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Culture Compass: Marijuana Deathsquads and “Oppa Spacejam style”

Published December 12, 2012

  THINGS TO DO   WEDNESDAY “Andrew Bird: Fever Year” Trylon Microcinema 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 7 p.m. $8 We were hoping this was a National Geographic docu-drama about an...

Reel Animals

Published December 6, 2012

If Hollywood has taught us anything about Mother Nature, it’s that her vast and bountiful animal kingdom is a wellspring of box-office gold. With a weakness to anthropomorphize creatures from towering...

Culture Compass: Os Mutantes, Liz, Dick

Published November 29, 2012

Thursday Who: Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program: Broc Blegen & Binod Shrestha Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 S. Third Ave., Minneapolis When: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Price: Free   The...

Reel Fakes

Published November 29, 2012

In the dark of a movie theater, everyone is a stranger. For a few suspended moments, only the mouth breathers, popcorn eaters and furtive texters disappear into the background for a brief escape into the...

Reel Shopping

Published November 21, 2012

As much a traditional rite as the annual feast of giving thanks in a relaxing, indulgent and family-filled evening is the unharnessed frenzy of Black Friday shopping that kicks off just hours later. Bitter...

Reel Bullies

Published November 15, 2012

It’s no secret that cinematic storylines favor the underdog. It could be Seabiscuit, a guffawing George McFly, a humiliated Carrie drenched in pig’s blood on prom night or Anthony Michael Hall...

Reel Big

Published November 8, 2012

It’s been a big year. Without the right words, there would be literally no way to describe it. There’s business, and then there’s “big” business. There are part-timers and...

Aaahh!!! Reel Monsters

Published October 25, 2012

They’re hiding in our closets, under our beds, on our Netflix queues. Monsters populate the collective imagination in forms far more manifold than a seething and mucus-covered extraterrestrial or...

While writing All the Wrong Questions, Handler sought to deliver the high drama of a noir detective novel for a readership of pipsqueak private-eyes. Whats the third grade equivalent of walking into a room and someone turns the light on and has a gun on you?” Handler said.

Interview: Daniel Handler

Published October 18, 2012

Who is the man behind the man behind the Baudelaires? Who is Beatrice? Where and what is the sugar bowl? Author Daniel Handler has a knack for asking more questions than he answers. His latest work, “Who...

Reel Zombies

Published October 11, 2012

  In under 36 hours, the undead shall walk the earth. It’s a nightmare come to life; one that’s been dutifully studied with grotesque fascination through the occult power of the camp classic...

Review: “Frankenweenie”

Published October 4, 2012

“Frankenweenie” Where: Selected Theaters Rated: PG Directed by: Tim Burton Starring: Charlie Tahan, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short Opens: Friday   As if from the grave, director Tim Burton...

Artist Amanda Rae displays artwork for sale to Liz Hallstein and daughter Mira on Saturday at the Caravan Flea Market in Minneapolis.

Totally Bazaar

Published September 27, 2012

  What: Caravan Flea Market When: Noon -6 p.m., Saturdays Where: 2209 S. Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis Cost: Free Age: All ages   Its name may evoke images of world-weary, billowy-pantaloon-wearing,...

Reel Women

Published September 20, 2012

  The news has recently seen a flurry of speculation that the reverse of the long-running gender disparity in the workplace is here to stay — and ready for a promotion. As “The End of...

Reel Politics

Published September 13, 2012

    Have you been suffering a massive and painful election for the past four years? Trying to see things in more than two dimensions but the old-fashioned way has got you seeing everything through...

Reese’s pieces

Published December 8, 2011

  What: Reese Waters Where: Acme Comedy Co., 708 N. First St. #G31, Minneapolis When:  Tonight, 12/8 âÄì Sat., 12/10. Times vary The first time Reese Waters ever tried stand-up,...

Life’s a drag

Published December 8, 2011

  If gender studies and vaudeville had a baby and that baby could sing, dance or perform a politically-conscious striptease, it would be a shoe-in for âÄúDykes Do Drag,âÄù the enduring...

Seniors Torsten Johnson, left, ShaVunda Horsley, center, and Alex Brightwell rehearse a scene Tuesday night at Rarig Center in preparation for an upcoming play called Uncle Vanya.  The play is one of two Chekhov plays being performed by University of Minnesota BFA students.

