Artist Profile: Michael Iver Jacobsen

What do a dragon, “Blonde” by Frank Ocean, and nature walks have in common? These elements help shape one artist’s grand narrative: The reflective and nostalgic storyboard of Michael Iver Jacobsen. Michael’s interest in art ignited at an early age. “Drawing and painting was something that clicked for me,” he recalls. “My mom claims I […]

What ‘The Sneetches’ teaches

Dr. Seuss may have published “The Sneetches and Other Stories” back in 1961, but the Children’s Theatre Company’s musical adaptation “Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches The Musical” proves the short story is still as relevant as ever. Composed by David Mallamud, written by Philip Dawkins, and directed by Peter C. Brosius, the Children’s Theatre Company’s inventive theatrical […]

Artist Profile: Chuck U

Chuck U’s artwork brings to life an alternate reality that exists within his creative brain. A music-crazed, DJ-ing monkey. A scruffy, Godzilla-like dog/octopus hybrid donning a bowler hat and monocle. A bird perched in a tree with robotic eyes. But why a fascination of whimsical and wondrous worlds? “I wish I had an awesome explanation […]

Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp

When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes […]

Trailblazers 2016: Louise Erdrich

“Louise Erdrich has portrayed her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has, exploring—in intimate and fearless ways—the myriad cultural challenges that indigenous and mixed-race Americans face.” These words, spoken by the previous Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, addressed the literary and virtuosic impact that Erdrich exudes, as she was awarded the […]

Trailblazers 2016: Leslie Barlow

One might consider U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis a piece of art in and of itself. But when the doors opened for the start of the football season this year, Vikings fans were greeted with a true array of museum-quality artworks and installations, including six portrait paintings of iconic Vikes from Leslie Barlow. Primarily […]

Artist Profile: Brent Schoonover

It all started with Mr. Fixit. At a very young age, Brent Schoonover laid his eyes on a copy of Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk”#349. A brawny Mr. Fixit—aka the Grey Hulk—busting out of his white shirt, swinging a powerful wallop of a smack across the body of the acrobatic Spider-Man, in a dynamic battle […]

Artist Profile: Erica Williams

As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark […]

Beer, brats, & Bavarian culture: Your guide to Oktoberfest 2016

Minnesota is approximately 4,500 miles from Munich, Germany—home of the original Oktoberfest that began over 200 years ago—but that doesn’t stop us from breaking out our lederhosen and strapping on our dancing shoes for some traditional polka music, all to the sound of the clinking of steins and shouts of “Prost!” Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest […]

Vikre releases Sugarbush Whiskey Lot 3

Whiskey aficionados can raise their glasses to a new release of a Minnesota-made whiskey. Duluth’s Vikre Distillery is releasing Lot 3 of their Sugarbush Whiskey today, Friday, September 9. This is the third time the distillery has released Sugarbush; the first lot was released November 2015, while the second was made available in April 2016. And even though each version […]

The Summer Beer Dabbler through my (beer) glasses

It seems that at any given Minnesota get-together, whether a day out on the lake, a New Year’s Eve party, or a family reunion at your Aunt Bridget’s house, there’s an endless thirst for beer. And with the Land of 10,000 Lakes’ craft-beer scene exploding, it’s hard to keep up with the growing number of […]