7/12/2017, 5:11am

U students to bring film noir to Fringe Festival

Some say the best ideas begin as sketches on napkins. That’s exactly how “Hot Air,” a film noir-inspired play created by University of Minnesota students, got its start. Art junior Fletcher Wolfe had written “Hot Air” as a short story when English and theater junior Nick Saxton, came to him wanting to write a play.

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.