Keeping it simple. That’s how Elite Ballroom’s instructors engage students in ballroom and Latin dancing. Taking it step by step, they give everyone the confidence and skills to hit the dance floor at any time and for all special events. They offer group classes, as well as private lessons, and hold open dance socials where everyone can strut their stuff.
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.
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.