Tagged Minneapolis

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...

Free Code Camp Twin Cities Brings Local Geeks Together to Learn

On a brisk Sunday afternoon, I got off the bus and headed toward the Minneapolis Central Library to meet some Internet strangers from Free Code Camp Twin Cities, a local community for people who are learning code on the website Free Code Camp. The site is exactly what it sounds like: a place to learn to code for free. It’s similar to Codecademy in general format but much more employment oriented, and thus much more oriented toward networking and community....

Bingley’s Is the Twin Cities’ Best-Kept Secret for Tea Lovers

There’s an unexpectedly special place hiding in an unassuming gray brick building at the corner of 24th and Stevens in Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood. There’s no sign to tell you it’s there, but if you venture up to the second floor on certain afternoons of the week and walk through a door just off the lobby area, you’ll find yourself in the tasting studio of Bingley’s Teas Limited. Most likely, you’ll be greeted by a woman standing at an ornate wooden...

Fact or Fiction? A Scientist Puts a Minnesota Monster Book to the Test

After completing M. P. Johnson’s latest novella, Lake Lurkers, I felt like I needed to reach out to confirm a few points in the book that rang a little too true to be fiction. While there is nothing in Minnesota that quite rises to the level of the Loch Ness Monster, there have been a few lake creatures spotted in our 10,000 lakes. I knew a story as frightening and engaging as this had to have some grounding in...
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