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The Marriage of Figaro Is a Modern Story of Class Struggle, Dressed in Wigs

Overdressing, cross-dressing, undressing, and a healthy dose of social critique are just a few of the delights offered by the Minnesota Opera’s production of classic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Figaro, our charismatic hero and the personal valet to Count Almaviva, just wants his wedding day to go smoothly. However, his capable fiancée, Susanna, senses trouble afoot. Their boss wants to claim his droit du seigneur: the master’s right to sleep with a servant on her wedding night. To make things...

How Being Raised to to Give 100 Percent Made Me the Fanatical Asian Nerd I Am

I’m a Cambodian American geek. As I’ve talked about before, this has had its challenges, like clashing with parents who thought my geek hobbies were a waste of time and money, but standing up for myself and what I liked also helped me develop a thick skin against criticism. Another way my upbringing was a benefit to my adult geekdom is that I was raised to give everything I have to anything I choose to do. Growing up, my...

Soundtrack Sunday: Vagrant Story

Vagrant Story is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated video games to date. It was an action RPG released by SquareSoft (now Square Enix) in the spring of 2000, and there were a couple of remarkable things about it. First and foremost was the localization, specifically the dialogue: Vagrant Story takes place in a pseudomedieval setting, and the writing follows suit. Instead of being a straightforward translation from the original Japanese script, it was heavily and thoughtfully...

The Bad Man and SofCapone Are Two New Twin Cities Bands Perfect for Your Summer Soundtrack

The Twin Cities are a hotbed for music of all genres and styles, blending together in a beautiful cornucopia. There is so much that the lists of performers can be quite daunting, but I want to call out two in particular that are worth following. The Bad Man is a tour of rock genres from the basics of Mississippi rock and roll to the Ramones and the Stones, with heavy guitar and shrieking vocals that are as much at...

Celebrate 30 Years of Zelda with Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum

Quick: name a few iconic tunes from video games. There is a good chance that one of the songs you conjured was the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, right? The music from the Zelda series has been part of pop culture and an imperative staple in gaming history since the game debuted on the Famicom system in 1986. (Even Trent Reznor did a tribute!) The Legend of Zelda was released in North America on the NES a...

A Personal Look at Marscon 2017

Marscon is a deeply personal convention for me. I have a close connection with a number of the people who either perform for or work on the music track. I have a friend who comes in from out of state every year, and a girlfriend who comes down to volunteer with Table 27 (the table selling stuff for the musicians) and spend time with me. I’ve had a lot of interesting and intense experiences at the convention, and it...

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...

Snowta NYE Will Bring a Giant New Year’s Eve Party to the Twin Cities

In late October, a hashtag and a mysterious website spread across the Internet. Now, we have the definitive answer to the question #WTFisSNOWTA? On New Year’s Eve, a multistage music festival will bring EDM and rap together in an epic dance party in the Twin Cities. The event is booked for the Minneapolis Convention Center and in addition to music will feature a Ferris wheel, giant slide, skateboard contest, virtual-reality simulations, interactive art galleries, and more. The announcement went...

Gamer’s Rhapsody: A Soundtrack Geek Goes Home

Last month, I was able to attend Gamer’s Rhapsody, a new convention focused on the art and music of games. As I wrote about previously when covering Arnie Roth’s A New World tour, video-game music has come a long way from the blips and boops of arcade machines and the first home consoles. As acceptance and respect for gaming music grows, so does the fanbase. And, as in my case, it pulls people who have long been fans of...

I Am Finally Ready to Talk About My Breakup with Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor and I go way back. We have quite a history together. While many a goth can say the same, I saw his nose hairs at a concert once. And he may have looked at me. Or looked over in the area I was standing. Or looked at the girl with her shirt over her head next to me. Whatever. The point is, we have had a long, complex relationship. We had out good, fun, wild times (WithA TeethA)...
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