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The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

The 2017 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive Is Here!

It’s that time of year again, geeks! Last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was a huge success—we more than doubled the goal we’d set for ourselves by collecting over 3,000 donations of games, toys, books, and other items for deserving recipients! This year, with even more great donation locations on board, we’re hoping to do even better. As has been the case the past two years, items donated will go to two very worthy local...

12 Chances to Get Your Theater On in the Next 12 Weeks

The Twin Cities area has a vast and incredibly diverse theater community. There is something for everyone interested in the world of theater; the smallest community groups and the largest companies with touring Broadway shows all have a place here. The start of a new school year also brings the start of a new season of plays, musicals, and everything in between. Here are just 12 of the hundreds of productions coming over the next 12 weeks at some...

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Twin Cities Harry Potter Fans Together

Maria Balogh didn’t mean to create a citywide event. In August 2015, when she made a Facebook page for a Harry Potter–themed bar crawl, it was just meant for her and her friends—only Balogh accidentally set the page to public. Within a month, almost 10,000 people in the Twin Cities had RSVPed yes. Most people probably would have been overwhelmed, but the local Potter fan, who has a background in advertising and a love of event planning, decided to...

Minneapolis Cats Turn City Hall into Kitty Hall

Thousands of cat lovers descended on City Hall on Tuesday for the chance to cuddle with kittens and vote for four-legged candidates in a mock election for an event raising awareness for Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. The line wrapped through the rotunda and out the door, but no one seemed too upset about the wait. Minneapolis isn’t the first city to have a Kitty Hall event—Seattle has being doing it since 2015. But when Ana Marie Cox, MTV...

Beat the Heat and Play Games at Your Local Library This Summer!

For years, gaming has served as a bridge between libraries and the community, attracting underserved populations and drawing in people who might not normally frequent their local library. This summer, Twin Cities libraries have come up with some exciting and innovative gaming programming; in almost every corner of the metro there is a gaming event to attend. There are many different options—video games, board games, card games, and role-playing. Whatever your interest, there is a game for you! The...

Northern Spark 2017 Tackles Climate Chaos with All-Night Art

The name “Climate Chaos: People Rising” sounds like it might have been written in response to the past week’s news that the US government was pulling out of the Paris Accord climate action plan. But for the last couple years, this has been the tagline of Northern Spark, an arts and culture festival hosted by Northern Lights.mn each summer. While looking for something to do with friends one evening last year, Northern Spark was where I ended up, and I could have stayed all...

The Northside Celebration from Capri Theater and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Is a Joy to Behold

Last night, in the auditorium at North Community High School, a gospel choir sang. A spoken-word poet recited a piece. A woman told a story. In between, a string quartet strummed their instruments, a woodwind quintet performed a couple of pieces, and a high schooler read a poem by one of his classmates. These disparate parts all came together as a wondrous whole to form the Northside Celebration, a collaboration between the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis and the...

Eat Street Recipes for Everyone

Just about any Twin Cities native knows exactly what Eat Street is. This lovely stretch of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis is a foodie’s dream, with a wide range of restaurants in not only type of food but also size and “spendyness.” Lucky for us, local company Zeus Jones agrees that it is an amazing part of our metro and endeavored to bring us a cookbook with a collection of recipes from a few of these great restaurants. That cookbook,...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2017

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many MN gaming events all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...
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