History of Hip: Your 5 O'Clock FriendsMinnesota History Center, St. Paul MNDates: Feb. 22, 2011Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Take an affectionate look back at the local news of our childhoods. Local newscasts have a way of turning up in blooper videos and parody comedy sketches: the corny jokes, the fake camaraderie of the "news teams" and the maudlin human interest stories can be endearing, if somewhat formulaic. Tom Oszman and Jack Stahlmann of TCMedianow.com present an evening that that explores those classic tropes when they were still new(s) and reflects on the careers of local TV greats like Stan Turner and Don Shelby with rare clips, outtake reels and commercials that evoke the media culture of the Twin Cities in the '70s and '80s, when local affiliates still ruled the early evening airways.
History of Hip explores the mysterious factors that confer hipness on an artist or a fad, and trace the origins of creative genres that still register with artists, audiences, and tastemakers today. Snacks provided. For more information visithttp://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/hip.