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College news in a digital age

Published March 27, 2014

The Daily Nebraskan announced big changes last month, cutting publication from five to two days a week and redoubling their efforts online effective next fall. It’s a bold but difficult change. The...

No charges in alleged sex assault

Published January 30, 2014

No charges will be filed for a sexual assault reported near the University of Minnesota campus earlier this week, police said Wednesday. There is no evidence a crime occurred, Minneapolis police spokesman...

No charges in alleged sexual assault near campus

Published January 29, 2014

No charges will be filed in a sexual assault reported near campus earlier this week, police said Wednesday. There is no evidence a crime occurred, police spokesman John Elder said. A 25-year-old woman...

Student found dead near Mississippi River

Published December 15, 2013

A body found under the Stone Arch Bridge Sunday morning has been identified as that of freshman Jacob Anderson, 19. The cause of death hasn't been released, but police said in a release Sunday they don't...

Editor’s note: Suspect descriptions

Published November 18, 2013

Many Minnesota Daily readers have asked about the Daily’s policy for publishing police descriptions of criminal suspects. Several robberies on or near campus this semester prompted questions, and...

University police bring in extra officers after robberies

Published October 18, 2013

The University of Minnesota Police Department is stepping up its forces in response to a spate of robberies around campus. Minneapolis, Metro Transit and University police are working overtime or adjusting...

Freshman Madelyn Kraft, right, and friend Eva McCauley enjoy some late-night pizza Saturday at Mesa Pizza.

Dinkytown finalizing late-night security plan

Published December 12, 2012

Dinkytown is inching toward a new, comprehensive security plan. This fall, the Minneapolis Police Department began pressing the neighborhood’s business association to increase late-night safety measures...

Princeton Review operations manager Law Schuelke packs a last few items from their old location into his car on Friday outside of the UTEC building in Dinkytown.

Small business Dinkytown gem closes

Published December 5, 2012

The remaining tenants of the University Technology Enterprise Center packed up their things and closed their doors for the last time Friday. UTEC will shut down in the coming weeks and be demolished to...

Plasma move axed, could delay WaHu

Published December 4, 2012

Minneapolis on Monday night denied an application to move the city’s only plasma center. The proposal would’ve moved the Stadium Village CSL Plasma Center one block along University Avenue...

Plasma center could delay WaHu apartments

Published December 3, 2012

A city bus pulls away from CSL Plasma Center on Saturday afternoon, leaving behind about a dozen donors who hustle away from the stop and into the building, hoping for a good spot in line. Zachary Lorenz...

Representatives of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters protest the contracting practices of Doran Companies on Wednesday outside Minneapolis City Hall.

Doran clashes with union

Published November 29, 2012

Kelly Doran, a prolific campus-area developer, is in the midst of a public dispute with the local carpenters union. North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters is protesting Doran and his company,...

Skott Johnson, president of the Dinkytown Business Association, in his store Autographics on Nov. 12 in Dinkytown.

The man behind Dinkytown

Published November 27, 2012

From the window of Autographics Printing, Skott Johnson has seen Dinkytown move through several different eras. But recently he’s become more and more disheartened with each flashy, new apartment...

Junior Faiz Ahmad studies with Kianmehr Ehtiatkar, Kianoosh Ehtiatkar and Micael Menendez at the new coffee shop Publika in Dinkytown. The shop gave out free bubble tea and coffee as its grand opening offer.

New café blends int’l with local

Published November 20, 2012

Faiz Ahmad doesn’t have a go-to study spot. The University of Minnesota engineering junior likes to explore lots of different coffee shops around campus. There’s no shortage of cafés...

Community rallies behind U alumnus

Published November 19, 2012

  The muted sounds of avant-garde jazz and party chatter bleed through the walls of an empty performance hall. Jon Lurie sits alone, away from the action, preparing to read from his memoir. The University...

Leg. shift could be good for the U

Published November 12, 2012

Last Tuesday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party gained control of the state government for the first time since 1990. Politically, the situations are similar, but economically the state is worse off than...

Bachmann reelected for fourth term

Published November 7, 2012

When much of the nation went to sleep on Tuesday night, the race for Minnesota's 6th district was still too close to call. This morning, multiple sources are reporting that incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann...

