Friday, April 30, 2010

Zubaz Pub Crawl ?!

OK, people, let's make this happen!

Get those vintage Zubas from storage (we know you've been saving them for a special occasion) and let @kraabel know you're in!

Submitted by @marrina.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Walker puts Music and Movies in the Park on "hiatus"

We can all agree that Summer Music and Movies in Loring Park is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular summer outdoor event in the city. Well, you can say goodbye to that: Walker decided NOT to have it this year. (Insert sad trumpet sound here). Walker Art Center sent out a press release stating: "Due to the density of programming being organized by the Walker, Music & Movies in Loring Park will take a hiatus this summer."

Upon further inspection we concluded that the actual loss might not be that great: technically, they didn't cancel the event for good (or so they say), and with the new Walker Open Field events coming up, displaced fans will still have plenty to do. Not to mention -- Mears Park in St. Paul has an equally awesome, although smaller, weekly movies and music event that we totally endorse.

The local tweeps are, nevertheless, devastated and here's what they've been saying:

Simon Peter Groebner: Summer apocalypse. Blast you, Walker!

Bobby Kahn: Sadness falls. Worst part is missing out on the Frisbee-dancer. I hope I can find him jamming out somewhere else this summer.

Ben Clark: I find there are people who still avoid Loring Park due to its old reputation, and Music and Movies was a great way to get people out there.

formica_dinette: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

mkfiasco: Let's move it to my backyard.

AlludedInSquint: Riot in the park, anyone?

Submitted by @marrina.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Let's Grab a Beer!

Flowchart of the day, via Sarahmn's Tumblr/Heavy Table. Just in case you didn't know where to get beer in Minneapolis.

Submitted by @marrina.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Solid Gold - best new band in the world?

Go to MTV Iggy, scroll down, go to row 5. Who's that boy? Yes, it's Zach from Solid Gold! Iggy, MTV's global music and pop culture network, has just released their " totally subjective" list of 25 Best New Bands In The World:

"From Chinese no wave to New Zealand dance-punk to home-growned Brooklyn indie rock we've got it all. Take a look at what we came up with, and vote for your favorite below -- the band with the most votes will get an MTV Iggy weekend homepage takeover and a studio taping next time they roll through New York City!"

Vote. Now. Latest results indicate that Bang Bang Eche from New Zealand are pretty much kicking everybody else's ass. We can't let them win, right?

Via Solid Gold Facebook page.

Submitted by @marrina.

This Dosh vid is cool.

We're a bit slow catching wind of this, but Dosh's new video for "Airlift" is pretty rad.

Dosh - "Airlift" from anticon. on Vimeo.

This Week in (Uploaded) Pictures

A great shot by Neza SG from Rock for Pussy. Venus and co. rock out!

A bunch of old-timey peeps go on the "Tweed Ride." Cute! Photo by Michael Fischer.

Susan Marks posts a still from a recent shoot for MN Original - Irish Dancers!

Stacy Schwartz snaps pretty ribbons at the I Like You trunk show.

Neza S.G. gets another epic shot of the lovely Lori B. performing at Rock For Pussy at 1st Ave.

The talented Ben Fredrickson snaps Kysa Williams. How much do we love this? Too much.

Token animal pic: Jaime Carrera's cat enjoys the springtime sun!

We're not exactly sure what's going on here, but we really want to know. Photo by Hal Schuler.

Danielle Morris snaps a sexy iphone pic of Lookbook's Grant Cutler at Rock for Pussy.

@Plesserchick twitpics a crazy shot from the Devotcka show at First Ave.

Emily Utne captures the vibe at Laura Fulk's solo show this past Tuesday at the McNamara Alumni Center at the U of M. Full slideshow at City Pages here.

Ken Hannigan gets a hilarious shot on the Freaky Deeky set. Naked dance party!

Emily Konkler plays around with Tilt Shift photography at a Photogen Inc. workshop. Sexay!

