Inside the Mind of a Puzzle Master

New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz stretches and stimulates brains one clue at a time No matter who you are or what you are interested in, chances are good that at some point in your life, you’ve done a crossword puzzle. Whether you enjoy flexing some nearly forgotten grade school education, prefer mind-bending word … [ Read more]

Beating cancer one mile at a time: How cycling is helping Chris Gibbs in his fight against colon cancer

Now matter how hard you try to take care of yourself, sometimes life has other plans. Chris Gibbs learned this the hard way this past May, when the 45-year-old cyclist was diagnosed with colon cancer. “I didn’t see it coming,” Gibbs says of his diagnosis. “You try and do the right things [for your health] … [ Read more]

Capturing the science (and magic) of Pixar at Science Museum of Minnesota

Remember the first time you watched Buzz Lightyear fly “to infinity, and beyond?” How about the feeling you got when Dory told Nemo, “Just keep swimming?” Or how your jaw dropped when Lightning McQueen came speeding across your screen? This summer, you can get a glimpse into the science, engineering, filmmaking, and imagination it took … [ Read more]

Krav Maga on Bicycles

From the battlefields of Israel to the bike paths of Minneapolis, a team of self-defense instructors are teaching cyclists to protect themselves Gail Boxrud began thinking about the need for self defense while working as a journalist in Alaska. “I covered the police and crime beat, and found myself in some scary situations,” she says. … [ Read more]

The Cactus Blossoms take an eerie trip into the world of ‘Twin Peaks’

It’s fitting that the song, “Mississippi,” from local folk duo The Cactus Blossoms’ 2016 album, “You’re Dreaming,” recently received a second life thanks to a television show that thrives on horror, murder, and mystery. The duo and their song were recently featured on third episode of the newly revived “Twin Peaks.” “It happened because of luck,” … [ Read more]

Urban comedy takes center stage in Twin Cities

On a Friday night in St. Paul, the newest comedy club in town, Baddie’s Comedy Co., is packed to capacity. On stage, comedian KJay is absolutely destroying, and the laughter is so loud that you’d think there were well over 130 people inside. Since opening back in February of this year, Baddie’s has created a … [ Read more]

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]

Group fitness classes muscle in on local craft brewery scene

It’s 10am on Saturday morning at Bauhaus Brew Labs and the place is already raging. Music is blaring, people are shouting, and roughly 25 smiling, sweaty people are shoulder-to-shoulder in the taproom. This is not the first stop on a Northeast Minneapolis brewery crawl (at least, not officially); it is a kettlebell fitness class. This … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Maria Bamford

Mental hospitals, medications, people-pleasing tendencies, addiction, and recovery. Are you laughing yet? This may not seem like the standard formula for comedy, but Maria Bamford isn’t a standard comedian. She has managed to work these elements into a comedy career that has spanned nearly three decades. That’s why it should have come as no surprise … [ Read more]

Patton Oswalt on stand-up, Twitter beefs, and a ‘Mysterious’ reboot

Despite the fact that some standup comedians manage to become A-List mega-stars (e.g. Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Kevin Hart, etc.), the reality is that even the most well-known comics see their popularity plateau at some point. Patton Oswalt is one of the few comedians who has managed to avoid this trap. He’s done so by … [ Read more]