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Kevin Albertson watches Ryan Warner, executive producer of MPLS.TV, while rehearsing for a skit.

The creative minds behind MPLS.TV

June 2, 2010

ItâÄôs Saturday afternoon, and the core unit of MPLS.TVâÄôs 100-plus volunteers is standing in a hot studio sipping cans of Coke and preparing for nudity âÄî lots of it. Ryan Warner...

Wil Natzel makes domes out of cardboard and hot glue which will be suspended at varying heights above the ground by tentacles Monday at the Soap Factory.

What Remains: Candy chandeliers and zip tie cities

June 2, 2010

WHAT: What Remains WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 7 p.m. âÄì 11 p.m., runs until July 25 WHERE: The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Mpls. âÄúArt is never finished.âÄù ItâÄôs an old...

The history of Aesthetic Apparatus

The history of Aesthetic Apparatus

May 26, 2010

WHAT: AAXI: A Decade of Aesthetic Apparatus, One Year Late WHEN: Reception, May 28, 6 p.m. âÄî 8 p.m. Exhibit runs May 28 âÄî June 27 WHERE: Minneapolis College of Art + Design, 2501 Stevens...

Learning the art of print

Learning the art of print

May 26, 2010

WHAT: Jerome Emerging Printmakers Exhibition WHEN: Reception and Meet-the-Artists event, May 28, 6:30 âÄì 9 p.m., exhibit runs May 28 âÄì June 26 WHERE: Highpoint Center for Printmaking,...

A&E now has a Tumblr!

March 22, 2010

Check out our new A&e Tumblr, where we'll be posting links, photos and videos of all the noteable things going on in town.   Also, follow A&E on Facebook and Twitter.

Spring Break Culture Compass – Vampire Hands, ODDSAC, “Welcome to Distopia” and more

March 10, 2010

</> A peek at local artist Steve Tenebrini's contribution to "Hit Like a Girl" at The Pink Hobo this weekend, via his Twitter Thursday Band: Dada Trash Collage — This local band is getting...

Atlas Sound @ The Whole Music Club

February 19, 2010

  Source Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound looks like above picture, but his music sounds more like a smoke-filled southern bog inhabited by sensitive space aliens from the future. More specifically, his...

Review: “Rent” at The Lab Theater

February 15, 2010

Growing up, my older sister Krissy used to play the “Rent” soundtrack on a regular basis, and I was puzzled by the sing-song answering machine messages and the occasional breakage from song into outright...

Toki Wright’s “BlackMale” EP out Feb. 16

February 10, 2010

  The 8-song EP is to be released digitally, and buyers can decide how much money to donate to the rapper's efforts to help Haiti. The donations will accompany his friends as...

Music bloggers beware!

February 10, 2010

If you're using a Blogger format to post your musings about music (with MP3 accompaniments), be careful. A few big-name outlets, like Pop Tarts Suck Toasted (I'd put the link but it died), have been...

A couple more budget-friendly Valentine’s dinners

February 8, 2010

  Chin Dian Café Food: This restaurant boasts a hybrid of Indian/Chinese cuisine (Chindian – get it?) that includes dishes like lemongrass beef skewers and five-spice shrimp. Their V-day...

Atlas Sound to play at The Whole Music Club

February 8, 2010

Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has gotten a lot of buzz with his solo project Atlas Sound, whose latest album "Logos' is a spacy, melodious electronic goodie bag that feels at once...

Valentine’s day playlist – Becky

February 8, 2010

Now, I know you guys are all in college and aren’t necessarily whiling away your days in a Sinead O’Connor-style “Nothing Compares to You” relationship. That’s why my particular...

Does your insufferable sarcasm plague your online conversations?

January 22, 2010

We get lots of weird stuff in the mail. "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" gumball machines, "Indiana Jones" whips, a bottle of dirty brown water (to symbolize moonshine, it turned...

