We want your best CC Club stories

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In this week's cover story, we comb through the history of storied Minneapolis landmark the CC Club. The bar has for decades been a hub of converging scenes in the Twin Cities, and has counted such regulars as Tommy Stinson of the Replacements, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, actor Tom Arnold, and many, many more.

Of course the CC Club stories are endless. We know many of our readers have their own tales of glory and debauchery, and we want to hear them.

Here comes a regular: An oral history of the CC Club
Extra: An oral history of the CC Club jukebox
Slideshow: Behind the scenes in the CC Club

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There's a 2 Chainz party bus rolling to his concert at Myth -- win tickets to the show

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The industrious rapper 2 Chainz believes that "life should be on Cinemax," and there's an opportunity for those who agree to have a rip-rolling good time getting to his is B.O.A.T.S Tour stop at Myth on Thursday. Yep, there's a party bus picking up revelers at three spots around Minneapolis, and then making the 17-mile jaunt over to the show.

Mr. Chainz' Based On a T.R.U Story is up for a Grammy in the Best Rap Album category, and with more than 50 collaborations in 2012, this guy has been in your ears whether you realize it or not. Gimme Noise is giving away three pairs of tickets to the show, and details are below.

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Win Summer Set Music and Camping Festival weekend passes!

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Pretty Lights tops the bill on the final night of Summer Set 2012.
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Summer Set Festival 2012 lineup

There's still time for one last summer blast, and we're not talking about cleaning out the garden shed. The Summer Set Music and Camping is upon us August 24-26 in Somerset, Wisconsin -- which happens to be a mere 35 miles away from Minneapolis. Given that "Camping" -- hint, hint -- is a part of the language of this festival's name, you know what you can do to lodge yourself while enjoying three days of EDM (Pretty Lights, Zeds Dead), psychedelic jams (Umphrey's McGee, Big Gigantic), hip-hop (Nas, Black Star, Yelawolf), and indie rock (Matt & Kim, Cloud Cult).

And, what better way to do the weekend than to do it FREE with assistance from Gimme Noise. Two pairs of tickets will end up in the hands of lucky readers. Read on to find out how.

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Win The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think movie tickets!

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Cinephiles who appreciate a 110-137 BPM range take note: The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think concert film is in movie theaters for an exclusive one-night showing Wednesday, February 1. Popcorn-rockin' beats? You bet. And the best thing about this news locally is that Gimme Noise has a pair of tickets to the showing at Block E that you can win without really having to think much about it at all.

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Radio K's Battle of the Underage Underground accepting submissions

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Radio K is gearing up to present its annual Battle of the Underage Underground competition at the 7th St. Entry on June 28, and has just started accepting submissions. The contest is open to all high school-aged bands (at least one member must still be in school, and 2010 grads are A-ok), and seven will be chosen to play in the Entry showcase. Out of those, one band will be chosen to perform live on Radio K's local program "Off the Record," in addition to other prizes.

Here's all the details:

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Women Stand Up & Shoot comedic film competition accepting applications

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The people at Women Stand Up! A Comedy Cabaret and IFP Minnesota have teamed up to hold a contest promoting the creative talents of female writers, directors, and comedians in Minnesota. The celebrity panel of judges will include writer/comedian Lizz Winstead (Air America Radio and The Daily Show), writer Mary Jo Pehl (Mystery Science Theater 3000), standup comedian Jackie Kashian.

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The Guthrie is looking to pay for a $60,000 wedding

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Are times financially tough you, but the love is still strong? Have you always dreamed of having a fancy wedding that you didn't have to pay for? Do you want to get married by actor Peter Michael Goetz? Really? Wow, what a strange coincidence. The Guthrie is here to make all your dreams come true.
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One Man Minneapolis, a contest for bros with a heart (and body) of gold

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Are you a man? Are you really into fitness? Have you been told that your face is attractive? Do you dress well? Do you drink vodka? Are you willing to be competitive online and in front of an audience at the Pantages Theatre, defending your extreme awesome One-ness? Also, are you into charity and active in the local community? Are you actually a real person that exists? This may be the contest for you.

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Drunks spell and undress at 331 Club

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After we drove through the death-inviting Saturday night streets, registered and paid and signed a waiver for I'm still not exactly sure what kind of personal risks -- orthographical hemorrhage? -- and listened closely to our host Taffi Vagilante's commandment that we shalt drink our allotted beer between each round, after we thirty-six hale spellers queued up in a long, snaking line, finally then a young man soon to be rechristened Hot Carl (I'll explain) stepped onto the 331's stage and up to its microphone. Born To Spell: the Grown-up Spelling Bee had begun.More »

Paddle Royal: More than your average basement sport

During the late 1800s ping pong, then called table tennis, became all the rage as an after–dinner party activity for wealthy English folk. Nowadays it’s a charming addition to any mildewy basement.

Tonight, the strangely addictive sport will be celebrated at the Kitty Kat Club. The Kat’s ping pong table will be brought up from the basement and placed under the hot lights in the stage space normally reserved for musical guests.

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