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Crime & Safety ...................................... 4
CARAG News .............................................. 8
Film Reviews .............................................. 9
ECCO News ............................................... 10
Events Calendar .....................................12
NovemBeR 2012 • Volume 8, Number 11
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Quitting Cold Turkey?
The Big election
Is Upon Us
By Gary Farland
The presidential race and the two amendments to the Minnesota
Constitution make the November 6 general election hotly contested.
Lawn signs abound in the CARAG and East Calhoun (ECCO) neigh-
borhoods, especially concerning the amendment regarding marriage.
Included in this November issue is the complete ballot that persons
living in the East Calhoun and CARAG neighborhoods will have,
including the more obscure races that voters are often puzzled to
see. The ballots for the two neighborhoods are the same except for
Theater of Public Policy Combines
Big Issues With Improv Comedy
Scott Schuler is planning to open Morrissey’s Irish Pub by February
2013 at the location formerly occupied by Los Lagos, 913 Lake St. The
pub will feature traditional pub food and beer “with an Uptown twist”. (See
CARAG Minutes, page 8 for more details.) (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Green Beer At Last?
Cast members Jen Scott and Damian Johnson perform the Science Debate.
(Photo by Tony Webster)
By Bruce Cochran
Three properties at Lake
Street and James Avenue are
at a crossroads. According to
Frothinger Properties Owner
Bill Frothinger, the three build-
ings that occupy the site at 1618,
1620 Lake, and 2915 James are in
need of fundamental overhauls.
At an October 16 East Isles Resi-
dent Association (EIRA) Zoning
and Planning Committee Meet-
Heavy Dialogue
Around east Isles
Condo Proposal
Lake Street & James Avenue site within
USAP and Shoreland Overlay District
ing, Frothinger said his three
properties could either be over-
hauled, redeveloped or sold. He
has had offers for purchase.
Fronthinger presented drawings
for a five story mixed use build-
ing with a first floor of 4,000
square feet for retail and condos
for floors two through five. He
explained how his brick building
would gradually step back from
By Melissa Slachetka
Combining politics and com-
edy is not just for late night talk
show hosts. Tane Danger, one
of the founders of The The-
ater of Public Policy and self-
described ‘political junkie’ has
always been passionate about
politics and inspired by impro-
visational comedy, so combin-
ing the two was something he
knew he could make work. He
has a diverse background, he
founded an improv troupe at
Gustavus College, taught Eng-
lish in Korea, and landed a job
with the State of Minnesota that
he enjoyed but left him longing
for a creative outlet, and that
brought him back to improv. “I
didn’t know if it would work
until it was onstage, but it did,”
Danger admitted about Theater
of Public Policy. The troupe has
shows each Thursday through
the end of November at HUGE
Theater, 3037 Lyndale Avenue
South. Each show features a dif-
ferent expert guest, from science
to sports and education to jour-
nalism. The audience gets a dose
of education and entertainment
and perhaps most appealing;
they get to see the troupe tackle
“big complicated messy issues
and make the conversation fun.”
Danger has made it his utmost
priority to make the stage a safe
space for the invited expert and
the information accessible and
What’s Your
PRoPosAl page 7
eleCTIoN page 5
ComeDY page 6
JUNCTIoN page 7
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
(Photo courtesy of MPRB)
By Bruce Cochran
With almost 40,000 vehicles a day passing by the north end of Lake
Calhoun, over 1.3 million yearly trail users on its path, a growing
customer base at the Tin Fish, Wheel Fun Rentals, Calhoun Yacht
Club, and nearly 4,000 daily summertime users on the Midtown
Greenway, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPBR) is
learning that there’s nothing like a good traffic jam to make them re-
establish priorities and turn this “Challenge” into an “Opportunity.”

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The editor
After the Walker Library closed on September 22, the “L I B R A R Y” sculp-
ture was removed by crane for storage. Meanwhile, ex-patrons have begun
the process of re-acclimating to other County library locations. This begs
the question “What do we miss most about our temporarily shuttered
library? Is it the building? the books? or does it come down to the Walker
staff and community of patrons?” The 18 month construction schedule is
estimated to begin the first week of November. The new library is estimated
to be completed by mid-2014. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Josh Reimnitz Is A Great
Guest Editorial by Marty Allen
For the first time this November, Uptown residents will be electing
a school board member to represent our area. East Isles is part of the
newly created District 4, which also includes East Calhoun, Cedar-
Isles-Dean, Bryn Mawr, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Loring Park and the
western downtown neighborhoods.
Public schools matter to me. My four children and four grandchil-
dren have attended Minneapolis Public Schools. On Election Day, I’ll
be voting for Josh Reimnitz, a former classroom teacher who now
leads Students Today Leaders Forever, a youth leadership non-profit
in Minneapolis.
Here’s why I’m voting for Josh:
1) Josh understands the issues facing our city schools. While teaching
fourth grade in the Atlanta public schools, Josh saw his low-income
students make significant gains. He is fiercely committed to closely
the achievement gap and has pragmatic experience in dealing with
2) Josh has experience dealing with both multi-million budgets and
board governance. As the co-executive director of Students Today
Leaders Forever, he manages an organization with 23 chapters in
12 states. He works with a board. He understands board gover-
nance and is committed to transparency.
3) Being age 26 is an asset. All of our current board members are
middle-aged or older, like me. We need someone to represent the
80 percent of the voters who don’t have kids in the schools as well
as someone to represent the next generation of parents, who are
wide-open to technological changes and other innovations.
I’m not the only one who has been impressed with Josh. Mayor RT
Rybak is supporting him. So are Hennepin County Commissioner
Gail Dorfman, City Council Members Robert Lilligren and Don
Samuels and former school board chairs Tom Madden, Pam Costain
and Catherine Shreves and others. I urge my fellow Uptown resi-
dents to do the same.
Marty Allen is an East Isles Resident
Sometimes staying neutral is a
good course of action, and dur-
ing a political season, as an edi-
tor, it’s my chosen position. I’m
excited this issue is featuring
so many passionate politically-
inspired voices and heartened
by those who have chosen this
publication to share those view-
points. Especially, since it proves
that the written word still reso-
nates with the public and to see
so much neighborhood support
is especially consoling in a time
that even larger publications,
such as Newsweek, are losing
faith in the printed format. Digi-
tal format is great, but – for me,
at least – there is still something
about turning pages while sip-
ping a hot cup of coffee that I
hope never fades. Best of luck
to all those running in our local
elections and hope to see every-
one else out at the polls Novem-
ber 6!
Without Words
Think Globally. Act locally.
Guest Editorial by Kendal Killian
Think Globally. Act Locally.
Our world is changing rapidly.
Issues like global climate change
and corporate influence are evi-
dent not only on TV, but right
here in our community. As we
move from the Presidential elec-
tion in 2012 to the city elections
of 2013, we should think about
how the City of Minneapolis is
preparing for, and adapting to,
these paradigm shifts.
• Global climate change is a
proven fact. By encouraging
biking, walking and transit we
can do our part in Minneapolis
to curb global warming. Wise
development that allows more
people to live car-free should
also be a fundamental part of
this effort.
• Public health issues like obe-
sity are a major and growing
financial burden. Similar to
the how the city led the way in
reducing tobacco use through
the indoor smoke-free ordi-
nance, we can prevent obesity
by continuing to encourage
biking and healthier food
options. We should also con-
tinue to support local agricul-
• Public finances may be reach-
ing a fiscal cliff. We likely
will never go back to the flush
1990s. We need to prioritize
our spending decisions and cut
programs that don’t work. We
should also examine our city
budget to determine what per-
centage of our tax dollars go
directly to services (like police,
fire and public works) and
what percentage simply funds
administration at City Hall.
• Corporate Influence is a major
problem in Washington DC.
Large corporations use their
lobbying power to push poli-
cies that do not advance the
common good. The City of
Minneapolis must examine
our relationship with big busi-
nesses such as Comcast, Xcel,
Centerpoint and Unisys to
determine whether we are get-
ting a good deal for citizens
or just padding corporate cof-
fers. We should also leverage
our banking relationships with
Wells Fargo and US Bank,
negotiating for things like
foreclosure protections for our
• Open Government and Trans-
parency initiatives will improve
our democracy. As a friend of
mine says, good things happen
when data is openly shared
and released. For example,
Minneapolis does not pro-
vide achieved video of council
meetings. Making informa-
tion more readily available and
increasing transparency could
help to rebuild people’s faith in
It is easy to say that these are
national or state issues and should
be dealt with on those levels. But
the truth is, vitally important
matters like these do not adhere
to political boundaries.
Progressives believe that the
interconnectivity between people
is one of our core values. Simi-
larly, we must acknowledge the
cascading impact these state,
national and even international
issues may have on our com-
munity. By first acknowledging
these overlaps we can begin to
formulate strategies and solu-
tions to help us adapt.
Looking the other way is no lon-
ger an option.
Kendal Killian lives on Bryant
Avenue with his wife Kelly and
their cat - Pepita.
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Balance Beams
Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans explains
how a healthy economy is based on a balanced revenue structure–an
even amount of Property Tax, Income Tax and Sales Tax (legs of stool).
