The B List: Bizarre Finds in the Twin Cities

Minnesota Roller Girls
Steve Henke
Snowsweet applesSnowSweet Applesballet of the dollsBallet of the Dolls


directionless directions

To review: Hwy. 35W and 35E run north and south. West St. Paul is located due south of downtown St. Paul. South St. Paul is located east of West St. Paul. And don’t confuse Maplewood with Maple Grove, or you’ll be sorry.


Smitten Kitten

Nope, not a pet store. The toys sold here are 50 shades of the adult variety. 3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-721-6088, smittenkittenonline.com


Drag shows at Gay ’90s

You don’t have to be under 90 or gay to enjoy some gender-bending fun at this sprawling nightclub featuring six distinct bars. Drag shows happen every night but Monday. 408 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-333-7755, gay90s.com


SnowSweet apples

A new kind of apple developed at the University of Minnesota is popular among chefs and caterers. Why? Because it doesn’t turn brown when you cut it. The white flesh of the SnowSweet apple oxidizes very slowly when exposed to air, reducing the ick factor considerably. Watch for it at orchards and in stores. apples.umn.edu


Ballet of the dolls

Venerable Star Tribune dance critic Mike Steele once described Ballet of the Dolls as “defiantly anti-high art, dance on its worst behavior.” To be sure, choreographer Myron Johnson and company have been throwing convention and snootiness out the window since 1986, creating along the way a deliciously subversive form of dance-theater that is as elegant as it is outrageous. 345 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-436-1129

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