Wabasha Days – Fridays in Ecolab Plaza

Wabasha Days” presented by Amsterdam Bar & Hall

August 10, 2012

Ecolab Plaza, 4-9 p.m.

If you’re looking for quality live music, affordable beer and bratwursts look no further than “Wabasha Days” presented by Amsterdam Bar & Hall. This week’s event featured Bethany Larson and the Bee’s Knees and Charlie Parr.

Take a look at the performance

Wabasha Days continues every Friday at 4 p.m. through Aug. 31 in St. Paul’s Ecolab Plaza.

You can find  information on the weekly bands on the St. Paul SPOT calendar.

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!

Halloween in St. Paul

Event links:

Saturday, October 22
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
08:00am Community and Housing Services Halloween Hustle 5K   @  Harriet Island
07:00pm – 10:00pm Halloween Extravaganza – Bare Bones Puppet Theater   @  Hidden Falls Park
Sunday, October 23
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
07:00pm – 10:00pm Halloween Extravaganza – Bare Bones Puppet Theater   @  Hidden Falls Park
Monday, October 24
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Tuesday, October 25
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Wednesday, October 26
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Thursday, October 27
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
Friday, October 28
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
07:00pm – 10:00pm Halloween Extravaganza – Bare Bones Puppet Theater   @  Hidden Falls Park
08:00pm Halloween Party   @  Cinema Ballroom
Saturday, October 29
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
09:00am – 05:00pm 3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5K   @  Como Lakeside Pavilion
01:00pm – 09:00pm The Celtic Junction Grand Re-Opening and First Annual Halloween Bash   @  Celtic Junction
01:00pm The Celtic Junction Grand Re-Opening and First Annual Halloween Bash   @  Celtic Junction
06:30pm – 10:00pm Halloween Dance with the Rhythm Pups   @  West 7th Branch Library
08:00pm CAMP Halloween Party   @  CAMP Bar
08:00pm Halloween Bash and Transfigurations Exhibit   @  Echo Arts
09:30pm MUSIC: O’Gara’s Annual Halloween Bash with Sweet Stache   @  O’Gara’s Garage
Sunday, October 30
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
00:00am – 04:00pm Old-Time Halloween   @  Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
09:00am – 05:00pm 3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5K   @  Como Lakeside Pavilion
02:00pm Halloween Concert and Party   @  McNally Smith Auditorium
04:00pm – 04:45pm The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show   @  Dreamland Arts
Monday, October 31
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes
09:00am – 05:00pm 3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5K   @  Como Lakeside Pavilion
Tuesday, November 01
All Day Event Halloween Events in St. Paul   @  See event notes

Event notes:

Halloween Fearless 5K
Como Lake
October 29 – 9:00 am


Halloween Dance Fundraiser to benefit West 7th Meals on Wheels Program -Saturday, October 29  6:30-10:00 pm
West 7th Community Center – 265 Oneida Street


 THEATER: Dracula

Date:Thursday, October 20 (and other dates, see calendar )
Time:07:30 PM
Where:E.M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University

A mysterious force is at work in the lonely mountains of Transylvania and in London, an unspeakable evil haunting blood and soul. It is the classic tale of the forces of faith and love battling the centuries-old vampire, Count Dracula. First published in 1897, the novel was a best-seller in its day, and its popularity has only grown since, retold hundreds of times in films and books. A retelling of the most popular Gothic horror novel of all time, this production will remain faithful to Bram Stoker’s book while at the same time render it into an exciting theatrical event.


Friday, October 21
7pm social hour, 7:30pm film screening


 Halloween Bash + Transfigurations Exhibit @ Echo Arts!
LocationEcho Arts275 4th street E , suite B200 (use the back alley door)Saint Paul, MN
More InfoJoin us for a serious Halloween Bash to Remember!
Short description:

– 21+
– The exhibit in the space looks AMAZING and couldn’t be more perfect for this party. Just saying.
– $5.00 entry “donation” will get you some munchies, PBR, & Jell-o shots. Also we encourage BYO. Just because.
– The lucky costume contest winner will receive a small metal sculpture made by either Mary or Jesse. (TBA)
– Music spun by DJ Redblock
– a possible visit by Dr Tinkerpaw

Saturday, October 29 at 8:00pm

more info:   http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=233950209994701


Halloween Puppet Extravaganza

Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate), (0.8 miles south of Ford Parkway)1305 S. Mississippi River Blvd.St. Paul, Minnesota
Barebones presents!: A Fistful of Dirt: How the Death Was Won

Five shows! Two spectacular weekends!

