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There's sports bars, and then there's the Nomad: the West Bank watering hole -- home to an immense selection of tap beers from around the world -- has proven to be a Minnesotan soccer fan's best friend by becoming one of the best places to catch footie tournaments on TV. They also boast a great patio, an enclosed lawn tailor-made for bocce, and a stage that features regular visits from up-and-coming local bands.
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1971's "Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)" was one of several immortal singles from James Brown's early '70s run of heavy, J.B.'s-era classics. The same funk factory cranked out Vicki Anderson's saucy "I'm Too Tough... More »
The Tangential, an online website whose motto is "Don't be boring, don't suck," is coming out with a new book. Future Cities is a collection of short stories loosely based on the theme of "the future." Its release is one of the ways in which the... More »
They were never supposed to be viewed by the general public, but something about their lack of context makes them hilarious, endearing, and sometimes puzzling. Over the past decade, FOUND Magazine has been publishing love letters, shopping lists,... More »
The name of the festival might be unfamiliar, but for local hip-hop fans the stellar lineup — led by Talib Kweli (pictured) and his live band — certainly won't be. Harambee [huh-rawm-bay] means "pull together" in Swahili, and is a work chant used... More »
This week, nomadic reading series Literary Death Match is returning to the Twin Cities to bring some spunk to the local lit scene. The event pits writer against writer in a battle for literary braggin... More »
Bocce is a "sport" generally associated with old Italian men who chain-smoke cigarettes and drink bottomless cups of espresso. But lately the game has acquired a bit of hipster cachet, as alcohol enthusiasts have discovered that tossing balls around in the dirt is an activity easily performed while inebriated (and less taxing than bowling). There have long been a few spots around the Twin Cities where a bocce game could be found. Yarusso Bros., on St. Paul's East Side, has swell outdoor courts, while the Half Time Rec's basement venue makes up in dilapidated charm what it lacks in upkeep. The most storied courts in town are on the roof of Brit's Pub, overlooking downtown Minneapolis. But with a roughly 10-year wait to land a spot in one of the bar's lawn-bowling leagues, the chances of ever sizing up those greens are slim for most Twin Cities residents. Luckily for casual bocce enthusiasts, the Nomad World Pub now offers another alternative. The three-year-old West Bank watering hole opened its superb outdoor courts last year. The Nomad's leagues tend to be low-key, with the emphasis on boozy camaraderie rather than cutthroat competition. Nobody's going to get too pissed off if you accidentally kick the pallino—or if you have no idea what a pallino is. With a top-notch beer selection and always-generous drink specials to lubricate your game, the Nomad offers a superb way to waste a summer afternoon.
Nomad bouncers are out of control! I went on Zombie Pub Crawl this year and got pepper sprayed down. I went to the entrance and stumbled on my heals and then was told that I wasn't allowed to go in. I then tried to ask why I couldn't go in or at least tell my friends I wasn't going in and the bouncer didn't even allow me to explain. He then WITHOUT reason, pepper sprayed my face until I was screaming in horrifying pain. THEN, my friend goes and asks if he pepper sprayed me and he pushed her to the ground, face down, and hurt her badly. When the cops came, they were told that we were both punching them and they had cameras posted (neither true). It was their word over ours because of a few drinks, but it was still unjust. The police didn't do anything that night and they still haven't. The owner stated that there weren't any cameras and that I was scratching him. Stories keep changing and when asked for a simple apology, they denied it. This bar is bull shit. I've heard of many accounts of females getting harassed by the bouncers, which is not legit on any level. How do they allow to promote such behavior? I deserve an apology. I'm a 5"1' girl who WAS NOT a threat and shouldn't have gotten peppered sprayed due to some bouncer's ego trip. I WILL NEVER GO BACK.. and have many friends who won't either. If you're a woman, be aware of the aggressive bouncers, would hate to see this happen to you.
Bocce is a "sport" generally associated with old Italian men who chain-smoke cigarettes and drink bottomless cups of espresso. But lately the game has acquired a bit of hipster cachet, as alcohol enthusiasts have discovered that tossing balls around in the dirt is an activity easily performed while inebriated (and less taxing than bowling). There have long been a few spots around the Twin Cities where a bocce game could be found. Yarusso Bros., on St. Paul's East Side, has swell outdoor... More »
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