Comics from the Margins at Boneshaker Books

Categories: Art
Head to Boneshaker Books this Saturday for a reading by some of the hottest local names in comics and zines. Comics from the Margins is part of a series put together by Gazillion Strong where comic artists who represent a non-white, non-male, non-straight point of view read from their work. Geared especially toward teenagers and preteens, the event is open to the general public.

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Tom Arnold on David Carr Biopic: "I'm Going to Make Sure It Gets Fucking Made"

Categories: Art, TV and Film

A biopic based on recently deceased journalist David Carr's 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun could be on its way.

At this point, it's far from a sure thing. But following the New York Times columnist's February 12 death, the project has some Hollywood interest, including from Carr's old friend Tom Arnold.

"I'm going to make sure it gets fucking made," Arnold told City Pages.

See also:
The Education of David Carr [feature story]

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Gabriel Iglesias Talks Comedy, Cartoons, and Magic Mike XXL

Categories: Comedy
Paul Mobley Photography
Standup comedy is currently experiencing one of its biggest booms. Every night of the week, clubs and theaters all over the Twin Cities are packed with fans new and old, and comedians are continually finding different platforms to showcase their unique styles.

Still, even in a time where standups are regarded in the same light as rock stars, there are only a select few who have established themselves as the gold standard for comedy. Gabriel Iglesias is one of those comedians.

With his signature Hawaiian shirts, over-the-top character voices, and hilarious personal stories, Iglesias is a performer whose comedy connects with all kinds of folks. This past summer, he released a full-length standup concert film, The Fluffy Movie, while also building his television and movie credits. This week, Iglesias brings his Unity Through Laughter tour to the only venue in town that can host a comedian of his stature: Target Center.

Before Fluffy arrives in Minneapolis, we talked with the comedian about his meteoric rise to arena status, his budding voice-acting career, and his upcoming appearance in the new Magic Mike movie.

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Open Eye Figure Theatre's Nothing Is Something Is Part Chaplin, Part Looney Tunes

Categories: Theater

Mark Vancleave
If you come into Nothing Is Something expecting a tight narrative with clear character arcs, you're going to disappointed. The show is best appreciated if you allow the physical and absurd humor to take over in a piece that's equal parts Charlie Chaplin and Looney Tunes.

The play takes place in a single room dotted with holes. When a character sticks his arm into one, his hand may come out elsewhere.

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Which Minneapolis Neighborhood Is One of the Coolest in the U.S.?

Categories: Trendwatch, WTF

Erik Hess
Coolest corn on the cob in the country.
Just about everyone and their mom has been writing love notes to our humble Land of 10,000 Lakes recently, from the Atlantic to Politico. It seems like every week, we're topping another list of what's great, what's cutting edge, and what's working. This week is no exception.

See also:
The Top 10 of the Top 10 Lists That Declared Minnesota Fabulous This Year

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Podcast: Winners, Awkward Moments, and Losers from the 2015 Oscars

Categories: Film and TV

Screengrab from coverage
There was an awkward moment between Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson and her mom, Melanie Griffith, on the red carpet before the Oscars on Sunday. But the world got to see Johnson's impressive talent for pretending uncomfortable situations don't seem to bother her (see also: Fifty Shades of Grey). It was an eventful Oscars, and that was only the start. Your Voice Film Club hosts Amy Nicholson, Alan Scherstuhl, and Stephanie Zacharek break down the 2015 Oscars winners and losers, while Amy and Stephanie unveil their all-time favorite Oscar dresses. Plus, Amy tells us about how Channing Tatum is going to blow our minds in the new Coen Brothers movie, Hail, Caesar! As always, send mail to and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub.

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Constellations Come Alive at Minneapolis Lantern Fest [Video]

Categories: Art

Meet the Artists of the Minneapolis Lantern Fest from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Who says summer is the only time you can celebrate under the stars? The first-ever Minneapolis Lantern Fest took place over the weekend on a brrr-worthy February night, just a few days after the Lunar New Year.

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Stars of David Largely Entertains with Songs of the American Jewish Experience

Categories: Theater

Photo by Sarah Whiting
Bryan Porter, Daisy Macklin Skarning, Laura B. Adams, and David Carey
Stars of David has a simple concept. It's a celebration of American Jewishness, presented through the recollections of entertainment, social, and political figures. These come out either as straightforward monologues or in songs.

The songs are the boon and the bane of the revue, now running at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. Some provide compelling music and narratives, while others pass in one ear and out the other.

See also
Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Celebrates 20 Years

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Rocky LaPorte on Last Comic Standing

Categories: Comedy
Image courtesy the standup
Rocky LaPorte is finally getting the recognition he deserves. After being held up and shot while working as a delivery man, LaPorte decided that standup might be a safer and less dangerous career. That was back in the 1980s. He's since become a headlining comic and occasional actor.

Yet, until being selected to compete in last year's Last Comic Standing, national recognition eluded him.  

"I just finished doing the Last Comic Standing Tour," he says from his home in Chicago. "We did two and a half months, and wrapped it up right before the holidays. That was crazy, man. It took up most of my last year. Everybody was great, and I got a lot of new fans out of it."

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The Shining to Become an Opera

Categories: Announcements
Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance
Violent deaths. Evil ghosts. Men in rabbit masks. Madness. These are all things that one could expect to see at the opera, right?

This weekend, the Minnesota Opera announced its 2015-16 season. One of the more interesting offerings is the world premiere of The Shining, an operatic treatment of Stephen King's horrifying tale of the Overlook Hotel.

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