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  • News

    April 9, 2014

    The sweat life of urban saunas in Minnesota

    Twin Cities locals celebrate hot Finnish traditions behind steamy doors

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Johnny Questionmark: Writing a great song over a terrible beat isn't going to win people over

    It's hard to categorize John Haine, aka Johnny Questionmark. The performer has the heart of a hip-hop artist, yet creates backing tracks that invite the listener to take a quick breath and dive in. On his new album Falling in Like, Johnny cultivates songs that has the same wooziness as you'd feel af ... More >>

  • Movies

    March 12, 2014

    Veronica Mars gets Kickstarted into adulthood

    The crowd-sourced movie is made for the fans and by the fans, sort of

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Extraction Coffee Co. brings cold brewed coffee to your doorstep

    The milkman is a quaint symbol of times gone by, but we've got other delivery services in mind. As we gear up for a spring spent sipping iced coffee on the patio, we have our sights trained on Extraction Coffee Co., a new cold brewed coffee delivery service.After a successful Kickstarter campaign la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Couple launches Kickstarter for waffle ambulance [VIDEO]

    Your wildest waffle dreams may soon come true. Last week, Minnesotan couple Shana Antonissen and Tony McMullin launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their groundbreaking food truck concept, "91Waffle." Their idea is to serve sweet and savory waffle sandwiches out of an '89 Ford Diesel ambul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Prairie Dogs launches Kickstarter and announces next pop-up

    Prairie Dogs, the pop-up hot dog joint aptly named for the wee pop-up animal, is now looking for a permanent home. The craft-made sausages and gourmet hot dogs from chefs Craig Johnson and Tobie Nidetz will soon be regularly available, as the pair have taken to Kickstarter to drum up some capital fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Birchwood announces closing date for remodel

    The time has come, Birchwood fans. Seward's Birchwood Cafe has announced its temporary closing date as part of a Kickstarter-funded remodel. In an announcement made on the restaurant's blog, the Birchwood told its loyal patrons, "The countdown is ON and we've set our closing date for final construct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Northbound Smokehouse makes USA Today's Best Brewpubs list

    Just when we thought the smoke had cleared from a week of Twin Cities bars blowing up on the national scene, another one goes and finds its way onto another selective list. This time, Northbound Smokehouse in South Minneapolis has landed on to USA Today's list of the 20 best brewpubs in the U.S.&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    UMAMI by Travail will close after all

    It's been a thrilling year for the merry band of culinary revolutionaries at Travail: They opened Pig Ate My Pizza, popped up all over town, and dominated Kickstarter. But now it seems their latest endeavor, the UMAMI pop-up that was slated to stick around for a while as a dim sum destination, will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Are craft spirits the next big thing in the Twin Cities?

    It seems like every other city block boasts a new craft beer brewer. Could the next craft trend be micro distilleries? There are several hopefuls moving forward around the metro area, now that lawmakers have lowered the fee for distilling permits from over $30,000 to the more manageable neighborhood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Why we need to keep the Artists' Quarter open

    Dave King is the drummer and composer for the Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Dave King Trucking Company, and Halloween, Alaska. This essay is based upon Dave's conversation with City Pages music editor Reed Fischer. As an old-school jazz club, the Artists' Quarter is a model that's dying in America. There ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Leather & Latte, a kinky new coffee shop coming to Uptown

    The Twin Cities might already have an unofficial capitol for our leather scene, but not everyone who is a part of, or curious about, that community is into bar-hopping. Leather & Latte co-owners Greg Wisa, lecturer and author of a popular kink blog, and Luke Wallrich identified the nee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Whistler Soda: "Bring back the soda of the '50s, '60s, and '70s"

    It's always sort of a novelty when you go to places like Brasa, La Loma, or Gorkha Palace and they have Mexican Coke in a bottle. It's impossible not to order one of these sodas for at least two good reasons: First, pure cane sugar soda tastes way better. Second, there's just something fun and class ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Prairie Dogs pop-up at First Course

    One man has helped open dozens of successful area restaurants, including Rye Deli. The other flourished with small plates at a wine bar after learning the art of fine dining at D'Amico restaurants. What do you get when you bring these two minds together? You get a Prairie Dogs pop-up, of course.See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    UMAMI, a first look at Travail's pop-up; Plus, an update on the Kickstarter

