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The fashionista is in: The best thing you will ever wear

October 22, 2013

Turtlenecks aren’t universally beloved. “Wearing a turtleneck,” the late one-liner king Mitch Hedberg once said, “is like being strangled by a really weak guy all day.” And...

The fashionista is in: costumes ripped from the headlines

October 15, 2013

  Are you always refreshing Twitter? Are you the first to say something beautiful (or crass) when a celebrity passes away? Do you run out of free articles on the New York Times website at the start...

Protect yourself! From top left: Vaseline Total Moisture, Neutrogena Moisture Wrap and Studio 35 Complete Moisture Lotion. On the scarf, from top: Aquaphor, Burt's Bees and generic Walgreens chapstick.

America’s Test Vanity: Lotions and lips

October 8, 2013

In Minnesota, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter skin care. We’re heading into the thick of October, so it’s high time we gave our cold-weather moisturizing routines...

Watch the LoLs at BW3s

October 4, 2013

  BY TOM JOHNSON     Joseph Akerson of U’s Glitch Gaming club — a video game org based at the University of Minnesota that strives to promote a strong sense of community through...

Interview: Building a Fraternity House Front

October 4, 2013

BY TOM JOHNSON   Minnesota Daily A&E: How did you come up with the designs?   Chris Hipp (computer science junior, Pi Kappa Alpha): I did the designs in SketchUp. My major is computer science,...

The fashionista is in: How to be a minimalist

October 1, 2013

What’s a fashionista/o? One of the first things I imagine is a walk-in closet worthy of getting Bling-Ringed: shoes in every color, fur collars toppling over perforated leather vests, cargo shorts...

Bartender Ryan Fuchs sings Monday evening at Otter Saloon.

The first-timer’s guide to karaoke

September 26, 2013

It’s Monday night at Otter’s Saloon on Central Avenue and the place isn’t exactly hopping. But there’s a decent mix of people here, chatting, drinking and watching football —...

Local designer Samantha Rei hosts a party to celebrate the launch of her new label, Samantha Rei, at the You and Me boutique on Thursday, September 19th, 2013.

The fashionista is in: It’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

September 24, 2013

We can blame the volunteer army behind MNFashion for making our dreams of high-tailing it to New York the minute we graduate more and more outdated every season. Turns out, we can get it all — or...

Culture Compass: Gender, hip-hop and Katy Perry

September 19, 2013

STUFF TO DO Thursday Friends of the Southeast Library Booksale Kitty corner to the Library Bar, there’s another library — a real one. The Friends of the Southeast Library, a group still in...

Ruckus founder Jon Piepho gestures to the artwork he's  selling for his art shop project on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Northeast Minneapolis.

The art world could use a Ruckus

September 19, 2013

Thanks to the Internet, artists can sell their work online without having to curry the favor of dealers and gallery owners, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Bryan Grose, a Detroit-area artist...

Crescent Moon, located off 15th and Como Ave, is home of the

The Twin Cities’ best imported pizza

September 12, 2013

There are some places in this world — Chicago, Italy, Jon Stewart’s house — where your favorite slice says more about you than anything else. But Minnesotans have a more relaxed attitude...

Buzzfeed honors Mesa Pizza

September 5, 2013

Wowza! We made it. We really made it. Our very own Mesa Pizza landed a coveted spot in a Buzzfeed post. Our dear ol' slice store (or at least a picture taken there) is featured in Virgin Mobile-sponsored...

Quiz: Your perfect fall TV show

September 5, 2013

This upcoming TV season is one of the most promising in recent years, especially in the realm of comedy. Some heavy-hitters are making triumphant returns (we hope) — “The Mindy Project”...

Culture compass: “Orange is the New Black” and Capture the Flag

September 5, 2013

STUFF TO DO THURSDAY: Concrete and Grass: Lowertown Music Festival Where: Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free Want to hear a smorgasbord of music — we’re talkin’...

The fashionista is in: Mall of America style

The fashionista is in: Mall of America style

September 3, 2013

  There’s a word for people who dress up in their best clothes to go to the mall, and that word is “teenager.” For the rest of us, mall wear is typically a mesh of gym shorts, old-as-hell...

Passion Pit, Hoodie Allen to perform at U homecoming

August 28, 2013

Indie pop band Passion Pit and rapper Hoodie Allen will perform at the University of Minnesota’s 2013 homecoming concert, the University announced Wednesday night. The artists, who will perform Sept....

Culture Compass: Bachelorettes and Backstreet Boys

July 31, 2013

STUFF TO DO THURSDAY: Arj Barker You might remember him from “Flight of the Conchords,” but chances are good that you don’t, actually: Arj Barker didn’t play one of the two main...

A&E is on Spotify: What does it all mean?

