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Crime & Safety ...................................... 4
City Elections ......................................... 8
Film Reviews & Schedule ................ 9
Bluestem Review ................................ 10
Events Calendar .....................................12
aUGUst 2013 • Volume 9, Number 8
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A festival of experimental film, music and
performance comes to the Bryant Lake Bowl,
Aug. 1-11. (See more events on page 12)
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Uptown Bookends
By Thatcher Imboden
An equity firm out of Florida
has a purchase agreement to
buy the former Suburban World
Theater (historic Granada The-
ater) and do a major restoration
while converting the space into a
single-tenant, 6,000-square-foot
the suburban world
theater reborn?
violent robberies
hit same week,
same street
At-large perpetrators accused of battery
and assault, threats of gun-violence
Two residents of a duplex in the 3300 block of Dupont Avenue, a
male and female in their late 20s, were transported to the Hennepin
County Medical Center after an armed robbery in the early morning
hours of July 4 left both with significant injuries.
One victim, who requested that his name not be used, said they were
attacked after an evening out with friends, after taking a taxi home.
Uptown Art Fair returns for three days
The 50th annual Uptown Art Fair, the second largest state event,
returns to Lake Street & Hennepin Avenue, and “The Mall” August
2 to 4.
featured events
• Professional works of art ranging from limited editions to one-of-
a-kind treasures in each of 12 media including sculpture, painting,
ceramics, jewelry, mixed media. Over 340 fine artists from around
the world.
25 hours of art
“Uptown Turnaround” by 2013 Commemorative Artist Shane Anderson.
retail space. To happen, the City
will need to approve of the plans,
the company must purchase the
building, and a tenant must sign
a lease.
The firm, Elion, is working with
local architect DJR Architec-
ture. Dean Dovolis, the archi-
tect behind the project and the
presenter at the neighborhood
meetings I attended, spoke pas-
sionately about his vision to
restore the theater’s unique inte-
rior and exterior architecture that
is one of the few intact examples
in the Twin Cities.
Dovolis’ vision would restore
the exterior facade by bringing
in architectural lighting, adding
back the glass that once existed
on the far sides of the facade
where today there are sign
boards, repairing the wrought
iron grills above the marquee
and adding lighting, restoring
the existing 1950s-era marquee
(though removing the “Subur-
ban World” from the top), and
replacing the doors.
A rendering of what the restored Suburban World Theater would look like.
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The Lorax will be presented on a large, inflatable movie screen. Bring your chairs, blankets and a
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Are you one of 128,000 people
who live within a mile of Lake
Street between Lake Calhoun
and the Mississippi River? Lake
Street, known for its wonderful
diversity of people, businesses,
dining, educational opportuni-
ties, and shopping options, is a
great place to live.
But getting around on it? That’s
when things get frustrating.
For drivers, and for the 10,000
transit users on Lake Street
each day, the cross-town trek
along the spine of South Minne-
apolis is frustratingly slow. Lake
Street’s main bus line, the 21, is
stopped 75 percent of the time
between Hennepin Avenue and
the Midtown Light Rail Station.
Jammed at traffic lights, bus
stops, and stuck in traffic it aver-
ages at 10 mph. But the potential
Greenway Streetcar could bring
change, offering an easy cross-
town route to connect the Blue
(Hiawatha) Line, and the future
Green (SW Light Rail Transit)
Line, west of Lake Calhoun. It
would also include links to Bus
Rapid Transit on 35W and the
Nicollet-Central Streetcar Line.
The Midtown Corridor, the 4.4
mile stretch encompassing Lake
place before boarding to speed
the bus’s waiting time, the driver
would have the ability to delay
lights about to turn red if the bus
is close enough to the intersec-
tion, and there would be fewer
stops than the regular bus.
3) A combination of both options
– a Streetcar in the Greenway
and an Enhanced Bus on Lake
Street. The Streetcar would be
built per option one in the Gre-
enway, but the bus in this scenar-
io has a twist: it would stretch far
beyond the original area, travel-
ing to meet up with the future
Green Line Light Rail Line at
University Avenue and Snelling
Avenue in St. Paul.
All three options would improve
the current situation, but the
Streetcar has great potential to
bring about change. Let’s visual-
ize the significance of a Midtown
Greenway Streetcar for Uptown.
The Midtown Corridor is eas-
ily accessible from Uptown by
bicycle, and if you’ve ever made
one of the 1.5 million trips each
year on the Greenway you’ll
know the satisfaction of zipping
along quickly to Midtown and
beyond. But motor vehicles real-
ly struggle – there are more than
29,000 cars on Lake Street each
day, and more than three-dozen
traffic lights between West Cal-
houn Parkway and Hiawatha
Avenue. Because the Streetcar
line would be in the trench, it
could cover this area in about
one-third the time of a motor
vehicle (the Streetcar’s time pro-
jections are thought to be in the
range of 10-15 minutes). And it
will be unencumbered by rush
hour traffic, particularly in win-
tertime, when driving can be
messy. The Streetcar will be able
to stay right on schedule through
the muck and ice, unlike non-rail
forms of transit.
Although the Greenway is actual-
ly a relatively safe place, with few
incidences of crime, its stillness at
nighttime can be a deterrent for
users. A Streetcar’s presence on
the Greenway will bolster safety
for trail users, as it would paral-
lel the path and enrich visibility
through increased usage in the
evenings. The Streetcar would
improve the Greenway’s value
as a community asset, making it
safer after the sun sets.
The reliability of a Streetcar in
the Greenway would encour-
age residents and commuters to
get around the city without cars.
Rail has been demonstrated to
attract 40 percent higher rider-
ship than buses, and in some cit-
ies numbers have even doubled.
As more Uptowners are able to
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Grassy turf tracks have a precedent in the Twin Cities. A streetcar runs through Phalen Park in Saint Paul in 1941. (Photo
courtesy of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum)
on track to strengthen
the midtown corridor
By Rebecca Harnik, Transit Outreach Coordinator,
Midtown Greenway Coalition
Street and the Midtown Green-
way, has been under study for
the past year for transit improve-
ments as a part of Metro Transit’s
Alternatives Analysis. The cho-
sen method would be a supple-
ment to the 21 Bus to make the
area more quickly accessible for
local residents, businesses, and
East-West traffic in the Cor-
ridor. After weighing numer-
ous possibilities, the Midtown
Corridor Alternatives Analy-
sis has advanced three options
for transit improvements, to be
examined for benefits, costs and
impacts of transit in the corridor.
