Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays, we share things we've published, popular links from our daily newsletter, and a curation of stuff to do over the weekend.

A roundup of what we published this week

Anna Koenning spoke with the family behind Marissa's Bakery on Eat Street. The owner, Isidro Perez, is a third generation Mexican baker. The article is written in both English and Spanish.

Melissa Whitler wrote about the disparities seen in assessment data among Minneapolis Public Schools students. The data includes proficiency assessment done after the height of the pandemic. Black and Native American students are among some of the student populations with low proficiency rates in reading and math, while white students are performing above state proficiency averages.

The Uptown/East Isles area is welcoming a new piercing shop, Bevel Piercing, to the area in late October. We wrote about the background of the piercers and the shop's name.

The links that daily subscribers clicked on a lot this week

We shared an article about new leadership at Bakken Museum and Highpoint. Via that, a lot of readers checked out the youth programming available at Bakken.

Yes, Misfit Coffee is closing. Go get your yummy coffee drinks by the end of September.

Lake & Irving is seeing a boom of new businesses opening, including Bevel Piercing featured above.

Who doesn't love looking at old streetcar line photos? This one from the Hennepin and Franklin Aves. intersection.

Check out this new building, The Sundial, coming to 37th and Nicollet.

Readers were reminded why the Southwest light rail project is delayed.

You can track bird migration with this nifty online resource. Saturday is going be a big bird migration day in the Twin Cities, prepare accordingly!


Early voting for the November 8 general election begins today.

Catch the "Lambchops: Showtunes, The Bible" performance at Walker both Friday and Saturday night. It’s “show tunes for people who don’t like show tunes” and “spiritual music for the godforsaken."

Magers & Quinn host Jon Ivan Gill's talk, "Toward Afrodiasporic & Afofuturist Philiosphies of Religion" at 7 p.m.  

After a 5 year hiatus, Lake Street's Taco Tour is back! Enjoy tacos from participating restaurants and visit other Lake Street shops along the way.

From 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, drop off electronics to be recycled, paper to shred, and data to destruct at Mayflower Church. Sponsored by a group of neighborhood orgs.

France 44 is having its last grilling day from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Legacy x Les Sól present Golden Hour: A fashion presentation highlighting developing sustainable designers and vintage through the decades. Fashion show starts at 2 p.m.

La Doña is hosting Brazil Day featuring live Brazilian music, kids activities and more from 1 - 6 p.m.

Common Roots is serving up Jewish New Year treats on Sunday. Rugelach, macaroons, babka and more! Yum.

Swedish folk & world artists Symbio perform at the American Swedish Institute this Sunday. Johannes Geworkian Hellman on hurdy-gurdy & LarsEmil Öjeberget on accordion and kickbox. They are regarded as "one of the most prominent new bands from the Swedish Folk & World music scene.”