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Culture Compass: Halo 4 and the end of the world

November 8, 2012

Thursday   “2012: The Musical”   In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 East Lake St.   7:30 p.m.   $15 dollars   New Native Theatre thinks the apocalypse...

One-man Schofield

November 8, 2012

What: “Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps” by Scott Turner Schofield   Where: The Ritz Theater, 343 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis   When: 7:30 p.m., Friday through Satruday Cost: $12 for...

Ask his shadow

November 6, 2012

What: Demande à ton ombre (Ask Your Shadow) Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St. SE When: 4:30 p.m., Wednesday Cost: $5-9, tickets available through the Minneapolis St. Paul Film...

Rebecca Hurd and Riley OToole play Susan and Paul on Tuesday at the Rarig Center during a rehearsal for the upcoming show

Sex, drugs and a failed marriage

November 1, 2012

What: “Loose Ends”   Where: Rarig Center, Kilburn Arena Theatre, 330 S. 21st Ave., Minneapolis   When: 7:30 p.m., Friday   Cost: Free, limited seating   It’s the decade...

Driven to Abstraction

November 1, 2012

What: Katelyn Farstad’s  “Mouthbreather” exhibit   When: Nov. 3 - Feb. 2   Where: Midway Contemporary Art, 527 Second Ave. SE, Minneapolis   Art is one of those Wittgenstein...

Senior theater arts major Michael Phommasak rehearses a christmas scene for Under My Skin at Rarig Center.

The skin they’re in

October 25, 2012

What: “Under My Skin: Asian American Student Stories” When: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Where: Nolte Xperimental Theatre West Bank, Rarig Center, 330 S. 21st Ave., Minneapolis Cost: Free,...

Battle royale: “The War Z” and “DayZ”

October 23, 2012

It’s been quite a year for zombie games. While zombies as subject matter are far from fresh, the theme has seen something of a resurrection in 2012. The conversation starts with “DayZ,”...

Journey into the mind of William Shatner

October 18, 2012

What: “The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged)” Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, W. 810 Lake St., Minneapolis When: 7 p.m.,Oct. 19, 26, 27 Cost: $12 in advance or with Fringe button, $15 at...

“Routine” mixes it up

October 18, 2012

But for a few relatively small projects — “Slender;” 2010’s wildly successful “Amnesia: the Dark Descent” — few games billing themselves as horror actually managed...

Culture Compass: You better Belieb it

October 18, 2012

TONIGHT   Led Zeppelin’s Not-Reunion Tour   AMC Rosedale, 850 Rosedale Center   7:30 p.m.   Sold out   You call yourself a fan of the Zep? Prove it. Last night was the first...

Some thoughts on “Dishonored”

October 13, 2012

Previous to its release, bloggers and critics hardened by years of wannabe "Deus Ex" player-freedom-as-a-priority disappointments withheld hope that "Dishonored" was their Huckleberry....

CD Review: “The Heist” by Macklemore

October 11, 2012

Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Album: “The Heist” Label: Macklemore   After years of stinted releases, Seattle-based Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are releasing their first LP “The...

Review: “Appomattox” at the Guthrie

October 9, 2012

  What: “Appomattox” Who: Writer Christopher Hampton, director David Esbjornson When: Now through Nov. 11 Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St. Price: $40-$58   With his new play,...

In da[velopment] club

October 4, 2012

Thirty-odd members of the Video Game Development Club met at Keller Hall on Tuesday night, as they do every week, to talk video games. They were kicking off a semester-long game development project, starting...

Mighty games, due fall

October 4, 2012

As the game industry gets flooded with cash and production quality soars, game developers have a harder and harder time balancing their foundations in violence with claims of progress and innovation. But...

NSF renews grant to STEM Alliance

September 26, 2012

The National Science Foundation  renewed its $2.5 million grant  to the North Star STEM Alliance, a University of Minnesota-led group of higher education institutions. Five years ago, North Star...

Second BET Conference comes to U

September 24, 2012

Bernice Johnson Reagon introduced the second Black Environmental Thought Conference at the University of Minnesota with a mix of lecture and song. She provided commentary on several poems and spirituals,...

Les Bolstad Golf Course renovation planned at reduced cost

September 20, 2012

Things are looking up for the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course. According to a memo University President Eric Kaler sent to various finance and athletics officers Thursday, the much...

Naked stabber charged with second-degree assault

September 20, 2012

Police arrested a man in the Southeast Como Neighborhood early this week after he stabbed a man after he had used meth, according to a Hennepin County complaint. Darrin Niccolas Kirk, 36, of Minneapolis,...

Mahmoud El-Kati, left, and Walt Jacobs, right, reminisce about their hometowns during a short break at the Huntley Houses, a living learning community for african american males located in Sanford Hall, opening celebration Friday at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. El-Kati is one of the first faculty members of the Universitys black studies department.

Hopes, concerns expressed at Huntley opening

September 17, 2012

African-American student leaders, retired activists and faculty members met Friday to air their hopes for progress at the University of Minnesota. “The black community is in a very peculiar place...

U’s Fairview hospital violated federal law

September 17, 2012

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, a Fairview Health Services hospital, is at risk of being terminated from Medicare and Medicaid after regulators concluded its aggressive billing practices violated...