    Since shuttering the original Travail, co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg haven't stopped moving. They've been hosting roving pop-up dinners as fundraisers for a new Travail restaurant space, which will include a small plate and cocktail bar under the name Rookery. The newest pop-up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Meeting Charlie Parr doc and soundtrack out this fall

    Earlier this year, a Kickstarter-style project raised the needed support and awareness for a documentary celebrating Duluth folk and blues legend Charlie Parr. Created by a French filmmaking group called the Meeting Team, the 60-minute Meeting Charlie Parr premiered at the Duluth-Superior Film Festi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Vonnie Kyle: My songs are my highest level of honesty

    Don't mistake Minneapolis musician Vonnie Kyle as just another folksy artist; this petite singer is full of spunk and spitfire. Set to release her debut album Run Run, Kyle is looking to take the lead after playing a supporting role in her old band Skittish. On Run Run, Vonnie's lyrics are either in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Mike Midwestern: It's very therapeutic for me to write songs

    If you have a weakness for mellow folk-pop, look no further than Mike Midwestern. The singer-songwriter with the average-Joe mentality has been chipping away at a new record, his follow-up to 2010's Inhibitors. The new album, titled Oh My Soul, is a 12-track collection of tender, sparse folk tunes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Donut Cooperative's owner making a comeback

    She was down, but Dawn Otwell isn't out. The owner of the beloved Donut Cooperative is back and ready for a battle. Find out where you can see her this summer.See Also:Donut Cooperative calls it quits

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Savoir Adore: Our world is fantasy-based

    Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro seem to have crafted their own unique little dreamscape -- with their music acting as both the introduction and the driving force to the world behind the curtain. Together, Hammer and Muro have been creating their own brand of shimmering power-pop that has slowly evolved ... More >>

  • Music

    May 29, 2013

    Dan Israel straddles past and future

    The musician has it both ways with the release of his new album and his retrospective double-LP

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Coming soon: The Buttered Tin

    There's a new little bakery and breakfast spot headed for Lowertown in St. Paul. The endeavor comes from Alicia Hinze, a pastry chef who has competed on and won Cupcake Wars, and Jen Lueck, a marketing and PR professional who specializes in working with restaurants. The two are St. Pa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 17, 2013
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    March 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    How Paul Doffing toured his music around the U.S. -- on his bike

    A typical tour for an artist involves gear and a vehicle to get from city to city. In early June, Minneapolis artist Paul Doffing quit his two jobs and hit the road to play some shows. This tour was not an ordinary tour; Paul came up with the idea to be free from fuel by traveling with merely a frie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Lucy Michelle starts Kickstarter for solo album, Attack of the Heart

    Lucy Michelle, a name often associated with her bandmates the Velvet Lapelles, has decided to strike out on her own for a solo project. Titled, Attack of the Heart, the project is expected to see the light of day next year.In January, Michelle is heading out to play a bi-weekly residency at Hollywoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    St. Paul Classic Cookie Company will not reopen

    After a truly valiant effort to keep its doors open, St. Paul Classic Cookie company announced via its blog that it won't be able to continue operating at its current retail location.  It isn't the first business that was forced to close after light rail construction and detours made travel dif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Bob Mould funding See a Little Light documentary via Kickstarter

    Last November, a talented array of modern musicians (including Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, Ryan Adams, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler) gathered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to celebrate and pay tribute to the music of Bob Mould. Those of us who weren't able to travel to the West Coast to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Amanda Palmer on Theater Is Evil, Twitter and assless pants

    From releasing her latest album to high praise and facing unexpected kerfuffles, Amanda Palmer has been quite hot topic this fall. The alt-rock, punk cabaret singer burst onto the scene in the early 2000s as one half of the Dresden Dolls and has spent the last decade building a steadfast following t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Fan Landers: Should I publicly out my bandmate as a mooch?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. Send your problems to he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Butter moves, Solomon's expands to Uptown, and BC2 reopens: Bakery news tidbits

    It's been a busy week or two in the world of local bakeries. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Butter Bakery has secured the funds needed (roughly $15,000) to move its operation from 36th and Grand Ave. S. in Minneapolis to a new home on the ground floor of a building near Nicollet ... More >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    St. Paul Classic Cookie closed until further notice

    See also:St. Paul Classic Cookie Co. to celebrate grand openingHave you ever craved something sweet after polishing off your Foxy Falafel sandwich? Did you decide to nab a chocolate chip, peanut butter, or ginger cookie from the foxy truck? Then you've had a cookie baked by the team at St. Paul Clas ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    June 20, 2012

    Tadka and Ipotli: Go Indian for dinner, lunch, and … breakfast?