Stephen Stephens shoots fashion for l'etoile's Imagination Mechanism party at the Eitel Building. Full spread here.

Christopher James pickles some "Ramps" which are apparently some of the first locally grown vegetables of Spring, and are a cross between an onion and garlic.

Laurie Fulk snaps Carl Swanson rehearsing for the Gremlin Theatre's "The Awakening."

Blacklist Vintage re-opens at their new location! Photo by Christian Erickson.

Bayard Michael uploads some artsy pix.

Molly Spilane attends a bacon-themed party. Note the delicious hair piece! Photo by Nicky Stein-Grohs.

@PopFizzDaily twitpics this glowing gown at the Christopher Straub fashion show at the St. Paul Hotel.

Upload a cool pic lately? Send the link for consideration in next week's edition to!

submitted by @letoilemagazine

Weekend Twitterings

Happy Monday everybody! Based on your tweets we can only conclude that you guys must be exhausted! The rain did not prevent you from going running, biking, throwing fedoras at rock stars and of course, going to fashion shows! Here is the latest edition of Weekend Twitterings:

Love it.

People really adore their pussies!

Yep, she went to Rock for Pussy too.

Yep, Anthony Bourdain is cool, in case you didn't know it.



Good, we weren't gonna go there anyway.

It could have been worse. No, actually, that's pretty bad.

Is it...Purple Rain??

This is what happens when nature messes with you...

Clearly, this was fun.

So was this apparently.

Congratulations. We could never do it.


At least you still don't have a Friendster account...right?

Submitted by @marrina.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

13th Avenue gets props in NY Times

Sweet! Some local peeps have been reposting a recent story in New York Times' Travel section on the rebirth of Minneapolis' historic 13th Avenue block in Northeast - which happens to be one of the hot spots of next month's Art-A-Whirl art crawl.

[Shuga Records: Photo by Ben Garvin for The New York Times]

They give props to a few of our favorite 13th Avenue establishments, including Anchor Fish & Chips, 331 Club, Peacock Lounge, Northeast Social, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Ritz Theater, Modern Cafe, Spinario Design and Gallery, and Shuga Records. It's some amazing national exposure for local businesses!

Read the story here.

Submitted by @jahnapeloquin.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

MN Original to debut on tpt2 tonight

What's the Twitter chatter this morning, Minneapolites? Evidently, it's all about MN Original, a brand new half-hour TV program celebrating locally-grown artists. The show, which is "dedicated to showcasing the creative community of Minnesota" is set to premiere tonight on Twin Cities Public Television, at 7:30 p.m and will henceforth broadcast each Thursday evening:

"MN Original cameras have been capturing the creative process in arts studios for months, and will take viewers behind the scenes to meet the elders and the emerging talents in all of the arts disciplines – musicians, visual artists, poets, writers, dancers, filmmakers, architects and designers - all of whom make up the vast array of creative talent living and working in Minnesota."

We are already looking forward to seeing a bunch of familiar faces on the show, including photographer Alec Soth, metal sculptor Heather Doyle, Plein Air painter Joe Paquet and more who will be appearing in the show's debut episode. The ep will be available streaming online after 7:30pm tonight. Here is a teaser video; for more go to:

What is minnesota original? from mn original on Vimeo.

Submitted by @marrina.

Coco & Breezy vs. Danielle & Chantelle?

Ooooh snap! Locally bred models/designers Coco & Breezy moved to NYC just last year, and it seems like they may already have some seriously stylish twinsy competition in Danielle and Chantelle Piper!

We got an e-mail from NYC-based twin fashion mavens and models Danielle and Chantelle telling us about their line, Kastle Designs, and drawing our attention to a post on cool fashion blog, the Nine Forty Nine in which they talk about their work. Both sets of twins were featured on The Nine Forty Nine here and here. Could D&C have been lead to our lil' ol' LOL/OMG blog through researching internet stalking their cute counterparts? Obvious similarities between the twins are a bit uncanny: both are fashion models and designers (D&C do clothing, C&B do eyewear but have dabbled in apparel), and both are, well, for a lack of a better term, HOT.

