5 local comedians to watch in 2017






There’s no doubt that 2016 was a weird year. But if there was one redeeming quality to our last revolution around the sun, it was the continued explosion of our local comedy scene. Many of the Twin Cities’ most popular and reliable comedians made the move towards national stardom, moving to Los Angeles and New […]

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What ‘The Sneetches’ teaches






Dr. Seuss may have published “The Sneetches and Other Stories” back in 1961, but the Children’s Theatre Company’s musical adaptation “Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches The Musical” proves the short story is still as relevant as ever. Composed by David Mallamud, written by Philip Dawkins, and directed by Peter C. Brosius, the Children’s Theatre Company’s inventive theatrical […]

Minnesota Brewery Running Series announces 2017 schedule






Even for the most avid, health-conscious runners, a carrot on a stick is probably not the most enticing form of motivation. But a beer? That’s another story. The Minnesota Brewery Running Series is back for 2017 with 25 events across the state (see the full list below). Now in its sixth year, the events are […]

Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris reflects on film’s 25th anniversary






Whether it’s recent remakes of “Ghostbusters,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” or the 26th version of “Batman,” it can feel like there really aren’t “new” movie ideas coming out of Hollywood anymore. In fact, the remakes of great movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s have been remade so many times that at this point it’s hard to […]

Artist Profile: Chuck U






Chuck U’s artwork brings to life an alternate reality that exists within his creative brain. A music-crazed, DJ-ing monkey. A scruffy, Godzilla-like dog/octopus hybrid donning a bowler hat and monocle. A bird perched in a tree with robotic eyes. But why a fascination of whimsical and wondrous worlds? “I wish I had an awesome explanation […]

Craft Culture: Turning family tradition into modern day practice at George’s Shoe Repair






Looking at the pair of shoes, Luke George didn’t just see worn down heels, scrunched up leather, or years of grime built up on the once-white surfaces.  The cobbler knew these were more than just a pair of old dress shoes—they once belonged to his customer’s grandfather. They had history. A legacy. Years in the […]

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9 Cheap Cities to Fly to from MSP in February






February may not be the first month you flip to in your calendar when planning your annual vacation. But don’t underestimate the value of the shortest month of the year—it’s usually the slowest period for travel. With low-season rates and fewer crowds, it’s the ideal time to sneak in that much-needed first getaway of the […]

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The (not so) complete history of Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant






Given St. Paul’s colorful past, it shouldn’t be surprising that the city’s first resident of European descent was a bar owner with legal troubles, and the first building was his eponymous bar. Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant’s early years are shrouded in mystery. Here are things the historical records seem to agree on: He was born […]

A look inside ‘The Hilarious World of Depression’






In the summer of 2015, American Public Media dropped the axe on John Moe when it canceled “Wits.” The celeb-and-music-focused variety show had become synonymous with Moe, and to watch it go by the wayside was sad and depressing both for fans as well as the host himself. Moe disappeared from the public eye for […]

Sisyphus Brewing is going all in on comedy






After spending nearly three years as a performer on the local Twin Cities standup comedy scene, Sam Harriman came to the realization that making a living doing comedy wasn’t going to be easy, and decided to pursue a different passion: brewing. That led to the birth of Sisyphus Brewing, which has become a popular brewery […]

Dibs on Dylan: Can Minnesota claim credit for the success of Robert Zimmerman?






When Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of 2016’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Minnesotans rejoiced. The first rock star ever to win the Nobel, and he’s one of our own! Born and bred! Or…is he? Throwing cold water on the prairie party, many pointed out that Dylan was nowhere near the Gopher State when […]

Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp






When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes […]

Craft Culture: Handcrafting stories at North House Folk School






On a winter day in picturesque Grand Marais, all is quiet. Overworked boats sit empty on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Cafes and gift shops stand subdued. A lonely seagull is perched atop a pile of rocks. Only the cold wind whooshes about—a present from nearby Canada. From the outside, the colorful buildings of […]

The laugh of Lyle LaRue






Visit any comedy club in the Twin Cities on any given night, and you’ll hear dozens upon dozens of voices laughing in unison. But of all these laughs, there is one that stands out just a little bigger, louder, and more full of joy than any others. Lyle LaRue is a 42-year-old native of Central […]

4 holiday shows for musicheads






We all have our holiday traditions that don’t change much from year to year. If you live in the Twin Cities, maybe it’s taking in the light shows along Nicollet Mall or Summit Avenue in St. Paul. But regardless of your traditions, no holiday season is complete without a little music. The best part of […]