Arts & Culture

Cartoonist, illustrator and Minneapolis resident Alana Hawley started pysanky (egg decorating) when she was in high school. What began as an Easter tradition in her family quickly became a hobby for Hawley.

Dylan Kinneavey
Southwest High School

What do you like best about your school?

Mirah Ammal, artistic director and founder of Al-Bahira Dance Theater and the Aalim School of Dance, takes a fresh approach to teaching dance. “My degrees are history and journalism—so of course, I’m a dancer.

High school is often seen as a time to explore new things, a place where young adults can learn about who they are. Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School senior Amelia Backes has done that and more, from swimming to RoboCup to jazz band.

By Pam McCarthy-Kern, Co-owner of Because Collective, a Minneapolis-based marketing, communications and design services company, and City South Magazine editorial advisory board member.

While there’s no “Best of” voting category for live theater, we at City South dedicate our Noteworthy section to a few of the many fine venues and acting companies readers can find in nearly every corner of our distribution area.

Sit back, read, order some tickets and go!

After 11 years in the residential design and building industry, award-winning Allison Landers discovered a void: Consumers needed an industry insider to advocate on their behalf in the unfamiliar territory of contracts and project terminology.

“You’ve always got your girls and a bottle of wine,” owner of Wine Winks Heather Thomas says. She created the business in 2015 after years spent searching for the perfect hostess gift.

Some people might assume if an author started writing at 70, she would regret having not started sooner. That isn’t the case for Judy McConnell, now 84. McConnell acknowledges what she is writing about just wouldn’t be the same if she had started earlier.

Among the many treasures of Minneapolis’ Lake Street is a white building adorned with the letters HP. No, it’s not Harry Potter’s residence, but beyond its doors the Minneapolis community will still find work of a wizardly sort.

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