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THE DARK AND STORMY

The best summer cocktail is the one that never leaves your hand, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, be it soaking up the rays or super-soaking the kids. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be weak, which is probably why the Dark and Stormy has become the unofficial drink of summer in the Cities. Served at Smalley’s (pictured) in Stillwater and a growing number of other bars and restaurants around the metro, the D ’n’ S ain’t your mom’s seasonal sipper. It’s pirate potion, made with black rum and ginger beer—strong enough to keep you put, refreshing enough to sustain you through a long day of barbecuing or buccaneering. It’s the favorite drink of Bermudians, and now it should be yours.
 


NORTH STAR STAT

Religious Faith: Minnesota has never been known for its religious diversity. There are Lutherans. There are Catholics. And there is everybody else. According to a religious-identification survey published earlier this year by Trinity College, however, even that overly simplistic formula gets it wrong. To be sure, Minnesota still boasts a large number of Catholics: 29 percent of adults in the state identify themselves that way. And “Other Christians,” a group that includes Lutherans, make up 51 percent of the state’s adult population. Yet those figures are static or declining. So which groups are getting bigger? Non-Christians—and non-believers. In fact, the percentage of Minnesotans who subscribe to non-Christian faiths doubled since 1990. And those who do not identify with any religion, are atheist, or are agnostic now make up fully 12 percent of the population.
 


How to be a Better Minnesotan

Talking to Strangers (Without Talking About the Weather)

It’s true, even the most taciturn of Minnesotans will have to talk to a stranger at some point in their lives. And so, for your own good, we’re declaring a weather-talk moratorium this summer—no more chats about dry heat or dew points (whatever they are). For advice, we consulted WCCO-TV reporter Jason DeRusha and his cameraman, Joe Berglove, who talk to strangers all the time, mostly without incident, for their “Good Question” segment on the 10 p.m. newscast. Berglove suggests knowing at least three kinds of sport fish to discuss—better yet, where they’re biting. DeRusha has found that any tip about bargains is a good opener. “Minnesotans are cheap,”  he says, so offer the name of the butcher who sold you some ground chuck for two bucks a pound. Both agree on the topics to avoid: politics, religion, and babysitters (“No parents want to give away the name of their favorite sitter,” says DeRusha). And only advanced conversationalists should use Berglove’s icebreaker: poking fun of someone’s outfit. “Try a compliment, instead,” DeRusha offers, “or you might get punched in the face.”
—TIM GIHRING
 


Passport, please

An odd corner of the country gets even stranger

BY TIM GIHRING

PHONES DIDN’T ARRIVE here until 1991. Mail comes twice a week in winter. Heck, the place is completely surrounded by Canada. So how could the 70 or so folks hunkered down in Minnesota’s Northwest Angle—the northernmost point in the Lower 48—get any more isolated?

Starting this month, the Department of Homeland Security is requiring that anyone entering or returning from Canada (as well as Caribbean countries) carry a passport. Since it’s already necessary to cross into Canada just to reach the cartographic aberration that is the Northwest Angle—it’s the result of a surveying error—everyone in the area’s only settlement, Angle Inlet, now needs a passport just to leave town.

Angleites have put up a stink that’s wafted all the way to Washington, D.C. “We scream a lot to our legislators,” says Celeste Colson, who operates Jake’s Northwest Angle Resort. As a result, DHS recently agreed to make cheaper, wallet-size passport cards for border dwellers.

The fix seems to have mollified Angle residents, who once famously threatened secession over fishing regulations. Isolation, after all, is part of the appeal. “It’s like living in the ’50s here,” says Colson. “It’s pretty nice, though it’s not a great place to have a heart attack yet.”
 


KEEPING TRACK

Park Place

Minnesota boasts one of the oldest and most popular state park systems in the nation. What explains our passion for public lands? Here, some numbers:

1891 Year that Minnesota’s first state park, Itasca, was established
5,717 Total campsites available in state parks
267,251 Total acreage of Minnesota state parks
460,000 Total acreage of land used to cultivate sugar beets in Minnesota
40 Total number of beaches in Minnesota state parks
1,255 Total miles of trails in state parks
8,375,506 Total number of visitors to Minnesota’s state parks in 2008
1,693,263 Cumulative number of visitors to the Minnesota State Fair in 2008
11,000 Approximate number of people who volunteered to work at Minnesota state parks in 2008
19 Total number of goats used to control weeds at Itasca State Park
 


‘N’ Game

Get it right, folks: Bachman’s isn’t Bachmann’s

Over the last nine months, as Michele Bachmann has risen from little-known congresswoman to one of the country’s most prominent Republican voices, she’s garnered the sort of media coverage normally reserved for presidents and pregnant celebrities. That may be good for her, but it’s been a tad complicated for one local company: Bachman’s.

It turns out that every time Bachmann, a second-term Representative from Stillwater, utters a statement that makes news (a not infrequent occurrence these days), Bachman’s—the local chain of home and garden stores—is inundated with calls. “It started last fall,” after Bachmann’s now-famous interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, says Larry Pfarr, Bachman’s director of marketing. “Now, whenever she says something that gets attention, the phones start ringing.” Just last month, in fact, a gardening club called to say it would no longer shop at Bachman’s because of it’s affiliation with Bachmann.

