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Records with resilience

Dan Schlissel has a lot of stuff.     Myriad CDs, posters, stickers, limited edition vinyls, promotional T-shirts and recording gear chronicle Schlissel’s 20 years as the founder of the independent comedy label Stand Up!


Records with resilience

Dan Schlissel has a lot of stuff. Myriad CDs, posters, stickers, limited edition vinyls, promotional T-shirts and recording gear chronicle Schlissel’s 20 years as the founder of the independent comedy label Stand Up!


A sucker for silly

On stage, Maggie Faris dons an old-school cabbie driver hat, circular owl-framed glasses and a fun-loving attitude.


Composing original classics

When people think of classical music composers, names like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and maybe a few other old, dead European guys are mentioned.     Graduate students in the School of Music are trying to change that.   


Minneapolis under siege

Al Church may have moved to Minneapolis more than 10 years ago, but his heart remains in his native town of Duluth, Minn.     A multi-instrumental musician, Church joked he left Duluth at the absolute worst time for an artist. &


Validation after all these years

Local comedian Patrick Susmilch’s stand-up routines are basically an attempt to win approval — he jokes about getting on stage and just yelling “Validate me!”     “That’s what [comedians] are doing really,” Sus


Quick on the draw

Phoenix native Emily Galati moved to Chicago to attend graduate school and perform improv. She now does neither.      She’s an established stand-up comedian who performs around the country.


Around the world in 300 films'

If you’re going to pick out the titles that make it to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, you have to do more than enjoy a good flick.