Arts

Coverage of cool or newsworthy things geeks are doing in theatre, film, music, visual arts, and other artistic mediums with an emphasis of focus on the local MN scene.

We’re Giving Your Another Chance to Win Tickets to At Home with Monsters!

Not a winner in our giveaway last week for a pair of tickets to Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at the Minneapolis Institute of Art? Never fear—there’s more where that came from! Just like Twin Cities Geek on Facebook leave a comment on our Facebook giveaway post by 7:00 p.m. Central on Sunday, February 26, telling us what you’re most excited to see in the exhibit. We’ll choose not 1 but 4 random winners who will each...

Step Rockets will Debut New Song and Image at the Triple Rock

This Saturday, indie-rock band Step Rockets will headline at Triple Rock Social Club in a concert primed to get the blood pumping and the hips moving as concertgoers dance to fan favorites like “Phantom Flower” and “Kisser,” in addition to experiencing the newest addition to the band’s catalog, “Money.” While Saturday night will be an opportunity for attendees to escape winter and the nation’s toxic political landscape for a few hours, for Minneapolis-based Step Rockets, it’ll be time to...

Win FREE Tickets to Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!

When it was first announced that the Minneapolis Institute of Art was helping organize an exhibit around the work of the man who directed The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and other beloved fantasy and horror films, the Internet exploded a bit. Now Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is finally here, and we’re giving you the chance for you and a friend to see it for free! Taking inspiration from Guillermo del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, this unique exhibition...

Loud at the Library Brings Music and Makerspaces Together

There’s something thrilling about being in a library after hours. From Harry Potter’s Restricted Section to Beauty and the Beast’s sunlit personal collection, there’s a special joy that comes with being all alone and surrounded by books, and even a seasoned librarian like me isn’t immune to that little frisson of excitement. But when most people imagine the library after dark, they don’t typically picture a crowd whooping as a drum solo crescendos or a singer hits the perfect...

Win 1 of 10 John Wick Prize Packs!

John Wick: Chapter 2 is almost here, and we’re giving 10 of our readers the chance to see it early with a friend—plus take home some cool movie swag! Here’s all the sweet stuff we’re giving away: Grand Prize (1 Winner) (2) tickets to see John Wick: Chapter 2 on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Rosedale theater (reserved seating) (1) John Wick Funko Pop! figure (1) Blu-ray + DVD copy of John Wick (1) John Wick: Chapter 2 miniposter...

Claire Chase Breaks Down Barriers in Cutting the Circle of Sounds

Classical music has a not-entirely-undeserved reputation for elitism, which, of course, is rooted in creating divisions. Divisions between art music and popular music. Divisions between professionals and amateurs. Divisions between noise and music. And, of course, the division between the audience and the performers. But what happens if you try to remove some of those divisions? Is it still classical music or art music? Claire Chase, an Oberlin-trained flutist, is removing those barriers and answering the question with a...

Minnesota Conventions for Writers and Book Lovers in 2017

With all of the great bookstores, publishers, authors, and writing programs in the Twin Cities, most of us aren’t surprised that Minneapolis and St. Paul are repeatedly ranked as some of the most literate cities in the country. As part of the literary culture, there are plenty of conventions and conferences in Minnesota where you can learn about writing and publishing, see authors speak, and more—and here’s your list for 2017! Some of these events are specifically aimed at...

Win 2 Tickets to Rock Out to Sarah White and Loud at the Library!

Do you like music, beer, and books? How about all three in the same place? The Loud at the Library concert series from the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is back for 2017, and the Friends are helping Twin Cities Geek give away 1 pair of tickets to the year’s first installment! Next Friday, January 27, Sarah White and opening act Eric Mayson are bringing their musical stylings to the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul. Show...

A Minnesota Music-Industry Vet Revisits 1979 Rock Culture and the New Barbarians

In 1977, Keith Richards was busted for drugs in Toronto, and the incident changed the trajectory of the Rolling Stones for the rest of the decade. What no one at the time knew is that the mess in Canada would help spawn the short-lived band the New Barbarians in 1979, a pivotal piece of rock lore that fits neatly into the 50-year history of the Rolling Stones. New Barbarians: Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Guitars (Voyageur Press) is a sleek 200-page...

Fact or Fiction? A Scientist Puts a Minnesota Monster Book to the Test

After completing M. P. Johnson’s latest novella, Lake Lurkers, I felt like I needed to reach out to confirm a few points in the book that rang a little too true to be fiction. While there is nothing in Minnesota that quite rises to the level of the Loch Ness Monster, there have been a few lake creatures spotted in our 10,000 lakes. I knew a story as frightening and engaging as this had to have some grounding in...
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