Fourth of July

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Oktoberfest

    Last weekend saw numerous Oktoberfest celebrations around town, but with that out-of-season 80-degree sunshine, it was a bit more Fourth of July in spirit. This week the temperatures have dropped and the sky is a bit more ominous -- and it's time to celebrate Oktoberfest again. See also: Drink You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    The guys behind Taco Cat: "We've gotten better at our jobs."

    When Tristan Jimerson and Daniel Laeger-Hagemeister set out to open Taco Cat, their palindromic bicycle-delivered taco service, they didn't expect anywhere near the response they received within their first few weeks of business. But this is the age of the internet, and in Minneapolis, word of anyth ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts of the Week: 6/30-7/6

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating contest to host qualifying round in St. Paul

    ESPN's cameras were rolling. The contestants stood ready. "Blitzkrieg Bop" blared in the background. The countdown began. Joey Chestnut reached for his first hot dog from the pile of Nathan's dogs before him and pushed it towards the back of his throat with vacuum-like effect. In the ten minutes tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Prairie Home Companion announces 40th annniversary lineup

    One of the longest-standing public radio traditions in the U.S. is undoubtedly our home state's A Prairie Home Companion. The past 40 years went quick, didn't they? Garrison Keillor's variety show with a heaping serving of folksy wisdom and humor is celebrating four decades with a weekend concert co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Bathysphere with A Place to Bury Strangers at First Avenue, 7/6/13

    Bathysphere 2013 with A Place to Bury Strangers, the Telescopes, the Vandelles, Highspire, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, LSD and the Search for God, Chatham Rise and Floorian First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, July 6, 2013 There are a few hard truths that can be taken from Saturday's installment o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Son Volt at First Avenue, 6/4/13

    Son Volt With Colonel Ford First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 Jay Farrar hasn't always stuck to his guns since the breakup of his seminal, genre-creating work with Uncle Tupleo, but one consistent thread through his winding career has been a stubborn and abiding love for coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Remembering Levon Helm of the Band

    Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Jesse Sykes first appeared in Seattle Weekly's print edition. By Jesse Sykes As I was growing up in New York state--where the residents want you to know they don't live in "The City"--t ... More >>

  • Music

    November 28, 2012

    Bayport BBQ releases live festival album

    Deep blues comes to life on this raw, live cut featuring seven bands

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Top 5 ways to celebrate National Hot Dog Day today

    See also: Top 10 hot dogs in the Twin Cities Today is National Pie Day Aside from National Pie Day (January 23), Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12), and Whiskey Sour Day (August 25), today, National Hot Dog Day, is one of the food holidays we look forward to the most.There's nothing wrong with ... More >>

  • Music

    July 18, 2012

    Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner on Delayed Reaction and all that jazz

    Release shows at 7th St. Entry and First Avenue

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Diamond Dog eating contest at First Avenue [VIDEO]

    On the Fourth of July, six brave souls competed at the Depot Tavern to see who could eat the most Diamond Dogs in 10 minutes. The event, hosted by Bobby Kahn, featured six contestants going up against City Pages' Best Hot Dog of 2012--quarter-pound dogs wrapped with pepper bacon and deep fried, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    The Replacements' final show was 21 years ago -- hear it!

    See Also:Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson reunite for Slim Dunlap benefit track Against Me! and Joan Jett cover the Replacements' "Androgynous"While motorboats and firecrackers and sweet potatoes mixed with marshmallows sure can provide a wild ride for the Fourth of July, imagine being out in Chica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Summer cocktail recipe: Raspberry Basil Rum Fizz

    See Also: Ginger beet gin & tonic Rhubarb vodka smash Right now, the Twin Cities have that sultry tropical vibe, so we thought you would appreciate a rum cocktail to complement the heat. This one is a variation on the Mojito, with basil playing the role of the mint while adding a more complica ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 23, 2012
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    November 22, 2011

    Top 5 reality TV cooking show contestants with Minnesota ties

    ​When former Stillwater resident Molly "Cruise Ship" Brandt, the only contestant on the current season of Top Chef who has Minnesota connections, got eliminated in the qualifying round with her mousseline of shrimp, the Hot Dish had to find a new underdog to root for. While smart money is on domin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    July was the deadliest month on Minnesota roads

    Across Minnesota, 43 people died in July traffic accidents.​July was the deadliest month of 2011 on Minnesota roads, with 43 traffic deaths across the state. August isn't starting out all that well, either.In just the first week of August, 13 people died in car accidents, making for the third dead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Derek Larson poised to win "Most Awkward Family Vacation" photo contest

    courtesy of Derek LarsonHail to the geek.​Not long ago, GQ magazine voted St. Paul one of the worst dressed cities in the country. Clearly, the writer failed to consult the Larson family first. In the early 1980s, the St. Paul family donned some seriously patriotic duds and someone had the good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Minnesota state parks campsite reservation system back online today

    DNR Facbook PageInterstate State Park is open and enticing.​The shutdown was rough on Minnesotan outdoorsmen and women. No boat or fishing license renewal. Closed state parks. A minefield of poop outside of locked public restrooms. Well, it's all over now. And starting this morning, the Departmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Mark Dayton's former home set on fire

    ​Instead of coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend to find a renewed sense of respect among Minnesota's lawmakers seeking an end to the shutdown, we instead heard that someone tried to burn down Gov. Mark Dayton's former home near Lake Harriet. "To say that it's politically moti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Beer dinners, caveman diets on this week's food calendar

