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Fri, 8/28, 3:45pm (4 days ago)
Nooky Jones are no strangers to the sensuous elements of life. The Minneapolis neo-soul powerhouse embodies the sound of seduction, making music designed for nighttime trysts and wining and dining. This Thursday, they brought their talents to the world of beer, debuting their Nooky Nectar at their Beer Release Party…
Mon, 8/3, 11:14am (4 weeks ago)
For two years, I swore off McDonalds.  The golden arches made me think of nothing but toxic artificiality and cheapness. They made me feel like I was among the living dead.  While I used to gobble down McChickens en masse on road trips, certain lifestyle changes made me kick that…
Mon, 7/20, 5:43pm (1 month ago)
The final day of the festival left everything that came before it behind. Audiences enjoyed beautiful weather, higher attendance and acts that held nothing back. The energy of the night felt chaotic at times due to the packed Union Park -- an increased police presence suggested that the city prepped…
Sun, 7/19, 2:50pm (1 month ago)
The first day of Pitchfork’s 10th annual music festival started with brutal weather. Concertgoers at Union Park experienced temperatures above 90 degrees with a healthy haze of humidity. Though the extreme conditions persisted through the day, Friday’s lineup was full of impressive acts. From spaced-out punk to glitched, blippy electronic…
Mon, 7/13, 9:18pm (2 months ago)
Some songs are meant for the sweaty days of summer.     Whether you’re driving around the city, running in the oppressive heat or laying on the beach with your summer fling, there’s a tune for every mood and every occasion.  While I know that’s utterly cliché, a summer without a solid…
Thu, 7/9, 8:30pm (2 months ago)
It’s Thursday, which means we’ve already had four days of this miserable week. You’re probably tired, overworked and hungry because you don’t really know how to cook anything besides buttered noodles, and even if you did, you don’t have time.   Right? RIGHT?! (I hope not, but if it’s that bad,…
Mon, 7/6, 6:44pm (2 months ago)
Whenever I have a free moment, I spend it on Instagram.  Ok, that’s not entirely true, but there’s something gratifying about sharing your photos and life with others, whether they’re strangers or friends.  While some dismiss Instagram as glorified narcissism, taking good photos to share requires intent, a keen eye…
Thu, 7/2, 8:12pm (2 months ago)
A lightbulb sparked for Craig Nordeen when red, white and blue doughnuts arrived at his workplace around this time last year.   Nordeen, who works as a designer at an advertising firm, saw potential for the doughnuts beyond a delectable snack. Using Adobe Illustrator, Nordeen recreates famous American paintings, photographs and…
Mon, 6/29, 5:34pm (2 months ago)
There are few summer style sins greater than wearing shorts. Even though shorts have been slimmed and trimmed over the past few years, they’re still synonymous with struggle fits and are rarely worn by the few people who can actually pull them off without looking ridiculous and lame.  Sometimes, however, social…
Thu, 6/25, 5:43pm (2 months ago)
We all know Twitter is great for a lot of things, whether it’s skimming headlines, sharing pictures of your cute pet or just plain old lurking. But even if you think you’ve curated the perfect feed, adding some novelty accounts can’t hurt. To get started, here are three accounts that…
Mon, 6/22, 6:49pm (2 months ago)
The Twin Cities radio dials offers slim pickings when it comes to enjoyable playlists. The Current’s eclectic rotation never fails (though can be a tad predictable at times), and Radio K provides a great introduction to new artists destined to be spun on the Current in a year, as well…
Mon, 6/15, 11:28am (3 months ago)
Up until the 1990’s, finding pants that weren’t pleated was difficult.  The once-dapper pleats combined form and function, adding a crisp crease to the pant and allowing room for men to move without losing a slim, flattering fit.  Once the mid-‘90s rolled around, double and triple pleats became de rigeur,…
Mon, 6/8, 2:57pm (3 months ago)
Yes, I ordered a $14 pastrami sandwich at a high-end butcher shop.  Feel free to call me pretentious or sue me; I’ve heard it all before, and I won’t deny the label.  I gawked at the price tag when I first perused the menu, but hitting up a shop on…
Sun, 6/7, 2:48pm (3 months ago)
Though it may not match the glamour of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Science Museum of Minnesota, there’s yet another source of educational enrichment in town that quietly opens for the season this Saturday: The Ard Godfrey House.   On June 7th, the historic house will open again for…
Thu, 6/4, 5:24pm (3 months ago)
If you’re a choral connoisseur (or maybe you just like fish tacos), you may want to grab a lawn chair and zip on over to Minnehaha Falls tonight.   Starting at 7 p.m., three vocal ensembles will perform at “Harmony in the Park,” a pair of free concerts presented by Classical…
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