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Meg Bishop, Associate A&E Reporter

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New docuseries brings Chickasaw history to Minnesota television

New docuseries brings Chickasaw history to Minnesota television

December 15, 2020
The series will air weekly and educate viewers on Chickasaw traditions and history.
Katherine Schmid and their cat Lila.  Photo Courtesy of Katherine Schmid.

Students find new quarantine roommates at the pet store

December 5, 2020
Some students are adding a cat to their quarantine pod after wanting more emotional support in their life during these trying times.
Northrop Auditorium as seen on April 5, 2015.

Lights, wheelchairs and ramps: Northrop performance series takes dancing to new heights

December 3, 2020
Kinetic Light tests the limits of dance, artistry and disability.
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Olson

Students turn on their camera to share what they’ve been wearing to “Zoom U”

November 30, 2020
A&E spoke to students about their stand-out “Zoom University” attire.
Heat of the Week: Remixes, happy lights and what’s new on Netflix

Heat of the Week: Remixes, happy lights and what’s new on Netflix

November 10, 2020
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
Jonathan MacDonald perfects his skate tricks on the Washington Avenue bridge.

Heads up, skateboarders; a great skate spot may be closer than you think

October 24, 2020
A&E met up with student-skaters to learn the best spots to shred near campus.
Students search for socially distant fall activities

Students search for socially distant fall activities

October 23, 2020
Students bundle up and head outside to enjoy the fall weather.
Artist Jack Pfeffer riffs on one of his many guitars at his family home on Monday, Oct. 5.  Pfeffer, who chose to take the year off from college rather than commit to fully online courses, is taking full advantage of his free time to write and record in his home studio.  Though the live music scene in Minneapolis has felt the effects of the pandemic, Pfeffer continues to channel his creative energy into producing new tracks, often accompanied by fellow local musicians.

Campus DIY bands look to fill void left by house show drought

October 9, 2020
With COVID-19 putting a kibosh on local house shows, campus bands are forced to grapple with a virtual reality.
Heat of the Week: films, fashion and a few laughs

Heat of the Week: films, fashion and a few laughs

October 6, 2020
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
The Bogey’s Lounge stands in St. Paul on Monday Sep. 27th. The business was one of several shooting locations for Student Directors Andrew Zuckerman, Dylan Orth and John Cronin for their film

“Undergrads”: College life is like a movie

September 29, 2020
Three college students aim to depict modern college life in their upcoming film “Undergrads.”
Review: Alicia Keys’ new album is a ritual in self-care

Review: Alicia Keys’ new album is a ritual in self-care

September 29, 2020
“ALICIA,” Alicia Keys’ highly anticipated album dropped Sept. 18, and can be summarized as experimental R&B meets Keys’ legendary vocals.
Images Courtesy of Coloring Books for a Cause

Har Mar Superstar and Laura Hauser use coloring books to provide aid to music scene

September 18, 2020
The local musician teamed up with his fiancee and other illustrators to fundraise through coloring books featuring beloved Minneapolis venues
Mesa Pizza remains a popular Dinkytown destination amid the pandemic. They offer a unique selection of pizza by the slice. Workers prepare food, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, on Saturday, Sep. 12.

On-campus dining options set to reopen

September 14, 2020
A rundown of University-area restaurants still open for business.
Cut through the noise with A&E's top albums from this year's

Cut through the noise with A&E’s top albums from this year’s “Grammy dump”

September 11, 2020
As the cutoff for Grammy eligibility drew closer, a multitude of artists released albums this past week. Here are some of A&E's favorites.
Local Minneapolis Band Sapphire poses for a portrait at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Sunday, Sep. 6th. The group will soon perform for the first time in over eight months at the Amplifying Solidarity concert series.

Get front row (virtual) seats to local music and art focused on racial justice

September 8, 2020
Northrop teamed up with student organizations to stream concerts and a film about the responses to the killing of George Floyd.
A protester holds up a Black Lives Matter sign in front of the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct on Minnehaha Avenue on Tuesday, May 26. The protest was in response to the killing of George Floyd. 

Students keep momentum alive for Black Lives Matter movement

August 1, 2020

Activists and supporters for social justice movements have shouted on the streets and across social media platforms over the last two months. As coverage of protests wanes, student activists continue to...

Sarah Walk, a Minneapolis musician now based in Los Angeles, will release her new album “Another Me” on August 28. (Image courtesy of Sarah Walk, photo by Daniel Smith Coleman)

Underground update: Sarah Walk – Indie musician, Minnesota native and dream achiever

July 30, 2020

Sarah Walk, a 29-year-old Minneapolis musician turned Los Angeles indie-music scene local, is set to release her new album “Another Me” on August 28. A&E had the chance to chat with Walk about...

