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Culture compass — tomatoes, Fanilows and “Saved By the Bell”

April 19, 2012

  Thursday Music — Claps, Sleeping in the Aviary, Enola Gay and Miami Dolphins If you’re looking for a showcase of the best homegrown Minneapolis music, take your toes to the Turf tonight....

Hank III will moan the blues, country, metal and who knows what else tonight at First Ave.

Runnin’ with the devil

November 29, 2011

Hank Williams III When: Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Where: First Ave. Mainroom, 701 First Ave. N. Cost: $20, 18+ If Hank Williams is the grandfather of country music, Hank Williams III is its mutinous grandson. While...

MPLS.TV collabs with

November 11, 2011

In what is arguably the best thing that could ever happen to a local "content hub produced by an independent Do-It-Together network of videographers, writers, and other creators," MPLS.TV has agreed to...

Gosling as the Driver in

Shut up and “Drive”

September 16, 2011

âÄúDriveâÄù Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks Rated: R Showing: Area theaters Yes, âÄúDrive,âÄù Nicolas Winding...

Business senior and No Static Records founder Jake Heinitz, left, and Audio Perm producer Taylor Madrigal, right, are the organizers of the first Audio Perm Block Party.

Check the rhyme

August 10, 2011

  Audio Perm Block Party When: 2-10 p.m., Aug. 27, Where: Shuga Records parking lot Who: Pac Div, Toki Wright, I Self Devine, others Cost: $10 advance;$15 at the door ItâÄôs no secret that...

Roman Polanski
Sharon Tate

Navigating the Polish Film Festival

August 10, 2011

  Twin Cities Polish Film Festival Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis When: August 12-18 Cost: $8.50 General Admission, $5 members, $6 students/seniors When many Americans...

Caesar ponders his evolution and revolution in

Review: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

August 4, 2011

  "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" DIRECTED BY: Rupert Wyatt STARRING: James Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow and Freida Pinto RATED: PG-13 SHOWING: Area Theaters This time of...

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA- AUGUST 6: Macys 2010 Glamorama Fashion show benefitting Childrens Cancer Research Fund at the Orpheum Theater in Minneaolis, Minnesota on August 6, 2010. (Photo by Adam M. Bettcher)

Viva la glam!

August 3, 2011

MacyâÄôs Passport presents âÄúGlamoramaâÄù Who: Bruno Mars, Far East Movement, socialites Where: Orpheum Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., August 5 When people...

Tonight’s Walker Music and Movies moved indoors

August 1, 2011

  Today in bummers caused by Mother Earth, the Walker's Music and Movies series — meant to be enjoyed in the great outdoors — will be moved inside to the the Walker's cinema. DJ Bill DeVille will...

Q-Tip, middle, claims to be

The paths of rhythm

July 27, 2011

  âÄúBeats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called QuestâÄù Directed by: Michael Rapaport Starring: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White Rated: R Showing...

Voicing the voiceless

Voicing the voiceless

July 27, 2011

  A Splash of Summer Open Mic Who: Voices Merging Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. SE When: Fri. July 29, 7-9 p.m. Cost: Free As part of its summer concert series, Northrop welcomes student group...

Chicago-based DJ Chrissy Murderbot, right, is attacked by his Pitchfork Music Festival hype-man MC Zulu.

Pitchfork through the eyes of the artists

July 20, 2011

It would be bad form for sports writers to walk out on a team that is simply having an off game, or for White House reporters to snub a failing president. But for music critics, this is the vocation. They...

Pitchfork Music Festival Day 2 Recap

July 17, 2011

Day two of any festival is going to be about recovery. Be it drugs, alcohol, music or a combination, those who saw day one of Pitchfork Music Festival were looking for anything to whip them back into...

Pitchfork Music Festival Day 1 Recap

July 16, 2011

Pitchfork Music Festival is like Woodstock in that a bunch of inebriated (and primarily Caucasian) people gather to listen to music. And that's where the comparisons end. As hard as "Free Hugs" sign holders...

Actor Drew Ailes poses for a photo during his progression from

No pain, no gain

July 13, 2011

  âÄúInvincible ForceâÄù Where: The Trylon Microcinema, 3258 S. Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis When: Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Cost: $8 To understand âÄúInvincible...

9 to 5 Tour

Cast List:
Dee Hoty 
Diana DeGarmo 
Mamie Parris 
Joseph Mahowald 
Kristin Zbornik 
Jane Blass, Patrick Boyd, Paul Castree, Holly Davis, Janet Dickinson Madeleine Doherty, Marjorie Failoni, Gregg Goodbrod, K.J. Hippensteel, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Michelle Marmolejo, April Nixon, Ryah Nixon, Rick Pessagno, Wayne Schroder, Micah Shepard and Travis Waldschmidt.
Other Credits:
Lyrics by: Dolly Parton
Music by: Dolly Parton
Book by: Patricia Resnick

Workin’ woman’s blues

July 13, 2011

  âÄú9 to 5 the MusicalâÄù When: Now through July 17, 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (345 Washington St., St. Paul) Cost:...

