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A model of the Faun, a character from the movie Pans Labyrinth, sits on display at Guillermo del Toros At Home With Monsters exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on March 2, 2017.

Mia’s new exhibit spotlights creepy characters of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro

Published March 7, 2017

At age seven, Guillermo del Toro bought his first book — a collection of horror stories.Today, the award-winning filmmaker — best known for his film, “Pan’s Labyrinth” — has a large...

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King Lear, by William Shakespeare, directed by Joseph Haj
Guthrie Theater,  2/10/17
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Scenic Design: Marion Williams
Costume Design: Jennifer Moeller

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

‘King Lear’ is back at the Guthrie Theater after a 20 year hiatus

Published February 22, 2017

The Guthrie Theater welcomed William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” to the stage for the first time in over 20 years, earlier this month. Directed by Joseph Haj, the play will run through April...


With advancing technology, finding ‘the one’ starts with a swipe

Published December 12, 2016

Vince lent Kristen a spare quarter outside a Metrodome payphone. The favor set in motion their fledgling romance.The Palyans, two University of Minnesota alumni who met in the late 1980s, have now been...

The atrium of Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Paisley park is (officially) open for a new kind of business

Published November 8, 2016

As of Oct. 28, you no longer need to be awake at an ungodly hour to visit Paisley Park.Prince’s palace is now open for more of a regular schedule. The show can start and end by late afternoon. I’ll...

The “Six Women. Six Topics. Six Perspectives” series will run through April.

6 women, 6 perspectives

Published September 29, 2016

A historian, a NASA astronaut, a TV personality, an NPR blogger, a creative director, an entrepreneur and an environmental journalist walk into an auditorium. What do all of these people have in common?For...

Adam Livermore is a freelance hairstylist for celebrities in New York and an educator for Oribe. His career took off after he attended beauty school at Aveda in Minneapolis and was approached by famous hairstylist Oribe Canales to accompany him to Paris Fashion Week.

Q&A: Adam Livermore

Published August 26, 2016

There was a point six years ago when a man named Adam Livermore entered photos into a Minneapolis hairstyling competition.He wasn’t picked as a finalist but kept the copyrights of his images.Declaring...

Counter clockwise, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, Mike Birbiglia and Tami Sagher in Mike Birbiglia’s Dont Think Twice.

Review: “Don’t Think Twice”

Published August 25, 2016

“Don’t Think Twice” — Mike Birbiglia’s newest film venture — will be released in local theaters on Friday, after enchanting viewers on its countrywide screening tour.Birbiglia’s first...

Abby Guggisberg practices aerial silks at Circus Juventas at their location in the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul on July 22.

At Circus Juventas, youth learn the ropes

Published July 27, 2016

Walking into Circus Juventas a week before summer show time, the scene is reminiscent of any other heavily youth-casted community play. Parents paint sets, the best brushes daub on stage makeup and Soffe-clad...

Wise Acre Eaterys Shades of Asia salad with blueberry aronia, paired with rhubarb basil soda.

At Twin Cities’ farm-to-table eateries, seasonal Midwest produce reigns

Published July 27, 2016

Summertime in the Midwest means thriving fields and colorful plates.At a farm-to-table restaurant, it means fresh eggs and — since the season is now over — hopefully no asparagus in late July.I...

A taco de pollo is drizzled with lime outside La Mexicana Supermarcado, one of nine stops on the Taco Tour on Lake Street on Sunday.

Taco Tour serves up authentic fare

Published July 20, 2016

One street. Two-and-a-half thousand attendees. Too many tacos. As if. On Sunday, nine local Latino restaurants participated in the third annual Taco Tour on Lake Street; Harriet Brewing hosted an after...

Echo Bodine stands at the entrance to her Center for Spiritual Development in Minneapolis. Bodine is a well-known psychic, medium, teacher and author. She discovered her psychic ability at a young age and has spent her life teaching others about the spiritual world.

Q&A: Psychic Echo Bodine talks groundedness, Ouija Boards and slutty brownies

Published July 20, 2016

No one notices anything odd because she’s just a normal person. She won’t read you right now, anyway — she’s buying flowers. A&E sat down with Echo Bodine — medium/psychic/healer/author/teacher/ghostbuster/all-around...

Peaches ‘n’ cake

Published July 15, 2016

Quick disclaimer: I think I love peaches a little too much.   When I was a kid, I loved rubbing the pit on asphalt until it transformed into a ring. I’ve always loved the fruit. The emoji is...

People could be seen wandering campus capturing Pokemon on their phones during a University of Minnesota Pokemon Go meet up on Sunday.

Catch of the day

Published July 13, 2016

On Sunday morning, the grounds surrounding Coffman Union were uncharacteristically silent, save for the casual dog-walker enjoying the solace of a quiet campus stroll. A group of about 10 people milled...

Refreshing rhubarb pie is a fun treat to make with friends using in seasonal ingredients.

College kitchen: in season

Published July 13, 2016

Florals for spring are so passe, but summer produce encapsulates the season time and time again. Here are some simple recipes to make the most out of your next farmers market haul. At some points, I felt...

No more Manson family values

Published July 7, 2016

I can’t remember when I really got into the Manson family, but it was either when Megan Draper wore that shirt on “Mad Men” or when I had time to research while my mom made me shield...

