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AUGUST 2014 - Volume 10 - Number 8
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What Was The QuestionAn exhibition by New
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Art Fair Fills the Street
Cause Loses Lease
Before 5th Anniversary
Sudden closure not due to financial strains, new bar to open in fall
By Gabriel Landsverk
With business doing just fine,
the announcement that Cause
Spirits & Soundbar is closing,
has come as a surprise to most.
The space will reopen in fall
under Dan Fehrankamp, from
Macs Industrial Sports Bar
at 312 Central Ave. S.E. The
space will reopen as Iron Door
Pub and has an anticipated
opening date in September.
29th Street West Revisited
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Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Gigis
By Bruce Cochran
City staff, business and residen-
tial stakeholders gathered at
Walker Library on July 21 for
the second public community
meeting to hammer out goals
for the reconstruction of 29th
Street West between Hennepin
and Lyndale Avenues. There is
currently $350,000 allocated in
the Citys budget for the proj-
But the budget is only desig-
nated for pedestrian connec-
tion and therefore will not be
enough to rebuild the street
Fairgoers at the 2013 Uptown Art Fair. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Participants were instructed to experiment with legos to experience the
freedom and challenge of designing a city street. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Cause Soundbar closed in July. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
CAUSE page 11
29TH page 5
ART page 6
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Letter to the Editor
Uptown Neighborhood News:
Who Cares? We do
When my now almost 40 year old son was 4, I heard him telling someone
Uptown has everythingeven a Salvation Army! In his small world,
everything also included a bowling alley, a locally owned hardware store,
Orr Books, Morris and Christies corner grocery store that endured small
children with small coins searching for a place to buy candy, Rainbow
Caf, funky little shops, Uptown Theater with floors so sticky you could
become affixed to them while you watched kid friendly movies with
your friends on a hot summer day unaccompanied by watchful parents,
yards that had little grass because they endured development of healthy
bodies by hoards of free roaming childrenand it had the ECCO News!
Each of those beloved parts of living in Uptown passed away with time.
The world did not end because Uptown has the capacity to change with
the timesin part due to the lakes which border it, lakes which I admit
to having not even known existed when we bought our home on Irving
Avenue South. It was the neighborhood with all its charming eclectic
variety that captured our hearts After more than 40 years of thinking
of this as home, it is still Uptowns great energy. lakes or not. that
matter. I cannot spend any time in my front yard during a busy summer
weekend day without at least one person pausing in front of our house
and saying, I lived in this neighborhood when I was growing up or in
college or just got my first job. Uptown has been a nest for much of
Now another change is looming. Uptown Neighborhood News is sitting
on the edge of the abyss. This paper, born some 9 years age when ECCO
News ran out of energy, is facing the problem that so many newspapers
today are having. It is made of paper. It costs money to put news to
paper, and advertisers apparently arent convinced there is much pay-
back to buying UNNs absurdly inexpensive ad space. UNNs time
may have come, but I hope not. There is no other paper like it left in our
community. Yes, we have the STRIB, and Southwest Journal is doing
a comfortable job of covering the Southwest corner of the Minneapolis.
But, Uptown has its own vibe, its own collective memory, its own spin on
what matters in life. Uptown Neighborhood News is more or less put
together by volunteers. Yes, there are some small amounts paid to editor,
art director, ad reps, and delivery personnel but nothing compared to the
hours of labor put into each monthly paper, managed by a totally volun-
teer board that represents ECCO and CARAG neighborhoods. Life is
change, but if the idea of the demise of Uptown Neighborhood News is a
change you would rather not see, tell your favorite business that commu-
nity matters and having a community paper matters. Ask Uptown busi-
nesses to buy in, pay up and make Uptown Neighborhood News part of
what they do to keep Uptown, well Uptown.
Linda Todd
Uptown at Heart
By Jessica Van Gilder, Editor
When I heard the Cause was
closing, I was incredulous. The
business is sound. Its a fun and
unique venue that is widely
recognized as a key component
of the music scene in the Twin
Cities and I know at least twen-
ty people off the top of my head
that consider themselves reg-
ulars whether they play there,
work there or simply hang out
there after work.
The blow to the music scene
with this sudden closure is not
only upsetting to me as a patron
and music lover, its disturb-
ing to me as a resident of the
supposed hip and happening
Uptown neighborhood I chose
to live in.
It pains me to say this, but as a
young professional who wants
to be able to enjoy her neigh-
borhood without breaking the
bank every time I go out, I am
really struggling to understand
how Uptown qualifies any-
more. And Im not the only
one. So many of my friends
and colleagues will say the
exact same thing. Some of them
are so disturbed by Causes
closure they will be moving
to Northeast or Seward the
moment they get a chance.
Because lets face itUptown
is turning into a flashy exten-
sion of downtown that is put-
ting all of its eggs into the bro
basket, with an increasingly
weak attempt to cater to artists,
young professionals, families
and self- or not-self-identified
Heres the problem. Theres
a reason I dont live in down-
town, and why Ive never
lived in downtown in any of
the other cities Ive livedits
because I dont want to live that
lifestyle. I dont want to pay for
that lifestyle. I want to live in
an eclectic neighborhood with
down to earth local businesses
that have regulars, an art scene,
a music scene, an affordable
nightlife, a little bit of culture.
Who can say thats the life-
style Uptown provides at this
point? Every new restaurant
or bar that opens up exclusively
offers overpriced fancified food
and outrageous drink pric-
es. And for the record Im not
saying theyre all a problem or
Uptown shouldnt have any of
them, but when they become
the only option the neighbor-
hood dynamic will inevitably
change and Im not comfort-
able with that direction.
I moved to Uptown because
it reminded me of two of my
favorite neighborhoods in Seat-
tleFremont for the lakes and
aesthetics, and Capitol Hill for
the bars and restaurants. But
now Uptown reminds me of
Belltown, the neighborhood
with no culture nestled next to
Seattles downtown that con-
sists of overpriced high rises
and realistically only caters to
singles in their 30s (maybe late
20s), or couples of those ages
without kids, who are willing
to pay for the concept of swank
and posh materialism. If you
are unsure what I mean by this,
simply Google uptown realtor
video and youll know in about
three minutes.
