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Note From The Editor: Stretched Email

Just an FYI, we’ve been informed that for some of our dedicated readers that the email format switched up and it’s stretching a little weird. We’re working on fixing it! 


Local TV News Pop Quiz: Holidays Are Prime Time TV News Time

See if you can pick which of these tweets from local TV news stations are original and which ridiculous ones we just made up. It’s harder than you think. Answers here.

Thanks to the Brisk family for sitting down with me to share all the difficulties they’ve been through . . . and the hope they still feel.

No big money flame-out stories here . . . the school lunch ladies from Holdingford are a ‘how to’ of winning the lottery.

Woman charged with paying $3.70 for $1,800 worth of electronics in Walmart self-checkout

Love ranch? Hidden Valley offers kegs for the holidays

Bloomington raises tobacco sales age to 21

The iPhone has an autocorrect problem. Here’s how to fix it

Santa’s North Star Express will begin daily runs on Green Line on Thanksgiving

‘Stranger Things’ sweatshirt mania crashes website

Bonfire explosion puts child in HCMC burn unit.


Burger Hunter: Mayslack’s Bar

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Whenever we talk about Secrets of the City people immediately say “oh, I love the Burger Hunter!”. We love him, too. Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram and at @BurgerHunterUSA on the twitter.

This hunt takes place just off of Uni-, just enough to make it cool for some reason. Welcome to Mayslack’s. Okay, now you got your visual. That corner. You can see Knight Cap over there the unofficial home to all their 86’ers. Anywho, I’m not at Mayslack’s to party or listen to a band this time. It’s hunting season and there’s three beautiful mini burgers in my scope. They are totes one of the best things on this menu. Had ’em many times tbh. Bread is a dark rye that’s sweet and soaks up juices better than SpongeBob himself. Buns filled with flavor. Lots of it comes from the straight up onion party they got going on. Bold and glorious beefy au jus taste to them. Sautéed to success. Not too sweet. Light crunch still and flat out everywhere yet somehow it’s not too many. There’s like 150 onions on it give or take a zero! The burgers meat is hand pattied, with a loose pack and fresh. There’s a special sauce that is special. Seems to have ketchup and pickles and mustard and idk really. It’s good. These Mayslack’s mini burgers are quite possibly the best sliders in town. FR! Pro tip: The roast beef is legendary and nobody beats their meat.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.9   Presentation: 8   Originality: 8

Mayslack’s, 1428 4th Street NE, MPLS; mayslacksbar.com


Quick Hits: Who’s Gonna Run The Roost?

Where to Vote on Tuesday

Here’s a link to the Secretary of State pollfinder. We don’t yet have voter suppression so it’s very easy to find your voting place and register on site if you haven’t yet, just bring a bill with your address on it! You can also look at a sample ballot so you can figure out who to vote for.

Who Will You Vote For?

Better start figuring that out! We like two different resources. First, MSP Votes has almost too much centralized info on the MPLS + STPL elections, everything from candidates, to endorsements, to donations, and everything else. We also like the Slug of Atmosphere and Brother Ali-supported Pollen Midwest voter guide that’s for MPLS.

New ‘Dockless’ Bike Sharing May Be on the Way

The Nice Ride program has been so successful that the group has started reaching out to vendors to potentially move into an even cheaper sharing program that works without the docks and, even if it isn’t through Nice Ride, it might even happen for next year.    

What’s Up With All The Wild Turkeys

Dear Dara has one of the more interesting reads lately—how did all those damn turkeys move into the neighborhoods? And what do they want? And who are they voting for?


Quick Q+A: Pop-Up Magazine + Anita Badejo

Images from Pop Up Magazine at the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Oakland, Calif.

Images by Erin Brethauer
@erinbrethauer

Pop-Up Magazine—a “live magazine” experience featuring multimedia stories told by reporters, writers, radio producers and more—makes its Twincy debut on Friday (November 3rd) at the Fitzgerald Theater. The local installment of the show will feature stories by APM’s homegrown, Peabody-Award winning series In The Dark host Madeleine Baran and senior producer and Samara Freemark, and afterward, performers, producers, and the audience stick around for drinks and conversation.

