Unlocking the Riddle Room






The full-immersion escape game celebrates its anniversary with a larger space, new games Art Allen has spent the last year trapping people inside of a starship. Before that, it was a bunker. This Saturday, he’ll open a much larger space, allowing him to lure even more people into temporary captivity, giving them only one hour […]

The art of the mixtape






Even in the digital age, music fans cling to the retro joy of handmade mixtapes “It’s the exclusivity, the physical object, the artwork,” says Simon Brooks of Minneapolis record store Dead Media. “You can hold it. It degrades. It’s not like an MP3 that will last forever.” The rise of cassette tapes in the 1970s […]

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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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Repair, reuse culture is alive and well in the Twin Cities






It occurred to me after visiting Repair Lair, Nancy Ford’s singular repair-and-reuse shop on East Lake Street, on a rainy day in March, that almost all of my friends in high school had, for the most part, shopped at secondhand stores. We were a punked-out, idealistic bunch (we once plastered Dinkytown with anti-Exxon fliers). But […]

Weekly Set List: Dance parties galore with return of Get Cryphy, Hood Internet, & more






Spring has finally arrived, and seemingly for good this time. And in the meantime, April continues its onslaught of great shows this week. Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit) | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm Delta Spirit front man Matt Vasquez struck out on his own with an EP entitled “Austin” last […]

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 […]

Weekly Set List: Canadian rockers, Texas folk duo, & two up-and-comers






This week’s top shows feature one of Canada’s finest bands, two buzzworthy up-and-coming acts, and a gorgeous folk duo from Texas. Sunflower Bean | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm Sunflower Bean’s full-length debut album, “Human Ceremony,” runs the gamut of textures and sounds from the last 30-40 years of rock, almost sounding […]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts March 29 – April 2






March is coming to a close, which means that the next closest thing to “Rocktober” is upon us. April is easily the second busiest month for concerts in the Twin Cities, and this year is proving no different. Operators | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, March 29, 7pm While Operators’ Dan Boeckner is set to […]

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: Solo rocker, folk duo, hip-hop trio, & more






Don’t let this week’s threat of a late winter/early spring snowstorm stop your plans for checking out some live music. There’s a handful of great shows well worth breaking out the snow brush for one last time. Shearwater | Turf Club | Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm Shearwater has managed to release eight albums in the […]

Tosca at the Minnesota Opera






Hope and optimism, sincerity and faith—it’s amazing how much can be undone by jealousy and a couple poor decisions. That’s the lesson from Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” now playing at the Minnesota Opera. The Ordway Theater is a perfect venue for this grand melodrama in three acts. The set dressing, both striking and minimal, underscores the […]

Weekly Set List: Ike Reilly, Farewell Milwaukee, a very D4 St. Patrick’s Day, & more






Welcome to this week’s edition of the Set List. We’ll now be previewing the upcoming music a little earlier in the week, giving you more time to plan your weekend! The Ike Reilly Assassination | Turf Club | Tuesday, March 15, 7pm It’s not quite Ike Reilly on St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m guessing the […]

Weekly Set List: The best live music this weekend, March 11-13






Welcome to a special weekend edition of the Weekly Set List, our rundown of the best live music the Twin Cities has to offer. Let’s dispense with the chit chat and get right to it. Are You Local? | First Avenue | Friday, March 11, 7pm Fresh off the release of his recent mix tape, […]