Erik Stolhanske celebrated going off to Massachusetts to shoot exterior scenes for “Super Troopers 2.”
I ran into the Broken Lizard comedy troupe member at the St. Louis Park Costco on Saturday night with his wife and social media expert, Barbara Slade. Some of you might have seen the photo I tweeted of Stolhanske, posing with the industrial-size Kirkland’s two-ply “bath tissue” package in the grocery cart’s kiddie seat.
Stolhanske is scheduled to leave Thursday. Slade said they celebrated Tuesday with dinner at La Belle Vie, the metro’s toniest fine dining spot. LBV is closing, despite being a darling of Zagat and James Beard award givers, in part because it wasn’t packing ’em in there.
“Since it’s been in the paper that they are going out of business, it’s been jam-packed; standing room only in the lounge,” Slade told me Tuesday. “They were nice to give us reservations. We’ve been trying to support them.” If everybody had been as supportive of LBV as Stolhanske and Slade, who didn’t think of the expensive spot as just a special-occasion stop, the restaurant might not be closing. “We decided since Erik is going we’re going to celebrate ‘Super Troopers 2’ but mourning [LBV] leaving because we liked having it here.” They had an eight-course meal in the main dining area.
For the movie, $4.5 million was raised from fans who have a near-cult devotion to the franchise. And, of course, you’ll never hear about over-the-top demands from Stolhanske or his co-stars.
“They are so the opposite of prima donnas,” laughed Slade, who thinks we need to coin a word for that.
Other scenes will probably be shot in Southern California, where Stolhanske and Slade also live.
Dolly says goodbye to art
No Picassos will be on the block this weekend when Dolly Fiterman starts liquidating her 10,000-square-foot warehouse space in Eden Prairie.
“When she closed her gallery at the old Pillsbury Library, then she had to warehouse the art works,” Fiterman’s daughter, Kimberley Fiterman-Duepner, told me Tuesday from New York. “She’s had it in this space 10 years? I don’t even remember. She finally decided it was time to get rid of the warehouse. It’s a huge undertaking and I’ve been organizing it with the help of volunteers, friends and family. You know she collected a lot.”
How many Picassos are you selling?
“Oh jeez,” chuckled Fiterman-Duepner. “She has those. They’re not at the warehouse. This is stuff that was not in her house. There is a Picasso portfolio book we might sell. She has a lot of artists, Minnesota artists there. A variety. … The unframed works have to be shrink-wrapped so people can see them. I’ve got a lot of it arranged. It’s worth looking at and there are a bunch of other things besides art. The art can go anywhere from $100 to $50,000.”
“Once you’re there you’ll know why I can’t give you all these answers. It’s pretty mind-boggling,” said Fiterman-Duepner. A look at the photos on the card she mailed does explain why she couldn’t answer all my questions. The scene looks overwhelming. “OK, good,” she said. We both laughed.
Fiterman’s warehouse is at 7073 Shady Oak Road, and the sale is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Jesse blusters on ‘Nightly’
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura ruined my favorite Comedy Central show by being on it Tuesday. Whhhhy, Larry Wilmore, was Ventura on “The Nightly Show”?
Ventura blustered that if he ran as a third-party candidate and Donald Trump was the Republican nominee, he would defeat Trump. Of course, Trump would welcome the opportunity to insult Ventura’s unpresidential hair as those two sparred for the secondary crown of Most Thin-Skinned.
Hey, when is a TV political pundit going to ask Trump, who thinks he is so popular with Hispanics, how many people of color he has in management at his companies?
If “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, who feigned interest in that question when we recently exchanged e-mails, has asked Trump about this, would somebody at CBS please send me the link.
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