Part of the reason that Record Store Day has grown in popularity over the years is the wide array of exclusive releases that bands put out specifically for the event. Whether it's limited 7-inches, vinyl reissues, or deluxe box sets that you set your sights on, the sheer amount of cool, unique album ... More >>
Spoiler: torture’s bad
"A lot of people have never even heard of arepas, but people really received them well," says Birk Stefan Grudem, co-owner of Hola Arepa. "We still get people coming up and asking, 'What is that? Is it spicy?' And then they taste them and they like them. I love that!" See Also: Hola Arepa on ... More >>
Gosling and Refn re-team for more arthouse violence
The music community in the Twin Cities and beyond lost a friend in Tim Carr. The Hopkins-bred music writer and A&R representative who went on to sign the Beastie Boys to Capitol Records was found dead at his Thailand apartment. He was 57.According to Pattaya103.com, he was reportedly found with ... More >>
Fast-casual menu packs in lots of bold flavors without hurting your wallet
Oh, man, who wants a drink? Some nights call for a darker than average drinking spot. Somewhere that serves stiff drinks without an attitude. A place where jeans are invited and dirty-sloganed T-shirts are plentiful. A joint with a great jukebox, beers on tap that don't have any ironic advertisin ... More >>
A Dangerous Method, Aurora, and more
Twin Cities music fans are in for a real treat this weekend. Friday night in the 7th Street Entry is a rare chance to hear the psychedelic garage rock and American-influenced sound that was supercharged in '60s Cambodia and spread fast all over Asia to Thailand, Vietnam and even Hong Kong cin ... More >>
photo by Michelle BruchSameh Wadi and his big red truckToday we wrap up our three-part series with chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen. (If you missed them, read parts 1 and 2 here.) We discuss when the big red truck will be back on the streets, what's keeping him up at night, ... More >>
An off-menu variant of Nam Thok at On's. Sure, On's Thai Kitchen on University Avenue offers the usual suspects: spring rolls, green curry, pad Thai. But it's worth exploring the further corners of the menu's authentic, home-style Thai cooking and considering lesser-seen dishes such as Pad-Ph ... More >>
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The bakery case at LeCrazy Taste: Looks crazy good, no?The home of a former hot dog shop didn't stay dark very long. A French bakery opened last month in the old Uncle Franky's near the University of Minnesota campus. The Hot Dish touched base with owner Donald Thao to find out more about L ... More >>
Local hip-hop writer and videographer Justin Schell is in the process of directing his first feature-length documentary, and it features three Twin Cities-based musicians who use their music to bridge cultural gaps: Ghana-born rapper M.anifest, "SotaRican" songstress Maria Isa, and Hmong spoken w ... More >>
It's almost that time, bass fanatics. Woody McBride's second takeover of First Avenue in six months goes down in just one week. Next Friday, more than 60 DJs will descend upon the club and play some of the funkiest, ear-splitting, heavens-opening tracks known (or not known) to man for nearly 10 ho ... More >>
Local weatherdude Sven Sundgaard is off your television screen and on vacation this week, enjoying the heat and hummus in Israel and Jordan. When he's not globetrotting, the active Sundgaard can most often be found at the nearest Thai food establishment.
Quick-service cafes get it done
Just in time for Valentine's Day.
Pfc. Kham Xiong was among those who died last week following a shooting rampage at an Army base in Texas.
Kahm Xiong, of St. Paul, was among the 13 people killed last Thursday at the sprawling military base of Fort Hood, Texas.
Lyndale and Hennepin are peppered with a plethora of Asian fusion options
Though declining nationwide, tuberculosis is increasing in Minnesota as immigrants flock here
A new generation of Hmong makes its own exodus
Stephanie and Kelly Kinnunen didn't quit their jobs, sell off their worldly possessions, and move into a motel in order to launch a new magazine about patio furniture
Making book with Carolyn Cone
Every meal's a winner: An Emburger-free list of after-hours alternatives
As a Child, Cy Thao Crossed the Mekong from Laos to a New World. Now His Paintings Are Taking the Hmong People Home.
Queer cinema gets radical in the latest Flaming Film Festival
'The Legend of Suriyothai' is an action epic of royal proportions
A long-awaited mom-and-pop shop redefines Minnesota highbrow
The race to replace St. Paul mayor-elect Randy Kelly illustrates how much the city's east side has changed
Community activist Cy Thao plans to tell the story of the Hmong people in a series of 50 paintings--and may one day speak for them in elected office
Making short films, Minnesota-style
From its South Minneapolis headquarters, the American Refugee Committee sorts out the logistics of relief
Welfare reform spurs Twin Cities to compete for the area's least-impoverished tenants.