As the year winds down (somehow we made it), all of us at Secrets wanted to send over a note to you to say thanks for all your support this year!
Also big news: We wanted to let you know that we will be doing a redesign of our newsletter set to relaunch the first week of 2018.
We’ll still be delivering the same great under-the-radar event picks and cheeky takes on the MPLS + STPL arts and culture scene, but we’ll only be sending out our newsletter twice a week: on Mondays or Tuesdays (Week in Preview) and Wednesdays or Thursdays (Weekend Dispatch).
Frankly, we’ve been a regular weekday newsletter for the last ten years, and that’s crazy. It’s crazy! But with the amount of email hitting people’s inboxes these days with iphones and Google phones and fit bits and Xbox One Xs, we’re hoping to help readers de-clutter with a fewer emails. Fewer emails, but hopefully cooler emails.
The space between sends will also be an opportunity to do more with the look and feel of the email, not just the same vibe that we think have more fun in it. Plus we’ll still our social media presence, even though the platforms are worse and worse seemingly every day.
If you have any questions about the change, please let us know. And, as always, if you have good feedback that is absolutely worth sharing, we definitely welcome it!
Also no emails next week we’re taking the week off to be with our loved ones (new presents). We’ll likely send out a New Year’s Round-Up.
DJ Keezy is back with the KLITUATION, an all-woman dance night that will once again dominate First Avenue’s Mainroom with an unparalleled platform for ladies in the Twin Cities hip-hop/R&B scenes. For this December 23rd installment, Keezy will get help from Lexii Alijai, Maria Isa, Dj Sophia Eris, Sarah White, Manchita, Lady Midnight, Micamaryjane, Dj Shannon Blowtorch, Destiny Roberts, Mayda, and a dozen more performers and artists, in filling up the club with beats, moves, and great party vibes. It’s not something any fan of dance nights can miss. Saturday, 9:30 PM. $15.
Regular Readers know we think KLITUATION is one of the most fun parties in Twincy, so we want as many of you to go as possible. Reply to this email with who you’d bring for a chance at free tickets, we got a couple so we can send multiple winners!
For the past 94 weeks we’ve been on a wild adventure all across Twincy hunting for burgers. We learned so much on this ride and it all felt like one giant party between buns. The restaurants, the chefs, the service, and all the owners that help to elevate the greatest sandwich ever, we thank you! Without a doubt Minnesota, and especially the MSP area, has taken the lead on burger creativity. There’s a respect for traditional flavors yet we continue to move forward. Not a week goes by without another new spot offering their take on the best burger around. It’s quite the market here.
Now this is an official announcement: I’m taking a long extended break from hunting for burgers. Yes, I know that I’ve missed many spots (Shaw’s!) and I understand that there will be new ones to come, but the groundwork has been laid and it’s your turn. You see a bar that has neons in the window with a crowded parking lot, go hunt it! Finding these burger gems is the real reason for the season. It’s the delight in trying something different or someplace maybe you wouldn’t have gone before. That’s how to really make good memories. I want to thank each and every single one of our readers for your support along the way. Your encouragement, ideas, criticism, and comedy has made this journey feel like a team effort. Thank you and it’s time for a salad.
The Great American Burger Hunter
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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.
Who: The Predator
“I ain’t got time to bleed”! Santa came early for all you Action Boyz fans of classic action movies. The Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society and Cult Film Collective are taking over The Trylon next Wednesday (December 27th) with a rare print of Predator (1987). It’s not only Arnold at his peak, but also former MN Governor The Body, as well. Tickets understandably going fast for this one. [TIX]
What: Live from Here with Chris Thile
We’d heard the predictions that Thile’s incarnation of A Prairie Home Companion 2.0 was going to change its name, and that was before MPR sacked Keillor for being handsy. (Btw, Keillor is a great example of how the changing line of consequences lead to an older man’s downfall. Women around him and the show have known about his inappropriate behavior, but it was never officially inappropriate. Now that the standard shifted MPR had to sack him before more public allegations and lawsuits hit. Also, btw, shame on STrib (yet again) for publishing Keillor’s limericks, which were just blatant click bait.) The official change happened this morning, it’s now Live fro Here. Not a great name, but whatever, we’re big fans of Thile’s and agree that a name change will do the show good and it will hopefully help continue to draw audience for the good work he’s doing.
When: January at First Avenue
Regular Readers may have noticed a slight down tick in event appearances in our newsletter for First Avenue events—it’s because so dang many of them are sold out! So here’s your heads up for some of the big ones hitting in January 2018, including the just-announced 13th Birthday Party for the Current (if you’re into that) with Bully, Now, Now, The Social Animals, and Dem Atlas. There’s also the club’s Best New Bands night, The Annual Blowout, Red Bull Crashed Ice Afterparty, Cactus Blossoms residency, Andrew Broder and Friends residency, SPCO appearance, and metal man Jimmy Claypool’s birthday party. Not to mention sold out (already) Wrestlepalooza and sold out (already) DJ Tribute to Prince.
