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SEPTEMBER 2013 Volume 9, Number 9
< Labor of Love
Dont miss East Calhouns Labor Day Parade,
Sept. 2. (See more events on page 12) (Photo
by Bruce Cochran)
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Bicycle Bounty?
Deadline for
City gives developer Sept. 27 date to
resolve groundwater issue
Office of Council Member Meg Tuthill
City of Minneapolis and Park Board staff has been meeting with
the developer of the apartment building at 1800 West Lake Street
to resolve the issue of groundwater discharge into the lagoon
between Lakes Calhoun and Isles. Council Member Meg Tuthill has
announced the City has set a deadline for the developer to imple-
ment a solution. The developer needs to provide a proposed solution
by September 27, 2013. The proposed solution must satisfy all City
Griggs, Hargarten
enter 10th Ward Race
City ballot loaded up with candidates from Pirate Party to DFL
By Gary Farland
City voters will be confronted with many choices on the ballot November 5. In the races for East Calhoun
and CARAG, there will be 35 candidates for mayor, four for the Ward 10 City Council seat, four for the
Board of Estimate and Taxation, 10 for the three Park and Recreation Board at-large seats, two for Park
Board District 4 (East Calhoun), and two for Park Board District 6 (CARAG).
Filing closed August 13. Since the City has moved its elections to ranked choice voting there is no primary
to reduce the number of candidates. When it became apparent that there would be so many candidates,
Estimated to open in October, creators of the Lyndale Tap will offer 60
plus varieties of vodka and Russian caviar at a new vodka bar. In addi-
tion to serving vodka and caviar flights, the menu will include Eastern Euro-
pean dishes with a focus on Russian cuisine with an American twist, said
General Manager, Tony Ostlund. The new business replaces Kinsen Noodles
previously at the 1300 Lagoon Ave. location. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
The Vodka Czar
First Presbyterian Gay
Pastor Ordained
Vigilante makes Twin Cities history at Grace Trinity Church
By Lyndel Owens
Its a summer of firsts in Minne-
sota. On the heels of the historic
ratification of same-sex marriage
came the ordination of Daniel
Vigilante, the first openly gay
pastor in the Presbytery of the
Twin Cities Area.
Vigilante was officially ordained
at an August 25 ceremony
at Westminster Presbyterian
Church in downtown Minneapo-
lis. He will serve as the new lead
pastor of the small, yet growing,
congregation of Grace Trinity
Presbyterian Church in Uptown.
Within walking distance of Cal-
houn Square and next to Isle
Bun & Coffee on 28th and Hen-
nepin, Grace Trinity is, Vigilan-
te notes, ripe for doing well.
Now, more than a year and a
half into his tenure, Vigilante has
helped boost attendance, sustain
ongoing ministries, renovated
much of the church building,
and forged new traditions.
His vision hinges on creat-
ing a community reflective of
Uptowns eclectic mix of resi-
dents. He hopes that the church
can be a place for people to con-
nect, make friends, and have a
base for living out their faith in
daily life.
We get to do things in a com-
pletely new way. Were not really
bound by the churchs tradition.
Its exciting because the people
at Grace Trinity are embracing
change and theyre ready for
more. We really want to be part
of the life of this community.
Vigilante has brought a new
rhythm to the space too. Local
musician Chris Koza, who can
be heard on The Current, has
partnered with Grace Trinity.
Hes been working with us on
music. Were trying to bring
some fresh new life to worship,
says Vigilante. We are trying to
revitalize our worship and make
what we do more approachable
to folks who are probably pretty
disenfranchised with the church.
So if Chris adds some instru-
ments or drums with a beat, I
think thats kind of cool.
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Renewing a familiar tradition
like worship music is precisely
the leadership practice Vigilante
was called on to perform. Previ-
ous to his tenure the church had
been dwindling in members and
resources for a number of years.
Though Grace Trinity contin-
ued outreach ministries such
The ordination of Daniel Vigilante, the first openly gay pastor in Twin Cities.
(Photo by Lyndel Owens)
A northwest view of 1800 Lake St. (The lagoon is behind the trees to the left
about 600 in the background.) (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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Music for Medicine
benefit Returns
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of
Neighborhood Involvement Program
Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.) will host its annual
Music for Medicine fundraiser at Temple Israel on Sunday, Sep-
tember 29. The event will feature a jazz music reception and silent
auction from 2-4:00 p.m. A chamber music concert performed by
members of the Minnesota Orchestra will follow from 4-5:00 pm.
Now in its eighth year, the Music for Medicine fundraiser is presented
in partnership with the Twin Cities Musicians Union to raise money
for N.I.P., a health care and social services non-profit organization.
The money raised by this event helps to fund programs for women,
men, and children in need of health care and social services. Celebrat-
ing 45 years of service to the community, N.I.P.s small staff and large
group of volunteers provide services that clients can use to improve
the quality of their lives. Services are based on a flexible, sliding fee
scale. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay.
The event will be held at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. Tickets
are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. For tickets and more informa-
tion call 612.746.8543 or visit
Neighborhood Involvement
Program (N.I.P.), at 2431 Hen-
nepin Ave. provides health care,
education, and social services
to underserved neighbors. The
agency, incorporated in 1968 by
a group of businesses, religious
groups, civic groups, and neigh-
bors in south Minneapolis, pro-
vides medical and social services
to underserved individuals and
communities throughout Hen-
nepin County.
Trail improvements
at lake calhoun
Residents encouraged to use alternate routes
Provided by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)
The off-street trails along Lake Calhoun will be reconstructed for the
duration of one week after Labor Day during the month of Septem-
ber (exact dates to be determined). It is especially important for com-
mutersboth cyclists and motoriststo plan ahead in order to avoid
delays and accidents in this high-traffic section of the Grand Rounds.
During the construction period, the MPRB encourages pedestrians,
recreation and commuter cyclists, as well as motorists to be aware
of the upcoming trail closures and detours and to plan their routes
This years Taste features a Sand-
wich Tent with gyros, souvlaki
on a stick or sandwich, hot dogs,
Greek fries and a new item this
year, lamb sandwich with shred-
ded lamb on pita bread with
tzatziki sauce, onions and toma-
toes. The big Buffet Tent features
lamb, chicken and pastitsio.
A full Greek Marketplace fea-
tures new vendors selling pot-
tery, baskets and glassware. In
addition, the Marketplace will
feature regulars such as Mari-
lyn Jax - award winning, local
author; Art by Stamos (creator
of the paintings featured in Taste
of Greece media), hand painted
concerns, including being imple-
mented before this years freez-
ing to avoid public safety issues
this winter. If the Citys deadline
is not met, the Citys recourse
will be to initiate a lawsuit. City
Council approval is needed to
initiate the lawsuit.
