For the past nine years in Winona, the end of January has been equated with the Frozen River Film Festival. Locals would have to try pretty hard to not take part in at least some of this festival’s extensive programming, which expands from Winona State’s campus to downtown businesses to as far as Lanesboro for […]
Get out your sunglasses ‘cuz something brighter than the sun is here! The cold is not over, but Ally Sulpy is heating things up this Friday at the Winona Arts Center with her show “Store Facades.” What is she hiding behind all those facades, you ask? Nothing. In her brilliant, bright, bear-it-all style, Ally is […]
Prepare to be tantalized! Speakeasy Mississippi Burlesque will highlight Minnesota’s top burlesque artists.
Speakeasy Mississippi Burlesque is a production by Annika Gunderson, premiering in Winona on Saturday, October 26, 9 pm to midnight, at Dibs Café. The show will feature five prominent Minneapolis burlesque artists: Queenie Von Curves, Musette the Mistress Of Mischief, Sheila Rouse, Sweetpea, and Paulie Graff. Attendees will also find local artists featured: live music […]
In his studio, a rented, ancient basement as grungy as his beard, I easily noticed a bird guide book poking out of his backpack. All around me were paintings resting against the walls, and doors waiting to be endowed with an image. Cans of house paint were piled on the table, and a pencil, buried […]
There are Winonan streets that could be right out of parts of New York. The level of cultural activity and community activism, indie music and arts appreciation remind me of time spent in Williamsburg or Bushwick. It reminds me that New York doesn’t hold a monopoly on culture, that great things happening everywhere you go and in the case of Winona, home can be whatever you make it.
Just over four years ago I stepped foot in Winona, Minnesota for the first time. I couldn’t have known it at the time, but it was the beginning of something so much bigger than where I would spend that summer or do a little Spear(e)shaking. Looking back on it now I can say, without hyperbole, […]