When it’s out of balance the stool is not sturdy (slide in background).
Co-hosted with Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Paul Thissen, the
Tax Reform Town Hall meeting took place on October 1 at Painter Park.
The conversation featured a short presentation about Minnesota’s tax sys-
tem, followed by questions and discussion. On behalf of the Governor Mark
Dayton, Commissioner Frans was seeking input on; What fair taxation means
to Minnesotans, What we should look for in a good tax system, and How we
can simplify Minnesota’s tax system. The meeting was just one of the many
conversations Revenue officials are having with Minnesotans to gather tax
reform ideas for Governor Dayton. More info at www.revenue.state.mn.us/
tax_reform. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
vote “No” on voter Identification
Guest Editorial by John Newman
completely unnecessary.
Clearly there should and needs
to be reasonable voter ID and
we have it. A number of stud-
ies have shown the number of
people voting improperly at the
polls to be infinitesimal relative
to the votes cast. An NYU study
puts it at 0.0005 percent. Propo-
nents of more stringent picture
ID requirements when testify-
ing in court have been unable
to identify a single verified inci-
dent of voter impersonation
anywhere in the country. Craig
Newmark, founder of Craig-
slist, puts it this way: “Between
2000 and 2007 there were 32,999
UFO sightings in the U.S., 352
deaths caused by lightening and
9 cases of voter impersonation.”
‘Dead man votes’ makes great
copy, is memorable, gets atten-
tion, creates conversation and
outrage but virtually never hap-
pens. This is not to say there isn’t
fraud in the electoral system or
that votes aren’t mistakenly cast
but the problems that exist are
not addressed by a government
picture ID.
This requirement may seem
simple enough to most of us, but
it is estimated that approximately
one-in-ten do not have the addi-
tional ID being demanded and
millions could be prevented from
voting this November. Those
lacking government picture ID
are heavily concentrated among
the poor, aged, handicapped,
minorities and students; groups
that vote heavily Democratic.
Since 2011, 16 states, all with
Republican controlled legisla-
tures have passed restrictive new
voting laws. How this all plays
out is very much in flux due to
court challenges. The Texas
amendment has been overturned
by a Federal court. The Pennsyl-
vania amendment (implemen-
tation currently deferred until
next year) which is estimated to
impact one million eligible vot-
ers, 16 percent of Philadelphia
alone is being challenged in their
state supreme court, as I write
Here in Minnesota it is estimated
that roughly 700,000 voters could
be affected by our proposed
amendment. We have a proud
civic history and voting record.
We have led the Nation in 11 of
the past 15 presidential elections
including the past seven, with 78
percent of those eligible voting
in 2008. We are one of just eight
states with Election Day registra-
tion. We should not tarnish this
history by erecting unnecessary
barriers to voting and disenfran-
chising many of the very people
who feel most disenfranchised
In making our democracy less
representative, we undermine
the legitimacy of our elections
elevating our cynicism still fur-
ther. The financial costs for
implementing this amendment
are estimated at 68.5 million dol-
lars in the first year with sub-
stantial ongoing annual costs
thereafter, by Common Cause: so
many costs for such a non-exis-
tent problem. This cynical effort
at voter suppression is simply one
more effort from an uncompro-
mising “win” at all costs far right
to gain and consolidate political
power. The extreme gerryman-
dering, the politicization and
extreme pressures being placed
on once relatively independent
and revered institutions such as
the Supreme Court and Federal
Reserve, the drowning out of
the many by the flood of money
from the few thanks to Citizens-
saving America’s soul
Guest Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
We need to talk.
How did a nation founded on
the vision of the inalienable
right to life, liberty and the pur-
suit of happiness for all become
one mired in gross inequality,
obscene poverty and a corrupt
political process? Opportunity
for a bright future is being stolen
from millions of innocent chil-
Our nation’s founders brought
together the best thinking of the
time balancing faith with reason,
materialism with moral values
and the reality of struggle with
the energy of hope. For more
than two hundred years the
United States of America moved
forward toward that dream and
now we are going backward.
Democracy, one of the greatest
ideas in history and the best form
of government ever invented, has
been corrupted by greed, fear,
ignorance and lust for power.
Our dignity and honor as a nation
never came from our perfection
as a society or as a people: it came
from the belief that in the end, this
was a country which would pursue
justice as the compass pursues the
pole: that although we might devi-
ate, we would return and find our
path. This is what we must now do.
John Adams – second President of
the United States
The founders were abundant-
ly clear about their intent that
America be a nation of ideals
built on Enlightenment prin-
ciples of reason and the values
of compassion and empathy at
the core of all world religions.
They embedded freedom of, and
freedom from, religion in our
Constitution and clarified this
country was not established as a
Christian nation.
Religion and morality are neces-
sary conditions of the preservation
of free government.
George Washington – first Presi-
dent of the United States
So, what has happened to our
moral compass and our common
sense? It is fundamentally wrong
that many millions of children
live in poverty while a few
thousand adults live with more
wealth than anyone could ever
need. There is a solid consensus
among scientists that climate
change is real with unimagina-
ble consequences for the future.
Why are we not addressing these
The problem is awesomely com-
plex but solutions are within
As a transplant from Long Island
some 46 years ago, I have always
been impressed and proud of
the progressive inclusiveness of
the Twin Cities. People not only
were welcoming but listened to
one another and worked with
one another constructively to
solve our problems. We seem
to be losing some of this. The
amendments we are to be voting
on this November 6 strike me as
decidedly un-Minnesotan. It is so
disappointing to see us spend our
time and treasure on things that
are so divisive, mean spirited,
diminish those who are already
relatively disenfranchised and
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crime & safety
Chelsea Adams, Crime prevention specialist
612.673.2819 or Chelsea.Adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
5th precinct: sectors 1&2: (Uptown)
Crimes By location September 24 - October 19
“Burglary of Dwelling” includes
garages, attached or unattached, and
may include unlocked or open doors.
The City received a request from property owner Ackerberg Group
(MoZaic building) to consider converting Fremont Avenue between
Lake and Lagoon, to a two-way street. Because of the limited width of the
street, and because it has parking on both sides of the street, Minneapolis
Public Works wanted to conduct a test before making a final decision on
whether to change the layout. After an eight month study based on feed-
back and field observations, Public Works determined that the street should
remain a one-way street northbound. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Hit-’n’-Run Defendant
Turns self In
Victim Matt Call slowly returns to work
By Bruce Cochran
After Urban Bean barista Matt Call was struck and almost killed by
a hit-’n’-run driver on June 27, the Minneapolis Police Department
(MPD) initiated a three month investiga-
tion on the suspect. According to MPD
Sergeant Bill Palmer, after reviewing the
surveillance video of the driver’s SUV
provided by a local resident, and other
evidence, including a passenger witness
who came forward, a warrant was issued
for the defendant’s arrest.
On October 10 Tyler Braunschweig, age
29 turned himself in for the felony charge
of “Criminal Vehicular Homicide Or
Operation - Driver Who Causes Acci-
dent Leaves Scene.” He was released on
October 11 after posting a $20,000 bail.
Call returned to work at the end of Octo-
ber for some light shift work at Urban
Bean as he begins the final stage in a three month healing process for
a femur, pelvic bone and spinal fractures.
Matt Call was employed as a
barista at the Lyndale Urban
Bean coffee shop at the time
of the accident.
10th Ward News
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210, meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us,
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.
Calhoun/Isles sewer Improvement Project
Work related to the Met Council sewer improvements project will
require the closure of a section of the Mall through approximately
the end of November. The westbound lane of The Mall will be closed
between East Calhoun Parkway and James Avenue. Westbound traf-
fic on The Mall will be detoured south on James Avenue and west on
Lagoon Avenue to access East Calhoun Parkway.
Detours will be posted. For more info and to view a project map, visit
voting Information
State law requires Minnesotans to be registered at their current
address before they are allowed to vote. Voters must also re-register
if they have changed their address or their name, or have not voted in
the last four years.
The pre-registration deadline has passed. If you are able to regis-
ter prior to the deadline your name will appear in the roster at your
polling place. However, if you are unable to pre-register, Minnesota
allows eligible voters to register on Election Day as long as they pro-
vide proper proof of residence. For more information about voting
eligibility requirements and to look up if you are registered at your
current address or not, visit www.mnvotes.org.
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the district school boards races –
East Calhoun is in District 4 and
CARAG is in District 6. This is
the first time East Calhoun and
CARAG will vote for School
Board candidates from a separate
district. Prior to the reorganiza-
tion all seats were citywide. Both
races are shown on the ballot.
The two amendments, concern-
ing recognition of marriage and
photo identification for voting
rights, are shown at the end of
the ballot. Keep in mind that
NOT voting on an amendment
is the same as voting no, for to
pass an amendment it has to be
approved by at least 50 percent
of those voting. What is shown is
what voters will see, but the law
that passed the Legislature actu-
ally stipulated more for the Voter
ID amendment. One can see the
whole stipulation on the Minne-
sota Secretary of State’s website
at “Constitutional Amendments
and the 2012 General Election”
When, Where and How to vote
The election is Tuesday, Novem-
ber 6 from 7am to 8pm.
