Open Streets is coming to Lowry Avenue September 20th

Join us for Lowry Avenue Open Streets
Get Your Free Open Streets MPLS T-shirt!
The Lowry Cooridor Business Association and Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition are excited to bring you Open Streets MPLS on Lowry Avenue September 20th! Open Streets MPLS events close a major city street to cars for one weekend day, and open it up to pedestrians, cyclists and other wheeled persons to experience the street in a whole new way. Come meet your neighbors, local businesses, organizations, artists and musicians September 20th and join the celebration as a representative of this event!
Open Streets is powered by neighborhood and community volunteers, and we need 150 volunteers to make this party possible. In exchange for 2.5 hours of volunteering to make chalk art or help keep the streets clean and car-free, volunteers will get a free Open Streets T-shirt, an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party, and a whole lot of high fives and bragging rights. Click this link to see a complete list of volunteer options and to sign up!
Thanks so much to all our volunteers who make this day possible.
See you at Open Streets!

MPRB “Rolls Out” New Recycling Program and Revamped Park Waste Management System

Beginning this week, visitors to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board neighborhood and regional parks will notice new trash and recycling receptacles.

Neighborhood Parks
Gone are the decades-old round green (waste) and blue (recycling) cans. In their place, park patrons will see dark gray plastic carts for waste and blue carts for one-sort recycling. Minneapolis residents will be especially familiar with the new carts, as they are the same as are used by Minneapolis residents at home.

“Sustainability is one of the Park Board’s core values, and park patrons have always been good about recycling when the option was available,” said Liz Wielinski Commissioner District 1 and Park Board of Commissioners President. “This just makes recycling an even easier choice.”

All waste carts will be paired with a recycling cart. More carts will be placed in heavily used areas such as playgrounds, basketball courts, wading pools to accommodate higher usage. (The old metal waste and recycling containers are expected to be removed by mid-October.)

As part of the City of Minneapolis solid waste and recycling program, park staff will move neighborhood park waste and recycling carts to the curb on specified pick-up days. Just as for Minneapolis residents, most nonhazardous items except for clothes, food, waxed coated cups, Styrofoam and yard waste can go into the single-sort recycling bins. Everything else from plastic to metal to glass is recyclable.

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Old waste and recycling cans (left) and new waste and recycling carts (right).

Regional Parks
At some larger neighborhood parks and at MPRB regional parks and trails (parklands that comprise much of the Grand Rounds, including the Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth, Minnehaha Park, Victory Memorial Parkway and areas around downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River), waste and recycling removal will be done by three new refuse vehicles.

These single-operator compact vehicles are ideal for navigating the tight spaces in often found along trails and in parks. They also help increase efficiency and improve safety by eliminating manual lifting.

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The new refuse vehicles and receptacles.

As at neighborhood parks, the older metal can are being replaced with new, larger waste and recycling receptacles. Both the waste and recycling receptacles are well-marked to make it easier for park users to recycle.

Park patrons can expect to see the new waste and recycling receptacles and refuse vehicle beginning in October.

Each year, more than 21 million visits are made to the nationally acclaimed Minneapolis park system, comprised of 251 park properties totaling nearly 6,800 acres of land and water.

City of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Update

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Minneapolis Animal Care & Control: Working with residents to create safe and healthy communities for people and animals.

Woof Woof…Squawk…Purr-r-r-r…Chug Chug…Naaaahhhh…Chirp…Ththth…Ssssssss…Woof! 

(Staff at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control speak fluent animal, so let us translate…) 


Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for MACC’s“I’m in the Dog House” celebration. We will “kennel” and then “adopt” a whole host of celebrities and elected officials when they raise money for the animals at the shelter. 


Be sure to register for our Doggie Costume Contest by 12:15 p.m. (Prizes for funniest costume, most creative, and best of the best). You’ll also be able to take a tour of the shelter, Ask the Vet, watch dog agility demonstrations, and join us for face-painting. Special thanks to Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws for putting their paws forward as title sponsors for our event.


Find more information on our website -

We look forward to seeing you!

Staff at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control






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Open Streets-Harvest Fest – September 20th

Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

Open Streets

in partnership with Harvest Fest

Saturday September 20th - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm



Open Streets MPLS
of the year is here!

Last chance to get a FREE
Open Streets T-shirt!

