How to make a foraged centerpiece without leaving your backyard

Christine Hoffman is trimming some branches in her Grand Avenue shop, Foxglove Market. “Most of this I found right out back of the building,” she laughs, twisting a gnarly vine into, then around, a small vase. She then adds a burst of fall foliage—reds and oranges, tucked between the browns and greys of some grainy […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 19–25

An unseasonably warm November heading into Thanksgiving week is stuffed full with shows to be thankful for. Saturday’s numerous choices alone will have your plate overflowing. EL VY | First Avenue | Saturday, November 21, 8pm EL VY (the plural of Elvis) is a collaboration between Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, and Brent […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 12–18

A fairly light week of live music in the Twin Cities this week, but there are still some diamonds to be found in the rough. Peter Wolf Crier | 7th Street Entry | Friday, November 13, 9pm Peter Wolf Crier’s self-released third album, “Plum Slump,” dropped earlier this fall. Not only does it deliver on […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Nov. 6–11

From an underrated singer-songwriter to a hyped teenager, avant-garde improv to one of Minnesota’s all time greats, the first full week of November kicks off the month with a wide selection of fantastic live shows. Martin Sexton | Cedar Cultural Center | Friday, November 6, 8pm Combining impressive guitar playing and a vocal range that […]

From Lizzo, With Love

Minneapolis’ rising hip-hop star gets personal on “Big GRRRL Small World” There’s something appropriately righteous about the fact that you have to cross Queen Avenue to get to Lizzo’s house—not to mention that her home is mere blocks from the schools and church basements where Prince played his first gigs with his high school band […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

“Rocktober” is coming to a close, and hopefully you caught at least a couple of the fantastic shows this month had to offer. If not, you’re lucky there are a still a handful left to come. Israel Nash | The Turf Club | Thursday, October 29, 8:30pm Israel Nash’s lush Americana sound certainly owes a lot […]

Minnesota United FC to Call St. Paul Home

  After more than 20 years, Minnesota soccer is finally coming into the Twin Cities fold. At a press conference held today, Friday, October 23, at the Midpointe Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota United FC team owner Bill McGuire and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced that Minnesota’s professional soccer team is getting a new stadium, […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 22–28

Shows by the hottest rap duo in years, Run The Jewels, and retro soul/R&B youngster Leon Bridges easily top the list of this week’s must-see concerts—but they’ve both unfortunately been sold out for months. Not to worry, I’m here to help you find the best of what’s left. Three of this week’s best shows also […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 15–21

Wedged between big shows by Disclosure and Run The Jewels, this week seems to be a bit of a calm before the storm. But there are still a handful of shows that you should make a point to catch. Peaches | First Avenue Mainroom | Thursday, October 15, 8:30pm Prior to this year, Peaches had […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Oct. 8–14

From a supergroup made up of Scottish rockers and a beloved American cult band, to a pair of young shoegaze rock bands, a brewery blowout and one of the hottest dance acts of the last couple years, the fall concert season is showing no signs of slowing down. Here are four shows not to miss […]

Glensheen: Minnesota’s infamous murder mystery comes to life at History Theatre

It sounds like fiction—like a murder mystery in a worn paperback novel. A wealthy woman is murdered in her bed, smothered with a pillow in the landmark lakeside mansion built by her parents. Her nurse is also killed, bludgeoned with a candlestick. Investigators quickly identify two suspects with a classic motive: struggling financially, the suspects […]

Comedian Andy Erikson stands tall

In August 2007, I wanted to be a stand-up comedian. I figured I was funny enough, as many naïve, overconfident first-timers do. I headed to Acme Comedy Company for its famed Monday open mic night, managed to get on the list along with a handful of other newcomers—Acme has always been accommodating to potentially untapped […]

Ferran Adrià at Mia: “A Broader Way of Thinking”

A world-renowned Spanish chef has submitted his notes and sketches for an art exhibit. Except that the exhibit is not really about food, and it’s also not exactly art—which all seems perfect for a chef whose work disdains the status quo. Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity is open now through January 3, 2016 in the Target Wing […]

The ‘burbs at the Bash: A Q&A with The Suburbs’ Chan Poling

This Saturday, The Suburbs are coming to a backyard near you. Summit Brewing Company’s Backyard Bash, a celebration of the brewery’s 29th anniversary, will feature live music from The Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Toki Wright & Big Cats (featuring Lydia Liza), Al Church, and Black Market Brass, and will raise funds for the non-profit Minnesota Music […]

Alan Sparhawk’s creative process and Low’s new album, ‘Ones and Sixes’

The line starts to crackle as soon as Alan Sparhawk picks up the phone. As he greets me from his home in Duluth, Minnesota, the Low frontman’s voice booms and sizzles, as if it’s bristling against the wires in the phone line and wrestling to break free. Although I could easily adjust the volume, I […]