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Downtown Luxury at an Affordable Rate Why live downtown? Downtown Minneapolis is no longer just a destination--whether it be for work, an incredible production at the Guthrie, or to visit one of the hottest new restaurants in the area, downtown means home for more and more families and working professionals. Neighborhoods like the Mill District, Central Downtown, North Loop, and Loring Park each boast their own niche benefits. Plus, there’s no need to deal with traffic if you live just around the corner. With shopping, stadiums, entertainment venues, and restaurants within walking distance or via skyways, not to mention a commute bolstered by the Light Rail, mobility is simple and convenient. The suburbs used to boast an exclusive combination of great neighborhoods, an easy commute, and anything else you could need conveniently located nearby--but no longer. Downtown is a strong contender as one of the best places to live in the Twin Cities.

Renting vs. Owning Most apartments are rentals, which is a great benefit to those looking to simplify as much of their busy lives as possible. While renters are usually responsible for all utilities, it’s safe to assume that there won’t be any of the large and unexpected expenses of home ownership. If the water heater goes out, the air conditioning stops working, or there’s a problem with the plumbing, renters can rest easy knowing that the property manager will take care of the problem. There’s no need to give up your weekend to do maintenance, lawn care, or snow removal, which leaves more time for happy hours, nights out, or even a coveted night in.

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I hunched over the counter, starved, and groused internally about everything in the world until my food came. It materialized in nearly an instant, so I couldn’t grouse for long. It was perfect, better than heavenly manna and quail, and it took every civilized bone in my body to abstain from licking the plate clean. My funk turned into benevolence, and the world took its color back on as I paid the bill. You can’t charge the tip to your credit card there for whatever reason, so remember to bring a couple of bucks for the guy when you go. I like pretension as much as the next man. Take me to a restaurant where the food came from a farm run by doting hipsters who give their livestock foot rubs and bubble baths before bed every night. I’ll have a blast. Bring me Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a mornay sauce served in a provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried egg on top and I’ll love you for it. But deprive me of Art Deco diners whose menus haven’t changed since the Roosevelt administration and I’ll have strong words for you. Not regularly eating at place like Mickey’s should have been grounds to get your name on Joe McCarthy’s list. Mickey’s is a treasure, a décollage of blinking lights and friar grease that was good for my grandfather, good for the Mighty Ducks, and you’d better believe it’s good for me and you too.

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The time has come that comes but once a year. The time of cheers and the time for tears. The time when unheard of young phenoms can become household names. March Madness is upon us, and yet again the nation is atwitter. However, if one reads this and does not instantly get goosebumps you will not be lonely. There a more than a few of us who do not understand why some tear apart printed brackets and curse the name of their underdog 12th seed. This is for you.

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Way back in 1939, the first NCAA championship was held between the University of Oregon and Ohio State University. Oregon won by 13 points. This began an annual tradition of national collegiate basketball competition. For the first twelve years, only eight teams were invited to participate. Each year after that though, the number steadily grew. Across the country local supporters realized that their little college could gain national fame. Now the event begins with a crowd of 68 teams. This is whittled down to the “sweet sixteen” after four days. It is cut further in the next two days of play to the “final four”. Over two more days of competition a champion is crowned. The University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, has won the most titles holding eleven trophies. Followed by Kentucky with seven. It should be noted that ten of UCLA’s eleven victories came between 1964 and 1975 under the direction of a single head coach, John Wooden; and their star player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the Most Outstanding Player trophy three times with this team. Not to leave out Kentucky, it should be said that they started winning with back to back wins in 1948 and 49. 12  | 


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TWIN TRAILS — HIKING, BIKING, AND MORE by Steve Johnson

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TRAIL STOMPIN’ Chase white tails on white trails at this sprawling south metro park. Strap on snowshoes and make big tracks at Whitetail Woods Regional Park, laced with a spaghetti tangle of trail miles and a full house of resident wildlife.

