Weekly Set List: Summer festival season is officially here






We see you… arriving to work on Monday morning with your dark sunglasses on, nursing an Art-A-Whirl hangover. Hopefully you made it to Northeast Minneapolis to experience one of the best local events of the year this past weekend, but if you didn’t, feat not, as Queen Bey and the summer outdoor music festival season […]

Louie Anderson returns to the comedy spotlight by saying yes to a dress






With a career spanning more than 30 years in comedy, there isn’t much that Louie Anderson hasn’t accomplished. The St. Paul native has performed standup all over the world, taken up residency in Las Vegas, voiced an Emmy award-winning cartoon based on his own life, and even hosted Family Feud. But this past January, Anderson […]

Nora McInerny Purmort laughs, cries, and changes diapers in the face of pain






There’s no other way to put it: Nora McInerny Purmort is a certified badass. The 33-year-old’s blog, My Husband’s Tumor, went viral due to the raw, touching insight it offered into the real life ups and downs of her husband’s battle with cancer and what life’s been like since he passed on November 25, 2014. […]

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Fulton pays it forward to entrepreneurs and charities






“In the brewing industry there are a lot of companies that are involved in donations and that’s great,” begins Fulton Brewing co-founder Ryan Petz, seated in their North Loop taproom behind a pint of Tanager Brett IPA. “But we wanted to add our own element that ties into our own story.” Enter the brewery’s Ful10 […]

St. Paul’s Field of Dreams: Baseball hopefuls test their mettle at Saints’ open tryouts






Every year, the St. Paul Saints hold open tryouts for potential players. Every year, most of them fall short. Every year, they come back. The press release for the May 5th event is literally titled “Fulfill a Dream,” and there is a precedent for fighting the long odds. The Saints’ all-time winningest pitcher, Charlie Ruud, […]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2016






Art-A-Whirl from FlyoverFilms on Vimeo Half art show, half party, all fun. Art-A-Whirl, the largest open-studio tour in the country, is May 20–22 in Northeast Minneapolis. With artwork on display from more than 600 artists at 50+ locations and pretty much every bar, restaurant, and brewery planning a party, we at The Growler thought we’d […]

New Kids on the Map: Thoughts from a first-time Art-A-Whirler






It has become an official Minneapolis harbinger that spring is truly here: Art-A-Whirl (AAW). The annual celebration of all-things creative signals that we’ve survived another Minnesota winter, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy beauty in all its forms. Now in its 21st year, Art-A-Whirl, organized by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), draws […]

Rhonda Fleming Hayes on the ‘perfect storm of problems for pollinators’






Rhonda Fleming Hayes remembers learning from her grandmother, step-by-step, how to plant a rose bush. “My parents were gardeners,” she says. “My father studied landscape architecture for a while—and when I was four years old I was already spouting botanical Latin. I was destined to be a planter.” Her book, “Pollinator Friendly Gardening,” hit the […]

Local nonprofit helps people with disabilities tap into their inner artists






“Art makes me.” This is what art means to Victor Van, a Minneapolis artist with autism. His art depicts things he loves: cars, wine bottles, even beer labels. “He would grab bottles and has always been fascinated by them,” Van’s mother, Yawa Vanthanouvong, explains about her son’s artistic inspiration. “Even as a little kid, he […]

The Shining at the Minnesota Opera






A hotel in a blizzard. All work and no play. Lloyd the bartender. Room 217. The boiler room. Croquet mallets smashing through doors. One man’s descent into madness. The Shining made its world premiere from the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts Saturday, May 7—a mix of dazzling multimedia and heartfelt, frantic vocals. You […]

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 […]