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


THEATER REVIEW | "Sister Act" rocks the convent at the Orpheum Theatre

Chester Gregory (Eddie Souther) fantasizes about the man he could be in Sister Act. Photo credit: Frank Chin

Film-to-musical stage adaptations are not usually known for compelling musical values, so the stirring score of the Broadway version of Sister Act comes as a welcome surprise. The music is by Alan Menken, one of the most successful composers for the stage and screen alive, but even so: it’s a pleasant novelty. This is not your childhood’s Sister Act, and although that 1992 film had many virtues this is a good thing.


MUSIC PHOTOS | Haim at First Avenue

Photos by Steven Cohen

On Monday, May 19, Haim played at First Avenue in Minneapolis.


MUSIC REVIEW | Mogwai bring bright light to First Avenue

Photos By: 
Todd Wardrope

Photos by Todd Wardrope

On Sunday, May 18, the post-rock instrumental band Mogwai brought their "Rave Tapes" tour to First Avenue mainroom. Not quite sold-out, the show still brought in a sizable crowd. Enough people to make the space look full, but still plenty of room to see or leave to get another drink if you were on the main floor. Mogwai have been around since 1995, and this show featured a handful of their earliest songs mixed in with some of the more epic songs from the last seven years. Based on the volume of the cheers as each song rolled out of the towering amps, I'd say they made the right choices for their set list.


MUSIC REVIEW | Rodriguez delights audiences at the State Theatre

Photos by Jeff Rutherford

Mexican-American Folk singer Sixto Rodriguez played to a sold-out crowd of 70s-era fans on his comeback tour at the State Theatre on Saturday, May 17. 


MUSIC PHOTOS | Slint at Mill City Nights

Photos by Jeff Rutherford.

"Last time we played in Minneapolis, it was 1989..." Slint played at Mill City Nights In Minneapolis on Sunday, May 11th with solo artist Wreckmeister Harmonies opening.