The options include:
1) A Streetcar in the Midtown
Greenway. This Streetcar would
maintain current cycling and
pedestrian paths, as well as the
historic trench and the bridges. It
would parallel current trails on
the South side, using both a dou-
ble and single track to fit suit-
ably in the corridor, stopping at
the major intersections along the
line. The Greenway Coalition
supports a turf (grass) embed-
ded track, to maintain the area’s
green aesthetic and quietude.
2) An Enhanced Bus on Lake
Street. Enhanced buses look dif-
ferent than typical buses. Most
notably, payment would take
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The Wedge newspaper stops printing
Peterssen/Keller Architecture presented preliminary designs for a pro-
posed development on the northeast corner of Lake St. and James
Ave., 1618 Lake St. The property was previously proposed for development
by the current owner Bill Frothinger. The current proposal presented at a East
Isles Zoning Committee meeting on July 16, suggests a four story condo
mixed-use building. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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By Bruce Cochran
[Beginning in the early 1970s as
a mimeographed newsletter, the
Wedge newspaper grew to a full
fledged neighborhood newspaper
over the years. Often referred to as
the ‘oldest neighborhood newspa-
per in Minneapolis,’ the paper had
many loyal readers. The Wedge
neighborhood (Lowry Hill East) is
bordered by Lyndale and Hennepin
Avenues and Lake Street.
The Lowry Hill East Neighbor-
hood Association (LHENA) is
responsible for printing the Wedge
newspaper. Since late 2012,
LHENA had been subsidizing
some of the production costs that the
paper was not able to meet through
advertising revenue. In June of
2013 LHENA decided to suspend
printing of the Wedge due to lack
of a consistent revenue source.
Although LHENA is currently
researching possible funding sourc-
es, the return of the Wedge newspa-
per in print is doubtful at this time.
The Wedge’s last issue was July
As the last editor of the Wedge,
I was able to witness what many
newspapers across the country
have experienced: a slow decline
in revenue brought on by the
combined effects of the Great
Recession, competition from
a growing spectrum of media
sources–including internet
advertising, social marketing,
and a slow decline in interest in
large scale, historically trusted,
edited news sources.
From my short tenure at the
Uptown Neighborhood News
and the Wedge I’ve learned that
in order for news to get reported
consistently, it needs to have a
reporter. That reporter needs to
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crime & safety
Chelsea Adams, Crime Prevention Specialist
612.673.2819 or Chelsea.Adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
5th Precinct: Sectors 1&2: (Uptown)
crimes by location June 18 - July 22
“Burglary Residential” includes
garages, attached or unattached, and
may include unlocked or open doors.
Robbery Business
Robbery Person
*Sound of Shots Fired
Theft from Motor Vehicle
Aggravated Assaults
Auto Theft
Burglary Business
Burglary Residential
Domestic Aggr. Assault
Larceny (Other Theft)
Narcotics Arrest
*ShotSpotter detects gunshots using multiple
sensors, triangulates the position of the gunshot
with great accuracy, and immediately alerts 911
operators, who can quickly dispatch police.
MPD seeks persons of interest for rape
At 2:20 a.m. on June 24 a woman 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. The suspect is described
as a black male, 5’3”-5’7”, with average build.
The Sex Crimes Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department is ask-
ing for the public’s help in identifying two persons of interest in this
sexual assault investigation that occurred in the area of Lyndale Ave-
nue and 22nd Street. These two adult males were captured on video
at World of Wireless at Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street attempt-
ing to sell the victim’s phone on the same day of the assault. Anyone
with any information is asked to contact Sgt. Stot Dunphy, MPD Sex
Crimes at 612.673.2881 or stot.dunphy@minneapolismn.gov. This
investigation is ongoing.
On July 14, at 3:44 a.m. fire crews responded to a report of a structure
fire at 2750 Colfax Ave. Upon their arrival they found fire showing from the
second floor porch of a duplex. All the occupants of the residence made it
out safely and the fire on a futon was extinguished. Firefighters cleared the
scene at 4:24 a.m. They were called back out to this address at 5:18 a.m.
and again found fire showing from the second floor porch. There was some
fire spread to the interior and roof of the house. The fire was extinguished
and crews cleared the scene shortly after 7:30 a.m. There were no firefighter
or civilian injuries. The origin of the fire was a futon on the porch. The cause
of the fire is considered to be accidental. The probable cause of ignition was
an abandoned or improperly extinguished cigarette. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Reluctant House Fire
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The interior would see all of the
1999 additions removed, such as
the kitchen that was placed in
part of the lobby and all of the
tiered seating inside. “The 1999
renovation hopefully only cov-
ered up original components and
didn’t demolish them,” Dovo-
lis said. The original theater’s
“sunken living room” in the
lobby would likely be brought
back as a display area, as well as
the high ceilings in the lobby.
Inside the theater, a flat floor
would be constructed on top of
the existing pitched floor, which
would remain. The new floor
would be held off the existing
walls by 4 feet to allow a walk-
way around the theater so that
the existing, decorative walls can
remain intact. The new raised
floor would have a
glass railing lining
it so that building
could take in the
walls. The upper
steep seating area
would be leveled
out with a raised
floor as well.
The star-stud-
ded sky-like ceil-
ing would be
repaired, as water
has damaged the
plaster in several
areas. The lights
apparently still
work and will be
retained. Dovolis
also believes he has found the
cloud machine (a projector that
had swirling clouds projecting
onto the ceiling) and hopes to get
that working again.
The new retail floor would be
self-contained, having all of its
heating/cooling, electrical, and
data needs serviced from below.
The lighting for the space would
need to rise from that floor to
avoid impacting the walls or ceil-
ing, a concept similar to lamp
and who is the retailer?
Though three potential retailers
have been indicated as likely ten-
ants, a lease has not been signed.
Words used to describe the pos-
sible tenant include “high end,
home furnishing, jewelry and
Only one tenant will occupy the
space. The projection room and
basement will be in back of the
house and the main floor will be
for sales. The tenant would also
get their name on the marquee.
The original decorative moldings
and such around the screen were
apparently cut out at some point
to accommodate a larger screen
The attack occurred between
the time they exited the taxi and
reached their front door.
The victim reported that both
he and his companion sustained
injuries to the head and face and
experienced symptoms consis-
tent with a concus-
sion, but said the
symptoms have since
subsided. He said
he had no memory
of the incident itself
or details about the
perpetrator, includ-
ing whether or not
he had a weapon,
since he was ren-
dered unconscious
by the attack.
