West Side Neighborhood News and Events

The West Side neighborhood is rich with diversity.  The topography ranges from the River Flats that are home to many businesses to the Bluffs which provide breathtaking views of downtown Saint Paul and are home to some of Saint Paul’s finest historic houses. Within the West Side neighborhood, community members come from a rich diversity of income, age, cultural, and geographic backgrounds, this diversity is celebrated through a host of public art pieces disbursed throughout the neighborhood. The West Side is home to many parks and scenic overlooks as well as several neighborhood commercial areas—District del Sol, Stryker/George, Smith Avenue—all of which make the neighborhood vibrant and convenient. The West Side is just minutes to downtown Saint Paul and surrounding suburbs.

(Description from livemsp.org)

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

Everything on track with Blind Shake and Kitten Forever at the Amsterdam for a Lowertown Line gig

Lowertown Line’s show at the Amsterdam Bar this week got everything right. It’s in St Paul! It’s right by the train station. I walked in and got a ticket for a free beer. I didn’t have to worry about eating before the show as the Amsterdam has the best broodjes (mini-sandwiches) in town. Beer-braised smoked pork with a side of curry ketchup – what’s not to like?

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Red Hot Gold Rush and more at Minnesota Opera Gala

Minnesota Opera celebrated the start of its 2014-2015 season on Saturday with a gala dinner, a Puccini opera, and an elaborate post-performance afterparty. The Wild West setting of the opera was matched by the Red Hot Gold Rush theme of the afterparty, and patrons were treated to live music, dancing, and themed activities such as panning for gold.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Sexy Laundry" amuses, doesn't titillate at Park Square Theatre

Henry (John Middleton) and Alice (Charity Jones) try to rekindle their romance in Sexy Laundry.

Park Square Theatre’s new Andy Boss Thrust Stage is still under construction, but in the meantime the old stage is keeping warm with Sexy Laundry. The regional premiere of this work by Canadian playwright Michele Riml is an amusing and unexpectedly serious romp, if not quite as steamy as the title might imply.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Real Phonic Radio returns to Hill Library with Augie Meyers, Broke Down Dollys and Erik Koskinen

Photos by Ann Treacy

After a summer hiatus, Real Phonic Radio returned to the James J Hill Library for their monthly show of local and national country-flavored music performed on the third Thursday of the month. This month Augie Meyers headlined.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana combine forces at the Xcel Energy Center

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

The first word that springs to mind when trying to describe last night’s Rod Stewart/Santana concert at the Xcel Energy Center is simply “old.”

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