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Culture compass — tomatoes, Fanilows and “Saved By the Bell”

Published April 19, 2012

  Thursday Music — Claps, Sleeping in the Aviary, Enola Gay and Miami Dolphins If you’re looking for a showcase of the best homegrown Minneapolis music, take your toes to the Turf tonight....

Hank III will moan the blues, country, metal and who knows what else tonight at First Ave.

Runnin’ with the devil

Published November 29, 2011

Hank Williams III When: Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Where: First Ave. Mainroom, 701 First Ave. N. Cost: $20, 18+ If Hank Williams is the grandfather of country music, Hank Williams III is its mutinous grandson. While...

MPLS.TV collabs with

Published November 11, 2011

In what is arguably the best thing that could ever happen to a local "content hub produced by an independent Do-It-Together network of videographers, writers, and other creators," MPLS.TV has agreed to...

Gosling as the Driver in Drive.

Shut up and “Drive”

Published September 16, 2011

âÄúDriveâÄù Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks Rated: R Showing: Area theaters Yes, âÄúDrive,âÄù Nicolas Winding...

Business senior and No Static Records founder Jake Heinitz, left, and Audio Perm producer Taylor Madrigal, right, are the organizers of the first Audio Perm Block Party. Audio Perm Block Party is exposing a new underground hip-hop scene.

Check the rhyme

Published August 10, 2011

  Audio Perm Block Party When: 2-10 p.m., Aug. 27, Where: Shuga Records parking lot Who: Pac Div, Toki Wright, I Self Devine, others Cost: $10 advance;$15 at the door ItâÄôs no secret that...

Roman Polanski
Sharon Tate

Navigating the Polish Film Festival

Published August 10, 2011

  Twin Cities Polish Film Festival Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis When: August 12-18 Cost: $8.50 General Admission, $5 members, $6 students/seniors When many Americans...

Caesar ponders his evolution and revolution in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Review: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Published August 4, 2011

  "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" DIRECTED BY: Rupert Wyatt STARRING: James Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow and Freida Pinto RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area Theaters This time of...

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA- AUGUST 6: Macys 2010 Glamorama Fashion show benefitting Childrens Cancer Research Fund at the Orpheum Theater in Minneaolis, Minnesota on August 6, 2010. (Photo by Adam M. Bettcher)

Viva la glam!

Published August 3, 2011

MacyâÄôs Passport presents âÄúGlamoramaâÄù Who: Bruno Mars, Far East Movement, socialites Where: Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., August 5 When people...

Tonight’s Walker Music and Movies moved indoors

Published August 1, 2011

  Today in bummers caused by Mother Earth, the Walker's Music and Movies series — meant to be enjoyed in the great outdoors — will be moved inside to the the Walker's cinema. DJ Bill DeVille will...

Q-Tip, middle, claims to be prominent like Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe, but those guys didnt need to wear their words on their shirts.

The paths of rhythm

Published July 27, 2011

  âÄúBeats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called QuestâÄù Directed by: Michael Rapaport Starring: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White Rated: R Showing...

Voicing the voiceless

Voicing the voiceless

Published July 27, 2011

  A Splash of Summer Open Mic Who: Voices Merging Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. SE When: Fri. July 29, 7-9 p.m. Cost: Free As part of its summer concert series, Northrop welcomes student group...

Chicago-based DJ Chrissy Murderbot, right, is attacked by his Pitchfork Music Festival hype-man MC Zulu.

Pitchfork through the eyes of the artists

Published July 20, 2011

It would be bad form for sports writers to walk out on a team that is simply having an off game, or for White House reporters to snub a failing president. But for music critics, this is the vocation. They...

Pitchfork Music Festival Day 2 Recap

Published July 17, 2011

Day two of any festival is going to be about recovery. Be it drugs, alcohol, music or a combination, those who saw day one of Pitchfork Music Festival were looking for anything to whip them back into...

Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1 Recap

Published July 16, 2011

Pitchfork Music Festival is like Woodstock in that a bunch of inebriated (and primarily Caucasian) people gather to listen to music. And that's where the comparisons end. As hard as "Free Hugs" sign holders...

9 to 5 Tour

Cast List:
Dee Hoty 
Diana DeGarmo 
Mamie Parris 
Joseph Mahowald 
Kristin Zbornik 
Jane Blass, Patrick Boyd, Paul Castree, Holly Davis, Janet Dickinson Madeleine Doherty, Marjorie Failoni, Gregg Goodbrod, K.J. Hippensteel, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Michelle Marmolejo, April Nixon, Ryah Nixon, Rick Pessagno, Wayne Schroder, Micah Shepard and Travis Waldschmidt.
Other Credits:
Lyrics by: Dolly Parton
Music by: Dolly Parton
Book by: Patricia Resnick

Workin’ woman’s blues

Published July 13, 2011

  âÄú9 to 5 the MusicalâÄù When: Now through July 17, 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (345 Washington St., St. Paul) Cost:...

Actor Drew Ailes poses for a photo during his progression from slovenly man-child to infallible Titan.

No pain, no gain

Published July 13, 2011

  âÄúInvincible ForceâÄù Where: The Trylon Microcinema, 3258 S. Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis When: Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cost: $8 To understand âÄúInvincible...

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970:  Photo of Mahalia Jackson  Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

I saw the light

Published July 6, 2011

âÄúRejoice and ShoutâÄù Where: Edina Cinema Cinema, 3911 West 50th St, Edina When: Friday, Director introduction at 7 p.m., Q&A after the showing Making a film about gospel...

Culture compass — Abilities, controversial block parties and Katy Perry

Published July 6, 2011

  Thursday DJ Abilities Cabooze 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis 9 p.m. $10-12 Seeing DJ Abilities after the tragic loss of his music partner Eyedea is not like seeing Art Garfunkel solo. Unlike Art,...

“Untitled 8,” Soo Visual Arts Center’s annual Juried Exhibition opens this Saturday. The show, featuring art by eight artists runs until late August.

The exhibit with no name

Published July 6, 2011

  âÄúUntitled 8âÄù Where: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638, S. Lyndale Ave. Minneapolis When: July 9 through August 21 âÄúUntitled 8,âÄù the upcoming exhibit at Soo Visual...

Come as you are

Come as you are

Published June 29, 2011

  Film has always been dependent on other mediums of art. Without music, filmmakers would be unable to convey any emotion on the screen. "The Blaze," a local art "mission" led by local film director...

Review: Gillian Welch — The Harrow and the Harvest

Review: Gillian Welch — “The Harrow and the Harvest”

Published June 29, 2011

"The Harrow and the Harvest" Artist: Gillian Welch Label: Acony Records In this musical climate, there are plenty of bad guys. Party pop is often as thoughtful as a game of flip cup. Pop-country darlings...

Culture compass — Nice Purse, Mötley Crüe and Bill Maher

Published June 22, 2011

Thursday Hollow Boys, Nice Purse, the Bombay Sweets, Fire in the Northern Firs Nomad World Pub 501 S. Cedar Ave. , Minneapolis 10 p.m., 21-plus Nice Purse has as good a grasp on the word âÄúpopâÄù...

Actors Joseph Pyfferoen (left) and Jake Wellington (right) greet guests for the Minnesota Centennial Showboat’s performance of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

I’m on a Showboat

Published June 22, 2011

  âÄúThe Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The Melodrama of Sweeney ToddâÄù What: Minnesota Centennial Showboat When: Tuesday throughSaturday at 8 p.m. with matinees Tuesday, Thursday...

David Cook talks about one of his creations Tuesday at the Hennes Art Company in Minneapolis.  Cooks “ladies,” which were designed for his musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”, will be presented Friday for the exhibition called Identities Explored.

Who is me?

