The B List: Bizarre Finds in the Twin Cities

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Patches and Gretchen

If Bob Dylan and Phyllis Diller had kids and hired Roseanne Barr to homeschool them, the result would be local indie band Patches and Gretchen. headquartersandimes.com


Hunt & Gather

Meander through this two-floor antiques shop and you’ll stumble upon doll heads, taxidermy, Scrabble letters (in case you lose a Z), and all kinds of retro decor. Then, when you least expect it, you’ll find something fabulous. 4944 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-455-0250, huntandgatherantiques.com



How many retailers include black lights, incense, and stripper poles on their list of essentials? Dead Heads, Star Wars fanatics, artists, gawkers—all are welcome,so be prepared. 205 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-292-1623, maharajasgifts.com


underwear bike ride

The annual Underwear Bike Ride on July 4 has become a popular affair. But to be taken seriously in the world of scantily clad cycling, Twin Citians need to graduate to the Naked Bike Ride—which really is a thing in places such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver. Ours should happen in January, though. mplsbikelove.com


circus Juventas

Circus Juventas is our homegrown version of Cirque du Soleil. The performing arts school teaches kids amazing feats—trapeze, juggling, balancing—and puts on quite a show each summer. 1270 Montreal Ave., St Paul, 651-699-8229, circusjuventas.org

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