On a stick, near you

For Minnesota State Fair Food Fans, the Blue Barn is coming. This steady fair presence is a go-to for when you’re done wondering what happens when you wrap three scoops of ice cream and Fruity Pebbles in cotton candy and you want to just eat something real — and consistently great. Consider this: We ate a BLT there a handful of years ago and can still remembered the thick, crunchy candied bacon.

Nashville Chicken On a Stick (Photo from Little Blue Food Truck on Facebook)
Nashville Chicken On a Stick (Photo from Little Blue Food Truck on Facebook)

Little Blue Food Truck is scheduled to set up at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) at Wild State Cider as part of a plan to tour the state. The menu, according to a post on Facebook, includes Chicken in The Waffle Cone, Nashville Hot Chicken on a Stick, Meatloaf on a Stick, Pop Rocks French Toast, and Blueberry Basil Lemonade.

People’s Choice Winners at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair: Ivan Gilbert, “Sea Turtle" and Toni Dachis, “Prince.” (mnstatefair.org)
People’s Choice Winners at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair: Ivan Gilbert, “Sea Turtle" and Toni Dachis, “Prince.” (mnstatefair.org)

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In between pronto pups: The Art

In other Minnesota State Fair news: The fine art show will be available for viewing, despite the fair being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The juried competition features works by Minnesotans: paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, textiles and photography.

There are limited in-person tickets available at mnstatefair.org for humans who want to stroll the galleries, but you can also virtually check out the scene with an online catalog, video tour and links to the artists' websites.

Kid Dakota (Photo from Kid Dakota Facebook page)
Kid Dakota (Photo from Kid Dakota Facebook page)

Hey, Kid

Kid Dakota, a longtime indie folk musician with early albums on Low's Chairkickers label, plays an outdoor show today in the grassy zone outside of the Cedar Lounge in Superior. The multi-instrumentalist who lives in Minneapolis released "Denervation" in 2018, an album built around a bicycling accident, and subsequent broken pelvis and nerve damage, that sidelined him for months. He told the Argus Leader in 2018 "It helps make the experience meaningful rather than some sort of tragedy that befell me. I was able to turn it into something positive. It inspired all these songs."

Kid Dakota announced in March that he has a new album, "Age of Roaches," scheduled for release in September.

Kid Dakota plays at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at Cedar Lounge, Superior. Free, open to the public.

"Amulet" (Photo courtesy of Head Gear Films)
"Amulet" (Photo courtesy of Head Gear Films)

In home theater news …

Zinema 2 has offered virtual cinema in the past few months, but it's reintroducing the idea as Zinema 2.0. The independent theater will offer films in the categories of new releases, social justice, arts, retro and international. The movies are available for home streaming, and money goes toward the theater and indie distributors. The movies that came available this past Friday include "Amulet," "Out Stealing Horses," "The Fight," "John Lewis: Good Trouble," and "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind."

Misisipi Mike Wolf (submitted photo)
Misisipi Mike Wolf (submitted photo)

From the Wolf family

Misisipi Mike Wolf, a guitar player from San Francisco who said he moved here after playing alongside Actual Wolf at Homegrown Music Festival, has had a standing Thursday night show at Cedar Lounge.

The country-bluegrass-Americana musician was featured in a 2011 SFGate.com story about how he was then playing in 10-plus bands in the bay area. He moved here because he loved the music community, he said in an email, and his outdoor shows in Superior include a mix of other musicians, including members of Black River Revue, Feeding Leroy and more. The shows are billed as an "Americana all-star jam."

Misisipi Mike Wolf and friends play from 5-8 p.m. at Cedar Lounge in Superior. Free, open to the public.