The Weekend Starts Now taped its second show in the beautiful Afghan Room at The Bachelor Farmer on Thursday, May 28.
This weekly podcast is a joint project of the Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest. If you’d like to join us for next taping, we’ll be at PUBLIC kitchen + bar on Monday, June 22. Tickets: PUBLIC kitchen + bar
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Hear the whole episode here, or go segment-by-segment …
SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor and James run down a few of their favorite things, including Ecuadorean Bandeja Paisa at El Tequila, Les interdits at Alliance Francaise, the mayoral ribbon cutting at the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, more.
SEGMENT 2: MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR BETSY HODGES
James and Taylor get into it with the mayor of Minneapolis, talking about the new North, the evolution of the city’s cultural scene, and — of course — everyone’s favorite Christmas move, Die Hard.
SEGMENT 3: THE WEEKEND STARTS NOW QUIZ
Audience members Sarah, Steph, and Andy tackle the show’s hard-hitting current events / music / miscellany quiz, competing for some fat gift certificates provided by Clancey’s Meats and Fish in Linden Hills.
SEGMENT 4: WACSO AND M.C. CRONIN
Illustrator WACSO (Walkin’ Around Checking Stuff Out) and his writing partner M.C. Cronin join the hosts on stage to talk about their ongoing Heavy Table Central Avenue Checklist, an effort to visit, illustrate, and review every independent restaurant on Central Avenue NE between 694 and Broadway Street.
SEGMENT 5: MURDER SHE WROTE WITH ROSS PFUND
Writer Ross Pfund delves deep into the glory and mystery of Murder She Wrote, the best, old, binge-watchable TV series you’ve probably not yet bothered to explore. Follow his adventures at Murder She Wrote, He Wrote.