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Crime & Safety ....................................... 4
CARAG Minutes ...................................... 8
Film Reviews................................................ 9
ECCO Minutes ....................................... 10
Events Calendar...................................... 11
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COVERING THE UPTOWN AREA and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO

MAY 2015 - Volume 11 - Number 5

Police Chase Ends in
Uptown Accident Scene

A view looking south at the Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun.

(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Park Board
Looks for Input
on Lakes Plans
Provided by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be
making $3.5 million of improvements at Lake Calhoun and Lake
Harriet in 2016. The planning process to help determine how to
spend these funds will be guided by a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by various neighborhood associations
and elected officials.

The suspect’s van stopped in the middle of the intersection after intentionally hitting the parked squad car seen at
right. The suspect fled on foot but was apprehended shortly after. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

By Bruce Cochran
On the morning of April 14, Hopkins police pursued a van into Minneapolis. The pursuit ended at
the Minneapolis city boundary, according to the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). But the
van continued to race eastbound on Lake Street into Uptown. MPD Officer John Elder said the
CHASE page 4

Prime Time Brings The Pain

1. Applications to be appointed to the CAC are now available
by going to minneapolisparks.org/currentprojects and selecting “Lake Calhoun/Lake Harriet Improvements” listed under
Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Applications are due May 15.
2. Please read the update “Help Plan the Future of Lake Calhoun
and Lake Harriet in the Chain of Lakes Regional Park” under the
What’s New tab. 
If you have any questions, please contact MPRB Project Manager Deborah Bartels at dbartels@minneapolisparks.org or
612.230.6438.

Southwest Seniors
Workout Their Brains
Mary Ann Schoenberge, Director of Southwest Senior Center.

Thirty-five seniors and 10 volunteers from Wells Fargo got their
heart rates up with seated exercises before embarking on a series
of team brain games at Southwest Senior Center. The group brain
games were one of the many programs taking place at the center
as part of the three-month long Brain-a-thon, which explored the
latest in brain health research, incentivized and challenged residents to engage in brain healthy activities.
“I like knowing that I’m doing good things for my brain, and
because the Brain-a-thon encourages you to keep track of what
you do, I’ve been trying to be even better about doing more walks,
taking my Tai Chi classes, and working on puzzles,” said center
participant Marjorie Stipek.
SENIORS page 2

Prime Time Wrestling comes to Calhoun Square for five shows, starting May 23. The shows will take place the
fourth Saturday of every month through September on the empty lot northeast of the Calhoun Square. The CARAG
neighborhood is currently working with the promoter to sell beer at the events to help raise money for neighborhood
programs. (See more CARAG news on page 8). (Photo courtesy of Prime Time Wrestling)

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS
IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THESE
SELECT LOCATIONS

CITIZEN
ACTION
CARAG Neighborhood

Bremer Bank

612.823.2520
carag@carag.org

Brueggers Bagels

East Isles Neighborhood

Bryant Square Park

612.821.0131
nrp@eastisles.org

Cheapo Records

ECCO Neighborhood

Chiang Mai Thai

612.821.0131
nrp@eastcalhoun.org

Common Roots Cafe

Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood

Dunn Bros
(Hennepin & 34th)
Volunteers from Wells Fargo spent time exercising the brain with seniors at Southwest Senior Center by playing
Brain Games March 27. Brain Games is one of the activities featured in the Center's ongoing Brain-a-thon. (Photo courtesy of
Southwest Senior Center)

612.308.1737
wedgecoordinator@gmail.com

Minneapolis Information

Dunn Bros
(Lake & Bryant)

311

Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn
612.230.6443 ext. 6
bbourn@minneapolisparks.org
Anita Tabb
612.230.6400 ext. 4
atabb@minneapolisparks.org

Falafel King
Famous Dave’s BBQ
Gigi’s Café

Mpls. Public Schools

Health Resource Center

612.668.0000
answers@mpls.k12.mn.us

Hennepin-Lake
Liquors

City Councilperson (Ward 10)
Lisa Bender

Isles Bun & Coffee

612.669.3286
Lisa.Bender@minneapolismn.gov

It’s Greek to Me

Mayor Betsy Hodges

Joyce Food Shelf

612.673.2100
Betsy.Hodges@minneapolismn.gov.

Joyce United
Methodist Church

Marion Greene, 3rd District,
Hennepin County Council
612.348.7883
marion.greene@hennepin.us

Kowalski’s Market

State Senator (60)
D. Scott Dibble

Magers & Quinn
Mohn Electric & Lighting

651.296.4191
sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn

Lagoon Theatre

State Representative (61A)
Frank Hornstein

Parents Automotive

651.296.9281
rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn

Pizza Luce

State Representative (61B)
Paul Thissen

Rainbow Foods
Southwest Senior Center Director Mary Ann Schoenberge (at left) introduces Council Member Lisa Bender, Ward
10. Southwest seniors gathered for the April 23 event to hear Bender deliver updates from the City. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

SENIORS from 1

The Brain-a-thon includes
speakers, Brain Games, and
nutrition programs that focus
on brain health.
“It’s so exciting being able to
hear directly from researchers
at the University of Minnesota
about what is happening in the
areas of brain health and caregiving,” said Laura Campbell,
adult day program manager.
Fang Yu, University of Minnesota professor of nursing,
kicked off the Brain-a-thon
with a talk about her research
on the impact of aerobic exercise on community dwelling
older adults with dementia.
Following that, a student from
the School of Public Health
discussed nutrition and the
brain, and researcher Mark
Reese from the School of Nursing gave a presentation about
innovative technology that can
aid caregivers working with
dementia patients.
Upcoming programs open
to the public include “Ask A
Nurse about Brain Health”
with UMN School of Nursing
professor Siobhan McMahon

on May 4, “Healthy Mind,
Healthy Aging” with mental health professional Joan
Stauffer on May 14, and Brain
Games on May 15. All programs take place at Southwest
Senior Center at 1 p.m.
In addition to attending the
programs, Brain-a-thon participants can earn points for
tracking exercise, doing puzzles, playing cards, dancing,
keeping a food journal, and for
creative endeavors.

her to walk more and to start
using the Center’s recumbent
bike.
For more information about
the Brain-a-thon or to find out
about other programs at the
center, including adult day care,
social work services, senior dining, exercise classes, health and
wellness classes, stop by the
center at 3612 Bryant Ave. S. or
contact Mary Ann Schoenberger at 612-822-3194 or mschoenberger@voamn.org.

