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.

Art in Bloom Brings the Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

If you thought princesses could only teach you how to tend royal gardens in fairy tales, you’d be wrong. Along with its many botanical highlights, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host guest speaker Princess Giorgiana Corsini of Italy and other guest lecturers for this year’s installment of the annual Art in Bloom celebration April 27 through 30, 2017. “As we are in our 34th year, many people regard this as an annual rite of spring—fresh flowers and timeless art,”...

The Night the Twin Cities Bled Purple

It was a cool and windy Thursday evening at Paisley Park. Normally, the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen is a quiet town on a spring weeknight—but nothing was normal about April 21, 2016. That night, I joined hundreds of mourners who flocked to Paisley Park off Highway 5. We trekked across a trail and through patches of mud, walking through dark tunnels under the highway, avoiding blocked-off areas as police tried to find a balance between allowing a memorial and...

The Electric Fetus and Mill City Sound Headline Twin Cities Offerings for Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 22, music fans and collectors will flock to record shops looking for deals, exclusives, and giveaways to commemorate Record Store Day, which is celebrating its 10th year in 2017. For those in the Twin Cities in particular, the occasion will be bittersweet—it comes a year and a day after local music superstar Prince Rogers Nelson died at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. At the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, which was established in 1968 and is widely regarded...

Pocket-Sized Poems at Twin Cities Bookstores Explore the Theme of Migration

“As a child, I marked the year by the honking of Canadian geese making their way south and then north,” said Abby Travis, editor at Minneapolis nonprofit publisher Milkweed Editions. “Migration was part of my calendar, the way I marked time and the change of seasons. I knew if the geese were early or late, I was fascinated by how they knew when to go or where to go, how to get there, and where they stopped along the...

Manners and Misconduct Classes Up the Bryant-Lake Bowl with Jane Austen Improv

Improvised Jane Austen? Set in Regency England, with all its myriad rules for ladies about how they may go about in society? As Mrs. Bennet (the mother of Lizzy Bennet in Pride and Prejudice) might say, “Preposterous!” But then again, she wasn’t well known for thinking outside of the box and breaking rules. However, Jane Austen fans Meghan Wolff and Maggie Sotos thought it was a perfect fit. After coming up with the idea a couple years ago, they...

MST3K Revival Head Writer Elliott Kalan Talks Making the Leap from Superfan to Creator

In the not too distant future (April 14, 2017, by all accounts) and somewhere in time and space (Netflix), cheesy-movie juggernaut Mystery Science Theater 3000 will return to the small screen. MST3K, created right here in Minnesota by Joel Hodgson, has amassed legions of fans—myself included—since it first premiered in 1988, and anticipation is high for the revival. I reached out to Elliott Kalan, head writer for the new series, to talk about the show. Kalan was previously known...

Persistence Is the Key to Success for Minnesota Author Lynn Garthwaite

Success can come in many forms, and everyone has a different key to reaching it. For some, it means getting out of bed before hitting snooze. Others don’t feel they’ve achieved success until they have changed the world. I recently had the opportunity to talk with local author and publisher Lynn Garthwaite about this topic, and she provided some great insight into her personal key to success: tenacity. Her story is a prime example of staying the course until...

Books Meet Baking at the Edible Book Festival

The Edible Book Festival is an international event combining literary love and baking skill. Hubs all over the world are welcome to participate as long as they follow three rules: The event must be on April 1 or close to it. The reason for this is that it is the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French gastronome who wrote a book centered on food. The baked item must be book-related, even if it doesn’t replicate the book itself. It could...

Was the Transformers: The Last Knight Sneak Peek Event a Transforming Experience or Just Hype?

Being fan of the Transformers franchise since long before the cinematic renditions, I am always wary of the modern interpretations of my childhood heroes and villains. Which is why, while I was excited about having the chance on April 4 to get a first look at the upcoming fifth installment of the movie franchise, The Last Knight, I still remained skeptical. But that changed after viewing the roughly 25-minute sneak peek, about 20 minutes of which was film footage, some...

Sweet Spirit Wants You to Escape into Their Party

Sabrina Ellis has been involved in the Austin punk-rock music scene for almost a decade now. The band that brought her into the spotlight, A Giant Dog, plays loud, energetic garage punk, and their live shows, as Ellis put it, can get pretty “violent.” Now, she’s taking a different direction. With the help of A Giant Dog cofounder Andrew Cashen, Ellis started Sweet Spirit, a poppier but still energetic-as-hell band that puts a bunch of musical genres into a...
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