St Paul events on our radar- July 23-27

Last week’s River Revue voyage. More sailings on August 1 and 15.



Tonight’s big ticket is for Fringe-For-All #2– an exposure to dozens of Fringe shows for 3 minutes each. Head down to Harriet Island and board the Centennial Showboat –  2012 Fringe Festival for $4 gets you in the door.

Monday is typically the quietest evening of the week in St. Paul, which may be why there are several Trivia events in the bars around town.  Amsterdam Bar and Hall hosts a weeklyMonday night Trivia with Martin and Tom at 6:00. Head down the hill to Lowertown and Barrio’s version of Trivia with Tiffany.  Expect bar specials and other enticements. Not in a downtown mood? Head up the hill to Grand Avenue and Green Mill for a Trivia Mafia with Shogan, a weekly showdown at 9:00.

Tuesday- Visit the Governor’s residence today – and several other days throughout the summer in celebration of the 100th of the house. Reservations required.  Next opportunity August 7.

Tuesday sends us to the History center for both day and evening events.  Check out “The Way We Were: A GCA Flower Show” today and tomorrow for gawking at what the experts can accomplish with flowers.   Hang around for a what has become one of the most popular St Paul evening summer events – 9 Nights of Music. This week should be great whether you want to practice or show off your swing dance skills, or just bring a picnic and watch the action from one of the great vistas of the city.

If you’ve been meaning to go to Landmark Center’s music in the cafe series, this Wednesday’s performance by Martin Devaney is your last chance! At noon.

Wednesday evening is your opportunity to explore the new bookstore – SubText – a Bookstore,  that is occupying the space below Nina’s on Western and Selby Avenues.  One of Minnesota’s greatest contemporary authors, Charles Baxter, will be reading from his fiction at 7:00. Confession: the patio at Moscow on the Hill has become a favorite hangout.  While you are in neighborhood, check out this wonderful secluded space with a daily summertime chilled beet soup special and some lethal home infused vodka cocktails.

Stay tuned for more special St. Paul event notes as the week evolves.


St Paul events on our radar – June 16-20

St Paul gets down

St Paul gets down at the weekly summer dance series outside the Landmark Center.

If you are having a staycation this week, or just have some free time and are looking for a Monday morning lark, today happens to be the day you can grab a free ride on the Cafesijan Carousel between 11 and 4.  Como Zoo and Como Park are full of great things to do on these hot summer days.  There are boats to rent at Como Lake,and a water feature at Como Town.  Most evenings you can catch a free concert at the  Lakeside Pavilion and the on site restaurant, Black Bear Crossings on the Lake, is the only one in town I know of where music events happen during breakfast hours. (on Saturdays)  Work on pronouncing Cafesijan during your adventures.Also note the second weekend of the Fiddler on the Roof Performance. (July 19-21) at Como Pavilion.

The rest of the week be prepared for some tough decision making every evening. On Tuesday, the theme for 9 Nights of Music at the History center is surf music. Beach theme attire encouraged. Maybe literary pursuits aren’t a siren call for you, but I’m hooked on Books and Bars, which is also Tuesday night at Amsterdam Bar and Hall.  Go for Happy Hour then hang out, discuss this month’s book (novella, The Sense of an Ending – if you’re reading this note on Monday, you still have time) and find out what is on the minds of your fellow St. Paulites. It might surprise you.

Wednesday night the River City Revue has the first of 3 sailings, mysteriously called Drinking the River on a Padelford Riverboat.  The $10 ride includes music, scientific anecdotes, river stories, but nothing specific about drink.  If you can’t make it this month, there are two more sailings coming up, with different themes.  Other Wednesday events of note  – the second installment of Jazz on the Line, a pop up gallery sponsored by the WARM collective, a performance by theChastity Brown Band in the recently re-opened Clown Lounge of the Turf Club.

Thursday night conundrum.  Ordway Summer Dance Series(This week it’s Ballroom dancing ) or Music in Mears (and those Heartland house made sausages with savory condiments) on the side.  Last week’s evening of funk was a St. Paul night to remember. A couple hundred Minnesotans were taking over the streets, and doing the funky chicken, bumping and making robot moves. You can participate or be an audience. Hard to go wrong on either end of town.   Flip a coin.

Whatever you are up to in St. Paul this week,we hope St Paul SPOT calendar helps you navigate around town.  Please send us feedback and let us know of your St. Paul discoveries.

Happy middle of July!