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All content by Sara Nicole Miller

The ghost of rhythms past

Published December 6, 2007

The comments book poised on the gallery wall is plain and unassuming. But as local artist Ta-coumba Aiken opened it up and began reading aloud, a smile formed across his face. "That's what I'm talking...

La Vie Bedlam

Published November 29, 2007

Playwright Peter Papadopoulos balances atop a dingy folding chair in front of the Bedlam Theatre's stage, his eyes transfixed on the first act of his play, "Lost Love." "LOST LOVE" WHEN: 8 p.m., Nov....

No rabbit in this hat

Published November 21, 2007

A magical toy store. A 243-year-old "toy impresario" named Mr. Magorium. A room specifically devoted to bouncy balls. How could anyone possibly screw up these tidbits of child movie-making genius? "Mr....

Beyond the Crystal Ball

Published November 15, 2007

Let's face it: Sour times inspire us way more than the happy ones. Our teenage artistic creations, surely, would be rubbish without that transitory veneer of hormonal malaise, that tortured prose or paint...

Bringing out the Dead in P

Published November 8, 2007

In 1996, Peruvian-born filmmaker Heddy Honigmann met a 70-year-old woman named Lucia in the middle of a cemetery in Andalusia. She was smoking a cigarette and humming to herself. She remarked to Honigmann...

The woman in the mirror

Published November 1, 2007

Stop at any dusty truck stop along Southwestern America's highways, and you're bound to discover a shelf full of cottage industry Frida Kahlo artifacts: plastic matchbox shrines, keychains and charms all...

New age wasteland or: The little resort town that couldn’t

Published October 25, 2007

Utopia, dystopia, blah blah blah. All this, and everything in between can often be found within the chaotic land constellation that is Southern California. "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea" Directed...

The day the West was shot (in the head)

Published October 18, 2007

Apparently, history's got no love for losers, fair-weather friends, or in the case of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," cowards of any flavor. "The Assassination of Jesse James...

Through a globe darkly

Published October 11, 2007

From the strangest hair-curling rituals of an aging supermarket cashier, to television shots of the word "castration" spliced with Asian cooking show clips, art-bombs of political consciousness can take...

The kids aren’t all right

Published October 4, 2007

In the American mind, the world sex-trafficking industry conjures up images of Eastern bloc mafias, young girls lured by dreams of nanny jobs in Paris, and young Thai children holed up in a grimy Bangkok...

Street Dreams

Published September 27, 2007

Walking down Lake Street at twilight on a Saturday is like dancing tango with an unrequited lover on a midsummer's eve, or a squeamish jaunt through the Jabberwocky's forest, depending on the evening and...

In the bacterial colony

Published September 20, 2007

Artist and college professor Steve Kurtz awoke one morning in May 2004 to find his wife, Hope Kurtz, dead of heart failure. He immediately called 911. Upon arrival, the paramedics noticed bacteria cultures,...

Midnight in the graveyard of newly dead people

Published September 13, 2007

Tell someone there's a theatrical performance being held at twilight in Minneapolis' most lavish gothic cemetery, and certain questions are bound to surface. Is it macabre? Is it grotesque? Does it stir...

The toxicity of our city

Published September 6, 2007

Sugar Plum Fairies and Swan Lakes once dominated the psychic pastures of dance theater, encapsulating the attributes of a utopian world that never really was, but at least pretended otherwise. Ananya...

The making of an ‘Imposter’

Published August 15, 2007

Every artistic legend of Olde Europe has that "Wonder Years" period - the formative, yet murky times in an icon's life when their whereabouts are unclear, their trysts and liaisons undocumented, their...

No settling down for St. Vincent

Published August 8, 2007

Annie Clark might just be the paper doll in an art-rock menagerie of voodoo dragons and lawn gnomes, but for such a young musical tart, she flaunts a cloak of many colors. In the dawn of her musical career,...

Mr. Samberg, bring him his dream

Published July 25, 2007

Andy Samberg strolls out into the open-air courtyard at the Chambers Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, bypassing the Angus Fairhurst sculpture of a giant gorilla staring at its lopped-off arm on the ground...

A hustler’s bridge to babble-on

Published July 18, 2007

Take "Eastenders," add putrid curry sauce and cussing, plop it in the chamber pot of a bar and stir. Throw into Bedlam Theatre's greasy-bake oven. Let cool out in the malodorous air of 1990s "In Yer Face"...

