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Prohibition – Followed by Sign-ed On Spill the Wine and 78 years of the CC Club Golden Leaf share new building
Club sold, personality not
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Green Debate planned for 10th Ward candidates, March 28
Sponsored by Uptown neighborhood Green Teams and moderated by a trained member of the League of Women Voters, this Thursday, March 28 event is for all declared 10th Ward candidates for City Council. This will be a forum on environmental issues and climate change. Taking place at an as yet to be named venue the debate will be from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. More information will follow in our March issue.
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The CC Club at 2600 Lyndale Ave. is across the street from Common Roots Cafe and just north of French Meadow Bakery.
The CC Club has been a part of the Minneapolis bar scene since the 1930’s. After 28 years, owners Mo and Sharon Emard and Linda Rauen are selling the neighborhood cultural icon and retiring. Owners of the neighboring French Meadow Bakery & Café, Lynn Gordon and Steve Shapiro, in a transaction to secure parking for their guests, are purchasing the Legendary CC Club and the coveted parking lot that adjoins French Meadow.
“We view the CC Club as a neighborhood landmark supported by a loyal clientele and a dedicated staff, some of whom have worked at the bar for over 30 years,” shares French Meadow’s Gordon. “We plan to maintain and continue the CC’s traditions, and the best way we thought we could do this was to continue neighborhood ownership. This will assure that 26th and Lyndale remains the home to both these unique businesses.”
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This “Park in Rear” vintage sign above 907 Lake St. will receive a restoration as part of Golden Leaf Tobacco’s move from Lake St. and Hennepin Ave. Golden Leaf’s 5 year lease in the new space will place it next door to the new Spill the Wine restaurant at Lake St. and Bryant Ave. scheduled to open this spring.
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Site Proposal Resurrects Brownfield
Nolan proposes 1-story commercial for former gas station
Hot Fun for Valentine’s Day
you might be able to partake of both shows. The erotic novella “Venus in Furs” gets a modern retelling in David Ives’ 90-minute play, “Venus in Fur,” at the Jungle. In this two-person performance, a young actress turns the tables on a demanding director during an audition for a play that also happens to be an adaptation of the famous 1870s book by Leopold von SacherMasoch.
The February 14 performance of “Venus in Fur” starts at 7:30pm at the Jungle Theater.
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The site plan presented for 2700 Hennepin Ave.
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino Ooh La la! Uptown is going to heat up this Valentine’s Day! Both Bryant Lake Bowl
(BLB) and Jungle Theater are planning nights of passionate entertainment to keep the spark of love alive. Why, if you get your tickets early enough,
According to the press release, this play is billed as 2011’s “‘funniest, sexiest, most acclaimed new Broadway play,’ starring Anna Sundberg and Peter Christian Hansen – both 2011 See HOT FUN page 9
By Bruce Cochran Nolan Properties Group presented a new development for 2700 Hennepin at the January 9, Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Zoning & Planning Committee Meeting. The one story re-
tail restaurant project would be located on the northeast corner of the property with a drivethru that connects the curb lip on Hennepin Avenue to the one on 27th Street. Anywhere from one to four operators could be See 2700 HENNEPIN page 6
Pub Crawl Fundraiser
Annual Historic Preservation Home Improvement Funding Now Available
The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Neighborhood Revitalization Committee has opened funding for its annual historic exterior home improvement program. All residential property owners within Lowry Hill East may participate. Funds up to $10,000 per property are available and must be matched by the property owner on a 1:1 basis. This deferred loan is 100% forgivable if the property is owned for at least ten years following its receipt, and zero payments must be made in the interim. Eligible improvements include those made to the exterior of the property for the purpose of preserving or restoring its historic character. Past projects have included repair and restoration of porches, stucco, siding, windows and doors. Repair of items is highly encouraged and will be viewed more favorably over replacement. Any proposal for replacement must include substantial evidence that repair is not possible (age alone is not sufficient justification). All proposed improvements must be as historically accurate to the specific property as possible. Research on the original architecture of the house should be conducted. Evidence should be gathered through sources such as historic photos of your property and/or comparison to similar styles in the area to make reasonable assumptions of what once existed. Visit the Hennepin History Museum, www.hennepinhistory.org, the Minnesota Historical Society, www.mnhs.org, and the City of Minneapolis Development Review, www.ci.minneapolis. mn.us/mdr/index.htm. A panel with expertise in historic preservation, architecture and historic rehabilitation will review and rank all submissions. Since the intention of the program is to improve the appearance and preserve the historic character of the neighborhood as a whole, curb appeal is important. Projects featuring repairs visible from the street will receive a higher rank. As you gather ideas for potential projects, you may want to
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Exciting opportunity for home restoration projects!
consider reviewing the following resources on preservation: • Preservation Briefs: www. nps.gov/tps/how-topreserve/briefs.htm • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation: http://www.nps.gov/ hps/tps/standguide/rehab/ rehab_standards.htm Please note that the information and instructions provided on these sites are not required knowledge for the homeowner, but may be helpful as definitive guides to preservation. You may choose to share this information with your contractor. Application Information In order to apply for this year’s program, property owners must submit an application to LHENA by the February 28, 2013 deadline. Program application and guidelines available at www.thewedge.org or on the CEE website: www.mncee. org (search for all available home improvement grant and loan programs by property address). Please call the LHENA office at 612.377.5023 or email LHENA@thewedge.org with any questions.
