Tagged Twin Cities

The MN Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2019

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops open their doors to give out specially designated comics for free as well as take the opportunity to host creator appearances, sales, giveaways, and more. This year, Free Comic Book Day also coincides with my all-time favorite holiday: May the 4th! Whether you celebrate Star Wars Day or not, there are some solid comics deals going on in the Twin Cities. Click here for the full list of free...

Can Can Wonderland Highlights the Artistic Value of Retro Gaming

The Twin Cities has so many unique bars, and I wanted to check out a retro gaming bar that has been drawing lots of traffic since it opened in 2017: Can Can Wonderland. At first, you might not suspect that Can Can truly fits this category, but the arcade portion, which sits adjacent to its famous minigolf, has attracted the local Twin Cities crowd, similar to other retro gaming locations in the market. I wanted to delve deeper into...

Chatterbox Pub Is the Perfect Retro Gaming Haven for a First Date

While I was doing research for my last article, I reached out to Steven Miller, who is the owner of Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on the retro gaming scene in the Twin Cities, especially since his pub was one of the first to service the local retro gaming community. I walked into the bar and was instantly taken back to my childhood as I noticed the vintage Nintendo Power...

White Birch, Red Hawthorn Recognizes the Roots of Oppression

The Twin Cities area is a Midwestern hub of art, culture, and business, but at its center is also one of the most spiritually important sites to the Dakota people. Bdote, now part of Fort Snelling State Park, is the sacred confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, revered by the Dakota people as the origin of life. So how do we, as inhabitants of the Twin Cities from all cultural backgrounds, respect the history of this land when...

Things to Do While Your Friends Are at CONvergence

This year’s CONvergence is almost here. For some of you, that means last-minute fixes to your totally stellar costume, stressing way more than you should about what panels you can and can’t make it to, and eating ramen noodles for a week so you have enough money in your bank account to buy everything your heart desires. But if you’re not going to CONvergence—whether you don’t have the funds, you’re watching the kids so your significant other can go,...

Get Ready for Summer with the Best of 2017 Twin Cities Block Parties

Minnesota summers are the greatest thing ever—it’s just a fact. There’s just something about the way the summer sun melts the winter from our bones. I don’t think there’s anything that can compare; all of a sudden, it’s the first 70-degree day of the year and everyone is aggressively happy and doing everything they can to spend every minute outside. Whether you live in the Twin Cities, the suburbs, or a small town, you know the feeling: that first...

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...

Pocket-Sized Poems at Twin Cities Bookstores Explore the Theme of Migration

“As a child, I marked the year by the honking of Canadian geese making their way south and then north,” said Abby Travis, editor at Minneapolis nonprofit publisher Milkweed Editions. “Migration was part of my calendar, the way I marked time and the change of seasons. I knew if the geese were early or late, I was fascinated by how they knew when to go or where to go, how to get there, and where they stopped along the...

From the Stands: Comic Book College Welcomes Readers, One and All

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. Cachet—that is, history or status—is a key factor for any business. You want your customers to know that you can come through for them, that you can provide what they’re looking for and that you’re going to be around for a long time to come. Tim Lohn, owner and operator of Comic Book...

Autism Awareness Month 2015 in the Twin Cities

April is Autism Awareness Month and throughout the month I hope that you hear about and have the opportunity to participate in the many events scheduled to raise awareness and appreciation for all persons living with autism. Locally, the State of Minnesota and City of Saint Paul have both issued proclamations confirming their support for Autism Awareness Month. It’s wonderful to see this support in action, as Autism Minnesota and its members have been diligently working to the Minnesota Legislature regarding...
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