Getting A Free Ride This
election Day
Although voter turnout is expected to be high on November 6, people
with disabilities are 20 percent less likely to vote than people with-
out disabilities. The difficulty of getting to the polls is often just too
great a barrier. The Rides to Polls coalition, which is formed in part
by Courage Center, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Merrick, Inc. and Arc
Greater Twin Cities, aims to help overcome this barrier to voting in
the Twin Cities metro area by providing free, accessible rides, includ-
ing four accessible minivans targeted specifically for people with dis-
Eligible voters can call 1-855-50-RIDES (1-855-507-4337) or email
publicaffairs@couragecenter.org to schedule a ride to and from their
precinct polling place. Trained volunteer drivers will assist at pick up
and drop off if required. The service is available from 6 am to 8 pm
in the Twin Cities metro area. Find out more at www.couragecenter.
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“I love being on the
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After filling the parking lot with the six trucks of sand for the last Sand ‘n’
Saddles outdoor entertainment event, Cowboy Slim’s evacuated three days
later on previous orders from the property owners. The establishment’s co-
owner Chris Diebold says that he is currently in discussions with prop-
erty owners Uptown Gassen, LLC to put a Cowboy Jack’s in the new
Uptown Walk, a mixed use apartment/retail building due to replace the
existing building. Xcel trucks were out planning electrical line rerouting for
the construction and meters were being removed on the surrounding side-
walk as the UNN went to press. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Sand, Saddles and...See Ya!
Polling Place Location
Please remember, due to redistricting, your polling place may have
changed since you last voted. To find out whether your polling place
has changed or not, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/elections/index.
Voting Absentee
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or unable travel to the polls due to illness on Election Day? If so,
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absentee/index.htm has information about how to receive an absentee
ballot or to learn how to vote in person before Election Day. If you
have already sent an absentee ballot in, you can look up and track
your ballot at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.
Please note: Military and Overseas voters have different absentee
balloting procedures. The Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter
Service provides information for these voters at https://minnesota.
Preview Your Ballot
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Election Day. To see what will appear on your ballot visit http://
The East Calhoun neighbor-
hood is all Ward 10, Precinct 3A.
(District 3B is Lake Calhoun). It
is bordered by Lake Street, Hen-
nepin Avenue, 36th Street and
the lake. The polling place is St.
Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church,
3450 Irving Avenue South.
The CARAG neighborhood
consists of two precincts. Ward
10, Precinct 4 is bordered by
Lake Street, Lyndale Avenue,
33rd Street and Hennepin Ave-
nue. The polling place is Bryant
Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave-
nue South. Ward 10, Precinct 6 is
bordered by 33rd Street, Lyndale
Avenue, 36th Street and Hen-
nepin Avenue. The polling place
is the First Universalist Church,
3400 Dupont Avenue South.
Registration for voting can be
done on the day of voting at the
polling place by providing some
proof of residence. Otherwise,
pre-registration ended 20 days
prior to the election. One must
have resided in the State for at
least 20 days, be 18 years of age
and not have one’s voting rights
taken away.
For voters who cannot get to
the polling place on Novem-
ber 6 the absentee voting option
exists. This can be done by mail
by printing out an absentee bal-
lot from the City of Minneapolis
website (see below) and mailing
it in as directed, but at the time
of this publication one would
probably need to go downtown
to vote in person. One can go to
two locations. The first is Min-
neapolis City Hall, 350 5th Street
South, Room 1B on the ground
floor. The second is Hennepin
County Government Center,
public service level, 300 South
6th Street. Hours are 8am to
more Information
Two sites offer a great deal of
information on the election and
voting. The best thing to do is
to use your search engine to go
to either the Minnesota Secretary
of State Office or to the City of
Minneapolis web site. At both
sites one will see links for elec-
tion information.
Gary Farland resides in the ECCO
eleCTIoN from 1 TUTHIll from 4
Complete Ballot for east Calhoun and CArAG precincts (All offces also have write-in)
Office candidate Party
U.S. President & Vice President Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan Republican
U.S. President & Vice President Barack Obama & Joe Biden Democratic-Farmer-Labor
U.S. President & Vice President Gary Johnson & Jim Gray Libertarian
U.S. President & Vice President James Harris & Maura Deluca Socialist Workers
U.S. President & Vice President Virgil Goode & Jim Clymer Constitution
U.S. President & Vice President Dean Morstad & Josh Franke-Hyland Constitutional Government
U.S. President & Vice President Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala Green
U.S. President & Vice President Jim Carlson & George McMahon Grassroots
U.S. President & Vice President Peta Lindsay & Yari Osorio Socialism & Liberation
U.S. President & Vice President Ross C. Anderson & Luis Rodriguez Justice
U.S. Senator Stephen Williams Independence
U.S. Senator Kurt Bills Republican
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Democratic-Farmer-Labor
U.S. Senator Tim Davis Grassroots
U.S. Senator Michael Cavlan MN Open Progressives
U.S. Representative District 5 Chris Fields Republican
U.S. Representative District 5 Keith Ellison Democratic-Farmer-Labor
State Senator District 61 Scott Dibble (unopposed) Democratic-Farmer-Labor
State Representative District 61B Nate “Honey Badger” Atkins Republican
State Representative District 61B Paul Thissen Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Constitutional Amendment 1 Yes/No (see below) Nonpartisan
Constitutional Amendment 2 Yes/No (see below) Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 1 Jeremy Haefs Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 1 Eleonore Wesserle Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 3 Brian T. Peterson Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 3 Marjorie Holsten Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 4 Andrew K. Moller Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 4 Richard B. Strong Nonpartisan
Soil & Water Supervisor District 5 Danny Nadeau (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Mpls. School Board at Large Doug Mann Nonpartisan
Mpls. School Board at Large Carla Bates Nonpartisan
(Precinct 10-3A in ECCO):
Mpls. School Board District 4 Josh Reimnitz Nonpartisan
Mpls. School Board District 4 Patricia Wycoff Nonpartisan
(Precincts 10-4 & 10-6 in CARAG):
Mpls. School Board District 6 Tracine Asberry (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Chief Justice – Supreme Court Lorie Skjerven Gildea Nonpartisan
Chief Justice – Supreme Court Dan Griffth Nonpartisan
Associate Justice – Supreme Ct. 1 Dean Barkley Nonpartisan
Associate Justice – Supreme Ct. 1 Barry Anderson Nonpartisan
Associate Justice – Supreme Ct. 4 Tim Tingelstad Nonpartisan
Associate Justice – Supreme Ct. 4 David R. Stras Nonpartisan
Judge – Court of Appeals 6 Renee L. Worke (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge – Court of Appeals 7 Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 2 Francis Magill (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 6 David Piper (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 15 Phil Carruthers (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 17 Denise D. Reilly (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 22 Steven E. Antolak Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 22 Elizabeth V. Cutter Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 29 Nancy E. Brasel (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 33 M. Jacqueline Regis (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 35 Daniel Mabley (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 40 Jamie L Anderson (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 44 Marc Berris Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 44 Lois Conroy Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 45 Marilyn Brown Rosenbaum (unopp.) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 46 Mary R. Vasaly (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 48 John Q. McShane (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 49 Lyonel Norris (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 50 Bruce A. Peterson (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Judge - 4th District Court 59 Patrick Robben (unopposed) Nonpartisan
Amendment 1: Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman. “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be
amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”
Amendment 2: Photo Identifcation Required for Voting. “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to pres-
ent valid photo identifcation to vote and to require the state to provide free identifcation to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?”

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Common LAW is a regular col-
umn on local environmental issues
concerning our common land, air,
water and waste.
Curb salt Pollution
Join us for a free workshop on
Winter Salt Use, co-sponsored
by the Freshwater Society, Min-
nehaha Creek Watershed District
and East Calhoun neighborhood,
on November 15, 7-8pm, St.
Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church,
3450 Irving Avenue South.
Winter is coming and with it,
icy roads and sidewalks. Learn
how excessive use of salt in
winter damages our lakes and
streams. Find out how you can
help address the problem. Please
RSVP by November 8 to Alex at
agehrig@freshwater.org or 651-
New Rain Garden in east Isles
On October 5 & 6, more than
20 volunteers gathered to dig,
mulch and plant a demonstration
raingarden at 2871 Humboldt
Avenue South. With support
from the East Isles Green Team,
building caretaker and landscape
architect Rich Harrison designed
the garden and secured fund-
ing from the Mississippi Water-
shed Management Organization
(MWMO), East Isles NRP and
Ontess Management Company.
Raingardens are area gardens
planted in shallow depressions
and landscaped with native
plants. In this case, storm water
run-off from the roof of the apart-
Volunteers plant new East Isles raingarden. (Photo by Rich Harrison)
UNN is seeking an additional
ad sales representative for our
monthly publication. Part time,
commission based opportunity.
Contact: uptownnews@yahoo.com.