Neighborhood Association Newspaper
The Wedge is a monthly publication of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA). Distribution is free to residents and businesses of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood. Mailed subscriptions are $20 per year. The Wedge newspaper exists to address neighborhood events, issues, and causes, while providing a public forum for the community to share information and ideas and to voice individual opinions and concerns within the Lowry Hill East neighborhood. Stories, opinions, letters, photographs, and drawings are always welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assignments or to share your ideas. The deadline for submitting items is the 17th of the month prior to publication. The display ad deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. Editor Bruce Cochran email@example.com Office Administrator Caroline Griepentrog firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Representatives Susan Hagler: 612.825.7780 email@example.com Harry Savage: 612.799.1523 HarrySavageSpeaks@gmail.com Wedge Committee Chair Linda McHale: 612.823.1270 firstname.lastname@example.org Layout & Illustration Kelly Newcomer email@example.com Regular Contributors: Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Caroline Griepentrog, Kathy Kullberg, Beth Marsh The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of LHENA or its board members. The Wedge reserves the right to exercise discretion in publishing any material submitted and further reserves the right to refuse any advertisement. Questions about The Wedge may be directed to the editor or to The Wedge committee chair. ©2013 LHENA, all rights reserved. LHENA 1200 West 26th St. Minneapolis, MN 55405, 612.377.5023 firstname.lastname@example.org
On puppy mills
By Katie Riopel
Have you bought a puppy lately? Did you buy it from a pet store? Did you find an ad in the newspaper or on e-Bay where you could buy the pup cheaper than most other places that you looked? Did you drive up to a “farm” to pick up your pup where there were many other dogs, puppies and different breeds? Were the pups kept in a barn or outside kennel? To save you travel time, did the seller offer to meet you halfway at a corner gas station? If the answer to any one of these question is yes, chances are you just bought a puppy mill pup. What’s wrong with a puppy mill pup? Puppies and kittens are bred only for the profit, not to better the breed, not for a good temperament, not for good health. Conditions in which many puppy mills operate are deplorable. We have all seen the ads on TV that tear our hearts out. We gasp and wonder how anyone can do that to a dog or cat. With all its great farmland and open spaces, Minnesota has become one of the nation’s top producers of puppies and kittens. In Minnesota, there are no laws to regulate, inspect or license the facilities that produce these puppies and kittens, so they open up in Minnesota without any oversight. Some mills can house 300, 600 or even more than 1,000 dogs! The conditions under which these dogs and cats are produced are largely dictated to maximize sales and profits. Customers looking for a “deal” on a particular breed or who can’t resist that cute face will now be paying major veterinarian bills, possibly for the duration of their pet’s life because of the conditions in which that pup or kitten was born and raised. Many of the animals born in such places will die from these inhumane conditions. A lot of these pets also have many behavior problems too. Our neighboring states — Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska — all have breeder regulation laws, but not here in Minnesota. For inhumane breeders, Minnesota is the place to be. What do we need to rid the state of puppy mills? Proper requirements for licensing, inspections, enforcement and penalties.
hood. A good fit for anyone interested in city planning, architecture, and transportation. Mon, Feb. 6, 7pm
February Z & P meeting agenda items include: LHENA Neighborhood Revitalization Committee
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The Wedge faithful gather at Primebar for LHENA’s Uptown Pub Crawl.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Committee regularly meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. This committee focuses on implementing the LHENA Neighborhood Revitalization Program Phase II Action Plan and other revitalization strategies. The plan is divided into sections: housing; infrastructure; crime & safety; and youth, arts & commerce. Members serve on a volunteer basis and are elected to one-year terms at the annual meeting in April. Mon., Feb. 11, 10am
Wedge Newspaper Committee
• French Meadow Restaurant Expansion and Parking Update Date TBD, 6:30pm
LHENA Branding Committee
The Branding Committee meets the second Thursday of each month and is tasked with redesigning LHENA’s logo and brand. Wed., Feb. 20, 6:30pm
LHENA Board of Directors
The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) would like to thank our friends and neighbors for supporting the First Annual Uptown Pub Crawl! Many thanks to:
Calhoun Square Famous Dave’s Republic Primebar Uptown Cafeteria
for hosting the party.
Meetings are held at Jackson’s Coffee and Gelato, NE corner of Lake St. and Bryant Ave. The Wedge Newspaper Committee oversees content and production of the Wedge newspaper. Wed., Feb. 13, 6:30pm
LHENA Zoning and Planning (Z&P) Committee
Putting the “W” in Th(W)rive
The Z&P Committee regularly meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. This committee reviews any project, development, or zoning request in the neighbor-
The LHENA Board of Directors regularly meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. LHENA’s mission is to represent the interests and values of Lowry Hill East residents, property and business owners to the larger community and government. The LHENA Board makes neighborhood building and land use recommendations to the City, maintains financial oversight of the organization, publishes The Wedge newspaper, organizes neighborhood social events, and serves as a forum for neighborhood concerns. Members serve on a volunteer basis and are elected to twoyear terms at the annual meeting in April.