Dinkytown Wine and Spirits expands

Published November 1, 2012

As Dinkytown Wine and Spirits enters its 23rd year, owner Irv Hershkovitz said he’s starting to see the children of some of his old customers. “Everything at the store is pretty much new except...

Plans approved for Prospect Park student housing

Published November 1, 2012

Last week's Minnesota Daily article "Apt. boom to push on, 2014 and beyond" reported on several emerging student housing developments near campus. On Monday, the Minneapolis Planning Commission...

Apt. boom to push on, 2014 and beyond

Published October 24, 2012

In the fall of 2014, old will meet new in Dinkytown. One developer, Rusty Turpen, is planning to create new student housing on the site of three historic buildings on the corner of Fifth Street and 15th...

A fear of hitting apartment ‘saturation’

Published October 16, 2012

At the start of the new millennium, condo development in Minneapolis was at an all-time high. But the aggressive development was unsustainable, and by 2007, condos were sitting empty and high-profile developments...

Behind the Story: Add’l Images for “Moving Up”

Published October 14, 2012

The Daily's ongoing series "Moving Up" has focused on a number of upcoming luxury student housing projects near the University of Minnesota campus. Below are additional images of the upcoming...

Building student apts. creates design challenges

Published October 9, 2012

Dinkytown was preparing to change forever in 2008 when Sydney Hall, a 14-story concrete tower, was set to redefine the area. Economic downturn and rising construction costs caused the project to revert...

Bistro, developer clash over new apts.

Published October 3, 2012

A 333-unit student-housing development will begin construction in Stadium Village by January. The complex, WaHu Student Housing, is set to open by fall 2014 at the intersection of Washington Avenue and...

Representatives from CPM Development, Andrew Riverside Presbyterian Church and the City Council break ground for The Elysian, a new student apartment complex, Saturday in Marcy Holmes. The Elysian will be built on the site of the old church, which was demolished in 2003 after a wall collapsed, and will include dedicated space for the Andrew Riverside congregation.

Church makes a comeback in new apartment complex

Published October 1, 2012

In the winter of 2003, Amy Perez Ortiz brought her daughter to the Andrew Riverside Presbyterian Church. She had to bundle her 1-year-old daughter in a snowsuit because the sanctuary was freezing since...

Businesses to lose parking at UTEC site

Published September 27, 2012

The development of a large student-housing project in the heart of Dinkytown is underway, but local business owners are worried about the project’s effects on the area’s already strained parking...

Mesa Pizza general manager Matt Tomkins serves crowds of late-night customers Saturday night in Dinkytown. Tomkins says he likes the challenge of working late nights.

Mesa manager looks to what’s next

Published September 25, 2012

Less than an hour has passed since the Golden Gophers beat Syracuse, and the line is already out the door. Outside, a sedan smashes into a taxi. But the four-man crew at Mesa Pizza works the counter with...

Rick Vang serves a customer at the Vellee Deli food truck Tuesday outside Williamson Hall. Vellee Deli is one of two food trucks that University Dining Service has brought to campus to provide more dining choices in the Knoll area.

Food trucks roll on to campus to meet demand

Published September 19, 2012

Tewodros Negash has cooked in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Egypt and Sweden, but when he set up his Afro-fusion food truck, the Cave Café, on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, he was asked to...

Artist Carly Schmitt , left, supervises volunteers Tim Johnson, Megan McCrunb and Alex Kern as they work on the Gateway Mural Project on Sunday afternoon along 15th Avenue. The project is nearing completing after two years of financial, artistic and political challenges.

A ‘Gateway’ to community

Published September 17, 2012

Like most students living in Southeast Como, Adam Arling walked along 15th Avenue nearly every day. Where most people see a rusting, dimly lit underpass, Arling saw a blank canvas and an opportunity for...

Business freshman Jamie Wyatt, right, pins a photo of a Sept. 11 victim on a memorial organized by the Chabad Jewish student group Tuesday in front of Coffman Union. The memorial was part of a good-deed marathon where students pledged to do good in honor of those who died.

A shift in remembrance

Published September 12, 2012

Last year, Rev. Cody Nielsen organized a campus-wide dinner and memorial service behind Coffman Union to commemorate Sept. 11. This year, his approach will be different. “Somehow, someway, we must...

