Are you hip? Study gathers how it happens

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Minnesota Historical Society and the Turf Club in St. Paul are partnering for a brand new series that explores the mysterious factors throughout history that confer "hipness" on an artist, fad or defining movement.

They challenge you: "Think you know what’s hip? Consider yourself a hipster?"

Even if you don’t think you’re hip, you might be interested in checking out the discussion in a cool place.

"History of Hip" is a new offering by the Minnesota Historical Society that seeks to tap a younger audience, but not necessarily any singular age group. The kickoff of the series was earlier thi smonth with a look at the "Beats" as a movement, a generation and an artistic style that still resonates today, organizers say.


Two more events are scheduled. The "History of Hip" series continues April 22 and May 6 with these events:

  •  April 22 "Design" with Lazor Office founder and FlatPak House creator Charlie Lazor and historian Richard Blue.
  •  May 6 "Jazz" with saxophonist and bassist Mike Lewis (Happy Apple, Fat Kid Wednesdays, Alpha Consumer and Red Start) and U of M drum and jazz professor Phil Hey.

"History of Hip" Minnesota Historical Society
Where: Turf Club’s Clown Lounge,1601 University Ave., St. Paul.

When: 7:30 p.m., April 22

How much: $6 or $5 for MHS members. Ages 21 and older only. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Why: It’s cool.

Information: Register online at or call (651) 259-3015.

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