Check it out // ‘Hot Off the Press’

The Highpoint Printshop Cooperative is unveiling “Hot Off the Press” on July 31 — an exhibit featuring work by 21 local printmakers with a wide mix of experiences and interests.

The exhibit will showcase a variety of prints, including original lithographs, relief prints, intaglio (a technique in which an image is carved into a surface) and screenprints.

There will be an opening reception July 31 for visitors interested in meeting the artists and checking out the co-op’s new-and-improved printshop facility.

Featured artists include: Roberta Allen, Florence Brammer, Pamela Carberry, Nate Christopherson, Mike Elko, Lisl Gaal, Sally Gordon, Marty Harris, Brian Hartley Sago, Patrick Higgins, Frances Lloyd-Baynes, Joanne Price, Kurt Seaberg, Kristoffer Shideman, Jan Shoger, Justin Terlecki, Anna Tsantir, Clara Ueland, Dale Vanden Houten, Jon Vogt and Johanna Winters.

When:
July 31–Sept. 19
Where: Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St.
More info:
highpointprintmaking.org
    
———

Soundbar? Sounds good

It was less than a year ago that things were looking pretty grim for Lyn-Lake.

The Southwest hub suffered a string of business closings. Heading south down Lyndale Avenue, passersby encountered a series of shuttered storefronts: first Vera’s Café, then JP American Bistro, Machu Picchu and, just across Lake Street, La Bodega Tapas Bar.

The reopening in July of that last space, at 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., is the latest sign a Lyn-Lake revival is in full swing.

After hosting several private events, Sauce Spirits & Soundbar finally opened its doors to the public. With the Alarmists headlining July 18 the new nightclub was, if not packed, then something close to it.

La Bodega and its sister space, Liola, expressed a kind of bipolar personality: the former a neighborhood bistro and the latter an ultra-modern spaceship that just happened to serve Italian food.

Sauce’s sleek, minimal elegance finds a comfortable middle ground. The white walls and low, warm lighting were an appropriate stage for the well-dressed hipster crowd ordering from the surprisingly affordable drink menu.

Sauce is arguably filling a niche, too. For all of the restaurants and nightclubs on Uptown’s Lake Street corridor, there are few music venues — just the Uptown Bar and, to a lesser extent, Bryant Lake-Bowl, only an occasional host to local bands.

The Hennepin-Lake intersection has long been ground zero for Uptown nightlife. But, when combined with the proven magnetism of sake brew-pub moto-i, Sauce Spirits & Soundbar threatens to pull the center several blocks east.

When: Open daily, 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m.
Where: 3001 Lyndale Ave. S.
More info:
spiritsandsound.com

———

‘Fringey Awards’

If you want a sneak peak at this year’s Fringe Festival shows, head to fringeyawards.com.

The first-ever “Fringey Awards” contest gives people a chance to check out excerpts or teasers of Minnesota Fringe festival performances. People have until July 28 to vote for their top three videos.

The winner of the best Fringey video submission will be announced at the Fringe Festival’s closing party on Aug. 9 at Sea Change at the Guthrie Theater, 818 2nd St. S. They will get $500 in cash and a year of free Web hosting service from local service provider VISI, the contest’s sponsor.

“VISI is proud to launch the first annual ‘Fringey Awards’ to offer Fringe artists a new, viral way to promote their performances through online video,” said Gary Elfert, director of products and marketing for VISI. “All Fringey video submissions will live on www.fringeyawards.com and YouTube, so contestants can send video links to their networks by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and other digital channels. VISI is brining the power of technology and social media networking to the Minnesota Fringe Festival.”

When: Contest ends July 28.
More info:
fringeyawards.com