University Golf Course’s fate is uncertain

Published September 11, 2012

The University of Minnesota is facing a tough decision about the future of the Les Bolstad Golf Course, according to the Star Tribune. The University-owned course is in disrepair, sources said, and it's...

Students hungry for campus grocery

Published September 11, 2012

Kevin Haar is at a loss. The University of Minnesota freshman moved to University Village from Driggs, Idaho, a couple of weeks ago, and he’s having a hard time finding a good place to buy food. “I’ve...

Ahmed Mohamed, owner of the newly opened U of M Market, rings up a customer in his store June 16.

In Stadium Village, new businesses are a gamble

Published September 6, 2012

Stadium Village businesses may be struggling amid light-rail construction, but business is booming for Smokedale Tobacco. Owner Hatem Younis said the smoke shop — which opened after several delays...

Peppermint Park CEO and founder Jessie Conners readies bags for display in her store Sunday morning in Dinky Town. Conners had been at work since 4:00 a.m. prepping the store to open the following day.

Dinkytown designer shop opens

Published September 4, 2012

Dinkytown is not an easy place to open a clothing store. Three have shut their doors in as many years, leaving only specialty apparel shops like Gold Country Inc. and Underground Printing. Online, membership-based...

Brian Tangren, left, and Adrienne Kronick perform in Choose Your Adventure on Thursday at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. The show is a part of the Minneapolis Fringe Festival going on from Aug. 2-12.

Choose your own theater

Published August 8, 2012

What: “Choose Your Own Adventure!” Where: Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis When: 10 p.m., Aug. 8; 7 p.m., Aug. 9; 5:30 p.m., Aug. 11   The “Choose Your...

Review: “The Bourne Legacy”

Published August 8, 2012

“The Bourne Legacy: Rated: PG-13 Directed by: Tony Gilroy Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton Opens: August 10   In a year full of prequels, remakes and reboots, the minds behind...

After graduating from University of Wisconsin- Madison Eric Rogers moved back home to his parents house perfect his bedroom electronica.

In the stars

Published August 4, 2012

  Eric Rogers always wanted to be in a band. Like a lot of aspiring rock stars, he looked up to Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. He learned to play guitar and sing at 15. In college, he tried to form a band...

Dave Chappelle is performing at the State Theater tomorrow

Published August 1, 2012

Get your credit cards ready: Dave Chappelle just up and scheduled a show at the State Theatre for tomorrow night. The performance was announced in a tweet from the Hennepin Theatre Trust just after 3 p.m....

Stephen Colbert announces summer concert at sea

Published August 1, 2012

Not to be outdone by the recently-announced Coachella Cruise, Stephen Colbert announced StePhest Colbchella '012—Rocktaugustfest, which will be held on  the USS Intrepid August 10....

The Spice Girls are reuniting for the Olympics

Published August 1, 2012

If this summer's Total Recall and Judge Dredd remakes or American Apparel's $6 hair scruncies weren't enough of an indication, the 90s are back! As such, the Spice Girls are set to reunite...

A Brick by any other name

Published August 1, 2012

  In the four months since their rocky opening, the folks at the Brick have been holding modest, successful concerts and working on a spate of renovations. Now, with sightlines and crowding reportedly...

Canae Weiss, who plays the character of a deaf dancer named Abby, signs Sunday at the Cowles Center during rehearsal of the musical “Silence.” The performance features a cast of actors that sign, speak, sing and interpret.

Break the silence

Published August 1, 2012

What: "Silence" Where: Rarig Center, Proscenium stage When: 10 p.m., Aug. 3; 4 p.m., Aug. 5; 8:30 p.m., Aug 9; 5:30 p.m., Aug. 10; 10 p.m., Aug. 11   Unsurprisingly, it’s tough for the...

Interview: Sharon Van Etten

Published August 1, 2012

What: Sharon Van Etten, Tennis Where: First Avenue, 701 N. First Avenue, Minneapolis When: 6:30 p.m., August 4   It’s been exciting to watch Sharon Van Etten grow over the course of her three...

Artist Wang Ping holds a thread of flags containing art and poetry over the Mississippi River, made by people along the river, Monday. Ping will be holding her exhibit “Kinship of Rivers” this Saturday at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. The exhibit is part of the ongoing project joining the Mississippi River and the Yangtze River through collective art and ideas.

