TC Weekend | Open Streets Franklin, Powderhorn 24, IndiaFest, Japanese Lantern Lighting, Greek Fest and more!

Another fun-filled weekend is upon us, with a diverse and invigorating lineup of cultural, community and humanitarian festivities taking place in the Twin Cities. Let the fun begin -- scroll down to see what’s on tap!

Let us know how you will spend the weekend by sending your photos or comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with name of the event or the hashtag #tcdpic, and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend. You can also send us a tip about an upcoming event at the email above or upload it yourself with our easy-to-use event calendar.

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River Rats serve up Star Wars family fun on the Northside

A running item in the Sunday Star Tribune is the "Names & Faces" in the variety section. I normally skip the self-congratulating who's who at various galas, but several weeks ago something caught my eye. Normal people were profiled at the riverfront by West Broadway, attending a show by the Twin Cities River Rats. The kicker? It was a Star Wars-themed performance.

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TC Spotlight | Urban agriculture in the Twin Cities

For this week’s TC Spotlight, we decided to keep the outdoor summer theme and shine a spotlight on the ever-growing urban agriculture movement in the Twin Cities.

Urban agriculture comes in various forms and benefits urban communities in many ways. Urban farms provide fresh local food sources and economic development, and they create a space for social interaction, neighborhood beautification, and engagement. Below we’ve highlight just a few of the many organizations that specialize in urban agriculture and how you can support them. Feel free to use the comment section to chime in on your favorite sources of local produce and all things urban agriculture.

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Recalculating a life

Like Dorothy who was whisked away from drab Kansas to exotic Oz, I daily confront the complications of living in a new and strange land. I keep learning that things I thought were a normal part of the world were actually regional characteristics. For example, Midwest roads and streets are laid out in an orderly grid, crossing each other at 90-degree angles in predictable intervals. As a Flatlander, I took that grid structure for granted. I was amused but also reassured by Minneapolis’s alphabetical street names (Colfax, Dupont, Emerson, Fremont, Girard, Holmes).

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, August 11,–Sunday 17, 2014

The most important thing you do this week is something that is happening on Tuesday, August 12, all over Saint Paul at a place close to you. In fact, it is happening all over Minnesota. It is primary election day. In spite of the many efforts to encroach on voting rights, Minnesota still remains one of the less problematic places to exercise that legal and moral entitlement. If you are wondering about when, where, or how to vote, check out the Secretary of States web site. Voting is one of those ways in which we can leave a positive mark in our community. Engaging in the arts is another.

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SUPPERTIME | It's about the beer flights at JL Beers

Suppertime is a blog in comics form, exploring local restaurants, bars and other food establishments in and around the Twin Cities. I eat, I talk, I draw. 

In this Suppertime, we visited JL Beers. The food was good, the staff was friendly, but it was all about the beer flights.
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Doggie date night #1: Lake Nokomis

By this time of the summer, the “ohmydog, the weather isn’t trying to kill me anymore!” novelty of being outside can wear off, and it gets easy to fall into a rut: you and your partner take your pooch to the dog park and then to your favorite dog-friendly patio, night after night, all summer long. And it’s lovely, and you enjoy it, but isn’t it time to shake it up? Winter always comes too soon, so you’ve got to get out there and soak up the best of summer while you can.

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CV | Riverfront Fest shows off Sheridan Memorial Park

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Sheridan Memorial Park, a new park that recently opened on the upper Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis, hosted the second annual Riverfront Fest on August 1. The event, a project of the Mississippi River Partnership, aims to create awareness of the importance of the river in Minneapolis. For many attendees, it was their first look at the park, which features a veteran's memorial created by artist Robert Smart. The project was a collaboration between a group of World War II veterans, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

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Fancy Ray to host 16th Annual Hosmer Library Talent Show, August 9

Showcase founder Roy Woodstrom

It’s hard to find a more authentic cross section of South Minneapolis’ cultural diversity in one place at one time than the annual Hosmer Library Talent Show, which this month enjoys its 16th year. This is not, by the way, a contest where you come to try and finish first or at the very least second or third. It’s a community get-together where you come to cheerfully leave the daily grind behind and casually connect with your neighbors—including the ones you didn’t know before. And, as the area has grown increasingly international in its ethnicities, Hosmer Library’s outreach has seen to it that so does representation among performers.

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National Night Out 2014: Community spirit in the Twin Cities

Update: Scroll down to the Storify to see scenes from 2014's National Night Out.

It's that time of year again, National Night Out is back! Celebrated the first Tuesday of August, this year's NNO will mark 31 years of communities across the nation coming together with “lights on, dusk to dawn,” to get to know neighbors, reflect on community happenings, and sip root beer floats while planning ways to promote safer neighborhoods.

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