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Join The Open Arms Cook-a-Thon


Secrets of the City is helping recruit two teams for the very excellent Open Arms Cook-a-Thon, a 24-hour fundraiser event on Sept 15-16th where volunteers will prepare and package 11,000 meals for Open Arms of Minnesota’s clients living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.

These two teams will each help fill a much-needed power hour shift, one at 2-4 AM and one at 4-6 AM on Saturday morning, Sept 16th. We’re huge fans of Open Arms and want to help fill these spots!

Every member of each team will be asked to raise at least $125 to support their work, resulting in at least $750 raised from each team to support nourishing meals for neighbors in need.

Open Arms will provide tools to help you fundraise, and during the event each team can expect a high-energy volunteer experience, treats, coffee, competitions and the chance to make a difference for families facing life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. You’ll get to take home your very own Cook-a-Thon apron, and if the team is able to raise $750 together you’ll also get a limited edition t-shirt.

Interested? Think you can put together a team? Contact Events Manager Emily Mauter at emilym@openarmsmn.org or 612-872-1152 to reserve you spot or to hear more about the commitment!

Win Tix: On The Waterfront


“I coulda been a contender!” So bemoans Brando’s Terry Malloy, a down-on-his-heels former boxer who took a fall, and is now washed-up dockworker in On the Waterfront, the next installment of The Heights Theater’s Marlon Brando: Method Man series. But when Terry inadvertently becomes an accomplice to the murder of a witness to union corruption, and falls for the victim’s sister, he’s pushed into a conflict with a mob boss (Lee J. Cobb) and the boss’ right hand man—who happens to be Terry’s brother (Rod Steiger.) A veritable panorama of Method acting, On the Waterfront won Brando his first Oscar, Eve Marie-Saint Best Supporting Actress, and Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and three others. Upcoming screenings in the Method Man series include Apocalypse Now (Aug 24th, $12), and The Godfather (Aug 31st, $10). Thursday, 7:30 PM. $10.

We’re definitely on board with this new series at the historic Heights Theater, and we want you to join us for this absolute classic. Just reply to this email that you coulda been a contender for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

On Our Radar: Super Sunday?


We had a bunch of respondents in our survey suggest that we include some upcoming events every day in the newsletter. And when readers respond, we listen! So, starting today, we’ll include some future highlights that we’ve got on our editorial radar.


Help raise money for Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center (which was recently bombed by a terrorist) with poets at Moon Palace Books. If you only go to one bad movie this week, make it the 35mm screening of cult classic Creepshow at The Parkway. It’s going to be crazy packed at the Walker for Sounds of Silence Redux with MDS, Bonnie Bear, and other TGNP folks.


It’s the opening reception for Borders: A 2017 juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni at Public Functionary. One of the best events of the year, the Powderhorn 24 Community Ride returns to the friendly streets of PoHo. Check out the first installment of Minnesota Dance Collaborative’s 2017 season with Vivify at The Southern. The Exchange & Alibi Lounge celebrates two years of House, Club, and more electronic dance parties with a bash featuring Bad Boy Bill


Get on the wait list to the sold out Donut Run at Mill City Running if that’s your jam. Father John Misty and Tennis play a big show out at Surly’s beer campus. Also not a secret: Kendrick Lamar will pack the Xcel Energy Center. Indeed Brewing celebrates its own 5th birthday—congrats!—with a rager at Icehouse.


Button Poetry and internationally acclaimed poet Sabrina Benaim throw a book release party at Icehouse. Speaking of poets, there’s four excellent readers—Brian Beatty, Paula Cisewski, Haley Lasche & G Watson—scheduled at Common Good Books. Boarfest is this year bringing in bleachers so you can sit and eat meat, drink beer at Butcher & the Boar. The brewers in Northeast team up for a beer- (and cider-) filled block party at Sociable Cider Werks.


We’re getting excited for the MSP Film Society‘s Czech Film Fest.

Burger Hunter: 50’s Grill

50s grill

Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. He was also quite popular in our reader survey! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram and at @BurgerHunterUSA on the twitter.

If you’re lucky enough to still have your grandma or grandpa or some wonderful aunt or uncle than you better have taken that oh so special person to this oh so special place. Geese Louise we’re at the 50’s Grill! Dust off your chiffon scarf cause the big balls in cow town with hopes of some grease lightning. I went with the Bacon & Cheddar. It had a big star next to it. And it was deserving folks. This burger was all you could ever hope for and expect from a place like this. I mean they have pink booths here and some wicked cool neons. So the bun is baked in house fresh daily and it’s goals. The bottom even has like a floury cornmeal thing going on. The meat is tradish. Probably 80/20 chuck. But totes Voltage (our new word for greasy good). Travolta. We know he’s weird. Anywho moving along the meat flav is fab. This glistening patty of magic has a nice crispy outer with that winning juicy inner. Medium be doing and most def cooked on a flattop. Now don’t let the dude in the booth with the ducktail haircut show you up with his righteous malt order. Get one with your meal. Not after. Ok back to the burger it’s topped with a semi salty super gooey cheddar. Bacon is all the way Chantilly lace. Yeah it’s pretty. The burger is real good folks. I wouldn’t lie. Especially with grandma. Absolutely love the poodle skirts and saddle shoes the staff are sporting. Big ups to this charming piece of America.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.8   Presentation: 7   Originality: 6

50’s Grill, 5524 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center; 50sgrill.com

Readers Write In: Solar Eclipse


One of our Readers wanted to share some info—frankly sort of alarmist in its tone—on the upcoming big deal solar eclipse and how you can see them:

“There is a huge run on solar eclipse glasses. Amazon and most local retailers have sold out. It’s all the talk at libraries because people think they’re giving them away for free (truth: only libraries hosting viewing events will be giving them away in a limited quantity to those who attend viewing parties). As of today, these businesses still offer them: Hy-Vee; Toys “R” Us; Walmart; Best Buy; Lowe’s. Hobby Hub has a delivery on the way.”

Thanks for the tip! Btw, here’s some of those library viewing parties in Hennepin and Ramsey Cos happening.