Collab Chronicle: Follow the breweries competing in this year’s In Cahoots!






12 Minnesota breweries will form six teams to brew six unique collaboration beers for In Cahoots! at the Red Stag’s annual summer bash Collaboration and competition don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but when 12 of Minnesota’s best craft breweries combine the two, delicious things have been known to happen. Back for a third year is In Cahoots! […]

Single-Speed Service: The fast-paced world of bike delivery couriers






I arrive at the Uptown Minneapolis office of Rock-It Delivery at 10am on a warm Thursday in June. It’s a cave-like space, dank and minimal, with a vintage couch by the window, a desk with a computer, and, of course, bikes lined up along the far wall. There is a cargo bike for large orders […]

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Craft Culture: Custom messenger bags at Trash






When Modist Brewing Company painted its trademark teal floor and started pouring beers this spring, Andy Larson, the 34-year-old owner and CEO of Trash Messenger Bags, had a front-row seat. That’s because the North Loop brewery is also his landlord. Tucked into the narrow, low-ceilinged loft above Modist’s brewing tanks, the doorway and stairs leading […]

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Pain & Glory: The brutal, beer-soaked, free-for-all also known as Cyclocross






Holy hell this hurts. Holy Hell this hurts. Holy hell This Hurts. HOLY HELL THIS HURTS… What starts as a cursory observation turns into a sadistic mantra that ricochets around the brain during the 45–60 minute full-tilt boogie that is the average cyclocross race. Sure, other thoughts creep in from time to time, like “Why I am […]

Rules of the Road: Understanging our shared responsibility to make biking safer in Minnesota






The alleycat bike race sounded easy enough: pedal to as many beaches in the Twin Cities as you can in a set time, and take a photo of yourself at each lake as proof. A scavenger hunt with a lakeside theme—the perfect Saturday in July. The morning of the race, Shaina Briscoe showed up ready […]

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Artist Profile: Jeff Nelson






If you’ve dined out in the Twin Cities sometime in the last several years, you’ve likely seen the work of Jephemera, aka Jeff Nelson. He’s one of the most sought-after chalk-art and hand-lettering artists in the state, hired by restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and taprooms to customize menus, most of which are displayed on chalkboards. But […]

The little art museum in Winona making big waves






Water is the base of life. It comprises our oceans and our blood. It inspires ideas, inventions, and opportunities, whether it takes the form of the current in which driftwood is floating or the sweat on a warming beer can. Winona’s Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) showcases the connections between water, everyday life, and artwork of […]

Weekly Set List: 5 must-see concerts happening this week






Summer is nearing the half-way point, which depending on your point of view is either exciting and terrifying. On the exciting side of things, the summer concert lineup only gets better from here on out. Here are a few shows to check out this week. Holy White Hounds | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, July […]

Weekly Set List: Saturday night special






For this week’s edition of the Weekly Set List, we decided to focus on three very awesome and distinct shows for you to choose from tomorrow night. Nick Blood: A Tribute to Nick Patrick Thompson | First Avenue | Saturday, July 9th, 7pm Nick Thompson (aka: Nick Blood) may not be a household name to […]

Booked: How your favorite bands choose the venues they play






The process by which bands are booked into venues is, for the casual music fan, opaque. It may even be mystifying—especially if you just can’t understand why your favorite band is playing your least favorite venue. Booking, say local pros, is both a science and an art—and like the rest of the music industry, it’s […]

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Welcome to boathouse island






The view from the Highway 43 bridge that crosses from Winona into Wisconsin is pristine: muddy blue-brown channels and green islands decorate the Mississippi River as it flows past Winona’s historic downtown. On Latsch Island, situated on the Minnesota side of the river border, there are several fixtures along the beach just next to the […]

Photos: MN United FC vs. Club León at Target Field






Minnesota United FC took on Mexico’s Club León in the first ever soccer match at Target Field on June 25. Though the friendly game ended in a 2-4 loss for the home team, it was a great experience for fans in attendance, particularly the two main supporter groups, the Dark Clouds and True North Elite. The […]

New and veteran theater producers look to strike it big at annual Fringe Festival






Natalie Rae Wass enjoys the special energy surrounding the Minnesota Fringe Festival. “It’s almost a small-town culture,” she says. “It’s like a commune of people that have found a thing that they enjoy and enjoy talking about it.” Wass, who performs in professional productions throughout the year, has been a fixture at the Fringe since […]

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Snowbate: The vital program keeping filmmaking alive in Minnesota






In his first scene in the film “I am Not a Serial Killer,” Minnesota actor Tim Russell, playing Olson the Barber, encounters a character played by Christopher Lloyd who asks Olson to dance with his wife. Lloyd’s character is happily married; however, he needs new body parts to continue his 600-year existence. Russell’s character is […]

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Artist Profile: Brian Matthew Hart






Choosing an artist to grace the cover of our arts issue was no small task. Grand questions about the nature of art and its creation swirled about as we explored the work of several talented local artists. We were hoping for an image that could elicit the interest and curiosity of the viewer, while also […]