Arts MN: Ukuleles, Goldsmiths, and the Saint Paul Art Crawl

Saint Paul Art Crawl 2014

Spending last week on St. Simons’ Island, Georgia definitely readjusted my internal temperature index. Thus, upon returning on Sunday to Minnesota and finding spring-like temperatures, I’ve decided to focus this week on all things warm. The warm sounds of a Hawaiian tune and its ability to evoke thoughts of palm trees swaying in the breeze… [...]

Rock the Garden 2014 Lineup Announced

Rock the Garden // Courtesy of Walker Art Center

The Current’s Rock the Garden show at Walker Art Center has become a perennial symbol of summer in the Twin Cities. Craft beer, locally made food, sunshine, fresh air, and not to mention great indie artists giving memorable performances—parking garage dance party from Dan Deacon and Low’s drone song, anybody?—all in the backyard of the [...]

Arts MN: A Dead Man’s Phone, Danish Dancing, and CRAFT Beer

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders

By Naomi Crocker With the feud between winter and spring that has been taking place these past few weeks, one cannot help but consider transitions, conflict, and various other contrasting concepts. Fittingly, the events featured in this week’s Arts MN will help extend your thoughts on such notions by forcing you to ponder the changing [...]

Jack White to set “World’s Fastest Record” record on Record Store Day

Jack White Record

Surly announces new Featured Artist for 2014


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 [...]

Walker Art Center Announces Brewer-in-Residence Series at Gather by D’Amico


Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and Gather D’Amico announced today that they will welcome three local brewers to take part in a brewer-in-residence series this summer, which is an extension—and a sudsy complement—to its established chef-in-residence events. On the first Thursday of the month, starting this May, guests can enjoy three complimentary samples of beer from that [...]

Grrrowler of the Month: Oxford

Oxford 2

Name: Oxford Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Age: 1-2 years old About Me:  Oxford is a smart and well trained Pit Bull. He knows many commands and tricks including how to give a high-five! Oxford has the perfect amount of energy. He loves his daily walks and play time, but he also eagerly awaits his cuddle [...]

Jack White sets release date for new album, Lazaretto


No fooling, Jack White’s new album to hit shelves this summer By Brian Kaufenberg Nearly two years after his lauded first solo album, Blunderbuss, Jack White announced today that the release date for his second LP, Lazaretto, is June 10. Along with the announcement, White released the first single “High Ball Stepper” off the forthcoming album [...]

This Week in Arts MN: First Thursdays, A Chaste Maid, Jennifer Davis’ Joyride, Live Music at Loring Pasta Bar, and 2 openings at SooVAC

Public Functionary present Jennifer Davis: Joyride

April Fools’ officially begins Monday at midnight, so we hope you’ve all been ruminating on which gags you’ll pull on friends and family, as well as which of your coworkers’ goat you’ll get and how. As a tribute to the jokesters and young-at-heart of the world, this week’s events were aptly chosen because of their [...]

August Schell Brewing Company Gets Current


By Brian Kaufenberg In 1860, August Schell Brewing Company was founded, Garibaldi returned to Italy in the Second Italian War of Independence, the British Open was played for the first time, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States, and South Carolina seceded from the Union, setting the stage for the [...]

Kyle “Moonguts” Coughlin: The “M” Stands for “Moonguts”


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.” [...]

NorthWest Canoe: Building Beautiful Boats in St. Paul’s Lowertown


By Jeremy Zoss There has always been a good deal of symbolism tied to the canoe. The Canadians have long considered it a symbol of their national identity. In John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, the canoe represents a link to cultural traditions. Canoes grace the tap handles of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company beers. On NBC’s Parks [...]

The Growler and Chowgirls present THRIVE: Sustainability Sessions

THRIVE: Sustainability Sessions presented by Chowgirls & The Growler

THRIVE: Sustainability Sessions brings together local minds to explore sustainable living in Minnesota While many recognize Minnesota’s growing reputation for sustainability after being named in the top ten most LEED-certified construction projects per capita in 2013 and with the state’s largest-ever solar energy project moving forward, Minnesota is also making strides in food production and consumption, brewing, [...]

This Week in Arts MN: Superhuman Dance Moves, China’s Indie Rock Subculture, and a One-Man Odyssey

Beijing Punk at Bryant Lake Bowl

In honor of our progression into the double-digit dates of March—and hopefully into spring weather at last!—we focus this week on all things double. Dancers that double as stunt artists, a two-for-one concert and Kickstarter event, performances that present and contrast artists from two cultures (Chinese and American, as well as Irish and American), and [...]

Arts MN: Russian Imperialists (and their stouts), square dancing, and Edward Hopper’s Creative Process

Planetary Nebula NGC 2818, Hubble Space Telescope

By Naomi Crocker Although the week kicks off with Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re not limiting this edition of Arts MN to all things Irish. Instead, we’re featuring events that explore Appalachian traditions, Russian history, the fictional community of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and yes, even the universe itself. Monday Night Square Dance // Monday, March 17 [...]