Downtown West Neighborhood News and Events

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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 livemsp.org)

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

 


MUSIC PHOTOS | Nick (Carter) & (Jordan) Knight at Mill City Nights

Photos by Patrick Dunn

You could pretty much label the Nick and Knight concert at Mill City Nights September 24th a “Girls Night Out.” What else would you expect from this collaboration between boy band superpowers Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. It was just the 6th night of the 39-date tour and you could feel an energy of anticipation and excitement from the line formed outside the club clear up to the front of the stage. With plenty of material to choose from between the two of them, there was no need for an opening act and a big plus is they perform with a talented band of live musicians unlike many harmony bands who perform to a recorded track. The show opened up with “Nobody’s Better” and included an assortment of tunes from their new album as wells as their respective groups and solo projects.

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Wingert, Michaels sweep 2014 Ivey Awards at the State Theatre

The 2014 Ivey Awards ceremony at the State Theatre on September 22 honored three productions and fourteen individuals. Veteran actress Sally Wingert was recognized for notable performances in four separate productions, while Tyler Michaels’s own four appearances earned him the Emerging Artist Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Bonnie Morris and Michael Robins for their work at Illusion Theater.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | The War on Drugs at First Avenue

Photos by Chad Rieder.

On Monday, September 22, The War on Drugs played at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Califone opened.

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THEATER REVIEW | Workhaus Collective's "Lake Untersee" navigates glaciers, divorce, autism

Rocky (Michael Thurston) and an ill-dressed Phyllis (Jennifer Blagen) explore the Antarctic. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp

One of the most transformative movements in 20th-century opera was verismo, which foregrounded realistic depictions of everyday life. This focus on realism, especially in examinations of contemporary lower-class life, opened the floodgates to a rich array of stories that simply had not been told or were previously being swept under the rug. Lake Untersee similarly pulls back a veil, revealing a story that delves into a condition still largely absent from the theatrical limelight.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour at the Target Center

Being just the third stop on The Outsiders World Tour, a capacity crowd at the Target Center again demonstrated September 16th that Minnesota has much love for Eric Church and country music. The talent packed line-up nicely represented the range of music now associated with this genre including veteran Dwight Yoakam bringing a flavor of traditional while newbies Brothers Osborne rocked out a more current sound.

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