Published June 22, 2011

  What: âÄúIdentities Explored: A celebration of art from the GLBT communityâÄù Where: Hennes Art Company, 1607 Hennepin Ave. When: June 24 through July 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If...

Gentlemen, start your guitars

Gentlemen, start your guitars

Published June 15, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with EMA Where: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N. When: June 15, 8 p.m. Cost: $10-$12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is nothing that its bandname suggests. Their music is not fast-moving....

Walkers Garden to be rocked again this year

Walker’s Garden to be rocked again this year

Published June 15, 2011

  Rock the Garden Who: My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Booker T. Jones, Tapes âÄòn Tapes Where: Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1750 Hennepin Ave. When: Saturday, June 19, 3-10:30...

Sunshine of your Love

Published June 8, 2011

  What: First AvenueâÄôs Too Much Love on Campus Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. SE When: June 8 and 29, July 13, noon to 1 p.m. Peter Lansky, known publicly as DJ Sovietpanda, is Mr....

Generation DIY

Published June 8, 2011

  âÄúUnraveled DIY Festival,âÄù presented by Textile Center When: 6-9 p.m., Friday Where: Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E. Cost: $3 To call us the âÄúDo It Yourself GenerationâÄù...

Walker announces summer Music & Movie’s lineup

Published June 3, 2011

  The Walker's Summer Music & Movies series is one of the best things about Minneapolis summer. It encompasses all the reasons why summer is the gnarliest season. You got yer movies. You got yer...

“Out” Film Festival kicks off Gay Pride Month

“Out” Film Festival kicks off Gay Pride Month

Published June 1, 2011

  Out Film Festival Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main St. NE When: June 2-5 Cost: First day free to public, $10 per movie or event after that. $60 all-access festival passes available online 2011...

The carnal cast, left to right, Tracey Maloney, Bill McCallum, Jennifer Blagen and Chris Carlson.

Whose playground is it anyway?

Published June 1, 2011

"God of Carnage" Directed By: John Miller-Stephany Starring: Tracey Maloney, Bill McCallum, Jennifer Blagen, Chris Carlson Written by: Yasmina Rice Translated by: Christopher Hampton Where: Guthrie Theater,...

MCAD Junior Brendan Dawson paints a hole Saturday that he cut out of dry wall during the Minneapolis Home Building and Remodeling Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

HOPSACK and a jump

Published May 25, 2011

Art and practicality have had a strange affair over the years. Andy Warhol said that an artist is somebody who produces something that people donâÄôt need to have. While, technically, people donâÄôt...

Isbell, center, and his 400 Unit released their best album together, “Here We Rest,” in April.

Still Truckin’

Published May 25, 2011

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Maria Taylor Where: Turf Club, 1601 UNIVERSITY AVE. W. When: Sat., May 28, 8 p.m. Cost: $14 You canâÄôt really say anything about Jason Isbell without mentioning...

Local artists celebrate Dylan’s 70th on Radio K tomorrow

Published May 23, 2011

In honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, Radio K is summoning local artists to cover the troubadour's tunes all day. Dylan's catalogue is a bottomless well (it contradicts itself; it contains multitudes),...

Little big lizard

Little big lizard

Published March 3, 2011

âÄúRangoâÄù Directed by: Gore Verbinski Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin Rated: PG Showing at: Area theaters LOS ANGELES âÄî For two decades, Johnny Depp won...

The Guthrie launches online virtual tour

Published March 2, 2011

The Guthrie Theater, taking advantage of the fact that the modern man would rather experience something lying on his bed with a laptop adorning his chest rather than physically doing anything, has launched...

Honky Tonk Heroes: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at Mystic Lake Casino

Published February 28, 2011

Much of the allure of Country Music comes from the fact that it is essentially the art of suffering. The plight of the Country singer is to turn a broken heart into a song; to reside at Rock Bottom so...

