At 67 years old a reflective Roger Waters took his new live production of The Wall to Saint Paul and it was a spectacular display that managed to transcend original intent while spanning eternal human struggles.
While surveying the preshow crowd I noticed an abundance of grandmas and grandpas filling the seats, yelling “WHOOOO”, and pointing at friends seated elsewhere. This was to be a show where everyone seemed to know someone and by the end we would all agree with solemn pledge to tear down the fucking wall.
The show opened with an near full-scale Luftwaffe Stuka dive-bomber crashing into the partially constructed wall and exloding into a ball of flames. The evenings first physical manifestation of the psychological thriller we all came to see. Since Roger Waters’ last tour of The Wall the technology has drastically improved and as the show progressed the bricks of the wall were filled in one by one. Although the wall would eventually become a completed projection screen it started out with simple bricks and a message, as much a statement on life as a metaphor, a message against war and all it entails. A message that would be reitterated time and time again throughout the evening as Roger Waters combined potent imagery and modern themes of loss with the timeless inner struggles of mankind. A binary battle of good vs evil, wrong vs right, and us vs them.
While Roger Waters may have come to grips with his inner demons his sense of justice has remained unwavering as his powerful voice. Yes, those preshow grandmas were correct. WOOOOOOO!
At times throughout the evening Waters transformed from an inexplicably fit and energetic man to a seemingly frail grandfather dwarfed by the the wall behind him and back. All while purveying his message of antiwar, anti-establishment, and anti-suffering.
Perhaps here in America we don’t respect our elders enough. Perhaps Mr.Roger is correct that we don’t value life as we should and at one point during the show he notes that every gun built is a thief. It steals food from the unfed. It steals life from the living.
It may not take an epic struggle with our own morality and mortality to tear down the wall, but it certainly seems to help.
Tear down The Wall!
Tear down The Wall!
Tear down The Wall!
Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit! New job, lots of biking and the surge of the Twins has kept me away from posting as much I should be.
One thing worth noting is a small, relatively small and unknown shop in the Galleria. At first walk by, most people would chalk Ampersand up to tableware and particular gifts. However, nestled in the back corner is a GREAT selection of Men’s grooming products. And not just your basic, daily needs. I’m talking a specialty in straight razors (more to come at the end of November) also. I’ve been in before for the Molton Brown shower gel, but they’ve expanded their men’s section to rival any other store in the Twin Cities. I took home a sample of peppermint shampoo and the next day I was back to buy the bottle. I’m pretty sure 90% of my drawer is full of things purchased at Ampersand. Not to make this a random plug for a spot, but I hope Ampersand sticks to this new niche of the market.
Perhaps you’ve seen Summer of Dapper (or its girlier partner, Summer of Dresses) and been inspired. Perhaps you’re heading back to school or starting a new job. Perhaps you just want to revitalize your wardrobe for fall. Regardless of the reason, BlackBlue has you covered.
The boutique, located at Selby and Dale in St. Paul, focuses primarily on menswear (although they do have fashions and footwear for the ladies). With a full selection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, BlackBlue is the place to get your dapper on.
And right now, you can update your wardrobe for less: BlackBlue is holding a sale to make room for new fall merchandise, so stop by for 40-60% off their hand-selected fashions, including both men’s and women’s footwear. Don’t miss it – sale goods will go fast!
From the Batman TV show in 1966, some words to live by:
Batman: “An older head can’t be put on younger shoulders.”
Batman: “That’s one trouble with dual identities, Robin. Dual responsibilities.”
Robin: “Gosh, Batman, this camel grass juice is great.”
Batman: “Beware of strong stimulants, Robin.”
Robin: “Holy molars! Am I ever glad I take good care of my teeth!”
Batman: “True. You owe your life to dental hygiene.”
Dick: “Awww, heck! What’s the use of learning French anyway?”