Left to right, Chris Bales, Ryan Gilman, Jake Mierva and Sam Walsh pose for a portrait near the University of Minnesota on June 30. The group created a short film for the Minnesota 48 Hour Film Festival, during which they had 48 hours to make and submit a short film that all had to include the same prop, character, and line. Their film, The Summer of 99 won best writing, best musical score, and fan favorite.

Forty-eight hours of summer

Published July 6, 2016

To an outsider, the prospect of competing in the 48-Hour Film Project may sound cumbersome — but for some, it’s a task worth taking. Over the course of a weekend, participants write, film and...

A bowl of Karai Miso ramen sits on a table at Ippindo Ramen House, which recently opened on Washington Avenue. The restaurant serves traditional Japanese dishes.

Review: Not your dorm room ramen

Published July 6, 2016

It’s common knowledge that ramen is the quintessential college food, but are you ready for an upgrade? And, no, I’m not talking about adding shrimp flavoring. Coming on the heels of the Americanized ramen...

Valleyfairadise Lost: 10 things you realize at Valleyfair when you’re old enough for existential dread

Published July 1, 2016

As Valleyfair celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, I’ve come to realize that the only thing that’s changed ... is me.   The person manning the Wild Thing (ie. the person in charge...

More than a boudie call

Published June 29, 2016

Woman. Mother. Proud.  Intelligent. Talented. Local photographers Athena Pelton and Nicole Feest are more than one adjective; they are more than even a few. Recently, however, even the most body-positive...

That American Life

Published June 23, 2016

I hopped on the bandwagon a bit late, but I’m no fake fan.   This American Life is a (very popular) weekly public radio program hosted by Ira Glass. Broadcast since 1995, episodes were released...

Left to right, Rim Woldeslassie, Nathan Walker, Erin Colasacco and Isa Sponslier pose for portraits at Rock the Garden 2016 at Boom Island Park on Saturday.

Street style: A different kind of garden party

Published June 22, 2016

Festivals have become synonymous with a certain kind of wardrobe, but Minnesotan folks still have some originality left in them. In what could have been a crop-top wasteland, 14,000 people gathered to...

Shake Shack, a popular burger chain, opened its first Minnesota location at the Mall of America on June 9.

We’re not in Brooklyn anymore

Published June 22, 2016

On the afternoon of June 15, there was only a kind-of-long line outside of Shake Shack at the Mall of America. Having opened June 9 in the “Culinary on North” area of MOA, the restaurant boasted...

Concert Review: Paul Simon

Published June 16, 2016

Paul Simon is still crazy after all these years — crazy delightful, that is.   On Tuesday night, Paul Simon played the first show of his two-night engagement at the Orpheum. The show was slated...

Beginnings on the bridge

Published June 15, 2016

When artist Sam Fleming  traveled to Chicago last weekend, he wasn’t going to a show at Second City or taking a picture by the Bean — the 19-year-old was working his booth at the Wells...

Ella Williams, age 7, colors a picture with her mother Kelly and brother Aiden, at the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America on Monday, June 14.

Coloring book

Published June 15, 2016

On a Friday morning, the Mall of America is still quiet. “Crayola Experience,” however, is already bustling. As a young boy uses motion-sensing technology to dab crayons on a screen, a group...

Kate OReilly, right, and Jenn Schaal record an episode of the podcast XOXOJK on Sunday, June 5. The two women meet weekly to discuss real stuff, funny stuff, good stuff and all the stuff in between.

Conversational critique

Published June 8, 2016

  Kate O’Reilly and Jenn Schaal were Twitter friends, finding companionship in favorites and understanding in retweets. When the two women finally met in person, their conversational propensity...

Naturally nice

Published June 8, 2016

  Jennifer Helm’s son was always asking for popsicles. Sick of providing Bomb Pops, Helm decided to take matters into her own hands. After years of corporate work, Helm was energized by the...

Remembering the Disney Channel Original Movie

Published June 2, 2016

Millennials are prone to seek the comfort of yore. Disney provides an adequate refuge.   As proven by Fuller House and the MAC Trolls Collection — nostalgia is trending. In honor of their 100th...

Acai bowls offer some color to your breakfast with a variety of fruits.

College Kitchen: acai and me

Published June 1, 2016

Following a parade of greens, the acai berry is the newest (and prettiest) star of the superfood craze. Tasty and good-looking, the Brazilian treat is incredibly popular on the West coast. Acai berries...

Left to right, Aline Putnoki, Derrick Johnson, Anne Putnoki and Will Massengill pose outside of the Forever Young Prom at First Avenue on the evening of May 27. The throwback prom was a reminiscent party playing music from 1996-2006.

Street style: It’s raining on prom night

Published June 1, 2016

When you think of your prom, what comes to mind? A dress that’s fallen into obsolescence? A painful corsage pin? The date you pretended to like for the sake of a good picture? Last Friday night at...

Ever effervescent — homemade kombucha calls for a second sip

Published May 27, 2016

A trendy bottle begs attention and it’s even better when the beverage inside is palatable. A far cry from the juice cleanses of yore (sorry Gwyneth Paltrow), kombucha combines a distinct yet pleasant...

The Fashionista is in: Summer thrifting

Published May 25, 2016

Molly King, marketing manager at The Arc Greater Twin Cities, has a soft spot for black skirts. Recently, the closet full of ink welcomed something new — an orange skirt.  Thrift shopping allows...

Street style: Anyone but Becky

Published May 25, 2016

The last to arrive at the Met Gala and the first one whose outfit we want to see, Beyoncé is synonymous with style. While the weather was a bit dicey, Monday night’s concert at TCF Bank...

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