Rocked and rolled: Intensity, identity keep Minnesota RollerGirls going strong

In the world of roller derby, whether you’re a Garda Belt, Dagger Doll or Rockit, you’ve got instant celeb status in Minnesota. However, it takes more than a rough-and-tough personality to become a member of the alter ego elite.

Flying solo: Laura Sobiech reflects on her new memoir, life without son Zach

Laura Sobiech’s book isn’t just a story about her son’s battle with terminal cancer. It’s about the value of life, and living each day like it’s the last.

Mu Performing Arts gives local Asian American actors a voice

When an opportunity didn’t exist for Asian Americans to invest in local theater, Mu Performing Arts created a community to be proud of.

Don't stop ... Beliebing? Saying goodbye to a childhood inspiration

Growing up sometimes means shedding childhood friends, or in this case, saying goodbye to celebrity inspiration-turned-paparazzi punchline Justin Bieber.

Quick Q&A … with Siddeeqah Shabazz of Pillsbury House Theatre

What’s it like being an actor of color? Siddeeqah Shabazz, an actor and teen programs specialist at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, talks about casting issues related to ethnicity.

Coloring outside the script lines: Are audiences able to look beyond race for acting roles?

Can Santa Claus be black? Does Cinderella have to be blonde? Amira Warren-Yearby explores how race plays a role in how you view certain book, TV or movie characters.

Cedar Cultural Center celebrates 25 years as a Minneapolis gem

As the Cedar Cultural Center celebrates its silver anniversary, the Minneapolis venue’s brain trust reflects on the power of live music and global awareness to build community.

Style in the bargain aisle: Thrift shopping gives teens options

Big brands still hold sway among mall dwellers, but with an increasing eye on variety and affordability, thrift shopping is making a fashionable dent.

Think before you ink: Tattoos might be everywhere—but Minnesota requires teens to wait

From Justin Bieber to LeBron James, tattoos seem to be everywhere in popular culture. But Minnesota law requires teens to wait. So, what’s the right age to get one?

Sweet science: Meet the man behind Patisserie 46’s chocolate-inspired masterpieces

Meet chocolatier Joshua Werner in our second installment of “The Way I Work,” a regular ThreeSixty feature aimed at providing insight into unique and interesting career fields.

@16: Brother Ali talks rap roots and racial judgments

The prolific Minneapolis-based rapper is never at a loss for words. Whether converting to Islam or discovering hip-hop, life as a teenager shaped everything Ali stands for today.

In a galaxy (not so) far away, females face an unfair nerd backlash

Isn’t it a wonder, (nerd) women? Nerd culture shouldn’t be defined by gender boundaries, but it’s becoming more and more evident that females aren’t allowed to pursue their quirky passions like men.

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@16: On the cusp of stardom, local favorite Jeremy Messersmith keeps it minimal

Whether he’s playing the main stage at First Avenue or signing a deal with Glassnote Records, Jeremy Messersmith has made his mark in the Twin Cities. But he hasn’t let success go to his head.

Digital dilemma: Weighing the artistic and commercial ramifications of music piracy

Music pirates don’t always consider the consequences of illegal music downloads. That moral quandary, coupled with business considerations, can create quite a bit of controversy.

Artistic empowerment finds a voice on Kickstarter, YouTube

For some, the beauty of technology is that you never have to leave your bedroom. As Ka Lia Yang demonstrates, music can have a wide-reaching impact, all thanks to YouTube.

United in their goal: Soccer gets a new identity in the Twin Cities

With a new name, logo and owner, the Minnesota United soccer team is ready to kick up the local sports scene a notch.

The accolades are just beginning for Lydia Hoglund

On more than one occasion, Lydia Hoglund exclaims, “Things are so crazy right now!” That’s a good thing for the in-demand lead singer of Bomba De Luz.

The A-ha! artist: It’s been quite an inspirational journey for Ta-Coumba Aiken

Anyone familiar with the Twin Cities art scene has likely come across the name Ta-Coumba Aiken.

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Virtual violence can have real world consequences, but it’s still just a game

A rabid gamer contemplates the effects of virtual violence after the Newtown school massacre.

Whole lotta 'Love': Cloud Cult returns with new album, same creative ambitions

Cloud Cult’s mission has long transcended musicology. With a new album, “Love,” on the way, the Minneapolis band continues to push creative limits.

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