Books & Beers: ‘Inappropriate Behavior: Stories’

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Inappropriate Behavior is a free fall into the depths of debt, violence, and dishonesty with no rock bottom in sight. In one of the short stories from Murray Farish’s debut collection Inappropriate Behavior: Stories, a woman named Ms. Willet wants to get away from her wreck of a husband, Buck, and keep her occasional lover, […]

Remembering Comedian and Actor Gus Lynch

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Last week, the Twin Cities comedy community lost one of its most talented up-and-coming performers when Gus Lynch passed away while on vacation with his family in Mexico. Officially, his cause of death was cardiac arrest that took place following injuries sustained while walking among ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. However, as his friend and […]

I AM…

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Photos by Angie Zapata, A Little Starlette Photography The Twin Cities are a known center of fashion, music, food, and beer. But it’s really the people behind the restaurants, breweries, bands, and trends who have shaped that culture here. These are the citizens of I AM MPLS! And I AM ST. PAUL! who will celebrate […]

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Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Winners 2014

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We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-of-a-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thanks […]

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Craft Culture: Traditional Snowshoes at Country Ways

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Photos by Daniel Murphy The week before meeting with us, Country Ways’ CEO Greg Wilcox was in northern Minnesota at the Winter Camping Symposium, an annual event dedicated to celebrating outdoor winter activities. During our conversation, he spoke enthusiastically about how much he enjoyed the event and not just because beer was provided by Bent […]

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Surly Doomtree Day Bar Crawl details announced

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It’s no wonder how Surly and Doomtree decided to collaborate on a special beer. Surly Brewing and the hip-hop collective, Doomtree, are both crusaders of quality. Their missions are to provide an alternative to the bland dross filling our beer glasses and our headphones, and both have gained a fervent following along the way. Now, after nine successful Doomtree Blowout concerts, […]

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 […]