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WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2019

In praise of the iconic staircases of the Twin Cities
The grand staircase is disappearing from our skyscrapers and large civic buildings.

Shadowy exhibits added to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Visitors to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will see new shadows there — even on cloudy days.

Watch: Skateboarders take over Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis
Skaters took over a block of Nicollet Mall to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day on Friday in downtown Minneapolis. The free event let amateurs of all abilities skate with pros ahead of the summer's X Games.

Amateur beekeeper stages a honey of a rescue in downtown Minneapolis
It's swarm season in Minnesota, when honeybees fan out in search of new homes. Sometimes, they pick the wrong neighborhood.

Minnesota historical figures step out of the shadows and into the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
New works in Sculpture Garden bring historical figures back into the light.

Joining the Twin Cities River Rats
How do you get to the top of the water ski pyramid that cruises the Minneapolis riverfront? For Cha Cha Plessner, you start by stepping on your sister’s head.

5 can't-miss shows in the Minneapolis Comedy Festival
The inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival may not be as star-studded as other cities’ showcases, but it has a decent mix of up-and-coming acts, unsinkable veterans and diversity — if short on female comics.

Running down the rest of Rock the Garden's 2019 lineup
Courtney Barnett returns to the Walker's garden party alongside punk legends X and locals Bad Bad Hats and Heart Bones.

Native art and new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: This week's art happenings
The rest of the world is catching up to something that's been obvious to anyone paying attention to Minnesota's art scene for some time: Native American art is foundational to this place, and also at the forefront of contemporary thinking and practice.

Guthrie to host local companies, artists, in its 2019-2020 season
A new play by Twin Cities writer Kathryn Haddad will premiere at the Guthrie Theater in the fall. “Zafira and the Resistance,” about a schoolteacher who becomes a victim of rising Islamophobia in the wake of 

WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2019

Millennials get all the credit for embracing city living. But the trend started with Generation X
Yeah, yeah, millennials like cities. You don’t have to venture too far into Uptown, Northeast or the North Loop in Minneapolis to see how members of that generation, now in their twenties and thirties, have shaped the urban landscape, with high-rise apartment buildings, third-wave coffee shops and breweries built to accommodate them.

Neighbors, council member fight Airbnb-style rentals in Minneapolis
94 short-term rentals would dominate one downtown building.

For Nicollet Mall, new trees and maybe extra greenery
New landscaping reflects what people wanted, part of the $50M renovation.

Vice President Walter Mondale's influence pervades Minnesota, even in his 90s
The vice president is still admired for his diplomacy, humor and decency.

Bolster security at Minneapolis City Hall
Council member has sounded an alarm that deserves a serious response from her colleagues.

Why were so many of Park Avenue's original mansions torn down?
Many people travel to Summit Avenue in St. Paul to admire its extensive collection of historic stone mansions. Good luck doing the same in Minneapolis.

Man shot dead while trying to break up downtown Minneapolis fight; suspect in custody
The shooting happened behind the Gay 90's — and steps from police precinct.

Murder charge filed in Monday killing in downtown Minneapolis
A second victim survived, but is permanently paralyzed after a bullet severed his spine.

Small fire burns inside new downtown Minneapolis hotel
Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in the early 20th century building.

Justin Sutherland Teams With Tattersall on Signature Whiskey
Local Top Chef and local top distiller meet at the barrel to sip mash and talk trash.

Back Bar at Young Joni named one of Esquire's 'Best Bars in America'
Despite being one of the "best kept secrets," Minneapolis consistently leaves its mark on Esquire's "Best Bars in America."

All the June Food Events Worth Your Precious Summer Time
Food trucks, corgis, izzy scoops, and more.

How to Eat Your Way Through Minneapolis in 24 Hours
Here is a jam-packed guide to one very full day in this happening half of the Twin Cities.

WEEK OF JUNE 10, 2019

Minneapolis struggles to build a more inviting downtown, with room to, well, sit
You can find a seat downtown, if you know where to look. You just have to navigate blocks of seatless streets and charmless plazas to get there.

Escalating Problems
What's behind the preponderance of broken escalators in downtown Minneapolis?

