I AM MPLS! 2012
Now in its third year, I AM MPLS! brings the creative community together to celebrate local talent. The variety show features both well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, clothing boutiques, and artists. "I started the event because it was overwhelming how many cool things were always happening in the cities," says I AM MPLS! founder and producer Sarah Edwards. "There are all these different subcultures. My mind was a little blown, and I was curious what would happen if all these people were in the same room at the same time." The first happening was so well received that she decided to make it an annual event. Edwards says that she chose to include several different forms of entertainment in order to expose audiences to something different. "Sometimes people stick to the thing that they're into," she says. "I AM MPLS! opens them up to experiencing something new that they wouldn't see at their normal entertainment venues." Participants this year include comedians Ben San Del and Nate Abshire, musicians A. Wolf and Her Claws and Heatbox, boutiques Drama and Atmosfere, and fashion designer Christopher Straub, pub owner Kieran Folliard, and many others modeling onstage. (You can see the full lineup in our big pic this week.) Jade Tittle of 89.3 the Current will host. More info at iammpls.com. 18+. (Pictured: 2012 participants. Photo by Patrick Kelley Worldwide Photography.)
Thu., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., 2012
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