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    Artists of the Year - Bon Iver

    Bon Iver By Steve McPherson When Justin Vernon retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin, he wasn't setting out to make one of the warmest, most tender albums of the year, but that's just what he ended up doing. He was looking to hibernate and get over the...

    by Steve McPherson on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Ben Olson and Emma Berg

    Ben Olson and Emma Berg By Taylor Carik It was another great year for the Twin Cities visual arts community. Anna Lee made a triumphant return with Voltage: Fashion Amplified; GQ named Rogue Buddha's Nicholas Harper an artist to watch; the Minneapo...

    by Taylor Carik on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Michael K

    Michael K By Sarah Askari Though I revere Michael K, I know almost nothing about the man. Here is what I do know: He's part Asian and all gay, and he lives in New York. He's the voice of DListed, the celebrity gossip blog I want to marry. DListed i...

    by Sarah Askari on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Latisha Jones and Patricia Hampl

    Latisha Jones & Patricia Hampl By Jocelyn Hale Last January I found myself trying to avoid sloppy boot drippings as I sat on the floor in a back corner of Open Book's packed auditorium to hear Patricia Hampl read from her soon-to-be-released memoir...

    by Jocelyn Hale on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Valve

    Valve By Nate Patrin T he year 2007 marked the 15th anniversary of Wolfenstein 3D, the PC game that originally popularized the notion of the first-person shooter. Over a span of time that long, it's typical to see a new genre innovate, mature, stag...

    by Nate Patrin on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - The Body Cartography Project

    The Body Cartography Project By Caroline Palmer Olive Bierenga and Otto Ramstad are the co-directors of the BodyCartography Project, a 10-year-old company with a history of more than 130 performances worldwide. When they aren't globetrotting they ...

    by Caroline Palmer on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert By Eric Lorberer Satire was in trouble. An art form nearly as old as civilization itself, it had fallen on especially hard times of late. In the age of reality TV, the edifying gesture of the genre seemed all but dead. Fortunately, ...

    by Eric Lorberer on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - William E. Jones

    William E. Jones By Dean Otto News of Sen. Larry Craig's arrest by an undercover police officer in a public-toilet sex sting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport exploded in the press in late August. Newscasters were befuddled as they repo...

    by Dean Otto on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Diablo Cody

    Diablo Cody By Matthew Smith So what are we to make of the Diablo Cody media frenzy? In the last two months, she may have received more press than any screenwriter in movie history. From the New York Times to the L.A. Times, from NPR to Entertainme...

    by Matthew Smith on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Matt Sciple

    Matt Sciple By Leah Cooper In the messy and maddening collaboration that is live theater, where ego is the raw material and audacity the most recognized credential, directors must play the auteur just to get any attention. So the theaters are fille...

    by Leah Cooper on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Marjane Satrapi

    Marjane Satrapi By Michelle Orange Marjane Satrapi loves cigarettes and refuses to call herself a feminist. Those two things alone would get my attention on paper, as it were, even before what Satrapi actually is on paper--a gifted graphic novelist...

    by Michelle Orange on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Christine Boyka Kluge

    Christine Boyka Kluge By Ray Gonzalez In these days of short attention spans and popular literary texts appearing quick and flashy, the prose poem has come into its own. Absent of stanzas and line breaks, and sounding very poetic, the prose poem is...

    by Ray Gonzalez on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Sheletta Brundidge

    Sheletta Brundidge By Jerry Freeman It was winter three years ago when some of us at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder newspaper found ourselves gruesomely down in the dumps and wondering why. Suddenly the obvious dawned on us--too much bad news! We...

    by Jerry Freeman on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Ernest A. Bryant III

    Ernest A. Bryant III By Doryun Chong It would be a gross understatement to say that 2007 was a busy year for Minneapolis-based visual artist Ernest A. Bryant III. He opened his first solo outing at Franklin Art Works in September, followed almost i...

    by Doryun Chong on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - The Writers Guild of America

    The Writers Guild of America By Max Sparber At the time of this writing, it is six weeks into the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, and it's quite a brawl. On its website, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is keeping a run...

    by Max Sparber on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - Twin Cities playwrights

    Twin Cities playwrights By Quinton Skinner If the world can be described at the battleground of limited perspectives, the stage might well be the place where every perspective exists at once: the performers, the technicians, the audience, all colla...

    by Quinton Skinner on January 2, 2008
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    Artists of the Year - The Owls

    The Owls By Peter S. Scholtes I've praised the Owls in City Pages enough that I thought this time I'd mark the occasion with something special and propose to my girlfriend. Jenny, will you marry me? I'll await your answer on the letters page. The ...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on January 2, 2008
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    VP Pawlenty Meter: Minnesota governor slips from frontrunner to also-ran

    Will Governor Tim Pawlenty become our nation's next vice president? It's hard to keep track of all the many factors at play. Each week, the VP Pawlenty Meter (TM) provides an odds sheet to ensure you make your best bet. In just a matter of weeks,...

    @ The Blotter by Kevin Hoffman on June 2, 2008 @ 9:15 am
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    Follow the Story: Soldiers and PTSD

    Amid several new reports pointing to the heightened problem of soldier suicides and increased levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, an army official said Wednesday that suicides increased 13 perc...

    @ The Blotter by Beth Walton on June 2, 2008 @ 9:07 am
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    Breakfast of Champions 6/2: Grand times, pregnant ladies

    Brilliant sunshine greeted Grand Old Day visitors, and the teeming throng saw many memorable images. James Tran brings 30 home to you in this slideshow. My favorites: the show-opening homage to Abbey Road (this time with dinosaurs!) this shot of th...

    @ The Blotter by Jeff Shaw on June 2, 2008 @ 6:54 am
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