Tagged Minneapolis

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...

Clockwerks, Minneapolis’s Steampunk Brewery, Opens for Business

The Twin Cities have no shortage of breweries—we are lucky enough to live in a city where it seems as if a new brewery or taproom opens around the corner every day. But when I learned that one of these new openings involved a steampunk-themed brewery, I needed to know more. The cofounders and co-owners of Clockwerks Brewing, Brett Michlitsch and Lonnie Manresa, were kind enough to sit down with me to answer my questions, tell me their origin...

New Entrance, New Beginnings: The Walker Celebrates Its New Entrance

If you’ve driven by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis recently, you may have noticed that traffic is a bit slower and more “cozy” than normal. If you’re in a rush, this may seem like a pain, but it’s all for a good purpose: the Walker is undergoing major renovations in order to bring you a much more lavish, unified, and contemporary museum. The construction is set to finish in the summer of 2017. However, during this time the...

Punk Rock Explodes with FIDLAR for One Night in Dinkytown

FIDLAR, a garage-punk group notoriously known for putting on amazing live shows, headlined Varsity Theater this past Saturday with support from punk rockers the Frights and from SWMRS, a band impossible to lump into a single genre. The sold-out “Too Much” tour stop in Dinkytown presented the perfect opportunity for punk fans of all ages to unplug from recent events and embrace live music in an environment that was both safe and stimulating. While the Frights and SWMRS were...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2016

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. You can find some great deals on Black Friday, and that goes for books as well—but it’s the day after that when book lovers and the people buying gifts for them will find the best bargains. Independent bookstores have run with Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative to Black Friday, with one of the big draws being author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign...

2016 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive

It’s that time of year again, Twin Cities geeks! After the huge success of last year’s Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive, when we astoundingly collected over 500 donations of games, toys, books and other items, we are officially issuing a challenge to all geeks who live in and around the Twin Cities metro. This year, let’s not just double how much we can give for the holiday season—let’s triple it. That’s right! With your help, we...

The Cirque Magic Falls a Little Short in Toruk: The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil is less a traditional “circus” and more high-level performance art. There are wonders and tricks to amaze you, sure—but they are elegant instead of gaudy, graceful instead of brash. A festival of imagination and physical feats. And if the traditional circus is thought of as “kid stuff,” Cirque du Soleil is aimed squarely at adults. Aerial silks, contortionists, fire jugglers. That is precisely why initially, the theme for Toruk: The First Flight, based on James Cameron’s Avatar, was puzzling to me....

Minneapolis’s Milkweed Books Wants to Be Weird in the Best Way Possible

Minneapolis is getting a new bookstore—with a bit of a twist. Milkweed Editions, the local indie publisher that’s been creating books for almost 40 years, is opening a cozy shop in the Open Book building, home to Milkweed’s own editorial offices (as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, among other things). Alongside its own books, which will be in the minority when it comes to the store’s inventory, it will stock a unique...
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