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.

Andrea Swensson Documents the Ascent of the Minneapolis Sound in Her New Book

The North Minneapolis and Rondo neighborhoods played key roles in the evolution of Minnesota’s music scene, culminating in the birth of the Minneapolis Sound. Until Prince began to garner national attention in the late 1970s, the budding movement went mostly unnoticed and undocumented by the people who weren’t living and breathing it. But this story is much bigger than Prince, and Andrea Swensson’s new book, Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound, is a tour...

The Sci-Fi Poetry Books of the Year Feature Whales and Robots and the Apocalypse, Oh My!

Last month, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry from the previous year. For those new to the term, speculative poetry has become a relatively common catch-all for poetry that embraces the imagination, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other similar genres. Some might be surprised at the excitement for these types of poetry, but the current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, won a...

12 Chances to Get Your Theater On in the Next 12 Weeks

The Twin Cities area has a vast and incredibly diverse theater community. There is something for everyone interested in the world of theater; the smallest community groups and the largest companies with touring Broadway shows all have a place here. The start of a new school year also brings the start of a new season of plays, musicals, and everything in between. Here are just 12 of the hundreds of productions coming over the next 12 weeks at some...

Wild Times Brings the History of WildStorm to Bookshelves

It wasn’t part of the initial plan, but when the calendar rolled over to 2017, writer Joseph Hedges knew his new book, Wild Times: An Oral History of WildStorm Studios, would release at the right time to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Image Comics. “By the time I was wrapping up the interviews, it was coming down right to the end of 2016, I was finishing up the manuscript, and I said, ‘Well, you know, it’s not such...

13 Upcoming Concerts for Twin Cities Classical Music Geeks

Twin Cities residents are spoiled for choice with two major orchestras in town: the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), which specializes in works written for smaller ensembles, and the Minnesota Orchestra, specializing in big orchestral works with a big sound. Both of them play on a very high level, allowing them to invite some of the world’s greatest soloists to play with them and some of the world’s greatest composers to write for them. Here are 13 concerts (or...

Three Reasons Minnesotans Can Be Optimistic about Rock Music for the Remainder of 2017

When Dan Reynolds first sang, “Your love is always dangerous, and now I’m lost in us,” in the new song “I Don’t Know Why” by Imagine Dragons, he probably didn’t realize how on the nose he would be when it came to the outlook of 2017 after music fans had to deal with recent tragedies that shook the rock world. Evolve, Imagine Dragons’ third studio album, was released on June 23, which was just over a month after Soundgarden’s...

How Minnesota Fashion Designer Samantha Rei Made Me Feel at Home in My Own Skin

Since the day I met her, I have been in awe of Samantha Rei. When I started my search for a wedding gown back in 2009, it didn’t take long for me to feel defeated. All the options I found felt like they were for other people; not only were the zillions of big white gowns not my personal style, they weren’t for me. It was a space in which I felt unwelcome, outside. I, like so many people,...

Browncoats, Unite! Adventures in the ’Verse Continue with Serenity Comics

Browncoats, take heed! The adventures of Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity continue, and they come in the form of comics from Dark Horse. The latest run, No Power in the ’Verse, hit comic shops between October 2016 and March 2017, and you can now pick up all of its issues in one hardcover collection. Like many in the ’verse, I miss Firefly. I miss Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his trusty crew of freedom fighting misfits, and more than...

Crowdfunding for Geek Media Can Offer Mixed Results

I remember when Hollywood didn’t like making stuff for us geeks except the occasional Superman and Batman movie. Even George Lucas got rejected when he pitched Star Wars. However, seeing the profit, Hollywood has started to invest. With a behemoth like Disney buying both Lucasfilm and Marvel and making Rogue One, Logan, and Dr. Strange (to name a recent few), we definitely have high-grossing talent and marketing behind our favorite stories. At the same time, those of us who...

The Naked and Famous Join a Stacked Lineup for Go Fest ’17

New Zealand group the Naked and Famous will join an elite and diverse sampling of alternative rock entertainment at the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza as part of Go 96.3’s annual Go Fest on July 2. Touring to promote their latest EP, Simple Forms, the band is returning to Minnesota after performing an elegant and engaging headline set at First Avenue last November. Simple Forms, the band’s third album, was released in October 2016, marking an end to what had then...
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