Downtown West Neighborhood News and Events

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The Downtown West neighborhood is the central business district of Minneapolis.

 

Venora HungVenora Hung is our neigh-borhood corres-pondent for Downtown  - and she wants to hear from you. Tell Venora about the garage sale, or the music festival -and  ask her how to register and get your profile on TC Daily Planet! Email Venora at venorahung [at] gmail [dot] com.

Venora Hung, a lawyer practicing in the Twin Cities,  volunteers on several boards and dabbles in cooking and writing. Most recently she started a company called Cupcake Goddess specializing in Asian inspired cupcakes. She also enjoys exploring the Twin Cities - particularly anything that has to do with healthy living, yoga and pilates.

As such, it is home to many Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, moderate and upscale retail shops, and luxury, boutique, family-friendly, and landmark office building conversion hotels.

Nicollet Mall—which is very active with restaurants and shopping—runs south from Washington Avenue. Hennepin Avenue, with its concentration of theaters and entertainment, runs south from the Mississippi River. (Description from livemsp.org)

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass

 


MUSIC REVIEW | Mason Jennings at First Avenue: Mellow and melodious

I had never seen Mason Jennings live before Friday night. I’m not sure what I was expecting. Mason Jennings is mellow. He’s very cool on stage, very natural. I heard someone in the crowd describe him as “Dylanesque.” I know this won’t win me any fans but I think that’s damning with faint praise he’s much better than Dylan. He just has a much smoother voice. If Dylan were a whiskey, he’d make your eyes pop when you drank; Jennings makes your eyes close. But they both certainly share the folks singer ability to sing a story.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Celtic Thunder make a little noise at the State Theatre

Celtic Thunder, a group of Irish male singers, performed a 90-plus minute (with one intermission) Christmas special at the State Theatre on Nov. 28, 2014 to a mostly sold-out audience. The group was conducted by their music director, David Monroe, and was backed by the Minneapolis Theatre Orchestra. The voices do sing in perfect harmony and occasionally in strong solos, but rarely “thunder” when merged with a symphony the size of the one accompanying them.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" woos at the Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit Kevin White

For my family, White Christmas is the official start of the holiday season; my sister makes sure we watch it every year the day after Thanksgiving—it’s become a tradition for us. With that said, I went into the opening night of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical on November 25 at the Orpheum Theatre with a little bit of a bias. It’s near impossible to live up to the bass-baritone Bing Crosby and tap-dancing Danny Kaye, but it’s hardly fair to compare the 1954 classic with the musical. Ultimately, the movie and the travelling production does what it should do and inspires the warm and fuzzies just in time for the holidays.

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MUSIC REVIEW | GWAR resurrect mythos at Skyway Theater

Photos By: 
Emmerlee Sherman

To say something was missing in regards to this GWAR show may be a little on the nose. After all, this is their first tour minus frontman Dave Brockie, who for years played the role of Orderus Urungus, and who died of a heroin overdose earlier this year, so that “something” that was missing should seem fairly obvious right from the start. But there seemed to be a sense of enthusiasm missing from the act, an act that, while still very entertaining, felt at times that it was going through the motions emulating the sort of vile, grotesque, and offensive stage show that GWAR has come to be known for rather than sincerely committing to it.

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Ars Nova performs at Mill City Nights, Covenant shares his passion for music

(Photo by Gino Terrell) Covenant, member of Ars Nova, performing at Mill City Night on Nov. 8 at the  "Long Live the Empire: Feed the People Show."

Ars Nova performed at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis on Saturday, Nov. 8, and a member of the group, Covenant, shared his passion for making music.

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