Tuthill said Over the past three
years, Ive worked closely with
City staff, Park Board Commis-
sioner Anita Tabb and concerned
residents on issues to protect the
Citys natural resources. Resolv-
Overflowing with authenticity
St. Marys Celebrates the 25th Taste of Greece, Sept. 6 to 8
Greek landscapes; handmade
Greek pastries, jewelry, T-shirts
and a small grocery store by Bills
Event highlights
The 11th annual 5K Run/
Walk and the Coffee Crawl
will benefit the Chloes Fight
for MLD organization.
Two wine tastings will take
place Friday and Satur-
day nights featuring cook-
ing demos paired with select
A fashion show explains the
cultural symbolism and impor-
tance of the different dance
costumes youll see featured
at the Festival. View and learn
about the beautiful costumes
from Greece.
Kids will enjoy a special Kids
Play Area with bouncy toys.
Organizers are asking the com-
munity to support Joyce Uptown
Food Shelf by bringing non-
perishable food donations to the
St. Marys Greek Orthodox
Church is located at 3450 Irving
Ave. For more information and
complete list of events and times
ing this groundwater discharge
issue is important to preserve our
Lakes, which are the jewel in our
crown, and protects public safety.
Stewardship of our environment
is very important to me.
Park Board Commissioner Tabb
added, This issue has caused
great concern for the Park Board
both because of its unknown
impact on the ecosystem of the
lagoon as well as its known
impact on the safety of our resi-
dents and winter recreation
users. I am delighted that Coun-
cil Member Tuthill has champi-
oned bringing a resolution to this
issue with the strong support of
Mayor Rybak.
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of the United States formed in
2006 and in 2011 had about 3,000
members across eight states. It is
part of an international move-
ment that focuses on the free
flow of information, civil liber-
ties and opposition to corporate
power. The party held a Minne-
apolis Convention August 10 and
nominated several candidates,
including Hargarten.
A surprise development was that
Bob Fine, who has long repre-
sented this general area on the
Park Board, decided to drop out
of the race for an at-large Park
Board seat (he was endorsed by
the DFL) and run for mayor.
He stated he would remain con-
cerned with Park Board issues as
mayor, but that his long experi-
ence in City government would
be valuable in the role and that
he isnt satisfied with the other
Below, in order of filing date,
are listed the candidates that
East Calhoun and CARAG will
choose from. If there is no party
designation they did not list a
party when filing.
Gregg A. Iverson - DFL
Christopher Robin Zimmerman - Lib-
Dan Cohen - Jobs Downtown Casino
Ole Savior - Republican
Rahn V. Workcuff - Independence
Doug Mann - Green
Mark V. Anderson - Simplify govern-
Abdul M. Rahaman The Rock - We
the People
Edmund Bernard Bruyere - Legacy-
Next Generation
James Everett - Green
John Charles Wilson - Lauraist Com-
Mark Andrew - DFL
Bob Fine - DFL
Merrill Anderson - Jobs and Justice
Bob Again Carney, Jr. - Demand
Transit Revolution
Mike Gould - DFL
John Leslie Hartwig - Independent
Stephanie Woodruff - DFL
Tony Lane - Socialist Workers Party
Troy Benjegerdes - Local Energy/Food
Christopher Clark - Libertarian
Kurtis W. Hanna - Pirate Party
Neal Baxter - Independent
James Jimmy L. Stroud, Jr. - The
Peoples Choice
Jackie Cherryhomes - DFL
Don Samuels - DFL
Cam Winton - Independent Respon-
sible Inclusive
Betsy Hodges - DFL
Jaymie Kelly - Stop Foreclosures New
Captain Jack Sparrow - Count All
Joshua Rea - End Homelessness Now
Alicia K. Bennett - DFL
Bill Kahn - Last Minneapolis Mayor
Jeffrey Alan Wagner - DFL
Cyd Gorman - Police Reform
city council Ward 10
Lisa Bender - DFL
Meg Tuthil - DFL
Nate Griggs - Independent
Scott Hargarten - Pirate Party
Board of Estimate and
David Pascoe
David B. Wheeler
Carol J. Becker
Douglas Sembla
proposals were floated to require
a higher filing fee, which was
$20, and/or require a number
of signatures on a petition, but
these ideas came forth too late in
the process. And, since the races
are set as non-partisan, there is
no designation on the ballot to
indicate who has been endorsed.
Ten candidates for mayor will
be listed as Democratic-Farmer-
A voter will be allowed to rank
three choices. With single-seat
races, if no candidate receives
50 percent plus 1 of the first
choice votes, the second and
perhaps third choices of the bot-
tom-ranked candidates will be
added to totals until a candidate
receives 50 percent plus 1. Or, if
no candidate receives 50 percent
plus 1, the top vote-earner wins.
A similar but more complicated
procedure is used for the at-large
seats. The City of Minneapolis
website, vote.minneapolismn.
gov, explains the ranked-choice
In the 10th Ward, Lisa Peterson
Bender is the DFL endorsed can-
didate, but the incumbent Meg
Tuthill (also DFL) has decided
to stay in the race, saying that
the Ward needs continuity and
her experience. In addition, two
others have filed, Nate Griggs
(Independent) and Scott Hargar-
ten of the Pirate Party.
Griggs recently returned from
Afghanistan where he was a
civilian employee of the Defense
Department. Griggs is now a
full-time candidate who is using
Facebook to promote his candi-
dacy. He has a Masters degree
in economic development and
wants to promote small busi-
ness in the City by streamlining
the bureaucracy, recognizing the
strengths of each demographic
group and getting them to work
together, and by improving the
brand image of the City interna-
tionally. Griggs lives in Whittier
with his partner.
Hargarten, who presently lives
in Northeast (one has to reside in
the ward at least a month before
the election), has been active
in the Occupy Movement and
has been especially outspoken
regarding the Voter ID struggle
and in opposition to the Ameri-
can Legislative Exchange Coun-
cil (ALEC), a conservative group
influencing legislation at the state
and local levels. The Pirate Party
Park Board At-Large
John Erwin
Hashim Yonis
Tom Nordyke
Jason Stone
Annie Young - Green Party
Mary Lynn McPherson
Meg Forney
Steve Barland
Casper Hill
Ishmael Israel
Park Board District 4
Anita Tabb
Bobby Davis
Park Board District 6
Josh Neiman
Brad Bourn
Gary Farland resides in the East
Calhoun Neighborhood.
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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 Daves BBQ
Gigis caf
Health Resource center
isles Bun & coffee
its Greek to Me
Joyce Food Shelf
Joyce United
Methodist church
Kowalskis Market
Magers & Quinn
Mohn Electric & lighting
lagoon Theatre
Parents automotive
Pizza luce
Rainbow Foods
Sebastian Joes
ice cream cafe
Southwest Senior center
Spyhouse coffee Shop
Uptown Diner
Tea Garden
Treetops at calhoun
vail Place
Walker Place
The Wedge co-op
YWca (Uptown)
Nicos Tacos & Tequila Bar, at 2516 Hennepin Ave. is estimated to open
September 4. The brainchild of the Amore Victoria owners, the new cantina
will serve authentic Mexican cuisine, including taco quesadillas, steak and
chicken dishes, and other dishes. Nicos replaces the previous restaurant,
Birdhouse (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Mexican Amore
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crime & safety
Chelsea Adams, Crime prevention Specialist
612.673.2819 or
5th Precinct: Sectors 1&2: (Uptown)
crimes By location July 23 - August 19
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.