Bird adds electric bike to its fleet
The Bird Cruiser can carry two and will be released this summer.

Minneapolis homeless youth drop-in center celebrates renovation, $6 million fundraising campaign
YouthLink expanding to help a growing, vulnerable population.

Watch: Storm front rolls over downtown Minneapolis
The system spawned severe weather watches and warnings across the Twin Cities.

The Walker Announces Summer Movie Screenings
A new Bob Dylan documentary and a slew of indie films are screening at the Walker Art Center this summer.

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines dine out in Minneapolis' North Loop
The HGTV celebs had dinner Tuesday at Nolo's Kitchen & Bar.

Fixer Upper Stars Dig the North Loop’s Hardware Store Turned Eatery
Chip and Joanna probably loved NOLO’s yard stick wall.

9 inventive Twin Cities brunches that go way beyond bacon and eggs
Sometimes when you want brunch you want diner classics. To slide into a vinyl booth and peruse the laminated menu, or watch from your counter perch as nearly bursting over-easy eggs sizzle next to piles of potatoes and strips of greasy bacon.

Travel inspires these food truck owners adding vibrancy to Twin Cities scene
Successful veterans, and a Minnesota Lynx player, put items from Maryland and Belgium on their menus.

6 new food truck trends rolling into the Twin Cities
From sushi and prosecco to tailgating and trailers, here's what's new in Twin Cities food trucks this season.

9 new restaurants in the Twin Cities and beyond this spring and summer
Spring has sprung for restaurant concepts whose ideas were sown long before the thaw. Now, Twin Cities eaters reap the rewards, with dozens of recent restaurant openings — and many more to come. Here’s just a sample of the latest crop.

Burger Friday: Get the amazing burger at Travail's Homage pop-up before it's too late
The burger: Timing is everything, right? An impressive-in-every-way burger is hovering in blink-or-you'll-miss-it mode. 

Breweries with Patios
There’s only one thing that can make sitting back and sipping a cold, craft brew even better: doing it on a patio! Luckily, breweries with patios aren’t hard to come by in Minneapolis. We love our beer and we love the outdoors so, why not do both?

WEEK OF JUNE 3, 2019

Sale likely spares downtown Minneapolis apartment relic from wrecking ball
Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.

Watch: Minneapolis’ Oldest Apartment Building Gets Restored

Biggest attraction of Doors Open? Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Doors Open event brought 72,000 visitors to Minneapolis buildings and businesses.

Minneapolis shoe rehab owner can repair anything, including the broken man he once was
Meet the skyway's Lazarus of Leather.

Mia Celebrates Native Women Artists With "Hearts of Our People" Exhibit
For centuries, Native American women’s art has been misappropriated, misinterpreted, and, generally, missing in action. A blockbuster, once-in-a-generation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art promises to rewrite that history.

Meet 5 Native women whose art is at the heart of a groundbreaking Minneapolis exhibit
A sampling of the Native women whose art is the focus of the new exhibit "Hearts of Our People."

Landmark exhibition 'Hearts of Our People' showcases the female power behind most Native artwork
Selling art at her mother’s trading post on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, Teri Greeves came to recognize Native artists as primarily women.

Overnight fire strikes foundry in northeast Minneapolis
Building suffered extensive damage; no injuries reported.

Watch: Law enforcement adding patrols in downtown Minneapolis
From Memorial Day until Labor Day, Minneapolis police, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Metro Transit police will increase officers downtown.

Woman, 39, charged in fatal stabbing in downtown Minneapolis
Police said the stabbing followed an argument among people known to each other.

The Haunted Basement is moving into an abandoned Herberger's
For over a decade, the Haunted Basement has been scaring the shit out of thrill-seekers each Halloween. The event started in the unfinished basement of the Soap Factory before striking out on its own in a space on East Hennepin Avenue. This year, it's spreading out even more, taking over a huge storefront in the Rosedale Center.

Movin' on up, to the Eastside
What do you get when you give a flagging downtown eatery to a couple of boss ladies, then add a golden swan full of booze and cocktail weenies on toothpicks?

