts events to attend across the Twin Cities. As the Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaboration at...

The Minnesota Daily made turkey burgers topped with pineapple jalapeño salsa. 

College kitchen: Barbecue

July 3, 2018

With your day off right in the middle of the week, you’ve probably received Fourth of July barbecue invitations for today, tomorrow, this weekend and more.  A&E has you covered with three easy...

Review: The Guthrie Theater’s dynamic depiction of “West Side Story”

June 28, 2018

When it came to "West Side Story," Joseph Haj and the Guthrie Theater production team found the key to developing their retelling of the classic musical in the opening lines of the script’s stage directions....

Alexandria Cochran tries on a red overall outfit at the launch of the Minneapolis Vintage Market on Sunday, June 24.

Taking vintage off your feed and onto the street

June 27, 2018

Growing up in London, Hayley Matthews-Jones became accustomed to combing through racks at markets for vintage finds.  “I had a bunch of really cool leather jackets when I was a teenager,” Matthews-Jones...

Culture compass: Spice Girls, screenings and spies

June 27, 2018

Friday: Spice Girls vs. Boy Bands Flip Phone is taking over Can Can Wonderland for a competition between and a tribute to the Spice Girls and classic boy bands. You can watch drag performances, play mini-golf,...

A&E’s guide to Pride in the Twin Cities

June 20, 2018

June is LGBTQ Pride month, and it’s finally Minneapolis’s official weekend to celebrate.  There's no need to scramble at the last minute to make plans — A&E has you covered with a variety...

John Akre poses in front of his animation setup during his two-day Community Media Kit Show at the Susan Hensel Gallery on Saturday, June 16. Akre asked passersby to help him create an animation that reflects the neighborhood using various pieces of cutout paper and felt. 

Seeing and understanding the world through media: a Minneapolis man’s art excursion

June 20, 2018

At the Susan Hensel Gallery on Saturday, white tape sectioned off a plot on the floor. Inside the rectangle, a strip of black tape represented Lake Street. A green rectangle, with a blue paper lake, stood...

Culture compass: Shows, sparks and Stone Arch

June 13, 2018

Friday: Retro Game Show  Take your average game night up a notch by heading over to Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul this Friday. The weekly event brings shows like "Family Feud," "Let’s Make a Deal"...

Photo by Barry Wetcher, © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

This week in movies: “Ocean’s 8” and “Hereditary”

June 11, 2018

“Ocean’s 8” Eight of our favorite female celebrities pulling off a heist at the Met Gala? The possibilities are endless.  But the concept of “Ocean’s 8” might work better than the film...

A&E’s summer reading guide

June 6, 2018

It’s summer. You shouldn’t have any syllabi-listed books to avoid. Instead, take the time to work through some non-required reading.  A&E spoke with the experts — local librarians and an...

Members of Ladybrain Sketch Comedy perform a sketch about the male gaze and the

Using their Ladybrains: a UMN alumnae-founded comedy group breaks comedy norms

June 6, 2018

As women comedians in the Twin Cities, University of Minnesota alumnae Gabby VandenAvond and Amie Durenberger faced enough frustration working in male-dominated writer's rooms.  “I think women are...

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Q&A: Evan Kail, author of “Ubered” and seasoned rideshare driver

May 30, 2018

While trying to jumpstart a screenwriting career after graduation from the University of Minnesota, Evan Kail turned to driving for rideshare services Uber and Lyft as a quick, reliable job. Kail eventually...

The Minnesota Daily made caprese sandwiches with watermelon, feta and cucumber salad for the College Kitchen series. Dessert was a berry puff pastry with Cool Whip frosting.

College kitchen: Wicker basket case

May 29, 2018

When the temperatures reach 90 degrees in May, you can cower in the air conditioning. Or you can remember that about a month ago we were cursing a weekend-long blizzard. Whip up these recipes, grab your...

Culture compass: treats, snacks and delicacies

May 29, 2018

Friday: National Donut Day  Sometimes made-up holidays are just a silly excuse to post on Instagram. But when Glam Doll Donuts offers free donuts and new flavors, you might as well celebrate. The...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen

A&E’s guide to summer events

May 3, 2018

Don’t let the grind of finals get you down — the season of outdoor concerts, street festivals and farmers markets is just around the corner. Here is A&E’s rundown of just some of the offerings...

University of Minnesota alumna Ashley Hanson named Obama Foundation Fellow

May 3, 2018

When University of Minnesota alumna Ashley Hanson began to study theater in college, she struggled to see herself in the roles.  “I’m from a small town in northern Minnesota … and I’m a woman,”...

Strawberry-Arugula-Spinach Salad, Spaghetti with Peas, Parmesan and Artichokes.

College Kitchen: Spring produce

April 26, 2018

Thanks to those late bursts of wintery snow, fresh produce seems like just a dream now.  It might still be, but A&E put together a few recipes that will keep you dreaming of all the spring produce...

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Review: ‘I Feel Pretty’ lacks confidence and depth

April 23, 2018

In “I Feel Pretty,” Renee Bennett, played by comedian Amy Schumer, struggles with a lack of confidence — all she wants is to look and, more importantly, feel beautiful. After falling off a spin bike...

Geevie Wood and Sophia Wood pose for a portrait at their kitchen table on Wednesday, April 18 in Minneapolis. The twin sisters started their blog,

Twins in blogging, Instagram and zero waste living

April 19, 2018

Twin sisters Geevie and Sophia Wood are both students at the University of Minnesota. Although they have followed zero waste lifestyles for about a year, the two have always aspired to live sustainably. “When...

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Meet the contenders for UMN’s 2018 Battle of the Bands

April 19, 2018

On Friday, after four rounds of preliminary battles that took place throughout spring semester, five bands will compete to perform at Saturday’s Spring Jam.  A&E spoke with each group still...