Archive for April, 2006

New Twins stadium deal might be kinda cool.

twin city sidewalks went to the House Tax hearing yesterday on the Twins Stadium proposal and has decided he likes the deal.

Just like Doug Grow, I’m gonna take a new tack here with the Twins Stadium proposal. I was at the House Tax hearing yesterday for the Twins presentation, and I’m getting much more impressed by the stadium proposal as it currently sits. Maybe it’s because the Twins are getting smarter with their design, but the stadium architect said a lot of good things when he was describing the proposed stadium.

A few things I like about it:

  • It’s open air (no expensive transformer roof) and the field is real grass
  • The stadium entrances will be “pedestrian oriented,” which probably means they’ll be at street level with a nice facade
  • It’s a “green building,” and uses the nearby steam plant as its heating source
  • It will be a “bridge” over the Great Northern rail corridor that currently separates the Warehouse District from the North Loop area of downtown. Presently, there’s a big gulf between these two booming areas of Minneapolis, and this large stadium thing might help increase accessibility from one part of downtown to the other.
  • It will be right at the intersection of two rail transit lines and a new dedicated bike path, and will probably increase transit use throughout the greater Minneapolis area

I like the urban planning-focused point of view. It takes the whole argument a step beyond whether or not we like sports and how much money we’re willing to spend to have a team here, and talks about how the team and the facility are integrated into the community.

What to do with the ‘Dome?

Should the Twins and the Vikings both get their respective stadium deals. Discussion at MNspeak: Block F?

My favorite responses, both facetious and not:
“Central Park, Minneapolis style.”
“Downtown needs more condo developments.”
“More like block wtF!”
“how about a Soylent factory?”

Rock Against Rape

On Saturday (tomorrow) at 7:00 pm at the Nomad. Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

The perfomers:

  • The Lie Ons, with ex Bleeding Hickeys Sarah Black and Jen Gori
  • Koalas, with drummer Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland
  • Ouiji Radio
  • Lili’s Burlesque
  • Toki Wright
  • DJ So Supreme

Spring angst

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I took this picture outside my apartment on my balcony. A couple of days ago, these trees were bare. It’s amazing what a few days of sunshine and warm temps will do. I’m glad it’s finally springlike outside. And I can’t wait for summer. Things are pretty good all around for me, except that I’m so busy at work (and outside of work) that I haven’t got time to update things as much as I’d like. Things are happenin’, though.
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Bowling for Boobs

Team Boobylicious Bowling for the CureLocal blogger Wendy of twodolla.org is Bowling for the Cure to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.

All this is going down this Saturday, April 22, at St. Bernard’s Lanes in St. Paul. Take your kids from 4 to 7 pm. Take yourself (if you’re over 21) from 8 to 11 pm. Your $15 donation (or $7 for kids) gets you all-you-can-bowl, shoe rental, bingo, “and more!” They’re raffling off some sweet prizes, too.

Click the picture to embiggen or visit Team Boobylicious for the details.

Truly an American Dream…with a Z…

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I had the privilege of seeing a sneak preview of Paul Weitz’s new movie American Dreamz last night. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he has done a few great movies. One of which was About A Boy. Of course he is also the chap that brought us American Pie. So his palate is diverse. I went in not sure exactly what to expect. Is it a satire on American Idol? Is it a satire on our current president? Is it a satire on America as a whole? What I got was a tremendous amalgamation of all three put into a fun little 110 minute package.
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George Takei and Soulforce Equality Riders at North Central University

Eleventh Avenue South has the scoop and some photos. Apparently this is the Equality Ride’s first stop without an arrest.

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St. Paul Art Crawl This Weekend

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You seriously don’t want to miss the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend. It’s a self-guided tour of 200 artists’ studios across 20 buildings in downtown and lowertown St. Paul, complete with shuttle bus. There’s tons of parking, a few stairs to climb (note: elevators are SLOW in these old warehouses) and unbelievable local art to view/purchase.

There’s nothing like stepping into an artist’s loft to see how their surroundings and lifestyle influence their art, and the St. Paul artist community is very cool. Download the flyer with map and shuttle bus stops here (pdf).

The artwork used in the flyers highlights some of the standout pieces from last fall’s show, and you can view all of this year’s artists in the gallery here. Hours are Friday 5-10 p.m., Sat 12-7 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.

Pictured is Wil Rohan’s”Return of the True”

UPDATE: The PiPress has a great article here today, and I’m still trying to pull together a list of the musical groups who’ll be performing – but trust me they are equally great!

Not-so-saintly St. Paul Saints

The St. Paul Saints have always had crazy promotions. This ESPN article mentions yet another one, this time taking a dig at the recent legal trouble of Minnesota Vikings players.

Team executives say the rubber boats, each three inches by five inches, they’ll be giving away on May 27 to the first 2,500 fans at Midway Stadium is to honor the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the television show, “The Love Boat.”

But they have another vessel in mind, too, a “Love Boat” that has nothing at all to do with Capt. Stubing, Gopher and Cruise Director Julie.

Here’s a hint: The boat’s colors are purple and yellow.

Yes, it’s meant to be a replica of one of the ships rented by members of the local NFL team back on Oct. 6. For that little cruise, four Minnesota Vikings were charged with indecent conduct and lewdness related to alleged sexual activities that took place on the charters.

Meanwhile, Ham Solo (pictured above), the team mascot, will be making his swan song appearance tonight.

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