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.

THEATER REVIEW | Ordway Center for Performing Arts captures the wit of Betty Comden and Adolph Green in the second installment of Broadway Songbook

The Ordway Center's latest installment of its Broadway Songbook® concert series hit the stage with a few old friends, a new face or two, and some surprise antiques in the attic. This particular incarnation, featuring songs by the late Broadway duo Betty Comden and Adolph Green, will likely inspire more than a few searches for old recordings on YouTube.


THEATER REVIEW | Illusion Theater portrays a slice of prairie life in "My Ántonia"

Andrea San Miguel as Ántonia.  Photo credit: Lauren B. Photography.

I have never read anything by the acclaimed writer Willa Cather who wrote many novels about life on the American prairie, but I had heard great things about Illusion Theater’s previous production of Allison Moore’s adaption of Cather’s book My Ántonia. Illusion Theater’s latest mounting of this production proves to be an absorbing slice of life on the prairie.


THEATER REVIEW | St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's "The Turn of the Screw": An eloquent take on a terrible opera

Sara Jakubiak. Photo credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra billed Benjamin Britten's 1954 opera The Turn of the Screw as "a rarely performed masterpiece." Saturday's performance was elegantly done, but opinions on the work's masterpiece status differ.


Composer José Galván enriches the Twin Cities with VocalEssence’s ¡Cantaré! program

Photo courtesy VocalEssence

Two Mexican composers have been heating things up in Minnesota. Over the past school year, José Galván and Pamela Mayorga have visited the greater Twin Cities area several times to write music for and work with public school and community choirs. These efforts, part of VocalEssence's ¡Cantaré! program, culminated on May 20th in a free concert at the Ordway Center for the Arts. The Daily Planet’s Basil Considine sat down with José Galván to discuss his work in and outside of ¡Cantaré!


THEATER REVIEW | "Bring It On: The Musical" brings it to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Photo courtesy Ordway Theater

Have you ever watched Glee and thought what the show needed was less talking and more of the McKinley High School cheer squad's high-end production numbers? Do you prefer feats of athleticism and tumbling to fancy footwork? Does competitive cheerleading pique your interest? If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Bring It On is the musical for you. The show, currently playing at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, is exactly what you might expect from a musical about competitive cheerleaders. It's light on plot, is high on eye-catching and high-energy cheer routines, and saves its most impressive moves for the turbo drive to the finish.