“I’ve really enjoyed using my
mind in different ways, like
taking clay and ukulele classes
at the center,” said Judy Prentiss. Sandy Brazil said the
Brain-a-thon has encouraged

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Sebastian Joe’s
Ice Cream Cafe

Governor Mark Dayton

Southwest Senior Center

651.201.3400
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Subway

U.S. Congressman (5th)
Keith Ellison

Spyhouse Coffee Shop

612.522.1212
www.ellison.house.gov

Uptown Diner

U.S. Senator
Al Franken

Tea Garden

202.224.5641
info@franken.senate.gov

Treetops At Calhoun

U.S. Senator
Amy Klobuchar

Vail Place
Walker Library

202.224.3244
www.klobuchar.senate.gov

Walker Place

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The Wedge Co-op

202.456.1111
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Divine Liturgy
Sunday 9:30 am
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Art Direction and Production
Bruce Cochran (CARAG)
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Managing Board
Ralph Knox, President (ECCO)
Elizabeth Walke, Treasurer (CARAG)
Anja Curiskis, Secretary (ECCO)
Nancy Riestenberg (CARAG)
Pat Rounds (ECCO)
Samantha Strong (CARAG)
Contributing Photographers
Bruce Cochran, Beth Marsh

Contributing Writers
Bruce Cochran, Kathy Kullberg,
Beth Marsh, Cedar Phillips,
Wendy Schadewald, Mary Schoenberg,
Monica Smith, Jessica Van Gilder
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UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - 3 .

9th Annual BLEND Awards
Submissions are now being
accepted for the 9th annual
BLEND Awards, recognizing homes and businesses that
blend into their Minneapolis
neighborhoods.

The Original
Beer Scene
Kathy Kullberg, local historian, presents the history of famous breweries in Minneapolis during the Lowry Hill East (Wedge) annual meeting
on April 15 at Jefferson Elementary. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

The BLEND Award encourages and rewards homeowners, architects and builders
who aesthetically blend newly
remodeled or constructed
homes and businesses into
the existing neighborhood. In
addition, EcoBLEND Badges
will be presented to BLEND
Award recipients who apply
eco-friendly design and sustainable building practices to
their projects. New this year,
one project will be selected as
“Best in Show,” recognizing a
particularly exceptional example of the BLEND philosophy.
More information can be found
at BLENDaward.org, including submission guidelines,
entry forms and a gallery of
previous winners serving as a
resource for anyone looking to
remodel or build new, while
maintaining the character of
the neighborhood.
The submission deadline is July
31, 2015.

New Spring Planting
The Metropolitan Council is in the process of planting native prairie
grasses in this section of the Lagoon between Lake of the Isles and
Lake Calhoun. The area just south of the Midtown Greenway was most
recently the site of sewer work by the Council. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

This 1914 home remodel was a 2014 BLEND Award Winner.

(Photo courtesy of

the BLEND Awards)

The other
Canned Heat

The annual awards ceremony
will be held at Fulton Brewery
Sept. 28, 2015 and will feature
keynote speaker Larry Millett,
famed Minneapolis architectural historian and author of
Minnesota’s Own.

Livin’ For The City

Gracie’s Pantry displayed Tequila Salsa, Tex Mex Relish and Hot Spicy
Bloody Mary Mix among other homemade creations during the Calhoun Square Market on April 25. The Market goes outdoors on Girard
Walkway starting Friday May 1. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Curbside Organics
Service Starts in August
Provided by the City of Minneapolis
The new system, rolling out
between August and
Spring 2016 is opt-in
and will include
a number of
items
that
are
allowed
in
backyard
bins or standard recycling
carts. Minneapolis Solid Waste
& Recycling customers will soon
be able to recycle
fruits,
vegetables,
bones, meat, breads, eggshells
and other food scraps. The new
organics recycling program
is an easy way for residents to
reduce waste.

The two homes above East Calhoun were part of the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour on April 25 and 26.
Linda Unsworth (top), the owner of 3533 Humboldt Ave., showed her 1921 Bungalow. Mary Ellingen (bottom), the
owner of 3543 Humboldt Ave. S., showed her 1913 built home. According to their website “The Minneapolis and Saint
Paul Home Tour is an annual event that promotes city living. The tour brings thousands of home enthusiasts together
for a weekend of sharing home remodeling ideas. The tour is sponsored by the Planning and Economic Development
departments of both cities, local financial institutions, developers, contractors and other businesses. The home tour’s
most important partners, of course, are the homeowners who volunteer to open their homes.” (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

To take part, residents must
sign up by contacting Solid
Waste and Recycling at
612.673.2917. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m. or you can sign up
by contacting SWRcustomer@
minneapolismn.gov. Organics recycling will begin in two
phases, with 25 percent of cus-

tomers having organics recycling available in August
2015 and the rest in
spring 2016. The
phases are designated by area
for the most
efficient collection routes.
Visit minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics
to learn more about
curbside organics
service.

Purchase over $60 &
receive FREE 6 pack
of Aquafina Water
at Kyle’s Market

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crime & safety
Dangerous Dogs

The Minneapolis Police Department was not able to supply
the UNN with the Uptown Crime Map this month.

Provided by the City of Minneapolis
The following animals have been declared dangerous in the City
of Minneapolis. These pets have had an animal-to-animal bite/
incident or an animal-to-human bite/incident. In order to keep
our residents safe, we post pictures of these animals and their
addresses.
If an animal’s owner completes the necessary training and education for themselves and their pet, and an approved trainer affirms
that the pet and pet owner have made progress toward meeting
certain safety goals, the City of Minneapolis will review the case
after a reasonable amount of time (6 to 12 months, for instance)
and may remove the dangerous dog declaration.

Dangerous Animal Declarations
Under Minnesota State Statute and Minneapolis City Ordinance,
domestic animals that have bitten or demonstrated aggression
must be investigated to determine if that animal is a threat to
the public’s safety and should be declared “dangerous.” MACC
conducts these investigations and makes dangerous animal declarations. Declarations are determined based on the severity of
the incident, including serious bites and unprovoked aggressive
behavior.

There are three types of dangerous animal declarations
• Potentially Dangerous Animal (Full Declaration; TrainingOnly Declaration; or Modified Declaration)
• Dangerous Animal
• Destruct Order
Any animal that bites a person or domestic animal and is subject
to dangerous animal proceedings may be impounded and kenneled at the MACC shelter for the duration of the quarantine and
until compliance is met. The owner is responsible for paying all
fees incurred during quarantine at the shelter.
Declared animals must comply with certain requirements to
safeguard against future attacks or aggression. MACC conducts
bi-annual compliance checks on all dangerous animals in Minneapolis to ensure these requirements are met.

1800 Lake Updade
According to Ward 10 Council Member Lisa Bender, as of March 30, the groundwater pumping was shut off at
1800 Lake St. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Mpls Police Fifth Precinct
Open House, May 13
Fifth Precinct (3101 Nicollet Ave. S.), 5-7 p.m.
This is a free, family-friendly event. There will be free food, the MPD Police Band will play
music, and many units will be represented: K9, Mounted Patrol horses, the Bomb Squad with
its bomb robot, SWAT, 311, Recycling, and more will be there with information and displays.
It's a great way to learn more about the various city units and to enjoy a Spring evening.

