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

Published 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

Published 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, Burts Bees and generic Walgreens chapstick.

America’s Test Vanity: Lotions and lips

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

The art world could use a Ruckus

Published 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...

Culture Compass: Gender, hip-hop and Katy Perry

Published 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...

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

The Twin Cities’ best imported pizza

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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?

Published 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

Published 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 Drawn From Nature exhibit by the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.

Minnesota School of Botanical Art blossoms

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Review: “Ruby Sparks”

Published 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...

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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

Book Club: “Yes, Chef” by Marcus Samuelsson

Published 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

Published 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,...

Art curator Anna Cerniglia, left, founder of Chicagos 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?

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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”

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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”

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

Illustrator and graphic designer Kelly Abeln holds her cat, Pebbles, on Friday in her home studio in south Minneapolis, where she creates pieces by hand and by computer for the online magazine Rookie.

Kelly Abeln: An illustrator for teenage girls

Published June 13, 2012

  Name: Kelly Abeln (pronounced Abe-Lin) Age: 25 Occupation: Freelance illustrator and graphic designer Hometown: Aptos, Calif. Current city: Minneapolis, Minn. Education: Majored in illustration...

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

Boats ‘n’ shows

Published 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...

Pitchfork 2012 schedule announced

Published June 8, 2012

Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival has grown from the tiny Intonation Festival to a 47-act, weekend-long affair. Today, the folks at P4k released the detailed lineup. We'll post our thoughts and...

ACME Comedy Company’s new podcast, nolaughtrack

Published June 7, 2012

The monopolistic mammoth of a comedy club now has its own podcast, hosted by Justin Severson of the KQRS morning show. Nolaughtrack is available for free online, and a newsletter I just got from ACME promises...

Five years later, we’ve got a new Jens Lekman album

Published June 7, 2012

Jens Lekman, our favorite Swedish pop musician (sorry, members of ABBA), will release his new album on September 4. "I Know What Love Isn't" is the first full-length that the sweetest man...

“The Glee Project” doesn’t find you interesting

Published June 6, 2012

  You were always on my mind, Maxfield. You were the soft-spoken southern hunk who wasn’t enough of a ham to thrive in the big group numbers. And you didn’t survive: you got kicked off...

The Gopher’s Guide to Northern Spark

Published June 6, 2012

  WHAT: Northern Spark Festival WHERE: All over the Twin Cities WHEN: Sunset (8:58 p.m.) on June 9 to sunrise (5:26 a.m.) on June 10 COST: Free   “White nights” are celebrated all...

Visitors browse the bike art installation during the seventh annual Bike Art on Friday at Altered Esthetics in Northeast Minneapolis.

Like a gallery needs a bicycle

Published June 5, 2012

  What: Bike Art VII When: Now until June 28 Where: Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis    Cost: Free   If you compressed every stereotype about the city of Minneapolis...

The Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center’s opening day

Published June 2, 2012

The Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center opens its doors today. Tomorrow, the educational center will hold its very first Legacy Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The theme of the fest is...

CD Review: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, “Heat”

Published May 29, 2012

  Artist: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles Album: “Heat” Label: Redeye Label Producer: Matt Boyton (MGMT, Beirut) Release date: May 29   Ukulele player, pianist, singer and whistler...

A visit from the Twitter squad: Jennifer Egan’s serialized story

Published May 25, 2012

As if we needed more proof that Twitter’s not just for complaining about how hungry you are on the bus, here comes Jennifer Egan with her latest project. Egan, author of “A Visit from the Goon...

Say hello to Minneapplesauce, a new multimedia website

Published May 24, 2012

  The speed at which websites crank out content is usually a good thing — we can skip over the boring links in our feeds and click only on the stories that grab our attention. But there’s...

Start packing your car for the Winstock Country Music Festival

Published May 23, 2012

  Why? Because looking at the twangy lineup will probably make you smile, not squint. Call me old-fashioned, call me country, call me whatever you want — but make sure you let me call shot-gun...

Caroline and the Treats graced the stage at the first night of the Girls Got Rhythm Fest on Friday, May 11 at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul.

Girls Got Rhythm Fest: Girls just wanna have rock ‘n’ roll

Published May 15, 2012

Not everyone can say that they’ve seen Ronnie Spector perform “Be My Baby” live. But the folks who attended this weekend’s Girls Got Rhythm Fest at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall can...

Tara Lynne Barr and Joel Murray star in God Bless America, a new movie written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

God bless Bobcat

Published May 3, 2012

  Bobcat Goldthwait went from being an established but low-flying player in the comedy world to being a creator in his own right. Back in the ’80s, Goldthwait tickled stand-up fans with his...

Local writer, Rob Callahan, will be releasing his third book, A Wish Upon a Fallen Sky on Wednesday, May 2.

Rob Callahan: A new kind of sci-fi

Published May 1, 2012

Rob Callahan, a Twin Cities native, will release his third book Wednesday. The collection of short stories, “A Wish Upon a Fallen Sky,” has been in the making for about 10 years. The host of...

