Does that make me maize-y?

This week's Vita.mn cover highlights that distinctly Minnesotan art form -- crop art. In celebration of the State Fair and Gnarls Barkley's headlining performance at the grandstand on Wednesday, we imagined Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse in an "American Gothic" theme. Rising local seed artist Liz Schreiber (of the local band LadyHardOn) rendered the duo in 23 varieties of seed, rice and lentil -- a triumph of mixed grains and mixed metaphor. (Memo to the litigious Grant Wood estate: It's parody.) Schreiber has entered the work in the fair's crop-art competition, on display in the Horticulture Building through the run of the fair.

It's not the first time Vita.mn has attempted this. For the 2007 fair, Schreiber gave the seed treatment to rock goddess Joan Jett -- but once the cover had been completed, the former Runaway canceled her grandstand gig, reportedly to star in the surfing movie "Endless Bummer." Indeed. Remember the sparkling last-minute replacement cover starring Fergie as the mustard in a hot dog? Another mystery explained.

  • Simon Peter Groebner

Stop! Glamour time

With performances by Cyndi Lauper and MC Hammer, a multilevel catwalk, a moving video curtain, Amazonian models and fall 2008 collections by high-profile fashion designers, this year's edition of Macy's Glamorama did not disappoint. The runway show was set to updated versions of retro classics like "Roxanne" and "Beat It" and featured neon, flashing backdrops with retro imagery. But the collections themselves were hardly a throwback to the '80s, with tailored silhouettes, feminine details and rich jewel tones. Theatrical highlights included a sports car hoisted above the runway for C'N'C menswear, and a beefcake homage to Tom Cruise in "Risky Business" (which awkwardly segued into Tommy Hilfiger's trademark all-American preppy plaids). But the best collections of the night were presented with a more minimalist approach. Celine's beautiful chiffon gowns and tailored silhouettes and Marc Jacobs' understated neutrals and soft yet masculine cuts garnered excitement from the audience on merit alone.

  • Jahna Peloquin

W is for 'Wow'

Everyone and their mother was at the W last Wednesday for the hotel's debut. The new Manny's had 400-plus reservations, while the hotel's two bars were equally packed. The first-floor bar felt more like a nightclub, as women of all ages danced in front of the makeshift DJ booth. The 27th-floor Prohibition lounge didn't disappoint with its amazing views. Throughout the week, you could catch rival club owners such as Soundbar's Johann Sfaellos scoping out the space. Personally, I think it's the next step in Minneapolis nightlife. View the full venue listing.

  • Tom Horgen

Yo! festival downsized

The annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop isn't dead, but it is downscaled this year. Funding the fest has always been hard for nonprofit Yo! The Movement, and this year it was just too difficult. But instead of scrapping the whole event, Yo! president Toki Wright said they still had to throw a party. "We didn't want to totally lose the momentum of the last six years," Wright said.

The pared-down fest happens Sunday at the 7th Street Entry. Yo! will offer a free workshop on police-community relations during the day (noon-4 p.m.) and two concerts at night -- an all-ages show (4:30-8:30 p.m.) and a 21-plus show (9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.). Acts include Wright himself, Maria Isa, Trama, St. Paul Slim, Tou Saiko Lee and the Asian Hip-Hop Summit (a touring showcase of Los Angeles rappers). Also: a break-dancing and krumping exhibition, plus hip-hop karaoke. Wright said Yo! hopes to come back in full force next year. (Noon-1:30 a.m. Sun. 701 1st Av. N., Mpls. $6. 612-874-9696 or yothemovement.org)

  • Tom Horgen