Confessions of an introverted ex-party girl

Confessions of an introverted ex-party girl

The party life of nightclubs and glamour has an appeal, an allure that promises we’ll never get old. At least that’s how it looked to Sarah, a marketing manager who recently moved to downtown St. Paul. A veteran of the Twin Cities nightlife scene, she shares with us her take on moving from Minneapolis to the capital city, the differences between two, and why you don’t have to go out if you don’t want to. This interview was conducted, recorded, and transcribed on 1/30/2016. This is the first interview.   From party-life to couch-life   What is your ideal Friday night? Man… (Laughs) Movies. And Popcorn. Go out to the movies or stay at home? Stay at home. They’re trying, but nothing is better than my couch. So you’re not big on going out. Depends. I don’t know. Put on your best and hit the town. I did. I mean I will still. I used to all the time. But. (Shrugs) I don’t know. It got to be stressful. What do you mean? Get ready. Find parking. Well honestly we got valet a lot. And we didn’t have to wait in any lines. They knew us downtown. Well they knew my friends and so they knew me. So I don’t know. I would just get exhausted. Party. 2am. Pizza. After-party. And then all of a sudden it was 5am and the sun was rising. (Pause) It got exhausting after a while. So now you watch your movies at home. (Laughs) Yeah. When I can. I mean I’m only 24 I guess I should be getting out more. I should be...
Music&Events September 2016

Music&Events September 2016

Fall comes quick and cool and, this year, wet. Although summer doesn’t end officially until September 21, everything after Labor Day more or less feels/smells/tastes like autumn. We’re done with the State Fair, heading back to school, mourning the death of heat or looking forward to sweatshirt weather. There is so much to do in Minnesota, so we compiled a list of the best, most exciting events coming your way. These are sure bets for music local and traveling, parties inside and outside and night and day, and festivals to celebrate Minnesota culture and tradition. To come this September All Access 2016 will be hosted at The Venue on September 10. The event supports reproductive rights and justice for women, with a focus on access to abortion services.  Music includes DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Villa Rose, ZuluZuluu, Lioness and more. Before you head to The Venue, Fiesta Latina will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Clues Center in St. Paul. Expect plenty of food, music, art, and history at this colorful celebration. The 10th of September is certainly a busy day, as the Selby Ave JazzFest is also going on, as well as the Prof Outdoors After Party, hosted by Prof himself. Any Minnesota models who think they’re mag-worthy can head to Southdale Center for the W Magazine Model Search (everyone knows Minnesotans are the finest). Reunited Ween will be in the Capitol City on September 15th to bring their particular brand of rock to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. St. Paul will host Oktoberfest at Rice Park this year (this is especially necessary, as it’s the first anniversary of the Glockenspiel’s, and thus Glocktoberfest’s, closing)...
What it’s like at the strip club for… (NSFW)

What it’s like at the strip club for… (NSFW)

Strip Clubs. Taboo or innocent fun. Bachelor party or sleazy lunch. A good time or not depending on who you are and what you like. Blushing, drunken, exciting, sad. And there are those who find something more at the strip club; a place of safety, a place of acceptance, a place where judgments don’t exist, and where the almighty American dollar truly is king. Much of Minneapolis’ Warehouse District (which more or less operates as the city’s red light district) is defined by the overstated neons and flashing lights of Downtown Cabaret, Rick’s, Sinners, Dreamgirls, the show-all Deja Vu, Choice, the Seville, Spearmint Rhino… So we sat down with a few unique visitors, those who might not fall in line with the usual stereotypes (traveling businessman, bachelor/ette or birthday partier, aging sad sack, famous athlete, etc) who might have a different perspective of life in a strip club. Note: Names have been changed to protect identities.    What it’s like to be sober at the strip club Mike has been going to strip clubs consistently (“a few times a month at least”) for four years. At age 27, he’s a young man who also utilizes dating websites to try and meet people as he says, “in real life.” He has also been completely sober (“No booze, no weed, no nothing”) for the last 2 years. “I quit drinking after one of those nights where you don’t remember,” he tells us, “and sometimes has to tell you, in great detail, how much of an ass you were.” So you went cold turkey? “I started working out instead. Any athletic activity I could get into. That helped. That...
Local Music July-August, 2016: Indoor/outdoor/on and off the dance floor

