Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lemonade Pride Kick Off - Thursday, June 22nd on the Union Rooftop

Lemonade Mpls a NEW quarterly Queer ladies event kicking off Twin Cities PRIDE 2017!!! 

A FRESH event with a TWIST! 
Beatz by Dbaz throwing down all your favorite POP QUEENZ from the 90's to now, Hip hop, Top 40, and whatever strikes her fancy! 

Join us for PRIDE KICKOFF 2017!!! 
Thursday June 22nd at Union Rooftop.
Doors 9:30pm/21+/$7
There are LIMITED tickets available for this event and they WILL SELL OUT so be sure to get yours asap!

We can't wait to quench your thirst! Bring your GIRL GANG, keep calm and DRINK Lemonade!

MARK FARINA at House Proud This Friday, June 2nd at honey mpls

House Proud, V2 & VimLab present..


Friday, June 2nd at Honey

World famous DJ/Producer Mark Farina is known for his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats.

Voted as one of the top DJ’s in the world by URB, MUZIK and BPM magazines, Mark’s taste making skills continue to turn the heads of seasoned Dance Music veterans as well as newcomers to the scene.
At 16, Farina began his DJ career as a resident at Chicago’s underage mecca, Medusa’s. At the same time Mark joined forces with emerging DJs Derrick Carter and Chris Nazuka then moved into a loft space called Rednail. Rednail became infamous not only for raucous parties but also as the home to the trio’s first productions under the moniker, Symbols & Instruments. Their release,”MOOD,” sold 35,000 copies in the US & UK and is credited as “the first ambient house track.”
Farina relocated to San Francisco where he is still based today, and fans embraced Mark’s downtempo style and he started co-hosting a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night. In 3 short years, Farina established a fanatical, cult-like following for his Mushroom Jazz sound and OM Records released the first mixed comp CD, simply titled, Mushroom Jazz.
When Mark’s not touring the world, you’re likely to find him in his studio working on new releases & podcasts for his label, Great Lakes Audio. On days off he’ll be cruising his ’68 Toronado with his son, Dylan (aka “little peanut”), and his Yorkie, Pumpkin.
Monthly deep house party House Proud welcomes Mark Farina, with Minneapolis' own Chuck Love on live instruments and resident DJ Bryan Gerrard.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Mark Farina will spin Mushroom Jazz from 10 pm - 11:30 and Deep House from 12:30 - 2:00 am.
Honey Minneapolis
205 East Hennepin
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Natalie Auger
VimLab PR

Tour Dates:

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Black & White Ball: NYE 2017 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis presents…


Saturday, December 31st 2016 at The Hyatt Regency Hotel 

        Minneapolis, MINN. (November 21, 2016) - is thrilled to ring in the new year with the Black & White Ball: NYE 2017 at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, December 31st. - the creators behind last year's sold-out Studio 54 NYE event which was featured nationally on NBC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Carson Daly – have a glamorous evening in store, based on the famous 1966 bash that was considered "the party to end all parties".

Fifty years ago, the renowned writer Truman Capote held the Black and White Ball in New York City's Plaza Hotel. The glitterati was out in full force as Hollywood starlets mingled with Presidents and socialites. Deemed "The Party of the Century", if you weren't invited, you simply left town.

This New Year's Eve, fashionable guests will celebrate the glamour and opulence of the original Black & White Ball while bringing it forward into 2017 with the high-end production and exciting party atmosphere this event has become known for. Attendees are encouraged to don their finest New Year's Eve attire and enjoy an evening of sparkling spectacles and thumping dance beats in a high-energy party setting. They can leave the cares of the last year behind as they are immersed in the romance and excitement of a bygone era brought to life.

Over-the-top production, live performance artists and dramatic decor have become landmarks of this thrilling event. Guests will enjoy three rooms of music playing disco, dance, funk, top 40, old school, house and soul. The DJ Line up for the evening includes Brother Jules, Brownie, Chuck Love, D Mil, Jeff Swiff, King Otto, Mike Mack, and Strangelove. 

Doors for this event will open at 8:00 for VIP guests, who are invited to enter through an exclusive VIP entrance with expedited check-in and complimentary coat check. From 8:00-9:00, VIP guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne. General admission guests can start their evening at 9:00.

