Bank robbers, prostitutes, and gang members share stories for a new podcast with comedian Gabe Noah

A bank robber, a male prostitute, and a gang member sit down with a comedian and share their most insane and personal stories. This isn’t a joke; it’s a new podcast that launched earlier this month. Local comedy standout Gabe Noah’s “Profession Confession” podcast is exactly what it sounds like. Each episode, Noah finds people … [ Read more]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2017

It’s a whirlwind of a weekend—half art show, half party, and a whole lot of fun for everyone. Art-A-Whirl is back for its 22nd year May 19–21 in Northeast Minneapolis. The Art From clay to printmaking, glass to paintings, artwork from more than 600 artists at 50+ locations will be on display throughout Northeast. From the large studio … [ Read more]

Defunct St. Paul movie theater revitalized as North Garden Theater

A century-old building that had fallen into disrepair and was slated to be demolished by the City of St. Paul is being brought back to life as the North Garden Theater thanks to a couple who saw its star potential. This rundown, long-vacant building enjoyed its heyday in the first half of the 20th century as the … [ Read more]

Joshua Redman and Emmet Cohen added to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival lineup

The 19th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is stacked with a stellar music lineup, as saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Emmet Cohen are added to the bill. Redman and Cohen will join the bill that includes pianist McCoy Tyner, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Anat Cohen with Choro Aventuroso, and Minnesota-native Bobby Lyle, according to a … [ Read more]

Two businesses partner with the Jimmy C. Jensen Youth in Music Scholarship to support at-risk youth

Myra Jensen created the Jimmy C. Jensen Youth in Music Scholarship to provide music lessons to school age students that have the passion to play a musical instrument, but do not otherwise have the opportunity or financial means to do so. And now, two organizations have chipped in to help the effort. First up, Spark Music Studio partnered with … [ Read more]

St. Paul–based artist, Adam Sward, named as Surly’s 2017 “Featured Artist”

More than 340 artists applied to be crowned as this year’s Surly Brewing “Featured Artist.” But only one prevailed: St. Paul-based illustrator, Adam Sward. Sward will create the new design concepts for SurlyFest 2017, Darkness 2017, and Surly’s 12th anniversary beer in 2018. His art will be featured on everything from beer labels to T-shirts … [ Read more]

Great (music) outdoors: Making the most of your summer festival season

“Get a lay of the land. Stay hydrated.” “Best way to beat the heat: cold compress laced with an essential oil blend of peppermint and eucalyptus.” “Bring at least one outfit that pushes your limits. A little too sexy. A little too neon. A little too Lycra.” Those are just a few of the responses … [ Read more]

Then and now: Japanese-American WWII photo exhibit to open end of May

The Japanese concept of gambatte is about triumphing over adversity. Encapsulating this spirit is a new exhibit opening at the Historic Fort Snelling starting May 27. The exhibit chronicles the Japanese-Americans who persevered through their incarceration in Japanese internment camps back during the World War II through this display of part and present images. Historic photos, captured by … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Jaime Anderson

“In the presence of nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay, “Nature,” “a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” Losing oneself (and one’s cell phone service) in the company of nature can be a blissful experience. At the very least, stepping into the wilderness helps wash away the worries … [ Read more]

Review: ‘West Side Story’ is all of our stories

It’s a story that could be told about any city, anywhere, at any time: Two ethnically divided groups fighting over pride, property, bragging rights, and power; their actions motivated by fear, insecurity, and hatred. “West Side Story” opened at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, April 7, with more energy and relevance than … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Laura Eng

Most of us probably don’t put a lot of thought into where our “trash” goes once it leaves the street curb and it’s thrown into the back of a garbage truck. Out of sight, out of mind. Out with the old, in with the new. But in the quest for the latest-and-greatest in our ephemeral … [ Read more]

‘I Am’ series to debut in St. Paul

Kristi Abbott moved to the U.S. from Australia four years ago. And in that time, she turned her gaze inward, focusing on and figuring out who she is as an artist. Her discovery: “I Am,” a collection of eight portraits—”I Am Art,” “I Am Woman,” “I Am Erotic,” “I Am Brave,” “I Am Imagination,” “I Am … [ Read more]

The Growler takes on Lowertown’s new Escape MSP

Local investigators have brought in Miss Amanda Treedeath for questioning on suspicion of murder. (Gasp!) It’s up to you and your team to help with the investigation. But here’s the kicker: You only have 60 minutes. As we previously mentioned, The Growler crew turned into sneaky sleuths for a day as we visited Escape MSP, … [ Read more]

MN Opera’s “Dinner At Eight”: Fiddling While Rome Burns

The world around them is in shambles, they’ll be damned if they don’t keep up appearances. Like the cartoon dog in the burning room, this is fine, they say. Last Saturday was the world premiere of Dinner At Eight, an opera based on the 1932 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, at the … [ Read more]

Before and after in St. Paul’s newly renovated Palace Theatre [PHOTOS]

Photos by Aaron Davidson The Palace Theater will re-open in downtown St. Paul on Friday night to host local hip hop artist Atmosphere for its first official concert. Just over 100 years will have passed since the venue originally opened as a 3,000 seat vaudeville house, which has sat vacant since 1984 when it was … [ Read more]