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Covering life, work, and play in the Historic Mill District and Downtown Minneapolis Riverfront neighborhoods. Have local news or events to share?  Contact us.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival Update #1

Between now and the July 31 kick off, we'll post snippets of info on some of the show options for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

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Site-Specific Musical Walking Tour Debuts at Minnesota Fringe Festival

Minneapolis, MN – Catalog Models presents INTO THE UNREAL CITY, a new site-specific musical walking tour with script by Gemma Irish and music by Mark Sweeney. INTO THE UNREAL CITY premieres on July 31st as part of the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Where do we find meaning? In each other? Within ourselves? In the twilight cityscape? INTO THE UNREAL CITY begins with a song outside the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center. From there, the audience is led on a journey (literally as well as metaphorically) back through the memory-scape of our main characters, Zeke and Bet. Actors perform in the doorways of buildings, sing on bridges, fight in the street, and otherwise piece together their lives on the sidewalks of the West Bank neighborhood.

"Bringing a musical into real world locations makes the ordinary seem larger than life,”notes composer Mark Sweeney. “The sound fills in every direction. But also walking down the street and singing feels instantly intimate and builds a connection between audience, actors and emotion."

Playwright Gemma Irish notes: “Our show is about finding meaning in our lives, figuring out how to be who we are and do what’s important. Being able to walk around and explore different parts of the neighborhood feels like a physical representation of the searching that’s happening in the show.”

Audience size for INTO THE UNREAL CITY is limited to 20 people. Tickets can be purchased at fringefestival.org, or at the Rarig Center box office on the day of each performance. The walking tour departs at 7 PM on each night of the Fringe Festival, July 31-August 10. The walking tour (and final musical number) concludes at a convenient distance from the Rarig. The show runs 50 minutes.

INTO THE UNREAL CITY

A new play by Gemma Irish with music by Mark Sweeney. Directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe.

Featuring:
Amber Davis
Russell Dugger
Shaina Ferguson
Laura Mason
Tristan Miller
Mark Sweeney

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Laura Leffler-McCabe (director) is a theatre maker, director, sometimes playwright, and performer whenever she can. She is the Artistic Director of Savage Umbrella and has directed, written, and performed in over 19 projects with SU since its inception in 2007, notably The Ravagers (co-writer, performer - Hypermnestra) and The Awakening (writer/director). Other theatrical adventures include Fishtank (Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Assistant Director), Come Hell and Highwater (The Moving Company, Assistant Director), By the Bog of Cats (Frank Theatre, Assistant Director), and Beaver Dance: A Holiday Marxist Fur Trade Musical (Bedlam Theatre, performer - Bemidji).

Catalog Models (producers)
Mark Sweeney has made theater in swimming pools, written musicals about exoplanets and robots, and performed on stages all over the Twin Cities. “Sweeney's script and songs are just as notable for the things they don't say as the things they do,” (Matthew Everett, TC Daily Planet). Gemma Irishhas written whip-smart scripts about quantum mechanics, gay marriage, and objectum sexuality. She has been described as “a very gifted writer with a penchant for colorful similes and metaphors that nail the emotional tenor of a situation," (Pioneer Press). INTO THE UNREAL CITY is their collaboration -a musical walking tour, a search for meaning, a celebration and an exploration of the human experience.

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WORLD PREMIERE OF AN ORIGINAL LOCAL MUSICAL SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY AT 2014 MN FRINGE FESTIVAL

Stranded off a desert highway on a road trip borne of necessity, a young musician goes on an odyssey of self-discovery with the characters of Greek myth.
 
That short description truly sets the stage for what might be this Fringe's most personal and uniquely-crafted musical. In an abbreviated format, this production will focus on the original music by the composer and star of the show, Anders Norheim Mattson.
 
This musical revue of sorts will feature new songs performed by a strong cast of singers, both veterans of the stage and up-and-coming performers. Each song examines the story of a Greek mythological character as well as the thoughts and tribulations of the main character. The composer says about the show, “It encompasses the last five years of my life as I went from a peak of creativity to financial and emotional depression and back, all in one really messed up day in the desert.”
 
