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Friday

How has it taken this long to get a dance night at the Kitty Cat Klub called PURR? DJ Slamdunkapher & Friends has special guest Sloslylove. [FB] We want this book for Xmas: The Sticky Rice Project Vietnamese Recipe Storybook! Project founder Lilian Vo will talk about it at Common Good Books. [FB] We’re also going to want to buy a bunch of stuff at the SooVAC holiday sale. [Info] The beloved Autopic Festival has a reading showcase at Dead Media. [FB] Terry Gilliam’s absurdist dystopian film Brazil is quickly turning into a documentary, see the near future at Fresh Oysters Performance Research. [FB] Reina del Cid releases her new record at The Turf with some help from openers Al Church and Dusty Heart. [TIX]

Saturday

Speaking of the Turf Club, the always-fun local tribute to The Replacements returns! [Tix] Wear your expensive Ugly Holiday Sweater to Headflyer Brewing’s ugly sweater party. [Info] Rosalux opens its thirteenth annual Open Door exhibition at the gallery. [Info] We’re prob buying stuff from BRLSQ of North America at their holiday sale. [FB] When’s the last time you saw the original Alien movie? See it again for the first time at The Parkway. [Tix] The Great British Baking Show is just ripe for staged comedy and Director’s Cut at the Phoenix is going to “put the boat out” for it. [Tix]

Sunday

Utepils hosts a Books & Beers pop-up with author appearances—over two dozen them! [FB]


Quick Q+A: Darin Corbin + F1rst Wrestling LIVE!

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Regular Readers know that we’re huge fans of the wrasslin’ action put on by F1rst Wrestling and this Thursday (TONIGHT!) the hometown promotion make their debut at the Uptown VFW a month before the giant Wrestlepalooza event. F1rst Wrestling: LIVE! is a perfect introduction to see local pro wrestling the way it’s always meant to be—up close and with a bunch of people cheering over their beers. The “Golden Circle” seating is already sold out, but there are a few GA tickets still remaining that we very strongly recommend grabbing.

Ahead of the Lyn Lake invasion, we quick checked in with one of the least popular personalities—and thereby most popular personalities—The Ginger Snap Darin Corbin about his evolving alliances, attack plans, and surprise appearances.

Secrets of the City: Don’t you miss the good times you had in The North Star Express with Ryan Cruz? Do you think you can ever share the same corner again?

The Ginger Snap Darin Corbin: If those were good times, I’ve been having awesome and amazing times since the split. And no, I don’t plan on reforming the NSE ever again.

What’s the strategy going into the ring for a Monster’s Ball Match against notable indie wrestler Abyss? Do you think the hometown crowd will be on your side for this one?

I don’t think the hometown crowd will be a factor; considering how much they all of sudden hate me. Bunch of ungrateful jerks. As far as Abyss goes, he’s a monster who doesn’t think before he acts. I’m already 10 steps ahead. So I’m not worried about Abyss being able to outsmart or catch me!

Assuming you win against Abyss, what kind of momentum does that give you going into the big time Wrestlepalooza at First Avenue in January?

Correction: When I win. And I’ve been riding momentum since the split. Things have been great and I make things happen. So January will be no different.

A bunch of txts were flying back and forth during the WWE TLC match at the Target Center when some of us noticed that the EMT who helped Kurt Angle looked just like our favorite local heel! How did that come about? Was it just crazy to be involved in a production like that?

After receiving my University of Phoenix Medical Degree after doing online night classes, it was only a matter of time before the job market came calling . . . and just happened to be WWE.
Good thing I was there for the gold medalist. And yes it was quite the production and a great event to be a part of. I look forward to working together more in the future . . . so keep watching when
they come around the Midwest.

F1rst Wrestling: LIVE! goes down Thursday, December 7th at 8 PM. GA tickets available, $12.


F1rst Wrestling Live! Wildcat

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Regular Readers know that we’re huge fans of the wrasslin’ action put on by F1rst Wrestling and this Thursday the hometown promotion make their debut at the Uptown VFW a month before the giant Wrestlepalooza event. F1rst Wrestling: LIVE! is a perfect introduction to see local pro wrestling the way it’s always meant to be—up close and with a bunch of people cheering over their beers. The “Golden Circle” seating is already sold out, but there are a few GA tickets still remaining that we very strongly recommend grabbing.

