Still no clues on the West Broadway fire

In April, an intense fire devastated historic buildings on West Broadway. After a press conference raised the possibility of arson, investigators are no closer to knowing what happened, while the neighborhood is rebuilding. “You already had a press conference with the fire chief,” Marie Egbujor told me. “They probably don’t know who did it. It’s pretty dead right now, business is pretty down.”

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TASTE OF WEST BROADWAY: Celebrating Northside business in style

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition is setting out to prove that its business district has everything one needs to throw a spectacular party. For the upcoming Taste of West Broadway fundraiser on Thursday, February 26th, food will be prepared and served by eight local chefs from Avenue Eatery, K’s Deli, Cookie Cart, WholeSoul, Pimento Kitchen, Louisiana Purchase Seafood, Broadway Pub and Grille and Breaking Bread Cafe. Event patrons will have the pleasure of enjoying a wine tasting hosted by Cliff ‘n Norm’s, Merwin Liquors and Broadway Liquor Outlet. Boom Island Brewing will serve beer samples and its nearby taproom will host the event’s After Party.Hopewell Music Cooperative North’s string quartet will perform, and an artist from the Capri Theater’s Legends series. Silent Auction items include Cookies for a Year from Cookie Cart, visual art, a backyard BBQ for 8 from a local grill master, as well as concert tickets and other eclectic pieces.The WBC chose the Mpls Photo Center, located just off West Broadway on North 2nd St, in one of the most beautiful historic buildings in all of Minneapolis. Mpls Photo Center has stunning views of downtown and guests can peruse two photography exhibits, Rock and Roll and Vivian Maier.”We are excited to host this unique experience for the community, exhibiting many of the great food and cultural offerings on the avenue. Continue Reading

Plymouth Christian Youth Center at 60

Do you know Plymouth Christian Youth Center for its Arts & Tech High School, or for its children’s gift sale where kids buy presents for their families for just nickels and dimes? Or its crucial role, as owner of the Capri Theater, in revitalizing its corner of West Broadway Avenue with more to come?

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Lou Bellamy and James T. Alfred hit West Broadway with ‘A Brown Tale’

A Brown Tale, an auto-biographical one-man play by acclaimed actor James T. Alfred, is now playing at the historic Capri Theater on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. The show opened on Saturday, September 6 and will run Thursday-Sunday until September 21.Directed by Lou Bellamy and written and performed by Alfred, A Brown Tale premiered to rave reviews last September at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul.Alfred describes A Brown Tale as a comedic coming-of-age narrative of a young African-American male from the south side of Chicago. The tapestry of stories woven together creates the journey through Alfred’s childhood to adult life. This rollicking story explores the impact that community has on an individual’s personal development.Karl Reichert, Artistic Director for the Capri, explains, “This show is the first multi-week theatrical run at the Capri, and we’re thrilled that James T. Alfred has brought A Brown Tale to North Minneapolis and West Broadway. Reichert continued, “We’ve heard nothing but praise for this show during the opening weekend, and its one not to miss. Continue Reading

From classical to hip hop at FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

As FLOW Northside Arts Crawl gears up for its 9th year enlivening West Broadway on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th, it is difficult to describe with words what makes this event special. FLOW is more than a premier art event; it is a community celebration of the many facets that make North Minneapolis a truly unique and meaningful place to live, work, learn and create.Many of those that look forward to FLOW each year might describe FLOW as the best kept secret of the Twin Cities art festival world. While part of FLOW’s beauty comes from the convivial spirit of Northside artists showing and performing Northside art for other Northsiders, FLOW invites people everywhere to experience its stunning mix of emerging and professional artists and innovative public art installations. FLOW is a free event for all ages.During FLOW, West Broadway’s permanent art spaces open their doors with especially welcoming gusto. These include the MPLS Photo Center, Caldwell FIne Arts Gallery and Studio, the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, Juxtaposition Arts, and the Capri Theater. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | West Broadway business profile: Paradise Beauty Salon

Marie Egbujor has been operating Paradise Beauty Salon on West Broadway in North Minneapolis since 2009. The inviting salon is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm. Ms. Egbujor is kept busy by her loyal clients; Paradise Beauty is famous for its Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday-only specials: $75 for a full weave sew-in, and dread retouching for just $40. Egjubor’s expertise is evident in her clients’ satisfied faces; “She’s very gifted at what she does; her hands are blessed” explained a client named Tiquita, who only entrusts her hair to Egjubor. However, what’s truly remarkable about Paradise Beauty Salon is the sense of calm, care and tranquility that one feels almost immediately upon stepping inside. “When you come in you feel the difference. Continue Reading

Transportation, ‘revitalization’ and safety on the table at ‘Bringing Broadway Back’ forum

Which comes first, reduction of negative factors, or positive development? That chicken-egg question was the heart of the matter when about 45 community leaders, developers, residents, business owners and city planners gathered at the YMCA on West Broadway April 17 in the morning, to discuss plans to improve the area, addressing a campaign pledge of City Council Member Blong Yang to hold a “summit” on the issue. The objective was to develop “solutions, visions and improvements to revitalize West Broadway.”

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