St Paul events – weekly roundup

StPaulSpot’s weekly round-up (Aug. 20-24) includes hand-chosen events for all ages and interests. If an event catches your eye, make sure to click on the link for more information.
Monday, at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, come to  a Gallery Talk and Discussion  at 6:00, about the Edward Curtis exhibit that is on display through the month of August.

On Tuesday, Summit Brewing Company continues their reservation-required, free brewery tours beginning at 1 p.m. (tours also offered Thursday and Saturday). The tour guides lead you through the process of brewing beer – from hoppy copper kettles to fermenting tanks, filtering, and bottling and kegging. Stay afterwards for several hefty size portions of your choice of Summit’s many brews, and get to know the Minnesota nice crowd while exchanging critiques. The Amsterdam Bar & Hall’s “Books and Bars” kicks off at 6 p.m. and will discuss “Ready Player One.”  Reading the book is optional; consider this an enhanced review.  (though the book is a couple day read, max) If you’d like a free opportunity to work on your dancing, the Minnesota History Center’s “9 Nights of Music”, featuring Ross Sutter and Friends, takes place from 6:30 to 8:30. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 p.m.

On Thursday, “Music in Mears”, featuring Savannah Smith, The Brian David Band and Honeydogs, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Mears Park. Last appearance of the Honeydogs  in St. Paul, at the Real Radiophonic Hour was memorable. We are psyched to see them in Mears. Also taking place that evening is a high-energy comedy and magic show, featuring Suzanne and Matt Marcy, beginning at 6:30 in the Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre ($15-20).  This venue is on the periphery of St. Paul’s event menu but shows take place there every month or two.


On Friday, Trotter’s Cafés’ “Meet the Farmers BBQ” takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music and meet some of the people that grow Trotter’s Café’s local and sustainable ingredients. On the menu will be fresh organic produce from Blackberry Hills Farm, Northern Organic Farm, and Whole Farm Co-op; grill items such as buffalo burgers from Shepard Farm, pulled pork from Hidden Stream, and pesto chicken from Callister Farm; and desserts, including fresh fruit pies, red velvet cake, and Castle Rock organic ice-cream sandwiches. Poor Benny, an old-time trio with fiddle, banjo, and guitar, will provide live music as guests mingle with the people who labor to raise their food.

St Paul events on our radar this weekend

At The Bindery

StPaulSpot presents a weekend round-up of events for all ages and interests. For more information on any of these featured events, make sure to click on the provided links.
On Friday, get outdoors with “I Can Fish – Fishing Friday’s”from 3 to 5 p.m. at Snelling Lake’s fishing pier. Minnesota residents don’t need a fishing license, and equipment, bait and instruction will be provided. Afterwards enjoy “Live Jazz at the Lex” from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Lexington. This week features Maurice Jaycox, who can be previewed here. Additional live music is taking place at the Artists’ Quarter starting at 9 p.m., where the talented Brandon Wozniak, Adam Linz and Eric Kamau Gravatt will be performing.

Also Friday night, one of the newest art galleries in town, located on Vandalia street just north of University Avenue , aptly called The Bindery, after the bindery housed on the main floor for decades, is hosting an opening reception.  Nyeema Morgan’s – The Dubious Sum of Vaguely Discernable Parts,begins at 7p.m. and promises to be a great place to converse about the art and arts. An artist talk will be at 2:00pm on Saturday.

On Saturday, get in some early afternoon exercise and Mississippi River sight-seeing with “Bike with a Ranger” taking place from 10 to 1 p.m. National Park Service Rangers will lead the 9 mile bike ride that starts and ends at Harriet Island. Make sure to sign up in advance, and if you don’t have your own bike (or helmet) there are loaners available. If you’d like to keep exploring St. Paul, check out the “Twin Town Tacky Tour”($24) beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Wabasha Street Caves. Join the Gunderson’s, Gloria, Gordy, Glen or Gladys on a journey to the tackiest places in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This two-hour motor coach tour takes you to sites that no other tour of the Twin Cities would dare to venture, including the spot where shopping bags with handles were invented! Recharge from the busy day with the “St. George Greek Festival” taking place from 11 to 8 p.m., featuring a wide array of ethnic pastries and dishes, The Greek Dancers of Minnesota, Vocalist Dino Adamidis and children’s activities including face painting, games and an inflatable bouncy moon walk.