    Awash in tasty German brews​The lead-up to a long weekend of Fourth of July tomfoolery is heavy on beer events, which will be handy for stretching out your stomach in anticipation of hot dogs and potato salad. Embrace it.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    We Became Actors unleash 'Something Major'

    Photo by Louisa Podlich​Jesse Stensby, We Became Actors frontman, peers at me across from a bounty of eggs and home fries at the Triple Rock and blinks as I ask him about the band's creative process.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    The Black Keys announce July 3 date at Roy Wilkins

    ​Grammy-winning rock duo the Black Keys, who took home trophies this year for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals, are returning to the Twin Cities on July 3 to play the Roy Wilkins Auditorium with openers Cage the Elephant.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Taste of MN bankruptcy filing reveals $1.6 million debt

    ZyckoAndy Faris says his failed company owes him $329K​Andy Faris, the man who ran this year's Taste of Minnesota festival into the ground, has filed bankruptcy paperwork detailing the finances of this year's botched event. And it's worse than we thought. International Event Management, LLC-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The Hold Steady at First Avenue, 12/29/10

    Photos by Stacy Schwartz​The Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Taste of Minnesota now in bankruptcy

    Taste of Minnesota, we bid you adieu​ The deadline for the owners of Taste of Minnesota to fight involuntary bankruptcy has passed. The historic festival is now officially dead. Not only are last year's owners bankrupt, but the city of St. Paul announced yesterday that no new Taste event would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Andy Faris isn't fighting involuntary bankruptcy over Taste of MN

    Andy Faris doesn't seem to be fighting bankruptcy​Andy Faris, the man behind the demise of the Taste of Minnesota festival on Harriet Island, hasn't filed a single court document fighting the involuntary bankruptcy action against his company. He's only got until Monday to do so. With courts clos ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2010

    Taste of Minnesota ends in bankruptcy

    Is financier Andy Faris to blame?

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    How Andy Faris ran Taste of Minnesota into bankruptcy

    ZyckoAndy Faris ran Taste of Minnesota into Bankruptcy.​Five more people filed claims yesterday against the company that botched the historic Taste of Minnesota festival on Harriet Island and drove it into bankruptcy.This year's Fourth of July weekend event was a complete debacle. A combination of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    The Taste of Minnesota is dead

    Bury me at Walleye Wagon.​We could already hear the death rattle back in October, but it appears that International Event Management has finally led Taste of Minnesota out to the woods and put a bullet in its brain. IEM, which only took two years to drive the 27-year-old event into the ground ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Atmosphere, P.O.S, Walkmen and more at Taste of Minnesota, 7/2/10

    Photos by Alexa Jones​There's been quite the kerfuffle about the Taste of Minnesota's decision to charge admission at the gate of this year's festival, but judging by the size of Friday night's audience for sets by the likes of Atmosphere, P.O.S, the Walkmen, and Dawes, fans were happy to fork ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Sports, Dos Equis advertising and the modern American male

    Men should thirst for more of these ad voices.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Dillinger Fourth of July, the Hold Steady, Dosh, and more must-see shows this weekend

    ​It's the Fourth of July! We assume you made your run to the liquor store and bought illegal fireworks during the week, because who wants to do that once the weekend's in full swing? Now, tons of good shows isn't something unique to Fourth of July weekend in the Twin Cities, but there's so much ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: June 27-July 1

    Fourth of July it up!​ Getting ready for some sky rockets in flight? So are we, there's Jell-O to be molded, flag cakes to be Cool Whipped, and watermelons that need to be halved and jagged around their edges. But before we get to that we want to make sure you didn't miss some of the great st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Top 8 Most Disgusting Competitive Eaters

    YouTubeNathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: Who needs a stronger stomach, competitors or spectators?​Controversy is brewing at this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, set for the Fourth of July: News came this week that former champion and competitive-eating rock star Takeru Kobayashi may not ... More >>

  • Music

    June 30, 2010

    Tad Kubler on Hold Steady's home

    Do they claim Minnesota or Brooklyn?

  • Music

    June 30, 2010

    Taste of Minnesota, Devo, Santana

    This week's Critics' Picks

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Ryan Paul & the Ardent, the Hold Steady featured in this week's City Pages

    Photo by Elli Rader​Hallelujah for hump day. Here's a sampling of the music content that you'll find in the print edition of this week's City Pages, which hits stands today.Ryan Paul & the Ardent prepare for EP-release By Rob van AlstyneWe talk to the evolving singer-songwriter about his tumul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Ten Second Film Festival is accepting submissions

    ​(Yes, I took this amazing picture at last year's event)Attention amateur filmmakers: The Soap Factory is once again hosting the Ten Second Film Festival after the Fourth of July fireworks. In order to do this, they're going to need films to screen. It's time to bust out your camera phone and g ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2009

    The Replacements' story told by Twin Cities author Jim Walsh

    Walsh says band is a "vital source of mystery" in this filtered world

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    September 10, 2008
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    September 10, 2008
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    September 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2008

    Minnesota Department of Public Safety Celebrates "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Impaired Drivers"

    Before you tie that last one on at the fireworks show, know that police statewide are cracking down on drunk driving throughout the month.

  • Restaurants

    September 13, 2006

    Reinventing the Meal

    Loring Park wine bar Willie's has reinvented itself into a destination to delight both palate and wallet

  • Restaurants

    March 16, 2005

    Coffee Shops with Benefits

    Light- or dark-roast? Far more intriguing choices--like booze!--await at a new generation of coffeehouses.

  • Restaurants

    September 10, 2003

    Mexican Revolution

    Pre-Columbian, super-authentic Mexican where eat street meets downtown

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