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3-Emoji Review: Weekend Highlights Now + Tomorrow

Posted on: 01/25/16


#Current11 + Pajama Party
We’re not sure what we enjoyed more – Haley Bonar’s rad fluorescent glow-in-the-dark hula hoop skirt or drinking the special edition birthday beer from Grain Belt while watching Tommy Stinson perform behind the bar. And so much more. If you weren’t celebrating The Current’s 11th Birthday Party at First Ave, you were doing it wrong. Unless you were at Paisley Park. Prince hosted another 3-peat pajama party with two intimate performances of “Piano and a Microphone” followed by a singalong and almost a DJ battle. We can’t get enough of the Twincy music scene.

Making a Murderer Event
Still obsessing about Making A Murderer? The University of St. Thomas School of Law will host Making a Murderer | Brandan Dassey: True Story of a False Confession with Laura Nirider, the attorney for Brendan Dassey. She will be joined by a panel of legal and law enforcement panelists to weigh in on. Snag a ticket to the event on Monday February 22 from 5:30-8pm.

The Golden Game
We’ve got the match up, now who’s planning the party? Get ready for Super Bowl 50. The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will face off for footy footy football on Sunday, February 7th in Santa Clara, CA. We will spend the next two weeks preparing ourselves for apps on apps on apps. And ads on ads on ads. And Coldplay. And Bey.


3-Emoji Review: Pop Culture Catch Up

Posted on: 01/18/16


Crime meets comedy in the pun-filled cop show Angie Tribeca. This new parody is the brainchild of Steve and Nancy Carell. It stars Rashida Jones as Detective Angie Tribeca and her all-star squad Hayes MacArthur, Deon Cole, Jere Burns, and Andree Vermeulen. TBS is hosting a 25-hour Binge-A-Thon as we speak, so if you’re one of the lucky ones that has work off today, find someone with cable and catch an episode or two or the full 10.

Bye Week
Once upon a time, the Serial podcast was “one story told week by week.” Until Season 2. Now, new episodes will come out every other week instead of once per week. Why the hold up? More juicy intel. Don’t fret, in between new episodes there will be new posts and graphics on the Serial website. While you’re waiting for the release of the next episode, there’s always #MakingAMurderer.

Go forth and venture into the unknown. Peach is the latest social networking app to top Apple’s charts. Quickly after joining the world, the new app found out it’s a hard knock life trying to hang with the cool kids like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Peach hopes to stand out by tapping into the more abstract, emotional side of users. The main question is: will it live or will it die? It’s still fuzzy.


3-Emoji Review: Bring Broad City into VR, please!

Posted on: 01/08/16

VR Headsets for Gamers
Remember when Facebook bought that virtual reality company called Oculus for some pocket change ($2 billion) last year? Hello Oculus Rift headsets. Goodbye 2016 budget. Zuck announced the headsets are available for pre-order for $599, which was disappointing news for gamers around the globe who weren’t expecting to dish out a second rent payment on virtual reality headsets this month.

Geeks on the Strip
Gizmos and gadgets are taking over Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). From $80,000 speakers to robot butlers, CES is where bottle service lives in the shadow of technology. For Minnesotans in The Fabulous, don’t forget to head to your nearest Sportsbook and put some money on the Vikings. For the rest of us stuck in Twincy this weekend, (snow) suit up and take shelter. It’s gonna be a cold one.

True story: we peed our pants a little bit when Comedy Central announced the renewal of Broad City for 2 more seasons. While we’re also huge fans of Amy Schumer (and happy her CC show Inside Amy Schumer was renewed for another season), nobody can pull off 30-minutes of humor like Ilana and Abbi. The premiere of Broad City Season 3 is 40 days and some odd hours / minutes away, but WHO’S REALLY COUNTING?

3-Emoji Review: Creative Profile Support Groups

Posted on: 12/18/15

Instagram Hubby
Ever wondered who’s behind the camera of your favorite blogger, taking photos while she sips her daily designer latte or stands near a brick wall staring into the distance? It turns out the real hero of the story is the Instagram Husband. If this scenario is sounding all too familiar, join the #instagramhusband support group.

Still Kickin
Nora McInerny Purmort had everyone feeling all of the feels at the sold-out CreativeMornings/Minneapolis this morning. In a heartwarming, tear-jerking presentation on the topic of time, Nora welcomed us into her world of brain tumors, death, parenting and starting a non-profit. We can’t wait for Nora’s first book It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Too) to be published by HarperCollins. The highly anticipated release date is May 1, 2016. But the best news for all of us late Christmas shoppers out there (yes, I’m talking to you, too) is that the book is available for pre-order now! What people really want for Christmas is the idea of a present, you guys. Go get your copy. And get some Still Kickin swag while you’re at it.

Cinemagraph That Profile Pic
You may be thinking “A cinema-whaaaaa?” Let us help: a cinemagraph is the love child of photograph and a GIF. You basically shoot a photo, but select part of it to move, like some Harry Potter level magic. Confused yet? Just go make a cinemagraph profile pic already.