#PintofMusic // Minnesota Music Photography

I was recently invited by the Minnesota Orchestra - via Minnstameets - to attend a small, private mini concert inside of the Surly Brewery. It was like nothing I've ever experienced before, both musically and photographically. The musicians sounded amazing, even with the ambient noise of the active brewery. Visually, the brewery provided a very cool backdrop for the performance. Here are a few of my favorite images from the evening:

Festival de la Monarca // Minneapolis Event Photography

Every year, my family and I go to the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, a wonderful celebration of the connection between Minnesota and Mexico - the starting and ending points of the monarchs' yearly journey. And, yes, the butterflies are beautiful and the food tasty and the environmental conservation efforts valiant, but the real draw for me is always the Aztec dancers. This year, a new troupe had their festival debut and the result was no different than in past years: I was moved to tears. I'm not saying I got a little misty; I had to straight up stifle sobs. I have no idea why, year after year, I have such a powerful visceral reaction to this particular indigenous dance, but I do. And it's rather intoxicating.

This year, for the first time, I documented the performance. Here are a few of my favorite images:


As a Nordeaster, I absolutely love Art-A-Whirl weekend in my neighborhood. But the festivities have evolved over time and not everyone here loves it as much as I do. On Citinerary this week, I take a look at how it's changed:

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the weekend-long, open-studio art crawl in Minneapolis has become as much about live music and good beer as it is about art. In 600 words or fewer, I explore whether that’s actually a bad thing…