Arts MN: The Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl is This Weekend

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In the 1970s, Lowertown St. Paul was turning into a ghost town. Empty warehouses abandoned by businesses going under or fleeing downtown Saint Paul fell into disrepair. The affordable rent of Lowertown warehouses attracted artists and soon the area had become the de facto center of the St. Paul arts scene. In 1977, the loose drift [...]

DIY: How to build and play your own Kubb set

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The game of Kubb (pronounced koob) is an increasingly popular lawn game said to have originated over 1,000 years ago in Scandinavia. Though the game is as simple as tossing wood dowels to knock over wood blocks, kubb—also known as Viking Chess—is the type of game that can change even the most mild-mannered person into [...]

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Craft Culture: The Art of Letterpress with Studio on Fire

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Photos by Kristine Erickson Do you know any graphic designers? If you do, ask them to see their business card. Odds are high that your friend’s card looks stylish, is printed on thick paper stock, and has a certain tactility to it. If you run your thumb over its surface, you can actually feel a [...]

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Homegrown Humor: The Hilarious and Melodious World of Wits

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There is nothing really quite like this radio show. Wits is part comedy radio, part variety show, and each installment provides new surprises. Since 2010, the Minnesota Public Radio show has been one of the most unique, entertaining and diverse shows on radio, hosting some of the very best comedians, actors, and musicians from all over [...]

Ordway Circle of Stars Annual Gala

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The Ordway’s Fall Fête will be an evening of food, drinks, merriment and dancing in a 1940’s holiday atmosphere. Proceeds from the Fête will benefit the Ordway’s education outreach programs, providing reduced ticket and bus subsidies for all K-12 schools. Schedule of Events 5pm – Honorary Chairs Reception with Bob and Pam Senkler 6pm – [...]

Three Local Breweries Team Up to Fight Breast Cancer This October

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There are a lot of dubious awareness days, weeks, and months. Come March, are you really going to celebrate National Acupuncture Awareness Week, National Stationery Week, or National Skipping Day? (We understand if you want to give some love to September’s National Dog Day.)  What about National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month—both [...]

Books & Bars: Jeff Kamin’s band of beer lovers and bibliophiles

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Spare time is a luxury, isn’t it? You have to work from 8am to 5pm, swing by the grocery store on the way home, walk the dog, cook up some Hamburger Helper, spend some quality time with your one-and-only, help your old man with his iPhone, again, shovel the driveway or mow the lawn—depending on [...]

3rd Annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale This Weekend

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  Minneapolis’ preeminent record retailer will hold its third annual garage sale this weekend. Stop by the Electric Fetus at Franklin and 4th Avenue, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Search through thousands of CDs, LPs and DVDs (new & used) at huge discounts, and up to 75% off gift department items. Garage sale items [...]

Comedy vs. “The Man”: How a Minnesotan comedy club fought City Hall and won

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On any given evening, it’s easy to find amazing comedy in bars, restaurants, and taprooms all over Minneapolis. Whether it’s the Monday Night Comedy Show at Spring Street Tavern, open mic night at Campus Pizza on Wednesdays, or the recently launched Comedy Night at Sisyphus Brewing, the wealth of options for live comedy is one [...]

Chipotle’s Cultivate Celebrates Sustainable Food, Live Music, and Local Beer

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When you think of brands that host hip outdoor events, names like Red Bull and New Belgium Brewing may spring to mind. Chipotle, on the other hand, probably does not—at least not yet. It may not have featured the extreme sports of Red Bull Crashed Ice or the gonzo atmosphere of New Belgium’s Tour de [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]