Residents, big and small of the 3200 Block of Fremont Avenue got to
know each other a little better during National Night Out on August 6.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Hello, My Name Is...
May 10 Uptown Shooting:
MPD Update
In an effort to keep the public
informed, Police Chief Janee
Harteau was notified on August
14th by the Hennepin County
Attorneys Office that the officer
involved shooting that occurred
on May 10th, 2013 will go before
the Grand Jury sometime in Sep-
tember 2013. After the Grand
Jury reaches a decision, Chief
Harteau plans to discuss the case
in full detail. I am committed to
holding a community meeting
once the process is complete.
Plastic Bag Ban
For the past six months, I have
been researching and working
on a potential ban on plastic bags
in Minneapolis. With help from
my summer intern, my office put
together a best practices list of
other U.S. cities that have simi-
lar bans in place. This was used
during talks with representa-
tives from the Citys Community
Environmental Advisory Com-
mission (CEAC), Environment
Minnesota, the Minneapolis
Regional Chamber of Commerce,
the Metro Independent Business
Association and Target. I will
continue to reach out to the busi-
ness community and the resi-
dents of the 10th Ward as I move
forward with this initiative.
From Council Member Meg
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210,
meg. tuthill@ci. minneapolis., Office Hours: Monday-
Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Visit us
CARAG Neighborhood
East Isles Neighborhood
ECCO Neighborhood
Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood
Minneapolis Information
Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn
612.230.6443 ext. 6
Anita Tabb
612.230.6400 ext. 4
Mpls. Public Schools
City Councilperson (10)
Meg Tuthill
Mayor R.T. Rybak
State Senator (60)
D. Scott Dibble
State Representative (61A)
Frank Hornstein
State Representative (61B)
Paul Thissen
Governor Mark Dayton
U.S. Congressman (5th)
Keith Ellison
U.S. Senator
Al Franken
U.S. Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Barack Obama
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2nD cOlOR PlaTE
analysis: corridor Study continues to Reach Out
Midtown Study Advisory Group chews on more detail as it makes new commitment to reach diverse riders
By Bruce Cochran
The purpose of the Midtown
Corridor Alternatives Analy-
sis (AA) is to determine the bene-
fits, costs and impacts of creating
a transitway in the Midtown
Greenway or on Lake Street.
The Midtown Corridor has been
studied for several decades and
while those past studies will help
inform the AA, this project is an
opportunity to start with a clean
slate and provide an unbiased
analysis that will help balance
the various transportation needs
in the corridor.
Of the many initial list of ideas,
three options that are consid-
ered most viable are; Enhanced
Bus on Lake Street and Double/
Single-Track Rail in the Green-
way, or both. These options have
advanced to Stage 2 of the study
because they received the highest
overall criteria rating from Stage
The August Community Advi-
sory Committee (CAC) Meeting
of the Midtown Corridor Analy-
sis Study revealed more detail
about the transit options as well
as weaknesses in the effort to
engage more diverse communi-
ties in the community engage-
ment process. The final decision
will be made by the Policy Advi-
sory Committee (PAC) while the
CAC acts as community connect-
ed advisory panel to the PAC.
As the Southwest LRT line boils
over with issues about budget,
rerouting rail lines and appeasing
neighborhoods, things like fed-
eral funding criteria have come
under increased scrutiny about
how they drive where and how
these Preferred Alignments
are chosen. A big criticism of the
Southwest LRT route choice,
which eventually ran around
Uptown, was how federal dollars
affected where it went based on
criteria designed during previous
administrations. Those criteria,
some say, favored moving people
from the suburbs rather than
the city where populations were
more dense and underserved.
In a 2009 support letter form
the East Calhoun Community
Organization, Anders Imboden,
Chair, alludes to the misdirec-
tion of the final Preferred Align-
The East Calhoun Community
Organization is disappointed
by the recent decisions by the
Southwest Transitway Policy
and Technical Advisory Com-
mittees to recommend a Light
Rail alignment (3A) that
bypasses the dense and diverse
Uptown area, opting instead to
run the line through the sparsely
populated parkland along the
Kenilworth trail.
When asked if federal funding
offered by the new MAP-21 cri-
teria (still being finalized as the
Corridor Study is underway) was
any more fair, Michael Mechten-
berg, Transit Planner for Metro
Transit had this to say in rela-
tionship to the Corridor Study.
The Federal Government has
tried to address some of the con-
cerns that theyve been hearing
regarding service to low income
and minority users. Theyre
looking for more factors than
just getting you there quickly.
Speed improvement used to be
one of the major drivers. So now
there are other factors.
As CAC members reviewed
new design concepts during the
August 20 meeting, presented by
Mechtenberg, from both the Gre-
enway Streetcar and the Lake
Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
options, questions arose about
detail. But inevitably it will be
answers to the big questions that
will help the study decide what
option is better.
Some of those questions that have
yet to answered are How can
the travel times of the BRT be
increased to be competitive with
the Streetcar? and How much
will the State Historic Preserva-
tion Office allow the Greenways
retaining wall to be reduced to
make room for a streetcar?
Answers are still unknown at
this halfway point in the study
To add to the complexity of
the decision, the study is still
grappling with demographic
outreach. East Isles Residents
Association representative Can-
dace Dow underscored the chal-
lenge: Who would use what
alignment and why?
Hoping to provide answers to
those questions, Rebecca Harnik,
Midtown Greenway Coalition
(MGC), presented details of a
survey recently conducted by
the organization to better under-
stand the needs and behaviors of
users in the service area.
Although the study itself was
very comprehensive in its variety
of questions and and the breadth
of its analyzed results, the study
may have only exposed the Com-
mittees ongoing struggle to hear
from underrepresented groups
in the study area. The poll was
delivered directly to constituents
of the MGC and to some to the
groups represented on the Com-
mittee via paper and the internet,
there was no breakdown by age,
race or economic status.
Mirroring a general comment
by a Committee member about
lack of input from constitu-
encies of color, the polls only
option besides English was Span-
ishwhich was only available on
paper and not online.
Where the poll was strongest
was in its identification of the
shortcomings of existing transit
The number one reason respon-
dents didnt use the Greenway
was due to Safety Concerns:
scared at night or to be alone:
Lake Streets number one com-
plaint coming in at 44% of
respondents was Traffic: slow,
congested, timing of stoplights,
snow issues.
The take-away from this meet-
ing is the committees challenge
to gather input from unrepre-
sented groups and isolate the big
questions from the minutiae and
extract answers that will help
them make a recommendation
of BRT, Streetcar or both.
Stage 2 of the Analysis, still in
process, will provide a more
in-depth analysis of the three
options. Those results will be
presented at the next public
meeting in the fall.