Rolling on the river

Published July 25, 2012

What: Kinship of Rivers Where: The Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, programs and performances throughout the day.   It’s no secret that the mighty...

Review: “The Dark Knight Rises”

Published July 25, 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway   Superhero franchises rarely get a neat ending. Too often they simply peter off after diminishing returns at the...

Local theaters respond to Aurora shooting

Published July 25, 2012

  Friday’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., cast a shadow over the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Theaters around the country saw lower attendance and beefed up security,...

Myndwyrm members Paul Stucker, Billy Mullaney, Peter Rusk pose for a portrait Thursday in their downtown rehearsal space.

The wild bunch

Published July 18, 2012

  Imagine that you’re at a restaurant with a hot date. It’s your first date, and you’re very nervous, so you have a friend hiding in the bushes, telling you what to say through a...

The Fashionisto is in: Festival Fashion

Published July 18, 2012

It can be tough to dress well for summer, especially with the oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing in the Twin Cities. When it’s so warm out, the need for comfort often trumps style. Music...

The Fasionisto is in: Festival Fashion

Published July 13, 2012

It can be tough to dress well for summer, especially with the oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing in the Twin Cities. When it’s so warm out, the need for comfort often trumps style. Music...

SoundTown cancelled

Published July 11, 2012

SoundTown, the music and camping festival that debuted last year at the Somerset Amphitheater, has been cancelled. The festival's second installment was to take place July 27-28, but Somerset...

Target teams up with Neiman Marcus for holiday line

Published July 11, 2012

Despite its big-box status, Target has a long history of collaboration with big-name brands like Isaac Mizrahi, Missoni and Justin Timberlake's William Rast. These designer pieces sold well—sometimes...

Kevin Long and Lauren Haven give the audience a closer look at the puppets after their show ““The Adventures of Katie Tomatie”“ on June 30 in south Minneapolis. The Driveway Tour will be presenting three different shows in neighborhoods through Aug. 7.

Taking it to the streets

Published July 11, 2012

What: Open Eye Figure Theatre’s Driveway Tour 2012 Where: Various homes, parks and libraries in Minneapolis When: Through August 7 Full list of shows at: openeyetheatre.org/sites   Karma Hughes’s...

The Tribe and Big Cats! releases “Space,” its third album “”in 18 months, July 14 at the 7th Street Entry.

A tribe called cats

Published July 11, 2012

What: Record release show for “Space” Who: The Tribe & Big Cats!, F. Stokes, Meta, Jimmy 2 Times Where: The 7th Street Entry, 701 N. First Avenue, Minneapolis When: 8 p.m., July 14 Cost:...

Japandroids perform Tuesday at the 7th Street Entry.

Review: Japandroids at the 7th Street Entry

Published July 4, 2012

A friend recently described Japandroids to me as a self-actualized garage band: they have all of the raw nerve energy, the fuzzed out sound, and the youthful desperation of every high school or college...

The Fasionisto is in: This one’s for the fellas

Published July 3, 2012

  Summer is here, and less class means no more excuses for dressing poorly, fellas. Those athletic shorts with a polo shirt might fly when you have 8 a.m. class plus a job and marching band rehearsal,...

Jeff Koons Rabbit featured in the show This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s at the Walker Art Center. Helen Molesworth considered this one of the centerpieces of the exhibit.

I love the ’80s

Published July 3, 2012

    What: This Will Have Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: Through Sept. 30 Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for students   The...

Review: “The Amazing Spider-Man”

Published July 3, 2012

"The Amazing Spider-Man" Rated: PG-13 Playing in area theaters   The “gritty reboot” is a funny thing. It’s a failsafe for big Hollywood film franchises, a way to remedy behind-the-scenes...

Sophia Eris, Claire de Lune, and Lizzo pose for a portrait Saturday in Uptown.

Holy grail of hip-hop

Published June 27, 2012

  What: Local Current Live — The Chalice, Chastity Brown, Van Stee Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis When: 7 p.m., WednesdayCost: Free   The local music scene...

Louis CK starts selling tickets directly to fans

Published June 26, 2012

Louis CK made headlines last year by selling his latest stand-up special "Live at the Beacon Theater" on his website for $5, rather than going through traditional outlets like HBO, Showtime...