I spent the last six months
searching for an apartment
or house in Uptown, and the
effects of market growth of
upscale businesses and apart-
ment complexes is very evident.
Because of those properties, the
average properties are able to
charge unreasonably higher
prices than anyone should be
paying for what theyre getting.
And the truly gross properties?
Its unreal how theyre priced.
But to be fair, to some degree
we have to expect that because
Uptown is such a desirous loca-
tion to live, primarily because
of the lakes, not to mention the
multitude of incredible neigh-
borhood events that contribute
to Uptowns character too.
But what happens when the
only aspect still drawing all the
non-bro residents is the lakes?
Will that be enough to diversi-
fy the neighborhood? What are
the key words people will use
to describe Uptown now? Ten
years from now?
What happens when undiver-
sified development drives out
young professionals, artists and
eventually, families? What will
be left? I think Uptown is on
track to find out, and that sad-
dens me.
So, as I unhappily say goodbye
to the Cause and acknowl-
edge all of the local bands who
I wont have a chance to see
anymore (because most of the
other music venues in the Twin
Cities dont offer the same
opportunities that Cause did,
which made Cause unique and
awesome), I am crossing my
fingers that I dont blink and
see another mini-mall or spe-
cialty cocktail bar in my neigh-
borhood instead.
Lyn-Lake and the Lyndale cor-
ridor from Franklin to south of
the lakes is my favorite place
to be in Minneapolis, from the
businesses and restaurants to
entertainment and aesthet-
ics. Think about your favor-
ite spots in Uptown. Are they
Is this the Uptown we want?
becoming what you want? If
not, I would encourage you
to speak up and advocate for
responsible development that
doesnt neglect or trample the
neighborhood character you
love. The upcoming changes
at Calhoun Square for instance
presents a prime opportunity to
take a seat at the table. If you
dont, you might wake up one
day in a different neighbor-
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Guest Column by Aura Wharton-Beck, Principal, Kenwood Elementary
S, se puede! This phrase translates to mean: It can be done! It was the first phrase I mem-
orized as a child. My Puerto Rican mother and my Guyanese father, taught me to embrace
new experiences with enthusiasm and anticipation. I continue to use that phrase as a guide for
my leadership. I have a strong commitment to the arts and arts integration in schools. As an
elementary principal I have had the honor of leading a school with an established tradition of
using the arts as a bridge for equity and opportunity for all students. The creation of a pint-
sized orchestra began with 36 instruments in 2009, and now proudly showcases over 400 student
musicians. This accomplishment is due to the commitment of parents, the confidence instilled
by dedicated teachers, and the synergy of the corporate and community sponsors.
My professional experience includes teaching elementary and middle school students, serving
as a district mentor, assistant principal, and a principal at Jenny Lind School. Currently, I am
doctoral student at the University of St. Thomas, in the Leadership, Policy, and Administration
Department, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2015.
I look forward to this new chapter in my role as the principal of Kenwood School. I hope to
meet and to become acquainted with the Kenwood students, faculty, and community. I under-
stand the importance of building reciprocal relationships with diverse families and sustaining
viable partnerships with the arts and corporate community. I look forward to continuing the
legacy of Smarts + Arts at Kenwood School. I remain devoted to ensuring an academically
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Jungles Boehlke To Retire
Artistic Director to retire after 25 years
Provided by the Jungle Theater
The Jungle Theater announced July 22 that Founder Bain Boe-
hlke will step down from his current duties as Artistic Director,
effective June 30, 2015. An interim director will be appointed
while the Jungle Board of Directors searches for a permanent
replacement. Margo Gisselman will continue in her role as Exec-
utive Director.
Warroad native Boehlke who turns 75 on July 23 has been a
beloved and vital member of the Twin Cities theater community
for more than 50 years. Since the Jungles inception 25 years ago,
Boehlke has directed, designed and/or appeared in most of the
theaters productions. He has also worked in theaters around the
country including Arizona Theatre Company, Louisville Chil-
drens Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Before the Jun-
gle, Boehlke was Associate Artistic Director and a leading actor at
the Childrens Theater Company for 13 years. In 1978, Boehlke
founded Trinity Films and produced the documentary Dietrich
Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives. He appeared as Mr.
Mohra in the Coen brothers film, Fargo. He was the 2011 recip-
ient of Iveys Lifetime Achievement Award, honored as the 2009
Distinguished Artist of the Year by the McKnight Foundation,
and in 2001, received the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Arts.
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ages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties
and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime
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nerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by
friends and family.
National Night Out is not just one night of the year, but the cul-
mination of year-long crime prevention activity in all Minneapolis
neighborhoods: people working together in block and apartment
clubs and other networks to prevent and address crime and other
neighborhood problems. It is an occasion to celebrate past suc-
cesses, discuss current challenges or issues, and re-dedicate to col-
laborative efforts with neighbors, police, businesses and others to
improve the quality of life in our city. NNO is the largest event of
its kind in Minneapolis and the nation.
Key Messages
Cohesive, healthy neighborhoods are keys to preventing crime
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for vehicular travel, according
to City Transportation Project
Manager Don Pflaum.
Once the needs and values of
the community are accessed,
Pflaum said, we will go to the
Council for more money.
With the exception of the block
behind Cub Foods, Emerson
to Dupont, the City owns the
entire parcel. The Cub Foods
section of 29th Street is now
owned by SuperValu, Cub
Foods parent company. Tenth
Ward Council Member Lisa
Bender says SuperValu is sup-
portive of the idea but that the
City and SuperValu have only
just started the conversation.
