SPRING BREAK: Minnesota Style

By Shasta Webb

Hop on a late afternoon 84 bus toward the 46th Street Station. Transfer to the light rail heading toward downtown Minneapolis and get off at the Warehouse Station and Platform. Head to the cozy yet lively Loon Cafe and sportsbar located at 500 N. First Avenue. Try their award winning chilis for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Next, scoot on over to First Ave to check out Umphrey’s McGee ($20.00) at 6:00 p.m. or stick around for Too Much Love with Soviet Panda ($3.00) at 10:00 p.m.3/14, SUNDAY:
Get in the spirit of upcoming St. Patrick’s day by seeing some traditional Irish music at the Pangea World Theater, located at 711 W. Lake St. Calhoun Building. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show starts at 7:30 pm. To get to Lake Street, walk to Marshall and Fry and hop on the 21 bus toward Selby. Get off at Lake St. W. and Lyndale Ave. Before the show begins, check out some of the renowned Lake Street restaurants, like Midori’s Floating World Cafe (located at 2629 E Lake St) or just explore the Midtown Global Market located at 920 E Lake Street.

3/15, MONDAY:
Wake up and take advantage of Caribou’s Weekly $1.00 medium coffee deal. Stroll down to Kowalski’s or Whole Foods and enjoy the numerous samples. Buy a small picnic of bread, cheese, and apples and devote the day to exploring the Midtown Greenway via bike. Take the Greenway all the way to Lake Calhoun, and depending on how sore your butt is, take a ride around the lake. Consume your previously packed edibles and enjoy nature.

3/16, TUESDAY:
Feeling smart this fine Tuesday? Test your trivia knowledge at the Green Mill Bar and Grille located at 57 S Hamline. Come between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. and hang out with Martin Devaney, the Mill’s resident trivia host. Happy Hour specials begin at 9:00 pm and include such delicacies as personal pizzas and mini-appetizers. While you’re close to CVS, stock up on old, but really cheap Valentine’s Day candy or slightly less cheap Easter candy.

Work off some of those Green Mill appetizers by biking to the Science Museum of Minnesota located near the Xcel Energy Cemter. Spend $8.00 to see Arabia, a new film showing in the museum’s omnitheater. Arabia explores the historical and modern day Middle East and offers captivating shots of a Red Sea exploration as well as a recent hajj to Mecca. When evening rolls around, celebrate St. Patty’s Day by returing to First Ave to see the 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Concert featuring Boiled Lead and other Minnesota based bands. Tickets cost $12.00 at the door. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Put a little artistic twist in your week by attending a free art lecture at the Minnesota College of Art and Design located at 2501 Stevens Ave in Minneapolis. The speaker will be Deborah Stratma, an artist who works with sound, sculpture, and photography. To get to the College of Art and Design, walk to Marshall and Fry and hop on the 21 bus towards Uptown. Get off at Lake Street E and walk north for a few blocks. On your way back to campus, grab a bite at Jasmine 26 Restaurant & Bar located at 8 E. 26th Street. Jasmine 26 serves cheap food including $5.00 spring rolls and bubble tea.

3/19, FRIDAY:
To wrap up the best Midwestern spring break, check out the PowderKeg! performance at the Minneapolis Ritz Theater located at 345 13th Avenue Northeast. The show starts at 1:00 p.m. and includes comedy and music. To get there, take the 84 to the Hiawatha 55 line to the Nicollet Mall station. Take the M 11 to 13 Ave Northeast.