Holly Marie of Des Moines, Iowa crowd surfs during Diplos set Sunday at Rivers Edge Music Festival in St. Paul, Minn.

Review: River’s Edge Music Festival

Published June 25, 2012

The Twin Cities have a lot hanging on River’s Edge. The new music festival isn’t just replacing the defunct Taste of Minnesota — St. Paul and Live Nation hope to groom River’s Edge...

Photographer Cig Harvey talks about her photo exhibit, You Look at Me Like an Emergency, on Friday at the Minneapolis Photo Center.

Photographic Memory

Published June 24, 2012

  What: Cig Harvey: You Look at Me Like an Emergency Where: Mpls Photo Center, 2400 N 2nd St. #200,  Minneapolis When: through August 19 Cost: Free   Cig Harvey loves vintage dresses. They...

Summer TV Round Up: Better Late

Published June 22, 2012

  The conventional wisdom is that summer TV is like beach reading: light, undemanding and a little trashy. The season started weeks ago for the major networks, and with it came a slew of singing competitions,...

 The cast of “Anytown” rehearses Friday at the Guthrie Theater. “Anytown” runs June 21-24.

Darkness on the edge of the stage

Published June 20, 2012

    What: Anytown: Stories of America Where: Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis When: June 21-24 Cost: $22-$30, students save $5   On a winter night in 2006,...

Librarian Chad Gilman and mail carrier Chris Allen produced the mockumentary film “Mothermen” for the 48 Hour Film Project. Neither had ever made a film of his own before.

Every second counts

Published June 20, 2012

  What: Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project “Best of” Screening Where: Riverview Theater, 3800 S. 42nd Ave., Minneapolis When: 7 p.m., June 21 Cost: $15   These days, it’s easy...

St. Vincent cancels WITS Performance, announces new album with David Byrne

Published June 14, 2012

Annie Clark of St. Vincent finally announced a long-in-the-works collaborative album with David Byrne this morning. The album is called "Love This Giant" and the accomonying tour will kick off...

HBO apologizes for (kind of) showing George W. Bush’s severed head on “Game of Thrones”

Published June 14, 2012

HBO was quick to apologize this morning after one of its most popular shows aired a scene that featured the decapitated head of George W. Bush. Oddly enough, the show was not "Real Time with Bill...

Culture Compass: A weekend for the Weeknd

Published June 13, 2012

  Friday: “Girl Walk // All Day”   Where: First Avenue, 701  N. First Ave., Minneapolis When: 8 p.m. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, 18+   Part of the Minneapolis...

JoCo Fusion

Published June 13, 2012

  What: Jonathan Coulton Band Where: Guthrie Theater, McGuire Proscenium Stage, 818 S. Second St. When: 7:30 p.m., June 18 Cost: $27 You won’t hear many people besmirch Kanye West ‘round...

Brian Szott, head of collections at the Minnesota Historical Society, shows paintings from the Public Works of Art Project onThursday in the History Center archives.

New Deal, new zeal

Published June 11, 2012

In a storeroom deep inside the Minnesota History Center, Brian Szott pulls out a massive rack of paintings. This room alone holds 1,500 of the Center’s 6,000 paintings. The art spans more than five...

Grimes Annouces Tour with Local Duo Elite Gymnastics

Published June 8, 2012

  It’s been a good year for Grimes, a.k.a. Canadian musician Claire Boucher. Indie pop’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl was thrown into the hype stratosphere last January with the release of her...

Ray Bradbury dead at 91

Published June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, the legendary science fiction author best known for “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Illustrated Man,” and “The Martian Chronicles,” has died. He was 91. His death...

Minneapolis biographer Antonia Felix will be releasing her first novel “Fatal Remedy”. The book launch will take place Saturdayat the Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Fatal attraction

Published June 6, 2012

  What: “Fatal Remedy” Book Launch Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater When: 7 p.m., June 9 Cost: $6   After years of writing nonfiction, Minneapolis author Antonia Felix has released...

Local writer and comedian Joseph Scrimshaw performs during Rockstar Storytellers: The Next Level on Sunday at the Bryant- Lake Bowl. Scrimshaw will be back at Bryant-Lake for a live recording of his podcast, “Obsessed”, on Friday.

