Artist Profile: Wing Ta, Canary Grey

Seared short ribs nestled in a cast iron vessel, surrounded by cremini mushrooms, garlic, and ever essential mirepoix. An elegant arc of tuna ceviche, enhanced with fresh papaya, vibrant lime green kiwis, and paper-thin, magenta-hued watermelon radish. A crystal clear glass set atop a rustic gray wooden table, highlighting the bright garnet hue of a … [ Read more]

Clear Water Comedy puts Eau Claire on the map for something other than Bon Iver

When you think of comedy towns, you probably think of New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. Oh, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, of course. Just past the Minnesota border, the small town best known for Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has been quietly making a name for itself as an up-and-coming comedy hub, led by a crew … [ Read more]

Let Your Id Out: Axe throwing and other badass activities

The ego is why you go to work. The superego is why you imagine you like going to work. The id is why you want to tap dance on your boss’ desk while stapling Post-It Notes to his forehead. The id was a good friend back in the old days when we were naked, hunting … [ Read more]

The Low Hum: Drone Not Drones’ 28 hours of tunes

Going into Drone Not Drones this past January, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Like a lot of people, I wasn’t very familiar with drone music. And as much as I enjoy live shows, I also value being in bed by midnight at the latest, so 28 hours of straight drone music was very much … [ Read more]

MNMLSM: Paring down to live more fully

I started stress-cleaning my closet in middle school. Whenever I felt dissatisfied or out of control, I would sort through my belongings: tossing the ones I no longer needed and organizing the ones I kept. For over a decade, from tiny dorm rooms to sharing a fridge with 11 roommates, I have found solace in paring … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Nick Zdon

 “I am a large container of life.” “That’s how you would explain yourself to someone,” I asked, making sure I heard him correctly. In a used bookstore more than 15 years ago, Nick Zdon found a Czech comic book with English translations that were a bit rough around the edges. “One of the best … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Matt Wells, the Lizardman of Minneapolis

From Botticelli to Banksy, artists have often used alternate names as a way to identify their creative mark on the world. For Matt Wells, his distinctive moniker came from a seven-foot-tall, green, scaly-skinned reptilian humanoid cryptid said to inhabit the swamplands of South Carolina: Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp. “When I was a teenager, … [ Read more]

Spin Away the Winter Doldrums with These 9 Essential Local Albums

It’s hard to separate “winter” and “Minnesota” in terms of their connotation to one another, so why separate them? Winter is here, it’s in full force, and we might as well embrace it as best we can, so here is a list of nine quintessentially winter albums: local edition. Whether it’s titles, lyrics, artwork, or … [ Read more]

Minnesota Opera’s ‘Dead Man Walking’ is the redemption story we need

The character of Joseph De Rocher isn’t an easy person with whom to sympathize. Besides his scary appearance, with his shaved head and violent tattoos, including a Nazi symbol on his back, Joseph is a murderer and rapist. And yet, through the course of the opera “Dead Man Walking,” the audience, through the eyes of … [ Read more]

These 4 Minnesota comedians will have you laughing in 2018

Last year, we shared our picks for five Minnesota comedians on the cusp of doing big things both locally and nationally. Not to give ourselves too much credit, but we sort of nailed it. From Chloe Radcliffe being selected to perform at Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco “Comics to Watch” showcase during the New York Comedy Festival, … [ Read more]

The Art Shanties have a new home on Lake Harriet

It’s January and the hype of the new year is fading. We’re settling in for some long, cold months, wearing multiple layers of wool socks, and cursing 4:30pm sunsets—or at least that’s what the rest of the country thinks we’re doing. In reality, we’re gearing up for weeks of outdoor playtime, like scampering through handmade … [ Read more]

‘The Wiz’ is coming to the Children’s Theatre Company stage

Tie up those laces and get ready to ease on down the road: “The Wiz,” the 1978 film adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” featuring a singing, dancing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, will be brought to the Children’s Theatre Company stage in an exciting collaboration with CTC and St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre. “It is … [ Read more]

Where Have All the Award Shows Gone? How we’re honoring Minnesota’s musicians today

Right inside the front door of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame stands a towering replica of the state-shaped award for inductees. “This way when people walk in, you don’t have to tell ‘em where they’re at,” says executive director Dodie Wendinger. “We are in the heart of the town,” she adds. The town in … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The patterns and forms of Ross Bruggink

A fearless and philosophical duo, “Calvin and Hobbes” follows the adventures of the mischievous six-year-old Calvin, and his best friend, a talking and plush sardonic tiger named Hobbes. Their relationship is playful, poignant, and fantastical, as they convert corrugated cardboard boxes into time traveling machines, dig for dinosaur bones, and build crime-stricken groups of snowmen. … [ Read more]

Fare Thee Well, Red House: A 10-song toast to the folk record label’s Minnesota legacy

St. Paul’s famed Red House Records—long known as a top label for folk and Americana artists—is Nashville-bound after being acquired by Compass Records Group. Officially established in 1983 by singer-songwriter Greg Brown and Bob Feldman, Red House Records has served as springboard for Midwest folk artists like Spider John Koerner and John Gorka, as well … [ Read more]