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A sendoff party for Brianna Lane & The Navigator’s Club

Local singer/songwriter Brianna Lane is about to embark on a biking adventure.

She is teaming up with singer Peter Mulvey on a 1,100-mile bike trek from Milwaukee to Boston. The singers will be playing at a dozen theaters and clubs along the way in an effort to promote health and wellness.

They will also be raising money for organizations that promote healthy lifestyles.

The Farewell & Bicycle-Tour Benefit Show on Aug. 15 at the Music Box will celebrate the biking tour. Brianna Lane & The Navigator’s Club will perform along with special guests Javier from HUD.

Proceeds from the show will go to Bolder Options, a Whittier-based organization that provides youth with activity-based mentoring.

Lane is a frequent performer at the Mad Ripple Hootenanny — a gathering of musicians hosted by Journal columnist Jim Walsh. The Music Box on Nicollet has been the latest venue for the Hoot.


When:
Aug. 15, doors open at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m.
Where:
The Music Box, 1411 Nicollet Ave.
Cost:
People are encouraged to give what they can, at the door or at brownpapertickets.com
More info:
BriannaLaneMusic.com

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Bikrim Yoga founder speaking at the Children’s Theatre

Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga, will be giving a lecture on yoga, meditation and his philosophy on life at the Children’s Theatre on Aug. 22.

Bikram’s style of yoga involves doing 26 postures in a 105-degree room with 50 percent humidity.

The method is designed to rejuvenate the body with fresh, oxygenated blood.

Choudhury, a native of Calcutta, India, lives in Beverly Hills. He is the founder of the Yoga College of India.

He opened his school in California in 1973. Since then, thousands of teachers have been certified to teach his method of yoga in studios all over the country, including one in Southwest at 2836 Lyndale Ave. S.

Choudhury has raised some eyebrows with a glamorous lifestyle that seems at odds with the yogi life. He reportedly has more than 30 Rolls-Royces and Bentleys and wears a diamond watch while he teaches.

His lecture at the Children’s Theatre will be followed by a booking signing.


When:
7–10 p.m. Aug. 22
Where:
Children’s Theatre Co., 2400 3rd Ave. S.
Cost:
$50
More info:
bikramyoga.com

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More than a farmers market

Depending on when you pick up this issue of the Southwest Journal, you only have one or two more chances to check out the Uptown Market.

This time of year you can hardly walk four blocks without tripping over a basket of cucumbers or a bundle of beets. If it seems like there’s a farmers market around every corner, well, there is, almost: The Twin Cities ranked among the top three metropolitan areas for farmers markets in a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Uptown Market isn’t the usual collection of produce stands, though. It has those, of course, but other vendors sell art, crafts, clothing, books and locally made products.

Throw in a small stage for live music, and you have a market unlike any other farmers market in the city.

If nothing else, the Uptown Market folks deserve kudos for putting an unlovely, underused section of West 29th Street to good use. On every third Sunday of the month through September, the pothole studded street turns into a four-block pedestrian boulevard lined with small booths.

If you come looking for a week’s worth of fresh produce, you may be disappointed that the offerings aren’t as extensive as other farmers markets. But you will find plenty of cool, crafty goods, like handmade wooden bicycle handlebars.

Wooden bicycle handlebars: classy bike accessory or threat to life and limb in a crash? Come to the Uptown Market and decide for yourself.


When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Aug. 16 and Sept. 20
Where: West 29th Street between Lyndale and Dupont avenues
More info:
uptownmarket.org