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Review: You and “Borg vs McEnroe” — it’s an easy match

It’s the summer of 1980, and you’re in the crowd at Wimbledon. Do you remember the cheers? Björn Borg’s luscious locks and John McEnroe’s ferocity? Do you remember who won? Of course you don’t. Nor will many of the people who see “Borg vs. McEnroe,” which had its wide release in the U.S. on Friday.


Art to die for, 'Stories to Live'

Joan Didion once wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Paper Darts, a literary magazine founded in Minneapolis, took this idea a step further — they added art.


Round-up: Smocks on, artistes!

When was the last time you did something creative? Doodling in your margins doesn’t count, nor does helping your friend workshop an Instagram caption. Was it a long time ago? Maybe even middle school? Here at A&E, we’re sad for you — it’s important to let your creativity flow!


TEDxUMN tells the story of the Twin Cities at McNamara

It was around 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon — the day of TEDxUMN: A Tale of Twin Cities. The stage was set, the goodie bag filling process was underway and University of Minnesota School of Nursing associate professor Cheryl Robertson was set to appear on stage in about five hours.   As all promotional materials declare, TEDxUMN is an independently organized TED event taking place on the U of M campus; the recent event took place at the McNamara Alumni Center. The format is the same as the talks and conferences you’ve seen online, but the organizers are different. 


Review: 'Tomb Raider' is for the ... we're not sure.

Based on the plot of a 1990s video/computer game (and its many reboots), “Tomb Raider” doesn’t go all “Riverdale” in its hints at good old consumer culture and character building. Croft is introduced in a boxing arena, stealing the owner’s apple before hopping on a food delivery bike, charming everyone she meets. 


Artist Meghan Murphy’s new rules

When she was an undergrad, a classmate told Meghan Murphy her work reminded him of middle school. She’d painted a bunch of Tim Burton-esque dolls floating in yellow and wearing lingerie — a study in tragedy and empowerment that come with being aware of sexuality at a young age. But the classmate just saw trivial little girl art.