Year in Review: Minnesota’s Arts & Culture Scene in 2018

Minnesota’s arts and culture scene experienced its fair share of high highs and low lows this year. From the #metoo movement bringing about leadership changes at notable organizations to our state making history by electing the first Somali-American to the U.S. Congress, there was no lack of drama, excitement, anticipation, and disappointment in 2018. Here’s … [ Read more]

Social Science: Sci Fi Con

Calling all fans of cosplay, comics, and nerd-series classics! Join us for a night of fantasy fun and pop-culture fandom. Swing Thor’s hammer and save the galaxy with your DIY light saber. And of course, show us your best superhero, Jedi, or anything in between—costumes are highly encouraged!

Social Science: Don’t Try This at Home

What do you get when you mix brainy curiosity with a dash of danger? See for yourself at this one-night Social Science: Don’t Try This at Home extravaganza. We’re bringing out our favorite flashy and fun science demonstrations so you can “oooh” and “ahhh” as we put chemical reactions, physics, and materials science to the … [ Read more]

Sculpt, Weave & Etch: Fine Art and Craft for the Holidays

West 7th artists Maggie Thompson, Brad Menninga, D.C. Ice, Guillermo Guardia and Stuart Loughridge present “Sculpt, Weave & Etch” opening November 24 at the Landmark Gallery of the Schmidt Artist Lofts, 900 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul. The show will be open to the public: November 24 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. November 25 from 10 … [ Read more]

The 2016 Music in the Zoo Lineup

Music in the Zoo is back for a 24th year at the Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater, and features a lineup that spans the genres. JUNE 6/10 – Five for Fighting with String Quartet 6/ 11 – Blondie 6/12 – Home Free 6/13 – Ziggy Marley 6/18 – Soul Asylum 6/19 – Los Lobos with special guest Roger … [ Read more]

“Newsies” sets box office record at the Orpheum

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that “Newsies,” on tour in Minneapolis as part of the Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season, set a box office record for the highest-grossing one-week theatrical engagement at the Orpheum Theatre. The award-winning musical grossed sales of $1,448,779.50 for the week ending February 14, 2016, and attracted more than 20,000 … [ Read more]

Hennepin Theatre Trust announces “Broadway on Hennepin” season

Hennepin Theatre Trust recently announced the 2016-2017 Broadway on Hennepin Season, featuring the best of Broadway with five Minnesota premieres and five returning favorites. Making their Minneapolis premieres are “Fun Home” (winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical), “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Play), … [ Read more]

2016 MSP International Film Fest bigger, better than ever

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) turns 35 this spring, and its impressive plans for celebrating show that some things do get better with age. MSPIFF is the largest premier film event in the region and one of the longest-running film festivals in the nation. It has traditionally been held at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, but this … [ Read more]

The Cowles Center gets a $3 million Christmas present

Dance fan and philanthropist Caroline Amplatz has donated $3 million to help the Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts rehab its Arts & Education Wing, reports the Star Tribune. The eight-story building, on the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis, is home to 28 nonprofit arts groups, including James … [ Read more]

Book Dabbler: Returning to an adventure classic, Into Thin Air

Seventeen years after the release of Jon Krakauer’s best-seller, the tragic tale is still as gripping as ever After a recent snowfall, I watched the kids across the street climb on the snow piled at the end of their driveway. The wind chill was biting at something like -20°F, and though the kids looked to … [ Read more]

A U of M Design Class Crafted Tap Handles for Three Minnesota Breweries

Photos by Warren Bruland If you were at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club on December 16, 2014, you got a firsthand look at an exciting collaboration between some of Minnesota’s best craft brewers and designers. If you weren’t, don’t worry: You can see the fruits of the collaboration at Excelsior Brewing Company and Fair State … [ Read more]

Books & Bars: Jeff Kamin’s band of beer lovers and bibliophiles

Spare time is a luxury, isn’t it? You have to work from 8am to 5pm, swing by the grocery store on the way home, walk the dog, cook up some Hamburger Helper, spend some quality time with your one-and-only, help your old man with his iPhone, again, shovel the driveway or mow the lawn—depending on … [ Read more]