Michael Fitzgerald, the executive chef at Fika, the casual cafe in the new Nelson Cultural Center at the American Swedish Institute, is turning out dishes that are as precisely executed and beautifully presented as the restaurant's clean, spare décor. Fika is named after the Swede's traditional afternoon coffee-and-snack break. The Nordic dishes include salads (like a house-cured salmon with fingerling potato), delicious pureed soups, small plates, and open-faced, smorgasbord-style sandwiches. A gleaming deli case offers fika snacks both sweet and savory: quiche, pastries, cardamom rolls, and cookies, all tempting enough to make you want to start a fika tradition of your own. PHOTOS BY EMILY UTNE.
Minneapolis' Jake Rudh invades First Avenue yet again with his Retro-New Wave night, Transmission. This night's theme, 'I Want My MTV,' was a tribute to the early years of MTV and top 40s music of the time. PHOTOS BY DAVID ECKBLAD on Saturday, August 10th, 2012.
Irish Fair of Minnesota took place at Harriet Island last weekend with fun sporting events, traditional Irish dancing, live music performances, and, of course, lots o' Guinness. PHOTOS BY ERIK BLUME on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 2012.
Crowds turned out for the 46th Street Block Party & Kings Birthday Bash benefiting the neighborhood's efforts to install a new playground at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
46th Street Block Party to raise funds for park
This art auction and benefit took place last Saturday night to raise funds for a Guerrilla Girls Minneapolis billboard campaign in support of defeating the marriage and voter
ID amendments during the month of October. Internationally acclaimed feminist public and protest art activists, the...
Coldplay finished their North American tour with two nights at the Xcel. They had confetti, hit songs, magic wristbands, lazers and good video screens. Marina and the Diamonds and Charli XCX opened. PHOTOS BY STEVEN COHEN on August 10, 2012.
Trampled by Turtles opened the night at in Somerset, Wisconsin, followed by Band of Horses. Both warmed everyone up for the nearly three-hour-long My Morning Jacket performance. PHOTOS BY RYAN CUTLER on Friday, August 10, 2012.
Connor Oberst's recently reunited post-hardcore band Desaparecidos kicked off their first tour in almost ten years at the 400 Bar on Thursday night. Little Brazil opened.PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on August 9, 2012.
Keona Tranby's Pink Bow City celebrated the launch of its new magazine on Wednesday night at Honey in NE Minneapolis. Designers Sara M. Holm and Cassie Sue showed off their pinup girl fashion lines, along with screenprinting by Black Collar Collective, music from rockers The Shakin' Babies, and...
Mali's legendary Amadou and Mariam performed for a sold-out crowd at the Cedar Cultural Center on Tuesday night. PHOTOS BY ERIK HESS on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.
Review: Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural Center, 8/7/12
The sleek décor, sunny patio, and lakeside setting may give the impression that JJ's Coffee & Wine Bistro is trying to compete with upscale Uptown hot spots like Barbette and Lucia’s. But in fact the food plays a supporting role--more "coffee shop standards” than “European bistro." That's not...