Local Music July-August, 2016: Indoor/outdoor/on and off the dance floor

Summer in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the rest of Minnesota always promises plenty of music. Here are a few of your best bets for what’s to come: On July 9, For The Love will take over St. Paul’s Lowertown for the third year in a row. Bringing 14 different local artists and DJs to the stage at Bedlam Theater, the event is one of the coolest  celebrations of local Hip Hop, and a message of positivity so necessary in a world that seems more mixed up than ever. Lowertown’s Blues Festival will get funky July 22 and 23. The free event will bring the likes of The Family Stone, Otis Day & The Knights, Booker T. Jones, and dozens of other acts to Mears Park and surrounding venues. And if you haven’t already been going to Music in Mears every Thursday, you’ve already missed out on some of the finest local music the Twin Cities has to offer. But there is plenty more to come, as it will run all the way through August, so you’re not too late. The History Center’s 9 Nights Of Music is starting up this month, presenting “the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of Minnesota’s multi-cultural community at free outdoor performances at the Minnesota History Center every Tuesday in July and August.” Also, if you’ve found yourself up in Duluth on July 9, you can catch hometown heroes Trampled by Turtles, with Hippo Campus, the Cactus Blossoms and other acts at beautiful, and expansive, Bayfront Festival Park. For more information, click here. There are plenty of national acts making stops in Minnesota as well. Adele will bring her smashing...
Photographing St. Paul

Photographing St. Paul

St. Paul is a beautiful and historic city. It’s old, by Midwest standards, and retains much of its history through cobblestone streets, red brick warehouses, palatial mansions, and soaring political and religious monuments. It’s a striking blend of old world and new. Basically, it’s a great city to photograph, so we put together a quick guide for capturing some the best photos in the city and of the surrounding greenspace.   Shots of the city: Downtown St. Paul features a diverse mix of styles. Deco and Moderne high rises and 19th century warehouses sit side by side with Mid-century and modern skyscrapers. The angular streets give unique views of these buildings, and the unique way they relate to one another. Start at Rice Park and head east. The park itself (older than Central Park in NYC) is surrounded by buildings you won’t want to miss. Fifth Street gives you great views of the Lowry Building with the First National Bank Building (with its iconic red “1”) towering in the distance. Other notable buildings to capture: 1st National Bank Building: 332 Minnesota St, St Paul, MN 55101 St. Paul Hotel: 350 Market St, St Paul, MN 55102 St. Paul Pubic Library: 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102 Landmark Center: 75 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102 Continue east, and you’ll eventually find yourself in Lowertown. Lowertown’s dense collection of late 19th and early 20th-century warehouses make a fascinating backdrop for any photo. From the alleys or straight ahead, layering as the reach toward the skyscrapers of downtown. Lowertown is an urban village that might best capture the heart of yesteryear; of St....
Music Festivals, April-May 2016: Coachella, Jazz, and music much closer to you

Music Festivals, April-May 2016: Coachella, Jazz, and music much closer to you

Spring is the start of music festival season. Coachella is just about here, starting April 22nd and running through the 24th in Indio, California. The festival comes every year in mid-April, and is one of the largest and best-known music festivals in the country for pop, EDM, hip hop, etc. You’re spending a pretty penny for festivals like this, as, unless you live or have family near Indio, you’re paying for lodging as well as admittance. Full packages can run into the thousands-of-dollars range, and general admittance starts at $399. But none of that matter anyway (unless you already bought tickets/were planning on going), as it is already all sold out. Ah well. It’s the New Orleans Jazz Festival starting April 22 as well. For anyone wanting to visit our friends at the other end of the Mississippi, this two-weekend festival is the largest of such in the country. It features more than just the jazz music the city is known for (though that is still the focus); artists like Beck, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam and more will lend their sound as well. But you shouldn’t have to fly cross-country to find quality music events, although there is nothing in Minnesota the size of Coachella. They tried with River’s Edge Fest in 2011, but these types of days-straight-of-giant-national-act festivals are pretty costly for organizers. And they don’t always have a solid ROI. River’s Edge, held St. Paul’s Harriet Island, was scrapped (put on “hiatus”) after its first year. No need to despair, however. Soundset is relocating this year to the State Fair Grounds, which is a major improvement over the...