Pride wasn’t the only festival that drew dense crowds Sunday. The Uptown Food Truck Festival, which hosted over 60 trucks, brought throngs of people — and dozens of dogs — to Calhoun Square.
Long form improv is not “ComedySportz,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “Saturday Night Live.” The style moves away from games and skits, and features shows of multiple unscripted scenes, created from either initial audience suggestions or performers’ instincts on stage.
This weekend brought the Eaux Claires Music Festival to Eau Claire, Wisconsin — a two-day event founded by Eau Claire’s own Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. From Paul Simon to Danny Brown, the festival featured an eclectic lineup of acts.
Walking through the fields of the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival last Friday, puffs of cotton floated in the air — setting the scene for a dreamlike weekend.
When it comes to the world of music, Mondo Cozmo is making quite the entrance. Front man Josh Ostrander and his backing band, Illinois, have multiple festival performances under their belt, as well as a hit single, “Shine.” A&E chatted with Ostrander before his set at Bonnaroo last Thursday, offering a sample of Minnesota nice before the band stops by First Avenue in Minneapolis on Aug.
It wasn’t until The Weeknd broke into “Can’t Feel My Face” just before 11:30 p.m. on the final night of Bonnaroo that I realized what a dancing sea of 65,000 people looks like. It’s an insane sight. Somehow, the headliner’s crooning falsetto brought an energy back to the final hours of the festival.
Friday: Blooming Butterflies Between now and Labor Day, Como Zoo will exhibit over 100 species of butterflies from around the world in its greenhouse.
You can tell a lot about a person from their clothing, music or vocabulary. At Dinkytown Tattoo, you get a good idea of the style and personality of an artist by their work station’s look. Daniel Peace, a traditional American-style artist and the shop’s co-owner, is a picture-perfect example. Hundreds of vintage flash tattoo sets made by his family members adorn the shop’s walls.
At Fast Eddie’s Place, hundreds of Birkenstock sandals, high heels and leather loafers line the shelves behind the front counter and in the back room. From that back room down the hallway of Dinkydale Mall, shoe repairman Jim Picard can only tell a customer has entered by the light of a motion-activated bulb. “When the machines are running and I turn up the music so I can hear it over the machines,” Picard said.
Bubble tea goes by many names, but there’s no mistaking the drink’s large straw and dark bobas. With its growing popularity, new shops continue to open in the University of Minnesota area — most recently Dinkytown’s Tasty Pot, which opened in May.