For the love of theater: 11 shows opening this week






There are 11—yes, 11—shows opening this week in and around the Twin Cities, just in time for Valentine’s Day. (Read: Date ideas!) With such a wide variety of productions being staged, we thought we would take a minute to help you navigate your options. Here’s what’s coming up, in order of opening date. Feb. 9 – […]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music






When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again. Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with […]

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Craft Culture: Handmade timepieces from Padron Watch Company






January and February can be the dreariest of months for retailers. The Christmas bustle turns a sharp corner, and long days spent trying to keep up with an influx of customers turn into long days wishing for just a few customers. This can be particularly true for small businesses, especially in the age of online […]

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Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts Jan. 21-23






Hopefully everyone survived the recent cold spell and braved the chill to get out to see a show. If you didn’t, this weekend has plenty of hot shows to entice you. The Current’s 11th Anniversary Party | First Avenue | Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 7pm both nights The Current is nearly a […]

5 Minnesota comedians to watch in 2016






Every year, it seems like the number of talented stand-up comedians in the Twin Cities grows exponentially. From new, raw talent gaining buzz on the open mic scene, to regulars making the leap to headliner status, to locals exploding into the national spotlight, the Twin Cities comedy scene continues to up the ante in terms […]

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Weekly Set List: Must see concerts Jan. 15–16






A pair of release shows, First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase, and the third round of the MN Beer Brunch series are your best bets for live music in the Twin Cities this weekend. Best New Bands of 2015 | First Avenue | Friday, January 15, 7pm First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase […]

Lullaby: A new kind of musical






Artistic inspiration doesn’t always strike in the way we think it will. It can come from anywhere at anytime—even from your insomniac two-year-old who refuses to adhere to any sort of sleep schedule. Such was the situation playwright Michael Elyanow found himself in 10 years ago. Elyanow and his husband were living in North Hampton, […]

Craft Culture: Handmade toboggans at Northern Toboggan & Sled






Snow crunches under my tires as I pull up to the modest building. The air has that undeniable crispness winter brings with her as she settles in for the season. On a parcel of farmland six miles east of Warroad, Minnesota, mere miles from the Canadian border, John Harren’s Northern Toboggan & Sled shop is […]

January 2016 Arts and Culture Events






January brings a new year and a fresh crop of arts & culture events across the Twin Cities and the state—check them out before you decide to go into hibernation for the rest of the winter. Visit Saint Paul Featured Event: Saint Paul Winter Carnival | January 28–February 7, times vary | Various locations in St. Paul | […]

We Are The Willows’ “Picture (Portrait)” & the love that endured a war






It’s a tale as old as time: Two adolescents meet, fall in love, get married, and, eventually, their grandson makes an album based on letters they exchanged during WWII. Okay, okay, so maybe this story isn’t quite that common. In the year that’s passed since Minneapolis’ We Are The Willows released the first half of […]

Craft Culture: Hennepin Made glassmaking studio






Jackson Schwartz deals in heat. His craft is defined in various bursts of Fahrenheit—taking some of the most basic materials on Earth and transforming them with the careful application of fire. His work, in turn, helps illuminate some of the trendiest gathering spots in town. Schwartz’s Hennepin Avenue glassmaking studio, Hennepin Made, looks equal parts […]

How to make a foraged centerpiece without leaving your backyard






Christine Hoffman is trimming some branches in her Grand Avenue shop, Foxglove Market. “Most of this I found right out back of the building,” she laughs, twisting a gnarly vine into, then around, a small vase. She then adds a burst of fall foliage—reds and oranges, tucked between the browns and greys of some grainy […]

From Lizzo, With Love






Minneapolis’ rising hip-hop star gets personal on “Big GRRRL Small World” There’s something appropriately righteous about the fact that you have to cross Queen Avenue to get to Lizzo’s house—not to mention that her home is mere blocks from the schools and church basements where Prince played his first gigs with his high school band […]

The ‘burbs at the Bash: A Q&A with The Suburbs’ Chan Poling






This Saturday, The Suburbs are coming to a backyard near you. Summit Brewing Company’s Backyard Bash, a celebration of the brewery’s 29th anniversary, will feature live music from The Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Toki Wright & Big Cats (featuring Lydia Liza), Al Church, and Black Market Brass, and will raise funds for the non-profit Minnesota Music […]

Alan Sparhawk’s creative process and Low’s new album, ‘Ones and Sixes’






The line starts to crackle as soon as Alan Sparhawk picks up the phone. As he greets me from his home in Duluth, Minnesota, the Low frontman’s voice booms and sizzles, as if it’s bristling against the wires in the phone line and wrestling to break free. Although I could easily adjust the volume, I […]