1. Potentially Dangerous: Full Declaration
Owners of potentially dangerous animals must meet the following
requirements:
• The animal must be muzzled and on a three-foot leash controlled by an adult any time the dog is not inside a dwelling or
in an approved kennel.
• The animal must be micro-chipped.
• The animal must be registered with MACC annually and must
have an annual “dangerous animal” city license.
• The animal must be kept in a secure area when persons other
than family members are present inside the home.
• If kenneled outside, the animal must be in an approved kennel
that meets the specific requirements outlined in city ordinance.
• Other requirements as specified by city ordinance.

2. Potentially Dangerous: Training
Owners of potentially dangerous animals with a training declaration must meet the above requirements for potentially dangerous
animals, but do not need a muzzle or an indoor kennel, do not
need to register as a dangerous animal, but can be off-leash in an
approved fenced yard.

The rammed squad car at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue.

3. Potentially Dangerous: Modified

CHASE from 1

Owners of potentially dangerous animals with a modified declaration must meet the above requirements for potentially dangerous animals, but do not need a muzzle or a leash in an approved
fenced yard.

Dangerous Animal
In addition to the requirements for potentially dangerous animals
(full declaration), owners of dangerous animals must also meet the
following requirements:
• The animal must be sterilized.
• The owners of the animal must have a current insurance
bond in the amount of at least three hundred thousand dollars
($300,000.00) to cover any personal injuries inflicted by the animal.
• A clearly visible sign indicating that a “dangerous animal” is on the
premises must be posted in the front and rear of the property.
DOGS page 10

van appeared to “intentionally
ram” an unrelated MPD squad
car that happened to be parked
near the intersection of Lake
Street and Hennepin Avenue
shortly after 11 a.m. Another
parked vehicle was also hit in
the accident.

Minneapolis Police shut down
the intersection of Lake Street
and Hennepin Avenue in all
directions, in order to process
the three-car accident scene.
Squad car presence on the
scene totaled at least 10 police
vehicles.
After the non-fatal collision of

(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

the three cars, the van driver
escaped on foot. The Hopkins
Police Department apprehended the suspect shortly thereafter. No serious injuries were
reported.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director
and in charge of Production for
the Uptown Neighborhood News
and resides in CARAG.

The Uptown
Neighborhood News

If We Were Any More Local We’d Be Sitting On You.

EAST CALHOUN EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS
t h u r s d ay, M ay 7

s at u r d ay, J u N e 6

ECCO Super Sale 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Super Sale is an annual event sponsored by the ECCO Board in
which all ECCO residents are encouraged to have a garage or yard
sale on the same day. Registration deadline is June 4. See details and
registration form below.

ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
The complete agenda will be posted on www.eastcalhoun.org
by May 6th. Residents are invited and encouraged to participate.
M O N d ay, M ay 1 1

and

Street Party: Puppet Show & Potluck Dinner 5 p.m.
34th st at Irving ave s

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

ECCO Happy Hour
Lake and Irving, 1513 W Lake st

(Rain location: St Mary’s)

Come see a performance of
“The Adventures of Katie Tomatie”
from the Driveway Tour series by
Open Eye Figure Theatre, followed
by a community potluck. FREE!
Hot dog and beverages provided;
please bring a dish to share and a
blanket or lawn chair.

Meet your neighbors and learn what’s going on in our community.
Light appetizers provided, cash bar.
s at u r d ay, M ay 1 6

10:00 a.m. - Noon

ECCO Pollinator Program
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
Join us for a fun and informational program for the whole family and
learn how to support our friendly ECCO pollinators.
A Pollinate MN expert will join us to share the basics of honeybees,
why pollinators are important to all of us, and provide us with action
steps to help create a thriving ecosystem for them in our own backyards.
Weather permitting there will be a live hive to share and explore.
Pollinator friendly seed packets for all participants!
Bee there or bee square! Questions? Contact kdscoggin@gmail.com
M O N d ay, M ay 1 8

7:00 p.m.

Livability Committee
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving ave s

Stay Informed
Sign up for our monthly
e-newsletter to learn more about neighborhood
events, opportunities and news. Send a request to
nrp@eastcalhoun.org or call Monica Smith at
612-821-0131.

The Livability Committee reviews current zoning proposals in the
neighborhood and addresses safety, traffic and parking concerns.
t h u r s d ay, J u N e 4

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
st. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving ave s
The complete agenda will be posted on www.eastcalhoun.org
by June 3rd. Residents are invited and encouraged to participate.

www.eastcalhoun.org

The 43rd Annual

ECCO Super Sale
Saturday, June 6, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Super Sale is an annual event sponsored by the ECCO Board in which all ECCO residents are

encouraged to have a garage or yard sale on the same day. Complete this registration form to participate.

Registration form:
NAME
SALE LOCATION:

ADDRESS

P FRONT P BACK P INSIDE

PHONE

ARE YOU SELLING REFRESHMENTS? P YES

P NO

Basic Registration Fee: $5.00
Optional Feature: Advertise your sale: Specializing in anything? Pay $1 extra for each item you would like
to advertise (max of 5). Check your choices:

P KID’S TOYS/CLOTHING P PLANTS
P ANTIQUES
P FURNITURE

P BOOKS
P JEWELRY

P CLOTHING (ADULT)

P TOOLS

P SPORTS EQUIPMENT

TOTAL FEE SUBMITTED: $________________

P I would like the Disabled American Veterans to pick up unsold items on June 8 for donation.
Registration deadline – Thursday, June 4. Checks are payable to ECCO Board.
Mail or deliver registration to: Sylvia Kafkas, 3505 Humboldt Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pick up your lawn sign and customer maps at Sylvia’s home on June 5th. Questions? Call 612-481-7698

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Dogs that Create ‘Authentic Chicago-Style Heaven’
Review: Prairie Dogs

Sauce. We liked the sauce, but
we ended up dunking most of
the fries in ketchup. Other sides
include a Salad
of the Moment,
Foetine
(fries,
cheese
curds,
and braised lamb
neck with foie
gras gravy), and
Bone Broth.

Prairie Dogs is located at 610 Lake St. in the old Gray House space.

By Beth Marsh
Prairie Dogs had a successful
run as a pop-up restaurant in
several Twin Cities locations,

Prairie Dogs
610 Lake St.
612.223.8984
prairiedogsausages.com

Prices
Check website for additional
information.
Handcrafted sausage
sandwiches: $8-$10
Daily Dogs (all-beef with
natural casing) sandwiches:
$3.75 for Just a Dog
$11 for Pliny the Elder
Greens and Such
(side dishes): $3-$13
Add your own BYO
Ingredients: $.40-$3.50
Soft drinks and shakes:
$2-$7

Hours
Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm

Happy Hours
Monday-Friday: 4pm-6pm,
featuring $5 Prairie Dog and
Double Fries, $2 Large Double
Fries, $4 Large Chili Cheese
Fries, and $6.50 Sausage and
Pickle Snack.

Parking
Pay parking lot accessible
from Garfield Avenue; free
and metered street parking
along Lake Street and Lyndale
and Garfield Avenues.

