Better late than never, right? After several delays, Stella's double-decker rooftop finally is open for business. Never mind that it's already September.
The owners of the Uptown seafood complex have been working on this second mini-rooftop for months, but an "extended permitting process" has held up its debut, said co-owner Bob Carlson. The 360 Skydeck (as they're calling it) sits right on top of the current rooftop and has views in every direction. I'm guessing this is going to be a coveted seat, but don't worry, all you'll need is a reservation.
"There is no food-and-beverage minimum, and there's no fee to get on the roof," Carlson assured me. (Maybe you heard about that little fiasco in June?)
Four giant steel beams have been erected on the current patio to support the new endeavor. Carlson said the deck will be more of a dining destination with only 12 tables, as opposed to its packed party-central rooftop. That said, the lucky diners who get up there will be able to stay only until 12:30 a.m., (the regular rooftop stays open until 2 a.m.).
When the Uptown Cafeteria opened in June, I expected the rooftop wars to begin. While it took a couple months, here's Stella's latest salvo.B-Girl block party
One of the Twin Cities' best hip-hop events is back in a big way this year. The B-Girl Be Carnival Block Party, which celebrates women in hip-hop, happens all day Saturday at Intermedia Arts. The lineup is headlined by DJ Pam the Funkstress of the acclaimed West Coast group, the Coup. The day will include MC battles between men and women on the Vocal Acrobatics main stage, plus dance, live painting, film and an art marketplace.
Noon-10 p.m. Sat. 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. $5-$10. 612-871-4444. www.intermediaarts.orgFinal weekend at Bedlam
When the Bedlam was told in July that it would need to vacate its home on the West Bank, the experimental theater promised it would go out with a bang. Well, the last weekend is here and it's come through on that promise. On Friday, its "PBR Blowout" will feature a daft mix of live music, DJs, fire performers, art installations and even a goat roast on the rooftop. Bands include the Brass Messengers, Pink Mink and Rifflord. Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboy cans "will be available in gargantuan quantities for your drinking pleasure." But that's not all. On Saturday, the theater will offer a buffet of all the disciplines it's featured in its three-plus years on the West Bank. The End of an Era Romp will include dance, puppetry, film, performance and "general raucousness." The wild drumming outfit Savage Aural Hotbed will close the evening.
7:30 p.m. Fri. and 8 p.m. Sat. 1501 S. 6th St., Mpls. 612-341-1038. www.bedlamtheatre.org.
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