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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

Published 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

Published 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...

Learning the art of print

Learning the art of print

Published 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,...

The history of Aesthetic Apparatus

The history of Aesthetic Apparatus

Published 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...

A&E now has a Tumblr!

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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!

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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”

Published 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 Collectives Fall Be Kind EP is out now. PHOTO COURTESY DOMINO

Culture to Consume – from R. Kelly to Nabokov

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published October 9, 2009

Follow this link here for Tom Johnson's video:

Full Interview with Michael & Michael

Published 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

Published 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”

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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.

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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

Published March 23, 2009

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

“Tokyo!” inspires language, language inspires music video

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Vampires, Spidermonkeys and Race-changing makeup

Published December 31, 2008

"Twilight" review part two: The film Something unexpected was in the air at the showing of teenage girl-cult film "Twilight:" giggles. Lots of giggles. After reading the slow-paced,...

“Twilight” has no fangs

Published December 29, 2008

Part one of "Twilight" review: I don't know how or why, but I'm one of those people who likes vampire stories. Maybe because my sisters and I watched "Buffy" religiously when I was...

“The Spirit” is “Sin City” minus Bruce Willis (Grade: C)

Published December 29, 2008

The Spirit is probably one of the only superheroes with a trademark of white-soled tennis shoes. He's also one of the only celluloid superheroes who lack any charm or charisma whatsoever. Unfortunate,...

“Four Christmases” gets two stars

Published December 25, 2008

Formula for "Four Christmases": Take "Meet the Parents" and add a relatively pain-free Christmas angle. Take one part from each of two famous and tragic Hollywood breakups. (Reese Witherspoon...

“Minneapolis Liar”

Published December 16, 2008

In John Stewart's coverage of the bankruptcy of several newspapers, he cited a fake paper called "The Minneapolis Liar" whose front page center story had the headline, "2+2=5." Was...

“Drinky Crow Show” some compensation for end of TV season

Published December 15, 2008

We've just entered into the era of no-class bliss combined with snowed-in despair, and it is rather unfortunate that all our favorite shows just ended for the season. But if there's any network that is...

Spending your Christmas cash $.99 at a time: The best iPhone apps

Published December 8, 2008

     Acting out of my lifelong wish to own a magical device that could scare all my human ancestors of yore into burning me at the stake, I’ve decided to get an iPhone for Christmas...

What to do over break part one: Christmas Plays

Published December 8, 2008

                  While A&E is gone on Winter break, readers may still need a few tips on where to take their art budget...

The legacy of “Great Job!” hits the road

Published December 8, 2008

Papa Johns costumes. Hamburger costumes. Skin-tight body suits featuring giant balls. Obviously comedians Tim & Eric are taking the art of theater to a new level. Naturally, the engineers behind the...

Slogans of yore

Published December 7, 2008

I've said this many times and I'll say it again: I love Wikipedia. One reason why I love Wikipedia is because it catalogues all the pointless aspects of culture that define the commercialized recesses...

The Secret Rules of “Top Model”

Published November 14, 2008

  1. When "Tyra Mail" arrives, you must scream as if it were something exciting. 2.  Talk about religion a lot. 3. At one point, we are going to bring in a shipment of male models to...

I officially endorse “Esquire” as America’s best magazine

Published November 2, 2008

In a nation that prints glossy publications that range from "Cat Fancy" to "Playboy" (which could have also been called "Cat Fancy" and achieved the same purpose), quality...

Brooke Shields, Nazis, what does it all mean?

Published November 2, 2008

Possibly the strangest commercial out there is the Volkswagen ad that features Brooke Shields pretending that the ad is a public service announcement to discourage women from getting pregnant "just...

Arbitrary Award: Toy I’m Glad I’m Not Young Enough For

Published November 1, 2008

photos courtesy SpinMaster It's Saturday and I'm sitting around watching Disney's One Saturday Morning (or at least that's what it was called when I was young. Back then it featured "Recess"...

No house party tonight? Here’s some other good places to celebrate Hallows Eve.

Published October 31, 2008

Big Hair Mania The Varisty theater is just a hop and a skip from most freshman dorms and all those other living arrangments that us upperclassmen have since made. It's also only one block from the liquor...

Worst Ads of the Week

Published October 27, 2008

Most annoying ad campaign: Glade. The creators of the Glade commercials cooked up this idea of this type of K-Mart housewife to sell their ads. She's busy, she's kind of poor, and she's slightly neurotic....

If someone’s going to be Big Brother, it might as well be Apple

Published October 21, 2008

After a strong recommendation from my roommate, I allowed Apple to run its "Genius" program on my iTunes. It promises that if you "click the Genius button ... iTunes creates a playlist of other songs from...

Not getting pregnant just got a whole lot weirder

Published October 12, 2008

Ad of the Week: Nuva Ring It took me about ten views of the synchronized swimming Nuva Ring ad to understand its true genius. On the first appearance, a bunch of girls wearing bikinis that say days of...

Getting foxy at the Cedar

Published October 12, 2008

Turns out the Fleet Foxes sound way better when their flawless (may I say prismatic?) vocals aren't trapped in your tiny iPod headphones. I made it down to the Cedar on Saturday for their show with the...

Bring this to your next party

Published September 29, 2008

The other day I saw a sign outside of Dinkytown liquor stores that said that Smirnoff Raw Tea was only $2.50. This struck me as strange, because I had read a whole article about how ingenious the advertising...

Shut up and stick that stalk of corn right back in your yuppy mouth!

Published September 25, 2008

Anyone who's ever drank a can of Coke in another country knows that sugar tastes better than corn syrup, but we Americans seem to find sugar more often in packet form. It might be that as a nation we're...