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Local Music Tap: ‘Ghost Towns Of The West’ CD Release @ Cabooze

Despite geographical difficulties between bandmates, Minneapolis-based rockers, Ghost Towns Of The West, aren’t saying “farewell” just yet. In fact, they intend to play a memorable CD release show this Friday at the Cabooze. They’ll worry about the other stuff later.

04/08/2015

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Wild Blog: Win And You’re In

Win and you’re in. Sounds easy enough right? But when it comes to the Minnesota Wild it seems nothing is easy. The Wild had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Monday night in front of a sell-out crowd at the Xcel Energy Center, but the team couldn’t score and ended up getting shut out 2-0 by the Winnipeg Jets.

04/07/2015

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Twins Blog: New Food At Target Field

The Twins return to Target Field for their home opener on Monday, April 13. Fans will want to bring their appetites to the game. The team introduced some impressive new foods to its already expansive menu. From adding iconic Twin Cities restaurants to new vegan options, there’s something everyone will enjoy.

04/07/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Lakes & Legends Brewery Coming To Loring Park

Already seeking a new brew to excite your taste buds? Good news, you won’t have to wait too long! A new craft brewery, Lakes & Legends, announced it plans to open its doors in summer of 2015.

04/07/2015

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This Week In Movies: MSPIFF 2015 Kicks Off

This week is all about the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Things get rolling on Thursday, when the weeks-long festival begins with screenings of a wonderfully titled film, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. After those screenings, there’ll be an opening night party at the nearby Aster Café.

04/06/2015

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Wild Blog: Wild Week Ahead For Minnesota

We are entering the final week of the regular season in the NHL and the Minnesota Wild is looking to lock up another post-season berth. Right now Minnesota currently holds the first wild card spot in the Western Conference with 96 points. With four games left to play in the season, any combination of picking up two points (wins or overtime/shootout losses) should be enough to clinch a playoff berth.

04/06/2015

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MNfusion: Orpheum’s Annie Is Classic, Comfortable

While part of the fun of theater is experiencing an unknown story with new characters and songs, sometimes you just want to be comfortable enough to sing along. The Orpheum’s latest production, “Annie,” gives audiences that perfect level of comfort.

04/02/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Monkey + Puppies = OMG!

Nothing to see here folks. Just a super-adorable capuchin monkey bonding with some super-adorable puppies, that’s all. Thanks to Jesse Lightfoot on YouTube for making many of us consider monkey adoption.

04/01/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week

From a 45th anniversary show at First Avenue to a complete performance of Abbey Road at the Cabooze, here are the four shows you should see this weekend.

04/01/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Buttermilk Onion Rings

After the cold depths of winter, it’s delightful to throw open the windows and get some fresh air circulating through the house. There’s something about the smell of fresh spring air that brings feelings of hope. Maybe it’s the snow melting or the trees blooming, but whatever it is, it’s nice to smell the outdoors once again.

03/31/2015

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MNfusion: Daily Greens Pairs Seasonal Cleanse With Juicing

Minnesotans are hearty, and we expect our food to be the same. So when it comes to juicing, it’s no surprise that it took the trend a little bit of time to catch on in the Midwest. But more and more we’re hearing about cold pressed juice bars that are popping up around the Twin Cities. And more and more we’re hearing about juice cleanses.

03/31/2015

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Wander Minnesota: The Saints, Soon To Be Marching In

If it’s spring, baseball can’t be far behind. But new to the spring of 2015 is the CHS Field, the brand-new home of the St. Paul Saints, located in St. Paul’s Lowertown. The stadium hosts its first home game on May 21, against Sioux City.

03/31/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

April is fast approaching, and that means the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival needs to be on every Minnesota cinephile’s radar.

03/30/2015

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Guy On A Bike: 30 Days Of Biking

If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve seen a friend or connection post something about 30 Days of Biking recently.

The idea, which spawned right here in Minnesota in 2010, is to get people to pledge to ride a bicycle every single day during the month of April. Whether you’re a daily bicycle commuter, Cyclo-cross junkie or even a non-cyclist, you are invited to take the pledge.

03/30/2015

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MNfusion: ‘Fruit Fly’ Is The Perfect Friend Date, Gay Or Straight

The true test of a show is when you strip away all those elements and rely simply on the words of a script and the actor saying them. And “Fruit Fly” passes this test with flying colors.

03/30/2015

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Local Tap Talk: Urban Growler — MN’s First Women-Owned Brewery

When co-founders Deb Loch and her partner, Jill Pavlak, decided to make a major life change they had no idea they’d be making history in Minnesota. Truth is they just wanted to bring people together at a turbulent time in United States’ politics.

03/30/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Sazerac

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads back to Lyn 65 in Richfield for a drink that provides a taste of “The Big Easy.”

03/28/2015

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Wild Blog: Back-To-Back Home Games Could Impact Playoff Race In The West

The Minnesota Wild return to Xcel Energy Center this weekend to kick off their final home stand of the season. While the next five games should give us an idea of where Minnesota will fit in the playoff picture, it’s the first two home games for the Wild that could have the biggest impact in the Western Conference playoff race.

03/27/2015

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A Minnesota Myth Sparked ‘Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter’

An urban legend from the snowy, desolate plains of Minnesota was the catalyst that led to “Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter,” a new, haunting film from brothers David and Nathan Zellner.

03/27/2015

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Prep Blog: Looking Back On An Eventful Winter Season

It’s transition time in Minnesota’s prep sports scene. The winter season is over and the champions have been crowned. While we have the time, let’s look back on an eventful winter season and reflect on the teams and games that gave us excitement and allowed us to appreciate high schools sports for what they are: Fun, competitive and entertaining.

03/27/2015

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Wild Blog: The Wall That Is Devan Dubnyk

“Doooobs!” That’s the cheer you’re hearing from Wild fans, including myself, as goalie Devan Dubnyk’s continues to play out of his mind!

03/26/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Brussels Sprouts

It was deceivingly warm for March, which continues to trick the mind into thinking it is already springtime. The recent snowfall served as a reminder that we still have a ways to go for those crops to grow. Until then, let’s keep revving up the metabolism with spicy foods and healthy cold-weather vegetables.

03/24/2015

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MNfusion: Q&A With Illusionists’ Anti-Conjuror Dan Sperry

Suspend your disbelief as seven of the world’s top magicians take the stage in “The Illusionists.” The North American tour is making a stop in Minnesota this week, and among them is conjuror Dan Sperry.

03/24/2015

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Dark Knight Director Christopher Nolan To Speak At The Walker

The filmmaker who re-imagined Batman in the beloved Dark Knight trilogy will be in Minnesota this spring to talk about his films as part of a Walker Art Center anniversary celebration.

03/24/2015