Tuesday, Sept 20 – St Paul SPOT picks

12:00 Noon:  COMMON GOOD BOOKS presents a lunch time talk and book signing with a James Beard Award winner, Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of the famous Zingerman Delicatessen (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Weinzweig talks about sustainable business and shares stories from his two most recent books, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading and Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon.

Food will be served


Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading

Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading: Part 1, A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business is Ari Weinzweig’s most recent book, the first in a series that will outline Zingerman’s unique approach to business.  Opened in Ann Arbor in 1982 by Ari and his partner Paul Saginaw with a small, 25-seat delicatessen, today the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses includes 8 different businesses (all in the Ann Arbor area) with 500 employees and about $40,000,000 in sales. 

Ari will speak about the 12 Natural Laws of Business, and his thoughts on why operating in violation of them has created an energy crisis in the American workplace. His approaches are applicable whether you are running a law office, a library, a restaurant, a record label, a software firm, or an organic farm – they are the behind-the-scenes “secret” stuff that goes into making a very special, sustainable business of any kind.

Zingerman's Guide to Better BaconOn a less serious note but equally important, in his previous book, Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon: Stories of Pork Bellies, Hush Puppies, Rock’ n’ Roll Music and Bacon Fat Mayonnaise, Ari takes the reader on a personal tour of the long and curious history of America’s favorite meat, and goes right to the smokehouse door of his favorite bacon curers in the U.S. The book also includes over 42 recipes so you can put your newfound bacon expertise to use in the kitchen right away!  

Get a guided tour of the Iron Maidens exhibit at St. Catherine’s Catherine G. Murphy gallery. 7:30 – lecture in the Visual Arts Building lecture hall then tour in the gallery conducted by Dilys Jackson. 

Celebrate the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell at the CAMP Bar tonight with a Beer Bust.  Half of the $10 cover charge goes to ‘Serving our Troops’. 

Readings by Writer’s Poetry night – Double up on your literary events. This evening’s poetry readings, held at the University Club on Summit Avenue at 7:30, feature writers Georgia Ray, Lon Otto, Billie Young and Tim Nolan. 

September 15 – St Paul Spot picks

Reception and Panel Discussion : Perspectives in Fine Art Series,  Local artists join for a panel about how 9-1-1 affected their work at the College of Visual Arts (on the corner of Selby and Dale Streets)  If the 10 year anniversary of 9-1-1 stirred up powerful emotions, here’s another chance to explore. 


This event has been on our radar for months, and looks like some great music.

Wishes and More Beer and Wine Tasting –  Best of both worlds – Benefit and tasting. This event is at Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub on the east end of West 7th Street W (figure that one out) . Benefiting “Wishes and More“ 

Iron Maidens Live at St. Catherine’s.  A preview talk to a show at the Katherine C. Murphy Gallery.  Who are the Iron Maidens ?  A group of 16 American, Welsh and English women artists who work with iron. Visit the gallery and attend talks about their work, with intriguing titles such as “How I became an Iron Maiden” (September 17)  and “Women Artists of Europe 900 to 1900 or Men Don’t Wear Skirts” (Sepember 20)   You can find details on events on our web site. 

SAINT PAUL ALMANAC celebrates the release of the 2012 edition at this downtown party, where else but the Black Dog Cafe, where the editors have convened for reviewing stories since when? 

2012 Saint Paul Almanac Release Party

Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. at Black Dog Cafe, Clouds in Water Zen Center, and AZ Gallery, 308 Prince Street, Lowertown. Free.
Readers: Poet Laureate Carol Connolly, Kofi Bobby Hickman, Patrick Coleman with Molly Culligan, Michael Teffera, Saymoukda Vongsa, Sharon M. Day, and Louis Alemayehu.

A picture – in honor of September 15, a day when estimated taxes need to be postmarked (if that’s the way you conduct your business with the IRS)  I found this almost rusty relic on the corner of Hamline and Randolph and deposited an envelope which felt like an act of incredible faith.  I’m pre-nostalgic.  It really was a beautiful piece of blue sculpture.