North Loop Neighborhood News and Events

 

The North Loop Neighborhood, located in what is frequently referred to as the Warehouse District, offers unique housing options, entertainment, fine dining, and specialty shops-many within the original warehouses of the North Loop's historic heyday. True to the unique nature of this neighborhood, you won't find any chain restaurants in this part of town. You'll discover one-of-a-kind retailers, quaint coffee shops, eclectic restaurants, and lively nightclubs nestled in the historic buildings; many owned and operated by neighborhood residents. The North Loop Neighborhood is immediately adjacent to downtown; served by LRT and many bus routes; and is the home of the Minnesota Twins Target Field (opening in 2010), the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and the headquarters of Metro Transit.

(Description from livemsp.org

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass

 

MUSIC REVIEW | Stevie Wonder a marvel at the Target Center

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

The very moment that Stevie Wonder was lead out to the stage by India Arie, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Gregg Allman timeless at the Pantages Theatre

Photo courtesy Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman and his eight piece traveling band, in the midst of a spring tour, played to a sold-out house at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Pantages Theatre on March 27. The storied bluesy-rock icon still wears his hair long and his tattoos proudly. He looks great and his signature voice still resonates with a tender clarity that welcomes you while his rasp makes you ache. As a founding member of the legendary "The Allman Brothers" band, he's been writing and performing for 50 years—give or take a few-but his talent, and contribution to music history, is timeless.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast" enchants the Orpheum Theatre

Photo credit Matthew Murphy.

The crowd that filled the seats on Tuesday, Mar. 10 for the opening night of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast consisted heavily of children, but that doesn’t mean their parents weren’t humming along during intermission (and in the bathroom). The age range indicates throwback Disney movies aren’t going anywhere (as if there was any question), and reincarnated forms like the musical production of Beauty and the Beast only prolong Disney's success. Among being a master at creating ear worms, Disney productions strike a chord with generations across the board, even despite the criticism the movies have received on social issues like gender and racial stereotypes.

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THEATER REVIEW | Illusion Theater's "Thurgood" a civil rights' reminder

Photo credit Lauren B. Photography.

A hundred years after the end of legal slavery, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to sit on the United States Supreme Court. George Stevens, Jr.’s play Thurgood, about the life of Justice Marshall brings to light many little known facts about Marshall’s early years and some of the significant accomplishments he made as an attorney before he was elevated to the high court. Michael Robins directs James Craven in a one-man show about Marshall at Illusion Theater.

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THEATER REVIEW | Open Window Theatre's "The Potting Shed" questions religion and faith

The troubled, extended Callifer family - Dr. Baston (Charles Numrich), Mary (Meri Golden), John (David Denninger), Sara (Sarah Preissner Stanbary), James (Jeremy Stanbary), and Anne (Ali Daniels) in Open Window Theatre's production of The Potting Shed; photography by Matt Berdahl

I’m starting to wonder if Open Window Theatre is critic-proof. Because it almost doesn’t matter what I say here. If you’re a fan of Open Window Theatre, then you’re already going and you’re not going to be dissuaded. Now in the middle of their fourth season, they’re expanding their space and operating on a budget of nearly $250,000. They’ve got a strong base of audience support. Nearly all their money comes from individuals rather than big corporations or foundations. Every show I’ve seen there, the audience has risen for a standing ovation at the end. Some of their shows have charmed me, some have baffled me, but their audience doesn’t care. There is a fan base for this theater that doesn’t feel served by other theaters in town. When Open Window puts up a production, this audience feels like they’re seeing their own story onstage in a way that they don’t get anywhere else. It’s theater with an overtly Christian religious bent to it. As someone who regularly pines for a more nuanced discussion on stage of religion and faith and their place in modern life, Open Window should be right up my alley. I really do appreciate what they’re trying to do here. I just wish the theater was better. Their current production of Graham Greene’s The Potting Shed is a great example of this conundrum.

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