To get involved, get more detail
or stay informed of the process,
Bruce Cochran is Art Director and
in charge of Production for the
Uptown Neighborhood News and
lives in CARAG.
A rendering of how a typical Streetcar station might look in the Midtown Greenway.
A rendering of how a typical Bus Rapid Transit station might look on Lake St.

Uptown neighborhood news SEPTEMBER 2013

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By Beth Marsh
Spill the Wine had a successful
six-year run at its Washington
Avenue location. To accom-
modate additional patrons and
to add longer service hours, the
able-looking dining area with a
small bar. Large windows on the
north side allowed lots of light to
stream in. Because the late-sum-
mer evening was so pleasant, we
opted to sit on the small patio to
take advantage of the weather
and to enjoy the upbeat music
heard both inside and out.
A list of Small Plates was recent-
ly added to the menu, and my
companion and I tried several
interesting selections that became
immediate favorites that we
will definitely return for in the
future. From the Happy Hour
menu, we shared Hoisin Pork
Belly on a stick, with three gener-
ously sized chunks of pork belly
drenched in a sweet and spicy
hoisin sauce. Either the brussels
sprouts, sprinkled with pine nuts
and topped with creamy pecori-
no cheese sauce or the slightly
sweet roasted beets in balsamic
vinegar with sprinkles of goat
cheese and chopped pecans could
turn even the most hard-core
veggie hater into a veggie craver.
These vegetables were prepared,
as they should be, crisp-tender
and flavorful. Vegan options are
available for both of the afore-
mentioned dishes, as well as oth-
ers on the menu. Additionally,
for those patrons who require
gluten-free dining, your server
will advise you of your options.
Picky kids will be satisfied by the
items on the kids menu.
The only other meat that we
sampled was the crispy tidbits of
bacon on a run-of-the-mill field
greens mixed salad. Carnivores,
however, can get their fill from
items on the Bigger Plates menu,
including grilled skirt steak
served with celery root/apple
slaw and cotija cheese or the pork
belly burger with cumin aioli,
served with fries and pickles.
Brunch is available on Saturday
and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.
The menu boasts such mouth-
watering temptations as apple
doughnuts with cheddar cheese
and maple syrup, several non-
traditional egg-based dishes,
and Mason jar mimosas in either
huckleberry or white peach fla-
The international and eclec-
tic wine menu lists about 100
wines from such destinations as
Austria and Spain. Although
I rarely have wine with a meal,
the sweet and fruity Gewurtz-
traminer recommended by our
knowledgeable server was a
wonderful addition to our var-
ied, small plate meal. The short
beer list and cocktail list includes
such intriguing-sounding names
as Brau Brothers Moo Joos beer
and the Tangled Up cocktail.
Spill the Wine is casual din-
ing at its best. Small groups and
Spill the Wine
Bar & Table
901 Lake Street
MondayFriday: 11am-Mid-
SaturdaySunday: 10am-1am
Happy Hour
MondayFriday: 3pm-6pm
Select bottles of wine: $15
Glass Pours: $5
Taps: $3
Select Small Plates: $5
late night Happy Hour
SundayThursday: 10pm-Close
Wine Pours: $5
Taps: $3
Select Small Plates: $5
Smaller plates: $5-$12
Bigger plates: $12-$25
Kids menu: $5
Sandwiches and burgers:
Chefs tasting menu: Chefs
choice five-dish menu for the
table: $45 per person
Free on-street parking on Bry-
ant Avenue or in the lot behind
the building.
Messing about with Food
Spill The Wine Bar & Table encourages experimentation
restaurant moved to its current
location on Lake Street in April.
My companion and I entered
Spill the Wine on a Monday eve-
ning and were impressed by the
sparsely decorated, but comfort-
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Brussels sprouts with pecarino cheese and cream sauce. (Photo by Beth Marsh)
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Buying a home is a great way to build
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2. Write down what is vital to you in a
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well as the homes location. Research
homes in your price range to get a feel
for what your money can buy. Be pre-
pared to be fexible. For example,
you shouldnt spend more than whats
affordable for some nicer fnishes that
can always be added later
3. Appraise the value of the house youre
interested in by checking the selling
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There are some websites out there that
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Walk the historic streets of
Lowry Hill East in the footsteps
of Roswell Russell, a city found-
ing father. Enter vintage 1900
homes of prominent men and
20th century middle class entre-
preneurs and discuss remodel-
ing projects with homeowners.
This self-guided tour costs $9.
Tour homes and gardens range
from middle class to high-soci-
twosomes can share unique food
items that may have previously
been outside their comfort zones,
or try a new wine with a cheese
plate to discover new favor-
ites. Spill the Wine Bar & Table
provides an upscale yet casual
atmosphere for lunch, dinner, or
weekend brunch. The award-
winning wine bar with an ever-
changing food menu strives to
provide sustainable, local when
possible, delicious food. Using a
scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest,
I rate Spill the Wine as follows:
Food = 5, Beverages = 5, Service
= 4, and Atmosphere = 4.
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
coco to bring co-working to Uptown
By Thatcher Imboden
Popular co-working provider,
CoCo, will open a new outpost in
Uptown this September adjacent
to CVS at Dupont Avenue and
Lake Street. The new 15,000-
square-foot location at 1010
Lake Street will feature ameni-
ties beyond varying workstation
types, including a movie theater,
through History
Walk the Wedge Annual Home Tour is
Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m.
tap room, garden, patio, meeting
space, pool room, and a large col-
laborative open space for product
This will be the third location
for CoCo, which first opened in
2010 in Downtown St. Paul and
later expanded into the Grain
Exchange in Downtown Min-
neapolis. According to Pioneer
Press, expanding into Uptown
may relieve the Downtown Min-
neapolis location from being over
capacity while introducing the
concept to a new neighborhood
and its residents.
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
The new Uptown location will have a seating capacity of 160 at varying
types of workstations.
ety homes designed and built by
prolific builder Theron P. Healy.
This tour is sponsored by the
Lowry Hill East Neighborhood
Association (LHENA).
Tickets are $9 per person and
available at the Mueller Park
Shelter, 25th and Bryant Avenue.
For more information call the
LHENA office at 612.377.5023.
enjoys movies and creative writing,
and she is in the process of illustrat-
ing her childrens book.
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Uptown neighborhood news SEPTEMBER 2013

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group CARAG report

Lake St.
36th St.


The CARAG Board
meets the third
Tuesday of each
month, 7 pm
at Bryant Park
Community Center,
31st and Bryant.
All CARAG residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.
CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 | | 612.823.2520
Join the CARAG E-update at to receive emails about CARAG activities and events.