A nearby neigh-
bor, who will not be
named in accordance
with UNN policy,
called the police after
hearing the commotion.
“I was in my garage and I heard
my neighbor screaming,” the
witness said.
The victim’s neighbor arrived on
the scene in time to see and speak
to the perpetrator immediately
after the crime, and described the
perpetrator as a black male with
an afro, wearing a grey hoody
and black sweatpants.
“He asked me if I was going to
call the police and said he had a
gun,” the witness reported.
Aside from this brief confronta-
tion, the neighbor said he did not
witness the robbery assault and
had no knowledge of the prop-
erty taken or the extent of the
victims’ injuries.
According to the police report,
some of the stolen property was
recovered half a block away,
along with a bicycle that was
taken for processing, presumed
to be the vehicle used by the per-
The stolen property included a
purse the perpetrator dropped
after encountering the neigh-
bor. The police report recom-
mended further investigation of
this incident, and as the UNN
went to press the suspect had not
been apprehended, although the
recovered purse is being tested
for fingerprints and DNA trac-
Another armed robbery occurred
in the 3200 block of the same
street a week earlier, on the eve-
ning of June 28.
The police report stated the four
victims, all in their 20s, were
held at gunpoint while their
property was taken, but no one
was injured. A Kare 11 Report
on the incident identi-
fied the perpetrators as
a group of at least five
males and one female,
who had allegedly
entered multiple apart-
ment units to threaten
tenants with guns and
steal and damage prop-
When discussing the
unusual nature of this
burglary, MPD Public
Information Officer
Cyndi Barrington said,
“Yes, this case is not
common. Most bur-
glaries are a crime of opportuni-
ty…open garages, open windows
and unlocked doors.”
The police investigations for both
incidents are ongoing. Any tips or
related incidents should be reported
to the MPD Tip Line at 612.692.
TIPS (8477).
in the movie theater, presumably
sometime around the 1950s reno-
vation. Dovolis hopes to rebuild
it like the original. The tenant
could then use that screen area
for a logo, a large screen display-
ing product/related videos, or
approvals needed
The building is historic at the
city-level, meaning that the City
must approve of all alterations
made. The plan went before the
Heritage Preservation Commis-
sion on July 24. If no one appeals
their decision within 10 days,
they could hypothetically pull a
building permit.
But they’ll still need to purchase
the property, sign a lease, and
finalize construction plans and
any financing documents before
proceeding. Dovo-
lis hinted though,
that if everything
went really well,
you may step foot
in the restored
space by Christ-
mas 2013.
but why not a
When asked why
not some sort of
theater or enter-
tainment use,
given that the
building was con-
structed for that
purpose, Dovolis
responded that
it was politically
not viable, referencing concerns
of it operating like a club. How-
ever, the restoration will keep
the building’s future secure and
the raised floor approach would
allow for a theater or other enter-
tainment use to potentially come
back if the retailer ever pulled
out of the building, Dovolis con-
Outside of the meeting, mul-
tiple community members stated
they would love to see an Alamo
Drafthouse concept in the space.
Perhaps a future like that, or a
smaller music venue could still
be in the cards.
project team
DJR Architecture
General Contractor:
Elion Capital
Thatcher Imboden is an Uptown/
Lyn-Lake historian, works in
urban real estate development, was
past President of the Uptown Asso-
ciation, grew up in Uptown, and
was on an Uptown neighborhood
association board. He authors for
his website OurUptown.com.
The proposed floor plan of the Suburban World Theater restoration. The grey area is a raised floor. The curved section
running outside of it is a walkway that follows the existing, pitched floor.
An elevation of the raised floor within the existing Suburban World Theater
in Uptown.
“The new
raised floor
would have a
glass railing
lining it so
that building
could take in
the walls.“
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have a reliable form of motiva-
tion. That reliable form of moti-
vation can come from a political
viewpoint, a monthly paycheck,
a deep commitment to the mis-
sion of journalism, or a combina-
tion of the three.
What works well is a commit-
ment to the ideals of journalism
with a livable wage to support
the endeavor.
As the price of news gets driven
down by the market forces of a
free internet, the credibility of
that news content will suffer.
Many community newspapers
pride themselves on provid-
ing locally generated content
for their own neighborhoods.
From time to time some news-
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of captive audiences to espouse
opinion as news for the sake of
‘saving’ their neighborhoods. I
don’t agree, but I understand. As
we know, 100 percent objectivity
is impossible by anyone with a
pulse. And after all, politics isn’t
about left versus right. It’s about
a broad spectrum of citizens who
care deeply about the world they
live in. Their only difference is
the path they choose to get us to a
better society.
So in my mission to improve
both the UNN and Wedge I’ve
worked and will continue to
work toward more complete
and objective news. Because
even though sometimes I might
agree with some opinions, I truly
believe our community is better
served by information presented
in a more objective format.
what can we do?
We can support revenue avenues
like a newspaper’s advertisers and
the neighborhood organizations
that oversee those newspapers
and continue to fund them. But
the key is we must support them
first and foremost by putting the
value of objective journalism, its
ability to aid our decision mak-
ing process and how we improve
our community, above all other
Bruce Cochran’s first newspaper
was called “The Weekly Buzz”;
it was produced with three of his
second-grade friends, printed on a
mimeograph machine and sold for
5 cents.
“Yes, this case is not common.
Most burglaries are a crime of
opportunity…open garages, open
windows and unlocked doors.”

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Advertised as the “Best Days of Summer,” the Minneapolis Aquatennial
descended on Lake Calhoun on July 14. Above is the passionately paint-
ed VOA entry in the milk carton boat races. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
A Happy Berth Day
Ordinary Guys Selling
Extraordinary Suits
Suit, Shirt,
& Tie:
(Opening Sept.1)
Calhoun Square
In the photo Minneapolis (Anna Weggel) spurns the advances of R.T. Rybak
(Ryan Robert Nelson) while St. Paul (Michael Krefting) looks on in anticipa-
tion. (Photo by Heather Meyer)
By Jessica Van Gilder
It’s a love affair unlike any
other—a city, its residents, and
a long-standing mayor who says
it’s time to say farewell.
mayor r.t. rybak’s tenure given a
romantic twist at fringe festival
CARAG playwright presents Minneapolis in the midst of a love affair
Written by CARAG resident
and playwright Heather Meyer,
“RT+MPLS: The Legend of
R.T. Rybak” creatively chronicles
the ongoing love affair between
Minneapolis and Mayor Rybak
whose 12-year tenure as Minne-
apolis’ mayor ends later this year.