July 2, 2013

What's the point of an arts publication being on Spotify? We're about to spend the summer figuring that out. We're going to be adding playlists to many  of our articles and blog posts,...

You’ve Got Mail

May 9, 2013

As summer approaches with its trademark cocktails and afternoon porch sits, the growing season for fascinations with old southern writers is upon us. Friday night, University of Minnesota-Morris associate...

Founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art Marilyn Garber holds one of her own pieces of art in The Bakeen Museum where the museum will have the

Minnesota School of Botanical Art blossoms

May 2, 2013

  Throughout history, precise renderings of foliage have served about as many purposes as the plants themselves. Botanical art, located at the intersection of art and science, has a way of conveying...

Students and the public attend the Battle of the Bands on Friday, April 20, 2012, in front of Coffman Union.

13 Things to Know About Spring Jam ’13

April 25, 2013

A chorus of disapproval met the Spring Jam lineup when it was announced online a few weeks ago.   On the Student Unions and Activities Facebook page, comments ranged from incredulous to disappointed...

Culture Compass: spring breakers and midsummer dreaming

April 18, 2013

Thursday   7:30 p.m., tonight   “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”   Ted Mann Concert Hall   Also playing 7:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday; 1:30 p.m., Sunday   $5 for students;...

Electric Fetus customer David Holmes browses the aisles of records on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at their Minneapolis location. Electric Fetus, along with other record stores in the Twin Cities, will be participating in Record Store Day 2013 on Saturday, April 20th.

The Vinyl Frontier: Record Store Day 2013

April 18, 2013

On the third Saturday of every April, flower children and fogies alike gather on sunny street corners and in dank record pits the world over to flip records in honor of a holiday that grows wilder and...

Drawing out grief

Drawing out grief

December 6, 2012

What: A reading of “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow” by Anders Nilsen When: 7 p.m., Saturday Where: Boneshaker Book,; 2002 S. 23rd Ave., Minneapolis Cost: Free   After the death...

Culture Compass: Zombies, Ben Affleck and succotash

October 11, 2012

THURSDAY The Haunted Basement The Soap Factory 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis 6 p.m. Sold out   In the second weekend of its sixth year, this artist-designed and volunteer-driven netherworld ought...

Culture Compass: Bad words, fashion week and the Uptown Theatre

September 13, 2012

  CULTURE TO CONSUME   Listen to this: Samantha Ronson, “Pull My Hair Out”   The venerable clique flick “Mean Girls” is hitting Vh1 at 7:30 p.m Saturday at. So that’s...

Book Club: Summer reading

August 8, 2012

Whether you’re toting bestsellers to the beach or relaxing on your balcony with a cerebral mystery, chances are you’ve realized an important truth: ‘Tis the season for reading. The Minnesota...

Charmers’ Almanac: Late summer edition

August 8, 2012

It won’t be long before we’re all crowded on the Northrop Mall, trying to squeeze in a quick nap before our first lecture of the school year. Thankfully, we still have a few weeks of summer...

Charissa Peterson shapes a bulb of molten glass into a bowl Thursday at FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts. FOCI, located in a building complex that used to be a General Mills research and development complex, is the only open studio for glass blowing in Minnesota where hobbyists can take classes and rent studio time.

An arts haven on Hennepin

August 1, 2012

What happens when a corporate giant moves out of its giant, corporate space? Quite a bit in the case of General Mills leaving its research and development complex in Northeast Minneapolis. Over the years,...

Book Club: Olympics edition

August 1, 2012

This week, we’re reading about the Olympics. And since 2012 marks the fortieth year since 1972, we’re especially interested in the infamous massacre that marred the memory of that year’s...

Review: “Ruby Sparks”

August 1, 2012

“Ruby Sparks” Rated R Opens: Aug. 3 at the Lagoon in Uptown Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina You’ll sit there for: 104 minutes For fans of: French pop songs, minimalist movie...

Book Club: “Yes, Chef” by Marcus Samuelsson

July 25, 2012

This week, we’re reading the mouth-watering “Yes, Chef” by Marcus Samuelsson. While Samuelsson is well known for winning “Top Chef Masters,” he’s led such a rich life...

Charmers’ Almanac: Dreamy flicks edition

July 25, 2012

There’s nothing sweeter than watching a movie outside in the summer. Actually, there might be — catching a flick outside in the summer with your boo is pretty sweet. There’s darkness,...

Illustrator John F. Beckmann poses in his studio in north Minneapolis. He and his uncle John collaborated to make the illustrated book titled “38.”

History lessons

July 25, 2012

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 continues to be one of the most controversial and emotional events in Minnesota history. In 1862, after years of enduring the U.S. government’s broken promises and late...

