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MUSIC PHOTOS | Dan + Shay at Mill City Nights

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Vocal duo Dan + Shay are currently one of the most buzz worthy new groups in Country music. Having song writing credit for all the tracks on their debut album “Where it all Began” is a statement that assures they can back up the hype. Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney chose Minneapolis to kick off their first headlining tour October 9th in front of a fanatical crowd of mostly women at Mill City Nights. The venue was a good fit for the show and sounded great for their set openers “Somewhere Only We Know” and “Nothin’ Like You”. Some of the standouts were “Party Girl” and of course the song that put them on the map “19 You + Me.”


Arts meets politics: Twin Cities artists share their outrage over Ferguson

(Photo courtesy of David Bayliss)

After Minneapolis poet David Bayliss witnessed the Ferguson riots on television earlier in August, he felt the need to express his outrage through his art. Now he wants to give other local artists a chance to do the same.


Rep. Rick Nolan uses "turds" to describe past Minnesota water quality

(Photo from video by The Uptake) Video below

Yesterday’s 8th Congressional District candidates debate in Duluth between Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) and challengers Stewart Mills (GOP) and Ray Skip Sandman (Green) touched on several topics, including social security reformation, gun regulation and oil pipeline expansion. But the highlight of the debate was easily when Rep. Nolan used the word “turds” to help prove a point as he described just how bad Minnesota’s water quality used to be.


The Paradigm Symposium 2014 seeks truth and money at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis

The Paradigm Symposium, a four-day journey into the realm aliens and the paranormal, descended upon the Woman's Club of Minneapolis this last weekend, and while the themes of the event were truth and bridging the gap between the fringe worlds of Ufology and paranormal studies with mainstream society, the theme just as easily may have been “everything you know is a lie” and “the world is out to get you.”


THEATER REVIEW | Freshwater Theatre's "The Man In Her Dreams": Like equal justice, a work in progress

Jabari Woods (Richard "Doc" Woods) and his wife Nikki (Rebecca Gebhart) in Freshwater Theatre's production of The Man In Her Dreams; Photo by Scott Pakudaitis

Even though I’ve been writing about theater created by people I know for a number of years now, with the Freshwater Theatre production of Katherine Glover’s new play The Man In Her Dreams I may have finally run across something with which I’m so familiar that it’s almost impossible to evaluate it objectively. In fact, I’ve already written an entirely different review that, upon re-reading, I’m scrapping in order to start over. That’s how turned around this play’s gotten me. I’m familiar with the theater company, the director, several of the actors, the playwright, the source material, and even seen parts of earlier drafts of the play worked through in a writing group of which I’m a part. Layer on top of that the fact that The Man In Her Dreams is dealing with sensitive issues of race and gender, guilt, innocence and justice, and it gets harder and harder to approach objectively as if I were an audience member who had never seen any of the material before, on the page or in performance.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Home Free at the Ames Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Minnesota country a cappella band Home Free must have felt the love and support of a home town crowd at their sold-out Ames Center performance on October 7th. As part of their prize for winning Season 4 of The Sing-Off, they have released their debut album Crazy Life and are out on a national tour to support it.


VIDEO | Bridging the transgender community and the city of Minneapolis

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The first ever Minneapolis Transgender Equity Summit was held on Sept. 25 at the Humphrey Center for Public Policy. The Summit was organized by the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Workgroup, an initiative begun by Andrea Jenkins. At the summit, members of the transgender community and friends met with city of Minneapolis officials, staff, and others to raise issues of concern and need.


Twin Cities farmers look to Cuba for urban ag infrastructure

(Photos by Susie Voss) Stone's Throw Farm trip delegates met at Gandhi Mahal last Thursday, Oct. 2, to discuss trip details; below, Stone's Throw's urban farm in Minneapolis.

An upcoming trip to Cuba could help teach Minnesotans how to better farm and manage their urban lands.


THEATER REVIEW | "Blood Brothers" thrills at The Chameleon Theatre Circle

Blood Brothers, a musical now playing at The Chameleon Theatre Circle in Burnsville, is one of the most popular shows that you’ve probably never heard of. This separated-at-birth drama played in London’s West End for more than 10,000 performances between 1988 and 2012, and crossed the Atlantic for a successful two-year run on Broadway. Why, you might ask, is this not a show that gets produced very often?


MUSIC PHOTOS | Christopher Owens at the Turf Club

Photos by Jeff Rutherford

On Saturday, October 4, Christopher Owens played at the Turf Club in St. Paul.

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