Volunteers are being recruited from across the Twin Cities to clean up Minnehaha Creek at a free, family-friendly event. On Sunday, June 30th Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is teaming up with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s “Canoes for a Cause” campaign to host the 7th annual Minnehaha Creek Clean-up at Lake Hiawatha at 46th Street and 28th Avenue South in Minneapolis. The goal this year is to collect two tons of trash! As a result, we can “Save our Summers” and have cleaner water for everyone to enjoy.
Schedule of Events:
9:00 a.m. Free bagel breakfast
9:30 a.m. Board buses to clean-up locations along creek and chain of lakes
11:00-11:30 a.m. Return to Lake Hiawatha for free BBQ lunch provided by Leinenkugel’s
11:45 a.m. Prizes for kids and adults, including a Leinenkugel’s canoe
I participated in this event in the past and had a lot of fun. It’s really rewarding to clean up our lovely parks!
Photo Credit: John Kane
I am so grateful that last night The Ordway invited me to see Pilobolus! Prior to the invitation, I had not heard of this group and in retrospect I feel as I have been living under a cultural rock or something. I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia, Blue Man Group and Stomp!, however, I think last night’s show was probably the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen. I sat through most of the performance dumbfounded and wondering if what I was seeing was real. The show started off strong before it even began. The performers warmed-up with the curtain open and gave us a marvelous taste of their incredible strength and flexibly. One would expect world class dancers to be strong but my jaw nearly dropped to the floor when I saw one dancer do a pushup, one arm pushup, one leg pushup and then NO LEGS PUSHUP with a perfectly plank body. It was unreal.
The performance itself is perfect for the masses because it’s more than gorgeous dance execution. Pilobolus incorporates incredibly innovative choreography, props and lighting that is mesmerizing and very artistic. I often felt as I was watching an art exhibit come to life. To transition between each piece, short videos were played that were equally as interesting and thought provoking. The kind of videos that make you think (like what would it look like if you lit off fireworks inside your living room? HINT: DO NOT TRY AT HOME). The performances were wonderfully diverse, which kept the show moving and forever interesting. They did a wonderful shadow piece, similar to this one, which was definitely a crowd pleaser. Many performances also included a bit of humor, which isn’t easy to accomplish in dance. My only critique is that there was no true finale piece. The closing piece was great, but it was not any better or exciting than any of the others. The dancers started to take their bow and I said to myself “it’s over??” This is one show I really wish did not end. I cannot wait to see them again. Bravo to The Ordway for bringing this group to St. Paul.
Unfortunately, Philobus was only here for one night. Click for a list of upcoming performances at The Ordway.
These free, family-friendly, outdoor events will feature the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and Chorus and a cast of opera’s most beloved characters performing La bohème against the beautiful backdrops of the very communities that have supported the company throughout its first five decades. Bring a picnic, family and friends and enjoy a relaxed summer night to remember – Minnesota Opera’s anniversary gift to you.
Performance dates and locations include:
- Friday, June 14, 7pm, Harriet Island Pavilion, St. Paul
- Saturday, June 15, 7:30pm, Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis
- Sunday, June 16, 7pm, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Faribault
The world is what we make of it. Be part of positive change by participating in one of these Earth Day Cleanups. It’s easy to participate and you don’t even need to register. If you live in St. Paul, check out this information on St. Paul cleanups also happening on Saturday. Click image for larger version.
The 2013 Pioneer Press Peeps Diorama Contest winners have been announced! First place goes to the diorama shown below, which was inspired by the Academy Award Winning movie “The Life of Pi”. To see all the other fabulous entries, visit PioneerPress.com.
“Life of Pie,” by Ron Young, Shoreview
Yes, these people are real. I’ve met Squirrel, who is delightful.
Photo courtesy of MIMMI
Coming soon to the Minneapolis Convention Center…
Hovering at an altitude of 70 feet above wooden dunes that serve as benches, MIMMI is a large inflatable creature that is an emotional gateway to the city. MIMMI is able to sense the mood of the city and offers a fun and active mechanism to respond to this mood, allowing residents and visitors to experience the city as a whole in a new way.
MIMMI senses the mood of the city by parsing keywords from social media feeds from Minneapolis. When the algorithm senses increases in particular trending emotional words, MIMMI displays the collective emotion through graphics and colored displays projected on it. Emotions can include calmness, agitation, melancholy, happiness, and many others, which reflect the changing pulse of the city itself.
Visitors to the plaza can also interact with MIMMI directly, causing the colors and shape of the inflatable and its projections to change in real time. If the city is particularly sad or emotional for any particular reason, citizens can come together to lift MIMMI’s (and the city’s collective) spirit, as MIMMI is able to sense social activity under it. Whether the benches are being used or crowds are gathering under it and having a party, MIMMI gradually displays calming behavior.
What a fantastic addition to the Twin Cities art scene!
I hope today you are off work and can enjoy the day! Remember, parking meters are not enforced today so don’t feed ‘em!
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