Show review: Sleeping in the Aviary’s tour commencement at Triple Rock

Published January 8, 2011

  The last couple years in Minneapolis music have been under a half nelson of what can only be described by the oxymoronically jumbled phrase of "mainstream indie music." Gayngs. Messersmith. Lookbook....

Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr., also known by his stage name Common, speaks to students Friday at Coffman Union.

Common talks rap, inspiration at Coffman

Published December 6, 2010

Acclaimed hip-hop artist and actor Common came to Coffman Union on Friday, not to perform his unique brand of socially conscious hip-hop but to lecture to students and faculty on achieving oneâÄôs...

Culture compass — Tapes n Tapes, Cowboy Versus Samurai and Daniel Tosh

Culture compass — Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, “Cowboy Versus Samurai” and Daniel Tosh

Published November 11, 2010

Thursday   Music âÄî Tapes âÄònâÄô Tapes, Leisure Birds and Tarlton   Surely, Tapes âÄònâÄô Tapes are on the shortlist of Minneapolis indie bands who have...

Show review: Willie Nelson at Mystic Lake Casino

Published November 1, 2010

  It has become a cliché among the, if you will, "green" sector of America to say, "If all the leaders of the world just smoked a joint together, there would be no wars." Which is moronic. The real...

2010 “Picked to Click” winners

Published October 19, 2010

Your 2010 "Picked to Click" champions are (in descending order of votes) ... 10. The Bombay Sweets 9 (tie). Voytech 9. (tie) Phantom Tails (Daily Article) 8. Buffalo Moon 7. Marijuana Deathsquads 6....

Show review: Billy Bragg at the Cedar

Published September 9, 2010

Alongside Wilco, he is the heir of Woody Guthrie's lost lyrics. He has played heaps of workingman benefit shows throughout his three-decade career. His fans attend his shows as much for his erudite Socialist...

The eclectic strummer will perform at the Minnesota State Fair this year.

Country talk with Jim Lauderdale

Published August 10, 2010

In the Internet-sustained chaos of our times, one of the great relics that has been lost is the uniquely American art form of country music. Instead of the pride of ol' glory that it once was, it is now...

Nature lead Tyson Forbes (left) and director Makell Kiefer (right) discuss their upcoming production Friday at Intermedia Arts in South Minneapolis.  The play is derived in part from the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, of whom Forbes is a direct descendant.

A very human “Nature”

Published August 10, 2010

NatureâÄù A walking play. The mythic telling of Emerson and ThoreauâÄôs mutual love affair with the natural world. When: Aug. 19 âÄì Sept. 5; Thursday/Friday 6 p.m., Sat./Sun. 3...

A cure for the Summertime Blues

A cure for the Summertime Blues

Published August 3, 2010

Rogue Valley with Communist Daughter and Total Babe What: CD release party Where: First Ave., 701 1st Ave. N. When: Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Cost: $9 advance, $12 at the door Local folk strummer Chris Koza sits...

For Chromeo, partying is such sweet sorrow that they party ‘til it be morrow

Wherefore art thou, Chromeo?

Published August 3, 2010

Chromeo with Holy Ghost Where: First Ave., 701 1st Ave. N. When: Aug. 7, 7 p.m. Cost: $20 2010 has sheltered an unspoken soul revival. ItâÄôs been subtle and itâÄôs been hushed, but everybody...

The 2010 St. Paul Slammers: (Left to Right) Sam Cook, Kyle (Guante) Myhre, Sierra DeMulder, Khary (6 is 9) Jackson, Shane Hawley, Matthew Rucker

Welcome to the Slam

Published July 27, 2010

National Poetry Slam 2010 When: August 3-7 Where: Various venues in downtown St. Paul A little bit Allen Ginsberg , a little bit Tupac , a tad Ric Flair and a whole lot of freshness âÄî poetry...

Chelsea boys rollin and rockin at the deceased Glitterboxxx venue.

New noise: Chelsea Boys

Published July 27, 2010

ItâÄôs the great rock âÄònâÄô roll paradox that bands can break their necks in the name of rock âÄònâÄô roll while onlookers stand idly by, arms crossed, eyes scanning...

