Dibs on Dylan: Can Minnesota claim credit for the success of Robert Zimmerman?






When Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of 2016’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Minnesotans rejoiced. The first rock star ever to win the Nobel, and he’s one of our own! Born and bred! Or…is he? Throwing cold water on the prairie party, many pointed out that Dylan was nowhere near the Gopher State when […]

Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp






When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes […]

Craft Culture: Handcrafting stories at North House Folk School






On a winter day in picturesque Grand Marais, all is quiet. Overworked boats sit empty on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Cafes and gift shops stand subdued. A lonely seagull is perched atop a pile of rocks. Only the cold wind whooshes about—a present from nearby Canada. From the outside, the colorful buildings of […]

The laugh of Lyle LaRue






Visit any comedy club in the Twin Cities on any given night, and you’ll hear dozens upon dozens of voices laughing in unison. But of all these laughs, there is one that stands out just a little bigger, louder, and more full of joy than any others. Lyle LaRue is a 42-year-old native of Central […]

4 holiday shows for musicheads






We all have our holiday traditions that don’t change much from year to year. If you live in the Twin Cities, maybe it’s taking in the light shows along Nicollet Mall or Summit Avenue in St. Paul. But regardless of your traditions, no holiday season is complete without a little music. The best part of […]

Artist Profile: Brent Schoonover






It all started with Mr. Fixit. At a very young age, Brent Schoonover laid his eyes on a copy of Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk”#349. A brawny Mr. Fixit—aka the Grey Hulk—busting out of his white shirt, swinging a powerful wallop of a smack across the body of the acrobatic Spider-Man, in a dynamic battle […]

2016 Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Award Winners






Drumroll, please, for it’s time to announce the results of The Growler’s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Readers’ Choice Awards. These are the restaurants driving a delectable food revolution throughout the state. The beers we happily raise our glasses for. The parks we escape to and explore. The music innovators and venues that make us dance, and the well-crafted […]

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Patton Oswalt on stand-up, Twitter beefs, and a ‘Mysterious’ reboot






Despite the fact that some standup comedians manage to become A-List mega-stars (e.g. Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Kevin Hart, etc.), the reality is that even the most well-known comics see their popularity plateau at some point. Patton Oswalt is one of the few comedians who has managed to avoid this trap. He’s done so by […]

Artist Profile: Erica Williams






As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark […]

Sonny Knight’s new album ‘Sooner or Later’ is a light in the dark






It’s a mild fall evening at an Uptown coffee shop and Sonny Knight is clad neck to toe in a dark, casual getup illuminated by the glimmer of a silver Vikings flat brim hat. Before sitting down, he orders a black iced coffee and waits patiently by the counter. “No cream,” he equably reiterates to […]

Beers for Bob: 10 perfect pairings honoring Dylan’s Nobel Prize






Bob Dylan became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In honor of this achievement by one of Minnesota’s most recognizable native sons, here are 10 of our favorite Dylan songs or albums and their perfect Minnesota beer […]

Oldchella: Have the classic rock gods outlived their relevance?






Star-studded festival lineups are routine these days, but the lineup for this month’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, California, is in a league of its own. The festival is only hosting six acts, and they’re doozies: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters (the golden-era leader of Pink Floyd), and Neil […]

Artist Profile: Bob White






When Bob White was a young boy, he spent all of his time outside pretending he was Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone, and leafing through the pages of hunting, fishing, and trapping books.  “Everything I read was related to the outdoors,” White recalls. “The words of those stories captured my imagination, but it was the […]

Craft Culture: From fire comes functional art at Elias Metal Studio






The two words employees dread hearing most came hurdling out her manager’s mouth: “You’re fired.” That’s what Lisa Elias heard 20 years ago when she returned home to Minneapolis after a two-week trip to New York for an experimental art workshop. Like many artists trying to pay their way, Elias worked a part-time job at […]

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Artist Profile: Alex Kuno






Grapes. As simple as these small globular berries are on the outside, the historical nature of the juices inside run much deeper. For Greek and Roman civilization, wine was more than just a fermented drink—it was godly. Dionysus (the Greek god of wine) and Bacchus (the Roman equivalent) are associated with grape harvesting, winemaking, drunkenness, […]