Dress to impress! Black, white, or metallic attire encouraged, masks are optional. For more information on dress code, visit

**Limited $40 GA and $75 VIP tickets are on sale now. Buy now and save, prices will go up as we get closer to the event. Tickets are available at https://www.vitalculture. com/nyempls

New Year's Eve is a special evening, and the VIP Bottle Service experience will be available. Enjoy all the benefits of a VIP guest PLUS enjoy dedicated seating for groups of 4-20 guests. Bottle Service Servers will ensure guests never have to wait to enjoy a drink. For bottle service reservations, call or text 612-367-6931 or email

Play It Safe! Event organizers have partnered with the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel to offer reduced pricing to our guests. The hotel rate of $169 is based upon double occupancy (room only) and there are GA and VIP ticket packages available that include two event tickets, a double occupancy hotel room, swag bag, a bottle of champagne, and more. Visit for details.

This event is a collaboration between four Minneapolis-based Event Producers who have been throwing New Year’s Eve events for twelve years. For more info, please visit:

The Hyatt Regency recently had a $50 Million renovation, making this stunning venue the largest meeting and event space of any hotel in Minneapolis.  Located at 1300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, MN 55403, The Hyatt will be the perfect venue for this annual New Year's Eve party. For more info, please visit: minneapolis.regency.

Friday, September 30, 2016

TORUK in Minneapolis - September 29th

Caught Cirque du Soleil's new show TORUK based on the movie "Avatar" at Target Center in Minneapolis last night and was blown away. By far the most visually stunning performance I have ever seen. And I loved the interactive app you can download that sends updates throughout the show so that you can be a part of it. Go see if it you can.

Fashionopolis - A Tribune To Prince, Through Fashion at Aria - September 22nd

Loved it.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Much Cooler Than I Thought It Would Be

My 6-year-old said it was the best day he's had in 4 years. And he's had a lot of good days. Highly recommend it.

KASKADE Pool Party at Encore Beach Club - Sunday Funday, Extreme Edition

Way too much fun. We love our buddy Kaskade. He went on to play a festival for 50,000 people in El Paso followed by a Redux show until 6 am the next morning after the pool party. All we could manage was some pants optional pasta at the Wynn.


Monday, August 29, 2016

River Balcony Prototyping Festival - September 9th & 10th in Downtown St. Paul


Tracey Kinney                                                  
Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation              

Art & Music Festival supports the Great River Passage master plan’s vision to better 
connect people to the Mississippi River

August 23, 2016 – Saint Paul, MN – Experience the vision of a vibrant River Balcony first-hand as sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathways are filled with public art, live music, great food, tasty brews and scenic views during the first-ever River Balcony Prototyping Festival on September 9 and 10, 2016.

Hosted in partnership with Music in Mears and Rhythm in Rice Production Team, the festival will kick-off with a pre-party on September 9 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook located at Kellogg Mall Park with food trucks and special performances by The Wibesman, Maria Isa, Ryan’s Liestman’s Reggae Revival, and Ipso Facto.

On Saturday, September 10 from 2:00-6:00 p.m., the areas surrounding the Science Museum of Minnesota, Kellogg Mall Park and Union Depot will feature 11 installations by 10 local artists, food trucks, multiple stages, and the Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook with special performances by Grape Whales, Alex Rossi, Communist Daughter and more.

The Prototyping Festival is a winning idea submitted by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation to the Knight Green Line Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Prototyping is the use of art, design, and social engagement to envision what a space can become and how it can serve a different role in our community. The artists were selected through an open call to demonstrate the types of activities that a River Balcony could support and include:
·       Water Source by ThreeSeven  
·       Sunspot by Alyssa Baguss and Aaron Dysart
·       Dakhóta Wordscapes on the River by Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye, Healing Place Collaborative, Hamilton Ink Spot and Public Art Saint Paul
·       River Song by Trygve Nordberg, Karen Pollard and Wendie Owens
·       Cultural Exchange Market by Emily Stover
·       River Soundings by Suzanne, Tesia, and Josef Kosmalski
·       River of Birds by Kimley-Horn Landscape Architecture: Jenny Krantz, Katie Leise, Mitch Workmon, & Jacob Oswald
·       Water Bar | Healing Place by Works Progress Studio
·       Portals by Ramsey County Historical Society
·       River Rock! by Gary Johnson
·       Wrapped in Anticipation by Kimley-Horn Landscape Architecture: Jenny Krantz, Katie Leise, Mitch Workmon, and Jacob Oswald

 “The community expressed a desire for a stronger connection to the Mississippi River in the Great River Passage master plan”, said Darlene Walser, executive director of Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation. “The festival is a way to begin to experience the possibilities for the future of the riverfront in Saint Paul.” 

