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Weekend News & Notes: Drop A Couple S-Bombs

Since many of our readers don’t read anything except advice from Boomers on what Millenials should and shouldn’t spend their money on, we feel we should share some of the important-to-you stories being shared around the SotC virtual water cooler, so that you’re properly briefed before your happy hour.

News: Walker Art Center Executive Director Olga Viso steps down

Notes: We’re still laughing at that quote from a reader about the Merce Cunningham exhibit. Even though followers of the national art scene were maybe not surprised that Olga announced her leaving, it’s huge news in the local arts scene—we’re on a first name basis after all. It’s typical for leadership of major arts venues to move on after successful capital campaigns, and Olga just brought $75 million into the Walker for its campus and sculpture garden remodel. Did the Scaffold debacle have anything to do with it? Probably some? That, and all the departures from other curators, and the unhappy working environment for staff, and we’re sure some of slippage in local prominence, had garnered the heat from the Walker Board to ask her to leave. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see the new director’s vision for our beloved and critically important art center. 

News: More Super Bowl details emerging like Jimmy Fallon and LRT takeover

Notes: We’re hoping to finishing up our “Places Other Than Twincy Where You Should Vacation During The Super Bowl” listicle in the next month so you have some lead time before February. Look, the Super Bowl isn’t for us and it isn’t for you. It’s not for fans of the arts who go to small room shows or book readings or art openings. It’s for rich guys from around the country and suburban/out-state residents who otherwise shit talk MPLS + STPL and local business leadership to try and get prestige plus a few extra dollars. Our recommendation has always been to just to get out of the way—and that’s even before the newest offensive news about the NFL invasion. No, not that Light Rail Trains will only be available to Super Bowl ticket holders on game day and everyone else gets replacement buses. We’re actually fine with that. We’re talking about the “Night Before” show is a concert at the Xcel with Dave Matthews and that Jimmy Fallon will be bringing his Tonight Show to Twincy for tapings for some reason. Sheesh. Reader Jess makes a good point that maybe ?uest Love will do a small show, but all the venues will be too full or closed to the public so that’s no real silver lining. Have you ever been to Tulum, MX?

News: Phi Phi O’Hara and Queens United/ Reinas Unidas raised $80K for Puerto Rico

Notes: Yes! Amazing. Remember the Drag Queen fundraiser at First Avenue two or three weeks ago? It brought in big numbers for Somos Una Voz, the relief initative started by Puerto Rican performers Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

Trash Film Debauchery: Uninvited


“A poisonous cat. Now how is that possible?” “You’ll never look at a cat the same way again.” Are you sold already? Trash Film Debauchery continues to dig back into selections from its early days, and they’ve re-upping another absolutely insane B-movie disasterpiece that every fan of bad film should see. Uninvited‘s unassuming title belies its movie magic—a killer mutant cat, lots of poorly done gore, a semi-coherent plot involving the Cayman islands, scientists, and so much more. Set your expectations extra high and grab your tickets ahead of time. 7 PM. $5.Curt Stanski

Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS;

On Our Radar: Trips Around The Sun


Get a glimpse of into the distant future—the weekend! We’ll have different recommendations for fun Arts & Culture things to do throughout the week, check them all out collectively at the On Our Radar Page.


Indeed Brewing is releasing their bottles of wild fruity Mango Helio at their tap room. It’s the Cine Latino film festival, stories from across the vast cultural, social and historical landscape that is Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, at MSP Film Society. One of the big DJs in the world, Objekt from Berlin, comes to town and plays with TML and Andrew Broder at honey.


Inara Verzemnieks’s reads from her new book, Among the Living and the Dead, at Milkweed Editions. Finesse releases their album at Icehouse with Graveyard Club, Cheap Fantasy, and Xylophone Jetty. 


The criminally underrated Insight Brewing celebrates its Third Anniversary with a bunch of beer and rock ‘n’ roll at the tap room

Fulton + Jameson: Whiskey, War & Peace Release

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We’ve been hearing nothing but superlatives for the new Fulton Beer-plus-Jameson Whiskey barrel collab Whiskey, War & Peace—people in the know have said things like “best beer of the year so far”—and we can’t wait to try out the Imperial Coffee Stout at the barrel tapping tonight at the Fulton tap room. 3-10 PM. Free.Art Humes

Fulton Tap Room, 414 6th Ave N, MPLS;

Burger Hunter: Miller’s Corner Bar

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It’s everyone’s favorite Secrets of the City feature! The only one people ever mention. We’re basically an empty vessel for Mike S.’s burger hunting exploits and that’s just fine. Check out all The Burger Hunter’s meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram and at @BurgerHunterUSA on the twitter.

Now you might want to sit down or just make sure you are paying very close attention. Before us is probably my number 1 most favorite hunt so far. They’ve all been great but this one . . . OMG. Okay, so we park get out and boom there’s a smell of something fried and it’s hitting my memory banks. Miller’s Corner Bar in Columbia Heights is the epitome of a classic Minnesota burger joint. You can find these joints up north or in Northeast, small towns, or off the beaten path. Any which way here in Minnesota we cherish them . . . They are part of our Big North culture. Anywho, upon opening Miller’s front door I’m greeted by a dude tuning in his pedal steel guitar to to Johnny Cash song. Almost fainted. Didn’t and ordered the bacon cheese. Bun is lightly butter toasted. Crunchy and soft. Meat is chuck and very traditional tasting. Salted perfectly. Full onion flavor on the meat sear. Cooked to med well but hella juicy. Drips McGee and Drips Malone showed up. Holy heaven now there’s a guitar picker and he’s got honey in his voice. Feeling so good and proud to be a Minnesotan I’m tearing up on each bite. Now the cheddar is perfect and blankets the bacon to the meat. They do toppings on bottom and I chose only raw daddy onions this time. The burger is really enjoyable and exactly what you’d expect here. Go on Saturday afternoon and you might catch their sound check like we did.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.3   Presentation: 5   Originality: 5

Miller’s Corner Bar, 547 N 40th Ave NE, Columbia Heights;