Saturday, June 24, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews The Kaplan Twins

Erica Rivera interviewed controversial Los Angeles painters Allie and Lexi Kaplan. The identical twin sisters focus on nudity, narcissism, and celebrities in their NSFW paintings. Read more on Crave Online here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Sammi Jones

Erica Rivera spoke to Derby Girl author Sammi Jones about coming out, alcoholism, and skating for the Fargo-Moorhead Derby Girls team. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Ariel Levy

Erica Rivera spoke to Ariel Levy about adultery, miscarriage, and her New York Times bestselling memoir The Rules Do Not Apply. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Erica Rivera on Must-Read Books for Summer

Erica Rivera selected seven books (with a male bent) worth reading this summer. Find your next page-turner on Crave Online here.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Erica Rivera Profiles Kristin Simmons

Erica Rivera spoke to New York artist Kristin Simmons about capitalism, gun control, and how she uses board games to explore gendered life paths. Read the piece on Crave Online here.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Cloud Cult

Erica Rivera spoke to Cloud Cult frontman Craig Minowa about life after death and translating grief onto the big screen for the band's film The Seeker. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Erica Rivera Previews Starry Kitchen Cookbook

Erica Rivera got a sneak peek at Adventures in Starry Kitchen, a cookbook featuring 88 Asian fusion recipes and shocking stories from the most notorious underground restaurant in Los Angeles. Read about how husband-wife team Nguyen and Thi Tran found success and try one of their signature recipes on Crave Online here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Erica Rivera on National Doughnut Day

In honor of National Doughnut Day, Erica Rivera found a doughnut shop destination in every state in the United States. Pick a place to celebrate on Crave Online here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Erica Rivera Profiles Travel Photographer Gary Arndt

Erica Rivera spoke to Everything Everywhere travel blogger and photographer Gary Arndt about his favorite destinations, shooting etiquette, and his upcoming photography exhibition. Read the piece on City Pages here.

(Photo by Gary Arndt.)

Erica Rivera on Controversial "Scaffold" Sculpture

Erica Rivera reported on the controversial sculpture Scaffold created by Los Angeles artist Sam Durant and inspired in part by the largest mass execution in American history. Read about the community backlash over its placement in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on Crave Online here.

(Photo: @mordecaispecktor on Instagram.)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Chastity Brown (Again!)

Erica Rivera spoke with musician Chastity Brown about her father's death, her history of heartbreak, and her loss of faith for City Pages. Read the piece in the May 31, 2017 print issue or online here.

Rivera first interviewed Chastity Brown in 2011. You can read that Q&A here.

(Photo credit: Nate Ryan.)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Erica Rivera On Block Parties

Erica Rivera asked block party organizers around the Twin Cities about the history of their events, highlights from parties past, and why these events are an important part of the community. Read the piece on the Star Tribune's website here.

(Photo: Basilica Block Party on Instagram.)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Foxy Tann

Erica Rivera asked Foxy Tann about her legacy as a Twin Cities block party emcee. Read the Q&A on the Star Tribune's website here.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Erica Rivera On Beer and Bands At Art-A-Whirl

Erica Rivera asked three local insiders whether beer and bands have eclipsed the art at Art-A-Whirl, the annual open studios tour in Northeast Minneapolis. Read their thoughts in the Variety cover story of the May 19, 2017 issue of the Star Tribune or online here.

(Photos, from top left: NEMAA, Indeed Brewing, the California Building, and Sarah Thornton.)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Mike Michel

Erica Rivera spoke to Mike Michel, a musician suffering from tinnitus. Find out how he's raising awareness about the condition through music in a new Q&A on City Pages here.

Erica Rivera Interviews Gabe Noah

Erica Rivera spoke to comedian Gabe Noah about his new podcast Profession Confession. Ever wondered what's it like to be a bank robber? A pimp? A crime scene cleaner-upper? Find out on City Pages here.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Louis Carreon

Erica Rivera spoke to Los Angeles painter Louis Carreon about doing prison time, kicking alcohol and drug addictions, and creating a lucrative career in art. Read the Q&A on Crave Online here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Erica Rivera Interviews Mary Bue

Erica Rivera spoke to musician Mary Bue about surviving sexual assault, an artist residency in Taos, and her side-gig as a yoga studio owner. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Erica Rivera On Oreo's Flavor Contest

Erica Rivera reported on Oreo's new cookie flavor, Firework, and the company's contest calling for flavor suggestions from fans. Has the cookie maker gone too far? Decide for yourself on Crave Online here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Erica Rivera Previews Mason Jennings and Benson Ramsey Art Exhibition

Erica Rivera asked musicians Mason Jennings and Benson Ramsey (of the Pines) about their debut art exhibition Bears and Stuff. Read how these close friends and fellow creatives discovered their painting and photography talents on City Pages here.