A Rakish Interview: Big Quarters

In the Jasmine Deli, Zach and Brandon Bagaason – the brothers that constitute the rapper/producer team Big Quarters – don’t mess with the menu. Regulars well-acquainted with the selection at this Vietnamese spot on Eat Street, they ordered without consulting the dual-language laminated pages. Regularity, it might be said, is what defines Big Quarters – […]

Sept 1, 2008: Big Monday

Cocinero Karimi at the Bedlam Theatre

Okay, here’s a quick tip for foodies: the "The Cooking Show Con Mero Cocinero Karimi," playing this weekend and next at the Bedlam Theatre is very, very funny. I saw the show last year when Robert Karimi performed it at Pangea World Theater. I won’t spoil the fun by giving away too many details (actually, […]

Chris Koza is Optimistic and Doesn't Care Who Knows It

Chris Koza is the kind of man who gives cigarettes to homeless people. In person and in his music he is wantonly candid and authentic. Koza and his four-piece band happily loll at mid tempo, blending roots music, twang and a heavy dose of pop to create a giddy sound so large it breaks the […]

August 29, 2008: Wedding Forecast

A Pair of Jedi Masters Become One With the Force

"I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced." Obi-Wan might as well have been talking about last night’s call by Hillary Clinton to nominate Barack Obama by acclamation. Even as cheers rang throughout the assembled DNC crowd, through the MPR broadcast […]

Las Mojarras – Seafood Mexican Style

Every time I have set foot inside Las Mojarras, in the former Me Gusta space on E. Lake St., the place has been completely empty, which is a shame, because it’s one of the most ambitious and attractive Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities. Which might actually be part of the problem. Prices are very […]

August 28, 2008: The Agony Of Defeat

The Boobie Brigade Sweetens Things Up!

BENEFIT EVENTThe Youth & Boobie Brigade Bake Sale Join the Youth and Boobie Brigade for a hip and tasty event at the 7th Street Entry to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other breast cancer research charities tonight! Conceptualized by Lauren Manke and Louisa Podlich, The Youth and Boobie Brigade will participate as a […]

August 27, 2008: Wake Up Twin Cities, Wake Up America