(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

but in March it opened its brick
and mortar home in the space
vacated by The Gray House
restaurant. The small, sparsely
decorated, light-filled space is
the ideal venue for a somewhat
quirky concept—a restaurant
specializing in hot dogs and
handcrafted sausages with both
familiar, traditional toppings
and out-of-the-ordinary gourmet and international ingredients.
As my companion and I
perused the walls to read the
complete menu, we found several offerings that piqued our
interest, and it was difficult to
choose only one sandwich each.
From the Daily Dog menu, my
conservative companion selected The Prairie Dog, an all-beef
hot dog with natural casing on
a lightly grilled bun. This hot
dog is not your average supermarket tube steak; the casing
actually makes a snap when
bitten. The inside marries
smoky, meaty, and spicy flavors and has minimal apparent
grease. The addition of yellow
mustard, chopped onion, tiny
sport peppers, tomato, pickle,
and celery salt creates authentic
Chicago-style heaven.
I was slightly more adventurous
in my choice of the Bock-Bockwurst, partly because I loved
the zany name. The handcrafted chicken sausage, served in
a grilled bun, was topped with
grainy, brown, Calhoun Claw
mustard, a mound of barely-sweet apple slaw, and chili
threads that were more for
looks than for taste. Now that I
have experienced the delicious

hot dogs and sausages served
at Prairie Dogs, I anticipate a
future visit to try an international-flavor sandwich, such
as the Seoul Dog, a hot dog
topped with house-made kimchi, shoyu mustard, cilantro, and chives or the
Reu-Bun, corned beef
brisket
sausage,
bacon
kraut,
Russian dressing, and Jarlsberg cheese,
served on
a pumpernickel bun.
If I feel
particularly brave,
I may try
the
Pliny
the
Elder,
consisting of
a hot dog fried
in duck fat, with
foie gras torchon,
and currant apple
relish, which could
prove to be a real palate
pleaser.
As an accompaniment to our
sandwiches, we shared a large
order of extra-crispy, Double
Fried Fries, which are served
with a spicy aioli called Prairie

diners who prefer a beef patty
or a chicken breast to a hot dog
or sausage, Prairie Dogs has
you covered with
a Pick Your Meat
and Pick Your
Style menu.

Shakes are
made with
Sebastian Joe’s
Ice Cream and
are served with
a mini-donut
on the straw
(the S’more &
Bacon flavored
shake is begging
me to return).

If you want to
forego the chefpicked toppings,
you can order a
Just a Dog, and
pack on your
choice of ingredients and sauces
from the individually priced Build
Your Own (BYO)
Ingredients list.
Vegetarians can
feast on Prairie
Dogs’
Veggie
sandwich with
shitake mushroom and blackeyed pea sausage, bibb lettuce,

Bock-Bock-wurst and Prairie Dog (Photo by Beth Marsh)

house brown mustard, and cauliflower chow chow. For those

You can choose
from a wide
variety of wines,
beer, and ale to
wash down your
sandwich,
but
my
companion and I sipped
soft drinks, and
I was especially
impressed with
the crisp, vanilla flavor of the
old-fashioned,
bottled,
Iron
Horse
cream
soda. Shakes are
made with Sebastian Joe’s Ice
Cream and are
served with a mini-donut on
the straw (the S’more & Bacon
flavored shake is begging me
to return). If you crave an
after-dinner sweet, ask your
server which ice cream
flavors and other desserts are available.
Sit at a table for
a meal, or belly
up to the bar
for
drinks
and snacks
while
you
watch
the
wall-mounted TV. Prairie
Dogs
offers catering and delivery. You really
can’t go wrong
with the Prairie
Dogs experience of
unique food offerings
and fast, friendly service
in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. On a scale of 1 to 5,
with 5 being the highest, I rate
Prairie Dogs as follows: Food
= 4, Beverages = 4, Service = 5,
and Atmosphere = 4.

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IN
GEBRETSEN’S
Scandinavian Gifts and Food

1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN

Horsing Around for Charity
check our website for specials and events -

ingebretsens.com

Mon - Fri 9:00 - 5:30 • Sat 9:00 - 5:00

• 612-729-9333

Louie’s Wine Dive Kentucky Derby 2015 block party is coming to Lyn-Lake on Saturday, May 2. The party takes
place on Aldrich Avenue in front of Louie’s, 800 Lake St. Proceeds benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Minnesota
Chapter. More info at louieswinedive.com/minneapolis. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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‘Uptown Borealis’ Coming To Calhoun Square
Provided by VimLab Promotions
Calhoun Square will soon be aglow with a permanent avant-garde art installation entitled “Uptown Borealis,” created by Minneapolis glass artist Dan Mather. The sculpture is located at the
Hennepin entrance of Calhoun Square near Kitchen Window.
“Uptown Borealis” is made of 600 hand blown glass globes,
encrusted with 500 pounds of crushed iridized glass chips, hung
in 60 strands of 10 globes in a curtain pattern. Each globe contains
10 full color LEDs, for 6,000 total LEDs, which will be operated
as three pixels per globe by a state-of-the-art computer controlled
system that will generate an aurora borealis pattern as a base line,
with the capability to create a near infinite array of color patterns,
including the potential for interactive apps that could allow the
installation to respond to voice, music, and motion.
LED lights have never been used in this cutting edge way and
it will be the first installation of its kind in the world. “Uptown
Borealis” can transform into an American flag and fireworks to
celebrate the 4th of July or look like falling snow during the holiday season to dazzle visitors.
“We are thrilled to have one of Dan Mather’s show stopping art
installations on permanent display at Calhoun Square and look
forward to sharing the incredible ‘Uptown Borealis’ with our
community,” said Stuart Ackerberg, CEO of Ackerberg Group.
Dan Mather is well known for the modern Glass Chunk Chandeliers he created and installed at the newly expanded Walker
Art Center in 2005. He co-founded Goldenflow Studios with his
wife Rollie Reis-Mather in 1989. They are the number one manufacturer of 23k gold hand blown snow-domes in the country.
Their studio is located in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis. Goldenflow Studios is open to the public and
Mather will be highlighting his work during Art-A-Whirl May
15-17. For more on Goldenflow Studios, please visit goldenflowstudios.com.

“Uptown Borealis” during installation in front of Dogwood Coffee in Calhoun Square.

The glass globes with lit up with LED lights inside Goldenflow Studios.

(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Gotta love a
good combo
(Photo

courtesy of VimLab Promotions)

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CARAG report
Lake St.

Lyndale Ave.

Hennepin Ave.
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.

Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Monthly
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, April 21, 2015. DRAFT:
Subject to approval at the February 2015 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by
Cedar Phillips.

Attendance
Diana Boegemann, Cameron
Conway, Colin Harris, Brad
Klein, Jay Lindgren, Tricia
Markle, Cedar Phillips, and
Nancy Riestenberg. Excused
Absences: Michelle Beaulieu.
The meeting was called to
order at 7:04 p.m.