MORGAN FREEMAN as Nelson Mandela and MATT DAMON as Francois Pienaar in Warner Bros. Pictures

Culture to Consume: “Invictus,” Snoop Dogg and “Glee”

December 9, 2009

Watch this: Catch Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela in âÄúInvictus.âÄù The Nobel Prize winner and activist requested that Morgan Freeman portray his life story. WeâÄôre also...

Animal Collective's

Culture to Consume – from R. Kelly to Nabokov

December 4, 2009

Culture to Consume Watch this: From the director of âÄúThank You for SmokingâÄù and âÄúJunoâÄù comes âÄúUp in the Air,âÄù a film about a detached man (George...

My picks for best of the decade

December 3, 2009

Dear reader - Don't get me wrong. I entertain zero illusions that any of you will actually read this entire list. But, here's why I imagine you might - your tastes are the type that has made iTunes decide...


Trends of the 2000s

December 2, 2009

1. Commercialized angst In the âÄô90s, angst was somewhat sincere. Kurt Cobain's music made it cool, and his tragic death made it all too real. Then at the end of the decade, âÄúAmerican...

CD shopping guide – Black Friday

November 24, 2009

PHOTO COURTESY DEF JAM There's a time and a place to drag your -ss off off uTorrent and buy one of those round shiny things called a CD, and it's this Friday, when Black Friday sales will surely render...

Art trend – Tiny People

October 25, 2009

Photo courtesy     Of course Minnesota Monthly's tiny people cupcake universe portrays a random sample of tiny Minnesotans that is arguably lacking in diversity, but there's something...

How much do 18+ shows mean to you?

October 9, 2009

Follow this link here for Tom Johnson's video:

Full Interview with Michael & Michael

October 7, 2009

Interview and text by Tony Libera What are your feelings on “Stella” not being renewed for a second season? Do you have any pent up rage about it? MIB: Well, all the pent up rage in my life...

TINA FEY as Shelley in Warner Bros. Pictures

“The Invention of Lying” mocks Pespi, religion

October 2, 2009

Lying âÄì the favorite past-time of marketers, politicians and storytellers, is finally starring in its own tale. Co-written and featuring Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the British âÄúThe...

Megan Fox in Jennifer

Cover girl gone carnivorous satisfies in “Jennifer’s Body”

September 15, 2009

âÄúJenniferâÄôs BodyâÄù DIRECTEDY BY: Karyn Kusama STARRING: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody RATED: R SHOWING: Area Theaters The trailers for "Jennifer's Body" were slightly...

CW nails “teen girl” demographic

September 10, 2009

  There's a lot marketed at twentysomethings (tequila, Priuses ... anti-wrinkle cream?), and often times the precise targeting is somewhat transparent, or at least unobtrusive. With a few clicks,...

Talking film and more with the A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin

August 5, 2009

I got to chat with head A.V. Club writer Nathan Rabin just after I'd finished his new memoir, "The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You By Pop Culture." We talked for about 45 minutes, longer...

Pitchfork: The Final Day

July 20, 2009

SUNDAY: Headliners The Flaming Lips drew in a whole new crowd, this one of varying ages and with a proclivity for costume-wear (panda masks, human-sized banana suits, that kind of thing). Suspense for...

Pitchfork: Day Two

July 20, 2009

SATURDAY: Union park was packed to the fences today as crowds filtered in to see bands ranging from poetic, deep-voiced songsters The National to recovering-from-valium-cocktail-shame Wavves. How many...

Facebook movie? Um, it better have a sexy cast.

July 8, 2009

PHOTO COURTESY DOUBLEDAY Those people with all that money and all those ideas in Hollywood have decided that making a Facebook movie could possibly for some reason be good. No, it's not a high-energy...

“Jennifer’s Body” looks cool – no big surprise

July 7, 2009

PHOTO COURTESY FOX ATOMIC Here's the trailer for "Jennifer's Body," by Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox. But couldn't they have copied "True Blood's" poster just a bit less obviously? Source

Michael Jackson dies

June 25, 2009

Source  5:08 p.m.: About 400 different sources are reporting that Michael Jackson was taken to a hospital after found unconscious and in cardiac arrest. TMZ, CNN and The New York Post are reporting...

