Rondo’s Blues: How Golden Thyme Coffee & Café became a destination for discourse in St. Paul’s black community

Where is the heart of the black community, currently, in the Twin Cities? Where do African Americans gather to engage and deliberate, publicly, about issues pressing them today? If you had asked me 10 years ago—before my relocation to Harlem—I would’ve told you El-Amin’s on Broadway Avenue, Big E’s Soul Food on Nicollet Avenue, maybe … [ Read more]

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Everything you need to know for the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival

The 2016 Minnesota Fringe website, along with the official festival schedule and tickets sales, is officially live at fringefestival.org. The festival, dubbed “Minnesota’s Summer Theater Crawl,” takes place August 4-14. The official list of shows is still in flux, but, when finalized, will be posted there. Currently, there are 169 slotted for performances. In the meantime, here … [ Read more]

Your guide to all the public art

Ever wonder where you can go to see art around the Twin Cities, besides in a museum? Start Seeing Art has the answer for you. The website has made a Google map that outlines every public art installation (murals, sculpture, mosaic, etc.) around the Twin Cities, including information about each piece. Now that the weather is … [ Read more]

Wild Rumpus named Best Children’s Bookstore in U.S.

On May 9, the Women’s National Book Association presented Wild Rumpus with the award for best children’s bookstore in the United States, reports Southwest Journal. With its child-size doorway, wandering animals, bathroom aquarium, and colorful decorations, there’s a lot to love about the Linden Hills treasure. Staff say they put extra work into the nomination this … [ Read more]

Milkweed Books coming soon to downtown Minneapolis

Milkweed Editions is opening a bookstore, Milkweed Books, in the Open Book building complex in downtown Minneapolis in late June, reports Publishers Weekly. The retail space is still being built out for the 700 to 750-square-foot bookstore, which will be located on the ground floor of the three-story complex, adjacent to the Coffee Gallery café. “We … [ Read more]

Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce that he has decided to put Harriet Tubman on a new $20 bill, according to a recent NPR report. The decision caps a public campaign asking for the change and months of deliberation by the Treasury to either replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Andrew … [ Read more]

Guthrie Theater awarded $1 million grant to create a ninth floor “theatrical hub”

The Guthrie Theater today announced it has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to underwrite a groundbreaking initiative for the theater’s entire ninth floor, home to the 200-seat Dowling Studio, the Citizens of Minnesota Overlook—a signature feature of the lobby known as the “amber box”—and a unique retractable wall … [ 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]

Famed Swedish chef brings photo exhibit to the American Swedish Institute

Magnus Nilsson, the acclaimed chef of Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden who is also an accomplished photographer and cookbook author, is headed to Minneapolis. The American Swedish Institute announced today via press release that Nilsson will be displaying his traveling exhibit, “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People,” at the ASI June 2 to … [ Read more]

Patrick’s Cabaret loses lease and looks to the future

Scott Artley, executive director of Patrick’s Cabaret, in South Minneapolis, announced today on their website that the firehouse that has housed the performance arts space for 16 years has been sold, forcing Patrick’s to leave the building by May 31. “While we are disappointed, we embrace this development as an opportunity to refresh and restructure how we … [ Read more]

Theater Latté Da looks to call Ritz Theater home

Theater Latté Da hasn’t had a permanent home since it left Loring Playhouse in 2006. That soon may change, though. Company leaders say Latté Da has entered into an “exclusive negotiating arrangement” with the Ritz Foundation, which owns the 245-seat theater Ritz Theater, at 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, reports Star Tribune. “We announced publicly for … [ Read more]

The Brits voted, and ‘Boaty McBoatface’ won

When scientists in the U.K. asked the public to name their new $290 million polar research ship, they expected the name of an explorer such as Sir Ernest Shackleton or a naturalist like David Attenborough to eventually be emblazoned across the vessel’s bow. However, the Brits wanted something else. Something more colloquial. Something that everyone could … [ Read more]

Tosca at the Minnesota Opera

Hope and optimism, sincerity and faith—it’s amazing how much can be undone by jealousy and a couple poor decisions. That’s the lesson from Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” now playing at the Minnesota Opera. The Ordway Theater is a perfect venue for this grand melodrama in three acts. The set dressing, both striking and minimal, underscores the … [ Read more]

Ordway Center announces 2016-2017 season

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts unveiled its 2016-2017 season Tuesday, March 15. The season includes a variety of Ordway-produced musicals, Broadway tours, world music concerts, dance performances, Broadway Songbook® offerings, and special performances that reflect the Ordway’s mission of bringing the finest performing arts to St. Paul. Here’s a breakdown of the theater, music, … [ Read more]

Sorry, cat lovers, the Internet Cat Video Festival is going to live on a farm

The Walker Art Center just announced it’s ending the wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival so it can concentrate on the expansion of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, reports Minnesota Public Radio. The festival began in 2012 as an experiment to see if Internet communities such as cat video fans could be converted into physical communities through … [ Read more]