Bruce: “Dick, I’m surprised at you! Language is the key to world peace. If we all spoke each other’s tongues, perhaps the scourge of war would be ended forever.”
Batman: “The green button will turn the car a la escarda o a la drecia.”
Robin: “To the left or right. Threw in a little Spanish on me, huh, Batman?”
Batman: “One should always keep abreast of foreign tongues, Robin.”
Dick: “Wow! The rings of Saturn! This is sure some fun, Bruce.”
Bruce: “Astronomy is more than mere fun, Dick.”
Dick: “It is?”
Bruce: “Yes, it helps give us a sense of proportion. Reminds us how little we are, really. People tend to forget that sometimes.”
Dick : “What’s so important about Chopin?”
Bruce : “All music is important, Dick. It’s the universal language. One of our best hopes for the eventual realization of the brotherhood of man.”
Dick: “Sorry, I’m not interested in dance lessons.”
Bruce: “Wait a minute, Dick. The junior prom’s coming up, isn’t it?”
Dick: “Yes, but…”
Bruce: “Well, we don’t want you to be a wallflower, do we? Dancing is an integral part of every young man’s education.”
Robin: “You can’t get away from Batman that easy!”
Batman: “Good grammar is essential, Robin.”
Robin: “I guess you can never trust a woman.”
Batman: “You’ve made a hasty generalization, Robin. It’s a bad habit to get into.”
Batman to Robin: “When you get a little older, you’ll see how easy it is to become lured by the female of the species.”
Batman: “Better put 5 cents in the meter.”
Robin: “No policeman’s going to give the Batmobile a ticket.”
Batman: “This money goes to building better roads. We all must do our part.”
Dick: “Gosh, Economics is sure a dull subject.”
Bruce: “Oh, you must be jesting, Dick. Economics dull? The glamour, the romance of commerce… Hmm. It’s the very lifeblood of our country’s society
Robin: “Gosh, there could be diplomatic repercussions if we fail this time, Batman.”
Batman: “That’s not the point, Robin. What’s important is that the world know that all visitors to these teeming shores are safe, be they peasant or king.”
Robin: “Gee, Batman, I never thought of that. You’re right.”
Batman: “It’s the very essence of our democracy.”
Batman: “Nobody wants war.”
Robin: “Gee, Batman. Belgravia’s such a small country. We’d beat them in a few hours.”
Batman: “Yes, and then we’d have to support them for years.”
Who knew Batman was so full of wisdom?
This will be Red Bull Flugtag’s debut in the Twin Cities, and this Land of 10,000 Lakes promises to deliver quite a show. July 24, more than 30 teams from across the Midwest will fly above the Mississippi River in front of thousands at Harriet Island Regional Park near Downtown St. Paul.
Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or often, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, andshowmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, winnebagos with wings and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Flugtag flight decks! And after a year with no Red Bull Flugtags in the US, 2010 promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more than 80 Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event.
Vote for People’s Choice Award and find more info here.
I just heard through the grapevine that Belle Reve Boutique in Northeast Minneapolis will soon be closed. While this will be a huge loss for the neighborhood and for those of us who prefer to frequent locally-owned stores, there is one bright spot on this sad day: Belle Reve is having an “everything must go” sale today and tomorrow. So stop by and pick up some of the boutique’s lovely clothing and jewelry before it’s all gone, for good.
Belle Reve Boutique, 320 E. Hennepin Ave, 612-333-3148.
This week (June 5th – 11th) is bikewalk week in the Twin Cities. Keep yourself self-propelled!
Here is a list of events from bikewalkweek.org:
Events Saturday, June 5 Kick Off!: •Twin Cities Heart Walk hosted at the new Minnesota Twins Target Field •Celebrate National Trails Day with the Three Rivers Park District at the Hopkins Depot Trail Head on the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail
Sunday, June 6: •Grand Old Day – avoid parking problems—ride your bike, walk, or take transit to Grand Old Day in St. Paul •Bike-Walk to Worship Days and Saturday June 5 & Friday June 11
Tuesday, June 8: •Film Screening: Beyond the Motor City – Can the Twin Cities move beyond being a “motor city?” Attend a screening and discussion of the film as well as other short films about bicycling, 7pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre. Q&A to follow with director Aaron Woolf and local bicycle business leaders and activists.
