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Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Eve, and Black Friday on Lake Street

November 24, 2009

A few special events to take note of this week as we head into Thanksgiving. First, take note that the Midtown Farmers’ Market is holding their special Thanksgiving Market once again this year, on Wednesday from 1 – 4. Meat, vegetables, apples, bread, chocolates, and canned goods for the next day’s feast will be available. Anyone who pre-ordered a turkey from Hilltop Pastures can pick it up there.

On Thanksgiving itself, it will of course be a quiet day for most of Lake Street, but Magers & Quinn is having a special Thanksgiving Day Sale to beat the crowds. From 12 – 9 everything in the store will be 20% off. No coupons, no crowds.

And in contrast to Thursday, Black Friday is a very busy day for retailers, but one offer in particular stands out. And that’s at Longfellow Grill, which is having a Black Friday breakfast sale. From 4 – 5 AM, a breakfast entree is absolutely free! The deals start dropping from there but are still plenty interesting: 5 – 6 AM it’s 60% off, and 6 – 7 AM, 50% off. So for any early-risers looking for deals, that’ll be one that’s hard to top.

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City Pages visits Lyndale Taphouse and Sauce Spirits & Soundbar

November 23, 2009

Sauce and the Lyndale Taphouse are two welcome new additions to the Lyn-Lake scene, having filled a couple spaces left open by the unfortunate closings of La Bodega and JP’s. In City Pages, Rachel Hutton makes a good argument that the two fill holes of another kind as well, niches that the neighborhood was previously lacking.

For example, Hutton says that until now, there wasn’t a good place in the area for a sports fan to go and enjoy the big game of the day while enjoying dinner or a couple drinks. The Lyndale Taphouse is changing all that. According to Hutton, “The Lyndale’s aims are perhaps closer to the more modest, value-oriented, middle-of-the-road approach of Bon Appetit. If you can stand the crowds and the scene, its food is better than what you’d expect for a place with so many TVs.”

She also says that Sauce’s soundbar concept might be just the thing to fill the void left by the closing of the Uptown Bar. “ Overall, Sauce has a comfortable, arty vibe. Abstract paintings and photographs of Twin Cities performers line the walls, and a vending machine sells CDs by local up-and-coming bands.” And the food? “ A stand-alone dinner at Sauce is likely to underwhelm, compared to the neighborhood’s other restaurant offerings. But I’d guess that showgoers will be thrilled to find more interesting fare than the typical rock-club mozzarella sticks and burgers.” I can personally attest that Sauce’s calamari is a culinary thing of beauty, and I also think that their lasagna stands up pretty well in its own right.

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Your Weekend Entertainment, November 20-22

November 19, 2009

It’s shaping up to be a nice weekend with temperatures in the mid-50s and lots to do on Lake Street! Let’s start with two annual events.

First up, Saturday from 10 – 3 it’s the Calhoun Coffee Fest, the 20th annual incarnation. Attendees are invited to sample coffee, tea and treats from local and national vendors, participate in a variety of entertainment, and will receive a collectible Coffee Festival mug. Admission is $9, with proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Heartland.

Down the street a bit at the Midtown Global Market, it’s Do It Green! Minnesota’s 4th Annual Green Gifts Fair, also on Saturday, 10 – 5. Shop among 40+ local, eco-friendly artists and businesses, catch local chef demos, an eco fashion show, children’s eco activities and participate in workshops showcasing ideas of how to entertain green this holiday season. Free to the public.

In the theater, Pangea World Theater and Intermedia Arts are co-hosting two screenings of the movie Four Sheets to the Wind as part of Pangea’s Indigenous Voices series. “When Cufe Smallhill (Cody Lightning), a Seminole-Cree from Oklahoma, finds his father dead beside a bottle of pills, he fulfills his promise to sink the body in the family pond. The action begins, leading Cufe to the big city of Tulsa with his sister Miri (Tamara Podemski) and soon discovers an entire world opening up.” The movie at Intermedia Arts at 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday. On Saturday there’s a special panel discussion beforehand at 6:30 PM.