Walkin' Dog's top dog relishes his role: Feeding downtown Minneapolis
Hot dog seller Dave Magnuson has provided bargain eats with a personal touch from his spot in Northstar Center for nearly three decades.

4 great Twin Cities patios to try right now
Patio season has finally arrived (we hope). Here are four Twin Cities spots perfect for a nice day.

6 food truck trends rolling into the Twin Cities
From sushi and prosecco to tailgating and trailers, here's what's new in Twin Cities food trucks this season.

A Mayan myth translated into a meal at Popol Vuh in Minneapolis
Popol Vuh, the hearth-cooking Mexican restaurant in northeast Minneapolis, is hosting a dinner next week that will be built around passages from the same Mayan creation myth that gave it its name.

Parlour Bar 'deeply apologizes' for this past Sunday
Parlour Bar -- the burger/cocktail destination in Minneapolis' North Loop -- had a rough one this past Sunday. Admittedly understaffed, the restaurant was smacked so hard by a Memorial Day weekend rush, it was forced to close down early.

15 Hottest Dog-Friendly Patios in the Twin Cities
There's nothing like a warm day romp with your best friend. Long summer days stretch through a leisurely meal and the two of you are able to recline on a sunny patio,partaking in some of the warmest hospitality and delicious food in the Twin Cities.

3 Glorious Twin Cities Rooftop Bars with the Best Views
Warm nights in the Twin Cities don't last long and what better way to enjoy it than sipping drinks up high? With more rooftops around town adding expansive patios in town and the weather warming in our favor, there is no better to head up on the roof for a sip and a bite.

WEEK OF MAY 27, 2019

An affordable-housing project in Minneapolis will use unusual financing
Great River Landing, a new apartment building for men who were formerly incarcerated that is expected to open this year in the upscale North Loop neighborhood in Minneapolis.

Woman fatally stabbed in bustling Hennepin Avenue theater district
Police are looking for any suspects in the nighttime killing on the downtown avenue.

Meet the Minnesotans who helped bankroll Broadway's hottest new musical
These Twin Citians theater lovers invested in the hit "Hadestown."

Theatergoers feel 'Caught' between truth, reality with sly play at the Guthrie
“Caught,” Christopher Chen’s heady, high-concept play that made its regional premiere Saturday at the Guthrie Theater, leaves you unsure of where you sit, or stand.

Walker Art Center's 2019-20 performing arts season embraces politics
The 2019-20 performing arts calendar is packed with works that strive to change the world.

Co-working Gets Social
The businessperson’s social club is not dead. The modern iteration is one that tries to promote creativity and networking, all rolled into one classy happy hour.

Best Restaurants Readers' Poll Winners 2019
We asked and you answered. These are your favorite best restaurant picks for 2019! Thousands of readers, eaters, and foodists voted online to proclaim their favorites. Consensus view: We all like to eat!

4 great Twin Cities patios to try right now
Patio season has finally arrived (we hope). Here are four Twin Cities spots perfect for a nice day.

Gavin Kaysen's Tiny Demi Is a Big Wow
After Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, chef Gavin Kaysen brings his biggest culinary ambitions yet to the counter at Demi. Want to know what you’re missing?

North Loop is getting a winery
The yet-to-be-named winery will boast a bar/tasting area, outdoor patio, and on-site vino making.

Schram Vineyards Plots New North Loop Winery
A tasting room, bar, and patio will be part of the package.

Where to Eat Near the Minneapolis Convention Center
Most seasons in Minneapolis are beautiful. There’s the verdant green of summer and all the other ones that are easily viewed from our skyway system connecting most of downtown in an ariel glass pathway that means while visiting, it’s easy to stay out of the elements.

WEEK OF MAY 20, 2019

Minnesota ranked third-best state in U.S. News & World Report survey
The U.S. News & World Report survey ranks states based on 70 metrics, including education, health care, the economy, public safety, roads and the fiscal health of the state's government.

Construction on Minneapolis' new Gateway skyscraper expected to begin soon
City is expected to finalize sale of property by end of June; tower to be one of 10 tallest in Mpls.