Pitchfork lesson: Indie is not dead

Pitchfork lesson: Indie is not dead

Published July 21, 2010

In addition to reaffirming the flourishing state of independent music, Pitchfork 2010 displayed a movement finally comfortable in its own skin. The decade in which being labeled a âÄúhipsterâÄù...

Pitchfork profile: Big Boi

Pitchfork profile: Big Boi

Published July 21, 2010

When the Pitchfork 2010 lineup was unleashed, one name surged above the storms of hype surrounding Pavement's reunion and LCD Soundsystem's potentially career-ending victory lap. That name was Sir Lucious...

Pitchfork Day Three recap

Published July 19, 2010

The Pitchfork 2010 match — cracked by Modest Mouse in night one and kept alive by Free Energy and Titus Andronicus in night two — now lies lonely and extinguished in the form of a thousand beer cups,...

Pitchfork profile: Sharon Van Etten

Pitchfork profile: Sharon Van Etten

Published July 18, 2010

Last December Robyn Pecknold âÄî creative honcho of the best modern folk group, Fleet Foxes âÄî told Pitchfork âÄúthe world doesnâÄôt need another traditional folk record.âÄù...

Guest Blog — A&E Editor Emeritus Jay Boller

Published July 17, 2010

Micheal Showalter is a funny dude. He was superb in “Wet Hot American Summer,” sound in “The State” and stellar in Comedy Central’s short-lived sitcom “Stella.” So when he awkwardly ushered...

Pitchfork Day One recap

Published July 17, 2010

Pitchfork 2010 began in predictable fashion. Dance bands played to a beat that outpaced the not-yet-comfortable shoe gazers in the crowd, the Jumbotron ran an ad that showed Rolling Stone banally dubbing...

Pitchfork profile — Best Coast

Pitchfork profile — Best Coast

Published July 17, 2010

Out of all the faces that emerged and survived from the quicksand of the blogosphere this past year, Best Coast âÄî the gloomy yet endearing creative project of L.A. songstress Bethany Cosentino...

Guthrie’s “Streetcar” is STELLAAA(r)

Guthrie’s “Streetcar” is STELLAAA(r)

Published July 14, 2010

âÄúA Streetcar Named DesireâÄù by Tennesse Williams Director: John Miller-Stephany Starring: Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Stacia Rice, Gretchen Egolf Where: The Guthrie Theater, Wurtele Thrust...

Ales, Whales and Phantom Tails

Ales, Whales and Phantom Tails

Published July 7, 2010

Phantom Tails CD Release Where: Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S. When: July 9, 9:30 p.m. Cost: Free The name Phantom Tails is either a byproduct of a chin stroking and grass smoking "brainstorming" session...

MCAD houses diverse exhibit

MCAD houses diverse exhibit

Published July 7, 2010

McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition WHO: Michael Kareken, Aldo Moroni, Carolyn Swiszcz and Piotr Szyhalski WHERE: Minneapolis College of Art and Design WHEN: July 9 - August 13; Opening reception...

Never-before-heard HEALTH track “Drugs Beach”

Published June 30, 2010

More from Radio K's never-before-seen HEALTH coverage. "Drugs Beach" is the song. The song is new to you unless you've been at their live shows.

Weekend Culture Compass — Devo, Dollhouse and Tool

Published June 30, 2010

Thursday Music âÄî Tool The band with the most moody, cerebral fans plays to an arena full of them this weekend. We foresee a lot of thoughtful headbanging. Excel Energy Center 199 W. Kellogg Blvd....

Songs of these States

Published June 29, 2010

Here at A&E, we labor under the âÄúIn Rock We TrustâÄù creed. ThatâÄôs why weâÄôre going to use Uncle SamâÄôs 11-score and 14th b-day as an excuse to rock out...

