Gallery: See all 31 of DWITT’s Growler covers






Original art by David Witt, better known to Growler readers as DWITT, has graced the cover of The Growler since its inception with issue #1 in June 2012. After issue #31 in May 2016, David will be moving on to focus more on illustrating comic books and spending time with his growing family. David’s unique […]

Craft Culture: Hand-thrown tableware from Ceramic Chinn






Two years ago, Alex Chinn propped open the lid of his electric kiln to inspect the 40 plates stacked inside. He noticed something he didn’t expect. Before firing the plates, Chinn had dipped each one in a white satin matte glaze. But instead of creating an even surface, the glaze had broken apart on the […]

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Comedian Pete Lee retakes the stage to turn personal pain into laughs






Pete Lee has always been a pretty positive guy, and his comedy has reflected his sunny disposition. The Wisconsin native got his start on the same stage as many other comedians in the Minneapolis comedy scene: Acme Comedy Company. Lee has always stood out for his light-hearted approach to comedy (even when he talks about […]

MSP International Film Fest celebrates 35 years of movie magic






Eric Wilson has one goal: to reach as many people as possible through the art of film. Wilson has been the director of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) since 2010. Since then, the festival has nearly doubled in annual attendance. Last year’s total clocked in around 42,000 moviegoers, making it one of […]

Craft Culture: American Craft Council artists to watch






If the Twin Cities weren’t already considered a top arts community before 2010, with the area’s many galleries, major arts organizations, museums, and artist studios, then they most certainly were after. That was the year Minneapolis surpassed 11 other cities to become the official home of the American Craft Council (ACC), after the group chose […]

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Weekly Set List: 3 concerts not to miss this week






After a relatively quiet period, this week offers a handful of great show options around town. We’re nearing the tail end of the dead of winter, and with that comes the annual promise of an amazing spring full of shows. Parquet Courts | Triple Rock Social Club | Thursday, February 18, 7pm Since their formation […]

For the love of theater: 11 shows opening this week






There are 11—yes, 11—shows opening this week in and around the Twin Cities, just in time for Valentine’s Day. (Read: Date ideas!) With such a wide variety of productions being staged, we thought we would take a minute to help you navigate your options. Here’s what’s coming up, in order of opening date. Feb. 9 – […]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music






When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again. Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with […]

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Craft Culture: Handmade timepieces from Padron Watch Company






January and February can be the dreariest of months for retailers. The Christmas bustle turns a sharp corner, and long days spent trying to keep up with an influx of customers turn into long days wishing for just a few customers. This can be particularly true for small businesses, especially in the age of online […]

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Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts Jan. 21-23






Hopefully everyone survived the recent cold spell and braved the chill to get out to see a show. If you didn’t, this weekend has plenty of hot shows to entice you. The Current’s 11th Anniversary Party | First Avenue | Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 7pm both nights The Current is nearly a […]

5 Minnesota comedians to watch in 2016






Every year, it seems like the number of talented stand-up comedians in the Twin Cities grows exponentially. From new, raw talent gaining buzz on the open mic scene, to regulars making the leap to headliner status, to locals exploding into the national spotlight, the Twin Cities comedy scene continues to up the ante in terms […]

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Weekly Set List: Must see concerts Jan. 15–16






A pair of release shows, First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase, and the third round of the MN Beer Brunch series are your best bets for live music in the Twin Cities this weekend. Best New Bands of 2015 | First Avenue | Friday, January 15, 7pm First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase […]

Lullaby: A new kind of musical






Artistic inspiration doesn’t always strike in the way we think it will. It can come from anywhere at anytime—even from your insomniac two-year-old who refuses to adhere to any sort of sleep schedule. Such was the situation playwright Michael Elyanow found himself in 10 years ago. Elyanow and his husband were living in North Hampton, […]

Craft Culture: Handmade toboggans at Northern Toboggan & Sled






Snow crunches under my tires as I pull up to the modest building. The air has that undeniable crispness winter brings with her as she settles in for the season. On a parcel of farmland six miles east of Warroad, Minnesota, mere miles from the Canadian border, John Harren’s Northern Toboggan & Sled shop is […]

January 2016 Arts and Culture Events






January brings a new year and a fresh crop of arts & culture events across the Twin Cities and the state—check them out before you decide to go into hibernation for the rest of the winter. Visit Saint Paul Featured Event: Saint Paul Winter Carnival | January 28–February 7, times vary | Various locations in St. Paul | […]