Say Uncle!

Published December 1, 2011

  What: Anton ChekhovâÄôs âÄúUncle VanyaâÄù and âÄúThe Cherry OrchardâÄù Where: Arena Theater, Rarig Center, 330 S. 21st Ave.., Minneapolis When: 7:30 p.m.,...

A still from explicitly camp French horror film Last caress to screen Saturday evening

Deep in the MUFF

Published December 1, 2011

  What: Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Where: Theaters 1, 2 and 3, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis When: Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, times vary Cost:...

Pride and Joystick

Published November 23, 2011

The small storefront on Bryant -Lake, wedged between the eponymous bowling alley and Jackson's Coffee and Gelator, is now home to its third business since Uptown Video closed at the location in 2008. The...

Isn’t it Ironic?

Published November 23, 2011

Who: Harmon Leon in Ironic/NOT Ironic When: 10:00 pm, Saturday Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis Cost: $12 / $8 with Student I.D. Irony, as Alanis Morissette contended, is not like...

All-Stars Corey Holcomb, DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson and Gary Owen on stage at Humphreys in San Diego, CA

Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam

Published November 17, 2011

What: Shaquille OâÄôNealâÄôs All-Star Comedy Jam Where: State Theatre, When: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 pm, Saturday Cost: $38 to $48 After an illustrious career of shattering backboards,...

Childish Things

Published November 17, 2011

Who: Chris Van Allsburg and Kate DiCamillo When: 2 p.m., Sunday Where: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E., Saint Paul Cost: $15 for adults/$9 for kids 12 and under A young girl with a smiling dog....

Notorious T.I.G.

Published November 10, 2011

What: Tig Notaro When: Friday, Nov. 11, doors 9 p.m. / show 9:30 p.m. Where: The Whole, Coffman Union Cost: Free You may not know who Tig Notaro is âÄî yet âÄî but you can have her at your...

Found vs. found

Published November 10, 2011

  What:Found vs. Found When:10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Where:Heights Theater , 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, Minn. Cost:$14, Event is 18+ Twenty-some years ago, Nick Prueher was...

Tom Kaczynski works in his home studio Wednesday.  Kaczynski will be featuring some of his work at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo, an event that showcases independent book and comic artists and publishers, at the Soap Factory on November 5 and 6.

MIX it up

Published November 10, 2011

  What:Minneapolis Indie Xpo When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat âÄì Sun., Nov. 5-6 Where: The Soap Factory, 518 Second St. SE, Minneapolis Cost: Free What happens when you get more than 200 comic artists,...

The comedienne first received national attention when she placed fourth on Last Comic Standing. She also appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show, even though her material is not necessarily for the daytime television crowd. I dont think anythings off-limits, Schumer said.

Schumer Humor

Published November 3, 2011

What:Amy Schumer When: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Saturday Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis Cost: $20 Amy Schumer is coming at the comedy world hard and fast, with an...

Last minute Halloween costume ideas

Published October 29, 2011

You're a college student, sitting in front of your computer, reading and/or writing a Minnesota Daily A&E blog. Chances are, you don't have what it takes to be this guy. We can't all do it up big willy...

Black on Black

Published October 27, 2011

  WHAT: Michael Ian Black WHERE: Varsity Theater, 1308 SE Fourth St. WHEN: Nov. 2, 7p.m. doors open / 8 p.m. show starts COST: $20 Michael Ian Black is not, as the title of his new comedy album âÄúVery...

The cover of dePaolas new book

Tomie dePaola’s Gift

Published October 27, 2011

    What: Tomie dePaola When: 6:30 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 27 Where: The Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul Cost: Free (Ticketed event. Tickets must be picked up before event) If pictures...

Two actresses get into their characters as burn victims Saturday at the Soap Factory Haunted Basement in Minneapolis. The haunted tour is known to be one of the most terrifying in Minneapolis as patrons must be 18+ years old and must sign a waiver.

Get Yo Scream On

Published October 27, 2011

  Whether youâÄôre spooked, freaked, gettinâÄô the willies or a good olâÄô case of the heebie-jeebies, fear is a sensation that by any other name would feel just as familiar. In...

