Espresso Royale has lost one its most loyal patrons: Chip. Dinkytown’s resident dog — who found a second home within the cafe over the last seven years — passed away from lymphoma on June 29.
A circle of wooden table chairs, beige floral ottomans and a red cloth couch set the stage for artful dialogue at the Red Eye Theater Saturday. Part of the three-day LALA Festival, a group of around 25 artists and attendees, discussed identity, voices and inspiration openly and cozily.
The thought of being pulled behind a speeding boat and launched off of a ramp while balancing on skis may scare some. It is for Freddie Plessner, but he loves doing it anyway. “[I like] the fear of it and the adrenaline building up when you're going up the ramp and just stepping off of a ski,” 12-year-old Plessner said.
Ceramics is an art form that you can interact with, feel and even talk to. So, when University of Minnesota psychology senior Claire Nusbaum heard that Crisis Connection — a local mental health crisis hotline where she volunteers — was on the verge of shutting down, she wanted to respond with art. The result is an installation project she’s created in her summer ceramics course.
Water breaks are an important part of any active sport, from basketball to tennis. They're even more important when the players wear long cotton tunics, leather armor and boots. That's the uniform of a handful of men and women who play Dagorhir, a type of live action role play.
The X Games will soon bring skateboarding, BMX and Moto X events to the Twin Cities, but art will also come with these staples. Mark Rivard, a local skateboard artist, will take part in one of a handful of featured art installations at the Games.
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.
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.
For Treading North’s front man Gabriel Rodreick, moving downstairs to rehearsal takes as much orchestration as the music itself. Rodreick has used a wheelchair for the last nine years, ever since he injured his spinal cord in a Pacific Ocean diving accident.
Just like the water, there were some things in Katy Perry’s smash 2010 single “California Gurls” that helped it become one of the summer’s defining songs: the lyrics, beat, length, genre and overall vibe. “It's pretty undeniably catchy and undeniably a summer song,” said Radio K’s Music Director Luke Michaels.