Sign up to volunteer now
and secure your swag

Back by popular demand, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the Lowry Corridor Business Association are hosting the third annual Lowry Avenue Open Streets on September 20th with Harvest Fest. Check out these photos from last year and the stop animation created at the first event in 2012 to get a taste of the shenanigans coming your way. In just one week we’ll close 18 blocks to cars to open it up to pedestrians and cyclists to experience the street in a new way. Imagine a full day of two main stages worth of music; a BMX bike show; a BBQ, food trucks, and a beer garden to bring you delicious food; a classic car museum; art covering the street, and more – all in one awesome community!

project_sweetie_pie_crop.jpgWe are really excited for this event. Help Open Streets MPLS go out with a bang by signing up to volunteer for a short 2.5 hour shift making chalk art and hula hooping, keeping the streets clean and car free, taking photos, or another volunteer role that tickles your fancy. There are several shift times and positions available, so snag the shift you want and secure your free Open Streets MPLS 2014 T-shirt while you still can!
Sign up to volunteer today!

It’s fun to volunteer with friends! Grab a buddy to volunteer with and help make this day a success. Contact Beth Wagner at or 612-812-0526 if you’d like to register your group together.

We expect thousands of people to come to Open Streets MPLS on Lowry Ave, and we need over 90 volunteers to make this day possible. So come on out and volunteer show your Minneapolis pride!

Thanks so much to all our volunteers that make Open Streets MPLS possible! To learn more, visit, like our facebook page, or contact Beth Wagner at or 612-812-0526.

See you at Open Streets!


You can also keep up with Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition on Twitter or Facebook.

1428 Washington Ave S, #204, Minneapolis, MN 55454, United States 

Court Watch – Thursday, September 25th-Problem Properties Forum

Court Watch Returns with a Problem Properties Forum on September 25th, 6:30 p.m. in the Folwell Park Community Room. In October and November there will be a three meeting series on Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System. The forums in the Juvenile series will be in the 4th Precinct Community Room. The 4th Precinct is located at Plymouth and Morgan Avenues North.

What is Court Watch?

Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice. Concerned citizens partner with police, prosecutors, probation officers, and other resources to promote sentencing accountability with the court system.

Community participation makes Court Watch successful. At Court Watch meetings, Minneapolis City Attorneys, Hennepin County Attorneys, Neighborhood Probation, Minneapolis Police and social service agencies respond go questions and provide regular updates about offenders, arrests, court dats and outcomes.

The community leads and drives a Court Watch by

* Sharing valuable information about offenderws and crimes

* Having input in the criminal justice process, which increases accountability

* Educating judges about the personal impacts of being a victim of a neighborhood crime, including drug sales, weapons offenses, property

crimes and prostitution

* Making communities safer


4th Precinct Court Watch

The Fourth Precinct Court Watch focuses on chronic offenders, habitual burglars and felons in possession of firearms. This collaborative meets monthly to address public safety needs and write impact statements.

Meeting Time and Location

Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30

North Regional Library

1315 Lowry Avenue North

Contact: 4thPrecinctCourt

Minneapolis RiverCurrent – September 10, 2014

*****Events and Activities*****

North Loop Fall Crawl

Friday, September 12, 10 am, to Saturday, September 13, 9 pm

The North Loop crawl is back! Enjoy this two-day neighborhood event including 11 of the North Loop Neighborhood independent businesses. The event will include special sales, raffles and a $500 Grand Prize. For more information:



September 12 –14

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

This hip-hop dance company from Minneapolis creatively fuses hip-hop styles to create high quality productions that emphasize storytelling featuring pirouetting hip-hop dancers and ballerinas. SHAPESHIFT dancers tell stories of love, loss and human emotion through movement — tackling themes from chemical dependency to discrimination — moving audiences to experience a deep inner connection with performance long after the lights go on and the performance ends. SHAPESHIFT productions are passionately produced and lead by Herb Johnson and Ashley Selmer. Recent collaborations include: Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl and America’s Got Talent’s popular crew iLuminate. SHAPESHIFT has been featured by the Star Tribune for their work and premiered their first production last November at the New Century Theater. If you have yet to see this unique dance crew’s productions, you are in for a moving experience. For information and tickets:!shapeshift/c15we.


