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September 28, 2009 // UPDATED 8:58 am - September 28, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

It’s time to get Fido spiffed up for church.

The Blessing of the Animals at The Basilica of St. Mary is set for Oct. 4.

The event, held on the Sunday closest to the feast of Saint Francis (the patron saint of ecology), will start at 1 p.m. on The Basilica lawn. Then at 1:30 p.m., people and their animals will file into the church for a short service. A festival outside will follow the service.

There will also be donations of non-perishable pet food collected at the event. For more details, visit

When: Oct. 4, 1 p.m.
Where: The Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N. 17th St.


Zombie Pub Crawl V: It’s Starting to Stink

Be prepared to see thousands of zombies roaming the streets of Minneapolis on Oct. 10.

The fifth annual Zombie Pub Crawl has grown into one of the largest events of its kind in the world, according to event organizers. More than 5,000 people dressed as zombies are expected to participate.

The evening of mayhem starts at Gold Medal Park at 4 p.m. “We’ll spend an hour zombiying, horde-ing, buying t-shirts and doing some general undead carousing,” organizers say at

Then the zombies are off to a pub crawl that starts at the 501 Club and ends at the Cabooze. For a list of all the bars, check out the event’s website.

When: Oct. 10, starts 4 p.m. at Gold Medal Park
Where: Downtown and West Bank area bars


Women Worldwide: From Oppression to Opportunity

Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prizing-winning columnist for The New York Times, is the second speaker lined up for the Westminster Town Hall Forum fall season.

He will be discussing his latest book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

Kristof has drawn wide praise for his coverage of human rights abuses all over the world.

When: Oct. 8, noon
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nicollet Mall and 12th Street



The red carpet will be rolled out Oct. 1 at the State Theatre for the premiere of “nobody,” a film shot in Minneapolis that follows the life of a college arts student looking for inspiration.

The comedy, directed by Rob Perez (writer of the film “40 Days and 40 Nights”), features Minneapolis native Sam Rosen as the main character Lindeman — a sculpting student in his final year at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD).

The movie chronicles Lindeman’s search for meaning in all kinds of ways. He explores various subcultures, including the goth, gay and vegan revolution scenes.

Perez, who moved to the Kenwood neighborhood in the fall of 2007 to start working on the film, said he hopes those who go to “nobody” feel “a little bit lighter” after seeing it.

To read an interview with Perez about the movie, visit For premiere tickets, go to Hennepin

When: Movie premiere on Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. (Block E will start showing the movie Oct. 2)
Where: Premiere will be held at the State Theatre, 805 Hennepin


Fall fundraiser for Twin Cities RISE!

Twin Cities RISE!, a Downtown-based nonprofit that fights poverty by training people for long-term living wage jobs, is holding a fundraiser at the Mill City Museum on Oct. 11.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, honorary co-chairs of the fall fundraiser, are slated to attend the benefit, which will feature music by Metro Retro, a silent auction and dinner, among other things.

When: Oct. 11, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St.