April 19, 2013
In his show, the Witness proved why he is a prime example of underground hip-hop.
October 3, 2012
A small paper bird dangles from the ceiling inside the tour bus.
Love letters from passionate fans adorn the narrow walls nearby. A collection of chapter books fills the single cupboard hanging near the entrance.
Vocalist and trumpeter Sarah Anderson fishtail-braids her hair in the small medicine cabinet mirror tucked behind the bus’ accordion bathroom door. She repositions the pins tucked inside her hair, her eyes smiling.
May 16, 2012
The culture wars are back. Truthfully, they never really went away but as Tea Party Republicans swept into state and federal legislatures in 2010 the presumption by the mainstream press had been that they would ignore cultural issues like abortion or civil rights and focus on the economy.
May 3, 2012
The city of Winona, Minn. has undergone many changes since it was settled by in 1851. In 1853, the town was laid out into plots of land, with growth expanding the size of the town rapidly over the years. In 1857, Winona was officially incorporated as a city.
May 1, 2012
“We should’ve brought gloves,” said Lisa Mullen to her niece Larissa Olson as they poked their fingers through thorny bushes near a house on Gilmore Avenue in Winona, Minn. The two aren’t spending the day gardening; they are searching for hidden treasures.
May 1, 2012
A small, clay angel dangles from a branch at Lake Winona.
April 19, 2012
I have published an essay about the documentary PoliWood on the Sounds of Cinema blog. Here is an excerpt:
April 17, 2012
Give Violette Rose a good beat and her moves will inspire even those with two left feet.
April 1, 2012
Sounds of Cinema has joined with the Winona State University English, Mass Communication, and Political Science Departments to present the documentary PoliWood on Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm in the Science Lab Auditorium on the Winona State campus. A panel discussion featuring Winona State faculty will follow.
March 9, 2012
Names are important. They recognize an individual, make a person tangible, and give them worth. In the beginning of the first Harry Potter book, the villain is so awful that for a spell, they only refer to him as He Who Must Not Be Named. This is how I have come to think of the man who directed vile, lewd, and blatantly inhuman comments towards Sandra Fluke after her congressional testimony on the importance of women's reproductive rights.