Walker Art Center's Open Field announces schedule

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Last summer, the Walker Art Center's Open Field took a break due to construction on the museum and surrounding area. This year, the lawn party returns for a season of really fun, really random activities.

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Open Streets Mpls to host six events in 2014, adds new Kingfield and Greenway happenings

Joanna Fox
Last year's Open Street in northeast Minneapolis
Now in its fourth year, Open Streets Mpls has proven to be a successful festival series. At each event, a major street closes down for the afternoon, and folks are invited to stroll along on foot or ride a bike at their leisure, free of traffic. Along the way, there are plenty of happenings to take in, including sidewalk sales, theatrical performances, roving entertainers, neighborhood organizations, live music, and more. While these gatherings are most prolific in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Richfield have also hosted their own celebrations.

Open Streets organizations tend to announce more dates closer to summer, but right now it looks like Open Streets Mpls is set to host six free gatherings. New spots include a Kingfield Open Street along Nicollet Avenue, a Franklin Avenue event, and a celebration on the proposed north Minneapolis Greenway. We've got the dates and locations after the jump.

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Faces of Open Streets Northeast 2013 [slideshow]

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TPT Pets offers shows for cats, puppies, ferrets

Categories: Announcements, TV
[UPDATE: Bummer! It turns out they actually were kidding. Despite making the announcement on March 31, it appears this is indeed an April Fools' Day thing.]

TPT already has stations offering programming for children, foodies, and folks interested in local politics. But what about television for puppies, ferrets, and cats? That gaping demographic hole will be filled this week, as TPT is adding a new channel for animals, TPT Pets (TPTP).

No, we're not kidding. It's probably going to be incredibly adorable viewing for pet owners as well.

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Diablo Cody spec picked up by Columbia TriStar, to star Meryl Streep

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While some filmmakers struggle to get distribution and funding, Diablo Cody's latest project had enough buzz to merit a bidding war. The hot ticket, Ricki and Flash, was bid on by top studios including Universal and Fox, but eventually Columbia TriStar won out. The film already has Meryl Streep attached to star, and Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) is set to direct.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums team up for National Geographic miniseries

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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett
For those old enough to have been snarky in the 1990s, Mystery Science Theater 3000 was the best of bad TV. Each week, a man and his robots would watch the worst movies and shorts from outer space, making hilarious comments along the way. Cinematic train wrecks featured on the program included Teen-age Strangler, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, and The Wild Wild World of Batwoman. After the show went off the air in 1999, cast members began touring with two a similarly themed live series, Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.

In pleasant-yet-unexpected news, folks from MST3K/Rifftrax appears to be returning for three new episodes, where they will be riffing on nature on the National Geographic channel.

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Ordway announces 2014-15 season

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Last night, Ordway Center for the Performance Arts announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season. Each year, the downtown St. Paul space plays host to a variety of happenings, such as nationally touring stage productions, family-friendly music events, social dance nights, and opera.

The upcoming schedule features a variety of well-known productions, including Damn Yankees, A Christmas Story, and a Grease sing-along. Check out the complete list of theater productions after the jump. For tickets and more information, visit www.ordway.org.

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Envision Spring 2014 announces date, location, designers

Twice a year Envision (formerly Envision Artopia) hosts a fab fashion party showcasing local designers and boutiques. This year, the event will feature a slightly new name, be hosted in a new venue, and some of the proceeds will even benefit a new organization. Here are the details:

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OPM Boutique is closing, Primp comes to Minneapolis

Fare thee well, OPM Boutique
There's good news and bad news for Twin Cities fashionistas today. OPM Boutique in St. Louis Park, which featured high-end emerging designers, announced that it will be hosting a final close-out sale before moving its business to online-only. Meanwhile, the affordable Primp continues to expand, and has set an opening date and location for its highly anticipated south Minneapolis shop.

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Elixery hosts Cosmetic Candy Store pop-up shop this week

Some unique hues from Elixery
Over the past couple years, Twin Cities makeup brand Elixery has worked with local celebs to create unique lipstick hues, including rap-poet Dessa and the Minnesota Rollergirls. They've also showed up a fashion parties, such as Voltage, with limited-edition products. But for the most part, fans of the cult-classic line do most of their shopping on the brand's website. That will change for a bit this week, as Elixery will be hosting A Cosmetic Candy Store all week in honor of Valentine's Day.

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Fred Armisen to host Portlandia screening at the Cedar

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Fans of Portlandia rejoice: This morning it was announced that Fred Armisen will be visiting the Twin Cities for a special advance screening of an episode at the Cedar Cultural Center.

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