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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


The Weekend Starts Now: Eric Dayton & Paul Berglund, Sarah Peters

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Here it is, the first installment of The Weekend Starts Now, our joint podcast with the The Heavy Table! You can follow and listen to the entire show on Soundcloud, or play the show (or its individual segments).

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor Carik and James Norton introduce the show to the live audience and to you, our podcast listeners. This week’s music music is 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.

SEGMENT 2: ERIC DAYTON AND PAUL BERGLUND
Bachelor Farmer owner and chef Eric Dayton and Paul Berglund (respectively) dive into the nitty gritty of the new North and the reinvention of food and drink in the Upper Midwest.

SEGMENT 3: THREE THINGS
James talks up Hickory Hut wings, the braised pulled pork at Cafe Racer Kitchen, and cheese wheel cakes; Taylor salutes Hiatus: A Future Soul Monthly, Trash Film Debauchery, and Mad Max-style attacks on pedal pubs.

SEGMENT 4: SARAH PETERS
Sarah Peters from Northern Spark talks up the unique all-night festival and the subsequent Bachelor Farmer / Al’s Breakfast pancake feed.

SEGMENT 5: SUMMER FESTIVAL APPROVAL MATRIX
Taylor introduces and breaks down his somewhat scientific Summer Festival Approval Matrix, in case you were wondering what festivals to throw your time and/or money at this year.

The Weekend Starts Now podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annnie 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 one-time discount for 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend”. Offer expires 8/31/15.


A New Heavy Table + Secrets of the City Podcast: The Weekend Starts Now

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In case you missed the big announcement yesterday, here it is again. We’ve already had over 70 seats reserved for our first show, so get on those tix if you want to check us out!

Minnesota’s newest podcast launches later this month with a live taping at the Afghan Room at The Bachelor Farmer in the North Loop neighborhood of MPLS!

This highly topical podcast will feature local guests from the food, music, and arts communities. Its hosts, who have deep roots in the local scene, are Taylor Carik (Secrets of the City) and James Norton (Heavy Table and regular contributions to Minnesota Monthly and MPR). Carik and Norton collaborated on more than 120 episodes of a podcast called Flak Radio along with audio engineer Adam Voreis.

Click here for more information and ticket reservation info.