Jay Nygard got the bright idea for a homemade wind turbine in 2010, and set about collecting, in his own words, only the finest parts -- "I didn't buy a piece of shit propeller." Maybe so. But the whole thing stunk to Orono city officials. They tried to stop construction and took him to court in 2 ... More >>
Jeremy Hale and Blake Verdon are former home brewers living their dream in Hopkins. The two opened LTD Brewing Co. last month (LTD stands for Live the Dream), and they've been busy brewing small-batch beers and connecting with the community ever since. The two plan a smaller brewing approach with a ... More >>
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The yacht-sailing Scottish royal couple were known as Lord and Lady, but nobody suspected they were on welfare
Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music a ... More >>
When Prince emerged with an afro in the fall of 2012, he completed a hair cycle reaching back to the beginning of his solo career. In between the late '70s and today, the Purple One has experimented with a variety of styles. His locks have alternated between signs "o" the times and chaos and disorde ... More >>
The city of Cairo, Illinois, is pronounced "KAY-ro." Missouri has a Nevada called "Ne-VAY-dah." Here in Minnesota, there's New Prague, as in, "Pray-ge." And those are just the homographs. Every state has them: Places with names that locals and non-locals alike trip up. They can give away a newco ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things started with a new video from Holographic Sands, drawn from their just-released EP on Forged Artifacts, Water Bodies. We've also got new clips from A ... More >>
Happy National Sundae Day! Celebrate by stopping by and grabbing one of our favorite sundaes in the Twin Cities. No need to feel guilty -- it's a national holiday after all. See also: Top 10 donuts in the Twin Cities
NOW OPENBlack Walnut Bakery (City Pages review) Pop-up and at Minneapolis Farmers Market Bluestem Bar & Table (City Pages preview)2610 Lyndale Ave. S., MinneapolisThe Buttered Tin 237 E. 7th St., St. PaulFrench Corner Bakery & Bistro 1200 Nicollet Ave., Minneapo ... More >>
Last week, the 32nd Street Beach on Lake Calhoun was closed followed a huge spike in E. coli levels -- in other words, there was an unsafe amount of crap (literally) in the lake.THE BACKSTORY: E. coli closes Mpls beaches, prompts officials to warn against coming to beach while shitty According to P ... More >>
NOW OPENBlack Walnut Bakery (City Pages review) Pop-up and at Minneapolis Farmers Market Bluestem Bar & Table (City Pages preview)2610 Lyndale Ave. S., MinneapolisThe Buttered Tin237 E. 7th St., St. PaulCossetta's Pasticceria (City Pages review)211 7th St. W., St. PaulFrench Corne ... More >>
NOW OPEN Burch Steakhouse (City Pages review) Corner of Franklin & Hennepin, Minneapolis Black Walnut Bakery (City Pages preview) Pop-up and at Minneapolis Farmers Market Daily Diner Frogtown (City Pages review) 615 University Ave., St. Paul Hello Pizza (City Pages review) ... More >>
Whether you grew up in Minneapolis or are currently raising a brood here, the real estate brokerage site ZipRealty has good news: Based on the sweet spot where good public schools meet affordable real estate, the Minneapolis area is the best place for families. See Also: - Minneapolis ranked 3rd bes ... More >>
Father John Misty with Solid GoldFirst Avenue, MinneapolisTuesday, May 21, 2013Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman returned to Minneapolis for the fourth time within a year last night. The singer, who recently celebrated his 32nd birthday and the one-year anniversary of his debut album [as Father Joh ... More >>
Bobby Z's Benefit 2 Celebrate LifeWith Princess, ?uestlove, Dez Dickerson, Andre Cymone, Dr. Fink, and Alexander O'NealFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, March 9, 2013The draws for Saturday's second annual Benefit 2 Celebrate Life at First Avenue were many, but Princess was the most unique, by far. ... More >>
The undeniably white and nerdy Weird Al Yankovic has received the blessing of umpteen pop musicians for his humorous pursuits over the past three decades. "Smells Like Nirvana" victim Kurt Cobain even called him "America's modern pop-rock genious [sic]" in his journals. As a result, we have a lifeti ... More >>
