Letters .......................................................... 2 Crime & Safety ...................................... 4 CARAG News .............................................. 8 Film Reviews & Schedule ................ 9 ECCO News ............................................... 10 Events Calendar..................................... 11
< Lucy Michelle Michelle performs at Barbette’s 11th Annual Bastille Day Block Party, July 14, 3pm-10m. (See more events on page 11)

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JUlY 2013 • Volume 9, Number 7

tuthill Continues without endorsement Incumbent moves forward
despite promise to drop out
By Bruce Cochran
During the April 27 Tenth Ward DFL Convention, all candidates, including incumbent Meg Tuthill agreed to suspend their campaigns if they didn’t receive the endorsement. As of June 3, despite losing the DFL endorsement, the Tuthill campaign is moving forward. The UNN asked Tuthill why she has Meg Tuthill changed her mind and continue her campaign. Tuthill responded that she is “the only candidate in the race tUthill page 7

Uptown Cyclist reinvents Bike lights
Sturdy simplicity streamlines BOLT-ON concept
Story and photos by Jessica Van Gilder
Some things aren’t as easy as they should be. At least, that’s the thought that motivated Uptown resident and cyclist Lucas Price to invent a new type of light with a concept that combined ease and reliability. “My first set got stolen, and then the other set I was running was good but made out of plastic, the quick release style that’s popular. But if you’re like me you drop it and it breaks in half,” Price explained. “So I was running that for about a year and a half with different variations of tape to hold it together, and then I just thought, why isn’t this easier?” So Price brainstormed about a better bike light, bought some scrap metal, broke up chains once used for drivetrains on old bulldozers he found at surplus, put the pieces together and created his first line of the BOLTON Che 9 LED bike lights.
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This southwest view shows the location of Phase II (center) and Phase I (right) of the MoZaic project adjacent to the Midtown Greenway (below right). (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

moZaic redemption?
Ackerberg unveils bold vision for Phase 2
By Bruce Cochran
The LHENA (Wedge) Zoning & Planning Committee recently listened to a proposal by Perkins & Will architects, describing Phase II of the MoZaic project at Lagoon and Girard Avenues. Although the meeting was a modest community feedback session, the project idea presented provided insight of where the Ackerberg development group may take the project. After Phase I of MoZaic hit economic hard times during its development phase, the plans had to be scaled back to make it financially viable. Stuart Ackerberg, CEO and owner of the Ackerberg Group, has been candid about the first phase of that project. At the meeting he acknowledged the initial planning came out more practical than as visually and environmentally fulfilling as he expected. Phase II planning began publicly in March when Ackerberg initiated a dialogue with LHENA to elicit commentary and community engagement. From that meeting six requests were clarified by architect Tony Layne, Co-Director of Sustainability for Perkins & Will: • Design to human scale: location on block, step-backs, height • Be sensitive to Greenway impact • Improve connectivity: bicycle, pedestrian, transit • Balance character and context • Lagoon Theater is valuable to the community • Sustainability In summarizing the underlying scope, Layne said, “the project

should reinforce the mixed-use community” of Uptown. Drawing from the design of its previous project, Great River Energy headquarters, (A 2009 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project building winner), Perkins & Will seemed to reflect its strategy in an even bolder approach for MoZaic Phase II. Although similar in style, this approach might be considered the sculptural and artistic sister to the Maple Grove project. moZaiC page 6

Craving A New Restaurant

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Crave restaurateur Kam Talebi has signed a lease for a new restaurant in the Old Chicago space at 2841 Hennepin Ave. “With the growth in the residential base in Uptown, we think there’s a niche to be filled in the casual dining sector which is where our concepts excel,” Talebi said. The new concept restaurant is expected to open in March 2014 if the necessary city and liquor approvals are in place. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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The exterior is still in the planning stages of adapting to the surrounding neighborhood’s architecture. The Ikedas hope to open the restaurant in September.

Hawaii & Napa Welcome from the New Editor for Lake & Irving
By Jessica Van Gilder
With my first issue as the new editor of Uptown Neighborhood News, I can’t help but have excitement jitters. I was lucky to inherit a solid publication that’s been continuously improved upon with the dedication of current staff members and prior editors over the past years. As a newer citizen of Uptown— a neighborhood that drew me across the country from Seattle almost two years ago—I am a constant explorer of this beautiful space, and I look forward to pursuing and enhancing my personal exploration of our neighborhood with the UNN. In Seattle, I worked as a reporter and editor for various publications over the course of six years, but most recently I was a reporter for seven local community newspapers that represented the constituents of all the unique Seattle neighborhoods. I learned an immense amount at that job—about the city, how neighborhoods constantly have to work with their city and find best practices to cope when the city makes tough decisions and find ways to have their voices heard. I came to know the ins and outs of the neighborhoods from the side streets and local cafes to the politics and PTAs. Beyond the varying levels of constituents and issues that impact them, mostly I learned about amazing people who cared so much about where they lived and worked that they helped each other and stayed as proactive as they could to enhance and protect their community’s vibrant culture. Community news is a pillar of a healthy engaged neighborhood. You matter. The things you do matter. The conversations you have about local issues and decisions matter. My vision of a community newspaper means partaking in a conversation with caring citizens, local politicians and businesses, while providing reliable news and a platform for increasing awareness and promoting discussion of local issues and concerns. Already, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many dedicated and kind Minneapolitans who live and work in Uptown. I’m thankful I moved here and I say hello to all of you with the utmost intention of immersing myself in this neighborhood, getting to know you, and maintaining the quality and integrity of the Uptown Neighborhood News with every issue I oversee.