Where: The Armory
The story of The Armory—the big stone building by the Vikings Stadium that used to be home to the MPLS Lakers, then for a long time a run-down parking lot, now a giant performance venue—is pretty amazing. We remember being told the city officials that the spot would never ever be permitted to renovate into a venue, but that was before the magic words Super Bowl opened every single door in the state. But anyway, we’re a little bummed to have missed the Seven Lions show there, we heard a lot of really good things about the show and the space. Keep an eye on it post-big game when ticket prices drop back down for people without unlimited money.
Why (Not): Askov Finlayson-Target combo
Always wanted some gear that said NORTH, but couldn’t afford to get it from Askov Finlayson? Great news for you from Target: “Minneapolis-based Askov Finlayson comes to Target in a limited-edition partnership that celebrates the spirit of adventure and creativity in the place we both call home. The #TeamNorthxTarget collection will be available beginning January 14 in select Minnesota stores and on Target.com.”
The Hook & Ladder is proud to host an early intimate Holiday Show with Cornbread on Saturday, December 16th at The hook and Ladder theater. This will be a reserved seat concert.
James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris, Sr. (born April 23, 1927) is an American musician and Twin Cities legend. The Cornbread, as he sometimes refers to himself, has been playing blues, boogie woogie and rock n roll piano for Twin Cities audiences for decades … roughly 7 of them now. Yes, Cornbread opened for The King (Elvis). Yes, a young Cornbread appeared on MN’s first recorded rock & roll record (with Augie Garcia). Yes, Cornbread has been the recipient of numerous prestigious (Blues Hall of Fame, Sally Award, etc.) recognitions. Yes, Cornbread is Jimmy Jam’s dad. Saturday, 7 PM. $12 reserved seats.
Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, a must- hear lead guitarist, and songwriter. Joyann has performed at major venues and festivals across the country and represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Saturday, 8:30 PM. $12 advance, $15 door.
Go for the Holiday party, stay for Joyann Parker later in the evening, for a full night of music at The Hook with a Combo Pack! Combo packs, $18.
We know we’ve got some Cornbread fans in our readership and we want to send them to this show! Just reply to this email for a chance to win!
Su Na, the hazy electronic funk music project of Alec Ness, has flown under-the-radar locally for both how good his music is and how much attention he’s starting to receive nationally—including “new and notable” hype from Bandcamp. That’s soon likely to change, however, as Su Na releases the new Coral Angel, another step of his exciting musical evolution towards more experimental and techno sounds.
All that music-making has kept Ness busy, but we were able to squeeze in a very quick Q+A ahead tonight’s (Thursday’s) vinyl release show at the Loring Pasta Bar’s Red Room with his good company, Falls, Devata Daun, and Yon (DJ).
Secrets of the City: What genre(s) would you say your music is in? We’ve characterized it as electro-soul because of the chill digital vibe, would you say we’re close on that or no?
Su Na: I would say it sits somewhere in between uk-garage and experimental rnb.
Surface was one of our fav albums of 2016—still is in our heavy rotation. Your new Coral Angel (which has its release party at the Red Room) maintains that same soulful vibe as Surface, but seems you’re pushing out more with different sounds. Are you going in different music directions? Purer electronic? Growing your style?
Thanks! I certainly went in some new directions with Coral Angel. The biggest change is that I sang on the record singles instead of featuring several other vocalists like Surface. Thematically it’s more experimental and dynamic; dark at times and joyful at others. Overall I focused on making a more expressive record than Surface.
We’re constantly impressed with the company you keep when you perform—shows like The Soulstice party to Greenroom Sessions to collabs with Dizzy Fae to Red Light Special with Secrets fav Devata Daun and tha killa Dude It’s Rowsheen. How choosy are you for live sets? Do people seek you out these days?
There are some great people running events here, and most of the local shows or collaborations happen because I’m close with the people putting them together. People do seek me out for shows outside of my network, with those I feel like it’s important to be discerning about what’s a good fit stylistically.
How great is your text-only website? We’re going text-only hopefully soon.
That was the outcome of trying to edit the code of Squarespace themes unsuccessfully for hours!
What’s are the post-release plans? A bunch of local shows? A tour?
Likely both, working on some shows for 2018 that I can hopefully announce soon!
Su Na Coral Angel vinyl release show, Loring Pasta Bar Red Room, 8 PM. $8.
Speaking of comedy, head underground to the punk rock comedy lady party PSSY CTRL at Comedy Corner Underground. [TIX] It’s the Hook & Ladder’s holiday party, free and open to the public and has $2 beers. [INFO] Extra chill Top Shelf night with Sarah White and her friends, plus special guest Babyghost, returns to Tattersall Distilling. [FB] It’s the first night of the 3rd Anniversary weekend-long party for East Lake Brewing, they’ll be tapping the wonderfully named Kirby Pucker #8. [FB]