Mill City Farmers Market – Native Minnesota Foods Day
Saturday, May 25, 8 am – 1 pm
Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway
Join us this Saturday in celebrating Minnesota’s Native heritage and foods: wild rice, maple syrup, bison and lots of local produce! Learn more from these featured vendors: Northern Lakes Wild Rice, Birchberry Native Arts and Foodand Buffalo by Bike. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo, new Market Chef Jenny Breen will be treating us to a special spring recipe: Spring Greens Soup with Caramelized Ramps. In this tasty seasonal soup, she will be using locally harvested maple syrup from Northern Lakes Wild Rice and fresh spring produce from MCFM farmers. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive athttp://millcityfarmersmarket.
Memorial Weekend Paddling Specials from Above the Falls Sports
Paddling instruction: Saturday, May 25, 12 – 2 pm; and Sunday, May 26, 9:30 — 11:30 am
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, $10 OFF a Down River Float, plus US Veterans paddle any 2.5 hr tour for FREE! (With purchase of one full-price tour. ID must be present. All offers only valid if minimum paddler numbers are met.)
Kayak the Mississippi on the ultimate Minnesota urban paddle tour! Above the Falls Sports’ tours range from a glimpse into the industrial history of Minneapolis to an exploration of the only gorge on the whole river. Their popular Brunch Cruise and Twilight Supper Cruise are social tours that stop for a bite and a drink at a restaurant along the river. Above the Falls Sports has experienced guides on every trip, so come prepared to explore the Mississippi River Valley like you’ve never anticipated. From out-of-town guests to native residents, beginners to experienced paddlers, they love to share lasting memories that won’t soon be forgotten. Kayaking the stretch of the Mississippi passing through Minneapolis and St Paul is a unique opportunity to paddle past both parkland and industry. When people ask you where the most beautiful view is in the Twin Cities, they’re confident you’ll say “from the water.” For more information and reservations please visit www.abovethefallssports.com or call 612-835-8983
Trick Boxing – A Benefit Performance for the Southern Theater
June 1 – 8
Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South
Sossy Mechanics (Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan) are donating six FREE performances of Trick Boxing to the Southern Theater. Hailed by the New York Times as “the best show I have seen,” the show was developed at the Southern in 2002 before it went on to achieve international acclaim. Written, directed, choreographed and performed by real life husband-and-wife team Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan (married at the Southern, no less), Trick Boxingfollows David Danielovich, a down-on-his-luck apple seller who is bamboozled into becoming a boxer by a shady hustler, and ends up swinging his way to the championship with the aid of a wily dance-hall girl named Bella. This fast-paced physical comedy is full of rapid-fire dialogue, high-energy dance numbers, ridiculous puppetry and of course boxing. As part of the Southern Theater Benefit Performances of Trick Boxing, Sossy Mechanics will be testing out their brand-spankin’ new, interactive Special Features, called Adventures and Misadventures, after the show each night. It’ll work like the special features menu on a DVD where you get a glimpse behind the scenes of the main event by choosing options that includes the likes of “Deleted Scenes,” “Easter Eggs/HiddenTreasures” and “Directors’ Commentary.” Every night will be a little bit different depending on what’s on the menu, and what the audience orders. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to come see the show for FREE and then PAY WHAT YOU THINK IT’S WORTH afterward. Reservations highly recommended. You can reserve tickets at: https://southern.tixato.com/
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park
For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.
Free Family Fun Day: Track the Naturalist — Summer Edition
Sunday, June 2, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
The naturalist is missing! Follow the trail she left to find out where she went and what she saw. Enjoy a sweet prize. This program is free and open to all ages.
Early Morning Bird Hike
Saturday, June 8, 8 – 10 am
Morning is one of the best times to go out birding. Bring your binoculars (or use the center’s) and take a nice morning hike along the Mississippi Flyway with an expert birder. Learn about birds that use this flyway, get tips on how to improve your birding, and practice your identification skills. This program is being held in conjunction with the Urban Birding Festival. This program is free, but reservations are required; reference activity number #316917-01. This program is for ages 15+.