Presents for your Sitcom Moms and Drama Mamas

Published May 1, 2012

Mother’s Day is one of those tricky holidays that isn’t on the same date every year. It falls on the second Sunday of May. That means that this year, it’s on May 13. That means that you...

Fred Willard, animal lover and “Wits” guest

Published April 26, 2012

Who: Fred Willard and musical guest Dan Wilson What: Minnesota Public Radio’s “Wits” When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: The Fitzgerald Theater Cost: Non-students: $32, Students: $16 when you...

Summer lovin’

Published April 24, 2012

What happens between the end of Spring Jam and the beginning of summer? I imagine that most people will spend their time recovering from seeing the New Boyz. Those jerks, am I right? And I imagine that...

Muja Messiah and Maria Isa collaborate as the rap duo Villa Rosa. It’s not about the local scene. It’s about representing what we know here, what we learn here and who we are, and taking that to other borders and boundaries, and getting stamps on the passport, Messiah said.

Villa Rosa: It takes two

Published April 19, 2012

What: Villa Rosa opening for Ghostface Killah with Anchromen, Homegrown Crew and DJ D Mil When: 9 p.m., Friday Where: The Cabooze, 917 S. Cedar Ave. Cost: $20-23 They joke around and laugh. They riff on...

Cutline: Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling star in The Lucky One, a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Sparks also wrote The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and scores of other love stories.

Round Table Interview: Nicholas Sparks

Published April 19, 2012

  “The Lucky One” Directed by: Scott Hicks Written by: Will Fetters (screenplay) and Nicholas Sparks (novel) Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner Release date: April 20 Showing:...

Make your necklaces

Published April 17, 2012

You’ve seen those women at craft fairs. They stand behind folding tables laden with necklaces they’ve made peering at you from under their visors. I’ve got nothing but respect for these...

R&B singer Van Hunt will perform at the Fine Line Music Cafe this Sunday. He released his third album, What Were You Hoping For? on his own label, Godless Hotspot. I’m going to do what I want to do. And people who like it are going to support it, because I’m going to find them and I’m going to get the music in front of them, Hunt said.

Let it Be Naked: Van Hunt

Published April 12, 2012

  Who: Van Hunt with Rocco DeLuca Where: Fine Line Music Café, 318 N. First Ave., Minneapolis When: Doors open at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., April 15 Price: $15 in advance, $18 at the door Ages:...

The Cabin in the Woods comes out on April 13. Young stars like Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Connolly share the screen with old favorites like Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins in this surprising horror-comedy.

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Published April 12, 2012

  “The Cabin in the Woods”   Written by: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard Starring: Kristen Connolly, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins Rated: R   You’re probably expecting...

A Denis Johnson Primer

Published April 11, 2012

Denis Johnson doesn't give talks very often, but the writer is coming to the University of Minnesota tonight for a reading and a discussion. "Train Dreams," his 2002 novella that he turned...

FrozBroz Erik Powers, left, and Ben Solberg hang out in one of the kitchens where they currently make their uniquely flavored ice cream.  After they create a new flavor, the FrozBroz blog about the process and give away two pints of it.

FrozBroz Just Trying to Chill

Published April 5, 2012

  FrozBroz might seem fancy. After all, the new craft ice cream company has offered flavors like lavender honey, goat cheese fig and miso black sesame. But Erik Powers and Ben Solberg, the Broz, are...

Make Your Bed

Published April 3, 2012

In “Macbeth,” Shakespeare called sleep the “balm of hurt minds,” and the “chief nourisher in life’s feast.” But what good is it if your bedchambers host a threadbare...

Éireann Lorsung met Laressa Dickey at the University of Minnesota. Lorsung is publishing Dickey’ chapbook, “Companions, Corps of Discovery,” through her new U.K.-based micropress, MIEL.

Just Like MIEL

Published March 29, 2012

  You don’t need much to read or write. They’re cheap, convenient endeavors — no fancy equipment, no clunky machinery, no license or registration required. But there are ways they...

Round-Table Interview: “The Hunger Games“ actors

Published March 22, 2012

  Just as the sacrificial lambs from the districts of Panem came together to fight to the death in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy, six members of “The Hunger Games” cast visited...

University of Minnesota alumna Becky Olstad photographs Circle of Discipline member 21-year-old Puol Both Tuesday evening at ringside. Both is a youth mentor at Circle of Discipline and has made it into the 2012 Olympic trials.

Becky Olstad’s Sweet Science

Published March 22, 2012

What: Becky Olstad: The Sweet Science Where: Runner Runner Gallery, 219N. Second St., Suite 200, Minneapolis When: Until April 23rd Cost: Free and open to the public The world of boxing extends far beyond...

Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Race Relations

Published March 22, 2012

  White Power music is mainstream rock’s evil twin, sounding almost OK if you don’t really listen to it. And you can’t listen to it, because it’s illegal. But white supremacists...

On The Marc

Published March 8, 2012

    What: Marc Maron When: Thurs., March 8 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Where: Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. First St., Minneapolis Cost:...

