Joe Cristo


Annual Festival of Nations event explores world food, dance and art

The International Institute of Minnesota is organizing the annual Festival of Nations event, which has served as a launching pad for community engagement and philanthropic causes for 85 years. “The structure of the Festival of Nations is built on its partnerships with independent non-profit community ethnic associations and organizations,” said Justin Madel, event director and organizer.

GoodSpace Murals integrates community into large-scale art projects

Western art may be centered on the individual, but one local art group is working to unite the viewer and the creator. A community-based method is part of the inspiration behind GoodSpace Murals — a collaboration between lead artist Greta McLain and administrator and artist Candida Gonzalez.

Street Style: "Hunky Jesus Contest"

One of the best things to do on any given religious holiday is attend a parody event, like “A Drag Queen Christmas” at the Pantages Theatre. No holiday is duller and more deserving of a makeover than Easter.

University Opera Theatre performs Giacomo Puccini in spring show

Last weekend, the University of Minnesota’s University Opera Theatre performed their spring production, Giacomo Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” Directed by David Walsh, the production took place at the Ted Mann Concert Hall where operatic performers were backed by an orchestra made up of University students.