See PUPPY MILLS page 6
And thanks to the people and businesses for the fabulous raffle prizes and donations:
Jefferson Elementary Community School
February Calendar of Events
1 4 4 7 Give Kids a Smile Day 10am-2pm, ADT Dental Site Council 5pm, Media Center PTO 6pm, Media Center Middle Grades Choir Performing 7pm, Southwest High School National African American Parent Involvement Day 11 CPEO 6pm8:30pm, Jefferson Cafeteria
Jungle Theater Penn Cycle Alternative Bike Bryant Lake Bowl Jackson’s Corner Store Vintage EyesWear Optical Quinton Skinner Colleen Engelmann Jan Pink & Bryan Friess Davanni’s Uptown Mesa Pizza
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11-15 Bookfair 10am-4pm, Jefferson Main Hallway 18 21 No School— Presidents Day Family Night— Middle Grades History Projects 5:30pm, Jefferson Cafeteria
Christ tended to attract an assorted crowd, too.
Sundays: 8:30am Traditional Service 9:15am Sunday School 10:30am Jazz Worship
Part of SpringHouse Ministry Center at 28th & Garfield, Mpls. discoversalem.org
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The women of Team-Uptown YWCA descended on the Uptown Association’s annual celebration of local business–Thrive. Pictured from left to right: Annie Marshall, Cornelia Spyra, Kirsten Frisch, Julie Fearing, Colleen Wigg and Nicole Deneau.
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Lyndale United Church of Christ in SpringHouse Ministry Center (3 churches, 1 building)
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On page 4 of the January issue of the Wedge the website listed for X2 Fitness studio should be www.x2fitnessmpls.com and the phone number should be 612.787.2551.
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Things to Watch for in Uptown in 2013
By Thatcher Imboden What will likely make headlines in 2013 in Uptown? I’ll take a stab at predicting what will take place in 2013.
Profiles In Leadership
The Wedge is launching a candidate series for the 10th Ward candidates. Every month candidates will have the opportunity to provide you with their argument for support in the November election. Our first month’s submission comes from incumbent Council Member Meg Tuthill. Other candidates will follow in alphabetical order.
Seeking your vote in the 10th Ward
issue ran about fifty/fifty pro and con. I decided to support the Mayor’s proposal to invest some of the City’s special sales tax revenues in a stadium. My vote was based on the need to create jobs in Minneapolis. Building the stadium will create high-paying union construction jobs. A commitment was made to hire and train Minneapolis residents living in neighborhoods with the highest unemployment rates. The stadium funding package will also permit Minneapolis to use sales tax revenue – instead of your property taxes – to renovate the Target Center and support citywide development projects. I have also worked to attract more small businesses to the Ward and City. My goal is to increase day jobs in the Ward, and have a variety of businesses (retail, office, restaurant, theater) that contribute to a vibrant community. My office and I have worked with entrepreneurs to connect them to the right city staff to get things done.
There will be a robust city council race in Uptown
the DFL attempt to endorse a candidate for the race, but the last heavily contested race in the ward (2005) resulted in no endorsement, meaning that the race really lasted until the election. It could easily happen again.
With five candidates, including incumbent Meg Tuthill, seeking to be elected to represent Ward 10 at City Hall, expect a long election season that may get a bit heated. We’ll know more in April when party activists in
Expect Calhoun Square to be listed for sale
It shouldn’t be a big surprise that Calhoun Square will be put on the market because that’s what huge investment firms do. They buy proper-
ties, invest in them, and then sell them once they’re leased up. However, real estate experts have said that the current owner paid too much for the properties and under built CB2 and the Cafeteria/LA Fitness addition, so the concern is that the upside on the property lies heavily on what can be done with the vacant property between Fremont and Girard Avenues. I predict it will go on the market for more than what they paid and invested, and won’t sell this year. And if it does, it will be sold to a mutual fund or insurance company.
Issue of pedestrian safety to grow
Over the last few years the issue of pedestrian safety has grown, albeit slowly. There have been some positive developments in this area, with the City adding preemptive walk signals at Lagoon/Hennepin and Lake/ Hennepin. With construction at the Walker Library, I expect that there will be more complaints about street crossings. Plus pedestrian issues always seem to be a trailing issue to bike issues, so given that bike issues were big in 2010-2012, I expect that walking becomes a bigger topic.
a high profile restaurant had this happen as well. Don’t expect many of these restaurants to sit vacant long, as there is a huge market for existing restaurant space. I wouldn’t rule out Cowboy Slims being reincarnated as Cowboy Jacks either. Actually, I would be surprised if that doesn’t happen.
hank you so much to 10th Ward residents for the opportunity to represent you on the Minneapolis City Council. I appreciate the trust you’ve placed in me to work for you on important city and neighborhood issues. As you know, I am heavily invested in this community. My husband Dennis and I have lived in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood for over 40 years. We raised three children and sent them to Minneapolis public schools. We ran our family business – Tuthill’s Balloon Emporium – for 30 years. In my service on the City Council, I have worked to:
and maintain Great Neighborhoods, Economic Opportunities and a Green Minneapolis.