On Sunday, enjoy some local history with the World War II Walking Tour from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Fort Snelling State Park. Each tour will take a two-mile loop to the Upper Post, where many World War II-era buildings still stand. It will begin outside the historic site’s Visitor Center. Led by members of the Friends of the Upper Post preservation organization, tour groups will walk to the Upper Post to see the old barracks, headquarters and other structures that were a part of the largest military base in Minnesota.

St Paul Music – this weekend


The Brian Just Band at MMAA Patio Nights

At Patio Nights, Minnesota Museum of American Art


Friday, August 03
03:00pm MUSICAL PALOOZA   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
04:00pm MUSIC: Wabasha Days – the Pretty Kids Collective   @  See event notes
04:00pm Music: This month   @  Station 4
05:00pm – 07:00pm MUSIC: Free Buffet every Friday 5-7pm   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
05:00pm MUSIC: Friday Happy Hour Show with Mary Elias   @  Minnesota Music Cafe
05:30pm – 07:30pm MUSIC: Todd Harper on Piano   @  Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – Lila Ammons   @  The Lexington
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – August Calendar   @  The Lexington
07:30pm Monthly Music   @  Dunn Brothers – Music
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 31 – Aug 19   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:30pm MUSIC: Midas Touch   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: Musicology 101   @  Ras Ethiopian
09:00pm MUSIC: Pat Mallinger Quartet   @  Artists’ Quarter
09:00pm MUSIC: Smashing Adams; The Middle Part   @  Hat Trick Lounge
09:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents MPLS. SOUTH   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
09:00pm MUSIC: Flashback Fridays   @  Town House Bar
09:30pm MUSIC: Hanging Curve   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
10:00pm MUSIC: Old School R and B Latenight   @  Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
10:00pm MUSIC: Past Blastin   @  Senor Wong Restaurant / Cocktail Lounge
Saturday, August 04
04:00pm Music: This month   @  Station 4
06:00pm – 08:00pm MUSIC: Local Nights- Footfall   @  Trotter’s Cafe – Since 1989
06:30pm – 10:30pm MUSIC: Live Jazz at the Lex – August Calendar   @  The Lexington
07:00pm MUSIC: Rawkzilla Magazine Battle of the Bands   @  The Shanty at O’Gara’s
07:00pm MUSIC: Wheat Penny   @  Ginkgo Coffeehouse
07:30pm MUSIC: Brat Pack Radio (featuring Jesse Lang) and Elijah Blue   @  Shamrocks Grill and Pub
07:30pm Monthly Music   @  Dunn Brothers – Music
08:00pm MUSIC this week   @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: DEMO (Diverse Emerging Music Organization) presents MISHA SIEGFRIED (from Milwaukee, Wisc.)  @  The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes
08:00pm MUSIC: Nikki and the RueMates   @  Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
08:00pm MUSIC: This Week – July 31 – Aug 19   @  Amsterdam Bar and Hall
08:30pm MUSIC: Midas Touch   @  Mancini’s Char House
09:00pm MUSIC: Erik Fossomo   @  Ginkgo Coffeehouse
09:00pm MUSIC: Atlantis Quartet   @  Artists’ Quarter
09:30pm MUSIC: Shake the Shanty Dance Party: Summer Edition   @  The Shanty at O’Gara’s


Sample Night Live

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First Wednesday of the month.  If you live in St.Paul, or within driving distance, remember that date.

That’s the night of  Sample Night Live.  If you don’t know the drill,  Sample Night Live, held in the History Theater in downtown St.Paul,  is a varied assembly of acts from around the Twin Cities who are given about 10 minutes on stage to try to persuade you to come out to see them again, sign up for their e-mail lists, and tell your friends about them.  Last night’s performers were incredibly persuasive.  The acts included eclectic sets of music, ranging from country to Beatles to jazz and  indie Rock, and comedy acts ranging from improv, to classic stand up to…..well,  not such classic stand up, and on a serious note, a national award-winning slam poetry duo.

An MC introduces the events, hands out prizes, and keeps the audience entertained during brief set changes.  And a house band, The Smarts,  maintain a festive continuity from the time you scramble around for a seat  to  after the house lights are turned back on and you just don’t want to walk away from the magic.

Not persuaded yet to make it out to Sample Night Live?  Here’s another incentive.  If you’re a St. Paul Public Library card holder, it’s free.

Every month the audience votes on  favorites, who will convene for a show in December. Last night, there was a tie between the music act Calamity and the Owl, (playing at Wild Tymes  in downtown St Paul on August 19)  and comedian Linda Aarons( who will be at the Joke Joint from August 18th – 20th ).

