Lake Street News Brief
July 14, 2009
Street Council's mission is to build
a cohesive strategy to ensure the ongoing vitality
of the Lake Street Corridor business community.
The Latest on Lake:
- We have one correction to offer from last week: the WDGY
radio remote in Uptown is in fact happening this Saturday,
July 18, from noon to 1. The Mercado's radio remote is still July
25 from 11 to noon, and you can still tune in to 740 AM to
- The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has a
nice article up profiling the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at
12th & Lake, which they call "a friendly oasis for the little guy."
They talk with store manager Wayne Bugg about how he keeps the store a
friendly, community-driven place.
- Next month's issue of
the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger will have a special section on
Lake Street chronicling the many changes on the street in recent years
and offering businesses the chance to advertise in the center spread of
the newspaper. The deadline for the special section is on Monday,
July 20. See this
page on the Messenger's site for more details.
- Minnesota Parent Magazine has a new
survey asking people why their neighborhood is a great place to
raise a family. Results will be printed in their October issue.
Please take a minute to fill it out for your local neighborhood!
- Central Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) requests
proposals from qualified agencies to undertake an arts program for
youth in the Central neighborhood of Minneapolis, and/or to
undertake an arts program for adults in the Central neighborhood of
Minneapolis. Agencies may submit a proposal for a youth arts program
or for an arts program for adults, or a proposal for each, or one
proposal for both youth and adults together. Proposals shall include a
project narrative, budget, schedules, and action items. Proposals are
due August 11. The RFP with all the details can be found on
- National Night Out is coming up on August 4, and the
deadline to apply for street closure for free is July 21. Visit
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/ for all the details and to
register an event on your street.
- This week there is some trail maintenance work on the Midtown
Greenway, between France and Hiawatha Avenues. Public Works will be
filling cracks on the asphalt for a smoother riding surface. The
Greenway will remain open, with work being done on half the width of it
at one time. Work is anticipated to last through July 17, if weather
Lake Street Calendar:
July 15th: Patio Party, at Longfellow Grill
5:00 - 9:00 PM, 2990 W. River Parkway
Live music with the Jambo Joe Bones, $2 Widmer Drifter & Goose
Island 312 pints, and $2 chicken tacos.
July 16th: Lyndale Neighborhood Garden Expo
6:00 - 8:30 PM, beginning at 3544 Grand Ave.
The public is invited to come celebrate outdoor city living with a tour
of gardens located in the Lyndale Neighborhood. This year’s tour will
include nine beautiful neighborhood gardens. Tickets are $7.00 each and
include one raffle ticket, additional raffle tickets are $3. Tickets
are available at the LNA office 3537 Nicollet Avenue or online at www.lyndale.org.
July 17th & 18th: Queer Boyz Nite, at Patrick's
8:00 PM, 3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Queer Boyz Nite is back and this year will be featuring acts by: Kohl
Miner performing an excerpt from "Heartflight: How my heart was
hi-jacked by a handsome terrorist. This is my story. sob.";
Jazz/Waacking performed by Arturo Miles. Comedian Todd Jay; Electric
guitar virtuoso David Hanbury as Mrs. Smith. Dance by Jerome Lee
Barnes; Comedian Tom Steffen; and Musician Mattson Zust.
July 17th & 24th: Bedroom Eyes, at Bryant
7:00 PM, 810 W. Lake St.
In this “old-fashioned” cabaret, Mistress Ginger, the self-proclaimed
“flawless and lawless,” sings the songs “that got your grandmother into
bed." With Kenny Kiser on the piano, she croons the tunes of Johnny
Mercer, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and George
Gershwin, among others. Along the way, Ginger shares her own stories
of love and lust, ranging from innocent idealism to bitter blues.
Within this mix of live music, Ginger premieres her first music video,
"See-Line Woman," a dance film taking Ginger from the glitz of the
stage to the streets of Uptown on a journey of impregnation and
July 19th: Sunday Brunch, at Midtown Global Market
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 920 E. Lake St.
Each Sunday, a chef from a Midtown Global Market restaurant will
prepare and sell brunch in the Market's Central Plaza. This weekend,
brunch is served by Jakeeno's Trattoria.
July 19th: Uptown
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Lyndale Ave. & 29th St.
Arts, crafts, produce, and prepared foods.
July 22nd: "Mugs 4 Jugs" Breast Cancer Fundraiser, at Cowboy Slim's
3:00 - 8:00 PM, 1320 W. Lake St.
$20 tickets available in advance or at the door. Includes two drinks,
appetizer bar, and a chance to win a 60" flatscreen TV. All proceeds
benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
July 29th: "The Blue Notebook" book discussion, at
7:30 PM, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S.
"Every now and then, you come across a novel that moves us like no
other, that seems like a miracle of the imagination, and that haunts us
long after the book is closed. James Levine’s The Blue Notebook
is that kind of book. It is the story of Batuk, an Indian girl who is
taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her
father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early
childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up
beautiful and fantastic tales about a silver-eyed leopard and a poor
boy who fells a giant with a single gold coin.."
Starting July 31st: The Syringa Tree, at Jungle
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
"The incomparable Sarah Agnew returns to portray over 20 characters in
this virtuoso one-woman show about the abiding love between two
families - one black and one white - and the two children that are born
into their shared household in the 1960's South Africa."
July 31st - August 2nd: Mercado Central 10th Anniversary
1515 E. Lake St.
A big weekend of events is planned to celebrate this important Lake
Street institution as it turns a decade old!
August 1st & 2nd: ZRS Fossils Guided Fieldtrips
The August 1 fossil trip will be collecting unique marine fossil
shells and corals from the Stewartville member of the Galena formation
in two individual quarries near the towns of Fountain and Wykoff,
Minnesota. It will meet at 9:30 AM at the intersection of Routes #5 and
#80 – one mile south of Wykoff. The August 2 trip will be collecting
marine fossil shells from the Late Devonian Period in Rockfort, Iowa..
It will meet at 10:00 AM in the east parking area of the Floyd County
Fossil and Prairie Park (formerly the Rockford Brick and Tile Company
quarry and kilm site).
Cost for these $20 (children under 12 can attend the August 2 event for
$10). Drop by ZRS at 3018 Lyndale Ave. or call 612-824-1068 to get more
details and to register.
August 8th: Taqueria La Hacienda 10th Anniversary
3:00 - 8:00 PM, 334 E. Lake St.
Featuring a stage with a DJ and a Latino live band, prize drawings, and
a food stand in the parking lot with hot dogs, roasted corn, shaved ice
and more. Tacos will be just $1 in the store.