http://www.mndaily.com/rss/%2A en Trivia Mafia mixes brains and beer http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/26/trivia-mafia-mixes-brains-and-beer By: <a href="/users/mrellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Mary Reller</a><br/><p>Good spelling sometimes has another incentive: B-E-E-R.</p> <p>Trivia Mafia &mdash; the largest trivia company in Minnesota &mdash; started Sunday night trivia nights at the 331 Club years ago.</p> <p>After a spelling bee event moved from the 331 Club to a new location in 2011, bar owners asked members of Trivia Mafia if they wanted to make their own version of the bee. Since then, Trivia Mafia has been hosting the Drinking Spelling Bee at the club.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s nerdy on paper, but in life it&rsquo;s not,&rdquo; said Trivia Mafia co-owner Sean McPherson.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/26/trivia-mafia-mixes-brains-and-beer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:01:43 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 90178 at http://www.mndaily.com Hot-dogging ’cross the USA: U grad drives Oscar Mayer Wienermobile http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/17/hot-dogging-%E2%80%99cross-usa-u-grad-drives-oscar-mayer-wienermobile By: <a href="/users/jhemmingmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jared Hemming</a><br/><p>Parked outside grocery stores around Minneapolis this week, a University of Minnesota graduate will haul a prize item: a 27-foot-long hotdog.</p> <p>After graduating with a degree in business marketing education last May, University alumnus Joe Zerka hit the road working for Kraft Foods as a driver of the famed Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re showing the people we&rsquo;re Oscar Mayer. We are the Wienermobile, we&rsquo;re here to make your day,&rdquo; Zerka said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/17/hot-dogging-%E2%80%99cross-usa-u-grad-drives-oscar-mayer-wienermobile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:08:21 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 89926 at http://www.mndaily.com Putting pizzazz in public policy http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/12/putting-pizzazz-public-policy By: <a href="/users/jrenzettimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jackie Renzetti</a><br/><p>Brandon Boat and Tane Danger are taking the script out of politics.</p> <p>The duo leads the <a href="http://t2p2.net/">Theater of Public Policy</a>, an improv group that combines skits and interviews with local leaders and politicians, combining serious issues with comedy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/12/putting-pizzazz-public-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:28:23 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 89843 at http://www.mndaily.com Belly dancing for a cause http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/05/belly-dancing-cause By: <a href="/users/jrenzettimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jackie Renzetti</a><br/><p>Robin Kaehler clapped to the music&rsquo;s beat as her fellow dancers in the <a href="http://www.bellydanceamina.com/dansaskina.html">Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble</a> &nbsp;rehearsed.</p> <p>The 11 members of the troupe lit up the studio. And this weekend, they&rsquo;ll present their <a href="http://www.bellydanceamina.com/DansSenlik/">fourth annual</a> &ldquo;Dans Senlik,&rdquo; which translates to &ldquo;dance celebration.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/02/05/belly-dancing-cause" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:46:45 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 89669 at http://www.mndaily.com "Tipped In" features literature locally http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/01/29/tipped-features-literature-locally By: <a href="/users/mrellermndailycom" title="View User Profile">Mary Reller</a><br/><p>Literature enthusiasts, unite. The independently owned Minneapolis bookseller Magers and Quinn hosts a variety of literary events both in-store and off-site.</p> <p>Thursday night, it&rsquo;ll partner with the Minneapolis Club for an event called &ldquo;Tipped In,&rdquo; which gives readers a chance to hear about books they may not have heard about but should not miss. Writers can chat with published authors to get the inside scoop on writing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/01/29/tipped-features-literature-locally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:28:53 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 89504 at http://www.mndaily.com Spotlight on design http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/01/22/spotlight-design By: <a href="/users/jrenzettimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jackie Renzetti</a><br/><p>The College of Design&rsquo;s newest exhibit at the Goldstein Museum on the St. Paul campus takes visitors for a ride through the world of bicycle design.</p> <p>The museum opens its &ldquo;Design Cycles: A Bike Show&rdquo; exhibit on Friday. The exhibit showcases bikes and gear from local bike shop owners, as well as items that cover the biking industry&rsquo;s history in Minnesota and current infrastructure.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2015/01/22/spotlight-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:37:54 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 89345 at http://www.mndaily.com Word of Mounds: Trenton Doyle Hancock’s preachy creatures http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/09/word-mounds-trenton-doyle-hancock%E2%80%99s-preachy-creatures By: <a href="/users/jhemmingmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jared Hemming</a><br/><p>Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock did not get along with vegans during college.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was confronted with some vegans when I was in grad school,&rdquo; Hancock said. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t like their attitude, and I started making paintings about them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hancock painted those characters years ago. But now, he&rsquo;s bringing one to real life and performing the live show for free at the Walker Art Center on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/09/word-mounds-trenton-doyle-hancock%E2%80%99s-preachy-creatures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:20:38 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88784 at http://www.mndaily.com The animal in our imagination http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/animal-our-imagination By: <a href="/users/rlarson" title="View User Profile">Robb Larson</a><br/><p>For millions of years, humans have evolved alongside animals, hunting them, domesticating them and driving them to extinction. Their flesh has fed us, their presence has inspired us and their diversity has mystified us.</p> <p>Alison Hawthorne Deming, a poet and essayist who teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona, makes a compelling case for the importance of animals in our spiritual and emotional lives in her book &ldquo;Zoologies.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/animal-our-imagination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:46:19 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88492 at http://www.mndaily.com Personalizing puppets http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/personalizing-puppets By: <a href="/users/jrenzettimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jackie Renzetti</a><br/><p>The Ridiculous Puppet Company helps people get up close and personal with puppets.</p> <p>Jeff Neppl and Megan Culverhouse founded the company in 2012 with the goal of taking puppetry beyond the theater realm. Neppl serves as the company&rsquo;s creative director and lead puppeteer, and Culverhouse specializes in building the puppets.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a performer, so that&rsquo;s why I like working with Jeff &mdash; he makes [good suggestions for] these crazy creations that I bring to life,&rdquo; Culverhouse said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really good partnership.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/personalizing-puppets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:44:20 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88491 at http://www.mndaily.com Ballet by Balanchine http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/02/ballet-balanchine By: <a href="/users/ldevinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Laini Devin</a><br/><p>Suzanne Farrell had a close relationship with choreographer George Balanchine. After his death, she sought out some of his rare works to build a unique repertoire.</p> <p>Balanchine, a St. Petersburg native who died more than three decades ago, was one of the most prolific contemporary ballet choreographers during the 20th century.</p> <p>Farrell, now the artistic director for the Suzanne Farrell Ballet company, was one of Balanchine&rsquo;s most prodigious muses. She joined Balanchine&rsquo;s company in 1961 and has since endeavored to preserve his opuses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/02/ballet-balanchine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:32:51 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88443 at http://www.mndaily.com