All activities are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Attendees will be invite to share feedback through the hashtags #RiverBalconyFest on Facebook and Twitter.

The festival is hosted in partnership with the City of Saint Paul, Capitol River Council, and Public Art Saint Paul along with generous support from the Knight Foundation, Pioneer Press, Knutson Construction, Exeter Group, Mairs & Power Investment Counsel, Ramsey County, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, Saint Paul EcoDistrict, Science Museum of Minnesota and Golden’s Lowertown.

For more information on the River Balcony Prototyping Festival, visit To learn more about the River Balcony, visit To learn more about the Great River Passage Plan, visit


FGI of MSP Presents..Fall: Into Luxury - Friday, September 23rd at Morrie's Luxury Auto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              

Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul presents..


Friday, September 23, 2016 at Morrie's Luxury Auto

Minneapolis, MINN. ( August 29, 2016) – Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul (FGI-MSP) is pleased to present "Fall: Into Luxury" - a beautifully luxurious fall fashion show - on Friday, September 23rd at Morrie's Luxury Auto in Golden Valley.

As a chill fills the air and the leaves turn amber and gold, get inspired for autumn with a high-impact showcase featuring sumptuous fall looks from local boutiques including: June and Mona WilliamsMona Nunezbumbershute, one-of-a-kind jewelry from Milana Stile and Stephanie Lake Design and elegant men's fashion from MartinPatrick3, all styled by Richard Anderson.

Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultra lounge & Sky Bar will provide a complimentary sushi reception from 7:00-8:00 pm (with a cash bar) as guests mingle with Twin Cities fashion professionals and peruse the latest state-of-the-art luxury automobiles. FGI-MSP will present the Fall: Into Luxury runway fashion show promptly at 8:00 pm. The evening, part of Fashion Week MN, will end at 9:30 pm.

Tickets for Fall: Into Luxury are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for FGI members, $30 in advance and $35 at the door for Non-FGI members and $10 for students (with valid student ID). Tickets are available at: Morrie's Luxury Auto is located at 7300 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55426. For more on Morrie's, please visit:

Fashion Week MN is a semi-annual initiative from a collective of independent producers and designers with a goal of engaging the Minnesota fashion community and celebrating the best designers, brands, retailers, stylists and producers in Minnesota fashion through a series of public events. The inaugural Fashion Week MN was held in September of 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. For more on FWMN, please visit:

Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the regional chapter of the worldwide organization.  Its membership is comprised of people working in the fields of design and aesthetics  –  fashion, décor, floral design, food, beauty, and architecture, to name a few.  The events are open to the public and cover a broad range of topics and industry networking opportunities. Hosted by Fashion Group International Minneapolis-St. Paul, each fashion event builds toward FGI's 80th anniversary celebration later this year. Please visit: to learn more.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer 4Play - Saturday, July 30th at Fort Snelling Park

Get outside your Comfort Zone at Summer 4Play

 Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Fort Snelling State Park

Play with Purpose at a uniquely Minnesotan Celebration of the Summer Season featuring 
Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Canoeing, Art, Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Adult Versions of Favorite Kid Pastimes, Food Truck Picnic, music and more.

