****Events and Activities*****
Mill City Farmers Market – Back to School Cooking on a Budget Day
Saturday, August 23, 8 am – 1 pm
Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway
Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be tough on your weekly budget. Buying locally means shelf life is longer and, with a little meal planning, you can make those Saturday morning Market runs last the whole week. By cooking meals at home rather than dining out, you’ll cut costs and have complete control of what you eat. Plus, your food dollars stay in your community. All good things! At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo (Juut Salonspa’s sponsored series: Healthy Cooking on a Budget – Back to School edition) join Chef Jenny Breen with guest Charlie Wagner of Juut Salon, who will be sharing healthy tips and tricks for cooking on a budget – especially focused on students today. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/category/recipes/. At the Meet Your Vegetables booth (sponsored by Allina Health and Penny George Institute for Health and Healing) ask the experts about a holistic approach to staying healthy this fall. The first 200 visitors will receive flashing safety lights for bikes and bags. Also, the market’s interns have prepared a tasty and super simple summer dish – Summer Melon Salad, so stop by and grab a sample and recipe. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes Minnesota native and self-taught musician and lyricist Jack Klatt. Stop by the Community Booth for a sneak peak at the fall session of adult classes offered through Minneapolis Community Education. They will be joined by a culinary chef from the Minneapolis Public School’s Nutrition Services who will be preparing tasty items from the new school lunch menu. Learn about the healthy changes going on with school lunches and try a sample. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Crankosaurus Press, Fringe & Fettle, Chris Chookiatsirichai and The Abbey Alpacas. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter: http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/.
Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second Street South
2014 Twin Cities Scandinavian Festival
Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24
The Twin Cities Scandinavian Family Festival is an annual, non-profit event dedicated to strengthening cross-generational bonds and cultivating a new generation of tradition bearers. The fun-filled, educational and high quality programming will engage kids and adults of all ages in Scandinavian Folk Culture. This year’s Festival features Norwegian Halling Dance, Nordic Roots Movement, Norwegian Kveding (folk singing), Wool Spinning, Hardanger Fiddle, Bluegrass and Scandinavian-American musical traditions. For more information (including full schedule) and to purchase tickets: http://www.fedjefamilyproductions.com/scandinavian-family-festival.html.
Saturday, September 6, 10 am – 12 noon
Antonello Hall and first floor classrooms
Come play, explore and create at MacPhail’s Kidstock, their open house for kids 8 and under. Sing along with MacPhail Early Childhood Music teachers who will introduce you to MacPhail’s new CD – Sing Play Count with MacPhail. Try out instruments and meet teaching artists; sample classes and lessons; and enjoy outdoor activities, music-themed art projects and free treats. Admission is free.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.
Free Family Fun Day: River Trees
Monday, September 1, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
Walk along the river and discover the trees that call the river banks home. Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.
Saturday, September 6, 8 – 9 am
Start your morning on a guided hike along the Mississippi! Explore different topics monthly. The September topic will be How Do We Use the Water? What’s the Water Quality? This event is free. To register: http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/R/riverwalk.aspx.
Free Family Fun Day: A River of Words
Sunday, September 7, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.This program is free and open to all ages.
Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2 pm
John H. Stevens House, 4801 Minnehaha Avenue
Ethno-percussionist Duke Addicks tells legends of the drum and will lead everyone in a drumming experience. A few drums will be available, or bring your own. For information: 612-722-2220 or http://www.johnhstevenshouse.org/index.html.