To accompany the singers through this musical journey will be Casey Rusco on piano and the composer's mother, JoAnn Norheim, on violin. Along with the twelve original musical numbers, the show boasts costumes by local designer Ivan Idland.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy premieres at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave.
• Friday, 8/1 * 10:00pm
• Sunday, 8/3 * 8:30pm
• Friday, 8/8 * 7:00pm
• Saturday, 8/9 * 1:00pm
• Sunday, 8/10 * 5:30pm

www.facebook.com/selfingprophecy
@selfingprophecy
Youtube

 

Monday
Jul212014

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

The grand opening celebration of the Dinkytown Greenway - Phase 3 took place July 20. This new trail project provides a direct bicycle and pedestrian connection from the East Bank of the University of Minnesota to downtown Minneapolis by utilizing a tunnel under I-35W.

Council Members Jacob Frey and Cam Gordon lead bike rides from Gateway Park and TCF Bank Stadium, respectively, to meet up at the Bluff Street Park for an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 1:30pm. In addition to Frey and Gordon, speakers included Mayor Hodges, Minneapolis Park and Rec Board Commissioner Scott Vreeland, Hennepin County 4th District Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and several others. Following the ceremony, the group departed on a ceremonial ride thru the tunnel.

Council Member Jacob Frey addressing the crowd

The inaugural ride through the Dinkytown Greenway tunnel under I-35W

Photos from the event

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Grand Opening Celebration for Dinkytown Greenway Phase 3

Monday
Jul212014

The Week Ahead in Mill City

Fiery Sunset Over Downtown Minneapolis

Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods.  Have an event to share?  Submit your events here...

Monday, July 21

Tuesday, July 22

Wednesday, July 23

Thursday, July 24

Friday, July 25

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, July 27

Sunday
Jul202014

Week 11 at the Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Well, hello, you spectacular blueberries! We've been expecting you.  :D

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

There are plenty of cheese options at the Market to pair with chocolate from French Nugget.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The wait is over - Wild Run Salmon is back.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Orange Mighty Trio!

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

The Market staff conduct ongoing quick-to-answer surveys throughout the season to gain insight on what draws people to the MCFM.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Display of the Day goes to Down in the Valley Bakehouse.  Their wonderful gluten-free treats used to be displayed inside a case. At the July 19 Market, everything was out in the open, making them pretty irresistible.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

This was the first Market in 5 years that Lynne Reeck of Singing Hills Goat Dairy wasn't able to attend - so The Goat got to wear her hat.

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

We shop 'til the bags are full! :)

July 19, 2014 Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday
Jul192014

July 25-31 Programming from The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul

Showing July 25-31: Multiple Goya Award winning Beatles infused road movie: LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED.  More info here: http://mspfilm.org/films-and-events/living-is-easy-with-eyes-closed/

Showing July 25-31:  Mysterious coming of age drama starring Silas Yelich, Peter Scanavino, Lili Taylor: THE COLD LANDS.  More info here: http://mspfilm.org/films-and-events/the-cold-lands/

July 26 One night only: As part of The Film Society’s Dark Out genre film series is Award winning Spanish director Manuel Martin Cuenca’s deliciously bizarre romance: CANNIBAL. More info here: http://mspfilm.org/films-and-events/cannibal/

Updated summer schedule here: http://mspfilm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/society.summercalendar.1.pdf

Film Society upcoming Programming Calendar here: http://bit.ly/UrKz5z

Friday
Jul182014

Start Planning - 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival Starts in 2 Weeks!

 

Minnesota Fringe Festival  July 31 – August 10

The Minnesota Fringe is an 11-day uncurated performance festival featuring original theater, dance and musical productions. Founded in 1994, the Minnesota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest fringe festivals in the country.

Check out the website - you can sort by Show (there are 169), Tickets (Single show, Multi-Show Passes, Kids Passes, Student Passes, Ultra Pass), or Venue (there are 19).  With so many options, it's a good idea to start planning now!