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FEMN Fest bringing music and education to Duluth with all-female lineup

When thinking back to last year’s inaugural FEMN Fest, co-producer Abigail Mlinar remembers there being “love in the room every night.” The Duluth festival returns Sept. 21-22 for its second year and includes a lineup of female-identifying musicians, educators, and vendors. It is an unconventional music festival that acts, in the words of Mlinar, as “an opportunity […]

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Video premiere: Dessa sings to her grandmother in “I Hope I’m Wrong”

Most of Dessa‘s 2018 album Chime concerns romantic relationships (“Boy Crazy,” “Half Of You”) or gumption (“5 Out Of 6,” “Shrimp”). But its final track, “I Hope I’m Wrong,” mourns a woman named Jeanette. This woman, Dessa’s grandmother, forfeited some dreams and suffered her losses — but according to Dessa, she “stayed worldly and curious” until […]

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Vagical Mystery Tour: Chastity Brown, Lori Barbero, and more to join Lizz Winstead for comedy and conversation

Tonight, the Vagical Mystery Tour is making a stop at the Cedar Cultural Center for a night of comedy, conversations about reproductive rights, and satirical covers of sexist music. The Vagical Mystery Tour is the project of Daily Show co-creator (and Minneapolis native) Lizz Winstead and Lady Parts Justice League, a comedy-driven reproductive rights organization. […]

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Lake Street vinyl haven Hymie’s Vintage Records is for sale

Laura and Dave Hoenack could not have picked a more precarious time to buy a record store. The year was 2009, at the height of the real estate crisis and recession. Dave, a special ed teacher, and Laura, who worked in school administration, didn’t have any retail or business experience to speak of, and their […]

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