Also on Friday and Saturday, Patrick’s Cabaret puts on a new show, which they called Prix-Fixe Cabaret. Featuring: Erin Drummond-’Dance of the Seal Woman’; dance by Non Edwards; storytelling by Alison Bergblom Johnson; dance by Victoria Olender; bellydance with Alexandra Owings; and music by Adrienne Vaughn.

In the Heart of the Beast Theatre wraps up its run of A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh this weekend. Demand was so great that they’ve added a Saturday matinee show, at 2:00 PM. The rest are sold out so if you don’t have a ticket yet, get one now for that Saturday matinee!

At Bryant Lake Bowl, it’s one serving of Quickies 2009, two of Dykes Do Drag, two of She: Immortal Witch Queen of a Lost World, and the weekend closes with A Christmas Carol: The Golden Girls Remix. Check the theater schedule for times and all the details.

And for the literary types, Magers & Quinn hosts two author discussions. Ted Gioia discusses The Birth (and Death) of the Cool Saturday at 7:00 PM, and Connie Goldman discusses Who Am I?… Now That I’m Not Who I Was? Sunday at 5:00 PM.

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Your Weekend Entertainment, November 13-15

November 13, 2009

A new show gets started tonight at the Jungle Theater. The Seafarer by Conor McPherson plays through December 20. “A collection of Irish misfits lay their cards – and their souls – on the table in this tale of a poker game played on Christmas Eve. A wonderful exploration of passion, provocation, and the potential for redemption, The Seafarer showcases one of today’s greatest storytellers, and an all-star cast of local favorites.”

In the Heart of the Beast continues their run of A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh. It shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. It’s been gathering some good press lately, including a profile on MPR and a review in the Pioneer Press.

Now that the temperature is getting colder and colder, a bowl of chili gets to be a very tempting meal. The Midtown Global Market’s got you covered there, with this year’s incarnation of the Global Chili Cook-Off. Chili connoisseurs are invited sample 13+ types of chili made by Midtown Global Market business owners. Visitors can cast their vote for the “Public’s Choice Award” by selecting their favorite chili. The competition will be hot as challengers try to unseat last year’s winner, Safari Express. Free recipes will be available too! A $3 donation is suggested and all proceeds will benefit Perspective’s Kids Café program.

Magers & Quinn has two author events this weekend, with Peter Conners discussing his memoir Growing Up Dead, about being a Grateful Dead fan, on Saturday, and Minnesota poets Jill Breckenridge and Morgan Grayce Willow reading from their new work on Sunday.

Last but never least, Bryant Lake Bowl has their usual jam-packed schedule, with Quickies 2009 and Last Laugh on Friday night, Creative Laughter Club House and She: Immortal Witch Queen of a Lost World on Saturday, and on Sunday another run of She followed by a CD release party for Brandon Patton aka BL4k Lotus.

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Your Weekend Entertainment, November 6-8

November 06, 2009

Looking a little further out than this weekend, we’d like to remind everyone that our always-fun and always-affordable annual wine tasting & silent auction fundraiser is coming up quick, on November 12. Tickets can be purchased online at our other site. This event is taking up a lot of all our time right now so we’ll do a lightning round of what to do on Lake Street this weekend.

In the Heart of the Beast opens their new mainstage show A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh tonight. They have a great new trailer for it on YouTube which we’ll embed below.

Pangea World Theater and Intermedia Arts have two more showings of Bridges on Friday and Saturday. It’s a show in three acts: Red Dirt Rites, Bbbl, and Conjuré. Read more at the link!

Bryant Lake Bowl is busy as always, with Quickies 2009 and The Underpants Show on Friday night, She: Immortal Witch Queen of a Lost World and The Vilification Tennis Handicapped Show on Saturday, and on Sunday another edition of She.

Magers & Quinn has an author discussion of Practically Green on Friday night and a poetry reading on Sunday night.

Midtown Farmers’ Market is closed for the season but be sure to check out the details of their November 14 fundraiser!

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