Arts & Entertainment

Soundset brings Twin Cities hip-hop to the national stage

For 11 years, Minnesota has been home to what is now considered one of the premiere hip-hop festivals in the country. With local record label … [Read More...]

Juggling an Identity Crisis: The changing face of clowning

You’ve gotta be able to read an audience, as the adage goes. Unfortunately for those in the gag-filled world of professional clowning, today’s … [Read More...]

The Trylon Cinema: Minneapolis’ hidden hope for eccentric and repertory film

J ohn Moret’s position as the Trylon Cinema’s film programmer fits him like an old roll of 35mm film fits into an antique projector. The … [Read More...]

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Makers

Southside Battletrain: Human-powered metal machines

There’s a house in South Minneapolis that stands out from the rest. It could be the tangle of vines cascading down the facade. Or maybe it’s the … [Read More...]

Tiny houses face big hurdles in the Twin Cities

The tiny house trend is everywhere. Look on Instagram. Check out Pinterest. On HGTV alone, there’s “Tiny House, Big Living,” “Tiny House Builders,” … [Read More...]

Shoes With Soul: Stylish shoe repair at Greenwich Vintage

It’s me!” Tamas “Zen” Pomazi shouts as he enters Papa’s Shoe Repair II in downtown Waconia. The phrase is a signal to Julio Sanchez—owner of … [Read More...]

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Sports & Outdoors

Backyard or Backcountry: Make the most of your Memorial Day weekend

Ahhh, Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer when we hardy Minnesotans can finally soak up some vitamin D, kick back with a beer, and … [Read More...]

St. Paul’s Allianz Field to host the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Midway St. Paul’s Allianz Field has been selected as a host venue of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup next July. The Confederation of North American, … [Read More...]

St. Paul’s Town House Bar to become soccer bar, The Black Hart of Saint Paul

The Town House Bar, St. Paul’s oldest LGBTQ bar and home to some of the city’s most vibrant drag shows, is getting a new owner, name, and soccer … [Read More...]

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Heritage

The Inimitable Robert ‘Fish’ Jones: The dandy zookeeper of Minneapolis

You’re walking down a busy street in Minneapolis in the late 1800s. You have a list of items that you need to purchase, are juggling the parcels you … [Read More...]

Mindful Consumption: A Minimalist’s Guide to Buying Stuff

When I was 10 years old, I stumbled into my most prized possession. It was a wallet that belonged to my grandfather. I was young enough when he passed … [Read More...]

Craft Culture: 130 years of water and the grindstone at Schech’s Mill

At first the vibrations in the water are faint. Small ripples break through the surface of the stream as they push out from the base of an old stone … [Read More...]

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Travel

The Unnecessary Categorization of Everything (Or Why I Love Shibuya Crossing)

My buzz has completely worn off. Throwing back Asahi, Japan’s rice beer equivalent to Budweiser, the entire 12-hour flight over seemed like a good idea at the time, but now, standing in line at Japanese customs, I was beginning to rethink my … [Read More...]

The Delights of Des Moines, Iowa, Minnesota’s Minor League City

Just a hair less than 250 miles south of the Twin Cities sits the city of Des Moines, Iowa, the state’s capital city. As a major hub for the insurance industry, it’s nicknamed the “Hartford of the West.” Though the city received a much more … [Read More...]

Winter Weary? Staycation Ideas for the Fancy and the Frugal

For the Frugal By Bill Lindeke No matter how many generations your roots stretch back, winter is the true test for any Minnesotan. By the time February rolls around, the months of shortened days, numb appendages, icy streets, and long, cold nights … [Read More...]

State of Chicago Beer: A good time to be thirsty in the Windy City

If you're heading to Chicago, come parched. As of this writing, there are just under 200 breweries in the greater Chicagoland area. Like many American cities, the Chicago craft beer scene is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Eight Chicago-area … [Read More...]

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