North Loop Neighborhood News and Events

 

The North Loop Neighborhood, located in what is frequently referred to as the Warehouse District, offers unique housing options, entertainment, fine dining, and specialty shops-many within the original warehouses of the North Loop's historic heyday. True to the unique nature of this neighborhood, you won't find any chain restaurants in this part of town. You'll discover one-of-a-kind retailers, quaint coffee shops, eclectic restaurants, and lively nightclubs nestled in the historic buildings; many owned and operated by neighborhood residents. The North Loop Neighborhood is immediately adjacent to downtown; served by LRT and many bus routes; and is the home of the Minnesota Twins Target Field (opening in 2010), the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and the headquarters of Metro Transit.

(Description from livemsp.org

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

 

THEATER REVIEW | "Motown the Musical" strikes a chord at the Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit Joan Marcus

Motown the Musical is playing, joyously, at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theatre through December 28th, 2014. Get yourself a holiday gift and go get a ticket. Based on Motown founder, Berry Gordy Jr.'s (sic), book "To Be Loved," the musical celebrates Gordy's talents as a writer, producer, entrepreneur, also his legacy and character while telling the story about the music and stars created at "Hitsville U.S.A." 
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MUSIC REVIEW | Mannheim Steamroller self-sabotages, charges on at Orpheum Theatre

A picture from Mannheim Steamroller's 2013 tour. Photo courtesy of Mannheim Steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary year, is now almost as much a cultural phenomenon as a performing ensemble. Even people who don’t recognize the name have probably heard its holiday music on the radio or as the soundtrack for innumerable videos on YouTube showcasing holiday lighting excess (not that that’s a bad thing). The ensemble’s holiday concert tours are sufficiently successful that there are actually two simultaneous touring groups crossing the United States each year. This is the root of the problems with the Dec. 7 concert at the Orpheum Theatre.

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ARTS REVIEW | Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker inspires awe at Orpheum Theatre

Photo courtesy Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

When a speechless performance can get the crowd at Orpheum Theatre to applaud and give “woos,” there’s something magical about what’s being presented on stage and the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker was no exception.

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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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