4Play is a uniquely Minnesotan celebration of the four seasons. One day each season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to experience regional outdoor activities with a twist. We’ll provide the gear - all that’s required is you and an open mind.
• Learn the right strokes kayaking with REI
• Pick up tips and tricks to paddle board with the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness
• Make a push for the fastest time trial with old or new friends Wilderness Inquiry's 10-person Voyageur Canoes
• Warm up for the day of play with yoga on the big lawn
• Be a part of the Twin Cities’ largest game of freeze tag
• Experience interactive art convened by Northern Lights.MN
• Hop on a bike and explore the park with a National Park Service Ranger
• Take a hike with the U.S. Forest Service
• Chill out or play games in the camping zone hosted by REI
• Lure a catch fishing with the National Park Service
• Play adult versions of your favorite kid pastimes including tug of war and a "water breaker" balloon toss hosted by Saint Paul Hello
• Build your own snow cone with the Jeffers Foundation
• Play a pick up game of volleyball on the lawn or swim at the beach
• Eat summertime fare from food trucks on our 100-person community picnic blanket hosted by Eat for Equity and Impact Hub MSP
• Dance the day away with DJ Strangelove

Saturday, July 30, 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Snelling Lake Beach at Fort Snelling State Park
101 55111 Lakeview Ave
St Paul, MN 55120

The Twin Cities community has a strong sense of identity, history and tradition. In practice, that strength has made it a challenge for newcomers to feel connected and a part of this great place. The true Minnesota experience is the four season outdoor experience, and you need not be born in Minnesota to experience the best life has to offer here. That’s why we’re venturing into 4Play. One day every season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to celebrate the season together – and show the world how much fun we’re having.

Presented by GREATER MSP’s Make It. MSP. initiative, Mississippi Park Connection, National Park Service, REI and Northern

All activities are free and all ages are welcome, as are pets. A valid state park permit is required for all vehicles ($5 daily, $25 annual). Permits can be purchased at the Fort Snelling State Park Office. A free shuttle will run every 30 minutes from the Fort Snelling Light Rail Station (Blue Line) and the event during the event hours, and ample bike parking will be available.

Learn more at or on Facebook or Instagram @4PlayMSP.

Monday, June 20, 2016

PLUNGE into PRIDE - Friday, June 24th at Muse

Enigmatic Productions & Scruff present..


Friday, June 24th at Muse Event Center

Grammy-nominated DJ Andy Caldwell, Raven from RuPaul's Drag Race, Murray Swanby with Marco Marco, 
Aerialist Anthony Gonzalez, Enticing Entertainment Performance Artists and more..

A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Orlando Pulse Victims Fund and Open Arms of Minnesota

Grammy-nominated Los Angeles based DJ Andy Caldwell, Raven from the hit show RuPaul's Drag Race, Murray Swanby with Marco Marco, Lila Vera, Los Angeles aerialist Anthony Gonzalez, DJ Stephen Wayne, DJ Shiek, Aerialists and Acrobats, Live Mermen, performance artists from Enticing Entertainment and surprise celebrity guests.

PLUNGE into PRIDE is an underwater adventure that immerses guests in a world filled with stunning performance art installations, mermen, oceanic go-go dancers, and exotic performers. Throughout the evening, Enigmatic will bring elaborate, cutting-edge performances to the stage with aquatic aerialists, choreographed and costumed dancers, the latest in visual and lighting effects, and unique interactive experiences.

Friday, June 24, 2016
9:00 pm - 2:00 am (8:00 PM VIP Entry)

Muse Event Center
107 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

$40 GA
$125-135 VIP

A limited number of VIP Tables will be available. Reserve online and call 612.605.3888 with any special requests or questions. 

**Enter code: “ORLANDO” and Enigmatic will donate $5 from every ticket and $10 from every VIP ticket to the Pulse Orlando Victims Fund.

Please visit for further information.

VIP tickets include:
  • Stunning nautical environment custom created by ENIGMATIC
  • Early Admission
  • Decadent complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Crave Catering
  • A complimentary specialty cocktail
  • Access to meet and greets with Raven, Murray Swanby, Johnny V, Jay Alexander, Joey D, Lady Vajayjay and surprise celebrity guests
  • Aquatic VIP photobooth
  • Complimentary Valet
  • Complimentary Massages from Apogee Wellness
  • Swag bags with goodies from ENIGMATIC, Scruff, Marco Marco and our sponsors

After the horrific and tragic shooting at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub, Enigmatic will donate $5 from every GA ticket and $10 from every VIP ticket to the Orlando Pulse Victim's Fund. Equality Florida is collecting contributions to support every single victim of the horrific shooting at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub. This includes victims' families, survivors and those in the club who many not have suffered physical injury but are in need of support. For more info, please visit

