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 PHOTOS | 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2014 at Xcel Energy Center

Photos by Patrick Dunn

101.3 KDWB’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and Allstate, rang in the Season with its annual star-studded holiday concert at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 8. The radio station did a great job creating buzz and had the mostly younger crowd amped with anticipation. With a pre-party concert at Roy Wilkins and the main event at Xcel Energy Center lasting over three hours, it really was a substantial night of entertainment. The list of artists was stacked with a number of leading women currently in heavy rotation on the Pop Music airwaves; featuring Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, One Republic, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Nico & Vinz, Rita Ora, Becky G and Shawn Mendes.  In addition to many of your favorite KDWB DJ’s, Nick Jonas was on hand as the special guest host. One Repbulic had a particularily solid set and Demi Lovato's vocal was a standout.  

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MUSIC REVIEW | Usher's #URXTOUR elicits fun at the Xcel Energy Center

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

Photos by Patrick Dunn

When I sit down to try to gather my thoughts to describe last night’s Usher show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, only the most idiotic exclamations come to mind.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Richard Goode tickles the ivory at Schubert Club's International Artist Series

Photo courtesy Richard Goode

The measure of music and musicians is not just in the notes that are played, but also in the spaces between. A melody rendered with too much space becomes clunky and stilted; an Alberti bass line with too much, smeared and lost in a cloud. When just the right balance is found for a passage, piece, or repertoire, though, the notes begin to sing. How much space is appropriate depends on the instrument, the hall, the dynamics of a passage, and even the articulation of a phrase or a single note—but it is artistry that makes all the difference. This intricate attention to detail suffused Richard Goode’s piano recital at the Ordway on Tuesday, November 11.

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MUSIC REVIEW | St Paul Chamber Orchestra's "For Love of Nature" an awakening of cheerful feelings for kids and parents

Photos by Ann Treacy

I like orchestra music—about once every three years. The music is beautiful. It’s very relaxing. But I always feel like maybe I’m not quite getting it. And to be fair, I rarely like entertainment where you're expected to sit quietly for hours. But I happened to get an email invitation to the St Paul Chamber Orchestra's (SPCO) free family concert, For the Love of Nature. I looked at the calendar and realized, it’s been about three years. It’s a perfect chance to get my healthy dose of grownup music spun for kids.

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THEATER REVIEW | Minnesota Opera puts a sweet spin on "Hansel and Gretel"

Photos by Michal Daniel

Hansel and Gretel was a beloved fairy tale long before it was collected by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. In this classic story, the eponymous children are sent into the woods by an angry mother and run afoul of an evil witch who ensnares them with a mix of magic and alluring candy. For parents who think trick-or-treating has gone too far (and those who just enjoy a bit of demented fun), Minnesota Opera’s decision to open the opera the day after Halloween is a piece of genius.

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