Thursday, December 29, 2016

Erica Rivera Contributes to Twin Cities Critics Tally


Erica Rivera was honored to be asked once again to contribute to the Star Tribune's Twin Cities Critics Tally, an end-of-year review of the Minnesota music scene. Find out what she named as the best local albums, songs, and live performers of 2016 online here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Aza Abe (née Erdrich)


Erica Rivera interviewed Ojibwe artist Aza Abe (née Erdrich) about her many artistic mediums, her first solo exhibition, and how her mother (Louise Erdrich) showed her to balance a creative life with motherhood. See her work on the cover the Dec. 28 issue of City Pages and read the Artist of the Year feature online here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Erica Rivera Ranks Favorite Albums of 2016


Erica Rivera ranked her favorite albums (local and otherwise) of 2016 along with fellow City Pages contributors. Read her lists and commentary about what made this year's music selection memorable here.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Alan Sparhawk of Low


Erica Rivera asked Alan Sparhawk, frontman for Duluth-based band Low, about his Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs. Read--and listen--to the list on City Pages here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Tig Notaro


Erica Rivera spoke with comedian, actress, and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro about her Amazon series One Mississippi, her marriage to Stephanie Allynne, and the two new men in her life. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Erica Rivera on Controversial Art at the MN State Capitol


Erica Rivera reported on the decisions handed down by the Minnesota Historical Society's executive committee regarding controversial and culturally insensitive art on display in the State Capitol. Read about the years-long debate, with comments from Ojibwe professor and author Anton Treuer, on City Pages here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Mason Jennings


Minnesota musician Mason Jennings quietly released his 13th album, Wild Dark Metal, earlier this year, then disappeared from the public eye. He finally came out of hiding to talk with Erica Rivera about what's kept him away from the stage...and it's not what you'd expect. Read the deeply personal cover story in the Dec. 2 issue of the Star Tribune or online here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews David Szalay


Erica Rivera asked author David Szalay about his dismal depiction of men and his misogynistic characterization of women in his new novel All That Man Is. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Charles Philippe Jean Pierre


Erica Rivera interviewed Haitian-American painter Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre about "The Feminist", his new exhibition at Public Functionary. Read what he had to say about masculinity, feminist texts, and how the Black Lives Matter movement inspired his new work on City Pages here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Fraea for City Pages' Picked to Click



Erica Rivera profiled "shadow pop" outfit Fraea for the Picked to Click 2016 contest. The duo scored third place in the annual reader-selected awards for the best new local bands. Read the piece in this week's print issue of City Pages or online here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Erica Rivera on Anthony Bourdain's "Appetites"


Erica Rivera devoured Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook Appetites and compiled the 50 tastiest tidbits of culinary wisdom from its pages. Read them on Mandatory here.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Jason Diamond About John Hughes Memoir


Erica Rivera interviewed author Jason Diamond about his new memoir Searching for John Hughes. Read what he had to say about the culture of the Chicago suburbs, the Cubs, and how Hughes' films shaped his life on Mandatory here.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Emily Witt About "Future Sex"


Erica Rivera interviewed author Emily Witt about her experiments with porn, polyamory, and psychedelic drugs for her new book Future Sex. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Zeke Caligiuri


Erica Rivera spoke to Zeke Caligiuri, an inmate at Faribault Correctional Facility, about life in prison and his memoir This Is Where I Am. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes


Erica Rivera spoke to Kevin Barnes, frontman for Georgia-based band Of Montreal, about divorce, gender identity, and dressing up. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Isaac Fitzgerald


Erica Rivera interviewed Isaac Fitzgerald, the editor of BuzzFeed Books, about Knives & Ink, an artsy coffee table tome about the stories behind chefs' tattoos and culinary careers. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Mark Manson


Erica Rivera spoke to Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, about how to apply his counter-intuitive approach to everything from sex to politics. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Ophelia Flame


Erica Rivera asked award-winning burlesque dancer Ophelia Flame about what differentiates burlesque from stripping, her tricks for applying pasties, and how she gets her students to come out of their shells. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Teddy Wayne


Erica Rivera interviewed author Teddy Wayne about literary creepers, sexual assault, and his new stalker novel Loner. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Kate Renee


Erica Rivera interviewed Kate Renee about her upcoming "7 Sins" exhibition in which the painter combines pop culture references with storybook characters. Read more on City Pages here.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Author Of "The Tao Of Bill Murray"


Erica Rivera interviewed author Gavin Edwards about his new book The Tao of Bill Murray and the beloved actor's eccentric existence. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Jeffrey Toobin


Erica Rivera spoke to American Heiress author Jeffrey Toobin about the abduction of Patty Hearst, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the group's multiple connections to Minnesota. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Dan Slater


Erica Rivera spoke to Wolf Boys author Dan Slater about his dark investigation into the lives of two teens recruited by a Mexican drug cartel. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Christopher Sorenson


Erica Rivera interviewed Minnesotan painter Christopher Sorenson about listening to pain, speaking his truth, and healing through homeopathy and art. Read the feature in this week's Fall Arts issue of City Pages or online here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Elizabeth Alexander


Erica Rivera asked poet and professor Elizabeth Alexander about becoming a widow at age 49, an experience Alexander detailed in the acclaimed memoir The Light of the World. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Tegan and Sara


Erica Rivera interviewed Sara Quin of Canadian twin sister band Tegan and Sara. Read about the band's stance on love-centric lyrics, being friends with exes, and rejecting marriage on City Pages here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Whitney


Erica Rivera spoke to Whitney, a Chicago-based indie band with a chill vintage sound. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Joe McGinniss Jr.


