Contagious will feature new artwork by Tara Costello, Jennifer Davis & Amy Rice
If you come here often you know that I’m a huge fan of Davis’ work – I only have a couple of her prints but I’m determined to own at least one of her paintings, at some point… I haven’t seen Amy’s work in person yet – but it looks sweet (reminds me of old vintage illustrations) and Tara is a well-known abstract painter – if you’re in Minneapolis you’ve certainly seen her work.
With these 3 popular / much-loved local art chicas, I expect that this show will be packed. Looking forward to heading down there Saturday night..
“The band is headed back into the studio in January for its first studio album since 2004′s ‘Sex, Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Ness said he’s found that he can’t write while on tour, but that the music comes when he’s out living life. He said the band is excited about heading back into the studio.” – PE.com
If you’re custom toy artist or poster / print artist (graphic designer / illustrator) interested in participating in a cool show (for a good cause) – head over to Toys In The Attic and chat us up about the December 4th show @ the Soo Gallery…
About TITA> Toys in the Attic is a celebration of toys, to benefit those without them.
The annual Toys in the Attic event is both a toy drive and art show – featuring limited-edition, toy-inspired poster prints and custom-created toys. 100% of the door donations and toys collected go to The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation – along with 25% of art print and custom toy sales.
Minneapolis Light-Rail IPhone App, developed/designed by locals Andy Atkinson and Nate Kadlac is getting a lot of praise around town..
“This $1.99 iPhone application is for Twin Cities Metro Transit light-rail riders. You can walk around with a paper schedule in your pocket or pull up a PDF of that schedule on your iPhone, but with a couple of taps, Train Brain can tell you when the next train is coming and how much the fare will cost as well as offer a countdown to the train’s arrival.
The only thing that came to mind after talking to Andy (Andy Atkinson, Train Brain Developer) was this: Metro Transit ought to buy this app and get behind it. With the continued rollout of light rail in the Twin Cities, and likely delays as the system expands, there is no question riders will need better tools to manage their ridership instead of just a PDF of a paper schedule or, God forbid, having to carry a schedule around in your pocket.” SOURCE: MINNPOST
A going away/Arty Party for Eric Inkala this Saturday..
“A farewell party for our friend Eric Inkala, featuring new artwork from Eric and dozens of Minneapolis artists Burlesque, Anthem Heart, Drew Peterson, Much HM, Maria Juranic, Miles Mendenhall, Michael Gaughan, Jennifer Davis, Desk 2, Hardland/Heartland, and many more.” – First Amendment Arts
First Amendment Arts | 1101 Stinson Blvd, Mpls | MAP Saturday September 19 | 7-10pm
Music from The Millionth Word & DJ Paper Tiger
Minneapolis is nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes’, with 12 lakes within the city limits. The city straddles the Mississippi River and adjoins Saint Paul, the state’s capital – together Known as the ‘Twin Cities’ [pop 377,392 - 2007]. As of 2008, the GWaC ranked Minneapolis as a “Gamma +” world city.
Those of us who live here already know that the city is a haven of mac-toting hotties in skinny jeans (on bikes) – but here’s some other cool facts that I came across recently..
Did you know?>
Availability of Wi-Fi, transportation solutions, medical trials, university research and development expenditures, advanced degrees held by the work force, and energy conservation are so far above the national average that, in the past few years:
- Popular Science named Minneapolis the ‘Top Tech City’ in the U.S.
- Kiplinger named Minneapolis one of the ’7 Cool Cities for Young Professionals’
- Kiplinger also ranked the Twin Cities #2 in ‘Smart Places to Live’
The Minneapolis park system has been called the best-designed, best-financed, and best-maintained in America. The city’s Chain of Lakes is connected by bike, running, and walking paths and used for swimming, fishing, picnics, boating, and ice skating.
Today, 16.6% of the city is parks and there are 770 square feet of parkland for each resident, ranked in 2008 as the most parkland per resident within cities of similar population densities. Runner’s World ranks the Twin Cities as America’s 6th best city for runners and Minneapolis is home to more golfers per capita than any major U.S. city.