Michael Marriott presents a lecture on a history of chairs as part of A Recent History of Writing and Drawing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2008.

The machine is the message

Published October 20, 2011

What: âÄúViktorâÄù presented by Jürg Lehni When: 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 20, Where: Walker Art Center, Friedman Gallery, 1750 Hennepin Ave. Cost: Free A machine âÄî...

Review: Weekend

Review: “Weekend”

Published October 20, 2011

Directed by: Andrew Haigh Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New Rated: NR Showing: Oct. 21, Lagoon Cinema, 2906 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis âÄúWeekendâÄù is a romance movie that is not rooted...

Nona Marie and the Choir tape release show

Published October 16, 2011

  where: Bryant-Lake Bowl (810 W. Lake St.) when: Mon., Oct. 17, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm cost: $5 advance / $10 at door Nona Marie and the Choir fast asleep after a long day of melodic singing Nona Marie,...

 Lebowitz, ever-present cigarette in hand. Smoking is, as far as I’m concerned, Lebowitz said, the entire point of being an adult.

Still Smoking

Published October 13, 2011

What: Fran Lebowitz When: Friday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Where: Pantages Theatre , 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $32.50/ $42.50 Fran Lebowitz is what she describes as âÄúthe most discursive speaker...

The Thing About “The Thing”

Published October 13, 2011

  Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen Rated: R Showing: Area theaters Before Kurt Russell connoisseurs get their âÄúthe...

I saw the Sein’

Published October 8, 2011

what: Jerry Seinfeld where: Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Avenue) when: Fri., Nov. 18, 7:00 pm Sat., Nov. 19, 7 & 9:30 pm (sold out) America's favorite critic of all things mundane is on tour to...

Review: The Burial at Thebes

Review: The Burial at Thebes

Published October 6, 2011

Directed By: Marcela Lorca Starring: Sun Mee Chomet, Stephen Yoakam, Prentiss Standridge Written by: Seamus Heaney Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St. When: Until Nov. 6, times...


Published October 6, 2011

  What: The Comedians of Chelsea Lately When: Doors 8 p.m., show 9 pm. Where: Coffman Union, Great Hall Cost: Free (two admitted per UCard) When they're not trading quips as chatty and catty pop culture...

Orpheum and State Theatres 90th Birthday Celebration

Published October 1, 2011

  When: Sat., Oct. 1, 4:00pm Where: Orpheum Theatre & State Theatre (910 Hennepin Avenue) Cost: Free! Minneapolis gems Orpheum and State Theatres turn 90 today, and they're inviting anyone who...

The mirrors enhance the rich ambience of the womens bathroom at Loring Pasta Bar Saturday evening.

Behind bars

Published September 29, 2011

  George Costanza may know where the best public toilet is anywhere in New York City, but when you're wasted and miles away from any place where Seinfeld references can save you, it's time to familiarize...

The boozehound’s guide to love

Published September 29, 2011

  Since the beginning of time, or at least happy hour, bars have been the source of man's greatest joys and sorrows. Whether you're nursing a beer at the counter, gripping a sweaty mojito while losing...

In A Nutshell

In A Nutshell

Published September 22, 2011

  What: Of Dolls & Murder regional premiere When: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28 Where: The Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights Cost: $10 members/$12 non-members Ten years ago, local...

Behind the Zines

Behind the Zines

Published September 22, 2011

  What: Zinefest When: 12-5 p.m., Saturday Where: Powderhorn Park Building, 3400 15th Ave. S. Cost: Free When one thinks of zines, the image of someone marching around in a Che Guevara T-shirt and...

Cracker Barrel Culture Calendar: The Intellect’s Pocket Guide

Published September 17, 2011

It may be true that a fool and his money are soon parted, but read carefully and you could be a regular Einstein. Below are a couple ways you can impress your friends without breaking the piggy bank.   Sept....

One of the Uptowns many humorous marquees on display.

Maker’s Marquee

Published September 15, 2011

Every week or so, the staff at the Uptown Theatre go about their routine of adorning the 70-year-old movie palace's marquee with the title of the latest film to set its reels in motion on screen. Before...