Two Hilton Hotel Brands Slated for One Empty Office Building
Projects calls for 201 new rooms in downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit to cut Green Line light-rail service in early morning hours
Homeless will have to go, agency acknowledges.

Nice Ride launches discount bike-sharing memberships for lower-income residents
Officials say 65,000 people are eligible to join Nice Ride for All.

Ten Thousand Things' 'The Sins of Sor Juana' doesn't back down from telling a story of a complex woman
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a woman, a writer, and an independent thinker in a 17th-century world where it was widely frowned upon to combine any two of those characteristics, let alone all three.

Ten Thousand Things stages powerful play on 17th-century poet punished for her 'curiosity'
Powerful drama draws from the true story of a Mexican nun who was ahead of her time.

5 Takeaways from Wordplay
From the sold-out Rock Bottom Remainders concert at First Avenue to a headlining Stephen King interview and a litany of literary talks, here's what we learned from the inaugural Wordplay book festival.

Bookmark: Looking back on the inaugural Wordplay writers festival
Well, in the end, it was all pretty great, wasn’t it? Starting with the weather, which had been iffy right up to the opening of the first Wordplay book festival.

The Bachelor Farmer Hires a Forager
All the cool restos buy ramps, but TBF is taking a much bigger leap forward.

Here's why you should spend $200 for dinner at Demi in North Loop of Minneapolis
At 20-seat tasting-menu spot Demi in the North Loop, chef Gavin Kaysen sets new standards for Twin Cities dining.

12 Decadent Dessert Restaurants Made for Indulgence
Transcendently delicious desserts come in all forms, from traditional French pastries to loaded soft serve. Here’s where to find them in the Twin Cities.

14 choice spots to eat and drink along the Twin Cities' lakes and rivers this summer
Where to eat and drink along the Twin Cities' lakes, rivers and falls this summer.

In limbo from light-rail construction, Lee's Liquor Lounge goes out with a twang
The downtown Minneapolis saloon is closing indefinitely pending light rail work.

Scenes from the final night at Lee's Liquor Lounge
In what can only be described as a honky-tonk heartbreaker, Lee's Liquor Lounge is no more.

Extreme 6-foot cheese pull takes center stage at new downtown Minneapolis restaurant
Northern Italian restaurant Giulia is stretching scratch-made mozzarella right at your table.

Can You Brew an Old Fashioned? The Boozehound Cometh
Let's just invent a new category, shall we?

WEEK OF MAY 13, 2019

A long-lost video of Minneapolis captures the city in 1968
The film also features a catchy song by the team that wrote "We're Going to Win, Twins."

'Action-packed' opera invites patrons to wander Minneapolis' historic Pillsbury A Mill
A production of Handel's "Acis and Galatea" travels deep within the historic Minneapolis flour mill.

Theater Latté Da Releases 2019-2020 Season Lineup
Opera, vaudeville, a capella, and wartime ballads each take their turn on the stage.

This Weekend: Doors Wide Open
A weekend-long event celebrating architecture and civic pride comes to Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Passport Agency to open its doors for Passport Day, and other passport facts you need to know
The Minneapolis Passport Agency is located inside the Old Federal Building.

Commute by bicycle? Organizers of Bike to Work Day say give it a try
Twin Cities organizers hope thousands will join the national event Friday.

Milkweed Editions Launches New Fellowship Opportunity
The Milkweed Fellowship will be an entry-point into the book publishing industry for people of underrepresented communities.

Penthouse showcases sky-high luxury — 27 floors above downtown Minneapolis
The condo's luxe urban living includes three bedrooms and two outdoor balconies.

North Loop project flips from apartments to condos
The developer says more than half of the units have been reserved.

Coming Soon: Anda Spa at Hotel Ivy
After undergoing a $2.5 million renovation, the popular downtown oasis at Hotel Ivy will reopen in August under a new name.

Ann Kim Is the James Beard Awards 2019 Best Chef Midwest
The Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni chef takes home the food world’s top honor.

Ann Kim, chef/co-owner of Young Joni in Minneapolis, reflects on her James Beard award
The new Best Chef: Midwest recalls her exciting evening.

New cider taproom opens in Minneapolis: 'Cider is having a moment'
Minneapolis Cider Co. started as a college project.