DO IT Cruisin’ and playin’ in the new fallen snow, with no particular place to go. I did my best Chuck Berry out there. It didn’t sound at all like him, and I think I scared a squirrel. I couldn’t help but belt out a lively tune, being in the middle of 450 acres of wild and an untracked canvas of fluffy white snow in my sights. If you’ve explored the trails at Whitetail Woods Regional Park, you are likely equally keen on the widespread fixings among its rolling hills and shady forests. Whitetail is part of a big ol’ tract of land at Farmington’s northern fringe, purchased by Dakota County from a gracious, preservation-minded family. The park opened its gates in the fall of 2014 to rousing reviews from area outdoor fans. This is the first regional park in the county in close to 30 years, and its location smack in the middle of growing communities bodes well for an enduring legacy. To wit, Whitetail has already proven a big hit with natureloving fans, and it is common to see tykes in strollers or small fry hiking boots with the same gleam in their eyes as seasoned hikers and athletes, all sharing this special place with a who’s-who of local wildlife species. (Did you just hear a great horned owl?) A rarity with park creation, Whitetail was built from scratch in one fell swoop, and its artisans did themselves proud. They had a treasure to work with right from the start, with rolling hills, wetlands, handsome Empire Lake, mystical stands of lowland cedar, and majestic oaks with roots 100 years’ deep. Taking visitors up close, a dozen miles of hiking trails squiggle over hill and dale. For winter lovers, over 5 of those miles are dedicated for snowshoeing and winter hiking. My favorite loop starts with a flat stretch along the south shore of Empire Lake before veering into the woods and through a smudge of wetland. A quick dip through a shallow valley leads to a couple of buttonhook turns up to the crest of the

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That joke is usually the first thing to that comes to mind when I see the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. It’s followed by the desire to get a good, close look at those golden steeds, something I haven’t done since fifth grade. My desire went unfulfilled during a recent tour of the capitol; the roof and skylights were still under repair, and access to the golden Quadriga won’t be available until later this year. But, oh! The rest of the building! The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has nearly completed the $310 million, four-year restoration of the building, saving it from ruin and bringing back its past glory. A grand opening celebration is planned for August 11-13, but you can beat the rush any day: the capitol is open for tours seven days a week.

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The building on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is actually Minnesota’s third capitol building. One succumbed to fire and the other was bulging at the seams by the end of the 19th century. The legislature and the governor needed a new place to work, and they called on Cass Gilbert to design it.

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changes, not all of them for the better. One of the most altered spaces is the Rathskeller in the capitol’s basement. A full-service restaurant for legislators and the public when it opened in 1905, Gilbert had designed it to resemble a German rathskeller. Its arched and plastered walls were stenciled with vines, woodland animals and German mottoes. During World War I, anti-German sentiment was high in Minnesota, and the stencils were painted over. The mottoes were brought back in the 1930s, but changed to reflect the morals of Prohibition. “Better to be tipsy than feverish”, for example, was re-written as “Temperance is a virtue of men.”

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As of 2014, there are around 5.5 million people that live in the state of Minnesota. Of those, 12-17% of them are affected by poverty. These percentages in numbers are 654,840 and 927,690 respectively--that’s a lot of people struggling daily to make ends meet. The variance is dependent on which variables/demographics are considered, but no matter the semantics, poverty remains a very real problem. Poverty and a lack of education are strongly correlated in studies across the board, not to mention a lack of personal safety and general well-being. It is an uncomfortable truth that our neighbors may be struggling to put food on the table and to provide basic comforts for their families.

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Traditionally, once maple sap was collected, it was placed in a big pot and set over smoldering coals. The goal was to keep the fire hot enough so that water evaporated, making the liquid sweeter and thicker. Boiling down the harvested sap was a multi-day process since it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of finished syrup. In Minnesota, maple syrup production is considered a boutique industry, with mostly small-scale production rather than large commercial operations (as they have in eastern states like Vermont).

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amber has a slightly richer maple flavor. The other two varieties, dark and very dark, have a stronger maple taste. With their more robust maple flavor, one of the latter two varieties would be a good choice for cooking or baking with maple syrup.

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Disney on Ice: Dream Big 1:00pm Target Center, Mpls ‘Idaho Transfer’ with Mark Mallman 3:00pm Trylon microcinema, Mpls Karaoke 7:00pm James Ballentine VFW Post 246, Mpls Kill It! Comedy Open Mic 7:00pm Hexagon Bar, Mpls

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7:00pm Fine Line Music Café, Mpls

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Fat Cat Fall

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7:00pm Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Mpls

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Out on a Limb Dance Presents: Pippi Tells a Tale or 2

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MARCH 5 Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

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7:00pm O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul The Emperor Is Naked Opening Reception 7:00pm-10:00pm WorkRoom, Mpls Fiddler on the Roof 7:30pm Open Book, Mpls

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MARCH 8 Grease

5:00pm-8:00pm University of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

MARCH 3 Lowertown First Fridays

7:00pm Triple Rock Social Club, Mpls

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5:30pm Ames Center, Burnsville Beauty in Chaos 4:00pm-7:00pm Squirrel Haus Arts, Mpls First Thursdays in the Arts District 5:00pm-9:00pm Northrup King Studios, Mpls Free Thursday Nights 6:00pm-9:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

7:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

5:00pm-8:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

7:00pm Barnes & Noble Galleria, Edina Hill House Chamber Players Concert 7:30pm James J. Hill House, St. Paul Trivia Night 8:00pm Day Block Brewing Co., Mpls Big Boy Karaoke 9:00pm-1:00am Moto-I, Mpls

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Patti Smith & Her Band Six Degrees of Separation 7:30pm The Ritz Theater, Mpls

We Are Proud to Present 7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls TC Trek Trivia 7:00pm-9:15pm Driftwood Char Bar, Mpls

MARCH 9 Inline Skating 5:00pm-8:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

Free Thursday Nights 6:00pm-9:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

Beers & Beats with DJ Keith Millions 6:00pm-10:00pm Clockwerks Brewing, Mpls

Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches 7:00pm Children’s Theatre Company, Mpls Brian McMahon 6:30pm Hennepin History Museum, Mpls Chris Lawrence Band 9:30pm Dog House Bar and Grill, Maplewood Forbidden Thursdays 10:00pm-2:00pm Ground Zero Nightclub, Mpls

MARCH 10 TC Ballet of Minnesota: Classical Connections 7:30pm The Cowles Center, Mpls

Atmosphere 8:00pm Palace Theatre, St. Paul

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Black Hearts Burlesque 8:30pm-10:00pm Lush Food Bar, Mpls Kickin’ It Irish: St. Paddy’s Day Celebration 7:30pm The Celtic Junction, St. Paul Chris Rock 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls Machinery Hill 8:00pm Black Dog Café, St. Paul

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A Hard Day’s Night: A Tribute to the Beatles 3:00pm New Century Theatre, Mpls

Make Them Shine Gala Benefit- St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development 6:00pm-9:30pm McNamara Alumni Center, Mpls Stdavidcenter.org/gala

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Unremembered 7:00pm Ted Mann Concert Hall, Mpls Mill City Winter Market 10:00am-1:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls Hot Indian Dance Off 5:00pm Midtown Global Market, Mpls Exultate: Brahms ‘Requiem’ 7:30pm Church of the Annunciation, Mpls Sierra Hull 8:00pm Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins

MARCH 12 Resistance, Protest, Resilience Art Exhibit All Day – Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mpls

Panic! At the Disco 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Eisley 7:00pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase 7:30pm Universe Games, Mpls We The People 1:00pm-4:00pm 2001 A Space, Mpls St. Paul Civic Symphony: On the Town 3:00pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Maplewood Hot Black Funky 8:30pm Whiskey Junction, Mpls


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Noam Pikelny 7:00pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

Nickolas Butler – Author 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls

Potted Meet Mondays 7:00pm-10:00pm Elsie’s Banquet Room, Mpls

Accordo 7:30pm Plymouth Congregational Church, Mpls The 24-Hour Plays 8:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls Show X 8:00pm Huge Theater, Mpls

MARCH 14 Nikki Lane 7:00pm Turf Club, St. Paul

Insights Design Lecture Series Andy Rementer, Philadelphia 7:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire 7:30pm Ames Center, Burnsville

Grease 8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen International Reggae All-Stars 9:00pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls Triviasco 10:00pm The Depot Tavern, Mpls New Primitives 8:30pm-12:30am Shaws Bar & Grill, Mpls

MARCH 15 Louis Faurer: New York Photographs All Day – Weinstein Gallery, Mpls

The Revivalists 7:00pm Fine Line Music Café, Mpls

Golden Dragon Acrobats 7:30pm Ames Center, Burnsville

The Death Comedy Jam 9:30pm Grumpy’s Bar & Grill Downtown, Mpls

MARCH 16 Glitch Art is Dead: Minneapolis Art Exhibit All Day – Gamut Gallery, Mpls

Films at the Fitz: ‘Back to the Future’ with Sarah White 6:00pm Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

Ariana Grande 7:30pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Grease 8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen Country Music Jam 7:00pm Narrows Saloon, Navarre Err: Volume One Launch Party 7:30pm-11:00pm Honey, Mpls Mikel Wright & The Wrongs 8:00pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

MARCH 17 Count Backwards From 10: 2017-2007 Art Exhibit All Day – The Gallery @ Fox Tax, Mpls

Miranda Lambert 7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Joe Bonamassa 8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

Huey Lewis and The News 8:00pm Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake

Are You Smarter Than a Zombie? 9:30pm Big Thrill Factory, Minnetonka Godspell 7:00pm Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, Mpls The Realish Housewives of Edina: Season 2 7:30pm New Century Theatre, Mpls Blackqueerink 8:00pm-9:30pm Phoenix Theater, Mpls

MARCH 18 New Hope Community Farmers Market 8:00am-1:00pm 4300 Xylon Ave. N., Mpls

1st Annual Writers Festival & Book Fair 9:30am-4:30pm Steeple Center, Rosemount

Eclectic Edge Ensemble Presents: EEE First Jazzview 2:00pm The Cowles Center, Mpls

Academy of Russian Ballet Presents: Sleeping Beauty 2:00pm Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, Eden Prairie Pavel Jany’s Talking Strings 6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival 6:30pm Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park One Voice Mixed Chorus: Well-Versed 7:30pm Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Center, St. Paul And Then They Fell 7:30pm The Fox Egg Studio & Gallery, Mpls

Square Dancing 7:30pm Eagles Club #34, Mpls Deafheaven 8:00pm Fine Line Music Café, Mpls

MARCH 21 Farmers Market 10:00am-6:00pm IDS Center Crystal Court, Mpls

Insights Design Lecture Series Clara Balaguer & Kristian Henson Office of Culture & Design – Hardworking Goodlooking 7:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

Kidd Pivot – Electric Company Theatre

MARCH 26 Sweeney Todd 2:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert 7:00pm Minneapolis Convention Center

George Thorogood & The Destroyers 7:00pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

2017 Experience Hendrix Tour 8:00pm Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake

MARCH27 Open Stages

7:30pm Northrop Auditorium, Mpls

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MARCH 22 Camelot 1:00pm & 8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

Pundamonium 7:00pm Club Underground, Mpls

Josh Barkan – Author 7:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls

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7:30pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

MARCH 28 Farmers Market 10:00am-6:00pm IDS Center Crystal Court, Mpls

Royal Danish Ballet’s La Sylphide 6:30pm Northrop Auditorium, Mpls

Matilda – The Musical 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

A Great Big World 8:00pm Skyway Theatre, Mpls

MARCH 29 Miah Persson, Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau 10:30am Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

7:00pm First Avenue, Mpls Rockabilly & Swing Night 8:00pm Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Mpls

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6:30pm Mississippi Market – West 7th, St. Paul

All Day – Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

MARCH 23 Free Thursday Nights

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6:00pm-9:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

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5:00pm Minneapolis Convention Center

MARCH 19 The Talking Cure Art Exhibit

2:00pm Ordway Center for the Per forming Ar ts, St. Paul

John Evans – Author 5:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls

Bebe Rexha 7:00pm Fine Line Music Café, Mpls Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival 2:00pm Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park Country Doctors 2:00pm Eagles Club #34, Mpls Continental Ballet Company: Coppelia 3:00pm Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington Solomon’s Sessions 7:00pm-10:00pm Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, St. Paul

MARCH 20 MN Children’s Museum Presents: The Amazing Castle 10:00am-8:00pm Mall of America, Bloomington

Side Effects May Include: by Chelsea Reeck Art Exhibit All Day – Soo Visual Arts Center, Mpls

Il Volo: Notte Magica 7:30pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

Howie Day 9:30pm Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Mpls Trivia Night 8:00pm Nomad World Pub, Mpls

6:00pm Cabooze, Mpls

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7:30pm Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Walker Cunningham Events

The Rose Ensemble: Musique et Masqueray

Denyse Schmidt Lecture

7:30pm Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul

Timberwolves vs. LA Lakers

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5:30pm Perlman Gallery, Mpls 6:00pm Textile Center, Mpls 7:00pm Target Center, Mpls

8:30pm Mainstreet Bar & Grill, Hopkins

Pen Pals Presents: Elizabeth Strout

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MARCH 31 Minneapolis WinterSkate

7:00pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

The Bellamy Brothers 7:30pm Medina Entertainment Center, Hamel

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Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret

Loud at the Library: Charlie Parr & Tree Party

8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

7:00pm George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul

MARCH 25 Mill City Winter Market

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10:00am-1:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

Pavel Jany’s Talking Strings 6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

North Star Roller Girls 7:0pm Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Malandain Ballet Biarritz 8:00pm Northrup Auditorium, Mpls

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Coco Montoya 7:00pm Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Mpls

Women of Substance Presents: Lizzo 7:30pm O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul

Lewis Black 8:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

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