Flock of Turkeys: How a group of Minnesota comedians is taking flight

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Comedy super group combines stand-up, video sketches to form seven-headed monster.  What do the world’s worst erotic novelist, a ranch dressing–obsessed diner, and a wildly inappropriate therapist all have in common? They’re all characters in the bizarre world of The Turkeys. Comprised of long-time Twin Cities comedy staples Gabe Noah, Isaac Witty, Gus Lynch, Chris [...]

Beer Run: Exploring the Brewery Boom of America’s Heartland

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The opening phrase from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities could have been an apt beginning for my book A Perfect Pint’s Beer Guide to the Heartland that was published in May by the University of Illinois Press. I really couldn’t have [...]

The Caves of Mushroom Valley

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Bygone Industry and Entertainment of Subterranean St. Paul “A whole economy and countless legends lie locked from view inside those rustic cliffs.” – Oliver Towne According to the boast, it was the mushroom capital of the Midwest. “Mushroom Valley” was the informal name for several miles of the Mississippi River gorge in St. Paul, including [...]

Red Wing Shoes: A Century of Craftsmanship

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Craft Culture explores the storied history, and promising future, of Red Wing Shoes. Photos ©Barbara O’Brien Photography 2014 There are some brands that are practically inseparable from the place where they originated. If there’s one fact the public knows about these brands, it’s where they were born. This phenomenon is actually quite common in the [...]

The Future of Beer, Baseball, and Economic Development

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by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman Renderings courtesy City of Saint Paul For the past 20 years, the St. Paul Saints have built their unique brand at Midway Stadium, complete with a nun who gives massages in the outfield and mimes who perform instant replays. And in less than a year, the successor of Colboar—the [...]

Brooklyn Brewery’s ‘Twin Cities Mash’ is Back August 9-16

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Brooklyn Brewery events producer Meg Stemmler, house chef Andrew Gerson, and other notables from the brewery crew have spent much of the past several months on the road—and in the air. The international Mash Tour will have them bouncing from city to city for a few more stops, including a visit to Minneapolis-St. Paul this August 9th [...]

Mike Munson Played 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 5 Days

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From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson traversed the Mississippi River Valley and followed Highway 61 up to the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different brewery taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders explored the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for trends and differences [...]

In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft (Beer)

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The Growler, in partnership with Red Stag Supperclub, is hosting the Twin Cities’ first ever beer collaboration festival on August 3rd in Northeast Minneapolis. “In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft” adds a twist to Red Stag’s 8th Annual Block Party—a well-established Northeast tradition—and pairs four teams of Minnesota breweries for the occasion. Attendees can sample [...]

Arts MN: Blooms of Summer

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Summer is in full swing and so too are all things that bloom. Therefore, it’s only fitting that you get out of the house this week to enjoy the sunshine, as well as the scents and sounds of summer, and to attend the events featured below. The events were all chosen because they represent or [...]

The First Couple of Minnesota Comedy

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Lots of couples meet at work, but very few of those couples work on stages in comedy clubs. Tim Harmston and Mary Mack, two of the best and most well-known stand-up comedians in Minnesota, also happen to be a couple. While some people may assume that two professionally funny people living under the same roof [...]

Craft Culture: Fly Tying for Predators

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Craft Culture offers tips on snagging the big one. By Michael Dawson and Greg Fitz The front table at Mend Provisions in South Minneapolis is covered by a collection of Brian Bergeson and Patterson Leeth’s hand-tied muskie flies. The small ones are six inches long. Most of them are closer to a foot or more in [...]

GermanFest Brings the Historic Schmidt Brewery to Life on June 20–22

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The Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company site, that conspicuous, Germanic cluster of 19th-century industrial buildings sandwiched between West 7th Street, James Avenue and Shepard Road, has been through a lot of changes over the past 160 years. Built in 1855 as Cave Brewery—”German immigrants were brewing beer there before Minnesota even became a state,” says local [...]

Arts MN: Northern Spark 2014 and the Green Line Kickoff Party

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By Naomi Crocker This week, the stars will align to bring us two of the Twin Cities’ most anticipated events of 2014. First, the Metro Transit Green Line officially opens June 14 and will offer free rides for the entire day, as well as into part of the day on Sunday. Second, June 14 will [...]

Arts MN: The Wizard of Oz, Craft Cage Match, and a Fire Tiger

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By Naomi Crocker LIMINAL /ˈlimənl/ adjective: Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. This week’s events all have a bit of the liminal in them due to their relation to transitional stages of various processes. First up is the namesake for this week’s theme: an exhibition featuring the work [...]

Funny Business: Minnesota’s Stand-Up Scene Gets Serious

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By Patrick Strait Photos by Aaron Davidson On a Thursday afternoon at Acme Comedy Company, four of Minnesota’s funniest homegrown comedians—Cy Amundson, Andy Erikson, Bryan Miller, and Steve Gillespie—sit around having lunch, checking Twitter, and exchanging road stories about gigs gone horribly wrong. Later the same evening, a sold-out crowd of nearly 300 will pack [...]