Jackie Renzetti


Recycling the past

Minnesota native Damiian Mario Lang’s childhood home in Dinkytown will serve as the backdrop of his show for this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival.   Since first performing the show at the Nugget Fringe Festival in January, Lang has taken his piece to four other cities.

Break time

Donning a tall 18th century white wig, Scott Heron teetered on his pointe shoes on a table before sliding off to collapse beneath it. The stunt was one small piece of his latest dance performance with composer Brendan Connelly titled âÄúAppalachian Spring Break.âÄù In the piece, Connelly and Heron present a radical dance performance exploring Americana and the relationship between composer and choreographer. The pair will bring their show to the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater on Friday and Saturday.

Nothing means something with rocker Michael Rault

Alightbulb sparked for Michael Rault when his father taught him the opening guitar riff to Van MorrisonâÄôs âÄúBrown Eyed GirlâÄù at age 12. âÄúAfter I figured that out, I was like, âÄòWhoa, this is amazing,âÄô and I continued on from there,âÄù Rault said. The Toronto-based indie rocker released his latest album, âÄúLiving Daylight,âÄù in the United States last May after its 2014 release in Canada. On Sunday, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter will open for Happyness at the 7th Street Entry.

Culture Compass 7/22/2015 - 7/29/2015

Thursday FLOW Northside Arts Crawl Back for its 10th anniversary, the FLOW Northside Arts Crawl presents three days of art. The festival celebrates variety, showcasing performing and visual art. On Saturday, there will be indoor and outdoor activities along West Broadway, and Friday boasts gallery receptions and public performances. Thursday marks the opening block party for the celebration of local art. Where Plymouth Ave. and N. Penn Ave., Minneapolis Hours 7 p.m. Free Friday> Summer Night Funk

Kevin Allison to host “RISK!” live in Minneapolis

Amid the political correctness of âÄúThis American LifeâÄù and âÄúThe Moth,âÄù Kevin Allison set out to create a space where people can tell any kind of story. Allison hosts the podcast âÄúRISK!,âÄù which consists of autobiographical stories from both prolific and everyday storytellers. Now in its sixth year, the show airs weekly with a different theme, and in addition to radio stories, âÄúRISK!âÄù also creates live shows. Allison regularly tours across the country, featuring storytellers in their respective cities. On Friday, he will hold a show themed âÄúShockâÄù in Minneapolis.

Culture Compass 7/15/2015 - 7/21/2015

Paddle this: Lake Harriet Make the most of the sunshine with a recently established pastime âÄî paddleboarding. When picking a paddle paradise, Lake Harriet makes a great contender with its free music and movie nights. This weekend, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will show âÄúBig Hero 6âÄù and âÄúHunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,âÄù so you can catch a free flick after a day at the lake. Listen to this: âÄúCurrentsâÄù

Warehouse Eyes takes to the dance floor

While they were working on their latest EP, Jennie Lawless and Christopher Williams of Warehouse Eyes made it a regular habit to dance in their living room. 

Step Rockets blasts off Fourth of July weekend

After forming in 2012, the Twin Cities band gained attention with their 2013 single “Kisser,” which garnered over a million plays on SoundCloud. Since the buzz, the band has released singles and remixes. Before heading off to Wisconsin to play at Summerfest, they will play for the Red, White & Boom! celebration at Mill Ruins Park. In September, the band will play WAM-O-Rama.

The art of explosion

In the midst of a rain storm Sunday, roughly 30 men and women in neon green T-shirts paused their work at Fred Lawshe Park as Marlyn Anderson shouted, “Fire in the hole!”