Cracker Barrel Culture Calendar: Free events for the discerning cheapskate

Published September 10, 2011

If it's true that a penny saved is a penny earned, read closely because I'm about to make you a ton of money. Sept. 10, Sat., 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - "Postracialization" gallery opening XYandZ gallery (3258...

Review: “Sea Rex 3-D: Journey to a Prehistoric World”

Published September 8, 2011

DIRECTED BY: Ronan Chapalain, Pascal Vuong STARRING: Richard Rider, Chloe Hollings RATED: G SHOWING: Sept. 2, Great Clips IMAX Theatre Two hundred and forty five million years ago, 95 percent of all species...

Culture Compass — Bill Blagg, Woofstock, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice and Beetlejuice

Published September 8, 2011

  Today The Magic of Bill Blagg Live Loring Theater 1407 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis 9:30 pm $10 You guys wanna see some guy turn a fistful of fire into a bird? Tonight? Sure, the name âÄòBlaggâÄô...

(left to right) Natalie Sullivan, Cecily Strong, Derek Shipman, Kevin Sciretta, Warren Phynix Johnson

The Second City Comes to the Flour City

Published September 8, 2011

WHAT: The Second City Goes to College: The FAFSA and the Furious WHERE: Coffman Union, Great Hall WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 10 COST: Free   When âÄúThe Second CityâÄù Red Company touring...

Wiig, far right, and McLendon-Covey, third from right, star in Bridesmaids.

Aisle be there

Published May 12, 2011

  âÄúBridesmaidsâÄú DIRECTED BY: Paul Feig STARRING: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne RATED: R SHOWING: May 13, area theaters âÄúI just took a s**t in the middle of the...

Wiig, far right, and McLendon-Covey, third from right, star in Bridesmaids.

Interview: Kristen Wiig & Wendi McLendon-Covey

Published May 5, 2011

Like âÄôem or love âÄôem, Kristen Wiig and Wendi McLendon-Covey are funny. Whether Wiig is one-upping everyone as the prissy Penelope, raising hell as the smiling and mischievous schoolgirl...

Buddy Holly is back

Buddy Holly is back

Published April 28, 2011

  WHAT: The Buddy Holly Story WHEN: Saturday through May 29 WHERE: History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., Saint Paul COST: $15 students; $28-32 general admission Directed by: Ron Peluso Starring: Nicholas...

Review: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Published April 28, 2011

  DIRECTED BY: Werner Herzog STARRING:  Werner Herzog, Dominque Baffier, Jean Clottes RATED: NYR SHOWING: Apr. 29, limited release In 1967, theorist Marshall McLuhan published a work that outlined...

The cast, clockwise from left: Kelvin Hatle, Tim Uren, Courtney McLean, phillip andrew, bennet low, Sharon Stiteler

Arlo(w) Profile

Published April 28, 2011

  WHAT: The H.M.S. Pacific Princess Boat WHEN:7 p.m., April 28 WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. COST: $12; $10 with Fringe Festival button ThereâÄôs the instantly recognizable Guthrie...

Party of two

Party of two

Published April 21, 2011

WHAT: Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women WHEN:Now through June 26; times vary WHERE: Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Ave., COST: $20.50 with studentID;$32.50 general admission ItâÄôs a musical....

Read my lips

Read my lips

Published April 14, 2011

WHAT:The Vagina Monologues WHERE: Coffman Theater WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday= COST: $10,adults; $8, students Vagina. ItâÄôs a blush-inducing word for timid lasses, an overly enunciated statement for prideful...

Review: The Princess of Montpensier

Review: The Princess of Montpensier

Published April 14, 2011

DIRECTED BY: Bertrand Tavernier STARRING: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel RATED: NYR SHOWING: April 15, Limited Release Director Bertrand...

Brianna Wegner powders her face during the dress rehearsal of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus Tuesday night in Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Students bring Golden Age Hollywood to opera’s stage

Published April 7, 2011

This weekend, University Opera students will perform a new interpretation of Johann Strauss' âÄúDie Fledermaus,âÄù a late 19th-century Viennese classic satire on the upwardly mobile middle...

The Flying Dorrito Brothers play at Nick and Eddies in Loring Park Saturday night.

Puns a’blazing

Published April 7, 2011

Would a band by any other name still sound as sweet? Four local bands answer âÄúyes,âÄù âÄúno,âÄù and âÄúmaybeâÄù to the age-old question of whatâÄôs...