Pfarr dutifully explained to the caller that Bachmann had no connection to Bachman’s, of course, before offering up a bit of well-worn advice. “Every time somebody calls, I tell them that they just need to check the spelling on the names,” he says. “Most of the time, you hear the caller gasp after I say that.”
 


New Lune Rising?

A year after Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s demise, its players regroup

They don’t have a name. And they could really use some money. But Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp, the two Tony Award–winning thespians who went down with Theatre de la Jeune Lune a year ago, have formed a new nonprofit in Minneapolis.

This spring, the duo taught playwrights how to create stories the way Jeune Lune did, through improvised movement. But Serrand and Epp don’t expect to be staging anything themselves for some time. “The blood of the arts is money,” says Serrand, “and it’s not the right time to ask for individual gifts.”

Meanwhile, Serrand and Epp have struggled to find work. Serrand was compelled to sell his house this winter, and he’s hoping to land a $50,000 fellowship this month from the Bush Foundation to help make ends meet. “Things are very, very, very tough right now,” he says.
—TIM GIHRING
 


THE CURTAIN

Who's up, who's down in local arts and culture


RISING

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The museum is given a valuable painting found in a rural church

Larry Long

The folksinger plays Pete Seeger’s New York birthday bash

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

President Michael O’Keefe leaves; new head Jay Coogan arrives from the Rhode Island School of Design

Osmo Vänskä

The maestro deals with a divorce, a pay cut, and a smaller staff

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The museum cuts 6 percent of its budget

FALLING
 

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June 2015

Come to Big Sandy Lodge and Resort to get all the delicious pancakes you can eat for only $5.

Cost: $5

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Pride Parade Viewing Party UNION Rooftop – Downtown Minneapolis Start time: 9am (presale tickets) / 10am (day-of tickets) Live DJs: DJ Lindsay ‘Shiek’ Earney and DJ Lenka...

Cost: $10 (includes a free mimosas, glass of champagne or Absolute cocktail)

Where:
UNION Rooftop
731 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55403
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Come join us at the Skyway Theatre as we take over the block for the Pride Parade!  Drinks and brunch starting at 9am and DJs at 12pm! Get the best seat for the best parade of the...

Cost: No Cover

Where:
Bar Fly & Maruso
715 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Pride Parade Rooftop Viewing Party CRAVE Rooftop – Downtown Minneapolis Live DJ: DJ FANCY RESTAURANT Start time: 9am $5 from each ticket donated to OutFront Minnesota ...

Cost: $10 (includes free Absolute or Jameson cocktail)

Where:
CRAVE Rooftop
825 Hennepin Ave MN
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform...

Cost: $329- $975

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN   55403
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Show your Pride by taking part in the Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run on Sunday, June 28th! Starting at Boom Island and ending near Loring Park, the route takes runners along Hennepin Avenue as...

Cost: $30

Where:
Boom Island Park
800 Sibley Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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Join YogaLean's author Beth Shaw in this new 1 day YogaLean Transformational Workshop during the Minneapolis Mind Body Fitness Conference.  Explore holistic modalities of weight loss,...

Cost: $129.00

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The 2015 Twin Cities Pride Festival features over 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 20 sponsors, and 300,000+ visitors who participate in this free celebration of the GLBT...

Cost: Free

Where:
Loring Park
1382 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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Join YogaLean's author Beth Shaw in this new 1 day YogaLean Transformational Workshop during the Minneapolis Mind Body Fitness Conference.  Explore holistic modalities of weight loss,...

Cost: $129.00

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 11 a.m. along Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. The Parade route starts at 3rd and Hennepin and ends at...

Cost: Free or $40 Grandstand tickets

Where:
Hennepin Ave in Downtown Minneapolis
Hennepin & 3rd to Hennepin & Spruce
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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The Twin Cities Pride Entertainment Team is excited to bring you over 50 local acts during Pride Weekend. The schedule is below, but know that things are subject to change.  ...

Cost: Free. $10 General/$75 VIP for Pride in Concert 6/27 5pm at Loring Stage.

Where:
Loring Park
1382 Willow St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-255-3260
Contact Name: Twin Cities Pride
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The celebration will be held in true Lurcat style, featuring music, dancing, festive food, cocktails and more! Café & Bar Lurcat is central to the Pride festival in Loring Park and found...

Cost: Free to enter

Where:
Cafe & Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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What do you get when you explore the magical, yet tangled, intersection between the genius of art and the self-destruction of addiction; set it to catchy music against a backdrop of vivid visual...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Minnetonka Theatre
18285 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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The Minnesota Boychoir, under the direction of Mark Johnson, will be concluding their 2015 East Coast Tour with a Welcome Home Concert this Sunday, June 28 at the Graebner Memorial Chapel on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Graebner Memorial Chapel
Saint Paul, MN

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Don’t miss one of Minnesota’s hippest and hoppiest events. This local craft beer tasting event includes live music and a ton of tasty appetizers paired with the best brews in the Twin...

