Weekly Roundup August 4-10

Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and Minneapolis!

Minnesota Fringe Festival: August 3-13. Multiple venues, including Boom Island Park Grumpy’s Downtown, Southern Theater, Rarig Center. There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you’ll see at Fringe were selected randomly. Each year organizers select the lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling them out, one by one. They believe everyone has the capability to make great art, and — more importantly — everyone should get their chance to try! From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible. More information about this year’s festival and shows can be found at http://www.fringefestival.org/.
 


ANNOUNCEMENTS 

**Longfellow Community Council will be changing it’s office hours. Effective as of Tuesday, August 1, LCC will be open from 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday.**

**Registration is now OPEN for the Annual Longfellow Corn Feed Resource Fair!** This family-friendly event will be 5:30-8pm Thursday, August 10 at Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave S. To register for the Resource Fair, click here

As you know, the annual Corn Feed is a great opportunity for the residents to see the wonderful activities, services, classes, local shops, and nonprofits our community has to offer. While selling products or merchandise is prohibited, we encourage you to be creative with giveaways, free samples or other fun activities. Only prepackaged and sealed food items can be given away at your table.  If you have any questions, please email bcornell@minneapolisparks.org, carly@longfellow.orgmelanie@longfellow.org, or call Longfellow Park at 612-370-4957 or LCC at 612-722-4529. Thank you for your continued support in this community-building event! Registration DEADLINE is Monday, August 7.

Riverview Corridor: Community Meetings Announced to Evaluate Six Remaining Alternatives
Ramsey County has announced that it will not pursue light rail as a mode of transit along a future transit route that would connect Downtown St. Paul with the Minneapolis- St. Paul Airport. According an article released by the Star Tribune July 13, the advisory committee has eliminated 24 of the 30 options on the table last October.  

The remaining six choices will be discussed at a series of community meetings, one of which will be held in Longfellow. The remaining six alternatives include “Building nothing and continuing current bus service, adding bus rapid transit that shares the road with other vehicle traffic (similar to the A line on Snelling Avenue now) or adding a ‘modern streetcar’ on one of four possible routes.” The Star Tribune article clarifies that “Those streetcars would run on tracks, but share the road with cars and be smaller than light rail.”

Residents and anyone interested in weighing in on the project are invited to attend any of the community meetings, which will be hosted by Ramsey County Railroad Authority staff. The community  meeting in Greater Longfellow will be held on Monday, August 7th, at 5-7pm at  Dowling Elementary School (3900 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406). Click HERE for directions.

Soccer Players Wanted! Southeast Soccer Club has openings on U10 – U14 girls and boys teams (birth years 2004-2008). Southeast is a community-based soccer club that holds practices in the greater Longfellow neighborhood. Southeast Soccer believes in developing players and coaches in a supportive environment that welcomes and supports families. We believe this is the key to providing for a successful experience for our children and their growth both as players and individuals in our community. Southeast is the place for younger Park and Rec players looking for more of a challenge as well as older players looking to commit to and grow with a competitive traveling team. Roster spots are filling for the Fall 2017 season. Learn more at www.sesoccer.org or contact Pete Munene, Director of Coaching at clubrep@sesoccer.org

Midtown Farmer’s Market EVERY SATURDAY from 8am-1pm until October 28
E. Lake Street & Hiawatha Ave., 2225 E. Lake Street.  Information available here.

Music in the Parks, May 29-Sep 4
Over 200 FREE outdoor concerts! The 2017 schedule has something for everyone, including Jazz, Latin, Swing, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Classical more.  See and enjoy great local talent at one of our six venues:

 


Friday, Aug 4

Kilt and Corset Night @ Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, All night! Get in the spirit of your heritage by wearing your Tartan. Or if the mood strikes, why not a corset? This gathering takes place every Friday!
 
Irish Session & Highland Pipes @ Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, 8:30pm. A traditional Irish music session lead by the finest musicians around with interludes by Highland pipers! If you play Irish music, you are welcome to join in! This is a very impromptu gathering that occurs most Fridays. However, some Fridays the crew may be otherwise engaged. Come early for a great spot!  

