ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


7/11/2017, 5:32am

“A Stray” depicts Somali American life in Minneapolis while confronting stereotypes

Ever since its recent “Scaffold Scandal,” the Walker Art Center has trod carefully around the topic of identity politics. The release of “A Stray” was a big step in the right direction. The film, which debuted this year at SXSW, is about a Somali American in Minneapolis who forms an unlikely relationship with a dog — an animal considered impure in the Islamic faith. A year ago, HBO also tried to make a show about the Somali community in Minneapolis — it was met with protests.


7/5/2017, 6:23am

Describing the details

When Maureen Pranghofer went to the movie theater to see “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” she wasn’t sure if Drew Barrymore’s character was laying out Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s or Starbursts for her visitor from space. Pranghofer is blind, so her husband described to her what was happening on screen.


7/5/2017, 5:21am

In “The Shop,” black artists find their space

In the wake of Jeronimo Yanez’s acquittal, the art at “The Shop” feels particularly charged. In one painting, a black boxer hangs on a cross with bubblegum pink accents in its grain. In another, a man’s blank face is depicted lying on the road next to a pair of black boots.