thinking making living
September 2 – December 13 (Gallery hours 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday)
Public reception: Friday, September 12, 6 – 9 pm
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South
This group exhibition and series of related public programs investigate socially engaged artistic practices that invite participation, foster collaboration and imagine cross-disciplinary approaches to the social, political and ecological issues of our time. Over the last decade, socially engaged art has emerged as a distinctive form of contemporary practice, its roots tangled in social activism, community organizing, avant-garde ambitions to unite art and life, happenings, political performance and advocacy. The Twin Cities in particular have become a hotbed for such practices that question how we are in the world today, how we relate to each other and interact with the ecological, political and cultural issues that shape our lives. thinking making living sets out to investigate a spectrum of engaged art in the social sphere. Together, an exhibition, a project space and public programs create a platform for conversations between artists, activists and the public to explore the intersections between art, life and social engagement. thinking making living is an experiment that brings participatory, open-ended and often entirely process-based art to the Katherine E. Nash Gallery. Messy and mundane, it is an invitation to think making and make living. For thinking making living the Katherine E. Nash Gallery will include a gallery exhibition and a project space where artists present time-based events, workshops, conversations and performances. thinking making living also includes a series of related public programs that include panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, and artist talks (dates and times to be announced).
September 2 - 13, 2014
Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South
Work by new MFA students in the Department of Art.
Fifth Annual Kramarczuk’s Kielbasa Festival 2014
Friday, September 5, 5 – 11 pm; and Saturday, September 6, 11 am – 11 pm
Kramarczuk’s parking lot, 215 East Hennepin Avenue
Kramarczuk Sausage Company invites you to “Meat Us In Nordeast.” This tented event will feature live music and family entertainment, Kramarczuk’s street food and both local and European beers on tap. For more information:http://kramarczuks.com/entertainment/events/.
Heat Up Your Life Festival
Friday, September 5, 5 – 10 pm
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE
Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm
Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.
Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books
with Elizabeth Carls
Friday, September 5; happy hour 5:30 – 6 pm, class 6 – 8 pm
Get introduced to the basic materials, tools and skills involved in bookbinding. Learn some simple folded and sewn bindings for soft-cover blank books, using a variety of materials. #35 plus $5 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=282.
Inventing the Dos Rapporté Binding: Book Arts Roundtable with visiting artist Benjamin Elbel
Friday, September 5, 7pm
Visiting artist Benjamin Elbel will talking about how and why he came up with the dos rapporté binding (French for “hooked-on spine”) and the variations that he’s developed to this day. Benjamin Elbel studied art in France before specializing in bookbinding and book conservation in Ascona, Switzerland. Following that he gained hands-on experience in various binderies in Germany and England, before setting up his own studio in London in 2012. Benjamin’s activities are divided between studio services, product design and training. Over the years he has developed many original structures that he uses in his own work and teaches across Europe. For more information, visit Benjamin’s website. Free and open to the public. For information:http://www.mnbookarts.org/roundtables/.
Weisman Art Museum
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road
WAM-O-RAMA | Music concert for UMN students
Friday, September 5, 7 pm
WAM-O-RAMA is celebrating twenty years of welcoming students back to campus. Performances by Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Hippo Campus and Aubades. Activities include screen printing with Bohemian Press, a photo booth, henna art and tours of the galleries. For information: http://weisman.umn.edu/event/wam-o-rama-music-concert-for-umn-students.
Activities at the Soap Factory
Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE
September 6 – November 9
Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE
Opening reception: Saturday, September 6, 7 – 11 pm
The exhibition Club Disminución (“Club of Diminishing Returns”) was instigated by Alexa Horochowski’s artist residency atCasa Poli in Coliumo, Chile, 2012/2013. Raised in the Patagonia of Argentina, Alexa Horochowski immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of nine. Horochowski received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. In 1996 she completed an MFA degree at the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited at Praxis, New York/Miami; Braga Menéndez Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; The Drawing Center, NYC; and Monique Meloche, Chicago. In Minnesota, she has worked on multiple solo exhibitions and projects including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Soap Factory and Franconia Sculpture Park. Horochowski has also participated in the following artist residencies: El Basilisco, Argentina; CasaPoli, Chile; The Bemis Art Center, United States; and Can Serrat, Spain. She is Professor of Sculpture at St Cloud State University. For information: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=660.
