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It’s the 6th Annual T W E E D R I D E, darling!

Do make a note to have your best tweed pressed for Saturday the 11th of October. Ride departs at 6pm SHARP. See you at the Bandshell!

This year, Cult Collective is pleased to be organising this wonderful autumnal fete.

Only the dandiest of dandies, the fribblest of fops, thee sharpest of snappy dressers will emerge victorious. Two fashion champions can expect to win bragging rights and whiskey! Please plan your wardrobe accordingly.

Only $10 per ticket, and you might be the next owner of a very nice … prize soon to be announced.

More details to follow, including some very special stops, and the exact route will be posted. Riders are encouraged to join the mob at any time throughout the night.

In the meantime, please visit, follow @MPLSTweedRide on twitter.

Please note, this is a 21+ event.

We can scarcely wait!

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Meet at 5:30pm, roll out at 6pm
Meet at the Lake Harriet Bandshell

20140927_111643I was invited to check out the Sea Life aquarium at the Mall of America.  Sea Life features sharks, crabs, lobsters, fish, turtles, frogs, sea horses, stingrays, jellyfish and other neat creatures.  As a whole, the species aren’t terribly exotic but I did find a lot of the crabs to be jaw dropping.  They have some really huge, almost nightmare inducing, Japanese Spider crabs (that can get up to 12 feet long as adults) as well as these really neat ones having a knubby appearance (see image below).  I also enjoyed the jellyfish room, where there were hundreds of jellyfish bobbing about in cylindrical containers throughout the room.  Low lighting and mirrors made it appear as you were walking through a sea full of jellyfish. A natural crowd pleaser, the shark tank tunnel was also a highlight.  I loved looking at their gills move and their bodies glide overhead in the tunnel.  Of course, they also have a touch pond where you can get your hands on a starfish or sea urchins.

If you’re looking to visit Sea Life but would like to avoid strollers and kids, consider Sharks After Dark.  At Sharks After Dark, guests encounter more than 10,000 sea creatures while snacking on nachos and bobbing to music provided by a live DJ. Tickets include admission to the aquarium and a two-hour unlimited gaming card at the Sky Deck in the Mall of America, which is valid only for non-ticketing games.

DEAL ALERT: Save at least 51% on Sharks After Dark with this Groupon.  Coupon code PLAY15 will take off another 15% through September 27, 2014.



Described as “What could become Minnesota’s answer to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert,” The Theater of Public Policy (T2P2 for short) makes civic conversations fun again.

Using real on-stage conversations with newsmakers and big thinkers, T2P2 makes issues come alive through improv comedy theater. Each night:

  • The show’s host interviews a leading thinker on a big issue
  • Then a team of the Twin Cities’ most talented improvisers use the conversation as inspiration for longform improv comedy
  • In the second half of the show, the guest answers questions from the audience
  • The show wraps up with more no-holds-barred unscripted comedy
  • It’s improv comedy for the NPR listener in all of us. Join the fun as we learn and laugh about everything from streetcars to education policy, from big data to apple breeding.

Mondays in October-November
7pm (doors 6pm)
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St.
Tickets: $10 at the door or $7 in advance/with student ID/seniors/Fringe button

Descend into the nightmarish depths of The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement and explore the terrifying world of Unhinged. An annual tradition 8 years running, The Haunted Basement is bigger and better than ever with 2014’s Unhinged production. The creative team at The Soap Factory has outdone themselves, creating an all-new, terrifying experience for visitors.

Unhinged uses a brand new immersive structure leaving patrons no safety net. Don’t worry, there is still a safe-word, so practice saying “Uncle” now. Each patron wears a mask and assembles into a group before plunging into the nightmarish, subterranean world of Unhinged. Every patron forges their own path, sealing their fate at each twist and turn. All bets are off during Unhinged. Stand your ground? Stay with your friends? Venture on through the darkness? This terrifying journey promises to keep you on the edge of crying “Uncle” all night long.

The twisted geniuses behind Unhinged are led by Director Noah Bremer. A founder and current Artistic Director of the theater company Live Action Set, Bremer brings his experience of immersive, physical theater and the collaborative devising methods of Live Action Set to The Haunted Basement in a new way with Unhinged. Live Action Set have been creating theater that pushes boundaries in the Twin Cities for more than 10 years.

Discounted preview tickets are available for $15 + $3.50 service fee (Reg. $27 + fee) for September 27-October 1st.  Click here to purchase.

UPDATE:  Some people have reported a problem with this code.  

With coupon code 10FORU save an extra $10 off $25 or more.  Code expires September 25,2014.  Need ideas?  Here are my top picks.

Keep your eye on this map to make sure you don’t miss spectacular fall color!  Click image for more details from the MN Department of Natural Resources.


Join Yoga Lu for weekly community BUTI Yoga classes!  Buti Yoga combines dance, plyometrics and yoga.  I took my first class last night and had a great time.

Tuesdays – check this Facebook page to confirm there are no last minute schedule changes
2836 Lyndale Ave S
(Located in the Kids Yoga Minnesota space next to the Bikram yoga studio right off the biking greenway. Plenty of parking available!)
$10 suggested donation




Harriet Brewing presents the 4th Annual RAUCHFEST, a one-day Oktoberfest featuring Craft Beer, Food Trucks, Local Art, and Live Music. Harriet Brewing again will brew a single batch of Rauchfest, a smoked Oktoberfest Lager for this festival. A total of 10+ Harriet beers will be available on tap, each with uniquely tantalizing tastes. Food and non-alcoholic beverages from Tollefson’s Family Pork, Butcher & Salt and Moral Omnivore will be available to perfectly compliment the Rauchfest German-smoked lager and the other brews.

Limited Edition Rauchfest Steins will be available at the fest. Buy it at Rauchfest and use it at Rauchfest!

Hammershlagen tournaments all afternoon.

Fire Dancing Performance at 9:30pm.

Both music stages will showcase regional talent including STEEZ, The People Brothers Band, Frogleg, Circle of Heat, The Fattenin’ Frogs, Hoodphellas, Dan Israel, and more. All genres again are covered including Funk, Roots, Bluegrass, Jam & Rock along with live painters, arts and crafts, fire dancers and various other vendors will be at Rauchfest 2014.

We want to thank all the live music supporters throughout the year for all those times you pay cover to see outstanding talent on our stage. So, this year we give you Rauchfest IV, a free event for our community to come drink beer and enjoy the true essence of Harriet Brewing on our big day!

Don’t forget to wear your Lederhosen ~ Cheers

Click here for a performance scheudle

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Fun starts at Noon
Harriet Brewing’s Tap Room
3036 Minnehaha Ave
Rain or Shine
21+ | Kids under 12 welcome during the day
Free Parking in the lot to the West of Harriet (Entrance on Snelling Ave)

This event will have fun family friendly activities, food, and live entertainment, all towards the goal of boosting local businesses and to gather ideas from the Columbia Heights community on what they want to see happen in the Gateway to the City area along Central Avenue (between 39th and 44th). The City of Columbia Heights will also unveil design options (done by Replace Design) for a new city logo and allow citizens to vote on their favorite. 

Spinning Stories is a storytelling series that happens to take place on bikes.

Our featured storytellers ride us to their destinations and tell their stories right where they first happened.

BRING: Snacks and Water
RIDE LENGTH: 10-15 Miles
RIDE COST: Your Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Meet at Recovery Bike Shop
2504 Central Ave. NE