As fans of both traditional and innovative new forms of magazines, we’re pretty psyched to see—and hear!—the show. Before settling in for some killer storytelling, we checked in over email with show producer senior producer and Pop-Up co-host Anita Badejo.

Secrets of the City: How did a live magazine show get developed? Was the impetus for Pop-Up Magazine to just skip the media pivot to video entirely and get right to the pivot of “live shows with multi-media content”?

Anita Badejo: Interestingly enough, Pop-Up predates those pivots! The show was created in 2009, when our founder and editor-in-chief Doug McGray was still a freelance journalist. He had started his career as a writer, and eventually also started producing radio stories, and he found it really odd that storytellers in different mediums don’t cross paths as often as you’d think. He and our other founders started Pop-Up as a collaborative way to bring all types of storytellers together, and to celebrate journalism and storytelling in all its unique, creative forms. The first show was at a 300-seat theater in San Francisco and it just grew from there. Eight years later, we’re performing at really big theaters with three national tours a year!

How does the live show play to the audience? Should we warn people ahead of time that they’re likely going to get goosebumps, maybe tear up a little from the stories? More of our readers will likely go if there’s a promise of pandering.

We craft our stories in order to move people, so laughs, tears, goosebumps, gasps, etc. are definitely part of the experience. Most stories also have original scores by our house band, Magik*Magik Orchestra, which really helps set a unique mood for each of them. We often hear from people after the show that it’s one of the most emotionally compelling events they’ve attended.

We love that this show has “issues” instead of seasons, what other fun print elements does the program covert over from physical magazines? Is there a masthead? Back of book? Long delays on payments to freelancers?

In the program, each story has a slug in addition to its title, and they often play off of popular magazine sections. So, you might open it up and find stories that are slugged anything from, “Politics,” “Business,” and “Food,” to “Advice,” “How-To,” and “Relationships.” And the show itself is loosely structured like a magazine, with a front of book and a feature well. Our shorter pieces tend to open the show, whereas longer, more narrative pieces tend to be concentrated in the second half.

Each performance has contributors from all over the spectrum, including Peabody-Award winning series “In The Dark” host Madeleine Baran and senior producer and Samara Freemark at the St. Paul date. But everyone will likely ask: Why isn’t Levar Burton at the St. Paul date? Where’s Levar Burton?

Ha, LeVar was wonderful! While many storytellers do tour with us, each show is unique, and we want to make the experience of seeing Pop-Up Magazine in each of the cities we visit special. The Twin Cities edition of this issue is really, really great, and one of the more unique ones among the tour in terms of the mix of themes, story formats, and live, interactive moments. It’s going to be fun.

There was a mention of a potential foray even further in different modes of story-telling, including augmented reality. Should people be “subscribing” to Pop-Up even if they can’t make the show? (You can make the show, there’s a few tickets left, though.)

Definitely! Our mailing list is the best way to keep a pulse on it all, and there are going to be more and more ways to get involved.

We’re always experimenting with new mediums and there are so many things we’d like to play with. In the past, we’ve staged a special musical collaboration with Beck and McSweeney’s, that was part-concert, part-storytelling event. We’ve hosted a dinner with chef Samin Nosrat, where every course and part of the meal — down to the napkins — was tied to a story told by someone at the table. In Friday night’s show, there’s dance, which is a first for us, as well as a pretty glorious moment of audience participation (all I’ll say is it involves singing). Our format offers so many opportunities to figure out “What’s the best way to tell a story?” “How do we bring people into it?” and there’s no end to what we might try.

Some tickets are still available for the inaugural installment of Pop-Up Magazine here in MPLS + STPL. Friday, Nov 3rd, 7:30 PM. $31.50. Fitzgerald Theater.