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

 

 

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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.


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.


Got Drugs? The national day that didn’t happen here.

Today is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Ever heard of it?

Unfortunately, the closest place to the 55101  zipcode   participating in the effort is in Brooklyn Center.  If you didn’t bother to follow the hyper link, the Take Back event is an effort to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications that may be lingering in your medicine cabinet.

From the press release  – ” Last September  Americans turned in 242,000 pounds,  of prescription drugs at 4,100 sites” This year, at the latest count, 5,200 centers are participating.

Maybe you are familiar with the research  of the Environmental Working Group.     The most shocking NPR interview I ever heard (well…almost) was a talk  with their founder,  who presented  research about 232 chemical substances found in fetal blood samples.  Albuterol, Tylenol, and a host of other pharmaceuticals were among the list of toxins found.

It’s difficult to responsibly dispose of the accumulated “stuff” around the house.  Flushing it down the toilet, and throwing it in the trash, isn’t the best option.

Next time a Take Back event happens, we hope to report a participating location  in St. Paul.


Dining Out For Life – access St. Paul on your mobile phone

On  Thursday, April 28, dozens of St Paul  restaurants  are participating in the Dine Out for Life event.  On that day, a portion of the proceeds of your lunch or dinner bill is donated to The Aliveness Project, a local nonprofit organization that provides on-site meals, food shelf & other supportive services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

We’re listing the restaurants here so our St Paul Spot app users can have an easy link to them on their smart phones next Thursday when they are out and about, and want to do a little something extra to make their meal special.

St. Paul / All Cuisines / Any Meal

B = Breakfast – L = Lunch – D = Dinner – All = B,L,D

128 CAFE (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-645-4128 D
Donation: 35%
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CHRISTOS UNION DEPOT PLACE (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-224-6000 D
Donation: 35%
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HIGHLAND CAFE & BAKERY (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-698-3400 D
Donation: 35%
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KHYBER PASS CAFE (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-690-0505 L,D
Donation: 35%
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NGON VIETNAMESE BISTRO (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-222-3301 D
Donation: 35%
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PIZZA LUCE – ST. PAUL Dine-In Only (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-288-0186 L,D
Donation: 35%
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SAWATDEE ST. PAUL (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-528-7106 D
Donation: 35%
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SEÑOR WONG (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-224-2019
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Donation: 35%
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SUPATRA’S THAI CUISINE (Platinum Level – 35%)
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Tel: 651-222-5859 D
Donation: 35%
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Carmelo’s Ristorante (Gold Level – 30%)
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Tel: 651-699-2448 L,D
Donation: 30%
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Everest on Grand (Gold Level – 25%)
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Tel: 651-696-1666 L
Donation: 25%
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Great Waters Brewing Company (Gold Level – 25%)
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Tel: 651-224-2739 L,D
Donation: 25%
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St. Clair Broiler (Gold Level – 25%)
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Tel: 651-698-7055 L,D
Donation: 25%
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Boca Chica Restaurant (Silver Level – 20%)
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Tel: 651-222-8499
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Donation: 20%
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FACES Mears Park (Silver Level – 20%)
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Tel: 651-209-7776
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Donation: 20%
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Glockenspiel (Silver Level – 20%)
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Tel: 651-292-9421 L,D
Donation: 20%
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Trattoria da Vinci (Silver Level – 20%)
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Tel: 651-222-4050
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Donation: 20%
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Black Dog Cafe (Bronze Level – 15%)
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Tel: 651-228-9274 B,L,D
Donation: 15%
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Bulldog Lowertown (Bronze Level – 15%)
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Tel: 651-221-0750 D
Donation: 15%
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Chris & Rob’s Chicago Taste Authority (Bronze Level – 15%)
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Tel: 651-228-9347 D
Donation: 15%
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Muffuletta Cafe (Bronze Level 15%)
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Tel: 651-644-9116
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Donation: 15%
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Tanpopo Noodle Shop (Bronze Level – 17%)
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Tel: 651-209-6527 D
Donation: 17%
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W.A. Frost (Bronze Level – 15%)
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Tel: 651-224-5715
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Donation: 15%
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Some St Paul Spots to check out this week

Monday, April 18 08:00pm MUSIC: McNALLY SMITH COLLEGE OF MUSIC SHOW!!!!   @  Minnesota Music Cafe 
Tuesday, April 19 All Day Event Public Eco-Art   @  Macalester College 
07:00pm Azar Nafisi – The Republic of the Imagination   @  St Catherine University 
Wednesday, April 20 07:00pm – 09:30pm At the Movies with Colin Covert   @  Macalester College 
07:00pm – 08:30pm LECTURE;Chris Hedges   @  Macalester College 
Thursday, April 21 07:30pm THEATRE: I Wish You Love   @  Penumbra Theater 
07:30pm Emerging Artists –   @  McNally Smith Auditorium 
Friday, April 22 07:30pm – 11:59pm MUSIC: DEMO weekly showcase   @  St. Paul Eagles Club 
08:00pm MUSIC: The AMAZING LEGENDARY WILLIE MURPHY BAND   @  Minnesota Music Cafe 
Saturday, April 23 07:00pm TC Terrors vs. Race City Rebels (Indianapolis, IN)   @  St Paul Armory 
08:00pm Paranormal Pajama Party   @  The Historic Mounds Theatre 
Sunday, April 24 08:00pm – 11:00pm MUSIC: Second Harvest Zydeco Benefit   @  Half Time Rec