On the agenda
Featured Guest
Jay Waljasper, Author, Community
Activist, Consultant
Also on the Agenda
Theater of Public Policy
improv group
Nominations & elections for
CARAG Board of Directors
Free dinner provided by
CARAG & Spill the Wine
Celebrate another great year
with your neighbors at the
CARAG Annual Meeting! All
CARAG residents, business
owners, and property owners
are considered members of
the neighborhood association
and encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, September 17
6:00pm- Dinner Provided by Spill the Wine
6:30pm- Annual Meeting & Elections
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S) (Free childcare provided)
Dining Out For CARAG
Republic, (3001 Hennepin Avenue)
Thursday, Sept. 12, Open-Close
Join us at Republic for the next Dining Out
For CARAG event! Republic is generously
donating 20% of the days food proceeds
to CARAG to help fund our neighborhood
programs. Supporting
local businesses
while supporting your
community is a win-win.
ANNuAl MeetiNG
2nD cOlOR PlaTE
Enthusiastic runners participate in the late July, American Red Cross
Run For Blood, Quarter Marathon & 5K, around Lake Calhoun. For more
info and results see (Photo by Andy King)
Getting Your Blood Pumping
Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Monthly
Neighborhood Meeting Min-
utes, August 20, 2013. DRAFT:
Subject to approval at the January
2013 CARAG Meeting. Minutes
recorded and submitted by Carol
Board Members Attend-
ing: Michelle Beaulieu, Diana
Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Jay
Lindgren, Jason Lord, Nancy
Riestenberg and Samantha
Strong. Excused Absence: Kyle
Burrows, Maura Lynch
introductions: Diana
The meeting was called to
order at 7:06 p.m. Board Mem-
bers and attendees were intro-
agenda & Minutes
Motion, Seconded to approve
the agenda. Approved.
Motion, Seconded to approve
the June 18 CARAG Neigh-
borhood Meeting minutes.
Bryant Square Park Update:
Julie Sandin
BSP served more than 3,000
meals to kids and had more
than 2,000 people turn out for
concerts this summer.
MPRB has budgeted almost $1
million from 2013-2015 to ren-
ovate the BSP building, wad-
ing pool, and playground. A
community engagement pro-
cess will begin in 2014 to iden-
tify specific improvements.
city council Update:
councilmember Meg Tuthill
CM Tuthill is working on an
ordinance to ban plastic bags
in Minneapolis. Initial meet-
ings with merchants, busi-
ness owners and associations
have begun. The ordinance is
working its way through the
Council process and will be
introduced soon.
Meeting with Meg is the 3rd
Monday of each month, 6 p.m.
at Bryant Square Park.
crime Trends:
chelsea adams
Adams distributed a list of
2013 CARAG robberies and
assaults with details about
location, time and type of
crime. Despite few recent,
high-profile incidents, crime
rates are not up significantly in
the neighborhood. Residents
were encouraged to call 911
right away to report a crime
and to never follow crime per-
West 36th Street Protected
Bikeway, David Peterson-
Public Works Bicycle/
Pedestrian Planner
Peterson described the lat-
est proposal for the West
36th Street Protected Bike-
way/Walkway, which is now
expected to be installed in
early 2014. The plan includes a
2-way bike lane and pedestrian
space to be added to the south
side of 36th Street between
Dupont Avenue and Lake
One of the two eastbound
road lanes will be removed to
create the bikeway because it
is not needed to move traffic
effectively. The bikeway will
be separated with a painted
buffer and vertical delinea-
tors. A bright material will be
installed in areas where motor-
ist, bikes, and pedestrians may
encounter conflicts.
New pedestrian ramps will be
installed at some corners on the
north side of 36th Street. Con-
crete entrances to the bikeway
will provide a tactile indicator
for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The traffic signal at Emer-
son and 36th Street may be
removed as part of the project
because of low traffic volumes
on Emerson. After a test is
completed, a stop sign may
replace the signal.
nRP Updates: carol Bouska/
Scott Engel
Bouska noted that the NRP
Implementation Committee
will meet prior to the October
CARAG Neighborhood Meet-
ing to review the entire NRP
Phase 2 program and make
recommendations about mov-
ing funds around or tweaking
exiting programs.
Engel noted that CARAG
has contributed $500 apiece
to Aldrich Arts Collaborative
for their mural and to Uptown
Association for utility box
wraps this year. He proposed
partnering with business own-
ers at 34th and Lyndale to wrap
two utility boxes using one of
the Citys new pre-approved
artist designed wraps. It will
cost about $1,500 to wrap both
boxes. Motion, Seconded to
provide $780 in NRP Phase
2 Graffiti Prevention funds
to wrap utility boxes at 34th
and Lyndale in partnership
with area business owners.
The SW Senior Center is seek-
ing CARAG NRP Phase 2
Senior Programming funds to
support their Health-a-thon
this fall and Brain-a-thon in
the spring. He expects the
CARAG NRP Senior task
force to make a recommenda-
tion about this in the next few
weeks and ask for an email
vote from the CARAG Board
on it.
Lindgren and Engel described
a proposal to seek interns at
Augsburg College for five
Community Organizing proj-
ects. CARAG would provide
a $1,000 stipend for each of
the five positions for a part-
time internship this fall or
next spring. Motion, seconded
to allot $5,000 from the NRP
Safety Committee funds for
community organizing interns.
September 17 caRaG
annual Meeting: Diana
Boegemann noted that author
and speaker Jay Walljasper
has committed to speak at the
Annual Meeting. The Theater
of Public Policy improvisation
comedy group will also per-
form. Spill the Wine will pro-
vide a full meal for attendees.
Michelle Beaulieu, Diana
Boegemann, Carol Bouska,
Kyle Burrows, Cameron Con-
way, Jay Lindgren, Maura
Lynch, Nancy Riestenberg,
and Samantha Strong were all
nominated for the 2013-2014
CARAG Board of Directors.
Their names will appear on
the ballot at the annual meet-
ing in September. Additional
nominations will be taken at
that meeting.
Treasurers Report:
Scott Engel
FY2013 Quarter 3 budget
reports for CARAG and UNN
were available.
Proposed FY 2014 budgets for
CARAG operations, CARAG
NRP, and the UNN were
available. The budgets will
be approved at the CARAG
annual meeting.
Engel noted that the City
Council approved the fund-
ing cycle for the Community
Participation Program (CPP)
in early August. CARAG uses
CPP funds to support admin-
istrative costs including staff,
supplies, rent, and copies.
CARAG will receive about
$43,000 in CPP from 2014-
Meeting Adjourned: 8:35 p.m.
The next CARAG Neighbor-
hood meeting is Tuesday, Sep-
tember 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Bryant
Square Park.
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Minneapolis Bike Tour On again
Two Routes Rolling through Uptown, Sunday, Sept. 15
The Minneapolis Bike Tour was
created to bring cyclists together
and support bike related initia-
tives in Minneapolis. Proceeds
will benefit bike safety and
education events for Minne-
apolis youth as well as bike trail
improvement projects through-
out the system.
Cyclists have an option of a 14
or 36 mile route around Minne-
apolisnamed a top bike city by
many sources such as Bicycling
Magazine, CNN and the Travel
Channel in recent years.
