Hideo Takahashi isn't much for words. Sure, part of that has to do with the fact that English is his second language, and communicating isn't always easy. But, as anyone who's seen his band, Birthday Suits, play live should know, he also just isn't wired that way.Onstage, of course, Birthday Suits a ... More >>
Iron Chef, the fast-paced televised cooking competition, was first popularized in Japan in the '90s before making its way to American audiences. Then the remake, Iron Chef America, moved to Food Network's Kitchen Stadium. Next week, the concept gets a local flavor -- quite literally -- at City Pages ... More >>
Cinephiles who appreciate a 110-137 BPM range take note: The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think concert film is in movie theaters for an exclusive one-night showing Wednesday, February 1. Popcorn-rockin' beats? You bet. And the best thing about this news locally is that Gimme Noise has a pair of tick ... More >>
A Dangerous Method, Aurora, and more
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine broke the news that popular Northeast sushi joint Masu Sushi and Robata, a restaurant created under the guidance and consultation of Tim McKee, will open a second location. Interestingly enough, it's slated to make its home at the former Soul Daddy space in the Mall of ... More >>
Vending machine raw meat, coming right up.Vending machines have really evolved. No longer are you limited to simply buying gumballs, candy, and soda. But the selection of foods you can buy from a machine has gotten a bit extreme. Here are 10 examples of the weirdest vending machine offerings, ... More >>
Style over substance in Uptown
Believe it or not, kids, their once was a time before random shuffle and mash-up remixes where music tended to stay in its distinct categories and within specific genre contours. Typically people liked one kind of music or another, and that was about it. The Beastie Boys and Beck's fast folk ... More >>
Was it too lucrative for its makers to warn patients?
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
TopatoMaybe Blinky makes a guest appearance in the Mississippi this summer?Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say it's raining radiation in St. Paul as a result of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The readings show elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 i ... More >>
Origami's beautiful and giving Tohoku rollSome say preparing food and drink is an art, and the Hot Dish heartily agrees. This week we wrap up with a celebration of the week's posts that show the creativity inherent in cocktails, beer, sushi, and even restaurant design and concepts--plus an artful ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzVolcano ChoirMarch 25, 2011Cedar Cultural CenterIn the occasionally hyper-competitive climate of the indie rock world, claiming that you were the first of your friends to discover a band, or that you saw them way back when at some small, impossibly intimate venue, has beco ... More >>
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenTelekinesis/The Love Language/Red PensMarch 2, 20117th Street Entry"There's something about Minneapolis," exclaimed Missy Thangs, the keyboardist for the Love Language, halfway through the group's rousing set at the 7th St. Entry on Wednesday night. "There sure is," fr ... More >>
Kei TerauchiOn this flight, the glass is definitely half fullChicken or beef? The question alone is cringe-inducing. With its aluminum foil container, mystery meat covered in undistinguishable sauce, and that particular odor, airplane food has been the butt of the joke for decades. Is thi ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the third installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here). Check back over the next two weeks for more updates from his tour.
STF sticks up for frogs.Frog legs enjoyed a certain level of kitschy popularity about 30 years ago, appearing regularly in Twin Cities buffets. But today, only a few of our restaurants serve the amphibs on their daily menus, and scant others offer them as seasonal specials. Perhaps it's because ... More >>
photo by: Stacy SchwartzThe Cities certainly have no lack of amazing record stores -- the Electric Fetus and Hymie's were recently included in Rolling Stone's top 25 -- and no scarcity of music fans either. There's plenty of love (and a slightly less plentiful amount of money) to go around we thi ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidThis is the third and final part part of our chef chat with Piccolo's Doug Flicker. (Here's part 1 and part 2 if you missed them.) Read on to find out how Flicker transformed from a kid who ate ring baloney sandwiches to a chef who has cooked at the James Beard House in New Yor ... More >>
Every '70s rocker's "first favorite band" Kiss is known for being outlandish, over the top, dirty old man-like and typically first of a kind for many things. Kiss coffeeshops, blood in their comic book ink, or doing an online press conference for their fans, as they did Tuesday in full make-up ba ... More >>
This week we have an early Cinco de Mayo celebration, mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby, and our favorite Art in Bloom event.
She was recently named the best pianist in Japan, and may be one of the best in the world.
Why don't the Twins ever sport any Asian dudes on the roster?
For those about to [SYNTAX ERROR~==x412], we salute you.
The Japanese rice drink is only one of the joys
Acid Mothers Temple sing a swan song for the land of the setting sun
Perennial pleasers Udupi and Tanpopo are even better following their rebirths
While Western art cinema draws the flashbulbs at Cannes, contemplative works from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong leave the festival glowing in klieg lights from the East
Japan's Dumb Type theater collective imagines a future beyond death
An artist of the accidental, Jim Ruiz croons a lounge music of personal loss.
Pedestrian traffic: Godzilla is smaller than the sum of its parts.