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Local TV News Pop Quiz: Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Since all our readers are die hard loyal TV News viewers, we thought we’d test your daily news knowledge with this Pop Quiz. Also, for some reason, lots of people love this. See if you can pick which of these tweets from local TV news stations are original and which ridiculous ones we just made up. Answer(s) here.

Snowy mix rolling into the Metro … slippery spots forming

This car stalled out in the right lane, but cars are just driving around it on 169NB near Hwy 7

494 WB @ Baker Rd Right shoulder blocked

The snow is REALLY coming down in Duluth!

There are a LOT of crashes including this one on 694 WB @ Silver Lake Rd

Well this is creating a “fun” end to the morning commute…

Snow-covered roads.. and there goes the commute

Cab driver helps elderly man find lost vehicle

Fresh coat of snow in Sartell. This is moving into the metro *right now.*

Slippery snow clearing the NW Metro now … this quick band of snow should be clear of the Metro by 9am

And we’re done. At least in Minneapolis. Flurries later this evening, but the bulk of the snow is behind us.


Win Tix: Manchita, Kristoff Krane & Sophia Eris

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One of the biggest shows of the week goes down at Modist Brewing on Friday! Manchita, Kristoff Krane, and Sophia Eris, plus it’s sponsored by the fantastic Glam Doll Donuts! 

Twin Cities’ own rap hellion, Manchita (GRRRL PRTY, Tha Clerb), recently released her debut sola project, One, with Minneapolis-based producer-performer-composer, Bionik (Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Lizzo). The EPs production showcases an unexpected moodiness, tenderness, and an attention to subtlety that is made visible and is amplified by the gritty content of Manchitas words, and her whispy falsetto. After ten-years-plus on the independent grind, Kristoff Krane has successfully garnered a loyal international cult following that continues to grow. His catalog includes collaborations with luminaries such as Slug of Atmosphere, P.O.S, Illogic & Blockhead, Jean Grae, JT Bates (TGNP) and Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Happy Apple), to name a few. Sophia Eris is now a DJ for the booming new Hip Hop radio station in Minneapolis, Go 95.3, and also the touring DJ for the newly Atlantic Records signee, Lizzo, and together the two have opened up for acts such as SZA, CHVRCHES, Sleater-Kinney and more. Eris’s self-titled debut album produced by Prophis has recently been released and she looks forward to continue to conquer every one of her endeavors. Friday, 8:30 PM. $8 advance, $10 door. 

This is like a festival’s worth of headliners playing at an acclaimed tap room, and that’s exactly the kind of show we want to send our readers to. Reply to this email for a chance to win tix!


Burger Hunter: White Castle

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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 bar close and nothing’s open. You can probably guess where this hunt is heading. That’s right we’re in the drive-thru at none other than White Castle. Don’t act like you’ve never done this before. Ok everyone calm down so we can order. Four Sliders with cheese naked and a bag of nails. First off the bun on these little fellas is soft ah. They are the real soaker uppers that give this burger its iconic taste. The beef patties are not grilled but steamed over a pile of onions. As you can imagine the meat gets dominated by onion and renders that smell we all know from 50 feet away. I order mine without the O’s because they’ve been pretty much marinating in um. Topped with cheese and tbh it’s the only contrast you’ll get in the flavor on this ride. It’s so BOM bun onion meat that the cheese actually stands out. How I’m noticing these things at 2am is a miracle of its own. The Castle has been going strong for almost 100 years. That’s a longer stay than some of the original castles in Europe. Anywho the nails aka fries are crinkle cut, hot and all you’ve ever needed after a night of skulduggery. Now don’t make the mistake of ordering all the bizarre on the menu, especially at this hour. But if you do miss your late night crave, the next morning has you completely covered. Pro tip: White Castle serves a damn good breakfy. They actually crack the egg and use real toasters.

Scoredcard:   Flavor: 7.1   Presentation: 4   Originality: 6

White Castle, 608 Central Ave NE, MPLS; whitecastle.com


Quick Hits: Winter Spark + Book Shopping + Do Good Dining

Illuminate the “South Loop” during the Super Bowl

Everyone will be celebrating the Super Bowl in different ways—Metro Transit will be on strike, we’re going to Belize because apparently Tulum is too touristy—and Bloomington will be firing up Bloomington Central Park with some arts help from Northern Lights to bring “brilliantly illuminated art installations and performances, as well as bonfires, warm drinks, and regional favorites”. It’s like Winter Northern Spark, which actually sounds pretty fun.

Rain Taxi’s End of the Year Auction Extravaganza

We’ll remind you again this year that some of your holiday shopping can be done online with Rain Taxi’s year-end auction fundraiser. There’s a lot of signed books—Paul Auster, George Saunders, Werner Herzog, many more—and you can also get a Rain Taxi tshirt to wear to your next Lit Scene party. 

Dine Out for Midway Contemporary Art

Speaking of year-end funds: What Midway lacks in size it definitely makes up in cool factor, and we’re psyched to help raise some money by eating at Republic and drinking a special keg release by Bent Paddle. 15% of sales at the Seven Corners location on Thursday (Dec 14) go to helping the excellent gallery and library. 


On Our Radar: Also Quick Picks

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Here’s some stuff we’ve got our eye on for the weekend. We’ll sprinkle previews of different happenings throughout the week so you can get as much lead time as possible. Check the On Our Radar page to see everything for the week in case you miss something.

Thursday

Speaking of “film”, The Psychotrons and The Parkway with the help of “Maniac Video and Intervision Picture Corp bring you a night of decadent December Christmas horror” the almost-too-crazy-for-us Elves and Silent Night Deadly Night 5. [FB]

Friday

Manchita, Kristoff Krane, and Sophia Eris through a huge bash at Modist Brewing, we’ll have tix for you this week. [TIX]

Saturday

Bauhaus Brew Labs has an appearance from Santa who will show up in the middle of a bunch of 80s jams. [INFO]

Sunday

It’s only $12 advance for all the Lord of the Rings films in the Riverview’s LotR marathon. [TIX]


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.