MayDay Parade and Festival 2018

Another MayDay Parade and Festival has come and gone, but how incredible it was!
The free event takes place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis.
It has been produced by In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) since 1975, taking place the first Sunday of May.
The festivities bring out more than 50,000 people
and consist of three parts: the Parade, the Ceremony, and the Festival.
The parade itself narrates a story through amazing hand-built puppets and masks, stilt walkers,
belly dancers, unicyclists, painted faces,
elaborate costumes, bikes, music, and dance.
Think of it as a multicultural celebration
through a walking theatrical performance.
If you haven’t been, I highly recommend adding it to your 2019 #MNbucketlist!

 

The Lynhall

The Lynhall in Minneapolis is a hybrid of a coffee shop, bakery, full bar, and an upscale restaurant.
It’s a LynLake neighborhood favorite brunch spot with a rustic, cozy, and inviting ambiance.
The comfortable, bright, warm, welcoming space has a mix of communal dining tables and cafe seating complete with a fireplace, a magical hallway full of old-fashioned typewriters and love notes on the wall.
Of course, I came for the romantic aura… and, ahem, a Minneapolis Bloggers event.
Although they have an Instagram-worthy bakery case, I opted for the egg in a crepe – divine!
My favorite part?
The Linney Studio, Lynhall’s state-of-the-art kitchen studio outfitted with professional-grade video and audio equipment.
The studio is available to rent for commercial or non-professional production.
How cool is that?!

American Swedish Institute: The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson

I was lucky enough to attend the preview party at the American Swedish Institute’s newest exhibit, The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson.
We began by stepping inside the “moss-covered”, fairytale-like imagination of Finnish artist/sculptor, Kim Simonsson, filled with life-sized, “moss-covered” children, animals and other mysterious characters.
The American Swedish Institute exhibition displays 35 selections of Simonsson’s work on view in the Gallery, Cultural Center and throughout the historic Turnblad Mansion.
The “Moss People” sculptures are the result of a unique technique combining stoneware, paint and green nylon fiber, which gives the figures their smooth and mossy surface.
Every sculpture is handmade and created in the artist’s studio in Fiskars Village.
In his book, “Tales of the Moss People,” Simonsson explains, “the name refers to children’s innate, sensible camouflage.
The moss green figures blend perfectly into their natural surroundings, just as a soft carpet of moss covers the ground, rocks and tree trunks and acts as a sort of protection.
In the Moss People world, lost and disconnected children, evoking different characters, gather in a Shaman Party, choose leaders and end up creating false idols.”
Inspired by the forests of Finland, his work has been exhibited around the world in locations including New York, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Belgium and Korea.
The night included creating your own ceramic creature with Northern Clay Center, watching improvised modern dance moves of Kelvin Wailey, meeting University of Minnesota plant scientists to learn about moss from around the world, hearing gallery conversations with the Artist in ASI’s Osher Gallery and Nelson Cultural Center, listening to a live set from Finnish singer, songwriter, guitarist and kantele (Finnish folk harp) player Diane Jarvi, sampling beer from Indeed Brewing and tasting crafted cocktails and curated appetizers from ASI’s award-winning FIKA Café.

If you are free this weekend, there will be two Exhibition Tours with the Artist where you can see his work and hear him talk about his creative process. 11 a.m. – noon OR 2 – 3 p.m. It is $15 ASI members / $20 non-members. If you aren’t able to check it out this weekend, The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson runs from April 21– July 15, 2018

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

Victor’s 1959 Cafe just off Grand Ave, brings a little piece of Cuba to south Minneapolis.
The snug hole-in-the-wall was originally a Shell gas station in the 1920’s and later operated as a Dairy Queen until it became Rick’s Ol’ Time Café.
Victor’s has since become a fast favorite and Cuban go-to.
They serve up authentic Cuban all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. I personally recommend the banana pancakes.
Don’t just take my word for it – Victor’s has an endless list of accolades including Food Network’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives.
Decor, you ask? The Cuban theme flows throughout the restaurant with tropical outdoor patio dining (when it isn’t snowing) and memorabilia, photos and posters on the walls. Speaking of walls, they are covered to the brim with graffiti. Signatures, ahem, autographs, favorite quotes, political and activist slogans, doodles and sweet nothings of past patrons.
It’s a popular space so if you’re coming, especially on a weekend, expect to wait.

Mary Tyler Moore at Super Bowl 52

If you are headed downtown to take in the all of the Super Bowl 52 festivities, don’t forget to snap a picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue. With her hands cloaked in Bold North mittens, you can finder her tossing her hat into the air against the frigid backdrop of Nicollet and 7th Street.

Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop at Super Bowl 52

If you are planning to check out all the festivities downtown this week…
Stop by Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop an interactive pop-up experience
Now through through Super Bowl Sunday!
Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists
Its the most Instagrammable spots of Super Bowl LII!
Located in storefront windows of Renaissance Square building
It is within steps of Nicollet Mall light rail station
Making it the perfect first…
or last…
stop of the night!

Zelo

If you are looking for an upscale, elegant, romantic night in Downtown Minneapolis, Zelo is where to go.
Part business lunch destination, part dark lit date night favorite, it is located in the Nicollet Mall inside the Medical Arts Building.
And the ambiance certainly doesn’t disappoint, filled with warm leather booths and soft modern lighting.
Known for their impeccable walleye and wine selection, I myself fell head over heels for their pasta.
I highly recommend the house-made ravioli made with ricotta, fettuccine with spinach, almonds and cream sauce, and the Margherita pizza.
But don’t forget to make reservations, the stunning dining rooms fill fast.
Interesting to note: Zelo was opened in 1999 by Rick Webb, who also owns Ciao Bella in the south metro and owned The Lexington in St. Paul throughout most of the 1990s.