United, the utter disregard for
accuracy. People of good will
should push back and say NO to
this amendment. Anyone who
is even considering voting yes
should access the report: “Voter
Identification: The True Costs”
by the Humphrey School of Pub-
lic Affairs (found online). Our
voting system should be free,
fair and accessible to all eligible
John Newman lives in
fair for discussion. Unlike a late
night comedy show, every guest
has loved being on and loved
the show. “That’s why our show
works; listening and framing in
a different way.”
Theater of Public Policy does
more than just perform, they
also provide educational training
for groups, organizations and
corporations throughout Min-
nesota. The same tools used in
improv, such as games, exercises
and the “yes, and…” concept,
can provide better communica-
tion off-stage and inspire col-
laboration and creativity among
co-workers. Improv is all about
listening and communicating
and that translates into a great
work place.
Theater of Public Policy prac-
tices long-form comedy, which
consists of longer scenes than
typical short-form comedy (think
ComedySportz). HUGE Theater
is their choice venue: it hosts live
improv six nights a week and it
is the only stage in the State of
Minnesota devoted entirely to
Upcoming Theater of
Public Policy shows
at HUGe Theater
11/1 – Alternative Education
Models, with Sondra Samuels,
Northside Achievement Zone
11/8 – Sports Diplomacy, with
Joan Brzezinski, China Center
University of Minnesota
11/15 – New Journalism, with
David Brauer, Local Media
reporter, MinnPost
11/29 – Locavores and Food,
with Jon Foley, Institute on the
Environment, University of
For more information about
shows or booking a training
session, call 612-305-8143, visit
www.t2p2.net or email TheTh-
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ment building will be directed
into the garden via downspouts
and rock-lined trenches. Instead
of flowing into the storm sewer,
this water will be absorbed and
filtered by deep-rooted, hardy
plants. Once established, rain-
gardens beautify the landscape
and attract birds, butterflies and
The goal of this East Isles proj-
ect is to teach neighbors about
the benefits of raingardens as
well as how to design, install and
maintain them, with the goal of
creating more throughout the
community. Stop by to see the
raingarden anytime, and attend
educational events this coming
spring. For more information,
contact Monica Smith at nrp@
eastisles.org or 612-821-0131.
metro Blooms to visit east
Calhoun Green Team
Representatives from Metro
Blooms will attend the next East
Calhoun Green Team meeting
(November 14, 7pm, St. Mary’s
Greek Orthodox Church) to dis-
cuss how East Calhoun might
participate in their Neighbor-
hoods of Raingardens proj-
ect. The meeting is open to the
public. For more information,
contact Sarah at greenteam@
minneapolis Climate Action
The City of Minneapolis has
set targets for reducing city-
wide greenhouse gas emissions
15 percent by 2015 and 30 per-
cent by 2025, using 2006 levels
as a baseline. For the past eight
months, staff has been working
with citizen advisory committees
to develop goals and strategies
to help the City reach its target
reductions. There will be a series
of public Open Houses where
citizens are invited to review and
respond to the Climate Action
Plan Steering Committee’s rec-
ommendations. For times and
locations, visit www.minneap-
Sarah Sponheim is President of
ECCO and chair of the East Cal-
houn Green Team.
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to Minneapolis tap. Reasons included; Minneapolis tap water is clean, quality
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the street. The current business-
es on the site; chiropractic, bike
rental and framing would have
right of first refusal to the new
retail space.
Although the properties are
within the Uptown Small Area
Plan (USAP) and the Minne-
sota Shoreland Overlay District,
Frothinger is not interested in
pursuing a zoning change from
its current C1. He’d like to pur-
sue variances instead. His goal
at the EIRA meeting was to get
feedback from the neighbor-
Frothinger used to live in
Uptown, currently resides in
Hopkins with his family, and
would like to eventually retire
by moving into the penthouse of
the building. He was a real estate
agent for 10 years and he and his
wife currently own the property.
Working with Noah Bly, Man-
aging Principal at UrbanWorks
Architecture, Frothinger is still
weighing the benefits of a condo
versus an apartment building,
saying, “I’m about 90 percent
sure I’ll do condos,” adding that
“Condo inventory in the Twin
Cities is low.” Apartments would
number around 25 and condos
would be around 20 units.
Many details were debated at the
meeting but the majority of con-
cern came from some residents
about working against the USAP
and Shoreland District. When
asked why he couldn’t just build
a two and a half story building
(as required by the Shoreland
District), Frothinger responded
that he “couldn’t make the num-
bers work,” a comment echoed
by other developers working in
Steve Havig is an EIRA Zon-
ing Committee member and
real estate agent with 39 years
of sales experience. He was the
co-founder of Lakes Area Real-
ty, just blocks from the site. He
reiterated that “It (the building
story height) has to go to a cer-
tain point to make the numbers
Frothinger did show a map of 12
other current seven story build-
ings within 3/4 of a mile of the
site but one resident reminded
him that those buildings each
had unique circumstances that
made his comparison like com-
paring “apples to oranges.”
Conversely, other members at
the meeting pointed out how his
proposal could be seen as a best
case scenario, considering the
property could be left to aesthetic
decay or sold to a non-local busi-
ness and developed without the
owner living on-site.
After working on the proposal
for three years, Frothinger still
wants to get more feedback from
the community, do more real
estate market research, have some
meetings with real estate brokers
and meet with 10th Ward Coun-
cil Member Meg Tuthill.
Fronthinger finished his presen-
tation with a firm belief that “I
think I’m being very reasonable
about what I’m asking the neigh-
borhood to consider.”
The EIRA Zoning Committee
has made no formal recommen-
dation at this time.
Frothinger was due to present at
an ECCO Committee on Octo-
ber 24 when the UNN went to
press. East Calhoun borders the
south side of Lake Street.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director and
in charge of Production for the
Uptown Neighborhood News and
lives in CARAG.
Make no mistake; most of these
establishments appreciate and
thrive along with the organic
marketing that comes naturally
from close physical proxim-
ity to each other. But this year
MPRB would like to work at
fixing urgent traffic dangers all
over the study site that encom-
pass the grand space enclosed by
park land between the two lakes.
Immediate issues are; congestion
around the Tin Fish, the lagoon
tunnel path, the Calhoun path
crossing over the lagoon, and
the crossings over Lake Street
between the two lakes.
Bruce Chamberlain, MPRB
Assistant Superintendent for
Planning, explains that immedi-
ate fixes will have more flexibil-
ity when they tackle the whole
area at once. That is the vision
MPRB wanted to initiate in a
short series of two Public Vision-
ing Sessions held on October 9
and 13.
MPRB realizes that it will take
many years to formulate and
implement a plan that addresses
all of the needs in the area. These
two quick meetings were to help
isolate immediate dangerous
areas, overall area concerns and
brainstorm for big idea fixes.
Chamberlain added that these
meetings were really just infor-
mation gathering so when the
formal design process starts
they can run public meetings
in a way that all interested par-
ties are accounted for and heard
- including the casual user – and
which may entail and require on-
site interviews with the public at
certain user points.
The Board has $3.7 million in
un-designated capital improve-
ment funds that they can access.
But they admit that is only part
of the picture. As attested to by
some of the ideas generated at the
initial public sessions, a relocated
Calhoun Yacht Club, a new visi-
tor center, a bridge (or an even
larger land-bridge) over Lake
Street, the financial challenges
will require forging relationships
with many more players, both
public and private. Chamberlain
says that ‘the final financial pie’
of inputs could change depend-
ing on what jurisdictions and
organizations are involved in the
final site project solution.
The planning group will take
information they have now
from the first two meetings and
make their final report to MPRB
in December. Formal public
engagement meetings will fol-
To view many of the site pho-
tos, drawings, comments, demo-
graphics, or to submit comments
please visit the project page at
Then select “Current Projects”
under the “Design & Planning”
and scroll down to “North Lake
Calhoun/South Lake of the Isles
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Calhoun Area Residents Action Group CARAG report

Lake St.
36th St.


The CARAG Board
meets the third
Tuesday of each
month, 7 pm
at Bryant Park
Community Center,
31st and Bryant.
All CARAG residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.
CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409
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On the
• Nominations
for Vacant
• Council
Meg Tuthill
• Community
• And More
Tuesday, November 20, 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave)
Donate NOW to CARAG!
Help CARAG reach the goal of $2,500 by the
end of the year. Your contribution will keep
our neighborhood strong supporting housing,
transportation, crime prevention, community-
building, and park improvements. Send
checks (payable to “CARAG”): 3612 Bryant
Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55409 or
contribute online at www.carag.org.
Notice of Vacancy on CARAG Board of Directors
We are looking for one CARAG resident, business owner, or
property owner to fll the vacant Board position created with
the resignation of Erick Peterson. Please consider lending
your talents and skills to the CARAG organization for the
remainder of a one-year term. Nominations will be accepted
at the November CARAG Neighborhood Meeting.
Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Monthly
Neighborhood Meeting Min-
utes, October 16, 2012. DRAFT:
Subject to approval at the January
2012 CARAG Meeting. Minutes
recorded and submitted by Carol
Board Members Attending:
Carol Bouska, Kyle Burrows, Jay
Lindgren, Jason Lord, Maura
Lynch, Nancy Riestenberg,
and Samantha Strong. Excused
Absences: Diana Boegemann,
Erick Peterson.