The Sioux Chef's Sean Sherman Honored by James Beard Foundation
The Leadership Awards honors visionaries working to create a better food world.

WEEK OF MAY 6, 2019

How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it?
The 48-acre sliver of land in the Mississippi River beside downtown is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that’s just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.

Sale likely spares downtown Minneapolis apartment relic from wrecking ball
Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.

Should you give money to people on the street? Homelessness experts weigh in
To give or not to give? That’s the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls.

Northern Spark co-director/founder leaving the organization
Northern Spark's co-director/founder Steve Dietz is stepping away from his flagship all-nighter summer art festival in downtown Minneapolis that he founded in 2008.

Fight Night at the Minneapolis Armory is back in a big way
The sounds, sights, smells and splatters of big-time boxing are on display at the Minneapolis Armory.

How to see Stephen King, Amy Tan and more at Wordplay festival in Minneapolis
Everything you need to know about the inaugural Wordplay festival next weekend in Minneapolis.

Get to Know These Authors Coming to Wordplay
With an inaugural guest list including Stephen King and Amy Tan, the Wordplay festival aspires to become South by Southwest for English nerds.

Sneak Peek: You're a Gem by Designer Larissa Loden
The immersive, gemstone-inspired museum will open on Friday. Here's the skinny.

Minneapolis office towers attract new buyers as property sales boom
As investors diversify, Twin Cities' profile continues to grow.

Latest apartment trend: Fancy buildings with human names
Minneapolis joins trend of fancy apartments with human names.

Penthouse offers sky-high luxury — 27 floors above downtown Minneapolis
The condo's luxe urban living includes three bedrooms and two outdoor balconies.

Sneak Peek: Cobble Social House
A small but stylish new bar and store opens in the North Loop this weekend.

A 4-year-old (and his exhausted dad) review Betty Danger’s Country Club
Like most little kids, my dude flat-out refuses to eat anything. When he does, it’s typically some combo of breakfast bars, Lunchables, Go-Gurt, and his own human fingers.

The Whole Bartmann Empire Goes Heritage Grain
Big news in the heritage and local grain movement, folks. Red Stag, Pat’s Tap, The Bird, Barbette, and Book Club, are fully on board.

WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019

Target Field Nabs Another Environmental Honor, Supporting its Title as “The Greenest Ballpark in America”
For the second time, Target Field achieves the highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recognition.

Nice Ride bikes roll out Monday in Minneapolis
It may be a bit of a sodden re-entry, but the annual spring launch of Nice Ride Minnesota bikes began in Minneapolis on Monday, coinciding with Earth Day.

Minneapolis police union offers free 'warrior' training, in defiance of mayor's ban
Police federation says the Minneapolis mayor's ban on training is illegal.

North Loop parking shortage causes luxury clothing retailer to offer rare valet service
Push came to shove in the North Loop's ever tightening parking situation. The owners of Martin Patrick 3, the luxury menswear and home furnishings retailer, took matters into their own hands last week and began offering valet parking in front of the store at 212 3rd Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

Youngblood Lumber winds down in northeast Minneapolis
Closing of Youngblood Lumber is another sign of the transformation of Central Avenue.

Affordable Apartments Planned For the North Loop
A planned mixed-use project in the North Loop has made the switch from market-rate to affordable apartments.

A Taste of Iceland Invades Minneapolis
Everything you need to know about the most interesting Nordic takeover since that one thing in the snow in Game of Thrones.

Taste Of Iceland in Minneapolis 2019
The four-day festival highlights the very best of Iceland’s culture, showcasing the nation’s cuisine, music, literature, and film with a variety of events throughout the city.

‘Top Chef’s’ Southern Eatery Relocates to Downtown Minneapolis
Top Chef star Justin Sutherland’s contemporary Southern restaurant Pearl & the Thief will relocate to downtown Minneapolis this summer.

Justin Sutherland's Pearl and the Thief lands a downtown Minneapolis address
To say chef Justin Sutherland's had "quite the year" would be an understatement that borders on patronizing.

