The St. Paul Pioneer Press traces its origins back to 1849, according to the Minnesota Historical Society, when the Minnesota Pioneer established itself as the territory's first newspaper. After a storied history of expansion under publishing barons and media mergers, the Pioneer Press established itself as one of the leading morning dailies, informing Saint Paul–area residents with in-depth local reporting, national and international news, and thoughtful opinion pieces. Indeed, the paper’s mark on the publishing world extended nationwide. It was in the St. Paul Pioneer Press that unknown cartoonist Charles Schulz got his beginning with a strip titled Li’l Folks, the precursor to the iconic Peanuts, which featured many of the same characters and a dog who very much resembled Snoopy before his punk-rock phase. With the paper's print publications and handy online digital editions, readers keep abreast of the pressing political issues of the day, the exploits of school and professional sports teams, and reviews for local nightlife spots.
For 53 years, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has engaged eardrums with a vast repertoire of classical masterpieces and 128 newly commissioned works, earning 15 ASCAP awards for its adventurous programming. This season, the distinguished troupe hosts a quintet of internationally acclaimed artistic partners, a group that consists of visiting conductors, singers, fog horns, and musicians whose varied styles diversify the orchestra's huge selection of performances. During a marathon concert season, the orchestra's nimble bows and lusty horns leap and dash through the notes of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Haydn, and Mozart in dozens of concert dates. Awe strikes audiences during a rousing performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (November 25–27), and Dawn Upshaw—recipient of a rare MacArthur Genius Award—sings sweetly in "Upshaw Sings Ravel and Debussy" (February 16 and 18). Many Friday and Saturday performances also include free preconcert discussions, which bring scholars, guest artists, conductors, and musicians to chat with audiences about the upcoming performance and their favorite mac 'n' cheese recipes.
For 15 years, Patrick McCutchan has documented life through his camera lens. He has developed a deep understanding of the components that make a good photo and will happily explain terms such as lens distortion or depth of field to interested clients. Working all the while to maintain a relaxed rapport, he captures subtle smiles, proud graduates, and bouquets tossed to decide the next county commissioner. He uses a RAW exposure technique produces detailed photos with true-to-life colors, and online galleries make images readily available to customers.
Owner and principal photographer Amy Zellmer approaches every shoot from two angles. With a modern style of traditional photography, each shot is composed and framed to fit alongside family portraits from any decade. But with the addition of her photojournalistic skills, her photos also tell the story of her subjects, capturing their emotions in a single, telling moment. The all-female staff at her studio shares this dual focus to shoot families, weddings, and private boudoir sessions.
Amy requires an engagement session before the wedding day with every couple she works with so that she can develop a relationship with the soon-to-be-weds and find the photography style to match their personality. She incorporates this same communicative approach in basic portrait sessions, often taking pictures in black and white to emphasize emotions or the stark contrast of an oreo. Amy coaches natural poses from her subjects during boudoir sessions that build confidence and reinforce her belief that women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful.
Whether applying makeup to clients or creating a new line of products, makeup artist Nicole Fae concentrates not on concealing flaws, but rather on highlighting each individual’s beauty. The cosmetic devotee brings this philosophy to her expansive retail emporium, where she vends her original line of foundations, eye and lip makeup, and lotions and cleansers. Knowing that the ability to correctly apply makeup, unlike the ability to correctly execute a flying barrel roll, is not innately coded in every woman’s DNA, Nicole also hosts one-on-one private lessons to teach proper application and color use tailored to the individual and occasion. Additionally, the aesthetic artist invites groups of six or more to cavort at brow parties, where she demonstrates how to maintain eye arches in between wax visits.
The celluloid specialists at ScanDigital turn grainy 3"x5" photos and dented VHS tapes into dependable digital files that fill the future with the pleasant retrospections and introspections of a warm and wonderful past. With $100 worth of services, you can digitize roughly 200 photos, 175 negatives, 150 slides, six 3" 8mm film reels, or five videocassettes; mix any of the memory mediums of ScanDigital services (click here to see all the formats). The digitization process includes photo color correction and cleaning and prepping film to ensure the highest possible transfer quality. Go online and fill out a form that generates a shipping label, then mail the materials. After about three to four weeks, you get back the original copies along with their new, high-quality clones on DVD.