Mill City Farmers Market – Fourth Annual Bread Festival

Saturday, September 13, 8 am – 1 pm

Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway

Get ready bakers and bread lovers, it’s that time of year again. Mill City Farmers Market’s annual Bread Festival is back for its fourth year. Teaming up once again with the Mill City Museum and sponsor Gold Medal™ Flour, this exciting event highlights the tradition of bread baking right at the heart of the Twin Cities’ historical milling landmark. The festival will combine educational events at the Market, outdoor baking demonstrations and a bread-baking competition judged by a panel of local celebrities, and The Current’s Mark Wheat will once again entertain as emcee. Mill City Cooks takes on a new look for the day, complete with an outdoor oven and pizza-making demo provided by Lorenzo’s Ovens. Local celebrity baker Jeff Hertzberg will provide baking demonstrations starting at 10 am. During the demos, a fantastic team of judges, including Steve Horton from Rustica Bakery, Tim Kastner from The Wedge Community Co-op and Sun Street Breads‘ Solveig Tofte, will be evaluating the submissions to Mill City’s Fourth Bread Baking Contest under two categories: Quick Breads and Yeasted Breads. Enter your home-baked bread and have your loaf judged by the experts! Click here for more info. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at Thanks to volunteers from OHK Grange, kids can get creative at the Crop Art booth, where seeds are used to create works of art. Kids also will be happy to know they can stop by and pet their furry friends from Oliver H. Kelley Farm. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM is thrilled to have theRoe Family Singers back at the Market. This local jug band blends characteristic old-time sound with rock & roll influence. The Community Booth will feature Compatible Technologies International, a nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger and poverty in the developing world by designing and distributing simple, affordable food and water tools. They will demo grain grinders and other inventions that are changing lives around the world. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Barn Swallow Garden,Jo SeversonChris Chookiatsirichai and Woodsport. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter:


Ladies Night Out

Thursday, September 18, 5 pm

Cheers to a great Ladies Night Out! Enjoy a Northeast Minneapolis evening of special deals at the following participating businesses: Spot Spa, Parc Boutique, Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop, The Red Stag, Keegans, Look and See Eye Care and Mona Williams. For more information:


A Comeaux Enterprises presents:

You Took Me with You

written, produced and directed by A Comeaux

Saturday, September 20, 7 pm

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

Set in Innercity, America, a family’s coveted matriarch holds secrets sworn in debts paid with vows only death will release. A mother married to a man who was right for her, but she knew she’d never be right by. A sweet daughter only wanted to be her mother’s mini-me, but she knew not the path she begged to mimic. A son left behind, but very much holding his father’s weight in his eyes. A Comeaux brings her third book of the same title to the stage. In poetry, raw honesty and monologues in love, this theatrical installment is written by a child of an addict. Today they both seek a path of peace in their quest for redemption. A Comeaux is dedicated to using her talents on a national level to support those left in addiction. This production is an ode to children of addicts and speaks to the plague of our nation. Visit: For information and tickets:!you-took-me-with-you/c1p32.


NT Live: Medea

Monday, September 22, 7 pm, and

Saturday, September 27, 1 pm

St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE

NT Live is a ground-breaking initiative of London’s National Theatre that broadcasts the world’s finest stage performances to cinemas around the world. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. For information:


Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft

1011 Washington Avenue South

For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities:

Steve Almond Tackles Football: An Evening of Controversy

Tuesday, September 23, 8 pm

Join New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond as he reads his new book, Against Football, and discusses the economic, medical and moral hazards of America’s favorite sport. Fans and non-fans welcome. It’s sure to be a night to remember.

Charles Baxter and the Art of Series

Friday, September 26, 7 pm

National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter discusses his editorial work on the Art of Series and the importance of writing what you don’t know. This is a new collaboration between Graywolf Press and the Loft.

Nikky Finney: McKnight Reading

Saturday, September 27, 7 pm

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011);The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007) and co- founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

Second Story Reading Series: Julie Schumacher and Molly Backes

Sunday, September 28, 2 pm

The Loft’s Second Story Reading Series for young adult and middle grade authors celebrates its sixth season with a bout of girlpower. Julie Schumacher’s first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment (“tell a family tale”), was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The AtlanticMS,Minnesota Monthly and Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards (1990 and 1996). Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. It was published in translation in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Israel, Greece and Korea. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and five books for younger readers: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls (2012), Black Box (2008), The Book of One Hundred Truths (2006), The Chain Letter(2005) and Grass Angel (2004), all from Delacorte. M. Molly Backes is the author of the young adult novel The Princesses of Iowa (Candlewick Press, May 2012). In addition to writing novels, Molly is a member of the 2012 class of bloggers at The Debutante Ball, pens the “Writing Tips” column for The Prairie Wind (the newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of SCBWI) and is a frequent contributor to StoryStudio’s blog, Cooler by the Lake. Her story “Teacher’s Pet” appears in the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good (LaChance, 2009).


Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

Student Study Nights at WAM | WAM Collective

Wednesday, September 24, 5 pm

On one Wednesday night every month during fall and spring semesters, the Weisman opens its doors to students looking for a study spot. Artworks on the surrounding walls, a carefully curated playlist in the background and supplied coffee and snacks at close hand make studying at the museum much less painful than studying in a dreary dorm room. Features of study nights include the Art Rental program (take a piece of art home with you that night) and meditation breaks. For information:


Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line:

My Preschooler and Me: Puppet Escapades – Fall Colors

Thursday, September 25, from 10 — 11 am

Watch the animal puppets put on a show, then enjoy a short hike, craft or other themed activity. Both adult and child pay. Cost is $4, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-04. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is open to ages 2-6.

