Craft Culture: Handmade Canoe Paddles by Sanborn

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Photos by Barbara O’Brien Photography County Road 7 bisects Pickwick, Minnesota, before reaching a “T” at Little Trout Valley Road and Lake La Belle. Pickwick, named for an early Charles Dickens novel, feels quaint, lingering in the past. Holsteins graze on a front lawn. A father and his sons mend a barbed-wire fence running out […]

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The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

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Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would […]

Minnesota Moms of Comedy

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The journey of a standup comedian is anything but glamorous. Late nights, empty open mics, and a lot of time spent alone trying to perfect a few brief minutes of material. In many cases, comedy isn’t just their top priority; it’s their only priority. But for some of the Twin Cities’ most talented comedians, they’re […]

VIDEO: The Growler Cover Artist Featured at Posters & Pints

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St. Paul-based illustrator David Witt‘s art has graced the cover of The Growler since day one, in addition to local gig posters, comic book pages, Zombie Pub Crawl maps and more. Witt will be one of many artists at Posters & Pints, 6–10pm, Saturday, May 30, at Uppercut Boxing Gym. Posters & Pints will pair a showcase of […]

May Arts and Culture Events

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A look at our favorite arts and culture events in Minnesota during May 2015, presented by 89.3 The Current. Featured Event The Dinner Party Download May 9 Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E Exchange St, St. Paul • 8pm •  $25–$35 Ever wonder what to say at a dinner party? What jokes to tell? Cocktails to make? Head […]

Craft Culture: Wood from the Hood

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Photos Aaron Davidson Outside Wood from the Hood’s main office on Minnehaha Avenue and 26th Street in Minneapolis sits a small red dumpster with “free” spray-painted in blaze orange on the side. Instead of meeting the woodchipper, the wood scraps inside provide local woodworkers and hobbyists with an otherwise costly bounty. One neighbor uses the […]

Rock ‘N’ Roll: Meeting Joan Jett, and the Harsh Reality of Life Backstage

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Editor’s note: This article was produced as a part of a collaboration between The Growler Magazine and 89.3 The Current, Minnesota’s non-commercial, member-supported radio station playing the best authentic, new music alongside the music that inspired it. Find this article and more great music content at thecurrent.org. The snow was falling hard and fast in fat, sloppy flakes […]

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Collaboration of Craft Cultures: The Beer Dabbler at the American Craft Council Show in Saint Paul

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The craft-culture movement could easily be mistaken as a new trend. In recent years, there has been no shortage of innovative men and women experimenting with ways to personalize and heighten every area of life, from food and beer to fashion and design. Trendy as it is, craft is nothing new. Nor is the celebration […]

Issue #18 Crossword

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Louie the Loon: Deadline Danger Becomes Delight

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The Relatable Comedy of The Keillor Reader

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How does Garrison Keillor remain relevant in a changing world? I grew up with parents who listened to “A Prairie Home Companion” on the radio and occasionally attended the live show. I remember asking my dad what he liked about it, back when I was too young and distracted by Sonic the Hedgehog to understand […]

Issue #18 Word Find

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Craft Culture: Custom Bike Frames at Prairie Crow Bikeworks

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Photos by Matt Lien Tucked among the houses of Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood sits the Shasta building, a sprawling industrial fortress, whose lungs make a constant metal on metal rasp. Alex Heegaard-LeGros of Prairie Crow Bikeworks brings me back through the long hallways, past the scores of tenants clanging and banging, to his corner space. “I’m […]

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Book Dabbler: Returning to an adventure classic, Into Thin Air

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Seventeen years after the release of Jon Krakauer’s best-seller, the tragic tale is still as gripping as ever After a recent snowfall, I watched the kids across the street climb on the snow piled at the end of their driveway. The wind chill was biting at something like -20°F, and though the kids looked to […]

Eaux Claires Music Festival Lineup Makes Waves, Tickets on Sale

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Last year, Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir announced they would collaborate on a project new for each of the accomplished artists—organizing a music festival. Dessner and Vernon connected while recording Dark Was the Night, a compilation album benefitting HIV / AIDS research, and quickly became friends after writing the song “Big Red Machine” by […]