Nicki Minaj has always been unpredictable, but this is possibly her most surprising surprise. Recently, the rapper took a break from her non-stop ode to her backside during the roll-out for new single "Anaconda" to celebrate a cult TV show with Minnesota ties. Yes, somehow Mystery Science Theater 30 ... More >>
We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to inexplicably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say." See also:Fi ... More >>
You might think subtly tweaking the way DWI is defined in order to strip legislators of their immunity from drunk driving arrests would be a no brainer for Minnesota lawmakers. You'd be wrong.THE BACKSTORY: Push renewed to strip legislators of DWI immunity During the first hearing about a bill to th ... More >>
Two years ago, a group of Concordia University students led by political science professor Jayne Jones came up just short in their push to go the legislature to approve a student-drafted bill that would strip legislators of their immunity from DWI arrests during session. Jones and company hope ... More >>
Purling Hiss With Hollow Boys 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis April 16, 2013 Minneapolis music fans are a fickle lot. They turn out in droves for sold-out shows that turn out to be justified (Divine Fits, Tame Impala) and some that can't quite meet the hype (Alt-J, Wavves), yet on a Tuesday night in ... More >>
Built to Spill First Avenue, Minneapolis September 19, 2012 With no new record to promote and no ulterior motive or musical agenda, Idaho indie stalwarts Built to Spill rolled through First Avenue intent on pleasing their dedicated longtime fans who showed up in droves to pack the club on a Wednes ... More >>
Rock 'n' roll hunter foiled by his own videos
Michael NelsonMusic fans that were brave enough to leave their homes and head down to the Varsity Theater on an exceedingly tropical Tuesday night in Minneapolis were rewarded with a fantastic double-bill, as both bands delivered stirring, uplifting sets that perfectly suited a warm summer eve ... More >>
Festival films with a local connection
Listening to people talk during a movie used to be an unpleasant experience, but the locally-produced Mystery Science Theater 3000 made it incredibly entertaining. The voices of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett were often the only thing that made the b-movies the show feature ... More >>
Local writer Michael J. Nelson has pledged to eat only bacon for an entire month.
From escapist entertainment to aesthetic ecstasy: Twenty-nine writers script valentines to twelve months of culture
The timber wolf, along with baby harp seals, was an environmental-movement poster child. But biologists have found wolves don't need wilderness to prosper. They need, simply, something to eat and to be more or less left alone.