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A&E’s summer watching guide

June 25, 2019

“Euphoria” Billed as a bit of a rougher "Skins," "Euphoria," Zendaya’s long-awaited HBO series, follows a high schooler named Rue who just left rehab. She has no plans to stay clean. Flushed in neon...

Culture compass: MCAD, Midsommar and morels

Culture compass: MCAD, Midsommar and morels

June 12, 2019

Friday: “25 Years Out: MCAD MFA Alumni Exhibit” This Friday, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will celebrate 25 years of its master of fine arts program with the coolest college graduation...

Culture compass: Cuz she loves us.

April 24, 2019

Friday: “City Pages 40th Birthday Party” Don’t the people who for write City Pages seem so fun? Don’t you just want to hang out with them? And also write for them? So so badly? On Friday you (I)...

Culture compass: Spring, winter and … ‘poosh?’

April 11, 2019

Friday: AWAKE After Dark  You’ve read all of The Wake Magazine’s band Q&As — now head down 4th Street Southeast or University Avenue Southeast toward Honey on Friday to listen with them!...

Aneta Grzeszykowska, Selfie #2, 2014. Courtesy of Raster Gallery, Warsaw. The work is displayed at the

That of the art consumer is perfect!

April 1, 2019

It’s a clear image and, due to its repetition, its likelihood contains multitudes: The art museum visitor stands in front of a canvas, staring longingly. At the last second, they turn around. Click!...

Nora McInerny

Review: Happy and sad at the same time

March 28, 2019

As she implies in her newest memoir, Nora McInerny doesn’t pay loads of attention to positive reviews of her work. Nora, if you’re reading this, the appraisal is sunny. You’re free to move on to...

Culture compass: From MN, to India to Madrid

February 21, 2019

Friday: Battle of The Bands Round III After two rounds of slaps and grooves, Battle of the Bands sounds off for the last round before the final. The winners will move on to meet previous winners and compete...

Photo by Dan Norman, courtesy of The Jungle Theater

Throw us to ‘The Wolves’

February 15, 2019

A group of high-school aged girls sit on a soccer field, stretching. Three simultaneous conversations occur, and one girl throws the word “fuck” around a little more than everyone else. Surely, this...

Culture compass: warm-ups, wind downs and WeHo

December 6, 2018

Friday: “Glow in the Dark Mini Golf” Some of us are graduating this semester, and some only have a semester left. You might as well put your status to use and attend some free, student-only events....

The Wellbeing Experience Indoor Festival happens on Friday, Nov. 16 at Northrop.

Speaking self-care at the ‘Wellbeing Experience’

November 19, 2018

The first of its kind at the University of Minnesota, Friday night’s “Wellbeing Experience” filled Northrop’s four floors with bodies — minds and spirits, too. Presented by the Earl E. Bakken...

Culture compass: Mia sights, Jia recs and Ari jams

November 7, 2018

CULTURE COMPASS Friday: Rush “The Book of Mormon” Remember when “The Book of Mormon” was the biggest thing, and it was impossible to get local tour-stop tickets? The fever has more-or-less passed,...

Culture compass: Reads, rarities and rutabagas

October 11, 2018

CULTURE COMPASS Friday: Free day at The Coven Women and non-binary folks (over 21) rejoice! On Friday, Minneapolis’s own co-working space, The Coven, is opening its doors to non-members for the day....

Maritza Ramirez, an esthetician at HAUS Salon in Minneapolis' North Loop, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, May 1.

Q&A: Have skincare questions? Meet your answer

May 3, 2018

Maritza Ramirez, an esthetician at the North Loop’s Haus Salon and proprietor of all things glowy, found her spot in the skincare world in a bit of a roundabout way.  That’s not to say she hasn’t...

Illustration by Cedar Thomas

Review: Kanye West’s ‘Break the Simulation’

April 30, 2018

About two weeks ago, Kanye West announced that he was writing a philosophy book — “Break the Simulation.” That same day, West took back to Twitter after a long hiatus. There were a few days of “inspirational”...

Culture compass: Finally, finally May

April 30, 2018

Friday: BFA Thesis Show Come one, come all and celebrate this year’s Department of Art BFA graduating class at their thesis show on Friday. Breaking Dreams: The Disjunction of Progress? Extravagant Ground:...

University of Minnesota a cappella groups stand on stage as the winner of Battle for the Vox is announced.

The loudest Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry this spring: A cappella

April 26, 2018

This Saturday, Northrop Auditorium will be host to one of the biggest university a cappella events nationwide — besides the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, of course (that’s the...

From left, Katherine Spaeth, Cavy Brennan, Celeste Dornfeld and Rosalie Uggla.

