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4 Your Pets: Protecting Pets From Summer’s Dog Days

The phrase “dog days of summer” has its roots in the time when Sirius — the “dog star” — was prominent in the mid-to-late-summer sky. Nowadays, it just refers to those hot and steamy summer […]

07/23/2015

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Local Music Tap: 4 Shows To See This Week(end)

Like most summer weekends in the Twin Cities, this weekend is chock full of great shows to see! Here’s just a small — but great — sample of what this weekend has to offer.

07/22/2015

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Tap Talk: Enki Brewing

There’s a common idea that things get better with age. It’s true with red wine. It’s true with bourbons. And, it’s true with breweries. In 2013, 33 years after its founders met, Enki Brewing was officially open for business.

07/22/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Sour Cherry Lemonade

“Refresh, replenish, and rehydrate” has been mantra over the last couple of weeks with temperatures in the 80s and the humidity reaching uncomfortable levels. Chugging water is typically my first choice (and healthiest option), but sometimes other beverages are a little more exciting.

07/22/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Somehow, summer is halfway over. That being said, you should probably spend as much time as possible out enjoying the warm season on a lake or a patio.

07/20/2015

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MNfusion: Nothing Bundt Cakes Opens In Minnetonka

Just past Ridgedale Mall, right off of Interstate 394 and tucked into a string of stores lies Nothing Bundt Cakes, Minnetonka’s newest bakery. “Bundt cake is nostalgic. It’s been around for a long time,” store […]

07/20/2015

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10 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

For movie fans, there are two distinct seasons: awards season and summer. Some people consider them the respective high and low points of the year. These people are killjoys. Though Hollywood studios’ continuing habit for holding their most “important” releases until November and December grates, at least the payoff is some of the finest, biggest dumb entertainment that obscene budgets can buy. There’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, as the ten movies I feature here prove.

07/20/2015

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‘Cartel Land’ Is A Brave Look At The Drug War; J.Lo Adds Nothing To ‘Lila And Eve’

Questions about vigilantism are at the heart of Cartel Land, a gripping documentary on the people risking their lives taking a stand against Mexican drug cartels on both sides of the border. Directed by Matthew Heineman, whose camerawork is athletic and fearless, the movie unfolds like a blockbuster action flick, not unlike executive producer Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty. The film starts in Mexico, in the dead of night, with masked men cooking meth, explaining that while the drugs might wreak havoc in America, it’s the only way for them to escape poverty. What choice do they have?

07/17/2015

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Tap Talk: Tin Whiskers Releases Winning Home Brew Competition Beer

It’s not surprising to regularly find a new brew hitting taps at craft brew houses. In fact, one of the best things about the craft movement is the ever-changing flavors in taprooms.

07/17/2015

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Wander Minnesota: More Than Just A Ball of Twine

If you’ve been in Minnesota for any length of time, surely you’ve heard of the giant ball of twine in Darwin. While there are various contenders for the title of “largest twine ball” in the U.S., the one in Darwin is generally considered to be the largest ever wound by one person.

07/15/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

If you’re looking to escape the heat and humidity this week, there’s probably no better way to do it than to watch Satyajit Ray’s gorgeously restored and undeniably epic Apu trilogy, which is playing over at the Lagoon Cinema. While it’s no doubt a commitment to see each film, the payoff is hug: It’s one of those works that’ll rekindle your belief in the power of cinema, or art in general. Seriously, it’s that good.

07/14/2015

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Tap Talk: Burning Brothers Brewing

In Tap Talk’s noble quest to give Minnesotans — and everyone else — a little glimpse into what the state’s brewery/taproom scene has to offer, I (and Katie) have managed to run across some very interesting people. Burning Brothers Brewing is no different. These guys have a doozy of a backstory.

07/14/2015

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MNfusion: Parella Opens In Calhoun Square

It had been almost eight years since I had been in the space on the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue. So, one of the first things that caught my attention about Uptown’s newest Italian restaurant was how light the newly renovated space was.

07/13/2015

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Twins Blog: Homestand Notes – All Star Break Edition

The Twins just finished a successful seven-game homestand, going 6-1 against the Orioles and Tigers and now begin a well-deserved break from the grind of the season as the All Star break is upon us.

07/12/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Saint Dinette’s Summer Bourbon

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Saint Dinette for a refreshing cocktail for the summer. Think of bourbon as a winter spirit? Think again.

07/11/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Increasing Diversity in Cycling

Minneapolis consistently ranks among the best cities for cycling in the United States. But as I tool around on my steel horse I can’t help but notice that most of the other cyclists I encounter look like me: a white, middle-class male.

07/10/2015

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The Apu Trilogy Is A Human Epic, ‘Love At First Fight’ A Tough Romance

The love story that unfolds in “Love At First Fight” defies easy categorization. It’s not a French romcom, it’s not a passionate kissing fest, and it isn’t a tearjerker either. It’s just a slow-burning romance of sorts, with well-placed laughs. Featuring a remarkable performance by up-coming actress Adèle Haenel, the film is irresistible as it is unpredictable, and it makes for almost perfect summer movie watching.

07/10/2015

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Drink, Dash And Donate With The MN Brewery Running Series

For many runners, it’s the sense of accomplishment that they get as they cross the finish line keeps them going. For the rest of us, it’s the beer.

07/09/2015

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Wander Minnesota: ‘Inspired By Books’ At The MIA

At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts , of course there’s always so much going on around visual arts. But the museum also offers frequent tours of a literary bent: Inspired by Books, tours that combine the museum’s extensive visual arts collection with themed explorations of books.

07/08/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Minnesota Cherries

I hope your 4th of July weekend was as fun and food-filled as mine was. We kicked off the weekend by heading down to Cherry Leaf Farm in Northfield to do some cherry picking.

07/07/2015

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Local Music Tap: Wee Willie Walker CD Release @ Minnesota Music Cafe

In regards to Wee Willie Walker, there’s an old saying that comes up: “he’s still got it!” Now, longtime soul and blues man is proving it with the release of his new album, “If Nothing Ever Changes,” this weekend at the Minnesota Music Cafe.

07/07/2015

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MNfusion: Annual Fresh Ink Series Begins At Illusion Theater

During the summer the number of national touring shows that make their way through Minnesota is limited. But while some of the larger stages lay dark for longer periods of time, the curtain has hardly closed on the Twin Cities theater scene.

07/07/2015

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With the holiday weekend come and gone, perhaps there’s a bit more free time in your schedule for movies. If that’s the case, you may want to check out the Walker Art Center’s Summer Nights/Cool Cinema series, which starts this week.

07/06/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Pat’s Tap’s Blood & Snow

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Pat’s Tap for a new spin on an old Hollywood classic — the Blood & Snow.

07/04/2015