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Random Shots

18 Jan

Nothing much, just some random pics is all.

First up is at the Electric Fetus for the Tapes N Tapes in store performance.

A New Cassette?!

A New Cassette?!

Tapes N Tapes Electric Fetus Performance

Tapes N Tapes Electric Fetus Performance

Tapes N Tapes Electric Fetus Performance

Tapes N Tapes Electric Fetus Performance

Followed up by a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Chuck Close

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Chuck Close

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Tatra

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Tatra

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Tatra

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Ugly Baby

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Very Manly Woman

St. Anthony Falls Then

St. Anthony Falls Then

St. Anthony Falls Now

St. Anthony Falls Now

And I’ll end with some dirty, skinny hipsters at Lyle’s. My god, they even wear the same red hats. It’s like they were both trying out for the Zissou Society and only one could make it. I demand a fight to the death!

Lyle's Hipsters

Lyle's Hipsters

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Lamb Shanks For All!

6 Dec

It snowed something like 7 inches in Minneapolis on Friday, but that did not prevent me and my father from going out and enjoying a good meal dammit! Plus, he has a vehicle with all wheel drive, so it’s no biggie. Just power through. So anyway, after work, we headed over to the restaurant Salut Bar Americain, which is a french type of place. There was no extra special reason for going there, it’s not like I got a raise or he just won the lottery, it was just something to do and so we went and did it.

The place is pretty nice and they go out of their way to treat you well – as they should for the prices they charge on most menu items – and the service was really great. We started off with the pommes frites, or Freedom Fries to most ‘Murcenz. They were super fresh from the spud and came with a devastatingly calorie and fat laden bechamel-type sauce that was obviously incredibly good.

Pommes Frites

Pommes Frites

For the main course, I opted for the lamb shank. This monster was basically a club of meat that any caveman would look right at home chomping down on. However, me being the gentleman that I am, I used the correct dinner fork for the tearing of the deceased animal’s flesh and muscle tissue.

Lamb Shank

Lamb Shank

As you can see from the final shot here, I did not leave much behind and that lamb is up in lamb heaven shedding a tear knowing that it gave its life for a great cause… and great human being.

No More Lamb Shank

No More Lamb Shank

Saturday was an odd day in that I went to an art museum. It isn’t odd that I would go to an art museum per se, but the place it was at (Walker Art Center) does not normally carry the type of art that I find interesting. I have a general rule of thumb for art. If I can do it, it is not art. This comes in very handy most of the time when I’m looking at a photo or a painting. Most of the stuff at the Walker could have been made by most dyslexic, quadraplegic three-year-olds who are also blind. In fact, some of it probably was done by someone fitting that description. Sure, there are some quality pieces by Warhol and Chuck Close, but some of this stuff just tests my mental ability to figure out why something has been deemed art.

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center - Andy Warhol

Walker Art Center - Andy Warhol

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center

Walker Art Center - Downtown Minneapolis

Walker Art Center - Downtown Minneapolis

This blue stuff was just that… all blue. He had other stuff too, like pink and red and green painted canvasses. Great. Perfect. It’s blue. I don’t understand how that is art. But whatever. I was told not to take this photo (which is the reason for the frenzied hurriness and blurring), probably because they don’t want to expose the artist’s secrets… or maybe it’s because they don’t want people to know what a sham this is for calling it art. Either way, I took it, and there it is. Blue. Still.

Walker Art Center - Blue

Walker Art Center - Blue

Art and Patience Rewarded

24 Nov

Well, I said there might be art in this next update, and I guess I wasn’t really lying, although my pictures of the art I bought are pretty crappy and don’t capture the essence, presence or goatee-stroking, thought-provoking nature of the piece. For you see, a good friend and I went to opening night of the MCAD art sale after winning tickets to the event from Vita.mn over Twitter (which was really awesome in itself that I didn’t have to shell out $35 a piece for them tix). There were a ton of art pieces to look at and peruse but trying to find that perfect piece of art turned out to be much harder than I initially thought it would be. A lot of that stuff is just really unappealing or weird or overpriced. But this piece jumped out at me for some reason and that meant that I had to make a purchase. So I did. Ok, so I don’t really “get” art and it’s just some colors and tones and arty type stuff, but I like it and that’s all that counts jerks.