Introductions: Nancy
• The meeting was called to
order at 7:03pm and Board
Members were introduced.
Erick Peterson submitted his
resignation from the Board
due to conflicts with his work
schedule. Nominations for the
CARAG Board will be accept-
ed at the November CARAG
minutes: Nancy Riestenberg
• Motion, Seconded to approve
the agenda. Approved.
• Motion, Seconded to approve
the June 18, August 21, and
September 18 CARAG Neigh-
borhood Meeting minutes.
Bryant square Park Update:
Julie sandin
• The annual Halloween Party
is October 31, 6-8pm and
includes a bonfire, treats, and
ghost stories.
• The Bryant Square Park 11
and Under Open Soccer Team
won the championships at the
2012 soccer tournament.
Council member meg
Tuthill: lesley Foreman
• Send comments about the
Mayor’s proposed budget to
CM Tuthill’s office or attend
one of the Budget Public Hear-
ings on November 29, 6:05PM
or December 12 at 6:05 pm at
City Hall, Room 317. The City
is actively pursuing redevelop-
ment of the Kmart site, which
would include opening of
Nicollet Avenue. Tuthill hopes
a deal with the landowner can
be worked out in 2013.
• Single sort recycling will be
rolled out in Minneapolis,
starting November and going
into Spring.
CPeD Community Planner:
Brian schaefer
• Schaefer is the new commu-
nity planner for the southwest
portion of Minneapolis. He
has worked for CPED for six
years in various planning roles.
Schaefer is now responsible for
long-range planning for the
area including CARAG.
• The group discussed the fact
that many CARAG neighbors
participated in the Uptown
and Lyn-Lake Small Area
Plans hoping the documents
would guide development in
the area. However, it appears
the City has ignored the plans
when reviewing and approv-
ing projects.
• Schaefer expressed interest
in ensuring implementation
matches the content of the of
the small area plans.
morrissey’s Irish Pub,
913 West lake street:
scott schuler
• Schuler is planning to open
Morrissey’s Irish Pub by Feb-
ruary 2013 at the location for-
merly occupied by Viva Brazil.
The pub will feature tradition-
al pub food and beer “with an
Uptown twist”.
• Schuler is seeking a C1 liquor
license, which will allow up
to five musicians. He also will
request a sidewalk café license
for six seats along Lake Street-
mostly to accommodate smok-
• Morrissey’s currently has eight
parking spaces in the back that
will mostly be used for pub
employees. He was encour-
aged to seek off-site parking
for customers.
• Schuler noted their commit-
ment to be good neighbors and
that staff would receive train-
ing to address impacts on the
surrounding neighborhood.
vail Place, Kathie Prieve/
sheree schod
• Prieve discussed the services
at Vail Place located at 36th
Street and Hennepin Avenue
in CARAG. Vail Place pro-
vides employment, housing,
and social services to people
with mental illness. These ser-
vices are provided to 800 peo-
ple per year.
• Schod, who is a CARAG resi-
dent, spoke to how Vail Place
has helped her manage illness
and lead a productive life and
serve the community.
• Anyone is welcome to commu-
nity tours on November 1 and
December 11 at 4:00 pm.
midtown Greenway Coalition
• CARAG resident Brian
McCarthy volunteered to serve
as CARAG’s representative
on the Midtown Greenway
Coalition board of directors.
McCarthy is an avid cyclist
who uses the Greenway sev-
eral times a week and is inter-
ested in getting more involved
in the neighborhood.
• Motion, Seconded to recom-
mend Brian McCarthy as the
CARAG representative to the
Midtown Greenway Coalition.
NRP Report: Carol Bouska/
scott engel
• Public Works organized a
meeting on October 15 regard-
ing the 36th Street bike route.
Representatives from CARAG,
East Calhoun, and East Har-
riet met with Council Mem-
ber Tuthill to discuss options.
More discussion is needed to
determine which option is pre-
ferred and how much funding
is needed to implement it.
• The CARAG application for
interns to complete a rent-
er research project was not
approved. Engel, Burrows,
and Lindgren will work to
revise the previous application
and apply for a spring research
project through CURA.
Uptown Neighborhood News
• Motion, Seconded to approve
UNN Board voting by email.
• Motion, Seconded to reappoint
Samantha Strong for a two
year board term. Approved.
Treasurer’s Report:
samantha strong/
scott engel
• The Uptown Market bank
account was closed in Sep-
tember moving about $1,600
to the CARAG operations
bank account. The funds will
remain unused until Uptown
Market and CARAG deter-
mine how the funds should be
• Motion, Seconded to approve
the proposed FY13 CARAG
Accounting Procedures and
Conflict of Interest Policy.
• Motion, Seconded to maintain
Bremer Bank for CARAG
accounts with Diana Boege-
mann, Samantha Strong, &
Nancy Riestenberg as account
signatories. Approved.
Meeting Adjourned: 8:30pm
medicare Part D
After working with Southwest Senior Center social worker, Jeanette
Weeks, age 65, learned that she can over $1,500 next year by switching
to a new plan for 2013 for Medicare Part D. Most people don’t discov-
er that such huge savings are possible, and it is well worth the time to
make sure that you have the best plan possible. Figuring out the right
plan for Medicare Part D, Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plan, can be
a daunting task. Luckily, there is free in-person help available at Vol-
unteers of America – Minnesota’s Southwest Senior Center.
Social Worker Linda Walker helps over 100 people make important
choices about Medicare Part D each year. “It can be a very confusing
process and we want to make sure that seniors are making informed
choices that can ensure that they are getting the drugs they need and
that they aren’t paying more than necessary. I’ve met with people who
discovered that a drug that they are taking is not going to be covered
the next year. That can have a huge financial impact.”
Creative Cargos
Kids of all ages saddled up on various single and cargo bicycles for
the Calhoun Cycle Cargo Bike Fest Bike Tour. The September 29 event
featured, a peddle-powered blender, bike tour around Lake Calhoun, demo
rides and a peddle-powered music performance stage, (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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Will that be
mixed, or
David Svehla, Engineering Aide Tech for Hennepin Solid Waste & Energy Divi-
sion explains the subtle diferences of how your recycled refuse is handled.
Various City services were on hand October 11 at Calhoun Square for the
Uptown Association’s Safety & Services Summit. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
short Redhead Reel Reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look,
1=Forget it) www.shortredheadreelreviews.com
“Argo” (R) (4)
[Language and some violent
images.] — When six American
foreign service employees (Tate
Donovan, Clea DuVall, Chris-
topher Denham, Scoot McNairy,
Kerry Bishé, and Rory Cochrane)
become trapped in the home of
the Canadian ambassador (Vic-
tor Garber) and his wife after
zealous rioters storm the Ameri-
can Embassy in Tehran on Nov.
4, 1979, and take the remaining
staff hostage for 444 days in this
suspenseful, well-acted, factu-
ally based, enthralling, humor-
punctuated, star-studded (Bryan
Cranston, Richard Kind, Kyle
Chandler, Chris Messina, Philip
Baker Hall, Adrienne Barbeau,
Zeljko Ivanek, Bob Gunton,
Taylor Schilling, and Rory
Cochrane), 2-hour political thrill-
er based on Antonio J. Mendez’s
book “The Master of Disguise”
and Joshuah Bearman’s maga-
zine article “The Great Escape,”
a courageous CIA exfiltration
(aka extraction) specialist (Ben
Affleck) gets a harebrained idea
to have the scared six Americans
pose as Canadian filmmakers
scouting Iranian locations for
their science fiction film “Argo”
with the help of an award-win-
ning Hollywood producer (Alan
Arkin) and a Oscar-winning
makeup artist (John Goodman).
“How to survive a Plague”
(NR) (3.5)
An eye-opening, informative,
inspirational documentary that
uses film clips and interview
snippets with PR executive Bob
Rafsky, experimental playwright
Jim Eigo, executive network
news producer Ann Northrop,
writer Larry Kramer, research
scientist Dr. Emilio Emini,
Merck medicinal chemist Dr.
Joseph Vacca, artist Ray Navar-
ro, NIH AIDS research director
Dr. Anthony Fauch, video art-
ist Gregg Bordowitz, gay rights
activist David Barr, AIDS activ-
ist and Wall Street bond trader
Peter Staley, club DJ Bill Bahl-
man, actor Spencer Cox, Dr.
Barbara Starrett, retired phar-
maceutical chemist Iris Long,
film archivist Mark Harrington,
AMFAR executive Mathilde
Krim, bookstore clerk Derek
Link, NIH chief AIDS biostat-
istician Dr. Susan Ellenberg, and
Dr Ellen Cooper to chronicle the
rising AIDS crisis between 1987
and 1995 and the nonviolent pro-
tests of HIV-positive and AIDS-
afflicted patients through the
ACT UP and TAG (treatment
action group) coalitions to obtain
equal rights for healthcare and to
urge the FDA to streamline the
testing of drugs and the approval
process in order to make lifesav-
ing treatments available soon-
er to treat and manage AIDS
and HIV at an affordable cost.