HEALTH at 7th St. Entry

Published June 28, 2010

Eminem walks down the long road of Recovery.

Review: Eminem — “Recovery”

Published June 22, 2010

Every golden boy of every decade has seen the kind of rock-bottom despair that Eminem beats to death in his new LP âÄúRecovery .âÄù Elvis Presley faded out in sloppy humiliation. John Lennon...

Pride without prejudice

Pride without prejudice

Published June 22, 2010

TC Pride Festival When: June 26-27, Parade on June 27 Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Who: Village People, CeCe Peniston, DJ Shiek, Ellis and Electric Avenue Imagine if a relic from early pioneer America...

Poet and lyricist Chris Besinger Thursday outside Diamonds coffee shop.

Besinger tries to be poet — and he succeeds

Published June 16, 2010

Famed poet and longtime University of Minnesota professor Michael Dennis Browne once likened song lyrics devoid of their musical buoyancy to âÄúa boat without water.âÄù Those of local punk...



Published June 16, 2010

Rock the Garden Who: MGMT, OK Go, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Retribution Gospel Choir Where: The Walker Art Center / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1750 Hennepin Ave. When: Sat., June 19, 3:00 p.m....

These rockers, unlike most rockers, hear, see and speak no evil.

Review: “Zoo Animal”

Published June 9, 2010

Zoo Animal Album: âÄúZoo AnimalâÄù Label: Rest + Easy Minneapolis trio Zoo Animal encompasses all of the indie trends that defined the colorful culmination of the decade that was: rough-and-pretty...

Feminist art enters Cult Status

Feminist art enters Cult Status

Published June 9, 2010

WHAT: Cult Sisters 5 with live music from The Great Confinement WHEN: June 12, 7 p.m. WHERE: Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S. COST: Free ItâÄôs midmorning and Erin Sayer is spraying âÄúCult...

An image from “Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol”

Queer Takes takes on families

Published June 2, 2010

WHAT: Queer Takes: Alt Families WHEN: âÄúBeautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar,âÄù June 4, 7:30 p.m. âÄúEdie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement,âÄù...

Good will Hunting Club

Good will Hunting Club

Published June 1, 2010

WHAT: Hunting Club CD Release WHO: Hunting Club, These Modern Socks, Satellite Voices, SpeedâÄôs the Name WHEN: Friday, June 4, 9 p.m. WHERE: Sauce Spirits and Soundbar, 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls....

Private Dancer plays at the Turf Club this Saturday.

Weekend Culture Compass — Private Dancer, Solid Gold and Steven Spielberg

Published June 1, 2010

Friday Art âÄî ART MATters Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis (two of MinneapolisâÄô best illustrators) and more are making artful yoga mats to make your yoga experience even pertier. The event,...

Ready, set, Soundset!

Published May 26, 2010

WHAT: Soundset 2010 WHO: Atmosphere , Brother Ali , many more WHEN: May 30, Gates open at 11 a.m. WHERE: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee In the humbler corners of our great Midwest, folksâÄô...

Getting involved in the arts this summer

Getting involved in the arts this summer

Published May 4, 2010

Here in the Midwest, summer is all about making a buck. ItâÄôs about the high sun ripping up your tired back and sweating it out until break time âÄî all for a paycheck that ends up in...

Hip-hop is a cabaret, ol chum

Hip-hop is a cabaret, ol’ chum

Published April 28, 2010

WHO: Dessa and friends WHAT: Cadence WHEN: May 5-7 WHERE: The Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St. S., Mpls. How much: $15 - $17 MinneapolisâÄô own Dessa Darling has taken such titles as emcee, author,...

Getting Published 101

Published April 28, 2010

ItâÄôs hard out there for a college creative writer as folks with âÄúpracticalâÄù majors scoff at your âÄúnowhere manâÄù ambitions. To make it worse, The New Yorker...

