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Burger Hunter: Lowry Hill Meats

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Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. Staff and readers love him so much we added him to our header today! Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

Heading down Hennepin just south of the Walker you’ll find a little gem of a butcher shop that would make even Thomas Lowry proud. This hunt takes place at Lowry Hill Meats and no we’re not making our own. Valid, tho—this is the spot if you need something for the grill. But on Wednesday and only Wednesday this meat market makes burgers that are so good you’ll retire your apron and let the propane run out for good. So I ordered it as is but doubled the patty and gazed their meat cases as I waited. Out comes this beautiful burger that immediately reminds you I could never do that at home. For one they are using a flattop and for burgers that’s like some kind of a secret weapon. Really is folks. Let’s start with the meat, it’s choice. They use chuck and stuff. The stuff is from cuts off steaks and whatnot all week. So that’s in the grind and you can tell. The depth is there in the taste. But gentle. And juicy af. While crushing I spotted them using those little tin covers on their burgers creating a steam bath. Take a bite. Sit and watch. Seeing is believing folks. This place is way fun! Now it’s smothered in the creamiest American you’ll ever have. It’s house made and we’re not sure why they don’t sell it but they need to. It’s got a little sauce-town going on. Sus of MMK (mayo, mustard, ketchup). Below the beef is some lettuce and some pickled carrots with mini cucumbers. Comes with caramelized onions but TBH they’re not all that noticeable. Which was nice. They just added a little flavor and went home. Kinda like a Seekins Sighting. The bun is a lovely pork fat bun. It held court. Fantastic burger that’s clean and flavorful. Not a heavy meat hangover at all. This is where you want to be in life.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.5   Presentation: 7   Originality: 8

Lowry Hill Meats, 1934 Hennepin Ave, MPLS; lowryhillmeats.com


Twincy Cheat Sheet: So Much Coming Up

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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: Erin Sayer and Jeremy Novy

Erin Sayer, formerly behind the cool Cult Status gallery, just sent an announcement about the brand spanking new Amalgamated MPLS, a small space in Northeast that’s “dedicated to showcasing emerging and mid career, local, national, and international artists.” Their next show will be Jeremy Novy Presents: Queer Street Art, Fighting for Legitimacy from San Francisco/ national traveling street artist Jeremy Novy on Friday April 28 and Saturday the 29th, plus expect the location to be an actual art hot spot during this year’s Art-a-Whirl.

Where: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

Speaking of brand new cool art spaces, the First Native-Indigenous/POC Cultural Arts Center, the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, will kick off in St. Easy on Thursday, May 11th a weekend of Grand Opening events and receptions; check out the full lineup, including the intimate opening gathering and blessing.

When: April 29th, Indie Bookstore Day

Yes! We love Indie Bookstore Day, which is on April 29th of this year. Grab your passport for the 18 different book stores that will be participating and having special sales, events—like A Wrinkle in Time read-a-thon starting at noon at Magers & Quinn—and even different and exciting book-based prize packs for visiting a bunch of the different locations.

What: Wizard World Comic Con

If you haven’t been following the celebrity announcements for the upcoming big comic/cartoon/film/TV convention Wizard World that’s stopping here May 5th-7th, we’ll catch you up: There’s some recognizable faces like Dr. Who Peter Capaldi, Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Bendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the original Star Trek’s Uhura Nichelle Nicholas(!), Charlie Sheen, and more. They also have a lot of creators on hand, which can be really cool, and even have replicas like Back to the Future’s Time Machine DeLorean Speed Racer’s Mach 5.

Why (Not?): Music in the Zoo Lineup

The schedule for the annual Sue McLean Music in the Zoo just hit, and this year is pretty much on par with previous year’s adult and older adult contemporary selections. You got your big Blues names (Buddy Guy, Robert Cray), your post-club rockers (Gear Daddies, Bo Deans), your jam bands (Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper), your Indigo Girls and your Pat Benetar and your Steve Earle, and a few surprises like the B-52’s and Natalie Merchant. Tickets on sale the 22nd—take your parents, they’ll love it.


Quick Q+A: Slamdunkapher + Slip N Slide

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There’s no shortage of fun dance nights in MPLS + STPL, especially when it comes to throwback hip-hop, ’90s parties, New Wave nights, and even different world-wide rhythms selections. On that last trend of dancehall nights, though, DJ Alex Uncapher aka DJ Slamdunkapher hosts Slip n’ Slide, a monthly islands-themed party that blows up the Kitty Cat Klub with a variety of Twincy’s DJs who share his interest in spinning grime, latin, and other beat-heavy world music.

Before this weekend’s wet and wild party, we chatted with Slamdunkapher about getting all slippery.

Secrets of the City: How crazy does Slip n’ Slide get?

