A good friend to Cities 97 for years now, Joe Spencer is the Arts & Culture Liaison for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. A Fancy title for sure, but the bottom line on Joe's gig is that he tries to make fun stuff happen in the Capital City. If it's happening in St. Paul, he fills us in on it every Friday, so if you're looking for weekend fun on the east side of the river - you'll find it here!

Grand Stand and Free Stage overview and highlights - Minnesota State Fair
- Herritage Square takes the prize away from Leinnie Lodge for best line up

- Family Stage this year includes two great local acts: The Bazillions and the Grammey Winning Oakee Doakee Brothers

- a very C97-friendly Grandstand lineup - Friday August 23 Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and Gin Blossoms.  Thursday August 29th Train with special guest Michael Franti and Spearhead

NON-FAIR notables:

The Big Low Down - the love-child of a scavenger hunt and experimental theater

River City Revue on the Paddleford Boats - tonight - River Cruise led by hipster artists