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  • Concrete and Grass: Lowertown Music Festival

    published September 3, 2008

    Lowertown St. Paul has been on a roll lately. Several summers ago I would have only recommended a trip to the region for the Farmers' Market, or... More >>

  • Baby Loves Disco

    published September 3, 2008

    It may have been quite awhile since you last had your soul crushed at a dance club, but the general experience hasn't changed much. Girls still... More >>

  • Taylor Negron: Satellites

    published September 3, 2008

    D-list celebrity is a strange beast. For some, it's a career made up of paparazzi stalking and attending weird promotional events. For others,... More >>

  • I Can't Believe It's Not Paint Thinner: Blue Raspberry

    published Aug 29, 2008

    Burnett’s vodka is manufactured by Heaven Hill, makers of just about every type of hard liquor imaginable. They are also the brains behind uber–tendy, brightly–colored beverages like Hpn... More >>

  • Thomas Frank

    published August 27, 2008

    It might be hard to believe, but sometimes politicians don't have our best interests at heart. Though this is the gist of Thomas Frank's argument,... More >>

  • Thomas Frank

    published August 27, 2008

    It might be hard to believe, but sometimes politicians don't have our best interests at heart. Though this is the gist of Thomas Frank's argument,... More >>

  • Solutions Volume 3

    published August 27, 2008

    Though politicians may want you to believe that they are the harbingers of change, us regular citizens tend to remain skeptical. Though we often... More >>

  • Barhopping: Town Hall Brewery

    published August 27, 2008

    Visiting a bar that makes its own beer can be a dodgy affair. Though it is a noble art to brew one's own, it doesn't always work out for the best.... More >>

  • Barhopping: Moscow on the Hill

    published August 27, 2008

    The decor may not be as trendy or posh as at bars like Chino Latino or Solera, but if you can get over the peasant shirts nailed to the walls,... More >>

  • Barhopping: The Happy Gnome

    published August 27, 2008

    According to All About Beer Magazine, The Happy Gnome is one of 125 places beer lovers need to visit before they die. And it's no wonder... More >>

  • Update: Laughing Liberally find local

    published Aug 21, 2008

    The results of the "Laughing Liberally" competition were announced, and after a gruelingly funny night at Joke Joint Comedy Club, Chris Maddock was crowned champion of local laughs. The Stil... More >>

  • Richard Prince: Spiritual America

    published March 19, 2008

    Can an artist simultaneously celebrate and critique pop culture? Those familiar with the incredibly varied work of Richard Prince have seen... More >>

  • Rain Taxi 50th Issue Celebration

    published August 20, 2008

    Some may say that hard times have befallen the art of literary review. Many will point to sluggish and declining book sales as indicative of a... More >>

  • Hindsight is Always 20/20

    published August 20, 2008

    As the Faces lamented in "Oh La La": I wish that I knew what I know now/When I was younger. Truer words are rarely spoken. In "Hindsight... More >>

  • Saint Paul-itics: Bill Arnold

    published August 20, 2008

    Recently, I went to a politically minded happy hour with a friend. Sitting there with a beer in hand, I listened to some local politician... More >>

  • Seth Tobocman

    published August 20, 2008

    Seth Tobocman is a man who wears many hats. He's an antiwar and anti-racism activist; he's a radical cartoonist, perhaps most famous for... More >>

  • Half-Priced Wine Night at French Meadow

    published August 20, 2008

    You might not think of French Meadow when choosing places to enjoy an adult beverage. It is, after all, in close proximity to bars like the... More >>

  • I can't believe it's not paint thinner: Volume 9

    published Aug 15, 2008

    The information available on André is sparse. My first search yielded a link to André Champagne Productions, makers of some truly awesome looking movies. I also stumbled upon a yahoo.com... More >>

  • Poster Offensive 4

    published August 13, 2008

    If you think back to the sophisticated décor of your college dorm room, you probably had at least one sweet-ass poster taped to your wall.... More >>

  • Flowerfest Weekend

    published August 13, 2008

    Flower power indeed. This weekend the arboretum will showcase not one, but two flower shows: The 26th Annual Arboretum Flower and Garden Show and... More >>

  • Bart Schneider

    published August 6, 2008

    There is absolutely no way that you can confuse the setting of Bart Schneider's latest novel, The Man in the Blizzard. Each sentence is... More >>

  • Bart Schneider

    published August 6, 2008

    There is absolutely no way that you can confuse the setting of Bart Schneider's latest novel, The Man in the Blizzard. Each sentence is... More >>

  • Bart Schneider

    published August 6, 2008

    There is absolutely no way that you can confuse the setting of Bart Schneider's latest novel, The Man in the Blizzard. Each sentence is... More >>

  • Bart Scheider

    published August 6, 2008

    There is absolutely no way that you can confuse the setting of Bart Schneider's latest novel, The Man in the Blizzard. Each sentence is... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Sorbet Spritzer

    published Aug 08, 2008

    Minnesota is a great town for local brews, but did you know that we also make some pretty good ice cream and sorbet?Sorbet Spritzer Crema Café $7 Sonny’s came into existence when Sonny Siron... More >>

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