Both routes include stops with
refreshments, snacks, and bike
mechanics along the way. An
after party will provide live
music, food trucks, exhibitors,
New Belgium Beer and Bike
Tour merchandise.
Pre-registration ends Septem-
ber 11 which includes an artist
designed bike T-shirt and a New
Belgium beer (to those 21 and
older). T-shirts are only guaran-
teed to those pre-registered.
More information at minneap-
as tutoring students at nearby
Jefferson Elementary School
and hosting a weekday nursery
school program, their member-
ship did not reflect the youthful
demographics of its surrounding
community. At one point church
leadership decided to shut the
church down after its lead pastor
In the spring of 2012 Grace Trin-
ity Church leadership averted
closing its doors, and instead
opened them wide to Vigilante,
a young, openly gay pastor who
had previously served as a youth
director in southern California
for eight years.
With a lean and mean budget
that they make the most of,
Grace Trinity aims to become a
hot spot for people in their 20s
and 30s. Honestly, my concern
is far less about how many people
do we have in worship on Sun-
day morning, Vigilante says.
My concern is that people can
live out their faith in real ways
in the community. I feel like that
can be hard for a variety of rea-
sons when youre in your 20s or
Vigilante sees a place for Grace
Trinity in serving the young and
sometimes transient population
of Uptown. He intends to pro-
vide a place where friendships
and authentic community are
fostered, a place of togetherness.
One aspect of that vision is a
young adult Bible study, slated to
begin this fall. It would be like
25% Bible study and 75% con-
necting and sharing. But I think
thats okay, he says, thats the
whole point, to be a place where
people come to meet others,
make friends, and explore faith.
Vigilante has felt called to min-
istry since he was a child grow-
ing up in a New Jersey suburb of
New York City. Being Presbyte-
rian was a pillar in his familys
Being at church every Sunday
was just part of what we did and
who we were, he says. I always
felt this really wonderful connec-
tion with god in and through the
church and I knew I wanted that
to be my vocation.
After graduating college in 2000
with a triple major in Spanish,
Religious Studies, and Inter-
national Studies, he enrolled in
Princeton Seminary in New Jer-
sey where he obtained dual Mas-
ter of Education and Master of
Divinity degrees.
But before Vigilante could
embark on his calling and usher
in new traditions at Grace Trin-
ity, the national Presbyterian
Church had to end its tradition
that prevented the ordination of
gay and lesbian leaders.
In 1997 a clause was admitted
into church governance stipu-
lating pastors must either live
in married fidelity or be single
and chaste. Though coded in
language, the rule served its
intended purpose for 14 years
by barring homosexual persons
from serving in the church.
The rule was revoked at the
2010 annual meeting. The fol-
lowing year its elimination was
formally confirmed when 87 of
173 national presbyteries voted
to extinguish the requirement.
The Twin Cities Presbytery,
comprised of about 60 churches,
contributed the final 87th vote
necessary to end the long-stand-
ing law.
Credit for overturning the ordi-
nance is largely due to the Cov-
enant Network of Presbyterians,
an organization committed to
working for an inclusive church.
While serving as a board mem-
ber of Covenant Vigilante came
into contact with Tim Hart-
Anderson, Westminsters pastor,
who suggested Vigilante look
into the opening for a new leader
at Grace Trinity.
Though Vigilante had always
felt called to serve in ministry, he
had removed himself from the
ordination process in seminary
due to the discriminatory clause.
Eight years after his graduation
and months after the ban was
overturned, Vigilante applied to
the position. Grace Trinity hired
Vigilante in January of 2012 and
began his work as lead pastor
that April.
Tradition can be a great thing,
Vigilante says. Presbyterians go
way back, and I think we can
still live in that tradition in a new
way that speaks to different peo-
ple at different ages in a different
With the momentum behind the
new, revitalizing efforts at Grace
Trinity Vigilante intends to cre-
ate a space of affirmation and
inclusion. The church is looking
to expand its ministry to respond
to the needs articulated by its
members who live in Uptown.
I dont think our call to follow
Jesus is just to show up on Sun-
day morning for church. I think
thats part of it, but my concern
is bringing people together and
going out and serving in the
Lyndel Owens lives in CARAG.
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Uptown neighborhood news SEPTEMBER 2013

East Calhoun Community Organization
ECCO report
ECCO meets the
first Thursday of
each month,
7 pm at St.
Marys Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
ECCO residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.

Lake St.
36th St.


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
Questions? Contact Monica: or 612-821-1031
MOndAy, Sept eMber 2 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Labor Day Celebration
All the usual fun and festivities! See left for details.
t hUrSdAy, Sept eMber 5 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
The agenda will be posted on on September 4.
wedneSdAy, Sept eMber 11 7:00 p.m.
Uptown Green Team Meeting
This is a quarterly meeting for green teams from multiple neighborhoods,
where we discuss issues of common interest and share information.
SAt UrdAy, Sept eMber 21 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Location: bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave*
*Enter from Aldrich Ave. Event details at
t UeSdAy, Sept eMber 24 7:00 p.m.
Livability Committee Meeting
The Livability Committee reviews current zoning proposals in the
neighborhood and addresses safety, traffc and parking concerns.
t hUrSdAy, OCt Ober 3 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
East Calhoun Neighborhood Annual Meeting
Save the date. More information to come!
Volunteers needed for short shifts!
Contact Monica Smith at 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, 5etember 2, 2013 - 3:00 te 6:00 .m.
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
Parade featuring the Southwest High Marching Band begins
at 3:00 p.m. Arrive by 2:30 to decorate bikes, strollers, etc!
parade bingo
games for all potluck dinner
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events. 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 fve days before our event.
New board members needed! Four positions on the
ECCO Board are open for election this year. A term is two
years long. Nominations are made and voted on at the
October 3rd Annual Mtg. Candidates must be at least
18 years old and a resident of East Calhoun. Responsibilities
include attendance at monthly board meetings (frst Thursday
at 7 pm) and participation in at least one committee.
Committees are: Green Team, Livability (zoning, traffc, safety), Communications,
Social, and Uptown Neighborhood News. Time commitments for each vary.
Contact Monica at if you are interested in joining the board.
ECCO Meeting Minutes for
August 1, 2013. (East Calhoun
Neighborhood Monthly Meeting)
Minutes recorded and submitted
by Monica Smith and approved by
the ECCO Board by electronic vote
prior to publication.
Board Members Present: Sarah
Sponheim, President; Harry
Savage, Co-VP; Linda Todd,
Co-VP; Glen Christianson, Trea-
surer; Andrew Bornhoft, Kate
Davenport, Susie Goldstein; and
Heather Wulfsberg. Board Mem-
bers Absent: Emily Balogh, Anja
Curiskis, Liz Heyman, Lara Nor-
kus-Crampton, and Jim Smith.
Guests and Residents: Jessica
Van Gilder, UNN Editor and
Brad Albertson.
ECCO Board President Sarah
Sponheim called the meeting to
order at 7:05 p.m.