“Nobody Walks” (R) (1)
[Sexuality, language, and some
drug use.] — An odd, lackluster,
star-dotted (Dylan McDermott,
Jane Levy, and Justin Kirk), 83-
minute indie film in which a
sound effects film editor (John
Krasinski), who is married to
a jealous therapist (Rosemarie
DeWitt) and has a young son
and 16-year-old stepdaughter
(India Ennenga) in Los Angeles,
becomes attracted to a talented
New York City artist (Olivia
Thirlby) who temporarily moves
into his home in order for him
to help her complete the sound
effects for her short movie.
“The sessions” (R) (4)
[Strong sexuality, including
graphic nudity and frank dia-
logue.] — While witty, sensitive,
polio-stricken, San Francis-
co poet Mark O’Brien (John
Hawkes), who spends most of his
time in an iron lung, touches the
lives of many people, including
a compassionate priest (William
H. Macy), his assistants (Moon
Bloodgood, Annika Marks, W.
Earl Brown, Rusty Schwimmer,
et al.), a sympathetic disabled
friend (Jennifer Kumiyama), and
a hospital volunteer (Robin Wei-
gert), in this poignant, touching,
heartbreaking, candid, well-
acted film, which is based on
Mark O’Brien’s article “On See-
ing a Sex Surrogate,” he dreams
of being loved by a woman and
losing his virginity in 1988 with
the help of professional sex
therapist Cheryl Cohen Greene
(Helen Hunt), who is married
to her understanding, but jeal-
ous philosopher husband (Adam
“smashed” (R) (3)
[Alcohol abuse, language, some
sexual content, and brief drug
use.] — Upon throwing up in
front of students (Anjini Taneja
Azhar, et al.) in her classroom
and lying to the school principal
(Megan Mullally) about being
pregnant after another night of
binge drinking with her husband
(Aaron Paul) in this sobering,
dark, well-acted, down-to-earth,
85-minute film, an alcoholic
grade schoolteacher (Mary Eliza-
beth Winstead) finally decides
to change her life and surprise
her alcoholic mother (Mary Kay
Place) by taking the advice of
a 9-year sober coworker (Nick
Offerman) and joins AA and lis-
tens to a caring sponsor (Octavia
©1986 through 2012 by Wendy
Schadewald. The preceding films were
reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who
has been a Twin Cities film critic since
1986. To see more of her film reviews
see www.shortredheadreelreviews.com
Kenwood elementary Promotes Fun
And learning With volunteer And
leadership opportunities
By Nicole Valentine
Kenwood student safety
Patrol is on the Job
One of the many leadership
opportunities available to the
older students at Kenwood Ele-
mentary School is School Safety
Patrol. The program, supported
by AAA, has been operational at
Kenwood for 29 years. Physical
Education teacher Steve Corne-
lius, or “Mr. C.” as he is known
to the kids, has headed up the
program at the school for the last
15 years. Cornelius says the pro-
gram is successful in improving
pedestrian safety while creating a
great leadership opportunity for
the fifth graders involved.
Currently, the popular program
has 31 volunteer students who
stop traffic and assist with pedes-
trian crossings at two intersec-
tions near the building before
and after school. AAA donates
the funds for the patrols’ flags,
vests, badges and end-of-the-year
recognition awards. The school’s
PTA and the Mall of America
cover the costs for a day of rides
and fun at the Mall each May as
a thank you gift.
Fifth grader Christiana Gholl
said she joined School Safety
Patrol “to keep people safe.” Sam
Pearson said it was “for the fun
and the safety.” Cornelius said
while the kids enjoy their respon-
sibilities they understand the civil
service aspect of it as well.
AmeriCorps volunteers
support student
Volunteers from Minnesota
Education Corps are once again
supporting student achievement
at Kenwood Elementary this
year. Minnesota Reading Corps,
which focuses on getting chil-
dren up to grade level reading
by the end of third grade, has
provided three volunteers, while
Minnesota Math Corps, whose
goal is to have students proficient
in math by the end of eighth
grade, has placed one volunteer
in the school.
Gracie Hohman, a Reading
Corps volunteer, says participat-
ing in the program is “fun” and
she enjoys working with the kids
one-on-one. Hohman, a retired
Lowry Hill resident, reports
that this year almost all Minne-
sota schools have Reading Corps
support. While not as big as the
Reading Corps program, Math
Corps is also expanding into
more schools. Hohman said the
program appeals to volunteers
at both ends of their careers;
many are retired and looking to
help out and many are younger
and looking for career-building
Principal Cheryl Martin is
pleased to continue the school’s
partnership with the Ameri-
Corps-affiliated program. “We
appreciate that the program
built on last year’s involvement
and has added a third Reading
Corps volunteer, and for the first
time, we are fortunate to have a
Math Corp volunteer to focus on
the math skills of our fourth and
fifth graders. These volunteers
are welcomed additions to the
Kenwood staff. The service they
provide our students is price-
Hohman said the programs are
always looking for more volun-
teers. For more information, visit
reach. Democracy provides the
framework for working through
the problems and toward
answers. The founders empha-
sized that for the democratic
process to work an educated and
involved citizenry with a com-
mitment to honor was essential.
Out of all the components in this
vast puzzle, an area that is seri-
ously out of balance is the role of
money and religion in politics.
These are topics that people are
uncomfortable discussing but
that need attention now.
The way in which a new conser-
vative movement was built dur-
ing the 1960s and 1970s to pull
power away from the dominant
liberal consensus is a fascinating
study. The long term strategy
included investing millions of
corporate dollars into think tanks
and communication networks.
Conservatives created a “message
machine” that changed hearts
and minds to embrace a radically
conservative worldview.
Social and cultural changes
were utilized to serve the long
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with the change becoming effective January 1, 2013. Walker can meet
with you in person to review your options and to help you assess your
program choices. To make an appointment, please call 612-822-3194.
In addition to working with seniors on Medicare Part D, Walker is
available to help people with other issues including Social Security,
Medicare Parts A and B, housing options, home care options, care-
giver issues, health care directives and much more.
Southwest Senior Center offers a wide variety of programs, services
and volunteer opportunities that support the health and indepen-
dence of older adults. Southwest Senior Center is located at 3612
Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis. For more information, call 612-
822-3194 or e-mail mschoenberger@voamn.org.
For more information about Volunteers of America-Minnesota, visit
www.voamn.org, or call 952-945-4000.
term strategy. Turbulence of the
time including the Viet Nam
war, Civil Rights Movement
and hippie’s Summer of Love
as well as women’s struggle for
equal opportunity created fertile
ground in which to grow new
ideas. Many Americans were
disgusted by the emerging life-
Leaders of the religious right
developed organizations to
strengthen a conservative Chris-
tian worldview and establish
a power base called the Moral
Majority. By the early 1980s this
grassroots movement was becom-
ing known to religious and social
scholars but most dismissed any
possibility of it making a differ-
ence. Liberals did not articulate a
progressive narrative to reinforce
the liberal consensus. They orga-
nized around issues instead of a
cohesive worldview.
A Supreme Court decision
allowing legal access to abor-
tion and introduction of the
“Pill” strengthened the women’s
movement but also provided
the catalyst for the conservative
movement to aggressively orga-
nize opposition to liberalism.
Fast forward to 2012 when con-
servative Christian extremists,
a small segment of the popula-
tion, had gained power to select
the candidates to represent the
Republican Party in the election
of the President and Vice Presi-
dent of the United States. The
party platform proposes draco-
nian cuts to the social safety net,
education, health, nutrition and
other programs that provide
access to opportunity for all. The
Republican agenda would shift
power from ordinary people to
those already rich and powerful
and destroy many of the qualities
that made America great, and
America’s soul is in grave dan-
ger. This is what we need to talk
Phyllis Stenerson is a former Edi-
tor of the Uptown Neighborhood
News who lives in CARAG. Con-
text including an expanded version
of this commentary with links to
background information can be
found at www.ProgressiveValues.
org, the author’s website.
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East Calhoun Community Organization
ECCO report
ECCO meets the
first Thursday of
each month,
7 pm at St.
Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
ECCO residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.

Lake St.
36th St.


ECCO Meeting Minutes for
October 4, 2012. (East Calhoun
Neighborhood Monthly Meeting)
Minutes recorded and submitted by
Harry Savage and Monica Smith
and approved by the ECCO Board
by electronic vote prior to publica-
Approximately 45 residents
attended the Annual Meeting
including Board members: Sarah
Sponheim (President), Glen
Christianson (Treasurer), Harry
Savage (Secretary), Anja Curis-
kis, Brad Durham, Judy Shields,
and Jim Smith.
The event began with a free
pizza dinner with a social hour
with elected officials.
ECCO Board President Sarah
Sponheim called the meeting to
order at 6:50pm.
Welcome and
Special thanks to Mesa Pizza and
Dunn Bros Coffee for providing
pizza and coffee for the annual
Frank Hornstein
Due to redistricting, Rep. Horn-
stein will no longer represent
the East Calhoun neighborhood.
Hornstein took the opportunity
to congratulate the neighbor-
hood on its good work and to
thank supporters.