Are you team Coco & Breezy or team Danielle & Chantelle? Personally, we think they should team up. After all, four pretty heads are better than two! However, if they were ever to brawl, our money would be on the badass Coco & Breezy -- Danielle and Chantelle just look so sweet and innocent!

Danielle & Chantelle

Coco & Breezy

Submitted by @letoilemagazine

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tweetin' High

What' happens when you're high on meds and have access to Twitter? Social media junkie Judy Grundstrom tells us in her latest JustJudyJudyJudy blog post:

"I have had problems with my back on and on for 10 years. Last Friday I reached the pinnacle of my back troubles and went under the knife. I was in the hospital for a few day and then they let me out. I walked out of that hospital with nothing but the clothes on my back, my iPad, and a bag full of prescription medications. What happened next was a bunch of messy drug fueled nonsense filled Tweets."

Judy includes actual Tweets in the post, chronicling her surgery and the Twitter aftermath (read: unwanted online feud with another user):

Judy, we wish you a fast recovery!

Submitted by @marrina.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Bestest

City Pages announced the winners of their annual Best of the Twin Cities contest today. As expected, a lot of familiar faces and places have ended up on the list and there are really no major "upsets" except one: we did NOT win in the best blog category. We thought you liked us! Oh, well.

Here are some of the list highlights, like who's the best tweeter or where all you single gals need to go if you want to meet some mens (for the rest of the best, go to

BEST TWEETER - Jason DeRusha: He tweets about eats, family, and friends. He invites followers to his "Jasoncam" for live newsroom video chats. He pokes fun at his co-workers in public.

BEST BUS ROUTE - 21: The stalwart straight line that connects south Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul takes you about as far as you could hope to go without snatching a transfer (and if you're one of those who needs to get from Spyhouse to the Turf Club, this is your only option that doesn't have yellow checkers). But it's the ambience of the 21 that puts this bus line a head above. The closest thing the Twin Cities has to the L in the Big Apple, the 21 is pure utility spiked with harrowing humanity.

BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLE MEN (STRAIGHT): Vertical Endeavors: A rock climber must be physically strong, adventurous in spirit, and dedicated to pursing and achieving a goal—qualities that also happen to make a man a great date. The rock-climbing gym at Vertical Endeavors is a magnet for men, so ladies, put on that cute workout outfit and learn how to climb.

BEST BATHROOM - Macy's Minneapolis, fourth-floor ladies room in Intimate Apparel: Walking through Macy's on Nicollet Mall begs for reminiscing about the days when Dayton's ruled the city's shopping kingdom. And the fourth-floor ladies room is a place where the glory of the '30s and '40s is still intact. Step inside and be transported to the days when ladies shopped for fancy frocks and gentlemen for dapper duds in the big city.

BEST VOCALIST (FEMALE) - Maggie Morrison: The songs of electro duo Lookbook often glance to the digital past, but Maggie Morrison's pitch-perfect, brazenly unaffected singing instrument is perhaps their most well-selected keepsake from the glory days of the discotheque. Live or on record, Morrison never slumps, never slides, never half-asses a single note.

BEST LIVE ARTIST - Mark Mallman: Ever the inventive artist, Mallman doesn't just push the envelope—he tears up the envelope, douses it in kerosene, and makes a giant, wondrous flaming papier-mâché tribute to everything exciting and raw and real about rock 'n' roll.

submitted by @marrina.

Gayngs Day is upon us

"Relayted", the highly anticipated debut album by Gayngs is finally available! The album can be pre-ordered/downloaded on band's official website, but for those who want to take it for a "test run", it is now streaming in its entirety at the Current' website. We checked the Twitter chatter this morning and people seem to like it. Also, they seem to think Gayngs make the perfect baby making music:

Update: Gayngs related tweet in Russian!
Submitted by @marrina.