Ahead of the Lyn Lake invasion, we quick checked in with one of the most popular personalities, Wildcat the Feline Super Hero, on his signature moves, territory, and more, ahead of the face-smashing fun. 

Secrets of the City: One of the best parts of any F1rst show is the Meow! Meow! Meow! chant you get going. How did that come about and did you think it would be such a hit?

Wildcat: Meowing is a cat’s way of communicating with humans. It seemed quite natural to greet the crowd with a round of MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! and I was happily surprised when they learned my language and joined in.

You’re not only a wrestler, you’re also a crime fighter. Does your watch include both MPLS + STPL or do you just stick to one city? Or do you even bust up bad guys in the burbs, too?

A vigilante crime fighter knows no boundaries. No villain can out range Wildcat and escape the claws of justice. So no matter your location if your actions are treacherous keep your eyes towards the shadows because that is where Wildcat prowls.

Have you had any luck figuring out what to do when your kryptonite—a ball of yarn!—makes its way into the ring?

I know exactly what to do in that situation: Get that yarn between my claws and scratch it to shreds! Meow for now.

F1rst Wrestling: LIVE! goes down Thursday, December 7th at 8 PM. GA tickets available, $12.


Burger Hunter: The Depot Tavern

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It’s the countdown to the final ever Burger Hunter, everyone’s favorite Secrets of the City feature! That’s right, there’s only a few more hunts left until Mike S. goes on an extended cleanse (as The Juice Bar Hunter?)! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s previous meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram and at @BurgerHunterUSA on the Twitter.

It’s the holiday season because it’s December and now it’s cold. This hunt takes us indoors to the place where I’m almost certain there’s never Christmas music, The Depot Tavern. It’s conveniently parked next to First Avenue because they own it. Upon entry it’s kinda like you’re in a New York Music Scene Diner Bar Restaurant. And the dinner music is real good. But would you expect anything less. The staff has more style than all of fashion week combined! You feel like you’re watching some bad-ass scene from a movie, when actually you’re living it. Anywho, the Bacon Cheddar burger is a fine starting point. Meat is Angus. Seared up by chef hardcore. Hella juicy with a minor drip party. Bun toasted. Kaiser like. Eggy. Onion strizzle on top with the bacon is an OTP and that bottom caramelized onion ketchup sure likes to dance. More of a marmalade TBH. But Wow! Crispy and smooth and just a v perfect bite happening. This ones G’d up from its feet up. Comes with house-cut fries that are one notch too thick. Lots of stars outside, another star inside!

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.3   Presentation: 8   Originality: 8

The Depot Tavern, 17 North 7th St, MPLS; thedepottavern.com


Free Ideas: Twincy Holiday Art Sale

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Every single venue in MPLS + STPL has an arts market going on through the month and we love it. Among the localized pint glasses, art prints, knit pieces, and more, we thought there was a few things missing. Here’s what we’d have at our two foot by one foot table set up at a tap room. 

A Bob Mould Bob Mold—$45

Celebrate the Husker Du guitarist with a cake/ bundt pan that makes desserts in the shape of the face of local legend Bob Mould.

Classic Twincy Bars Pint Glass Set—$35

Want to remember classic bars from MPLS + STPL? We’ve got a trio of pint glasses from The Uptown Bar (says Uptown Bar), Triple Rock (says Summit), and Nye’s Polonaise (small cocktail glass) from the back of our cabinet that have been there long enough that they’re peak local vintage.

Handmade Wrestlepalooza Wrestling Action Figures

Collect ’em all! Arik “The Anarchist” Cannon! Wildcat! That jerk Darin Corbin! For any fan of local action, we’ve taken old wrestling action figures and repainted them to be everyone’s favorite ring stars.

Secrets of the City Custom Beer Blends

Remember when it was a thing for a hot second to mix Surly Furious and Bender to make an off-menu Surly Fender? Well, we’re bringing back that spirit with our own beer blends like the 300 Sweet Children (a mix of Fulton’s Sweet Child of Vine IPA and 300 Mosaic IPA), Kentucky Cowbell (a mix of Urban Growler’s Cowbell Cream Ale and Kentucky Uncommon Ale), Ominous Wind (a mix of Bad Weather’s Windvane Red IPA and Ominous Double Brown Ale) in pint-sized jars with our custom logo stickered to the front.

Pictured: A new pint glass from Adam Turman, who has actually good things for sale at his holiday pop-up.