Conversations with a whorehouse doorman (NSFW)

Conversations with a whorehouse doorman (NSFW)

A doorman sees everything. It’s part of the job. And when you work the door of a popular brothel on Große Freiheit Straße (“Great Freedom Street”) along the Reeperbahn (Europe’s largest Red Light District), you see more than your fair share. But it’s not just about nightclubs, 6AM shots of brandy, or prostitution. There is a lot of history in St. Pauli. A million stories running through the cracks and spilling out onto the street. A million people with a million different views, scents, and sounds for the world to absorb. A doorman, then, becomes more than just a doorman. A doorman becomes a gatekeeper of experience, a holder of secrets, a monolith at the mouth of pleasures, memories, emotions. This is one doorman’s story. The doorman POV I start when the sun goes down. The Reeperbahn is busy most nights, but especially so on weekends when the suit and tie people don’t have to wake up early in the morning. Mostly I give directions, tell people where to go. I tell them not to come inside unless they want a woman, and if they want a woman that they have to pay. I am like a stoplight. You know? I say when to stop, when to wait, when to go. People listen to me. They must. We get the kids drunk asking how much, how much. Some of them serious, most of them not. I don’t want to be mean, but I must be firm. If they can’t pay, or they are too drunk, then I tell them to leave. They listen. I’m not supposed to be physical unless there...
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...
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...