Sketching Twin Cities snow piles

Winter in Minnesota does not favor plein air sketching – ink freezes in pens, watercolors turn to ice and fingers develop frostbite. Fortunately, there are many good places to sketch indoors in the Twin Cities (watch this KARE 11 report about the Metro Sketchers sketching at the Como Conservatory). Towards the end of the season, I get bored of sketching indoors and venture outdoors into the cold. I put on my fingerless gloves and dilute the ink in my fountain pens with alcohol and step outside to sketch the predominant feature of late winter in Minnesota: snow piles. Snow piles are a ubiquitous, though fleeting part of the urban, winter, Twin Cities landscape and every year, a few of us urban sketchers take up the challenge to celebrate and immortalize snow piles on paper before they melt away.


REVIEW | Wrestlepalooza III brings the best kind of bizarre to First Avenue

Photos By: 
Emmerlee Sherman

Friday, March 14th's Wrestlepalooza event, the third of its kind, saw three distinct Minnesota scenes converge on historic First Avenue for a rare and amazing variety show which provided an experience like no other.


Humbly musing on borrowed ideas that somehow ended up on my hard-drive…

“I loved my mother and father, not because they were perfect parents, but because despite whatever lenses they saw the world through, they held me in the deepest part of their hearts.” They struggled, with much effort, in extremely difficult circumstances, to give me the best of what they had materially, spiritually and intellectually. I certainly didn’t understand this on too many occasions as I was growing up and moving into my own adulthood, but now I see more clearly as I push toward 70 years. And yes, I am laughing out loud as I write this now!


How to be Jewish on Purim

Let’s get something out of the way immediately: I’m a convert to Judaism. I can give you a dozen Christmas cookie recipes and tips and tricks on dying Easter eggs with homemade vegetable dyes, but I have no idea how to be Jewish; that is, I have no idea how to create Jewish culture. I wonder if culture is even something one can make.


He was the best of landlords; he was the worst of landlords

    My kid: “So tell some more about some of the crazy apartments you lived in when you were a Slacker!” 

    Me:  “No problemo!”


Holding up several worlds at once

I am leaving in a week to return to home-home Minnesota. I want to acknowledge my Sister Elsa Hiwet Hidaru's kindness and generosity in making this once in a lifetime experience possible. I hope all of you, my family and friends, would send loving and healing energy to her.


PHOTOS | The 41st Annual Twin Cities Auto Show

Photos by Patrick Dunn.

This year more than ever, we are desperate for any positive signs of spring.


This week in Saint Paul: Monday, March 10–Sunday, March 16, 2014

Last week, I checked out three movies from the library. I did not watch any of them. I am guilty of depriving the rest of the world of these copies of movies, but I have an excuse: I went outside. I saw things. I met with people who are doing things. I saw people—people not unlike the folks our stories celebrate each week. Whether I was meeting in Lowertown or Rondo, or working in my neighborhood, it felt great, likely at least in part due to the improving weather. It will grow even warmer this week, and some of the art will be even hotter! We have a few ideas to turn up the temperature.


Think before you ink: Tattoos might be everywhere—but Minnesota requires teens to wait

Miley Cyrus has a dream catcher on the right side of her abs. Justin Bieber has an eye with “Believe” under his right arm. LeBron James has Chosen1 stretched across his back.

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