Monthly Archive:: September 2017

St. Paul’s Newest Brewery Will Bring Local Beer Drinkers Back in Time

It sometimes seems like there’s a new brewery opening in the Twin Cities every month. Maybe that’s music to your ears, or maybe you’re starting to get brewery fatigue—but no matter which side of the spectrum you fall on, there’s no denying that Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery is a different kind of place to wet your whistle. Opening October 1, Waldmann is a German American taproom with a very historical twist. Not only is it located in the same...

Infinity Chamber Stretches into Eternity

Infinity Chamber, a low-budget indie science-fiction picture that was written and directed by former Minnesotan Travis Milloy, is currently available on VOD after completing a short theatrical run. The film revolves around prisoner Frank Lerner (Christopher Soren Kelly) and his attempt to understand and escape from the strange holding cell in which he awakes, accompanied by his Life Support Operator, HOWARD (Jesse D. Arrow), a computer whose sole purpose is to keep Frank alive in the cell. Frank soon...

In Distrust, Grapple with the Cold and Frustration in Equal Measure

“Our food lies ahead, and death stalks us from behind,” Ernest Shackleton wrote as he led an expedition in the Antarctic. In many ways, that quote perfectly describes Distrust—a difficult, unforgiving trek through a frozen wasteland. Developed by Russia-based indie developer Cheerdealers, and strongly influenced by John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film The Thing, Distrust sets you in control of a rescue team following the crash of your helicopter; struggling to survive in the brutal cold as you investigate what...

American Made Is an Average Adaptation of an Odd American Tale

Barry Seal’s true story is an astounding one, and yet it feels familiar. He was a pilot in the late 1970s who turned into a CIA errand boy doubling as a delivery man for Central American cartels. His was a life filled with risky flying, gun-toting clients, cocaine-slinging gangsters, and threatening government figures. In the tapes he filmed before his death, Barry addresses the camera about halfway through and informs us to stop now if we want, because “things...

Get Ready to Relive the Survival Horror in Resident Evil 2: The Board Game

Despite my love of games, I’ve been on zombie burnout for the better part of a decade. I feel like if I were to blindfold myself, spin around three times, and throw a dart from the middle of a tabletop game shop—not that I would ever think of doing such a horrendous thing—if I didn’t hit a game about dueling wizards, it would probably be some kind of zombie-themed game. That market saturation has left me feeling worn out...

Making Meatloaf without the Meat

Over the summer, I was given 20-plus recipes to fill up a brand-new recipe book as part of a bridal shower, which is pretty much heaven for me. The one I knew I had to try first as part of my preparation for fall-is-coming excitement is a meatless meatloaf that uses butternut squash and lentils, two of my favorite things ever. I pretty much keep frozen butternut squash in my freezer year-round for my multitude of squash recipes. I...

A Lifelong Trekkie’s (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Reaction to Star Trek: Discovery

I’ve been a Trekkie since 1984. My parents took me to see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and I was instantly and forever hooked. During the years of being bullied throughout elementary and middle school, I would find solace in reruns of the original series, and I watched all the subsequent series and films repeatedly and religiously. I founded and have coordinated TC Trek Trivia for the past four years, the only recurring pub-trivia night in the...

Live From the Poundstone Institute Educates Listeners while Making Them Pee Their Pants from Laughter

She’s back. Did she ever go away? Do Millennials even know about her? These things matter not. What matters is Paula Poundstone, the legendary comic known for her superior improv skills with audiences, has a new podcast: Live from the Poundstone Institute. Each week, listeners tune in to find the familiarity of the hit NPR quiz program Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! combined with the comedic timing of a throwback SNL sketch. “Wait a minute, we...

Geek Date Night Takes Its Trivia and Fun to New Twin Cities Venues

You don’t have to be a geek, and it doesn’t have to be a date, for you to have fun at Geek Date Night, according to event host Rob Callahan. “If you’re honestly apprehensive about going because you don’t have a date, I’ll be your date,” he says. “But only until after the movie. After that, I’m going home to wash my hair.” Since leaving its old venue, Clubhouse Jäger, the popular Tuesday-night trivia series has moved to self-described geek...

I Read the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016 So You Don’t Have To

Happy Banned Books Week! The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom reported 323 challenges last year, and the top 10 are clearly very bad books, indeed. Otherwise why would they have gotten so many challenges? Below I will go through these books and confirm exactly why they are so terrible and why you never, ever should read them. The reasons the books were challenged are taken directly from the ALA’s website. 1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki,...
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