Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country's struggle for independence. (07/01/2013)
More health clubs are incorporating multiculturalism into their exercise offerings. And that leads to Lebanese belly dancing in American health clubs, Russian kettlebells in gyms and Zumba enthusiasts packing studios. (06/11/2013)
A combination of the area's Czech heritage and a huge helping of imagination formed the character Big Honza. Locals hope this fictional folk hero will put their town on the map. (05/20/2013)
Funerals are considered the most elaborate -- and important -- of all Hmong ceremonies. Now, though, many Hmong-Americans are unfamiliar with the time-honored tradition. (05/06/2013)
A dreary day didn't stop the annual Cinco de Mayo parade and festival in St. Paul on Saturday, with its traditional dancers, food and other attractions. (05/05/2013)
For the past seven years, Twin Cities filmmaker Chris Newberry has been documenting the lives of refugees as they try to navigate the health care system in Minnesota. (04/17/2013)
Homelessness is on the rise in Minnesota, up 6 percent over the past four years. And nearly half the homeless are children younger than 21. MPR News spent time with an 8-year old girl named Paris, whose family is living at a Minneapolis shelter. (03/25/2013)
This weekend, the acclaimed South Indian company Ragamala Dance premieres a performance at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis celebrating the cultural connections between India and Japan. (03/22/2013)
The word "urban" has come to mean different things to different people. In many cases, its connotation changes based on the racial makeup of the community in which it's being used. (03/07/2013)
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)