TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, November 30th – Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Pablo Picasso Guernica 1937

Counting the brave faces walking the globe this week makes both the season and the daily walk seem pale. While the wanna-be rulers ask us to peer into their kaleidoscope of logic, the most important things we see and hear are coming from the crystal clear honesty of artists confronting the issues of the day head-on.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 29th, 2015


Oh, hear November, we have missed you, and now you are here. Not that we really missed you, but Thanksgiving is coming and we can’t have it without you.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, November 16th – Sunday, November 22nd, 2015


As the real world continues to creep closer than nostalgic comfort, one might engage in the tendency to hide. We can pretend that the lines drawn on our geographies will keep us safe and sane, but our hearts have always been more porous than walls and fences. We can hide, or we can engage and shake the truths out of the confusion. Art helps.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, November 9th – Sunday, November 15th, 2015


This is that hard part of autumn for me, when all the baseball is done and the rain has knocked the leaves off the trees, still with their warm-colored hues, but helpless on the ground, maybe to be raked or swept up or maybe to wait for the snow blanket where they will sleep until it is time for baseball again.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Presiden Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Each week, I share some great things to do in this great town. We have some great ways to connect with our neighbors and friends and what it means to be in Saint Paul. They are suggestions. It is great if you can do some of them, but sometimes life is just too busy. But there is one thing I really urge you to do if you live in Saint Paul on Tuesday. VOTE!

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, October 26th – Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Lowertown Saint Paul's favorite brat guy Todd Romocky on his last day of the season.

Last Friday the rain slowly crept its way into our autumn. Even though the street sweepers have made their rounds, out my front window the sign telling us not to park there is stuck in a ground littered with even more leaves than when it was first staked. Rain is knocking leaves from the trees faster than the turning calendar. That means it is time to get out and see the town before the season turns.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, October 19th – Sunday, October 25th, 2015


How many more Saint Paul authors will win literary prizes this year? Two weeks ago, we were talking about Julie Schumacher winning the Thurber Prize for American humor. Last week, Macalester College professor Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, October 12th - Sunday, October 18th, 2015


There is no rest for the wonderful. The fall has been busy and maybe you think you need a break, but when you realize that Saint Paul is not sleepy enough, you might be willing to miss some rest yourself. The ball of culture keeps rolling this week with a ton of happenings in Saint Paul.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, October 5th - Sunday, October 11th, 2015


Autumn is my favorite time of year. (Did I already tell you that?) I have heard whisperings that I am not the only one who enjoys the season. A few of the leaves have begun their turn, and we have been blessed with sun shining through the crisp air. The festivals are winding down but not completely, and a lot of performance seasons are starting up.