MCAD art sale piece

MCAD art sale piece

MCAD art sale piece

MCAD art sale piece

Sorry about that jerk comment, it wasn’t meant as mean or at you or anything, it’s just that I got my hands on a copy of GT5 as well and I can’t toss it in for another couple of hours. And even then, there’s the 40 minute install and mandatory first update for the game that needs to be completed. Oh well, at this point, it’s been over 5 years anyway, what’s another couple of hours right? And yes, this is for realz. I bought it right at 8 am when Target opened and was third in line for it. THIRD! And I have to say that I love games that feature art on the inside of the covers so you can flip them around. Borderlands, God of War and some other titles feature this as well, and I would suspect more games in the future will as well, but this one is really nice because it features a Subaru Impreza knocking a Mitsubishi Evolution into a wall. And that is awesome because I drive a Subaru and the Evo is the arch enemy of my car. So kudos to Polyphony Digital for having the balls to show which car really is superior! Now to sit around wishing I could be at home, on my comfy couch, with the speakers cranked, killing the license exams and starting to fill out my garage and collect some new trophies! Roll on 4:30!!!

GT5!!!

GT5!!!

GT5!!!

GT5!!!

Coffee Shop, Snow and First Ave

16 Nov

This last weekend I hit up a coffee bar to see one of my old high school buddies and his wife play some tunes, drove around in the snow and then went to First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry.

Corner Coffee in Minneapolis was the site of the performance where John and his wife Jaclyn broke out their guitar, keyboard, bongos and even ukulele. They call their band Cleveland Ave and they played for about 40 minutes and I wish that more people would have shown up because they were really good. I had a great time listening to the music that I didn’t even know that John had the talent to play and it was a good night. Afterward, we went across the street for a few drinks and listened to a really nerdy bartender talk about drugs, video games, zombies, Stargate Universe, kids and lightsabers. It was a bit odd, but he was really enthusiastic.

Cleveland Avenue at Corner Coffee

Cleveland Avenue at Corner Coffee

Saturday saw the metro area get hit with six to eight inches of snow – heavy snow. It was wet and there was a ton of it. And because I own a Subaru, it gave me the opportunity to get out for the first time this fall and do some donuts. Really, I couldn’t resist. The parking lot was just sitting there and the snow was begging for it. It really was whorish snow and I gave it to it. I wish there was more room in the parking lot, but it was good to get some sideways action after going without it for so long.

First Snowfall Donuts

First Snowfall Donuts

But the snow also had an adverse affect. I had other plans for the night (Saturday still), but they were dashed by the snow and so my backup was to head to First Ave for some musicalness. Elite Gymnastics played their normal set – loud, booming and hard to understand lyrically – (Four Lokos and all) and then the main act, Matthew Dear came up to play. He is described as a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist and a bandleader. The music was pretty decent and if I was in a better mood (or had some more drinks in myself perhaps) I would have been in a more dance-tastic mood, but as it was, I simply listened and tapped my foot. I do have to say that having listened to a bit of his music from the album as sent to me by a coworker, it was much, much better in person, as is the case most of the time. I think it really helped that he had a band to back him up so they were actually playing real musical instruments instead of simply hitting buttons on a keyboard or playing around with computers and beats (which they were as well) but there were also drums, a trumpet, guitars and a bassist. So if I were to take anything out of their performance it would be: Real instruments with electronic beats = great, computer generated beats only = meh.

Matthew Dear 7th Street Entry First Ave

Matthew Dear 7th Street Entry First Ave

Next weekend? Possibly basketball and art. We’ll see.

So, uh… Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

1 Oct

Been biking a lot lately as the weather has been calm, cool and collected. The autumn days and evenings in Minnesota are some of the best for getting out and experiencing and checking out different things and places. Because not only do you get great colors as the trees turn from green to reds, browns and oranges, but you get to see it all in perfect weather. It’s not too hot or too cold and when there are no clouds in the sky, it just feels great to be outside. Frankly, if the weather in this state were to stay at this temperature all the time, I wouldn’t complain at all. It is still early in the fall season though, and as you can see, the trees are not all changed. They are just starting to turn, but when they do, it’s going to look great.

Early Fall Foliage

Early Fall Foliage

Sunset on Mississippi

Sunset on Mississippi

I also checked out the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center yesterday. If ever you have seen a postcard of Minneapolis, it usually includes a shot of the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. Here you can see some of the other sculptures that are also on the grounds. And while this place has nothing on, say, any European sculpture garden, it is still someplace that everyone in the TC should check out at least one time. Also, don’t pictures just look more “arty” when taken in black and white? I think I might add some more artist-y type shots in the future because they seem to come out better as well on the ol’ phone.

Basilica of St. Mary

Basilica of St. Mary

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

Hennepin Ave

Hennepin Ave

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

Spoonbridge and Cherry

Spoonbridge and Cherry

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

B&W Garden Shot

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Hare on Bell on Portland Stone

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Standing Frame

Also, just for the record, in that last shot, the white building in front of the IDS is the one I work in. Yea! :\