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Oct 13th

PLOTTING: CEO Asa "Ace" Rice on New Brand and Gallery

PLOTTING: CEO Asa Ask this question – who owns the culture that a person represents?

When one puts on a new pair of shoes, buys music, or grabs a quick bite to eat, how much of that purchase actually benefits people that look like the consumer? These are questions that were presented to CEO and creative brand director Asa "Ace" Rice as he began building his new space PLOT with several business partners in South Minneapolis. PLOT exists both as a gallery and a lifestyle brand. In a recent interview with Aesthetically Speaking, I spoke with Rice about his endeavors and the future of Minnesota's arts and culture scene.

Live on the Drive! features Toki Wright

Live on the Drive! features Toki WrightThe annual Northside summer concert series, Live on the Drive, continues its eighth year with the rhythm and sounds of homegrown artist Toki Wright.

America The Black Point of View

America The Black Point of ViewAmerica
The Black Point of View
by Tony Rose
Amber Books
Paperback, $21.95
572 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-937269-50-0

Steeles get Ordway education award

Steeles get Ordway education awardEducation Award – The Steeles

The Steeles won the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Education Award in this year's 23rd Annual Sally Ordway Irvine Awards.

Ordway-produced 'Damn Yankees' a home run

Ordway-produced 'Damn Yankees' a home runFrom the moment audience members walked into the Ordway production of "Damn Yankees" it was a game winning hit.

The Ordway transforms its luxurious main lobby hall to reflect the essence of the production. Baseball uniform clad doormen and greeters welcomed the eclectic audience. Ushers escorted ticket holders into the stage hall, which was transformed into the 1950s world of baseball – stadium and all.

DIY: Blueprint's tour stops in Minneapolis Thursday at Icehouse

DIY: Blueprint's tour stops in Minneapolis Thursday at IcehouseD.I.Y., the idea that you can "do it yourself," has been at the core of MC, producer, instrumentalist and author Blueprint's work model. The Columbus, Ohio native has released 19 projects, some independently on his Weightless Records label, as well as collaborative efforts with Minneapolis-based Rhymesayers Entertainment. Recently returning from Alaska, I spoke to Blueprint about the importance of intellectual hip-hop and being a boss rather than an employee.

Tongue-in-Cheek Dramedy Tailor-Made for SNL Alum Kristen Wiig

Tongue-in-Cheek Dramedy Tailor-Made for SNL Alum Kristen WiigLet's say you're a die-hard Oprah fan who has always wanted nothing more than to have your own television series just like your idol's. What would you do if you hit it big in the lottery and suddenly had the money to turn that dream into a reality?
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