A toast to music for the fun of it

Art Vandalay celebrates the release of “Champagne & Chandeliers.” Ten years after the release of its last album, “Heaven’s Operahouse,” the Twin Cities quartet Art Vandalay will celebrate the release of “Champagne & Chandeliers” in concert on Saturday, April 9,…

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Former top exec makes second career of his avocation for fiction writing

Writing is just a hobby, said Bob Garland, and a “most enjoyable” one. So enjoyable, that at 87 he has just published his 15th novel, Unicornery on Woodhouse Avenue, the sixth book in his Woodhouse Avenue series featuring an elderly…

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Country…where country isn’t cool: Ledfoot Larry hits the road

Singer-songwriter Lorenzo “Ledfoot Larry” Michelutti and his band are hitting the road this fall in support of their latest full-length album with hopes of attracting new fans to their style of country music. Titled “Tequila Mockingbird,” the 10-song recording encompasses…

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Biblical scholar Penchansky pens new book on the Qur’an

Dr. David Penchansky’s new book may seem like something of a departure for a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. Titled Solomon and the Ant: The Qur’an in Conversation with the Bible, the book is a fascinating…

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Six Points portrays identity crisis in first play under new name

The importance of identity takes center stage at Six Points Theater. The former Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company changed its name last summer to reflect its commitment to stories from a Jewish perspective that promote understanding among all people. And in…

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Music to the eyes

Amdur enters Art Crawl with paintings that vibrate to creative energy of jazz. Venture into Studio No. 250 in the Northern Warehouse at 308 Prince St. this weekend, and you will find yourself in the company of musicians who have…

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Art Collective remakes fall Crawl as series of weekend events

In 1991 the Saint Paul Art Collective introduced the Art Crawl to connect its artists to the public. The event was intended to be more intimate than the art fairs that had been held in the Twin Cities for decades.…

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Devaney emerges from shutdown more in tune with his own skill set

In the depths of the pandemic last fall and winter, West End guitarist Martin Devaney spent time in his basement studio surrounded by posters of concerts he had attended or played at and contemplated the soundtrack of his life. There,…

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Loughridge sketched out his career as painter in childhood

West End artist Stuart Loughridge’s upcoming exhibit at Groveland Gallery was a lifetime in the making. Growing up, he said, “I was surrounded by painting, printmaking, carving, sculpture, fine frames. It was a constant creative feast for a kid.” Loughridge…

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