Most of Richard Barlow’s recipients have no idea who’s sending mail to them. But when the artist picks someone for his “Daily Bromides” series of watercolors, he sends them one postcard every day for 30 days. “I thought I should send them anonymously to someone so that there’s no chance of them coming back,” he said.
Twelve years ago, a car altered Kevin Kling’s life forever. At the corner of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue, he clung to life on his motorcycle after a near fatal crash. The accident left his right arm paralyzed. But as the local storyteller rehearsed his latest play in a Wisconsin cabin, Kling said his physical recovery also left him time with his two resilient dogs.
Susannah Cahalan found two red dots on her arm one morning in February 2009. She figured she had bedbugs like many New Yorkers at the time. After several fumigations and increasing anxiety, Cahalan’s mental state unraveled. She was obsessed. “Looking back, that seemed to be the beginning of these paranoid thoughts that started entering,” she said. The then-24-year-old grew increasingly fearful. As the red marks on her arm faded, her paranoia escalated.
Since 1994, the Minnesota Fringe Festival has offered a staggering amount of theater over its annual 11-day run. With 176 shows in 16 venues, the largest non-juried theater festival in the United States offers an unpredictable slew this year. Choosing what 60-minute shows to attend is a tricky task, but fortunately A&E scouted out the top comedies among the wide-ranging line-up of productions. From a tribute to the cult fandom of “Star Trek” to one man’s trek in the Sahara, these three shows offer a diverse array of humor.
Carroll is a band with a hell of a work ethic. “Needs,” the only release by the Macalester College-founded group, is only six songs long, but the brief back catalog never meant they shied away from touring. Even with only a week before gigs, drummer Charlie Rudoy remembers composing new material to fill time in a set. “Even when we had only six songs, we would just always take shows,” Rudoy said.
You can almost feel the sweat dripping off the pages of “Sammy the Mouse,” Zak Sally’s latest series of comic books. He spent months slaving over the first volume’s run, working from home at the helm of his personal printing press. “Sammy the Mouse” stands as just one graphic novel in a growing comic community in Minneapolis, a hotbed of artists working outside of DC Comics and Marvel in favor of experimental work tied to physical means.
STUFF TO DO FRIDAY: Jimmy Pardo
In October of 1946, Hermann Goering committed suicide. Inside his prison cell, the Nazi war criminal swallowed a vial of cyanide. Following the end of World War II, the remaining leadership of Nazi Germany was prosecuted throughout the Nuremberg trials. A new book follows an American doctor’s unique role in the military tribunals.
Every band needs a meeting spot. Between beers and bocce ball, Part Mammal first bonded at the Nomad World Pub. The West Bank bar has been the band’s natural habitat since 2010. A sign at the bar already pronounces the end of the four-piece. “Part Mammal’s Last Show,” slated for August 4th, reads the chalk. This statement’s not quite true. Though drummer Nick Olson is about to leave the band for Oakland, singer Elliott Snyder said Part Mammal will continue on.
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