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ The Hook and Ladder Theater, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. Doors 7pm / Music 7:30pm / $9 Advance / $12 Day of Show / 21+ Nobool Presents: An Evening with Galactic Cowboy Orchestra. An intimate, two set, seated concert for all art-rock lovers! ART-ROCK. FUSION. JAZZ FUSION. JAMGRASS. JAZZGRASS. EXPERIMENTAL ROCK. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra has been freakin’ minds since 2009. They stretch their own musical limits with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK. Definition of ART-ROCK: A type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical (and jazz) music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. It sounds so serious, but when you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don’t take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music beyond art-rock (which is why the band covers songs from Otis Rush’s All Your Love to Whipping Post to When the Levee Breaks to YYZ), you get a bit of magic in live music form. The band writes and performs music that excites them and has a blast doing it! The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam… over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because “we freakin’ love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!”
“Sounds like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.”
— Jay, GCO Superfan
 
Narco States Record Release! @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. Doors 9pm / Music 9:15pm / $5 / 21+ Narco States Release Party with Red Daughters, Sex Rays, The Boot R&B, Violent Shifters, and DJ Travo Ramo (late show)
 5 BANDS TWO STAGES and a ton of ROCK and ROLL! Sponsored by Fulton Beer.
 
The Professional (1994) @ The Riverview, 3800 42nd Ave S. 11:30pm* All Seats $3 (Rated: R / Runtime: 1hr 50mins.) Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin’s trade.

Summer Concert Season: Twin Cities Grateful Red (horn band playing popular hits) @ Minnehaha Regional Park, 4801 South Minnehaha Dr, 7-8pm. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board summer concert season fills the air daily with music at six concert venues running through Labor Day. To see the complete listing, go towww.minneapolisparks.org/events/events_calendar_month_view
 
Creative Journaling w/ Molly Anthony @ Junket: Tossed & Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave. 5:30-7pm. Cost: $10 When the going gets tough, art has a way of helping us reconnect our outside activities with our inner lives. Art is also a powerful metaphor for intentional living — in that if you don’t like what you see, you have the power to change it by taking a new approach. Of course, change isn’t always easy – and it often helps to have ongoing community support as we decide to edit and improve upon both life and art…

Within this spirit, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new experimental creative/community/reuse series focused on Creative Journaling. In this series, participants will each start with a book (something with some history and character to it – we’ll have an assortment on hand), and then focus on the creative process of layering materials onto existing pages, deciding what to keep and what becomes background, experimenting with different techniques and ways of playing with the things we have at our disposal – and we’ll do it together.

We’re thrilled to introduce Molly Anthony (find her on Instagram: @mkranthony) as we kick off this series! Molly has been creating visual journals for nearly a dozen years, and she brings not only her personal experience, but also things she’s learned through active participation in an online community of artists with a shared affinity for this particular craft. Molly’s technique is one where literally nothing is wasted (making her a perfect fit with Junket’s intention of not throwing away good stuff).

Molly’s role in this series will be a session on the first Friday of each month, where she’ll share the first steps of her process, offer guidance on staying organized (functionally and thematically) so you can literally get creative on the bus or between coffee shop appointments, and then share an experimental technique or two as all of us begin (or continue) working on our own journals.

Powderhorn Art Fair @ Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The park, the lake, the surrounding community, and the committed, “behind the scene” individuals make this a picturesque event possible; however, the real beauty of the Powderhorn Art Fair is that the event’s impact is felt throughout the year. Proceeds from the Art Fair help fund park programs such as theater arts, a computer lab, teen center, music recording studio, pottery studio, and team sports—giving neighborhood residents of all ages a safe environment in which to play, learn, and grow. As you stroll through the Fair, appreciating the artwork, please take a moment to reflect on your importance to Powderhorn Park and our community. We encourage you to take the time to experience the uniqueness of the Powderhorn Park neighborhood and hope that you will visit us regularly—whether for one of our many annual events or for a simple walk around the lake. Everyone is welcome!
 
Local Author Event: William Burleson “Tales of Block E” @ Dunn Bros, 4648 E Lake St, 7-8pm FREE. Local author William Burleson will read from his new title “Tales of Block E”. A man living in a flophouse tries to impress his long-estranged blind father by embellishing on what the old man can’t see. Two employees of a porn theater pick the wrong day to get stoned. A fragile young woman and follower of a street preacher witnesses a tragedy, setting her on a mission that may be beyond her abilities. It’s 1979 on Block E in Minneapolis, a woe-begone Times Square-type district filled with characters of all stripes—hookers and the homeless, addicts and drug dealers. But the streets also belong to the hopeful—the many people wanting so much more. These are the Tales of Block E, three stories of people in a place and a time long gone but not forgotten. The book is also available at Moon Palace Books, BoneShaker Books, and the Lake Coffee House.
 

