jens feminist inclusivity

Walk the Walk: Inclusivity in feminist protest

Photo taken by Erin Ross
Perhaps I was listening for it, but I did not have to listen long. A person I do not know came up to me and said, “Dude, there are actual titties down there.” He gestured over his shoulder around the large hill of Gold Medal Park. I was on my way to work. I don’t even remember what I said in response—maybe nothing—but internally I had plenty to say. Something along the lines of “Get out of here, you creep,” was among these thoughts. Continue Reading

Photo – David Maung, 2013 Tijuana, Mexico

Exhibit at 801 Gallery explores what immigrants see in a new country

What does it take for someone, especially an adult, to leave the only land he or she knows as home, for a place where he or she knows few if any people, little about the culture and is rendered speechless by the new language? The four photographers (Jill Holslin, Selma Fernandez, David Maung and Jorge Santiago) featured in “Mexican/American/Mexican,” the current exhibition at Arts at 801 Gallery, have faced this decision, and their choice of place has informed their work in unusual ways. Laura Migliorino, a photography professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College, curated this exhibition, which examines the question: what does an immigrant see in a new country? Some years ago, Migliorino was working on a project in Tijuana, Mexico documenting the present-day use of recycled WWII workers’ houses that had been transported from San Diego after the end of the war in 1945. While there, she and her collaborator Anthony Marchetti met American artists who had moved to Tijuana from Southern California, many because of much cheaper rents, and became part of a burgeoning arts culture in the city. Continue Reading

Mexica Dancers take over West Lake street

Viva Mexico! Minneapolis celebrates Mexican Independence Day

With the Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores), the Mexican War of Independence was declared on September 16, in 1810. In the small town of Guanajuato, the fight began to rid Mexico of Spanish Colonial rule. This national holiday is celebrated far beyond the borders of Mexico–including in Minneapolis, which has a large Latino population. The Powderhorn/Phillips neighborhood is full of Mexican and Latino-owned businesses, restaurants and shopping centers all eager to showcase their heritage. Minneapolis held not one, but two fiestas to mark the occasion on Lake street. Continue Reading

Spoken word, seed art and being Minnesotan

All photos taken by Brea Lobley
Among the games, rides, various foodstuffs on a stick and the Black Lives Matter action at the Minnesota State Fair were two female artists—interdisciplinary mixed media artist and performer Ifrah Mansour and the late “Seed Queen” Lillian Colton—who offered poignantly moving and still images of what it means to be a Minnesotan. Colton, whose work has been at the State Fair since 1966, is undoubtedly a popular display and epitomizes the State Fair tradition. Colton took a very gendered tradition, women as gatherers, and transformed it into fine art—and, in the process, gave herself and other crop artists a space to express a complexity to an agricultural background that may have otherwise been overlooked. And she certainly deserved her praise: Colton’s lifelong work of using seeds as an art medium offered a transformative perspective and complexity for the way Minnesotans and non-Minnesotans alike view agriculture. A stroll down Cosgrove from Colton’s exhibit, over at the Education building’s courtyard, was Mansour. Continue Reading

Berbere by Lori Greene

Artists transform the midway into a visually arresting streetscape

The recent unveiling and celebration of four major works of outdoor art on Snelling Avenue were the culmination of a year’s worth of effort by artists, business owners, foundations and the city of St. Paul. In 2014, The Knight Foundation named John Oppenheimer the winner of its inaugural Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul. He became the lead artist of the Midway Murals project, and was charged with forming a neighborhood public art workgroup, commissioning muralists, and coordinating the installation and long-term maintenance of the murals. Continue Reading

Final MSP March

An interview with Paul Spring

Saint Cloud-based, nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Spring’s recent offering, following 2012’s “Paul Spring,” is “Towards a Center,” released in June. For someone who hasn’t yet signed with a label, Spring isn’t doing half bad for himself. Not at all. For one, the new joint is produced by Homer Steinweiss (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings). For another, his dance card is quite full, thank you through, on last note, mid-September with stops in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Philly, D.C. and, of course, gigs sprinkled around the Twin Cities metro, including Bedlam Theatre and the vinyl release event for the album at Icehouse in Minneapolis on August 30 with the Chris Thomson Quartet. Continue Reading

Part of the cast and creative team for Really Spicy Opera's The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret.

The Twin Cities Opera Renaissance – Summer Edition

On June 21, 1985, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it was ending more than a century of national tours. Not quite one year later, on May 31, 1986, the very last tour closed its doors with a farewell performance in Minneapolis’s Northrop Auditorium. Many commentators opined that this was a severe blow to the Twin Cities opera scene, from which it would be hard-pressed to recover – an especially topical comment, given that the final curtain dropped on Violetta’s death scene in La Traviata. Three decades later, a very different scene unfolds on both banks of the Mississippi. Minnesota Opera, then focused on experimental new works, seized opportunity by the (Viking helmet) horns and broadened its programming to encompass more of the classics that the Met had formerly imported. Continue Reading


Downtown MPLS Open Streets in photos

Open Streets is still going strong. Last Sunday, downtown Minneapolis rolled out the red carpet for bikes and pedestrians to enjoy the delights of downtown. If you’ve missed any of the Open Streets engagements, there’s still time. University Avenue is next on September 20th. Until then, enjoy these photos of this fun day. Continue Reading


Robert Cray Groovin’ at Weesner Family Amphitheater

I’ve heard some hard working musicians who love performing to a live audience remark, “travel is what I get paid to do, I play my shows for free”. A clever sentiment you might expect to hear from Blues Hall of Famer Robert Cray, who’s August 18th Music in the Zoo at Weesner Family Amphitheater performance was part of his current trek celebrating 40 years as a touring musician. Cray has had quite a ride and accomplished a great deal, all of which has been earned through his tireless touring ambition and outstanding talents. Even a rain soaked day did not discourage loyal Blues fans from packing the seats. Once again, the Zoo venue’s mysterious powers held the drops off for most of the show. Continue Reading