St. Anthony Main Theatre

The riverfront district of St. Anthony on the east side of the Stone Arch Bridge is gorgeous. If you haven’t been so, I suggest going there. Like right now. There are restaurants, cobblestone streets, and the iconic flashing lights of Minneapolis’ most historic theatre (perhaps rivaled by the Uptown…): St. Anthony Main Theatre.


This no frills theatre is affordable, cozy, and offers a glimpse into a slightly older version of movie going (read: the chairs are just chairs – not kooshy beds as in some of the newer theaters!).

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Tickets are $6 for students, $8.50 for adults, and $5 for everyone on Tuesdays. Tuesdays also offer a $2 medium popcorn deal!

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Noah and I have been to see two movies here in the last couple weeks: This is the End and Monsters U.ย 

This is the End was completely not what I expected. I hadn’t watched a trailer or anything, so expecting the typical slightly crude humor of a comedy-kings movie from our day. Instead…it was scary! Admittedly, still hilarious, but it was scary! I would recommend it if you don’t mind some gore and blasphemy. Monsters U couldn’t hold a candle to the original Monsters, Inc., but I’m sure no one really expected it to. It was still entertaining and some funny scenes.

I’ll hopefully be headed back for another movie soon, but it’s still a few months until the movie I’ve really been waiting for…


Hunger Games 2!!! November can’t come soon enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bryant Lake Bowl: an Uptown classic

If you have ever lived in or visited the Uptown Minneapolis area, you have probably heard of Bryant Lake Bowl.

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Located right in the heart of Uptown at Lake and Bryant, it’s the sort of place you go to when you can’t make up your mind. Why? Because it offers a little of everything. It’s a bar with daily happy hours during the week and a live DJ spinning on Tuesday nights. It’s also a restaurant serving three meals a day, offering a mix of creative and standard fare (all delicious). It’s also a theater showing everything from comedy to movies to stage performances to drag shows. And, last but not least, it is also a bowling alley:

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Not wanting my family to visit and miss seeing such a unique gem, I brought them to Bryant Lake Bowl on Saturday night. The restaurant and bowling alley was packed. Luckily, we only had to wait about 15-20 minutes for a table. We put our name on the bowling wait list before we were even seated. Immediately after looking at the menu, we decided to order the homemade tater tots as an appetizer to share:

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They were large and in charge and DELICIOUS. I’ve never had something quite like it (except maybe a regular tater tot…), but they were big, crunchy, soft and super hot on the inside, and seemed to have some additional spices (and maybe some sweet potato?) even though I can’t identify exactly what they were. Bottom line: get these now.

I ordered another appetizer for my meal. Mock duck spring rolls:

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These were another winner. They came with a ginger tahini sauce, and the rolls themselves were superb – full of veggies and flavor. They were pan-fried, so the exterior had that delicious crunch to it…yeah, you know what I’m referring to. ๐Ÿ™‚

My mom ordered a roasted mushroom and squash risotto:

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My brother ordered a caesar salad which came with grilled tofu on top:

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And my dad got a burger with mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes were weirdly liquidy (see below):

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Overall, the food was really good but the service was definitely lacking. There were two mistakes to our order: I never received a small house salad I ordered and my brother’s salad came with tofu on top even though he ordered chicken. It didn’t bother us too much because I was full anyway and my brother didn’t mind, but it wasn’t the greatest reflection of customer service.

Unfortunately, when we finished our meal there were still six names ahead of us on the bowling list! Since there are only 8 lanes, we were worried it could be a really long wait so we decided not to stay. Plus, yogurt lab was calling our name again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nonetheless, this is a really fun location that I would recommend going to – especially with friends or a date – if you are in the area. They have a date night on Mondays for $28/couple which includes two entrees (you have to choose from a pre-selected list though), a bottle of wine, and a round of bowling. Definitely a good deal!


Last weekend I saw Shadowlands put on by Open Window Theatre. The show is about C.S. Lewis and his tragic romance with Joy Davidman Gresham.

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A dear friend of mine was stage managing the show. I went primarily to support her but left very glad to have seen the show. The play tackles the great theological question: Why do bad things happen to good people? Or, perhaps, people in general? Although far from presuming to have an answer, the script brings the audience along with Lewis’ struggle to keep his faith in the face of tragedy.

Ultimately, the suggestion is that happiness and sorrow are along a continuum of the same experience – we can’t really have one without the other. Pain isย part ofย the joy. Perhaps an unsatisfying answer, but anyone looking for something more tangible might just have to leave religion altogether.

The actors were captivating and the stage management was – of course – impeccable. One warning though: this is not a children’s play. There was a young family behind us who must have only read the ‘C.S. Lewis’ part of the plot description. The kids didn’t seem to have any idea what was going on – at least judging from the loudly asked questions that prevailed throughout the entire first act. During the second act, questions were replaced by snoring. #parentfail

Priscilla – Queen of the Desert

Tonight was the third show in my 2012-2013 Orpheum Season Package. I must admit, ‘Priscilla: Queen of the Desert’ wasn’t one of the shows on this year’s docket that I was most excited about. I saw the movie years ago, and pretty all I remembered from it was a scene with ping pong balls (anyone know what I’m saying?). I can’t say that I loved the show, but it definitely exceeded my expectations. Its message of acceptance and love was touching, and I have a soft spot for any show to which cult fans show up in costume (even if those in costume at this particular show shocked me into wondering if I had accidentally walked into The Saloon across the street!). Overall, I would say it’s a sweet show, but save your money for ‘The Book of Mormon.’