A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Open Arms Minnesota who provide more than half a million meals a year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening or chronic illnesses. They are unique in their phenomenal community who work every day to nourish and sustain people living with illness in the Twin Cities. For more on Open Arms Minnesota, please visit:


Enticing Entertainment has been an established performance force at Twin Cities Pride since 2009 and the primary entertainment provider for Pride events and block parties. Enticing Entertainment also produces several LGBT focused nightlife events every year. Enticing Entertainment is a full-scale entertainment and event production powerhouse, with a staff of dedicated performers, designers, choreographers, and builders who are the best of the best. Their performances offer unique possibilities for customization and branding to suit the needs of any theme, any audience, any event. Enticing Entertainment is everything elegant and extraordinary: from aerial to acrobats, contortion to characters, Enticing Entertainment embodies all things exotic and exceptional. With a twist of cirque and a touch of magic their performances keep the energy rising, exceeding expectations and evolving the entertainment industry. Perhaps they are best known for their self-produced ENIGMATIC events. These in-house extravaganzas are unforgettable parties beyond comparison. Here, the minds behind Enticing Entertainment run wild and create fabulous fantasies that defy convention. For more on Enticing Entertainment and Enigmatic, please visit:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Circle of Design - Saturday, April 23rd at Mill City Nights

Hosted by Christopher Straub of "Project Runway"
Saturday, April 23rd at Mill City Nights

                              (Minneapolis, MN – April 6, 2016) Circle of Design’s unique storytelling approach to design will continue to re-invent the runway show with an infusion of fresh designers and compelling dance performances that will bring an exciting energy to the Minneapolis fashion scene this spring.  Circle of Design 2016 will be hosted at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis on April 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm and will inspire attendees with its unique take on the popular minimalistic approach to their everyday wardrobe.

This year models will hit the runway looking business chic and transition their look, representing other every day scenarios, as they progress to the end of the runway. With unique staging, props, and the ever-popular Circle of Design dancers, the show promises to be incredibly entertaining and exciting.  Following the show is the ever popular pop-up-shop that allows attendees to meet the designers and purchase hot off the runway looks!

Project Runway alumnus Christopher Straub returns as Circle of Design’s host. When asked about what excites Straub most about being a part of Circle of Design, he said “The integration of the fashion artistry and the dance performances really offer something special that the audience wouldn’t get from a typical runway show.” Straub added “This year has an amazing list of designers and I cannot wait to see what they’ve done for the event!”

The show’s Executive Producer and Director, Shelly Gensmer hosts an array of designers who range from established names to design students looking to make their mark. In a discussion between Gensmer and Circle of Design alumna, Gina Moorhead of House of Gina Marie regarding the idea of sharing the runway with students; Moorhead was thrilled about the student participation. So much so, that Moorhead wanted to take it a step further this year, combine resources with Gensmer and offer a sponsorship to one student. The standout applicant was Tabitha Andelin, a senior at the University of Minnesota. Andelin has been awarded a sponsorship that will include mentorship as she further develops her collection for the show, a branding consultation, and manufacturing of her collection in time to show and sell at Circle of Design 2016. 

Attendees can expect to see the featured collections of House of Gina Marie by Gina Moorhead, Fin Sur Fin by Stacie Vanags, and Reviled by Shaima Eshmawy. Alongside Andelin, Circle of Design is thrilled to feature Victor Farmah, a Junior at the Art Institutes International of Minnesota and Shengjie Li, a Senior at the University of Minnesota.

Tickets for Circle of Design 2015 are $37 for General Admission and $65 for a VIP package and are available for purchase at  The show is expected to sell out so early purchase is recommended. The evening will begin at 7:00 pm. Mill City Nights is located at 111 N 5th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Circle of Design was promoted by Kare 11, My Talk Radio, The Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Sun Times Local, City Pages and many more, and sponsors include Styles & Statements, Aesthetic Institute of Edina, In part by MN Hair Design and dpHUE.


