Toyota! The Runaway Musical Hit! is a comedic musical playing off Toyota's recent safety recall and public relations meltdown. The show has received positive reviews from several respected sources, including the New York Times, advocates for cyanobacteria rights, and all but one auto manufacturer. The story revolves around two pairs of passengers, each riding in a Prius. As the cars begin accelerating of their own accord, relationships begin to unravel, secrets are revealed, and harmonic laughter ensues. Go with a date to prove your keen yet socially aware sense of humor, as if you had hit him or her in the face with a cream pie produced by local, eco-friendly clowns.
Each week, the cast of ComedySportz Twin Cities competes in 105-minute battles in which the only weapons are quick wits. Saturdays showcase the classic, game-based ComedySportz format: as the audience shouts suggestions and a referee keeps score between two uniformed teams of actors, performers let loose rapid-fire barrages of absurdity that stay on the family-friendly side. The handicap-accessible theater serves beer and wine as the hilarity unfolds, and bars and restaurants abound in the theater's Calhoun Square neighborhood.
Dedicated to saving music and arts education in Minnesota schools, Viva Musica clangs a bell of awareness during its benefit concert with three musical acts and a silent auction. Five-piece rock group Eden opens the afternoon of entertainment with tracks from its forthcoming EP, Guilty Pleasures, a concept album about driving with just one hand on the wheel. Lead single “The Man I Am” exerts the pull that has sold out rooms such as First Avenue, with insistent percussion underlying moodily intricate piano melodies and poetic lyrics intoned in a slightly grunge-inflected vocal style.
Amid Icehouse’s old brick walls and exposed ductwork, the energy of the men who wrangled huge blocks of ice there a century ago is almost palpable. Before the days of electric refrigerators, these blocks were plucked from frozen lakes and rivers and brought to the Cedar Fuel and Ice Company for year-round storage and sale. As the years passed and cryogenic chambers replaced most iceboxes, the storied space became Icehouse Studios, a refuge for bands and businesses to conduct video shoots and rehearsals. Today, the walls echo not with ice scraping across the floor or directors shouting, "Action!” but rather with the songs of local musicians. Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly observed how the "reclaimed wood boards and C-shaped leather booths add warmth and polish to the raw, gritty—and acoustically impressive—cavern."
Between sets, guests might hear forks pinging eagerly against the small plates that hold from-scratch creations. Some dishes, though, apparently require no silverware—Hutton admits to "gleefully" licking the duck demi-glace from the plate of a burger topped with foie gras and truffle butter. Listen also for the clinking of glass: local brews and specialty cocktails, a chandelier comprised of empty bottles, or guests trying to smuggle scoops of housemade bacon ice cream home in mason jars.
When it's your birthday, the last thing you want to be worried about is party logistics. With the Pass to Party, all that planning is taken care of for you—reservable on the Friday night of your birthday week, the package includes free drinks for the guest of honor, drink specials for up to nine friends, and free cover charges for the entire group. The Pass gets you access to five Minneapolis bars—including Rouge, Aqua, Bar 508, or The Pourhouse—and even includes a gift card for food or edible napkins at either Urban Eatery.