Archive for June, 2006

Body Found in Canal between Calhoun and Isles

I just heard a blurb on the radio. All I could find in the news so far is this blurb in the Pioneer Press:

A 20-year-old woman’s body was pulled from a Minneapolis lake Sunday morning in what police are calling a suspicious death.

A city park employee found the partially submerged body about 10 a.m. on the north shore of a channel between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles, authorities said. Park police and Hennepin County Water Patrol recovered the body at 12:40 p.m. and turned it over to the medical examiner for an autopsy. The woman’s name was not released.

I go through there all the time. And usually about that time of day on a Sunday, too. Can you imagine strolling through there (and Sunday was a glorious day) and finding that? Yeesh.

UPDATE: They’ve identified the body (via MNspeak). The Strib article doesn’t say anything, but the MPR blurb I heard and the commenters at MNspeak all suggest that alcohol was probably involved.

$crazy_local_reference Days in Full Swing

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I think one of the most facinating instances of hyper-local community is the “$crazy_local_reference Days” celebration. Pretty much every single town, city, suburb and locale in Minnesota has one of these: Tater Daze, Earle Brown Days, Rasberry Days, etc. They are often rooted in how a community used to make money, who founded it, some major event in the past or an overabundance of a particular crop.

Regardless of the origin, these are great little celebrations that include picnics, parades, craft shows, fireworks and otherwise give people an excuse to get out and meet their neighbors.

I attended the Brooklyn Center Earle Brown Days parade a few days ago (runs 3 blocks from my house) and was reminded of these things often get overlooked, but are worth checking out, particularly if you’re new to your current location.

Taste of Minnesota books great local bands

largecolortaste.jpgMinnesota’s largest free summer festival, the Taste of Minnesota, kicks off this week and runs June 30-July 4 on St. Paul’s Harriet Island Regional Park.

Situated directly across the Mississippi River from the St. Paul skyline, countless food vendors (mmmm…5-8 Grill jucy lucy..), the World Trade Center Traveling Memorial, music and fireworks.

The fireworks begin each night of the festival around 10:15 p.m., and the final night (Independence Day) more than 15,000 fireworks making the show the longest and largest fireworks display in the state.

But yes, I really just want to tell you about the bands…

In addition to rock veterans like Alice Cooper, Davy Jones, Supertramp and (what outdoor fair/festival could be complete without) Herman’s Hermits, you can catch some stellar local groups, including Vicious Vicious, Kubla Khan, The Hopefuls, CatchPenny, Soul Asylum, Dan Israel, Melismatics, Cloud Cult, G.B. Leighton and more. AND IT’S FREE!

It’s Baaaaaaack…

Livelihood Poster We have started our extended run of Livelihood at The Old Arizona!!! We think it’s a great show, but listen to what other people have to say:

“Hilarious, provocative, and suprisingly poignant…a biting social commentary supported by superb acting. This is theatre at its best!”
Linda Satorius-Jungle Theater Board of Directors

“…a captivating piece that grabbed me from the beginning and held me through the curtain call.”
John Haynes- Director of the Brave New Workshops Brave New Institute

Tickets are $15 or if you have a student ID (even if it’s expired) they are only $10!!!

Pride Events

In case you weren’t aware, Pride is this weekend!

I can barely keep track of all that’s going on, and I’m sure I don’t even know the half of it. Here are a few of the things I know of so far:

Wine, Women & Baseball Nights

Now, I’m not normally a “girly girl” who likes “girls’ night out” type events, but this sounds tempting…

Herberger’s Presents Wine, Women & Baseball Nights
Unique evenings exclusively for women. Gather your girlfriends, come to the ballpark and enjoy a glass of wine, some pampering and a great major league game!

This $35* package includes:
* One lower reserved seat ticket.
* One ticket to an exclusive pregame hospitality event featuring:
* Wine tasting by E & J Gallo Winery
* Appetizers and desserts
* Herberger’s cosmetics makeovers
* A complimentary gift bag
* Prizes and visits by special guests.

Wine, Women & Baseball Dates:
* Thursday, June 15
* Thursday, July 13
* Thursday, August 10
* Thursday, September 7
* Thursday, September 28

Reserve your place by calling (612)33-TWINS or visit
*$38 for Thursday, June 15 premium game.

Now I just need to find some girlfriends to go with me. Heh.

What the…

Did anyone else see the weird plane flying over the city today with the banner that said “10 week abortion” and then had a 1-888 number to call? It was backwards when I saw it so the number wasn’t really clear, but what the F!!! Was it for or against abortion? What kind of crack head from EITHER side would put an ad on a banner and send it flying over a major metropolis behind a plane?!?!?! I want answers!!!!

Guthrie Theater Opens this Weekend with Huge Party


The relocated, 3X bigger, new and improved Guthrie Theater opens this weekend, and there’s been a huge amount of local and national press around the opeining and architecture (including LA Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, etc. etc.)

MPR has a nice audio feature here (real). The Great Gatsby will be the first official performance – kicking off July 15.

But you know me. I’m always curious about the party and tunes.

Saturday night is a $500/person formal, but Sunday, June 25 is the public celebration from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (yes, 2 a.m. on a Sunday) with fireworks, puppets and live music performances throughout the day, including The Brass Messengers, VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, Peter Himmelman, The Steeles, Heiruspecs, P.O.S. and Hornheads.

Full schedule here.

Serenity for Charity

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Tonight’s showing of Serenity at the Riverview (at 9:30) is a benefit for Equality Now. Equality Now “works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure.” There are 47 different charity screenings around the world on June 22, 23, and 24.

Why this? Why now? MN Firefly (local fans of Joss Whedon, Serenity, and Firefly) explains:

June 23rd marks the 1 year anniversary of the final advance screening of Serenity and is also Firefly creator Joss Whedon’s birthday. How do thousands of fans of a cancelled TV series and box office disappointment celebrate this date? We raise funds for an international women’s/human rights organization, that’s how!

So if you had planned to see the movie anyway, tonight would be a good night to see it.

Help Lisa Ganser Celebrate!

Tonight at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, Lisa Ganser is celebrating her birthday with a DVD release party for her short film compilation, WELCOME TO MY BEDROOM, featuring 8 shorts she shot between 1999 and 2006.

Also on hand and performing is Nicky Click, who will be showing a short film as well as performing live.

Doors open at 9:30, show is at 10, admission is 10 bucks, and the show is all ages.

No rest for the weary and especially not for Lisa, coming off the tail end of the Flaming Film Festival. If you didn’t make it to any of the screenings, shame on you, and go drop off some money at the Bedlam Theatre for the shows you meant to go see, get the festival out of the hole, and ensure we have one next year. Go see a performance there, and write an extra check for the film festival. Pretty please with a cherry.

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