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Spring Reads – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

by Lindsay Susla on March 31, 2017, no comments

New releases from local voices to keep you busy during the thaw.

Complicated Fun By Cyn Collins 

When the Minneapolis indie rock scene was born in the late ’70s, it started with small venues, small crowds, and huge passion. Via insights from scenesters and members of bands like Hüsker Dü and the Suicide Commandos, author Cyn Collins (also a radio host at KFAI) tells the story of the birth of the scene.

Once in a Blue Moon Lodge By Lorna Landvik

April. $25.95

Lorna Landvik goes back to the well of Patty Jane’s House of Curl to follow Patty Jane’s daughter, Nora, as she journeys across Minnesota and travels with her grandma to their native Norway. Spurred by a mysterious letter and curiosity about her family’s past, she learns that what seems like a dead end can actually be a fresh start. more →

Twin Cities Holiday Shows from A to Z –

by Lindsay Susla on November 17, 2016, no comments

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Whether you’re more about the here-we-go-a-wassailing side of the holidays, or like a bit of comedy (and knife-throwing) in the mix, there’s a show in the Twin Cities just for you. Our handy a-to-z guide makes finding seasonal fun all the merrier.

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A is for A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie.

Bah humbug! The biggest Twin Cities holiday tradition is back, with its 42nd telling of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. If this isn’t already your family’s annual plan, you might as well make it one, since it’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. Nov. 16 – Dec. 30. Tickets $34 – $137.

A is for An Andy & Bing Christmas at various locations.

Who would imagine that a former Super Bowl winner would be the star in a Christmas show? Ben Utecht and Mick Sterling, along with a 17-piece orchestra, perform classic Christmas songs from Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. Dec. 10 – 31. Tickets $12.50 – $25.

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B is for Black Nativity at Penumbra Theater.

Penumbra is once again putting on this holiday favorite—and playing  host to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Black Nativity is a show that centers around the community and the work we can do to make it better, all while singing loud. Dec. 1 – 23. Tickets $15 – $40.

B is for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at SteppingStone Theatre.

The best-selling book is now on stage, telling the story of what happens when the Christmas pageant meets the trouble-making Herdmans. Dec 2 – 23. Tickets $9 – $16, with pay-what-you-can on Dec. 10.

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3 Easy Cocktails You Can Make at Home –

by Lindsay Susla on October 27, 2016, no comments

We’ve all been there: You want to go out for a drink, because you deserve more than a sad whiskey on the rocks at home, but it’s just too much effort to get out of your cozy bunny pjs. What is one to do? Fear not, friends. Here’s how you can make an A+ cocktail from the comforts of your home with these recipes from Lyn 65, Lawless Distilling Company, and Revival. Cheers!

Lyn 65 — Everything Nice

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Everything Nice is a gin-based cocktail with warm spices of fall, balanced with notes of peach, citrus, and thyme—the perfect ingredients to ring in fall without totally letting go of summer.


  • 2 oz gin
  • .5 oz Rothman and Winter Peach Liquor
  • .75 oz Allspice Dram
  • .75 oz fresh lime juice
  • .25 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup
  • Thyme


  • Combine all ingredients
  • Shake with ice
  • Strain
  • Garnish with a thyme leaf

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Five(ish) Questions With Gwen Jorgensen –

by Lindsay Susla on October 8, 2016, no comments

We sat down with the gold medal winner to discuss training for the Olympics, Punch Pizza, and why St. Paul is still home base.

In the venn diagram of tax accounting and Olympic triathlon, there may only be one overlap—St. Paul resident Gwen Jorgensen. She was the surprise guest speaker for Ernst and Young Employees as a part of the company’s service-oriented Connect Day—but the difference between her and any other sports star is that she used to be one of the crowd at EY. “When USA Triathlon recruited me to the sport, I said ‘I have a job at Ernst and Young, I want to do that!'” she said, to much laughter. “Yeah…I guess it might seem stupid now.”

After she rallied the accounting crowds, we sat down to see how post-winnning-a-gold-medal life is going, and what keeps her coming back to the Twin Cities.

Congrats on the gold medal! You’ve gone from working in tax accounting, having never ridden a road bike in 2010, to winning a gold medal for triathlon in 2016. What is it like to go on that kind of trajectory in just six years?

When USA Triathlon first approached me, I didn’t think I could be a world-class athlete and I didn’t believe in myself, but I’m glad that I listened to those encouraging me and took their support. Looking back on this experience, the most surprising thing is how good I’ve gotten! It’s been a huge surprise to have the success I’ve had. more →

Do The Ryder Cup (Without Actually Having Tickets) –

by Lindsay Susla on September 16, 2016, no comments

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The 2016 Ryder Cup will be hosted by Hazeltine National Golf Club at the end of the month. And while tickets to what is easily the biggest golf event ever played in Minnesota have been next to impossible to attain and very expensive, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action. Here’s how.

Go to Hazeltine to buy your Ryder Cup swag

Peep the course’s Ryder Cup set-up and snag Ryder Cup gear at the Ryder Cup Shop at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Shopping & Style Editor Ali Kaplan gave her two cents on the best buys. No tickets are required to visit the course shop, which is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sept. 23 – 26. 1900 Hazeltine Blvd, Chaska

See the Ryder Cup trophy in person

The Ryder Cup has been traveling the nation, and ends its tour here in the Twin Cities. Stop by Hazeltine’s Ryder Cup Shop or the Mall of America to see (and take a selfie with) the cup on Sept. 23.

Go ahead and scalp tickets anyway

Turns out StubHub may not be a bad option for this particular event. While tickets were very expensive when initially released, at the time of this writing, practice round passes were available for as low as $7 on StubHub. Check it out!

Meet US Captain Davis Love III and a bunch of other sports legends

Swing by Hazeltine’s Ryder Cup Shops Grand Opening to meet Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III on Sept. 24. Plus, Ryder Cup Ambassadors like members of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team, former Minnesota Vikings Randall McDaniel and John Randle, and MN-born soccer legend Tony Sanneh will also be available to meet throughout the weekend. No tickets or credentials are required to visit the Ryder Cup Shop. 1900 Hazeltine Blvd, Chaska

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