Community Forum
Board members and attendees
introduced themselves.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group

Bryant Square Park
The park only had enough kids
to field one baseball team this
year for 10 year olds.
Contact BSP at (612) 370-4907
or minneapolisparks.org.

City Council Update:
Ben Somogyi
A large section of CARAG
will be eligible to opt-in to
the Organics composting to
be rolled out in August. The
remainder of the neighborhood can participate starting
in spring 2016. Call 311 or visit
the City’s website minneapolismn.gov for more info.
CM Bender is promoting an
initiative called the Working
Families Agenda for consideration by the City Council. An
analysis of the minimum wage
and other issues will take place
over the next few months to
inform how the City can better
support working families.
Iron Door Pub is planning to
move into the former Cause
Sound Bar location at 3001
Lyndale Ave. S.

The proposed floor plan of the new Calhoun Square entrance.

The next Ten Talk with CM
Lisa Bender will feature a tour
of the Minneapolis Solid Waste
& Recycling facility.

Parella at Calhoun Square:
Michael Larson,
Motion, seconded to approve The City Council is expect- Reid Selgren
Agenda & Minutes
the agenda
Approved.

as

presented.

Motion, seconded to approve
the March 17 meeting minutes.
Approved.

ed to approve a revision to the
Bicycle Master Plan describing
where 48 miles of protected
bikeways will be located.

Parella is expected to open in
the former Figlio restaurant
space in late June or early July.
The menu will feature “Modern Italian” cuisine from differ-

(Illustrations courtesy of City of Minneapolis)

ent regions of Italy. Selgren and
Larson are co-owners and they
both have experience managing
restaurants around the area.

Calhoun Square:
Ryan Moore, Stuart
Ackerberg, Brian Trihn
(Ackerberg Group)
Ackerberg plans to move the
Calhoun Square entrance from
the corner of Lake & Hennepin
about 20 feet down Lake Street.

The corner space will be converted to retail. The entrance
will be constructed as part
of the Parella build out. (See
drawings, page 8)
The shopping center has new
tenants coming soon including People’s Organic, as well as
cosmetic changes to the interior. New seating, artwork, and
a history display have been
CARAG page 12

CARAG
Neighborhood
Meeting
Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
UPCOMI NG
• Sale Yard Sign for All Participants
• Only $10 to Register
• Metro-Wide Advertising • Maps Listing 40+ Sales
• Renters May Register for a Sale at Bryant Square Park
• Register online at: www.carag.org!
REGISTRATION FORM

Sale Location: Front Back Side Inside Bryant Square Park (Circle)
Refreshments: Yes No (Circle)
Describe Your Sale Items (60 letters/characters or less):
Name
Address
Phone
Email
Fee: $10 (Checks payable to CARAG)
Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday, May 13
Send/Deliver Registration to: Cedar Phillips (3203 Dupont Ave S
More Info: (612) 823-2520 or www.carag.org

Events Coming in June

Bryant Square Park Concert
Series Kick Off
Tue, June 3
CARAG Plant Swap & Rain
Garden Workshop
Sat, June 6
CARAG Garden Tour
June 20, 22, 24

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The Neighborhood Garage Sale • Saturday, May 16, 8am-4pm

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Short Redhead Reel Reviews
By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)
shortredheadreelreviews.com]
“100-Year-Old Man Who
Climbed Out the Window and
Disappeared”
(R) (4) [Language and some
violence.] [Partially Subtitled]
— While a bomb-loving, lifelong, centenarian bachelor
(Robert Gustafsson) escapes
from a Swedish retirement
home and his 100th birthday party and ends up on the
lam with a valuable suitcase,
a bus stop caretaker (Anders
Sanzén), a perpetual student
(David Wiberg), and an elephant owner (Mia Skäringer)
with a police inspector (Ralph
Carlsson) and bikers (Simon
Säppenen, Jens Hultén, and
Sven Lönn) hot on their trail in
this absolutely hilarious, wacky,
original, 114-minute, 2013
comedy based on Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel, he reminisces about his remarkable,
colorful life in which he fought
Franco (Koldo Losada) in
Spain during the Spanish Civil
War, worked on the Manhattan
Project in America, and met
Albert Einstein’s idiot brother
Herbert (David Shackleton) in
a gulag in Russia.

“5 to 7” (R) (2.5)
[Some sexual material.] —
When a struggling, 24-yearold, Jewish writer (Anton
Yelchin) in New York City
begins an affair between 5
P.M. and 7 P.M. with a beautiful married French woman
(Bérénice Marlohe), who has
two well-mannered children
and an open marriage with
her wealthy husband (Lambert Wilson), to the surprise of
his parents (Glenn Close and
Frank Langella) in this quirky,
low-key, original, 95-minute,
2014 film, his life is profoundly affected by their relationship and the people, including
a publisher (Eric Stolz) and
an editor (Olivia Thirlby), he

Uptown May
Film Schedule
Listed in order of release date
and subject to change. Please see
landmarktheatres.com for final
titles, dates and times.

LAGOON CINEMA

1320 Lagoon Ave. • 612.823.3020
5/1 Marvel’s The Avengers:
Age Of Ultron
5/8 The Mafia Kills Only
In Summer
D Train
5/15 Iris
5/22 The 100-Year-Old Man Who
Climbed Out the Window…
5/29 Sunshine Superman

UPTOWN THEATRE

2906 Henn. Ave. • 612.392.0402
5/1 Dior and I
5/8 Far From The
Madding Crowd
5/15 Saint Laurent
*Opens either at Lagoon
or Uptown

meets in their social circle.
[Language and brief graphic nudity.] — Phenomenal scenery highlights this
thought-provoking,
artsy,
slow-paced, 124-minute film in
which a well-respected, veteran
French actress (Juliette Bincohe) escapes to a remote region
of the Alps with her assistant
(Kristen Stewart) as she struggles to accept and rehearse for a
older role on the London stage
in a play that made her famous
20 years earlier and now must
cope with the actress (Chloë
Grace Moretz) who is playing
the younger part.

1971 from his longtime manager (Christopher Plummer)
as a birthday gift in this entertaining, well-acted, factually inspired, star-dotted (Josh
Peck and Melissa Benoist),
106-minute film, he decides to
turn around his life by leaving
his adulterous wife (Katarina
Cas) in Los Angeles, by moving
into a Jew Jersey hotel run by
no-nonsense manager (Annette
Bening) to write new songs,
and by trying to connect with
his estranged son (Bobby Cannavale), his 6-month pregnant
daughter-in-law (Jennifer Garner), and his ADHD-afflicted, 7-year-old granddaughter
(Giselle Eisenberg).

