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, 5/28, 7:50pm (1 day 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 weeks 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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…
Thu, 3/12, 11:18am (3 months ago)
Who wore what. Award season this year made strides for creative works, social activism and fashion. The Oscars, on Feb. 22 was filled with Oscar-worthy red carpet looks. For overall trends, actresses opted for feminine silhouettes in simple colors and cuts...but detailed in beading and stitching. Here are my top three looks of…
Wed, 3/11, 3:21pm (3 months ago)
  Photo by David Waldman   The Alberta, Canada post-punk band Viet Cong is under fire for their controversial name. Singer/bassist Matt Flegel (far right) spoke to A&E about the name.   Since forming from the remains of Canadian art-rockers Women in 2012, the Canada-based post-punk band Viet Cong’s accidentally taken the indie rock…
Wed, 3/11, 11:23am (3 months ago)
    This Thursday, March 12th, the Trylon will feature two films from Minneapolis filmmaker John Ervin: “Made in Berlin” and “The Tiki War.”   “[The event] is partly just an opportunity to show ‘Made in Berlin’ again,” Ervin said. “I made it so long ago before it was even on the internet,…
Sun, 3/8, 9:07pm (3 months ago)
(Via MPR)   After over two decades of leading Wilco, the influential indie-rock group known for their Pitchfork-perfect record “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy recorded a joint effort with his 19-year-old son and drummer Spencer.   The result, 2014’s “Sukierae,” is a double-album lush with mellifluous fuzz and alt-country jangle pop.   Tweedy…
Mon, 3/2, 4:42pm (3 months ago)
(Via Spin.com)   A few months ago, the good folks at Paramount Pictures asked if I’d be interested in interviewing the cast from their then-upcoming comedy, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”   Though I hadn’t seen the previous installment of the gripping ‘Hot Tub’ saga, it was too much to turn down a chance…
Sat, 2/28, 6:05pm (3 months ago)
Sonia Singhi is the creator of Tree Change Dolls. Photo courtesy of Sonia Singhi. Sonia Singhi, a mother from Tasmania, is the creator of Tree Change Dolls. In her spare time, Singhi salvages Bratz dolls from local thrift shops around Tasmania and gives each doll a brand new look. In the “makeunder” of each…
Tue, 2/24, 3:32pm (3 months ago)
  (Harris Wittels)   On Thursday, “Parks and Recreation” writer Harris Wittels died of an apparent drug overdose, after years of using his self-described ‘drug guy’ sensibility to win over fans in comedy and music.   Since his death, Wittels’ co-workers on “Parks,” including Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari and rAmy Poehler, have expressed their condolences…
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