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Join The Theater of Public Policy and Star Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant live on stage for an unscripted look at Minnesota politics. It’s like Meet the Press crossed with Saturday Night Live, and all about Minnesota! Free!

Friday, October 3, 2014
7-8:30 pm
Hamline Midway Library
1558 W Minnehaha Ave.
St. Paul

Qdoba is offering some pretty great coupons for:

  • $1 off any entree
  • Regular breakfast burrito for $1

Coupons valid at Shakopee, Chaska, Plymouth & Dinkytown locations only.  Coupons expire 10/31/2014.

An improv comedy cornucopia of favorites, veterans and up-and-comers: Tuesday Night LOLz @ Bryant Lake Bowl presents four stellar improv groups the first Tuesday of the month. Best part: All profits are donated to the improv schools at Brave New Workshop & HUGE Theater. Laugh Out Loud Improv, for the cause.

I’m thrilled to have two pairs of tickets to give away to this show.  To enter, use the raffle form below.  Please use your full name for will call purposes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7pm (doors open at 6pm)
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St.
Tickets: $5

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Tickets are $7

This Thursday, October 2, you can receive up to four $5 tickets to The Wolf of Walmart by The Brave New Workshop!  This is a very generous discount for a hilarious show.  To obtain your discounted tickets, click here and use coupon code FIVER during checkout.

Not one to follow the pack, the cast of “The Wolf of Walmart” will show its cunning as it hunts down the humor in all areas of pop culture, politics, and everyday life, mining it all for this new collection of sketches and songs. “The Wolf of Walmart” will showcase the high-risk, high-reward approach to satire that has made BNW famous.

Sketches include:

- “Clickbait” – How a local mom drives internet traffic using one weird trick!
- “Retail Rap Battle”
- “The Midterm Election Song” – Everyone’s in it for the sticker.



Tune in tonight

Tonight at 7pm I’ll be on the One Girl, Two Cities radio show sharing with you all the great giveaways I have coming up for October.  We’ll also be talking about my favorite Twin Cities perks, Twin Cities Veg Fest, The Renaissance Fest & more.

To listenget the free Sizzlin 99.9 app to listen live or watch live online at

It’s the 6th Annual T W E E D R I D E, darling!

Do make a note to have your best tweed pressed for Saturday the 11th of October. Ride departs at 6pm SHARP. See you at the Bandshell!

This year, Cult Collective is pleased to be organising this wonderful autumnal fete.

Only the dandiest of dandies, the fribblest of fops, thee sharpest of snappy dressers will emerge victorious. Two fashion champions can expect to win bragging rights and whiskey! Please plan your wardrobe accordingly.

Only $10 per ticket, and you might be the next owner of a very nice … prize soon to be announced.

More details to follow, including some very special stops, and the exact route will be posted. Riders are encouraged to join the mob at any time throughout the night.

In the meantime, please visit, follow @MPLSTweedRide on twitter.

Please note, this is a 21+ event.

We can scarcely wait!

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Meet at 5:30pm, roll out at 6pm
Meet at the Lake Harriet Bandshell

20140927_111643I was invited to check out the Sea Life aquarium at the Mall of America.  Sea Life features sharks, crabs, lobsters, fish, turtles, frogs, sea horses, stingrays, jellyfish and other neat creatures.  As a whole, the species aren’t terribly exotic but I did find a lot of the crabs to be jaw dropping.  They have some really huge, almost nightmare inducing, Japanese Spider crabs (that can get up to 12 feet long as adults) as well as these really neat ones having a knubby appearance (see image below).  I also enjoyed the jellyfish room, where there were hundreds of jellyfish bobbing about in cylindrical containers throughout the room.  Low lighting and mirrors made it appear as you were walking through a sea full of jellyfish. A natural crowd pleaser, the shark tank tunnel was also a highlight.  I loved looking at their gills move and their bodies glide overhead in the tunnel.  Of course, they also have a touch pond where you can get your hands on a starfish or sea urchins.

If you’re looking to visit Sea Life but would like to avoid strollers and kids, consider Sharks After Dark.  At Sharks After Dark, guests encounter more than 10,000 sea creatures while snacking on nachos and bobbing to music provided by a live DJ. Tickets include admission to the aquarium and a two-hour unlimited gaming card at the Sky Deck in the Mall of America, which is valid only for non-ticketing games.

DEAL ALERT: Save at least 51% on Sharks After Dark with this Groupon.  Coupon code PLAY15 will take off another 15% through September 27, 2014.



Described as “What could become Minnesota’s answer to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert,” The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2 for short) makes civic conversations fun again.

Using real on-stage conversations with newsmakers and big thinkers, T2P2 makes issues come alive through improv comedy theater. Each night:

  • The show’s host interviews a leading thinker on a big issue
  • Then a team of the Twin Cities’ most talented improvisers use the conversation as inspiration for longform improv comedy
  • In the second half of the show, the guest answers questions from the audience
  • The show wraps up with more no-holds-barred unscripted comedy
  • It’s improv comedy for the NPR listener in all of us. Join the fun as we learn and laugh about everything from streetcars to education policy, from big data to apple breeding.

Mondays in October-November
7pm (doors 6pm)
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St.
Tickets: $10 at the door or $7 in advance/with student ID/seniors/Fringe button

Descend into the nightmarish depths of The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement and explore the terrifying world of Unhinged. An annual tradition 8 years running, The Haunted Basement is bigger and better than ever with 2014’s Unhinged production. The creative team at The Soap Factory has outdone themselves, creating an all-new, terrifying experience for visitors.

Unhinged uses a brand new immersive structure leaving patrons no safety net. Don’t worry, there is still a safe-word, so practice saying “Uncle” now. Each patron wears a mask and assembles into a group before plunging into the nightmarish, subterranean world of Unhinged. Every patron forges their own path, sealing their fate at each twist and turn. All bets are off during Unhinged. Stand your ground? Stay with your friends? Venture on through the darkness? This terrifying journey promises to keep you on the edge of crying “Uncle” all night long.

The twisted geniuses behind Unhinged are led by Director Noah Bremer. A founder and current Artistic Director of the theater company Live Action Set, Bremer brings his experience of immersive, physical theater and the collaborative devising methods of Live Action Set to The Haunted Basement in a new way with Unhinged. Live Action Set have been creating theater that pushes boundaries in the Twin Cities for more than 10 years.

Discounted preview tickets are available for $15 + $3.50 service fee (Reg. $27 + fee) for September 27-October 1st.  Click here to purchase.