BECCA MARX: July 2nd Hoot Preview — July 4th, 1776, a date ingrained into our brains as Independence Day, but what does independence mean to you? The freedom to vote, to marry whom you want, to have access to contraceptives, to live in a desegregated society, to not be enslaved? That’s the rub isn’t it? No two individuals value independence as the same exact thing. Read more…

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BECCA MARX: Hoot Review from Harriet Brewing, June 18, 2015 — In Minneapolis, summer is the season of abundance, and like beasts awakening from hibernation, we must climb out into the sunlight and use it up! Pick the berries, drink in the lilac’s rich scent, and open our arms wide to one another. That last part isn’t always easy for native Minnesotans, but this time of year brings out the best in us. Read more…

BECCA MARX: Hoot Report from Harriet Brewing, May 28, 2015 — People say there’s a magical quality about the Mad Ripple Hootenanny. If I had to choose one word to express the essence of the Hoot, it’d be: SPONTANEITY. I often find myself giving the venue a quick 360 degrees, and I’ve never been disappointed in my observations. Read more…

BECCA MARX: May 28th Hoot Preview — May is slipping through our fingers and in honor of the last Hoot in May, I have written a poem: “May you always showeth up, May the food trucks always be arrived, May the beer always floweth, May the glasses always be risen, May the stories always holdeth you, May the music always playeth, May you cometh again to Hoot in June…” Read more…

JIM WALSH’S THE MAD RIPPLE HOOTENANNY WEEK: “You Just Have To Be An Individual”— I just got back from the Washburn High School spring choir concert, where I witnessed a couple hundred teenagers raising their often cracking, off-key, and timid voices in song and dance and I’m here to say it was straight-up beautiful and life-affirming and all that good stuff that only young art in first full bloom provides. Read more…