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She is the accordion player from the alt-country band Father Hennepin. He's a guitar player from the surf rock band The Fractals. So, obviously, they spent the early part of their relationship playing together. In a sense. "We played a lot of cards," Jimi Cooper said recently. It hadn't occurred to he and Suzi Ludwig to play music together. Then, about a year into their relationship, they were at her rustic cabin on the south shore of Superior, and there was her old accordion. "I hadn't been playing at all," she said.
The eight-day chicken dance
Back before Brantley Gilbert married his wife — when he still had some of the bad-boy ideas that surface in his dusty, weekend-seeking, chart-topping country tunes — he did something to ensure that she would occasionally have to think of him. He built a house in Maysville, Ga., just about 3 miles from her mama. It's the kind of big plan born of a drinker, he said during a recent phone interview from his tour bus, which was parked at that very same house. (It's where he gets the best phone reception, plus he loves his bus, he said.)
Start thinking smelt-y The Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe's annual Run, Smelt, Run! parade, which pays homage to all things smelty, returns — with family-friendly smelt-making workshops in advance and the main event in mid-May. The parade starts near the Aerial Lift Bridge in Canal Park at 3:30 p.m. on May 14. It includes the presentation of the Smelt Queen, music by the Brass Messengers and a procession along the Lakewalk. It ends with a smelt fry and party at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe.
My parents came up from Rochester to visit last weekend. They were barely in the front door and we had already tagged out on all parenting duties: For 48 hours, we would only have ourselves to brush, wash and wipe. We celebrated at the mall. I wanted to buy our daughter a pair of Converse All-Star high tops to wear with her Easter dress for a sort of Punk Rock Bunny Fairy aesthetic.
Mother Earth is a ceramic version of the pointy-eared pink hats that were trending at the Women's March on Washington. In another case, Mother Earth is playful — a bathtub filled with a variety of birds. It is also felt-work landscapes with seemingly found objects, like buttons and charms.
Meet the parents Georges is a club-owner and his partner, Albin, is the star of the drag show that plays on its stage. Their son, Jean-Michel, has fallen for the daughter of a hyper-conservative couple. Georges and Albin will attempt to hide their lifestyle for a single dinner.
Chester Creek Concert Series lineup is musical mix The 35th annual Chester Creek Concert Series will feature a mix ranging from rock 'n' roll, to funk, to country music. The free concerts start with A Band Called Truman on June 13 in Chester Bowl Park, 1800 Skyline Parkway. The series runs on Tuesdays, and ends with Plucked Up String Band on Aug. 22. Call (218) 730-4326 after 6 p.m. on the night of concerts if there is the potential for a weather-related schedule update. Schedule • June 13: A Band Called Truman, 7 p.m.
At a small, colorful and relatively new cafe in the East Hillside neighborhood, the chorizo is really blended walnut, sun-dried tomatoes and seasonings. Tempeh, a soy product, is pan-fried and flavored like spicy barbecue. The milk comes from almonds, and the energy-boost snack is bound by mashed dates.
According to flat track lore, it was a bit of wisdom from award-winning Scarmen Hellectra that led to a locally based full-contact roller skate team. Year ago, Melissa LaTour was a roller derby fan with season tickets to watch the Minnesota RollerGirls play in the Twin Cities. She made trips back and forth until her friend Hellectra — actual name: Amy Ronning — suggested starting a team in Duluth.