The show consisted of eight storytellers, each with a personal story that was five to six minutes long. This year’s theme is “do-overs.” 

Twin Cities storytellers compete for best personal story

July 29, 2020

Readers, writers and artists across the Twin Cities tuned in to StorySLAM, a virtual storytelling competition, on July 22.  The Moth, a New York based storytelling production organization, brought...

Ursula Arhart, Kristina Johnson, Cecily Bohman, Jaime Candia, Rebekah Nygard, and Nico Sardina,  from back left to front right, pose for a picture while working at the People's Library T-Shirt pop-up shop. (Photo courtesy of The People’s Library)

Minneapolis t-shirt pop ups showcase student artwork on police brutality

July 24, 2020

Once a week for the last month, art-activism collective The People’s Library has asked community members to donate money to the organization in exchange for a t-shirt. One popular design depicts the...

Flowers in the Annual Garden surround a small pond with a fountain statue at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska on Monday, July 13.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum nominated as Best Botanical Garden

July 16, 2020

Lilacs, tulips, redbuds and more, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum houses priceless plant collections, catching the eyes of botany enthusiasts across the nation. It reopened for drive-through viewing...

Review: Juice WRLD’s ‘Legends Never Die’

July 14, 2020

In a 2018 interview with Sway on MTV’s TRL, Juice WRLD talked about the meaning of 999, a number constantly referenced in his music. The Chicago MC explained how as an inversion of 666 — the biblical...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

Muralists team up to paint a brighter future

July 13, 2020

Murals centered around the Black Lives Matter movement can now be found all over Minneapolis since the police killing of George Floyd. One group of artists is using these murals to picture a better future. Creatives...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

More than 20 new skate parks slated for Minneapolis

July 3, 2020

Construction of a fully renovated skate park in the heart of downtown is set to begin later this year.  On July 1, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved plans for a new and improved Elliot...

Twin Cities restaurants double as community donation hubs

July 2, 2020

Local eateries across the Twin Cities have opened their doors as donation drop off sites and foodbanks for neighborhoods that became food deserts after the events following George Floyd’s murder.  Destructive...

Dad Bod band members Callie Marino and Wilson Zellar sitting outside of their recording space on Saturday, June 20. Their EP Precursor will be released on July 10.

Q&A: Dad Bod lead singer and guitarist on upcoming EP “Precursor”

June 25, 2020

Dad Bod has been a part of the Minneapolis music scene since the summer of 2019, regularly playing shows at 7th St. Entry and college house parties. The band is made up of five members: Callie Marino,...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

Women for Political Change aims to fuel sustainable activism

June 23, 2020

Anti-racist learning has come to the forefront of students' everyday lives. People have learned that anti-racist education must also coincide with actions that support Black, Indigenous and other minority...

Fueling sustainable activism; UMN Women for Political Change

June 22, 2020

Anti-racist learning has come to the forefront of student’s everyday lives. People have learned that anti-racist education must also coincide with actions that support Black, Indigenous and minority...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza.

A guide to Black-owned restaurants near campus

June 20, 2020

Minneapolis has been in a state of constant change since police killed George Floyd and protests broke out in all corners of the city.  Students have donated time and resources to communities around...

“Say Their Names

‘Say Their Names’ cemetery memorializes Black lives lost to police brutality

June 15, 2020

We hear their names — George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner – but artists Connor Wright and Anna Barber want people to know all of their names. The two are the co-creators of the “Say Their Names”...

Protesters demonstrate the Black power fist as a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, photographed by Isaiah Rustad. (Image courtesy of Isaiah Rustad)

Behind the camera: George Floyd protests

June 13, 2020

The George Floyd protests not only brought Minneapolis together, but sparked a larger movement — the fight against systemic injustice — which soon took off across America. Some local photographers...

Q&A: Remo Drive talks music, memes and quarantine

Q&A: Remo Drive talks music, memes and quarantine

June 8, 2020

Conceived in 2013 by brothers Stephen and Erik Paulson, Twin Cities-based band Remo Drive has done multiple cross-country tours, playing with fellow local music staples including Hippo Campus and Beach...

University of Minnesota Theater Majors Reilly Arena, left, and Sabrina Diehl play two queer characters with anxiety disorders in a story of Zoom romance amid the pandemic.  The short film is available for free viewing on YouTube.

UMN theater students create short film on finding queer love — via Zoom

June 4, 2020

Video calls became the new “Want to grab coffee sometime?” to maintain social distancing guidelines and other coronavirus safety precautions that have been in place for the last three months. Amid...

Sarah Mai

Student-led theatre fields short plays about pre-COVID living

June 2, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, it’s hard not to get nostalgic about the way things were just a few months ago. University of Minnesota students Mac Scheldt and Katelyn McLane of Little Red Theatre...

