Crashing her way around the world

How Minnesota-native Sydney O’Keefe got hooked on the Red Bull Crashed Ice circuit Crashed Ice, or, as nobody you know calls it, ice cross downhill, is the Red Bull–sponsored extreme sport that is returning to St. Paul later this month. A combination of speed skating, downhill skiing, and a complete and utter disregard for self […]

Weekly Set List: Must-See Concerts Feb. 4–10

Hopefully you all survived Tuesday’s “blizzard.” Fortunately, the weather looks a little more show-friendly this weekend and into next week, and that’s a good thing since there are plenty of reasons to get out to a gig. Guster with Vetiver | First Avenue | Thursday, February 4, 7pm More than 20 years into their career, […]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music

When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again. Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with […]

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160 years of curling in Minnesota

Two-time U.S. Olympic curler and former junior high chemistry teacher Jeff Isaacson, 32, has a new gig: teaching curling. Last April, he became manager of the new Chaska Curling Center, which began its first season of league play just after the New Year. Interest in the new curling club is overwhelming, Isaacson says. When the […]

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Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts Jan. 21-23

Hopefully everyone survived the recent cold spell and braved the chill to get out to see a show. If you didn’t, this weekend has plenty of hot shows to entice you. The Current’s 11th Anniversary Party | First Avenue | Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 7pm both nights The Current is nearly a […]

5 Minnesota comedians to watch in 2016

Every year, it seems like the number of talented stand-up comedians in the Twin Cities grows exponentially. From new, raw talent gaining buzz on the open mic scene, to regulars making the leap to headliner status, to locals exploding into the national spotlight, the Twin Cities comedy scene continues to up the ante in terms […]

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Weekly Set List: Must see concerts Jan. 15–16

A pair of release shows, First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase, and the third round of the MN Beer Brunch series are your best bets for live music in the Twin Cities this weekend. Best New Bands of 2015 | First Avenue | Friday, January 15, 7pm First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase […]

Lullaby: A new kind of musical

Artistic inspiration doesn’t always strike in the way we think it will. It can come from anywhere at anytime—even from your insomniac two-year-old who refuses to adhere to any sort of sleep schedule. Such was the situation playwright Michael Elyanow found himself in 10 years ago. Elyanow and his husband were living in North Hampton, […]

Weekly Set List: Stacked lineup at Turf Club this weekend

Hopefully you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve. Let’s ring in 2016 with some great music. We’re right in the middle of the hibernating months for Minnesota concerts, so to speak. But the Turf Club is always one of the most exciting venues in the dead of winter, and this week showcases why. Bloodnstuff + Tyte […]

Craft Culture: Handmade toboggans at Northern Toboggan & Sled

Snow crunches under my tires as I pull up to the modest building. The air has that undeniable crispness winter brings with her as she settles in for the season. On a parcel of farmland six miles east of Warroad, Minnesota, mere miles from the Canadian border, John Harren’s Northern Toboggan & Sled shop is […]

The Legend of Joe Rolette: The Most Interesting Man in Minnesota History

There’s a thing called ghosting, in which a person breaks off all communication with the world, ignoring all texts, calls, e-mails, semaphore flags, ASL, telegrams, etc. (Parents: Ask your kids if this is still unclear.) The New York Times discovered it when Charlize Theron went AWOL on Sean Penn. You may remember that Wisconsin legislators also […]

Weekly Set List: 6 concerts to help you ring in 2016

Still haven’t nailed down your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us help you narrow down your options to six of the best ways to ring in 2016. Whether it’s experimental rap, whiskey-soaked Americana, sexy R&B, cover bands in wigs, an 80’s prom, or a local all-star hip hop collective, there is something for everyone this […]

Sneak peek of the Palace Theater redux in St. Paul [PHOTOS]

Photos by Aaron Davidson When the Palace Theater re-opens in downtown St. Paul, just over 100 years will have passed since the venue originally opened as a 3,000 seat vaudeville house. Serving most of the last century as a movie theater, and sitting vacant since 1984, the old theater is getting new life. Earlier this […]

January 2016 Arts and Culture Events

January brings a new year and a fresh crop of arts & culture events across the Twin Cities and the state—check them out before you decide to go into hibernation for the rest of the winter. Visit Saint Paul Featured Event: Saint Paul Winter Carnival | January 28–February 7, times vary | Various locations in St. Paul | […]

We Are The Willows’ “Picture (Portrait)” & the love that endured a war

It’s a tale as old as time: Two adolescents meet, fall in love, get married, and, eventually, their grandson makes an album based on letters they exchanged during WWII. Okay, okay, so maybe this story isn’t quite that common. In the year that’s passed since Minneapolis’ We Are The Willows released the first half of […]