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The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2017

The independent bookstore scene in the Twin Cities is a vibrant one, and you can always count on lots of sales and special events for the annual Independent Bookstore Day, which happens this Saturday, April 29. For the second year in a row, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) has produced a Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport, which allows local bookworms to get discounts and the chance to win special prizes by visiting bookstores around town. This year, 18...

Art in Bloom Brings the Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

If you thought princesses could only teach you how to tend royal gardens in fairy tales, you’d be wrong. Along with its many botanical highlights, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host guest speaker Princess Giorgiana Corsini of Italy and other guest lecturers for this year’s installment of the annual Art in Bloom celebration April 27 through 30, 2017. “As we are in our 34th year, many people regard this as an annual rite of spring—fresh flowers and timeless art,”...

NASA’s Cassini Begins Its Grand Finale with a Grand Discovery

Beginning this month, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin its final journey, fatefully dubbed its Grand Finale. On April 26, Cassini will make the first of what should be several intrepid new orbits around Saturn that will ultimately result in 22 dives within the 2,400-kilometer gap between the planet and its innermost rings. Throughout these final orbits, the spacecraft will gather new pieces of information that will ideally reveal the inner composition of the sixth planet as well as the material...

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

This Week in Geek (4/24/17–4/30/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 24th through Sunday April 30th. Story Forge What: Gaming, Writing When: Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ This monthly event by local tech nonprofit Glitch focuses on teaching the art of storytelling in games. This event focuses on the special challenges of writing for interactive fiction and provides a space where game storytellers can...

Welcome to Night Vale Actor Cecil Baldwin on Touring and Creating a Hit Podcast

Cecil Gershwin Palmer is perhaps the most recognized voice in all of Night Vale, the fictional desert town where all conspiracy theories are real. And Cecil Baldwin, the real-life actor behind him, has become perhaps been one of the most recognized voices in podcasting since 2013, when Welcome to Night Vale went from a small project produced by a few friends to the most downloaded podcast in the world. Baldwin notes that he is sometimes recognized for his voice....

The Night the Twin Cities Bled Purple

It was a cool and windy Thursday evening at Paisley Park. Normally, the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen is a quiet town on a spring weeknight—but nothing was normal about April 21, 2016. That night, I joined hundreds of mourners who flocked to Paisley Park off Highway 5. We trekked across a trail and through patches of mud, walking through dark tunnels under the highway, avoiding blocked-off areas as police tried to find a balance between allowing a memorial and...

The Electric Fetus and Mill City Sound Headline Twin Cities Offerings for Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 22, music fans and collectors will flock to record shops looking for deals, exclusives, and giveaways to commemorate Record Store Day, which is celebrating its 10th year in 2017. For those in the Twin Cities in particular, the occasion will be bittersweet—it comes a year and a day after local music superstar Prince Rogers Nelson died at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. At the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, which was established in 1968 and is widely regarded...

The Quest for the Storied Unicorn Frappuccino

When it comes to coffee chains, my allegiance runs more towards the antler than the mermaid. But my prey, the elusive Unicorn Frappuccino, came only from certain Starbuckian breeding grounds. My quest required me to brave the wilds of the east suburbs. I was willing. Thus I traversed traffic lights, streets with a speed limit of 45, and oddly designed parking lots to bring me to the required location. At that point, I discovered that many other pilgrims had...

Minneapolis’s LGBT Redneck Amanda Costner Talks Surf Ninjas, Garth Brooks, and Redneck Repurposing

On a recent Saturday night, I found myself in the basement of Spring Street Tavern at Comedy Club Underground, waiting for the show to start. Amanda Costner, also known as LGBT Redneck, was hosting a live comedy show to celebrate the release of her first album. Free album download cards were scattered across the tables, and the crowd was markedly different from what you might expect at a comedy show: predominantly female and over 20. Amanda’s friends promptly kicked...
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