My homie Paul from grade school told me about this awesome design and print company out of Minneapolis that I had to check out.
Burlesque is their name and fresh prints is their game. Paul is a graphic design student from the Minneapolis Art Institute and he got hooked up was a sweet job designing for Target (he actually won the job by being best in show for his class exhibit) but he told me his real dream is to work at an independent firm and Burlesque would be his first choose – or at least basis of comparison
I first heard of Burlesque of North America and saw their work at the Triple Rock’s annual Dre Day celebration (everybody’s celebrating) where they’ve co-sponsered and made custom stickers, prints, and tees for the event since the early 2000s.
When I finally got around to checking out Burlesque of North America’s webpage I was overwhelmed by all the awesome stuff they got going on. From their content to their online store, I dug literally everything. I seriously couldn’t make up my mind about what I wanted to buy first so I elected to by their Mystery Grab Bag.
Here’s the product description:
Have you ever seen our office? It’s filled with all sorts of magical, amazing things. Send us ten dollars and we’ll send you a generous sampling of some of the stickers, doodles, flyers, magazines, CDs, and other weird crap we have up here. By ordering the Mystery Grab Bag, you agree to accept whatever we send you. No complaints, no returns.
And it’s just ten bucks! I got an e-mail today saying the package is on its way and I couldn’t be more stoked. Tune in soon to find out what’s inside….
One of my good friends Allison recently got an internship at CityKid Java off Lake Street in Minneapolis and she gave me the scoop on what they are all about…
CityKid Java is a Minneapolis coffee company that gives all profits to kids in Urban Ventures programs in south Minneapolis. Since its inception in 2002, they’ve served 10,000 kids and are celebrating their 10-year anniversary from this summer to next summer with events and a launch of their legacy coffee: Lake Street Blend, which will be available come August. You can find CityKid Java at Target, Cub Foods and Cooks of Crocus Hill and Whole Foods in Uptown this fall. CityKid Java also has cafes at many local colleges including, UofM-TC, HCMC, Hamline, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Northwestern College – Iowa, as well as many other small locations in the Midwest.
You can catch CityKid Java online
Or ‘like’ them at facebook.com/citykidjava
Don’t forget to check out their blog @ www.citykidjavablog.com
Doomtree from Minneapolis is described as a hip hop collective that has making music together for over a decade now. The line up of Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, P.O.S and Sims all do their own solo gigs under Twin City’s hip hop label Rhyme Sayers but together they are unstoppable. Their newest release “No Kings” is a shout out to their mentality: Obey no kings, seek no thrones.
From hand made CD-Rs and their cult like False Hopes series to their seven day, ten show, sold out Blow Out stint at Minneapolis’ legendary seventh street entry the group has been rocking crowds since 2001. I’ve had the privilege of seeing them perform three times now, once in Colorado, once at seventh street the saturday of the perviously mentioned blow out, and again in Mankato, and each time they blow me away. This group continues to make me proud to be a Minnesotan and poet in this day in age.
Wings and Teeth!
Michael here, and I’m happy to say this is the 400th post to BestRatedBlog.com! I’ve been writing for this blog for about a month but it is already my favorite to write for. Things may have changed a bit when I took over but overall I think I’m most happy with the direction this blog is now heading.
If you’ve following along at all (don’t worry not many people have) you’ll notice I’ve been using this space to give shout out to the people and things I like best in the world. Being based in Saint Paul Minnesota most of the posts are about things I find best in the Twin Cities area: restaurants, artists, bars, food, music, etc. I hope to start doing bios and interviews of friends and acquaintances who are doing amazing things in Minnesota, also I hope to post about great things I find while traveling.
If you or someone you know is doing something you think is the best, tell me about. We’ll talk and I’ll write about it, deal?
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First off the Bus has new music that they played for me this weekend and it’s awesome, look out for “Air Jackson” and a video of “Beast Head” so as I can get the audio and video synced up together. And the Bus is now on Twitter! @mustardbus for follow them and tag your Mustard Bus Tweets #fuckthemovement I don’t why, that’s just what they’re doing. Also be on the look out for the lunch of their band website and my Dad’s studios new site coming soonish. Don’t worry readers I’ll keep you posted on what’s up.
So July brings us another summer month and a couple Mustard Bus shows to look forward to. First one is tomorrow at Corner Coffee (514 N 3rd Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401), music starts at 7 PM, the Bus plays at 8 PM, with free drinks if you print out the flyer. Then July 14th the Bus will be apart of the forOURworld music fundraiser event described as “An evening of local MN music performances and local artists showcasing their work all to raise awareness and donations for the Rainforest Alliance, Doctors Without Borders (also known worldwide as Médecins Sans Frontières) and Reading is Fundamental.” on their facebook event page. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, and $15 at the door. For more info please visit the forOurworld. See you at the show
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