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January 21
Len Schmid checked out cave man Zug Zug at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.

A caveman encased in ice? The story behind this viral Mpls. park sculpture

Plus, the hunt is on for his companion Zarah, the "mother huntress" icewoman hidden somewhere in Minnesota.
Variety
January 20
“Red Exit” by Andrea Carlson.

Minnesota artist Andrea Carlson pops up on New York billboard

Whitney Museum is placing a work by the famed Ojibwe artist outside the museum, along the High Line.
Variety
January 18
Minnesota History Center launches 'Black Voices' initiative with discussions this week

Minnesota History Center launches 'Black Voices' initiative with discussions this week

Starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, "Black History, Black Voices" highlights contributions by Black Americans.
Variety
January 14
“Cayambe” by Betsy Ruth Byers. Kolman & Pryor Gallery

5 gallery shows to brighten January for Twin Cities art lovers

The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center won't reopen until Jan. 28, but galleries are already welcoming art lovers back. Here are…
Variety
January 14
Meghan Kreidler of Kiss the Tiger, which will take part in MNSpin Virtual Fest.

Live and vitual entertainment picks: Fleetwood Mac tribute, Westside, Jawaahir dance, MNspin fest

Rumours and Dreams: The Music of Fleetwood MacFriday-Saturday: It's Stevie and Lindsey and Christine. OK, it's really Pamela McNeill, Jeff Engholm and Mary Jane Alm…
Variety
January 13
The Museum of Russian Art is reopening Monday with an exhibit of Soviet-era paintings from the collection of the late Ukrainian-American lawyer Jurii

Twin Cities museums begin welcoming back visitors for second time

Six museums are reopening this week, starting Monday.
Variety
January 8
"Balloon" by Alec Soth.Provided

Bringing Minnesota art to Chicago art lovers is this woman's mission

Through a prominent gallery, Jennifer Armetta stays in touch with her Minneapolis roots.
Variety
January 8
Sonja Parks in “Seedfolks” at Children’s Theatre Company.

How Twin Cities theaters are connecting with audiences online

Check out these digital productions and interactive experiences.
Variety
January 7
Dakota Dave Hull will celebrate Guitar Day on Saturday.

Virtual entertainment picks: Robyn dance party, Jungle Theater audio drama, Dakota Dave Hull

Robyn Digital Dance Party and Drag ShowOngoing: Tired of Zoom Zumba classes? Missing club nights? We can't think of a better way to go dancing…
Local
January 6
Abuse survivors Laura Stearns and Jina Penn-Tracy, center, were at a 2019 news conference with attorneys Molly Burke, left, and Jeff Anderson and CTC�

New nonprofit runs fund for survivors of Children's Theatre abuse

The theatre company agreed to start the fund with a $500,000 payment.
Local
January 6
Survivors Laura Stearns and Jina Penn-Tracy rested their heads together at the end of a 2019 press conference where Attorney Jeff Anderson announced s

New nonprofit runs fund for survivors of Children's Theatre abuse

The Children's Theatre Company agreed to start the fund with $500,000.
Coronavirus
December 31, 2020
Jerry Holt • Jerry.Holt@startribune.com Visitors followed social-distancing procedures when the Minneapolis Institute of Art reopened July 16 after

Pandemic leads MIA to suffer first budget loss in nearly 3 decades

Declines in contributions and earnings caused the $1.2 million shortfall.
Variety
December 31, 2020
A University of Minnesota archaeological team discovered ancient items during a 1928 dig.

After decades, U of M is finally on track to return Native burial objects dug up in 1920s

Weisman and university officials were accused of "resistance" and "failure to comply with the law."
Local
December 31, 2020
Joel Dichter has been training at the Académie Princesse Grace in Monaco. EMILY CHARAIS

Eagan teen wins national honors as he aims for an international ballet career

Joel Dichter wins National YoungArts prize as he aims for an international career.
Variety
December 31, 2020
Photograph from “MMIW Minnesota 4 Directions Awareness Gathering” series by Ne-Dah-Ness Rose Greene. All My Relations Gallery

Artists confront the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women

Third edition of "Bring Her Home" at All My Relations Gallery focuses on resistance.
Variety
December 31, 2020
A sign of the times. Help! Save 2020!

Watch the funny, touching and wacky videos from our Save 2020 Contest

The responses to our video contest touched the heart and the funny bone.
Local
December 29, 2020
Sheila Smith

A force behind Minnesota's Legacy Fund, arts advocate Sheila Smith retires after a quarter-century

Sheila Smith championed state funding for cultural programs.
Variety
December 26, 2020
Pictured:  Matthew Rhys in “Perry Mason,” Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Sacha Baron Cohen in “Borat Su

The year in TV and movies, viewed from our critics' couches

Our critics discuss the highs and lows of 2020 quarantine viewing in their living rooms.
Variety
December 24, 2020
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum ROB GRABOWSKI • Invision/AP

Virtual holiday entertainment: Soul Asylum, Sounds of Blackness, 'The Odyssey'

Soul AsylumSaturday: In a tradition that dates back about twice as long as Dave Pirner can remember, he and his resilient platinum-selling band have always…
Variety
December 22, 2020
Al Milgrom in his office in 1994  Photo by Tom Sweeney, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Godfather of Twin Cities film scene Al Milgrom dies at 98

An unstoppable force, Film Society founder built an audience for adventurous cinema.