 

Saturday, Aug 5

The Professional (1994) @ The Riverview, 3800 42nd Ave S. 11:30pm* All Seats $3 (Rated: R / Runtime: 1hr 50mins.) Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin’s trade.

SFO-A Journey Tribute @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. SFO – A Journey Tribute
 Doors 7:30pm / Music 8:30pm / $8 Advance / $10 Day of Show / 21+

Walk for Wishes @ Minnehaha Park, 4801 South Minnehaha Dr. Registration fee: $20 to register as a walk or run participant. Pre- and Post-event family activities are free. Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends, Walk For Wishes® is a spirited event that gives you the choice to participate in either the 5K walk or 5K run. This Make-A-Wish® fundraising event celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. By participating in Walk for Wishes, you can help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions. For information and to register: http://mn.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/2017/2017-walk-for-wishes.
 
Powderhorn Art Fair @ Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The park, the lake, the surrounding community, and the committed, “behind the scene” individuals make this a picturesque event possible; however, the real beauty of the Powderhorn Art Fair is that the event’s impact is felt throughout the year. Proceeds from the Art Fair help fund park programs such as theater arts, a computer lab, teen center, music recording studio, pottery studio, and team sports—giving neighborhood residents of all ages a safe environment in which to play, learn, and grow. As you stroll through the Fair, appreciating the artwork, please take a moment to reflect on your importance to Powderhorn Park and our community. We encourage you to take the time to experience the uniqueness of the Powderhorn Park neighborhood and hope that you will visit us regularly—whether for one of our many annual events or for a simple walk around the lake. Everyone is welcome!
 
Women’s Work Walking Tour w/ History Player, Eva Valesh 10:30am-noon. $14/$11 MNHS members. Join a costumed interpreter portraying labor writer, Eva Valesh, for a walking tour that highlights working conditions along the Minneapolis riverfront in the late 1880s. The guide will discuss jobs that were available to women in the late 19th and early 20th century, key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis and the factories that Valesh exposed, including the North Star Woolen Mill that still stands two blocks from Mill City Museum. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. For information and tickets: http://www.mnhs.org/event/3118.

Matt Yetter @ Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Ave, 8-10pm, FREE.
Join our resident acoustic blues man, Matt Yetter, the first Saturday of every month!

Play Reading for Adult Seniors @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St, 3-4:30pm.

 

Sunday, Aug 6

Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour 1–2:30pm $14/$11 MNHS members. Take a guided walking tour of the Minneapolis riverfront and learn about its dramatic past and bright future. Visit the historic district at St. Anthony Falls, once the milling center of the world and now a growing cultural, recreational and residential neighborhood. Stop along the Stone Arch Bridge for spectacular views of the falls, view historic buildings surrounding the riverfront and downtown Minneapolis, and learn about the many people who have worked and lived in the area over the years. Plus, explore the ongoing riverfront renaissance through the historic preservation of Mill Ruins Park, Mill City Museum, Milwaukee Road Depot, historic loft condominiums and new developments, including the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music and riverfront housing. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. For information and tickets: http://www.mnhs.org/event/3101.
 

Monday, August 7

 

 

Tuesday, August 8

Wednesday, August 2

Merlins Rest Pub Quiz @ Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, 8:30pm 7:30. The Quizmaster is their own Minister of Culture, Bill Watkins. His legendary quizzes will test your knowledge! Don’t worry, there are a few easy ones in there.  Bill is here to intrigue your curiosity, not make you feel stupid. They do not accept reservations for Pub Quiz, taking place every Wednesday. This event tends to fill up quickly, so arrive early to assure a seat!

August Patio Party @ Longfellow Grill, 2990 W River Pkwy, 5-9pm. Beer by Bauhaus, music by Mike Bruno
 
Bent Paddle Presents: “Hook ‘N Paddle” Wednesday with:
Paul Bergen & The Astronauts of Rhythm & Sound (with special guests) @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. Doors 6:30pm / Music 7pm / FREE / 21+

 

Thursday, August 10

Lunch and Movie, “The Sound of Music” @ Nokomis Healthy Seniors (Bethel Lutheran Church) 4120 17th Ave S, 11:15am-1:30pm. Freewill offering. Join other older adults in the area for a shared lunch and stay to watch the movie “The Sound of Music” in our own theater!