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odd museums, etc. etc.

The Museum of Electricity

Eazy, Friday, 24 July 2009 14:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.ax-man.com/

Eazy, Friday, 24 July 2009 14:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

dr. mambo's combo on sunday and monday nights @ bunkers, a bunch of awesome ex-Prince musicians jamming on r&b and pop standards.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2009 14:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the day I moved to Minneapolis. I was gone less than a year later, but damn I sure do miss that city.

I used to hit Loring Park, go to that bookstore in Uptown off of Nicollet, run around in the skyways like a crazed hamster, hang out at Schindler's, drive to the dog track in St. Croix (not really proud of that one), eat at the diners, drink at the Cromwell, walk around Dinkytown, window shop downtown, drive to Mall of America on Bloomington Ave starting from Franklin, walk around the state capitol in St. Paul, eat plates of potatoes and onions at Uptown Diner... even trips to the downtown post office were fun.

http://tinyurl.com/ggggst (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 24 July 2009 14:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Shinder's and Cromwell = long gone.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

I didn't even mention the record shops for the same reason.

http://tinyurl.com/ggggst (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

places i, a wisconsinite, like to eat in minneapolis:

brasa
qang (awesome banh mi)
zakia deli
midtown global market

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

both of these places are great:

http://www.112eatery.com/

http://www.craftsmanrestaurant.com/

never been here but i'm dying to go:

http://www.tedcooks19thholebbq.com/

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

all of Jordan's suggestions are A+

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

the twin cities are spoiled with RITZY ICE CREAM too, so, get dessert at some point:

http://www.izzysicecream.com/

there's also Sonny's on Lyndale & 34th and Sebastian Joe's in a few different places (can't believe they don't have websites!)

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

something else i've been meaning to get to:

http://heavytable.com/tinga-de-pollo-at-el-taco-riendo/

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

...tho my sense is chicago is better for mexican than we are

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

outdoor fish place in a big park:

http://seasalteatery.wordpress.com/

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

for shows, def check the calendars at the triple rock, the turf club, first avenue/7th street entry.

Do you drink? If so I can rail off a bunch of bar suggestions. For awes comfort food i am a big fan of the Highland Grill, also if you are on the St. Paul Side, Boca Chica is gr8 mexican food.

Stores (recordwise) - The Electric Fetus is great, Cheapo in Uptown is immense.

could also fap, just sayin

wax onleck, wax affleck (jjjusten), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sea Salt recommendation above seconded. There is a bandshell in the park with music most nights (my band 8/5!) and a place that rents pedalcars to tour the parkway system, which is pretty goofy fun.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

I often bring out-of-towners to the funky and fun Eagles Club #34 in south Minneapolis for the Butanes blues revue (often featuring soul singing legend Willie Walker)

woah do they do that regularly??? willie walker is a goddamn treasure.

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah sea salt is great!

btw goole thanks for posting that mexican place...looks awesome.

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

also i can vouch for ted cooks as being the best BBQ place that is not big daddys (and therefore open for more than 8 hours a week)

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

(x-post) Willie's there most every Wednesday night! Maurice Jacox fills in some weeks. I don't think there's any schedule. First set is Butanes quartet, then they bring the featured vocalist up for the second set. Yeah, Willie Walker is sweet.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

moviewise the Parkway theater has been getting some buzz (well mostly in my crowd because you can bring in margaritas from next door.) Also, if you can make it to the Riverview, its cheap and worth the trip just for the architecture.

Find a way to at least wander through the new Guthrie too.

wax onleck, wax affleck (jjjusten), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost crazy i didn't know that at all...

yeah willie...it's like people always say "man i wish i coulda seen otis [insert classic soul dude here]" and it's like you basically CAN at a eagles club in south mpls for peanuts

that's awesome to hear

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

For those who aren't hip to the Willie Walker love:

In the same vein, I used to see Spider John Koerner sit in with the Liquor Pigs at the late, lamented Viking Bar and just think: damn, this guy's a living legend and I'm hearing him in a dive bar for free...

