The Weekend Starts Now—a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City—taped its second show in the beautiful Afghan Room at The Bachelor Farmer on Thursday, May 28. You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show (or individual segments) by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

This show’s musical selections are from two great local groups, The Federales and their album Blues, Bourbon & Burritos and the original soundtrack for Maid of Gold by Pear. 夫婦 on the Always Human Tapes label.

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SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James run down a few of their favorite things, including Ecuadorean Bandeja Paisa at El TequilaLes interdits at Alliance Francaise, the mayoral ribbon cutting at the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, more.

SEGMENT 2: MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR BETSY HODGES
James and Taylor get into it with the mayor of Minneapolis, talking about the new North, the evolution of the city’s cultural scene, and—of course—everyone’s favorite Christmas move, Die Hard.

SEGMENT 3: THE WEEKEND STARTS NOW QUIZ
Audience members Sarah, Steph, and Andy tackle the show’s hard-hitting current events / music / miscellany quiz, competing for some fat gift certificates provided by Clancey’sccccccccc Meats and Fish in Linden Hills.

SEGMENT 4: WACSO AND M.C. CRONIN
Illustrator WACSO (Walkin’ Around Checking Stuff Out) and his writing partner M.C. Cronin join the hosts on stage to talk about their ongoing Heavy Table Central Avenue Checklist, an effort to visit, illustrate, and review every independent restaurant on Central Avenue NE between 694 and Broadway Street.

SEGMENT 5: MURDER SHE WROTE HE WROTE WITH ROSS PFUND
Writer Ross Pfund delves deep into the glory and mystery of Murder She Wrote, the best, old, binge-watchable TV series you’ve probably not yet bothered to explore. Follow his adventures at Murder She Wrote, He Wrote.

If you’d like to join us for next taping, we’ll be at PUBLIC kitchen + bar on Monday, June 22. Tickets: PUBLIC kitchen + bar