Minneapolis Bike Week, Explore Downtown Living and more

Credit: Good Job Horses at The Southern Theater

Explore Downtown Living

The Minneapolis Downtown Council has launched the Explore Downtown Living campaign to showcase new residential communities downtown. 

Explore Downtown Living includes tours of 22 residential developments across five neighborhoods of downtown Minneapolis. The campaign seeks to present the growth of downtown’s population and residential development in order to support the council’s Downtown 2025 Plan, which calls for doubling downtown’s residential population to 70,000 by the year 2025.

“This is an exciting time to be considering a move downtown,” said Steve Cramer, council president, in a statement. “With so much development and growth happening all around us, downtown is, now more than ever, a desired place to call home. We want to make sure people have a chance to explore downtown and decide which neighborhood works best for their lifestyle.”

Each tour will highlight apartment locations, in addition to options for biking, car-sharing, parking, retailers and restaurants within downtown’s neighborhoods. The campaign’s five neighborhoods include the Central Business District, Loring Park, Downtown East & Mill District, North Loop and Northeast. 

Registration is required and available on the campaign’s website. Field guides will also be available at participating residential communities.

For a list of the 22 communities, visit exploredtliving.com.


Where: Various downtown locations

When: May 16 and 17

Cost: Free, registration required

Info: exploredtliving.com


New Aging, Whole Living, Meaningful Life

An insightful new speaker series focusing on end-of-life issues begins this month at The Woman’s Club. The first part, “New Light on Mind-Body Medicine,” kicks off with Joan Borysenko, a Harvard Medical School-educated cancer cell biologist and New York Times best-selling author. Borysenko, who directed one of the country’s first hospital-based mind-body clinics, teaches an empowering new view of aging and wellbeing throughout one’s lifespan, while drawing parallels between ancient wisdom and modern science The series, sponsored by Jones-Harrison and The Continuum Center in Minneapolis, continues with Dr. Larry Dossey on July 18, Catherine Dees on Sept. 10 and Malidoma Some on Nov. 19.


Where: The Woman’s Club Theater, 410 Oak Grove

When: Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 to $35

Info: jones-harrison.org


Good Job Horses

“Good Job Horses (A Majestic Comedy)” is unlike any Western you’ve seen before. Three female outlaws survive a big shootout. Wounded without horses, the three take refuge at a mysterious hotel, and sign up for some Divine Feminine workshops. The show from Theatre Forever comes after the company’s successful run with “The Nature Crown” on Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio. It’s one part adventure-comedy and one part heartbreak — but entirely badass.


Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S.

When: May 15 through May 29

Cost: $24, open to ARTshare members

Info: theatreforever.com


Shade’s Brigade

With all the charm and intimacy of an old-time radio show, “Shade’s Brigade” has returned Twin Cities audiences to the time of transistor radios. The hybrid of theater and live radio has been telling the story of Jack Shade, a man leading mercenaries for the U.S. government before World War II, around the state for the past few years.  The show returns to Minneapolis at Bryant-Lake Bowl for six “episodes” or performances (May is episode four) that consist of four actors playing several characters and making their own sound effects. The vintage fun begins with a pre-show performance from The Jaztronauts, a staple of the Twin Cities jazz scene. “Shade’s Brigade” is available online, but performers will catch anyone up at the beginning of each episode if you’ve missed previous performances.


Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.

When: May 17 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $14

Info: shadesbrigade.com


Minneapolis Farmers Market

The warm weather is here to stay, which means the fresh farmers market produce is on the horizon, and there are plenty of markets opening soon. The Fulton market opens May 16 at 4901 Chowen Ave. S. on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kingfield market opens May 17 at 4301 Nicollet Ave. S. on Sundays rom 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Nokomis market opens June 17 at 5167 Chicago Ave. S. on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. The downtown farmers market will open on Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning in May, but it has moved to Hennepin Avenue between 5th and 10th streets this year. The city’s main market at 312 East Lyndale Ave. N. began last month and is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Minneapolis Bike Week

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is organizing Minneapolis Bike Week, a seven-day celebration of cycling with events each day. Monday is Fix it Day where interested cyclers can learn to tune up their ride. Make something into a bike ride on Tuesday, Go By Bike Day.  Try out bikesharing with Nice Ride Day on Wednesday. Thursday’s Women’s Day is about building awareness for women and transgender cyclists. Try ditching the car on Friday, Bike To Work Day. The celebration continues with adventurous, family-friendly weekend rides on Bike to Small Business Day on Saturday and Family Parks Day on Sunday. Finds events for each day at mplsbikeweek.org


Where: Various Minneapolis locations

When: May 11 through May 17

Cost: Free

Info: mplsbikeweek.org


Linden Hills Festival

The annual Linden Hills Festival returns with an outdoor family-friendly fun. This year’s festivities include an art fair, the parade of wheels, a silent auction, live music and games. Kids can enjoy bounce houses, pony rides and scavenger hunts while parents peruse the art marketplace, listen to live music and compete in the chess challenge.  The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is also hosting its own bookmaking project for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And don’t forget about food. Tilia is serving up fish tacos tortas, Red Wagon Pizza will have slices ready and Bread & Pickle will have burgers and more for sale.


Where: Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.

When: Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: minneapolisparks.org


East Side Wine Tasting

There are few better ways to spend a spring evening on the river, wine in hand. And now there’s a better reason than ever to do get out and enjoy the weather. East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting its annual wine tasting at the Nicollet Island Pavilion on May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the evening of wine, food and entertainment go toward the organization’s programs, which focus on early childhood development, income stability, food support and more. Readers can purchase tickets at River Liquor Store (2435 Marshall St. NE.), Surdyk’s (303 E. Hennepin Ave.) East Side (1700 2nd St. NE.) or online.


Where: Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St.

When: Thursday, May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $45, $50 door

Info: esns.org