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MSP's Theater Community Then and Now: From the Old Log to the Legacy Amendment

We introduce the first in a two-part series about how MSP became the second-largest theater region after New York, as well as mobile, inventive and idiosyncratic.
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Why St. Paul's Historic Heart is Home Base to These Four Businesses

Lowertown boasts a growing roster of relocated and expanded businesses—some from the suburbs, others spun out of Lowertown’s COCO, and some born and bred in the district’s office lofts and storefronts.  
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April Arts and Culture: Transformations

This month we include the nationally recognized American Crafts Council Show, a bonanza of handcrafted items; a tour of a transformed warehouse in the North Loop; an all-women record release and cultural revision; and a good way to celebrate Earth Month.
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Minneapolis' C-TAP: Free Assistance for Co-Op Founders

The City of Minneapolis is launching a free technical assistance program for budding co-op founders, starting with a two-hour presentation on April 20th.   Dubbed C-TAP (Cooperative Technical Assistance Program), the initiative is an outgrowth of the city’s ...
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WOODCHUCK USA settles into new burrow in fabrication hub

If WOODCHUCK USA’s widely shared Instagram post is to be believed, it took the ascendant woodworking company all night to move its headquarters in late March. But they didn’t go too far: WOODCHUCK moved just 500 feet — give or take — down 9th St ...
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Norseman Distillery fortifies brand with swank/industrial cocktail room

Scott Ervin has come a long way—and quickly—since launching Minneapolis’ first micro-distillery, Norseman, in a warehouse basement. At the end of 2013, Ervin was quietly milling and mashing his grains, pitching the yeast, and guiding the alcohol ...
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Two St. Paul Initiatives Win Knight Cities Challenge

Knight Cities Challenge, a massive social enterprise contest supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced the 37 winners of its 2016 competition last week. Two innovative concepts hatched in St. Paul made the cut, taking home more than $250,000 (of ...
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YogaFit Embraces "The Internet of Air"

If you’re a regular on the yoga circuit, you know that most studios’ climate-control settings pay little or no mind to accepted indoor heating and cooling conventions. When you walk into your morning vinyasa class, you’re primed to expect a fetid ...
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Assemble, new Minneapolis coworking space, charts a different course

Assemble, a new player in MSP’s growing coworking scene, recently opened a 16,000-square-foot coworking hub near the Nicollet Mall LRT station, in the historic 15 Building. Outside the building, Bob Dylan’s gigantic visage (Eduardo Kobra’s mural) marks ...
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Works Progress Studio's Water Bar Awash in Tsunami of Attention

Once you’ve become a limerick on “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me,” the NPR news quiz, you’ve arrived, right?   On the March 12 show, Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker, who founded the Minneapolis-based social practice arts group Works ...
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Cedar - Riverside/West Bank

A hundred years ago, the many theaters in Cedar-Riverside rang with the violin-and-accordion notes of Scandinavian vaudeville. In the late 60s the neighborhood became the city's major hippie haven, anchored by feisty independent bookstores, a pioneering food co-op, and legendary blues and rock clubs. Today a vibrant immigrant community dominated by East Africans rubs shoulders with youthful native-born fun-seekers patronizing the rich mix of bars, restaurants and performance venues that keep the Bank's entertainment heritage alive.