Staff began the evening by
summarizing the outline of the
project steps and where they
are now in the planning pro-
cess. From the first meeting in
May Phaum outlined major
themes identified by partici-
Improved roadway
Safe connection between
Hennepin and Lyndale
Geared toward pedestrians
and biking
Green space
Pflaum then referenced Access
Minneapolis, a citywide plan-
ning document that aims to
increase density when possible
and advantageous.
We are trying to densify, but
Pflaum also added, this whole
project is a balancing act when
29TH from 1
By Lyndel Owens)
This summer, on an average
Thursday afternoon in spacious
sun-lit room, a girl rose to her
feet and turned to speak to doz-
ens of unfamiliar adults and
fellow youths.
The banquet hall at St. Marys
Greek Orthodox Church host-
ed leaders focused on juvenile
justice in the Twin Cities Metro
area, from St. Paul Police Chief
Thomas Smith to well-known
Twin Cities lawyer Nekima
And they all listened as the
teenager told them she had
found her voice.
Earlier that day, the girl and
more than 100 other adults
and youths gathered for a day
at St. Marys Greek Orthodox
Church in Uptown for Deci-
sionPoint!, an event designed
to create space and relation-
ships for effective collaboration,
across systems and levels of
government to address Reduc-
ing the Number of Youth of
Color in the Juvenile Justice
Its a loaded issue, but Marni-
tas Table is specially designed
for bringing people together to
dialogue about difficult topics
and potential solutions.
The fact is, Marnita Schroedl
says, we dont give people
across culture a chance to get
to know each other. Almost
always when we come together
it is because there is some prob-
What set this inclusive event
apart was the span of ages in
the room. With the absence of
name tags but the presence of
conversation starter cards and
an abundance of food, the event
kicked-off with a light atmo-
sphere that allowed guests to
sink into their relaxed selves to
first get to know each other.
This is systems change at a
molecular level, read their
Marnitas Table promotes
open dialogue for all
brochure. The right kind of
talk leads to effective action.
Kang Vang, Director of Media
at Asian Media Access, fre-
quently takes students to Mar-
nitas Table.
Vang says the experience of
a Table is really freeing for
them, as it gives space for
them to really open up and
speak from the heart about
what they feel and what they
see in the world, the injustice in
the world.
Sometimes, he points out, its
taboo to talk about certain
subjects in a school setting.
Conversely, at Marnitas Table,
young people are expected to
speak as peers to the adults in
the room.
As the visionary of Marnitas
Table, Schroedl has facilitat-
ed hundred of events known
as Tables. These Tables are a
chance for literally breaking
bread and extending bridges
across race, class, culture and a
multitude of other self-identi-
fiers; they are the hallmark of
her nonprofit Marnitas Table.
Schroedl, a former PR con-
sultant, designed the Table by
blending her knowledge of
good food and hosting and her
sense of social justice urgen-
cy. She wanted to open up the
conversations that create wide-
scale change and broaden the
table of decisions makers.
A general Table consists of two
inseparable, key components: a
conversation and a feast. Topics
have ranged from philanthropy
and reducing teen STDs/HIV/
AIDS to bringing small towns
together despite racial tensions.
The aim is to bring diverse
stakeholders into the room,
help them feel comfortable and
enable them to be talk honest-
ly with one another about their
perspectives and experiences.
For years Schroedl has combed
peer-reviewed research to
tweak each element of the
experience so that it has a pos-
itive psychological impact. This
resulted in her trademark,
Intentional Social Interaction
(ISI). In an event in which ISI
is employed, one ought to feel
uniquely welcome, as through
you were thought of specifical-
Scroedls work started in the
early 90s while living in Los
Angeles. After the riots, her
friends of disparate race groups
were hesitant to talk about
what happened.
My white friends wouldnt
talk to my black friends [] so
we did a series of Tables then,
although I didnt call it the
Schroedl filled the void by
bringing them together in a
safe space. Years later, after
moving to Minneapolis, she
formally started Marnitas
Table in 2005 with the goal of
catalyzing people to actively
move beyond the barriers that
separate us, she notes.
Her own childhood experi-
ence as a multiracial, under-re-
sourced foster child gave her
10,000 hours of experience
being welcomed in a lukewarm
way. She was determined to
change that.
When I l left home, I said any-
one who came would be wel-
come in my home. They would
never feel unwelcome. They
would never feel like they had
to be anything other than pres-
With the table, she finds that
the principle of welcome
We found that if we talked
about health care, or education,
or criminal justice system, it
did not matter the topic, what
mattered was the authentic
welcome. What mattered was
putting the stake in the ground
and having people at the door
The most recent Table focused on Reducing the Number of Youth of Color in the Juvenile Justice System. Founder
of Marnitas Table aims to create safe spaces for dialogue across generations and cultures. (Photo by Lyndel Owens)
it comes to open space and
After a series of streets sta-
tistics were revealed and dis-
cussed, everyone was instructed
to gather in groups for a new
exercise in community partici-
It was explained that the exper-
iment was an attempt to engage
stakeholders that would not
normally be engaged. Partici-
pants were challenged to create
their own streetscape and wres-
tle with space allocation.
All of the groups came up with
slightly different solutions,
but one thing was clear. The
consensus in the room was for
very little parking, auto access
but slower, and lots of open
space for bikes, pedestrians and
Down the road
The next meeting of the 29th
Street reconstruction project is
scheduled for August. Street
layout approval is scheduled
for this fall. Following that,
formal street design is targeted
for 2015. If additional funding
is received in late 2015 then
construction will begin in 2016.
A full City Project page will
be available at minneapolismn.
gov once the project reaches
the planning phase and receives
additional funding.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director
and in charge of Production for
the Uptown Neighborhood News
and resides in CARAG.
The After Midnight Group, owners of several cowboy themed restau-
rants, including the most recently defunct Cowboy Slims located pre-
viously on the The Walkway site, is going into the recently vacated
Social House space. The new restaurant will be called Cowboy Jacks,
and is planning on having a rooftop deck for the third floor of the build-
ing. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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We are looking forward
to kicking-off the 51st art
fair in style, said Maude
Lovelle, executive director of
the Uptown Art Fair. The
Uptown Art Fair features some
of the most talented artists in
the country, and we are excited
to celebrate another year of the
community coming together
for a weekend of art, culture,
music and fun.
