An extra day. How will you use it? Start by reading our hour-by-hour guide. Here’s a sample:
Feb. 29, 2012, Hour By Hour:
Midnight. Too excited to sleep, you can click on the fascinating site of the Long Now Foundation, timekeepers of the 10,000 Year Clock. Computer wizard Danny Hillis first dreamed up the idea of a massive timepiece that “ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium.” Cultural explorer Stewart Brand helped organize the foundation — named by musician Brian Eno — that oversees the design and construction. Benefactors include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has handed over $42 million to the project. The first clock is being built in West Texas.
1 a.m. Watch the 30 Rock “Leap Day” episode with timely cameos by Jim Carrey and Andie MacDowell on Hulu.
2 a.m. Check the time on your many, many digital clocks against the Norwegian website Time and Date. “Our website is well-prepared for leap day,” the site’s Konstantin Bikos says. “All our calculators and calendars automatically take it into account — in most cases for all years between 1 and 3999.” While you’re at it, turn off the clocks you don’t need, to reduce your “phantom load” — the power that is being used even though the gadget or appliance is off.
3 a.m. Pay your monthly bills. You have an extra day.
4 a.m. Think about taking the day off. According to the Huffington Post, about 17 percent of respondents to its poll say they are taking off a personal day on leap day. You can also read what other people are planning to do and see the Cheap Sally infographic that provides the skinny on leap years.
5 a.m. Check out alarm clocks on the Web. Type “weird alarm clocks” into Google Images and you will see photos of the glowing pillow alarm clock, the dumbbell alarm clock and the aromatherapeutic alarm clock.
6 a.m. Listen to 11 Great Songs About Time, as recommended by NPR’s own Bob Boilen: “Time Has Come Today” by the Chambers Brothers, “Time” by Pink Floyd, “Arc Of Time” by Bright Eyes, “One Day at a Time” by John Lennon, “Time Is On My Side” by the Rolling Stones, “Syncopated Clock” by Leroy Anderson, “Time of the Season” by the Zombies, “Time Won’t Let Me” by the Outsiders, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” by Chicago, “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce and “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets.
7 a.m. Throw together some 5-minute bread, 4-minute fudge, a 3-minute egg, 2-minute noodles or a minute steak.
8 a.m. Fix a cup of Eight O’Clock coffee. For more than 150 years, Americans have been drinking this coffee — long before 7-Eleven, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts chimed in. According to the Eight O’Clock website, it was first made available as the house brand for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company — A&P — in 1859. In 1919, the name was changed to reflect the times of day when most people drank the coffee — 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
9 a.m. Punch the time clock. You can thank Willard Bundy and his brother Harlow for the first time-recording clock for workers. In 1889 they opened a company in Binghamton, N.Y., that eventually morphed into IBM. Today Harlow’s home is the Bundy Museum of History & Art.
10 a.m. Make time for a horologist. And watch out for clockmakers. You can find both on the website of the American Watchmaker-Clockmakers Institute in Ohio. “I have been repairing antique clocks for 30 years and love them,” says Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post writer, comic strip creator and amateur horologist Gene Weingarten. “It’s about history; having your hands inside something that was last opened, maybe, in 1892.”
On this, the day of the most unholy sort of winter weather imaginable, we thought we’d share City Pages’ Ray Cummings’ list of songs for “the bleak, midwinter blues.” Because, as he writes, “In the winter, though? Shit gets real.” No doubt. Be warned, these songs might not actually make your blues better so much as elevate them to a new shade of refined blueness.
My money is on Cigarettes and Coffee by Otis Redding. Nothing to do with winter, but something about the slow moan of the horns and the early morning cigarette break feels a little like looking out from the dead of winter.
A day that’s not really a day? We’ll take it and run with it here in the TC. Secrets selected three pretty awesome leap year party picks for your entertainment pleasure. One at Cause featuring The Golden Bubbles, one at Honey that even benefits The Wildcat Sanctuary, and one at which First Avenue will become a “psychobilly revival tent.” Check them out here and enjoy.
