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6 Books to Warm Up Your Winter Reading

It’s still winter in Minnesota and will be for some time yet, as much as we all may wish otherwise. While many of us in the Twin Cities got a good dose of snow this past week, some of the city plows are a little too efficient, and I, personally, didn’t get to spend any time being snowed into my house. If I had, though, here are six books I might have read while curled up by the fireplace,...

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...

Carry on Captain Ahab’s Legacy in Nantucket

Nantucket is a naval-strategy video game filled with combat and trading. Oh yeah, and it’s set in the Moby Dick universe. What an age we live in, huh? Truly there is room for anything in the video-game market. Set in the aftermath of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Nantucket places you in the role of Ishmael, intent on finishing what Captain Ahab started: hunting down the great beast, Moby Dick. That’s easier said than done, and you’ll have to start...

Dance and Theater Combine for A Rap on Race, Revamped

It was a simple conversation that changed the nation. Two people, black author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat down and talked about race back in 1970. Nearly five decades later, that moment in time is being brought back to life in the form of an arts hybrid of sorts by Spectrum Dance Theater out of Seattle. The troupe is now on tour with its take on A Rap on Race, and that tour stopped at the...

The Way Out Experiment Lives Up to Its Name

Arriving early so I could get a good seat, I sat, knees practically touching the stage. The Bryant-Lake Bowl theater slowly filled up to the accompaniment of unsettling music: a soft bell tolling in the distance, anxious descending strings, alarmed horns, and occasionally that most disturbing instrument (at least to Americans), the accordion. The red curtain moved back and forth as if a tremendous beast lay breathing on the other side. All in all, a fit setting for the...

The Glossy Importance of The Post

There’s such an insistence for a story like The Post in the current climate of questioning the free press that Steven Spielberg’s film feels more grand in its historical relevance than it does in its capacity as a well-made picture. It’s as though there’s such an overwhelming urge for winking and nudging as he celebrates the necessity of journalists that Spielberg ultimately caves to the easy lesson. In this sense, The Post is a very entertaining film that is...

The Sweet and Savory Innocence of Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is a film as adorable as its furry and friendly protagonist. It exists in a fairytale version of London where every problem seems as though it can be solved with a kind heart and a handful of marmalade sandwiches. It’s a city that has become so accepting of the bear dressed in a hat and coat that it’s to hard imagine life without him. As the film blatantly states at several points, Paddington can see the good...

The Nerd Cult Podcast Struggles to Stand Out

Creating a new podcast is a hard feat. We are in a time when the Internet is saturated with “self-started” media, and it’s hard to sift through this infinite sea to get quality. It’s especially hard to find new podcasts that are good. Out of the thousands that are uploaded for the public’s listening pleasure, only a few are executed well. The Nerd Cult podcast is part of this endless sea, and it already seems to have lost its...

Winter Is Here, and It’s Dead!

The snowflakes are falling, and the undead are rising. Fight off the hordes of zombies, survive a frigid environment, and sort out friend from foe. Dead of Winter is a two- to five-player game that runs anywhere between 45 and 210 minutes, depending on experience and game variables. This game holds features of unit-management, strategy, hidden-role, and cooperative games. Here, each player starts off by controlling two survivors of a zombie apocalypse, each with their own unique ability—for example,...

Closing Pandora’s Box with Steins;Gate the Movie: Load Region of Déjà Vu

As those of you who have read some of past reviews will know, I’m a huge fan of the anime series Steins;Gate. So naturally, when I heard that there had been a Steins;Gate movie following the main series, I knew I would have to get my hands on it. I finally got the chance to watch it, and it was just as good and provided just as satisfying a sense of closure as I had hoped. Please note: I did my...
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