There is a newish piano bar/sports bar (I know, something for everyone) in the 612. Check out their website here.
I recently visited this newish bar with Teri where we watched the Oscars Sunday night. Probably the best Oscars I have seen. I really enjoyed the solidarity I observed on that stage. Unfortunately, prior to the award show, I had only seen one of the movies nominated and obviously it was Milk. But after watching the Oscars, I started to think of all the really great bad films I have seen. And it took me back to 1985:
The Peanutbutter Solution
Every time I mention TPS, everyone thinks it is a myth, an urban legend. Well my friends, above is the proof. Up until now, only two people I know were aware of this film, my sister and Guy. And now, like Paul Harvey says, you know the rest of the story.
OMG, has anyone else seen this? BODI? Love it. I think I watched this one every other day from 1986-1989.
Empire of the Sun
Ok, this is an amazing movie. Just sayin. It should not even be in this post, but I was thinking about it the other day and wanted to see a clip. So then I decided you should see the clip too. You can thank me later for reminding you this film is out there.
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Between Mucha and I, we have a pretty good idea of what is going on in this town. After the Ani Difranco show last night, Mucha was checking her Twitter tweets and told me about a bike ride taking place Saturday to honor the four bicyclists that were killed in September in separate areas of the Twin Cities. The ride was scheduled to meet at Snelling and Summit and go towards MPLS.
I rode to the meeting spot by myself and was only uncomfortable for a few minutes. Then I befriended a few men with rainbow stickers on their bikes. They complemented by front wheel light generator.
I expected to be about 50 riders. I was wrong. It seemed like there were a few hundred. There were bicyclists for blocks. We obeyed traffic lights and rode with traffic.
We rode down Snelling to Marshall (which turns into Lake) to Portland back over to Lake St. and then over to Excelsior Blvd visiting ghost bikes along the way. From there we biked back to Uptown, down Hennipen over to Nicolett and on to Gold Medal Park.
This was my first group ride and it was a great experience. Most of my riding consists of riding from the mid depths of downtown Saint Paul to the U of M campus at 6:30am so this was a really nice change of scenery. For the distance we traveled, I hope that enough people saw us and I hope we raised some awareness. I did see Renee Tessman schlepping a tripod behind her camera guy so hopefully there will also be some media prescience. I only wish it would have been Jana Shortal.
Along with spandex and lycra there were a few other fashion statements that are note worthy:
ZUBAZ, Minnesota made!
Socks with those individual toes!
Finally, after so many hours of being sucked into YouTube, I now have posted videos. Immediatly after uploading the videos from my camera, the camera exploded. Probably because the contents of the video are so unbelievably hot.
I See Red
And then we had the opportunity to meet the womyn we have all been lusting after for so many years. I am so calling VH1, because I hade the best day ever.
Spark Festival is currently storming through Minneapolis. Spark is a celebration of electronic music and art. Last night, Richard Devine was at The Whole for a bit of an interview and Q&A. Richard Devine specializes in remixes and has worked with Aphex Twin. A-W-E-S-O-M-E! We only stayed for about a half hour, but I did hear Devine get pretty whipped up reminiscing about analog synthesizers.
After The Whole, Mary, Kate and I went to another Spark event at the The Nomad
This is Kate and Mary is slightly behind her. This is Mary and Kate smiling.
So the dude at the laptop is mixing up some beats to go along with the screen images and the dude on the drum kit is filling in. Pretty sweet magicness.
I strongly suggest for those in the 612 and 651 to check out Spark. Really great music and art is being created, you don’t want to get left behind. It goes for the rest of the weekend at various venues around the area.