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

ha speaking of which, the Hard Times is "landmark" but i've never really had a good time there, or enjoyed the food

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i should go out to see spider more often....take stuff for granted.

esp thought of that since micheal yonkers just announced he has to retire from performing

ha speaking of which, the Hard Times is "landmark" but i've never really had a good time there, or enjoyed the food

― goole, Friday, July 24, 2009 4:33 PM (19 seconds ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

haha cosigned x10000000, right down the block from its sister "totally unenjoyable local landmark" the 400 Bar.

btw, if there's a show you want to see, The Turf Club in St Paul is a totally rad rock bar, pretty much everything a rock bar should be IMO.

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

partial take-back: i had a turkish breakfast at the hard times that was ok, but i dunno how you fuck up hard boiled eggs and cucumber

goole, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i just always got the stink eye when i went there back in the day

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Suffice to say The Hard Times is not on anyone's must-do-in-Mpls list.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

cosign entire thread

+ you may also want to indulge in a little grease and try either Matt's (Mpls) or The Nook's (St Paul) juicy lucy burgers. Some swear by the 5-8 just south of Matt's, but I'm not a fan.

sir-mounter (Eric H.), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

matts > 5-8 by far

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

sleeper museum - museaum of russian art in that church on diamond lake road

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

wow, thanks dudes! this is a ton of good suggestions. i would FAP, but the lady is a bit weird about meeting strangers from the interwebs. i know, i know, i've done it a million times. sorry, i hope i don't seem rude!

what's sad is that so many of these restaurants have awesome, yet seemingly greasy and meaty food, yet i'm dating a vegetarian! i will probably drag her to one BBQ place nonetheless.

any good (hip but not too hip) clothing boutiques -- ones that sell used/consignment?

any good stores for (old, not new) vinyl?

WHERE IS MATOS?

amateurist, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

also -- any really nice state parks/natural wonders that would be good day trips?

amateurist, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

For vintage clothes, there's an intersection in St. Paul (Snelling at Selby) with Up 6 (a personal fave) Lula and Everyday People.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

i would FAP, but the lady is a bit weird about meeting strangers from the interwebs. i know, i know, i've done it a million times. sorry, i hope i don't seem rude!

That's cool, though I should stress that I live directly across the street from the Sea Salt, so if you feel like arranging a fabricated "oh hey, didn't know you were here!" (j/k)

Do you still live in Iowa?

sir-mounter (Eric H.), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

no -- i'm in wisconsin for the past 3+ years....

amateurist, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

That's what I get for hanging almost exclusively on the gay threads.

sir-mounter (Eric H.), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

well, i haven't peen posting much...

amateurist, Friday, 24 July 2009 16:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

how are you liking madison?

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Not a public park, but if you and your better half are bicyclists, you can ride around parts of or the entire city.

http://www.minneapolisparks.org/grandrounds/home.htm

sir-mounter (Eric H.), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

for a fancier place that is pretty organic and not totally vegetarian but def veggie friedly...cafe brenda downtown is supposed to be great

you can check out the menu online...a little on the spendier side but looks nice, ppl have recommended it to me

http://www.cafebrenda.com/liveMenu.html?liveMenu=D&z=37846

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Matt, that's 50 Minnewegian points for using any form of 'spendy'. Well played.

Cafe Brenda has always been good and any vegetarian will be happy with the Vietnamese and Mexican food. Even though I chipped my tooth on a pork chop there once, Quang is my favourite for Vietnamese.

clear chanel (suzy), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol that was totally unconscious i swear

tulsa anti-juggalo league (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

As I often tell my mom, 'expensive' has three syllables and it's even in English. j/k

clear chanel (suzy), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

has anyone found pineapple bread like Qang's at other places?

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pineapple bread? Sorry, I was busy eating the rest of the menu.