Vomit in the Valley of the Dolls

Published July 11, 2007

Artists Ben Moore and Telos first met in 1998 on a college campus in the heart of Iowa. Almost a decade later, with some artistic oddities and creative revelry under their belts, the pair is being showcased...

Get plastered: art of music promotion

Published July 3, 2007

The image seems innocent enough, like something out of a kiddie pulp comic: a raven-haired schoolgirl with a bob cut and a striped orange blouse licks a chocolate lollipop. But upon closer glance, the...

C’est la vie, ‘la vie en rose’

Published June 27, 2007

Edith Piaf's life story reads like the Judy Garlands and the Billie Holidays of the American Golden Era - tormented yet intimately familiar, cobwebbed and splintered by a million worldly fictions. They...

Papa Picasso: Children of one man

Published June 20, 2007

Forget Hefner and his Girls Next Door - Picasso is the playboy of modern celebrity culture. And his ghost, along with the jumbo "Picasso and American Art" exhibition at Walker Art Center, will oblige you...

Hollywood: the horror, the horror

Published May 23, 2007

Like any E! Online hoodrat will tell you, rancid celebrity sausage gets ground up and spewed out of the Hollywood rumor mill on a second-by-second basis. "Rise of the Celebretards: A-crotch-alypse Now" WHEN:...

The crazy lady behind the cats

Published May 3, 2007

Every city needs its own maniacal, googily eyed token crazy lady. Minneapolis has "Scary" Mari Newman, the electric haired, pierced-up artist whose house on 51st and Penn is a full-blown installation of...

Romance on the High Mississippi

Published April 26, 2007

It's no wonder the everyday gal - from time to time - gets a rush of nostalgia for days when ironing seemed sexy, and TV dinners were eaten in front of "I Love Lucy" broadcasts on the idiot box. The world...

You can always go … Downtown

Published April 26, 2007

Every spring, like a fresh crop of wayward farm rodents, a handful of garden variety clubs, eateries and sports bars crop up in the downtown Minneapolis entertainment district. Some of them receive warm...

Time for spring cleaning

Published April 26, 2007

;Braaaains Artist Jillian McDonald is obsessed with two things: Billy Bob Thornton and zombies. Some of her favorite people are strangers. And she has been known to rent out a salon chair and shampoo people's...

Milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

Published April 19, 2007

On February 1, 2007, CNN Headline News reported as follows: "Authorities have arrested two men in connection with electronic light boards depicting a middle-finger-waving moon man that triggered repeated...

La boh

Published April 12, 2007

Not many artists have the capacity to radically distort the human sensorium and leave viewers in a state of lingering stupefication. It usually takes a psychotropic cocktail and a few days at a festival...

Peep show with chicks and bunnies

Published April 12, 2007

Easter: It isn't just for Jesus anymore. In fact, it seems as though the iconographic carpenter from Nazareth has officially been one-upped (on the anniversary of his own death, no less) by an animal made...

Double axel, Triple putz

Published April 5, 2007

As if the homoeroticism of male figure skating hasn't been lampooned enough, Will Ferrell has chosen the illustrious sport as the subject in his latest Will-plays-an-annoying-frat-dude-in-some-idiosyncratic-career...

Girl groups gone wild

Published March 29, 2007

Thank God (and the Queen) for British tabloid culture. Unlike their silly American counterparts, who find playground photos of Brangelina children cover-worthy, the paparazzi across the pond aren't afraid...

Poler Regions

Published March 22, 2007

Deep in the belly of a south Minneapolis studio loft, 13 twenty-something women stood, poised on a dimly lit dance floor. Some chuckled, some looked shy. As they began to sway their torsos and roll their...

The new scenes: Two recent clubs shake up Minneaps

Published March 8, 2007

Pi fills the gaps in the gay scene, opening up a lesbian club in Minneapolis In April of 2006, Tara Yule was stocking groceries at Linden Hills Co-op with Amber "Benny" Benson. "Hey, I have this idea,"...

Are you a good witch?

Published February 22, 2007

In the minds of many a Beatles fan (and there are plenty out there), Yoko Ono is the Cruella DeVille of the music world, an iconoclastic nemesis of all things rock 'n' roll. It perhaps also doesn't help...

Don’t bite the Hannibal that feeds

Published February 15, 2007

Even the most ghastly of serial killers were children once. However, this obvious deduction fails to explain how and why, somewhere along the way, young men morph into human monsters. Dr. Hannibal Lector...

