Blacklist Vintage closing, hosts liquidation sale

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Sad news today for lovers of vintage fashion: Store owner Vanessa Messersmith just announced via Facebook that her Eat Street shop Blacklist Vintage will be closing its doors and moving online.

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Top 7 vintage stores in the Twin Cities

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W.C. Wormley's legacy: "He was a classic artist in Northeast before it got where it is now"

Sculpture located at Wormley's Art Park, by W.C. Wormley
A melted Barbie Playhouse, multi-colored Bundt cakes, phallic structures made out of silicon caulk, and a sculpture that -- legend has it -- was made out of Elvis's driveway stand as monuments to the late great William Charles Wormley. Known professionally as W.C., or Bill to his friends, Wormley died on June 7 of a heart attack while mowing his lawn. His sculpture-filled yard, hidden behind a fence at his house in northeast Minneapolis, rivals just about any official sculpture garden, and holds within it the legacy of an artist's artist who, according to his friend Dick Brewer, was known for his flamboyant outfits, his great parties, his sense of color and design, and his dedication to an artist's way of life. 

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Indie video rental shop Filmzilla is closing its doors

The Filmzilla sign.
Filmzilla is like the High Fidelity of video rental stores: towering stacks of DVDs from every era, country, director; a movie going at all times behind the counter; and someone knowledgeable standing back there, ready to direct a customer to a cult favorite. But after three years on the corner of 27th and Franklin Avenues in Seward, and 15 before that as Nicollet Village Video near Loring Park, Filmzilla is shutting its doors.

"We've been on day-to-day for awhile," says Chris Becker, the store's owner. "I can't keep fighting a losing cause."

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- Nicollet Village Video moving, seeks vengeance as Filmzilla

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'He was the man': Remembering Eric Wheeler

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Eric Wheeler Interact's 2011 production of 'JOY!' with Kat Corey and Ryan Lee
The Twin Cities lost a great actor this week. Eric Vernon Wheeler, who had Down Syndrome, started his acting career 22 years ago at the age of 20 in a show called We're All in This Together. It was the first production by Interact Theatre (now Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts). After his last performance with Interact on Saturday, Wheeler died on Tuesday, May 21 from cancer. He was 42 years old. 

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Margaret Ruth Groening's obit provides insight into Simpsons creator's inspiration

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The exact location of The Simpsons' Springfield may never be known. However, taking a small glimpse into the life of creator Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Ruth, reveals bits and details of his life that may have worked their way into the series' mythology.

After a long -- and what sounds like a very happy -- life, Groening's mother passed away a few weeks ago at 94. Her obit, which ran in The Oregonian, contains hints at what may have inspired several Simpsons characters -- or at least their names.

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Roger Ebert dead at 70

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For many decades, Roger Ebert's reviews influenced what movies people saw in the theater. His career included 46 years at the Chicago Sun-Times and 31 years on TV, including At the Movies with Gene Siskel (and later on with Richard Roeper).

Earlier this week Ebert announced his retirement, and the return of his cancer. This afternoon the Times announced that Ebert had lost his long battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancers.

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Jack Edwards, costume designer for Broadway and the Guthrie, has died

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Costume and fashion designer Jack Edwards lived a life in clothes. Though his early career efforts took him to Broadway, Hollywood, and opera houses around the world, Minnesotans may be most familiar with his work through his 18 years as costume director for the Guthrie.

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From Broadway to the Guthrie to Holidazzle: A Jack Edwards retrospective

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SooVAC pays tribute to founder Suzy Greenberg

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Suzy Greenberg
Members of the Twin Cities art scene were shocked and saddened when artist and curator Suzy Greenberg died suddenly on August 16 of natural causes. As the founder of the Soo Visual Arts Center, a non-profit art gallery located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, Greenberg showcased a wide variety of national and local talent, including graffiti artist Deuce Seven,  Curster toymaker Erin Currie, and large-scale muralist Greg Gossel.

Tonight, friends, family, colleagues, and art lovers will honor her memory with an art show and gathering.

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'Wild' Bill Bauer dead at 62

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"Wild" Bill Bauer was a staple of the local comic scene. He was beloved and revered amongst local talent, including Scott Hansen, Louie Anderson, and Alex Cole. He died Thursday, August 30 in his sleep at his home in Inver Grove Heights. He was 62.

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Artist, musican, and poet Daniel Kaniess passes

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Self Portrait by Daniel Kaniess
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"He taught us that you could have an unlimited imagination. You could do whatever you wanted."

That's what poet and former Speedboat Gallery owner Paul Dickinson says of Daniel Kaniess, who passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. According to Dickinson Kaniess, a revered local painter, musician, and poet, was always pushing the boundaries of his art while remaining a genuinely kind and grounded person. Married to his wife Sharon since 1983 and father of two children, Kaniess had a wonderful sense of humor, was cutting edge, but at the same time balanced.   

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