Conversation Portraits: For the One Who … Interviews
Friday, September 6, 7 – 10 pm
An experiment in presence and connection, Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… is a relational performance piece in which the artist interviews participants and writes impromptu text poems about their lives using a 1960s Royal manual typewriter. During each event, artist Jan Estep invites participants to sit and talk with her one at a time, guided by a series of personal questions. Afterwards she turns in her seat and writes a biographical text for her guest. The original is given to the participant as a gift; a carbon copy is made as a secondary document. There are eight events scheduled during the Soap Factory’s 2014 season, staggered between April and October. A collection of the texts based on the interviews will be published at the end of the series. No appointment necessary; just stop by. These interviews will take place during the opening reception for Club Disminución. For information: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=689.
Mill City Museum Programs and Events
704 Second Street South
Washburn A Mill Tour
Saturday, September 6, 1 pm
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.
Railroad History Tour
Sunday, September 7, 1 pm
Beginning with the arrival of Minnesota’s first rail line in 1862, Minneapolis boomed in population. Flour milling, lumber production and warehousing took off 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 includes 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. 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. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.
2014 Clean Water Summit
Thursday, September 11, 8 am – 5 pm
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska
The 2014 Clean Water Summit will focus on both the costs and benefits of green infrastructure in development projects, including the economic, social and ecological factors. Learn why and how to promote and implement green infrastructure in your own work. Website & Registration!
Arena Dances presents:
The Main Street Project
October 2 – 5
Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South
The Main Street Project explores how current attitudes, relationships and habits have changed in an information-driven technological world by utilizing integrative forms of media – juxtaposing visceral and explosive movement with electro/techno/pop music, folk-inspired songs and projections of filmed interviews with people from diverse communities and backgrounds. The work illuminates themes of isolation and belonging in contemporary society to ask the question, does “Main Street” still exist? The Main Street Project is informed by ARENA’s Intergenerational Residency Program, which utilizes community outreach between youth and elder communities to create dialogue about topics such as home, community and connection. Local photographers Jake Armour, Keri Pickett and Wing Yung Huie will reveal their perspective on community as part of The Main Street Project’s premiere. In collaboration with Minneapolis Art on Wheels, these photos will be projected on the exterior wall of the Southern Theater and surfaces across the city. The unveiling ceremony will take place on September 15, 6 – 9 pm, at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Minneapolis. For more information and tickets: http://southerntheater.org/home/2014-performances/the-main-street-project/.
*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****
Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 26, 6 – 7:45 pm
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road North, Board Room
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will host the 11th Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting to gather public input for the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan. The design team will be talking through their East Bank recommendations for the Master Plan. The Park Board encourages the public to attend CAC meetings to share ideas, concerns and priorities with the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park design team. For more information, please go to the MPRB project page.
Oak Savanna Buckthorn Haul
Saturday, October 4, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Near 36th & West River Parkway, Mississippi River Gorge
Volunteers will work closely with Friends of the Mississippi River staff to remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs or to haul brush to its pick-up spot. Tools and gloves will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Due to the tools and terrain, this event is not suitable for small children. Capacity is limited and preregistration required. Learn more on the event page, or sign up now with Janna at email@example.com or 651-222-2193 x31. Read more »
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Music at Red Stag Supper Club
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm
Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE
The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit http://www.redstagsupperclub.com.
Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks
Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs were developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
John H. Stevens House
Open Sundays and holidays, May 26 through mid-September, 12 noon — 4 pm
Minnehaha Park, 4801 Minnehaha Avenue
The 1850 John Stevens House was the first frame house built on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. The civic and social hub for early city founders originally was located near the site of the current Minneapolis Post Office, but was moved to Minnehaha Park in 1896. Now restored, it is open for docent-led tours and by appointment. As a special gift to Minneapolis residents and visitors, this summer all tours and events will be free. Private tours may be arranged for $3 adults and $1 children. For information: 612-722-2220 or http://www.johnhstevenshouse.org/index.html.
Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours
The Guthrie has invited six local celebrities to its recording studio to lend their voices to a revamped and freshly written version of its self-guided audio tour. Available for free download on iTunes or with a $5 iPod rental at the Guthrie Box Office, the tour offers visitors the choice of one of six voices to accompany them on the 45-minute tour through the public spaces of the building: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, WCCO-TV news anchor Angela Davis, performer and writer Kevin Kling, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cities 97 radio personality Brian “B.T.” Turner and actor Sally Wingert. More info athttp://www.guthrietheater.org/visit/tours/selfguided_audio_tours.
Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour
The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based Circa Vista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit http://www.guthreitheater.org/virtualtour\
Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South
The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows three or four nights a week and has a Friday night open mic event. For information and a schedule: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com.
Mpls Photo Center
Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street
The Mpls Photo Center offers a wide variety of classes for everyone from beginner to pro, as well as photography exhibits and events and talks. For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss
Great River Road Explorer’s Guide
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.
River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.
Construction to Begin August 20 for Trail Improvements along West River Parkway/ James I Rice Parkway
On Wednesday, August 20, trail construction will begin along the west bank of the Central Riverfront and Mississippi River Gorge. Approximately 3.2 miles of trails are being reconstructed from Plymouth Avenue to Franklin Avenue, and completion is scheduled for July of 2015. Detours will be posted for trail users, who should expect trail closures for the remainder of the 2014 construction season. The adjacent parkways will remain open except at the mudslide area near Fourth Street South, below the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview. Construction schedule updates will be posted Thursday mornings on theproject webpage. Heavy equipment will begin removing trees Thursday, August 21, at the south end of the corridor and pavement removal will begin Monday, August 25. Email updates will also be sent to subscribers of the West River/James I Rice Parkways Trail Improvement email list. To sign up to receive updates on this or other projects, visitwww.minneapolisparks.org and click on the red envelope in the upper right-hand corner. Plans for the trails were developed by an appointed community advisory committee in the fall of 2013. The concept plans were approved by the MPRB Board of Commissioners on November 20, 2013. The riverfront trails are among the most heavily used in the region, receiving more than 1.6 million visits annually. The MPRB has been awarded more than $1.7 million in federal funding for 3.5 miles of trail improvements along West River Parkway and James I Rice Parkway. These trails currently provide a continuous recreational and commuting connection along the west bank of the Mississippi from the Franklin Ave. bridge to the Plymouth Ave. bridge. Both parkways are part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byways. The bicycle and pedestrian trails, which run through the Central Riverfront of Minneapolis, have not been reconstructed since their original installation 25 years ago (James I Rice Parkway) and 38 years ago (West River Parkway). For further information about this and future improvements, visit the West River Parkway and James I Rice Parkway project page.
Sanitary Sewer Construction Started at Minnehaha Falls Regional Park – Lower Wabun Picnic Area
The State of Minnesota has begun upgrades to the sanitary sewer service for the Minnesota Veteran’s Home (MVH) near Minnehaha Falls Regional Park. The current sewer is degraded and does not meet the demand the MVH requires. The work will be on both State land as well as Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) land. The construction may impact the Lower Wabun Picnic Area, including Picnic Shelters F and G, and Picnic Area E. For reservation information please visit the web site or call MPRB customer service at 612-230-6400. Access to the bridge that crosses from the MVH, easterly over the Minnehaha Gorge, to South Minnehaha Drive will be limited. The bridge is open, accessible from the south end of the MVH campus, and has a weight restriction in place. The bridge will have significant construction traffic at the MVH end, so please USE CAUTION. Please download the Detour Map. Construction is scheduled to be completed by October 10, 2014, with park restoration complete by October 31, 2014. Dates and times are subject to change due to weather.
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
Heat Up Your Life Festival
Co-working Space in North Loop Expanding
602 First Street Condo Proposal
Smack Shack’s Lobster Roll
West River Parkway Trail Detours
Minneapolis Minute Festival
Haute Dish’s Chef Wins Chef Challenge
River City Revue