VASKI Boat Party - Monday, May 30th Aboard the Betsey Northrop out of Harriet Island in St Paul

The TIGHTanic Boat Party

May 30th (Memorial Day) - 6-9pm
Betsey Northrup River Boat
$15 Early Bird
$25 Advance
$30 At Doors
Rain or Shine the river is raging!

Megan Hamilton
Dappa Dan

All aboard the Besey Northrup river boat for the first TIGHTanic boat party ft. none other than hometown hero done good, Vaski!
On memorial day from 6-9pm, Vaski and friends will play uplifting spring dance tunes as we journey down the Mississippi. Go through a lock and dam, view the beautiful St. Paul scenery, and sip refreshing drinks all while the cities best DJs move your feet. The sun, the wine, the views and the music - come experience this one of a kind intimate experience while on our city's most alluring location. 

Departing from his typical bass heavy style, Vaski will be playing a rare 'sea set' of uplifting house, indie and disco dance tunes. EMI Audio will be providing a very powerful sound system for a true nightclub experience and top shelf drinks are only $6!


Vaski is the young Beatport chart-topping, Minneapolis-based producer known for his previous releases on Excision’s Rottun Recordings. He got his foot in the door with Dubstep, but now his sound has become so much more. His early influences ranged from everything to metalcore, indie, and hip-hop. Vaski’s latest work, the ‘Explorer’ EP features him exploring more electro-house and hiphop sounds, while maintaining the hardcore sound he’s known for. He has toured over three continents and his sound has been heard throughout the world. His tracks have gotten regular support from names like Excision, Flux Pavilion, 12th Planet, Diplo, Rusko, Nero, and Kill the Noise.



Megan Hamilton is a producer/vocalist out of Minneapolis. After several years in the twin cities’ music scene, Hamilton has branded a sound similar to no other in the U.S. As Ghetto Funk’s official U.S. ambassador, she drives a European sound inspired from glitch hop, old school samples, and future funk. As not only a DJ/Producer, Megan is also a fan and activist for this great music movement. Constantly devoting her time towards this growth through social media, word of mouth, and even her own artwork, Megan has developed great brand recognition. After several releases this year with Buygore, Ghetto Funk, Audiophile, and more, Hamilton is spanning genres in high demand. Recently Megan has also added an impressive group of live instruments, whom she calls The Bermudas. These artists range from Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar to even Saxophone and Triangle. Supported by moguls like Benny Benassi, Sick Individuals, Oliver Heldens, Stickybuds, Aaron Jackson, Love and Light, and more.


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Monday, April 11, 2016

What Sparks Your Passion: The Business of Style & Design - Thursday, April 14th at D.NOLO

Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul presents..
What Sparks Your Passion: The Business of Style & Design

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at D.NOLO

                      Minneapolis, MINN. ( March 25, 2016) – Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul (FGI-MSP) is pleased to present "What Sparks Your Passion: The Business of Style & Design" on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 pm at D.NOLO in the hip North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Conducted in collaboration with Fashion Week Minnesota, the evening will begin with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from Cave Vin and a chance to mix and mingle with fashionable young professionals. Following the reception, guests will listen to an in-depth discussion with an accomplished panel of style and design superstars, sharing stories of what sparks their passion. 

Moderated by Allison Kaplan, Senior Editor of Shopping + Style for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, the panel will include Tom Horgen, Variety section Editor and Reporter at the Star Tribune, Jayne Haugen Olson, Editorial Director for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Sky magazine - the onboard lifestyle magazine for Delta Air Lines, John Mooty, Founder of Wilson & Willy's, a Minneapolis retailer focused on collaborating with local manufacturers to produce unique, substance-driven products, Jasmine Stringer, founder of the internationally recognized lifestyle brand "Carpe Diem with Jasmine" and author of “Seize Your Life" and Veronica Clark, founder and owner of D.Nolo, a lifestyle and women's clothing and accessories retail space with a shop-within-a-shop concept.

What Sparks Your Passion: The Business of Style & Design is open to the public. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and networking from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the panel will begin at 7:00 pm with a question and answer period from 8:00 - 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 for FGI-MSP members, $25 for nonmembers and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, please visit: D.NOLO is located at 219 N 2nd St in the North Loop of Minneapolis. Complimentary parking is available.

