Soundset brings Twin Cities hip-hop to the national stage

For 11 years, Minnesota has been home to what is now considered one of the premiere hip-hop festivals in the country. With local record label Rhymesayers Entertainment at the helm, Soundset has grown from a word-of-mouth block party to a marquee music festival over the years as it’s traveled from the old Metrodome parking lot … [ Read more]

Juggling an Identity Crisis: The changing face of clowning

You’ve gotta be able to read an audience, as the adage goes. Unfortunately for those in the gag-filled world of professional clowning, today’s audiences aren’t interested in hearing the punch line. It’s not a happy time to be a clown. In fact, historically speaking, it might be the worst time to be a clown. Almost … [ Read more]

The Trylon Cinema: Minneapolis’ hidden hope for eccentric and repertory film

J ohn Moret’s position as the Trylon Cinema’s film programmer fits him like an old roll of 35mm film fits into an antique projector. The cinephile grew up watching a movie nearly every day and eventually went on to run the Landmark Lagoon Cinema from 2006 to 2015, where he also got his start. His … [ Read more]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many … [ Read more]

Minnesota State Fair announces final acts for this year’s Grandstand lineup

In natural Minnesotan fashion, we’re already looking past summer to the arrival of the Minnesota State Fair. We can’t help it! We’re gluttons for seasonal punishment (or just really love eating fried food among thousands of our closest friends.) With the announcement of the final three acts, the full 2018 Grandstand Concert Series has been … [ Read more]

Minneapolis’ Demon Of Screamin’: The life and times of enigmatic rock ’n’ roller Curtiss A

Before you even ask a question,” says Curtiss A, leaning forward to address my iPhone, “I’ll just make a statement that I have not prepared.” The singer-songwriter born Curt Almsted thought I had come to his St. Paul home to ask him about aliens, which was a reasonable assumption. He has a UFO story he’s … [ Read more]

Diving into the Colorful Multiverse of Cosplay

Costumed fans bring their favorite characters to life Emily Bartel has always enjoyed dressing in costume. “That passion goes all the way back to my earliest memories in my childhood,” she recalls. After moving to the Twin Cities, she began designing costumes based on her favorite characters—first from anime series, then from sources like comics … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The wonderfully strange works of Jennifer Davis

A roaring lion, steeped in vivid colors of bubblegum and coral. A humanoid cat wearing gray slacks, standing against a sparse cream-colored sky. A female figure, dressed in a pale green blouse, as a black, vintage rotary phone defines her facial features. These characters look like they live in an enchanting, yet eerie, pastel-hued Candyland … [ Read more]

Playwrights’ Center announces 2018-19 McKnight Residency and Fellowship recipients

The McKnight National Residency and Commission has announced the writers that will participate in the 2018-19 cohort at the Playwrights’ Center. Among them is Idris Goodwin, the recipient of the 2018-19 McKnight National Residency and Commission; May Lee-Yang and Tori Sampson, the 2018-19 McKnight fellows in Playwriting. “To have the longtime support of a visionary … [ Read more]

Back on the Beat: ‘Super Troopers 2’ director Jay Chandrasekhar talks crowdsourcing, cult status, and chugging

Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit, and Farva are back in action and find themselves smack dab in the middle of an international border dispute between the U.S. and Canada. When the town of St. Georges Du Laurent, Quebec, becomes a part of America due to a surveying error, the Super Troopers are called in to set … [ Read more]

CAKE, Jason Isbell headlining Basilica Block Party 2018

Basilica Block Party, Cities 97’s annual two-day summer fest held at the Basilica of Saint Mary, has announced the lineup for this year’s 23rd festival. Twenty national and local bands will perform across three stages over the two-day concert. featuring PreferredOne Stage headliners Andy Grammer and Fitz and the Tantrums, and Great Clips Stage headliners … [ Read more]

Green Parties: Minnesota musicians and entrepreneurs reducing their impact one tour at a time

T he sun has set, the band’s last lingering note has faded, and the fans are headed towards the exits. What’s left on the ground? Hopefully, just the sweat and emotions from a long day of outdoor music. That’s the goal of an increasing number of artists, venues, and companies working to reduce the environmental … [ Read more]

Live comedy show ‘Minnesota Tonight’ makes a joke out of local news

Who says the news can’t be funny? Now more than ever late night talk shows are platforms that are just as powerful as traditional news outlets. Whether it’s “The Daily Show,” “Last Week Tonight,” or “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” watching news commentary shows has become a way for many people to not only laugh … [ Read more]

‘Rigoletto’ at Minnesota Opera: Who’s Laughing Now?

A loathsome politician uses his power to prey on women, indiscriminately hopping from one dalliance to the next, abetted by the very people he’s likely to hurt. But enough about current events. The Minnesota Opera has a good show going on right now. Their penultimate main stage performance of the season is Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” imagined … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Regan Golden turns plants into art

It’s easy to forget the verdant intensity of nature. The fuzzy, villous hairs on the fronds of the unfurling fern. Towering cottonwoods sheltering delicate clusters of milkweed. Even invasive patches of plants, from garlic mustard to buckthorn. But when Regan Golden walks through an urban park or strolls along the rail yard near her house, … [ Read more]