To maintain Great Neighborhoods, my first priority has been to ensure public safety. I voted against cuts to firefighter ranks, and supported hiring a recent class of firefighter trainees and increasing daily staffing levels of firefighters. To raise the number of police, I supported the rehiring of 12 Community Service Officers after they were laid off, and hiring a new cadet training class.
I did not support a rezoning to permit a Trader Joe’s in our neighborhood. The zoning on these lots was reviewed in the Midtown Greenway Rezoning Study, which was adopted by the City Council in 2010. The neighborhood board did not support the proposed single story, single use, building with a surface parking lot occupying over half of the block. The city council voted 13-0 to deny the rezoning application. To improve pedestrian safety, I worked with the City’s Public Works Department to implement a Leading Pedestrian Interval at the intersections of Hennepin and Lake and Hennepin and Lagoon. This feature gives pedestrians the walk signal about four seconds before the green signal for traffic, allowing pedestrians to be more visible to drivers and safer crossing the street.
Construction projects continue; no new starts
neighborhoods chosen for the successful single sort pilot program. Citywide implementation of single sort recycling began in November 2012 and will be completed in April 2013. I supported the first Open Streets event in Minneapolis, when in 2011 the city closed Lyndale Avenue from 22nd to 42nd Streets to motorized traffic for four hours. Open Streets returned in 2012 and will return again in 2013.
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This is probably no surprise either, but I expect there will be a few more national brands who find their way into Uptown. This seems like a safe bet given the history over the last five years, but prime retail space is at a minimum. I’d expect it in Calhoun Square, potentially Citywalk (the new building where Cowboy Slims was), the temporary Ragstock space, and maybe one other spot at Hennepin-Lake. I also suspect LynLake will start to see another franchise enter in 2013.
With about 1,000 new apartment units either that have just come online or that will over the next 12 months, I don’t expect new construction to start in 2013. Industry experts appear concerned that the market can’t absorb that many luxury apartments, but that they think there is enough room for the current batch to open successfully. If there is a new start, it would likely be the next phase of Elan on the Greenway since it is already approved and there is motivation to manage more than one building in the market. I would expect other development projects to get submitted and approved in 2013, such as from a potential Calhoun Square purchaser or the next phase of MoZaic. Thatcher Imboden is an Uptown/Lyn-Lake historian, works in urban real estate development, was past President of the Uptown Association, grew up in Uptown, and was on an Uptown neighborhood association board. He authors for his website OurUptown.com.
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The restaurant world is notoriously unstable. I expect that, like every year, there will be several restaurants that will close or change their image and menu. I wouldn’t be shocked if
One of the issues I faced early in my term was late night noise and disruption in Uptown I’m all in favor of people hav• Listen to your ideas and ing fun, but too much public concerns and represent you revelry intruded into people’s well. streets and homes. I brought • Provide prompt, competent stakeholders together in an and courteous constituent Uptown Outdoor Area Task service Force. My goal was to achieve • Regularly participate in 10th balance – our community Ward neighborhood and thrives with vibrant businessbusiness meetings. es and livable neighborhoods. • Support the decisions made The Task Force resulted in the Uptown bars and restaurants by the neighborhoods. hiring a sound consultant, • Engage residents in a agreeing to control the volume dialogue about the city so of late night outdoor ampliwe can work together to fied music, and paying for produce the best ideas for two additional police patrols our community. Thursday to Saturday nights. Additionally, new taxi stands • Reflect the progressive valand parking options help keep ues of the residents of our visitors’ vehicles out of the Ward. As Council Member, I have neighborhoods. focused my activities to create
I have been an advocate for city taxpayers, working to restrain city property taxes. I voted against the 2011 city budget because it included a 4.7% increase in the city property tax levy, an unsustainable level of property tax increase. I supported the 2012 (zero levy increase) and 2013 (1.77% levy increase) budgets. I initiated the successful effort to abolish the $400 automatic monthly car allowance for Council Members, and to cut expensive art drinking fountains planned for the city. One of the tough calls I made as your Council Member was whether to support a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. Calls to my office on this
I am seeking a second term to continue my work to enhance neighborhood livability, create opportunities for good jobs and small business successes, and support sustainable, environmentally-sound city policies. The Tenth Ward is a vibrant, diverse mix of students, young adults, families and seniors. Together we are working to develop a ward that reflects everyone’s needs and respects their quality of life. I would appreciate your support in 2013.
Dennis and I walked to work for many years. I often ride the bus to work at City Hall. I have worked to improve options for bicycles. I supported the Bryant Avenue Bike Boulevard and the bike lanes on Blaisdell and 1st Avenues. I am currently working with Public Work’s staff, neighborhoods and businesses to design bike lanes on 36th Street. I support increased recycling by Minneapolis residents and businesses by switching to single sort recycling. East Calhoun was one of the two
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East Isles residents brave a wintry mix of sleet and rain to be part of the Annual EIRA Skating Party on Lake of the Isles.
