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So many Twincy residents have “Go to a Paisley Park Prince show” on their bucket list, and his Purpleness keeps giving them—and the rest of us—a chance at the Prince home experience. Case in point: To celebrate the release of his new HITnRUN, he’s having a three-day international dance party Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, starting at 9:30 each night. The cover is only $40. Will the new music be great? We’ll see. But the chance to catch Prince live in the small setting will be great no matter what he plays.
The Weekend Starts Now taped its twelfth show—and final show of the season—at the Chef Shack Ranch on Monday, Aug. 17. 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.
Hear the whole episode here.
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SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James talk about Wet Hot American Summer.
SEGMENT 2: REED FISCHER FROM Go 96.3
We talk with the editorial producer of the hot new radio station Go 96.3 about DJs, playlists, festivals, and more.
SEGMENT 3: ANNIE D’SOUZA FROM THE MIDWESTIVAL
All about the hot new site / movement / brand presence The Midwestival, with its founder Annie D’Souza.
SEGMENT 4: YOUR WEEKEND PLANS
Andrew WK, Rails and Ale, and more.
Even though we have almost more local beer options than we could run through in an entire weekend, we still very much love our standards like Summit and Surly (in as much as the outlaws at Surly ironically become standards of the MN beer scene) and we’ll gladly celebrate these pillars of pint-filling excellence at their breweries for some Septemberfest fun.
Surly recently announced that they’ve got SurlyFest on Saturday, September 26th at their fancy new brewery with The Bratwurst Brothers, Shannon Blowtorch, and more bands TBA. Summit also has an anniversary party coming up on Saturday, Sept 12th. They’ve once again paired with the MN Music Coalition to host a huge Backyard Bash party with The Suburbs, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Toki Wright with DJ Willie Shu and Lydia Liza, Al Church, Black Market Brass and Hotpants DJs. Great stuff, mark your calendars.
Out of all the correspondence we get, people asking for more lead time on cool events is one of the biggest requests we get. (To stop using the word Twincy and to list events that you don’t want to go to are the others.) So with that in mind, here’s a quick look at some smaller stuff on our radar for the Thursday and Friday:
For Thursday, it’s First Thursdays in the Northeast MPLS Arts District, be sure to check out the open studios. We’re unreasonably excited for the Booty Shorts Runway Competition at StevenBe. Music and art curation hub The 612Collection put together a showcase at honey. There’s a listening party for the new Iron Maiden album (which we’ve heard is good) with Maiden Minneapolis at Amsterdam. And the very fun Murder Shoes kick off their month-long residency at The Nomad.
For Friday, the massive Metacon Media/Scifi/Comic convention takes over the Hyatt all weekend, so get your Spider-Ham cosplay ready. Soul singer K. Raydio and the Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra play at Icehouse. The Loft Literary Center hosts McKnight Poetry Fellows for a night of readings. Radio K welcomes everyone Back 2 School with a bash at First Avenue. Hells Kitchen hosts Soul Friday, a dance party for Queer women of color and friends, featuring DJ Keezy and BDotCroc. It’s a Backyard Blowout with a great group of rock bands at the Nomad. And City Wide Arts has a closing for their Rappers Delight show.