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.

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



St Paul Peeps

Francisco, Pedro and Cesar are 13-year old friends who met in St Paul. (Pedro and Cesar are cousins) They were aboard the Anson Northrup during the Great River Passage Unveiling last Thursday. They are from Mexico; they attend middle school at Washington and Battle Creek, and have access to the internet at Francisco’s.  They like to bicycle!  Photos include a Google map showing approximately where the boat turned around, a rare river’s view of the industry (scrap metal recycling, gravel, and coal) which uses the 17 mile Great River Passage to transport goods and services, the train trestle that chatty Captain Bob navigated the long, large Northrup skillfully around, the sun setting on the gorgeous bluff above Pig’s Eye Lake and other St Paulites who enjoyed the free 90-minute tour.

St Paul peeps

Name:  Nicole

In St. Paul:   I live in Minneapolis, but I’ve worked at the Nook for five years.  First I worked at Shamrock’s

Last place she played in St Paul: I’d like to say I went to Grand Old Days.

I do go to Mississippi Market.  The strawberries are good there right now.

An upper West Side ramble

I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for spring to make an appearance, to try out one of the hikes  that a friend told me about 50 degrees and 3 1/2 feet of snow ago.  Walk on the Wild Side Thursday Night Hikers, refers to itself as “an aggregation of hiking enthusiasts from the Minnesota Rovers, the North Star Ski Touring Club, the Sierra Club, and others”   They convene for “hiking, conversation and conviviality.”   The hikes take place throughout the Twin Cities greater metro area.  But their website  offers a comprehensive list of  St. Paul hikes under the category of “Architectural Hikes, House Information and Histories.”

Armed, as always, with a copy and paste screen shot of the hike I intended to take, “West Side St. Paul Architectural Hike”  on my iPhone,  I traveled a short distance to the upper West Side bluffs, where the hike started at the intersection of Prospect and Hall Street. I had every intention of photographing every house along the tour.  But within a block,  a query from a homeowner wondering why I was  camera stalking his property, and the social wrong headedness of carrying on a conversation about an elderly parent in hospice care while fiddling with camera settings – I abandoned my ambition and gave in to the pleasure of a friend’s company, the surreal green of spring, boulevard plantings, and eclectic architecture.

Hope you enjoy the photographic ramble,  then check out the dozens of other suggested architectural hikes, find a hiking partner or a moment of solitude and have a chance to  revel in the relief of spring.

St. Paul this week: some things you might have overlooked

Looking at the hundreds of events in St. Paul this week,  I combed through the many offerings to highlight some

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READING:Nina Revoyr Wingshooters

Date: Monday, April 04

Time: 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Location: Micawbers books

Address: 2238 Carter Ave,

St Paul, Minnesota

Phone: 651.646.5506

Event Description:

Revoyr will read from her novel, set in 1970’s Wisconsin, that is getting rave reviews from readers and book sellers alike.

Before or after the reading at Micawbers,  last chance to experience a wine supper at Highland Grill.  Here’s the information:

EVENT: Monday Night Wine Suppers

Date: Monday, April 04

Time: 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Highland Grill

Address: 771 Cleveland Avenue south,

St.Paul, MN – 55116

Phone: 651-690-1173


Event Description:

Only one left! For only $15.95 per person, you get a two course meal with two carefully paired wines from yours truly and food from the amazing Joan Ida. We started this as an experiment, and I think it has been a tremendous success. If you have enjoyed the Monday Supper and want it to continue please email David Burley, President of the Blue Plate Restaurant Company, and ask that they continue!

Monday April 4th

Creamy cauliflower soup with bacon

(everything is better with bacon)

Paired with Naia Rueda from Spain

I can’t wait to try this pairing

Slow roasted lemon-garlic chicken with

mushrooms and yukon gold potatoes

Paired with Elsa Bonarda from Argentina

Never heard of Bonarda? Come taste something new!

First come first served, no reservations

*Menu and wine pairings subject to change based on availability and other factors beyond our control, though I don’t forsee any issues. Just gotta say it in case, as I’m sure you understand.


