Best Damn Beat Battle @ Honey

Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, February 6th @ 9PM

Shrimpnose will resurrect his much loved “Best Damn Beat Battle” series next Tuesday at Honey in Northeast Minneapolis. As always, the event will feature a 16 person bracket of producers, 5 guest judges, and $250 in prize money to the victor. No word on who will be competing yet, but we’re sure that the lineup will be announced soon. If you’re interested in joining, the fee is $20 and those looking to simply check out the event will pay $5 at the door. Click the link below for more information and keep an eye out for updates as we get closer to the event.

Best Damn Beat Battle via Facebook

Matt & Gold Culture Present: Super Bowl Pre Party

Location: 1429 Washington Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, February 3rd @ 9PM

Super Bowl week is upon us and by now it’s apparent that most of the festivities will be closed off to the average Minnesotan. Have no fear, the homies from Gold Culture have us all covered with a pre-party at Bullwinkle’s in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood. The event will feature DJ Low and Rowsheen on the 1s & 2s, as well as a plethora of special guests who will drop in throughout the night. This one is 21+ and the door is FREE from 9-10pm ($3 from 10pm-4am, click the link below for more info.

Gold Culture: Super Bowl Pre Party

Snuffy’s Malt Shop

Location: 244 Cleveland Avenue S, St. Paul
Hours: Sun-Wed: 11AM-8AM, Thurs-Sat: 11AM-9PM

Minnesota’s burger scene is at an all time high, but you’ll probably get a different answer 9 times out of 10 when you ask people how they feel about our current situation. On one hand you’ve got $15 (sometimes more) behemoths, with amazing ingredients being slung in trendier areas like Uptown and the North Loop. On the other, you’ve got places like Snuffy’s Malt Shop in St. Paul. Inspired by 1950s diners of the past, Snuffy’s is a Minnesota classic with absolutely zero pretension, simply good food. You can probably guess by their name that the malts are good, but the burgers are a thing of lore. The menu is straight forward diner format, your burger options are wide and they also offer a plethora of other sandwiches for those looking to switch it up. Their most expensive burger falls at $8 and you can make it a double for only $2, convinced? If you happen to be near the river or St. Thomas make sure to stop by for a bite, click the link below for more info on their other locations.

SnuffysMaltShop.com

Local Dope Sh*t, A Hip Hop Showcase

Location: 755 Prior Avenue N, St. Paul
When: Saturday, January 27th @ 9PM

Can Can Wonderland has established itself as a legit place to check out local music of all varieties. This Saturday, they will host a hip hop showcase, aptly dubbed “Local Dope Sh*t.” The event features a healthy lineup of local mainstays and up & comers including Will Robinson, Kihndyn Peters, Axel Foley, and JaySoCreative to name a few. For those looking for a little more, there will also be a burlesque show on the main stage. This show is 21+ and the door is only $2, click the link below for more information.

Local Dope Sh*t via Facebook

G-Eazy LIVE @ The Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Location: 175 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
When: Thursday, March 8th @ 6PM

Bay Area native G-Eazy has had an interesting journey through the hip hop ranks. Out of the gate he was widely considered a dime a dozen “white rapper”, but upon further inspection listeners began to make genuine connections with Eazy’s depth. After honing his style and grinding out his own lane, G-Eazy delivered one of 2017s better albums in The Beautiful & Damned. With a surging fan base and fast rising openers Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo; his St. Paul stop may be the Twin Cities’ best hip hop show in the month of March. This show is all ages and tickets are currently available for $80, click the link below to buy yours now.

G Eazy Tickets

A&J’s Fish & Chicken

Location: 500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-Midnight

Located in Minneapolis’ Phillips West neighborhood, A&Js is far from new to any southsider with a craving for fried chicken. As a loyal customer I may be biased, but I’ve grown to appreciate this place for it’s consistency. They offer the gamut of “southern cooking” including fried chicken, tilapia, catfish, collard greens, mac & cheese, perch, and even fried okra. This isn’t your crowd funded, yuppie hangout where “world class” chefs find their roots, it’s simply good ass street food that fills a much needed greasy void in our new, ritzy surroundings. You wont be paying $9 for 4 wings here, and you wont have 8 sauce selections, but you can rest assured that your wings will be good! Their menu is expansive and they have a surprisingly large delivery range, your best bet is the wings or the catfish, but there are definitely a few hidden gems. Phillips West & East are often overlooked, but A&J’s is worth a visit for anyone in the area looking for a quick bite. Click the link below for a peek at their menu.

A&J’s Fish & Chicken

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Had Some Surprises But Did Little For #MeToo

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It’s awards season; that time of year when the Super Bowl is the one thing strong enough to interrupt Hollywood’s narcissistic red-carpet events and fancy afterparties. The Golden Globes aired just a few weeks ago, with much of the attention focused on the #MeToo Movement that swept the film industry after Harvey Weinstein and dozens of others were accused of sexual harassment, and even rape by an astonishing number of women working in Hollywood. Last nights Screen Actors Guild Awards, however, saw a more typical type of awards show than what we saw at the Golden Globes. Continue reading

Sundance Film Festival 2018 Kicks Off In Wake Of #MeToo Movement and Hollywood Purge

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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival kicked off yesterday in Park City, Utah, at the Sundance Mountain Resort. Every year the festival plays host to an impressive array of independent films, both foreign and domestic, and has featured such successful films as Blood Simple, Hoosiers, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Memento, 28 Days Later, SuperSize Me, Boyhood, and more recent notables like Dope, Mudbound, and Wind River (just to name a few!). Sundance not only presents feature-length films but also shorts and documentaries, and presents awards in such categories as acting, cinematography, screenwriting, directing, and short-filmmaking. The 2018 celebration will showcase 110 feature-length films from 29 countries; 47 of those films come from first-time filmmakers, out of a pool of 13,468 total submissions, including features, shorts, and documentaries. Some of this years more anticipated entries include Juliet Naked, Wildlife, Heart Beats Loud, The Catcher Was a Spy, and documentaries like Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, and Our New President. The 2018 celebration, however, comes at the helm of the whirlwind that was 2017. Continue reading

Does ‘The Post’ Seek To Glorify The Press In The Era of Fake News?

Steven Spielberg’s latest drama, The Post, may be a celebration of the free press, but in the age of “fake news” it feels more like an attempt to glorify the press rather than focus on its habit of misrepresentation. The Post tells the story of the The Washington Post and its publishing of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The Pentagon Papers (as they came to be called) was a series of documents detailing the extent of the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Upon learning of the atrocities of the war, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg secretly copied and leaked the documents to the press in the hopes that the public would be made aware of the truth.

Kay Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep in Spielberg’s film) was the acting publisher of The Washington Post at the time. She inherited the role of sole proprietor following her husband’s untimely death by suicide. Graham not only faced a board of all-male stock holders who were ready to oust her at any moment, but also a more hostile-than-friendly editor named Ben Bradlee (portrayed by Tom Hanks), who reportedly informed her that he’d give his left nut to run the Post, himself. Shortly after Graham came into her new position, Martin Weil (Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk) was sent to meet with Ellsberg to collect the top secret documents in Boston and transport them safely back to Washington. Continue reading