ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


6/25/2019, 7:04pm

Fashion, fabulousness and self-love

“You learn in the gay community what the true meaning of family is. Family doesn’t mean blood. Family means people that are there for you through thick and thin and accept you for who you are,” said Brandonna Dupri LaReese, the host of the evening and a former Miss Gay United States. “Through drag, a lot of us do create drag families to have our own family.”


6/25/2019, 6:46pm

Love is in the air?

It’s what every girl dreams of — being stuck in an airport for two days. I was trying to fly out of Houston last week when a major storm hit and grounded any hopes I had of getting home for 48 hours. That is, until I met him.


6/19/2019, 9:53am

Digging in: Fig + Farro makes food to fuel the climate change resistance

On a recent Saturday afternoon at Fig + Farro in Calhoun Square, customers conversed in the large dining area, with its contemporary, mismatched wooden tables and chairs, warm lighting fixtures, cozy booths and sprawling bar. Now a year-and-a-half old, the restaurant, which began as a vegetarian establishment, serves a vibrant and much-loved vegan menu. The switch is part of the restaurant’s larger mission: fighting climate change. 


6/18/2019, 5:59pm

A&E’s Twin Cities Pride Guide

As Pride month comes to a close, what better way to celebrate the LGBTQ community than to attend events that highlight (and financially support) local queer artists in the Twin Cities? Here’s A&E’s guide to a handful of events happening this week.


6/11/2019, 10:51pm

Culture compass: MCAD, Midsommar and morels

This Friday, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will celebrate 25 years of its master of fine arts program with the coolest college graduation there ever could be. Celebrating a by-appointment exhibit running through July 19 that features the work of 24 MFA program alums, the reception will also include recent Weisman Art Museum artist-in-residence and 2013 MCAD MFA graduate Peng Wu’s lovely “Sunset Practice.” 


6/11/2019, 10:39pm

Armed with a needle and thread

“I want people to see themselves represented in art, and if we’re going to be celebrating bodies through art, I want my queer, trans, disabled friends [and] people of color to know that their bodies are just as worthy of celebrating," said artist Liza Gorman-Baer.


6/11/2019, 10:28pm

Building a brave space

“Fundamentally, what I see the show being about is community,” said cast member of "Brave Space," Aloft Circus Arts' newest show, Rachel Webberman. “Living in a time that feels isolating and divisive, [this show demonstrates] what it can look like to really find people you can connect with and build something with them.”


5/2/2019, 1:39am

Femininity in full bloom

Four dancers in white enter from the left side of the screen, each carrying a bucket. They gaze directly at the camera and dump the contents of their buckets on the floor wordlessly after a couple of seconds.


5/2/2019, 1:38am

A&E’s summer concert guide

Summer in the Twin Cities brings some incredible acts. If you’ve been studying hard this past year, it’s finally time to let loose. Fear not, A&E did all of the research for you. Here are some concerts you won’t want to miss this summer.


5/2/2019, 12:46am

Culture compass: Dance, 'Star Wars,' and Beyoncé

Watch student-choreographed dances at the St. Paul Student Center this weekend. A student performance group, the Dance Collective features a variety of dance categories including but certainly not limited to ballet, jazz and belly-dancing. The annual spring showcase gives students a chance to show their love of dance regardless of skill level.


4/30/2019, 11:30pm

Street Style: The 2019 Tower magazine launch party

Hundreds of art and literature lovers crowded into the gallery of the Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday night to celebrate the release of The Tower, an annual literary arts magazine. Taking advantage of the nice weather, much of the attendees sported short-sleeves and dresses. A&E snapped some shots of the outfits we liked most.


4/29/2019, 12:42am

Ricky Lagoon croons his tunes

For one night only, the comedy concert “Ricky Lagoon: He Croons!” will include classic swing and jazz tunes with never before heard jokes, performed for the first and last time at the Cedar Cultural Center. 


4/25/2019, 12:33am

Blythe Baird has more to slam

She is dressed in pastel pinks and purples. Lace is draped across her arms. The image is gentle — but the story she tells is candid and cutthroat. Her words invoke a processing of emotions and exclamations of survivorship. Blythe Baird writes her poems to aid understanding within herself, and to help others understand what it’s like to have the experiences she’s had. 


4/22/2019, 11:36pm

Just give them a guitar and a week

The word “challenge” frequently follows the word “creative” when a tight deadline is involved. For five Minneapolis musicians, a recent creative challenge included writing and recording a brand new song in one week, all using the same guitar.