In just a few short hours, everyone and their mom will be sporting their finest Old Navy American flag t-shirt and taking pictures of fireworks that they will never look at again. Independence Day has arrived.While everyone has his or her own way of celebrating the Fourth of July, the one thing that ... More >>
MNsure executive director April Todd-Malmlov is taking heat today for a two-week tropical vacation she took in late November as the state health care exchange website struggled with a number of problems.RELATED: MNsure irons out many launch kinks, logs 5,000 accounts in first week MNsure staff say t ... More >>
By some estimates, there are as many as 2,500 homeless kids in the Twin Cities area. With a little luck, a few hundred of them will turn out Thursday for a free meal prepared by the executive chef of HCMC. "Our goal is to serve 400 kids," said William Panzarella, executive director of Aegis Foundati ... More >>
There seems to be some confusion over when National Gingerbread Day actually takes place -- today, November 21 or in the summer, on June 5. Some gingerbread-loving fools say the holiday is observed twice a year, on both days. Since we think of gingerbread as a late fall and winter treat, we've elec ... More >>
Three in the Key is Chris Koza's column exploring a musician's life as a basketball fanatic. The Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-composer leads the band Rogue Valley. Get him on the court, and he's trouble.First Ave and 7th Street. It's a loaded sentence because to anyone who follows sports o ... More >>
The gastronomic merrymakers behind the annual Gastro Non Grata event are at it again. This year's mash-up of the Twin Cities food and music scene has been scheduled for the Sunday after Thanksgiving. On November 24, attendees will feast on delicious bites of food from one the hottest restaurants of ... More >>
Seeing as how this is All Hallows Eve eve, we thought it only appropriate to make this week's beer of the week an unabashedly spicy pumpkin-y little number. Pumking imperial ale from Southern Tier Brewing Co., based in Lakewood, New York is a high ABV ale that pours a brilliant creamy orange and sme ... More >>
It may be all about the Oktoberfest beers in early fall, but this week's Beer of the Week is an entirely different style that speaks to the season. Brewing's Sweet Yamma Jamma is a medium-bodied clear ale brewed with familiar Thanksgiving dinner flavors such as pulverized sweet potatoes and candied ... More >>
Torture + Crying = Awards?
A moment of silence for the Cotty Lowry billboard. The delightfully defaced ad is gone, and the building it once clung to has been revitalized. Now, rather than looking for clever captions or dubious mustaches, we can eagerly peek inside the brand, new Burch Steak.See also:Burch announces openi ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
When Gerald and Sarah Hinna arrived home around 9:30 Saturday night, they sensed something was amiss. Their dogs were barking, and upon entering their house, Gerald noticed their barks seemed particularly focused on an upstairs door that was partially closed.SEE ALSO: Footprints in snow guide Fariba ... More >>
Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, is one of Minnesota's staunchest gun rights advocates. In fact, last legislative session, he authored a "deadly force" bill that would've dramatically expanded the range of situations in which gun owners could lawfully use deadly force (the bill was ultimately veto ... More >>
Mankato Brewery is a newcomer on the rapidly growing Minnesota scene. Geographically separated from many of the other recent startups, the North Mankato-based brewery primarily serves southern Minnesota, with distribution reaching north toward the Mississippi River. The brewery is working to extend ... More >>
A taste test of three new fast-casual restaurants
As the glut and gratitude of Thanksgiving gives way to the glut and gaiety of the holiday season, plan to kick off this transitionary phase with some holiday honky tonk and a banjo-pickin' veteran of Hee Haw this weekend at Lee's and the Dakota.
Take time away from shopping and eating this weekend to enjoy some shows.
Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... More >>
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. Food and football. The meal is built around turkey, but it's the side dishes, traditional to your family and friends and as varied or exotic as your friends and family, that make the meal. Thanksgiving Day dinner offers wine lovers a unique challenge as ... More >>
Psychobizket/Photobucket Not pictured: good senseBacon. The smoky, crispy siren/muse that inspires such devotion that inventors have created bacon-flavored mayonnaise, dental floss, breath mints, and even soda. Is there anything it can't do? Well, turns out there's definitely s ... More >>
Kitchen WindowSarah Burt, of Saucy Burt's food cart, teaches the four-course feast tomorrow nightThe typical Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition for a reason, but there's always room to add a little spice and variety. The Kitchen Window can help you do just that with its Italian Thanksgiving c ... More >>
SERIOUSLY. What's it gonna take to get the Purple One to play a gig in his hometown?After wrapping up his "Welcome 2 America" tour, which was actually more like "Welcome 2 New York, New Jersey, and California," Prince announced today that he will steer his magical purple pirate ship (or whatever ... More >>
In what's now become a yearly tradition, First Avenue will host another Replacements tribute night on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, in both the Mainroom and 7th St. Entry.
Menards mayhem: Great TV.The woman caught on tape going ballistic at a Wisconsin Menards on Black Friday is going to be a TV star. It also sounds like she's a person of interest to Grand Chute police, who expect to make an arrest in the case pretty soon. They haven't released her name.
Get a taste of Italy this weekend...The Broder family loves sourcing the best Italian ingredients--carnaroli rice, truffle products, olive oils, etc.--for its Italian restaurant and deli and wants to introduce you to some of its favorites at its Food Lover's Tour of Italy this Saturday, from ... More >>
Mary O'Regan will judge your elastic pantsWith less than 24 hours before Black Friday blows up, it seems like the perfect time to have a food-and-fashion chat with Mary O'Regan, fashion editor with Metro magazine, editor of Minnesota Bride, and fashionista-about-town at her blog Art of Wore. ... More >>
Considering your girlfriend's 80-year-old grandma spent all day peeling potatoes and baking pumpkin pies, you'd better not show up to supper empty handed. While flowers are always a classy hostess gift, here are five great, locally made, edible options. Your hosts can serve them, send them ho ... More >>
But you can drink it in MinneapolisBreakfast in Vermont$9Amore Victoria1601 W. Lake St., Minneapolis612.823.0250The first snow has fallen and the fresh chill demands drinks with brown, warming liquors. To satisfy that urge, glide into Amore Victoria, sit at the darkly lit bar, and ask bartender S ... More >>
Great River Road Wine TrailWine...with a view.Book a holiday flight for just $20--a wine flight, that is, sampled via vintners along The Great River Road Wine Trail at this weekend's Holiday Food & Wine Festival. The Great River Road Wine Trail is made up 10 wineries located near the Mississ ... More >>
Jessica ChapmanThe "flapper" at Colossal Cafe.It may or may not be National Pancake Day this Sunday, September 26. (The international megachain IHOP has its own National Pancake Day in February where they give them away. Maybe we should flip a pancake to determine which is the "official" one? ... More >>
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One is Japanese and the other favors a "total meal concept"
Skirt @ Uptown Bar From today's A-List: "Twin Cities musicians sure have a hard time limiting themselves to one band. The latest mash-up is Skirt, a pop-rock outfit featuring Linnea Mohn (Coach Said Not To), Scott Hefte (Seymore Saves the World, Superdanger), and Michelle Roche (um, the Mankato Sym ... More >>
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