Cost: $50

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St.
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Canvas Health
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Open Window Theatre is making a children's event of fantastical proportions with their summer youth theater production of James and the Giant Peach.  Roald Dahl's imaginative adventure...

Cost: ADVANCE: $6/child (lap child free), $8/student, $12/adult

Where:
Open Window Theatre
Metropolis Minneapolis Building
1313 Chestnut Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-615-1515
Contact Name: Jeremy Stanbary
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We know it's the height of summer, so we think it's the perfect time to get a SUP you'll love. Get your board now while there is still plenty of summer left. Some of our hottest selling...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Silver Creek Paddle
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Join us for an afternoon of stories, music, and poetry that evoke and express a profound connection to place — places we’ve lived, struggled, thrived, seen changed or destroyed, or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ox Coffee Co
3740 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Kairos Earth
Telephone: 405-365-8796
Contact Name: Chelsea Scudder
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We know it's the height of summer, so we think it's the perfect time to get a SUP you'll love. Get your board now while there is still plenty of summer left. Some of our hottest selling...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Silver Creek Paddle
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RN’s and LPN’s for Evenings, Nights & Weekends - $2,000 hiring bonus Trillium Woods, a brand new continuing care retirement community, is opening on July 6th and we are having an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trillium Woods
14633 Country Road 4
Plymouth, MN  55446
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you'll learn: How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The two...

Cost: free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas through Peace Corps service.   Peace Corps is a federal agency which provides...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Dr
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 651.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas through Peace Corps service. Peace Corps is a federal agency which provides U.S....

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Drive
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 612.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Enhanced and engaged learning, creating and sharing ideas, and forming partnerships are just a few benefits of collaborative classroom learning. Now, with tools like Office 365, OneNote for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
162 South Ave
Bloomington, MN  55425
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 Join us for a 4th of July barbecue, yard games, and outdoor movie hosted by Mary Mother's Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together group. All are welcome! Bring a dish to share. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville
3333 E. Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together
Telephone: 952-890-0045
Contact Name: Kosi Onyeneho
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OneNote is a free cross-platform app that helps students and teachers save time, stay organized, and collaborate more effectively in and out of the classroom. Students can build portfolios of...

Cost: Free

Where:
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Summer is the sweetest time to savor the river, so sign up now for River City Revue! It's a delectable blend of live music, cool history, and hands-on art adventures, all happening at the Saint...

Cost: $10 - $15

Where:
St. Paul Yacht Club
375 W Water St
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mississippi River Fund, Works Progress & the National Park Service
Telephone: 651-291-8164
Contact Name: Katie Nyberg
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Enter the halls of Casket Arts to encounter the work of 20+ artists working in paint, sculpture, light, fibers, and sound. A one night only event with several site specific...

Cost: Free

Where:
Casket Arts Carriage House
1707 Jefferson St Ne
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The flipped classroom is an innovative method of teaching that allows for multimedia lessons and in-class exercises. Now you can “flip” your own classroom using familiar tools like...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
162 South Ave
Bloomington, MN
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The foundation of Jillian's country-esque, classically trained songwriter-style musicianship was built on northern Minnesta's Iron Range. Under the talented eye of Helina Pakola, who has...

Cost: 5

Where:
Mankato Brewery
1119 Center Street
, MN  56003
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Sponsor: Mankato Brewery
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One of the most highly sought-after skills in the workforce today is coding. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to create an app from a template, add content, and upload an app to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

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Bryan Olds Band will be performing live at Big Sandy Lodge and Resort on Friday, July 3. The folk-rock blues band plays a variety of original songs, as well as covers, ranging from Pearl Jam to...

Cost: Check with venue for details.

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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The 90’s alternative rock band – The Mallrats – will take the Amphitheater stage at Grand Casino Hinckley on Friday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Following the show will be a spectacular...

Cost: $10 general admission

Where:
Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
777 Lady Luck Dr
Hinckley, MN  55037
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Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill Presents Award Winning Vocalist Patty Peterson & Friends with Special Guest Melanie Rosales Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:30pm 761 Washington Avenue N,...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Bunker's Music Bar and Grill
761 Washington Ave N
#325
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bunker's Music Bar and Grill
Telephone: 847-624-5087
Contact Name: Carrie Miller
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It’s almost that special time of year again, where you pull out your flag, grab your lawn chair, and put on that sunscreen…the 68th annual Saint Anthony Park 4th of July Parade and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Anthony Park/Langford Park
Saint Paul, MN  55108


Sponsor: 4th In The Park Committee & The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation
Telephone: 651-343-7365
Contact Name: Josh Becerra, Jeanne Hansen, & Emma Seeley
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Mystic Lake’s Rock and Rockets Fourth of July Celebration returns this year with another spectacular fireworks display. The free, all-ages event will take place outside Mystic Lake beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Telephone: 952-496-7388
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Celebrate this Independence Day by watching fireworks light up the night sky over Big Sandy Lake. The event will take place at dusk, between Davis and Goff’s Bay, on the Fourth of July.

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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