Sat Oct 22
Sun Oct 23

Sat Oct 29
Sun Oct 30
Mon Oct 31

All shows at 7 pm

The Halloween Extravaganza is both “pay-what-you-can” and “pay-what-it’s-worth-to-yo u”. Everyone is welcome and no one is turned away based on ability to pay. The production is grassroots community theater at its “rootsiest” and our fabulous audience loyally supports half of what it costs each year.

Weather Cancellation Hotline: 415-640-2116 after 3pm on day of show.

More information about the event, parking, etc. : http://barebonespuppets.or g/halloween-extravaganza-2 011/#more-2846

More information about Barebones Puppets:http://barebonespuppets.or g/



The Boo Crawl is an annual event Lowertown Entertainment District does to celebrate Halloween. Basically, you pay $15 if you buy the tickets beforehand ($20 day of) and you get a free drink at every bar that participates. Senor Wong, The Black Dog, Heartland, Station 4, The Bulldog, Barrio Tequila Bar, Trattoria Da Vinci are all participating. Every stamp on your Passport can be redeemed for ticket for the Midnight Drawing @ Station 4.

There will be lots of drink specials, door prizes, and yes, costume contests. You don’t have to wear a costume to come (plenty don’t), but I encourage you to because it is fun!

The Schedule:
7pm – Crawl Begins

7:30pm – Best ORIGINAL Costume Contest @ Black Dog ($150)

8:30pm – SCARIEST Costume Contest @ Heartland ($150)

9:30pm – Best GROUP* Costume Contest @ Hat Trick ($500)

*Minnimum 3 people to qualify

10:30pm – SEXIEST Costume Contest @ Senor Wong ($150)
Midnight – Cash prize drawing @ Station 4 ($250*)


 TOUR: Shadows and Spirits of the State Capitol

Dates: Oct. 20, 2011, Oct. 21, 2011, Oct. 22, 2011, Oct. 27, 2011, Oct. 28, 2011, Oct. 29, 2011

Time: 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Fee: $10 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MHS members.

Reservations: required, call 651-296-2881

These popular annual tours allow visitors to see the Capitol in a historical setting with lighting similar to what existed when the building opened in 1905. As tour groups move through the shadowy and eerily lit rotunda, hallways and chambers, they will meet historical “spirits” who tell stories of the Capitol’s early history, including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, a dome foreman and an artist who decorated the Supreme Court chamber. Tours are 60 minutes and leave every half hour.


1968 Scary Movie Night   @  Minnesota History Center  – 7:00 pm

Enjoy a creepy evening of clips as you act along with some of the best scary movies from 1968, including Rosemarys Baby, Planet of the Apes and George Romeros original Night of the Living Dead. Local writer and artist Andy Sturdevant will provide commentary. Compete for prizes in the 1968 Movie Trivia Smackdown and the Charlton Heston Memorial Line Reading Contest. Awards will also be given for the Best Mia Farrow Rosemary haircut. Zombies welcome, but please eat before coming. Popcorn and classic movie candy available for purchase. Cash bar.


ZOO BOO at Como  –  2 weekend, 5 nights ,

Come to Como’s annual Halloween family festival and support Minnesota’s free zoo while you boo at the Zoo.

Tickets are $7 per person at the gate. Buy them online now and save $1 per ticket!

Discount tickets will also be available at metro-area Cub Foods beginning October 1st.

Zoo Boo is a non-scary Halloween event, recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 10, but everyone is welcome. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo are transformed into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children! This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating experience and many Halloween surprises.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes, but many come dressed as they are. This outdoor event is held rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather.

We encourage ZooBoo guests to use our FREE park and ride shuttle service during ZooBoo. The park and ride lot is a MN State Fair parking lot located on the south side of Como Avenue across from the State Fair’s Warner Coliseum.

Want to learn more about ZooBoo? Download our ZooBoo FAQ.