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Brothers leave ‘paradise’ for hometown restaurant
Drawing from a primary market within half of a mile, a new restaurant called Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar, will be chef owned and operated by Andrew and Chris Ikeda. “We are glad to be back in Minnesota with our family and friends. We are inspired by the recent transformation of the Twin Cities food scene. The caliber of chef/operators in the market is amazing. We are excited to be a part of it and help make our hometown a world-class dining destination,” said Ikeda. A University of St. Thomas Business graduate in Entrepreneurship, Chris was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, New York. He most recently worked as the Chef de Cuisine at the Hualalai Resort Four Seasons in Kona, Hawaii. His brother Andrew is also a University of St. Thomas graduate. After training at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa, California, he most recently worked at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, Calif. Several years ago, 1513 Lake Street was home to the Blue Sky Creamery. The building was purchased by the Ikedas with plans to renovate the interior in the early 20th century style– uncluttered and relaxed. About 80 to 90 seats are planned with an open kitchen. Lake & Irving will be a casual Uptown neighborhood restaurant and bar where people can eat, drink and unwind. “Food should be about enjoyment […],conversation, sharing, and friendship,” Chris added. This modern American eatery will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night customers, with a full bar, craft beer, wine and liquor. “It’s creative global with a regional twist. Our food and drink offerings are meant to complement each other and be experienced and enjoyed together. We aim to transform a meal into an occasion. Our goal is to collaborate, to challenge ourselves and our staff to create an experience that will make you want to tell your friends you discovered something new and different and had a good time.” The entrees and small plates, meant for sharing, will focus on using local regional ingredients to reflect the Ikeda’s sustainability mission.

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Governor Mark Dayton U.S. Congressman (5th) Keith Ellison

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Uptown Neighborhood News wants to hear from the community
News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of the month to or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the right to decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address, phone number, e-mail and neighborhood. UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents. UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings are open to the public. Contact to confirm and/or request time on the agenda. Copyright © 2013 Uptown Neighborhood News (612) 825-9595

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What Would You Bury?
Art Fair Celebrates 50 Years with Time Capsule
The Uptown Association is burying a time capsule to commemorate the 50-year milestone of the Uptown Art Fair. The capsule will hold memories and contain significant, meaningful objects from the past 50 years to be opened 50 years from now. It will be placed in the floor of the Walker Library, (under construction), not to be removed until 2063.

Music and Movies in the Parks
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The public is invited to join the Uptown Association and come together as a community to honor the 50th anniversary of the Uptown Art Fair. The celebration will feature live music and light snacks at The Mall area. There, you’ll have a chance to place your own special memory in the time capsule. You’ll also witness the grand unveiling of the 2013 Uptown Art Fair commemorative print, “Uptown Turnaround”, by artist Shane

Anderson. This will be a special photo opportunity where you can become part of the commemorative print and ceremony with local dignitaries. The Time Capsule Celebration will be Saturday, July 20, from 13p.m. at The Mall area, between Hennepin Avenue and Humboldt Avenue, (west of Walker Library construction). The 50th Annual Uptown Art Fair takes place August 2 to 4.

Music at Bryant Square Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm Tuesday, July 2  Tuesday, July 9  Thursday, July 11  Tuesday, July 16  Thursday, July 18  Tuesday, July 23  Thursday, July 25  Tuesday, July 30  Patchouli  The Erverators  Calhoun Isles Community Band  Lonesome Ron  Zuhrah Flames  Yo Jimbo Jazz  The Blue Mollies  Elliot Roche  Indie folk rock meets flamenco Rock cover band  Popular concert band music for the family  Good ol’ yodeling fun!  Big Band/Swing  Premier Jazz Improv  Americana rock & roll  Acoustic/singer/songwriter 

Completing the Recycling Circle
Tenth Ward intern to focus on multi-unit buildings
The office of Tenth Ward Council Member Meg Tuthill has hired Aaron Brink-Johnson, an Urban Scholars intern, for the summer. He will be working in the 10th Ward on a project to ensure all multi-unit buildings are in compliance with the City’s recycling ordinance. The City requires that all multi-unit building property owners provide recycling to their tenants. Complaints to the Tuthill office have revealed not all apartment buildings offer the required recycling resources for tenants. Brink-Johnson will meet with property owners to educate them on the City’s policies and confirm they are fulfilling the City’s recycling ordinance. If you live in a multi-unit building with five or more units and recycling is not provided, you are requested to contact the Tuthill office at 612.673.2210, email Aaron Brink-Johnson (aaron.brink-johnson@ or Breanna Patsch, 10th Ward Associate, ( Brink-Johnson is enrolled at Macalester College and is scheduled to complete a degree in Geography by the end of this year. His internship, according to Tuthill, will be paid with Tuthill’s unused office travel expense account. The Urban Scholars Program provides students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a distinctive professional experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating career pathways to positions of influence.

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crime & safety Two Stranger Crimes By Location Rapes Reported in Fifth Precinct
Arson  Auto Theft   Burglary Business  Burglary Residential  Domestic Aggr. Assault  Larceny (Other Theft)  Narcotics Arrest

May 21 - June 17
“Burglary Residential” includes garages, attached or unattached, and may include unlocked or open doors.

Chelsea Adams, Crime Prevention Specialist 612.673.2819 or 5th Precinct: Sectors 1&2: (Uptown)

MPD offers tips

Aggravated Assaults 

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From the City of Minneapolis
Last week there were two reported stranger rapes in the 5th precinct. Both occurred around 2 am in public areas and the suspect approached the female victim while she was walking alone. Suspect descriptions in both cases are limited. • June 24 at 2:20 am in the area of Franklin Avenue & Lyndale Avenue: victim was walking down an alley when the suspect approached her, attempted small talk, then dragged her to a grassy area and sexually assaulted her. The victim reported that the suspect had a gun and threatened to kill her. Suspect described as a black male, 5’3”-5’7”, average build. • June 26 at 2:07 am in the 2800 block of Stevens Avenue: victim was walking home alone through the park when she heard someone attempting to get her attention. She attempted to ignore the suspect but she was grabbed and dragged to an area where she was sexually assaulted. Suspect described as black male, medium build.

