International Market Square

Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

As a great admirer of spiral staircases, I love going to International Market Square because this one just happens to be there. IMS is in Minneapolis, in the Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood and is a favorite for hosting large parties. Built in 1904, the 650,000 square foot complex was the city’s first entirely reinforced concrete building. Originally […]

April 29, 2016

The Mall of St Paul

Buildings & Architecture, Retail

Garage sale season upon us and while we may have a sudden urge to get outside, the weather doesn’t always agree, so I give you a place to get that yard sale fix without worrying about the weather. The Mall of St. Paul is a hodgepodge of collectibles, breakables, vintage versatile, charms, textiles, trinkets, knick-knacks, […]

April 27, 2016

Prince Mural

Buildings & Architecture

“I thought this would be a nice present to Minneapolis and Uptown to help with grieving,” he says. “Minneapolis is hurting, the world is hurting. We’re losing a legend of art and music.” Artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez. Located on 26th Street and Hennepin Ave in Uptown, behind the Sencha Tea building. Photo featured on Explore Minnesota’s […]

April 26, 2016

Stickwork “Lean On Me” at CSB / JSU

Buildings & Architecture

This #mnbucketlist-er is no longer standing, as of today. The woven willow and ironwood lays in ash as the all-natural structure slowly decayed over the three and a half years it stood – a whole year more than expected, drying so well that the flames lasted only fifteen minutes. Because the Stickwork sculpture “Lean on […]

January 7, 2016

Endless Bridge (Guthrie Theater)

Buildings & Architecture

As we venture into the bitter cold of January, don’t be afraid to get outside, even if it’s just stepping out long enough to take in an incredible view. My favorite? The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater. One of the longest cantilevers (protruding structure only anchored at one end) in the world, the Guthrie’s […]

January 2, 2016

10th Avenue Bridge

Buildings & Architecture

Completed in 1929, the 10th Avenue Bridge crosses the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis, formerly called the Cedar Avenue Bridge, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, and also marks the downstream boundary of the St Anthony Falls Historic District. I’m often asked what my favorite places are in Minnesota […]

November 7, 2015

Redeemer Church

Buildings & Architecture, Cemeteries & Graveyards

I know that on the bucket list I include cemeteries and ruins but very rarely do I include churches. I typically don’t bucket list them because I don’t want to sway one way or the other with any kind of church. Plus, to be perfectly honest, I’m Jewish so me going to different churches isn’t […]

June 24, 2015

Eden Prairie Library

Bookstore, Buildings & Architecture

On gloomy days like this, I find that the best thing to do is to find a book, look for a cozy spot and let the day melt away while you get lost somewhere else. And… I just so happen to know the perfect place where you can do just that. The Eden Prairie Library […]

June 11, 2015

Pantage Theatre

Buildings & Architecture

Architecture has been a little absent on the #mnbucketlist lately so that’s where we’ll go today. The Pantages Theatre, named for the Greek immigrant and impresario, Alexander Pantages, whom once had a collection of theatres including a Vaudeville house (you can actually still see some of the old painted signs between the parking garages and […]

June 9, 2015

Union Depot

Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

If you’ve been following me for long, you probably already know that I’m a pretty big advocate for the Union Depot in St. Paul. Even more so since it reopened in 2012. It’s also known as the St. Paul Union Depot, a historic railroad station that has the same charm as the original. Every time […]

April 10, 2015

Yellow Room / Amber Box (Guthrie)

Buildings & Architecture

Since the last week of my life has been almost exclusively filled with visual art, performing arts and applied art, it’s only appropriate that I’d pick something along all of those lines. At the Guthrie, on the same floor as the very intimate, Dowling Studio, is the Yellow Room also know as the Amber Box. […]

February 8, 2015