Local arts-watchers may have been a bit dismayed when news broke that The Onion was killing most of its local arts coverage in the New York edition of its culture section and site, “The A.V. Club.” Anything like that coming to the Twin Cities version?
Nope, insists Kyle Ryan, A.V. Club’s Chicago-based associate editor for local content. “This chance was strictly limited to one part of our New York edition and nothing else,” he says. “We have at least one new feature every day, usually more. And the events and event previews are updated constantly. … Going forward, if anything changes, it’ll be more updates on the site on a daily basis.”
Lindsey Thomas, a veteran arts writer who took over the Twin Cities editorship when Chris Bahn left last month, acknowledges there has been less local content lately because she hasn’t hired an assistant editor yet.
Despite the manifest quality of its humor, The Onion hasn’t been immune from business difficulties, especially in large coastal cities. Eleven months ago, itshuttered its Los Angeles and San Francisco versions, while noting the Minneapolis-St. Paul edition was “growing nicely.” No doubt the advertising meltdown has touched even growing sites, but The Onion, and A.V. Club Twin Cities, are still here.