THEATER REVIEW: Anything but English

It began with a Shhhhh, a call for the native English speakers in the audience to quiet down. This was not their night. Alejandra Tobar Atriz, performer and co-host of Anything But English performed her piece, opening the evening and deploying a modernist string of associations. The writing was beautiful. She described traveling from a “mountain’s cleavage to a U.S. classroom.” Continue Reading

High school senior expands self-made soda company in Seward

It’s not every day a 17-year-old creates her own soda company. Especially right before her first semester of college.Eva Duckler started Tree Fort Soda in May 2014 with her brother, David Duckler, who owns Verdant Tea in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood. The root beer has sold so well at the tea shop that the two are planning to expand the business to local shops such as Seward Co-op and Kopplin’s Coffee.“I never saw myself starting a business but it just sort of happened,” said Eva Duckler, “It’s a blessing.”And the blessings continue: Roughly two months after Eva developed a business plan, Tree Fort Soda became an LLC and was picked up by Classic Provisions, a local distributing company that specializes in artisan foods. In mid-August, Tree Fort Soda is planning to move the brewing operation from the commercial kitchen at Verdant Tea to its own warehouse, which will allow the business to produce roughly 15 barrels of root beer per week as opposed to its current 1,000 bottles.Eva and David come from an entrepreneurial family. Their father, Max Duckler, started CaptionMax, a closed captioning and subtitles service that also operates out of Seward. Continue Reading

Minneapolis Taco Tour draws a crowd to Lake Street

East Lake Street hosted the Taco Tour, an event highlighting  the flavors of Latino food on Saturday, June 28. Fifteen restaurants along Lake Street — from Gorditas el Gordo near 35W to El Norteño, close to the Mississippi — participated in the event. Diana Flores, Event Production Manager, said, “We expected around 900 participants, but we got 2,500.”Taco Tour participants received two free taco tickets to specific restaurants, and they could walk, take a (bilingual) tour-guided bike ride, or hop on a school bus to collect their tacos. Taco Tour diners filled school buses at the K-Mart parking lot starting at 11 am, and the buses circulated up and down East Lake Street, making stops at the 15 restaurants on the route until 5 pm.The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and the City of Minneapolis sponsored the Taco Tour as a way to celebrate the Latino district and its restaurants. Event organizers were overwhelmed by the response to the event. Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW | Frankie Lee at the Longfellow Grill: Spend the summer with beer and local bands

Here’s a really good idea – celebrate the long-awaited Minnesota summer with afternoons of beer tasting and bands on patios. We have a good start going: The Current and Schell’s have partnered up to create a special beer. To debut that beer, the Current planned three afternoons with good beer and good music at local bars and restaurants.Last week the Cactus Blossoms played at the Amsterdam. (I was sorry to miss that!) Next week on June 4, 4onthefloor will be playing at the Bayside Grill in Excelsior. On Wednesday, Frankie Lee played at the Longfellow Grill. Continue Reading

TC Weekend | Grand Old Day, Waterfest, Open Streets North Minneapolis and more!

The official first day of summer may be June 21, but this weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer festival season in the Twin Cities. The weather forecast shows a chance of scattered showers, but let’s hope the sun wins out! See below for this weekend’s lively roster: North Minneapolis Greenway Open Streets, May 31 This weekend marks the first of the Open Streets Minneapolis events, providing an opportunity for people to explore the proposed North Minneapolis Greenway route free of automobiles. Enjoy the streets on bike, foot or blade, while sampling great food, art, music and activities! For more information and free Metro passes, go here.North Girard/Humbold Avenues from West Broadway Avenue to North 42nd Avenue.10 am – 4 pm; Free  Open Streets – Jordan Area Community CouncilThe Jordan Area Community Council will be participating in this year’s Open Streets and invites you to partake in their festivities! Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Hmong families tour Minneapolis bikeways, vote to keep streets as is

 To learn more about the possible impact of the proposed North Minneapolis Bikeway, On May 16, North Minneapolis Hmong families packed a van and went on a tour of Minneapolis bikeways.All the participants live on one of the proposed routes for the North Minneapolis Bikeway.The Hmong families toured four Minneapolis bikeways: Milwaukee Ave., Midtown Greenway, Bryant Ave. S., and 37th Ave. N.During their tour, the families saw all three major types of bikeways as described by the city of Minneapolis:Bike boulevard. Bicycle symbols and traffic calming features, parking and street remain. Seen by Hmong families at Bryant Ave. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | You really don’t want to meet the Dicks at Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America

I’m not one to cry. Truth is, I rarely cry, but during a visit to Dick’s Resort in the Mall of America I was literally reduced to tears! The bartender was abusive, abrasive, and mean as HELL. I wasn’t sure why he was in a bad mood, but later found out that it is their “niche” to be mean as spitfire. Were they really trained to treat people like this, to the point of harassment? Continue Reading