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Winsome Flagship Launch


Since we interviewed one of the area’s rising fashion moguls, Kathryn Sieve of Winsome Goods, on our podcast last season, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the official opening of the Winsome flagship studio (while also enjoying their vintage Air Stream mobile studio). Well, the wait is over. Visit the new space tonight for the launch party, see the clothing crafted all in house, and have a drink while you mingle. 6-9 PM. Free.Tracy Oxford

Winsome Goods, 201 6th St. SE #2, MPLS;

Book Launch Party for the Not-Quite States of America

not quite united states

A Dark & Stormy and “getting lost in the mountains of Puerto Rico and ghost stories from the Northern Mariana Islands” is exactly what history fans need mid-Febraury. More festive and fun than a regular ol’ reading, tonight’s launch party at honey for Doug Mack‘s Not-Quite States of America, includes tropical drinks, a trivia challenge, and real-life stories of the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam, and other territories. 7 PM. Free.Tracy Oxford

honey, 205 Hennepin Ave E, MPLS;

Mizna’s Environment Issue + Northern’s AAA


The MPLS + STPL-based Arab American Journal Mizna celebrates the release of its Environment issue by teaming up with Northern (the org behind Northern Spark) to host an arts party of readings and discussion. The atmosphere of event will be set by the issue’s guest editor, internationally-celebrated nature writer, agrarian activist, and ethnobiologist, Gary Paul Nabhan, and the get-together features video and poetry installations, readings from local authors, and the discussion by Northern’s AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association climate change club. 7-9 PM. Free.R. John Smith

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street Suite 200, Saint Paul;

A Few More Thursday Happenings: Feb 23rd

b side release tour

Indeed Brewing takes over The Current’s party van to tour nine different release parties for the brewery’s B-Side Pils throughout Twincy (that’s so many parties that it goes tomorrow, too). Win tickets to the new Guillermo del Toro show at Mia when you bring an album in to Fulton’s tap room for their Record on Draft party. Join artists and curators at Intermedia Arts for opening of this new interactive visual arts exhibition with people, photography, film, and the written word, FOrmerly poOR Folx. It’s opening night of the weekly screenings of the MN Cuban Film Festival at The Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre. Cyn Collins will be reading from her forthcoming book on the MPLS Punk and Indie scene before some Film 4M shows rock film shorts (with live accompaniment!) and then The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle at der Black Forest Inn. The Cassette night (“Listen to the hiss!”) turns one years old at the Kitty Cat Klub. Mayoral candidate and former MPLS NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds hosts a listening session on environmental justice at the Water Bar.

Quick Q+A: Tom Hoch For Minneapolis

Tom Hoch

The already pretty exciting race to become MPLS mayor became even more exciting this week when former Hennepin Theater Trust CEO Tom Hoch officially added his name the list of high profile mayoral candidates that includes current Mayor Betsy Hodges, former MPLS NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds, and City Council Member and running enthusiast Jacob Frey.

We wanted to get a feel for Hoch’s campaign right out of the gate, so we sent him a Quick Q+A full of hot topics from our arts and culture coverage.

Secrets of the City: Your announcement says: “We need to get Minneapolis back on track.” What does that track look like? When did we start slowing down on it?

Tom Hoch: The track curves to the left and has “Tom Hoch” in big letters on it. It also comes with a great soundtrack of Steven Sondheim and Cole Porter. I think we started to slow down when I decided not to run for mayor four years ago.

You’ve got the endorsement of John Sweeney, owner of Brave New Workshop—how important is the local theater voting block? As important as the local long-distance runner voting block?

There’s an old saying, “as go the thespians, so goes the nation”. All the runners will be gone by November, so I think John locked this thing up for us.

It’s our opinion—and we’d guess the opinion of most, if not all, of our readers—that downtown MPLS, aside from a few bright spots, is a hassle, prohibitively so. From your years with Hennepin Theater Trust, who needs to do better there, the city government or business leaders?

City government definitely needs to do better right now. After I get elected in November, I expect businesses will need to step up their game, too.

Which sleeve to you wear your Skyway Avoidance Society patch on?

Eric Dayton never mailed mine, and I’m still pretty bitter about it.

The upcoming Super Bowl: How much should residents charge to Air B’n’B their homes for while they get the heck out of town?

I think they should gouge the out-of-town masses as much as possible. Maybe we can use the tax revenue to finally finish Nicollet Mall.