Erica Rivera interviewed Joe McGinniss Jr. about his new novel Carousel Court, a dark journey down foreclosure alley in Los Angeles. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Erica Rivera Interviews Corinne Bailey Rae


Erica Rivera spoke to Grammy-winning singer Corinne Bailey Rae about finding love after losing her first husband, the motivational aspects of music, and her relationship to Prince. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Peter Geye


Erica Rivera spoke to Minneapolis author Peter Geye about Wintering, the Boundary Waters, and why every story is a love story. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Leslie Barlow


Erica Rivera interviewed painter Leslie Barlow about her portraits that focus on the many layers that make up identity. Read more on City Pages here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews The Lioness


Erica Rivera spoke to North Minneapolis rapper The Lioness about her unflinching and empowering music. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Erica Rivera Previews "Delightful 10"


Erica Rivera spoke to artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis about their new exhibition, Delightful 10, that celebrates ten years of friendship and painting. Read more on City Pages here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Kathy Griffin


Erica Rivera spoke to comedian Kathy Griffin about sexism, her younger man, and her favorite Twin Cities pizza place. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Max Porter


Erica Rivera spoke with Granta Books editor Max Porter about Grief Is The Thing With Feathers, his debut novel from Graywolf Press. Porter's story is based on his own experience of losing his father in his childhood. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Natalie Goldberg


Erica Rivera spoke with renowned writing teacher and author Natalie Goldberg about Zen meditation, idol worship, and "Minnesota nice" culture. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Adam Carolla (Again!)


Erica Rivera interviewed podcast personality and bestselling author Adam Carolla about competitive parenting, the ideal Father's Day, and his latest book "Daddy, Stop Talking!" Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Rivera also interviewed Adam Carolla in 2013 for Vita.mn. Read that interview here.

Erica Rivera Interviews Chuck Klosterman


Erica Rivera spoke to pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman about his provocative new book But What If We're Wrong? Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Sarah Silverman


Erica Rivera spoke to comedian and actress Sarah Silverman about the drawbacks of celebrity, sex in her 40s, and the wonders of therapy. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Erica Rivera Previews Artcrank

"Meet the Bunyans" by Drew Preiner

Erica Rivera spoke to Drew Preiner and Anne Ulku, two of the artists returning for this year's ARTCRANK, a poster party for bike people now in its 10th year. Read more on City Pages here.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Erica Rivera Profiles Bachelor Pad Renovation


Erica Rivera interviewed Tim Jarvis, a single Minnesotan who transformed his St. Louis Park home into the ultimate bachelor pad. See the photos and read the story of the modern, luxurious renovation in the May 29th print edition of the Star Tribune or online here.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Linda LeGarde Grover


Erica Rivera interviewed author Linda LeGarde Grover about her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass, federal Indian policies, and historical trauma. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Dylan Hicks


Erica Rivera spoke to musician-cum-author Dylan Hicks about his new novel Amateurs. Read the Q&A on Mandatory here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Louise Erdrich


Erica Rivera interviewed Louise Erdrich about her new book LaRose, tragedy, revenge, and what her addictions are. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Erica Rivera On Scott Seekins Art Controversy


Erica Rivera reported on the controversy surrounding The New Eden exhibition by Scott Seekins, in which he appropriates Native American imagery and ledger art. Read more on City Pages here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Gretchen Marquette


Erica Rivera spoke to Gretchen Marquette about May Day, her new book of poetry released by Graywolf Press. Read the Q&A about heartbreak, baby lust, and grief on City Pages here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Jen Kirkman


Erica Rivera interviewed comedian and New York Times bestselling author Jen Kirkman about sexism on Twitter, dating before smart phones existed, and why Hillary Clinton is her presidential candidate of choice. Read more on City Pages here.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews R.T. Rybak (Again!)


Erica Rivera interviewed former mayor of Minneapolis R.T. Rybak about his new political autobiography Pothole Confidential. Read his thoughts about House of Cards, running for office again, and why funerals were such a big part of his three-term tenure on City Pages here.

Rivera also interviewed Rybak in 2013 for his "Unaugural" celebration. Read that interview here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Erica Rivera Contributes to "Best Of" Cover Story


Erica Rivera was honored to interview six of the recipients of MN Meetings + Events magazine's Best of 2015 awards for a cover story. Read about the outstanding planning professionals in the Spring 2016 issue or online here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Erica Rivera Interviews Ani DiFranco

Photo by Charles Waldorf

Erica Rivera spoke to feminist icon and singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco about her Vote Dammit! tour, being criticized for writing love songs, and why she moved to New Orleans. Read the Q&A on City Pages here.