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Last-minute reminder for coffee geeks – and craft beer geeks and pig roast geeks (is there such a thing?). If you’re into these sorts of delicious things, clear your schedule for Thursday night’s Hüsker Brew. The two-phase party (free!) is hosted by Sprudge (the much-loved Portland-based coffee website) and Café Imports, one of the country’s most acclaimed specialty importers (located right here in the Twin Cities). Here’s what’s brewing:
Phase one 5:30 p.m.: A public cupping featuring microroasters from across the world in Café Imports warehouse. (Address: 600 NE. Hoover St., Mpls.) Afterward, everyone will walk over to Café Imports’ neighboring main office for…
Phase two 6:30 p.m.: This is the culinary cupping portion, i.e. party time. They’re calling it a harvest festival of homegrown Minnesota eats and drinks. (Address: 2617 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls.) There will be live music too. Here’s the food line up:
More info here.
Read more about the Twin Cities coffee scene here.
It's Cowboy Slim’s last stand (sort of). The long-rumored closing of the Uptown cowboy bar will come true Saturday night. Co-owner Chris Diebold said his landlord is moving forward with redevelopment plans, which call for another towering retail/apartment complex on the block. Diebold said he’s in negotiations to reopen Cowboy Slim’s in the new building.
But in the meantime, the bro-friendly bar will close with a bang. Saturday will end with the 4th annual Sand & Saddles outdoor party, featuring a beach volleyball tournament, food and beer (no bands this time). Gates open at noon. Diebold’s Cowboy bar brand isn’t slowing down by any means. Within the next two weeks, he’ll open another Cowboy Jack’s in Ostego. He said many of Slim’s employees will move there or elsewhere in the Cowboy network.
More info: www.theaftermidnightgroup.com.
"Tales from Hollywood" stars, from left, Lee Sellars, Allison Daugherty and Keir Dullea. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.
The Guthrie Theater opened its 50th season -- and its festival of works by British writer Christopher Hampton -- Friday night in Minneapolis. Post-play festivities were chock-a-block with local actors. We spotted Tracey Maloney, Sarah Agnew, Mo Perry, Barbara Bryne, Richard Ooms, and many more. Also present were "Tales" stars, both local and out-of-town.
Go here for Rohan Preston's play review.
Immediately following the show, Guthrie director Joe Dowling brought St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on stage with the show's cast to proclaim it Christopher Hampton day in both cities.
From left at the post-show party were "Tales from Hollywood" director Ethan McSweeny, Lee Sellars (Odon von Horvath) and playwright Christopher Hampton.
Nothing says Nordeast like sausage and beer. Clear your schedule Friday and Saturday for Kramarczuk's annual Kielbasa Festival. The legendary northeast Minneapolis deli will fill its parking lot with the sounds, smells and suds of its Eastern European heritage. The $10 admission gets you a fancy beer stein (right) and your first beer on the house. The tented party includes live music, Polish street food and the following beers on tap: Grainbelt Nordeast, Surly Hell, Crispin Cider and Schell’s Oktoberfest. The winner of a sausage recipe contest will be announced Friday night. Saturday night brings the second annual Pyrohy eating contest.
Here are the band line-ups:
5:30 p.m. - Ukrainian Village Band
7 p.m. - The Brass Barn Polka Band
8:45 p.m. - Red Daughters
11:30 a.m. - Dolina Polish Folk Dancers
1 p.m. - Patty & The Buttons
2:30 p.m. - Cheremosh! Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble
4 p.m. - Dr. Kielbasa
5:30 p.m. - St. Mary's Balalaika Orchestra
7 p.m. - Brian Just Band
8:45 p.m. - Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles
Watch this silly video of Orest Kramarczuk showing off his Kielbasa dance moves:
Details: 5-10 p.m. Fri. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. 215 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-379-3018. www.kramarczuk.com
L.A. Nik is good at two things: promoting himself and promoting downtown Minneapolis. The L.A. transplant has been talking up downtown to anyone who will listen since moving here a couple years ago. I profiled this character of characters in 2011 (we spent a crazy night on the town). Now, L.A. Nik has released a song dedicated to Minneapolis (more like a loud head-banging love letter). It's called "Friends in Minneapolis." The video itself is mostly a cluster of images presented in that low-rent Ken Burns style.
Watch it below and post your thoughts in the comment section.
(According to YouTube, the song is "co-written, composed and co-performed with Nick Rod; mixed and produced by Justin Schwartzbauer" of Toefist Productions).