Robbery Business  Robbery Person  Shooting  *Sound of Shots Fired  Theft from Motor Vehicle
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What You Can Do
• Avoid walking alone at night, particularly in isolated or dark areas • Limit alcohol consumption while out • If you arrive as a group, leave as a group; don’t leave someone behind • Ensure everyone is able to get home safely before splitting up • Trust your instincts and stay alert to your surroundings • Carry your car or house keys in your hand when outside • If you hear unexpected or suspicious activity outside, look and see if someone needs help or needs you to call 911 for them For more crime prevention tips and personal safety tips, visit www. under Personal Safety Tips and Discover the Keys to Personal Safety (

National Night Out is August 6
Blocking your street is free before July 23
Last year’s theme was selected by MPD Crime Prevention Specialists as proposed by Kate Sandweiss, of the East Isles neighborhood: “It takes a village, it starts with our block.” The MPD will be once again asking for block leaders’ ideas for a NNO 2013 theme. National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention, and promote community-police partnerships. You can register at or you can sign up through 311. If you want to block your street, you can do so for free through July 23. Not all streets can be blocked, depending on traffic flow. From July 24 through August 1, there is a $100 fee. After August 1 no applications for blocking off a street will be allowed. Just like many years in the past, participation by Minneapolitans outranked all U.S. cities with a population of more than 250,000 in 2012, with more than 1,360 events registered.

Public Forum Q&A with MPD Harteau
July 9, 6pm, Bryant Square Park , 3101 Bryant Avenue

The public is invited to a Public Forum Q&A with Minneapolis Chief of Police Harteau regarding the May 10 shooting death of Terrance Franklin, officer injuries and the related traffic fatality.

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Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis
Initial Screening moves ‘Enhanced Bus’ and ‘Double/Single Track’ forward

Initial Screening Summary Table

The Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of implementing a transitway along either the Midtown Greenway or Lake Street. The project also will recommend the best method of delivering transit service in the Midtown Corridor: light rail, streetcar, busway or bus rapid transit. Metro Transit is partnering with the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and other community groups on the project. The purpose of a transit improvement in the Midtown Corridor is to provide high-quality, convenient transit service that meets current and future travel needs, attracts new riders, and supports sustain The goal of the Midtown Corridor Transitway Study currently underway is to; • Increase transit use among corridor residents and visitors; • Improve regional mobility,

local access to jobs and activities; • Catalyze and support economic development along the corridor; • Support a healthier community and improve the overall environment. During the second round of open houses for Stage 1 of the study process, stakeholders listened to a presentation on the status of the study. Presenters described two options that emerged from a vast array of possible transit ideas for the corridor: Enhanced Bus on Lake Street and Double/ Single-Track rail in the Greenway. These options will advance to Stage 2 of the study because they received the highest overall criteria rating. (See chart at left.) Stage 2, in process this summer, will provide a more in-depth analysis of the two options. Those results will be presented at the next public meeting in the early fall. To get involved, get more detail or stay informed of the process, visit

Tree Debris Drop Off Site Now Open
From the City of Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and City of Minneapolis continue removing hundreds of trees and reopening city streets following the June 21 storm. A wood recycling site is now open and curbside tree debris collection is planned for July 1-12 to help residents get rid of tree debris from their yards. Park Board’s third tree priority is to evaluate and remove boulevard trees that pose a potential hazard of toppling due to storm damage or soil saturation. The Park Board’s fourth priority is removal of trees and tree debris from parks.   To report a tree blocking a sidewalk or street, or a boulevard tree down on private property, contact the Park Board Forestry Department at 612.313.7710 or forestry@minneapolisparks. org from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm weekdays.    twine or rope. Do not use wire. • Each bundle must be less than 3 feet long. • Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds. Make sure to have the bundles of yard waste at your alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 a.m. on your garbage day.

and dispose of these items at no charge. • Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the boulevard are asked not to park vehicles near the debris, to help crews in the removal process. “No parking” signs may be posted and enforced to facilitate the cleanup operation.

your property from damage. Here are some things residents should know when choosing a tree company: • To find out if a tree service contractor is licensed in Minneapolis, look at this list on the City’s website. • A licensed contractor must submit a copy of a written estimate to the property owner for approval prior to any work to be performed. • Licensed Tree Service contractors have marked vehicles and display a City of Minneapolis license decal. • Licensed Tree Service contractors maintain insurance in the event of damage to your property, your neighbors’ property, or if anyone is injured on the job site.

Tree contractors
Since there are so many downed trees in yards throughout the city, many residents will be looking for a contractor to take care of the problem. It’s important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed, because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect themselves and

Tree removal and reopening of streets
Park Board and City crews continue removing trees to reopen streets. Major streets are a primary focus, followed by secondary streets. Trees that have power lines entangled in them will be removed after Xcel removes the power lines. The clearing of streets is the top priority and crews will continue to work through the weekend and as long as necessary until all streets are open. After city streets are clear, the Park Board’s second priority for tree removal is the removal of boulevard trees from homes, garages and other structures. The

Tree debris collection
Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard through July 12 for properties affected by the storm. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials. Here’s how residents in the area can prepare downed trees and branches for collection: • Move larger limbs, branches, and trunks to the boulevard area in front of your house. Park Board crews will pick up

Regular yard waste collection for smaller branches
Residents with small branches and pieces of brush can use the regular weekly Solid Waste & Recycling yard waste collection service to have them picked up. Crews will pick up bundles of brush and small branches that are less than three inches in diameter and less than three feet long. Here’s how to get them ready for pickup: • Bundle them securely with

Shackin’ Up with Street Food

Flower Power
Residents received tips and toured local gardens during the 16th annual CARAG Garden Tour. (Photo by

