Tagged Twin Cities

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...

Groovy Time for Twin Cities Families with the Icehouse Kids Concert Series

Let’s face it: being a parent requires you to hang out in a lot of places that aren’t necessarily “cool.” Many of these feature ball pits, animatronic animals, or—worst of all—clowns. So if you get the opportunity to take your kid someplace that actually is cool, relish that experience. In that vein, one thing you should check out is the Kids Concert Series happening monthly through August at Icehouse. Located in the Eat Street neighborhood of Minneapolis, Icehouse already...
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