The romantic comedy, which
debuts in the upcoming Minne-
sota Fringe Festival this week,
also features Uptown residents Michael Krefting (CARAG), Anna
Weggel (Whittier) and Ryan Robert Nelson (Whittier).
After the announcement in January that Mayor Rybak would not run
for reelection, Meyer said, “I felt a lot of people were really truly sad,
so that go me thinking it’s really unusual for a city to have this affec-
tion toward their mayor and that inspired me.”
Meyer has been an Uptown resident for six years, but didn’t realize
“R.T. was such a phenomenon until a few years ago when people
kept talking about how positive he was for the city, how much he
loved the city and how much the city loved him back.”
Even though Uptown is another small slice of Minnesota, and one of
several unique neighborhoods in the city, Meyer said Rybak main-
tained presence, engagement and accessibility among residents.
But the play also considers the idea of a city as a living organism, and
Minneapolis as an institution that will continue to grow and adapt
after Mayor Rybak’s departure.
“I want people at the end to be like ‘Wow, what a fun adventure
we’ve had with the Mayor’,” Meyer said. “It’s a celebration full of fun
whacky things that have happened during his tenure and it’s also a
celebration of the city. Minneapolis is a bigger institution than all of
us, and Mayor Rybak is a small part of that lineage. It’s exciting to see
how Minneapolis is still growing and will still benefit from the time
they’ve had together.”
Meyer has always been a writer, but after taking some classes at Brave
New Workshop she began developing her skillset for full-length
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Convenient scheduling with same-day, after-hours and Saturday
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To make an appointment, call 612-545-9000.
CARAG neighborhood resident
Bruce Ehalt. (Submitted photo)
Bruce Ehalt was born in Long
Lake. He studied at both St.
John’s University in Collegeville
and the University of Minnesota.
Ehalt has taught school at the
elementary level since 1999 and
is currently a second grade teach-
er at St. Hubert Catholic School
in Chanhassen.
“The Cat’s Meow: An Alex Quest
Story” is his first children’s book
as part of a series of books to be
released about the many adven-
tures of Alex Quest. Ehalt’s Alex
Quest stories reflect his own nat-
ural inquisitiveness, as well as his
desire to bring the joy of creative
learning to students everywhere.
Each of Ehalt’s stories is careful-
ly researched so that cultural ele-
ments are authentic to the time
and place written about while
still leaving room for creative
In every story, Alex learns about
a different culture and a dif-
ferent time. In his quest to dis-
cover why cats say meow, Miss
Tabby brings Alex and Sun
back in time to a fictional place
called Feline that is patterned
after China’s Song Dynasty. The
Dynasty began around 960 A.D.
and lasted for more than 300
years. It was a prosperous time,
and a time of great discovery and
innovation (including the mag-
netic compass for navigation at
sea). The Cat’s Meow presents a
way for children to learn more
about this ancient world and its
beautiful art.
caraG resident
authors first book
Cat’s Meow begins series rooted in culture
Published by Keen Editions, a
Minnesota-based independent press,
The Cat’s Meow is available for
sale online at independent booksell-
ers, stores and amazon.com.
Attendees got to have their picture taken inside the Art Fair’s Commemora-
tive Print, “Uptown Turnaround” by Shane Anderson. The activity was part
of the Uptown Art Fair’s Community Time Capsule celebration on The
Mall. Organized by the Uptown Association, a 50 year time capsule was bur-
ied under the new Walker Library on July 20. (Photo by StuartWainstock.com)
(Photo courtesy of Keen Editions)
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Every day, we receive requests for
market value from home owners &
buyers, so we’d like to share some
of the important factors in our prop-
erty valuation process.
Property condition, premium fn-
ishes, location and market condi-
tions all play a role in the demand
for your ECCO & CARAG property.
One’s perception of a high or low
price needs to take these factors
into consideration in determining
whether or not the sale price is a
good or bad deal or is just right.
So how do we determine the value
of ECCO & CARAG property? How
can we know if a home is priced
appropriately that is already on the
market? What is the basis either of
these valuations?
One approach is market value. It
is determined by comparing the
most recent, geographically close
and structurally similar properties
that have sold. This is the valuation
method most commonly used
Another approach is tax value. The
county provides all ECCO & CARAG
property owners an estimated mar-
ket value each year. This value is
for taxation purposes and does not
directly correlate with market value.
It can be helpful in determining
how one property is comparable
in value to other properties in the
There are a variety of formulas we
use to determine market value at
any moment in time. If you’d like
additional assistance to determine
the value of your property, please
contact us using the information
Royal Flush
Royal Tobacco recently replaced Glassland, (known as Minneapolis’s only head shop with an in-house glass
blowing studio), at 2835 Hennepin Ave. With a completely remodeled interior, Royal now carries a much wider variety
of tobacco related products. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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On the
• W. 36th Street
Bicycle Track
• Nominations
Board of
• City Council
Meg Tuthill
• Community
Tuesday, August 20, at 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
4th Annual CARAG Kickball
Game & Movie in the Park
Thursday, August 22
Bryant Square Park
7:00-8:00pm: Kickball Game
Dusk (8:30pm): “Skyfall” (2012)
starring Daniel Craig
Come out to play a fun and friendly game
of kickball with your CARAG neighbors!
Then, stick around for a free outdoor showing
of “Skyfall”. Event sponsored by CARAG and
the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
2ND color plate
New fishing pier installed on Lake Calhoun
On July 19, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)
and the Minnesota DNR (MN DNR) completed the installation of
the new DNR fshing pier at Lake Calhoun.
Located off of East Calhoun Parkway near West 36th Street, the
popular fshing pier was the oldest on Lake Calhoun and was worn
out and slated for replacement later this summer before the June 21
storm damaged it beyond repair.
“I am very pleased that, with the help of the MN DNR, our
crews were able to install the new pier very quickly,” said MPRB
Superintendent Jayne Miller. “While it’s a little bittersweet to see the
oldest fshing dock in our park system go, it’ll be great to see families
and anglers using the brand new pier at Lake Calhoun for many
years to come.”
The MN DNR directed the purchasing and delivery of the pier and
the MPRB oversaw the receiving, assembly and installation.
The new fishing pier recently installed at 36th St. and E. Lake Calhoun Pkwy.
(Photo courtesy of MPBR)
By Gary Farland
A total of 1,456 delegates at the
June 15 Minneapolis DFL City
Convention had 13 hours of
drama which did not result in an
endorsement for mayor, but did
provide endorsements for other
City offices.