D.NOLO opened its doors in October 2013 and has become one of the fastest growing co-op destinations in the Midwest. This exceptional open-ended retails space in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood offers one stylish environment and multiple shopping experiences. From fashion-forward womenswear retailers to home furnishings and eyewear, the diverse selection of brands and product offerings truly make D.NOLO a one-stop shopping destination. D.NOLO currently houses eight cutting edge retailers: area, bluebird boutique, bumbershute, Ciel Loft & Home, Invision, kindred, rosegold, and Witt + Bliss. Please visit for further info.

Cave Vin is a new-American, family owned restaurant located in the southwest Minneapolis neighborhood. Please visit for more information.

Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the regional chapter of the worldwide organization.  Its membership is comprised of people working in the fields of design and aesthetics  –  fashion, décor, floral design, food, beauty, and architecture, to name a few.  The monthly events are open to the public and cover a broad range of topics and industry networking opportunities. This event is hosted by the local organization as it builds toward its 80th anniversary celebration this year. Please visit to learn more.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MARK FARINA - Mushroom Jazz 8 Tour - Thursday, May 19th at The Exchange Minneapolis

VimLab & V2 Nightlife present..


Mushroom Jazz 8 Tour 
25th Anniversary

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Exchange Minneapolis


Early Mushroom Jazz & Late Night House Sets By Mark Farina
9 pm - 2 am

Set Times:
9:00 pm - FOURFEET
10:00 - 11:30 pm - MARK FARINA Mushroom Jazz Set
11:30 - 12:30 - FOURFEET + CHUCK LOVE (Live)
12:30 - 2:00 am - MARK FARINA Deep House Set

The Exchange Mpls
10 5th St S, The Exchange Mpls

Minneapolis, MN 55402

FGI's The Business of Beauty - Unveiled - Tuesday, March 8th at Cambria downtown Minneapolis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              

Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul presents..

The Business of Beauty - Unveiled

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Cambria

                   Minneapolis, MINN. ( February 11, 2016) – Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul (FGI-MSP) will present The Business of Beauty - Unveiled beauty panel on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 from 6-8:30pm at the Cambria showroom in downtown Minneapolis.

This event will bring together FGI-MSP members and guests with a prestige beauty panel that will give their perspective on the relevance, allure, and strategies of the growing business of luxury beauty products and services. This event is hosted by the local organization as it builds toward its 80th anniversary celebration this year. 

The event panel will include moderator, Jon Charles, owner of Jon Charles Salon, Faatemah Ampey, NAHA winner and speaker, Julie Swenson, agency owner and author, Elizabeth Dehn, lifestyle writer and Beauty Bets Blog, Jessica Mae, founder and creative director for WarPaint International Beauty Agency, and Charlie Brackney, co-founder of Haus Salons and Blowdry! Blowdry.

The Business of Beauty - Unveiled is open to the public.  Doors open with cocktail reception  and networking from 6 to 7 p.m. with the panel starting at 7pm. Advance tickets are $15 for FGI-MSP members, $20 for nonmembers and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, please visit: Convenient parking is located in the Northstar ramp and valet is available for $16. Cambria is located at 625 2nd Ave S #101, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

The Cambria Gallery is an innovative showroom in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Cambria surfaces are available through builders, designers, architects and kitchen & bath retailers throughout North America.

Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the regional chapter of the worldwide organization.  Its membership is comprised of people working in the fields of design and aesthetics  – fashion, décor, floral design, food, beauty, and architecture, to name a few.  The monthly events are open to the public and cover a broad range of topics and industry networking opportunities.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Winter 4Play MSP This Saturday, January 9th at Fort Snelling State Park - 11 am - 4 pm

Get Hot in the Cold at Winter 4Play

Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Fort Snelling State Park

Experience a Uniquely Minnesotan Celebration of the Winter Season

(Minneapolis, MN) – January 5, 2015 – Kick off the winter season and celebrate Minnesota’s great outdoors during Make It. MSP.’s inaugural WINTER 4PLAY on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Snelling Lake in Fort Snelling State Park from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

During one day each season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to experience regional outdoor activities with a twist.

