Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

There's no shortage of coffee houses in the Twin Cities. But Chris Pesklo's new shop is the only one to highlight the Sami culture, sharing the coffee and customs of the indigenous people of far northern Scandinavia. (02/19/2013)
Contempo Physical Dance hits the Cowles Center stage in Minneapolis (Feb. 1-3) with the world premiere of "Batuque." The company blends contemporary movements with Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira martial arts. (02/01/2013)
Culturally specific theaters historically are at a disadvantage when it comes to maintaining fiscal stability. (01/29/2013)
Photography is magic. That's how Xavier Tavera describes the art form. It can snatch up a split-second of life and turn it into an everlasting moment. Then there's the way it bridges the gap between strangers. (01/16/2013)
Last August, the St. Paul theater company, facing a financial crisis, cut staff and suspended all programming indefinitely. Today, Penumbra announced it will resume production in the spring. (01/07/2013)
Ever since its publication in 1843, "A Christmas Carol" has been a staple of the holiday season. The Charles Dickens novella has sparked countless adaptations, including a unique reimagining by a Minneapolis theater company. (12/21/2012)
The Ragamala Dance in Minneapolis has presented its take on traditional South Indian classical dance everywhere from community parks in the Twin Cities to the Kennedy Center. (12/12/2012)
During the centennial year of Gordon Parks birthday, students at the school named for the great photographer and director talk about what he means to them now. (12/04/2012)
Halloween has never been a poster child for political correctness. While a time for traditions like pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, it can also be, as some see it, a time for all-too-predictable displays of racism. (10/31/2012)
Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection, and how she uses it enhance the lives of others. (10/19/2012)
Robin Hickman has been called a St. Paul "treasure." She's a social activist, a TV and film producer, and a long-time leader in the African American community. But what makes Hickman most proud these days is her extensive multicultural doll collection. (10/19/2012)
A new photo exhibit in St. Paul showcases the Hmong-American experience through the eyes of Pao Her, a pioneer in the world of contemporary photography who, as a child, often felt smothered by her Hmong culture. (09/26/2012)
In conjunction with a release compiling old area funk and soul songs, many of the featured artists will participate in an R&B revue at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Saturday. (09/20/2012)
For these 500 adoptees, part of summer vacation is a culture camp that immerses them in the traditions of their birth countries. The La Semana camp reflects the personal experience of its chairman, Jim Stromberg, who along with his wife adopted two children from Latin America. (09/07/2012)
La Semana is a Minnesota-based summer camp created specifically for children adopted from Latin America. Campers, ranging from kindergartners to high schoolers, explore the cultures and traditions of their birth countries and bond with those whose backgrounds are similar to their own. While at La Semana, which is Spanish for "the week," attendees learn Latin American dances and, on the final night of camp, they put on a formal performance for friends and family. (09/07/2012)