The delegates for the Fourth
District of the Park and Rec-
reation Board, which includes
East Calhoun, endorsed the
incumbent Anita Tabb, who was
unopposed. The delegates for the
Sixth District, which includes
CARAG, gave the nomination to
incumbent Brad Bourn over Josh
Neiman by a vote of 239 to 45.
The candidates for the Park
Board at-large seats were nomi-
nated without opposition. They
include Tom Nordyke, John
Erwin and Bob Fine. Erwin
and Fine are incumbents, and
Nordyke would be replacing
the Green Party member Annie
Young if elected. In addition to
Tabb in District 4 and Bourn in
dropped for obtaining less than
10 percent of the vote.
On the second ballot Andrew
received 42 percent, Hodges
32 percent, Schiff 25 percent,
and votes for no endorsement
received 2 percent. After this
ballot Schiff dropped out.
On the third ballot Andrew
received 49 percent, Hodges 47
percent and no endorsement 4
percent. On the fourth ballot,
Andrew went up to 50 percent,
Hodges down to 44 percent and
no endorsement votes went up to
6 percent. After the fourth bal-
lot results, the Hodges delegates
staged a walkout which effec-
tively ended the quorum. Only
584 delegates were present for
the 5th balloting and the conven-
tion adjourned at 10:56 p.m.
Since Minneapolis has ranked
choice voting for its city elections,
there will be no primary. At this
time all of the candidates are still
announced candidates, except
Schiff. The filing period runs
July 30 to August 13 and could
include a number of other candi-
dates. The ballots do not indicate
if a candidate is endorsed, only
their party or philosophy.
In addition to the DFLers, Cam
Winton is running as an Inde-
pendent for the mayor seat and is
endorsed by the Minneapolis City
Republican Party.The Green
Party has not endorsed a can-
didate for mayor but endorsed
Young for the at-large Park
Board seat and Cam Gordon for
the 2nd Ward and Ty Moore for
the 9th Ward Council positions.
Gary Farland is a resident of the
East Calhoun Neighborhood.
Dfl city convention Does
endorsements, but Not for mayor
• Tomorrow’s Stars youth art fair in Calhoun Square–the future of
the Uptown Art Fair.
• Festival food and ice-cold beverages from over 20 vendors.
• Wine for tasting and purchase in the newly expanded outdoor wine
garden located at Old Chicago.
• Interactive art activities at the Family Imagination Station.
• A Culinary Arts Competition pairing up local chefs and artists to
compete while creating dazzling art.
• Non-stop entertainment–ranging from reggae to magic, on the
performance stage located in the Old Chicago lot. (See below)
friday, august 2
1pm Lizzy Herder Pop/Folk
2pm Blue Hazard Bluegrass
3pm The Dirty Banks Pop
4pm Warehouse Eyes Indie/Alternative
5pm Blank Page Empire Indie/Rock
6pm Dichotomy Electronic/Hip-hop
8pm Tim Mahoney Pop/Rock
saturday, august 3
Noon Eleve Dance Studio Kids Modern Dance
1pm Batucada do Norte Brazilian Percussion
2pm Al-Bahira Dance Theater Middle Eastern style dance
3pm Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers Irish Music and Dance
with Two Tap Trio
4pm Anthony Novak Alternative/Folk
5pm Arthur Murray Dance Studio Ballroom Dance (with group instruction)
6pm Dred I Dread Reggae
8pm Davina & The Vagabonds Blues/Jazz
sunday, august 4
Noon Tango Society of Minnesota Argentinian Tango
1pm Jason Weismann and the ‘Q’ Jazz
2pm Ageless Pop/Rock
3pm Ageless Pop/Rock
Stephen Eisenmenger (left), Julie Cohen (far right) and several neigh-
borhood kids help out at the Kids of CARAG Car Wash on July 20 to raise
funds for the CARAG Neighborhood. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Friendly Foamy Fundraising
oldest dock in
parks replaced
District 6, delegates were nomi-
nated without opposition to
incumbents in all other districts
except in District 5, where Stef-
fanie Musich was nominated to
replace the retiring Carol Kum-
mer. That left Liz Wielinski in
District 1, Jon Olson in District
2, and Scott Vreeland in District
Incumbents Carol Becker and
David Wheeler were nominated
without opposition for the two
seats of the Board of Estimate
and Taxation.
Six candidates for the mayoral
nomination were placed before
the convention—Jackie Cherry-
homes, Betsy Hodges, Don Sam-
uels, Mark Andrew, Gary Schiff
and Jim Thomas. On the first
ballot Andrew received 36 per-
cent of the vote, Hodges 26 per-
cent, Schiff 24 percent, Samuels 6
percent, Cherryhomes 5 percent
and Thomas 2 percent (figures
rounded). Due to the convention
drop rule, the last three were
art from 1
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short redhead reel reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)
“blue Jasmine” (pG-13) (3.5)
[Mature thematic material,
language, and sexual content]
[Opens Aug. 9] — Eccentric
characters dominate this down-
to-earth, well-acted, nonlinear,
98-minute, typical Woody Allen
film in which a judgmental,
privileged, controlling, on-the-
edge snob (Cate Blanchett) ends
up leaving her adulterous, finan-
cially scheming husband (Alec
Baldwin) in New York to move
in with her estranged, grocery
clerk sister (Sally Hawkins) in
Brooklyn, who is dating an auto
mechanic (Bobby Cannavale)
after her reluctant divorce from
her husband (Andrew Dice
Clay), and tries to begin a new
life with a wealthy businessman
(Peter Sarsgaard) in San Fran-
“the blue Umbrella” (G) (3)
A delightful, creative, heart-tug-
ging, 7-minute animated film
about a happy blue umbrella that
falls for a colorful red umbrella
during a rain, and when they
get separated, they are aided by
concerned objects, including
a manhole cover, a mailbox, a
drain spout, and a traffic light,
to reconnect; plays before “Mon-
sters University” movie.
“byzantium” (r) (2)
[Bloody violence, sexual con-
tent, and language] — Striking
cinematography highlights this
unusual, nonlinear, dark, bloody,
2-hour, 2012 Neil Jordan film,
which is based on Moira Buffini’s
play “A Vampire Story,” that fol-
low a 200-year-old, mysterious,
blood-sucking, English soucouy-
ant (Saoirse Ronan), who falls for
a leukemia-stricken Brit (Caleb
Landry Jones), and her whor-
ing vampire mother (Gemma
Arterton) who take up residence
in a seaside guesthouse of a griev-
ing man (Daniel Mays) who just
buried his mother as they try to
hide from other vampires (Sam
Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, et al.) in
The Brotherhood of Vampires
who are hot on their trail.
