TC Weekend | Open Streets Saint Paul and Lowry Avenue, Fall Fine Arts Show, Hip-hop Harambee and more!

This weekend offers a number of colorful outdoor events, from hip-hop fests and fine arts shows, to beer fests and Open Streets. Taking place in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the events encourage you get out and savor the last official summer weekend of the year.

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Honoring Saint Paul legend Leroy Neiman

When I was a kid, I watched the Olympics on television and they had this artist with a big mustache painting a big canvas. That painter was Saint Paul native Leroy Neiman. Whenever there was a dull moment or a break in the action, the announcer would ask, “What’s Leroy Neiman up to?” and the cameraman would pan to the painter daubing the canvas with bright pigments. Somehow, Neiman was able to finish the painting just as the games ended. It was real performance art. Here’s a YouTube video showing Neiman painting. Here’s another one.

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Photo essay captures bizarre phenomena of college move-in week

(Photos by Wendy Schreier)

Last week photographer Wendy Schreier witnessed something many college students overlook entirely. Her latest photo essay captures the bizarre phenomena of move-in week.

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The hands that feed us: Workers at the Minnesota State Fair

(Photos by Jennifer Larson)

Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they'll eat, the rides they'll take and the people they'll watch.

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Kaleidoscope of quilts at the Minnesota State Fair

(all photos by Mary Turck) 

Remember kaleidoscopes, where impossibly bright designs shift and rearrange as you turned the cylinder? I thought of those as I looked at the extravagantly colored and stitched quilts at the Minnesota State Fair. Hours of thought clearly go into not only the stitching and cutting, but also the artistic design and patterns. Whether they are painstakingly hand-stitched or machine-quilted, each one is a work of art.

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Minneapolis farmers market photos capture transactions and diversity

(Photos by Mark Allan Peterson)

Twin Cities photographer Mark Peterson is at it again. And this time, he wanted to document one of summer’s fleeting moments — the Minneapolis Farmers Market.

The prolific local photographer shot over 50 photographs of customer’s transactions with vendors at the Minneapolis Farmers Market on North Lyndale earlier this month. And the results are surprisingly entertaining.

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Debra Fisher Goldstein sees - and helps us see - the State Fair through a vivid lens

"I'm all Butter Fingers" (top, left), Debra Fisher Goldstein (inset), "My Summer Fling (top,right), and "Summer is Here, Nun too Soon" (bottom)

The last fireworks explode. The grandstand concert empties. It's time for the corn roasters' nightly dance. The young food workers cover the hot coals with metal sheets, climb onboard, and jump and dance as the embers cool beneath them.

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SE 21st Ave: A Rob Kirby comic

I’m Rob Kirby, a Minneapolis cartoonist. I occasionally draw installments for a series of comics called “Time Forgot,” which pays tribute to old and/or forgotten places and artifacts in the city that interest me. The latest episode is “SE 21st Ave,” a mini-tribute to a cool little block in the SE Como area that I took a real shine to.

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Shots from North Minneapolis: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl in photos

(Photo by Emily Jarrett Hughes, Wisdom Dances, www.wisdomdances.com)

On the last weekend of July, the North Minneapolis community came out in full force to celebrate its artists, entrepreneurs, music and the joy of being together.

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Library card art? Check it out at St. Paul Public Library!

Some folks want to see their name in lights. For others, it’s the yen to see their name in print. And then there are the few, the chosen, whose creative apex is to see their art carried with pride in the handbag, wallet or pocket of every resident of St Paul.

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