We're launching a new feature: Meet Your Neighbor! We'll be doing short interviews with people that live in Southwest Minneapolis to introduce you to interesting neighbors doing interesting things.
Today, we're featuring artist Emily Vieth. Emily is in the midst of painting Lake of the Isles every day for a whole month. We caught up with her to learn a bit more about what she's learned from spending that much time hanging out down by one of our bodies of water.
When we published some of the data from a gun violence presentation in front of the City Council a few weeks ago, a professor that studies firearm data, David Blake Johnson, got in touch. We published a piece from him about the geography of gun dealers in and around the Twin Cities. The map is pretty striking – while Hennepin County has few gun dealers, it's surrounded by areas with lots of gun dealers to the north and south.
He also showed how concealed carried permits in Hennepin County exploded in 2020, which coincided with the spike in gun violence to the elevated levels we still see today.
He identified a few possible solutions to reducing gun violence: inspecting gun dealers more frequently than is currently done, imposing penalties on gun owners whose weapons are stolen, not reported, and later show up in crimes, increased penalties for people who use guns in their crimes or illegally carry a weapon, and lots more cooperation across jurisdictions.
Last night, the Lyndale Neighborhood Association heard from the City of Minneapolis about plans for the Kmart site and Simpson Housing presented on its move to Zion Lutheran Church. Melody reports on Simpson Housing's approach to welcoming in people going through homelessness and residents concerns about the move.
LINK ROUNDUP 🔗
A group of 12 women-owned vintage stores across Minneapolis, many of whom are in Southwest Minneapolis, are organizing the Vintage Fall Crawl. Buy a passport and get a one-time 15% off discount at each participating store, with proceeds benefiting Women's Advocates. (Vintage Fall Crawl)
Roxy's Cabaret, the new 120 seat cabaret in the old Ichiban space that will feature the "finest in Female impersonation," is opening this Saturday. (Roxy's)
The MCAD Art Sale is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this November. Sales of art from students and alumni go to benefit emerging artists. You can buy early bird tickets here now. (MCAD)
The Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education program is hosting a special tour of the Sculpture Garden from 11 - 12 p.m. on Thursday. (MPS Community Ed)
If you noticed some construction at Lakewood Cemetery recently, it's to build their new Welcome Center. (Lakewood)
Eat Street Crossing is getting closer to opening (scheduled for "later this year"). Check out their cool new paint job. (Instagram)
Spots are still open for the Children's Theatre's Theatre Arts Training program, which kicked off yesterday. (Children's Theatre)
COMMUNITY RESOURCES ✊
The School Board's Finance Committee meets today at 4:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Committee of the Whole will meet to discuss culturally responsive and engaging curriculum.
Need a 1st, 2nd, or booster vaccine? You can get it a Hosmer Library from 4 - 7 p.m. and get $50 for doing it.
Southwest High School is hosting a community garden cleanup today from 3:15 - 6 p.m. Bring your own tools and waste bags. They're accepting donations of maidenhair ferns, short native understory plants, and mums.
Want a plot in one of the Park Board's Community Gardens next year? Applications are now open.
If you are a property owner along Nicollet Avenue, you may be in the group of five community sites and 45 residential sites that were selected to receive financial support and guidance for native pollinator gardens. There is an info session on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., too.
OUT & ABOUT 🎨
Go check out Shofar on the Lake hosted by Aaron Dukes tonight. From Aaron on NextDoor: "On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I will hold a brief 15 minute service so that people who are socially distancing can hear the sound of the Shofar on...Tuesday September 27 at 5:45 pm. At the pier at the end of the foot path accessible from the parking lot on Cedar Lake Parkway just east of W 25th St."
The Minneapolis Institute of Art does monthly tours of books that relate to art. Today, it's "Bewilderment" by Richard Powers.
Up-Down Arcade is hosting a Mario Kart tournament tonight. Sign-up begins at 6:30, tourney starts at 7.
Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson is sharing her sabbatical experience, "Staybatical: Reflections on Grounding and Discursive Practice," at MCAD at 12 p.m.
SMA and The Woman's Club of Minneapolis present The Music & Storyteller Sessions featuring Brad Zellar and Martin Zellar at 7 p.m.
From 6 -7 p.m., Family Tree Clinic is hosting a free and confidential support group for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+ and trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming.
Michael and Stanley launch A Deadly Covenant at Once Upon a Crime at 6 p.m.