“the conjuring” (r) (3.5)
[Sequences of disturbing vio-
lence and terror] — When the
devoted Perron couple (Lili Tay-
lor and Ron Livingston), their
five daughters (Joey King, Hay-
ley McFarland, Shanley Caswell,
Kyla Deaver, and Mackenzie
Foy), and their collie Sadie
move into a new isolated farm-
house on the East coast in 1971
and are immediately terrorized
by an evil entity in this intense,
chilling, nail-biting, 112-minute
thriller allegedly based on a true
story, the frightened, concerned
couple hires clairvoyant Lor-
raine Warren (Vera Farmiga),
her church-sanctioned, demon-
ologist husband Ed (Patrick Wil-
son), and a couple of paranormal
investigators (Shannon Kook
and John Brotherton) to exor-
cize the house and to perform an
“crystal fairy & the magical
cactus and 2012” (Nr) (3)
A wacky, offbeat, oddly enter-
taining, 98-minute film in which
an inconsiderate, cocaine-snort-
ing American (Michael Cera)
ends up inviting a quirky free-
spirit (Gaby Hoffmann) who
he meets at a party in Santiago
to join him and three Chileans
(Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel
Silva, and Agustín Silva) on a
trip to the seaside where they
plan to drink a mind-altering
concoction made from the infa-
mous San Pedro cactus.
“europa report” (pG-13) (2)
[Sci-fi action and peril] [Opens
Aug. 16] — While six astronauts,
including the captain (Dan-
iel Wu), the pilot (Anamaria
Marinca), the chief science offi-
cer (Christian Camargo), the sci-
ence officer (Karolina Wydra),
the chief engineer (Michael
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and subject to change. Please see
www.landmarktheatres.com for
final titles, dates and times.
laGooN ciNema
1320 Lagoon Ave. • 612.823.3020
8/2 Blackfish*
The Act of Killing
8/9 Computer Chess
8/16 The Butler
Europa Report
In a World . . .
8/23 Ain’t Them Bodies Saints*
Rising From Ashes
8/30 Cutie and the Boxer
UptowN theatre
2906 Henn. Ave. • 612.392.0402
8/9 Blue Jasmine Uptown
8/16 The Spectacular Now
8/30 Short Term 12
*Film will open either at Lagoon
or Uptown
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Nyquist), and the engineer
(Sharlto Copley), onboard an
international spaceship bound
for deep space document their
dangerous, thrilling journey to
Jupiter in this lackluster, sci-fi,
90-minute mock documentary,
the lead mission control planner
(Embeth Davidtz) back on Earth
speculates about their fate after
not hearing from the crew when
“fruitvale station” (r) (3.5)
[Some violence, language
throughout, and some drug use]
— A gut-wrenching, heart-
breaking, critically acclaimed,
ire-inducing, factually based,
85-minute film that chronicles
the last day in the life of 22-year-
old, unemployed grocery store
employee Oscar Julius Grant III
(Michael B. Jordan), who has a 4-
year-old daughter Tatiana (Ari-
ana Neal) in Bayfield, Calif., as
he takes the BART train with his
friends and girlfriend (Melonie
Diaz) on New Year’s Eve 2008
to celebrate the holiday after
celebrating the birthday of his
mother (Octavia Spencer) only to
face tragedy soon after.
©1986 through 2013 by Wendy
Schadewald. The preceding films
were reviewed by Wendy Schade-
wald, who has been a Twin Cities
film critic since 1986. To see more
of her film reviews, log on to www.
music in the park
Bryant Square Park
for updates and a full a schedule see
tuesdays and thursdays, 6:30pm
Thursday, Aug. 1 Marimba Bullies
(More fun with Zimbabwe marimbas)
Tuesday, Aug. 6 She Has Issues
Thursday, Aug. 8 Dave Dougherty
(Jazz, blues, rock, acoustic guitar)
Tuesday, Aug. 13 Optimum Trajectory
Thursday, Aug. 15 Dandelion Wine
(Folk-rock with a bluesy jazzy twist)
Tuesday, Aug. 20 Jim Pellinger
(Indy acoustic pop-rock singer/songwriter)
Thursday, Aug. 22 Nordic Surf
(Instrumental Surf/Rock)
comedies. She is now a three-time Minnesota Fringe producer with
“Merblades: Memoirs of a James Cameron” (2012) and “Your Respon-
sibility for Sex Failure” (2011). She also created the show “Women’s
History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous priz-
es)” that played at Bryant Lake Bowl in this past March.
When it came to this show’s creation, Meyer took inspiration from
everyday programs like Nice Ride and the Minneapolis STEP-UP
Program, both staples of Mayor Rybak’s tenure. Proceeds from the
play will be donated to benefit the Minneapolis Step-Up Program.
“What better way to celebrate a city than to give back to it,” Meyer
said. “The show is unique because it’s not a biography of the mayor.
It plays with the idea of what a legend is—a little bit larger than life
character. It’s almost factually true but plays a little fast and loose
with facts about Minneapolis life in the last twelve years and Mayor
Rybak’s personality but it’s a very positive happy show.”
“RT+MPLS: The Legend of R.T. Rybak” runs Aug. 1, 4, 6, 9 and 11
at New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Ave., during the Minnesota
Fringe Festival. Tickets are $12 for adults with the purchase of a $4
Fringe button. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to
John Mark Nelson opened the Bastille Day Block Party on July 14. High-
lights of the the annual Barbette sponsored event included live music, pup-
petry theater and a wine spitting contest. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Opening Act
teNUre from 6
Vo’s – The Sequel
Coming to the U.S. after living in France, Francios Vo originally went to
school at the U of M for electrical engineering, but then opened a restaurant
in NE Mpls. After selling that restaurant, Vo signed a lease with the option to
purchase the property at 3450 Lyndale Ave. Formerly the site of El Meson
(Spanish/Carribean), Vo takes a 180 degree turn by offering popular dishes
from both North and South Vietnam. Estimated to open in late August, the
new Vo’s Vietnamese Restaurant plans seating for 50 to 60 people. Say-
ing that he was overwhelmed by the restaurant code and license process, Vo
is not seeking an alcohol license at this time. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Due to high levels of E. Coli bacteria, the Minneapolis Park Board
has CLOSED the Lake Calhoun 32nd Street Beach until further
notice. A water sample tested on July 23 had E. Coli bacteria levels
that exceeded state guidelines. This closure is likely due to localized
conditions. High bacteria levels generally occur after rain events. The
other two beaches at Lake Calhoun remain open to the public.
