Taking a deep-dive into Somali culture at the Minnesota Historical Society  

Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States. Roughly 57,000 people live here, according to the latest census figures (the actual number is believed to be much higher); most live in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area. The “Somalis + Minnesota” exhibit, organized by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of … [ Read more]

A lesson in drag at Guthrie Theater

It takes more than putting on a dress and squeezing into nylons and high heels to be a true drag queen. You have to know the history of it, the community of it, the art of it. You have to know who you are and who you’re hoping to become. You have to commit to … [ Read more]

Carry-on Chicken: An Essay by MaiThao Xiong

My mom used to say, “Peb ruam ruam,” meaning “We are stupid,” to describe herself and my father. At the time, I wasn’t aware that she didn’t mean this literally—it was her way to motivate us to work harder than her and to be more than she could be. Her encouragement and love are not … [ Read more]

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]

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]