Street style: The best dressed at The Tower release party

April 23, 2018

Last Thursday, The University of Minnesota’s art and literary magazine, The Tower, held its annual release party at the Weisman Museum of Art. Full of poems, short fiction pieces, photography and art...

Gigi Berry poses for a portrait while selling her pins under her company Cherry Moon Press.

Gigi Berry’s Cherry Moon Press, which makes Prince-themed pins, turns one-year-old

April 19, 2018

One year ago this Wednesday, Gigi Berry officially made her hobby an “actual thing.” The hobby? Pin collecting. The actual thing that came out of it? Cherry Moon Press — a local Prince-themed enamel...

Shia LaBeouf  & Sverrir Gudnason as John McEnroe & Björn Borg in Borg vs McEnroe.

Review: You and “Borg vs McEnroe” — it’s an easy match

April 17, 2018

It’s the summer of 1980, and you’re in the crowd at Wimbledon. Do you remember the cheers? Björn Borg’s luscious locks and John McEnroe’s ferocity? Do you remember who won? Of course you don’t....

Courtesy of Paper Darts

Art to die for, ‘Stories to Live’

April 12, 2018

Joan Didion once wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Paper Darts, a literary magazine founded in Minneapolis, took this idea a step further — they added art. “Stories To Live,”...

Culture compass: Cheap Tattoos and cures for the winter blues

April 10, 2018

Friday: Friday the 13th @ MPLS Tattoo Shop This Friday, Minneapolis Tattoo Shop will be having discount deals for their flash tattoos. If you're not superstitious, then head down to choose from one of...

Cardi B's debut studio album

Review: Cardi B’s debut album proves she’s at home in the spotlight

April 9, 2018

Released Friday, Cardi B’s debut album “Invasion of Privacy” is racing to the number one debut slot on Billboard’s 200 chart. If this happens, she’ll be the first female rap artist to snag the...

Round-up: Smocks on, artistes!

April 5, 2018

When was the last time you did something creative? Doodling in your margins doesn’t count, nor does helping your friend workshop an Instagram caption. Was it a long time ago? Maybe even middle school?...

Bharat Pulgam, the founder of three companies and a freshman at the University of Minnesota, delivers the first speech of the evening as part of TEDxUMN: A Tale of Twin Cities, at the McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, March 30.

TEDxUMN tells the story of the Twin Cities at McNamara

April 2, 2018

It was around 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon — the day of TEDxUMN: A Tale of Twin Cities. The stage was set, the goodie bag filling process was underway and University of Minnesota School of Nursing associate...

The Coven is filled with working women on Tuesday, March 27 in the North Loop. The space encourages women and non-binary individuals to find community while accomplishing personal and professional work in the space.

Women welcome at the North Loop’s The Coven

March 29, 2018

The Coven, a co-working space for women and non-binary individuals in the North Loop, officially opened March 8 (that’s International Women’s Day, mind you). Membership based, the space welcomes individuals...

Macaroni and cheese pizza and a cherry malted milkshake.

College kitchen: How to make your favorite Dinkytown items

March 22, 2018

Sometimes you really want to go out to eat. But most of the time you shouldn’t — whether the reason be money or about-to-expire-ingredients sitting in your kitchen. However, you can’t stop cravings. There...

Alicia Vikander takes on the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.

Review: ‘Tomb Raider’ is for the … we’re not sure.

March 19, 2018

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s “Tomb Raider” ends with a cliffhanger. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty sprinkled throughout it, as vintage video game hottie turned action film hero Lara...

Courtesy of Meghan Murphy

Artist Meghan Murphy’s new rules

March 8, 2018

When she was an undergrad, a classmate told Meghan Murphy her work reminded him of middle school. She’d painted a bunch of Tim Burton-esque dolls floating in yellow and wearing lingerie — a study in...

Artist and owner Nancy Waller poses for portraits at the Black Lodge gift shop on Tuesday, March 6. The shop is themed after David Lynch's television show

At Black Lodge, ‘Twin Peaks’ comes to life

March 8, 2018

Local artist Nancy Waller started watching “Twin Peaks” when it came out in 1990. In early December, she unveiled a pop-up inspired by the show in her south Minneapolis storefront — the “Black...

The Gateway Arch as seen in St. Louis, Missouri on the Mississippi river by night.

A&E’s guide to spring break

March 1, 2018

Remember that time freshman year when you and your friends made a pact to go to Cabo in 2018? It’s not happening anymore. So instead of waiting to see if someone will get the flu and offer up their ticket...

Culture compass: Skincare, Sufjan and sprouts

February 28, 2018

Friday: MGMT I don’t think I’ve heard from MGMT since my “Skins U.K.” phase in 2011. So where the heck did this come from? While the band put out a brand new album this year, it’s top three songs...

