It’s the annual St. Paul Art Crawl through the mostly Lowertown and downtown St. Easy artist lofts and open studios! Hear Sarah Manguso will read from her new book of brief insights 300 ARGUMENTS at Magers & Quinn. Most people think Cameron Crowe directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but it was just his script and the ace direction of Amy Heckerling that made it so good; see it again at the Trylon. At the Cowles Center, the Right Here Showcase presents The April Sellers Dance Collectives new work The Animal Corridor, a “darkly humorous, post-apocalyptic world” that is “devised to smash open expectations as we move towards a new gender utopia.” Public Functionary hosts the MCTC Photo Show. Rage against the “non-profit industrial complex” will a sure-to-be-great book discussion at Fresh Oysters Performance Research. Its all female funk and soul at this month’s Hipshaker! at the Kitty Club Klub. Learn to tap dance at a mini-golf course with Tappy Hour at Can Can Wonderland. It’s an extra extra extra special Y2K: That’s What I Call 2000s when DJ Jonathan Ackerman teams up with Shannon Blowtorch and ya boi DJ Slamdunkapher at honey.
Celebrate Songkran, the Thai new year, with a block party at Amazing Thailand in Uptown. We’ll be hanging out at Grumpy’s Downtown hearing a bunch of bands and eating brats for a food drive benefit show. The 12th Annual Craftstravaganza maker market returns to the MN State Fairgrounds. There’s a gun raffle happening all afternoon at the Uptown VFW, maybe steer clear of that area. There’s an opening reception at Center for Lost Objects for Christopher Sorenson‘s new show. Culture Piece Magazine is closing out Fashion Week MN #FWMN with a fashion presentation at Le Méridien Chambers. Fantastic writer Kiese Laymon will be doing a reading at The Loft Literary Center, def check out that if you’re a letters fan. Chillest music show of the weekend goes to Lydia Ainsworth, DEM YUUT, and Eric Mayson at the Entry. We can be, at times, fans of Marc Maron, especially with the right guest on his podcast, and there’s still tix to his late show at the Pantages Theater.
Why doesn’t Dick Valentine of the Electric Six just move here already? He’s doing another 2Become1 with Mr. Marathon Mark Mallman at the Entry. Been to Crooner’s off north Central yet? If not, use this cool Stevie Wonder unplugged show as a reason to check it out.
An epoch is defined as an extended period of time typically characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events, and Scott Hansen, leader of the band Tycho, has named their new album Epoch (Ghostly International, 2016) with that in mind. The last installment in a trilogy, Epoch is the culmination of more than a decade’s work that has seen the band evolving and maturing through two sublime releases Dive (2011) and Awake (2014), and developing from featuring Hansen as a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful multi-layered live band performing on the world’s largest stages. Those stages include big local shows in MPLS + STPL, too, including First Ave’s Mainroom and Summer Set. Tonight they’re making the crowd at the bigger Palace Theater dance. 7:30 PM. $29.50.
We’re big fans of Tycho and if you haven’t gone to the Palace Theater yet, this will be a great show for it. Just reply to this email that you’re interested in going for a chance to win tix.
We thought we’d test your local news knowledge with this Pop Quiz. See is you can pick which of these tweets from local TV news stations are original and which ridiculous ones we just made up. Answers here.
Thousands followed April the giraffe’s pregnancy and birth of her not-so-little calf. Now you can vote on his name.
Suddenly jeans with holes doesn’t seem so silly. Nordstrom does it again; men’s jeans with fake mud selling for $425.
Jett Kobs, a senior at Unity High in Balsam Lake, Wis., decided to bring a different kind of senior to his prom
Officials are calling it a “chop shop for eagles”
Survey: some would give up drinking/chocolate for a month to stop getting paper mail
One of the founding family members of the cheese curds stand at the State Fair is determined to keep it open
Doctor, wife in genital mutilation case involving 2 Minnesota girls seek jail release
Tech Bytes: Data breach at Chipotle, world’s last male northern white rhino on Tinder
We’ll get you your weekend preview, but first we have to let you know about this one this week: Yesterday Rock the Garden and The Current announced their lineup for this year’s show, and their inclusion of MPLS’s own Dwynell Roland was a great move. Here’s a sample of what the rapper has been up to in just the last few months: Opening sets at the big Prof Outdoors show and the sold out P.O.S show at the Entry, plus some opening spots for SIMS on the Doomtree MC’s tour around the state and country.
Thanks to the RtG announcement, this Wednesday’s already hot Stop Drop Roland show at First Avenue’s 7th St Entry with Devon Reason & Travis Gorman, Juice Lord, and DJ Fundo is a great chance to see Roland up close before he’s on the big stage. Get those tickets while they’re still available, it’s likely a sold out show at this point. 8 PM. $8 advance, $10 door.
Well guess what, we want to send you to this show. Did you see that coming? Reply to this email that you’re interested in seeing Roland at First Ave for a chance to win a pair of tickets.
Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. He gets fan mail from our readers and from restaurants! Check out all The BurgerHunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.
