June 2011 Archives

What could be better than brewing beer with your closest friends? Selling it as a wildly successful microbrew! One of the Twin Cities’ up-and-coming local companies, Fulton Beer will open its brewery just blocks from Target Field this fall. KFAI producer Jessica Folker talked to the guys behind Fulton Beer about their journey from being a garage brew, to one of Minnesota’s most successful craft beers.

Exotik-a-GoGo is the house band at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Every Friday and Saturday the sextet sets the mood in the upstairs bar with tiki, lounge and exotica numbers.

The slogan for the Minneapolis-based Zenon Dance Company is “Company. School. Outreach.” The Company and School continue to receive both local and national attention; Zenon even won City Pages “Best Dance Company of 2011.” But Katherine Dunbar, managing director at Zenon, also wants the public to understand the importance of the company’s community outreach programs.

Beginning in September, Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre is taking an unusual approach to ticket pricing by offering free admission to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved tickets will cost $15 dollars, but those willing to take a chance and show up without a reservation will have a good chance of seeing the production for free. Calling this approach “Radical Hospitality,” staff say erasing economic barriers is part of Mixed Blood’s mission to build an inclusive, global audience.

Ruth Adams had been the accordionist for The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band at Nye’s Polonaise Room for 35 years, when she passed away in March 2011. Featured on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, and in Sonny Tormoen’s short documentary about her life, The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band (www.dangerouspolkafilms.com), Ruth was a Northeast icon and Minnesota treasure.

Think of Nye’s Polonaise Room in Northeast Minneapolis and you’re likely to conjure up a swanky supper club, piano bar and polka lounge. Opened in 1950, Nye’s has been around for more than six decades, and for most of that time, “Sweet Lou” Snider has been at the keys, leading patrons in standards and pop tunes.

Tom Peterson is known to many as “the mushroom man.” For years he has been hunting and gathering fungi, and teaching people about the multiple, healthful properties of mushrooms. He maintains a stand at the St. Paul farmers market and has been a participant in the annual Wild Food Summit, which takes place every June in Northern Minnesota.

Most people have probably never cooked with fiddle ferns and cattails, but each year at the Wild Food Summit, food enthusiasts gather to forage and prepare feasts from nature’s bounty. Now in its seventh year, the Minnesota Wild Food Summit promotes ecological sustainability and community.

Mounds View resident Eric Howell is a film-industry stunt man who also acts, writes and directs. But Howell does more than leap from buildings and crash cars—he’s an advocate for children’s rights. His award-winning screenplay, “Ana’s Playground,” shot in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, has drawn critical acclaim.

Quatrefoil Library is a GLBT lending library in St. Paul, founded by Dick Hewetson and David Irwin. It was named after the 1950 James Barr novel, Quatrefoil, which is one of the first literary pieces to portray homosexuals in a positive way. When it opened 25 years ago, Quatrefoil Library was a unique resource for GLBT education, research and community. Today it is one of the oldest and largest GLBT lending libraries in the country.