Along with the artist booths,
the Uptown Art Fair offers a
variety of special events and
activities. Some of this years
highlights include:
Subarus Art in Motion
Challenge (new this year!)
Cars as canvases. Thats the
concept for this years brand
new Art in Motion Challenge,
sponsored by Subaru. Each
day of the art fair, a Minneap-
olis artist will pair up with stu-
dents from Intermedia Arts,
Uptown Art Fairs charitable
partner, and paint a brand new
Subaru live. Spectators can
watch as these artists transform
these cars into works of art on
wheels, with a new car being
painted each day. On Sunday,
a winner will be crowned based
on judges votes. Located near
Irving Avenue on The Mall.
Performance Stage
Guests can kick back and
soak in everything from dance
troupes to improv to local
bands on the Performance
Stage while enjoying a cold,
refreshing beverage at the Beer
Garden or at the Wine Garden,
located in BoneYard Kitchen &
Bars parking lot.
Friday, August 1st
1pm Matt Hannah (Acoustic Folk)
2pm Makenzie Caine (Indie pop)
3pm Jawaahir (Middle Eastern Dance)
4pm Kingsview (Indie-Rock Band)
5pm Voice of Culture Drum and Dance
(West African drum/dance with a
Black American twist)
6pm Homeless & The Van Gobots
(Hip-Hop Band)
8pm TBD
Saturday, August 2nd
Noon Al-Bahira (Middle East Dance)
1pm Jessica Manning (pop/soul)
2pm Rhythm and Swing
(Youth Swing Dancing)
3pm 7 Cats Swing (Jazz Group)
4pm Royal Scottish Country Dance
Society (Scottish Dancers)
5pm Stevie Ray Improv (Improv Group)
6pm Mayda (Pop/Funk)
8pm TBD
Sunday, August 3rd
Noon Twin Cities Community Gospel
Choir (Gospel Choir)
1pm Uptown Swing (Swing Dancing)
2pm Hanson & Hoyt
(Acoustic Cover Duo)
3pm Mactir Academy
(Youth Irish Dance)
4pm Ageless (Pop/Rock)
youth artists, a culinary arts
competition and much more,
including live transformations
of cars into works of art. Min-
nesotas No. 1 art fair, attended
by more than 375,000 people
each year, will take place Aug.
The Uptown Association,
producers of the Uptown Art
Fair, will kick off the art fairs
51st year with the Uptown
Countdown celebration.
Now through Aug. 3, visitors
to more than 50 participating
Uptown businesses can register
to win one of two $50 gift cards
given away at each business. A
full list of participating busi-
ness can be found at uptownar-
This years commemora-
tive artist is Hopkins resi-
dent Heather Renaux. Her
commemorative piece, titled
Uptown Family Tree, exem-
plifies the characteristics that
make Uptown so unique cre-
Boehlke said he plans to travel but also intends to remain connect-
ed to the theater he founded in 1991. As we get ready to mark
our 25th Anniversary Season, it seemed like a good time to take
leave. Im so proud of the Jungle. Im retiring when the theater
is at the summit of its artistic and administrative excellence. Our
plays continue to get raves by critics and theater-goers. Weve
completely remodeled the inside and outside of the building. The
institution is stronger financially than its ever been, and our cir-
cle of committed friends
and supporters con-
tinues to grow. I have
every confidence that
the Jungles future is
secure, he said.
Jungle Board Chair Jef-
frey Bores said, Bain
has had a huge impact
on the Jungle and the
theater community at
large. His commitment
to a larger vision and
high artistic standards
leaves the Jungle on a
solid foundation, and
the Twin Cities a better
place. He will be sorely
missed but were posi-
tive his legacy will con-
Jungles Artistic Director Bain Boehlke will
retire in 2015. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
ART from 1 BOEHLKE from 3
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ativity, passion, community,
nature and fun. Represented in
the branches are a few favor-
ite Uptown pastimes sailing,
shopping, biking, food and
music all coming together as
one. The commemorative print
will be sold exclusively at the
official Uptown information
booth and official Uptown Art
Fair merchandise tents during
the run of the Uptown Art Fair
for $15 and $25.
During the art fair, visitors
can browse original art by
more than 350 artists cho-
sen by a five-member jury,
including sculpture, drawing,
glass, painting, jewelry, wood,
ceramics, photography, mixed
media and more. The Uptown
Art Fair runs Friday, Aug. 1,
from 12-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug.
2, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun-
day, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m.-5
p.m. on West Lake Street and
Hennepin Avenue South, and
The Mall, in Uptown, Minne-
7 .
More than just Tacos
Review: Lago Tacos
By Beth Marsh
East Lake Street is liberally peppered with Mexican and South American-style
restaurants. Many of these serve typical fare that Minnesotans have become accus-
tomed to, including enchiladas, chili rellenos, and tostadas. Patrons wont find
these dishes at Lago Tacos, which opened its second location on Lyndale in May,
just one block north of Lake Street. Theres a different and tasty mixture of Mexi-
can and American tastes here, and this new restaurant deserves a try.
My companions and I entered Lago Tacos on a Thursday evening and were
delightfully surprised to find the dcor upscale simple, with a small bar, plentiful
high-top and low-top tables, and a distinct lack of background flamenco guitar
and Mariachi music. The menu held a few unique offerings.
We started our meal by sharing two appetizers
from the Happy Hour menu. Jorges Jalape-
nos were six large, beer-battered peppers, long
on crunch and mild flavor, with a minimal
amount of Colby-Jack cheese mixed with cream
cheese and topped with a dab each of guacamo-
le, pico de gallo, sour cream, and crumbles of
queso fresco with avocado cream. My curiosity
was piqued when I saw Fried Avocados on the
menu, six lightly beer-battered avocado wedg-
es accompanied by a Ranch dipping sauce. The
contrast of the slight crunch against the cream-
iness of the avocado and the cooling dip made
this a favorite of our table.