Whoooo Wants to Know?
Saturday, June 8, 1 – 3 pm
Did you know that owls cannot move their eyes inside their head? Owls are some of the most amazing predators despite that little drawback. Stop by and learn about how they are adapted to be superior predators, meet an owl and test your skills in an owl hunting game. This program is being held in conjunction with the Urban Birding Festival. Cost is $5, and this program is for ages 5+.
Free Family Fun Day: Backyard Birding
Sunday, June 9, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
Learn about the common birds we see and hear in our area, and make a hummingbird feeder made out of recycled materials to attract hummingbirds to your backyard. This program is being held in conjunction with the Urban Birding Festival. Free; for all ages.
Nicollet Island Concerts
All concerts at 7 pm unless noted
Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street
Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.
Monday, June 3 – Redemption Alley Band (Indie Rock Americana)
Mill City Museum Programs and Events
704 Second Street South
Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Washington Avenue
Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Discover the richness of Minneapolis history and satisfy your thirst with some fine beverages along a single road: Washington Avenue. Travel down this busy street to see the importance of railroads, warehousing, flour milling, immigration, entertainment and vice to the story of the Mill City. A trolley will take participants through the neighborhoods along Washington from 35W to Plymouth, with stops at significant historic places and two watering holes in historic buildings. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Drink specials will be made available at participating locations. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/
Railroad History Tour
Sunday, June 9, 1 pm
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota’s first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population, flour milling, lumber production and warehousing as a rail network extended throughout the Upper Midwest. Take a guided tour to discover the impact of railroads on the Mill City, visiting railroad landmarks such as the Stone Arch Bridge, Milwaukee Road Depot and the Minneapolis Eastern Railway engine house and trestle. Along the way find clues to the vanishing railroad landscape and learn about the future of Twin Cities rail. 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. For more information visithttp://www.millcitymuseum.org/
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park Concerts and Movies
All concerts at 7 pm unless noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE
Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.
Tuesday, June 4 – Dave Dougherty (Jazz, blues, rock, acoustic guitar)
Common Room with Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci
Wednesday, June 5, 6 pm
Tour starts at Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Avenue South
In association with the From Space to Place exhibit, Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci will lead a tour of the portions of the West Bank campus around the Nash Gallery and surrounding environs created specifically for the exhibition. Bicycle, foot, public transit and alternative forms of transportation may all be utilized: details will be revealed at the start of the tour. Free and open to the public. For information: https://events.umn.edu/027084.
Minnehaha Park Outdoor Concerts and Movies
Minnehaha Falls, 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive
All shows at 7 p.m. except as noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset
Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive
In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion. Free. Concert schedule is subject to change. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.
Wednesday, June 5 – Nordic Surf (Instrumental Surf/Rock)
Thursday, June 6 – Michelle Lynn (Folk rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist)
Friday, June 7 – Kerns and the Hemispheres (Alternative pop and rock)
Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second Street South
MacPhail Sonomento – Viva Verdi!
Friday, June 7, 7:30 pm
For age 13 to adult. Tickets: $10, 12 and under: free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Suzuki Tour Send Off Concert
Saturday, June 8, 7 pm
Sunday, June 9, 8 pm
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: http://www.loft.org.
First Pages Day Conference
Saturday, June 8, 9 am – 4:45 pm
First Pages Day of Creative Writing – an introduction to fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and more! Featuring Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer (novel) and Roofwalker (a collection of fiction and nonfiction). Ms. Power has published in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, Ploughshares and the Best American Short Stories. She is a winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. This conference is free for adults 18 and over, but registration through Hennepin County Library is required and must be done online at www.hclib.org/pub/eventskeywords “First Pages Day” or call 612–543–KNOW (5669).
