The A&E blog covers a span of cultural artifacts as wide, fascinating, and bizarre as the internet itself, from reviews of the cheapest coolers at the liquor store to the best concert to see at the Triple Rock, with a bit of speculation at the meaning of it all stuffed in between.
Thu, 7/2, 8:12pm (3 days ago)
A lightbulb sparked for Craig Nordeen when red, white and blue doughnuts arrived at his workplace around this time last year.   Nordeen, who works as a designer at an advertising firm, saw potential for the doughnuts beyond a delectable snack. Using Adobe Illustrator, Nordeen recreates famous American paintings, photographs and…
Mon, 6/29, 5:34pm (6 days ago)
There are few summer style sins greater than wearing shorts. Even though shorts have been slimmed and trimmed over the past few years, they’re still synonymous with struggle fits and are rarely worn by the few people who can actually pull them off without looking ridiculous and lame.  Sometimes, however, social…
Mon, 6/22, 6:49pm (2 weeks ago)
The Twin Cities radio dials offers slim pickings when it comes to enjoyable playlists. The Current’s eclectic rotation never fails (though can be a tad predictable at times), and Radio K provides a great introduction to new artists destined to be spun on the Current in a year, as well…
Mon, 6/15, 11:28am (3 weeks ago)
Up until the 1990’s, finding pants that weren’t pleated was difficult.  The once-dapper pleats combined form and function, adding a crisp crease to the pant and allowing room for men to move without losing a slim, flattering fit.  Once the mid-‘90s rolled around, double and triple pleats became de rigeur,…
Mon, 6/8, 2:57pm (4 weeks ago)
Yes, I ordered a $14 pastrami sandwich at a high-end butcher shop.  Feel free to call me pretentious or sue me; I’ve heard it all before, and I won’t deny the label.  I gawked at the price tag when I first perused the menu, but hitting up a shop on…
Sun, 6/7, 2:48pm (4 weeks ago)
Though it may not match the glamour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Science Museum of Minnesota, there’s yet another source of educational enrichment in town that quietly opens for the season this Saturday: The Ard Godfrey House.   On June 7th, the historic house will open again for…
Thu, 6/4, 5:24pm (1 month ago)
If you’re a choral connoisseur (or maybe you just like fish tacos), you may want to grab a lawn chair and zip on over to Minnehaha Falls tonight.   Starting at 7 p.m., three vocal ensembles will perform at “Harmony in the Park,” a pair of free concerts presented by Classical…
Thu, 5/28, 7:50pm (1 month ago)
Local coffee stronghold Urban Bean recently opened a chic new location on the corner of West Lake Street and Bryant Avenue. Going to a coffee shop isn’t just grabbing a cup of Joe anymore.  Coffee has become a hobby for many people.  Well-sourced full-bodied beans and Instagram-worthy appearance dictate whether…
Sat, 5/16, 1:43pm (2 months ago)
Tame Impala delivered a seamless set of jams to a sold out crowd at First Avenue Wednesday night in Minneapolis.   It was their first show in town since 2013.   The band’s lead vocalist Kevin Parker said, “Hey, we played here before but there weren’t as many of you last time.…
Sat, 4/11, 6:11pm (3 months ago)
  Photo courtesy of Tina Machina   The Ghost Wolves brought their punk blues to Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis on Thursday. After a stop in Madison, the pair made their way to Illinois, where they currently have three shows lined up before they hit the road again.   Stomp and blues “power couple” Carley…
Sat, 4/11, 2:45am (3 months ago)
(Image via Sameh Wadi)   Not every accomplished chef gets to byline a cookbook. For local chef and restaurateur Sameh Wadi, of Saffron and World Street Kitchen, the timing was right, so he took the plunge. It took a year to gather his thoughts and write an all-encompassing Mediterranean cookbook. Chef Wadi took some…
Tue, 4/7, 4:07pm (3 months ago)
Today marks the release of the 15th Mountain Goats record, “Beat The Champ.” The 13-track effort combines the mythos of old-school professional wrestling in the Southwestern United States and the emotional punch of John Darnielle’s narrative songwriting. “Beat The Champ” finds the repertoire of Darnielle, bassist Peter Hughes and drummer…
Thu, 3/12, 11:24am (4 months ago)
Finding confidence with supermodel Oon Shu An. Actress Oon Shu An in a makeup tutorial video on YouTube. We need to start approaching “pretty” in a new light. Actress Oon Shu An, from Singapore created “My 5-Minute Magic Routine #UnicornMoment Ep.6” on Youtube. Directed by Joel Lim and with support from Calibre Pictures, the…
Thu, 3/12, 11:23am (4 months ago)
A new face to facial jewelry. A model during the Givenchy Fall 2015 runway show. Photo by Monica Feudi. Givenchy’s Fall 2015 show is buzzing in the fashion world. Showman, Riccardo Tisci presented a wow worthy show. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sat front row during the show, but it wasn’t only celebrity…
Thu, 3/12, 11:21am (4 months ago)
A Youtube must-watch series.   If you have a few minutes to spare, watch one (or all) of Vogue’s 73 Questions videos. Filmed in a single shot, Vogue interviews personalities on what they like, hate and what they know. Intriguingly nosey, Vogue provides viewers with an inside look at the life of anyone from…
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