Wednesday, June 9: •Women’s Wednesday
Thursday, June 10: •Bike Walk to Work Day with Celebrations Locations all over town, including: ◦Neighborhood Celebration locations —see map below ◦Morning Downtown Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul ◦Nice Ride, the nation’s largest bike sharing program, launches with a noon ride along Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, from the Central Library to Peavey Plaza (map) ◦Evening celebrations at REI locations in Bloomington, Roseville, & Maple Grove!
Sunday, June 13: •Bike to the Twins Game – presented by OptumHealth – Gift bags compliments of OptumHealth will be given to the first 1000 Twins fans who ride their bike to the 1:10pm Twins vs. Atlanta baseball game at Target Field. There are 400 bike racks around the ballpark. In addition, a bike corral will be setup just off the Cedar Lake Trail on Glenwood in Ramp A.
And on a sidenote: Can we please stop forcing our friends to drink Smirnoff Ice? Sure, the surprise factor of it all is great, but come on, enough is enough. It’s like a White Castle eating contest, there are no real winners here.
And got to love a little rain on a Grand Day!
Image =”1 of the 10,000 lakes” Uploaded on May 18, 2010 by Venkat Raja
It’s been a fun week in Minnesota. People have been talking about the weather and that’s how Minnesotans know everything is right with the world. It just so happens that the weather this week was nice and sunny. Yup the talk was all nice, unless of course you happen to follow politics. Mn political conversations were … well… politics as usual. The Right hates the left and the left hates the Right and the newspaper commentors hate teachers and nurses hate hospital administration and hospital administration hates unions and the unions hate politicians and the politicians just keep smiling and talking about the wonderful progress they’ve made.
Mr.Veto likes to fill up prisons so he vetoed sensible bipartisan legislation that would change current laws to keep bongwater from being counted as drug weight. Citypages covers the story with Bong water bill dries up with Tim Pawlenty’s veto. You have to read the comments.
Pioneer press puts it all into perspective Time to face it, Minnesota: Tim Pawlenty is seeing someone else
He goes on long trips without explanation. He comes home and criticizes my appearance, even as he pays greater attention to his own image. Where there once was fondness and love, now all I get is, ‘Your taxes are too high! You’re spending too much! You have to cut back!’
As if the RNC convention wasn’t a big enough bust Minneapolis now wants to get itself a convention.
Bob Collins has a poll going and so far people seem to think it’s a good thing. Huh.
Speaking of Bob, he has this to say “I’m not sure what creeps me out more, that a 40 yr old was pretending to be a gay hockey teen. Or that ppl folo a blog by a gay hockey teen” about this story Minnesota gay teen hockey blogger outed as 40-year-old man.
I couldn’t agree more.
Did you see this? Last-minute lake rule looks fishy I almost gave the story it’s own post just to use a headline about “bait and switch”.
Anyway, what’s going on this weekend? Here is a nice music roundup. I’ll probably update the post with some happenings links as the day progresses, but for now I’m out of time. So let’s wrap it up with a little bit of Dessa. She released her new video today “Alibi”.
Social Media Breakfast MSP 26 is being hosted at the Minnesota State Fair Progress Building on Friday May 21st from 8am to 10am discussing Urban/Organic/ Gardening & Farming. Your venerable blogger (yes me) will be trying not to embarass herself as the moderator of a very good panel of guests assembled to discuss how they use social media to promote their businesses, sell their products and connect with their communities.
