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Tom Horgen

Columnist/Reporter/Editor | Nightlife
phone: 612-673-7909
Tom Horgen is an editor and reporter in the Star Tribune's Variety section. He has covered nightlife, restaurants, music, fashion, film, comic books and art for the paper. He hopes you'll check him out on Twitter (please excuse the excessive food and cat photos).
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Day trip to Hudson finds fun in a historic setting

Day trip to Hudson finds fun in a historic setting

When you cross the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, something happens. At least, locals in Hudson like to think so. “People say the blood pressure just drops,” said Ruth Misenko, a local gallery owner.
Who will survive in 'Game of Thrones' season starting Sunday?

Who will survive in 'Game of Thrones' season starting Sunday?

“Game of Thrones” doesn’t care about your feelings. Never has, never will. Season 5, premiering Sunday, promises to be a heavy one. Use our survival guide to bring yourself up to speed on the coming carnage.
Who should – and shouldn't – use new live-stream video apps

Who should – and shouldn't – use new live-stream video apps

Even though livestreaming has been around for years, a batch of new apps -- such as Periscope -- is bringing personal live video-streaming to the masses.
Q&A: Cartoonist Scott McCloud talks about 'The Sculptor'

Q&A: Cartoonist Scott McCloud talks about 'The Sculptor'

Scott McCloud wrote the book on comic books in 1993. Twenty years later, people are still hanging on his every word balloon.
Beyond 'Ghostbusters': 7 movies that need a gender reboot

Beyond 'Ghostbusters': 7 movies that need a gender reboot

The recent news of an upcoming all-female “Ghostbusters” cast got us thinking: What other dusty old movies could use a gender reboot?
Beyond 'Ghostbusters': These old movies need a gender reboot

Beyond 'Ghostbusters': These old movies need a gender reboot

We’re anticipating from the just-announced all-female cast of the new “Ghostbusters” movie. The shake-up got us thinking: What other dusty old movies could use a gender reboot? Ditch the male leads for women, or vice versa. Could be fun.
Twin Cities chefs explain their tattoos

Twin Cities chefs explain their tattoos

Tattoos have become a badge of honor among local chefs. We offer a look and share the stories behind these permanent markings.
These Twin Cities chefs sport some serious ink

These Twin Cities chefs sport some serious ink

Tattoos have become a badge of honor among local chefs. We offer a look and share the stories behind these permanent markings.
Men's shop Martin Patrick 3 unveils women's dept.

Men's shop Martin Patrick 3 unveils women's dept.

The popular North Loop menswear destination wants guys to bring home something for the ladies.
Readers frame the season with fall photos

Readers frame the season with fall photos

Clearly, Minnesotans are addicted to snapping the changing colors of fall. Who can blame them? This autumn gets an A-plus for eye candy.
Oct. 20, 2012: Baring it all at Augie's

Oct. 20, 2012: Baring it all at Augie's

The owner of a storied downtown strip club isn't afraid to bring voyeurs behind the scenes.
Share your best fall color photos

Share your best fall color photos

Post your colorful pics on social media or send them to us via e-mail.
Top frights: Readers pick their favorite haunted houses

Top frights: Readers pick their favorite haunted houses

Opinions are like pumpkins: Everyone has one (at Halloween). With that in mind, we asked readers to wax poetic about their favorite haunted houses in the Twin Cities area. Here's what we scared up.

Insider's guide to food, shopping on the Green Line

Dive into our interactive guide to the best dining, shopping and entertainment along the Green Line. Double-click on the map to zoom in, or select a station to get a better look.

Blast from the past: Reader-submitted retro prom pics

This year, the big high school dance seems to be inviting looks from across the decades. What’s old can be new again, apparently.
New York Times dissects 'modern style' in Uptown

New York Times dissects 'modern style' in Uptown

The newspaper produced a style video in the trendy Minneapolis neighborhood.

Oscars fashion: Best and worst of Hollywood's big night

The stars at the Oscars are usually on their best behavior — stylishly speaking. Nevertheless, there were plenty of dresses worth debating. And two snarky voices are better than one.
War's infinite panorama reflected in 'The Great War' by Joe Sacco

War's infinite panorama reflected in 'The Great War' by Joe Sacco

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Cartoonist Joe Sacco re-creates the Battle of the Somme in intricate, tragic detail.