Culture compass — Abilities, controversial block parties and Katy Perry

July 6, 2011

  Thursday DJ Abilities Cabooze 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis 9 p.m. $10-12 Seeing DJ Abilities after the tragic loss of his music partner Eyedea is not like seeing Art Garfunkel solo. Unlike Art,...

“Untitled 8,” Soo Visual Arts Center’s annual Juried Exhibition opens this Saturday. The show, featuring art by eight artists runs until late August.

The exhibit with no name

July 6, 2011

  âÄúUntitled 8âÄù Where: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638, S. Lyndale Ave. Minneapolis When: July 9 through August 21 âÄúUntitled 8,âÄù the upcoming exhibit at Soo Visual...

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970:  Photo of Mahalia Jackson  Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

I saw the light

July 6, 2011

âÄúRejoice and ShoutâÄù Where: Edina Cinema Cinema, 3911 West 50th St, Edina When: Friday, Director introduction at 7 p.m., Q&A after the showing Making a film about gospel...

Review: Gillian Welch —

Review: Gillian Welch — “The Harrow and the Harvest”

June 29, 2011

"The Harrow and the Harvest" Artist: Gillian Welch Label: Acony Records In this musical climate, there are plenty of bad guys. Party pop is often as thoughtful as a game of flip cup. Pop-country darlings...

Come as you are

Come as you are

June 29, 2011

  Film has always been dependent on other mediums of art. Without music, filmmakers would be unable to convey any emotion on the screen. "The Blaze," a local art "mission" led by local film director...

Actors Joseph Pyfferoen (left) and Jake Wellington (right) greet guests for the Minnesota Centennial Showboat’s performance of The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

I’m on a Showboat

June 22, 2011

  âÄúThe Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The Melodrama of Sweeney ToddâÄù What: Minnesota Centennial Showboat When: Tuesday throughSaturday at 8 p.m. with matinees Tuesday, Thursday...

David Cook talks about one of his creations Tuesday at the Hennes Art Company in Minneapolis.  Cooks “ladies,” which were designed for his musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”, will be presented Friday for the exhibition called Identities Explored.

Who is me?

June 22, 2011

  What: âÄúIdentities Explored: A celebration of art from the GLBT communityâÄù Where: Hennes Art Company, 1607 Hennepin Ave. When: June 24 through July 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If...

Culture compass — Nice Purse, Mötley Crüe and Bill Maher

June 22, 2011

Thursday Hollow Boys, Nice Purse, the Bombay Sweets, Fire in the Northern Firs Nomad World Pub 501 S. Cedar Ave. , Minneapolis 10 p.m., 21-plus Nice Purse has as good a grasp on the word âÄúpopâÄù...

Walker's Garden to be rocked again this year

Walker’s Garden to be rocked again this year

June 15, 2011

  Rock the Garden Who: My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Booker T. Jones, Tapes âÄòn Tapes Where: Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1750 Hennepin Ave. When: Saturday, June 19, 3-10:30...

Gentlemen, start your guitars

Gentlemen, start your guitars

June 15, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with EMA Where: 7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave. N. When: June 15, 8 p.m. Cost: $10-$12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is nothing that its bandname suggests. Their music is not fast-moving....

Generation DIY

June 8, 2011

  âÄúUnraveled DIY Festival,âÄù presented by Textile Center When: 6-9 p.m., Friday Where: Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E. Cost: $3 To call us the âÄúDo It Yourself GenerationâÄù...

Sunshine of your Love

June 8, 2011

  What: First AvenueâÄôs Too Much Love on Campus Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. SE When: June 8 and 29, July 13, noon to 1 p.m. Peter Lansky, known publicly as DJ Sovietpanda, is Mr....

Walker announces summer Music & Movie’s lineup

June 3, 2011

  The Walker's Summer Music & Movies series is one of the best things about Minneapolis summer. It encompasses all the reasons why summer is the gnarliest season. You got yer movies. You got yer...

The carnal cast, left to right, Tracey Maloney, Bill McCallum, Jennifer Blagen and Chris Carlson.

Whose playground is it anyway?

June 1, 2011

"God of Carnage" Directed By: John Miller-Stephany Starring: Tracey Maloney, Bill McCallum, Jennifer Blagen, Chris Carlson Written by: Yasmina Rice Translated by: Christopher Hampton Where: Guthrie Theater,...

“Out” Film Festival kicks off Gay Pride Month

“Out” Film Festival kicks off Gay Pride Month

June 1, 2011

  Out Film Festival Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Main St. NE When: June 2-5 Cost: First day free to public, $10 per movie or event after that. $60 all-access festival passes available online 2011...

MCAD Junior Brendan Dawson paints a hole Saturday that he cut out of dry wall during the Minneapolis Home Building and Remodeling Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

HOPSACK and a jump

May 25, 2011

Art and practicality have had a strange affair over the years. Andy Warhol said that an artist is somebody who produces something that people donâÄôt need to have. While, technically, people donâÄôt...

