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Clinton Toughill has been interested in movies and their creation for the majority of his life. After buying a camera, gaining editing skills, taking a few business classes and launching Practical Matter Films, he said he felt ready to jump into the world of movies with his first documentary: "Different Roads to Heaven." The majority of this film focuses on interviews with religious leaders in four different Christian denominations: two Roman Catholic priests and pastors at Lutheran, Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches.
Eight dance companies shared the stage during the opening night of 31st annual Minnesota Dance Festival. Though planned and hosted by Ballet Minnesota, the majority of the acts were contemporary — tutus and leotards replaced with athletic shorts and T-shirts. Taylor Huber, executive director of Ballet Minnesota and the festival, explained that this was the first time the show was held in Woodbury but Ballet Minnesota is no stranger to the city.
Seniors in high school to senior citizens elbowed their way into Angry Inch Brewing to ensure that they could see presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke when he entered the building for a meet-and-greet Wednesday, May 8. Those who arrived after the building was at capacity stood in the doorway and in a line outside, huddled under umbrellas and an awning to avoid the continuous rain.
Most schools say that they want their students to fly high and soar, though the majority do not take those phrases as literally as East Ridge High School. For the first time, East Ridge students will be flying in a school play. "Wendy and Peter Pan" is the Royal Shakespeare Company's modern retelling of the classic Peter Pan. Wendy is put at the center of the play that focuses on some of the darker themes that dwell just below the surface of the classic tale.
Red Wing Ignite's successes have landed the incubator a spot in the Rural Innovation Initiative. The Center for Rural Innovation and the Rural Innovation Strategies launched the new program with the intent of supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy. Red Wing learned Thursday it is one of only nine communities selected. More than 130 communities applied.
The countdown to the Big Turn Music Fest is in the single digits, the venues have been announced, the lineup released and "BTMF Logbooks" can be found around town so residents can plan their route through the event to catch all of their favorite acts.
Joren Skov, a member of Black Dirt Improv, said improv is "like writing. The idea is you can write something 20 times and just be like, 'this is bad.' And until you've been writing frequently and you have that practice of it, you're creativity won't come out. You might have a brilliant idea but being able to communicate it well will be impossible until you've flexed that muscle long enough." Improv takes practice. That is the main takeaway from talking with four of the nine members of the Black Dirt Improv troupe based in Hastings.
Molly Sutton Kiefer sat in Caribou, sipping a chai latte and embroidering. As she untangled knots in her light blue thread, she explained why she named her publishing company Tinderbox Editions: "I love the idea that a book of poems or a book of literary prose can ignite something inside of you." Tinderbox was launched in 2015 to publish the work of poets and prose writers. Within months of raising money to publish two books, Tinderbox became a nonprofit and was on its way to being recognized as an important part of Minnesota's literary community.
It's a yearly question: "Have you made a New Year's resolution?" According to a Pew Research study, 44 percent of Americans made a resolution in 2014. The most common resolutions were to: • I will spend less money/save more money, • I will be a better person • I will exercise more • I eat better • I will stop smoking
The internet is filled with urban legends, myths and horror stories that may be, but probably are not, real. One popular horror story is called the "Russian Sleep Experiment." The myth is about a 1940 Soviet Union study to see what would happen if people stayed awake for 30 days (it does not go well). Now, Minnesota-based director Barry Andersson has taken this story, built a set in Lakeville, and is turning it into a full-length film.