Apart from banh mi - there is always liverwurst on those and I *cannot* eat that so argh.

clear chanel (suzy), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also, make sure to get drunk at a Nordeast bar.

sir-mounter (Eric H.), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's probably passe but I always liked Bryant-Lake Bowl.

brash trash talker (dan m), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

the pinapple bread is amazing (up in the deli case with the a+ banh mi...i usually don't have time to eat in there, so i pop in and grab those)

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 24 July 2009 17:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

To be a dissenting voice I like the Hard Times, but I wouldn't say it's a must-go unless you need vegetarian food at 2am.

clotpoll, Friday, 24 July 2009 18:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Fireroast Mountain Cafe is really nice - has good cheap tamales and excellent baked goods.

clotpoll, Friday, 24 July 2009 18:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

there are some really nice pockets in north mpls

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

My current commute is 32 miles

xp

crdbl (admrl), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

admrl, the reason there is so much art for goole to complain about is because everyone can do it. Studio space is affordable, standard of living is good, and there are hella grants and $$$ flowing out of sucker's hands into artist pockets. There's a lot of great stuff. goole also keeps going out to art-a-whirl which is a city-wide open studio festival. This is a mistake. Everyone with a set of water colors or some junk to nail together will have a table out somewhere. If you go to art-a-whirl, go band-hopping and get drunk, but for god's sake don't go to see art unless you know exactly what you're going to check out and where it is.

No, not sinister (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

so wait, if I put paint on my ass and then sit on some canvases, I could display that at Art-A-Whirl?

the pheromones of hot clothing (DJP), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 18:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

Fine art or eine fart?

alternately mean and handsy (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 18:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

my current commute is 3.2 miles

My Chemical Romance did 9/11 (jjjusten), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 18:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

another thing that my not from here friends mention all the time is the public school system in MN - idk if you have/think you'll have kids, but private school is def not seen as a necessity here like it is in many places.

My Chemical Romance did 9/11 (jjjusten), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 18:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^^^This. Apparently they offer International Baccalaureate at my old high school, which is best in state on the reg, but it replaced a more difficult set of AP courses they offered when I was a student. The best public high schools in the state are in South Minneapolis and the near western suburbs.

karl lagerlout (suzy), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 18:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

I sincerely hope the Uptown remodel job wins this year's City Pages "best of" award for Boondoggle of the Year.
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lol tough year for that (xp re boondoggles)

http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2013/award/best-boondoggle-2779552/

cacao nibs (Eric H.), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

brb going to St. Paul to do crimes

Dr. Adorbius (mh), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 23:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

i don't get how that's a 'boondoggle'

goole, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ditto, imo.

cacao nibs (Eric H.), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

Why is the Uptown Theater remodel a boondoggle?

beach situations (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

iirc some public money went into it

goole, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

damn St Paul

Call me at **BITCOIN (DJP), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah that was a huge story. i laughed like a motherfucker when i heard it the first time (drive time MPR iirc)

i'd need to look at the original stories again but i think defense attorneys happened upon this basically by accident?

goole, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://judgmentalmaps.com/image/48615076593

My inlaws-to-be are "hairdressers" apparently.

a monolithic testament to shiftlessness and lost productivity (dan m), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:25 (11 months ago) Permalink

Proud resident of nothing interesting whatsoever

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:43 (11 months ago) Permalink

i want to cunt punt that map

goole, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 18:58 (11 months ago) Permalink

did they call you a hipster?

Dr. Adorbius (mh), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:35 (11 months ago) Permalink

where i be be dragons

goole, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:42 (11 months ago) Permalink

my semi-mpls friends and I enjoyed "that fucking K-Mart"

Dr. Adorbius (mh), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:44 (11 months ago) Permalink

that was also a source of lolz for my mpls-familiar gf

a monolithic testament to shiftlessness and lost productivity (dan m), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:09 (11 months ago) Permalink

i do hate that k-mart

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:26 (11 months ago) Permalink

also that onion article is kinda otm

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:29 (11 months ago) Permalink

yes that fucking k-mart is otm detail

goole, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 03:36 (11 months ago) Permalink

that and 'millionaire democrats'

goole, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 03:36 (11 months ago) Permalink

not enough labels tho tbh, while i'm complaining.