The Anchor Fish & Chips takes orders from a standing-room-only crowd of hungry patrons at the second annual Minnesota FoodTruck Fair on June 30. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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rest of the project on the above floors. If successful, this daytime office strategy will help satisfy Uptown’s much suggested daytime office traffic needs voiced by some local community leaders, such as Tenth Ward Council member Meg Tuthill and past Uptown Association president Thatcher Imboden. Some committee members provided resounding approval of the concept. Z&P member and architect Burt Coffin exclaimed, “I like the way this building looks. I love Core 10 [steel building material] and your strategy of breaking it up. Its playful and fun.” Sue Bode added, “It looks artistic in the modern art sense.” Comments like those may have been initiated by not only the main structures, but the added touches. The north structure tops off with a sculptural quality that is reminiscent of the Pearl Harbor memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii. And one of the top walls was covered with a new semitransparent window featuring a close-up of a Michelangelo painting. The site’s three buildings, as well as the connecting atriums are mostly covered in glass. This approach “helps to break up the massing of the space so the final look has a less box-like feel,” according to Layne. The east and west ends of the three structures are the few visibly opaque walls, which are covered with Core 10 steel, which will eventually rust to a “rich patina.” But, these end walls are hardly walls at all. Shaped like abstract ‘S’s, they offer contrast to the other heavy glass treatments. Covered east and west walls on the building and expansive glass on the north and south side walls bolster the buildings environmental tact. Morning and evening light is harder to control when it comes in at straighter angles from the horizon, so the plan additionally incorporates design aspects that increase daylight’s capture in the building. “This is not a 10- or 15-year building, this is a 150-year building,” said Layne. Due to its age, the building allows more flexibility for build-outs with various sizes of client spaces–including possible bridge connections between upper floors over the atriums below. “This goes a long way to be able to meet the needs of businesses as they grow,” Layne added. Other possible amenities still under review include a green roof and a covered pedestrian connection across the Art Park, between the Phase I and Phase II buildings. Phase I tenants have made requests for additional bicycle parking and there have been less car parking needs than projected for that building as well. Joanna Hicks, Director of Development for Ackerberg, added that they would like to secure Hennepin County funding to address future cyclist tenants. This could include a bike/shower/locker component in Phase II, which may or may not be available for use by the public. Reflecting on the fate of the Lagoon Theatre, Ackerberg had this to say. “They want to stay in this location, especially since the recent Uptown Theatre upgrade. Our goal is for Lagoon to be operating five screens in that location. We’re committed to figure out a solution.” Depending on the final project plans the Lagoon Theater may be part of Phase II or developed in parallel. This first stab at Phase II takes some risks and makes a lot of strong architectural statements, but the plan is still in its infancy. Whether the final project follows this initial design will depend on final tenant contracts and the community engagement process. “This is a lot more expensive but I feel it’s the right thing to do,” Ackerberg said. When more tenants are confirmed, Ackerberg hopes to have a more concrete plan to present to the neighborhood and City Planning Commission by fall of this year. Bruce Cochran is in charge of Art Direction and Production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in the CARAG neighborhood.

The main footprint for Phase II involves three long buildings that run east to west. Between the buildings are glass-covered atriums that allow what Layne described as a “porousness” for not only sunlight, but for the visual and pedestrian experience. Elevations describe a three-story north structure, six-story middle structure and eight-story south

structure. Providing mostly northeast views, this format will step back from the Greenway, which may prove vital in securing community support from neighborhood groups and community partners. One of those partners will be the Midtown Greenway Coalition and its goals of preventing shading on the Greenway. Since the project is still in the

concept stage, logistics like bus and pedestrian pathways, and exact parking stalls are still under discussion. Ackerberg stated that Phase I has more than enough space to take any overflow from Phase II. Until final negotiations for the plan are complete the tenants won’t be known but the first floor will likely be retail with office space taking up the

Speech Writer
Uptown resident Dessa kicked off her second album release Parts of Speech, with two sold out shows in Minneapolis at The Fitzgerald and First Avenue before heading out on a West Coast tour in July. More info at (Photo by Bill Phelps)

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After the initial run, Price said, “I was looking for something even more durable, and I listened to people. Some were concerned about weight so I figured how to make them lighter, use less material and at the same time they became a lot cheaper.” The current line can be found at Uptown locations Sunrise

Cyclery, 2901 Blaisdell Ave. S., and The Alt, 3013 Lyndale Ave. S., or online at Price currently has 100 sets of his new line ready to go, and expects materials for hundreds more in the next couple weeks, which he plans to assemble for sale in the next couple months.

“I’m impressed with how they ‘ve performed,” Price said. “It was just a little idea and they’ve worked really well so I want to share that with other people. I’ve got a couple other ideas but this seems like the easiest way to add something that’s a smart safety feature for the regular cyclist.”

Uptown resident and cyclist Lucas Price with his new light that combines ease-of-use, reliability and durability.

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With 30 lumens, heavy-duty materials and theft-deterrent construction, the BOLT-ON headlight and taillights were constructed for the convenience of the average urban cyclist, according to Price. “You don’t have to worry about them. The whole idea is if you’re just running around town you don’t want to take your bike lights off after you lock up your
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bike up or you leave them, come back, and they’re stolen,” Price said. “These offer simplicity and people are going to see you and you’re going to be able to see what’s in front of you.” Though the current product line fits 1 inch and 1 and 1/8 inch tubing only, Price has since developed a new line, not yet named, that will be a universal set that comes with clamps to accommodate all tubing sizes.

Uptown Real Estate
Should I Sell My Property or Rent it?
If you have been weighing this question, here is some information that you might not have thought about that can help you make your final decision. The Pros of Renting: Owning rental property might be an effective way to generate a regular stream of extra monthly income. This is the most appealing aspect of renting real estate, especially to those who are no longer working. And, with current low prices, you could purchase a property and produce a cash flow right from the beginning. There are tax breaks for owners of rental properties as well, such as depreciation which can offset other taxable income you may have. Also, the better maintained your property is the more rent you can charge. Yet another reason for renting is to capitalize on potential property value appreciation in the future. The Cons of renting: It takes some work. Being a landlord means you will not only be collecting rent checks monthly, but first you’ll need to find good tenants. This will involve advertising the property and showing it to multiple prospects. When you receive applications you’ll need to check their references and creditworthiness. Once they have moved in, you are also responsible for any repairs. You might also be responsible for lawn mowing and snow shoveling unless you specify a different arrangement in the lease. You can hire a management company to manage your property, but they will most likely use up most or all of your profit. Plus, depending on the quality of your property, it isn’t guaranteed that your unit will be rented all of the time. Renters won’t live with problems that you did, so it is important that you make sure everything

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When trying to decide whether or not to rent your property, there are a number of things you should consider: • How much equity you have. • Local market conditions for rental properties. • Your future housing plans. • State and federal taxes. • If being a landlord is for you. • And most importantly your financial situation. It is important that you weigh the pros & cons and assess how renting your property could possibly affect your lifestyle before making this decision.

that has the relationships and the experience to move this Ward forward.” Tuthill cited additional reasons such as constituent support, major endorsements, strong record, proven results and a vision for the Tenth Ward. Commenting on the campaign development, the DFL endorsed candidate Lisa Bender said, “Council member Tuthill’s decision to run after she repeatedly said she would abide by the endorsement is disappointing. Ward Lisa Bender Ten voters should be concerned about having a Councilmember who will go back on her word for political gain. But, her decision has not changed our core focus of talking with Ward Ten residents about how, with stronger leadership, we can make our community even better than it is today.”

