9th Annual Red Stag Block Party—In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft

In Cahoots

Nershfest 2015


Summit’s Unchained 19: Make It So Release Party

Make It So

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More Weekend Happenings: Not As Much Beer


Super good lineup at The Southern Theater‘s Southern Theater Sessions from batterboy that includes Al Church, Moon and Pollution, Joey Ryan, Jillian Rae and more. It’s the annual Northeast MPLS Dog Parade across from Mattie’s on Main—just dogs in costumes going bananas! The Sound Gallery send-off continues, this time with extra special guest Sophia Eris of GRRRL PRTY and DJ Gabe Garcia. The Summer Slaughter Tour with Arch Enemy, our favorite insane name Cattle Decapitation, locals Reaping Asmodeia and a ton more takes over the Skyway TheaterBiblioExcavations, book art and collages by Ben DiNino, closes at Boneshaker BooksSuzieWhatever Forever, and The Ronnie Buxtons will be joining Har Mar Superstar at Amsterdam in St. Easy. There’s a fancy new bar and club opening in downtown MPLS called The Exchange with the Alibi Lounge. New show at Theatre in the Round opens, The Most Massive Woman WinsThe Lopez play The Hexagon with Catbath, Fury Things, and Rabbit HolesLittle Man as T. Rex opens for E.L.nO. at Lee’sSarah White and Chicago’s Low Spark open for PHO at the Triple Rock.


Beyoncé…Britney…Robyn...Missy…Taylor…Rihanna… It’s the best of Flip Phone taking over the First Ave. Mainroom. It’s the ultra-hip Kräftskiva! block party at Bachelor FarmerForm+Content Gallery hosts an opening reception for beyondBrand, an exhibition of graphic design as social criticism. I Self Devine celebrates the 10-Year Anniversary of Self Destruction at First Ave. The Liberated Bloc Productions presents a week-long run of Niggas and Bitches: Black Men Celebrating Black Women, a tapestry of monologues, spoken word, rap, dance and song, at the Ritz Theater. Bones Jugs N Harmony and Crow Milk play Driftwood Char Bar. Author Jesse Cohn discusses his book Underground Passages: Anarchist Resistance Culture, 1848–2011 at Boneshaker Books. The Satanic Temple Minneapolis is having their first-ever bake sale fundraiser OF DARKNESS at Magus Books and Herbs in Dinkytown to raise funds for legal challenges for religious liberty. House Party 97 at honey claims that “summertime is the best”, but hey when you’ve got DJs Daniel “Dan” Berube, “Easy” Deejay Beasey, and Jonathan “Then I Guess I Don’t Need This Jacket” Ackerman, you can claim anything you want.


Brits has a 5K Pub Run through downtown MPLS and includes beer at the end. And it’s Open Streets, this time on East Lake Street.


The Weekend Starts Now, Ep. 7: Alondra Cano + Monica LaPlante

The Weekend Starts Now taped its seventh show at the bustling Du Nord Cocktail Room on Thursday, July 23. This episode features the music of the Ryan Traster Band and Monica LaPlante; Hear the whole seventh episode here.

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Taylor and James discuss deep dish pizza and the insane new show-themed glassware provided by the good people of Lift Bridge Brewing.

Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano drops by the podcast to talk living wages, goats in the city, and on-demand television.

After a stellar pre-segment performance (and before a stellar post-segment performance) musician Monica LaPlante and bandmate Rory Donovan join Taylor Carik for an interview.

Chris Montana, half of the dynamic duo behind Du Nord Craft Spirits, gets on stage to tell the distillery’s story and preview some exciting upcoming spirits (coffee liqueur! apple pie!).

The upcoming weekend in food, drink, and events from the guys behind Secrets of the City and Heavy Table.

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 the Solar Arts Building on Thursday, August 6 (tickets available here).

Secrets of the City Award: Best Summer Afternoon Coffee Drink

Some publications save up their awards for special once a year blowout packages—but not us! We’re giving out awards whenever we want to, in whatever categories we want to.

Man alive, it’s been humid out, just brutal. And since we’re over caffeinated, we need something that will cool us down while it perks us up. Now, of course we’ve turned in the past to cold press—too much straight coffee, especially in the afternoon. We’ve also had a few crafty iced drinks, like Dogwood’s Cafe Miel, which are good, but just a little too sweet. Our best summer afternoon pick-us-up? The Café Horchata from Peace Coffee. The mix of Yeti cold brewed coffee with rice, almond, and cashew milks hits smack in the sweet spot of summer fun and our café needs without being too saccharine.

Peace Coffee Shop—Wonderland Park, 3262 Minnehaha Ave, MPLS; peacecoffee.com

More Weekend Events: Even More Park Parties


The 10th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is already underway in North MPLS, find time to get up there and check out the redeveloping Northside. MTN is hosting another wild live Downrange Telemetrics After Dark: A Live Television Experience at the new MTN studios in Nordeast. Cal Surf somehow has one of the hippest parties of the weekend with S U B U R B I A featuring new artwork and music from one-man-meme DJ Buju Fanta. Sponsored by Norseman Distillery and Bittercube, Fashion Odds Magazine throws The Party of Your Life at Gallery13. LUNGS release their new album with Zebulon Pike at the Triple RockThe Fairfields and Shawn Stelton play at The Aster Cafe. It’s Hipshaker! time again at the Kitty Cat Klub.


It’s the second annual Lowertown Blues Festival in Mears Park, and they’ve got Big George Jackson among many other notable guitarists. Showroom hosts an opening reception for the new exhibition from Matthew Gaulke. Workhorse Coffee Bar also has a reception for Masanari Kawahara’s: Summer Collection 2015. Even Our Lady of Lourdes, the little church next to Nye’s, is having a block party. And it’s a lineup of St. Easy favorites at Amsterdam with Heiruspecs, Ashley DuBose, and Jordan Looney.


Don’t forget about the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Brunch at the Turf Club. There’s also the Rock ‘n’ Roll Breakfast series at Treehouse Records with Eleni Mandell. And Sociable Cider Works hosts their 2nd Annual NE Brewer’s Block Party.

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