Real Haunted Tours
Mounds Park Theater – many dates   –real haunted tours


Throughout October, hosts themed tours including , Ghosts and Graves, Caves and Graves, and Lost Souls Tours.


Minnesota’s most haunted locations with Chad Lewis –  Oct 30

Lewis explores the world of ghosts, spirits and haunted locations throughout the state.

Chad Lewis is a paranormal researcher and author for Unexplained Research. He has trekked across the world in search of the paranormal—from tracking vampires in Transylvania and chasing the Chupacabras in Puerto Rico, to searching for the elusive monster in Loch Ness, and pursuing ghosts in Ireland’s castles.

Chad has been featured in hundreds of radio interviews, TV appearances, and newspaper articles. He also is the co-author of the Road Guide to Haunted Locations book series.


Enjoy spook-tacular fall fun along Grand Avenue! Events include food tastings, costume contests, family activities and trick-or-treating.



Costume contest with great prizes
DJ dance music
Dance instructors on-hand, CHECK THE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS

The Celtic Junction Grand Re-Opening and First Annual Halloween Bash

Free event! Suggested donations for crafts, treasure map, and other activities.

1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open House
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Barn Dance

Explore the NEWLY REMODELED Celtic Junction

Bands perform all day
Artist Layl McDill opens her new polymer clay show
Costume Prizes (Celtic themes earn extra points!)
Treasure Map/Scavenger Hunt
Raffle prizes

Fun for the whole family!

The donations from this event will specifically support the purchase of a $50,000 handicapped-accessible lift.


On Saturday, October 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Science Museum will host Boo-ology, a Halloween event for visitors of all ages. Kids in costume will receive free admission to the permanent exhibit galleries, and they’ll have the chance to join in a variety of spooky hands-on science activities with a Halloween spin!

Lowertown Booze Crawl – Hat Trick – Oct 29


In the green room before Sample Night Live – Art in a Trial Size.   Come to this highly entertaining, and mostly free event (for library card holders) the first Wednesday of the month.   There’s free parking across the street, a bar in the lobby, arts and other vendors,and  the always amazing back up band, The Normals. View previews of local bands, comedians, theater, and other unimaginable or unmentionable acts. 

 Approaching the High Bridge on Smith Avenue 

Valley Girl visits Tut

Walk like an Egyptian

I set off last Wednesday with a specific goal in mind: no matter what happened, I was going to make it to Tut. I set aside plenty of time to get to the museum and like last time I had my trusty sister and mom in tow.Once again we made it all the way across the river to the science museum and without heat or traffic there was nothing that could stop us from discovering the depths of Egypt.

We bought our tickets at the box office, something that might be a bad idea as the exhibit comes closer to its end on September 5th, and made our way upstairs to the entry point. There are two ways to view the exhibit: with the audio piece and without it. If you have the time to spend, I would strongly recommend renting the phone like device that gives you details about some of the most stunning pieces that you can see. They sent us through the large double doors with a group of about 15 other people and we were on our way.

The series of rooms that you walk through get more and more intense as the layers of the tomb are uncovered. The treasures also get more fascinating and beautiful; however I wouldn’t rush straight to the end. While the artifacts from the grave are beautiful the story of King Tut’s life is worth spending the time to listen to. There are also pieces of Egyptian society that are explained, the relationship between teachers and children for example. The body language that is expressed in the pieces is very clear, but the translation of they hieroglyphics that you get through the head-piece makes it all the better. For the Egypt enthusiast the tour could take hours, I was out in just under two.

Some of the most incredible pieces were the pair of golden sandals that were found next to Tut in his tomb and the incredible gold jewelry that was scattered throughout the exhibit. There are some beautiful things that are made in the world today; however, they can’t compare to the things that you see at Tut. It is one thing to get a beautiful necklace at a store and a whole different thing to have something last for thousands of years and still shine. Following the tour, we looked at the Science Museum’s real mummy and did a little scouting around to see what else was going on.

With our time there done we decided to get dinner at Pazzaluna. A restaurant known for its fantastic Italian food, it didn’t disappoint three hungry diners in a quick, delicious meal. All of us had pasta, and we would all happily go back again, now if only we could get them to move to Minneapolis… We began the long trek back to Golden Valley after dinner and talked about Tut the whole way there.