Beer? Wine? Meat? Late hours? Dawn of the new—with a nod to its past—at Seward Cafe in Minneapolis

Friday, March 8 marked a new chapter for the Seward Café, one that in many ways returns it to its roots. The worker-owned, collectively-run cooperative will once again be open late into the evening. Staying true to its mission, it will begin offering more meat options, as it did in the past, and resume pouring beer and serving wine. Entertainment will be regularly featured, beginning later this month.Radical Roots Collective member Ben Acaso says that changes were prompted by a really good summer. He chalks up the bump in business to the magic of plastic, i.e. credit cards. Acaso adds that it didn’t hurt to be named “best vegetarian” by City Pages in 2012, or that a team of food critics for Mpls.-St. Continue Reading

You’re invited! The Twin Cities Daily Planet Winter Party and Sausage Fest

Please join us for the second annual Daily Planet Winter Party and Sausage Fest, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the Summit Brewing Company, 950 Montreal Circle, St. Paul.Last year’s party was great—and don’t take my word for it. Read this write-up from the Heavy Table. Writer Tricia Cornell had a terrific time, and she didn’t even mention one of the biggest highlights of the evening: the Brass Messengers, who play the kind of rompin’, stompin’ music that turns 20 below into Mardi Gras.Tickets include Summit beers on tap, and a chance to sample some of the Twin Cities’ finest sausages. Nearly all of the sausage makers from last year will be back, including The Butcher and the Boar, Clancey’s Meats, the Modern Cafe, Three Sons Meat Co. Continue Reading

Constellation: a Backyard Expedition—See how it shines

Powderhorn artists, Lacey Prpic Hedtke and Kevine Loecke, wanted to think beyond conventional art venues for a show when hosting their friends, New York based  Non Solo, on their coast-to-coast art tour. So they recruited groups of artists around South Minneapolis to open their front porches, backyards, living-rooms, garages, trees, and even a bedroom for a highly imaginative and engaging experience over Memorial Day weekend. Here is a virtual mini-tour with some of the many highlights of Constellation a Backyard Expedition:A simple clothes line transformed Cole Hoyer-Winfield’s yard into an open-air exhibit for his wood block and screen prints.Live out a secret fantasy by baking a cake or come to the realization that a cake-walk is a metaphor for life.Transform your surroundings by making a sign. (Peter Haakon Thompson – Phillips West’s Unofficial Official Artist in Residence).A refrigerator box can help you move on and satisfy a sweet tooth.A front porch window is the perfect frame for Nick Howards’ large “Expansive Field #10” drawing.Slip into a cozy Garage Cinema to watch Trevor Adams’ spliced 16 mm film assemblages.And then make an appointment to check out a zine from Lacey Prpic Hedtke and Debbie Rasmussen’s Zine Apothecary (library) and Flying Zine Mobile.Or type out your own zine, paper tweet, or affirmation at the Wonder Hearts Flyaway station.Give new meaning to hugging a tree.Or dare to swing amid its soaring limbs. (Shoefly Aerial Collective)Sneak into Miranda Trimmier’s bedroom when nobody is around to look for “Some Repeated Substance.”Volunteering to perform the Ryan O’Neal character in Andy Sturdevant’s back yard scene-for-scene remake of Love Story is a good excuse for a cry.A handmade cup is first a gesture of hospitality and then a memento of a visit.Somebody cares about how you got here. Continue Reading

NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Fall for Art in Seward: Meet Nancy Sampson – Art as a Family Affair

Meet Nancy Ann SampsonOccupation: Artist/Mom/TeacherKids: Jordan Hamilton and daughter, AngeliaSeward Resident for 15 yearsSeward Art Festival is October 1 – 3Hours of participating venues may vary (visit website) How did you become an artist? Can you recall a particular art project that set the art wheels in motion? The very first ‘paper’ I wrote as a young elementary student spoke of wanting to be an artist and to draw pictures of people who come to visit. I guess this initial vision, and my love for Dr. Suess’ Come Over to My House, grew into a lifelong quest for travel, cultural exchange, and exploring one another’s talents. I was about twelve when I started shooting film as sort of an inner dialog. Continue Reading