It begins and ends with Paris

Published February 15, 2007

In 1878, long before Mae West's spiky-heeled stomp across a Vaudeville stage or Madonna's inflammatory hip gyrations to the tune of "Like a Virgin," the French actress Sarah Bernhardt gallantly hovered...

The true beauty of Taco Tuesday

Published February 8, 2007

The robust American lunch lady, scoop of mashed potatoes in hand, is encapsulated in the heart and mind of every American child. The Art of Service WHEN: Now through Feb. 22, 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and...

Take the stage to the streets

Published February 8, 2007

Like other fine arts, theater sometimes has a tendency to get stuck in the past. At least that's what Toussaint Morrison, a recent University theater alumnus, observed during his experience as an undergrad. "Thursday...

The Fab Four

Published February 1, 2007

Experiencing "Dance Revolutions" is comparative to having a front-row seat in the human subconscious. The four pieces that make up the upcoming University Dance Theatre performance are all completely unrelated,...

Exploring the faces of history

Published January 25, 2007

Bhutan is more than just a tiny mountainous country nestled in the Himalayas. It is also the title of the world's largest book, weighing over 130 pounds with images that are five feet tall. From time to...

Coming out of the shadows

Published January 25, 2007

When it comes to foreign film releases, the old saying apparently still applies: better late than never. Or so thought French film cronies when, in 2006, Rialto Pictures finally released Jean-Pierre Melville's...

Grumpy old artists

Published January 18, 2007

Even on the most crisp of days, the recently frozen waters of Medicine Lake stretch out in lumpy sheets of pale ice, contouring around a speckled perimeter of barren trees, boat docks and distant lake...

Chamber of excellence

Published December 7, 2006

The luxurious splendor and dizzying allure of contemporary metropolitan nightlife is hard to resist, especially around the holiday season. Downtown Minneapolis during the holidays, alive with horse drawn...

War of the worlds

Published November 30, 2006

Uprisings, civil wars and insurgencies are playing out in various landscapes throughout the world. Americans only occasionally get the opportunity to witness the suffering caused by armed conflict. We...

A process of squiggles

Published November 30, 2006

Behind every great artist, there's a painstaking process of creation and formulation. But as with many modern commodities - even those of a high art caliber - the processes of labor and care that birthed...

Ice Capades on thin ice

Published November 22, 2006

The 20th century was an era of all things equatorial: Common consumptive icons, such as the "The Jungle Book," the Chiquita banana lady and The Rainforest Café, entertained and satiated American...

King among Queens

Published November 16, 2006

Drag performer Esmé Rodríguez is perched before a green room mirror in Bryant Lake Bowl's basement, donning fake black eyelashes, a quart of turquoise-encrusted eye shadow and obscenely large...

Part of a rhythm nation

Published November 9, 2006

Bare feet stomp out jagged rhythms while arms wail through the air, partitioning and enshrining the bodies of the dancers. Backs and hips bend and quiver in fluidity with one another. Shaved heads are...

XXX-istential

Published November 2, 2006

Periwinkle blue horizons, shifting cinematic textures and jumpy editing play out amid a psychedelic, Mr. Rogers-style animated skyline of Manhattan. Fast, scatty jazz romances background noise as the scenes...

Leisure writing

Published November 2, 2006

The odalisque is a modern fantasy figure that portrayed Orientalism in many 19th century art movements. In short, an odalisque is a female concubine in an Ottoman harem. In length, her contemplative gaze...

Fear Factors

Published October 26, 2006

Since 1995, when Soap Factory visitors fi rst started to trudge on top of the wooden planks of the ex-warehouse showroom fl oor to view works of contemporary art, the space has ser ved as the area's third...

What lurks beneath

Published October 19, 2006

Written by Joseph Conrad in 1899, the novel "Heart of Darkness" epitomizes the frightful and almost frenzied obsession the modern psyche has with darkness, the exotic and the unknown. The book - a disquieting...

A&E’s top restroom picks

Published October 17, 2006

>Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's, formerly Dayton's) women's restroom, fourth floor, downtown Minneapolis Nestled in a cranny by the women's unmentionables department, this art deco-style bathroom...

When you gotta go

Published October 12, 2006

The porcelain god is a fetishized poster-boy for modern consumption and excrement. We trust it with our bare bums. In our globalized insta-cultures, when both flamboyant wealth and extreme poverty are...

