ON THE ROAD: 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 4 Days [with daily updates]

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From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson will traverse the Mississippi River Valley and then follow Highway 61 up the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different breweries and taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders will explore the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for [...]

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 [...]

7 Grand Ideas for Grand Old Day Success in 2014

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We at The Growler are confident to report that summer in the Twin Cities will officially begin this weekend. How can we be so sure? Grand Old Day, silly. The (free!) annual street festival is the largest one day event in the Midwest and with live music from 25 bands on 5 stages, 85 food [...]

Arts MN: Saints & Sinners, a Victorian Carnival, and Making Your Own Beer Stein

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Whether the current streak of summer-like weather has awakened your long-dormant night owl, or if it simply has you feeling at peace once again, this week’s edition of Arts MN presents a spectrum of events that are sure to fit any disposition. For those of you wishing to embrace your wild side, we’ve highlighted both [...]

Expressionism, Pointilism and Coca Cola with Jesse Brodd

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An Artist Profile of the Twin Cities’ only resident brewery artist. By Joe Alton The Growler: What’s your biggest fear? Jesse Brodd: Being trapped in small spaces. G: Medium? JB: Acrylic paint on canvas plus my Apple computer with Adobe Creative Suite to create posters and designs. G: How would you describe your artistic style?  [...]

Arts MN: Audubon’s Birds, Volcanic Puppet Theater, and Emerging Printmakers

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Seeing as it’s set to hit 75°F on Tuesday, this week’s events were chosen because of their connections to nature, their ability to get people outdoors, or because they reflect the type of verdant beauty that the spring weather has brought with it. It’s everything from Audubon bird prints to an original play that explains [...]

Vote in the Beer Dabbler Poster Coloring Contest

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Arts MN: Art-A-Whirl, an Art-Student Scholarship, and a Play on Bacherolettes

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By Naomi Crocker Reflection: serious thought or consideration. Although the connections between art and the act of reflecting are evident, this week’s events are those that will allow you to experience reflection in all its forms: a portfolio exhibit for senior graphic design students, who are most likely reflecting on what to do with their [...]