University of Minnesota archives advance with new technology

In the last five years, the University of Minnesota Archives has digitized about one million pages of records.

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Sherlockiana: Sherlock Holmes at the University of Minnesota

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post for WCCO about the treasure troves at the University of Minnesota libraries. It's quite amazing what they have on hand over there--huge collections of children's materials, GLBTQ publications, Minnesota literary artifacts, immigrant history, arts and theater documents, some pretty funny wartime era publications warning young men about the risks of consorting with loose women, all kinds of things you wouldn't necessarily think of.

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Nostalgia Zone: Comic book shop opens on East Lake Street

The comic book shop Nostalgia Zone recently moved to its new location on East Lake Street, after a spending a year just around the corner. The new location has given the shop room to expand its offerings and has provided more space for customers to browse. We talked with Dave from Nostalgia Zone to learn more about the shop.

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My first annual "Post One" Awards for Excellence in Non-Traditional Arts Journalism

On June 18, the Minnesota Pro (as opposed to student) chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual Page One Awards. I was pleased to receive the award for Best Independent News Blog for this very blog, and I thought it would be appropriate to use my first post-ceremony post to recognize some people and organizations that deserve awards for their accomplishments on the new frontier of journalism—arts journalism in particular. They may not all consider themselves journalists, and they may not all consider themselves professionals, but they're all contributing tremendously to keeping people informed and entertained in jobs (typically online) where there aren't Pulitzer, or even Page One, categories...yet.

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Sign Painters: Painting the world they want to see

From left, Forrest Wozniak and Phil Vandervaart in front of Phil’s shop on Minnehaha Avenue. Forrest has worked out of Phil’s shop for the last five years.

“I thought that some day either someone needs to do a film about me, or I have to write about this,” said Phil Vandervaart. He was explaining how his work as a sign painter has been for love, rather than for money.

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Big Joy, the James Broughton documentary, coming to the Walker August 22

Big Joy is coming to the Twin Cities — seriously, Big Joy, the documentary. And the August 22 screening of Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton at the Walker is a joyous event.

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Discovering East Lake Street: Heavy Table's Secret Atlas of North Coast Food

Illustrator Andy DuCett’s view of East Lake Street (Image courtesy of the Heavy Table)

Susan Pagani has lived in Minneapolis longer than she’s lived anywhere else – about six years. Growing up her family moved frequently, and by her calculations she’s lived in 7 states, 12 cities, and 35 houses. But it’s Minneapolis that she calls home, and writing a chapter on East Lake Street for Heavy Table’s upcoming book The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food has deepened her ties with the neighborhood through hours of exploration in the tucked-away corners of local shops and restaurants.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | How well does the library serve the public?

The people who make decisions for the Hennepin County Library have a different concept of “public” than I have.

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Augie’s Secrets: A mensch among Jewish gangsters

It’s a shame Neal Karlen called his 2004 autobiography Shanda, because if ever a book deserved that title, it’s this one.

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Screaming On. Reflections on Lao American Horror Poetry

As I prepare for the release of my next book, DEMONSTRA, this year, some ask why much of my poetic work is centered on horror, compared to other writers who escaped the Southeast Asian civ

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