like NE alone needs addition of 'hoodrat wites', 'terrible watercolorists', and 'slavs'

goole, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 03:39 (11 months ago) Permalink

Lake Street missing all sorts of people who aren't BIKERS BIKERS BIKERS BIKERS BIKERS.

karl lagerlout (suzy), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 05:31 (11 months ago) Permalink

saw this thread revived, thought "hey I'm going to Minneapolis in a couple of days", realize it was revived today with a mention of the house where I'll be crashing.

anyway, say you have a completely free Monday and a car and want to eat somewhere good for lunch and see art stuff - what would a person opt to do? I've never actually been to the Walker but it appears to be closed mondays.

joygoat, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 05:58 (11 months ago) Permalink

yup, says it right on the building.

the MIA is pretty good too but more of a school field trip type art museum

goole, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:38 (11 months ago) Permalink

http://www.artsmia.org/

goole, Wednesday, 24 April 2013 15:38 (11 months ago) Permalink

saw this thread revived, thought "hey I'm going to Minneapolis in a couple of days", realize it was revived today with a mention of the house where I'll be crashing.

whoa you are staying at that fucking kmart

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 24 April 2013 17:46 (11 months ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

dear minneapolitans etc

do this dude's 'prey' novels have like, 'local color'?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sandford_%28novelist%29

apparently one of them is set in wayzata, ha

j., Friday, 26 July 2013 02:27 (8 months ago) Permalink

Never read any of them

nice moderating dude (jjjusten), Friday, 26 July 2013 02:39 (8 months ago) Permalink

how the hell not, there's like fifty

j., Friday, 26 July 2013 02:40 (8 months ago) Permalink

was always pretty sure there were a lot of secret murderers round the way

j., Friday, 26 July 2013 02:41 (8 months ago) Permalink

I read the first one, liked it ok. I understand some of them get very graphic and violent.

Can't speak for the number of secret murderers around, but there ARE a lot of these novels in print.

Sara R-C, Friday, 26 July 2013 06:32 (8 months ago) Permalink

Yes, they have tons of local color. I read a few of them every couple of years when I'm feeling homesick. Sandford is v good at the whole alternating POVs between protagonist and psycho thing. These are never mystery novels: you always know who did it and how from the get go.

I am loling at the memory of a GenCon joke he slipped into one of them...

Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Friday, 26 July 2013 16:10 (8 months ago) Permalink

Oh, fortuitous thread bump, since I'll be in the Twin Cities a couple weeks from now.

blatant marvin jack (jaymc), Friday, 26 July 2013 16:17 (8 months ago) Permalink

Awesome independent comix show coming up on the 18th btw, called Autoptic. Pretty impressive list of guests.

Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Friday, 26 July 2013 16:39 (8 months ago) Permalink

jaymc i would propose a hangout while you are in town, but i may be shackled to a tiny new human so

nice moderating dude (jjjusten), Friday, 26 July 2013 16:52 (8 months ago) Permalink

Understood! I'll only be there for a couple of days (and accompanied by my wife), so I may not have much time for hanging out with ILXors, anyway.

But if anyone knows of anything interesting happening in town the second weekend of August (I'll be there Sat. thru Mon.), let me know...

blatant marvin jack (jaymc), Friday, 26 July 2013 17:09 (8 months ago) Permalink

http://buxtahooda.com/

I'll be judging one of these events!

Boven is het stil (Eric H.), Friday, 26 July 2013 17:11 (8 months ago) Permalink

all right j i'll keep my eyes peeled

one good resource to check is letoile magazine's weekend what's what

http://www.letoilemagazine.com/whatswhat/

it runs a little more toward art and fashion events given the magazine but there's usually something good on there, the list generally goes up midweek.

antoine fuckwant (goole), Friday, 26 July 2013 18:08 (8 months ago) Permalink

Cool, thx!

blatant marvin jack (jaymc), Friday, 26 July 2013 18:29 (8 months ago) Permalink


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