“Danny Collins” (R) (3.5)

“Good Kill” (R) (3)

[Language, drug use, and some
nudity.] — After an aging,
cocaine-snorting musician (Al
Pacino) receives a letter that
John Lennon wrote to him in

[Violent content, including a
rape, language, and some sexuality.] [Opens May 22] ­A
stomach-churning,
disturbing, factually based, violent,

“Clouds of Sils Maria” (R) (2.5)

UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - 9 .

star-dotted (Peter Coyote,
Zoë Kravitz, and Jake Abel),
102-minute film in which a
military fighter pilot (Ethan
Hawke), who has a wife (January Jones) and two children,
dreams of returning to pilot
duty in Iraq but instead is stationed in Las Vegas under
the command of a lieutenant
colonel (Bruce Greenwood)
controlling unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAVs) that use drones
to drop bombs on the Taliban
in the Middle East.

“True Story” (R) (3.5)
[Language and some disturbing
material.] — After award-winning, asthmatic, New York
Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill), who lives
with his wife (Felicity Jones)
in Montana, is fired from his
job for falsifying an article in
this enthralling, well-acted,
factually based, star-studded
(Gretchen Mol, Ethan Suplee,
Robert John Burke, and Robert
Stanton), 100-minute thriller,
in order to redeem his reputation and out of desperation he

agrees to tell the story of narcissistic, charismatic, coldblooded
Oregon killer Christian Longo
(Dave Franco) who was on the
FBI’s Most Wanted List.

“The Water Diviner” (R) (3.5)
[War violence, including some
disturbing images.] — After a
tenacious, deeply compassionate, widowed Australian farmer (Russell Crowe) loses his
despondent, grief-stricken wife
(Jacqueline McKenzie) to suicide in 1919 in this intriguing,
well-acted, violent, unpredictable, factually based, 111-minute film based on Andrew
Anastasios’s novel, he goes to
Istanbul to search for the bodies
of his missing sons (Ryan Corr,
James Fraser, and Ben O’Toole
) who fought in the Battle of
Gallipoli in 1915, ends up staying at a hotel where he becomes
attached to the widowed hotel
manager (Olga Kurylenko)
and her precocious 10-year-old
son (Dylan Georgiades ), and is
reluctantly helped by a Turkish
major (Yilmaz Erdogan).
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CELEBRATE

MEMORIAL DAY AT

LAKEWOOD CEMETERY
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015
Ceremony – 10:30 a.m.
v Guest speaker James Fischer, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Minnesota State Council
v Gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson v Minneapolis Police Band v Dove release

Tours & Activities – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
v Trolley tours of Lakewood’s art, sculpture and gardens v Coffee & cookies
v Music in Lakewood’s historic Byzantine-style mosaic chapel
Free and open to the public. Call 612-822-2171 or go to LakewoodCemetery.com.

3600 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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ECCO report
Lake St.

ECCO Meeting Minutes for
April 2, 2015. (East Calhoun
Neighborhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded and submitted by David Tompkins and
approved by the ECCO Board by
electronic vote prior to publication.

Attendance
Board members present: Susie
Goldstein, President; Kate
Davenport; Anna Flaig; Paul
Harstad; Klaus Obergfell;
Mark Rosenfeld; David Tompkins; and Caroline Vaaler.
Board members absent: Harry
Savage, Vice-President; Abby

Armstrong, Treasurer; Ben Jilek,
Secretary; Anja Curiskis; and
Steve Latham.

Lyndale Ave.

Hennepin Ave.

LAKE CALHOUN
36th St.

ECCO meets the
first Thursday of
each month,
7 pm at St.
Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
ECCO residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.

Guest: Council Member Lisa
Bender, Ward 10
President Susie Goldstein
called the meeting to order at
7:05 p.m.

Staff Report: Susie Goldstein
No news on the Lakes Calhoun/Harriet
Community
Advisory Committee.

East Calhoun Community Organization

rant sponsorship.
Solar Energy Community
Meeting: Anja Curiskis and
Kathy Scoggin will attend.
City of Minneapolis and Metro
Clean Energy Resource Team
will host the meeting.
Minneapolis Parks Forum,
with League of Women Voters:
panel to talk about parks and
protecting the public interest
April 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Armatage
Park Community Center

Multimodal
Transportation
Study: to study connections
around the proposed West
Lake Station for Southwest
LRT (the study area extends
to East Calhoun Parkway). A
walking tour is scheduled for
April 21.

Council Member Lisa
Bender: Ward 10

Wine Tasting Fundraiser: will
likely take place in fall; Great
Clips will take part, Pat Fleetham is approaching local restau-

Target Center: Lisa voted
against the Target Center’s
request for renovation funds.

No news on plans for Suburban World Theater.
As of March 30th, the groundwater pumping was shut off at
1800 Lake.

State of the City address was
today: Lisa highlights workers’
rights, paid sick time, enforcing
wage theft laws.
Parking reform: reducing
required parking in areas
where good public transportation; long conversation about
this, like going from 1 unit to 1
spot, perhaps 2 units per 1 spot.
Initiatives on housing affordability: Lisa working on this
Composting: first phase this
fall, next phase following
spring
Waste Management Tour on
April 28, 3-4:30. 16 spots available please RSVP.

Treasurer’s Report
Susie Goldstein presented the
Treasurer’s Report. The ECCO
Board voted to approve Klaus
Obergfell as the new Treasurer.

DOGS from 4

Destruct Order
Destruct orders are issued for
the most serious incidents and
for noncompliance with dangerous animal requirements.

4: “Loki”
3104 Colfax Ave. S.
Breed: Pit Bull
Reason for Declaration: Animal to human bite

29: “Isabel”
2507 Humboldt Ave. S.
Breed: American Staffordshire
Terrier
Reason for Declaration: Bite,
animal to animal

6: “BeBe”
Hennepin Ave. S.
Breed: Great Dane

33: “Bandit”
2920 Aldrich Ave. S.
Breed: Boxer/Pit Bull Mix
Reason for Declaration: Dog
attacked pedestrian on a public sidewalk, multiple bites to
human and animal

Reason for Declaration: Animal to animal bite, killed a dog
For more information and
to see a complete list of animals declared dangerous, visit
ci.minneapolis.mn.us/animals/
dangerous.

Dangerous dogs in Uptown.

(Map courtesy of City of Minneapolis)

Committee Reports
Communications
The Uptown Neighborhood
News (UNN) will have a May
issue but the situation is still
precarious.
Midtown Greenway Coalition:
Paul Harstad
May 2: Arbor Day, plantings
near Nicollet, snacks and beverages, spots for 40 people to
help
June 20: Greenway Glow, with
art installation no longer associated with the Northern Sparks
event
July 25: Tour de Fat Tire
Livability Committee:
Kate Davenport
The ECCO Board electronically voted no opposition to CPM
development at 1710 W. Lake,
but asked to hold the line on
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community events calendar
MAY
(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.)

