Weekly Set List: Summer festival season is officially here






We see you… arriving to work on Monday morning with your dark sunglasses on, nursing an Art-A-Whirl hangover. Hopefully you made it to Northeast Minneapolis to experience one of the best local events of the year this past weekend, but if you didn’t, feat not, as Queen Bey and the summer outdoor music festival season […]

Louie Anderson returns to the comedy spotlight by saying yes to a dress






With a career spanning more than 30 years in comedy, there isn’t much that Louie Anderson hasn’t accomplished. The St. Paul native has performed standup all over the world, taken up residency in Las Vegas, voiced an Emmy award-winning cartoon based on his own life, and even hosted Family Feud. But this past January, Anderson […]

New Kids on the Map: Thoughts from a first-time Art-A-Whirler






It has become an official Minneapolis harbinger that spring is truly here: Art-A-Whirl (AAW). The annual celebration of all-things creative signals that we’ve survived another Minnesota winter, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy beauty in all its forms. Now in its 21st year, Art-A-Whirl, organized by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), draws […]

Rhonda Fleming Hayes on the ‘perfect storm of problems for pollinators’






Rhonda Fleming Hayes remembers learning from her grandmother, step-by-step, how to plant a rose bush. “My parents were gardeners,” she says. “My father studied landscape architecture for a while—and when I was four years old I was already spouting botanical Latin. I was destined to be a planter.” Her book, “Pollinator Friendly Gardening,” hit the […]

Local nonprofit helps people with disabilities tap into their inner artists






“Art makes me.” This is what art means to Victor Van, a Minneapolis artist with autism. His art depicts things he loves: cars, wine bottles, even beer labels. “He would grab bottles and has always been fascinated by them,” Van’s mother, Yawa Vanthanouvong, explains about her son’s artistic inspiration. “Even as a little kid, he […]

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 […]