Location: 1265 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul When: Thursday, August 24th- Monday, September 4th (Memorial Day)
The Minnesota State Fair is underway, this year’s offerings of live entertainment and new foods will not disappoint. Among the many smaller stages throughout the fairgrounds, the Grandstand will feature headliners like Nickelback, Stevie Nicks, Usher, Jim Gaffigan, Phantogram, and Toby Keith on any given night. Sure there will be the classics like Sweet Martha’s cookies, turkey legs, and just about everything on a stick, but you’d be a fool to overlook the newcomers. Some of which include, Dino’s Gyro’s “Honey Puffs,” balls of fried dough dipped in sweet syrup and tossed in cinnamon and sugar, Giggles’ Campfire Grill’s “Duck Bacon Wontons,” or Snack House’s “Memphis Totchos,” sliced banana and sautéed bacon over tater tots, topped with peanut sauce. Grandstand tickets are sold separately, but you can buy general admission tickets in advance for $11 ($14 @ gate). If you’re serious about trying as many new foods as possible, click the link below for a complete list of 2017’s new eats and a map marking their locations.
The highly anticipated sequel to director Roland Emmerich‘s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day 2: Resurgence is now playing in theaters nationwide. Despite a failed effort to bring back Will Smith, who played one of the lead roles in the original film, the new sequel has gained much anticipation from fans of the original, who no doubt are excited to see veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, While You Were Sleeping) reunite onscreen to fight aliens! Also returning from the original film are actors Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Man, Kill Bill: Vol 1), Brent Spiner (The Aviator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), who are joined by new lead Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), and actors Jessie T. Usher (When The Game Stands Tall, Survivor’s Remorse), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl), and William Fichtner (Armageddon, Black Hawk Down). Despite popularity among fans, the film has not received good reviews from critics, who have called it “boring” and “loaded down with ’90s cheesiness.” Not sure how audiences will react or if they will agree with the critics, but I guess we’ll find out this weekend. Enjoy!
Quentin Tarantino has been known to take the occasional cameo in his movies. He was Jimmy in Pulp Fiction, Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs, and he even blew himself up in Django Unchained! But now Tarantino will be taking on a full acting gig as movie producer Roger Corman in an upcoming biopic. Set to be directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers), the film will explore Corman’s work and career on films such as House of Usher (1960), The Terror (1963), and Death Race 2000 (1975). Corman will also be making an appearance in the film as one of the early producers who didn’t want him to make a film called The Trip about the LSD craze of the 1960s. Although this will be Tarantino’s first time taking on a lead role, he has always done a pretty decent job with the small parts. I definitely think this is a challenge he’ll rise to with ease. As a writer and director, he already has a nag for character development, so it’s just a matter of applying himself.