ON THE ROAD: 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 4 Days [with daily updates]

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From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson will traverse the Mississippi River Valley and then follow Highway 61 up the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different breweries and taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders will explore the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for [...]

Arts MN: Blooms of Summer

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Summer is in full swing and so too are all things that bloom. Therefore, it’s only fitting that you get out of the house this week to enjoy the sunshine, as well as the scents and sounds of summer, and to attend the events featured below. The events were all chosen because they represent or [...]

Arts MN: Northern Spark 2014 and the Green Line Kickoff Party

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By Naomi Crocker This week, the stars will align to bring us two of the Twin Cities’ most anticipated events of 2014. First, the Metro Transit Green Line officially opens June 14 and will offer free rides for the entire day, as well as into part of the day on Sunday. Second, June 14 will [...]

Surly Brewing Co. Needs a New Coaster. You Should Design It.

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Calling all beer-inspired artists! If you are an avid reader of The Growler you know we have a special place in our heart for the artistically inclined. This one goes out to all you “artists, designers, and doodlers out there in Growler Nation.” Surly is running their “kind-of-annual” Surly Brewing Coaster Contest and they want your submissions. [...]

Arts MN: The Wizard of Oz, Craft Cage Match, and a Fire Tiger

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By Naomi Crocker LIMINAL /ˈlimənl/ adjective: Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. This week’s events all have a bit of the liminal in them due to their relation to transitional stages of various processes. First up is the namesake for this week’s theme: an exhibition featuring the work [...]

Expressionism, Pointilism and Coca Cola with Jesse Brodd

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An Artist Profile of the Twin Cities’ only resident brewery artist. By Joe Alton The Growler: What’s your biggest fear? Jesse Brodd: Being trapped in small spaces. G: Medium? JB: Acrylic paint on canvas plus my Apple computer with Adobe Creative Suite to create posters and designs. G: How would you describe your artistic style?  [...]

Arts MN: Audubon’s Birds, Volcanic Puppet Theater, and Emerging Printmakers

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Seeing as it’s set to hit 75°F on Tuesday, this week’s events were chosen because of their connections to nature, their ability to get people outdoors, or because they reflect the type of verdant beauty that the spring weather has brought with it. It’s everything from Audubon bird prints to an original play that explains [...]

Vote in the Beer Dabbler Poster Coloring Contest

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Sisyphus Brewing Meets, Exceeds Kickstarter Goal for Mural

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Like many upstart breweries across the country, Sisyphus Brewing Company turned to Kickstarter to help raise funds for part of their new Minneapolis taproom. The campaign ended successfully this morning, easily exceeding its $6,000 goal, and ultimately raising $8,836 for the creation of a mural that will decorate the exterior of their brewery. The mural, to be [...]

Arts MN: Art-A-Whirl, an Art-Student Scholarship, and a Play on Bacherolettes

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By Naomi Crocker Reflection: serious thought or consideration. Although the connections between art and the act of reflecting are evident, this week’s events are those that will allow you to experience reflection in all its forms: a portfolio exhibit for senior graphic design students, who are most likely reflecting on what to do with their [...]

Arts MN: TU Dance, Live Plays, and Mother’s Day

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By Naomi Crocker Although I’m not usually one for holidays that don’t involve a federally mandated vacation day, I couldn’t help but highlight events this week that relate to Mothers’ Day. Specifically, the events reflect both qualities of and issues that were important to the various mothers (my own mother, aunts, grandmothers, friends’ moms, and [...]

Arts MN: Nora Ephron’s new play, Throwing Clay, and Lowertown First Fridays

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By Naomi Crocker Here’s to “firsts,” all things fresh, and new beginnings in honor of spring! Meet artists in their creative environments at First Fridays at the Lowertown Artist Lofts, learn a new craft for the first time through engaging introductory classes, witness “fashion firsts” by attending your first ever fashion-related event, support overseas artisans [...]

Surly announces new Featured Artist for 2014

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Illustrator and Designer Erica Williams tapped to create artwork for Surly’s anniversary beer, SurlyFest, and Darkness in 2014 Erica Williams is a Minneapolis-based artist and illustrator who produces screen printed posters and apparel for touring bands, letterpress prints, and work for group exhibitions. Now she joins the talented list of Surly Featured Artists to create the artwork for [...]

Artist Profile: Kyle “Moonguts” Coughlin

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By Joseph Alton The Growler: Tell us something strange about yourself? KC: Since I was 18, I have not been able to figure out what my first tattoo should be. People are constantly surprised that I don’t have any yet. Ten years of indecision and I keep saying that I will do it “this year.” [...]

“Jawsh” Lemke: Aerosol as an Art Form

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An Artist Profile of Josh “Jawsh” Lemke. By Joseph Alton The Growler: Tell me something weird about yourself? Josh Lemke: I have a very healthy obsession with Futurama, which includes a giant tattoo of Bender on my leg and many collectibles. G: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met? JL: I’m an [...]