Here’s our  own little sample of Sample Night Live,  captured on Youtube.

Linda Aarons


Calmity & the Owl



Patio Nights – past, present, and future

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The Minnesota Museum of American Art has brought back their popular musical event, Patio Nights for three nights this summer.  If you are a music lover, history nerd, St. Paul enthusiast, foodie, community explorer, want to support the MMAA make their comeback or are just looking for an excuse to get out of the house next Friday night, then make sure you are there!

You can expect beyond amazing meals from the truck of Café 128.  I had the ginger-soy sirloin skewers washed down with handmade ginger basil lemonade, both were perfection and were a great way to start the night.

When I walked into the City House space , a former municipal grain elevator, I confess I had a history nerd moment and proceeded to read almost every sign in the place.  I literally jumped up and down at the sight of a Humphrey Man Lift.  The patio offers sights of this working river (I talked to the crew of the “Betty Sue” who were maneuvering a loaded barge) and the cool breeze that rolls right across the seating area is so refreshing.  Thanks to the city of St. Paul for renovating this spot and making a great place for the community to come together in.

The music hosted by the MMAA was top notch, Communists Daughter played the first night and offered up their classic indie music.  Everyone was tapping their toes and grooving to their all pleasing style.  Matthew Inkala & the Hostages  had a host of people up and dancing. Their folk style is upbeat and great for all ages.  Up next Friday is Mr. Rowles and Band  who state they like to rock, but not in your face.  They have a bit of funk and jazz mixed in their tunes and are sure to please all in family.

Lastly when the night and sun are winding down you can wander down the path to Upper Landing Park to visit Jim Campbell’s light sculpture, Scattered Light.  The MMAA helped bring this work to St. Paul for the Northern Spark festival and it is truly a treat to be let inside and experience the 1,600 LED light bulbs moving about.  Don’t forget to stand and view it from afar so you can experience figures walking across the pixilated “screen.”  If you take some unique pictures with the sculpture, make sure to share them on the MMAA’s Facebook page!

If you live in the neighborhood, walk on down or if you drove to the city you can find Patio Nights at City House just off Shepard Road and Chestnut Street, on the path behind the Caribou Coffee. Check out the map for more details.  If a short walk along the river suits you, there’s parking underneath the High Bridge, accessed via Randolph Avenue off Shepherd Blvd.

David Rich and Paulette Myers-Rich – Friday at the Acme Artworks

The dynamic St. Paul art duo of David Rich and Paulette Myers are showing their work together, for the first in a long time,   at Acme Artworks.  David describes his work in the show as the  “particular intersection of urban landscape and abstract painting. ”  Paulette will be showing urban landscape photographs.

The opening reception is Friday night from 5:30 – 9:00.  Come and celebrate this independent gallery, enjoy the company of  St. Paul’s veteran and emerging artists, and gawk at the beautiful works of two  artists who have come to be regarded as St. Paul urban treasures.

Can’t make it to the opening?  The show will be up  through July – on weekdays by appointment, and Saturdays 12-8pm, Sundays 12-5pm.

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St Paul Peeps – in Mears Park

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A little curiosity and a big dose of nosiness led us over to this charming couple of young adults who were setting up a slack line in Mears Park yesterday evening.   They had strung a line between two trees and were testing the tension, when we walked over and interrupted them. Like a couple of toddlers, we wanted to know the what, why, how and , when and they indulged us with more than a dose of Minnesota niceness.They demonstrated, urged us to try, held our hands as we shook and edged our ways a few steps (me) or the entire length of the line (my friend).
What an amazing feeling to isolate  the contact point of your body onto  a  2 inch    semi slippery strap, responding to every quiver of your muscle, whether it originated in your mind or your limbs.  Then to jump to the ground and continue the shakes like the proverbial drunken sailor.
Here’s “the skinny.”   The set up of slack line equipment can be had for about $65 dollars and Midwest Mountaineering or other similar stores around town.   They had taken to bringing with to family events, preferring the activity to the usual other diversions.  It’s great exercise – abdominal and legs, and of course, a boost to your balance.
My friend and I reluctantly said good-bye and took off to attend to our wine tasting at Bin. Curious?   You can probably find them  in Mears Park many evenings continuing their venture to prepare for a slack line walk across a creek somewhere. They lived close by.

For a comprehensive listing of St Paul’s many events and restaurants, please visit our website and download our app, both iPhone and Android, at the usual places.