Travel foodie extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain is in town, to smoke and drink and shed his wisdom. PHOTO COURTESY THE TRAVEL CHANNEL

Weekend Culture Compass – Bourdain, Chabon and other methods of enlightenment.

Published April 22, 2010

Thursday Literature âÄî Michael Chabon The author of such literary paragons as âÄúThe Mysteries of Pittsburgh,âÄù âÄúWonder BoysâÄù and âÄúThe Amazing Adventures...


Art Collectives in the Twin Cities

Published April 16, 2010

Art and the economy have always maintained a symbiotic relationship, where a Warhol print could keep a swinging art collector surrounded in glitzy, white powder excess until the next came along. But in...

Rogue Valley is musician Chris Kozas new, season-related project. PHOTO COURTESY DARIN BACK

Going Rogue … Valley

Published April 7, 2010

Who: Chris Koza, Joanna James, Jeremy Messersmith and more What: Rogue Valley Where: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul When: 8 p.m., Saturday Price: $25 (MPR member discount available)...

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity uses wrestling to explore the perils of capitalism.

“Chad Deity” gives Mpls. the smackdown

Published April 7, 2010

What: âÄúThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityâÄù Where: Mixed Blood, 1501 4th St. S. When: April 9 - May 2 Tickets: $10 - $28 Sports and theater do not usually pursue much of a relationship....

Chances are you’ll stumble on at least one of Doshs three CD-release parties.

Dosh CD Release (Cubed)

Published March 31, 2010

WHO: Dosh WHAT: CD-release Shows WHEN/WHERE: April 9, 9 p.m., Seventh St. Entry 701 First Ave. N., Mpls. April 10, 7:30 p.m, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd St. S., Mpls. April 11, 8 p.m., Bedlam Theatre...

Frap. glasses and graffiti hearts can be soulful too.

Soulville’s new Mayer

Published March 31, 2010

WHAT: Mayer Hawthorne, opening for Passion Pit WHEN: April 4, 8 p.m. WHERE: First Avenue, 710 First Ave. N., Minneapolis. Andrew Mayer CohenâÄôs chosen pseudonym is Mayer Hawthorne, but in the...

Broke Crow was also on the SXSW bandwagon, contributing their images as part of the Neo OBSOLETE Post NASAL Surrealistic CARNAGE exhibit in Austin, Texas.

Artist profile: Broken Crow

Published March 24, 2010

Somewhere between public art and street art, between the artiste and the vandal, between Van Gogh and Bart Simpson lies the work of John Grider and Mike Fitzsimmons of Broken Crow. The Twin Cities-based...

Megan Frauenhoffers piece Birds Nest Pink explores the use of a typically female color. PHOTO COURTESY MEGAN FRAUENHOFFER/ALTERED ESTHETICS

Altering the sexes

Published March 10, 2010

WHAT: âÄúGenderâÄù WHERE: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. N.E., Mpls. WHEN: March 4 âÄì 27, Artists discussion March 20, 1 p.m. âÄì 3 p.m. Sex-U-Mah doesn't have to be...


Review: Sisterworld

Published March 8, 2010

Liars Album: "Sisterworld" Label: Mute Records The several reinventions of Liars have placed them in many boxes. The ten-year-old Los Angeles indie band have been tacked as dance-punk, post-punk revival,...

Heaven at the Walker explores religion and ritual through dance.

Weekend Culture Compass – “Heaven,” Jimmy Fallon and The Oscars

Published March 3, 2010

Thursday Theater âÄî âÄúMacbethâÄù Off! Off you go to see the Guthrie put on the juiciest of all ShakespeareâÄôs plays. As our resident Renaissance lit period expert Jay...


CD Roundup: Broken Bells and Frightened Rabbits

Published March 3, 2010

Broken Bells ALBUM: âÄúBroken BellsâÄù LABEL: Sony After an OK-at-best collaboration with Beck in what seemed like a match made in sweet-people heaven, everybodyâÄôs favorite electronic...