Straight down Washington Ave, if you can get through . . . Your guess is as good as mine? Mayoral candidates pay attention. Anywho, just move over a street and on you go to hop down at Borough for lunch. Aww yes, the excitement is high! This place has been trending for awhile. Ink, lists, banter, and a pile of street cred. FR. You’d have to of been in a sequestered jury on a killer burger case in order to not have heard about the legendary Parlour Burger. So I ordered it. It’s name is because you used to only be able to get it at their Parlour below. Let’s start with the bun. It’s an egg bun that’s grilled crispy hundo p. Almost crunchy. It’s buttery and really a good one folks. The meat has the triple crown pedigree you’re looking for in life: ribeye, brisket, and chuck. Those three friends are invited to any party. And all summer long, too. Now the flavor of this beef is unarguably delicious and better than a strong majority of all the burgers out there. But TBH I found this one a little too salty and not quite juicy enough considering the choice cuts, hence the semi-scandalous rating! Come at me, bro! It’s smashed style two patty system and you get that light char daddy outer that’s amaze. Those old tastes that your Mom and Dad talk about. The skillet burger days kinda flavor. It’s a big ‘un too. Topped with a white American cheese that’s plenty creamy and oozing on the meat. Major league GOAT bites for the banks. Yummy burger, no doubt. Pro tip: The fries are perfection and ask for a dipper of Swiss cheese aioli!
Scorecard: Flavor: 8.9 Presentation: 8 Originality: 9
Borough, 730 N Washington Ave, MPLS; boroughmpls.com
It’s almost impossible to keep up with the arts and the culture and the entertainment and food and drink and the people and the places here in MPLS + STPL, so we’ve put together this list of stuff that we’re using as talking points this week and sharing them with you to pretend like they’re you’re own.
Note: This week’s Cheat Sheet is shorter than usual because this past weekend was too crazy with stuff—the Prince parties, the Record Store Day shows, all the different beers here, so yeah.
Where: Hai Hai
Remember the news that Christina Nguyen and her Hola Arepa crew bought the old Deuce Deuce space? Well they’ll transform it into Vietnamese street food (with American casual dinner prices) by the name of Hai Hai, which is Vietnamese for two two, a nod that we appreciate, especially since an old dirty Northeast dive bar strip club turning into a hip street food spot is the Most Current Twincy Thing Ever™.
What: Gray Duck’s preview
Wait. Sorry. Actually maybe beloved-by-foodies chef Donald Gonzalez (formerly of Forepaugh’s) cooking at a place called Gray Duck in downtown St. Easy is the Most Current Twincy Thing Ever™. Here’s your heads up that there’s still some spots open for their preview dinner on Weds—which also includes the also beloved Tim McKee—but that won’t last long.
(You Know) Why: Bicycling MPLS City Council Candidates
Some big news out of the DFL endorsement process for some of the wards in MPLS, which is the actual election for things like city council. On the one hand, in what feels like the most NIMBY ward, Ward 10, bike-friendly and personable Lisa Bender easily secured the endorsement despite a small and super annoying constituency that also thought Home and Garden TV personality Nicole Curtis was a big deal(?). She’ll be the first person in 20 years to get re-elected in that ward. Even bigger, council powerhouse Lisa Goodman in Ward 7 didn’t get the endorsement, which is seismic. She’s been a hard-nosed leader on the council since 1998(!) who previously worked for Wellstone but not had any real challenger in years, and her grassroots opponent Janne Flisrand from the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition split the caucus. The lesson here? Don’t bet against people who rides bikes everywhere because they’ve got more determination that us car drivers? Btw, Keith Ellison’s son Jerimiah won his endorsement process in North MPLS and mega-powerhouse Barb Johnson was, like Goodman, denied the endorsement, which is sort of shocking.
Fashion Week MN #FWMN continues on through this weekend and into next week with a bunch of original and inventive fashion and lifestyle events, including Sunday’s very cool Crosswalk Fashion Show. The indoor-to-outdoor event returns after a 5-year hiatus in a big way: There’s pieces by Cliché’s roster of national brands, live illustrations by Claire Ward, refreshments, the spring collections of local designers Jenny Carle and Danielle Everine, and coincides with a sale at the boutique.
Before the looks head out of the store and across 24th + Lyndale, we sent some quick questions to Everine about designing for the crosswalk, her time on Pro Ro, other #FWMN fun, and how we should be dressing.
Secrets of the City: How much better is it to stage your collection for a crosswalk show than a standard runway?
Danielle Everine: Logistically it is has advantages! Rather than renting a venue, catwalk and lighting, we use the natural stage of the street. Everyone is welcome to attend, no tickets or dress code needed! We must let go of full control, and subject ourselves to the elements— unpredictability becomes part of the presentation. Let’s just hope for great weather.
It’s maybe hard to quantify, but what being on Project Runway do for a MPLS + STPL designer? To you suddenly stop becoming a local designer and become a national personality? Do people jokingly tell you to make it work?
I saw behind the golden curtain of reality television. That changes a person in many ways. The best take away was learning to be comfortable talking about my work in front of a camera. The show fostered some great connections both near and far. I definitely still make it work!
How great is Cliché?
Cliché is my favorite! I have had the pleasure of working with them many times. In fact, I showed a cowgirl inspired collection at Crosswalk 5 years ago! Owners Josh and Delayna have incredible taste and always have lovely pieces.
How much of #FWMN do you go to? Anything in particular you’re excited for besides the Crosswalk show and Black Magik Woman?
There is so much going on! It is difficult to attend more than a few events. I am always excited to attend Black Hearts Ball. Organizers Tim + Thom always provide a stage for great talents. This year, I look forward to seeing work from two emerging designers I have worked with on other projects—Shiader Vue and Lauren Kacher (Form Over Function).
Block party season is coming up—you’re a fashion expert, what should we be wearing when we’re going out?
Linen, florals and ruffles!
Sunday at 2 PM. Free.
Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-0420, clichempls.com