THRU MAY 23

VACATIONLAND: INSTALLATION
BY BETSY HUNT & ZACH MOSER
SooVAC Art Gallery
2638 Lyndale Ave. • 612.871.2263
soovac.org

Vacationland is a new collaborative installation by Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser. This
work is a multi-media exploration of a
possibly fictional or possibly true story
of “a group of females”, aka The Rowdy
Raccoons, roaming the land to find a cure
for boredom. It is a documentation of their
adventures presented as an overload of
sensory input. It is coming of age, empty
parking lots, old clashing with new, wandering, aimlessness, nostalgia, junk yards,
navigating, vacancy, hopelessness, hopefulness, idealized youth, transcendence,
the internet. Creating a new reality, creating
your own reality, technology, using what you
have, documenting an existence, freedom,
being frozen in time, real, fake, VHS, analog, digital, and fragmented information, all
on stage. Hunt and Moser will transform the
physical space of the gallery, bombarding
the viewer with an overwhelming abundance of information. Vacationland will
be a moment in time of these meandering
females, both from the past and present,

ECCO from 10

setbacks, look into organics and
recycling infrastructure.
The Healthy Communities
Assessment Tool is an online
tool that provides information on more than 40 physical,
social, and economic conditions
of community health. Users can
examine how individual neighborhoods perform on each factor.
https://hci-minneapolis.
icfwebservices.com
Green Team: David Tompkins
Cherry Tree Workshop: Date
changed to April 9, 7-8 p.m.
Cherry tree pickup and tree
planting on the April 11-12.
Earth Day Cleanup April 25,
9:30-noon at Lake Calhoun.
Pizza lunch for volunteers.
Pollinator Program May 16,
10-noon at St. Mary’s.
Social: Mark Rosenfeld
Happy Hour April 13, 5-6:30
p.m. Lake & Irving --will then
ask someone to sponsor the
event by paying for the food, or
share with a neighbor and they
should invite their friends and
neighbors. May 11: next one,
aim every second Monday

President’s Report: Susie
Goldstein
Task Force Update: next meeting April 6, 6:30-8pm
Radon program: subsidize test
kits and/or abatement
Nonprofits Assistance Fund:
we would lend it to them for a
short time but it is also working; also to wait for Park Board
to do CAC for Lakes Harriet
and Calhoun study and then
we could partner with them.
Community Connections Con-

creating a sense of history by utilizing vintage and current technologies. The space
will be filled with VHS and other media
players: analog and digital TVs, photocopies and digital prints all gathered as documentation of two different generations of
The Rowdy Raccoons, a testament to their
wanderings combating boredom across
the land. Zach Moser and Betsy Hunt currently reside and make art in the Midwest.
Zach spends his time making videos and
working as a prep cook in Cedar Falls, IA.
Betsy lives in Duluth, MN and teaches in the
Digital Art and Photography program at the
University of Minnesota Duluth. The artists
met as undergraduate art students at the
University of Northern Iowa. As a collaborative team they have exhibited video and
installation works at the Free Range Film
Festival (Wrenshal, MN), Elephant Art Space
(Los Angeles, CA) and at Duluth Art Institute (Duluth, MN). The Rowdy Raccoons are
Anastasia, Christina, Abby, Mary Pat, Emily,
Natalie, Mariah, Nora and Zoe.

8–FRIDAY

FIRE ON THE GREENWAY
OPEN HOUSE

Fire on the Greenway
2845 Harriet Ave • 612.987.3162
fireonthegreenway.com
Fire on the Greenway is a neighborhood studio tucked into a quiet industrial storefront,
adjacent to the Greenway. This ceramic studio is having their spring Open House event
on Friday, May 8th from 5-10pm and Saturday, May 9th from 1-7pm. Wine and light
snacks will be served. The event features
ceramic works, both functional and sculp-

tural, by 15 different local artists who live
and create in the Uptown community. You
need to visit this ceramic studio at 2845
Harriet across the street from the Soo Line
Community Gardens. Work will be available
for sale. Check their website for gallery
hours during the summer. Next door to Fire
on the Greenway is the award winning North
Prairie Tile. One of the foremost makers of
hand crafted, artisan, ceramic tiles in the
Midwest.

9–SATURDAY

BUILD A BIRD FEEDER

Walker Library - 1:30pm-3pm
2880 Hennepin Ave • 612.543.8400
hclib.org
Kids in kindergarten through grade 6 will
use a variety of materials and work with an
artist to design and build a one-of-a-kind
bird feeder to attract birds to their yard.
Materials will be provided. This project is
funded with money from the Minnesota’s
Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and presented in collaboration with ArtStart.

19–TUESDAY

CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE

Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
bellmuseum.umn.edu
Feathered Ghosts: The Fish-Eating Owls of
Northeast Asia: Presented by The Bell Museum of Natural History. The Bell Museum’s
Café Scientifique is a happy hour exchange
of ideas about science, environment, and
popular culture featuring experts from a

ference report: Placemaking murals, parklet ideas.

FILM from 9

Uptown Community Engagement Meeting May 28: please
identify community issues that
affect life in Uptown

[Language.] — After a struggling New York City documentary filmmaker (Bell
Stiller) and his wife (Naomi
Watts), whose father (Charles
Grodin) is a famous documentarian, begin hanging out
with a manipulative, wannabe filmmaker (Adam Driver) and his ice-cream-making
wife (Amanda Seyfried) who
make them feel a little bit
younger and give them a new
spark in their stale marriage
in this relatable, well-paced,
funny, 97-minute comedy, they
neglect longtime friends (Maria
Dizzia, Adam Horovitz, et al.)
and get a wake-up call when

Learning Labs: All are invited
to attend RSVP to NCR@minneapolismn.gov:
April 29, Effectively Shaping
Urban Development
May 27, Tips for Neighborhood Organizing
June 30, Financial Management
Donation request: The ECCO
Board approved a donation
of $500 to Minnesota Pops
Orchestra.

“While We’re Young” (R) (3)

variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are
$5 to $12, sliding scale. “Feathered Ghosts:
The Fish-Eating Owls of Northeast Asia,”
is presented by Dr. Jonathan Slaght, who
works for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program. Dr. Slaght describes
his research into the secret lives of endangered Blakiston’s fish owls – massive, shy
creatures that prey mostly on salmon – and
explains how the divergent economies of
Russia and Japan (where these birds are
found) have influenced their conservation.

22–FRIDAY

JEROME EMERGING
PRINTMAKERS EXHIBITION

Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 Lake St. • 612.871.1326
highpointprintmaking.org
Join Highpoint as they mark the conclusion
of the 2014–2015 Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency. Thanks to the Jerome
Foundation’s generous funding of the program, Highpoint provided artists Kieran
Riley Abbott, Christopher Alday, and Drew
Peterson nine months of access to Highpoint’s printmaking facilities, as well as
technical support, critiques with visiting
artists and curators, and the opportunity to
work in a studio environment that encourages experimentation and growth. This
exhibition features prints, printed material, objects, and site-specific installations
created during the artists’ residency. The
show opens with a free public reception on
Friday, May 22 from 6:30-9pm. The artists
will give a gallery talk at 7pm and refresh-

their friendship with the young
couple begins to unravel.