The Monster Burritos definitely live up to their
name. The list of protein options ranges from
fish and steak to chicken and ground beef. The
Garden and the Portobello Mushroom burritos
can be made vegetarian on request. My choice,
the Walleye, is a flour tortilla packed with
beer-battered chunks of flaky walleye, traces of
Colby-Jack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise, pico de
gallo, avocado, and shredded lettuce and cab-
With sixteen varieties listed on the Taco menu,
including carnitas, shrimp, lobster, guava BBQ
pork, and BLT, diners are sure to find a filling
to their liking. Taco plates start with a choice
of corn or flour tortillas, and one of three pos-
sible accompaniments: rice, refried beans, or
a slightly sweet, round corn cake topped with
finely chopped pico de gallo. My companion
wisely chose three spicy, shredded, slow-cooked
pork tacos with salsa verde, lettuce, onion, and
cilantro, topped with a bit of queso fresco and
From the Salad menu, one of my compan-
ions chose the Ahi Tuna, a mountain of mixed
greens, topped with pickled red onion, vinai-
Jorges Jalapenos at Lago Tacos. (Photo by Beth Marsh)
Lago Tacos
2901 Lyndale Avenue
Daily: 10am-2am
Saturday and Sunday,
breakfast served: 10am-2pm
Appetizers: $6.95-$12.95
Monster Burrito plates:
Taco plates: $8.95-$15.95
Salads: $4.95-$14.95
Margaritas: $7-$12
Specialty drinks: $7-$21
Wine by the glass: $8-$11.50
Tequila: $6-$12
Breakfast plates:
Happy Hour
Daily: 3pm-6pm
Sunday - Thursday: 10pm-1am
PBR Rail drinks: $3.00;
Margaritas: $5; other rail
drinks: $1 off; $5 food menu;
and $1 off appetizers
Metered parking on Lyndale
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Lisa Bender
Board of
And More!
Tuesday, August 19, at 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
Outdoor Movie in the Park
Monday, August 18
6:00pm Red River Kitchen food truck arrives
7:00pm Activities & prizes from CARAG
8:30pm Gravity (2013) outdoor movie
Come out for a fun evening with your neighbors
culminating with a free showing of the Oscar-
award winning film Gravity (2013) starring
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. This event
is sponsored by Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Bryant Square Park, and the
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB).
grette house dressing, and a
smidge of queso fresco. The
generous amount of per-
fectly seared, and still beau-
tifully pink, Ahi tuna was
melt-in-your mouth tender and
Lago Tacos has a lot more
to offer, as it is also open for
breakfast daily; a kids menu
is available at any time. The
adjacent patio is a great place
to enjoy drinks and eats when
the weather permits. Consider
this place when you are look-
ing either for something differ-
ent at mealtime or a late-night
drink or snack. Consider book-
ing Lago Tacos to cater your
next business meeting or party
with their taco bar. Lago Tacos
is a relaxed, casual restaurant
with good food and friend-
ly and attentive service. On a
scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the
highest, I rate Lago Tacos as
follows: Food = 4, Beverages =
4, Service = 5, and Atmosphere
= 4
Beth Marsh is a longtime resi-
dent and fan of South Minneap-
olis. During off-hours from her
proofreading and copy-editing
day job for an advertising agen-
cy, she enjoys movies and creative
writing, and she is in the process
of illustrating her childrens book.
The project is scheduled to go before the City Planning Commission meeting on August 11. (Digital illustration courtesy of Collage Architects)
Franklin-Lyndale Project Advances to the City
Developer submits formal edited proposal
By Bruce Cochran
In February, Master Building
proposed a six-story, mixed-use
building at the southwest cor-
ner of Franklin
Avenue West and Lyndale Ave-
nue South. Since then Master
has made several presentations
to both the Lowry Hill East
and Whittier Alliance neigh-
borhoods looking for feedback.
In June, Master submitted
its formal application to the
Citys Planning Commission.
Responding to some of the
community concerns from the
neighborhood meetings that
included the rooftop deck,
height, and traffic, the project
now has some modifications:
Primarily, the bulk of the
building has been reduced. The
sixth floor of apartments has
been removed along the Lyn-
dale Avenue side. The num-
ber of parking spaces has been
reduced by 45 from 206 to 161
The Theatre Garage has been
lifted from below grade to
ground level and now faces
Lyndale Avenue.
The distance between the
parking structure and the
property line has been
increased on the west side.
The public park/rooftop deck
has been eliminated.
The northernmost curb cut
on Lyndale is now a right
turn only because ground
level vehicle traffic has been
tional and public uses, parking
facilities, limited production
and processing and public ser-
vices and utilities are allowed.
Most development occurs at no
more than 2.5 stories. A C2
is a Neighborhood Corridor
Commercial District, described
by City documents as allowing
for retail sales and commercial
services that are larger in scale
than allowed in the C1 District.
In addition to commercial uses,
residential uses, institutional
and public uses, parking facil-
ities, limited production and
The project is scheduled to go
before the City Planning Com-
mission meeting on August 11.
saying you are valued.
Since the inception of Marnitas
Table more than 13,000 people
have been hosted and 300 con-
versations have been facilitat-
ed. Each year the organization
grew in terms of bandwidth
and numbers served until it
reached critical mass in 2010.
After witnessing that level of
success, Marnitas Table began
to focus on training the train-
ers, with a vision for trans-
ferring and scaling, Schroedl
Now, with satellite Tables at St.
Olaf College in Northfield and
St. Bens in St. Joes, Marnitas
Table is shifting focus to teach
the durable tool of Intention-
al Social Interaction to those
who will replicate the process
in their own homes.
