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Big news here in Minnesnowta: King Keillor has named his heir to a Prairie Home Companion. Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and bluegrass impresarios Punch Brothers, and one mean mandolin player, has already filled in as host twice and has done a bang up job, not to mention Punch Brothers putting on one of the best shows at First Ave so far this year. So we’re on board with the pick. The two will co-host in 2016, which we imagine will be like a year-long celebration of Keillor as a retirement party, with Thile taking over full time after that.
We’ve been having a ton of fun at our recordings for The Weekend Starts Now podcast, a joint production between us and Heavy Table. We want you to get in on the action—try some new drinks and hear from our guests who are making MPLS + STPL the cultural capitol of the North! The next installment is shaping up nicely—we’ll be in the beautiful courtyard at Marin Restaurant in the Chambers hotel. Reserve your free spot at eventbrite.
The newest show at Public Functionary, environmentVEVO from 17-year old visual artist and videographer Harry Sutherland opens with a reception. The New Arab American Theatre Works Festival kicks off a nearly month-long run at the Mixed Blood Theatre. Day Block Brewing is showing the USA Women’s World Cup Quarter Finals game. The fantastic New Orleans black thrash band Goatwhore do a meet and greet at Into the Void Records and then play with Ringworm and Black Breath at the Triple Rock. There’s a Hug Life Pride party at the Nomad. Hipshaker! has a Pride edition at the the Kitty Cat Klub.
It’s your chance to take on the famous big balls at the Wipeout Run at Lake Elmo. Adam Turman and Chux are having a garage sale and doing some on-the-spot t-shirt printing. Black Spoke Leather Goods are having a pop-up shop at Pompadour salon. The Undergroove, Brass Messengers, and Black Market Brass play at the Franconia Sculpture Garden. Prime Time Wrestling takes over Calhoun Square. Honky Tonker Dale Watson plays a special show at Louie’s Lee’s Liquor Lounge. And wear all white to the really fun looking All White Party with Da Brat at Mill City Nights.
It’s the big and amazing Travail Lakeside Party with DJ Abilities, Carnage the Executioner, and Whole Lotta Zep, and more. And the incredible Mary Mack returns to the Riot Act Reading Series at Dead Media.
Did you know that Lake Calhoun was named after former Vice President John C. Calhoun? It’s true. It’s also true that Calhoun was an ardent supporter of slavery and an active white supremacist. It’s one of those unfortunate open secrets that we have here in Twincy (like how the MPLS Lakers moved to L.A. because of racism). Every few years there’s a movement to change the name of our marquee lake to something not affiliated with white supremacy, and after the terrible shooting in Charleston there’s another petition being circulated to change the name. Hopefully this one gets a little more traction.