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Ok, we weren’t going to write anything about this—why temp the trolls—but you should really read John Tevlin’s summary of the b-a-n-a-n-a-s stuff going on with a neighborhood preservation group, their city council person Lisa Bender (who is really very nice), and somehow an HGTV personality. We caught wind of this a few weeks ago from some Facebook posts about how crazy the attacks on Bender had become, but that was even before the Mayor and other council members got involved.
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Big time summer festival reveals yesterday and today. Yes, we’re talking about Dr. John and the Nite Trippers playing at Jazzfest in Mears Park. But we’re also talking about First Ave’s announcement yesterday that they’ve finally managed to overcome the lifer-long bureaucratic nightmare of city services and the headaches of scheduling national headline-level talent to throw the long-rumored First Avenue Fest (that doesn’t really have a name). The show, headlined by The Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty, really liked by a lot of you, takes place at Hall’s Island along the river between 8th and Broadway. There’s often races that go through there and fireworks on the Fourth, but it should be a great place for that kind of outdoor music show.
And then let’s not forget today is also Soundset announcement day—and you know what, despite its continued growth, Soundset is really underrated as a festival. This year they’re going to pack Atmosphere, J.Cole, Ice Cube, BIG SEAN, Ludacris(!), Dilated Peoples, and about two dozen other MCs into Canterbury Park on May 24th. Come on!
Oh also Gentlemen of the Road festival stops into Waverly, IA on June 19th-20th with Mumford and Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, etc. So, yeah, between those shows and the other outdoor parties, just block off your entire summer.
Let’s face it, flying is a necessary evil. It’s great to travel, but unless you’re pretty damn rich, it sucks to fly—especially if you do it the wrong way. And boy oh boy is there a wrong way to do it. First off, regardless of the price difference, don’t go with a bargain carrier, especially someone like Frontier or Spirit. Your flight will be delayed—or worse, you’ll be jerked around all day before the flight is canceled. And if you get a cheap flight with layovers, kiss your fun trip goodbye. But here’s the pro tip: Fly out of MSP between 7 PM and 9 PM at night during the week. The cattle call security lines are empty, the travelers aren’t stressed out because they’re missing meetings, and the iPad-staffed bars in the G concourse are full of people having drinks. It’s like night and day (literally and figuratively) between a terrible way and an ok way to travel.