This past Christmas, Gimme Noise asked a handful of local musicians to help us make sense of a holiday where the accompanying songbook seemed to be guided by all things commercial. Valentines Day has those talking points a bit reversed.There's no magical tradition built around Valentine's Day. Many ... More >>
With Billy Dean
Mystic Lake Casino
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kenny Rogers is... kind of a piece of work. And bless him for it.
In the course of his career, he's hopped genres from jazz to folkcountrydelia (that's the word for First Edition, right?), to the middlebrow soft-country bal ... More >>
Can you imagine taking LSD inside a prison cell? Seems like it'd almost certainly result in a bad trip.According to a Star Tribune report, a group of inmates at the state prison in Faribault tested that theory on Christmas Eve. And predictably, they had bad trips.
Since David Sedaris first read The Santaland Diaries on National Public Radio in 1992, the piece has become a part of many holiday traditions. With that in mind, it was inevitable that it would show up as a bit of counter-holiday programming in theaters (in an adaptation by Joe Mantello) as well. ... More >>
Has Black Friday jumped the shark? Now that hundreds of stores are opening for Christmas shopping at the witching hour of midnight, it almost feels as if the consumer holiday has reached the point of parody. But then, when you stop and think of last year's shopping deaths and even this year's pe ... More >>
Get 'em while supplies lastSweets Bakeshops in St. Paul and Minneapolis are celebrating Sweets' two-year birthday on Sunday with a tasty promotion: It's giving away a free cupcake to customers while supplies last.
And that's not the only free sample they're giving away. Here are details on ... More >>
Our "Flyer of the Week" this week comes from a very special, magical place -- one that will delight Star Wars nerds even more than unwrapping an Ewok Village playset on Christmas morning, and one that will warm the hearts of even the coldest Wampa. That's right. In this week's flyer, Princess Lei ... More >>
Let's abandon this governing conceit of this series, shall we? You're not buying any more presents. Neither am I, and neither is anybody else. We are so over mobbed outlet malls and web shopping when we're supposed to be pretending to work. Our spare bedroom closets are bursting with badly wrappe ... More >>
So you haven't finished your holiday shopping. Perhaps, in fact, you haven't even started it. Don't you feel bad about yourself? Hey, there's still plenty of time to order gift cards, which you know your folks want anyway. Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Mills Fleet Farm. Easy!
So click click, th ... More >>
Welcome home. The Gingerbread Man aces out Tom the Turkey (much to his relief, no doubt) this Week in Food.
Craving some wine on a Monday night? Take a wine tour of Piedmont, Italy, with Sommelier Tim Edmunds at Crave in the Galleria. Sample a variety of wines and ... More >>
So you've got Conan, Kanye, and Colbert on your feed. You were one of the first 1,500 people to follow Aziz Ansari. You're keeping tabs on everyone who ever wrote and performed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. But one thought may cross your mind every so often: What am I missing? Twitter lends it ... More >>
Ah, my favorite band outta Wyoming (town not state), the Goddamn Gleam, have released the video for "Away Like a Song," off their new album, Sunrise. The video, weird as can be (as have been all their collaborations with local director Mark Har), seems to be about, uhh... the alienation of youth? Th ... More >>