“Woman in Gold” (PG-13) (3.5)
[Some thematic elements and
brief strong language.] — An
engaging, factually based,
well-acted, star-studded (Katie
Holmes, Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Dane, Frances
Fisher, and Jonathan Pryce),
109-minute film based on E.
Randol Schoenberg novel in
which headstrong, elderly, Jewish Austrian clothing boutique
owner Maria Altmann (Helen
Mirren) hires a tenacious Los
Angeles attorney (Ryan Reynolds) to reclaim her family’s
valuable Gustav Klimt painting of her gorgeous aunt (Antje
Traue) known as “Portrait of

ments will be served. The Jerome Emerging
Printmakers Residency was established in
2003 with generous funding from the St.
Paul-based Jerome Foundation. It serves
emerging Minnesota printmakers who show
significant potential, yet have not achieved
a commensurate amount of professional
accomplishment or recognition in the field.
Jerome residents are selected on the basis
of their dedication, interest and potential
in printmaking as well as the artistic merit
of their work. Special thanks to this year’s
jurors: Dennis Michael Jon, Associate Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and John
Saurer, Associate Professor of Art, St. Olaf
College, as well as guest critics Stephanie
Hunder, Chair of Visual Arts, Concordia
University, and Kris Douglas, Chief Curator,
Rochester Art Center.

27–WEDNESDAY
9X22 DANCE/LAB

Bryant Lake Bowl - 8pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
bryantlakebowl.com
9x22 Dance/Lab is in its 11th year. 9x22 has
become known as a place where both seasoned and new choreographers can present
their work and discuss it with an informed
and engaged audience. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie
Van Wieren follows each dance work, giving audience and choreographer alike the
opportunity to react and explore the work
together. Each month, three choreographers
show work of varying styles and experience.
The choreographers for May are Penny
Freeh, Katie Kaufmann and Katlyn Farstad.

Adele Bloch-Bauer,” which
was stolen by the Nazis from
her home during WWII, and
when they end up traveling to
her hometown of Vienna, she
ends up reminiscing about her
childhood and marriage to a
handsome opera singer (Max
Irons) as they are helped by an
investigative reporter (Daniel
Brühl) to take on the daunting
task of suing the Austrian government.
©1986 through 2015 by Wendy
Schadewald. The preceding films
were reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who has been a Twin Cities film critic since 1986. To see
more of her film reviews, log on
to www.shortredheadreelreviews.
com.

Super Sale update and discussion: June 6, 9-3. Discussion
about having St. Mary’s open
for people to sell items, crafters,
etc. A volunteer is needed to
coordinate the effort.

New Business
Mark Rosenfeld recommended
that the ECCO bylaws should
be updated to remove gender specific pronouns and to
include a voice vote (vs. paper
ballots) for ECCO Board members at the annual meeting. A
vote will be taken at a future
meeting.
The public is invited to community advisory meeting at
Walker Art Center for sculpture garden repair, making
more ADA compliant, April
14-15, see project webpage at
www.minneapolisparks.org.
The next ECCO Board meeting is Thursday, May 7, 2015,
7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church.

‘Study in gray and white’
Soo Visual Arts Center is featuring three new exhibitions by Betsy Hunt, Zach Moser, Lindsay Smith and
Samual Weinberg at a grand opening of their new space at 2909 Bryant Ave., Suite 101. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

CARAG from 8

installed to create more of a
community gathering space.
Trihn described several outdoor events this year including
Groovin’ on Girard, Prime
Time Wrestling, Mobile Jazz
Project, and the Coup d’etat
Block Party. The Livability
Committee drafted a letter of
support for these community-oriented events. Motion, seconded to send Calhoun Square
a letter supporting the events.
Approved.

Uptown Plumbing & Heating:
Josh Savage
Savage is offering space at the
36th & Bryant location as a
“community center.” It is available for free to nonprofits and
will open May 11.

NRP Implementation
Committee: Jay Lindgren
The committee is proposing
NRP Plan Modifications in
order to make the home loan
programs more attractive to
property owners. To date, only
a handful of loans have been
completed and large amounts
of NRP funds remain unused.
Motion, seconded to approve
the proposed Plan Modifications: Approved.
“Reallocate $239,000 of unused
funds from Strategy 3.1.2 4+
Unit Loan Program to Strategy
3.1.1 1-3 Unit Home Loan Program.
Revise language in Strategy
3.1.1 1-3 Unit Loan Program to
include “properties with ten or
fewer dwelling units”.

The CARAG Board has approved the dedication of up to $3,000 from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program
(NRP) pedestrian fund to be spent on construction materials for a parklet at the current location of Canteen cafe,
3255 Bryant Ave. S. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Land Use & Transportation
Committee: Cameron
Conway/ Colin Harris
The LU&T Committee has
been working with two U of
MN Master’s Student to create a “park-let” in CARAG.
The students have designed
three alternatives ranging from
$5,000 to $8,000. They have
secured a location at Canteen
and want to involve CARAG
in community engagement at
the park-let. A fundraiser to
support construction of the
park-let is scheduled at Canteen on May 8.
Motion, seconded to approve
the
following
resolution:
Approved. (4 abstentions)

Urban Melodies
Jake Donivan strums his Yamaha steel string and sings a little Bowie
and Clash to liven up the pedestrian traffic along the Girard Walkway
behind Calhoun Square on April 25. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

“CARAG Board resolves to
dedicate up to $3,000 dollars
from the NRP pedestrian fund
to be spent on construction
materials for a “parklet.” This
parklet will be built during the
summer of 2015 and will be
owned by CARAG. This parklet will be deployed on Bryant Avenue in front of Canteen
during warm weather months,

although CARAG retains
the right to re-use the parklet at other locations within
CARAG. The staff of Canteen
will be responsible for clearing
the parklet of debris while the
parklet is deployed in front of
their location.”

Livability & Engagement
Committee: Tricia Markle
The Earth Day Clean Up is
Saturday, April 25 and volunteers are needed to help pick up
litter in and around CARAG.
The CARAG Super Sale is
May 16 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
People can register online at
carag.org or using the registration flyer.

Treasurer’s Report
The CARAG Operations and
NRP account reports were
available.
Calhoun Square and Prime
Time Wrestling have offered
CARAG the opportunity to
sell beer during five wrestling
events this summer. CARAG
would be the benefitting non-

profit keeping all the proceeds
from the beer sales. To move
forward, CARAG will need to
obtain the event liquor license
and provide about four volunteers to serve beer. Motion, seconded to partner with Prime
Time Wrestling event organizers including obtaining
required licenses and providing
volunteers. Approved.
The one-year office lease
expires this month, but the
Southwest Senior Center has
not yet proposed a new lease.
They are busy planning a renovation of the basement including the CARAG office. The
office will need to be empty to
allow for new carpeting, ceiling, and other improvements.

Uptown Neighborhood News
Riestenberg reported that
Uptown Neighborhood News
(UNN) will publish their final
issue in June.

Adjourn
The meeting adjourned at 8:45
p.m.

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