Obsessed with Obsession

Published June 6, 2012

  What: “Obsessed (with Joseph Scrimshaw)” with guests Lauren Anderson and Jeremy Messersmith Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater When: June 8, 7 p.m. Cost: $12, $10 with Fringe button or...

Local band Reina del Cid and the Cidizens will openfor Haley Bonar at Northrop Mall on 7 p.m. Friday.

Reina Del Universidad

Published June 6, 2012

  What: Reina del Cid and the Cidizens, Haley Bonar, Brute Heart Where: Northrop Mall When: 7 p.m., Friday Cost: Free   YouTube is full of young men and women singing earnest guitar covers to...

Justin Jones rehearses for a performance art installation at the Walker Art Center. Minneapolis-based choreographers Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are inviting the public to come and experience one of the 10-minute one-on-one performances that will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2 and 3.

Performance Review: “Super Nature” Installation at the Walker

Published June 2, 2012

WHAT: The Body Cartography Project WHERE: Friedman Gallery, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: June 2-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. COST: Free with Gallery Admission   When I talked to Olive Bieringa...

DC Comics outs Green Lantern

Published June 1, 2012

  When DC Comics reset all of its titles to #1 last year as part of their "New 52 initiative," the reboot promised to make the company's sprawling 70-year history more accessible to...

Choreographer Otto Ramstad controls his pedestrian stance Friday afternoon at the Walker Art Center.

Super human nature

Published May 30, 2012

  WHAT: The BodyCartography Project WHERE: Friedman Gallery, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: 5-9 p.m, Thursday,.; 3-5 p.m., Friday,; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday,; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, COST:...

“The War Within” rages on

Published May 30, 2012

  WHAT: The War Within/All’s Fair WHERE: The Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave. WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, June 7-June 10 COST: $28 (two for $28 for students)   They say war...

Take cover: “Watch The Throne 2” is on the way.

Published May 29, 2012

Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Watch the Throne" was one of last year's most successful and deliriously fun albums. It stands as an example of what can happen when two insanely talented friends...

Rusty Quarters is asking the Twin Cities for a 1-Up

Published May 24, 2012

When we covered the Rusty Quarters Arcade back in November, owners Annie and Sage Spirtos were optimistic that they could bring in the nostolgic masses with more than 35 arcade games and an old fashioned...

The Bayside kids are back

Published May 3, 2012

  WHAT: The Saved by the Bell Show! WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis WHEN: 10 p.m., May 3-5 and 10-11 COST: $15         The heart wants what...

Drop the bass

Published May 1, 2012

It sounds like something out of “Portlandia”: a group of classically trained cellists playing elaborate, earnest covers of Britney Spears, Talib Kweli, Pantera and Kanye West. Probably with...

Dylan Hicks Returns

Published April 26, 2012

WHAT: Making Music – Dylan Hicks WHERE: The Whole Music Club, Coffman Union WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday COST: Free       After 10 years out of the public eye, writer and musician...

Rebekah Schmidt, right, models a design by Carissa Prieve, left, for the upcoming No White fashion show Friday in McNeal Hall.  The designs were intended to have been inspired by violence, deception, passion and revenge that have been whitewashed from fairy tales.

Happily never after

Published April 24, 2012

Student designers will compete in the first-ever student fashion show held by the Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday night. WAM Collective, the student group created to foster student engagement at the Weisman,...

The Head and the Heart Band Photo

Riding the Groundswell

Published April 19, 2012

  WHAT: The Head and the Heart at Spring Jam 2012 WHERE: Coffman Union Front Plaza WHEN: Noon, April 19. COST: Free for students There shouldn’t be anything more populist than a buzz...

Riding the groundswell: The Head and the Heart

Published April 18, 2012

  WHO: The Head and the Heart WHAT: Spring Jam 2012 WHERE: Coffman Union Front Plaza WHEN: Noon, April 19 COST: Free for students There shouldn’t be anything more populist than a buzz band....

Following up with The Brick

Published April 17, 2012

The Brick opened full of promise. Or, rather, it promised a lot.        The downtown Minneapolis venue is owned by concert promotions giant AEG Live, which used its deep pockets...

Nathan Hastings, a freshman in communication studies and studies in cinema and media culture, wrote and directed a film submission for the upcoming University of Minnesota Student Film Festival titled Paper Caper.

