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At Femn Fest, there is red velvet cupcake named for activist Emma Goldman. The anatomic mugs are neither specifically male nor female. There's free chapstick from both PAVSA and the Women's Health Center. And at some point you have to make a decision like: Do I want an introduction to burlesque, or to listen to electronic folk singer Ingeborg von Agassiz?
Lyz Jaakola is not opposed to approaching a student she has heard sing once and asking her to join Oshkii Giizhik Singers, a group of hand-drummers with attention-demanding vocals. She said it's her role as a woman in music to encourage other women in music.
Femn Fest gears up for music, more Femn Fest, in its second year, is a two-day event billed as "unapologetically feminist." It includes music by women and diverse, underrepresented voices, dancers, workshops, womxn-owned vendors, arts, crafts and yoga. There are three stages in and around Sacred Heart Music Center. The musical lineup includes Oshkii Giizhik Singers, MRS, Ingeborg von Agassiz, Superior Siren, Nat Harvey Trio, Mary Bue, Adina Burke, Amy Abts and Venus DeMars.
Rest assured, the Twin Ports’ U40 scene is strong. Some of these young people are artists, advocates, nonprofit workers, civil servants and entrepreneurs — and their friends and colleagues are noticing. This year’s stack of 20 Under 40 nominees was thick with accomplished individuals.
Expect range of tastes at chili cook-off The winners of last year's United Way Chili Cook-Off opted for a mole base, sweet spices, ground nuts and hot peppers. Food For Thought, the Duluth East-based restaurant, won both the People's Choice Award and the top prize in the amateur division of the annual event that pits pros against pros and home chefs against home chefs.
Dear Diary. I got my foot back today. I leaned against the kitchen sink before work and addressed my family: "Notice anything different about me?" I asked. One cocked head, one blank stare. "No ankle brace?" my partner ventured. Yuh huh.
Michael Fedo almost quit his day job. It was the late 1980s, and the Duluth-raised freelancer was asked by St. Martin's Press to write the biography of a then-favorite personality on Minnesota Public Radio. The advance was hefty; it was projected to sell between 80,000-100,000 books. "That was going to be a big deal," Fedo said.
It's been more than 20 years, but Brian Matuszak is still drawing on a critique of his Rubber Chicken Theater team written by a former News Tribune reviewer. "The instrument has not been invented yet that can detect the comedy in that sketch," Matuszak recited from memory. "I have it on my Facebook page." He said the words, offered up by Dominic Papatola about one of the company's comedy revues, is one of the best lines he has ever read.
Modest Mouse 'Floats On' into the DECC An indie rock band known for its lead singer's slightly unhinged-sounding vocals and creative album titles — though the most recent, "Strangers to Ourselves" is no "Good News For People Who Like Bad News" or even "We Were Dead Before The Sink Even Sank" — plays Tuesday at Symphony Hall.
Hippo Campus, Lissie play Super Big Block Party Hippo Campus' new single "Bambi," released in August, is a sexy mix of electronic bleeps and Jake Luppen's falsetto — though it's seemingly about a low point, mental health-wise. The video is a quirky scenes set against a blue-drop, where gravity is sketchy, a bar of soap provides intrigue and no shoes are required.