So, over the weekend Mel Gibson was in town. No, it wasn't a business trip -- according to the Star Tribune's always-fun C.J., he was just here for a little vaca with his daughter. Destinations included the Mall of America, Minnesota Zoo, Lake Minnetonka, Warehouse District, and Uptown, among others ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11Minneapolis music scene named second-best in the U.S.10. Babes in ToylandOrigin: Minneapolis | Active: 1987-2001 | Songs: "Bruise Violet" and "Sweet 69" Kat Bjelland is one of the nastiest female vocalists, period. Although the woman who adeptl ... More >>
Some might say that 34 seems a bit "past one's prime" to have started a singing career. For Al Jarreau, that's never seemed to matter. Having been the only vocalist in history to garner Grammy Awards across three different genre categories (jazz, pop and R&B), and with 21 albums, seven Grammy ... More >>
Chris Cook is on this list... twice!The Minnesota Vikings could not pull off a miraculous comeback against the Green Bay Packers yesterday.The loss drops the Vikings to 1-6 on the season. But, as it turns out, there is one statistic in which Minnesota is leading the NFL: arrested players.Accordin ... More >>
You'll be missed, Big Mac, especially by the bartenders and strippers.Bryant McKinnie, a big man with big appetites -- of all kinds -- was cut this afternoon by the Vikings for being too damn big. McKinnie had sort of fought a losing battle against his weight for years, and basically given up rec ... More >>
Chocolat Céleste via FacebookCustom chocolates and custom cakes make great bedfellows. We were more than a little sad when Chocolat Celeste owner Mary Leonard announced last year that her famed chocolate shop was closing. But Leonard was undeterred by the havoc the Central Corridor light rail co ... More >>
City PagesThe Twins need to win so a Wayzata couple can afford to tie the knot.It's a simple law of baseball economics: No matter how new the stadium, the prices of a ticket on the black market--legal or otherwise--increases or decreases with the team's fortunes. When the Twins are doing we ... More >>
Photo: Chris YunkerIt's everywhere you want to be.Remember that snow storm last weekend? The one where you got towed because you didn't obey the snow parking rules while you were inside watching the Vikings get hammered by the Bears, all while nursing a Surly-induced hangover and trying to figure ... More >>
Peace on Earth, good will toward men? Bah humbug. This health care debate has a way of bringing out the Scrooge in a lot of angry people.
Now, if only he'd rock the blouse and scarves.
Both men famous for Wild antics
We challenge local fashion's best to create an outfit based on the season
Congresswoman finds it an "interesting coincidence" that Dems are in power during flu outbreak
Al Franken is playing senator again today with a visit to Washington, D.C. to chill with the elected Democrats in office.
These GOPfathers are the power brokers you've never heard of
Chad Whittaker: Respected local sideman, woulda-been Beach Boy, and now (finally) solo artist
Among the many detractors of modern architecture, the party with the most legitimate beef may be the migrating songbird. Researchers have noted that lit skyscrapers disorient birds at night in roughly the same manner that bus stations waylay runaways: They both have a bad habit of ending up on the s ... More >>
Kabobs is the greatest thing to happen in Minnesota-Hyderabad cuisine, ever
A brief bio of the man who hosted Bachmann and Bush earlier this week.
Where men go to escape from being men
It Didn't Start with Babes in Toyland: A Short and Eccentric History of Women in Local Music, 1931-Present
NorthCoast, the first of two planned California-accented restaurants, debuts swimmingly
Meet the neighbors
A man named Flaming Youth cruised the tearooms, drag weddings hit Lake Minnetonka--and everyone remained cloistered in the closet: An excerpt from Ricardo J. Brown's memoir of gay life in old St. Paul
Three photographers on the graveyard shift shoot the Cities' dark side
He was instrumental in building the Vikings team that's now laying waste to the NFL. So why isn't anyone thanking Roger Headrick?