    A Lake Street bistro and skyway grab-and-go will spice up your whole day

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    David Carlson, Kurt Bills' GOP primary challenger, is also responsible for an awful trailer [VIDEO]

    Yesterday, we told you about GOP U.S. Senate endorsee Kurt Bills' jaw-droppingly bad campaign film trailer. New evidence suggests he may have felt compelled to try and upstage his Republican primary challenger, David Carlson.Carlson -- a 30-year-old, reportedly twice-divorced former Marine Corps Ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Aussie's Kebabs: From Kickstarter to city corner

    A new trailer parked near Nicollet and Ninth Street in downtown Minneapolis is bringing a taste of the world to our Midwestern streets. Owner Chris Millner has traveled the world and found a great idea in the doner kebabs of eastern Australia.We stopped by to give them a try. Lesson number one learn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Caribe Bistro closes

    ​The tiny spot on Raymond, just off of University, has been home to a few fantastic neighborhood joints--Jay's Cafe and, before that, the storied Chet's Taverna. The most recent tenant, Caribe Bistro, announced this morning that it, too, will have to leave the spot.Known for having fantastic ... More >>

  • Music

    March 28, 2012

    Hüsker Dü's Grant Hart gets the documentary treatment

    Hart: "I got into music for philosophical reasons"

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Weekend Checklist: Mason Jennings, New Year's Eve, Kid Dakota, The Cloak Ox

    ​So this is the new year And I have no resolutions For self assigned penance For problems with easy solutions - Death Cab for Cutie

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Quietdrive release a new album for their holiday show

    ​The Twin Cities are a breeding ground for indie rock. So how does pop-punk band Quietdrive fit into the music scene? It turns out quite well, by carving their own niche. With a band name derived from the ingrained work ethic that lies within each band member, the group is constantly working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Top 5 most underrated artists of 2011

    ​With all of the music that we consistently have at our fingertips, it's a given that in every year albums and bands that deserve to get heard and receive wider recognition frequently get buried under whatever is new or the next big thing. It's a sad cycle, and one that I'm as guilty of as any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Lucid Brewing completes first brew and launches Community Brewing Project

    Lucid Brewing wants to get people involved in the brewery​After clearing all of the regulatory hurdles earlier in the week, Minnetonka-based Lucid Brewing celebrated its first official brew day on Saturday, making it the newest addition to the exploding Minnesota craft-brewing community. Lucid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Donut Cooperative finally open for business

    The Donut Cooperative is a reality after a year of anticipation. ​The Donut Cooperative is open for business in Seward. The co-op has been on local foodies' minds since August 2010, when the group created a Kickstarter page to raise $10,000 toward startup costs. They raised over $12,000--but faile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Cranky's Bicycle Bar hoping to open in Minneapolis soon

    ​A full-scale bar and restaurant catering to the bicycling community may soon be coming to Minneapolis. Spearheading the project is Ross Stangler, a 28-year-old restaurant and bar consultant and cycling enthusiast determined to find the funding to launch a bicycle-centric eatery in the city th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Haley Bonar at the Cedar Cultural Center, 4/22/11

    Photos by Nick Wosika​April 22, 2011 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Minneapolis could not be happier to have Haley Bonar back in town after her stint in Portland--that much was evident by the warm crowd that had assembled for Bonar's CD release show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday n ... More >>

  • Music

    April 20, 2011

    Haley Bonar moves back to Minneapolis

    Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Most anticipated restaurant openings of 2011

    ​Based on reader response, Shakey's may be the average City Pages reader's most highly anticipated restaurant opening this year. (This April in Plymouth, everybody!) Here are five other soon-to-open eateries that the Hot Dish is especially excited about.

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Rayguns, Robots and Tattooed Philosophers: Comic Creators to Watch at Fallcon

    Mitch Gerads​If you've ever been to a comics convention, you probably have a good idea as what to expect from the 23rd annual installation of the Midwest Comic Book Association's gathering, FallCon. And sure, it's a good opportunity to pick up some collectible geek swag, gawk at fan-made costumes, ... More >>

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