MUSIC: Beasley\’s Big Band

Date: Tuesday, April 05

Time: 08:00 PM

Location: O’Gara’s Bar & Grill

Address: 164 Snelling Ave. North,

St. Paul, MN – 55104

Phone: 651-644-3333



MUSIC : The Rose Ensemble Noon concert

Date: Wednesday, April 06

Time: 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Location: St Paul Public Library

Address: 90 West 4th Street,

St. Paul, Minnesota – 55102

Phone: 651-266-7000


Event Description:

The Rose Ensemble Noon Concert

Wednesday, April 6, Noon

Central Library, Magazine Room,

90 West Fourth Street, Saint Paul

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library presents the annual noon concert with The Rose Ensemble, the Twin Cities’ premier early music vocal group. The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient through imaginative performances of vocal music, connecting each individual to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity. Don’t miss this annual event which provides the opportunity to hear an award-winning music ensemble in the beautiful setting of the historic Central Library.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, please call The Friends at 651-222-3242. For more information on The Rose Ensemble, please visit


Premier of Smart House, Livable Community: The Movie

Date: Thursday, April 07

Time: 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Location: Goldstein Museum of Design

Address: 1985 Buford Avenue,

St Paul, Minnesota – 55108

Phone: 612-624-7801


Event Description:

Premier of Smart House, Livable Community: The Movie

April 7, 6-8 PM, 33 McNeal

Join us for the premier screening of “Smart House, Livable Community” a tpt production based on our current exhibition, Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future.

There will be a question and answer conversation and a reception following the screening. The exhibition will be open and visitors will be able to try out the materials profiled in the program. Q&A panelists include:

Helen Q. Kivnick, professor of social work, founding executive director, CitySongs

Lois Cutler, PhD, research associate, Division of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, and director of Graduate Studies, gerontology minor

Jodi Riha, exhibition co-curator, masters student in Housing Studies, College of Design

Hlee Lee, program producer, tpt

Facilitator: Brad Hokanson, associate dean for research and outreach, College of Design

Smart House Workshop



Date: Friday, April 08

Time: 08:00 PM

Location: The Palace Stage at Wild Tymes

Address: 33 West 7th Place,

St Paul, MN – 55102

Phone: 651-224-8181


Event Description:









Citywide Spring Clean- up

Date: Saturday, April 09

Time: 08:30 AM – 11:00 AM



Event Description:

Citywide Spring Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Kickoff locations: Como Park Lakeside Pavilion, Phalen Park Pavilion

Volunteers needed: 1,000+

Description: The Citywide Spring Cleanup is a large-scale, annual litter cleanup held throughout the City of Saint Paul. The event is part of a year-round City of Saint Paul program called Come Clean, that works in cooperation with local District Councils and engaged community members to help keep Saint Paul clean. Each spring, approximately 1,000 community volunteers unite to remove tons of trash from Saint Paul’s parks, natural areas, recreation centers, and neighborhoods. This important event helps ensure the beauty, safety and environmental health of our City. Volunteers pick up their supplies at one of two Kickoff Celebrations or at one of several satellite locations across the city, then go to the park, natural area, or neighborhood of their choice to pick up trash. For more information about the new Come Clean program, click here.

Registration: Click here to register now

Saturday : Later in the day


Date: Saturday, April 09

Time: 03:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Location: Lowry Lab Theatre

Address: 350 St. Peter St.,

St Paul, Minnesota – 55101

Phone: 651-330-2404


Event Description:

A seminar featuring: �Judi Nelson-Hall, an advocate from The Sojourner Project, a safe shelter for women and children providing advocacy and education for those victimized by domestic violence, presents “The Legal Issues of Battered Women Defendants in Homicide Cases.”

Sylvia Galvan-Kupke, Twin Cities psychologist and Co-Founder of Su Familia Multicultural Counseling, presents “Crimes Girls Commit: why they are on the rise.”

Lori Stee, Program Director for Rebuild Resources, a non-profit social enterprise helping recovering men and women rebuild their lives, speaks on “Women and Violence in Movies and Television.”

Composer Anne Lorentzen from Oslo, Norway, speaks on “Women and Violence in Art and Performance,” and performs selections from her musical play, Alias Belle Gunness � a serial killer from Selbu. For more information about her play, visit

Stay for a picnic supper in the atrium accompanied by live jazz entertainment duo Connie & Herb. Close the evening with a performance of Murderess by Anne Bertram.


3:00-5:30pm: Mean Girls & Dangerous Women

5:30-7:00pm: Picnic Supper

7:30pm: Murderess


Seminar & Supper: $25

Seminar & Supper + Murderess: $35