* Susan Berkson, Minneapolis Farmers Market (MPLS Farmers Market on Facebook)
* Debbie Morrison, Sapsucker Farms www.sapsuckerfarms.com
* Barbara Hegman, PlantJotter www.plantjotter.com
* Lee Zukor, Simple Good & Tasty www.simplegoodandtasty.com
* Kirsten Saylor, Gardening Matters www.gardeningmatters.org
Generous sponsors include Organic Valley and Mother Earth Gardens. At the event will be a mini-market with several vendors and organizations displaying their messages and wares. Please stop by for some bacon and lively discussion of how farmers, growers, advocates, markets and more are using social media in the vibrant world of sustainable growing.
The winners of the Goldstar contest’s laziest commenters are Randy and John Malone, whom are truly lazy commenters worthy of the the $25 gift certificate. Most creative comment goes to Amy Scarborough, maybe because I have a soft spot in my heart for needing to ditch a two year old and have a night out. Ya’ll email me your contact information.
As I threatened in my original post I’ve chosen 5 photos. Thanks to everyone that submitted, it was tough coming up with 5, but here they are in their graphic glory.
Now it’s up to you to decide the winner:
1) Dan Anderson submits the freaky “minneapolis sunset”
2) gamelaner submits the expressive “Cinco de Mayo Folk Dancers”
3) Amanda Hankerson submits the gothic and silly “Ilya in the Basilica of St Mary”
4) katbaro submits the whimsical “Sky Flyer”
5) Chuckumentary submits “Solid Gold by Candlelight”
For at least four Spring/Summers a series of unexplained explosions have rocked the Longfellow/Seward neighborhoods of Minneapolis. 911 Operators have been inundated with phone calls from concerned residents whose homes are shaken from these loud earth-shaking sonic booms.
These explosion noises began four years ago during very hot summer and I shrugged them off as transformer explosions as they seemed to correspond to power failures as well. But they have continued every season since. A discussion with the Minneapolis Police Department reveals that there has been an ongoing investigation into the source of the explosion noises and while they have been able to rule out certain causes such as a natural source (river/sewer, etc) they have been unable to find a reason, person, cause responsible for them.
The explosions got much more attention when St. Paul was host to the Republican National Convention with Homeland Security very much involved in the investigation, setting up nighttime surveillance by the river. Obviously neither they, nor the Minneapolis Police Department are willing to divulge specific details regarding the ongoing investigation but the explosions continue so they have been unable to “solve” the case.
While this is disturbing for someone like me, who lives two blocks from the Mississippi River which is the location from which these explosions are originating, between Lake Street & Ford Bridges, I am reassured by who is working on the case. The attention the Bomb Squad and MPD Third Precinct investigators are giving to this matter is the best for which Minneapolis and St. Paul residents (they are just across the river after all) can hope. They have been thorough and Inspector Lucy Gerold & Sergeant Wally Krueger have been extremely responsive to my inquiries, living in one of the neighborhoods most affected.
Frustrating investigators is that the explosions can only be heard and they have been unable to discover much evidence, which is why they have asked for cooperation from anyone who may be able to help. If you see anything suspicious by the West River or East River Parkways at night you are asked to call police and if you hear the explosions you are also asked to first check if you can see anything (a light flash, smoke, etc) then call 911 to report from where you think the explosions originated. Pinpointing the location will help investigators and responders.
Saturday, May 15th, the response to the explosions (there were two, one at 10:15pm and another at 11:30) was swift and this time the State Patrol helicopter was sent to the riverfront to circle to determine whether they could see any activity or evidence.
As Twitter expands you will see greater buzz there in response to these noises. If you search my historical stream (@quick13) you will see a history of how often they have occurred with tweets like “another explosion tonight” dating back over two years. Last night someone even created a hashtag for them: #bignoisempls.
The explosions follow a pattern, usually beginning at a specific time, like 10pm and if there is a second one, following at a specific time after, like 11pm or midnight. If the first explosion is at midnight then the second explosion is at 1am or 2am. There is always a regular interval pattern, and there are almost always two or three explosions. One explosion is usually louder than the other. Rarely there are three explosions in one evening.
