Bastille Day Block Party

Get out your berets and celebrate French independence with Barbette on Sunday, July 13 when they host a Bastille Day Block Party. Featuring a flea market and organic food and beverages, the free event will also showcase several bands and entertainers. The fun begins at 4 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Barbette is located […]

Twin Cities Zine Fest

Join Stevens Square Center for the Arts on July 12 and 13 for their annual Twin Cities Zinefest, a celebration of zinesters and indie music fans that showcases the Midwest’s homegrown talent. The event will also feature an art show, craft demonstrations, guest speakers and panel discussions. Attendance is free. The event runs July 12 […]

The Hold Steady

After their last local gig in a venue that actually had rows of seats bolted to the floor, they’re back at First Ave. where they’ll always belong, riding the crest of Stay Positive, yet another startling, snarling confessional of clean and dirty secrets set to anthemic guitar riffs, all girded by their thoroughly charming, drunken […]

Anthony Cox, Phil Hey & Chris Lomheim

Here’s a gig that lets you strain the brandy or fine single malt over your tongue while you swell with pride for living in a place with such a vibrant local jazz scene. Cox is an internationally renowned bassist who had Billy Higgins and Dewey Redman on his first record and happens to call the […]

Serious Art

Here’s a truism of modern art: Every new generation of emerging young artists is convinced it will reinvent the culture. And, strangely enough, they all go about this reinvention pretty much in the same way: By making a bunch of meaningless noise. Think of Tristan Tzara here, and his poems that go nowhere. Think of […]

My Winnipeg

Guy Maddin has spent his career trying to replicate the 1920’s German and Russian silent filmmakers’ styles. To see today’s stars, like Isabella Rossellini, splashed on the silver screen in The Saddest Music in the World in archaic textured film is a surreal experience. But Maddin has taken surreal to a whole new level in […]

The Landscape of Life: Kinji Akagawa

Get a little zen with contemporary sculptor, teacher, and garden wanderer Kinji Akagawa. You’ll spend the day with this local master learning about his art and process which will come to a close with a VIP tour of of the artist’s studio and private garden in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. For the past […]

Irma Thomas/James Hunter

The official Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas has gracefully matured from the belter who literally 50 years ago (1958) told her romantic rivals, "You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don’t Mess With My Man)," to a caresser who engages the violins and doesn’t shed a shred of dignity on the bittersweet "Another […]

Get Smart (2008)

Re-creating the popular 1960s sitcom Get Smart on the big screen is no easy task. Just ask Don Adams, the original Agent 86 from the series. He tried to re-create Maxwell Smart on the big screen in the 1980s, with The Nude Bomb, a movie that lived up to its title. At least in 1980, […]

Orchestra Baobab

While the elegant Dakota isn’t quite as sublime as the outdoor quad in front of Northrop Auditorium—where Baobab played under sunny skies and swirling dancers in a beautiful evening on their last tour—this amazing 11-piece band does have another superb record’s worth of tunes in their arsenal: Made In Dakar, released in May, and equal […]