Yoga on the River

Saturday, September 27, 9:30 – 11 am

Join Emily Stuber in a Vinyasa flow yoga class along the Mississippi River. Connect breath and movement through a dynamic series of poses emphasizing body awareness and mindfulness. Leave energized and refreshed. No experience necessary, but participants need to bring their own mats. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416917-00. This program is for ages 16+. For information:

Free Family Fun Day: Feed Our Animals

Sunday, September 28, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.



September 25 – November 8

Opening reception: Saturday, September 27, 6 – 8 pm

Form+Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Suite 104

In celebration of seven years of operation, Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis presents F+C@SEVEN, a group exhibition of featuring current and past members of Form + Content Gallery. Twenty two members will show a variety of media. Over the past seven years the gallery has exhibited more than sixty individual and group shows that have included over one hundred national and international guest artists, engaging the larger community with these goals in mind. Form + Content Gallery has featured shows broad in scope, such as the Minnesota housing crisis and the history of the GLBT movement, and exhibits that are the outcome of an individual’s questions pursued in a committed studio practice. Exhibits have been inspired by voyages as far a-field as the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, a small Italian village, the American West and the controversial “Separation Wall” dividing Israel and the West Bank. Our own neighborhoods and richly diverse artistic communities in Minnesota have also been highlighted with the offerings of poets, prose writers, dancers, musicians, rappers, architects and performance artists.F+C@SEVEN is an exhibit that celebrates this legacy, uniting past and present gallery members for the first time in an exhibit that showcases the variety of perspectives and personalities joined in this collaborative venture. For information:


Upcoming Regis Center for Art Activities

Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South

Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon

Friday, September 26, 9 am – 12 noon

Katherine E. Nash Gallery

As part of the exhibition thinking making living, Cam Gordon, City Council Member for Ward 2, will hold office hours in the gallery.


Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships Series XI

September 26 – November 30

Opening reception Tuesday, September 30, 6 – 9 pm

Open Book Cowles Literary Commons

Since 1985 the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new book works. Through the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists and others — have created projects ranging from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes to documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content. This exhibition marks the culmination of the twelfth series of Book Arts Fellowships. The MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship Series XII recipients are: visual artist and writer Georgia A. Greeley; book artist, designer and shoe maker Amara Hark-Weber; mixed media artist Lisa Loudon; sculptor Alonso Sierralta; and tattoo artist, illustrator and printmaker Amoreena “Amo” Tarvas. For information:

A Taste of Marbling

with Sally Power

Saturday, September 27, 1 – 4 pm

Have you wondered how those great marbling patterns are made? Or perhaps you took a workshop in marbling some time ago but have forgotten the details and would like a refresher? This workshop is meant for you! In one short afternoon you can review the basics of marbling, practice the process and use one of your own papers to make an origami card case. $55 ($50 members) + $15 supply fee. Great for beginners. To register:

Calligraphy: The Uncial Hand

with Kris MacDonald

Two Saturdays: September 27October 4, 1 — 4pm

Before there was type, there was hand lettering. In this introductory calligraphy class, learn the basics of broad-edged pen lettering by exploring the Uncial hand, a formal book script from the 7th century, using a broad-edged dip pen and walnut ink. Then give the Uncial a 21st century feel by using some alternative writing tools and bending a few rules. Great for beginners. $95 ($85 members) + $25 supply fee. To register:


Activities at the Soap Factory

Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… Interviews

Friday, September 26, 5 – 8 pm

An experiment in presence and connection, Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… is a relational performance piece in which the artist interviews participants and writes impromptu text poems about their lives using a 1960s Royal manual typewriter. During each event, artist Jan Estep invites participants to sit and talk with her one at a time, guided by a series of personal questions. Afterwards she turns in her seat and writes a biographical text for her guest. The original is given to the participant as a gift; a carbon copy is made as a secondary document. There are eight events scheduled during the Soap Factory’s 2014 season, staggered between April and October. A collection of the texts based on the interviews will be published at the end of the series. No appointment necessary; just stop by. For information:


Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit

Mill City Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 27, 8 am – 2 pm

Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for their eighth annual Mill City Oktoberfest. Enjoy the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Germany with activities inside the museum, outside in the Ruin Courtyard and in the Farmers Market area in the Train Shed and Chicago Mall next to the Guthrie Theater. Activities include cooking and baking demonstrations, music, dancing, beer samples, food and beverage sales and brewing history. Free, but Museum admission is required for the Baking Lab demonstration.

