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.

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.”


THEATER REVIEW | Mu Performing Arts takes on Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" at Park Square Theatre

Photo credit Michal Daniel

Mu Performing Arts offers an ambitious and enchanting operetta-like version of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at Park Square Theatre. With Sondheim’s music and lyrics and Hugh’s Wheeler’s book, this musical inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, is essentially a bedroom farce about misfit couples. Although happy endings occur in the end, much of the musical dwells on the characters’ regrets and longings.


THEATER REVIEW | "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" flood the Minnesota Centennial Showboat with melodrama

Tori Smith as Billie,a newsboy,struggles with Christian Boomgaarden as the villainous Mr. Hyde. Photo courtesy Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

Here comes the showboat.
Here comes the showboat.
Puff, puff, puff, puff, puff, puff, puffin’ along.

The puffin’ of the summer Showboat was delayed until the Fourth of July weekend due to the heavy rains and the flooding of Harriet Island. But now that the rain has subsided, the traditional melodrama and musical olios continue. Director Peter Moore has crafted a tight performance of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The show successfully engages the audience to provide the indispensable cheers and boos for a true melodrama.


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.