DJ Slamdunkapher: SLIP N SLIDE TUN UP!! most of the crowd that shows up for Slip n’ Slide wants to dance so it can get pretty wild with all the wining and daggering on the dancefloor.

Is it lots of students from the U of M or an older party crowd?

I think the crowd at Slip n’ Slide is mostly a little older than college age but there’s always a decent handful of college kids that wander in looking to get away from the typical music and scene of the rest of Dinkytown.

But, so, who shows up more, Main Tings or Side Tings?

Main ting for me but lots of badgyals n rudebwoys in di place bringing both!

What got you into Dance Hall music?

I’ve been into dancehall stuff for quite a while but didn’t really have the right party to play it at! Always loved fun summery island vibes!

Hit us with some of the regular tracks you play at Slip n’ Slide.

I definitely have a handful I catch myself playing every time “Your Number” Ayo Jay, “Everyone Falls In Love” Tanto Metro & Devonte, and “Obaa Sima” Ata Kak. Those have been in heavy rotation for me.

Who have you had as guest DJs besides the world renowned Buju Fanta?

Everyone that has played so far has been a great guest. I’ve been reaching out past my normal friend group and finding out a surprising amount of people in the city are into playing dancehall. Some of the guests so far have been Feel Free Hi Fi, Jimmy 2 Times, Mother T Rosa, DJ I Roach, DJ Verb X, and Egress Ouroboros and T Mobile.

Like many other MPLS + STPL DJs, you get around to lots of other dance nights, including some of the bigger nights around town. What have you been up to?

I’ve been playing drastically different parties lately and its been very fun, I do a couple sloppy college bar top 40 nights at Tiffs and O’garas, I do dancehall at Slip n’ Slide, I play regularly at a R&B night “The Love Below”, and pretty frequently at a dark dance music night “Dark Energy”.

Btw, who does the fliers? They’re fantastic.

Haha Ayy I dooo!

No!

Yas!

Slip n’ Slide is on Friday at 10 PM, $3, at the Kitty Cat Klub.


Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival 2017 Picks

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Starting tomorrow, the MSP Film Society’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) returns for 2017 with 350 new films representing 70+ countries by emerging and veteran filmmakers. It’s one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and the largest film event in the Midwest and draws an attendance of 50,000 annually.

The whole event is a big deal and, to be honest, can be tough to navigate with so much programming. With that in mind, we asked Peter Schilling, Publicity & Outreach Coordinator, to help our readers with some recommendations. Here’s some great entry points into the festival, plus we’ll be doing ticket giveaways to these selections so readers can check them out.

CLASH (ESHTEBAK)
During the Muslim Brotherhood crackdown in 2013, a police van apprehends prisoners on both sides, resulting in uncontrollable tension and violence inside the vehicle. Program: Passages, Images of Africa. Directed by Mohamed Diab. Egypt. 2016. Arabic w/English subtitles. ​97 min. Narrative feature.

Screening:
Saturday, April 15 at 2:30pm, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
Thursday, April 20 at 2:30pm, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis

DAGUERREOTYPE (​LE SECRET DE LA CHAMBRE NOIRE)
The first French film from acclaimed Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa sees a reclusive photographer who tries to conjure up his dead wife by taking daguerreotypes of their adult daughter, and runs into grief when a young man starts work as his assistant. Program: World Cinema. Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. France, Belgium, Japan. 2016. French w/English subtitles. 131 min. Narrative Feature.

Screening:
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00pm, Uptown Theater, Minneapolis
Sunday, April 23 at 4:25pm, Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theater, Rochester
Thursday, April 27 at 9:40pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

DIVINE DIVAS (DIVINAS DIVAS)
An affectionate documentary about Rio di Janeiro’s cross-dressing community that performed at Teatro Rival in the 1970s. From director Leandra Leal, whose mother and grandfather ran the theater. Program: Documentaries, Women and Film. Directed by Leandra Leal. Brazil. 2016. Portuguese w/English subtitles. 110 minutes.

Screening:
Sunday, April 16 at 7:30pm, Uptown Theater, Minneapolis
Sunday, April 23 at 9:40pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

ENDLESS POETRY (POESIA SIN FIN)
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s second autobiographical film, with his son Adan playing the director as a young poet. “[H]appiness! To finally be making a kind of cinema that heals!” Program: Cine Latino. Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Chile, France, Japan, UK. 2016. In Spanish, French, English w/English subtitles. 128 min. Narrative feature.

Screening:
Saturday, April 14 at 9:40pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Tuesday, April 18 at 4:15pm, Uptown Theatre, Minneapolis
Friday, April 28 at 9:50pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

THE FURY OF A PATIENT MAN (​TARDE PARA LA IRA)
When Curro returns from prison, he finds his girlfriend with José. When he goes to José’s country home to settle the score, Curro realizes he’s fallen right into José’s trap. Program: Cine Latino, Emerging Filmmaker Competition. Directed by Raúl Arévalo. Spain. 2016. In Spanish w/English subtitles. 91 min. Narrative feature.