Minneapolis Riverfront Tour

Sunday, September 28, 1 pm

Walk the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Participants will visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, which was once the milling center of the world and is now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. A guide from Mill City Museum will lead visitors onto the Stone Arch Bridge for a spectacular view of the falls, the historic buildings surrounding it and downtown Minneapolis, and tell stories of the people who have worked and lived in the area and how it has changed over the years.  The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555 or register online.


Downtown Minneapolis Families Gathering

Saturday, September 27, 8:30 – 10:30 am

North Loop Playground, Fourth Avenue North and West River Parkway

Downtown Families MPLS invites you to unleash your inner child at the North Loop Playground. Come and meet families raising children in Downtown Minneapolis and learn about their new organization over coffee, bagels and juice, courtesy of the North Loop Neighborhood Association and Corner Coffee. You’ll be able to meet honored guest, Ginger Kranz (Principal of the new Webster Elementary School that will open to all downtown children in the Fall of 2015) along with very special guests: City Council Member Jacob Frey, State Representative Raymond Dehn and Minneapolis Public School Board Member Jenny Arneson. The Baron of Bubble will be in attendance to entertain! The event will be held, rain or shine, at the North Loop Playground, which is located at North 4th Avenue & West River Parkway in the North Loop Neighborhood.


Autumn Brew Review – Sorry, sold out, but see note

Saturday, September 27

Grain Belt complex

The 14th annual Autumn Brew Review craft beer festival will take place at the historic Grain Belt Brewery complex in Northeast Minneapolis! Beer and brewers from all across the nation will be on-site for the largest annual celebration of craft beer in Minnesota. This non-profit outdoor festival, produced by and benefiting the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, will feature unlimited beer as well as non-alcoholic samples, a commemorative tasting glass, live music, tasty food vendors on-site, voting for your favorite beer and table display competitions, beer educational sessions and tours, random shenanigans and a good time to be had by all at this beautiful historic venue on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Sorry, but Autumn Brew Review tickets are SOLD OUT! If more become available (if breweries don’t use all of their tickets), the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild will sell them the week of ABR and announce when the sale will happen. For information:


Ramen Attack

Sunday, September 28, 12 noon – 6 pm

Mill City Museum Train Shed, Chicago Avenue between Second Street and West River Parkway

Zen Box Izakaya will once again host the Ramen Attack. Zen Box Chef John Ng will be joined by these world-class Ramen Chefs: Chef Jack Nakamura (Executive Chef at Sun Noodle ‘Ramen Lab), Chef Mihoko Obunai (Chef at Southbound, Atlanta, GA, also former contestant on network show ‘Top Chef’) and Chef Keizo Shimamoto (Chef/Owner at RAMEN.Co NYC & Berg’n, creator of world famous original ‘Ramen Burger’). In addition to fantastic food, brews and sake, there will be performances by Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders, SOLID GOLD, Mu Performing Arts Daiko and Seven Dragons Kempo Karate.



*****Input, Participation and Stewardship Opportunities*****

Mill District Neighborhood Association Meeting; Who’ll Save St. Anthony Falls?

Monday, September 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South, Main Floor Commons

Will the falls run dry two years from now? Three new hydro projects propose to divert water from flowing over St. Anthony Falls – Crown Hydro, A Mill Hydro and Symphony Hydro. One existing facility — Xcel Energy — is planning to ask permission to increase the amount they divert. Learn details on each of these projects, and hear new policy initiatives from our elected officials. Special guest presenters will be Raymond Dehn (State Representative, District 59B), Liz Wielinski (MPRB President) and Jacob Frey (City Council Member, Ward 3).


East Bank Trail Public Meetings

Meeting #1: Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seeks community input to help plan a mile of new bicycle and pedestrian trails and related amenities along the east bank of the Mississippi River from Plymouth Avenue to Marshall Street NE at the BNSF railroad bridge in Minneapolis. A series of community meetings are planned, with the first meeting on September 16. This first meeting will provide project background and discuss neighborhood preferences. For more information:



*****Planning Ahead*****

Twin Cities Horror Festival III

October 23 – November 2

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South

This year’s Horror Festival lineup will feature nine original productions ranging from the bloodiest, to the funniest, to the darkest corners of the human psyche. Full festival schedule and discounted passes and tickets are available at



*****Awards, Contests, Grants and Funding Resources*****

Mississippi Minute Film Festival Deadline Extended

The deadline for entering the Mississippi Minute Film Festival has been extended to 12 noon, Central Time, on Monday, September 15. Enter your one-minute-long film/DVD visual essay on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Create your vision that showcases an appreciation for ─ or the future potential of ─ the urban riverfront in Minneapolis. Inform, energize and inspire – all in 60 seconds! For full terms and conditions, file formats and “How to Submit,” see Presented by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.



