On Friday, the Como Zoo's baby orangutan, Jaya, turned six, and celebrated with a full-on birthday party. All four of the zoo's orangutans put on party hats, ate new foods like bagels and whipped cream, and unwrapped gifts like balls and strainers (for playing with their water or putting on their he ... More >>
There's a new half-hour documentary out today from our friends over at Pioneer Public Television -- a PBS station in Appleton -- and in our humble old opinions here at Gimme Noise, we're going to go right ahead and say that it's a must-see. In fact, we can think of at least two big reasons why y'all ... More >>
With this weekend's River's Edge Music Festival, next weekend's Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the just announced Wabasha Days Saint Paul, the city that always sleeps is starting to really look alive for music fans.Presented by Lowertown Dutch-inspired pub the Amsterdam Bar and Hall and 89.3 the Cur ... More >>
Feist and the Low AnthemWeesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, Apple ValleyJune 2, 2012Feist kicked off the 20th season of Music In the Zoo in grand fashion on Saturday night, delivering a two-hour set that spotlighted not only her deft guitar playing and insightful songwriting, but also her ... More >>
Mid West Music Festival Day OneFeaturing Tapes 'n Tapes, Cory Chisel, and Zoo Animal Winona, MNThursday, April 19, 2012Rain and plummeting temperatures greeted music fans in Winona who were gathering for the third annual Mid West Music Fest on Thursday evening. And while the lousy weather conditio ... More >>
Janell MarieIt's all change these days for Holly Newsom and the band she calls Zoo Animal. A few months ago, her longtime bandmates, bassist Tim Abramson and drummer Thom Burton, both left the group. The tireless songwriter has responded with an excellent new EP, Departure, a record she claims sh ... More >>
Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords EP releaseOctober 20, 2010The Turf ClubIf Grant Cutler was at all nervous about how his new EP would fly with fans, he didn't let on at last night's EP-release show at the Turf Club's Clown Lounge. And with support from the talented Holly Newsom, Marvin Devane ... More >>
You've been to the fair, the amusement park, the zoo, and a dozen art fests. Now it's time to take a little road trip out to Shakopee for another summertime tradition: Ye Olde Renaissance Festival. And while you may love the cheesy fun of it all, money can be a little tight at the end of the ... More >>
Lookbook at First Ave. w/ Zoo Animal, BIGHT CLUB, & Slapping Purses from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.A diverse array of local bands descended upon First Avenue on Friday night, with Lookbook leading the way during their first headlining show in the Mainroom. It was a wide-ranging evening featuring performa ... More >>
The lineup for this summer's Music in the Zoo series continues to be leaked via Facebook, and yesterday's announcement was especially exciting: DEVO will come to the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Amphitheater on July 3. Tickets ($56 before fees) go on sale on Monday, May 3 at 10 a.m., and will be avail ... More >>
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Yes, the zoo is free (sweet!) but you still had to feel like a terrible person enjoying your day when those enormous polar bears looked like they were plotting their own suicides.
This pretty much sums up the sadness we feel when we visit Como Zoo.
Carl Atiya Swanson recounts Saturday night's show at the Minnesota Zoo.
Sad news of the day: Como Zoo's 47-year-old flamingo was euthanized after a long battle with cancer.
Horny dolphin angles for three-way
With no help from the state, Hennepin County ponies up for mental health services
At the Como Zoo, local singer-songwriter Jeff Hanson unleashes his inner beast