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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Sites in Uptown
2700 HENNEPIN from page 1
located on the site depending on interest. The proposal is still in the idea stage. The committees main concerns which were echoed at a later East Isles Residents Association meeting focused around two aspects of the proposal. Two features that had a potential direct impact on the surrounding residential properties. Because the site backs up against residential buildings in the East Isles Neighborhood, the site’s drive-thru loudspeaker could prove problematic if operated late into the evening. Also, if the final project does not keep the existing “No Left Turn” sign onto 27th Street into the neighborhood, residents were concerned about a significant bump in traffic. And although not a primary point of discussion, the site’s status as a former brownfield did receive some commentary. Brownfields are defined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) as “abandoned, idled, or under used industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or suspected environmental contamination. By investigating and cleaning up brownfield sites, many of which are abandoned properties in inner-city areas, redevelopment can take place without fear of potential environmental liabilities.” Mike Connely with the Petroleum Remediation Program at the MPCA confirmed the site has been checked and approved for development. Although it may be a surprise to know the site is a brownfield, further research on the MPCA’s website reveals an array of sites with varied past uses in Uptown. (See map at left)
PUPPY MILLS from page 3
For years many humane organizations have been trying to get regulations passed. These efforts have failed. The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill is being introduced this winter to get laws passed to regulate this million-dollar industry, and your help is needed to support its passage. First, take the time to read and understand the bill introduced by Sen. John Marty (S.F. 36) and Rep. John Lesch (H.F. 84). To read the bill in its entirety, go to www.animalfolksmn.org. Next, contact your state Senator and Representative (find them at www.gis.leg.mn by clicking on “Who Represents Me?”). Then ask your family, friends and co-workers to join in on this effort by passing this information around. Finally, gather as many humans possible to join in on the rally, scheduled for 3 pm to 4 pm, Tuesday, February 19 at the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda. For more information, go to www.SpeakUpMN.org. We need to stop the suffering. There appear to be laws for every other business here, but not for the commercial breeding of dogs and cats. These animals have no voice, lend them yours. Speak up for them — Minnesota Nice is desperately needed here. Mark your calendar, load up your car, van or rent a bus for your humans and be there for “them.” You can make a difference. Katie Riopel directs a dog obedience school in Hugo and her weekly radio show can be heard on MyTalk FM107.1 on Sundays, 4pm-6pm. Send in your dog and cat questions to HeyKTK9@q.com. For more information please see www. ktk9.com.
Cats on Parade at Flanders Gallery
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Wedge Arts Reviewer While I was doing my arts reviewer thing – dutifully studying artist Denise Rouleau’s technique on a miniature cat figurine – at the Douglas Flanders & Associates Fine Art Gallery, a couple from White Bear Lake stepped through the front door. The moment the woman cleared the threshold, she cooed with pleasure. “Look at all the kitties,” she exclaimed. She smiled as she stood before the main attrac-
As the Crow Flies
tion of Rouleau’s show, “Unleash the Cats . . . Terra-Gatto Warriors,” 50 larger-than-life statues of warrior cats. Her cry compelled me to reassess how I was looking at Rouleau’s exhibit. I needed to let their kitty-ness approach me playfully, and to appreciate the figures as more than just intriguing manipulations of clay. Shrouded in woven strips of tan burlap, the feline army centerpiece is meant to echo another art exhibit happening nearby. Rouleau has been making cat figurines for about five years, but after learning about the Chinese terra cotta warriors on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, she thought it would be fun to create a series of pieces that give a nod to the 2,000-year-old figurines. While her cats stand with the same historic solemnity as the Chinese warriors, the toy
mouse Rouleau placed in front of her army, reminds us of a feline’s ability to lighten the mood of any setting. As evidenced by the woman from White Bear Lake, visitors are immediately drawn to the warrior cats. Each of the eyeless faces is unique – painted in grays, blacks, oranges, browns, and tans. It may take a while for people to notice there are 10 other pieces on the walls, and many of them have a similar streak of humor running through them. Some of the pieces were made earlier as an offshoot of a series Rouleau does with her studio mate, Mark Roberts, called “Art of the Catacomb.” “I guess I couldn’t resist making a ‘cat-acomb,’” the Seward resident said “I sculpt the cats in low fire clay by hand and use some
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Seattle’s Top Muralist is in Town and Looking for Walls
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“Side Effects” (R) (3)
[Sexuality, nudity, violence, and language.] [Opens Feb. 8] — After a New York City psychiatrist (Jude Law) begins treating an allegedly depressed 28-year-old patient (Rooney Mara) who tried to commit suicide and then ends up killing her husband (Channing Tatum), who was recently released from prison after four years for securities fraud, in her sleep while taking an experimental antidepressant medication in this intelligent, twistfilled, discussion-provoking, star-dotted (Blake Lively, Mamie Gummer, Vinessa Shaw, Greg Paul, et al.), Steven Soderbergh crime thriller, he tries to unravel the details behind the murder and to salvage his job and reputation by talking with her former therapist (Catherine Zeta-Jones), her devastated mother in-law, and coworkers.
