Maddy Folstein


New works and new voices

On Sunday night, over 20 literary enthusiasts, most of them familiar with the University of Minnesota's MFA creative writing program, crowded into chairs between the mystery and thriller shelves at Magers and Quinn Booksellers. They sipped LaCroix and boxed wine as four writers took the stage, a small podium directly between the science fiction and poetry sections.

College kitchen: Friendsgiving

If you’re stuck on campus this Thanksgiving or you’re looking to host a Friendsgiving, you might be wondering how to serve a traditional turkey, stuffing and gravy this weekend. But, if you’re cooking in a small kitchen or only have a couple hours to put your meal together, traditional Thanksgiving courses can be tricky to prepare. 

Review: Ronan and Metcalf soar in 'Lady Bird'

“Lady Bird” contains the hallmarks of any classic teenage movie — homecoming dances, prom, first kisses, lost virginities, teachers and nagging parents. But what does “Lady Bird” have that its high school movie peers don’t? Greta Gerwig's attention to detail and the film’s ensemble of natural actors. 

Tracking the issue of waste through film

This Thursday, as a part of its Sustainability Film Series, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment will screen “Luen Hai: Decoding the Connection,” a documentary that explores the trail of technological waste from Minneapolis to Hong Kong.

Redefining local, indigenous cuisine in Minnesota and beyond

The Sioux Chef is a Twin Cities-based culinary group that focuses on reviving precolonial Native American food. Since opening in 2014, The Sioux Chef’s message has taken the form of a catering business, food education nonprofit, cookbook and upcoming restaurant. 

'Curious Incident' at Mixed Blood Theatre opens on November 10

Mixed Blood Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will be the fifth Mixed Blood-produced play that focuses on autism in the last 10 years. Jack Reuler, director of production and artistic director of Mixed Blood, has followed the script since its West End and Broadway runs, hoping to bring it to his company. 

University students launch weekly comedy showcase

Although the Minneapolis comedy scene spans an array of stand-up venues, University of Minnesota students Kate McCarthy and Nick Saxton and University graduate Andrew Friedman found a gap in the comedy scene’s offerings: there was no weekly show to encourage the exploration of new material.

"My Favorite Murder" provides murderous fun at Northrop Auditorium

“My Favorite Murder" is a true crime podcast led by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, who, after meeting at a party, discovered that they shared the same macabre fascination with murder. True to its origins, the vibe of the podcast is less like traditional true-crime shows (think “48 Hours”) and more like a lively discussion of cold case conspiracies among friends.