2012 Annual Report
Sarah Sponheim reported on the
activities and accomplishments
from the last year.
Social – New outreach:
• Caroling last December (2nd
Annual on Monday, Dec
• Super Sale plus new puppet
show and potluck.
• Little Libraries – Thank you
Blake Harper for building
• Neighborhood mailings –
brochure in the spring, post
card in the fall.
Livability – New committee,
growing out of Zoning, plus
safety, traffic, events:
• Board letter RE 3401 Irving;
attended public hearing.
• Board support of residential
variances, addition of wait-
ing area to Amore Victoria,
Mesa extended hours.
• Kept track of problem prop-
erty on Holmes.
• Reviewed & researched
potential development at
Lake Street and James Ave-
nue, extended Amore Victo-
ria hours, critical parking on
Knox Avenue.
Green team:
• Activities: Earth Day clean-
up, Tour de Compost, catch
basin stenciling project,
Metro Blooms rain garden
• Board letters to Uptown
Association and St Mary’s
supporting waste reduction
at events, letter to City re
single-stream recycling.
• Successful effort at Greek
Fest, bike race, wine-tast-
ing; City going single-
• Completed Waste Watcher
• First quarterly meeting of
Uptown Green Team.
• Upcoming events: MPRB
Charrette Oct. 9; 3rd Birding
Walk Oct. 21; Winter Salt
Workshop Nov. 15 (Fresh-
water Society & MCWD).
• Created Tree Task Force to
address emerald ash borer
• NPP committee collected
and considered project
• Administrative: wrote and
submitted CPP application,
revised policies, updated insur-
ance policies and revised staff
• Tin Fish community activism
- March.
Treasurer Report
Treasurer Glen Christianson
provided an overview of ECCO’s
finances. Revenue is down this
year since the Wine Tasting
Fundraiser was cancelled for
2012. However, ECCO’s finances
remain strong from years of good
fiscal management.
Neighborhood Programs
Monica Smith gave an overview
of programs for residents. Neigh-
borhood Revitalization Program
(NRP) was a 20-year City of
Minneapolis program that pro-
vided funding to neighborhoods
to make improvements based on
the needs of each neighborhood.
The NRP program is phasing
out; there is no new funding for
this program. East Calhoun is
spending down our NRP funds
and offers the following pro-
grams for residents (www.east-
eCCo page 11
t hursday, November 1 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
st. mary’s Greek orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
The meeting is open to the public. Residents are invited and
encouraged to participate.
WedNesday, November 14 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
East Calhoun Green Team Meeting
st. mary’s Greek orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Metro Blooms will be present to discuss their Neighborhoods of
Raingardens project and a potential collaboration between Uptown
neighborhoods. Meeting is open; residents of other neighborhoods are
encouraged to attend. Contact Sarah at greenteam@eastcalhoun.org
for more info.
t hursday, November 15 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Winter Salt Workshop
st. mary’s Greek orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Learn about how use of road and sidewalk salt damages our local
waterways. Workshop is free; RSVP to Alex at agehrig@freshwater.org
or 651-357-7486.
SavE T hE daT E
moNday, deCember 17 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
holiday Caroling Party
st. mary’s Greek orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Kick off the holiday season by spreading good cheer!
Gather at St. Mary’s at 6:30 p.m.We’ll bundle up and sing our way
through the streets of East Calhoun from 7 - 8 p.m. End the evening
with hot cider, snacks and social time at Judy and Michael’s home.
Bring the whole family. Invite your friends and neighbors. Singers of all
ability are welcome!
The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages participa-
tion by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ECCO.
Should you require an accommodation in order to fully participate, or if you require
this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting Monica Smith at
612-821-0131 or nrp@eastcalhoun.org at least fve days before our event.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to
learn more about our events and programs.
Send a request to nrp@eastcalhoun.org or call
Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
Special thankS to
Mesa Pizza
Dunn Bros. Coffee
for their generous donations to the
East Calhoun Annual Meeting!
introducing the
2012-13 ecco Board of directorS
Emily Balogh
Glen Christianson
Anja Curiskis
Kate Davenport
Susie Goldstein
Blake Harper
Liz Heyman
Lara Norkus-Crampton
Harry Savage
Jim Smith
Sarah Sponheim
Linda Todd
Heather Wulfsberg
Crime Prevention Specialist, Chelsea Adams, and Council Member, Meg
Tuthill, chat with residents at the ECCO Annual Meeting. (Photo by Melissa Slachetka)
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• Home Improvement Loans
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• Loan: 4% fixed interest rate,
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• Home Security Grants of up to
$250 per household for secu-
rity upgrades.
• Rain Barrel and/or Compost
Bin Grants of up to $100 per
• Tree Treatment Grant of up to
$250 per property/per year for
professional treatment of elm,
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• Community Energy Services
(CES) includes a free Ener-
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up to $400 in energy-saving
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The City started the Community
Participation Program (CPP) in
January 2011 to keep neighbor-
hood organizations functioning.
The funding was for communi-
cations, outreach and adminis-
tration. ECCO received $28,000
for the first 18-month cycle. The
second 18-month cycle started
July 1, 2012 and ECCO received
$36,000. In this cycle, neighbor-
hoods are allowed to set aside
funds for Neighborhood Priority
Plan (NPP).
Board elections
The following individuals were
elected to the ECCO Board to
serve a two-year term: Emily
Balogh, Susie Goldstein, Blake
Harper (2nd term), Liz Hey-
man, Lara Norkus-Crampton,
Jim Smith
(2nd term), Sarah
(2nd term), Linda
(2nd term) and Heather
Wulfsberg (2nd term).
Special thanks to outgoing board
members Brad & Kaitryne Dur-
ham and Judy Shields for their
service to the neighborhood.
Ash Tree Resolution
Sarah Sponheim read the follow-
ing resolution, approved by the
ECCO Board by electronic vote
in September 2012:
WHEREAS the East Calhoun
Board (“the Board”) is alarmed
by the impending loss of our bou-
levard ash trees (approximately
165) to damage by the emerald
ash borer (EAB), an insect that
is present in Minneapolis and has
decimated the ash population of
those areas of the country where
it has gained a foothold;
And WHEREAS the Tree Task
Force, appointed by the Board
in Fall, 2011 and comprising
residents of East Calhoun, has
researched and discussed strate-
gies to curtail and forestall the
damage done by EAB, including
strategies implemented by other
eCCo from 10 And WHEREAS the Minneapo-
lis Park and Recreation Board
(MPRB) is willing to partner
with East Calhoun by removing
and replacing boulevard ash trees
with the approval of the property
And WHEREAS the Board
recognizes the property owner’s
right to non-action;
RESOLVED that the Board rec-
ommends to East Calhoun prop-
erty owners that they pursue one
of the following actions so that
we may protect and preserve our
neighborhood tree canopy:
1. Treat healthy, mature bou-
levard ash trees with Tree-
Age (Emamectin benzoate), a
chemical injection treatment
applied by licensed profession-
als. An application of Tree-
Age will offer protection from
EAB for about three years.
Property owners can claim
reimbursement for some or all
of the treatment cost as long as
neighborhood funds are avail-
2. Remove and replace boulevard
ash trees that are unhealthy or
otherwise compromised, and
at the discretion of the proper-
ty owner. At this time, MPRB
will remove and replace boule-
vard ash trees at no charge.
3. If property owners on an indi-
vidual block prefer to adopt
a coordinated plan, they may
recommend specific trees for
treatment and partner with
MPRB to determine a schedule
for the systematic removal and
replacement of ash trees over a
time interval of their choosing.
Permission from the property
owner must be obtained prior
to tree treatment or removal.
Tree Task Force Report
Nancy Ward, Task Force Chair,
provided information about
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an
invasive beetle that is predicted
to infest and kill all untreated
ash trees in North America
over the next 20 years. EAB
has been found in Minneapolis,
most recently at Fort Snelling in
August 2012.
There are approximately 300 ash
trees in East Calhoun, of which
about 200 are boulevard trees.
These trees provide economic,
health, environmental, commu-
nity safety and aesthetic benefits
to the neighborhood.
The Task Force conducted a
door knocking campaign and
distributed fliers to residents in
the neighborhood with ash trees
on their property to raise aware-
ness about EAB.
A chemical treatment “Tree-age”
has been shown to be 99 percent
effective in eliminating EAB and
lasts about three years. Licensed
tree-care professionals inject
Tree-age into ash trees. With
proper usage, it is believed that
the chemical’s environmental
impact on non-target species and
sites is negligible, however risks
may be present.
Currently, the Minneapolis
Park & Recreation Board is not
planning to treat ash trees, but
will remove a boulevard ash if
requested and replace it with
another species (at no cost to the
property owner).
The Task Force offers options
for action:
• Proactive removal: gradu-
ally replace ash trees so canopy
transitions over 5-15 years.
• Proactive treatment and
removal: chemically treat
large/healthy ash trees while
removing smaller ash trees
over 20+ years. (Neighbor-
hood funds may be available to
cover some or all of the treat-
ment costs.)