'Top Chef' contestant opening first Minneapolis restaurant at new Moxy hotel
The hotel and residences are expected to open by the end of June, and the corner whiskey-and-oyster bar will follow later this summer.

Oh great, now Lee’s Liquor Lounge is closing too
Lee’s Liquor Lounge, the corner bar that became the twangiest, swing-dancingest place to be in Minneapolis in the ’90s, is closing up after 62 years in the biz.

A Minneapolis honky-tonk landmark, Lee's Liquor Lounge is closing after 62 years
The bar is losing its parking lot to make way for the Southwest light-rail line.

What is the Bootleg? Minneapolis distillery takes on the cult country-club cocktail
Tattersall Distilling serves up the classic drink, ready-made.

Tattersall Distilling founders embrace wider distribution of their craft spirits and liqueurs
Dan Oskey and Jon Kriedler are toasting the recent addition of four states to their network, raising the total to 22 less than three years after launching.

WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2019

Trying for a new look for Twin Cities condo buildings
Two Minneapolis condominium projects strive for a distinctive look.

The redevelopment of what was most recently was a Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis is moving forward and at full speed.

Remembering James Dayton, the man behind some of the Twin Cities' most eye-catching buildings
Through his eye-grabbing work, architect James Dayton made the Twin Cities a better, more beautiful place.

Minneapolis voted America's most underrated city
One would think that with Minneapolis' consistently high rankings in all manner of quality-of-life studies, our fair burg would have shed the descriptor of “underrated.” Such is the curse of being seated in northern Flyover Country.

Parking in downtown Minneapolis just got a lot less friendly
If you sensed a disturbance in the force on Monday, and you’re not ready to blame it on the blazing collapse of Notre Dame Cathedral, consider an alternate explanation: Minneapolis changed its downtown parking rules.

With meter rate changes, free parking vanishes in downtown Minneapolis
Chuck Henninger got an unpleasant surprise last Monday when he went to pay the parking meter in downtown Minneapolis. The price had gone up by $1 an hour.

Minneapolis raises rates on some downtown parking meters
Some of the 2,500-plus meters hadn't had a price change in 20 years.

Time-lapse: Snow to sun in 5 days
We took 96 hours of Minnesota weather and turned it into 60 seconds of zen.

Hennepin History Museum Curates Inventions and Innovations Exhibit
From the Bundt pan, to the pop-up toaster, to the "damper flapper," learn what inventions were made in Minnesota.

Public Functionary is having one last party before moving out
Northeast Minneapolis gallery Public Functionary has been at its current location since 2013, where it has hosted solo shows by local and national artists, and has been a go-to spot for social justice groups, artist collaborations, fashion events, and dance performances.

Guthrie Theater's current production covers stage in 12,500-pound pool of water
A Guthrie newcomer supervised the installation of a 6-ton pool for the Tony Award-winning "Metamorphoses."

Gallery: A look inside the revamped, newly-named Emery hotel in Minneapolis
The rebranded hotel opens its doors on Wednesday.

2019: Summer of the Bootleg?
It's about to get real minty up in here.

Bibuta could be your new go-to skyway lunch spot
If you stop by a new skyway spot and snag lunch for your co-workers, a very good sign is to get a text like this less than 24 hours later:

No more Au Bon Pain in the Minneapolis skyways
Au Bon Pain is bidding Au Revoir to the Minneapolis skyways, with its two downtown locations closing this week.

The 11 Hottest Patios to Bask in the Spring Sunshine
After heroic survival of another overly long winter, it’s finally time to head out into the warm sunshine. These new patios are where to flock when the weather cooperates.

WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2019

Twin Cities were once home to grand opera houses, one prominent in a murder trial
The Minneapolis Metropolitan became the scene of an alibi concocted by a notorious murderer. The architect of St. Paul's Metropolitan helped design Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

With reconstruction, Minneapolis looks to a safer, more vibrant Hennepin Avenue
One of downtown's main drags is due for a major renovation.

Berlin-based poet takes over the Minneapolis skyway
Exhibition will include text fragments from the four poets' poems, and audio of five Lippard poems, a different one each day of the week. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.)