There is concern there is something dastardly behind these explosions, but after four summers of enduring them, I am beginning to believe there is a more innocuous explanation. But then again, in today’s world we have too many reasons for doubt, especially when it comes to things being blown up. Whatever happens, after four years of having disturbed sleep makes me hope that the investigation can be resolved, if not for my own personal health, but that of the foundation of my home, and perhaps the foundation of the fine City of Minneapolis.
Did you know that this coming week May 17 – 21 is Bike to Work Week and May 21 is Bike to Work Day?
I had forgotten, but luckily Bicycling sent me a reminder email filled with some great resources.
|Cyclists vs. Drivers – How to Share the Road Better|
|Bicycling’s 2010 List of Amercia’s “Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities”||
· To view our full rankings and see where your city placed, click here. (If interested, a full PDF of the article is also available)
|From the Editors – Facts and Tips on Bike Commuting||
Additionally I had the opportunity to speak with Bicycling.com editor Christine Mattheis about various biking topics, including the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities which as you know Minneapolis ranked #1.
Have you always been a biker? At what age did you begin?
I learned to bike when I was a kid, like most kids, but really got into it in college when I bought a road bike.
Are you still an avid biker?
Yeah, I bike commute year around. Probably not as much as I should. I try for three days a week.
I see you were involved with the “top 50 Bike Friendly Cities”? in which Minneapolis placed #1, What was were the main factors in ranking?
There were many studies we used in our research and we talked to leading bicycle advocates. I suggest you check out PeoplePoweredMovement.org and the book Bicycling and Walking in the U.S., 2010 Benchmarking Report is a great resource.
How many of the cities have you biked? Several including Minneapolis, between myself and the other editors that worked on the best biking feature we biked all of the 50 cities.
Of the bikes you’ve tested in the last year what is been your favorite?
I really liked the Breezer. It’s a great commuter bike for a beginner and has everything someone needs to get started.
You may or may not be aware of this, but Minneapolis and Portland (top 50 #2) kind of have an ongoing competition about quality of life. What was the big separator that put Minneapolis as #1?
*laughs* I wasn’t aware of that… I must have missed something. One thing that really separated Minneapolis was it’s growth and it’s extensive network of trails. You can really get from one end of the city to the other without having to deal with much traffic. Also, Portland doesn’t really have the 4 months of extreme winter.
[In Your FACE Portland!]
Biking seems to be making a comeback, how do you see the future of biking unfolding over the next ten years?
I don’t think it’s a fad. It’s a growing trend. People are more concerned with health and when the price of gasoline spiked a few years ago it made a lot of people take notice. Also, city planners and politicians are taking note. It’s a chicken and egg thing, are they taking note because there are more bikers or are there more bikers because they are taking note and building more trails, either way, biking is definantly a growth market.
What is your take on women in biking?
It’s definantly a growing interest. Over the last 10 years women have been given more attention by the major bike manufacturers in everything from the bikes to the equipment. 10 years ago that just didn’t exist, also more women have been interested in triathalon which has exposed them to biking.
Did you hear about or participate in 30 days of biking?
I heard about it, but did not participate. I think it’s a great thing, anything that can get people on their bikes is a positive for their health and the environment.
If you could give any advice to a new biker what would it be?
Get a bike that fits your body, comfort is important and so is avoiding injury. You can go inexpensive as long as it fits you’ll enjoy riding it. Avoid the cheap used bikes as you’ll end up investing money in them on repairs or replacement and way. Go to your local bike shop and have them help.
Thanks to Christine for the great conversation on biking a Bicycling.com for the reminder and resources. Remember people, get out there and bike!
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Facebook and it’s privacy settings (or lack of) and there’s been even more talk about people quitting the site en masse. Personally, I’m suprised whenever someone puts something online and expects it to remain private.