10th Ward News
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210,, Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.

50 Days of Uptown
2013 marks the 50th year of the Uptown Art Fair! Be a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration by shopping at local businesses during the 50 Days of Uptown promotion. Stop in any participating Uptown store from now until August 4th, and enter your name to win a $50 gift card. Winners will be notified by August 16th. For a complete list of participating businesses and addresses, visit For more information, check out Docs/Call_for_Artists.pdf.

houses, and multiple surveys to collect feedback from Minneapolis residents and businesses. If you are interested in commenting on the plan, send your comment to me or to Committee Coordinator Peggy Menshek at To read the full plan, visit sustainability/climate/index.htm. For more information, check out or contact

Mike Weiland & Elke Stephan are co-owners of The Weiland Group of Keller Williams Realty here in Uptown. Together they have over 18 years of experience helping people with their real estate needs. Use our contact information below if you’d like to send us your questions or if you’d like to explore working with us.

1350 Lagoon Avenue, Suite 900, Minneapolis, MN 55408 612.735.6834 |

Climate action plan Update
The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan is a road map to achieving the City Council-adopted greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets: a 15 percent reduction by 2015 and a 30 percent reduction by 2025, both from 2006 levels. The plan contains aggressive goals and specific strategies to increase energy efficiency, provide more transportation options, reduce waste, and increase renewable energy. The plan is the product of over a year of public engagement, including a working group and steering committee structure, public open

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JULY 2013

CARAG report
Lake St. 36th St.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group

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.

agenda & minutes
• Motion, Seconded to approve the agenda. Approved. • Motion, Seconded to approve the May 21 CARAG Neighborhood Meeting minutes. Approved.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, June 18, 2013. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the August 2013 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by Carol Bouska.

Bryant square park Update
• Most of the park plantings died from the heat and dry conditions last summer and this year’s cool spring. The new park gardener will work to replant the beds this year. • The ice cream social at the park is on Wednesday, July 10 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. • BSP concerts run through August 22 every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. • BSP is offering free afternoon snacks and evening meals for youth 0-18 weekdays this summer. Snacks at 3:00 (M-F) and dinners at 6:00 p.m. (M-Th). • Zumba classes are Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Fall youth soccer is from July 22 to September 27. • Register online at or at the BSP front desk- 370-4907, for any of the mentioned programs.

project cost and implications for the City’s tax base. • The City Council is holding $7 million from 2012 in reserve to prevent a property tax levy increase this year. • Future “Meeting with Meg” events will take place on the third Monday of each month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Bryant Square Park Rec Center.

Board Members Attending: Michelle Beaulieu, Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Kyle Burrows, Jay Lindgren, Jason Lord, Maura Lynch. Excused Absence: Nancy Riestenberg, Samantha Strong

introductions: Diana Boegemann
• The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. Board Members and attendees were introduced.

Community forum
• The Open Streets Minneapolis event is June 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Lyndale Avenue between 22nd and 42nd Streets. The street will be closed to cars and will feature fun activities for pedestrians and bicyclists. • Aldrich Arts Collaborative is still accepting youth 11-18 y/o for the summer mural project. Classes are Monday and Tuesday evenings July 8-30. Scholarships are available. For more info:

Hennepin Ave.

Bryant Square Park Ice Cream Social Wednesday, July 10, 6-8pm 3101 Bryant Ave S
• Ice Cream • Live Music • Kids’ Games & A Bounce House • Meet Your Neighbors

Join the CARAG E-update at to receive emails about CARAG activities and events.

CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 | | 612.823.2520

Lyndale Ave.

W. 31st street pedestrian improvements project: mackenzie turner Bargen, public Works
• Bargen presented plans for a series of pedestrian and bicycle improvements to W. 31st Street between Hennepin and 1st Street S. The project follows the resurfacing of the street that took place in May. • Hennepin, Bryant, and Lyndale Avenues will get durable crosswalk markings, which last far longer than painted markings. • Dupont and Emerson Avenues will pilot painted curb extensions, designed to narrow crossing distances. This treatment provides a pedestrian refuge at corners using textured paint, vertical delineators, and possible planters. Larger stop signs with red reflective tape on the poles are also part of the design. Public Works is still determining how snow removal will be done around the extensions.These first pilots in Minneapolis will span one year. • Girard Avenue will receive accessible pedestrian ramps. Public Works is still considering other treatments at this
Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Mpls. Public Works gives a presentation on progress of the W. 31st Street Pedestrian Improvements Project. Pointing to a new test strip of pavement paint, she explains how the old paint doesn’t last even a year, compared to the new paint which lasts several years. (Photo by Bruce

intersection. Another pedestrian count and speed study will inform the improvements made at this location. • Public Works is considering adding two 5-foot bike lanes on either side of 31st Street. However, more study is needed to determine the implications of 10 foot drive lanes and 7-foot parking lanes.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:30 p.m. The next CARAG Neighborhood meeting is Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Bryant Square Park.

Nrp Updates: Carol Bouska/ scott engel
• Low interest loans to make exterior home improvements remain available. Check out for more info. • The 16th Annual CARAG Garden Tour is June 22, 24 and 26. • Engel presented the CARAG Block Club Activities Grant Program Guidelines to encourage blocks to sponsor events and neighbors to meet one another. The program will provide up to $250 for block activities in CARAG. Motion, seconded to approve the program’s guidelines. Approved.

the UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS is NoW availaBle at these seleCt loCatioNs Bremer Bank Brueggers Bagels Bryant square park Cheapo records Chiang mai thai Common roots Cafe Dunn Bros (hennepin & 34th) Dunn Bros (lake & Bryant) falafel King famous Dave’s BBQ gigi’s Café health resource Center hennepin-lake liquors isles Bun & Coffee it’s greek to me Joyce food shelf Joyce United methodist Church Kowalski’s market magers & Quinn mohn electric & lighting lagoon theatre parents automotive pizza luce rainbow foods sebastian Joe’s ice Cream Cafe southwest senior Center subway spyhouse Coffee shop Uptown Diner tea garden treetops at Calhoun vail place Walker place the Wedge Co-op YWCa (Uptown)

