Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy Hour with a Preservationist

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010
5:30p - 6:30p

If you have yet to see the face-lift and cleansing peal operation the Foshay Tower has undergone, then the upcoming Happy Hour with a Preservationist is for you. Hear about the challenges of its preservation and enjoy a cocktail in the glamourous lounge bar or a mouth-watering meal in the chic yet comfy new location of the longstanding Manny's Steakhouse.

17 Swedish Designers

The Swedes have long been known for their impeccable sense of design, but these young women bring an innovative, sensual twist to the field. From textiles to glassware, to furniture and architecture, these 17 women have made a name for themselves through their contemporary fearless designs and socially inspired solutions for everyday good design. This is a not-to-be-missed exhibit!

Opening night: Friday, Jan 29, 2010 - 6pm reception, 7pm presentation
Runs through: May 30, 2010

To read more about this event and others at the American Swedish Institute, click this link:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Breakfast with a Preservationist

Topic: Follow the Money - Strategies for Fundraising in Historic Preservation

Refuel your brain and belly with a coffee and pastry at the Mill City Cafe and an interesting lecture by three experts on the topic: Erin Hanafin Berg, Field Representative for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota; Marge Ostrov, President of Friends of B’nai Abraham Arts and Culture Museum; and Aaron Hanauer, Senior Planner for Community Planning and Economic Development at the City of Minneapolis. If your interest in vintage or historic furniture spans to historic architecture, then you are sure to enjoy this and the following breakfast events.

Where: Mill City Museum,
ADM Conference Room, 7th Floor, 704 S 2nd Street
When: 8a - 9a

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Swedish Smörgåsbord

Have a hankering for some Swedish meatballs, herring, or cabbage pudding? I thought you did! The American Swedish Institute will be holding it's monthly Smörgåsbord on Sunday, October 18th.

This month’s menu features kålpudding (cabbage pudding) served with a cream sauce and lingon berries. Other dishes include juniper herring, herring in sweet dill mustard sauce, eggs topped with creamed caviar, cold smoked salmon served with horseradish cream, three kinds of Swedish cheese, cold roast beef, potato salad and gherkins, smoked sausages, a fresh fruit platter, pickled cucumbers, pickled beets, Jansson’s Temptation, meatballs, boiled potatoes, and Swedish sausages. For dessert, enjoy apple crisp with homemade vanilla sauce.

Leroy Larson and Mel Brendan will perform old-time Scandinavian music during the meal. Reservations (including sales tax) are $23 for ASI members, $28 for nonmembers, $9 ages 6–11, and free for children under six. Reservations are required by Friday, October 16 and are non-refundable.

"Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian" Movie

Award-winning filmmaker Stefan Quinth returns to the American Swedish Institute on Sunday, October 11th with a new light-hearted movie exploring what it is to be Scandinavian-American. Quinth has teamed up with William Beyer, former American Swedish Institute staff member to travel through Swedish Minnesota, stopping at Scandinavian events and towns throughout Minnesota and the border states. Immigration, language, food, celebration, jokes, a tear or two—it’s a rich journey, fueled by gallons of coffee.

Event Details:
Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
When: Sunday, October 11th, 2p & 7p
Cost: $8 ASI members, $10 non-members

Midcentury Modern Architecture Event

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding an event to discuss the Midcentury Modern architectural heritage of the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. As many of these structures are reaching the 50 year milestone for historic designation, it is time recognize those with architectural significance and those in danger of destruction, and then to discuss the means of preserving them. This event will be held at the fitting Christ Church Lutheran designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in S. Mpls, which was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year. This event is free, but space is limited, so reserve your spot by emailing

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue, Minneapolis

Doors open at 6:00, Panel discussion begins at 6:30, to be followed by a reception.

Panelists include:

Todd Grover, AIA, MacDonald and Mack architects

Charlene K. Roise, President, Hess Roise Historical Consultants

Stephanie Atwood, Historian, Hess Roise Historical Consultants

Victoria Young, St. Thomas University

Christine Madrid French. Director, Modernism + Recent Past Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation

More Information about Christ Church Lutheran:

Minnesota’s newest National Historic Landmark, the church was designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen (1949, 1962), a father and son known for their innovative and imaginative buildings nationwide. Other buildings by Eliel Saarinen include the Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan (also a National Historic Landmark). Eero Saarinen’s works include the 1963 St. Louis Gateway Arch (a NHL) and the 1962 TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Danish Culture in the Twin Cities

This past weekend, Danish Teak Classics was invited to display a few pieces of designer furniture at the Danish American Historic Society international conference at the downtown Radisson. I hope you were able to attend, but if you missed it, I'd like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Danish American Center in Minneapolis. If you are fond of Danish Modern design, you may also take interest in some cultural events held at the DAC. Among the many offerings, they offer Danish language courses, traditional dance classes, and concerts. On Tuesday, Oct 6th, a Viking music group will perform at 7p. Visit for more information and a whole list of events.