It seems that every year since the Internet has reached the masses people have dropped some inhibitions while others pick up some new ones. There was a time when you’d be called crazy for putting your picture online, or using an online dating service, or doing your banking online and yet all of these things have become the norm. What privacy barries are left to tear down?
How about the delicate topic of money? Would you put your finances online for the world to see? That’s exactly what Edina resident Stephanie Grant did and she’s not alone.
According to the NyTimes
Initially the idea of laying herself bare on a blog and on NetworthIQ caused a lot of anxiety. “You’re saying I have a secret and here it is for everyone to see,” she says. “But once it’s out there, and especially now that it’s not just a flat line saying ‘negative $23,000,’ and it is moving up a little bit, there’s a sense of pride and accomplishment that goes along with that. I know people are visiting, and it makes me want to pay something else off so I can post another entry that’s something good.” She’s currently putting a third of her monthly take-home pay from her job as a benefits analyst toward debt payments.
All of this has led to some odd reversals in her life. She looks forward to getting her bills in the mail, for instance, because it means it’s time to update her total debt. “Which might be a little bit sick,” she said. “But I know it’s lower than the last month. I know it for a fact.”
Grant often wonders about the people who are far ahead of her in the NetworthIQ standings. Did they get lucky? Are they lottery winners? Or did they get smart about money before she did? She tries not to beat herself up over it. “For people with the same income as me but higher net worth, it tells me that I can get there, too. It just takes discipline,” she says. “I know it has only been a couple of months now, but I kind of feel like I’ve made a life change.”
What do you think, Are you ready to put it all out there with networthiq?
In anticipation of their Minneapolis launch the good folks at Goldstar are giving away four gift certificates. These gift certificates are available for any event from Goldstar’s many partners, it’s like a Choose Your Own Prize contest.
Our site and emails are filled with fun things to do, and the experience is customized to you using sophisticated technology.
We work with more than 4,000 venues and producers across the country, and offer the world’s largest selection of half price tickets.
Member reviews. We’re one of the world’s largest online sources of live entertainment user reviews. Everything else you need for a great night out.
Get everything from a venue map to tips on how to dress, where to eat and where to park.
How Do We Do That?Unlike so many ticket sellers online, we’re not brokers. We work directly with our 4,000 venue partners to connect them with our huge and growing Goldstar audience. Not every show sells out, so instead of letting seats go empty, venues list them with us to sell to our members.
Here’s a small list of partners
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Children’s Theatre Company
Acme Comedy Company
The Schubert Club
Theatre in the Round
Great American Gem Show & Sale
Minnesota Opera (though season is dark at moment)
Cirque du Soleil
Hennepin Theatre Trust (Pantages, Orpheum and State Theatres)
Ready to win?
Here’s all you have to do.
1st Place Prize: Best Photo – Include a link to your photo(s) in the comment section and I’ll select the top five photos and put a poll on the site to allow readers to vote for the winner. (Mn images only. Extra point for images from an event in Mn.)
2nd Place Prize- Best comment – Tell me where you’d go and who you’d like to take, make some stuff up, be crazy. Enter multiple comments, top others or top yourself with silliness. I will pick the most creative comment.
3rd Place Prize – Laziest comment – All you have to do is say who you’d take with you. (first name is enough). I’ll randomly pick two of you slackers and give you each a gift certificate.
The prizes are as follows: 1st place, $100 gift certificate and your winning photo featured. 2nd place, $50 gift certificate and the new Gorillaz CD Plastic Beach. 3rd place 2 winners of $25 dollar gift certificates.
The beauty is that these gift certificates are good for tickets that are already marked down 50 percent which means more bang for the buck.
It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free.
And you don’t even have to annoy your tweet stream with a bunch of RT’s.
Don’t forget to head over to Goldstar,check out their events, and sign up for half priced notifications.
May the best, most creative, and the laziest win. I’ll keep the contest open until next Monday.