The model that gives legs to the
table, ISI, is flexible to the point
that, Schroedl says, it could be
attached to almost any space
in town in really innovative
School districts, nonprofits, and
community leaders across the
state are in consultation with
Marnitas Table to facilitate
guided conversations that help
people see the Other with new
eyes, that render the invisi-
ble visible, as their brochure
points out.
As Marnitas Table forges
ahead, Schroedl maintains a log
book that records qualitative,
transformative life events that
grew roots at a Marnitas Table
event. So far, the count rests in
the thousands.
Lyndel Owens resides in Lowry Hill
According to a preliminary
review by the City the project
would need the following land
use applications:
Rezoning 2008-2018 Lyn-
dale from C1 to C2. (A C1 is
a Neighborhood Commer-
cial District, described by City
documents as a convenient
shopping environment of small
scale retail sales and commer-
cial services that are compat-
ible with adjacent residential
uses. In addition to commercial
uses, residential uses, institu-
processing and public services
and utilities are allowed. Most
development occurs at no more
than four stories.)
A conditional use permit for
a principal parking facility
Conditional use permit to
increase height
Variance to decrease the side
and rear yard setbacks
Variance to increase the
maximum allowed compact
parking stalls
Site plan review
TACOS from 7
9 .
Short Redhead Reel Reviews
By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Dont miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)]
And So It Goes (PG-13) (3)
[Some sexual references and
drug elements.] After a
grouchy, widowed, self-ab-
sorbed Connecticut realtor
(Michael Douglas) ends up
caring for his estranged grand-
daughter (Sterling Jerins) when
his son (Scott Shepherd) is sent
to prison in this charming, low-
key, star-dotted (Rob Reiner,
Frances Sternhagen, Frank
Valli, and Yaya DaCosta),
94-minute, Rob Reiner roman-
tic comedy, he mellows out
as he finds himself falling for
his lounge-singing next door
neighbor (Diane Keaton).
Happy Christmas (R) (2.5)
[Language, drug use, and
some sexual content.] After
an immature, dysfunction-
al, 27-year-old woman (Anna
Kendrick) goes to Chicago
during the holidays to live
with her filmmaker brother
(Joe Swanberg), his novelist
wife (Melanie Lynskey), and
their adorable 2-year-old son
(Jude Swanberg) and parties
with a friend (Lena Dunham)
and a babysitting pot dealer
(Kevin Weber) in this realistic,
engaging, 83-minute film, rela-
tionships are strained, family
dynamics are tested, tensions
rise, and problems ensue when
alcohol and dope enter the pic-
Magic in the Moonlight
(PG-13) (3)
[A brief suggestive comment,
and smoking throughout.]
After an engaged, skeptical,
English magician (Colin Firth)
agrees to honor the request
of a long-time friend (Simon
McBurney) to go to the south
of France in 1928 to debunk
an American medium (Emma
Stone) trying to con a wealthy,
smitten man (Hamish Lin-
klater) and his family (Jacki
Weaver, et al.) with the aid of
her greedy mother (Marcia Gay
Harden) in this charming, low-
key, 95-minute, Woody Allen
romantic comedy with beauti-
ful cinematography, he is sur-
prised when he falls head over
heels in love with the approval
of his aunt (Eileen Atkins).
A Most Wanted Man (R) (3)
[Language.] When a tor-
tured half-Chechen, half-Rus-
sian Muslim (Grigorly
Dobrygin) enters Hamburg
illegally and tries to access
more than 10 million Euros of
his fathers ill-gotten money
held in a private bank in this
engaging, suspenseful, com-
plex, thought-provoking,
2-hour political thriller, which
is slow paced, uneven, and
based on John le Carrs novel,
a chain-smoking German agent
(Philip Seymour Hoffman), a
compassionate amnesty law-
yer (Rachel McAdams), and a
smitten banker (Willem Dafoe)
try to determine whether he is
a Jihad terrorist with ties to Al
Qaeda while American CIA
operatives (Robin Wright, et
al.) plan their own agenda.
Venus in Fur (NR) (3.5)
[Subtitled] When a tawdry,
duplicitous, outspoken actress
(Emmanuelle Seigner) is late
for an audition for an S & M
play in Paris set in 1870 in this
well-acted, erotic, dark, unusu-
al, 96-mimnute, 2013, Roman
Polanski film based on David
Ives Tony Award-winning
play adapted from on Leopold
von Sacher-Masoch;s sexually
provocative novella Venus in
Fur, the author turned direc-
tor (Mathieu Amalric) reluc-
tantly agrees to a reading of the
script and is surprised to dis-
cover she is ideal for the part.
Wish I Was Here (R) (2.5)
[Language and some sexual
content.] A down-to-earth,
touching, wacky, well-act-
ed, star-dotted (Jim Parsons,
Michael Weston, Donald Fais-
on, and James Avery), 2-hour
comedy about a 35-year-old,
unemployed Jewish actor (Zac
August Film
Listed in order of release date
and subject to change. Please see for final
titles, dates and times.
1320 Lagoon Ave. 612.823.3020
8/1 Mood Indigo

8/8 Happy Christmas
(one night only)
8/15 Alive Inside
Rich Hill
8/22 Finding Fela
8/29 Frank
A Letter to Momo
2906 Henn. Ave. 612.392.0402
8/1 Magic in the Moonlight
8/15 Calvary
8/22 The Trip to Italy
*Opens either at Lagoon
or Uptown
Connecting Lake Street to the Greenway?
Braff) struggling to care for
his wife (Kate Hudson) and
two children (Pierce Gagnon
and Joey King) in Los Angeles
while coping with his imma-
ture, Lego-obsessed brother
(Josh Gad) and the imminent
death of his cancer-stricken
father (Mandy Patinkin).