Miriam Schwartz, Sally Wingert and Robert Dorfman preform

Review: The Guthrie’s ‘Indecent’ might make you sob. Go see it.

February 26, 2018

The program for the Guthrie Theater’s “Indecent” is millennial pink. It features a take on the Star of David, with the downward pointing triangle transformed into a heart. My copy is tear stained. Like,...

Illustration by Cedar Thomas.

Dessa: From office hours to Scholars Walk

February 22, 2018

Local rapper Dessa is double-jointed and a triple threat. At least that’s how she labels herself in the first bar of her new song, “5 out of 6.” And yes, Dessa has the talent — and the flexible...

Max Wagner, Annie Judd, Maxine Britt, Emely Sanchez

Street style: Outside with the cuties

February 19, 2018

Yeah, Valentine’s day is super sweet. But the pops of color seen around campus on the first nice day after a couple weeks of raw winter are sweeter. Last Wednesday, A&E took to the streets (biking...

Illustration by Jane Borstad.

A&E’s guide to Valentine’s week

February 12, 2018

Roses and chocolates are all well and good, but this Valentine’s Day there has to be something more. Something more to look forward to than the convenience store clearance section on Feb. 15. Something...

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed.

Review: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ just sucks. It really does.

February 12, 2018

Sophia Vilensky I was, at one point, intrigued by the Fifty Shades trilogy. I read the books (on a Kindle so as not to worry my mom), and giggled through the first movie with my girlfriends. I’ve listened...

Attendees of the 2018 Maxim Party socialize on Saturday, Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII. Tickets to the exclusive party started at $750 and featured special performances by Post Malone and DJ Marshmello.

Fame over frats: students experience the weekend’s exclusive Maxim party

February 6, 2018

As a 20 year old, I don’t have any first-hand experience with Saturday night’s 21+ Maxim Super Bowl Party. But I heard it was insane. That’s the word Lana Truong and Elizabeth West used to describe...

Culture compass: eight pounds, nine ounces and healthy

February 5, 2018

Friday: Varsity Theater Re-Opening Party REJOICE! THE VARSITY IS BACK! Featuring Dirt Train, Chris Koza, Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh, we can at last enjoy the beautiful venue without sacrificing our...

Dascha Polanco on the red carpet at the NFL Honors awards on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Northrop Auditorium.

At the NFL Honors Awards, celebrities and sportsmen bring their red carpet best

February 5, 2018

How do you imagine a red carpet atmosphere? We think of a street in Hollywood right at peak golden-hour, covered in the kind of plushy fabric heels sink into. Enter the NFL Honors 2018 awards on Saturday...

Greta Morgan, Elizabeth Kristian, Sammy Yahiaoui and James Molitor pose for portraits in Blegen Hall.

Street style: In Blegen, hallways turn to runways

February 1, 2018

Dark stairwells with no traffic policy, high-school-reminiscent bathroom graffiti and the permeating smell of basement Subway. There’s just something about Blegen Hall.  Then there’s the array...

“Culture II” album cover.

Review: Welcome to the Migos show, this is “Culture II”

January 29, 2018

I still remember a time before everything was Migos, but only slightly. (Slightly!) Sometime in the past … maybe year and a half (?) ago, the Lawrenceville, Georgia-based group slipped into our consciousness. With...

Illustration by Cedar Thomas.

A&E’s guide to this semester’s non-required reading

January 25, 2018

You know how sometimes you're shopping in the University of Minnesota bookstore and you see a book that looks fabulous, but you know you'll never be able to fit that class into your schedule? We have you...

Review: Fall Out Boy’s “M A N I A” proves we’re not in 2003 anymore. We wish we were.

Review: Fall Out Boy’s “M A N I A” proves we’re not in 2003 anymore. We wish we were.

January 22, 2018

“Mania,” “Mania”… what can I say? Britney Spears is covered in the second verse of the album’s first song, and that’s potentially the most exciting part of it. Fall Out Boy’s newest album,...

From left, Colin, Evan and Cameron Campbell of The Shackletons pose for a portrait in their home on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

What Jonas Brothers reunion? Meet Minnesota’s own band of brothers

January 18, 2018

Cameron (22), Colin (21), and Evan (17) Campbell, otherwise known as The Shackletons, met as children. Notice how they all have the same last name? That’s because they’re brothers. They met as babies. The...

From left, Art Words judges Hannah Nelson, Tripura Talagadadeevi, and Laurel Darling pose for a portrait in Lind Hall on Tuesday.

‘ArtWords’ competition celebrates 20 years of poetry

January 18, 2018

Sometimes a piece of art just speaks to you. Entrants of “ArtWords,” an annual contest put on by the Weisman Art Museum, are encouraged to transcribe whatever it is they hear. Established in 1998,...