The cast of "Spamtown, USA," left to right: Arden Michalec (plays Amy Bolton); Zachary Sullivan (plays Travis Olsen); Malia Berg (plays Carol Bolton); Isabella Spiess (plays Jude Olsen); Marcelo Mena (plays Scott Olsen)
A play about the famous 1985 labor dispute that split residents of Austin, Minn., uses actual testimony in ”Spamtown, USA”

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Dance and Theater Merge in SHAPESHIFT’s “Grey Skies Blue”

Performing in the Twin Cities for the first time since 2016, the Minneapolis-based storytelling dance company hits the O’Shaughnessy this weekend
The members of Saint Motel (left to right): Aaron Sharp, Greg Erwin, A/J Jackson, and Dak Lerdamornpong. Photo by Catie Laffoon.

Q&A with Minneapolis-Native A/J Jackson of Saint Motel

With an upcoming concert at First Avenue (Feb. 29), A/J Jackson talked with us about songwriting and the mystery of music
Emily Gunyou Halaas (Viola), Sun Mee Chomet (Olivia/Valentine) and Michael Hanna (Sebastian/Officer/Musician) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and directed by Tom Quaintance. Scenic design by Naomi Dawson, costume design by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design by Yi Zhao and sound design/composition by Sartje Pickett. February 8 – March 22, 2020 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. Photo by Dan Norman.

The Guthrie’s “Twelfth Night” Is Love and Comedy in All Forms

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"—via balloons, pools of water, and wit
"Woven Chronicle," part of "When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

Weekend Best Bets: Feb. 21-23

What to do in the Twin Cities this weekend: Midwest Corgi Fest, Winter Beer Dabbler, new Mia exhibit on migration, and more
From left: Minnesota Historical Society's Rita Walaszek, Mattie Harper Decarlo, Ben Gessner, and Kate E. Beane

Native-Curated Exhibit Opens at Minnesota History Center

New exhibit "Our Home: Native Minnesota" explores the state's complex Indigenous history—and, for the history center, faces historic wrongs
Artist Ann Wood recreates flowers, insects, fruits, vegetables, and other earthly items using handcut paper and mixed media

Woodlucker’s Paper Botanicals Are Full of Life

Every detail matters in Minneapolis artist Ann Wood’s entrancing body of work—from flower petals to seeds
 

Dance and Theater Merge in SHAPESHIFT’s “Grey Skies Blue”

Performing in the Twin Cities for the first time since 2016, the Minneapolis-based storytelling dance company hits the O’Shaughnessy this weekend
Emily Gunyou Halaas (Viola), Sun Mee Chomet (Olivia/Valentine) and Michael Hanna (Sebastian/Officer/Musician) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and directed by Tom Quaintance. Scenic design by Naomi Dawson, costume design by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design by Yi Zhao and sound design/composition by Sartje Pickett. February 8 – March 22, 2020 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. Photo by Dan Norman.

The Guthrie’s “Twelfth Night” Is Love and Comedy in All Forms

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them"—via balloons, pools of water, and wit
The cast of "Spamtown, USA," left to right: Arden Michalec (plays Amy Bolton); Zachary Sullivan (plays Travis Olsen); Malia Berg (plays Carol Bolton); Isabella Spiess (plays Jude Olsen); Marcelo Mena (plays Scott Olsen)

Children’s Theatre Revisits the Hormel Strike, for Kids

A play about the famous 1985 labor dispute that split residents of Austin, Minn., uses actual testimony in ”Spamtown, USA”
Isabella and Francesca Dawis as L and M in Theater Mu's Peerless (through February 16 at Gremlin Theatre)

Fight for College, Not the Crown

"Peerless" by Theater Mu is a macabre look at college admissions and the value of your background
 
The members of Saint Motel (left to right): Aaron Sharp, Greg Erwin, A/J Jackson, and Dak Lerdamornpong. Photo by Catie Laffoon.

Q&A with Minneapolis-Native A/J Jackson of Saint Motel

With an upcoming concert at First Avenue (Feb. 29), A/J Jackson talked with us about songwriting and the mystery of music
Caitlyn Smith

Caitlyn Smith on New Album “Supernova” and Her Rising Star

While penning songs for Nashville's biggest names, Minnesota-bred Caitlyn Smith carved out her own artistic path
bar mural at the Fillmore Minneapolis music hall

Top Instagram Spots at the Fillmore Minneapolis

Live Nation’s new North Loop concert venue has a lot to offer, from a killer lineup to artistic touches with local flair
Great Clip Stages at Basilica Block Party

Basilica Block Party Announces 2020 Lineup

Here’s a quick dive into who’s playing at Basilica Block Party July 10-11 and what songs you should know before tickets go on sale Feb. 7
 
Artist Ann Wood recreates flowers, insects, fruits, vegetables, and other earthly items using handcut paper and mixed media

Woodlucker’s Paper Botanicals Are Full of Life

Every detail matters in Minneapolis artist Ann Wood’s entrancing body of work—from flower petals to seeds
Screenshot from "Amazing Grace" trailer/YouTube

Paisley Park Kicks off Concert Film Series

Featuring Stax Records, Aretha Franklin, and Dave Chappelle

Our Top 9 Instagram Posts of 2019

Here are our top 9 highest performing, attention-grabbing, most interactive posts from last year
Hot Air Affair

Winter To-Do List: 46 Can’t-Miss Events

Get up north, downtown, to theaters, among the clouds, jamming out, fishing, eating, riding a giant kite across a frozen lake—and more January through February
 
Jackie Boucher

Party Pics: HeartLink Gala 2019

For Children’s HeartLink’s 50th anniversary, medical experts showed out for an event that raised $1 million
Dr. Judy Eckerle

Party Pics: FashionFest

On a night of designer looks, FashionFest raised more than $480,000 for pediatric services

Party Pics: 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

The parade of classics and costumes in Excelsior brought in $25,000 for homelessness
From left: Trisha Leir, Marty Leir

Party Pics: Bone Appetit Gala

The event raised $250,000 for life-saving efforts and rescuing animals