At Winter 4Play Jan. 9, explore art in the park with Northern’s ARTathlon (an artist-created exercise course), heat up in the Little Box Sauna, cross country ski and snowshoe with REI, Ice Fish and enjoy Winter Bird Watching with the National Park Service, take a hike with the U.S. Forest Service, learn what a quinzee is with Wilderness Inquiry, take part in Minnesota N*ICE Breaker games and activities hosted by Saint Paul Hello, have s’more conversation with Impact Hub MSP and Newcomer Nosh, skijor with Midwest Skijorers, lend a hand in setting MSP up to become the first ‘Sports Epic’ snowball event, fuel up with snacks from Food Trucks and KIND Snacks, and stay hydrated with Resqwater, sing and dance with the Coro Flamenco Street Choir, plus music, bon fires, hot chocolate complements of the Jeffers Foundation, giveaways and more.

The event will take place at Fort Snelling Beach in Fort Snelling State Park located at 101 55111, Lakeview Ave, St Paul, MN 55120. All activities are free and open to the public and all ages are welcome. A valid state park vehicle permit is required ($5 daily, $25 annual). Permits can be purchased at the Fort Snelling State Park Office. 

4Play MSP is a winning idea from the 2015 Knight Cities Challenge, which supports the best ideas to make cities more successful. 4Play was one of the largest grants awarded from the challenge this year. It is a project of the Make It. MSP. initiative in partnership with Mississippi Park Connection, National Park Service, Northern, REI and Wilderness Inquiry along with support from more than 15 local partners.

Learn more at or on Facebook or Instagram @4PlayMSP.


When it comes to winter and being welcoming, the Twin Cities has a bit of an image problem. But just below the surface, enticing things await. That’s why we’re venturing into 4Play. It’s serious fun with a purpose: we want to make it easy for people to experience the things we love most about living here and connect people with one another during each of our distinctly different four seasons. It’s a safe space where experimentation is encouraged. Dozens of outdoor activities – from simple to extreme – will be coordinated into a regional play day. Every activity will be staffed by a local organization so anyone can learn how to safely participate. We’ll connect people with one another by sharing our favorite outdoor traditions.

Make It. MSP. is a collaboration involving dozens of companies, cities, universities and nonprofits to retain and attract talented people in the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. Together, our community is coming together to take action on issues that are critical to the near-term and long-term growth and prosperity of our region. For more information, please visit


 4Play MSP

 Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Fort Snelling State Park

 Experience A Uniquely Minnesotan Celebration of The Winter Season:
Cross County Skiing, Snow-Shoeing, Ice Fishing, Skijoring, Winter Bird Watching, Hiking, MN’s Largest Snowball Fight, Northern’s ARTathlon, Little Box Sauna, Bonfires, Food Trucks and more..

Presented by Greater MSP, Make It. MSP, Mississippi Park Connection, National Park Service, Northern REI and the Wilderness Inquiry.

4Play is a uniquely Minnesotan celebration of the four seasons. During one day each season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to experience regional outdoor activities with a twist.

We’ll provide the gear - all that’s required is you and an open mind.

            •  Explore art in the park with Northern Lights.MN’s ARTathlon

            •  Heat up in the Little Box Sauna

            •  Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe with REI

            •  Ice Fish and enjoy Winter Bird Watching with the National Park Service

            •  Take a hike with the U.S. Forest Service

            •  Learn what the heck is a quinzee with Wilderness Inquiry

            •  Find out if you and your dog are a perfect match for skijoring with Midwest Skjorers

            •  Help set the record for Minnesota’s largest snowball fight

            •  Plus music, bon fires, hot chocolate, food for purchase, giveaways and more.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fort Snelling Beach at Fort Snelling State Park
101 55111 Lakeview Ave
St Paul, MN 55120

The Twin Cities community has a strong sense of identity, history and tradition. In practice, that strength has made it a challenge for newcomers to feel connected and a part of this great place. The true Minnesota experience is the four season outdoor experience, and you need not be born in Minnesota to experience the best life has to offer here. That’s why we’re venturing into 4Play. One day every season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to celebrate the season together – and show the world how much fun we’re having.


All activities are free. A State Park pass is required for every vehicle for $5 for the day or $25 for an annual pass (purchased upon arrival at Fort Snelling State Park.)