Minnesota’s newest podcast launches later this month with a live taping at the Afghan Room at The Bachelor Farmer in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.
The Weekend Starts Now will post 45-minute episodes every week for 12 weeks, from June 4 through August 20.
Each episode will be taped live in front of an audience at local venues including The Bachelor Farmer, The Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, and PUBLIC in St. Paul.
This highly topical podcast will feature local guests from the food, music, and arts communities. Its hosts, who have deep roots in the local scene, are Taylor Carik (Secrets of the City, Vid Tiger, Zombie Pub Crawl) and James Norton (Heavy Table and regular contributions to Minnesota Monthly and MPR). Carik and Norton collaborated on more than 120 episodes of a podcast called Flak Radio along with audio engineer Adam Voreis.
The Weekend Starts Now will be recorded at six taping sessions, all open to the public via free tickets on EventBrite.
SESSION 1, May 28: The Bachelor Farmer – Afghan Room
SESSION 2, June 8: Chef Shack Ranch
SESSION 3, June 23: PUBLIC kitchen + bar
SESSION 4, July 6: Marin Restaurant & Bar
SESSION 5, July 23: Du Nord Cocktail Room
SESSION 6, August 6: Chowgirls / Solar Arts Building
The podcast series is underwritten by generous support from Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels: Handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. All-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Annie B’s is offering a one-time discount for 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with promocode “Weekend”. Offer expires 8/31/15.
TICKETS FOR THE FIRST SHOW (MAY 28): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-weekend-starts-now-premiere-tickets-16447760695
TAYLOR CARIK co-hosts The Weekend Starts Now. He’s the publisher of Secrets of the City, a Twin-Cities-based newsletter used by thousands of readers to stay in the loop on arts and culture happenings throughout the cities. He and James Norton previously hosted the Flak Radio podcast, for which they were finalists for a regional Emmy in 2008. He previously worked at Mpls.St.Paul magazine, KARE11 television, and he co-founded BringMeTheNews and the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. He also leads the sleazy rock band Whiskey Rock ’n’ Roll Club.
JAMES NORTON co-hosts The Weekend Starts Now. He’s the editor of the Heavy Table, a daily online journal of food and drink in the Upper Midwest, named “Best Website” by City Pages readers for five years running. He has written numerous books about food including The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin and Lake Superior Flavors. Norton is a regular contributor to Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO news radio, and The Current and has worked as a radio producer for The Al Franken Show, as a Middle East news editor for The Christian Science Monitor, and as a pop food reviewer for CHOW.com.
ADAM VOREIS is an audio engineer, production manager and A / V integrator. He has worked all over the Twin Cities for the better part of a decade twisting knobs, and pushing faders in various clubs, theaters, and any other place a person could think of putting a sound system. Currently, he holds the rank of master chief at Twin Cities Sound. Duties include overseeing staffing and technical services, and client support. Voreis is dedicated to technical theater education and the training of student designers and stagehands. He met Norton and Carik while working on Flak Radio in 2008.