Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Chef Roy Choi


Erica Rivera interviewed acclaimed chef Roy Choi about his latest culinary collaboration. Find out how he created Cheetos-themed The Flamin' Hot Spot pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles on Mandatory here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Ellie Krug


Erica Rivera interviewed attorney, author, and public speaker Ellie Krug about transitioning in middle age and the challenges she's faced since then. Read the piece in the September 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Eliza Blue


Erica Rivera spoke with singer-songwriter Eliza Blue about how she relocated to rural South Dakota to escape her anxiety-ridden musician's life only to end up meeting, and making an album with, Crazy Horse's Billy Talbot. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Mara Altman


Erica Rivera spoke to Mara Altman, author of Gross Anatomy, about her feminist approach to the female body's unsightly aspects. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Film Director Desiree Akhavan


Erica Rivera spoke to Desiree Akhavan, director and co-screenwriter of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a teen's coming-of-age in a gay conversion therapy center. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Chris Thile of Punch Brothers and "Live From Here"


Erica Rivera spoke to Grammy winner Chris Thile, the singer and mandolinist for bluegrass band Punch Brothers as well as host of "Live From Here" (formerly "A Prairie Home Companion"). Read the delightful yet deep Q&A about tiki bars, dark angels, and tackle boxes on City Pages here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Bad Bad Hats


Erica Rivera met up with Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats to chat about overcoming the sophomore slump with the band's new album Lightning Round and how her songwriting evolved from breakup to long-term relationship tunes. Read the piece in the August 1, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Helen Hoang


Erica Rivera spoke to author Helen Hoang about how she incorporated her own experiences with Asperger's Syndrome into the romance novel The Kiss Quotient. Read the interview on City Pages here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Lizz Winstead


Erica Rivera spoke to comedian and activist Lizz Winstead about her show "The Vagical Mystery Tour" and how her reproductive rights non-profit Lady Parts Justice is making a difference for health care providers across the country. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Love Sequence


Erica Rivera had a frank conversation with Bobby Rethwish of Love Sequence about sexuality and its influence on that band's music. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Courtney Barnett


Erica Rivera asked singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett about silencing herself, misogyny, and her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Mary Bue (Again!)


Erica Rivera spoke to Imbue Yoga studio owner Mary Bue about her new venture, Imbue Your Life TV. Read the piece in the July 2018 issue of Women's Press or online here.

Rivera previously interviewed Bue about her musical career for City Pages; you can read that Q&A here.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Laurie Kilmartin


Erica Rivera spoke to comedian Laurie Kilmartin about her father's death and how she turned her grief into the hilarious how-to book Dead People Suck. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Longshot


Erica Rivera interviewed rapper Longshot (a.k.a. Chad Heslup) about how he channeled his troubled upbringing into inspirational hip-hop. Read the piece in the July 4, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Tommy Orange


Erica Rivera spoke to Native author Tommy Orange about his debut novel There There, the absence of urban Indian stories in literature, and his youth in Oakland, California. Read the piece on City Pages here.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Erica Rivera Profiles Home of Johnna and Max Holmgren


Erica Rivera visited Fox Meets Bear blogger Johnna Holmgren and her artist husband Max at their A-frame home in the woods. Read about their holistic approach to home decor and Johnna's cookbook Tales From a Forager's Kitchen in the June 17, 2018 issue of the Star Tribune or online here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Erica Rivera Receives MN Society of Professional Journalists Recognition


Erica Rivera's City Pages cover story Man of Constant Sorrow: Charlie Parr's quiet battle with depression won second place in the Arts & Entertainment Story category at the MN Society of Professional Journalists' 2018 Page One awards. Read the Charlie Parr cover story on City Pages here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Veteran Chef Tyler Johnson


Erica Rivera interviewed Chef Tyler Johnson about his former career as an Army specialist, deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and his professional pivot to cooking. Read the piece in the June 13, 2018 issue of City Pages or online here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Erica Rivera Interviews Pandit Birju Maharaj


Erica Rivera spoke to Indian dance guru Pandit Birju Maharaj about the cultural history of kathak dance and a rare upcoming performance with Katha Dance Theatre. Read the piece in the June 7, 2018 issue of the Star Tribune or online here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Erica Rivera Picks Pride Month Movies


Erica Rivera selected the best LGBTQ+ movies to binge-watch for Pride month. Find the complete watchlist on Mandatory here.