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Nina Raemont, Associate A&E Reporter

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Visual Black Justice President Tay Elhindi and Founder Athena Papagiannopoulos pose for a portrait in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 17. Visual Black Justice works to amplify Black voices and show that art can also be a form of activism.

Art as resistance: A Q&A with Visual Black Justice

April 19, 2021
A&E spoke with the president and founder of Visual Black Justice to learn about what justice looks like during and after the Chauvin trial.
A group photo of the University of Minnesota quiz bowl team

UMN quiz bowl team scores second place in ‘Super Bowl of the mind’

April 15, 2021
In a normal year, the University of Minnesota quiz bowl team would compete at the Intercollegiate Champion Tournament in Illinois. This year, team members competed in their bedrooms.
Rejected Sound creator Mark Khan and filmmaker Justin

Local creatives drop music series, spotlight local artists

April 13, 2021
Minneapolis creative Mark Khan’s new project, Rejected Sound, gives local artists a platform.
Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’: We get it, you love your wife

Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice’: We get it, you love your wife

March 29, 2021
Bieber’s sixth album is less about “justice” and more about his relationship with his wife.
Daily Day Guide: Dawdle around Dinkytown

Daily Day Guide: Dawdle around Dinkytown

March 26, 2021
The Daily Day Guide plans your perfect day in a Twin Cities neighborhood so that you don’t have to.
Daily Day Guide: Wander around West Bank

Daily Day Guide: Wander around West Bank

March 16, 2021
The Daily Day Guide plans your perfect day in a Twin Cities neighborhood so you don’t have to.
Good Days, romance novels and songs of optimism

Good Days, romance novels and songs of optimism

March 15, 2021
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
When everything was cake: A year in review of COVID-19 pop culture memes

When everything was cake: A year in review of COVID-19 pop culture memes

March 14, 2021
The past year has been absurd. But even throughout all the craziness, the internet has found ways to spice up each day — whether that be with a whipped coffee recipe or a Bernie Sanders meme.
Daily Day Guide: Make your way around Marcy-Holmes

Daily Day Guide: Make your way around Marcy-Holmes

March 6, 2021
The newest series by A&E plans your perfect day in a special Twin Cities neighborhood so you don’t have to.
Sarah Kieffer's book,

Got cookie questions? Sarah Kieffer has the answers

March 5, 2021
Sarah Kieffer of Vanilla Bean Blog talks baking cookies and her cookbook, which was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.
An ice sculpture titled

Mia puts an icy spin on public art

February 23, 2021
A new public art pop-up is on display in Twin Cities parks, and it’s pretty chill.
Album cover of Endio's new EP,

Review: Endio’s “Black Romantic”

February 22, 2021
Endio’s new EP, “Black Romantic,” divulges the trials and tribulations of being a young Black man in love.
The show must go on: Annual Tết Show hits virtual stage

The show must go on: Annual Tết Show hits virtual stage

February 18, 2021
The Vietnamese Student Association’s celebration of the Lunar New Year will be held virtually on Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Let’s talk about the Golden Globe nominations

Let’s talk about the Golden Globe nominations

February 16, 2021
As award season nears, University actors and professors discuss Golden Globe snubs, representation and recognition in the entertainment industry.
Ice sculptures displayed in St. Paul's Annual Winter Carnival on Thursday, Jan. 28. This year marks the 135th Anniversary of the first carnival.

Neither cold nor COVID-19 can stop the St. Paul Winter Carnival

February 11, 2021
This year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival was a celebration of the city and the 135-year-old winter festival.
Heat of the Week: Food Hugs, speed dates and lava cakes

Heat of the Week: Food Hugs, speed dates and lava cakes

February 8, 2021
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
Alison Kirwin stands in Al's Breakfast as she gets ready to get 20 plus orders out the door on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Al's new menu option is a weekly meal deal allowing customers to choose two meals for $50.

Skip the usual: Al’s Breakfast switches up menu with weekly staff meals

February 5, 2021
Typical food is for typical times, and the past year has been anything but typical.
The finished dish of bariis iskukaris, a traditional Somali rice dish, prepared for the Sharing Food series on Sunday, Jan. 31. The recipe was shared with the Minnesota Daily by the Somali Student Association.

Sharing Food: Bariis iskukaris (Somali-style rice)

February 2, 2021
Sharing Food, a series by A&E, hopes to bring together students and their own cultural cuisines, letting no meal go unshared.
Starasea Nidiala Camara poses for a portrait in front of the exhibition she curated at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday, Jan. 28. The exhibition features African American artists, centering the work of artists from the “Black Belt” region of the South.

Minneapolis Institute of Art premieres new exhibition curated by UMN undergrad

February 1, 2021
Starasea Nidiala Camara curated Mia’s newest exhibition, “In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art.”
The site of Black Table Arts, a new cooperative space for black artists to gather, discuss community issues, collaborate, and create on Friday, Jan. 22.