Courtesy of Bryan Widjaja.

‘A nice distraction and a great little spoon’: Pets are the stay-at-home silver lining

May 9, 2020

COVID-19 has taken many students with busy schedules and stuck them at home to watch Netflix or bake all day. Pets who were used to seeing their owners before and after school now get to enjoy their company...

Pets vote in favor COVID-19

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 has taken many students with busy schedules and stuck them at home to watch Netflix or bake all day. Pets who were used to seeing their owners before and after school now get to enjoy their company...

In lieu of canceled launch party, The Tower literary magazine turns to podcasting

In lieu of canceled launch party, The Tower literary magazine turns to podcasting

April 24, 2020

Under normal circumstances, The Tower literary magazine hosts a launch party each spring at the Weisman Art Museum to celebrate the publishing of its yearly issue. But with COVID-19 putting a halt to all...

Natalie Deeble and daughter Saniya watch as the Pride Parade marches down Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis on June 24, 2018.

Twin Cities Pride has been postponed. Now what?

April 17, 2020

The Twin Cities’ yearly Pride Festival and parade have been staple events for the Twin Cities LGBTQ+ community and an experience many look forward to. On April 3, Twin Cities Pride released a statement...

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Animal Crossing is an “idyllic world” for students during COVID-19

April 13, 2020

With everyone tucked away at home, college kids have dusted off their Nintendos to find comfort in a game they played as kids. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game about going outside and hanging out...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen

Keeping music alive: Musicians turn to streaming to stay connected

April 6, 2020

For students at the University of Minnesota, going to see a band or DJ perform live was a staple of a regular weekend just a few weeks ago. When COVID-19 put a halt to all large gatherings, musicians and...

Courtesy of Mark Eckelaert.

Gophers create “Goldycraft,” a replica of UMN Twin-Cities campus on Minecraft

March 30, 2020

Even with campus life at a stand still, University of Minnesota students are finding creative ways to stay connected.  Halfway through the University’s spring break, President Gabel declared all...

Magician open mic night, held at the Comedy Corner Underground on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Mixing comedy with magic, students step up to the mic

March 5, 2020

If you saw someone wearing a black cape, pulling a bunny out of a hat while uttering “abracadabra,” you’d know straight away that they were a magician.  Noah Sonie sported a hoodie and jeans,...

Culture compass: de-stressing, dancing and a dog-friendly market

Culture compass: de-stressing, dancing and a dog-friendly market

February 27, 2020

Friday: Weisman Art De-Stress Tour Feeling the stress of midterms? Looking to take your mind off school and see something new? Join the Weisman Art Museum on East Bank to kick off an afternoon of relaxing...

Review: Tame Impala's

Review: Tame Impala’s “The Slow Rush”

February 24, 2020

Walking through sand is how it feels to listen to Tame Impala’s newest offering, “The Slow Rush.”  The Aussie master of trippy rock, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker released...

Culture compass: '90s bangers, Black History Month and laid-back sketching

Culture compass: ’90s bangers, Black History Month and laid-back sketching

February 20, 2020

This weekend is all about celebrating. Dance the night away by making a tribute to some of the best 90s hits on Friday, honor the work of local artists by celebrating Black History Month on Saturday and...

Culture compass: Valentine’s Day edition

Culture compass: Valentine’s Day edition

February 13, 2020

Friday: Brewery Roller Skating  Kick your average Valentine’s Day plans to the curb! Grab your Valentines or "palentines" and roll around a brewery this Friday. This will be the third year in a...

Culture compass: bands, bonfires and brunch

Culture compass: bands, bonfires and brunch

February 6, 2020

Whether you’re looking for live music or to spend some time outdoors, this weekend in the Cities is full of events you won’t want to miss.   Friday: Battle of the Bands  Stop by the basement...

Bands, Bonfires, and BrewCo

February 5, 2020

Friday: Battle of the Bands  Stop by the basement of Coffman this Friday and check out the best bands and solo artists that the university has to offer! Get the chance to cast your vote for the performers...

Illustrated by Hailee Schievelbein

Poppy trades pastel YouTube persona for heavy metal maven

February 2, 2020

Known first as a mysterious YouTube sensation, Poppy transformed into a dark angel armed with a mix of punk-electronica and sludge metal in downtown St. Paul Thursday. Performing her coming-of-scene album,...

Culture compass: Don’t miss these wintry events!

Culture compass: Don’t miss these wintry events!

January 23, 2020

Winter break is over, but A&E has events to keep you entertained throughout the winter season. Get ready to bundle up and catch these events happening around the Twin Cities before they’re gone.  Friday:...