The lockout of the Minnesota Orchestral musicians ended Tuesday when the board and musicians agreed to a new three-year contract, returning to the stage as soon as next month. "Both sides have compromised and the good news is we have reached a settlement," orchestra president and CEO Michael Henso ... More >>
The epic nature of your hangover can only be expressed in an obscure Ukrainian dialect. Mistakes were made. The only way to battle this unjust punishment dealt by our favorite frienemy is to get some breakfast in that belly, stat. We've rounded up the five best places to ease the pain of that brown ... More >>
Happy 2014! While most will take New Year's Day off, bars and some venues will be open in the evening including Curtiss A's tribute to Hank Williams at the Dakota. Friday night the Turf Club will be hosting And the Professors, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will be at the Cedar. The Blind Shake wil ... More >>
To most people, jumping into Lake Minnetonka on January 1 sounds like a bad dare. To Bill Wenmark, it's a tradition.Wenmark started the annual New Year's Day dive 24 years ago tomorrow. He's one of just three "Orca"-level divers: People who have made the dive for 20 years. As a seasoned whale, Wenma ... More >>
This corner has been a challenge for coffee shops. The former Adagio (and before that Dragonfly) space has been spruced up and is ever hopeful that this will become the spot for neighborhood coffee lovers to land. Sparrow Cafe opened on New Year's Day, filled with stunning sparrow-laden murals by lo ... More >>
Back in 1788, poet Robert Burns wrote an anthem that's still more ubiquitous than Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It" at New Year's. The lines to the kazoo-friendly "Auld Lang Syne" have summed up the "drinking to forget" philosophy ever since. What came in ensuing years is more complex. Now, w ... More >>
News Year's Eve is perhaps the most universally bitched-about holiday. We come to expect long lines, impossible parking and cab situations, and clubs filled with amateurs crowding the bar with obnoxious shot requests.But for live music junkies, New Year's Eve in the Twin Cities is Mecca, with most v ... More >>
Opening up the stockings Christmas morning is full of comforts from childhood: orange, apple, chocolate, maybe some socks, which is all useful, if snoozy. Why not surprise the food fan or bar chef in your life with some of these affordable and fun finds? They get to experiment wi ... More >>
Not only did the guys in Solid Gold recently sit down with us for a feature piece on the band ahead of their big record release show for Eat Your Young at First Avenue tonight, but the guys also dropped by TPT Studio A in St. Paul to record a couple of performances for an upcoming MN Original episod ... More >>
In the service industry the celebration of New Year's isn't really what it should be, even though it's a big money night for everyone on the job. You work twice as hard, and you make twice as much, but when you're done you most likely won't be in much of a mood to celebrate. If you do, that celeb ... More >>
Every show this weekend is Halloween-themed... make sure you have a costume ready.
BotheredByBeesThe right to bear arms against a free press?Someone really has it in for their local paper up north. Sunday morning, while employees of the Bemidji Pioneer toiled inside, someone fired shots into the front door of the paper's offices. No one was hurt, and the shooting went un ... More >>
Tea HouseThe Chinese New Year is a celebration of food and familyThe Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year it starts on Thursday, February 3. To celebrate, Chinese people often attend festivals and fireworks. But most important, they get toget ... More >>
ABCJamie Oliver encourages kids to be friends with vegetablesIf one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat more vegetables, congratulations on making such an important decision. Your committment can improve your health and help you lose weight. Still, changing eating habits can be difficu ... More >>
Martin CathraeWhy did 200 cows drop dead on a Wisconsin farm?Add this to the list of spooky animal deaths this month: 200 cows have up and died of causes unknown in Stockton, Wis. There's also no explanation yet as to why thousands of blackbirds fell dead out of the sky in Arkansas on New Year's ... More >>
Whisky Park wants to un-Shanghaied you.Whisky Park owners Phil Immerman and Gene Suh heard about the catastrophic Thrifty Hipster-sponsored New Year's Eve party from patrons griping at their happy hour. "We just heard everything that happened," says Immerman. "New Year's was such a fun time ... More >>
In the aftermath of a truly terrible New Year's party, OM is closed.In the wake of a disastrous New Year's Eve party hosted by Thrifty Hipster's Matthew Dowgwillo, it has become clear that OM -- the party's original venue -- has closed. Owner Vikram Uppal had been silent as to the status of his ... More >>
Lisa GulyaThe Frenchest of toasts at Grand CafeYou can't find your phone. You've got an epic headache. You aren't quite sure how you got home. And that might be your creepy neighbor passed out on your couch. No worries: You can wipe away all the errors of your New Year's Eve with a hearty New ... More >>
Hair of the dogSure, we could point out that the best way to cure a hangover is to not get one in the first place. But it's New Year's, so who are we kidding? Here are our top five methods for not spending New Year's Day in the hangover hurtbox.
Where will you ring in the New Year? Made your New Year's Eve plans yet, or are you procrastinating? If you caught yesterday's Week in Food post, you already heard about a couple of options: Tour de Farm hosts its final meal of 2010 in a heated, hundred-year-old barn at Star Thrower Farm in G ... More >>
Kikugawa and Seven are two places you can get your sushi fix on Christmas Day.We know that most of the world grinds to a well-deserved halt on Christmas Day--shops close, the mail stops, and everyone cuddles up by the fireplace and plays Scrabble while snow gently falls outside and Bing Cros ... More >>
We adjusted the clocks. We became a little leerier about dropping by UPS and Fed-Ex locations. We got a little more excited about Jay-Z's Decoded. We got all indignant about Wal-Mart playing "Little Drummer Boy" over the PA system. We bundled up, shivered. This is the first week of November, as r ... More >>
A surveillance camera at a McDonalds in Toledo, Ohio captured 24 year old Melanie Dushane having a rage-out after workers told her they could not sell her McNuggets last New Year's Day. Before slamming the window, which Dushane later broke, one McDonad's employee is seen grabbing the furious Dushan ... More >>
Robbinsdale's best-known restaurant, Thistles, closed on New Year's Eve 2009. Very soon, the owners promise, an authentic Italian restaurant, Nonna Rosa's, will take its place at 4148 West Broadway. Nonna Rosa's is named after chef and co-owner Francesco Suglia's mother, Rosa, and he'll be ru ... More >>
DJs Jimmy2Times and Plain Ole Bill: "We just like really rowdy party music"
As our Haiti benefits looms, we take a moment to reflect on one of our co-headliners, Mark Mallman.
The best of the best music events for December 31.
Watch this great retro video for "In the Red."
Screw that $100 cover charge. These parties are free.
Not that it's ever a good time, but now's an especially bad time to pull back one too many at your local saloon then crawl on to your riding lawn mower to mosey on home.
Want to ring in the New Year with Lookbook, Estate, Gigamesh, and more? Play today at 2 p.m.
In anticipation for his annual NYE extravaganza, Mallman is releasing a cover he made with a few of his musical friends.