Jessica van Gilder:
Unn Editor
The ECCO Board welcomed
Jessica Van Gilder, the new edi-
tor of the Uptown Neighbor-
hood News (UNN). Jessica will
be using social media to help
promote community events.
Follow the UNN on Facebook
(search for Uptown Neighbor-
hood News) and Twitter: @
UptownNewsMpls. Jessica is
interested in hearing from resi-
dents about what people want
from the paper. Contact her at
labor Day celebration
Brad Albertson is one of the
organizers of the annual Labor
Day Celebration. Brad presented
ideas for expanding the celebra-
tion by renting inflatable play
equipment and possibly charging
for bingo. The ECCO Board will
consider the ideas for the 2014
celebration. The Board thanked
Brad for his hard work of solic-
iting the bingo prizes and food
Treasurers Report
Glen Christianson presented the
Treasurers Report of ECCO
unrestricted funds.
Staff Report: Monica Smith
Financial review of Commu-
nity Participation Program
(CPP) funds for current cycle
ending December 31, 2013 and
Neighborhood Revitalization
Program (NRP) funds.
CPP funding for the next
three-year cycle is expected to
be approved by the City Coun-
cil in mid-August. If approved,
ECCO will receive the same
allocation as the current three-
year cycle.
The home improvement grant
program funds have been
depleted. The ECCO Board
approved moving $1,866.10
from the Marketing budget
into the grant program.
The City continues to work
on construction plans for the
36th Street Bikeway featur-
ing a two-way bicycle path on
the south side of the road with
pedestrian space and stops for
eastbound buses.
Presidents Report:
Sarah Sponheim
Monica Smiths contract is up
for renewal in mid-September.
The ECCO Board will review
the contract at the September
The public hearing for gas/
electric municipalization was
held today. Many of the speak-
ers oppose the ballot initiative
to consider municipalization.
The City Council will vote on
August 16.
The City continues to work
with 1800 Lake to resolve the
dewatering issue.
committee Reports
Livability Committee
The June 25 meeting included
presentations by City of Lakes
Community Lake Trust, Uptown
Opportunity Task Force and
new retail development for the
Suburban World Theater. No
action was taken at the meeting.
The next meeting is Tuesday,
August 27, 7 p.m. at St Marys
Greek Orthodox Church.
Uptown Art Fair patrons took advantage of great weather in early August to discover new art from a variety of
artists such as this by Southwest inspired by Dolan Geiman. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Southwest by Midwest
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SEPTEMBER 2013 Uptown neighborhood news

11 .
2nD cOlOR PlaTE
Short Redhead Reel Reviews
By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Dont miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)]
aint Them Bodies Saints
(nR) (1.5)
When a Texas outlaw (Casey
Affleck) assumes responsibility
for killing a cop during a shoot-
out in the 1970s and is sent to
prison in this hard-to-follow,
dark, violent, star-dotted (Keith
Carradine, Nate Parker, and
Robert Longstreet), 96-minute
film highlighted by a terrific
musical score, he breaks out of
prison to reunite with his wife
(Rooney Mara) and to meet his
4-year-old daughter (Kenna-
die and Jacklynn Smith) despite
being stalked by the local sheriff
(Ben Foster).
austenland (PG-13) (3.5)
Reality and fantasy merge in this
over-the-top, hysterically funny,
campy, colorful, unpredictable,
97-minute romantic comedy
when a single, unlucky-in-love
woman (Keri Russell), who is
obsessed with the Pride & Prej-
udice, spends her lifes savings
to go to a Jane Austen theme
park in England run by a strict,
rigid owner (Jane Seymour) and
while staying at an idyllic coun-
try English mansion with other
Austen-passionate vacation-
ers (Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia
King, et al.), she finds herself
falling for a dark, handsome
grounds employee (Bret McKen-
zie) and ignoring the advances of
a kindhearted Darcy-like history
professor (JJ Feild).
Drinking Buddies (R) (2.5)
[language throughout.] When
a brewery employee (Olivia
Wilde) ends up splitting with her
music producer boyfriend (Ron
Livingston) in Illinois in this
low-key, down-to-earth, realistic,
unpredictable, 91-minute film,
she struggles with her feelings
for a coworker (Jake Johnson)
who is in a committed relation-
ship with his girlfriend (Anna
in a World... (R) (2)
[Language, including some
sexual references.] After her
father (Fred Melamed) kicks
her out of his apartment so that
his much-younger girlfriend
(Alexandra Holden) can move
in with him in this wacky, low-
key, quirky, star-dotted (Eva
Longoria, Nick Offerman, and
Geena Davis), 95-minute com-
edy, a California voice coach
(Lake Bell), who dreams of being
a successful voiceover artist, tem-
porarily moves in with her sister
(Michaela Watkins) and her hus-
band (Rob Corddry) and then
surprisingly ends up competing
with her father and a one-night
stand (Ken Marino) for a big
voiceover gig with support of a
longtime friend (Demetri Mar-
lee Daniels The Butler
(PG-13) (4)
[Some violence and disturbing
images, language, sexual materi-
al, thematic elements, and smok-
ing.] A compelling, poignant,
eye-opening, factually based,
star-studded (Vanessa Redgrave,
Terrence Howard, Cuba Good-
ing Jr., Clarence Williams III,
Lenny Kravitz, and Alex Petty-
fer), 132-minute film that chron-
icles the life of Cecil Gaines (Aml
Ameen/Michael Rainey Jr./For-
est Whitaker) from his difficult
childhood working in the cotton
fields with his parents (Mariah
Carey and David Banner) in
Macon, Ga., in the 1920s to work-
ing at the White House serving
President Dwight D. Eisenhow-
er (Robin Williams), President
John F. Kennedy (James Mars-
den) and Jackie (Minka Kelly),
President Lyndon Johnson (Liev
Schreiber), President Richard
Nixon (John Cusack), and Presi-
dent Ronald Regan (Alan Rick-
man) and Nancy (Jane Fonda)
while dealing with his alcoholic,
jealous wife (Oprah Winfrey)
and raising two sons (David
Oweloyo and Elijah Kelley),
one of whom became estranged
when he became involved in the
civil rights movement as a col-
lege student at Fisk University.
The Worlds End (R) (2)
[Pervasive language, includ-
ing sexual references.] When
a mentally unstable, juvenile,
pint-swigging Brit (Simon Pegg)
convinces four longtime, reluc-
tant friends (Martin Freeman,
Eddie Marsan, Paddy Consi-
dine, and Nick Frost) to return
to Newton Haven after twenty-
three years to attempt the golden
mile where they drink at twelve
pubs, including The First Pint,
The Old Familiar, The Famous
Cock, The Good Companions,
Film Schedule
Listed in order of release date
and subject to change. Please see for
final titles, dates and times.
laGOOn cinEMa
1320 Lagoon Ave. 612.823.3020
9/6 Therese
9/13 Museum Hours
9/13 Drinking Buddies
9/20 Thanks for Sharing
2906 Henn. Ave. 612.392.0402
9/6 Afternoon Delight*
9/13 Short Term 12
9/27 Enough Said*
9/27 Inequality for All*
*Film will open either at Lagoon
or Uptown
Work continues on the new web-
site. Committee chairs should
send content to Andrew Born-
hoft and Monica Smith.
