Sophia Vilensky


Mia's new exhibit spotlights creepy characters of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro

At age seven, Guillermo del Toro bought his first book — a collection of horror stories. Today, the award-winning filmmaker — best known for his film, “Pan’s Labyrinth” — has a large enough collection that he can construct an entire exhibit centered around his horror memorabilia. So he did. “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” opened Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

6 women, 6 perspectives

A historian, a NASA astronaut, a TV personality, an NPR blogger, a creative director, an entrepreneur and an environmental journalist walk into an auditorium.

Q&A: Adam Livermore

There was a point six years ago when a man named Adam Livermore entered photos into a Minneapolis hairstyling competition. He wasn’t picked as a finalist but kept the copyrights of his images. Declaring the photos a new collection — a futuristic spin on 1960s hairstyle classics — he sent them out as a press release to all the beauty magazines he knew. First Beauty Launchpad came knocking, which led to an invitation from hair powerhouse Oribe to accompany him to the haute couture shows during Paris Fashion Week. He went — hello, Armani Prive Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

Culture Compass

Friday Lumières Françaises Bent on showcasing francophone narratives and documentaries from around the world, this weeklong MSP Film Society program kicks off on Friday with “Silvered Water, Syria Self Portrait” at 3 p.m.

Review: “Don’t Think Twice”

“Don’t Think Twice” — Mike Birbiglia’s newest film venture — will be released in local theaters on Friday, after enchanting viewers on its countrywide screening tour. Birbiglia’s first film, the semi-autobiographical “Sleepwalk With Me,” was a Sundance hit.

At Circus Juventas, youth learn the ropes

Walking into Circus Juventas a week before summer show time, the scene is reminiscent of any other heavily youth-casted community play. Parents paint sets, the best brushes daub on stage makeup and Soffe-clad tweens practice the subtle art of flirting. Then they start to bend. Suddenly, you’re no longer in another local auditorium. The ceiling, you realize, is a big top. There’s a wall of unicycles behind the stadium seating, and that Cirque du Soleil performer contorting over yonder? They go to the high school down the street.

At Twin Cities' farm-to-table eateries, seasonal Midwest produce reigns

Summertime in the Midwest means thriving fields and colorful plates. At a farm-to-table restaurant, it means fresh eggs and — since the season is now over — hopefully no asparagus in late July. I took to the Twin Cities for a full day of farm-to-table dining at a few of the places that put (natural) stock into those three pretty words. Late breakfast at Birchwood Cafe: Seward is no doubt the patron saint of neighborliness, and their love of community is fully demonstrated at Birchwood.