Picasso's bulls charge into Minneapolis through an ultra-rare set of prints
Prints in a tiny but fascinating exhibition offer a revealing glimpse of his artistic process.

A giant glowing crystal ball and elf await Walker Art Center visitors
A giant glowing crystal ball with a shadowy elf inside of it sits on top of a sleek black desk that just arrived in the lobby of the Walker, outside of the Mediatheque. Next to it, a glowing pink rock, a stack of business cards with the text "Icosahedron" on them, books by Ayn Rand, Ray Kurzweil, and a potted plant. It appears as if the Walker is turning into a scene plucked from the TV show “Silicon Valley.”

Couldn't volunteer for the Final Four? Doors Open Minneapolis needs you
Greeters will get a "front-of-the-line" pass during civic fest.

Lileks: Why does company always come when we're at our worst?
We hope everyone who came for the Final Four has had a nice time. It’s probably too much to expect thank-you notes, but that would be appreciated. They could go something like this:

Rock the Garden 2019 Line-up Announced
Featuring Aussie talent, indie rock titans, and some local flavor, this year’s Rock the Garden line-up might be its most eclectic yet.

Burglars break into sprawling arts complex in NE. Minneapolis
Police say two suspects were seen running from the Northrup King Building on Saturday.

Historic $2.95M Lowry Hill home undergoes epic top-to-bottom renovation
The century-old house was once owned by the real estate broker who is credited for coining the term "Realtor."

While rivals worry, First Avenue expands its empire as one of nation's top indie promoters
As First Ave adds three venues plus a future amphitheater, some worry it's too much.

Peak North Loop? The neighborhood's getting an 'upscale' golf simulator bar/restaurant
Ever since the Warehouse District re-branded as the North Loop, the downtown neighborhood has barreled down the path toward peak gentrification.

Virtual Golf Meets New American Dining in the North Loop
Sibling duo launches new restaurant and indoor golf venue in Minneapolis.

Could P.S. Steak Be the Best New Steakhouse in the Twin Cities?
I defy anyone who hasn’t lived in the Twin Cities for quite a while to review P.S. Steak. There’s the address, for one thing. The condo building at 510 Groveland—prestigious and grand—has held one or another of our most significant restaurants since the building’s dining spaces first opened to the public in 1978.

Sneak Peek: Giulia at the Emery
Suddenly, we have a new Steven Brown restaurant in downtown Mpls.

The new Giulia isn't your average hotel restaurant
Marble columns, lush greenery, sunlight pouring in through skylights: The lobby at the Emery is the first hint that it’s anything but a bland downtown hotel for the stuffy business set.

Now Open: Bibuta, but not where you thought.
The sushi roll truck's skyway location has shifted and opened.


At CBD store opening in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey reaffirms support for legalizing cannabis
Consumers are embracing the cannabis extracts, despite a lack of research.

How Twin Cities architects light our urban areas affects our city's mood
Well-designed light, from various sources, can transform city streets at night and during the shoulder seasons.

As electric scooters return to the streets, safety questions emerge
More than 4,000 scooters are expected to hit Twin Cities streets this summer — double the number from last year.

Raid on luxury apartment in Minneapolis yields 64 pounds of meth, loaded guns
Police say one suspect is tied to Mexican drug ring.

After a $7 million renovation, Marquette Plaza is rebranded the Marq
$7M renovation brings modern amenities to former Marquette Plaza.

Design firm Gensler will move to a larger Minneapolis office in Baker Center
Its new office will give it more elbow room to accommodate double the staff.

The Guthrie Travels to the 17th Century With Cyrano de Bergerac
Guthrie artistic director Joseph Haj’s take on the French classic is a well-orchestrated epic about the duality of appearance and the heart.

Walker Art Center plugs into 'The Body Electric' for a live-wire new show
No selfies were harmed in the making of this exhibition.

Great Lakes Northern Outfitters’ New Swimsuit Line is Made of One Ingredient: Recycled Water Bottles
The Minneapolis-based apparel company has launched a new line of swimsuits made 100 percent from post-consumer recycled water bottles.