Midtown Corridor Alternatives
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.
Next meeting of the Community
Advisory Committee is Tuesday,
August 20, 7 p.m. at Colin Pow-
ell Center, 2924 4th Ave. S.
Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
The next meeting is Thursday,
September 5, 7 p.m. at St. Marys
Greek Orthodox Church.
EccO from 10
The Trusty Servant, The Two
Headed Hog, The Mermaid,
The Beehive, The Kings Head,
and The Worlds End, in this
over-top-comedy, silly, intermit-
tently funny, star-dotted (Pierce
Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, and
Bill Nighy), 109-minute comedy,
the pub crawl expectedly does
not go as planned as the friends
confront unworldly robots.
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.

Uptown neighborhood news SEPTEMBER 2013

This Month The UNN is Giving Away . . .
4 Tickets to the
Renaissance Festival!
of Thrifty Hipster]
RULES: The first reader to answer this
question with the most businesses
will be the winner:
Name all of the Uptown bike shops
located in the space bounded by
Franklin Ave., the lakes, 36th St.
and Lyndale Avenue.
Email your answer to
[Last months answer: across the street to the east.
Previous months winners are not eligible.)
September 7. Registration fee is $10. Regis-
tered hosts get their sale listed on the shop-
pers map plus a yard sign, advertising and
promotion. This years sale includes six new
features: 10 additional directional signs to
help shoppers find sales, Opportunities for
food and beverage sales, A chance to add
details about sale items in the Shoppers Map
for an additional $2 per item category, such
as childrens toys and clothing, Sponsor-
ship opportunities for area businesses, who
pay $25 for the privilege of being listed on the
shoppers map, After-sale pick up of unsold
items the Monday after the sale, A fun BBQ/
potluck after-party for participants who want
to celebrate a day of fun and profit.
tIArA non grAtA:
openIng reCeptIon
Soo Visual Arts Center 6pm-9pm
2638 Lyndale Ave. 612.871.2263
Tiara Non Grata explores the beautiful failures
in judgment of a society controlled by the fan-
tasy depictions of real life in media. Emily
Bennett Beck and Erin Goedtel skillfully create
a feeling of disgust hovering underneath the
surface of their breathtakingly intricate and
even glamorous paintings and mixed media
work. This exhibition is both a condemnation
and acknowledged lust for the mostly unat-
tainable ideals of beauty perpetuated in soci-
ety; it is a love/hate relationship with all that
glitters. Emily Bennett Becks work explores
the iconography of the good girl, or as some
reference it the plight of the Mary Jane figure.
Her hyper-realistic oil paintings depict a dis-
tortion of the dewy eyed earnestness of these
narrative figures, encapsulating both our con-
nections to the female figures vulnerabilities
and our desire to revel in her miseries. Erin
Goedtels work approaches Tiara Non Grata as
both an expose and cautionary tale. Her work
illustrates the by-products of striving for cult-
ish celebrity idealswhether it is through her
glorious large-scale oil paintings of Who Wore
it Best or sculptures of the sparkling excre-
(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.)
lABor DAY CeleBrAtIon
East Calhoun Neighborhood - 3pm
3450 Irving Ave. 612.821.0131
Join the Labor Day Celebration beginning with
a parade featuring the Southwest High March-
ing Band. Arrive by 2:30pm to decorate bikes,
strollers, etc. After the parade enjoy bingo,
games and a potluck dinner.
MY noSe BleeDS
onCe A MontH
Bryant Lake Bowl - 10pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
Local comic and playwright Joey Hamburger
has some crazy fake-true stories to tell. Cre-
ated by Joey Hamburger, My Nose Bleeds Once
a Month is a hybrid between stand-up comedy,
storytelling, sketch comedy and also the future
title for his memoirs. Join Hamburger and
some special guests for a silly night of funny
jokes, funny poems, funny stories, a song or
two, and perhaps a nervous breakdown. More
info at
eIrA AnnUAl SUper SAle
East Isles Residents Association - 9am
1600 W 26th St. 612.230.6400
Its back! The Second Annual East Isles neigh-
borhood-wide Super Sale is coming Saturday,
community events calendar
ment only the finest of trophy poodles would
leave behind. The show runs September 7 to
October 19.
people For pArKS 5K rUn,
wAlK & Stroll
People For Parks - 11am
Lake Harriet Bandshell 612.767.6892
Join park supporters at Lake Harriet on Sep-
tember 8th for the next family friendly 5K
around the Parkway. This year, proceeds will
fund the replacement of trees lost in the June
21 storm. The Minneapolis Park and Recre-
ation Board manages more than 200,000
boulevard trees lining more than 1,000 miles
of city streets, in addition to countless trees in
almost 200 parks. The June 21 storm resulted
in a loss of about 5,000 trees on private and
public propertymore than the number of trees
lost in the Northside tornado. You can run,
walk, or jogbring a friend, bring your kids
or bring your pet! They let the serious runners
run up front and theres a giant digital clock
so they can time themselves. See website for
categories and details of how to win a bench
(valued at $1200) And see if you can find
yourself in the slide show of images from past
races. Send them your photos and theyll add
them. Proceeds will fund replacement of trees
in parks and on boulevards.
DIne oUt For CArAg
Republic - 11am-1am
3001 Hennepin Ave. 612.886.2309
Join your neighbors at Republic for the next
Dine Out For CARAG event. Republic is gener-
ously donating 20% of the days food proceeds
to CARAG to help fund neighborhood programs.
Supporting local businesses while supporting
your community is a win-win.
2013 Twin Cities In Motion. 039-2298b-7
Friends. Family. Fun.
at any distance.
Grab your family and friends and join us for a fun day of runs, walks
and activities everyone will enjoy. Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Weekends Saturday Events include a 10K, 5K, mile, half mile and races
just for the little ones. Its all the excitement of marathon day, but with
distances for all ages and abilities.
Register today at
Diaper Dash Toddler Trot Half Mile
Diana Pierce Family Mile
Part of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend
SatuRday, OctObeR 5 On the State capitOl gROundS
Register now!
Minneapolis Audubon Society - 1pm
Bryant Square Park 952.926.4205
Enjoy the first meeting of the season. Potluck
is at 1pmbring a dish to share and utensils.
The program at 2pm will feature Sue Leaf dis-
cussing her recent biography Thomas Sadler
Roberts: A Love Affair With Birds. Join the Min-
neapolis Audubon Society for food and fun.
BY SeAn wIllIAMSon
Bryant Lake Bowl - 10pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
Families, friends and factions are set against
each other when Jimmy Lee steals from the
infamous crime family the Caldwells. When
they kill his girlfriend in retaliation, it sets off
a string of events that cannot be undone.