City Council Update: 10th Ward Council member meg tuthill
• Two City Council Committees voted today to endorse a proposed plan to fund the Nicollet / Central streetcar line using “value-capture” financing. Tuthill abstained from the vote believing she needed more information, including

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
No meeting in July!
Next Meeting Tuesday, August 20, at 7pm Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)

Carag Zoning Committee report: Diana Boegemann
• Beaulieu joined the Board last month and would like to join the Zoning Committee. Cameron Conway is a new resident in CARAG and has experience with land use and transportation issues. Motion, seconded to appoint Beaulieu and Conway to fill the remaining two seats on the Zoning Committee. • Some members of the Zoning Committee and Transportation task force have discussed the idea of combining the two groups because of overlap in membership and issues. Motion, seconded to combine the Zoning Committee and Transportation task force into the Land Use & Transportation Committee. This motion is contingent upon approval from the Zoning Committee. Approved.

Upcoming Events
Kids of CARAG Car Wash
Saturday, July 20, 10am-Noon Bryant Square Park parking lot (A fundraiser to benefit the neighborhood)
• Free pizza for all volunteers! • Kids and families interested in volunteering, please contact CARAG.

treasurer’s report: scott engel
• Reports for May were available. Engel noted that CARAG received $225 from the Dining Out for CARAG event at Darbar India Grill.

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Short Redhead Reel Reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) “The Bling Ring” (R) (2.5)
[Teen drug and alcohol use, and language, including some brief sexual references] — An intriguing, factually inspired, cameodotted (Leslie Mann, Kirsten Dunst, and Paris Hilton), 90minute, Sofia Coppola film, which is based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” about a group of bored, privileged, designer-obsessed Los Angeles teenagers (Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Claire Julian, and Taissa Farmiga) who blatantly and nonchalantly rob the homes of wealthy celebrities in the Hollywood Hills after tracking their whereabouts on the Internet.

“Dirty Wars” (NR) (3.5)
Tenacious, veteran, investigative, Brooklyn war journalist Jeremy Scahill, who wrote the bestselling book “Blackwater” and writes for The Nation,magazine, narrates his powerful, educational, eye-opening, thought-provoking, critically acclaimed, 90-minute documentary that chronicles his diligent attempt to expose the global “war on terror” role of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the numerous murders of innocent citizens in

war-torn countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia by American soldiers during covert nighttime raids and consists of interviews with the families of innocent victims to gather their heartbreaking stories to encourage Congress and American military leaders to take responsibility for their actions and to consider these victims not merely “collateral damage.”

“Man of Steel” (PG-13) (3.5)
[Intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and some language.] — After his parents (Russell Crowe and Antje Traue) send him to Earth where he is raised by a compassionate farm couple (Kevin Costner and Diane Lane) due to the imminent destruction of his planet in this action-packed, fast-paced, suspenseful, 3-D, entertaining, star-dotted (Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Schiff, and Harry Lennix), 143-minute film filled with stunning special effects, an alien boy (Cooper Timberlane/ Dylan Sprayberry) struggles to deal with bullies and his secret powers and then as a 33-year-old adult (Henry Cavill) must save Earth when a fanatical general (Michael Shannon) from Krypton and his followers (Ayelet Zurers, et al.) decide to make Earth their new home.

such as Darlene Love, Patti Austin, Susaye Greene, Rose Stone, Merry Clayton, Lynn Mabry, Janice Pendarvis, Jo Lawry, Edna Wright, Cindy Mizelle, Charlotte Crosley, Gloria Jones, Tata Vega, Judith Hill, David Lesley, Claudia Lennear, Dr. Mable John, Stevi Alexander, The Blossoms, and The Waters Family who worked for legendary stars, including Bette Midler, Cher, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Mick Jagger, and consists of archival film and muscial clips and interviews with backup singers, music historian Warren Zanes, jazz trumpeter Chris Rotti, music biographer David Ritz, producer Lou Adler, vocalist contractor Bill Maxwell, and critical studies professor Dr. Todd Boyd.

Army counterintelligence agent Tim Webster, Pfc. Bradley Manning’s friend Jason Edwards, Melbourne’s La Trobe University professor Robert Manne, former NASA Network Administrator John McMahon, and journalists Heather Brooke, James Ball,
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Uptown July Film Schedule

Listed in order of release date and subject to change. Please see for final titles, dates and times. 1320 Lagoon Ave. • 612.823.3020 7/3 The Lone Ranger 7/5 A Hijacking 7/12 Big Star:   Nothing Can Hurt Me More Than Honey Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Blackfish Fruitvale Station 7/19 Girl Most Likely

“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”
(R) (3.5) [Some disturbing violent images, language, and sexual material.] — Alex Gibney’s Oscar-winning, informative, in-depth, thought-provoking, 130-minute documentary that consists of interviews with former Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley, journalist and filmmaker Mark Davis, Australia’s Federal policeman Ken Day, Director for Investigative Journalism Gavin McFayden, former lawyer for Julian Assange, video journalist Vaughan Smith, former CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, former classification czar J. William Leonard, former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, former hacker Adrian Lamo, former

7/26 Crystal Fairy

Strictly ball room
Kids engage in a game of four square during the June 23 Open Streets event on Lyndale Avenue. (Photo by

“Twenty Feet from Stardom” (PG-13) (3)
[Some strong language and sexual material.] — A fascinating, educational, historically based, 90-minute documentary about the careers of background singers

2906 Henn. Ave. • 612.392.0402 7/5 Twenty Feet From Stardom 7/12 The Way, Way Back 7/19 I’m So Excited


Liquor Lyle’s

French Meadow


Morrissey’s Irish Pub

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JULY 2013

ECCO report
Lake St. 36th St.

East Calhoun Community Organization

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.

Smith and approved by the ECCO Board by electronic vote prior to publication.

Guests and Residents: 10th Ward Council Member Meg Tuthill, Kim Johnson and Erika Zabler. ECCO Board President Sarah Sponheim called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board Members Present: Sarah Sponheim, President; Harry Savage, Co-VP; Anja Curiskis; Susie Goldstein; Liz Heyman; Lara Norkus-Crampton; and Heather Wulfsberg. Board Members Absent: Emily Balogh, Andrew Bornhoft, Glen Christianson, Kate Davenport, Linda Todd, and Jim Smith.

