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Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories
of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and
The world is divided into three camps at the moment. There are those overwhelmed that the Replacements are playing their first show since the Bush era, folks who can't stop talking about the MN State Fair, and the third group are the people who don't live in Minnesota. Regarding the 'Mats, my money is on a Three Stooges-style pie fight followed by the shocking revelation that Paul Westerberg is in fact the love child of Alex Chilton and Judy Garland. Now that we've settled that, let's talk about the Great Minnesota Get-Together, a.k.a. the great Minnesota Cultural Equalizer.
The State Fair is the one place the whole state comes together with the common goal of eating fried food on a stick. Whether you're a governor, a mayor, a local rock 'n' roll icon, a farmer, or an aspiring juggalo, you can take some small comfort in that you're all going to go home with a stomach on the verge of being queasy. It's like a class reunion, but with life -- and a bit like Costco that way. You can run into your high school drama teacher, the bully from eighth grade, and any number of local drummers. Somehow you're never asking yourself why Garrison Keillor is buying a 50-pound tub of Gorgonzola cheese, instead you just
wonder "Where did he get that three-foot-deep fried cream puff on a
Of course another big draw is the scattered State Fair music offerings, with a lot of folks getting excited about the big Grandstand shows. Most notably, Depeche Mode with Bat for Lashes. At $60 on top of the fair's $12 admission, it's one of the priciest shows of the season. Is it just me, or is this just kind of weird?
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