In Twin Cities restaurants, artisan grain use is on the rise
Ask pastry chef Emily Marks of the Bachelor Farmer for the secret to her croissants, and she’ll point to Baker’s Field’s mill, located mere blocks from her North Loop ovens.

The 10 best skyway lunch spots
Some are mom-and-pop shops, others are national chains. There are beloved Minneapolis classics, and hot newcomers.

9 Hotel Restaurants That Actually Serve Good Food
Whether a first-time visitor or a local fan staying downtown for the weekend, it’s easier than ever to find places to stay and dine in the Twin Cities.

An Eater’s Guide to the Twin Cities
Unofficial, highly opinionated information about Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Coming Soon: Snack Bar from Isaac Becker & Nancy St. Pierre
The top chef-restauranteur couple is taking over the old Be'Wiched North Loop spot for a slice-pizza and wine spot.

Bar La Grassa owners taking over former Be'wiched Deli space in the North Loop
Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre, the couple behind 112 Eatery, Burch Restaurant and Bar La Grassa, just signed a lease on the space (in the mammoth TractorWorks Building) and plan to turn it into Snack Bar.

WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019

Scenes from a day in the Minneapolis skyway
Photographer Adam Iverson recently collected everyday scenes from inside the bustling Minneapolis skyway. Here's what he saw.

Where did the idea for Minneapolis’ skyways come from?
Love them or hate them, the skyways' dual origin stories might surprise you.

The good, the bad and the weird in Minneapolis skyways
Here is a guide from one veteran skywalker of the nearly 9 enclosed miles in downtown Minneapolis.

Renderings show future of Dayton's renovation
The same development, design and marketing team behind the renovation of the former Dayton's store in Minneapolis is also in the middle of an even larger project in downtown Chicago – the Old Post Office.

Development team juggles Dayton's store renovation, Chicago Old Main Post Office project
Soon contractors are scheduled to begin to cut the openings in the downtown Minneapolis store's lower floors to create a large atrium.

Downtown Minneapolis road closures begin Monday ahead of Final Four weekend in April
Planners say transit, free rides in Buicks, walking are all good options.

Pothole repairs in construction zone to reduce I-35W to single lane in Minneapolis
Drivers can expect delays in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday as crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) continue patching potholes on Interstate 35W.

Minneapolis seeks to transfer Commons park to Park Board
Minneapolis City Council to vote on transfer in response to court ruling.

No one hurt in fire knocked down at Minneapolis Grain Exchange building
No one was hurt in the incident, which resulted in the cordoning off of the historic block.

Southern Theater kicks off Monday 'Good Night' series featuring works-in-progress
Coming soon to the historic Southern Theater: "Good Night at the Southern Theater," a new Monday night cabaret series designed specifically for performing artists developing new projects.

Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart to Headline Inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival
The comedy festival will bring John Crist, George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer and more to downtown Minneapolis in June.

9 of our favorite bars in downtown Minneapolis
Here are nine of our most dearly-loved downtown Minneapolis bars that could just be that place for you.

6 new Twin Cities restaurants to know about — and some closings
Spring is around the corner, and so are new restaurants, pop-ups and franchises that wisely waited for the thaw before opening their doors.

New in Northeast, Momo Sushi has thrifty prices and maximalist rolls
A small sushi counter, staffed by a chef carefully crafting roll after roll. A four-seat bar serving up flights of sake. Diners tucking into plates piled high with udon noodles. And... Tibetan prayer flags dangling from the ceiling?

Burger Friday: The famous La Belle Vie lamb burgers are back, at P.S. Steak
The burger: The classic, slider-scaled La Belle Vie lamb burgers have been resurrected, in all of their flavorful glory, at P.S. Steak, the restaurant now occupying that hallowed dining ground at 510 Groveland.

Everything Necessary to Eat on Minneapolis’ Eat Street Corridor
Running from North to South from downtown Minneapolis to that weird Kmart complex that needs to get torn down already, aptly named Eat Street section of Nicollet Avenue is an intriguing and often affordable area to get a full taste of all the different flavors of the Twin Cities.

How to Eat Your Way Through Minneapolis in 24 Hours
Despite temperatures that vary wildly, we love being outside and building a day around several great meals.

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