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2009 Stories by Ward Rubrecht

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  • Tellebration! 2009

    published November 25, 2009

    Tellabration has consistently proven to be the best storytelling event of the year, gathering Minnesota's greatest talent into an entire day... More >>

  • Wayne "the Train" Hancock

    published October 28, 2009

    Last time Wayne Hancock came to town, Brian Setzer showed up at Lee's, surprising the star of the show, who promptly invited Setzer onstage for a... More >>

  • Soap Boxing Poetry Slam

    published October 28, 2009

    There's never been a better time to check out the Twin Cities slam poetry scene. The St. Paul Soap Boxing team captured the national championship... More >>

  • Split Lip Rayfield

    published October 21, 2009

    Calling Split Lip Rayfield a bluegrass band may give the wrong impression. True, they bring the standard guitar, mandolin, bass, and banjo to the... More >>

  • Astra Taylor on the Unschooled Life

    published October 21, 2009

    According to some studies, about two million American families homeschool. The practice is often associated with Christian fundamentalists and... More >>

  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    published October 14, 2009

    When I say that Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero's shredding will melt your face, bear two things in mind. First, said shredding consists of... More >>

  • Joe Buck Yourself

    published October 7, 2009

    In his days as bassist for Hank Williams III, Joe Buck was easily the most striking figure in the band. That's no small feat when you're sharing... More >>

  • Gaylaxicon 2009

    published October 7, 2009

    As sci-fi/fantasy conventions go, Gaylaxicon can easily stand on its own legs even without that whole gay thing. It has as a guest of honor got... More >>

  • 2009 Minneapolis Bike Tour

    published September 16, 2009

    For some Twin Cities bikers (those of us who don't ride River Road at 30 mph wearing autographed racing gear), the idea of a 37-mile ride is... More >>

  • Minnesota State Fair

    published August 26, 2009

    There are rules for State Fairs, both written and unwritten. There must be at least one awful-but-popular performer (Jason Aldean) and at least... More >>

  • NightOwl Classic

    published August 19, 2009

    The Twin Cities metro consistently ranks among the best in the country for bicyclists. Usually that assertion is followed by a lot of exposition... More >>

  • Minnesota Renaissance Festival

    published August 19, 2009

    We promise, you're not too cool for Ren Fest. Maybe you're thrown off by the period wear, which can accentuate bits of the body that should remain... More >>

  • Soap Boxing Poetry Slam: The Erotic Slam

    published July 29, 2009

    There's little doubt that local slam poets enjoy wallowing in impropriety. Take, for example, Sam Cook's precisely crafted paean to an underage,... More >>

  • Dragon Festival

    published July 8, 2009

    The Dragon Festival might not be the biggest or loudest festival that the Twin Cities offers, but stretched like its namesake around the curve of... More >>

  • The Big Slam

    published July 8, 2009

    Once the season is over and the national teams are decided, slam poets bust out a little bit, partaking in competitions in which performers are... More >>

  • CONvergence

    published July 1, 2009

    If you're a geek and you live in Minnesota, let's face it, you probably already know about CONvergence. After all, it's the biggest nerd hoedown... More >>

  • SlamMN: Grand Slam

    published June 24, 2009

    Now that this year's Minneapolis slam poetry national team has been decided, there remains a score yet to be settled. Who will represent... More >>

  • The Men of Playgirl

    published May 27, 2009

    It's a hard, scientific fact that the only thing on Earth sexier than dudes with rippling muscles are generously-oiled dudes with rippling muscles... More >>

  • Rockstar Storytellers: The Rockstar Chemistry Set

    published May 20, 2009

    The Rockstar Storytellers are late in their second season but show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. With monthly shows at the Bryant-Lake... More >>

  • Goth Prom: Night Shadow

    published May 13, 2009

    No matter what your gothic persuasion (or lack thereof), the Saloon's Goth Prom makes for an excellent party. If you're goth already, you'll feel... More >>

  • Soap Boxing Poetry Slam: The Grand Slam

    published April 29, 2009

    After a hard-fought season of verbal battles, the conclusion of the slam poetry season is finally here, and it's time to crown a champion. First... More >>

  • SlamMN Championship Slam

    published April 29, 2009

    If you missed last week's Soapboxing Slam finals, shame on you. But you've got a second chance to see the best poetry of the season: The SlamMN... More >>

  • Kris Kristofferson

    published April 8, 2009

    At Stella's Fish Cafe this fall, an older gentleman struck up a conversation with me, and it turned toward country music. "You know, Kris... More >>

  • Po' Girl

    published February 25, 2009

    At their finest, the voices of Po' Girl frontwomen Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira twine around each other in lazy loops, as on "Til It's Gone,"... More >>

  • Two Chairs Telling: Mike Cotter & Allegra Lingo

    published February 11, 2009

    The concept of the Two Chairs Telling is simple: Put two great storytellers on stage for a couple of hours and see what happens when they trade... More >>

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