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.
Sun, 10/12, 3:43pm (1 week ago)
Undeterred by losing Kim Deal in 2013, the Pixies proved last night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis that the band still packs a punch (or 32) live.   The band’s sprawling set, which consisted of tracks spanning their entire discography, including classic LPs “Surfer Rosa,” “Doolittle” and 2014’s “Indie Cindy,” pummeled…
Sat, 10/11, 2:13pm (1 week ago)
Forget pumpkin spice: the beauty of entering the fall season is that, if you’re lucky enough, you will be granted a perfect autumn day.   In Stillwater last weekend, Aamodt’s Apple Farm hosted the distant sunshine and a balmy, apple-scented breeze that sifted through the orchard of my quintessential fall experience.   Plucking fresh…
Sat, 10/11, 2:11pm (1 week ago)
Even if you’re not a fan of Radiohead — which would be inherently silly — singer Thom Yorke’s surprise solo album released last month will intrigue and delight the casual left-of-center electronic music listener and die-hard ‘Head fans alike.   For “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich used a similar…
Thu, 10/9, 5:10pm (1 week ago)
My friends and roommates give me flack for wearing a robe. Granted, my $19.95 white terrycloth Ikea number isn’t the most flattering option, but I’m a 50-year-old man trapped in a 21-year-old’s body. I must have a robe, even if it’s a bathrobe. They’re warm, debonair and are a reminder…
Thu, 10/9, 2:06pm (2 weeks ago)
  It’s that time of year again — the Ivey Awards have come and gone, completing a decade of celebrations. This was the first year I got to attend. In all honesty, I had very few expectations. What can you expect when it involves Twin Cities theater? The possibilities are endless. Had I…
Thu, 10/2, 11:22pm (2 weeks ago)
Good grief! 64 years ago today, Charles Schulz’s very first “Peanuts” comic strip debuted in seven newspapers.   The first “Peanuts” comic printed in newspapers, via ComicBook   Since that day in 1950, Charlie Brown and his gang have appeared in over 2,500 newspapers, spanning 75 countries and 21 languages. 15 years later…
Tue, 9/30, 6:58pm (3 weeks ago)
“The Alabama Song” sits right next to Sinead O’ Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (a song written by Prince,) in the hall of popular covers. The German ballad has many names, including “Moon of Alabama” and “Whiskey Bar.” Its most well-known adaptation, recorded by the Doors in 1966, is often…
Tue, 9/30, 5:15pm (3 weeks ago)
Besides National Homemade Cookie Day, Oct. 1 this year marks the release of Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Via YourTango As Decider originally reported, all seven seasons will be available starting tomorrow. The show wrapped seven years ago, but given their reaction, it appears viewers haven’t forgotten the fast-talking, hilarious, charming…
Tue, 9/30, 5:11pm (3 weeks ago)
It almost isn’t fair.   Minneapolis already has prized pizza places such as Punch Pizza, Mesa, and Pizza Luce. And within the next couple years, the famous Chicago branch Giordano’s is looking to have a restaurant here too.   via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wiki   As Southwest Journal reports, Minneapolitans may find a snazzy…
Mon, 9/29, 3:15pm (3 weeks ago)
Between YACHT’s compact disco cuts and Panda Bear’s sample-based experimental jams, the crowd at Fine Line Music Cafe got an earful of indie variety Sunday.   After a noise-drenched set from Queens-based Blues Control — featuring a clanging cover of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” as the opener — special guest YACHT took…
Sun, 9/28, 4:32pm (3 weeks ago)
Despite this weekend’s brief affair with Indian Summer, fall is in the air. Colors are changing, leaves are falling and allergies are running high. Fall means sweater weather and warm drinks. Fall, for some, also means sweatpants.   If you’re trying to achieve sartorial enlightenment, then don’t make fall sweatpant season.   Granted, top…
Sun, 9/28, 4:03pm (3 weeks ago)
The Ivory Tower, the University of Minnesota’s annual creative writing journal, is now taking student submissions in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. If you’re preparing to submit some work, take a look at William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow,” a poem that remains at once brilliant and accessible over 90 years…
Sun, 9/28, 1:32pm (3 weeks ago)
If we can agree on what punk music is not, it’s U2. Even still, the band insisted on unveiling their new “Songs of Innocence” with the hilariously-titled “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” a song that pays tribute to the late punk pioneer how else but by earning the band $100…
Wed, 9/24, 6:38pm (4 weeks ago)
City parks are beautiful capsules of nature tucked away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. Perfect for walks, talks, books and naps, parks are self-centering tools.   I love spending time in city parks when I travel. While visiting New York this week, I had only a few spare…
Wed, 9/24, 6:36pm (4 weeks ago)
The end of Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week stole inspiration from geographic and mythological locations. Country-Western and Eastern influences were present, but some details escaped from Spice World and Alice’s Wonderland, too.   Wendy Nichol managed to make Western-wear classy and minimalist. Silky black and white dresses with Victorian details evoke…
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