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Night owls win big after All-Star Game

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: July 15, 2014 - 3:54 PM

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The night doesn’t have to end after Tuesday’s All-Star Game at the Twins Stadium. The usual 2 a.m. last call will not apply to many Minneapolis bars celebrating the main event.

All-Star Gamers have plenty of options to continue their fun.

Thirty-one downtown bars will remain open until 4 a.m. on game night. Many of which will host DJs and really late-night happy hours. Click here for an interactive map with street addresses.

Bars in Kansas City where the 2012 MLB All-Star game took place did not have extended bar hours.

Aloe Blacc, fireworks wake up All-Star Game Gala, residents

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: July 15, 2014 - 4:14 AM

 

 

“Ironic” seems to be the theme of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game experience in the Twin Cities.

After we finally build a gorgeous outdoor ballpark, we land the Home Run Derby during a record cold-day for July. Nice.

And the timing of this all-eyes-on-Minneapolis event couldn’t be better. The Twins biggest star, Joe Mauer, can’t qualify for the All-Star Game because he pulled his obscure, er, oblique muscle. An extraordinary injury for Above-Average Joe, whose only weaknesses are bilateral.

To add insult to injury, the Home Run Derby gets delayed on Monday by an hour because of rain, and then the contest provides all the drama of a Brazil-Germany World Cup soccer match.

After Monday's snooze fest at Target Field, MLB tapped Aloe Blacc for its post-Derby All Star Gala at Mill City Ruins and Museum. I guess they couldn’t find Alanis Morissette to sing “Ironic.”

 

So they got the voice (and songwriter) of Avicii’s worldwide smash “Wake Me Up.”

And that’s exactly what Aloe Blacc did to the crowd of a few thousand ticket-holding partiers outdoors behind the Mill City Museum – and to untold residents on the opposite side of the Mississippi River.

With show-time temperature hovering at 57 degrees, the pop-soul star played a 50-minute set that featured his big hit, “The Man,” which has become something of a theme for All-Star Game promos, and a slow-downed, almost jazzy reading of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

“I apologize for doing a Michael Jackson song in Prince’s city,” Blacc, who lives in Southern California, said after the tune. “But we don’t know any Prince songs.”

There were plenty of Minnesotans in the crowd, judging by all the Twins gear (people still love Kirby Puckett and Justin Morneau). There were a few faces well-known to local baseball fans: Clark Griffith, Dick Bremer and Frank Viola.  But there were many out-of-towners showing their love for the L.A. Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and, of course, the Yankees. Too bad it was so chilly that the visitors were ignoring the fabulous Izzy’s ice cream desserts set up next to space heaters on the riverbank.

The out-of-towners seemed captivated by the fireworks above the Stone Arch Bridge – which started at 12:20 a.m. and lasted for 13 minutes. But the fireworks seemed like an impossible-to-ignore snooze alarm for nearby residents who didn’t abide by Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up.”

We imagine the Twins, Major League Baseball and Minneapolis officials might be receiving some uncomplimentary phone calls, emails and Tweets.

Not-yet-open Loring Park restaurant rocks Northern Spark

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: June 12, 2014 - 6:13 PM
Black Diet. Photo by Leslie Plesser.

For serious night owls a 2 a.m. closing time is too cruel a rule. Although bars still have their normal curfew, one night per year Twin Cities culture junkies are encouraged to stay out until dawn.

The fourth annual all-night art festival Northern Spark, which last year drew 45,000 attendees, returns Saturday. From 9 p.m. until daybreak, artists of all mediums will perform and exhibit their work at locations across Minneapolis.This year's theme: “Projecting the City.”

While there is much to see and experience during the sleep-depriving arty party, anyone whose get-down urges extend passed bar close might head to Kim Bartmann’s coming-soon Loring Park restaurant, where the music won’t stop till the birds are chirping. The restaurateur behind Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, the newly opened Tiny Diner and more is staying tight-lipped regarding her plans for the former Cafe Maude and Nick and Eddie space at 1612 Harmon Place. But Bartmann will open its doors starting at 9 p.m. for a late night of music and performance art.

“We’re excited to bring a little bohemian life back to Loring Park,” she said.

Presented by the Bedlam Theatre and DJ Rambo Salinas, indoor performers include singer/songwriter Brian Laidlaw, who’s teaming with literary rag Paper Darts for a vaudevillian music and poetry piece, rockabilly quartet L’Assasins, energetic soul rockers Black Diet, DJs Dan McAllister of Worldwide Discotheque, Soul Togetherness’ Brenda Hernandez and Kevin Jones, and more. Outside the restaurant Lea Devon Sorrentino and Forever Young’s Chris Cloud host a silent dance party, while the Independent Filmmaker Project MN screens silent films in the alley scored live by local bands. Plus an outdoor ping pong tourney and a sunrise yoga session (see full schedule below).

