Archive for October, 2007

Found Photo – Halloween Edition

Pumpkin Carving Contest - Minneapolis Airport Bathroom
Originally uploaded by colleeninhawaii.

Halloween Inferno

Halloween Inferno 2007Still looking for something to do tonight? Have an awesome costume but nowhere to show it off? Party with the fancy people.


Over $2000 in cash and prizes for the Most Seductive, Most Creative and Scariest costumes.

Ballroom – Burn it up in the inferno of this year’s hottest Halloween party. Dance to the ghoulish rhythms of our DJs with a back drop of demon dancers who are burning up in flames. Enjoy the death defying aerialists of as our mummy unwinds from the ceiling. Be your own spectacle on our elevated stages.

Rooftop – Take in the cityscape perched upon the rooftop while being warmed by the cauldrons of fire and entertained by horror movie classics.

Dance by Vox Medusa
Break dance by The Warriors
Aerialist Jim Domenick
DJs Hard Drive


General Admission
Presale $10 – DOORS AT 8PM

Also, you must pronounce “Halloween Inferno” as if you are doing a car dealership commercial voiceover.

Don’t Forget: Metroblogging 3rd Anniversary Party

3 Years OldSaturday
November 3
6:00 pm
Red Dragon
(22nd & Lyndale)

That’s this weekend.


Recycling woes

So I have lived in Minneapolis for a while now, and I cannot seem to get recycling right. I separate my recycling… I put it out in the bin… what’s the problem? Why don’t the recycling guys ever take my recycling away?

Time for some recycling research on the City’s website.

Turns out I have a couple of problems:
1) I don’t separate my recycling into paper bags. Why? Because I use reusable bags at the grocery store (trying to be eco-friendly and all) and don’t usually bring the paper bags home. And they apparently don’t like the ones Target forces me to bring home (plastic).
2) I have been doing this wrong for two years, and didn’t realize it because I never got a, hey stupid, here’s what you are doing wrong, yellow note… per the city’s website.

So in case you are like me and are being punished by separating your recycling incorrectly, here’s a reference:

How to Prepare Your Recycling
All recycling must be placed in separate paper bags, as follows:

Cans; food, beverage & aluminum foil
Rinse, clean and remove all caps or lids.

Glass Bottles & Jars
Rinse, clean and throwaway all caps or lids.

Plastic Bottles
Rinse, clean and throwaway all caps or lids.

Keep dry. Ads are accepted.
Bundle with string or twine.
20 lbs.

Magazines and Catalogs
Keep dry.
20 lbs.

Dry Food Boxboard, Office Paper & Mail
Flatten boxes, remove plastic, and keep dry.

Household Batteries
Tape ends of lithium contacts to prevent fire.
Place in clear plastic bag, on top or inside the bin.

Phone Books
Keep dry.
Place on top or inside the bin.

Corrugated Cardboard
Flatten each box. Remove and throw away plastic, tape and packing material.
Must be bundled with string or twine
20 lbs.

Link Dump

Free Tacos This Afternoon

I don’t know how many people around here were paying attention to the World Series anyway. I know enough to know that Boston swept Colorado and the Series is already over.

More importantly, Taco Bell is running a promotion that has something to do with stolen bases and free tacos. Yadda yadda yadda, between 2pm and 5pm today, you can get one free crunchy beef taco from Taco Bell. One per person. As long as you’re in line before 5pm, you get yours.

Watch your back, it’s an Art Attack!

Art Attack

Art Attack is an open studio and gallery crawl through the sprawling Northrup King Building. Smaller than Art-A-Whirl, but bigger than First Thursdays, Art Attack is a great chance to discover some great art. You can find beautiful and amazing paintings, sculptures, clothing, furniture, rugs, and musical instruments all in one building. Think of it as an opportunity to buy some art as a gift for a friend or to spruce up your home before the holiday parties. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, it’s worth a visit to see what can be done — it’s amazing.

Art Attack runs just over the weekend — starting Friday, November 2 and ending on Sunday, November 4 — so don’t miss out!

The Daily Mole goes public

dailymole.JPGThe latest new media venture to join the “got fired from traditional media but am going to keep writing on a Web site, by gosh” bunch is The Daily Mole.

Founded by former City Pages editor Steve Perry, the Daily Mole is the Twin Cities’ newest home on the web for local news, entertainment, and conversation. The Daily Mole isn’t just another version of an online newspaper–it’s a blogs- and multimedia-based site that’s updated continually every weekday, and a community site where users are invited to contribute original content.

We hope you’ll come and check out Minneapolis/St. Paul’s first web-only pro journalism venture.

At first glance, it seems many of the stories start from and link to mainstream media coverage. But if you get off the front page, you’ll see Steve posts interviews with newsmakers and has a random guy posting a YouTube version of his own weather forecast — a little thing he calls Dude Weather .

I do look forward to Festivus Fridays and seeing how The Daily Mole stacks up against an increasingly cluttered online media, watercooler and current event space vying for the same pool of limited advertising dollars.

Family Friendly Halloween

Baby_Einstein_Dragon_Costume.jpgLooking for an alternative to trekking around your local neighborhood banging on doors with lit porchlights but nobody answering the door?

Following are a few family events I found with a quick search, including some indoor events. Nothing beats working for your candy, but at least these will guarantee sugarliciousness — rain or shine.

Minnesota Zoo’s HalZOOween
Como Zoo’s ZooBoo
Mall of America’s “Park After Dark”
Halloween Fun Fly (flying kites)
Minnesota Children’s Museum’s Habitot Halloween
Eden Prairie Center’s “Halloween on the Mall”
Fall Festival at Eden Prairie High School
Great Pumpkin Festival at Landmark Center

Please post others you know of in the comments and any recommendations. I think we’re going to try to hit the ZooBoo with my 15 month-old tomorrow.

Trader Joe’s Watch: Minnetonka?

Trader Joe's LogoHard to believe the first Twin Cities Trader Joe’s only just opened last summer. Since it all started in St Louis Park, a TJ’s has opened in Woodbury West Maple Grove, another will open soon (or may already be open) in Maple Grove East Woodbury, and plans have fallen through in St Paul and Minneapolis.

Now TJ’s is on its way to opening in Minnetonka.

The Business Journal previously reported that Monrovia, Calif.-based company plans to build a 12,000-square-foot, stand-alone store on the mall’s property this fall. It would be located along Ridgedale Drive, near the Macy’s Men’s and Home store.

The company has submitted plans to the City of Minnetonka, which the planning commission will review at its Oct. 25 meeting. The planning commission will make a recommendation to the City Council, which will discuss the issue at its November meeting.


[Trader Joe’s MN locations]

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