Downtown West Neighborhood News and Events


Photo by Julie Fields

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

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


MUSIC REVIEW | Needtobreathe rock the Skyway Theatre

Photos by Patrick Dunn

It’s so good to see a hard-working rock band like Needtobreathe gaining momentum as they are out touring to support their fifth studio release Rivers in the Wasteland. In fact they did double duty on their June 12th return to Minneapolis playing a promotional set for Cities 97 prior to their full concert at the Skyway Theatre. The substantial line of ticketholders that would soon pack the venue was a diverse mix of young and middle-aged fans who were already aware of what this band is capable of bringing to the stage.


THEATER REVIEW | "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" leaves you bruised and battered at the New Century Theatre

Rachel Jackson (Aly Westberg) and Andrew Jackson (Philip C. Matthews) share a tender moment amidst the tragedy of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Photo by Byron Ritter

One of the most controversial works of the Twin Cities’ 2013-2014 theatrical season has turned out not to be one of the works glamorizing dictatorship, depicting an imaginary demented cartoon, an infamous and polarizing lawyer, or even any of the myriad plays delving into social issues, violence, modern genocide, or trauma. The lucky winner of this distinction is in fact a rock musical about the United States’ seventh president and events in the early-to-mid-19th century. What this says about audience tastes, artistic programming, or cultural memory is beyond the scope of this review, but it will be very interesting to see if an artistic response comes out of the current storms of controversy.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Cher "Dressed to Kill" at the Target Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

Fans spanning several generations packed the Target Center June 11th with high expectations for a truly diva-inspired performance. Veteran performer Cher made it happen with her big production Dressed to Kill Tour 2014. Many juicy words could be used to describe the energy of this show built around a song list covering nearly five decades of material, but “old” would certainly not be one of them. The set and costumes were visually stunning and hearing the music was good reminder of why Cher is admired and appreciated worldwide. Adding to the grand scale of the event, Cyndi Lauper opened the show with a full set of her well-known hits.



Photos by David McCrindle

CHVRCHES played at First Avenue on Thursday, June 5.


MUSIC REVIEW | Band Of Skulls electrify First Avenue

Photos By: 
Chad Rieder

Tonal energy poured forth from the speakers, fog meandered left to right mingling with blue and green stage lights, which pierced the darkness of the iconic black décor of the Main Room at First Av