Kathy Griffin dishes celebrity dirt, offers tips for Pride newcomers






Kathy Griffin is used to having the biggest personality in the room. But during Pride weekend, even she knows that she has work cut out for her. “Doing Pride, I’m out there trying to compete with boys in thongs,” she says. “But that’s what makes gay audiences the best; you can’t shake them.” This week, […]

Dance outside: 2016 summer music festival preview






Today, June 20, is the official start of summer, which means the calendar in the coming months is chock full of outdoor music festivals. See the list below for some of our favorites, and we’ll see you on the dance floor (or mud pit, depending on the fest and the weather). Basilica Block Party | […]

More than just “Dad Jokes”






For Twin Cities comedy dads, fatherhood means learning to take things a little less seriously On March 28, Gabe Noah and his wife, Alison, welcomed their first child into the world. The next night, he was on stage in front of a room full of strangers, making jokes about what his life was like 48 […]

VocalEssence’s ReMix mentorship program gives young songwriters a chance to shine






“Some people see classical music as a dying art,” says G. Phillip Shoultz III, associate conductor of VocalEssence, a Minneapolis-based choral non-profit founded in 1969. That, however, is a misstatement. “It’s an ever-evolving art,” he explains. “What’s classical music now is different. It’s changing and shifting from what we’ve known it to be before.” And […]

Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts June 9–11






With 100 degrees on the horizon for some parts of Minnesota on Friday, there’s no question summer has arrived. So what better way to beat the summer heat than a show in a dark, air-conditioned concert venue? Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop | Varsity Theater | Thursday, June 9th, 7pm Earlier this year, Iron & […]

Artist Profile: Nick Wroblewski






More than most creatives of his age or era, Nick Wroblewski preserves an intimate relationship with his work. Throughout the artistic process Nick is inspired—and restricted—by our natural world. Opting to draw by hand the original drafts of his masterful woodcut prints, Nick maintains a physical connection to his work and the natural Midwest landscapes […]

Win Dad’s Day with The Growler’s Gift Guide






Father’s Day is a week from Sunday, and there may not be a harder holiday for shopping. Dads are famously self-reliant. They’re dads—they’ve already taken care of everything! So what do you get the man who usually gets everything himself? How about a chance to maneuver a 26-ton excavator? How about a bike trip between […]

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Unlock your kid’s inner musician with summer music camps in the Twin Cities






When I was a teenager, I wanted to learn the drums. I would tap along to music on any surface available, read drumming blogs, and replay the breakdown of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane” more times than I can remember. But my family couldn’t afford a kit and my grandparents wouldn’t pay for lessons the […]

The Growler’s Super Scientific Foolproof Chart for Finding Your Perfect Boat






For our Lakes & Streams Issue and the beginning of summer we wanted to provide a public service to you, the readers, to help you find your perfect boat. Just start by answering the question, “What are you drinking?” and then follow where the flow chart leads you. Art by Jephemera.

On boards: How a Minnesotan taught the world to water ski






The date is Saturday, July 22, 1922. The place is Lake City, Minnesota, on the waters of Lake Pepin, the largest naturally occurring lake on the Mississippi River. The time is 4pm. The scene is set for Lake City native Ralph Samuelson to carve his name into sporting history. Samuelson, who is just one day […]

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Craft Culture: Great Northern Boatworks turns unusable boats into show pieces






Along the eastern edge of a chewed-up dirt lot off Como Avenue in St. Paul, the pristine white bow of a Windsor Craft boat noses through a large garage door, reflecting the bright afternoon sun. It’s an odd place to spot a boat, considering there’s not a drop of water in sight. The buildings around […]

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Roaring Dan Seavey: Pirate of the Great Lakes






When you envision a pirate, there’s a definite pop culture template. Johnny Depp, obviously; maybe Captain Hook or Errol Flynn for you old-timers. (Underrated pirate: Dave Parker of the 1979 World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.) He has an eye patch, a treasure map, a sword, and he says “arrrrrrrrrr” and “matey,” a lot. He is […]

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Sanborn Canoe Co. bringing Merrimack Canoes to Minnesota






What’s a paddle without a canoe? Or a canoe without a paddle? Sanborn Canoe Co., known for their handcrafted canoe paddles, always planned to add handcrafted canoes to their product line. After recently acquiring Merrimack Canoes, one of the nation’s oldest canoe makers, they are one step closer to achieving their goal. According to Sanborn co-founder Todd Randall, […]

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 […]