Check it out :: Valentines Day for the jilted

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January 29, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie and Carla Waldemar
Sarah McKenzie and Carla Waldemar
If you need an alternative to the typical Valentine’s Day routine, the Midtown Global Market has got you covered.

Instead of a box of chocolates and a romantic dinner, the market will celebrate the holiday with its second annual “Shred the Love” event — a party for people looking to let off some steam over an ex-love.

Lovelorn people are asked to bring old mementoes from former loves to be shredded. There will be paper shredders, scissors and a chance to de-stuff teddy bears.

Those who attend can register to win prizes, including gift certificates to Midtown Global Market restaurants and stores and a night stay at the Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel.

The “Shred the Love” event will also feature group dinner specials and free chocolate covered strawberries. Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart will be selling broken-heart cookies.

Feb. 13, 1–­3 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.


OM Wine Dinners

With the debut of OM, we’ve reached the Age of Enlightenment on Indian food. Goodbye, buffet lines; hello to a menu of contemporary regional fare — which means it’s also time to trade up from Bud to a bottle of — what? To solve that dilemma, OM has launched monthly multicourse wine-pairing dinners ($60) with such prestigious partners as its recent kick-off saluting Sokol Blosser of Oregon, a premier producer of Pinot Noir. OM’s Raghavan Iyer cheekily paired it with lamb sliders flavored with garlic, almonds and cardamom, one of several lively grape-and-kitchen combos of the evening. Next up: a Feb. 26 pairing with Jameson Whiskey (OK, it’s the wine of Ireland), then Napa’s Steltzner Winery on March 24.

Can’t wait? Then boogie on down for Mumbai Nights (Feb. 20, March 6) for Bollywood cocktails, street snacks, Indian music, dancing and henna tattoos. Or mosey over for OM’s new Sunday night four-course ($30) prix fixe menu. 338-1510,


2010 Climb for a Cure

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is gearing up for its 29th year of climbing stairs at the IDS Center to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, a life-shortening genetic disease that affects about 30,000 U.S.children and young adults.

Those who participate are required to collect a minimum of $50 in pledges. The 50-story IDS has 1,280 steps.

The event includes a Public Safety Challenge for local police, firefighters and other emergency responders, a Fitness Challenge for local gyms and personal training studios and a general climb for individuals and teams. A celebration party will follow the climb at Windows Minnesota at the top of the IDS Center.

When: Feb. 6, 7 a.m.–noon
Where: IDS Center, 80 S. 9th St.


Jazz on Hennepin

Benny Weinbeck, who entertained patrons at Cucina for two decades, has a new venue at D’Amico Kitchen on Hennepin.

Weinbeck plays the piano and is often accompanied by musicians Gordy Johnson, Phil Hey, Alden Ikeda and JT Bates. On Friday nights, Marc Anderson performs with his hybrid percussion kit.

When: Friday & Saturday nights, 7:30–11 p.m.
Where: D’Amico Kitchen, lower level, 901 Hennepin Ave. S.


Art sale for Haiti

The Alliance Francais is organizing an art sale to raise money for Haiti.

More than a dozen local artists will be selling work — a mix of photographs, paintings and pottery. The event organizer is Mike Breckenridge, who has helped build schools in Haiti.

Feb. 6, 4–7 p.m.
Where: Alliance Francaise, 113 N. 1st St.