Screening:
Saturday, April 15 at 10:00pm, Uptown Theatre, Minneapolis
Saturday, April 22 at 9:30pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Friday, April 28 at 9:55 pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI, THE
When Olli Mäki gets a chance at the featherweight championship, he is forced to set aside his youthful optimism and decide if he’s ready to become a hardened professional. Program: Midnight Sun. Directed by Taneli Musttonen. Finland.​ 2016. Finnish w/English subtitles. 85 min. Narrative.

Screening:
Saturday, April 15 at 7:20pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Friday, April 21 at 7:00pm, Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theater, Rochester

THE PARK (LE PARC)
When Naomi and Maxime spend a day wandering a park in suburban Paris, they converse and share secrets as they fall in love. But when night falls and they must separate, bizarre happenings make Naomi question reality. A very intense film that has been compared to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Program: World Cinema. Directed by Damien Manivel. France.​ 2016. French w/English subtitles. 71 min. Narrative feature.

Screening:
Friday, April 14 at 9:45pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Friday, April 28 at 2:45pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

PATTI CAKE$
Patti Dombrowski is overweight, poor, has an alcoholic mother, and one heck of a talent for crafting and singing rap music. “[An] unforgettable indie underdog.” —Variety. Directed by Geremy Jasper. USA. 2017. English. 108min. Narrative feature.

Screening:
Friday, April 14 at 7:15pm, St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis
Tuesday, April 18 at 9:50pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

PYROMANIAC ​(​PYROMANEN)
When 19-year-old Dag returns to his hometown, Finsland, he joins his father’s volunteer fire department and begins to set fires himself. “[A] chilling, subjective study of psychopathology.”—The Hollywood Reporter. Program: Midnight Sun. Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. Norway.​ 2016. Norwegian w/English subtitles. 98 min. Narrative.

Screening:
Friday, April 14 at 9:55pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:20pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Saturday, April 22 at 9:30pm, Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theater, Rochester

RADIO DREAMS
When Bay Area Pars Radio seeks to unite Metallica with Afghani rockers Kabul Dreams in an on-air jam, what could go wrong? A wonderfully dry comedy from director Babak Jalali. Directed by Babak Jalali. USA, Iran. 2016. Farsi, English, Dari, Assyrian w/English subtitles. 93 min. Narrative feature.

Screening:
Saturday, April 15 at 7:15pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Friday, April 21 at 2:25pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis

If you’re interested in seeing any of these films as a part of MSPIFF, reply to us with your pick for a chance to win tickets!

MSPIFF returns April 13-29, bringing 350 new films representing 70+ countries to audiences throughout the region. Tickets available to the screenings on the MSPFilm.org website.


Burger Hunter: Anton’s Restaurant

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Week after week, Mike S. impresses us with the depth and breadth of his burger knowledge. Staff and readers love him so much we added him to our header today! Check out all The BurgerHunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram.

Sometime this summer Cloud Town will be all up in your maps—you’ll either go by it, around it, or right to it! This time around it’s in for Anton’s Restaurant in Waite Park. Oooh yes, it’s got more charm and history than a dinosaur love story. Now we came here for food didn’t we . . . Big Ego! That’s the name of the burger and let me just attempt at explaining myself. Or itself. It’s a grilled cheese sandwich on wheat, then a big burger patty, then another grilled cheese sandwich on wheat. Okay reread that last sentence. But seriously one of my most enjoyable experiences was just getting down and dirty and owning this thing. I wanted the super cheese blast from the double flanking grilled cheeses but in order to get it you have to open wide and just kinda caveman it. Three-quarter pounds of meat and all that bread makes for a tall sandwich. But when you finally receive your lion-like reward, it’s everything you thought it would be. Really is folks. A perfect marriage. The buttery toast and the gooey cheese with a perfy medium meat that has a nice and gentle taste . . . If this don’t warm your soul you’re impossible. A comfort food orgy that even makes Mrs. Dash blush a little. Now it comes with caramelized onions and a honey mustard, but I put ’em on the side. Bacon left on. Loved this burger, made me feel really good and homey. The grilled cheese and the burger are American classic sandwiches. Nothing to argue there. And hey do actually work together but are of course better as stand alone units. I mean I’m not crazy. FR tho go to Anton’s you can’t really go wrong here. Pro-tip: Everyone get a popover.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.7   Presentation: 8   Originality: 9

Anton’s Restaurant, 2001 Frontage Road North, Waite Park; antonsrestaurant.com