Authentic Greek Food
Live Music & Dancing
Cooking Demos
Kids Play Area
Wine Tasting
5K Run/Walk
Church Tours
SEPT. 5-7
...and once around
the wheels
Elaina puts the grease in elbow grease. She and her father Charles (not
shown) helped out at the annual Kids of CARAG Car Wash at Bryant Square
Park. The July 19 event raised $90 for Bryant Square Park programs. (Photo
by Bruce Cochran)
1986 through 2014 by Wendy
Schadewald. The preceding films
were reviewed by Wendy Schade-
wald, who has been a Twin Cit-
ies film critic since 1986. To see
more of her film reviews, log on
to www.shortredheadreelreviews.
Take the Survey
Provided by the Lake Street Council
The Lake Street Council has partnered with the Midtown Gre-
enway Coalition to do community based research on improving
the infrastructure and safety of the connecting streets between the
Greenway and Lake Street.
To do this research we need your help. We need you to voice
your opinion about how to improve these important connections
between the Greenway and Lake Street. Improving these vital
areas will increase the flow of traffic between these two major
This summer you can voice your opinion about this issue through
a Connecting the Community workshop. The workhop will
include a group survey to access the walkability and bikeabilty of
certain areas plus a brainstorming session. All ideas are welcome
and needed.
Attend the Community Workshop
Safari Restaurant
Monday, August 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
3010 S 4th Avenue, Minneapolis
RSVP is encouraged but not required: http://lakestreetcouncil.
Take the survey
Cant make it to the workshop? Take our survey now to voice
your opinion:
A Midtown Greenway connection at Bryant Avenue. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
10 - AUGUST 2014
National Night Out
Attend an event on your block.
T HURSDAY, AUGUST 7 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
The agenda is posted on our website:
MONDAY, AUGUST 18 7:00 p.m.
Livability Committee Meeting
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
The Livability Committee reviews current zoning proposals in the
neighborhood and addresses safety, trafc and parking concerns.
MONDAY, SEPT EMBER 1 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Labor Day Celebration
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
All the usual fun and festivities!
Save the Date!
T HURSDAY, OCT OBER 2 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
East Calhoun Neighborhood Annual Meeting
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
Volunteers needed for short shifts!
Contact Monica Smith at or 612-821-0131 to help.
Sponsored by the East Calhoun Community Organization
Please bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner.
This event is free and open to all East Calhoun residents.
Labor Day
Monday, September 1, 2014 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
St. Marys Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
Parade featuring the Southwest High Marching Band
begins at 3:00 p.m. Come early to decorate bikes, strollers, etc!
parade B bingo
games for all B potluck dinner
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about
our events. Send a request to or call
Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.
The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages partici-
pation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ECCO.
Should you require an accommodation in order to fully participate, or if you require
this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting Monica Smith
at 612-821-0131 or at least ve days before our event.
The ECCO Board extends its thanks to ANDREW BORNHOFT for his service as Vice President
of the ECCO Board and Chair of the Communications Committee and to
LIZ HEYMAN for her service to the ECCO Board and the Livability Committee.
Cartmell play all eight characters, continu-
ously changing costumes, wigs, characters
and genders, plunging in and out of dis-
guises and doors with lightning-quick dex-
terity (aided by a nimble behind-the-scenes
team) The Mystery of Irma Vep premiered in
New York City in 1984.
Walker Library - 2pm-3pm
2880 Hennepin Ave 612.543.8400
This class is for kids entering grades 2 to
5. Discover artists secrets and uncover
illusions meant to trick the eye by looking
closely at art from the Minneapolis Institute
of Arts ( Museum-trained
teens will help you make art to hide your
own secret messages. Materials provided.
Register online or call the library. Presented
in partnership with Minneapolis Institute of
Arts; Sponsored by the Friends of the Henne-
pin County Library.
Republic - 7pm
Calhoun Square 612.886.2309
The Devils Snake Curve, is an essay by Josh
Ostergaard. A humorous, historical, and
hirsute miscellany thats the baseball book
Howard Zinn would have written, if he hated
the Yankees. The Devils Snake Curve offers
an alternative American history, in which
colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith
are represented by baseball. Personal and
political, it twines Japanese internment
camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the
Kansas City Royals; and facial hair pat-
terns with militarism, Guantanamo, and the
modern security state. An essay, a miscel-
(Please send your calendar listings to with the subject
line: Community Calendar. Submit by the 15th of
each month to be included, space permitting, in
the next issue.)
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
The Minnesota Fringe is an 11-day uncu-
rated performance festival featuring 176
original theater, dance and musical theater
productions. Founded in 1994, the Minne-
sota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest
fringe festivals in the country. For more
information see
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave 612.822.7063
An ingenious comedy classic returns to the
Jungle stage: Stephen Cartmell joins Brad-
ley Greenwald in The Mystery of Irma Vep.
Like the vampire and Egyptian princess
who appear in Charles Ludlams high-camp
classic, The Mystery of Irma Vep returns to
life at the Jungle Theater August 29-Octo-
ber 19. One of the Jungles most-request-
ed favorites, award-winning director Joel
Sass reprises the over-the-top farce
with Bradley Greenwald and brings Stephen
Cartmell into the fray. The energetic esca-
pade features Lady Enid and Lord Edgar,
a long-suffering housemaid, a dubious
farmhand, and enough vampires, mum-
mies, ghosts and werewolves to create an
irresistible evening of murder and mayhem.
During the fast-paced show, Greenwald and
community events calendar
lany, and a passionate unsettling of Josh
Ostergaards relationship with our nation-
al pastime, it allows for both the clover of
a childhood outfield and the persistence
of the games service to those in power.
America and baseball are both hard to love
or leave in this, by turns coruscating and
heartfelt, debut.