How To Write A Novel

Published March 8, 2012

  “Downburst” is so fresh off the presses that the ink is still wet. But already, on websites like Amazon and GoodReads, readers have voiced their support, giving the novel rave reviews...

Edit your party photos like a pro

Published March 6, 2012

  Picnik is shutting down April 19, but the free, online photo editing program isn’t going away forever. It’s just shipping its basket of tools over to Google+. Yes, I know what you’re...

Dan “Savage Love” Savage to Come Hither

Published March 5, 2012

Don't worry about all your girl/boy/other problems - straight-shooting advice columnist and bully-hater Dan Savage is on his way. He'll be saving the day on the night of Friday, June 22 at the...

The Princess Diaries

Published March 1, 2012

  What: Diana: A Celebration When: 12-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday until June 10, 2012 Where: The Mall of America, 8100 S. 24th Ave. , Bloomington Cost:...

Culture compass — KE$HA style

Published March 1, 2012

  Thursday Literary Death Match Nomad World Pub 501 S. Cedar Ave. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:35 p.m. $6 preorder, $10 at the door Tonight, four local writers will go head-to-head-to-head-to-head...

Savannah Ricard plays a concerned church-goer in the second vignette of “Tea Party.” “Tea Party,” a four-part politically based play, will run at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Xperimental Theatre at the Rarig Center.

Toeing the Tea Party line

Published March 1, 2012

What: “Tea Party” When: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday Thursday, Where: Xperimental Theatre at the Rarig Center Cost: Free. Reserve tickets through [email protected] In the theater-going...

Rock And Roll

Published February 28, 2012

There’s a lot of cross-over between music and art. Kanye West did a design collab with Louis Vuitton. Jimi Hendrix messed with watercolors. M.I.A. started her career as a visual artist in London....

Book Review: “Hilarity Ensues” by Tucker Max

Published February 23, 2012

“Hilarity Ensues” Author: Tucker Max Publisher: Blue Heller books Tucker Max, now 35 years old, is the undisputed king of the dick-lit scene. With books like “I Hope They Serve Beer in...

Project MNfashion Week

Published February 22, 2012

It's MNfashion Week. And you know what that means - fashion and hometown passion for a whole week. We're smack dab in the middle of it, so it's a perfect time to take a breath and take a look...

College Studio: Feet

Published February 21, 2012

  During these recent windows of warmth, we’ve been able to leave our fur-lined boots at home a few weeks early. If you’ve been embarrassed by how plain your feet look, you may have been...

CD Review: “Maraqopa” by Damien Jurado

Published February 21, 2012

Even though Maraqopa is not a real place, or a real anything, Seattle folk stalwart Damien Jurado might have you fooled into thinking otherwise. With Oregon producer Richard Swift, he’s built with...

Can a person be a work of art? Regarding Scott Seekins

Published February 20, 2012

  “I don't allow anybody to change me. I still walk outta my house in rollers and I take walks. I do not care what people think.” -Britney Spears, MSNBC interview.     Scott...

Tech Spotlight: Costume Design for “The Birds“

Published February 16, 2012

Tulle, fur, velvet and leather — these luxurious materials are the stuff of costume designers’ dreams. But designer Taylar Kuzniar-Klouda doesn’t need all that garbage to make fly costumes....

Design senior Kari Kachelmacher displays two of her pieces in the final stages of preparation on Tuesday in McNeal Hall.  The classs show, Twelve, will take place saturday evening at Rapson Hall.

Seniors revamp the runway

Published February 16, 2012

What: Twelve: 44th Annual Fashion Show When: 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 18 Where: Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. SE. Cost: $20 general seating, $25 day of show; $10 balcony standing, $12 day of show; $50 VIP...

Happy VD

Published February 14, 2012

People don’t call St. Patrick’s Day a Hallmark holiday. People don’t throw anti-Halloween parties. And people don’t go around on Veteran’s Day saying, “Happy Civilians’...

CD Roundup — Paul McCartney and Silver Swans

Published February 9, 2012

  âÄúKisses on the BottomâÄù Artist: Paul McCartney Label: Hear Music Paul McCartneyâÄôs latest release is the musical equivalent of a friendly wink from an elderly neighbor:...

Weekend Recap: In Case You Missed It

Published February 6, 2012

If you spent all weekend getting ready for Kris Humphries' 27th birthday, you might have missed this stuff. Here's an as-brief-as-possible recap of the weekend: Two teams played in The Super Bowl,...

Review: The Cass McCombs Band at the 7th Street Entry

Review: The Cass McCombs Band at the 7th Street Entry

Published February 2, 2012

Cass McCombs is a quiet guy. Last night at the 7th Street Entry, he only spoke a few times. He told the audience to come a little closer to the stage, but "not too close." He made two requests for dimmer...

Participators compete in the music trivia during the Book It event Thursday at the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul.

Party in the stacks

Published February 2, 2012

What: Book It: The Party. Moderated by Jeff Kamin, performance by Murzik. When: Trivia at 7:05 p.m., music at âÄô:âÄù5 p.m., Thursday Where: James J. Hill Reference Library, 80 W. Fourth...