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Northern Spark festival – Saturday, June 8, 2013

 

Northern Spark is a portal to a new experience of the Twin Cities. Throughout the night we each pick a route accompanied by friends or in the companionship of familiar strangers. Together we look at art, experience community in a new way, and see the cities in a new light.

In 2013 we are excited to bring this event to Saint Paul’s Lowertown—home to a vibrant arts community including the newly arrived Bedlam Theater, veteran meeting spot Black Dog Cafe, Minnesota Museum of American Art’s new project space, Zeitgeist’s Studio Z, the studios of Twin Cities Public Television, the ever-present Mississippi River, and the magnificently restored Union Depot station, among other sites. From Union Depot and the rest of Lowertown, many journeys will take place—by train, by bus, across time and space, in our imagination, and through the creativity of a multitude of artists who will take us along for a ride constructed specially for Northern Spark: an experience that is all arts, all people, all night.  For more information, please visit http://2013.northernspark.org

 

 

 

 

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Registration is now open for the Spring 2013 St. Paul Art Crawl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Spring Art Crawl is just around the corner! New this year – registration will only be allowed online. For more information, please follow the link:  

http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/

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Comedy Fight Club – Tuesdays 7-9PM @ Golden’s Deli

Come Cheer on first-time comics and local legends! 

Presented by GOLDEN’S DELI

Drink Specials offered all evening long

275 East 4th Street, St. Paul, in Loweertown  

Comedians look for stage time? Our system is simple. SHOW UP…SIGN UP…GET UP!

3-5 minutes of stage time for as many comincs as we can fit in.

First timers are welcome and we will do our best to get everyone up. Those who don’t make it up will have the first shot the following week.

Join us at www.facebook.com/groups/comedyfightclubtwincities

 The lineup thus far for January 29th:
– Bart Schneider (your host)
– Tom Bonnett (maybe)
– Sue Johnson (maybe)
– Sam Spadino
– James King
– Andrew Carpenter
– Elizabeth Ess
– Ryan Padilla
– Peter Michaels
– Earl Elliot
– Rob Larson
– Mark Nusbaum
– Mandy Weecks
– Lainey Lenertz
– Kenneta Fabing (first timer, woot woot!)
– James Wells
– Scott Peters
– Your closer, Robert Fones

 

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Saint Paul Beer Dabbler – January 26th in Lowertown

January 2013, we’ll be back in Lowertown Saint Paul with a few thousand of our closest friends, enjoying craft brews in the chill of winter.  And we want you to be there, too! With twice the breweries, stages and space, this year’s Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival promises to be bigger and better than ever. For more information: http://www.thebeerdabbler.com/

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Cermak Rhoades Architects recipient of the Affordable Housing Design Award

 At a reception held at the McKnight Foundation on Wednesday, August 15, AIA Minnesota and the McKnight Foundation announced that Cermak Rhoades Architects, architects for the Higher Ground – Homeless Shelter & Permanent Housing Project, located at 165 Glenwood Avenue N. in Minneapolis, was selected as the 2012 AIA Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Affordable Housing Design Award Recipient.  For more information:http://www.mcknight.org/newsroom/news-releases/aia-minnesota-and-mcknight-announce-the-inaugural-recipient-of-the-affordable-housing-design-award

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Lowertown Holiday Bazaar

Lowertown First Fridays (http://lowertownfirstfridays.org) announces its first neighborhood Holiday Bazaar showcasing specially made gifts, arts and crafts, open studios, special performances, and Holiday-themed treats taking place across a number of arts venues in St. Paul’s historic Lowertown district.

For more information about the Lowertown Holiday Bazaar, visit lowertownfirstfridays.org.

 

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The Saints come marching in to Lowertown.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The proposed $54 million St. Paul Saints ballpark is generating its share of buzz.

It’s nowhere close to the biggest economic development project in the Twin Cities — that would be the $1 billion Vikings stadium in Minneapolis — or even the biggest project in downtown St. Paul — that’s the Union Depot and Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line.

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Northwestern featured in Finance & Commerce

The Northwestern Building, perched at the corner of East Fourth Street and Wall Avenue, sits across from the St. Paul Farmer’s Market and is on the new Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line. Union Depot is a short block away.

The eight-story, neo-classical building once served as an administrative center for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad, but now houses a collection of interesting businesses.

The facade mixes light concrete brick on the first floor with red brick and large windows above. The high-ceiling lobby has rows of ornate mailboxes, two passenger elevators and staircases on either side leading to performance spaces on the second floor or Golden’s Deli.

Offices range from 200 to 3,000 square feet while floor plans run around 10,000 square feet per floor. There’s also a penthouse suite available above the ninth floor. Many offices still have the historic mahogany trim and smoked glass windows on doors with business names etched in gold trim — all nice touches not seen in more modern office buildings.

There’s plenty of surface parking available nearby. Though the Northwestern has no formal fitness center, a YMCA is close.

Tenant mix: The largest tenant is Golden’s Deli, which also has a large booth at the farmer’s market on weekends. The second floor features two performance spaces – the classically oriented Baroque Room and Zeitgeist’s Studio Z. The basement features an art studio and sculpture workshop. Upstairs are businesses such as Creed Interactive and architectural businesses, among them 4RM+ULA (pronounced Formula), Cermak Rhoades Architects and Lunning Wende Associates. Robot expert Robotics Redefined is moving in, joining an eclectic group that includes museum exhibit planners Exhibits Development Group and the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota.

Intriguing tidbits: What sets the Northwestern Building apart from other Lowertown digs is the sheer variety of clients.

While some of its neighbors house artists or have condos above restaurants, few offer a restaurant, performance spaces and offices all in one. And that’s a major attraction, said leasing agent Ardis Hafdahl. Businesses enjoy having an office next to a painter or a jewelry artist, for instance, she said, as well being part of a tight little community.

“There’s a diversity you’re not going to find in many office settings and a close community of people who watch out for one another,” noted Hafdahl.

Space can usually be found in the building for expanding businesses, she added, highlighting Creed’s move from 200 to 3,000 square feet over six years. Unlike other Lowertown buildings, tenants can’t live in the Northwestern, though more than a few have asked for that option.

While LRT construction hasn’t exactly helped lure tenants, an improving economy and Lowertown’s cool cachet have attracted great interest. “Things are happening and business is coming back,” she said.

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