An old joke goes like this:
“Last weekend, I had a great time going out in downtown Saint Paul!”
That’s the joke.
Or it was.
Lately, however, the quiet city center has been changing, adopting a more vibrant aesthetic that includes the thriving Lowertown Entertainment District, the recently opened Amsterdam Bar and Hall and adjoining Eclipse Records, a plethora of restaurants and fine dining and one of the largest concentrations of artist’s lofts in the country. Without compromising the quiet, dignified atmosphere that Saint Paul has developed over the years, the city has integrated a nightlife that has a little something for everyone, and not just on the nights that the Wild play.
After the success of the Zombie Pub Crawl a few weeks back, as well as the cultural events that make downtown special, Saint Paul has reestablished itself as more than just a sleepy capital city.
So what’s coming up?
The Winter Carnival is still a long way off, but as it gets colder, the entertainment powers that be will provide us with various events to keep us happy. For the kids, the Great Pumpkin Festival will be held at the Landmark Center on October 30. Really, this is a festival that anyone who has ever seen Peanuts can appreciate.
Anyone looking for a low-key Halloween can join movie fans at the History Center on October 31 for the 1968 Scary Movie Night. Onscreen will be horror classics Rosemary’s Baby and Night of the Living Dead, as well as the original Planet of the Apes, with Twin Cities writer and artist Andy Sturdevant hosting and offering analysis. There will also be a cash bar, and plenty of candy, as well as a 1968 Movie Trivia Smackdown and a contest for the best Mia Farrow haircut.
Unfortunately the Dessa show tomorrow, 10/28, at the Fitzgerald Theatre is already sold out. Anyone not lucky enough to get tickets, you’ll have to look elsewhere for music. Here’s what downtown has to offer in the days to come:
The Artist’s Quarter will continue to provide top notch Jazz with Pete Whitman’s Xtet tonight, 10/27, and the Atlantis Quartet tomorrow, as well as the Tony Criss CD release on Sunday. A full calendar of upcoming shows can be found here.
Jake Manders & Alyssa Bicking, Pocahontas County, Niki Becker will be playing at Amsterdam tonight, and El Le Faunt and his traveling circus, White Whales, Cantankerous Folk will keep things interesting on Friday. For anyone who hasn’t checked out the new rock-n-roll venue, you’ve missing out on some great local music. Here are the upcoming shows.
The Black Dog will continue its tradition of creative and interesting acts with France’s Benoit Delbecq coming to town for one night only, supported by Merciless Ghost.
You can also find music at Station 4, Wild Tymes and the Minnesota Music Café on Friday and Saturday, if none of the aforementioned acts tickle your fancy.
So come out, take a break from all the protests, and support the burgeoning nightlife in downtown Saint Paul this weekend. You won’t be disappointed.