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The Mechanics of Charisma

The next several weekends will be incredibly busy. But busy is good. Busy can help keep me from stewing in my own juices. Soon we head downtown St. Paul for stops at MPR and the Science Museum. And possibly the fairly recently opened Black Sheep Pizza.

Five things I’ve been meaning to post about:

  • The first Twin Cities Really Really Free Market of the season is at Powderhorn Park is tomorrow (and every 2nd Sunday of the month through October)
  • Last night we stopped by a preview party/birthday party at the about-to-open Republic, in Seven Corners. I expect that will be one happening place this summer.
  • This is genius. Low covering Toto, for The Onion’s AV Club.
  • A mini-documentary on Minneapolis stencil-art duo Broken Crow’s recent trip to Mexico City, where they did a mural at the Antique Toy Museum Mexico.
  • If I hadn’t already had plans Thursday night I would have attended the 100 Cities One Night for Autism screening of Wretches & Jabberers. I hope lots of other people participated. I still intend to see the movie, when it opens to wider release. “In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.”

At the end of the month I get to see professor and fellow squid-lover PZ Myers giving a “Bright Ideas” talk at MPR Headquarters. Maybe I can get him to sign my squid tattoo…

laundromat in Merriam Park

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