Stephen King takes on cigarette prices, sin

June 16, 2009

Source For the second time, Stephen King finds himself getting comfy in the pages of Esquire magazine, after they published his "Gingerbread Girl" in 2007. This time, his story has the lofty...

Graham Rawle: an artist worth your time

June 10, 2009

All images: Source London-based artist Graham Rawle is fairly mysterious in his tastes. First of all, he's not only an artist but a writer as well, and most of his works combine wordplay with imagery....

Jason Segel the puppetmaster

April 7, 2009

Source Continuing with A&E's new, unofficial "Hot big name actor caught candid" series, here is a passage from Elle magazine's interview with Jason Segel that painted a unique picture of...

Introducing A&E Forums

April 5, 2009

Attention all Comparative Lit, Studies in Cinema and Media Culture and any other vaguely artsy majors (as well as anyone who likes, um, culture): your savvy-in-the-making will be very much appreciated...

Speaking of bikes and art

April 4, 2009

 A&E just covered the ARTCRANK fest, where local cyclists congregate around bike-centered art. If that got readers curious for more fruits of the bizarre intersection between biking and art, look...

The man who inspired Dan Deacon

April 2, 2009

Dan Deacon's latest album of many, "Bromst," dropped last Tuesday, and is a must-listen mixture of Wonka craziness and spooked dance synths. According to Bromst, one of his main inspirations...

“Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson gets literary with GQ

March 31, 2009

Source courtesy IFC Films Robert Pattinson has become known to journalists as a celebrity who cannot bear awkward silences, instead preferring to fill them with confessional-flavored nervous chatter. For...

MN Daily Readers think “Watchmen” flunked

March 31, 2009

Source According to our poll, 65% of A&E readers voted that "Watchmen" did not live up to fanboys' high standards for the comic that's its author, Alan Moore, claimed was essentially impossible...

Wikipedia and Wordplay

March 29, 2009

The New York Times published a story called "Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City," which compared the encyclopedia to New York City, claiming that they're both unfinished and full of avenues and detours....

Pitchfork 2009 is flaming

March 27, 2009

Attendees of one of the most irony-infested music fests of the year can despair a bit less at the less-than-impressive line-up; The Flaming Lips are now closing the show. While last year had killer act...

Headed toward a less democratized mass media?

March 24, 2009

Our generation has seen an unprecedented fading of the split between high and low culture.Trends like Alexander McQueen designing for Target are a testiment to that. One of the main reasons this has occured...

Population minus Zuckerberg

March 23, 2009

Check out this article from Gawker about Facebook's redesign.

“Tokyo!” inspires language, language inspires music video

March 22, 2009

While "Tokyo!", directed by Michel Gondry, Bong Joo-Ho and Leos Carax looks completely frenetic, psychotic and ingenious in itself, some of its contents are inspiring more media that rivals...

A&E’s RSS: Finding you the best headlines

March 20, 2009

Ok, so this isn't really an RSS feed, but in case you're wondering where A&E subscribes, here's the rundown. On my Google page, I get feeds from Advertising Age, USA Today (I don't care if its the...

YouTube: Meet Vimeo

March 2, 2009

YouTube certainly has the monopoly on internet video content, but lately Vimeo has been cropping up next to it on search engines and Facebook posts. While the two are different, Vimeo presents an intriguing...

Kate Winslet wins Best Actress, Sean Penn wins Best Actor

February 23, 2009

Source Kate Winslet graciously gave thanks while telling Meryl Streep, that she could "just suck [up]" the fact that no one else could even believe they were in a category with her. This speech...

Oscar Faux Pas – Gay kiss loses out to robots

February 23, 2009

The Oscars had a montage of "What Love Looked Like in 2008," which featured clips from last years' films that depicted couples in love. The montage showed the robots from "WALL-E" several times but never...

Click this: He likes things

January 23, 2009

Ryu Itadani is the kind of artist whose work needs no explanations. Close ups of product labels seem to entrance him with a focus unrivaled only by his enchantment with strings of flowers and complicated...