*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Music at Aster Café

125 Main Street SE

The Aster Café now has live music on many evenings (and weekend brunches) to complement its food and beverage offerings. For more information and a schedule: .


Guthrie Theater Backstage Tours

FridaySaturday and Sunday mornings at 10 am

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

This 45-minute backstage tour offers a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Guthrie. Discover the stunning and expanded features of this state-of-the-art facility and learn how the Guthrie takes its plays from script to stage, including the many intriguing steps in between. On the tour, visit the Guthrie’s various production departments, including the shops where costumes, sets and props are expertly crafted by talented artisans. The cost is $12 per person; $7 for subscribers, students or seniors. To book a tour, call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://www.guthrietheater.org Additional tours may be scheduled for groups of 20 or more based on availability. Groups may call the group sales office at 612-225-6240 for information and scheduling options. Advance reservations are required for groups of 20 or more.


Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

St. Anthony Main Theatres, 115 Main Street SE

In addition to first-run movies, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul exhibits the best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, including several topical festivals. To see what’s on the schedule, visit:


Live Music and Movies at Crooked Pint Ale House

Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 Washington Avenue South

Crooked Pint Ale House is a nouveau urban pub with a local neighborhood feel that offers movies and live music. Live music every weekend features local, regional, and national performers and a range of music styles. Visit for schedule information. For more information: or 612-877-6900.


Mill City Museum

Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am — 5 pmSunday, 12 noon — 5 pm

704 South Second Street

Built within the limestone ruins of the Washburn A Mill – the National Historic Landmark that was once the centerpiece of the world’s flour milling industry – the museum tells the story of a mighty river, a young city and how the production of flour fueled the growth of Minnesota. The museum’s 12,000 square foot exhibit space is packed with fun and intrigue for visitors of all ages. Follow your nose to the Baking Lab, splash around in the water lab and enjoy the rooftop view of the riverfront. The eight-story Flour Tower show tells the story of the mill through the voices of former workers and runs throughout each day. The newly restored West Engine House features Kevin Kling’s take on Minneapolis history in the movie “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” and shows every half hour. Fee: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students with ID, $6 youth ages 6 – 17, free for children under 5 and MHS members. Call 612-341-7555 or visit for more information.



*****Informational Resources*****

Telling River Stories Web Site

The “Telling River Stories” Web site can be found at Telling River Stories is a collaborative project that populates the urban Mississippi River corridor with stories of how the city and the river have been jointly developed. The site highlights stories about the people and places that make up today’s urban river landscape. In addition to the Web site, future programs and on-site installations will be part of the overall project. The Telling River Stories program is part of the River Life: Mississippi and U project, a partnership of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Institute for Advanced Study, Water Resource Center, College of Design and Urban Studies Program. The River Life project connects University research, teaching and civic engagement programs with off-campus partners who are working to reinvigorate the urban Mississippi River. In the coming weeks, project team members will be adding materials to the site’s coverage of “river stories” in the Twin Cities, St. Louis and New Orleans. Check back often to view the progress.


River Talk

River Talk is a thoughtful, informed blog about issues that affect the Mississippi River that is provided by Patrick Nunnally of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment RiverLife program. To check it out:


Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Calendar

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District web site has a calendar feature that has lots of great info. To check it out, visit:



*****Informational Updates*****

West River Parkway Landslide Repair

At its September 3 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Board of Commissioners approved a professional services agreement with Barr Engineering to provide design, engineering, and construction oversight for the permanent repair of the landslide along West River Parkway area near 4th Street South. The parkway and trails at the base of the river bluff were closed in late June after heavy rain caused soil, vegetation and debris from a 100-foot section of the hillside to slip, covering West River Parkway and sliding into the Mississippi River. The slide jeopardized Fairview-University Medical Center equipment and pavement at the top of the bluff, which have been relocated or temporarily stabilized. As a temporary solution, MPRB and Fairview-University Medical Center contractors have covered the slide area with a fabric casing to minimize rainfall erosion. However, a permanent strategy to restore the bluff has yet to be determined. The section of West River Parkway between 4th St. S. and Franklin Ave. remains closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic because of the instability of the slide zone. Barr Engineering estimates their work will require three months of investigation and engineering. They also recommend avoiding construction in the cold weather months due to frozen ground water and winter temperature fluctuations. Accordingly, permanent slope repair construction is expected to begin in spring of 2015 and last three to four months. For more information and to sign up for timely email updates visit the West River Parkway slope reconstruction project page.



