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The Weekend Starts Now, Ep. 7: Alondra Cano + Monica LaPlante

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The Weekend Starts Now taped its seventh show at the bustling Du Nord Cocktail Room on Thursday, July 23. This episode features the music of the Ryan Traster Band and Monica LaPlante; Hear the whole seventh episode here.

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Our podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James discuss deep dish pizza and the insane new show-themed glassware provided by the good people of Lift Bridge Brewing.

SEGMENT 2: MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER ALONDRA CANO
Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano drops by the podcast to talk living wages, goats in the city, and on-demand television.

SEGMENT 3: MONICA LAPLANTE
After a stellar pre-segment performance (and before a stellar post-segment performance) musician Monica LaPlante and bandmate Rory Donovan join Taylor Carik for an interview.

SEGMENT 4: CHRIS MONTANA OF DU NORD CRAFT SPIRITS
Chris Montana, half of the dynamic duo behind Du Nord Craft Spirits, gets on stage to tell the distillery’s story and preview some exciting upcoming spirits (coffee liqueur! apple pie!).

SEGMENT 5: YOUR WEEKEND PREVIEWED
The upcoming weekend in food, drink, and events from the guys behind Secrets of the City and Heavy Table.

This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest. If you’d like to join us for the next taping, we’ll be at the Solar Arts Building on Thursday, August 6 (tickets available here).


The Weekend Starts Now, Ep. 6: Dan Schwarz + Meghan Gustafson

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The Weekend Starts Now taped its sixth show at PUBLIC kitchen + bar! The episode features the music of Ryan Traster. You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Our podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order atanniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

Hear the whole sixth episode here.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James talk about the hot new restaurant Nighthawks.

SEGMENT 2: DAN SCHWARZ OF LIFT BRIDGE BREWERY
The guys check in with brewer Dan Schwarz from Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Company.

SEGMENT 3: THE QUIZ
It’s time for the quiz! Emily and Chris throw down for serious prizes.

SEGMENT 4: BELLE VINEZ AND RIVER FALLS BACON BASH (SPONSORED SEGMENT)
Angel and Shannon Zimmerman
, the team from the Belle Vinez winery, talk about winemaking in Wisconsin. And River Falls Chamber Tourism Marketing Manager Judy Berg talks up the upcoming River Falls Bacon Bash and the festival’s status as a 2015 Super Qualifier Elite Event for the World Food Championships.

SEGMENT 5: BASILICA BLOCK PARTY
The guys interview Meghan Gustafson, the Event Manager for the Cities 97 Basilica Block Party, about the ins- and outs- of planning such a massive event and how many bathrooms they provide.

If you’d like to join us for the next taping, we’ll be at Du Nord Cocktail Room on Thursday, July 23. Tickets: DuNord


The Weekend Starts Now, Ep. 5: Dan Mogol + John Garland + Jesse DeGross

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We’re reposting this in case you missed it on Friday—yeah you’re weekend is already over but you probably need to kill some time today, so check this out.

The Weekend Starts Now taped its fifth show at PUBLIC kitchen + bar on Monday, June 22. This episode features the lovely Americana stylings of Ryan Traster.

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Our podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James get serious and talk about the classic experience of going up North, and are joined by guests John Garland and Dan Mogol.

SEGMENT 2: JOHN GARLAND AND DAN MOGOL

Writer John Garland recently had a City Pages cover story about the Twin Cities comedy scene centered on stand up Dan Mogol; we chatted with both of them.

SEGMENT 3: PICK 3

Praise for the fried chicken at Nighthawks, kickball, Mark Mothersbaugh at the MIA, and more.

SEGMENT 4: JESSE DEGROSS FROM PUBLIC KITCHEN + BAR

How to build a cocktail program from the ground up, how to show off the spirit at the heart of a drink, and how to make summer heat not just bearable but downright delightful.

SEGMENT 5: YOUR WEEKEND PLANS

Did you know M-60 firecrackers are waterproof?

This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest. If you’d like to join us for the next taping, we’ll be at Du Nord Cocktail Room on Thursday, July 23. Tickets: DuNord


The Weekend Starts Now Ep 4: Randball + Chef Shack + Nice Ride

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Here it is, Episode 4—it’s a good one, packed with interviews and event picks and even safety tips. You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Our podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James get serious and talk cellphone / driving safety. It’s pretty heavy stuff. Guest Michael Rand chimes in.

SEGMENT 2: MICHAEL RAND
Star Tribune Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand talks about running marathons, his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, and the tragic hilarity of FIFA.

