Sophie Vilensky


A&E’s summer watching guide

Catch up on must watches like Euphoria and the "Before" Trilogy before preparing yourself for showstoppers like season three of Stranger Things.

Culture compass: MCAD, Midsommar and morels

This Friday, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will celebrate 25 years of its master of fine arts program with the coolest college graduation there ever could be. Celebrating a by-appointment exhibit running through July 19 that features the work of 24 MFA program alums, the reception will also include recent Weisman Art Museum artist-in-residence and 2013 MCAD MFA graduate Peng Wu’s lovely “Sunset Practice.” 

Culture compass: Spring, winter and ... 'poosh?'

You’ve read all of The Wake Magazine’s band Q&As — now head down 4th Street Southeast or University Avenue Southeast toward Honey on Friday to listen with them! Grab a happy hour drink beforehand and then enjoy performances by A Mess, Stone Arch Isles and Early Eyes at the magazine’s annual concert. 

That of the art consumer is perfect!

It’s a clear image and, due to its repetition, its likelihood contains multitudes: The art museum visitor stands in front of a canvas, staring longingly. At the last second, they turn around. Click! Their friend captures a picture, ensuring the inquisitive expression is still in place. 

Review: Happy and sad at the same time

As she implies in her newest memoir, Nora McInerny doesn’t pay loads of attention to positive reviews of her work. Nora, if you’re reading this, the appraisal is sunny. You’re free to move on to the next review. I adore you!

Culture compass: From MN, to India to Madrid

After two rounds of slaps and grooves, Battle of the Bands sounds off for the last round before the final. The winners will move on to meet previous winners and compete in April to open up for the Spring Jam headliner. Counterfeit Democracy, Joe Kelly, Lapdogs and Raspberry will be on the mic. Get out and mosh! 

Throw us to 'The Wolves'

A group of high-school aged girls sit on a soccer field and stretch. Three simultaneous conversations occur, and one girl throws the word “fuck” around a little more than everyone else.

Culture compass: Mia sights, Jia recs and Ari jams

Remember when “The Book of Mormon” was the biggest thing, and it was impossible to get local tour-stop tickets? The fever has more-or-less passed, which means one very important thing — student rush tickets are available. The venue begins selling the tickets 90 minutes before the show, so get in line early. You can snag two rush tickets with a valid student ID.