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.

Matt and Kim Aim to Deliver at First Avenue on Monday with Almost Everyday

Fans of fun-loving indie pop-dance outfit Matt and Kim have had to wait a few years for a new headlining tour from the New York City duo. But patience is a virtue, and all the waiting will grind to a halt for Twin Cities concertgoers when a reinvigorated Matt Johnson and a healed Kim Schifino take the stage in First Avenue’s Mainroom on April 16, 2018. Supported by indie rock group Tokyo Police Club, Matt and Kim will introduce a sold-out...

12 Local Ways to Honor Prince in This Thing Called Life

Many people remember where they were when they learned of Prince’s death on April 21st, 2016. It shook the lives of many music fans around the world, especially those in his home state of Minnesota. Tributes to Prince are already beginning to surface, as this month marks two years since his death. For example, Minnesota Public Radio station the Current has created a special livestream called “Purple Current” on their website. It promises a playlist of funk, jazz, hip-hop,...

The Minneapolis Institute of Art Gets the Puzzle-Room Treatment with a New App

Augmented reality and puzzle rooms aren’t necessarily the first things that come to mind when thinking about art museums, but a new program being designed for the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) aims to change that. Thanks to the work of University of Minnesota technology architect Colin McFadden and digital preservation specialist Samantha Porter, with the help of a $50,000 3M Art and Technology Award, Mia will soon become one giant puzzle experience that visitors can play for free....

The 50-Hour Die Laughing Comedy Marathon Is Back for Another Year of Fundraising

With 50 hours of multigenre comedy to sample, there’s something for everyone at Die Laughing, Minneapolis-based Fearless Comedy Productions’ annual fundraiser, which is back for a fifth year April 6–8, 2018. Acts include stand-up comedy, improv, musical performances, joke-offs, dance, educational content, live recordings of podcasts, and more. Fearless Comedy regulars and guest performers also participate in audience-funded challenges, punishments, and rewards. It’s the event of the year for many company members, who camp out at the venue and subsist on takeout...

In Spite of Pennywise, Performers Keep the Art of Friendly Clowning Alive

Clowns from around the globe gathered in Bloomington, Minnesota, last month for the annual convention of the World Clown Association This wasn’t your garden-variety clown gathering—it was the whipped cream of the crop, professional clowns young and old, new, improved, and veteran, coming together to learn from one another and embrace their passion of clowning. Over the years, the profession of clowning has dwindled somewhat as the world has moved towards superhero birthday parties and clowns have been repeatedly portrayed as maniacal, dastardly,...

Indie Darling Rachael Yamagata Returns to Minneapolis with a New, Intimate Tour Experience

A master of love songs and examining the human condition, Rachael Yamagata is no stranger to the Twin Cities—the singer-songwriter has played a handful of shows across Minneapolis over the last couple years, including a pair at the recently closed Triple Rock Social Club to promote her latest album, Tightrope Walker (2016). She’s an indie force who packs her live shows with the strength, precision, and elegance to make you want to sing along, dance, and even cry, sometimes all...

The Super Bowl Survival Guide for Minnesota Theater Fans

After months of preparation and weeks of street closings, Super Bowl LII is almost here. Events throughout the region start January 26 for residents and fans alike leading up to the big game on February 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to experience a different kind of drama on a big stage, we’ve got you covered. Here are some plays and musicals on stage during the Super Bowl hoopla. (Note: some of the companies are...

Music Critic Chris Riemenschneider Unpacks First Avenue’s Legacy

April 3, 1970. That’s the night Joe Cocker and his entourage of over 40 people and a dog formally opened the doors at the Depot, which later morphed into Uncle Sam’s, then Sam’s, and finally First Avenue, the name Minneapolis’s storied live music venue holds to this day. Over five decades, the club has gone through numerous changes beyond its namesake, hosting a bevy of acclaimed artists and bands, including prominent out-of-town acts U2, Nirvana, Ice Cube, and Green...

Machines Will Inherit the Earth in Planetarium

Occasionally, I browse through Kickstarter looking for new projects to contribute to, because I am more than willing to back any project I think I would thoroughly enjoy. Kicking off 2018, writer and illustrator Chance Wyatt Oberlander, who publishes as Chance Wyatt, reached out to me with details on the new Kickstarter campaign for his illustrated book Planetarium. I have been a fan of this author’s work for a while now due to his book Census, which I reviewed in 2016....

Minnesota-Born Writer Marisa Tam on Creating Stories for The Blacklist

Marisa Tam was born and raised in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota before heading out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing. She completed UCLA’s inaugural Professional Program in TV Writing and was later selected for the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2015–2016 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge. She is now in her second season as a writer for The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Megan Boone....
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