Park Board staff will continue to test the water at the 32nd Street
beach. When bacteria is within state guidelines, the beach will be
We will let you know as soon as we hear that the beach has been
If you have any questions or would like more information, you
can visit www.minneapolisparks.org or contact Park Board staff at
10th ward News
32nd Street Beach closes temporarily
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210, meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us, Office
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us at www.ci.minneapolis.

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t hursday, auGust 1 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
The agenda will be posted on www.eastcalhoun.org on July 31.
t uesday, auGust 6
National Night Out
Attend an event on your block.
wednesday, auGust 14 7:00 p.m.
East Calhoun Green Team Meeting
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Contact Sarah at greenteam@eastcalhoun.org for more information.
t uesday, auGust 27 7:00 p.m.
Livability Committee Meeting
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
The Livability Committee reviews current zoning proposals in the
neighborhood and addresses safety, traffc and parking concerns.
MOnday, sept eMber 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!
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 nrp@eastcalhoun.org at least fve days before our event.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events and programs. Send a request to nrp@eastcalhoun.org
or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
Volunteers needed for short shifts!
Contact Monica Smith at nrp@eastcalhoun.org or 612-821-0131 to help.
Sponsored by the East Calhoun Community Organization
Please bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner.
This event is free and open to all East Calhoun residents.
AnnuAl EAst CAlhoun nEighborhood
Menday, 5eµtember 2, 2013 - 3:00 te 6:00 µ.m.
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 35th & Irving
Parade featuring the Southwest High Marching Band
begins at 3:00 p.m. Come early to decorate bikes, strollers, etc!
parade bingo
games for all potluck dinner

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony
Award-winning play stars local
resident Emily Gunyou Halaas.
emily Gunyou halaas
featured at Guthrie
East Isles resident stars in ‘Clybourne Park’
She has also been in the Guth-
rie productions of “A Christ-
mas Carol”, “Much Ado About
Nothing”, “The Winter’s
Tale”, “The Master Butchers
Singing Club”, and “Third”.
Halaas has held many roles at
various theaters, including the
Mixed Blood, Frank Theater,
Theater Latté Da, Jungle The-
ater, Illusion, Emigrant The-
ater, and she is the co-founder
of Unbound Collective. Halaas
also won the “Emerging Artist
Ivey Award” in 2009.
“Clybourne Park” begins in
1959 when a black family
moves into a white neighbor-
hood in Chicago, and Act Two
takes us to the same house in
2009 as gentrification sets in
and the roles are reversed. The
play presents comedy embed-
ded within a story of family,
struggle, loss, and change – all
within one neighborhood.
The Twin Cities has a vibrant
neighborhood history of its
own, so the themes of “Cly-
bourne Park” are resonating
strongly with Guthrie audi-
ences. From the Mill Ruins
District to Powderhorn Park to
Frogtown to the East Isles, each
Twin Cities neighborhood and
indeed each house offers a look
into the foundation of not only
individual lives but into the
foundation of communities as
well. Like most of the actors in
the cast, Emily Gunyou Halaas
lives in the Twin Cities.
Clybourne Park runs through
August 4. More information at
Ansa Akyea (Kevin), Emily Gunyou Halaas (Lindsey) and Jim Lichtscheidl
(Steve) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Clybourne Park, by Bruce
Norris. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)
bluestem bar & table
New growth from French Meadow
By Beth Marsh, UNN Restaurant Reviewer
Most Uptown residents are
familiar with the French Mead-
ow Bakery and Restaurant. In
June, an upscale appendage
called the Bluestem Bar & Table
was added to the building. Blue-
stem takes its name from the
bluestem plant, which is often
used as a sustainable native grass
to help protect against ground
erosion.In the same manner as
the French Meadow Bakery and
Restaurant, the Bluestem Bar &
Table aims to provide local, sus-
tainable, healthy food and drinks
in a comfortable spot in which
Asparagus and Blackened Fish Tacos. (Photo by Beth Marsh)
vegans, carnivores, and those
who require gluten-free dining
can come together for an enjoy-
able meal.
Patrons can enter either via the
bakery or through an entrance
leading from the small, recently
added parking lot and patio on
the south side of the building
(another small parking lot exists
on the north side of the build-
The interior décor is appealing
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a large crowd for this Saturday
evening, because small clutches
of staff members chatted idly
together or folded mounds of
napkins. Our server, however,
was attentive, charming and
knowledgeable about the menu.
International, domestic, and
local selections fill the extensive
wine and beer menus. Flights of
both wine and beer are available
for the reasonable price of $12 to
$13. The Happy Hour selections
include $2 off wine glass pours
and $3 for the current local,
sustainable, seasonal draft beer
selections. The Happy Hour
menu also includes three selec-
tions from the Small Plate menu
and one from the burger menu.
Diners who require vegan or
gluten-free foods have several
options in each menu category.
Although Bluestem’s menu
is small, my companion and I
found it difficult to choose, as
everything sounded delicious
and healthy. We opted for the
Rosemary Potato Flatbread from
the Small Plates menu to munch
on as we waited for our main
dishes to arrive. The flatbread
was similar to lefse in texture
and flavor; sour cream was light-
ly spread over the bread, and it
was topped with delicate, slender
slices of potato and a fine dusting
of grated sharp white cheddar
cheese and chopped chives.
From the Pasta Special of the
Day list, I chose a stew of vegeta-
ble papardelle (a flat, wide, thin,
ribbon of pasta) with summer
vegetables, served chilled in a
rich red sauce and accompanied
by a petite quinoa/veggie cro-
quette and two skewered, spicy
lamb meatballs. My companion
chose the Blackened Fish Tacos
from the Mains menu, which
included two soft, gluten-free
tortillas mounded with chopped,
blackened tilapia, tangy slaw,
lime crema, thinly sliced radish-
es, and cilantro accompanied by a
field greens salad with a piquant
vinaigrette. Our shared side dish
of grilled asparagus was topped
with chopped, hard-cooked egg
and breadcrumbs, and sprinkled
with lemon juice.
Dessert lovers, either save room
at the end of your meal, or
request a dessert to bring home.
Desserts include several vegan
and gluten-free options, and
with the available array, there is
something for all to enjoy, from
the seasonal fruit crisp with fro-
zen vegan custard to the triple
chocolate mousse.
