Northern Spark 2012: Let The Games Begin…

Northern Spark

Ah the dog days of summer in Minneapolis. Long walks by the river, cold drinks on rooftop patios in Uptown, moonlight bike rides along the Greenway. Yes, it’s all a 20-something hipster could ask for, and it’s about to get better tomorrow night at sunset when Northern Spark 2012 kicks off. For one glorious night, the city blossoms with all the alternative art your little heart could ever desire. A festival that combines staying up all night with music, performance art pieces, and yarn bombing, it’s pretty much the artsiest, angstiest thing you could ever do in your entire life…so clearly it’s pretty legit. Now that you know you have to go, taking a gander at the Northern Spark website might be a little stressful. There’s too much to do–how will you ever effectively maximize your nighttime hours with so many options? Never fear, free-spirited Minneapolis resident! We at MPLS.TV have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of events that will change your life FOREVER…
Brave New Workshop
Obviously you have to start the night out on a high note, so your first stop is going to be Brave New Workshop’s late night improv show where you will toss back two (or eight) drinks and revel in the genius of Minneapolis’ comedic talent. The crowd there is going to be the lamest you’ll see all night, but sometimes you need to be surrounded by squares and bros to reminded of just how truly original YOU are. This is probably their only stop of the night, after all. After this they’ll go home to their conformist wives and their bland houses in the suburbs and watch an episode of Burn Notice (or whatever stupid TV show the Average American Consumer is currently obsessed with) and inevitably fall asleep with their Cheeto-coated hands down their pants. You, however, will not go home. You will continue your night at…

The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory’s Ten Second Film Festival. Now this crowd is more your scene. Hordes of long-haired, vest-wearing young people pull up on their bikes and ironic Razor scooters with one goal in mind: “Here we are now, entertain us.” Your attention span lasts approximately 11.5 seconds and this is exactly long enough to enjoy each and every film as an individual work of art AND still remember to pass the joint to the ethereal girl with the uneven bangs who’s lying next to you on the grass. A love connection is sure to ensue, and when the event is over, she will hop on the back of your fixie as your ride with abandon across the stone arch bridge on your way to…

Night BloomsNight Blooms

Will Natzel’s “Night Blooms” exhibit in the Mill Ruins Park. Towering cardboard flowers surround you and your new dream girl as you walk hand in hand, weaving in and out of the crowd of similarly entwined lovers. Under the petals of a particularly large flower, a man with a long grey beard hands you a pipe suited for Gandalf himself, and you and your lady graciously accept. Whatever’s in that pipe brightens the night and adds color to your world. Suddenly you’re in Wonderland; the flowers around you are no longer cardboard, but made of candy and butterflies, and the people who pass you by are skipping, anthropomorphic animals. Now, as the sky begins to turn a lovely shade of pink, it is the perfect time to head over to your final destination of the night…

Think & Wonder, Wonder & Think

Stand on the Stone Arch Bridge and watch the sun come up over the river as Robin Schwartzman’s iconic THINK & WONDER, WONDER & THINK sign buzzes beneath you. Your world will never be the same after this night of new love, unknown psychedelic drugs and strange art. Think what you would have missed if you’d gone home with the rest of the broskis after the comedy show.


Wanna find more cool stuff to do at Northern Spark? Check out their website!