July 1, 2009

First of all, a shout out to the author of this blog, Cyn Collins, who is recuperating from recent knee surgery (from chasing down the latest Bridgeland happenings, no doubt). We wish her a speedy recovery.

Fortunately, Cyn left us with some July scoops for the Bridgeland Buzz: the Minneapolis leg of the Bicycle Film Festival and the official opening of The Trylon Microcinema.

But before we get into those items, there’s an event this week I know Cyn would want you to know about: a benefit for local musician Pop Wagner this Friday, July 3, 5–10:30 p.m., at the
Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. in St. Paul.

On May 23, Pop — a mainstay of the Minneapolis Eagles Club and the local music scene — was in a horseback-riding accident and sustained several fractures of his pelvis. The benefit is to help him with lost income and a health insurance deductible while he recuperates. Read more about it in our music events section.

Bike film festival, July 8–12

On Wednesday, July 8, the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) kicks off at the 501 Club, 501 Washington Ave. S. with Bikes Rock!, a concert featuring “punk/noise duo” No Age and local favorites Knife World and Gay Witch Abortion. (21+, free.)

The BFF, now in its ninth year, was founded in 2001 after Founder and Director Brendt Barbur was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. The experience inspired him to create a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film, according to an email from BFF co-producer Amy Karetsky. The festival is held in 39 cities worldwide, with Minneapolis — recently named the number-two bike city in the country — drawing one of the biggest crowds of all, she said.

The next day, it’s on to the films, presented July 9–11 at the Riverview (Thursday, July 9) and Cedar Cultural Center (Friday–Saturday, July 10–11). This year’s festival features a Minneapolis highlight: the July 10 premier of Down By the Weep Hole: The Story of the Stuporbowl, directed by Nathaniel Freeman from Freeman Bros, a national BFF sponsor. The film chronicles the alley-cat-style race — held on our frozen streets each year on the day before the Super Bowl — from its development in 1997 with 20 riders through 2009, when over four hundred national and international riders competed.

In all, there are 36 short and six feature films. Highlights include Where Are You Go directed by Benny Zenga and Brian Vernor, I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes directed by Joe Stakun, and The Third Wheel directed by Brian Schoenfelder.

And the festival has something new this year: Minneapolis’ first-ever bike polo tournament will close the festival at McRae Park in south Minneapolis on Sunday, July 12. More details regarding bike polo can be found at www.mplsbikepolo.com.

Find a full schedule — including nightly after-parties at Grumpy’s Downtown (Thursday), the Nomad World Pub (Friday) and One-on-One Bike Studio (Saturday) — on the website.

Trylon Microcinema opens July 17

Speaking of the Minneapolis Bicycle Film Festival, Barry Kryshka’s Take-Up Productions is a co-producer of the BFF, but it’s not the only excitement for Take Up this month. The film organization — which brought you the recent Hitchcock series at the Riverview and puts on the Sound Unseen series — will open their Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., on July 17 with a three week Buster Keaton series. All 12 screenings will be accompanied by the live music of Dreamland Faces, featuring Karen Majewicz on accordion and Andy McCormick on musical saw. Tickets are $8, with a $2 suggested donation for the musicians.

Buster Keaton Film Schedule:

• Friday 7/17 and Saturday 7/18 at 7 and 9
: Sherlock Jr. (1924) 45 min. 
preceded by The Electric House (1922) 22min


• Friday 7/24 and Saturday 7/25 at 7 and 9
: The Navigator (1924) 63 min. 
preceded by The Balloonatic (1923) 23min


• Friday 7/31 and Saturday 8/1 at 7 and 9: 
Seven Chances (1925) 58 min. 
preceded by The Goat (1921) 20min

The Trylon will offer weekly programming Friday and Saturday evenings in the Fall, and continue to produce 25 – 30 screenings a year at theaters like The Heights, The Parkway and The Riverview (including an Audrey Hepburn series this September).

The theater will operate dual 35mm film projectors (a necessity for archival film screenings), and will be the first independent cinema in the Twin Cities with the capacity to project true 1080p video on their 20-foot screen.

Contact Take Up at info@take-up.org.

last revised: July 2, 2009