David Petersen Gallery - 7-9pm
2018 Lyndale Ave 612.276.6541
A group exhibition by Joshua Abelow, Sadie
Laska, MacGregor Harp, Adrianne Ruben-
stein. David Petersen Gallery is pleased to
announce What Was The Question, a group
exhibition by New York based artists Joshua
Abelow, Sadie Laska, MacGregor Harp and
Adrianne Rubenstein. One strategy to com-
plete a maze the kind you might encoun-
ter on the childrens menu at a restaurant
is to begin at its finish line, working your
crayon back to the start. For some reason,
most likely psychological, this approach
tends to work quite well. If you know the
conclusion, it must be easier to locate the
origin, even if they are ostensibly one in the
same. Of course, the vantage point one has
with games such as these provides a view,
simultaneously, of both beginning and end,
allowing your imagination to connect the
dots. This is not to imply that this exhibi-
tion is a labyrinth, far from it. However,
if it where, and I am not saying that it is,
despite the riddle that the exhibitions title
might suggest, all you would need to do is
connect the dots. It doesnt matter from
which end you begin. One of the artists,
Joshua Abelow lives and works in Brooklyn,
where along with the piles of paintings he
makes, he publishes Art Blog Art Blog. The
show runs August 23 to October 4.
Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. 612.825.8949
Singer Justin Leaf and pianist Richard
Erickson muse upon the confessions
revealed within popular songs. Having ran-
sacked the songbooks of the past hundred
years and drawing on a wide range of mate-
rial, from Cole Porter to Adele, they present
an evening of music that sparkles with wit
and emotion. The artists website is justin- Shows are Tuesday, August 26,
September 30 and October 28 at 7:00pm
(doors 6:00pm). Tickets are $10.
Joanne Levin Triangle Park - 6-9pm
Irving Ave. & 26th St. 612.821.0131
Join the East Isles Residents Association for
their annual East Isles Ice Cream Social.
A member of the Brass Messangers entertains the crowd between
sets at the annual Bastille Day celebration in July. (Photo by Lyndel Owens)
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The projected neighborhood
bar will feature occasional
sports bar events.
While for some the closing of
Cause means the loss of a low-
key happy hour hotspot, for
local musicians, employees and
long-term patrons, the closure
of Cause also feels like losing
home and a staple in Minneap-
olis music scene.
Booking manager Noah Paster
made the announcement that
the local bars nearly 5-year
run was at end in an email late
Cause was my home, my fam-
ily, Paster wrote.
Other Cause regulars and per-
formers echoed that sentiment.
I grew up there. I got married
a year before starting there, and
I had my first child there, and
I met great friends there. It
played a big part in my life,
said Joe Hanstad, who hosted
trivia with Paster every Mon-
day night since Cause opened
in 2009.
This sense of belonging and
family extended to bands that
played regularly at Cause,
including local bands Squares,
BNLX, Deleter, and more.
To us, it was the perfect size
venue in the perfect place. It
really felt like our home base.
It was the neighborhood hang-
out spot for so many of us, said
Squares guitarist Luke Fried-
As well as being a home for
the community and its musical
talents, Cause was also a place
for new and growing musicians
and local acts to hone their per-
formance skills in front of a live
We offered a place where if
you had a newer band, you
could play here. It wasnt very
hard to get in the door, said
Paster. He added that no-cover
weekday performances and a
steady crowd of regulars made
it easier to host performances
by unknown artists.
We had the luxury of gam-
bling on [new things] because
we were a little neighborhood
bar where we had our regulars.
I was willing to take chances on
things that I thought sounded
cool. Thats harder and hard-
er to come across now, Paster
With Cause closing, local art-
ists may have an even more
difficult time finding venues to
take a chance on their work, as
community stages and galler-
ies are taken over by high-end
retailers and restaurants.
Now its like, heres the Min-
neapolis version of the Mall
of America. Its not unique to
artists. Youre losing a lot of the
aesthetic that makes the neigh-
borhood cool, Paster said.
Hanstad agreed.
There was so much variety,
and now I feel like theres just
a lot of big stores coming in,
Hanstad said, adding that small
venues and local businesses are
having a harder time find-
ing success in an increasingly
sought-after, commercially
competitive area.
Longtime Minneapolis resi-
dent and musician Knol Tate
of the band Deleter said the
wave of big stores and restau-
rants overtaking
the hip neigh-
borhood ambi-
ence is nothing
Its been chang-
ing...its changed
a lot since I was
younger, Tate
said. Some peo-
ple say its been gentrified, but
I feel like its been becoming
gentrified since before that was
even a term that people would
For old timers and newcom-
ers alike, the closing of Cause
means fewer opportunities for
local, alternative music, par-
ticularly for new musicians or
bands that may not fit neatly
into genre categories.
The booking policy of Cause
made it very unique, I think,
said Ed Ackerson of BNLX
in an email interview. Many
other venues in town have
become almost inaccessible to
new and young artists because
their schedules are totally filled
with out-of-town touring art-
ists or high ticket local stuff.
Ackerson added that Cause
offered a wide variety of almost
entirely local music, ranging
for hip-hop to rock to electron-
For Tate, the loss of Cause as a
venue means less opportunity
for local music.
The real pity about Cause
closing was that it was just a
small room that gave small
bands a chance to play, and
theres getting to
be fewer of those
places, Tate said.
Where will music
fans go now?
Thats kind of
the million dollar
question, Hans-
tad said.
Some are flocking to places
like Northeast Minneapolis,
which retains an eclectic, artis-
tic charm.
Uptown, however, is beginning
to run out of options.
Theres just not many venues
left in Uptown. Theres really
The real pity about Cause closing
was that it was just a small room that
gave small bands a chance to play
not, Hanstad said.
Friedrich compared Causes
plight to previous losses of local
music and culture.
Now that Cause is gone many
of us have the same fear that
we did when the Uptown Bar
closed. The face of Lyndale and
Lake will likely become what
Hennepin and Lake did, Frie-
drich said.
As for Paster, hes sad to see
Cause go.
I think that neighborhoods
going to miss having live enter-
tainment, Paster said.
Hanstad, for one, feels the
In the end, its just a little
venue bar on Lake and Lyndale
but it honestly had an impact
on peoples lives, Hanstad
said. Its a small thing, but it
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