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Cult Status Gallery is currently playing host to one of Seattle’s most prolific muralists and he’s up for hire. To learn more about what makes Ryan Henry Ward’s paintings so popular in the northwest, come to the gallery opening of his show, “Henry Loves MPLS,” 7 pm – 1 am, Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cult Status. Known simply as “Henry” on his pieces, Ward has painted over 120 murals in his hometown and sold nearly 2,000 canvases, according to a Sept. 7, 2011, article in “Seattle Weekly.” Ward’s portfolio consists of light-hearted, brightly painted, cartoon-like characters with prominent eyes. They are usually cute, sometimes strange,
and are meant to lift the spirits of passersby. Sea creatures, witches, frogs, children – almost anything might appear in a “Henry” mural. The most surprising aspect of Ward’s portfolio, however, is that he only began his artistic career in 2008. While in town, Ward is painting canvases at Cult Status and meeting with people interested in commissioning murals. Cult Status owner, Erin Sayer, said Ward plans to come back to Minneapolis in June to work on any outdoor commissions. To see more examples of his work, visit www.ryanhenryward.com. Cult Status is located at 2913 Harriet Avenue South. For more information visit www. cultstatusgallery.com or call 612.965.9162.
World Street Kitchen
Photo and story by Beth Marsh, Wedge Restaurant Reviewer
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f you feel stuck in Minnesota for the rest of the winter and long for a trip to more exotic places, you may find a temporary respite from our winter weather at the World Street Kitchen (a.k.a. WSK). WSK started out strictly as a food wagon, but it set up permanent digs in October 2012. If you imagine an array of “street food” from such countries as India, Jamaica, and China served in a very casual atmosphere, you will have an idea of what the WSK is all about. I visited on a Sunday to grab lunch. The seating area is impressively large, and it could easily seat 50 patrons or more. The décor is industrial cool, with bare, dark gray walls and flimsy metal tables and chairs. I found the place comfortable enough for a quick meal, but perhaps twenty- and thirty-something Uptown folks would linger and forego physical comfort more than I can. When you add the overly loud techno and world beat music, it ended up to be the kind of place that I couldn’t leave soon enough. Atmosphere aside, I found the food to be incredibly good. A billboard above the counter lists the food and drink options. Place your order there, collect your plastic cutlery and napkins, and select a seat; a server brings your food to the table when it is ready and will also bus your table to clear away the cardboard and paper debris leftover from the “dishware.” The young staff is pleasant and polite, so don’t forget to put some cash in the “college fund” jar at the counter before you leave. If you feel like something Jamaican, try the Rasta Torta sandwich with spicy jerk beef in a white cheddar and charred scallion sauce. If you enjoy oriental cuisine, the Bankok Burrito, a soft flour tortilla stuffed with fried rice and your choice of protein, seasoned with cilantro, basil, and a “secret sauce” might hit the spot. The Indian “Aloo Tikki Chaat” potato and lentil patty, served with date/tamarind chutney,
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“Quartet” (PG-13) (3.5)
[Brief strong language and suggestive humor.] — Dustin Hoffman directs this captivating, well-acted, inspirational, humorous film, which is adapted from Ronald Harwood’s 1999 play and stars real-life retired musicians and singers, including Dame Gwyneth Jones and John Rawnsley, in which tensions and blood pressures rise when a famous, aging British opera singer (Maggie Smith) arrives at an idyllic retirement home for opera singers and musicians in England and is pressured by a flamboyant resident (Michael Gambon), her former hurt husband (Tom Courtenay), and two tenacious singers (Bill Connolly and Pauline Collins) to perform at the October annual concert gala to help raise funds to keep the residence financially afloat. ©1986-2013 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, log on to www. shortredheadreelreviews.com.
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Old Gem Theater at Bryant Lake Bowl
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino Leave the snow pants at home and spend the day with your kids at Bryant Lake Bowl. Is there a better way to beat cabin fever than at a one-stop shop where you can eat lunch, watch a show, and bowl a few rounds? Each Saturday in February, Old Gem Theater from New Richmond, Wisconsin, will hold Saturday “Play” Dates, wherein they perform different classic storybook tales. But with casts of only two or three, they are going to need help from the audience (the press release assures parents the actors don’t make anyone come on stage that doesn’t want to). The last time Old Gem appeared at BLB was in 2005, so it is nice to have them back. Director Kathy Welch said the plays are adaptations of the full productions the troupe performs at their New Richmond venue. They perform the “Play” dates at preschools, elementary schools and for general
audiences. Typically, the stories are geared toward children age 5-7. “But they are lively and action-packed, so preschoolers stay engaged,” she said, “and we include humor geared for older audiences as well.” They will perform “Stone Soup” on Saturday, February 2; a rock-n-roll version of “Three Billy Goats Gruff ” on February 9; a “solo” performance of “Three Bears” that requires lots of audience help, on February 16, and “Little Red Riding Hood” on February 23. Shows start at noon, doors are at 11 am. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 with a Fringe button, $6 for children 12 and under. Bryant Lake Bowl is located at 810 Lake Street. For information and tickets, visit www. bryantlakebowl.com or call 612.825.8949.
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Beth Marsh is a longtime resident and fan of South Minneapolis. During off-hours from her proofreading and copy-editing day job for an advertising agency, she enjoys movies and creative writing, and she is in the process of illustrating her children’s book.
