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First Avenue adds George Floyd star

A red star for the late George Floyd now adorns the outside of First Avenue, a permanent addition after mourners added a star there this past summer. The new star comes as part of a partial repainting across the venue’s face; a giant gold star marking the club’s 50th anniversary has also been added, and […]

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Behind the Scenes: Ali Elabbady’s ‘Tacos & Tastemakers’

Ali Elabbady is, in the truest sense of the phrase, a storyteller. Throughout his career, the Twin Cities native has critiqued music, written about food, DJed, produced music, hosted acclaimed radio shows, and much more. Throughout all his pursuits, Elabbady approaches the world with a passionate perspective, ready to dive deep into the subject, and […]

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West Bank pub Acadia goes up for sale

The owners of Acadia, a restaurant/music venue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, have announced their intent to “move on” and sell their business. The West Bank pub has had a bumpy 2020, temporarily closing several times due to COVID-19; the Minneapolis Uprising; and, in late June, a combination of construction and broken air conditioning. […]

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Behind the Scenes: Marlena Myles’s colorful world set to Tufawon’s ‘Cinnamon’

“Minneapolis is Dakota homeland, home to a lot of ancient stories,” artist and animator Marlena Myles said. “My view of the city is that it’s the past, present, and future all existing in the same moment.” In local rapper Tufawon’s latest music video, for his song “Cinnamon,” Myles brings intricate designs, animals, city streets, and […]

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