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2008 Stories by Jessica Armbruster

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  • Kathy Griffin

    published October 1, 2008

    Kathy Griffin is not afraid to burn bridges. She's smack-talked everyone from Tom Cruise and Scientology (was he crazy before or after his... More >>

  • Chuck Klosterman

    published October 1, 2008

    Taking a break from cultural criticism, Chuck Klosterman released his first novel this year, Downtown Owl. Set in the fictional town of... More >>

  • Jamie Kaler

    published October 1, 2008

    New Hampshire native Jamie Kaler isn't sure how he became a standup comic. He had a happy childhood, loving parents, and only the occasional... More >>

  • I Can't Believe It's Not Paint Thinner: Red Headed Blast

    published Sep 26, 2008

    DeKuyper knows how to call a spade a spade. Their website proudly proclaims their many lines of liqueurs to be colorful and fruity. Never head of them? DeKuyper, an offshoot of Jim Beam Brands Co., i... More >>

  • Ron Sexsmith

    published September 24, 2008

    In an alternate world, Ron Sexsmith is a huge pop star. Of course, that world would reward artists for musical talent and their ability to write... More >>

  • Steve Lerach

    published September 24, 2008

    Those familiar with the tales of Anthony Bourdain know that the restaurant business is intense work. In Fried: Surviving Two Centuries in... More >>

  • Black Forest Inn Oktoberfest

    published September 24, 2008

    The original Oktoberfest was held in Munich in Bavaria, Germany, on October 12, 1810. An epic German celebration, it marked the marriage of Prince... More >>

  • Steve Lerach

    published September 24, 2008

    Those familiar with the tales of Anthony Bourdain know that the restaurant business is intense work. In Fried: Surviving Two Centuries in... More >>

  • Math and science nerds: bring your kids to this event

    published Sep 19, 2008

    This Saturday the University of Minnesota hosts a free family festival celebrating math and science.Held at the Coffman Memorial Union (300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis), the Math & Science Fun Fai... More >>

  • Electric Arc Radio: Don't Crush Our Hearts

    published September 17, 2008

    Some call Electric Arc Radio a Lake Wobegon for hipsters, others liken it to a sitcom on the radio. Both descriptions would be apt. Set in an... More >>

  • D.C.A. Hillman

    published September 17, 2008

    It is not uncommon to think of ancient Greco-Roman society as a precursor to modern Western civilization. Hailed as the cradle of democracy,... More >>

  • She Rock Festival 2008

    published September 17, 2008

    She Rock Festival founder Debra G. admits that her motivations for establishing this two-day music fest were selfish. Unfamiliar with so many... More >>

  • MN Fall Fashion Week Cocktail Party

    published September 17, 2008

    Various Twin Cities locations, Wednesday through Sunday It's true that the Midwest isn't known as a bastion for cutting-edge... More >>

  • MN Fall Fashion Week: Envision

    published September 17, 2008

    It's true that the Midwest isn't known as a bastion for cutting-edge fashion. Sure, most suburbs contain at least one strip mall featuring a... More >>

  • MN Fall Fashion Week: Thunderball

    published September 17, 2008

    Various Twin Cities locations, Wednesday through Sunday It's true that the Midwest isn't known as a bastion for cutting-edge... More >>

  • MN Fall Fashion Week

    published September 17, 2008

    It's true that the Midwest isn't known as a bastion for cutting-edge fashion. Sure, most suburbs contain at least one strip mall featuring a... More >>

  • Barhopping: Tum Rup Thai

    published September 17, 2008

    Sometimes restaurants located just east of Hennepin Avenue get the fuzzy end of the lollipop. Non-Uptowners flock to Calhoun Square or the handful... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Apple Strudel

    published Sep 12, 2008

    When dining in a German restaurant, you eyes might first jump to the beers on tap, or perhaps the Riesling list. Ambitious drinks like the Krautini (a martini with sauerkraut juice) may also make you ... More >>

  • I Can't Believe It's Not Paint Thinner: Phillips Rum

    published Sep 12, 2008

    The label on Phillips Light Rum is emblazoned with a ship, its huge mast catching a mighty gale. Rum is, after all, a beverage associated with drunk, manly sailors at sea, and sweet, frou–frou c... More >>

  • Twin Cities Nets and the Nomad raise funds to fight malaria

    published Sep 12, 2008

    Hard to imagine that something so small could make someone so sick, but it’s true. Some hundred years later malaria is still a major health threat across the world.This Sunday the Nomad World Pub (5... More >>

  • Art and Popular Culture

    published September 10, 2008

    Like a free bag of potato chips, pop culture is consumed by most of us without a second thought. On a daily basis, commercials, billboards,... More >>

  • John Vogt: Paper Tiger

    published September 10, 2008

    The website for Plasticgod proclaims him to be "Your 21st Century Warhol." Whether that assertion is true remains to be seen, but regardless, the... More >>

  • Minneatures by PLASTICGOD

    published September 10, 2008

    The website for Plasticgod proclaims him to be "Your 21st Century Warhol." Whether that assertion is true remains to be seen, but regardless, the... More >>

  • Taste of Lake Street

    published September 10, 2008

    It's been a tough couple of years for the businesses along Lake Street. Constant construction, in an attempt to create turn lanes and widen that... More >>

  • Junk Bonanza

    published September 10, 2008

    They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure; anyone who has rummaged through the chaos of Ax-Man Surplus Store in St. Paul knows this... More >>

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