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Cindy Sherman Reveals ‘some’ at the Walker
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino, Wedge Arts Reviewer In an exhibit featuring over 150 images of the same woman, one would think that the Walker Art Gallery’s “Cindy Sherman,” would actually reveal the real Cindy Sherman to viewers. Look into her eyes in each photograph. She’s not there. Perhaps that’s not quite what I mean. Someone else is in there – the person she is portraying in the picture. Using costumes, makeup, prosthetics and wigs, Sherman transforms herself in every picture. It is baffling to learn that she usually performs all the duties required for the photo shoots – setting the scenes and lighting, applying the makeup, being the model. It is a shame all her photographs are entitled “Untitled,” and then a number. Her doing so makes it difficult for a reviewer to describe the images simply for the reader. Nevertheless, each room of the exhibition hosts a different era of her works, and they fall into descriptive themes. These themes start with Sherman rendering her photographs as if they are the property of voyeurs – portraying her characters the way an outside party may want to see them (“Untitled Film Stills,” 1977-80; “12 Centerfolds,” 1981). Then this voyeurism appears to remove her humanity entirely (“Sex Pictures,” 1992) only to resurface in the next room as exaggerated caricatures (“Clowns,” 2003-04). One of the last rooms exhibits Sherman in personas that are using photographs as a means to reassert their self image on a world that may have started to ignore them (“Society Portraits,” 2008). The room that holds the “History Portraits,” (1988-90), makes viewers feel like they are truly in a European-style portrait gallery. As usual, the images are meant to be of anonymous people, but many of the poses and settings seem familiar. Apparently, only one image is an actual remake – Sherman dressed as the artist Caravaggio as he appears in a 1594 self-portrait dressed as the god, Bacchus. Dizzying! The end result in many of the pictures is unsettling. Her use of prosthetics is often overt, and the emotions she projects can almost be overwhelming. It is possible to spend an afternoon trying to deconstruct each picture and still feel there is more to discover. I recommend trying it for yourself. “Cindy Sherman” will be on display until February 17th. The Walker is located at 1750 Hennepin Avenue. For more information visit www.walkerart. org or call 612.375.7600.
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Ivey Award winners.” Director Joel Sass said, “The subject matter may sound scandalous, but ‘Venus in Fur’ is going to attract attention because of its brilliant script and sizzling cast. Although audiences get to watch others dabble in the forbidden, they’ll be equally riveted by the suspense and humor. It’s very funny, racy and sexy. It’s like an adult cocktail.” Around the corner at BLB, “Erotic Valentines – A Shadow Show,” returns for two performances February 14. Eagle and Rose Theatre Company (E&R; formerly TransAtlantic Theatre Company) has taken bits from classic erotica and created short vignettes of puppetry and sound. E&R member Cheryl Willis said this show will include “new experiments,” which will keep it fresh for fans that have been to the show before. In case you and your date prefer to keep your Valentine’s Day
activities a little less titillating, HUGE Improv Theater is holding their regular Space Jam that Thursday. This live improv performance invites improvisers of all experience levels to get up on stage together, or just to watch. The February 14 performance of “Venus in Fur” starts at 7:30pm. The show runs until March 10. Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Avenue. For more information and tickets, visit www.jungletheater.com or call 612.822.7063. “Erotic Valentines” has shows at 7 and 10 pm on February 14. Bryant Lake Bowl is located at 810 Lake Street. For information and tickets, visit www. bryantlakebowl.com or call 612.825.8949. Space Jam starts at 9 pm. Tickets for the audience are $5. It is free to perform, and sign-up is at 8:30. HUGE is located at 3037 Lyndale Avenue. For information visit www.hugetheater.com or call 612.412.4843.
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tions that call for seemingly arbitrary ranges of motion to get them to function. What would it take to make fitness organic? Certainly, the individuality of the person would have to be taken into account. Rather than being locked into a machine, you would have to move in a way nature intended, in every possible range of motion and direction. The whole body would benefit from every decision, and organic fitness would have to be aligned with your biology. Moving is the fundamental nature of a living being; it is a basic biological need. I challenge you to stop moving. You can’t. Not even for a second. It’s impossible to hold perfectly still, unless you’re dead. You’re always moving, always in motion (even if they’re the tiny vibrations involved in trying to hold still). In my experience, the more people move the better they feel. It is an absolutely positive correlation. We’ve learned that through intuitive training we can help people tap into their own specific biology and figure out exactly what is best for them on any given day. The Movement Minneapolis teaches a method of intuitive training that can be truthfully described as organic. We’ve foregone the modern hulking machines, using only the basic training implements that have stood the test of time. The limits of every individual are respected, working within them — not against them —
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If you have any 2013 exercise goals the Wedge has launched a monthly series to bring you exercise advice from fitness professionals in Uptown.