Star Tribune readers submit their best T-shirts

We asked readers to submit their best tees, and the response spoke to the shirt’s undisputed popularity. Of the 100-plus entries, these are our favorites.
New indie fest celebrates comics, music and art

New indie fest celebrates comics, music and art

First, there’s the name.The curators of Sunday’s Autoptic festival — which will celebrate independent comics, music and art — say they’re aiming for something…
Nightlife: R.T. Rybak plays favorites

Nightlife: R.T. Rybak plays favorites

Mayor R.T. Rybak, who likes to stage-dive and still be home by 10, tallies his favorite Minneapolis bars.
Nightlife: Cold ones with the Wolves' hot star Kevin Love

Nightlife: Cold ones with the Wolves' hot star Kevin Love

After collecting every rebound in sight, where does the Timberwolves' biggest star unwind? Kevin Love dishes about his five favorite bars.
Aug. 31: 10,000 fans at Walker scratch itch for cat videos

Aug. 31: 10,000 fans at Walker scratch itch for cat videos

Walker Art Center drew herds of people (and a few felines) for its first Internet Cat Video Film Festival.
E scenes: Downtown Minneapolis nightlife scene has many faces

E scenes: Downtown Minneapolis nightlife scene has many faces

You can see them all around Block E.
Talking about graphic memories

Talking about graphic memories

Upon returning home to Minneapolis, a comic book star re-releases a painful memoir about losing his fiancée to cancer.
Nightlife: Seven Corners craft-beer bar adds Uptown spot

Nightlife: Seven Corners craft-beer bar adds Uptown spot

Plus-size beer roster at the Calhoun Square location of Republic will feature 52 tap handles.
The Dig: A new level of gaming at new downtown club Insert Coin(s)

The Dig: A new level of gaming at new downtown club Insert Coin(s)

A big club in the former Karma space is mixing its drinks with Donkey Kong, Mario and a vast library of video games.

Nightlife: Boo and booze in the 'burbs

Halloween partygoers might want to look beyond downtown, says Myth's massive costume ball. Also on the agenda: three new restaurants open their doors.
Nightlife: There will be blood - and parties, too

Nightlife: There will be blood - and parties, too

What's scarier than a good horror flick? Deciding which Halloween party to attend.
The Dig: Small publisher, big ambition

The Dig: Small publisher, big ambition

A comic-book artist jumps into the publishing world head first.
Nightlife: Zombies take the field

Nightlife: Zombies take the field

They have their own beer. They've taken over a baseball stadium. And they plan to light a building on fire. The zombie apocalypse is here.
Big hits from 'Bigfoot' highlight UFC's return

Big hits from 'Bigfoot' highlight UFC's return

Antonio Silva made quick work of Travis Browne in the main event at Target Center. Earlier, two Minnesotans won in front of the home crowd.
Dana White talks Brock Lesnar, women's MMA and superfights

Dana White talks Brock Lesnar, women's MMA and superfights

UFC boss Dana White answers six questions.
Main event in Minneapolis: UFC returns to Target Center

Main event in Minneapolis: UFC returns to Target Center

The world's most popular mixed martial arts promotion is back in Minneapolis for the first time since 2008.
Nightlife: Al fresco all winter

Nightlife: Al fresco all winter

Butcher & the Boar patio will stay cooking all winter long. Also on the agenda: Oktoberfest finales and a buffet of comedians come to town.
Beer for life, brewpub for all

Beer for life, brewpub for all

"Neighborhood bar" takes on a whole new meaning at a crowd-funded brewpub in south Minneapolis.
Summit's taproom opens Friday

Summit's taproom opens Friday

The Twin Cities' largest brewery jumps on the taproom trend. Also on the agenda: Cowboy Slim's last stand and Feltoberfest.
The Dig: Bottle business

The Dig: Bottle business

Phillips Distilling Co. saw its future in rainbow-colored vodka, but its prodigal son would rather obsess over dusty old liquor bottles.
Nightlife: No rooftop, no problem

Nightlife: No rooftop, no problem

Bar Louie is finally open in Uptown - don't forget your swimsuit.
Dancing to a rare groove

Dancing to a rare groove

In the age of iPods, two DJs are drawing people to the dance floor using hard-to-find vinyl 45s.
This one goes out to you, Mom

This one goes out to you, Mom

A Minneapolis producer dedicated several years to making a hip-hop record he thinks his mother would have loved.
Nightlife: Comedian Lewis Black brings his angry stew to Mystic Lake

Nightlife: Comedian Lewis Black brings his angry stew to Mystic Lake

Plus: Ticket info for Envision: Artopia and Harriet's Rauchfest.
'Chicken With Plums': The day the music died

'Chicken With Plums': The day the music died

Imagine "Amelie" but with more gravitas: That's the latest from graphic-novel star Marjane Satrapi.
Caffeine perfection rides Third Wave

Caffeine perfection rides Third Wave

A small but dedicated advance guard of technique-driven coffee bars seeks to reshape how we think about coffee.
Crazy for a cat video film festival

Crazy for a cat video film festival

First cats took over the Internet. Now they're getting a Walker showcase.
Arcade owner maintains fading bastion

Arcade owner maintains fading bastion

A Hopkins pinball palace -- a throwback to the whizzing, clanging glory days -- has but 13 machines, and relies on its regulars to survive.
A lumberjack walks into a pop-up shop ...

A lumberjack walks into a pop-up shop ...