Black Table Arts Cooperative set to open new space

January 25, 2021
The multi-purpose creative space for Black artists opens on Feb. 25, and puts art and community organizing at the center of their mission.
Nadia Aruri dips pita bread into a plate of hummus after drizzling olive oil and sprinkling paprika for finishing touches on Friday, Jan. 15 in Minneapolis. Aruri, a sophomore majoring in Urban Studies, is the Outreach Coordinator for the group Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Minnesota.

Sharing Food: Hommous bi Tahini

January 18, 2021
Sharing Food, a series by A&E, hopes to bring together students and their own cultural cuisines, letting no meal go unshared.
Local bookworms give reading recommendations for winter break

Local bookworms give reading recommendations for winter break

December 10, 2020
Unplug this winter break with a good book.
Local holiday gift guide to support Twin Cities businesses this season

Local holiday gift guide to support Twin Cities businesses this season

December 8, 2020
Shop locally this holiday season with a gift guide curated by A&E.
Sharing Food: Minnesota’s own hot dish

Sharing Food: Minnesota’s own hot dish

December 3, 2020
A brief history of the state staple and a recipe for the simple dish.
The Glam Doll Donuts street sign hangs in Northeast Minneapolis on Monday, Nov. 30.

Former Glam Doll Donuts employees reveal intimidating work environment, discrimination claims

December 3, 2020
What started as a few shared instances of alleged wrongful termination at Glam Doll Donuts evolved into several employees coming forward to detail their experience working at the iconic shop.
College Kitchen: Holiday drinks for a merry and bright December

College Kitchen: Holiday drinks for a merry and bright December

December 1, 2020
Get in the holiday spirit with some simple drinks.
Chef Yia Vang

Chef Yia Vang cultivates community through food

November 16, 2020
From a residency that began in late October at Republic, to a new brick-and-mortar shop opening in 2021, chef Yia Vang seeks to build community through his food.
Isabella M Garcia-Pizano, one of the owners of @ninos_verdes_ on Instagram, shows off one of her plants in her Minneapolis home on Sunday, Nov. 1.

A guide to houseplant care during the winter months

November 5, 2020
A&E spoke with houseplant experts to deliver some tips and tricks that will help keep your plants alive and well all through the season.
Mayflower Vang, a Hmong student, prepares a traditional Hmong chicken dish in her sister’s house on Saturday, Oct. 16. The boiled chicken dish is served with a variety of fresh Hmong herbs.

Sharing Food: Qaib rau tshuaj (Hmong chicken in herbs)

October 22, 2020
Sharing Food, a series by A&E, seeks to connect students and their own cultural cuisines, letting no meal go unshared.
Photo Courtesy of Owen Luterbach

Around the country in a nutshell

October 19, 2020
While some 2020 University grads began their first jobs from home, Owen Luterbach went to work in a peanut.
A plate of chicken adobo, a Filipino dish, cooked for the Sharing Food series on Saturday, Oct. 10. Chicken adobo is prepared with soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and black pepper and is typically served with rice.

Sharing Food: Chicken adobo

October 12, 2020
For Filipino American History Month, savor a taste of the Philippines with chicken adobo, a widely considered national dish of the country.
External Vice President of the Pakistani Student Association Amna Dogar mixes a cup of Kashmiri chai on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Minneapolis. Once the tea is hot, sprinkling in sugar and crushed pistachios completes the warm and filling flavor.

Sharing Food: Kashmiri chai

October 8, 2020
“Sharing Food,” a series by A&E, hopes to bring together students and their own cultural cuisines to discuss their recipes and stories, letting no meal go unshared.
Minnesota Daily A&E Reporter Nina Raemont plates Ful Medames, a Sudanese dish using fava beans, in her apartment on Sunday, Sep. 27. The Sudanese Student Union lent Raemont the recipe as part of the Daily’s “Sharing Food” series.

Sharing Food: Ful Medames

September 29, 2020
“Sharing Food,” a series by A&E, hopes to bring together students and their own cultural cuisines to discuss their recipes and stories, letting no meal go unshared.
Twin Cities Book Festival goes virtual for its twentieth anniversary

Twin Cities Book Festival goes virtual for its twentieth anniversary

September 25, 2020
The great Minnesota literary get-together will feature more than three dozen authors, continuing its mission of advocacy and accessibility.
The Weisman Art Museum stands empty on Sunday, Sept. 20, as the staff prepare for their reopening on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Weisman Art Museum set to reopen doors Oct. 1

September 22, 2020
Students can check out permanent and temporary pieces and take advantage of the physical and virtual spaces now available
Houses on the University's

Taking the party out of the frat: How Greek life is planning events during the pandemic

September 10, 2020
UMN fraternities face a semester of distanced brotherhood as COVID-19 alters party plans.
UMN theater and dance students create podcast, bridging artistic divisions

UMN theater and dance students create podcast, bridging artistic divisions

September 9, 2020
"The Peercast" will feature arts-related news and conversations with Twin Cities creatives, intending to close the gap between programs within the UMTAD department.
From the wealth inequities that the pandemic has exacerbated to the heightened awareness of where our dollars go during such a difficult time, University of Minnesota students are giving up their unsustainable fashion habits.

