Minneapolis/St. Paul south metro news briefs: Shakopee mayor's state of the city talk

  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 12:49 PM

Be part of the show: Audition to be a musician, street performer or stage combatant at the Renaissance Festival this summer. Schedule an audition time by e-mailing renfestmn@gmail.com.

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State of City talk outlines priorities

Licensing of rental properties to cut down on crime and upgrades to the core area of town were featured in Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke’s State of the City address last week.

Tabke announced a revitali­zation program aimed at the historic downtown area, as well as the receipt of a grant to study the future of the Hwy. 101 corridor.

Both were among key planks in his successful bid for election. He criticized the city for failing to do enough to inject new life into downtown and for missing a chance to turn Hwy. 101 into a more-upscale place.

He also spoke of what he called a “vision for an entertainment/retail corridor from Valleyfair to Mystic Lake [Casino].”

Slides and video from the talk can be viewed at www.bradtabke.com/2013/05/08/shakopee-state-of-the-city-2013.

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Renaissance Festival conducting auditions

Auditions for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival will be held at a theater in south Minneapolis this month.

Participants of any age can audition to be musicians, street performers and stage combatants. Auditions will be held May 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Callbacks will be the following Saturday, May 25.

Those interested in auditioning can schedule a time by e-mailing renfestmn@gmail.com. Participants are expected to bring a head shot and résumé. The festival, held at the Renaissance Festival grounds in Shakopee, will run from Aug. 17 to Sept. 29.


Local businesses to display art

Several Savage businesses this month will showcase the winners of the Savage Juried Art Competition and Show.

The works will be displayed around town, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorites to win the Marion W. Savage People’s Choice award.

More than 100 works were submitted to the annual competition. Art from the winners can be seen at Cal’s Market, Eagle Creek Gallery, Klein Bank, Savage City Hall, Savage Library and Sterling Bank through May 29.

City shows off new public works space

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