Budget Review
The ECCO Board approved donating $500 to each of the following organizations: Joyce Foodshelf, Midtown Greenway Coalition and Minneapolis Pops Orchestra.

ECCO Meeting Minutes for June 6, 2013. (East Calhoun Neighborhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded and submitted by Monica

• 31st Street construction: curb extensions will be painted on four intersections (Girard, Emerson, Dupont and Blaisdell). Larger stop signs will be installed at Dupont, Emerson and Grand. The street will be painted for bike lanes. • Meg hired an Urban Scholars intern to work with multi-unit buildings to ensure that they are in compliance with the City’s recycling ordinance.

Staff Report: Monica Smith
• Directors & Officers insurance will be renewed. • The following items were approved via electronic vote in May 2013: letter to DNR regarding 1800 Lake dewatering permit application, May ECCO Board meeting minutes, and allocation of $100 toward food for the June 1 ECCO block party. • Labor Day Celebration: The Board approved a budget of $1,250 for the event (including $50 for food). Monica to research the option of charging $1 per bingo card as a fundraising effort. If permit fees apply then bingo will remain free. Heather Wulfsberg and Anja Curiskis will help organize the event. • The ECCO Board approved the 2012 Annual Report to the Attorney General pending final review by Treasurer Glen

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Ward 10 City Council Member Meg Tuthill
• The City continues to work with the developer of 1800 Lake to find a permanent solution for the groundwater discharge issue. If not resolved by next winter, the groundwater will be rerouted deeper into the north end of Lake Calhoun to allow the lagoon to freeze and ensure an Uptown finish line for the City of Lake Loppet. • The Trust for Public Land named Minneapolis the Nation’s Best Park System in 2013. • To prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, don’t prune Ash Trees between Memorial Day and Labor Day. • The City is conducting a twoyear car-sharing pilot program.

Christianson. • The City of Minneapolis created a video to spread the word about the importance of using weather radios (to request a copy of the video, contact Monica Smith at • MSP FairSkies Coalition is a group of SW Minneapolis neighbors opposing a plan to increase airplane traffic over our neighborhoods. They will be invited to attend the July meeting of the Livability Committee (tentative date: July 23 at 7 p.m.). • Fair Vote Minnesota will share information about Ranked Choice Voting at the ECCO Annual Meeting in October.

Hennepin Ave.

Lyndale Ave.

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President’s Report: Sarah Sponheim
• Nice Ride stations have been installed at Dunn Bros. on 34th and Hennepin and at Lake St./ East Calhoun Pkwy. • Sarah and Monica attended the Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) conference in Minneapolis last month and will share more information about the workshops at a future board meeting. • The Board approved $50 to host a neighborhood potluck picnic in July. Date to be determined.
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Before a neighborhood potluck, East Calhoun residents, young and old enjoyed Open Eye Figure Theatre’s cow themed puppet show. (Photo by

The ECCO Board does not meet in July.
Mark your calendar for our next meeting, Thursday, August 1. w e d n e s d ay, J u ly 1 0 7:00 p.m.

East Calhoun Green Team Meeting st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Contact Sarah at for more information. t h u r s d ay, J u ly 1 1 6 : 0 0 - 7 : 3 0 p.m.


Save money with ECCO grants and loans!
East Calhoun offers a variety of ways for residents to save money through grants and loans for home improvement projects, home security grants, tree treatment, rain barrels and more! Check out all the details at (NRP tab).

East Calhoun Community Picnic
Thursday, July 11 6:00 - 7:30 p.m Lake Calhoun (grassy area south of Tot Lot)

East Calhoun Community Picnic lake Calhoun (grassy area south of tot lot)
See the details at right. t h u r s d ay, a u G u s t 1 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Meet your neighbors at a community picnic!
Hot dogs, beverages and games will be provided. Please bring a dish to share for dinner. Contact Monica Smith at for more information. Note: The picnic will be canceled in the event of rain.

ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
The meeting agenda will be posted on by July 31st. Please join us, all are welcome! t u e s d ay, a u G u s t 6

National Night Out
Organize an event on your block. Registration is free through July 23. Register online at
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events and programs. Send a request to or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages participation 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 at least five days before our event.

Save the Date
M O n d ay, s e p t e M b e r 2 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Labor Day Celebration st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
All the usual fun and festivities!

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community events calendar
(Please send your calendar listings to with the subject line: Community Calendar. Submit by the 15th of each month to be included, space permitting, in the next issue.)



Calhoun Square - 3pm-8pm 3001 Hennepin Ave. • 612.824.1240
Everyone  who  donates  blood  will  receive  complimentary  2-hour  parking  and  a  free  9  oz  Minnesota  beer  from  Republic!  To  register  to  donate,  go  to  Their  sponsor  code  is  7999.  For  questions  about donating, call the Donor Health Line at  1.866.236.3276.

and awareness for adults with mental illness.  Funds raised will support Vail Place. Registration is $30 to participate in the walk, run, bike,  or stroll, and all participants receive a T-shirt  and lunch.





Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun - 8am 612.871.7676
The  fifth  annual  American  Red  Cross  Run  for  Blood  Quarter  Marathon  and  5K  will  be  held  on  the  road,  and  will  be  chip  timed.  All  participants  will  receive  a  technical  running  shirt and refreshments. The Quarter Marathon  finishers  will  also  receive  a  finisher’s  medal.    Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross  North Central Blood Services. Day-of-Registration opens at 7am.  

Chiang Mai Thai - 2pm-8pm 3001 Hennepin Ave • 612.827.1606
This year’s lineup includes Shell (space rock),  Taj  Raj  (country/indie/pop),  Bethany  Larson  and  the  Bees  Knees  (country/indie/pop),  L’Assassins (60’s style rock), Botzy (frontman  of Culture Cry Wolf, hip hop), Kill the Vultures  (spoken  word,  hip  hop),  and  Haphduzn  and  Dimitry Killstorm (hip hop). The outdoor stage  will go from 2pm to 8pm. Afterwards, Bangers  are encouraged to come inside for drinks and  dancing until 1am.




Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun - 10am 612.376.7669
Enjoy The Best Days of Summer on the beach  at the Star Tribune Beach Bash. Relax in the  sun  and  surf  or  participate  in  Aquatennial  events along Lake Calhoun, including the Xcel  Energy Sandcastle Competition and Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Races!

Jungle Theater 2951 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.7063
One  of  the  most  uproariously  funny  musicals  in  recent  years,  Urinetown:  The  Musical  is  a  hilarious  tale  of  greed,  corruption,  love  and  revolution  in  a  time  when  water  is  worth  its  weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible  water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought,  has  led  to  a  government-enforced  ban  on  private  toilets.  The  citizens  must  use  public  amenities,  regulated  by  a  single  malevolent  company  that  profits  by  charging  admission  for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid  the  people,  a  hero  decides  he’s  had  enough,  and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.



Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Minnesotans  love  summer,  laughter,  good  theater,  air-conditioning,  tall  boys,  and  of  course,  mechanically-dispensed  pork  products.  Heralded  for  their  “smart  writing  and  relevant satire,” The Recovery Party promises  a  “laugh-out-loud  funny”  comedy  Smörgåsbord. Featuring performances from an all-star  cast of seasoned comedy veterans, Push Button Get Bacon includes material workshopped  by  two  Emmy  Award  winners,  several  Dudley  Riggs/Brave  New  Workshop  alumni,  and  a  former  Saturday  Night  Live  writer.  With  more  than 20 different sketches, songs, and monologues, the show tackles such hot-button topics as mail-order brides, evaporated milk, and  the unconditional love of 3.2 beer. But what’s  Push  Button  Get  Bacon  really  about?–about  90 minutes. Performances are July 12, 13, 19,  20, 26, 27.


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Bryant Lake Bowl - 10pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
New  York’s  Rhinestone  Gorilla  Burlesque  presents Good Idea/Bad Idea: A fully-scripted  burlesque  tribute  to  Animaniacs  with  all  live  music and live foley sound fx.; Friday, July 19  and Saturday, July 20 at Bryant Lake Bowl. In  this  original  burlesque  musical,  the  Warner  brothers,  Yakko  and  Wakko,  and  the  Warner  sister, Dot, have fallen upon hard times following the unfortunate merger of the WB and UPN.  When  Dr.  Scratch’n’Sniff  was  finally  arrested  for  sniffing  too  much  scratch,  Wakko,  Yakko,  and Dot lost their sole protector on the Warner  Studio Lot; after years being locked into their  water  tower,  the  Warners  were  finally  locked  out.  After  more  than  a  decade  in  exile,  the  Warners’ fortunes sunk so low that they turned  to  hosting  cheap  burlesque  at  a  midwest  bowling alley, where they now share the stage  with neo-burlesque luminaries like Rhinestone  Gorilla Burlesque and Darlinda Just Darlinda,  mastermind of bizarre extravaganza.



4 Tickets for a St. Paul Saints Tailgating Party! (Free baseball, beer & food)
[Compliments of Thrifty Hipster]

David Petersen Gallery 2018 Lyndale Ave. • 612.276.6541
The  Munich  Baby  Housea  is  a  solo  exhibition  of new paintings by Kristen Van Deventer. This  exhibition  will  include  a  series  of  paintings  that  vary  in  scale,  medium  and  application.  The trajectory of her work often seems at odds,  not only growing from, but evolving away from  the  previous  encounter.  Though  each  canvas  retains  a  distinct  singularity  in  its  making,  their proximity and relationship to each other  describes one large growing body.

Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun - 8am 612.824.8061
Roll & Stroll for Mental Health: Tour de Vail 12.  Roll  and  stroll  around  the  lake  to  raise  hope 

RULES: The first reader to answer this question will be the winner: Where in Uptown can you find a basement bakery with a sidewalk entrance that bakes wholesale and retail? Email your answer to
(June Answer: Girard Ave. between Lake and Lagoon)

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Committee reports
Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis The transit alternatives have been narrowed to three options: 1) Enhanced Bus on Lake Street 2) Streetcar on the Greenway and 3) Dual alternative with both. Open houses were held in May to give feedback on the three options. Next steps: concept designs and operating costs will be evaluated. Livability Committee May 28 meeting: Chris and Andrew Ikeda presented their proposal for a new restaurant at 1513 W Lake St. They intend to purchase the building once the City approves their business license. The restaurant will be

chef-driven concept with 80-90 seats serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and with a full bar featuring craft beers, wine and liquor. They are not applying for any variances or zoning changes. They plan to reface the exterior of the building and renovate the interior. They have 18 off-street parking spaces. No plans for rooftop or sidewalk seating. The ECCO Board will take an electronic vote on a letter of support for the business once the timing of the project has been confirmed. Architects are working on a feasibility study for a proposed development (four condo units and main floor retail) on the NE corner of Lake Street & James Avenue.

Concerns about pedestrian traffic on Lake Street at E. Calhoun Pkwy. were discussed. A radar speed wagon is being requested. Communications Work continues on the new website. Board members should submit a photo and a brief bio for inclusion on the site.

Uptown Neighborhood News (UNN) The UNN hired a new editor for the paper. Green Team • The Raingarden project will feature 14 gardens. One grant for the project has been secured and a second application is pending. Planting day is

June 22. • The Bicycle Festival last month was a big success. Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m. No meeting in July. Next meeting is Thursday, August 1, 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.

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JULY 2013

359 Degrees of gratitude
By Bruce Cochran
Grateful. A sick oak is down, not dropping branches the size of railroad ties. Grateful. We’re shopping for tree removal, not house demolition. Grateful. We’re eating breakfast at a hotel, not a hospital. Grateful. We’re counting tree limbs, not body limbs. Grateful. My 5-year-olds are crabby because of their shaken routine, not shaken skulls. Grateful. Our pallbearers have chainsaws and hardhats, not ties and tears. Grateful. I’m half a mile walk from food and services, not a mule ride over a mountain pass. Grateful. This oak fell exactly between structures, not any of 359 other degrees causing more damage.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Grateful. We’re missing work, not each other. revieWs from 9

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ning who released thousands of classified government documents via the Internet. ©1986 through 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 see www.

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