Students are giving up (their unsustainable fashion habits)

July 31, 2020

Kaleigh Strong, an incoming third-year retail merchandising and supply chain operations double major, was like many students who thought their spring break at home would only last a week.  But, when...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Quarantunes: A&E’s top ten albums from the first half of 2020

July 29, 2020

10. “La Vita Nuova” by Christine and the Queens (EP)  If your semester abroad in Paris got canceled, perhaps this French pop EP can fill the void. “La Vita Nuova,” Christine and the Queens’...

Homemade Perfect Summer Tomato Toast made during the College Kitchen segment on Wednesday, July 22. The dishes were made with ingredients from Minneapolis Farmers Markets.

College Kitchen: Farmers market finds

July 24, 2020

There are myriad reasons to patronize your local farmers market – from the open-air environment that lends safety and peace of mind to coronavirus-conscious patrons to the produce-related tips and conversations...

Kristin Van Loon, left, and Ryan Fontaine, owners and operators of Hair + Nails Contemporary Art Gallery, pose for a portrait in front of the gallery in Minneapolis on Monday, July 20. The gallery, located on East 35th St., has a new exhibit about queer love opening on Saturday, July 25. 

South Minneapolis contemporary art gallery opens two new indoor exhibits

July 21, 2020

After weeks of staying home, yearning for those Sunday afternoons spent at art exhibits, a safe and inspirational space for art viewing is necessary – and Hair + Nails, the South Minneapolis art gallery,...

Courtesy of Jennifer Melin Miller. Photo by Amy Melin.

Q&A: Jennifer Melin Miller, co-producer of “Hadestown” and Carlson MBA alumni

July 15, 2020

Jennifer Melin Miller, a University of Minnesota alumni, became involved in investing and producing Broadway shows over five years ago. She’s found great success in her investments and even has some...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Summer Lovin’: Pandemic edition

July 10, 2020

Love is in the air but so is COVID-19. From Zoom dates to quarantining together, University of Minnesota students’ love lives are being put to the test. These are their stories. At a distance Emerson...

 Photo by Trista Marie McGovern. Courtesy of Dionne Sims. 

UMN grad looks to bring only Black-owned bookstore to Minnesota

July 9, 2020

When Dionne Sims realized that there wasn’t a Black-owned bookstore within state lines, she knew she would have to be the one to change that.  Sims, a University of Minnesota graduate, took a week...

Illustration by Luis Mendoza

Eating well: Professional chef provides insight on managing stress through food

July 6, 2020

It’s easy to feel like we’ve lost control of our eating habits during a pandemic. From the lack of a schedule that turns 1 a.m. into dinnertime to binging food to pass the day as we sit at home, eating...

Mark Khan wearing Universal Rejects from his new collection, which is inspired by his Nigerian and American background, on Monday, June 29 in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis photographer creates virtual art gallery to showcase work

July 2, 2020

Like the rest of us, Minneapolis photographer and recent University of Minnesota graduate Mark Khan missed the feeling of art galleries and exhibits, so he paired up with tech enthusiast Jacob Boll to...

By Luis Mendoza

Review: Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Punisher’

June 29, 2020

There are few pieces of music that feel so intimate, so softly spoken, that the listener feels as though they are the voyeur of a private conversation. But Phoebe Bridgers, in her sophomore album, "Punisher,"...

Julia Starr performs at the Pride Drag Brunch at Union Rooftop on Saturday, June 27. With the venue at half-capacity and with face masks required for all patrons, the celebration of Pride continued amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union Restaurant resumes beloved rooftop drag brunches right in time for Pride

June 29, 2020

The event that celebrates queens of all kinds is back at the Union Restaurant rooftop in Minneapolis. Reopening right in time for Pride weekend, the Union rooftop’s beloved drag brunches, produced by...

Censorquip members Jack Callahan, Alison Davis, Claire Nelson
Carter Starkey, Genevieve Krause, Clare Graney-Dolan, and Claire Farnham, from top left, meet virtually to discuss their upcoming show, As Seen on TV on Sunday, June 21.

UMN multimedia sketch comedy crew finds humor in staying home

June 26, 2020

No generation knows how to find the humor in horrible situations quite like Gen Z. And Censorquip, the University of Minnesota’s newest multimedia sketch comedy group that began producing sketches during...