The bursting of the housing bubble in 2007 and the proceeding financial crisis drove the US economy into the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The Great Recession, which lasted from December 2007 through June 2009 (this's what the National Bureau of Economic Research tells us, anyway), brought on the creation of new and unprecedented monetary policies by the American central banking overlord, the Federal Reserve. The most scrutinized of these new programs is the Fed’s asset purchasing program known as “Quantitative Easing” or simply, QE. Well, what...
Jousters, men in tights, mermaids and fairies. You won’t find any of these characters walking around on your average Saturday afternoon unless it’s Halloween. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival gives you a chance to step into a world of fantasy set in the renaissance time period. The month of August welcomes one of the most populated festivals in the state not named the Minnesota State Fair.
This festival has grown extensively from the first year of...!--more-->
"How much glitter is enough glitter", was a question many apparently asked themselves on Monday night, but few accurately answered. Arriving at Myth Live in Maplewood to the almost sold out Ke$ha
crowd, the use of glitter seemed as if it was a requirement. Many of the overwhelming amount of female attendees appeared to incorporate it in some degree in their outfit for the night. The heavily costumed all age crowd definitely weighed heavily on the late teen early twenties demographic. Although many an older fan could be found throughout the crowd.
eventually took the stage around 9:50PM starting off the set with...!--more-->
The most important thing a visitor to the Minnesota State Fair can do, is eat, and eat a lot
. Of course, there are the staples like corn dogs, cheese curds, and corn on the cob -- but the fair also offers a lot more, unique food options. With each year, the fair brings a lot of new foods for visitors to try -- this year, the fair is bringing forth 40 new foods, some more pedestrian than others, and some so crazy it takes a bold person to eat. Last year, I was one of those crazy people, trying the absolutely dreadful chocolate covered jalapeños. It was a horrible experience I will not soon forget....
The Twin Cities area is home to many great and diverse restaurants and bars, sometimes making it difficult to choose which one to hit up on any given day. While Minneapolis is more known for their foodie culture, St. Paul has some terrific offerings as well. One of the biggest highlights for me is Groveland Tap
, a neighborhood pub/restaurant located on St. Clair Avenue. Why should you go here? I’ll...
Timberwolves fans collectively rejoiced this afternoon when the organization announced they reached a five-year, $60 million deal with budding center Nikola Pekovic. While the Wolves have been down in terms of team success over the past nine years, Pekovic is widely considered one of the better centers in the NBA and clearly represents a crucial piece to the team building long-term success.
This news is welcome for all Wolves fans, as the free-agent Pekovic and the team took six weeks to hammer out an agreement. Many were worried Pekovic would flee the team in free agency...!--more-->
If you have ever been intrigued to check out The Walker Art Center, or have been waiting to plan a return trip, right now might be the time to visit the Minneapolis icon. From now until September 21st the art center is offering free admission to their featured galleries. Now you just need to figure out which day you are going to go right?
Though the free admission is extremely appealing, the museum is in a bit of a transition period. The Barnes building is currently under construction and will be closed for the next month -- this means that many galleries are...!--more-->!--more-->
Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard Robin Thicke’s catchy song of the summer, “Blurred Lines.” In it, Thicke and his pal Pharrell sing to woman, crooning “I know you want it” while rapper T.I. promises to “give [her] something big enough to tear [her] ass in two.” Furthermore, the unedited music video
showcases dancing nude female models while the men remain fully clothed. Thicke admits to pushing boundaries with the many outlandish stunts seen in the video,...
I strongly feel that a right of passage for summer, is a trip to Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe. My family and I visited the Linden Hills location on a weekday evening and it was predictably great. Sebastian Joe's is almost always crowded. Be prepared to stand in line at any point in the day. We only had about a 15 minute wait, and I considered that a win. The staff this particular evening was not as cheerful or helpful as I've experienced at the Uptown location, but they kept things moving.
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“I’ve probably been to twenty of these things,” said Maggie Stewart, an attendant of the Uptown Art Fair. “And each time is as much fun as the last.”
The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis ran from Friday through Sunday this weekend and was as successful as ever.
Over 340 artists come from all over the world to display and sell their pieces, and according to mixed media artist Wayne Francis, the fair was a beneficial event.
“[The art fair] has been good to me,” Francis said, “I’ve sold a lot of my work, gained a lot of contacts, it’s really been a great time.”
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