By David Dellanave, Owner You don’t need to perform unnatural movements in a forced setting to get results. Discover biologically appropriate training at The Movement Minneapolis. When you think of organic food, it’s likely you think of something free of artificiality, untainted by the marvels of modern agricultural engineering. Ideally, organic food is raised in a sustainable way, and every choice made supports and furthers the entire system. World-renowned chef and scholar Dan Barber has made the point that food raised or cultivated in this way, where all of the decisions made are the most ecological, also results in the best-tasting food. When you think of fitness or a gym, it’s likely you think of something the opposite of organic. Chances are, you summon images of bright, fluorescent lights reflecting off of complicated metal contrap-
to bring about improvements in strength and health. We’ve also learned, contrary to the status quo, that there is no place for effort in the gym. You read that right. In our experience, the easier you make things in the gym, the easier they continue to become. The effect even begins to translate outside of the gym, where completely unrelated things begin to come more easily. Members of our community have reported amazing stories of doing things outside the gym, totally unrelated to physical fitness, that they felt they wouldn’t have been capable of achieving without the carry-over from what they’ve achieved inside the gym. Of course, as in organic agriculture, The Movement Minneapolis does use modern
technology when it is most appropriate. We know that the first step to improvement is awareness, and as such we’ve built a completely custom suite of software to track training progress. Each workout is logged into the system that then provides you with the numbers that show you how much you improve from workout to workout. We’ve learned that by following your intuition through biofeedback and avoiding effort you’ll find that you can set a new personal record every day. Come in and let us show you how to build your most biologically appropriate body. The Movement Minneapolis 763.210.2191 2100B Lyndale Avenue
The 2011 Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan calls for a 10 percent annual reduction in the number of bicyclist-motorist crashes. To better understand what is causing crashes and to meet reduction goals, 2,973 bicyclist-motorist crash records from 2000-2010 were examined. Specific crash attributes were extracted from Minnesota Department of Public Safety accident reports, analyzed and mapped. The analysis found that crashes are complex events and there is no one factor that is contributing to crashes. However, three primary conclusions emerge from the data: • Most crashes are occurring at intersections along major arterials • Motorists are not seeing or yielding to bicyclists • Bicyclists are not riding in a predictable manner There is also a clear correlation between the number of bicyclists and the crash rate. As the number of bicyclists has increased in Minneapolis over the past decade, the crash rate has decreased. This safety in numbers effect is documented in other U.S. cities and in academic research.
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City Hall Updates
From the Office of Council Member Meg Tuthill, 10th Ward at Bryant Square Park. The public hearing will take place at the Transportation and Public Works committee meeting on Tuesday, February 26th at 9:45am.
Free resources and assistance available for recycling at apartments
Hennepin County has free resources and assistance available for property owners, managers and residents interested in establishing or improving recycling programs in apartment buildings, condominiums and townhomes. Among the resources available to make recycling programs a success are reusable, durable recycling totes, recycling container labels, trained volunteers to assist with door-to-door outreach and more. For more information, visit the County’s Recycling at Apartments webpage at www.hennepin.us/apartmentsrecycle, or email Carolyn Collopy at email@example.com. mn.us or call 612.596.0993.
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31st Street resurfacing
31st Street from Hennepin Avenue going east to Nicollet Avenue will receive a mill and overlay in mid-May. The project will last about two weeks, possibly less weather permitting. The pavement will be ground off the entire stretch, and then repaved in short segments. Public Works will work with businesses with curb cuts on 31st Street to minimize disruption as much as possible. Also being addressed is the possibility of adding bike lanes to 31st Street when the street is re-striped. A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
A Wedge snapshot of bicyclist-motorist crash density by the City of Minneapolis, 2000-2010. Larger circles represent more crashes. (Based on bicyclist-motorist crashes from 2000-2010 as reported to the City of Minneapolis by the Minneapolis Police Department and Minneapolis Park Police.)
36th Street Bike Lane Project
A public meeting on the 36th Street bike lanes from East Calhoun Boulevard east to Dupont Avenue will be held Thursday, February 7th, from 6pm to 7pm at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church (3450 Irving Avenue). The meeting will provide an update on possible layouts as well as an update on the status of the Hennepin County grant application submitted for this project.
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fine pointed rubber ended clay tools for their faces,” Rouleau said in an email. “I don’t look at cats while I sculpt and paint them because I don’t want to get caught up in the realism…. It’s been fun watching people find their cats in the work and listening to their personal interpretation.”
Rouleau weaves cat legends from many different cultures into her works, as well as surprising bits of pop culture. If you remember the television show, “Hee Haw,” you might recall the lyric that Rouleau chose as a title for my favorite piece: “If It Weren’t For Bad Luck, I’d Have No Luck at All.”
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Referencing the negative attributes pinned to black cats, she covered a set of cat figurines with black flocking powder, making their little bodies absorb the light. In the “Glitter Kitty Brigade,” miniature cats are covered in glitter “calico,” and look like tiny soldiers. The “Book of Desire” consists of an open wooden “book.” On one side, six gray and red mummy cats – about two inches tall – crane their necks to look at the opposite page where a mummy bird, with yellow feathers, is positioned. This is a show for cat aficionados of all stripes, even those who don’t own cats . . . Like Rouleau herself. Terra-Gatto warriors is on display until February 2 (her next show will be later this month with Roberts at the Phipps Center in Hudson, WI). Flanders is located at 910 Lake Street. For more information visit www.flandersart.com or call 612.791.1285.
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