Pedal Pub Event
Sunday, June 9, 12 noon – 6 pm
University Avenue from First Avenue NE to East Hennepin
An exciting opportunity for friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to “pedal” their way down Hennepin Ave! Register your own Pedal Pub Team to compete for a chance to win the 2013 Pedal Pub Race Title and celebrate Northeast food, music and more. The race is a bit like a relay – pubs will race down University from East Hennepin to First Ave, stop, hop off and mount another Pedal Pub and race back the other direction. (We expect this to be amusing!) Each team will race two twice and possibly a third time. The second race will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours after the first race. The third race will determine first, second, and third places (based on times). For more information: http://www.
Adventures in Fetish and FUNdRaver 2 (double event)
Friday, June 21, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (Adventures) and 10 pm – 2 am (FUNdRaver)
Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South
Adventures in Fetish is the first ever Twin Cities Leather Fashion Show. Co-produced by MN Leather Pride this fashion show will feature adventure gear, functional and durable fashion with a fetish blend. We’re talking utility belts, waistcoats, chainmail, protective rubber padding – anything with a kinky edge that people might wear in their daily errands near home and travel abroad. From 7:30 to 9:30 pm, hang out on stage and enjoy leather fashion from makers around the Twin Cities. We’ll have all the trappings of a tricked out fashion show, lights, music, emcee and of course your host Mr. Twin Cities Leather – Kyle Truss. Then from 10 pm to 2 am, get ready for the break down beats of DJ DTwith lights by idkLighting as The Southern Theater presents FUNdRaver! 2. An all-out rave dance party right on the stage of the Southern. Get ready to get down as the Southern is transformed into a night club of epic proportions. Tickets to each event are $10 or come to both events for just $15! Drink service provided by Republic. For tickets:http://fetishfundraver.
by Garson Kanin
directed by John Miller-Stephany
July 6 – August 31, 2013
Opening Night: Friday, July 12
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage
When a corrupt businessman on the rise heads to Washington to influence a senator, he soon realizes that his showgirl mistress Billie will need polish and education if he’s going to get ahead. He hires a newspaperman for the task, but gets more than he bargained for when Billie begins to piece together her boyfriend’s business dealings as well as how to exert some influence of her own. For tickets: 612-377-2224 or http://www.guthrietheater.org/
The Barber of Seville
July 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21
Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South
Mill City Summer Opera returns for a second season in the Mill City Museum’s Ruin Courtyard with its production ofGioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, under the direction of David Lefkovitz. Tickets go on sale May 20. For information: http://www.
MacPhail Summer Camps Take Your Summer up an Octave
Did you know you can begin taking summer camps at age 3 and continue through your adult years? MacPhail has 55 summer camp offerings at their three locations as well as at parks, museums and even the Minnesota Zoo. Early Childhood Music camps like “Pop, Sizzle, Bang” are a great way to discover the fun of music. Their camps for school aged kids – from Allegro Orchestra Camp to Rock Week, provide high-quality experiences to deepen musical skills over the summer. Unique ensemble opportunities are available in piano camps, jazz camp and Suzuki Institute for piano, flute and guitar. And camps for adults? Yes, they have them! MacPhail’s chamber music camps for adults are a fun, low-key, way to make music and socialize with others with similar musical interests. To register visit theirwebsite, call 612-321-0100 or visit one of the MacPhail locations in Minneapolis, White Bear Lake or Apple Valley.
*****Warm Weather Events Returning for the Season*****
Twin Cities River Rats Ski Show
Every Thursday (except June 13), June 6 through August 29, 7 pm (development show at 6:30 pm)
1758 West River Road (just south of Broadway)
The River Rats perform an hour-long show combining various water skiing acts with skits and music. The acts include Barefooting, Pyramids, Doubles and more. All shows are free, and concessions are available. The home site is located just north of downtown Minneapolis on the Mississippi River. The hillside along the river provides excellent viewing for the best show in the Twin Cites. Grab a blanket or a chair and come on down! For more information –http://www.tcriverrats.com/.
