Where We Take Photos In Minnesota

Where Minnesotans and tourists take picture in Minnesota. This map is courtesy of Flickr, who mashed together their inventory of geotagged photos by users who live in Minnesota and those who do not. The Blue lines represent photos taken by us Minnesotans and the red lines represent the foreigners’ photos. The concentrations of tourists photos are mainly at the airport and at Mall Of America.

Locals and Tourists #25 (GTWA #67): Minneapolis

Xtreme Muzik??

Big & Rich Mystic Lake Billboard
Big & Rich At Mystic Lake Casino

Xtreme Muzik: The Tour?? Really?!?

I spotted this billboard for Big & Rich at Mystic Lake Casino…but are we really expected to take seriously an Xtreme Muzik tour from a couple of Good Ole Boys in cowboy hats? [DETAILS.]

Michael Cuddyer Drives In A Run

Minnesota Twins OF/IF Michael Cuddyer knocks in the Twins first run en route to a 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 11, 2011. During a complete game performance, pitcher Scott Baker gave up only one run on five hits. Rookie centerfielder Ben Revere went 2-5, scoring two runs and making a highlight reel diving catch of a fly ball in center and shortstop Alexi Casilla had three hits and scored two runs, one on a wild pitch. Michael Cuddyer RBI from David Erickson.

Tonight: Dr. Zahi Hawass On Egypt Past & Present – Fitzgerald Theater

Dr. Zahi Hawass On Egypt Past & Present

Dr. Zahi Hawass presents “Egypt Past and Present” at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, June 10th at 8:00 p.m. For the first time publicly, since the recent Egyptian revolution, esteemed archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and newly appointed Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass will present how the recent events have impacted Egypt’s antiquities. He will also share the latest scientific findings about King Tut based on the recent forensic studies as well as provide insight into his latest discoveries in Egypt. [DETAILS.] Found at YouTube from heritagekeymedia.

Manitou Triathlon In White Bear Lake

Manitou Triathlon In White Bear Lake

OptumHealth Performance (a client of Tunheim, my employer) trains endurance athletes, from novice to elite, through personalized coaching, scientific testing and analysis, and group classes for running, biking, and swimming. This Sunday they host the Manitou Triathlon in White Bear Lake, so all you runners, cylcers, swimmers and, of course, tri-athletes, here’s a chance to put your ironman suit on. [REGISTER.]

Manitou Triathlon from OHPChannel.

Downtown Saint Paul Food Truck Court

Downtown Saint Paul Food Truck Court

Every Wednesday during the Summer a handful of local food trucks form a stationary convoy along Kellogg Boulevard in Downtown Saint Paul to feed the lunchtime crowd. Word of warning: Most of these trucks do not take plastic. Food Truck Court In Saint Paul Minnesota from David Erickson.

I had the Grilled Trout from 128 Cafe. It was absolutely delicious:

Grilled Trout from 128 Cafe
Grilled Trout from 128 Cafe Food Truck

 

Here’s 128 Cafe’s food truck menu:

128 Cafe's Food Truck Menu
128 Cafe's Food Truck Menu

 

OVO by Cirque Du Soleil

OVO by Cirque du Soleil
OVO by Cirque du Soleil at Mall of America

I finally got to see OVO by Cirque du Soleil at the Mall of America on Sunday.

It was amazing.

If you’re not familiar with it, Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) is a theatrical take on the circus, minus the animals. It’s a remarkable mix of gymnastics and choreography and theater, featuring trapeze artists, jugglers, tight-rope walkers, trampolines and contortionists and climbing walls and stilt-walkers amidst an artfully-designed set and backed by superb musicians.

One of the joys of athletic performance is the feeling of command one has over one’s body when you’re able to make it perform the athletic feats necessary to excel. If you can appreciate that, you cannot fail to appreciate the phenomenal athletic performances Cirque du Soleil offers.

As if that weren’t enough, take that athleticism and throw on top of it a layer of unbelievable choreography that synchronizes a handful of performers juggling oversized kiwi, and themselves, without missing a beat.

Cirque Du Soleil, Ovo
Photo of Cirque Du Soleil, Ovo courtesy of Mute Reportage on Flickr

The entire performance is backed by a live band performing an original soundtrack of wonderful compositions by Berna Ceppas. Found at YouTube from Ct8u.

The set design was both subtle and heavy handed at the same time. During the song Cacoon, a performer is suspended above the stage swathed in sheer cloth, mimicking the metamorphosis into a butterfly so seamlessly, with the help of stage lighting, that the whole thing reminded me of animation by Gerald Scarfe.

Likewise, the set featured a giant, phallic stalk of vegetation and an oversized, unfolding flower that made their appearances during key romantic scenes. These, two, reminded me of Scarfe heavy-handed sexual imagery. Found at YouTube from floydiantheo.

Wrap all that together and it amounts to an amazing experience.