Uncovering clothed identity

Published October 12, 2006

Whether it's from the mouth of Joan Rivers or Jay Manuel, we are constantly being told what is stylish and what is not. But who are these synthetic witches and highlight-happy Tyra lap-dogs to decide the...

Rachael Ray: The Culilingus

Published October 5, 2006

The lights cast a soft glow as the camera zooms in on a throbbing, quivering hunk of flesh. The star - a petite, bedroom-eyed brunette - hovers over it, her eyes fixated as she licks her red, glossy lips....

Art Yard

Published September 28, 2006

Franconia Sculpture Park is an artistic enigma in the most unlikely of spaces. Whether you are an autumn foliage peeper, cultural scavenger or wandering arts rapscallion, you now have a good reason to...

The dance of old and new

Published September 21, 2006

To dance is human. The ancient human ritual celebrates the synthesis of the body and the soul. Civilizations have embraced stylized movement for centuries as a vital life force, a spiritual experience,...

Just in time for sexiness, Timberlake returns

Published September 21, 2006

The days of "Mickey Mouse Club" and boy band extravaganzas are officially over. The moment the music from Justin Timberlake's new album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds" wafts in your ear, it becomes clear that...

The new boss comes to town

Published September 14, 2006

Kelis, that odd-sounding chick with a bizarre fascination for milkshakes, is back - this time sans Neptunes - with her fourth album, "Kelis Was Here." Much of the album is a continuation of her third album,...

Religious revolution in spin cycle

Published September 14, 2006

Clothed in wide, white skirt-robes and camel-haired cylindrical headdresses representing the gravestone and the shroud of the human ego, the Dervishes stand and prepare to whirl, their eyes closed, minds...

Flamboyant flappers, groggy gangsters

Published September 7, 2006

If one has to be cruel to be kind in film reviews, then here it goes: Take all of the skittish, undercooked and overdramatic elements of your average big screen musical, and combine them with all the outlandish...

Feeeed me, Seymour!

Published September 7, 2006

University horticulture and floriculture senior Kenrie Williams doesn't mess around when it comes to affairs of the botanical variety. She recently opened a shop in Midtown Global Market called Androsian...

Bazaar Market

Published September 7, 2006

The dilapidated silhouette of the old Sears and Roebuck Tower has loomed over the Lake Street corridor for years. At its best, it symbolized a chunk of Minneapolis' colorful past - an era when Lake Street...

Get with the movement

Published September 4, 2006

They don't rock combat boots, or live in secret forest encampments, and they definitely don't carry assault rifles. However, Claire Redmond and FranzDiego DaHinten, both youth coordinators, could be described...

Warfare in the suburbs

Published August 9, 2006

Forget mood rings, culs-de-sac and MTV's "Total Request Live." These salient characteristics of modern culture, although at times underappreciated and parodied for their blandness, have nothing on the...

Beating his own game

Published August 9, 2006

Best known as the flashy, squeaky-sounding guy from the duo The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams is no doubt a musical mogul when it comes to producing phat beats and infectious, heavy drum lines. He is, after...

Theater of the extremely absurd

Published August 2, 2006

In clumps of chaos and dramatic disarray, Fringe freaks emerge around this time every year when the conditions are just right. For 11 days they twirl, saunter, pontificate and shimmy out of their dwellings...

Steps toward remembering

Published July 26, 2006

Death arrives in Argentina on a freight train. Resembling a Western khaki-clad cowboy with fuzzy gray hair and oversized glasses, he enters through a bright, steam-filled doorway carrying a Polaroid camera,...

The beckoning green light

Published July 19, 2006

The Guthrie's first play in its new building will be an adaptation of local author F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby." Matt Armendt, who plays the lead character in the play, attended...

Pirouettes and pop ‘n locks

Published July 19, 2006

Momentum is all about finding the newest, brightest, most exciting movers and shakers in the Twin Cities. Beginning this weekend and extending into next, "Momentum: New Dance Works" will highlight upcoming...

Lord, won’t you buy me an EV1?

Published July 12, 2006

Somewhere in the midst of the highway-lovin', two-car garagin', big-wheel truckin' atmosphere of the late 20th century, a revolution was brewing in smog-saturated California. An eco-friendly glimmer of...

The unrepaired tarnishes of history

Published July 5, 2006

She insists on preserving all her 19th-century furniture "as is," embracing the everyday wear and tear symbolic of a fractured country that once was intact, invoking the magical fog of fact and myth that...