Neighborhood Priority Plan
East Calhoun has $9,000 of fund-
ing for a Neighborhood Priority
Plan (NPP). Each neighborhood
is required to submit a NPP to
the City by December 2013. A
Neighborhood Priority Plan is a
neighborhood-generated initia-
tive for improvement. Partners
will be identified and the City
must approve a formal applica-
A committee was formed to
review ideas for potential NPP
projects. A postcard with three
potential projects was sent to
all East Calhoun residents ask-
ing for people to vote for one of
three ideas. Other ideas were
also encouraged. Residents could
vote by returning the postcard,
completing an on-line survey or
in person at the Annual Meet-
• 36th Street Bike Lane: Help
fund creation of a designated
bike lane along 36th Street (40
percent of the vote).
• Neighborhood Rain gardens:
Provide funding support for
the installation of rain gardens
on private properties through-
out the neighborhood. Rain
gardens reduce storm water
runoff that carries pollut-
ants to lakes and rivers while
enhancing the neighborhood
(14 percent).
• Loon Lake Trolley Path:
Improve East Calhoun’s
woodland trail along the old
trolley path (running from
34th to 36th Street above East
Calhoun Parkway) by plant-
ing native trees and perennials,
improving access from 36th
Street and installing signage.
(14 percent).
• Other ideas considered at the
meeting included:
• Support for Joyce Food Shelf
(24 percent).
• Provide additional funding
for tree treatment grants (6
• Mural on the side of Lucia’s
restaurant (2 percent).
• Support for homeless pro-
grams (0 percent).
The ECCO Board will seek
more information from the City
regarding the proposed 36th
Street Bike Lane for a possible
submission as a Neighborhood
Priority Plan.
Other ideas may also be pursued
based on funding and volunteer
capacity within the neighbor-
Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.
Next meeting is Thursday,
November 1, 7pm at St. Mary’s
Greek Orthodox Church.
Generating Hope,
Funding And Awareness
In memory of Mallory Hicks, 1979-2011
By Bruce Cochran
Governor Dayton’s Proclamation to distin-
guish November 2012 as Pulmonary Hyper-
tension Awareness Month in Minnesota was
presented to Dr. Michael McGoon, in recogni-
tion of his dedication and work in the field of
pulmonary hypertension (PH). Dr. McGoon
is a Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases
at the Rochester Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
and former Director of the PH Center at the
Mayo Clinic. He received the Proclamation
on behalf of the Mayo Clinic PH staff.
The October 20 presentation was a part of the Second Annual Miles
for Mallory PHamily PHun Walk, held this year at Lake of the Isles.
The Walk was part of an effort to raise awareness of PH, a disease
which causes high blood pressure of the arteries in the lungs, often
leading to heart failure. The symptoms of PH are so vague and gen-
eral that they are often misdiagnosed as more common diseases such
as asthma, or go undiagnosed, which can lead to death. PH impacts
approximately 100,000 Americans every year.
The event was held in memory of Mallory Hicks, who lost her life in
2011 to PH at the age of thirty-two. Hicks went to pre-school at the
St. Mary’s Greek Orthordox Church. Her parents Lois and Preston
Piper were married at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church (the Walk
staging location), 2020 W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy, and also the loca-
tion of Hicks’ baptism. The Pipers also lived in the CARAG neigh-
borhood in the early-mid 80s and again in 2010.
Family and friends of Mallory have organized the event to raise
awareness of PH, and feel that early diagnosis can save lives. The
fundraiser benefited the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, a
national organization dedicated to raising awareness of PH, and pro-
viding hope to the PH community through support, education and
The event included a Walk around Lake of the Isles, followed by a
Spaghetti Luncheon at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church. There
were raffle drawings and a program to present the Proclamation.
Hicks donated her remains to science through the U of M medical
school and there is a marker designating the gift for everyone who
has done so at Lakewood Cemetery, 36th and Hennepin Avenue.
For more information about the benefit please see www.firstgiving.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association was founded in 1990 to
provide patient support, expand medical research and disseminate
the latest information to the PH community. Please visit PHA’s web-
site at www.PHAssociation.org to learn more about PHA’s work.
Participants enjoyed a colorful autumn Walk around Lake of the Isles, PH aware-
ness activities, spaghetti luncheon, a program and raffle. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Mallory Hicks

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soCrAtes CAFe
Dunn Brothers - 7:30pm
3348 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.3292
The Socrates Cafe is an open meeting. The
evening is spent discussing a short list of
questions of philosophy that range all over the
map from self identity, capital punishment,
perception and anything else in between.
Bring your questions and prepare to engage
your mind.
open miC niGht
Fifth Element - 5pm
2411 Hennepin Ave. • 612.377.0044
Every first Thursday, Open Mic Night is hosted
by MaLLy. Come grab a mic and polish your
skills. All ages are encouraged to bring in
original beats on CD to rap to. FREE.
in the neXt room
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.7063
Jungle Theater’s season climaxes with In The
Next Room, finalist for 2010 Pulitzer Prize for
Drama and nominated for three Tony Awards,
including Best Play. “Insightful, fresh, and
funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is
in feeling!” - The New York Times. In his prim
upper class home, Dr. Givings (John Middle-
ton) begins treating his patients with an
experimental electric apparatus. But as the
strange buzzing sounds from his office grow
louder, Mrs. Givings (Christina Baldwin) feels
compelled to investigate – even if it means
throwing over domesticity for desire. Ranging
from tender to farcical, In the Next Room pon-
ders marriage and intimacy, and how electric-
ity came along to fuse them. In the Next Room
performances are Tuesdays ($20), Wednesdays
($28) and Thursdays ($33) at 7:30pm; Fridays
and Saturdays at 8pm ($38); Sundays at 2pm
($33); and Sundays at 7:30pm ($28). Senior,
student and group discounts are also avail-
able, and half-price rush tickets are available
every night of the week 30 minutes prior to the
performance for $10 off the regular price.
love wins-A sweetpeA
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
The debut of Sweetpea’s long-awaited cabaret.
Love Wins is the theme of this evening close to
Election Day. An all-star, multi-genre cast of
artists, from burlesque and drag to comedians,
authors, and more, performing stories of when
love was challenged but fought back and won.
(Including a sneak peek of Pam Colby’s short
film, “Secrets for Mom.”) Doors at 6pm and
tickets are $15.
Connie evinGson
sinGs peGGy lee
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.7063
Jazz at the Jungle, a continuing concert series
featuring jazz vocalist Connie Evingson, pres-
ents Happy With The Blues - Songs of Peggy
Lee, a concert devoted to songs written by
Peggy Lee. Two performances will be held at
4pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $25. “Peggy Lee
is well-known as a pop and jazz icon whose
career spanned 50 years. What isn’t well-
known is that she was a prolific lyricist who
collaborated with some significant composers
- Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington,
etc.,” says Evingson. “‘Happy with the Blues,’”
the title song written with Harold Arlen, “seems
to speak to Peggy Lee’s personality. She had a
difficult life, and a penchant for the blues.
But she had a sunny, fun-loving side too”.
Don’t rAin on my
pAnDA BeAr!
Bryant Lake Bowl - 10pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Junkyard Theater presents Don’t Rain On My
Panda Bear!, a cabaret show created and per-
formed by Justin Leaf with George Maurer as
musical director and accompanist. Shows are
Nov. 9 and 10. Tickets: $10-15 sliding scale.
With dancing panda bear in tow, Justin Leaf
takes the stage at the intersection of money
and dreams to sing the songs of Kurt Weill,
Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Blossom Dearie,
Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.
Musical director George Maurer plays piano
and Leaf’s alter ego Mistress Ginger makes
a guest appearance in this cabaret evening
devoted to all things money and all things
dreams. Justin Leaf, a 2001 Juilliard graduate
and 2009 McKnight Fellow for Dance, has been
ballet-dancer-by-day for the last ten years. For
more info visit www.justinleaf.com.
ADAm Gopnik reADs
tABle Comes First
Magers and Quinn - 2pm
3038 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.4611
The Lynn on Bryant presents Adam Gopnik
reading from The Table Comes First, now in
paperback. From the author of Paris to the
Moon, a beguiling tour of the morals and man-
ners of our present food mania, in search of
eating’s deeper truths. Never before have we
cared so much about food. It preoccupies our
popular culture, our fantasies and even our
23rD AnnUAl CoFFee FestivAl
Calhoun Square - 10am
3001 Hennepin Ave. • 612.824.1240
Join the tradition and get ReJAVAnated this
year at the Coffee Festival hosted by Calhoun
Square and Kitchen Window, and benefiting
House of Charity.
6th AnnUAl DrUmstiCk DAsh
Running Ventures - 8am
Lake Harriet Pkwy. • 612.644.8185
The Drumstick Dash 10K is fast becoming a
Thanksgiving Day tradition for many runners.
Join in and start your own tradition. The Drum-
stick Dash is an individually chip timed run on a
USATF certified course around Lake Harriet. The
10K course requires two laps around the lake.
community events calendar
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for 2 at
RUles: The first 2 readers to answer this
question on November 10 will be winners:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food
besides turkey?
email your answer to unn612@gmail.com.
[Previous month’s winners are not eligible.]
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