Whether you go camping or just wear your Red Wing boots to the office, NorthernGRADE might be the heritage menswear gathering for you.
Holy theatrics, Batman!

Holy theatrics, Batman!

The arena spectacle "Batman Live" brings a lighter Dark Knight to the Xcel Energy Center.
Fall nightlife: A new face in the Basement

Fall nightlife: A new face in the Basement

THE HAUNTED BASEMENT Oct. 5-31 at the Soap Factory By now, we all have heard the spiel: The Soap Factory's haunted house is so scary…
Nightlife notebook: A DJ invasion

Nightlife notebook: A DJ invasion

DJ invasion, comedian Kevin Meaney and the end of an era for Kieran Folliard.
Nightlife: Maude's twin sister shows off

Nightlife: Maude's twin sister shows off

One of south Minneapolis' most popular restaurants gets dressed up for its expansion to Loring Park.
Craft beer at fair: Learn, drink

Craft beer at fair: Learn, drink

Minnesota's craft-brewing scene gets its own beer hall at the State Fair this year.
Winter TV preview

Winter TV preview

Now is the winter of our TV set: a guide to the best viewing of the season.

Voltage '08: The mastermind

One Twin Cities fashionista is trying to bring local designers together around a common cause.
Movies: 'The Rite' is in bad spirits

Movies: 'The Rite' is in bad spirits

Sir Anthony Hopkins has the right stuff, but "The Rite" doesn't know what to do with him.
Marathon man

Marathon man

Six movies in 14 hours: An extreme guide to surviving the holidays.
Movies: Mad Mel returns in 'Edge of Darkness'

Movies: Mad Mel returns in 'Edge of Darkness'

Mel Gibson is back and brutal as ever. Maybe that's not such a good thing.
Movies: 'Dear John' the not book

Movies: 'Dear John' the not book

"Dear John," the latest Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker, uses one too many twists.
Nightlife: Jason DeRusha's belle vies

Nightlife: Jason DeRusha's belle vies

We asked WCCO's Jason DeRusha: What are your 5 favorite bars?
Bars/clubs: At Meritage and two new restaurants, the bar is more than an afterthought

Bars/clubs: At Meritage and two new restaurants, the bar is more than an afterthought

There was a time when the bar inside a busy restaurant was just a pit stop before being seated. What a waste of space. A…

Nightlife: School's back in session

Here's a crash course on the top 10 college bars that matter.
Bars/clubs: 'Iron Bartender'

Bars/clubs: 'Iron Bartender'

Top Twin Cities mixologists compete in the Iron Bartender contest.
Nightlife: Pirates of the St. Croix

Nightlife: Pirates of the St. Croix

Arrr, rum fans: There's a new pirate barrr in Stillwatarrr.
Nightlife: Blood on the dance floor with Myth's Fight Club

Nightlife: Blood on the dance floor with Myth's Fight Club

Lovers and fighters turn Maplewood's Myth into a monthly Fight Club.
Food + drink: Tony's five faves

Food + drink: Tony's five faves

Beloved bartender Tony Zaccardi serves up his favorite drinking spots.
Nightlife: Dome coming

Nightlife: Dome coming

Baseball season has started -- where's your pre-game party spot?
Before eating, save room for some partying on Thanksgiving Eve

Before eating, save room for some partying on Thanksgiving Eve

There's New Year's Eve. Halloween. St. Patrick's Day. A couple rungs down the party-of-the-year ladder lies Thanksgiving Eve. It can be one of the best…
Nightlife: DDI, not DWI

Nightlife: DDI, not DWI

Designated-driver services will drive you home -- in your own car.
Bars/clubs: Patios, part 2

Bars/clubs: Patios, part 2

These five new bar/restaurant patios are worth your attention.
Bars/clubs: With Prairie Ale House, Aaron Johnson goes to the suburbs

Bars/clubs: With Prairie Ale House, Aaron Johnson goes to the suburbs

Aaron Johnson is known as a godfather of the Twin Cities' high-end cocktail scene. He earned this status as the co-owner of two cocktail-focused restaurants,…
Nightlife: A dog walks into a bar

Nightlife: A dog walks into a bar

Twin Cites bars are going to the dogs. Or is it the other way around?
Nightlife: Bulldog to the rescue

Nightlife: Bulldog to the rescue

Times might be tough, but its new branch in St. Paul is a solid hit.
Nightlife: Bar exam

Nightlife: Bar exam

Graduate from the typical college scene at these anti-college bars.
Bars: Harriet Brewing spurs a city beer revival

Bars: Harriet Brewing spurs a city beer revival

If there's one thing Minneapolis could use more of -- besides snowplows -- it's breweries. For almost a decade, we've been the proud home to…

Bars: Spice up Valentine's Day with one of these five romantic drinks

On Monday, most couples will get dolled up and hit the town for the proverbial Valentine's Day dinner. My suggestion: After you get that out…
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