*****Riverfront News Articles*****

VÉLO Project Completed


Kidizen in North Loop


Hydroelectricity History in Minneapolis


North Loop Hotel Proposal


Primrose Path Opens in Northeast


Pillsbury Machine Shop Redevelopment


The White Snake at Guthrie

Open Streets – Saturday, September 20, 11 am – 6pm, Lowry Avenue

Open Streets event is held on Saturday, September 20th, 11am – 6pm along Lowry Avenue from Vincent to Emerson. Open Streets events bring people together to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a safe, car-free environment. To volunteer for Folwell and Webber-Camden neighborhoods, please call 612.521.2100 or to volunteer for the general Open Streets event, email:  The FNA/WCNO table is located on the northeast corner of Penn/Lowry.  Stop by, chat and pick up some information you need.

Intermedia Arts News: This Week: “Global Taxi Driver” at Intermedia Arts – Beginning September 12th

Don’t Miss It!
A New Play Written and Directed by Leilani Chan 

 Co-presented with TeAda Productions
>>> Did you get your tickets for opening night yet? <<<

THIS Friday, September 12th opens the world premiere of Global Taxi Driver (+ After-party at Moto-i. Yum!)

 Global Taxi Driver

Thursday - Sunday, September 11* – 14 & 18 – 21, 2014 

7:30PM Thursdays – Saturdays
2:30PM Sundays *September 11, 8PM | Sliding Scale Admission

Seating is limited, get your tickets now!

Want a free ticket? Sign up to Usher for a show! 

Limited number of opportunities available.


FEATURING Pedro Bayon, Ifrah Mansour, Ova Saopeng, Nicole M. Smith, Gaosong Vang, andBlake Williams

Inspired by the real life experiences of Somali drivers, Vietnam vets, artists, and more, Global Taxi Driver uncovers a little known slice of the Twin Cities – and a unique view of the world – from behind the wheel of a cab.
Director/Playwright Leilani Chan and TeAda Ensemble members Ova Saopeng and Blake Williams, have teamed up with local artists Pedro Bayon, Ifrah Mansour, Nicole M. Smith, andGaosong Vang to gather stories of taxi drivers in the Twin Cities. Throughout the world, taxi driving is a gateway profession for immigrants, often taken on by people who were once farmers, soldiers, doctors, or lawyers. With the growth of ride sharing services threatening this occupation, these stories become even more urgent to tell.

Leilani Chan
Global Taxi Driver Writer & Director Leilani Chan


“The journey toward Global Taxi Driver began over 5 years ago, before we even knew it would become a show. As touring artists we travel for business but we are not your typical business traveler. We are more like migrant workers carrying costumes and props in our luggage. We go where the work is, except we go by plane and often end up in taxis where the driver as our guide turns out to be a traveler, or migrant, or refugee as well. The stories we heard from the backseat of these cabs, tuk tuks and shuttles are what launched this new exploration.  Our previous touring work Refugee Nation took us to cities across the country looking for Laotian refugees in the U.S. We spent time in each city collecting stories. What inspired me from this journey was that while we were deeply imbedded in this small often overlooked community, we heard stories that echoed the transnational refugee experience from our taxi drivers. From Somali refugees in Minneapolis, to Cuban women in Alaska, to Nepalese youth in Portland all navigating their way in a new world, facing similar struggles while still maintaining relationships in the country they came from. This sharing across cultures is what has inspired this new work. I long to see how we can break down the barriers of language, occupation and race. To reexamine what the “American Experience” really is through the eyes of transnational citizens. To create a work that travels treacherously between these worlds and navigates between recent immigrants and 2nd or 3rd generation immigrants. There is no better way to do this then through the eyes of taxi drivers.   When I began collecting taxi stories, the ride-share apps were not in operation yet. Over the last year it has become clear that these apps are changing the industry. By this time I already had more than enough taxi driver stories to fill one show. However, as this work has grown, the presence of the App drivers is undeniable. The conflict between taxis and ride-share drivers and their passengers has increased and consumers have become passionate on one side of the issue or the other. Regardless of your point of view, what does this debate say about the way technology is changing our world and the way we interact with each other? Are the stories in this play going to be a time capsule for a bygone era? If the shared economy is the wave of the future, will immigrant communities be a part of this?”
Don’t Miss These Special Events! Several special events offer an opportunity to further explore policy issues and the immigration experience in America.