Wisconsin judge strikes down controversial bargaining law

September 15, 2012

A Wisconsin judge struck down most of the Gov. Paul Walker's controversial state law that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers, the Associated Press reported. Dane...

Mahmoud El-Kati, left, and Walt Jacobs, right, reminisce about their hometowns during a short break at the Huntley Houses, a living learning community for african american males located in Sanford Hall, opening celebration Friday at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. El-Kati is one of the first faculty members of the Universitys black studies department.

Huntley House officially opens

September 14, 2012

Huntley House celebrated its grand opening at the Urban Research and Outreach Center Friday. The Living Learning Community was designed to provide a “stable environment” for male African American...

Maggie Houghton, Austin Zyvoloski and Rachel Blair relax to watch the Video Music Awards after a long day of classes Thursday in Comstock Hall. Lavender House, a GLBTA living-learning community, is one of several reasons that the University is considered a safe place for LGBT students.

U programming earns LGBT-friendly recognition

September 10, 2012

Luke Lambert’s community advisers always checked students for using gay slurs. He said he was “in the closet mentally” until his freshman year at the University of Minnesota, where he...

African studies redesigns major

September 6, 2012

Partly by design and partly by coincidence, the University of Minnesota’s African-American and African Studies Department is undergoing a major overhaul. The most striking change is the influx of...

College dating site to visit campus

September 4, 2012

For University of Minnesota junior Katie Strand, online dating seems like a desperate measure. But according to Melanie Wallner, spokeswoman for the college student-only dating site DateMySchool.com, online...

Renovations in motion for Coffman’s second floor

August 8, 2012

In one of the most decisive moves in a two-year process, the University of Minnesota recently issued its request for proposals for the $2.5 million renovation of Coffman Union’s second floor. The...

Media discusses Sikh temple gunman’s identity, motives

August 6, 2012

Multiple news outlets released details on Sunday's Sikh temple shooter. His name is Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old U.S. Army veteran.  According to a CBS report, he received a less-than-honorable...

Syrian prime minister reportedly defects

August 6, 2012

Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab announced his defection from Bashar al-Assad's government on Monday, Al Jazeera reported. The announcement came shortly after Syrian state television reported...

7 dead in Sikh temple shooting near Milwaukee

August 5, 2012

The Associated Press reported at least seven people were killed at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee on Sunday, one of whom was the gunman.  The still-unidentified suspect shot four people in the Sikh...

Dying bats immortalized through Techno

August 5, 2012

A national park in vermont has a new exhibit featuring digitally-altered recordings of bat calls, NPR reported.  The recordings were taken from members of two species prone to a disease called white-nose...

Chinese government detains 2,000 suspected of trading counterfeit drugs

August 5, 2012

According to Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, government authorities have detained nearly 2,000 people Sunday in a nationwide crackdown on counterfeit drugs, The New York Times reported.  Approximately...

Bloggers add theirs to the Trayvon Martin investigation

August 5, 2012

The Miami Herald reported that a group of diligent bloggers have been using their free time to comb the masses of published evidence for the Trayvon Martin killing. Their efforts are based largely on the...

Facebook competitor pushes for paid social networking model

August 5, 2012

TheVerge.com recently reported that programmer and business owner Dalton Cladwell recently published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.com.  In it he describes what he sees...

Review: “Celeste and Jesse Forever”

August 5, 2012

“Celeste and Jesse Forever” MPAA Rating: R — for language (f-words), sexual content (tame) and drug use (weed) Director: Lee Toland Krieger (“The Vicious Kind”) Writers: Rashida...

Amelia Earhart still missing

August 4, 2012

An expedition to find the remains of aviator Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has turned up little so far, according to an NPR report. Earhart, most known as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic...

Parking ramp support at MOA collapses after crash, killing one

August 4, 2012

WCCO reports a 52 year old man was crushed by a support beam at the Mall of America parking ramp on Friday. He had been driving a U-Haul truck and, the report said, and "appears to have misjudged...

Florida cop’s suicide opens department investigation

August 4, 2012

Elijah Rodgers, the Lauderhill, Florida police officer accused of official misconduct who committed suicide in February of last year, had sent an email to various city officials accusing some of his "jealous"...

MSA policy change opens discussion about race on campus

July 18, 2012

Last week, the University of Minnesota’s Al-Madinah Cultural Center hosted an outreach event in its room on the second floor of Coffman Union. For Minnesota Student Association President Taylor Williams,...

Employee car mysteriously painted

July 11, 2012

A University of Minnesota employee found his car mysteriously covered in paint near Mariucci Arena last week. Paul Andersen, an information technology professional, returned to his car at 5 p.m. ...

Health care ruling sparks campus conversation

July 3, 2012

President Barack Obama’s health care law has stayed controversial from its 2010 passage to the Supreme Court ruling upholding it last week, but the University of Minnesota has stayed on the same...

Gaming gets serious in nursing school

June 26, 2012

  After years of brutalizing virtual monsters, soldiers and zombies, gamers can finally begin to make amends — at least the nurses. The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is helping to...