Alternative transportation is encouraged. The Metropolitan Council’s Metro Transit, which operates the light rail system and most of the city’s buses, provides free travel vouchers through the Guaranteed Ride Home program. 7 miles of enclosed pedestrian bridges (Minneapolis Skyway System), link 80 city blocks downtown.
Half of Minneapolis-Saint Paul residents work in the city where they live. 40+% of the 160,000 people working downtown commute by means other than a single person per auto.
Minneapolis ranks 2nd in the nation for the highest percentage of commuters by bicycle. Ten thousand cyclists use the bike lanes in the city each day, and many ride in the winter. In 2007 citing the city’s bicycle lanes, buses and LRT, Forbes identified Minneapolis the ‘World’s 5th Cleanest City’.
Organizers of Earth Day scored Minneapolis 2nd among mid-sized cities in their 2007 Urban Environment Report, a study based on indicators of environmental health and their effect on people.
The region is second only to New York City in live theater per capita and is the third-largest theater market in the U.S. In 2007, Minneapolis was named America’s most literate city. In second place was Seattle, Washington and third was Minneapolis’ neighbor, St. Paul, followed by Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
Minneapolis is a stronghold for the Democratic Party. Citizens have a unique and powerful influence in neighborhood government. Neighborhoods coordinate activities under the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), funded in the 1990s by the city and state who appropriated $400 million for it over twenty years.
Minneapolis has cultural organizations that draw creative people and audiences to the city for theater, visual art, writing, and music. The metropolitan area gives 13% of its total charitable donations to the arts and culture.
The community’s diverse population has a long tradition of charitable support through progressive public social programs and through private and corporate philanthropy. More than 40% of adults in Minneapolis-St. Paul give time to volunteer work, the highest percent in the U.S.
One of my favorite TED talks speaks to the REMIX Manefesto culture and the distortion of copyright laws
I know it seems long but you don’t have to watch most of it – works just as well to let it be the background music to 20 minutes of surfing.. If nothing else (if you’re NOT interested in this topic) at least fast forward to 9min and 30 sec and watch a seriously funny 2 minutes of (illegal) remix entertainment ;)
This is a HILARIOUS idea – not sure why anyone would actually go so far as to use it, but i love that it exists :)
“The Tyrant Clock takes waking up into pure psychological warfare territory. The clock syncs up with your cell phone, randomly goes through your contact list, and then calls someone different every three minutes after your intended wake up time. It displays in a large size the name of the person who’s about to get their own wake up call from you. The potential for it to call someone and in some way completely ruin your life is huge. A disaster waiting to happen, which would make it the ideal alarm clock. ”
Brilliant / Awesome .. This little box hooks up to your bike’s generator hub and converts your pedal power – plug in your cellphone / iPod / camera battery via the USB port and start charging.. (full charge takes three hours).
The BioLogic FreeCharge will go for just $100 when it ships next spring [March 2010] SOURCE: WIRED
Who Made Who offers limited edition hand screen-printed posters, art prints, and whatnot – from various local artists (Miss Amy Jo & TOOTH shown in this print)..
Check out their $5 Scratch & Dent Poster Sale + TOOTH prints on sale for only $10 (it’s TOOTH’s b-day :) It’s one day / in store only this Thursday (First Thursday) from 3pm-8pm @ 158 13th Avenue NE / NE Minneapolis
Switchblade Comb, Star Tribune and City Pages all reporting that the end is near for one of our city’s most iconic live venues, the Uptown Bar – at least in Uptown..
“The Minneapolis Planning Commission has approved the Uptown Bar owner Frank Toonen’s application that would allow him to tear down the bar and replace it with a three-story retail unit. The proposed retail building is being developed by Urban Anthology who are responsible for Victoria Secret and American Apparel opening in the Uptown neighborhood. The last chance the bar has for staying in its present location is if the Heritage Preservation Commission intervenes at their next meeting on September 1.” - Switchblade Comb
UPDATE 09/11 :
“November 1 ends it. I suggest keeping your evenings free and plan on going into work late from October 1 – November 1. There are gonna be some amazing shows that last month that the bar is open. Bands that you would never imagine playing the Uptown Bar will be playing the Uptown Bar.” switchbladecomb