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  • Vegan chocolate cake for all: Common Roots celebrates its first birthday

    published Aug 08, 2008

    Hey everyone, I have another block party for you. This time it’s at Common Roots Café, a restaurant that is, according to their site, 90% local, organic, and fair trade. They also make a kil... More >>

  • We Are Scientists

    published August 6, 2008

    According to We Are Scientists' website—which is as humorous as it is informative—the band formed in a dorm room at Pomona College in... More >>

  • Joe Rogan

    published August 6, 2008

    Many know Joe Rogan as the host of Fear Factor, the show on which contestants ate scorpions and hung off of buildings for cash prizes.... 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 >>

  • Pizza Luce Block Party

    published August 6, 2008

    If you live in the Lyn-Lake area, chances are you dine at the Uptown Pizza Lucé at least once a week. After all, the siren song of the... More >>

  • Liquor Lyle's Epic Happy Hour

    published August 6, 2008

    I'm not going to lie: There's nothing fancy about Liquor Lyle's. If you plan on getting all spiffed up to sip a $10 cocktail, than you might want... More >>

  • I Can't Believe It's Not Paint Thinner: Volume 7

    published Aug 01, 2008

    You may recognize this sweet, cheap wine by its neon colors. Usually found in the cooler section of your liquor store for less than $4 a bottle, Arbor Mist is known as the preferred wine for suburban ... More >>

  • An unstoppable triumvirate: International canned beer, gnomes, and swords

    published Aug 01, 2008

    Are you into international canned beer? How about gnomes? Swords? What about all three of these things together as an artistic statement? Well, have I got the gallery opening party for you!In celebrat... More >>

  • The Ting Tings

    published July 30, 2008

    According to lead singer, guitarist, and drum bassist Katie White, ting ting is Mandarin for "band stand" (Ting Ting was also the name of... More >>

  • Eric Williams Carroll: All Buildings Dream in Blueprints

    published July 30, 2008

    Though I have seen many an installation, I don't know that I have seen a re-installation like this. While not quite a re-installation, but... More >>

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    published July 30, 2008

    It's true that the revolution may not be televised, but I suspect it will be well-documented nonetheless. Much like the sentiments captured in the... More >>

  • Tana French

    published July 30, 2008

    When Tana French's psychological thriller In the Woods was released, it took the literary world by surprise, becoming a national... More >>

  • Koi Show

    published July 30, 2008

    The koi has inspired many a tattoo sleeve and back panel over the years. Often believed to translate roughly as "friendship and love," koi is... More >>

  • Jim Lee

    published July 30, 2008

    In the comic book/graphic novel world, illustrator and publisher Jim Lee is a giant who has worked on many strips and projects. He's been an... More >>

  • Hot Iron Pour

    published July 30, 2008

    It might seem counterintuitive on these hot summer days to fire an iron furnace up to 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you can't stand the heat,... More >>

  • Alice turns 150, throws a wonderful party

    published Jul 25, 2008

    The state of Minnesota isn’t the only one celebrating its sesquicentennial, aka 150 years of existence. While early Minnesotans were penning their state constitution and electing their first represe... More >>

  • The Lynx raise funds for breast cancer research

    published Jul 25, 2008

    Last week the Twins held an event to fight homelessness. This weekend the Lynx get in on the charitable event thing with a fundraiser for breast cancer research.The benefit, held this Saturday at the ... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Mexican 3-Way

    published Jul 25, 2008

    You remember the MTV show Pimp my Ride? Well this is like that, only with a margarita.Mexican 3-Way Chino Latino This ain't no Don Pablo margarita $11 Like most of Chino Latino drinks the Mexican 3-W... More >>

  • Walldogs on Nicollet: Help paint 10 murals in 4 days

    published Jul 23, 2008

    It may sound like an impossible task, but it will indeed happen: This week, along Nicollet Avenue in the Kingfield neighborhood, ten murals will be painted on the outside of various buildings in three... More >>

  • Joshua James; Cory Chisel

    published July 23, 2008

    Cory Chisel (who regularly performs with his band, the Wandering Sons) is from Appleton, Wisconsin, and though their touring locations have mostly... More >>

  • Allan Spear Forum: Gloria Reuben

    published July 23, 2008

    It might be hard to remember, but ER was at one time groundbreaking TV. It seems like most shows nowadays take place in either a law firm... More >>

  • Walldogs on Nicollet

    published July 23, 2008

    It may sound like an impossible task, but it will indeed happen: This week, along Nicollet Avenue in the Kingfield neighborhood, ten murals... More >>

  • This audition isn't for everybody: only the sexy people

    published Jul 21, 2008

    Are you fine? Do you know it? This open audition is right up your alley. This Wednesday and Friday Loto in downtown St. Paul (380 Jackson St.) is hosting open auditions for “The Great American Beaut... More >>

  • I Can't Believe It's Not Paint Thinner: Vol. 5: Cisco

    published Jul 18, 2008

    Notorious for the raging, delusional drunk it causes and its three–day hangover, Cisco just may be the absinthe of hobo wines.Produced by Centerra Wine Co. (formerly Canandaigua Wine Co.), thei... More >>

  • Party like it's 1994

    published Jul 18, 2008

    Have you ever wanted to see Mary Kate Olsen make out with Ben Kingsley? Yeah, I thought so. Check out this special screening of The Wackness tomorrow evening.This Saturday the Uptown Theatre (2906 Hen... More >>

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