Isbell, center, and his 400 Unit released their best album together, “Here We Rest,” in April.

Still Truckin’

May 25, 2011

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Maria Taylor Where: Turf Club, 1601 UNIVERSITY AVE. W. When: Sat., May 28, 8 p.m. Cost: $14 You canâÄôt really say anything about Jason Isbell without mentioning...

Local artists celebrate Dylan’s 70th on Radio K tomorrow

May 23, 2011

In honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, Radio K is summoning local artists to cover the troubadour's tunes all day. Dylan's catalogue is a bottomless well (it contradicts itself; it contains multitudes),...

Little big lizard

Little big lizard

March 3, 2011

âÄúRangoâÄù Directed by: Gore Verbinski Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin Rated: PG Showing at: Area theaters LOS ANGELES âÄî For two decades, Johnny Depp won...

Dan Fogler, left, and Topher Grace sing along with piano accompaniment on Wednesday Feb 9 at the Shout House in Minneapolis.  The two celebrities made an appearance promoting their new film Take Me Home Tonight, which releases March 4.

Young Americans

March 3, 2011

Nostalgia can be easy fodder for the comedy filmmaker, twice removed from their source material by time and the erratic revolutions of fashion. But making a movie about bygone days that appeals to oneâÄôs...

The Guthrie launches online virtual tour

March 2, 2011

The Guthrie Theater, taking advantage of the fact that the modern man would rather experience something lying on his bed with a laptop adorning his chest rather than physically doing anything, has launched...

Honky Tonk Heroes: Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at Mystic Lake Casino

February 28, 2011

Much of the allure of Country Music comes from the fact that it is essentially the art of suffering. The plight of the Country singer is to turn a broken heart into a song; to reside at Rock Bottom so...

Sudeikis and Wilson wondering why they're in this lousy movie

Pass on “Hall Pass”

February 24, 2011

âÄúHall PassâÄù Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters The Farrelly brothers have made...

Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) mingles at an insurance convention.

Midwest state of mind

February 17, 2011

âÄúCedar RapidsâÄù Directed by: Miguel Arteta Starring: Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters The Great Middle West has long been the subject of mockery...

Tempt not a desperate gnome

February 10, 2011

âÄúGnomeo and JulietâÄù Directed by: Kelly Asbury Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine Rated: G Showing at: Area theaters ShakespeareâÄôs âÄúRomeo and JulietâÄù...

The Black Eyed Peas: Death of a Super Bowl halftime show

February 7, 2011

Watching The Who pay homage to impotence during last year’s Super Bowl half time show was painful, to be sure; but this year’s performance, courtesy of The Black Eyed Peas, was so excruciating —...

There’s a starman killing lots of guys

February 3, 2011

âÄúMass Effect 2âÄù Rated: M Distributed for: PS3, PC, Xbox 360 Those who shun the likes of Microsoft and its various omnipresent offshoots may be unfamiliar with the âÄúMass EffectâÄù...

Heroes and villains

January 27, 2011

âÄúDC Universe OnlineâÄù RATED: T DISTRIBUTED FOR: PS3, Windows   Sony Online EntertainmentâÄôs âÄúDC Universe OnlineâÄù is the modern nerdâÄôs wet...

Emma (Portman) and Adam (Kutcher) share an unromantic meal.

The ties that bind

January 20, 2011

âÄúNo Strings AttachedâÄù Directed by: Ivan Reitman Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline Rated: R Showing at: Area theaters   The romantic comedy is not a genre defined...

Show review: Sleeping in the Aviary’s tour commencement at Triple Rock

January 8, 2011

  The last couple years in Minneapolis music have been under a half nelson of what can only be described by the oxymoronically jumbled phrase of "mainstream indie music." Gayngs. Messersmith. Lookbook....

Winter break movie guide

December 25, 2010

The holidays can be a time of great familial bonding, or a time of heated skirmishes with the ogres you call parents. Regardless of where your family stands, the movies offer a chance to get together,...

The primitive pair goes bananas for monkeyin' around. Pardon the... apish puns.

The return of the Kong

December 9, 2010

âÄúDonkey Kong Country ReturnsâÄù RATED: E DISTRIBUTED FOR: Nintendo Wii In the 1995 comedy classic âÄúBilly Madison,âÄù Adam Sandler argues that âÄúDonkey Kong,âÄù...

Gwar wreaks musical havoc in Minneapolis

December 7, 2010

I vividly recall the first time I heard of Gwar: I was playing the "Beavis and Butt-head" videogame for Super Nintendo, the goal of which was to collect two tickets for the Gwar show that night, by any...

Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr., also known by his stage name Common, speaks to students Friday at Coffman Union.

Common talks rap, inspiration at Coffman

December 6, 2010

Acclaimed hip-hop artist and actor Common came to Coffman Union on Friday, not to perform his unique brand of socially conscious hip-hop but to lecture to students and faculty on achieving oneâÄôs...