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Lunch Tomorrow - The Artspace Project at The East Downtown Council Luncheon

Date: Thursday October 27

Time: Noon - 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 11:30)

Location: Hosted by EDC member, First Covenant Church, 810 South 7th Street, Lower level Fellowship Hall (enter under green awning from the parking lot between 6th and 7th St on Chicago Avenue).

Join the East Downtown Council (EDC) for our October Luncheon.

Featured speakers Greg Handberg, Senior VP Properties and Heidi Kurtze, Director Property Development, with Artspace will share plans for their development project, The Artspace Liner Parcel Lofts, at 800 Washington Avenue.

This is a new mixed-use arts facility with 45 rental units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families and 28,000 square feet of non-residential space for artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses.

ArtCube - Artspace

Limited free parking in First Covenant designated spaces fee lot and street metered parking is available.

Cost is $15 for EDC Members and guests.  RSVP by Friday, October 21, to Diane Ingram - 612-359-0601.

(To allow us to accept payment by cash or check when attendees arrive
cancellations after October 24th will be invoiced.)


Tonight - Bryan Nichols, McKnight Winner, in Concert at MacPhail

Time:  7:00pm

Location:  Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, 501 2nd Street South

Join McKnight Fellowship winner and MacPhail faculty member, Bryan Nichols, for an evening of jazz piano works including some of his own compositions.


Peavey Plaza Debate Hits Huffington Post - Target Touted as Partner

From the  Huffington Post:

Excitement has turned to disappointment in Minneapolis, and what's happening there should be a warning about safeguarding transparency in public process and civic debate. Right now, Minneapolis has a golden opportunity to revitalize Peavey Plaza, an award-winning modernist masterwork recently determined eligible to the National Register of Historic Places, but instead it's poised to replace Peavey with what some critics have already labeled a really watered down version of Chicago's Millennium Park. That does not have to happen and Minneapolis-based Target Corporation might be the key to solving this problem. [Full disclosure, I was a member of the team originally selected last November to develop proposals for Peavey's future, but more on that and Target in a moment.]

Read the full article...

Thanks to Charles Birnbaum  on Twitter for sending this our way.


Tonight - Upper River Forum: Asian Carp Invasion: What Will It Mean for the Minneapolis Riverfront?

Date: Tuesday, October 25

Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00pm

Location: Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Headquarters, 2117 West River Road

Upper River Forum:  Asian Carp Invasion: What Will It Mean for the Minneapolis Riverfront?

Presentation by: Dr. John O. Anfinson, National Park Service, with panel discussion.

Co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee (AFCAC).

Governor Dayton is calling for quick action to prevent invasive Asian Carp from moving up the Mississippi River into Minnesota.  After the presentation, a panel of experts will answer your questions about the negative impact Asian Carp could have on the Mississippi's ecological, recreational, and economic health.  How do we slow or stop the spread of Asian Carp? What about closing Lock #1 and the Upper Lock at St. Anthony Falls?


John O. Anfinson, Resource Chief, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Don Arnosti, Policy Director, Audubon Minnesota

Greg Genz, Vice-President, Upper Mississippi Waterway Association

Brian Nerbonne, Stream Habitat Specialist, MN Department of Natural Resources

Russel K. Snyder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/St. Paul District

Don Arnosti, National Audubon Society


Tonight - The Minneapolis Horror: Tales from the Night Shift at Mill City Museum

Times: 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 2nd Street South

Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children and MHS members.

Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555

Visit the Washburn A Mill at night as costumed actors dramatize the dangers of working the night shift and the many horrific disasters that have befallen the mill over the years. Hear accounts of the deadly 1878 mill explosion and the dangerous man-lift elevator, and take-in dramatic nighttime views of the Ruin Courtyard and the Minneapolis Riverfront from the ninth-floor Observation Deck.

The program takes its title from the headline of an 1878 American Miller magazine story that read, ”The Minneapolis Horror: Destruction, Devastation and Death.” The story described the disastrous flour dust explosion on the evening of May 2, 1878 that destroyed the Washburn A Mill and killed 18 workers.


Join MacPhail in Two Performances of Handel's "Messiah"

Call for Handel “Messiah” choral singers! Join Sonomento, MacPhail’s premiere choral ensemble, professional soloists and full orchestra, conducted by Craig Fields, in two performances of Handel’s “Messiah.”

No auditions are necessary for chorus members, but there will be a $50 fee.

Rehearsal schedule:
Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5 and 6
6:30-9 p.m.
MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. Second St., Minneapolis, Room 127

Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis
Dec. 18, 6 p.m., MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall

For more information or to sign up, call Craig Fields at 763-229-5426 or email