Tours of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank
Walk-in tours: Fridays, June through August, 11 am
Other tours by appointment
90 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis is the home of the Ninth Federal Reserve District, and guided tours of their facility along the riverfront at Hennepin Avenue are available without appointment on Fridays (see above). In addition, tours are available for groups and individuals by appointment. The Bank welcomes adult groups and students (grades 7 and older) who are studying economics, banking or finance. The tour consists of a general overview of the Federal Reserve and a walk-through of the cash and check departments. The maximum group size is 40 people. Tours are 40 minutes long and free of charge. Complete and submit the form at http://www.minneapolisfed.org/
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Minneapolis Queen and Paradise Lady Public Cruises
Mother’s Day through third weekend in October
Departing from Bohemian Flats Park, 2150 West River Parkway South (below the Washington Ave/U of M Bridge on the West Bank)
Experience a NEW view of the river, departing from Bohemian Flats Park, enjoying a lock through of the lower St. Anthony Falls lock, views of the St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, the Historic Mill Ruins District and more! Your cruise will continue under the new 35W Bridge, the U of M campus, sights of the beautiful river gorge, skyline views and so much more.
Afternoon Sightseeing Cruises aboard the Minneapolis Queen
Mother’s day weekend through end of May:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon – 1:30 pm, and 2 – 3:30 pm
June, July and August:
Mondays through Wednesdays, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Thursdays through Sundays, 12 noon – 1:30 pm, and 2 – 3:30 pm
September and October:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12 noon – 1:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon – 1:30 pm, and 2 – 3:30 pm
A full service cash bar, hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, etc. will be available for purchase. Adults-$18, children ages 2 – 12 are $12. Advanced reservations recommended. Walk ups are NOT guaranteed.
Sunday Brunch and Lock Cruise aboard the Motoryacht, Paradise Lady
Sundays, 11 am – 1 pm
Adults $34, children ages 2 – 12 are $24. Advanced reservations required by 3 pm on the Friday prior to the cruise.
Happy Hour Pizza Cruise aboard the Minneapolis Queen
May, September and October: Thursday evenings, 6 – 8 pm
June, July and August: Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 6 – 8 pm
Happy hour drink prices with a full cash bar available and complimentary pizza served. Adults $26, children 2 – 12 are $16. Advanced reservations required by 3 pm on the day of the cruise.
Friday Evening Dinner Cruises aboard the Minneapolis Queen
Fridays, 6:30 – 9 pm
Adults $46, children ages 2 – 12 are $33. Advanced reservations required by 3 pm on the day prior to the cruise.
Birthday Party Options
Birthday party packages available including admission, balloons, party favors, tokens, vanilla ice cream, cake, soda or juice, and choice of hot dog and chips or slice of pizza. Package price is $19.95 per person. Minimum of eight people; reservations required. Contact Stacy Bodsberg at sbodsberg@thedepotminneapolis.
Depot Ice Rink (thinking ahead to next winter)
Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact sbodsberg@thedepotminneapolis.
Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank
The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go to http://www.music.umn.edu/
Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours
First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South
Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://secure.guthrietheater.
Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour
Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)
Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North
If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour: http://www.startribunecompany.
St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site
The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visithttp://www.stanthonyfalls.org.
Above the Falls Destinations Map
The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:http://www.minnehahamedia.com/
Mississippi River Field Guide
Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information:http://fieldguide.fmr.org
Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps
The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit http://www.mnmississippiriver.
Minneapolis Bicycling Map
The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/
2013 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards
Congratulations to the following riverfront projects that were recently recognized with Heritage Preservation Awards for Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse: Washburn Crosby Elevator #1 and the Copley Apartments and ElseWarehouse apartments. Congratulations, too, to riverfront business Hess Roise, which was involved in four of the ten projects recognized with awards.
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
Congratulations to Kramarczuk’s – a James Beard American Classic
School at Fort Snelling Upper Post
R.I.P. Sue McLean (Musical Promoter for Guthrie and Other Venues)
Vincent Kartheiser in Pride and Prejudice at Guthrie
Above the Falls Plan Consideration Delayed
Psycho Suzi’s Patio Named Minnesota’s Best