Thursday, September 11th: Sliding Scale Attend the opening reception of our new exhibit, co-presented with Green Card Voices, 100 Stories – 365 Days: Immigrants Telling Their Life Stories, followed by the World Premiere ofGlobal Taxi Driver at 8PM. Are you social media savvy? We are reserving a limited number of “Tweet Seats” where you can tweet/facebook/social media live as you experience the show! Not social media savvy? No worries! Tweeters will sit in the back of the house so you can fully enjoy the show, screen-free.
Friday, September 12th | After-party 9:30 – Midnight Join us for the official opening of Global Taxi Driver; then toast the cast and crew at Moto-I.
Sunday, September 14th A conversation with Council Member Abdi Warsame, and Policy Aide Marcela Sotela

discussing how the City of Minneapolis is working on Taxi Driving Regulations, Immigrant Rights, and other City Policies will immediately follow this Sunday matinee. The panel discussion will be moderated by City of Minneapolis Policy Aide and Intermedia Arts’ Board Chair, Andrea Jenkins. Conversation +  food from Afro Deli – prepare for a full stomach, brain, and heart.
Thursday, September 18th Take part in a Q&A dialogue with Global Taxi Driver Director and Playwright Leilani Chan, and the cast of the show.
Pedro R. Bayon is a St. Paul based Theatre Artist/Educator. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and came to the Twin Cities to study at Macalester College. Pedro will be appearing this fall at Park Square Theatre’s production of The House on Mango Street, and he is currently teaching at Stepping Stone Theatre and at the Children’s Theatre Co. So excited to have the opportunity to work with this fabulous group of artists!
Leilani Chan is the Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions TeAda Productions’ cross-disciplinary performances have addressed health, education, and social justice issues of communities of color. TeAda co-hosted the 3rd National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival in L.A. Current TeAda projects include “Pop Up TeAda: Delicious Reality” about restaurant workers and a Chinatown youth residency. Leilani and her partner Ova Saopeng, are co-creators of the critically acclaimed play “Refugee Nation,”, a nationally touring play about Laotian refugees in the U.S.
Ifrah Mansour is multi-disciplinary artist who blends improvisational storytelling,  poetry, photography, movement, and installations made from recyclable materials. Off-stage, she enjoys teaching elderly East African students, leads craft-circle program and Healspace gatherings, tends community gardens and is in training to be a bike mechanic. Recent works include Deer Stew at Spinning Stories Bike tour, Things Are You The All at Red Eye Theatre, Somalia map chalk art installation, Shine at CAIR Gala, I remember at Twin Cities World Refugee Day, Westbank Footprints at SPNN, and IM series at Patrick Cabaret & Bedlam theatres. Upcoming shows include Guri.Hogar.Home at Pangea World Theatre, Ignition:The Inaugural 360 Fashion show at Bedlam, East-African women Storytellers at Maplewood Community Center, and IM series at multiple venues.

Ova Saopeng is an actor, teaching artist, and associate producer with TeAda Productions. He is an actor and writer known for Refugee Nation a play that focus on the Lao-American community. He is a refugee from Laos and grew up in Hawaii. Ova is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He is proud to be part of Global Taxi Driver.
Nicole M. Smith is an organizer, youth advocate, facilitator, educator, arts administrator, performance, literary, and oratorial artist who holds community at the core of her art. Using Theatre of the Oppressed practices, Nicole delivers low-to-high risk progressive work that builds safe space, trust, deepened sense(s) of self, power, and collective impact. Her aesthetic has been experienced around the globe- from streets, to conferences, and all thangs in between- she strives to amplify the muted voice of those whose stories are often shadowed. “I strive to have what i do reach SOMEONE, whether it be a single entity, or a full room; whether it be for five minutes, or five lifetimes……” She’d like to thank TeAda Productions, and Intermedia Arts for the opportunity to play in a ensemblized, devised process — “it’s zany, ambitious, and familial — feels phenomenal!”
Gaosong Vang Heu is rejoiced to be making her debut with Intermedia Arts. Favorite credits include The Tiger Among Us with Mu Performing Arts, Eurydice with The University Of Minnesota, and Confessions Of A Lazy Hmong Woman. She is currently a senior studying Theater Arts at the The University Of Minnesota and is set to graduate Spring of 2015. Not only is Gaosong physically trained in Corpeal Mime and Margolis Method, she has been classically trained in voice for over 10 years and enjoys playing the piano and guitar in her spare time. When she is not making music or theater, Gaosong adores teaching children how to be story-tellers of their own lives with the Neighborhood Bridges Program through the Children’s Theater Company. Like and friend Gaosong Vang Heu’s acting page on Facebook for exciting news, updates or inquires.

Blake Williams got his start doing community theater in Northern California. After traveling around the world with a performing arts group in 2008, he decided to pursue acting professionally. He’s an award winning spoken word poet, singer/songwriter and actor currently working and living in Hollywood, CA carving out a career in entertainment.

A multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.

Art. Changes. Everything

Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch – October 18th

Come, join your friends, family and neighbors at the Grow on Penn Party in the Pumpkin Patch. Lots to see and do. The Party will be on Saturday, October 18th at 3600 Penn Avenue North from Noon until 3 pm. There will be music, face painting,  food, a Compost Workshop and THE REALLY BIG TABLE – Springboard for the Arts! We hope we see you there!