Student Film Fest

Published April 12, 2012

    WHAT: University of Minnesota Student Film Fest WHERE: Coffman Union Theater WHEN: 7 p.m., April 12 and 13; 9 p.m. April 14         This weekend, 24 films will...

Thursday Night TV Round Up: MAJOR BEEF Edition

Published April 6, 2012

If you’re a fan of Community you’ve no doubt heard about the MAJOR BEEF that’s rocked the show’s fanbase this week between Chevy Chase and showrunner/genius Dan Harmon. The two...

Sophomore Nicole Kopfmann rehearses a scene Sept. 19, 2011, in “Stop Kiss,” one of seven student productions in the Xperimental Theatre’s 2011-2012 season.

U’s Xperimental Theatre to close down after 15 years

Published April 3, 2012

The University of Minnesota’s Xperimental Theatre program, known colloquially as the X, is shutting down in order to rethink its approach to student-run theater. The announcement came in a statement...

Back in the Game

Published April 3, 2012

  WHAT: Shabazz Palaces and Malitia MaliMob WHERE: The Whole, Coffman Union WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday COST: $6 for students, $12 general           2011 was a big...

After achieving fame as a television personality, writer and actor John Hodgman reinvented himself as a deranged millionaire. Hell bring his message of doom to the Varsity tonight.

Review: An Evening with John Hodgman

Published March 30, 2012

  Before I interviewed John Hodgman last week I wondered if he would give the interview in the doomsayer Deranged Millionaire character he takes on in his latest book “That Is All,” or...

Culture compass — Wits, Danny Brown and early Easter candy

Published March 29, 2012

  Thursday: Doug Benson Where: Acme Comedy Co. When: 10:30 p.m. Cost: $20 For a comedian who has made a career out of his love of cannabis, Doug Benson has a surprising amount of work ethic. Since...

After achieving fame as a television personality, writer and actor John Hodgman reinvented himself as a deranged millionaire. Hell bring his message of doom to the Varsity tonight.

Interview: John Hodgman

Published March 29, 2012

WHAT: That is All: An Evening with John Hodgman WHERE: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday COST: $25 in advance, $28 day of John Hodgman is an expert on most subjects,...

Down and Out

Published March 27, 2012

  WHAT: Hunx and His Punx, Heavy Cream WHERE: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis WHEN: Tuesday at 6 p.m. COST: $10   A lot of people want Hunx to symbolize something. It’s...

Thursday Night TV Round Up: The Office pre-mortem edition

Published March 23, 2012

Hello Thursday night TV-ers, it’s been a while. I took a few weeks off because of midterms and spring break, and I’m excited to be back with you all for the remainder of the season. And look...

Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett frequently collaborate on each other’s folk and classical music. They’ll reunite for their first show in the US in years at the Walker tonight and tomorrow

Together Again

Published March 22, 2012

  WHAT: The 802 Tour WHERE: McGuire Theater, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. WHEN: 8 p.m., March 22-23 COST: $22 ($18 for Walker members)   The three musicians that make up the 802 Tour...

A look inside The Brick

Published March 22, 2012

  WHAT: The Brick WHERE: 111 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis The new downtown Minneapolis venue, The Brick, opened its doors for the first time Monday night for a performance from Jane’s Addiction....

Review: “Friends With Kids”

Review: “Friends With Kids”

Published March 9, 2012

“Friends With Kids” Written/Directed by: Jennifer Westfeldt Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph When Adam Sandler gathered a bunch of his old “Saturday...

Lez Zeppelin plays Led Zeppelin at the State Theater in Fairfax, Virginia on June 18, 2011.  Photo by Pat Benic

The song remains the same

Published March 8, 2012

  What: Lez Zeppelin, Black Rainbow, Thom Chacon Where: Station 4, 210 E. Fourth St. in St. Paul When: 8 p.m., March 10 Cost: $15 Ages: 21+ Lez Zeppelin isn’t the first all-female cover band...

Yellow Ostrich released their new record this week and will hit the 7th Street Entry on Saturday.

I know why the yellow ostrich sings

Published March 8, 2012

  What: Yellow Ostrich; 1, 2, 3; Crimes Where: Seventh Street Entry, 701 First Ave. When: 8 p.m., March 10 Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door Ages: 18+ Alex Schaaf is never satisfied. This isn’t...