ST. PAUL NOTES | Getting down to business: Soul Sounds at Golden Thyme, ribbon-cutting all over the city


Golden Thyme features the Soul Sounds Open Mic series, which started June 7 with Tish Jones as host. There’s no cover charge, and new voices are welcome to come in and sign up for five minutes on stage. Settle in from 6-8 p.m. for readings and performance, or come at 5 p.m. on First Thursdays for a writers’ workshop before the Open Mic event.

Open Mic Scheduled featured performers

June 7th – Ahanti Young – with writing workshop

June 14th – Brittany Delaney

June 21st – Jake Virden

June 28th – Sheronda Orridge

July 5th – Melanie Holst-Collins – with writing workshop

July 12th – IBé Kaba

July 19th – Crystal Ruiz
July 26th – Khary (AKA 6 is 9)

August 2nd – The Lioness – with writing workshop

August 9th – Chopstix

August 16th – Desdamona

August 23rd – Gayle Smaller Jr.

August 30th – Kenna Cottman

Soul Sounds Open Mic is sponsored by the St. Paul Almanac, which says:

The Soul Sounds Open Mic is a platform for encouraging literacy within the Saint Paul community through leadership, mentoring, and relationship building. Unlike actors and many musicians, writers typically work in isolation, so building and supporting a literary community can be a challenge.

The “open mic” format, together with a featured performer, is designed to foster leadership; encourage connecting opportunities between established, emerging, and amateur writers; and help build, strengthen, and leverage other opportunities for the Saint Paul literary community.

In more St. Paul news, the mayor’s newsletter notes a number of new developments:

  • Nice Ride has officially expanded to downtown Saint Paul, with 26 new stations for a total of 48 in the city.
  • The EPA granted the city and the Port Authority $1.8 million to revitalize brownfields.
  • New York-based Bright Farms broke ground for a greenhouse at J&J Distributing on Rice Street. Plans call for a year-around greenhouse, with 50 employees growing more than 350,000 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes, and herbs a year, for sale to Cub Foods and other grocery stores across the metro.
  • The city-owned Lofts at Farmers Market celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reported that all 58 market-rent apartmetns are leased.
  • The Jimmy Lee/Oxford Athletic Fields (Lexington and Marshall) opened with another ribbon-cutting on May 19.
  • A new steel caster project is beginning at the Gerdau steel mill in St. Paul.
  • And, under the High Bridge, the city is going to the dogs, with a new off-leash park. (Five more are planned for Indian Mounds, Meeker Island, Lilydale, Lower Landing, and Upper Hidden Falls.)