We Could Be (Feline) Heroes: Bowie fans and cat lovers come together for 14th annual fundraiser concert

Since 2004, local musicians have filled First Avenue’s Mainroom for one night a year to celebrate David Bowie—and cats. Rock For Pussy is now in its 14th year, and although the event has grown since its inception, its goals remain the same: to raise money for Feline Rescue, a Minnesota-based no-kill cat shelter, and to … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Niky Motekallem

The ways in which humans interact with animals are far-reaching. From beloved pets to filtering additives for beer to grilled steaks on our dinner plates, we have deep, dependent relationships with the animals in our ecosystem. Illustrator Niky Motekallem displays her love for nature in her art, which is filled with colorful, kaleidoscopic renderings of … [ Read more]

Todd Glass pushes back on the idea of PC culture ruining comedy

Todd Glass isn’t afraid to speak his mind. With a career spanning more than three decades, the comedian has performed all over the world, sharing his observations, insights, and absurdities with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. His most recent Netflix special was released in January to overwhelmingly positive reviews, and his podcast, “The Todd … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: Rock The Garden 2018

Rock The Garden 2018 has come and gone. If you were there, you know it was hot, sweaty, and an exhaustingly fun time. If you missed it, or just want to reminisce, The Growler’s got you covered. Our photographer was there (regrettably wearing a black shirt, and black pants) and captured the tropically humid music … [ Read more]

Superior Sounds: Great summer concerts along the shores of the greatest Great Lake

Summer in the Upper Midwest—so much to do, so little time! Like any other Minnesotan, I enjoy hopping a plane to somewhere warmer for a week or so in the winter, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy local offerings out on the open road. Some vacation for leisure; others for adventure. I always … [ Read more]

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 Rhymesayers Entertainment at the helm, Soundset has grown from a word-of-mouth block party to a marquee music festival over the years as it’s traveled from the old Metrodome parking lot … [ 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 audiences aren’t interested in hearing the punch line. It’s not a happy time to be a clown. In fact, historically speaking, it might be the worst time to be a clown. Almost … [ 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 cinephile grew up watching a movie nearly every day and eventually went on to run the Landmark Lagoon Cinema from 2006 to 2015, where he also got his start. His … [ Read more]

The Growler’s guide to Art-A-Whirl 2018

Spring has sprung (finally), and Northeast Minneapolis is springing into a whirlwind of a weekend—it’s the 23rd annual Art-A-Whirl. From May 18–20, thousands of people will descend on the area to browse art, tour studios and galleries, and watch artists’ creative techniques. But people need to eat, drink, and take a load-off, too, so many … [ Read more]

Minnesota State Fair announces final acts for this year’s Grandstand lineup

In natural Minnesotan fashion, we’re already looking past summer to the arrival of the Minnesota State Fair. We can’t help it! We’re gluttons for seasonal punishment (or just really love eating fried food among thousands of our closest friends.) With the announcement of the final three acts, the full 2018 Grandstand Concert Series has been … [ Read more]

Minneapolis’ Demon Of Screamin’: The life and times of enigmatic rock ’n’ roller Curtiss A

Before you even ask a question,” says Curtiss A, leaning forward to address my iPhone, “I’ll just make a statement that I have not prepared.” The singer-songwriter born Curt Almsted thought I had come to his St. Paul home to ask him about aliens, which was a reasonable assumption. He has a UFO story he’s … [ Read more]

Diving into the Colorful Multiverse of Cosplay

Costumed fans bring their favorite characters to life Emily Bartel has always enjoyed dressing in costume. “That passion goes all the way back to my earliest memories in my childhood,” she recalls. After moving to the Twin Cities, she began designing costumes based on her favorite characters—first from anime series, then from sources like comics … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: The wonderfully strange works of Jennifer Davis

A roaring lion, steeped in vivid colors of bubblegum and coral. A humanoid cat wearing gray slacks, standing against a sparse cream-colored sky. A female figure, dressed in a pale green blouse, as a black, vintage rotary phone defines her facial features. These characters look like they live in an enchanting, yet eerie, pastel-hued Candyland … [ Read more]

Playwrights’ Center announces 2018-19 McKnight Residency and Fellowship recipients

The McKnight National Residency and Commission has announced the writers that will participate in the 2018-19 cohort at the Playwrights’ Center. Among them is Idris Goodwin, the recipient of the 2018-19 McKnight National Residency and Commission; May Lee-Yang and Tori Sampson, the 2018-19 McKnight fellows in Playwriting. “To have the longtime support of a visionary … [ Read more]

Back on the Beat: ‘Super Troopers 2’ director Jay Chandrasekhar talks crowdsourcing, cult status, and chugging

Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit, and Farva are back in action and find themselves smack dab in the middle of an international border dispute between the U.S. and Canada. When the town of St. Georges Du Laurent, Quebec, becomes a part of America due to a surveying error, the Super Troopers are called in to set … [ Read more]