Upcoming artist profile: Michael Gaughan

Published March 3, 2010

You may recognize local artist Michael GaughanâÄôs work in album art full of interplanetary monsters or in mysterious formations that tread the line between kinky and scatological. But thereâÄôs...

A still from “Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story” 

What women see

Published February 24, 2010

WHAT: Women with Vision 2010 WHEN: March 12-27 WHERE: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. ADMISSION: $8 ($6 for Walker members) or five films for $24 Cosmopolitan magazine recently did a piece in which...


If you’ve got the Munny, I’ve got the time

Published February 24, 2010

WHAT: Illo.Minn: Volume Two WHEN: Illustrator Panel Discussion Thursday 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., exhibit showing until March 6 WHERE: College of Visual Arts, 173 Western Ave. N. The word illustration comes...

New Land of Milk and Honey explores the creative products of this artsy commune.

Livin’ off the fat of the land

Published February 17, 2010

WHAT: The New Land of Milk and Honey WHEN: Opening night performance 8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. WHERE: The Soap Factory, 518. 2nd St. S.E. In our all-talk-no-walk society, people are always willing to devise and...

After premiering to wide praise at New Yorks International Fringe Festival, Jajeh’s performance deals with misconceptions of global identity.

“I Heart Hamas” explores identity

Published February 17, 2010

WHAT: âÄúI Heart Hamas and Other Things IâÄôm Afraid to Tell YouâÄù WHEN: Premiere Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; runs through Feb. 28 WHERE: Bedlam Theatre, 1501 6th St. S. PRICE: $15 Here...

Clogs to play with guests Aaron Dessner (The National) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond).

Interview: Clogs

Published February 10, 2010

WHO: Clogs WHEN: Feb. 19-20, 8 p.m. WHERE: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. TICKETS: $22 Bryce Dessner, whose guitar stylings and Bruce Springsteen-endorsed compositions you might recognize...

Art of everyday people

Published February 10, 2010

WHAT: Common Sense: Art and the Quotidian WHO: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and more WHEN: Feb. 6 - May 23 WHERE: Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Pkwy. As Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, âÄúNothing...


Review: Adam Green’s “Minor Love”

Published February 3, 2010

Adam Green ALBUM: âÄúMinor LoveâÄù LABEL: Rough Trade If his impressive display of general knowledge as a chance contestant on Discovery's "Cash Cab" didn't confirm his intelligence, Adam...

Toki Wright plans to give away his EP for donations to help Haiti. 

Rhymesayers = music + philanthropy

Published February 3, 2010

WHAT: Rhymesayers Presents a Benefit for Haiti WHO: Slug, Brother Ali, Sage Francis & B. Dolan, Freeway & Jake One, I Self Devine, Sims and Toki Wright WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. WHERE: First...

Toni Dachis’ The Message Is Clear is part of the exhibit’s focus on censored written works.

An altered look at banned books

Published February 3, 2010

WHO: Altered Esthetics WHAT: âÄúAltered PagesâÄù Display WHEN: Feb. 4 - Feb. 27 WHERE: The QâÄôarma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE Noted professor Laurence Peter once said, âÄúA...


The Dessa doesn’t fall far from the Doomtree

Published January 28, 2010

Minneapolis emo-rap powerhouse Doomtree has completed their âÄúgoing soloâÄù collection with the collective's resident female and poet laureate DessaâÄôs literary, almost-spoken...

Interview: Leisure Birds

Interview: Leisure Birds

Published January 27, 2010

Rock âÄònâÄô roll is like a speech impediment: Some people just have it. Take Leisure Birds , for example. This quartet of local psychedelic rockers was selected to play at Radio KâÄôs...


The Current turns five

Published January 20, 2010

What: The CurrentâÄôs Fifth Anniversary Party Who: P.O.S., Lookbook, Solid Gold, Twilight Hours and Mason Jennings When: 9 p.m., Jan. 29 Where: First Avenue ItâÄôs hard to believe that...