Bluestem Bar & Table opens at
8 a.m., at which time custom-
ers must order from the French
Meadow’s menu; the unique
dinner menu is available from 5
p.m. to closing. Despite a longer
than desirable wait time between
courses, Bluestem is the type of
restaurant that I could return to
time and again. With the daily
specials changing weekly, there
is always something new to try.
The upscale surroundings and
décor provide a feeling of being
pampered in an elegant, yet
casual setting. Because Bluestem
is going to catch on quickly as a
popular neighborhood spot for
drinks or dinner, consider call-
ing ahead for reservations so
you are not disappointed by hav-
ing to wait for seating. Using a
scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest,
I rate Bluestem as follows: Food
= 5, Beverages = 5, Service = 4,
Atmosphere = 5.
Beth Marsh is a longtime resident
and fan of South Minneapolis.
During off-hours from her proof-
reading and copy-editing day job
for an advertising agency, she
enjoys movies and creative writing,
and she is in the process of illustrat-
ing her children’s book.
Bluestem Bar
& Table
2610 Lyndale Avenue
Monday-Saturday: 8am-midnight
Sunday: 8am-11pm
happy hour
Monday-Friday: 3pm-5pm
Monday-Sunday: 10pm-close
Small plates and sides: $5-$12
Mains: $10-$22
Sandwiches & burgers: $9-$14
Beer: $5-$12
Wine by the glass: $6-$10
Dessert: $5-$8
Free on-street parking on Lyn-
dale Avenue or in the tiny lots
situated on either side of the
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
blUestem from 10
and surprising, and I was espe-
cially impressed by the birch
trees lining the south wall and
by the gleaming turquoise tile on
the huge, U-shaped bar. In addi-
tion to bar seating, several comfy
booths and numerous tables are
available. An upbeat soundtrack
filled the air, but it did not hin-
der conversation.
Each employee who greeted us
was pleasant, but apparently the
management was anticipating

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Email your answer to unn612@gmail.com.
medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful
account of one woman’s struggle to recapture
her identity and to rediscover herself among
the fragments left behind. Using all her con-
siderable journalistic skills, and building from
hospital records and surveillance video, inter-
views with family and friends, and excerpts
from the deeply moving journal her father kept
during her illness, Susannah pieces together
the story of her “lost month” to write an unfor-
gettable memoir about memory and identity,
faith and love. It is an important, profoundly
compelling tale of survival and perseverance
that is destined to become a classic.
David Petersen Gallery
2018 Lyndale Ave. • 612.276.6541
David Petersen Gallery is pleased to announce
a solo exhibition of new work by Justin Schlepp.
Justin Schlepp is an artist based in Minneapo-
lis. And while many things can be said about
what he does, they cannot be said in a row.
His work involves the daily practice of drawing
as an idiotic correspondence course, hinged
and replete with prerequisites and spasms,
involving as many words as images, lean-
ing on the sketchbook as the site of senility
in hylomorphic interpretation associated with
the legacy of conceptual art. For his show at
(Please send your calendar listings to
UptownNews@yahoo.com with the subject
line: Community Calendar. Submit by the 15th of
each month to be included, space permitting, in
the next issue.)
Dunn Brothers - 7:30pm
3348 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.3292
The Socrates Cafe is an open meeting. The
evening is spent discussing a short list of
questions of philosophy that range all over the
map from self identity, capital punishment,
perception and anything else in between.
Bring your questions and prepare to engage
your mind.
Temple Israel
2324 Emerson Ave. • 612.377.8680
The Temple Israel Sisterhood presents the 26th
Annual Temple Israel Garage Sale, Sunday,
August 4th to Wednesday, August 7th. Come
for the best selection on Sunday, 11am-5pm:
$5 Admission. The second day of the sale is
Monday, 10am-8pm. Tuesday is Half Price Day,
10am-8pm: $5 bags of books, 25% off collect-
ibles, designer clothing and jewelry. Wedneday
is Bag Day, 10am-6pm: $8, $10 and $20. 50%
off collectibles, designer clothing and jewelry.
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. It’s a great way to
promote community-police partnerships and
enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surround-
ed by friends and family. Check the website for
your block registration info.
Republic - 7pm
3001 Hennepin Ave. • 612.886.2309
Reinventing the book club as a show, Books
& Bars is an open public book club show.
The program providea a unique atmosphere
for lively discussion of interesting authors,
fun people, good food and social lubrication
(liquid courage). You’re invited to meetings
with moderator Jeff Kamin and other spirited
characters. The August book is How Should a
Person Be? by Sheila Heti.
East Isles Residents Association
Triangle Park • 612.230.6400
The annual East Isles Ice Cream Social will be
at Joanne R. Levin Triangle Park, 26th & Irving.
Featured events include treats, bounce house,
face painting and petting zoo.
Magers and Quinn - 7pm
3038 Hennepin Ave. • 612.822.4611
Susannah Cahalan presents Brain on Fire: My
Month of Madness. One day in 2009, twenty-
four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up
alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to
her bed, under guard, and unable to move or
speak. A wristband marked her as a “flight
risk,” and her medical records—chronicling a
month-long hospital stay of which she had no
memory at all—showed hallucinations, vio-
lence, and dangerous instability. Only weeks
earlier, Susannah had been on the threshold
of a new, adult life: a healthy, ambitious col-
lege grad a few months into her first serious
relationship and a promising career as a cub
reporter at a major New York newspaper. Who
was the stranger who had taken over her body?
What was happening to her mind? Far more
than simply a riveting read and a crackling
community events calendar
David Petersen Gallery, Justin will present a
body of work made in the wake or auspice of
a failed attempt to turn Jean Giraud’s “The
Airtight Garage” into a major motion picture.
The film, scheduled for release in 1995, was
purportedly picked up by Kurosawa Enterprises
USA after being dropped by the Russian ani-
mation studio Soyuzmultfilm, along with with
the collapse of the Soviet Union. With intention
of knowing as little about the graphic novel as
possible, Justin set out under the guise of the
film’s art director not to complete what was
left unfinished, but to inhabit the climate and
circumstances of its failure as a space for a
negative praxis. Soon the artists own relative
position to this research yielded a reflective
figure and a subplot of his own making, pet-
titled the “Ameliorate.” All of this coincides
well with Justin’s approach to exhibiting work.
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Join some of the Twin Cities’ finest improvi-
sors for a night of unscripted comedy. Fea-
turing local performers from The Brave New
Workshop, HUGE Improv Theater, and Comedy
Sportz Twin Cities. More info at www.facebook.
com/thekidstableimprov. $8 in advance / $10
day of show.

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