Dirty Beaches, also known by his real name Alex Zhang Huntai, performs the first set Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Interview: Dirty Beaches

July 18, 2012

  Alex Zhang Hungtai has created a character for himself. He’s Dirty Beaches, the lone traveler of lo-fi. Performing on stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago he was stoic but powerful....

Parents Bill and Lisa Roe watch Thee Oh Sees with their 3-year-old daughter Ronnie and their 2-month-old son Arthur on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. The Roes own a Chicago-based record label named Trouble in Mind.

Baby boomers

July 18, 2012

  Drunk teenagers pass each other pills and fix up Swishers next to couples giving each other deep-tissue tongue massages. Yuppies with VIP wristbands bop along to the music, splashing their beer...

Art curator Anna Cerniglia, left, founder of Chicago's Johalla Projects, stands with artists Matthew Hoffman and Andrea Jablonski underneath a balloon installation Saturday in the VIP area of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Jablonski and Hoffman contributed the two art installations at the festival.

What’s art got to do with it?

July 18, 2012

The organizers of the Pitchfork Music Festival have been dabbling in the non-music arts for a while. From the festival’s hilarious stab at having a comedy stage to its much more successful attempts...

Bradford Cox of Atlas Sound shares conversation with fans Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago following his set earlier in the day.

Interview: Bradford Cox

July 18, 2012

If you don’t know Bradford Cox as the lead singer of the atmospheric wonder Deerhunter, or from his solo project Atlas Sound, you might remember him as the man who took over the Cedar Cultural Center...

Gail Baerg from Brooklyn Park reaches the end of “81 Minutes: After the Bridge Collapsed” exhibit Sunday at the Firefighters Hall and Museum in Northeast Minneapolis. The exhibit takes visitors from minute 0 to 81 following the collapse of the I-35W bridge five years ago.

For the fighters

July 11, 2012

What: “81 Minutes: After the Bridge Collapsed” When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Where: Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis Cost: Adults, $6; Seniors...

“Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean is out a week early, is the best

July 10, 2012

Frank Ocean knows how to use Tumblr. Last week, the R&B crooner of the Odd Future rap collective used the blogging platform to tell the world that his first love was a man. And last night, he dropped...

Four films for the Fourth

July 3, 2012

  Fourth of July is a holiday built for patriotic activities, like fighting with your uncle about Obamacare, setting off semilegal fireworks and eating burnt meat. But what are we to do when the fun...

The ABC’s of “Magic Mike”

June 29, 2012

"Magic Mike" Rated: R Playing in area theaters Once upon a time, Channing Tatum was a stripper. “Magic Mike,” written by Reid Carolin and directed by the mystical Steven Soderbergh, is Tatum’s...

State of the arts

June 27, 2012

  Who: Hazel Belvo, Jim Denomie and Laura Migliorino What: A Midsummer Night’s Stroll through “Tenuous, Though Real” When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, The exhibit will be up until Sept....

Stuffaboutminneapolis blogger Paul Merill, poses for a portrait at his home on Saturday with his cellphone on which he often uses Instagram.

Tumbling the Twin City

June 25, 2012

  Hungry for a hobby and swelling with hometown pride, Paul Merrill started researching Minneapolis history five years ago. With the help of eBay, he collected stuff like old postcards and hotel keys. “I...

Review: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

June 24, 2012

  Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith Rated: R Playing at area theaters   There are two things to know about “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” before you decide whether or not you want...

Let’s pour one out for the A.V. Club, Twin Cities

June 22, 2012

The A.V. Club, Twin Cities announced today that their coverage of local entertainment is ending. The Onion won't circulate in the Twin Cities anymore either, as editor Jason Zabel explained in his...

A visit from the National Endowment for the Arts

June 20, 2012

    The chair of the National Endowment for the Arts dropped what might be considered a bombshell to theater-lovers during a private site visit to the St. Paul’s History Theatre on Friday. “I’m...

College Kitchen, Martha Stewart style: Asparagus tips

June 16, 2012

College Kitchen brought us a lot: along with heartfelt odes to fish sticks and beans, we got healthy recipes and, wait, what kind of "herb" brownies is Sam Linder talking about? But A&E's...

All off? All off: “Roman Holiday” at the Guthrie

June 16, 2012

    What: “Roman Holiday” When: Now through August 19 Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St. Cost: $35-80 Run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes including intermission   When “Roman...

The cast of “The Vampire” rehearses Monday night on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. The show runs June 15 – Aug. 25.

Boats ‘n’ shows

June 13, 2012

  What: “The Vampire!” When: June 15 through Aug. 25 Where: Harriet Island, Mississippi River, St. Paul Cost: $18-25   The Minnesota Centennial Showboat has a long history. For more...