Dreamsong Gallery’s Rebecca Heidenberg and Greg Smith on the Twin Cities Art Scene

From residencies to non-profit institutions and the first-ever Twin Cities Art Week, creative culture in Minneapolis and St Paul is booming

Five years ago, Rebecca Heidenberg and Greg Smith moved from NYC to Minneapolis, “essentially sight unseen.” The couple was seeking change, but it was Smith’s acceptance to the University of Minnesota’s three-year MFA program that inspired them to head to the Midwest. While Smith earned a degree in fiction writing, Heidenberg—who had worked as an art advisor in galleries dealing in modern and contemporary art—completed …

Ghostly International’s Sam Valenti on His Herb Sundays Project

The record label founder invites fellow music nerds to reveal their vulnerable side

It’s not altogether surprising that Sam Valenti IV—founder of the independent record label, Ghostly International—spent the pandemic lockdown listening to a lot of music. However, his housebound hobby went beyond professional research or entertainment value. To help ease anxiety at the NYC home he shares with his wife, a doctor, Valenti began “connecting and reconnecting with a lot of music, both current and past, and …

Desmond and the Tutus: Hard Work

Shot impromptu on guitarist Doug Bower’s phone, Desmond and the Tutus’ video for “Hard Work” flexes on how much fun this band has even when Covid-related budget cuts force them to shoot in a parking garage. Ironically, their low-maintenance, no-filter approach captures the sentiment of the song perfectly. The freshly dropped track is the first release from the South African band’s forthcoming 10-song album, DESMOND, …