Reviews of movies I haven’t seen: first installment

Published April 5, 2011

Welcome to the first installment in the award*-winning series "Reviews of Movies I haven't seen." I'm not planning to watch these films soon, or even ever, but I'm nonetheless committed to sniffing out...

 The “Write” Crime

The “Write” Crime

Published March 31, 2011

  WHAT: Write of Spring WHEN: 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 2 WHERE: Once Upon a Crime mystery bookstore (604 W. 26th St.) COST: Free   Every spring for the past eight years, husband and wife...

Danielson shine at the Southern

Danielson shine at the Southern

Published March 31, 2011

WHAT: Danielson WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday WHERE: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis COST: $20; $12 student rush After a 2006 album that won praise from Rolling Stone, the...

Cinema Nostalgia Week: Apr. 8-15

Published March 26, 2011

Because if I had money, time and money (and time), this is what I would do with my week: Friday, Apr. 8-10, 7 pm/9:15 pm - "Fahrenheit 451" The Trylon (3258 Minnehaha Ave S) From François Truffaut comes...

Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) and Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender) share a tender moment in the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre.

Eyre not on the side of convention

Published March 24, 2011

âÄúJane EyreâÄù Directed by: Cary Fukunaga Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell Rated: PG-13 Showing at: Area theaters   With a second title role under her corset...

Things left behind

Published March 24, 2011

Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gallery 262 What: Angela StrassheimâÄôs âÄúEvidenceâÄù photo series When: Now through Oct. 11 In Gallery 262 at the Minneapolis Institute of...

Brandy Mexcellent skins a goat Saturday night at the Full Moon Puppet show.

Master of puppets

Published March 10, 2011

WHAT: Full Moon Puppet Show WHERE: SisterâÄôs Camelot (warehouse space) WHEN:Fri., March 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. snacks, 9:00-10:30 p.m. show COST: Donation   Come every full moon, youâÄôll...

Cowboys + Classic Mythology + French Pantomime = “7-Shot Symphony”

Cowboys + Classic Mythology + French Pantomime = “7-Shot Symphony”

Published March 10, 2011

WHAT: The 7-Shot Symphony WHERE: Loring Theater, 1407 Nicollet Ave. S. WHEN: 8 p.m., March 10-27 (showtimes vary on Sundays) COST:$10-$25 Whether itâÄôs a rowdy saloon brawl, consistently impeccable...

Ke$ha <3’s Kondoms

Published March 8, 2011

This spring, on her "Get Sleazy" tour, Ke$ha will stock her signature glitter cannon with condoms, blowing loads all over the audience who will be able to "play it safe while getting sleazy." They will...

Bill Cosby unveils iphone app

Published March 3, 2011

Bravely crusading against irrelevance, America's favorite bug-eyed, sweater-wearing comedian premiered his smart phone app last month. Here is the man himself describing the perks of being plugged in to...

“Goodbye Lullaby” a total snoozer

Published March 2, 2011

  "Goodbye Lullaby" Artist: Avril Lavigne Label: RCA Records After a totally unnecessary two-year creative incubation, Avril Lavigne released her newest album âÄúGoodbye LullabyâÄù...

Comedys resident cat lady comes to the Guthrie.

Poundstone untied

Published February 24, 2011

WHAT: Paula Poundstone WHERE: Guthrie TheaterâÄôs Wurtele Thrust Stage 818 S. Second St. WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 COST: $29 SheâÄôs starred in several HBO specials, won an Emmy and, in...

Motörhead’s still göt it

Published February 17, 2011

âÄúThe World is YoursâÄù Artist: Motörhead Label: Motörhead Music / EMI Music Services The albumâÄôs title grandly declares that âÄúThe World is...

I love you?

Published February 10, 2011

Despite the old, store-bought countercultural adage that itâÄôs âÄújust a corporate holiday,âÄù ValentineâÄôs Day is still for many the cause célèbre...

Lily Tomlin et al.

Published February 10, 2011

WHAT: An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin WHERE: State Theatre WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. COST: $42- $52 Generation Y may only know her as the voice of Ms. Frizzle on âÄúThe Magic School Bus,âÄù...