In case a lunchtime Restaurant Week getaway just isn’t in the work cards for you, Stephanie March has a skyway tip: the ramen at Kikugawa. I almost don’t want to share this one because I go here for the tempura udon with an extra dash of that spicy seasoning and there’s only one man behind the counter handling the hungry line, but good ramen is so hard to find. Enjoy…sparingly.
The Tad has spoken and the disconcerting unrealness of the Walker’s new show Lifelike is a hit:
"The delight comes first in being tricked, followed by the satisfaction of learning how the trick is done. (Important note: read the plaques on the wall and listen to the audio accompaniment, or you won’t be quite so satisfied.)"
It’s an annual clearance sale and a leap year sale combined this week at St. Paul’s Up Six, which means great deals on vintage clothing and furniture and an extra 10 percent off on Feb 29.
It’s here! Restaurant Week! And this year, Stephanie March will be surprising people with free lunch. There are plenty of new participants like Pat’s Tap, Jack’s, The Lowry. Check out our menu picks.
Soap Factory returns with Saturday’s show Art(ists) on the Verge 3 featuring local artists who deal in technology. Come see the direction of art and our collective digital life, if you dare. Opening show March 3, 7 pm-11 pm.
Have your napkin ready for stray drool when you read what’s on tonight’s menu at Minneapolis Community Education's cooking class, Soul Food Revisited. They’ll (and you’ll, if you’re smart) be whipping up sweet potato cornbread with honey, butter-seared chicken and waffles, blackberry peach cobbler and more. The class is $30, will be held and Southwest High School, and requires reservations, so make them here.
Mondays, right? You know how it is, you never receive your piece of cake and somebody touches your stapler. Well forget about all that at Famous Dave’s with good food and free swing dancing lessons starting at 8 pm. And where every other city just gets a Famous Dave’s, we get a Famous Dave’s Blues Club, which means Stockcar Named Desire will be providing the music. 3001 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
In case you’re still hemming and hawing about where to go and what to eat during Restaurant Week, Stephanie March takes the pressure off. She’s compiled a list of her favorite dishes and recommendations and, as a sweetener, she’ll even be surprising some lucky diners during lunch and spot them their delicious meals.
Doesn’t Masa’s Mexican hot chocolate bread pudding sound good? What about Barbette’s duck breast with fig compote? You get the idea. Feb 26-March 2.
This just in from Secrets: Andrew Zimmern for City Council!
"Oh, why not! This interview with Zimmern quotes Mr. Bizarre Foods as wanting to “give back” after his food career and AZ tosses out the idea of a local political position, maybe even a city council. It’s not any more outlandish than a former SNL star in Congress or even some of the current council members in the metro, really. Now excuse us while we get to work on our food-pun campaign slogans!”
A vote for Zimmern is a vote well done. Any other suggestions?
Midwest is truly where it is at. If you do not believe this author’s opinion, simply stop by The Future Presence Gallery tonight at 6 pm and check out all the artists who found their way here from some place called New York City. "I’m New Here" will showcase our wealth of imported talents and end with a performance by local group Votel. Secrets has all the details.
So February’s issue was dedicated to children: where to eat with them, what to do with them, and things they enjoy eating (hint: candy). In honor of all things tiny, we found two Tumblrs you’re gonna want to follow.
It’s no American Savant, that’s for sure. Tad reviewed the Green Day musical now playing at the Orpheum Theatre and he kind of liked it, even with the expected qualifiers about the sex-drug angst. In fact, he found it kinda tame.
"…the show has more in common with The Wizard of Oz than it does with such teen-angst classics as Hair or Rent. After all, the central character, the slacker/stoner known as Suburban Jesus, leaves home and goes on a hallucinatory odyssey, wherein he meets his own charlatan puppet-master, St. Jimmy the drug dealer, only to return with the understanding that there’s no place quite like home. Hugs all around."