SEGMENT 3: LISA CARLSON AND CARRIE SUMMER OF CHEF SHACK
The women behind the two restaurant, one food truck empire that is Chef Shack talk about their roots, their plans, and the glory of cooking with fire.

SEGMENT 4: NICE RIDE
Aaron from Nice Ride Minnesota swings by to talk about the popular bike-sharing program and the #gnarlyride tag that’s making the rounds.

SEGMENT 5: YOUR WEEKEND PLANS*
Honkytonk Fest, the Northeast Beer Mile, and watching The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology should dominate your weekend plans.

*Sorry for the confusion, please note: These event recs are for this weekend, however the ones in this segment are from last week due to script confusion.

This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest. If you’d like to join us for the next taping, we’ll be at Marin Restaurant on Monday, July 6 and the Du Nord Cocktail Room on Thursday, July 23. Tickets: Marin | DuNord


The Weekend Starts Now, Ep. 3: Jade Tittle + John Jodzio

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The Weekend Starts Now taped its third show at the Chef Shack Ranch on Monday, June 8 and it was pretty great. The weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest.

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show (or individual segments) by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Hear the whole episode here, or go segment-by-segment.

The podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James talk about two of the most explosive topics in modern discourse: pedal pubs and student loans. Guest Jade Tittle sits in.

SEGMENT 2: JADE TITTLE
James and Taylor talk with Current DJ Jade Tittle about the upcoming curious incidents series of art pop-ups in St. Paul (Kickstart it here), what it’s been like to shift into a daytime DJ mode, and what albums, old and new, we should add to our collections.

SEGMENT 3: THE WEEKEND STARTS NOW QUIZ: TURN YOU INSIDE OUT
Who’s the opposite of Elvis Costello? Or Public Enemy? We find out when we talk to audience members Holly and Mel and challenge their musical creativity. Guest judge Jade Tittle lends additional musical firepower.

SEGMENT 4: JOHN JODZIO
Writer John Jodzio’s new chapbook, You Cannot Give Yourself a Nickname, is the winner of The Rusty Toque’s 2014 Fiction Chapbook Contest. It’s also lucid, fast-moving, and very funny. We chat with him about writing and the burgeoning Minneapolis scene.

SEGMENT 5: YOUR WEEKEND PLANS
Taylor regales you with everything you need to do, including ASI’s Midsommar, Ballroom Blitz, andGermanFest at the Schmidt Brewery.

If you’d like to join us for next taping, we’ll be at PUBLIC kitchen + bar on Monday, June 22. Tickets: PUBLIC kitchen + bar.


The Weekend Starts Now Ep.2: Mayor Hodges + Central Ave Eats + Murder She Wrote

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The Weekend Starts Now—a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City—taped its second show in the beautiful Afghan Room at The Bachelor Farmer on Thursday, May 28. You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show (or individual segments) by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

This show’s musical selections are from two great local groups, The Federales and their album Blues, Bourbon & Burritos and the original soundtrack for Maid of Gold by Pear. 夫婦 on the Always Human Tapes label.

The Weekend Starts Now podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James run down a few of their favorite things, including Ecuadorean Bandeja Paisa at El TequilaLes interdits at Alliance Francaise, the mayoral ribbon cutting at the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, more.

SEGMENT 2: MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR BETSY HODGES
James and Taylor get into it with the mayor of Minneapolis, talking about the new North, the evolution of the city’s cultural scene, and—of course—everyone’s favorite Christmas move, Die Hard.

SEGMENT 3: THE WEEKEND STARTS NOW QUIZ
Audience members Sarah, Steph, and Andy tackle the show’s hard-hitting current events / music / miscellany quiz, competing for some fat gift certificates provided by Clancey’sccccccccc Meats and Fish in Linden Hills.

SEGMENT 4: WACSO AND M.C. CRONIN
Illustrator WACSO (Walkin’ Around Checking Stuff Out) and his writing partner M.C. Cronin join the hosts on stage to talk about their ongoing Heavy Table Central Avenue Checklist, an effort to visit, illustrate, and review every independent restaurant on Central Avenue NE between 694 and Broadway Street.

SEGMENT 5: MURDER SHE WROTE HE WROTE WITH ROSS PFUND
Writer Ross Pfund delves deep into the glory and mystery of Murder She Wrote, the best, old, binge-watchable TV series you’ve probably not yet bothered to explore. Follow his adventures at Murder She Wrote, He Wrote.

If you’d like to join us for next taping, we’ll be at PUBLIC kitchen + bar on Monday, June 22. Tickets: PUBLIC kitchen + bar