Though the unnamed restaurant is still under construction, food, booze and much-needed espresso will be available. Bartmann had hoped to open before Northern Spark, but had a hiccup with an energy-inefficient back door. The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission denied her request to have the door replaced, so she essentially built a door within a door as a workaround. The restaurant is about three weeks away from opening and more details about the concept and her collaborators (which include a former Minneapolitan who’s returning after running a Brooklyn bar) will be announced next week.

Until then, tell the Sandman to shove it and enjoy the dusk-till-dawn art extravaganza.

Inside performances at 1612 Harmon Place:

9:10 p.m. Frank Theater
9:30 p.m. Paper Darts
10:20 p.m. DJ Tarik Thornton
11:20 p.m. L'Assassins
12:20 a.m. DJ Brenda Hernandez
1:30 a.m. Black Diet
2:20 a.m. DJ Dan McAllister
3:20 a.m. DJ Kevin Jones
4:20 a.m. DJ Rambo Salinas

Outside performances at 1612 Harmon Place:

9 p.m.-3 a.m. IFP MN presents Out of the Shadows - Movies & Music in the Dark (live score by local bands at the top of each hour)
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Happenstance...Negative Jam (Silent Dance Party!) by Chris Cloud & Lea Devon Sorrentino
9 p.m.-3 a.m. Ping Pong by Starlight - Register for tourney online at  http://tinyurl.com/NSpingpong or sign up on site by 10:45 p.m. (open pong before & after tourney)
5:30 a.m. Sunrise Yoga in Loring Park (located on north side of the park, across from 1612 Harmon Place)

400 Bar to open in July at Mall of America

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: June 5, 2014 - 4:16 PM

The old 400 Bar, which closed in late 2012, on the West Bank. Star Tribune photo by Bruce Bisping

The old 400 Bar, which closed in late 2012, on the West Bank. Star Tribune photo by Bruce Bisping

No formal announcements. Which is what you might expect from the Sullivan brothers, who ran the 400 Bar on the West Bank in its indie-rock heyday.

Their new 400 endeavor at Mall of America – part of the entertainment complex that includes the just-opened Midwest Music Museum – has several bookings, Bill Sullivan told me at a preview party for the exhibit “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beatles” at the museum.

He said the first shows will probably be after July 4.

But they haven’t posted anything on their website yet – except to follow them on Twitter @400Bar.

And he said the new space is still under construction at 400 East Broadway at the Mall of America. A "400 Bar" sign -- which looks just like the one at 400 Cedar Av. S. -- has been painted on the outside of the new club.

Meanwhile, the only announced show is Aug. 1 with Denny Laine, former member of the Moody Blues (remember “Go Now” from his era) and Wings (Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band). However, tickets haven’t gone on sale yet.

Tom Sullivan said it has been a “condensed” learning process with this new endeavor, which will also include a restaurant.

He promises that the new 400 won’t be dependent on a group of hard-core fans (like the old corner bar was) but rather draw from the entire Twin Cities as well as the millions of tourists who come to Mall of America each year.

Mason Jennings, a regular performer at the old 400 Bar, was at the preview as were Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland and other members of the Minnesota music community.

It's gonna be Bedlam in Lowertown Saturday

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: May 30, 2014 - 1:31 PM

A couple weeks in advance of the happy chaos that the opening of the Green Line will create, Bedlam Theatre opens the door on its new digs in Lowertown St. Paul (213 4th St. E.) on Saturday with a day-long party from noon till after midnight. The festivities begin with kid-friendly puppet activities, followed by cabaret performances, live bands and wee-hours dancing to vinyl spun by KFAI music director Miguel Vargas.

In keeping with Bedlam's philosophy of putting the community in community-based theater, the space will serve food and drink daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to encourage residents and visitors to stop in, share ideas and be part of whatever creative process might be going down at the moment. The same concept was behind their popular happy hour at the former West Bank location in Minneapolis, but they're opting for midday this time around because the lunch hour is more of a peak activity time in downtown St. Paul, said director John Bueche.

Bedlam's first Lowertown show opens June 13, the night before the new Green Line brings thousands of Minneapolitans who hate driving on 94 pouring into St. Paul's streets. Titled "The Beast," the play written by Ryan Underbakke follows events leading up to a fictional massacre of an immigrant family in northern Minnesota.

For now, the theater's website is calling for deep-pocketed beer drinkers to fork over $1,000 to help them stock up for tomorrow's party, with the payback being free beer through 2020. Good luck with that, guys -- we're guessing there might be a few takers. See more info here.

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