A dinner all in the name of wine, red wine—genius. Spill the Wine chef Craig Johnson invites you to don your fancy pants and join him for the Red, Rojo, and Rouge Wine Dinner. The three-course meal features smoked duck and sweet potato hash plus red wines from Spain, France, and the West Coast. Reserve a spot for the 6:30 pm dinner.
Hoist the timbers and shiver the sails. The Science Museum is inviting you for a night of fun and drinks to kick off the Real Pirates exhibit.
Trivia mafia will be there but your “pistols, cutlasses or other weapons,” will not be. You can get tickets for Buccaneer’s Ball as well as the exhibit for a chance to check out the tale of the Whydah, a slave ship captured at sea and turned into part of a pirate flotilla. Artifacts recovered from the ship’s wreck will be all yours (without all the school groups). 7 pm-11 pm.
Ali loves these Minnesota-stylin’ shoes from the woman behind Pierrepont Hicks. Part of a line of masculine chic shoes, they’re available at mrsphicks. Each pair is made to order in partnership with the family-run, Maine company Rancourt & Co.
Stephanie will be hosting a seafood face-off between Sea Change’s Jamie Malone and Oceanaire’s Robert Wohlfeil as part of MN Zoo’s Fish Smart program to encourage sustainability. Book your spot now for Feb 27’s Kitchen in the Market.
Experience the unease of the uncanny at the Walker's new show Lifelike, featuring works by more than 50 artists all playing the idea of reality. Let the mind-bending begin. Feb 25.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the Dakota with Davina and the Vagabonds and their brand of bluesy, jazzy Americana perfect for a Mardi Gras celebration. Feb 21, 7 pm.
Serving up mac n’ cheese in all its many forms plus a sampling of sandwiches like the pulled pork Cuban, MacSammy’s has been hanging around Burnsville and Rice Park so far. But be sure to follow them on Twitter to find out where.
Part memoir, part history, the book offers a complicated narrative of contemporary life on Native American reservations in Minnesota and across the country. Seeking to replace an often tragic and mystified understanding of Native American history, Treuer writes with humor and insight from his own experiences living on Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.
A shout to Minneapolis designer Kevin Kramp is in order for his upcoming event at New York Fashion Week. The king of knits will be showing some of his women’s pieces as part of WHITE MILANO's show of international, emerging designers. Feb 20-22 9 am-6 pm.
Art in a neat book package available now, actually Saturday. Midway Contemporary Art is hosting Location’s book launch of the next two volumes in a series of a books compiled by local artists. Volumes Five and Six feature artists like Eric Carlson, Crystal Quinn, and John Opera. Launch and sale: Feb 18, 7-9 pm at Midway.
Rumors are running wild. After Prince was spotted dining at the Dakota on Valentine’s Day with his former band’s drummer in advance of the band’s show at First Avenue this weekend, Secrets and others are really really hoping this means Prince will stop by The Revolution's Sunday show at First Avenue. Pretty please.
We’ve been without Rock & Republic for too long, or at least this is Kohl’s thesis. On the shelves now, Rock & Republic's new line for the store stopped off first at New York’s Fashion Week, upping the ante for its debut. The duds will be just as bejeweled and rock star-worthy but at more affordable prices.
Calling it “ridiculously affordable” and “full of post-punkers and shoegazers,” Secrets just can’t pass up tonight’s show at the Varsity Theater. From the Varsity’s best new bands of 2010, The Goondas will be playing with a best new band from 2011, Fire in the Northern Firs.
According to Secrets, these guys can, “rock the doom and gloom just as well as the bright and light.” Doors at 7 pm, tickets $8.
Two Minnesota Blues Hall of Famers come to the 400 Bar tonight for “blues idiom with a sense of humor.” John Koerner and Tony Glover will be performing the folk/blues sound they’ve been working on since the 60s.
Their award-winning album; Blues, Rags and Hollers received warm praise for capturing the sound of the South where others had failed. 8 pm, $5 cover.