Like Mother, Like Daughter: Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper find their own paths in Twin Cities comedy

Working with family can be a tricky thing. Personalities clash, relationships outside of work boil into the workplace, and next thing you know you’re in the middle of a 20-year standoff over something that no one can remember. Fortunately for comedians Ci Ci and Khadijah Cooper, their place of business is big enough for the … [ Read more]

Musical Minnesota: Visiting 8 destinations around the state immortalized in song

Planning a Minnesota road trip? Check a local landmark off your bucket list—specifically, one of these places made immortal by shout-outs in song. Get your playlist and your map app ready! Red Wing “Kelly’s Bar,” Trampled by Turtles Our musical road trip starts on Old West Main Street in Red Wing, Minnesota, where a particular … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: John Bosley’s iconic illustrations take viewers on a road trip across the Midwest

People outside of the Midwest generally don’t pay much mind to the region, brushing it off as nothing more than flyover country. But we Midwesterners know that there’s so much more held within our states than meets the sky, from awe-inspiring natural landscapes to small, local landmarks deeply beloved by a lucky few.  Cover artist … [ Read more]

Game On: Virtual reality parlors transform the once-insular activity into a social experience

When most people think about virtual reality, they likely picture someone with a cardboard apparatus over their face and a phone hanging from the end. Or maybe a dark room where someone sits, alone, completely immersed in their video game experience. This is indeed VR, but only a very small sliver of it. But because … [ Read more]

Think Sunny Thoughts: Rock the Garden announces its 2019 lineup

Yes, there may be a mid-April snowstorm rapidly barreling toward us, threatening to dampen our spring fever and trigger our freshly dormant seasonal depression. But! The Current and the Walker Art Center have announced a stellar lineup for this year’s Rock the Garden on June 29, blessing us with something nice and warm to hold … [ Read more]

The Genre Rebel: With fluidity, confidence, and company, Bailey “26” Cogan shirks genre and makes music for joy

Listening to the music of Bailey “26” Cogan—songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the Minneapolis-based group 26 BATS!—is not a passive experience. While listening to the band’s latest album, “Onyx,” on the Green Line recently, the sharp rays of sun bouncing off windowed office buildings and fresh puddles mirrored the album’s vocals and bright notes … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Mark Rivard’s unconventional path to a life of art and advocacy

If anyone’s learned how to take dire circumstances and spin them into gold, it’s Mark Rivard, who used a series of misfortunes to set the stage for a successful career that’s brought him around the world intersecting art, business, education, and advocacy.  It began in 2004 in his mom’s basement, of all places. Rivard had … [ Read more]

Laughing with the Lord: Church comedy finds the light in Minnesota

There are some places you just aren’t supposed to laugh: funerals, weddings, baptisms—to name a few. What do they all have in common? They all take place within the hallowed walls of churches. To many people, church is just not funny. But some performers, like Joseph “Juice” Sutton, are changing that opinion one congregation at … [ Read more]

Art for the People: Local groups are changing the way art is consumed by putting it in the hands of the community

In the quest to make art more available and accessible to the public, artists are continually thinking outside the box—the box being, in many cases, the limitations of a literal, physical building. “There are 50,000 people who travel just on Hennepin Avenue alone on any given day,” says Joan Vorderbruggen, who oversees the largest public … [ Read more]

Chad Daniels talks about his new hip and the smell of comedy history

We’re only a couple of months into 2019, and Chad Daniels has already had a busy year. The Fergus Falls native and long-time comedian—and favorite of Acme Comedy Company—has been headlining clubs all over the country, is getting ready to release a new TV special, and is raising his two teenage children. He also just got a … [ Read more]

Art of Survival: Minnesota artists must get creative to make a living

Creativity has always been a part of life for writer Michael Torres. Growing up in Pomona, California, his older siblings would take him to museums and make him read everything from Disney Magazine to “Beowulf.” As a teenager, his creative outlet was graffiti; when he turned 18, he turned his focus to poetry. Torres earned … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The offbeat patterns of collage artist Kara Sweeney

A piggy bank. A money tree. The ubiquitous flying cash emoji. That stock market line graph looking particularly bullish. The Statue of Liberty. A “loan shark.” These are all concepts that artist Kara Sweeney called upon as she created the cover for this month’s “Economics” issue. Her obvious jumping-off point was starting with the color green; … [ Read more]

The Sound and the Money: 3 ways musicians support their dreams of making music

While some musicians are financially successful enough to focus exclusively on music, most aren’t quite so lucky. For the average musician, making a living can be a difficult puzzle to figure out. “It’s not going to look the way a lot of people think it will. It’s not glitzy and it involves a lot of … [ Read more]

Essay: How I Wound Up with Three Unforgivably Lame Tattoos

“Tattoos are like stories. They’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.” – Pamela Anderson, actress and animal rights activist who contracted hepatitis C in 2002 after sharing tattoo needles with the drummer from Mötley Crüe. Pam is … [ Read more]

The Replacements vs. Hüsker Dü: Four decades on, which local band looms larger?

Two of the most influential rock bands in Minnesota history just happened to hit the scene at the same time. Hüsker Dü exploded out of the Macalester College campus, while the Replacements crawled up from South Minneapolis. Formed in 1979, both groups became legends with international cult followings. Lots of people were fans of both, … [ Read more]