Todd About Town: June Edition

Liz Collin, Amelia Santaniello
Photo by Katherine Harris
Liz Collin, Amelia Santaniello

She came in like a wrecking ball and could have taken out half of the local media community. It seems Miley Cyrus has a large fan base among TC media types (or maybe just lots of last-minute comp tickets). Emily Engberg of Twin Cities Live, Jana Shortal and Bryan Piatt of KARE 11, and Dez from KS95 were all at the Xcel for her Bangerz concert. Meanwhile, Twitter addict Jason DeRusha of WCCO viewed the majority of the performance through his iPhone and posted enough pics and commentary that it was almost like being there.

Fashion fundraisers are all the rage. But Mathew Janczewski of Arena Dances has been doing it successfully for seven years. This time, the swimwear show to support his dance company was themed “Cherry Bomb.” It was flawlessly executed by Tammy Hauser of the Idea Factory and Tim Creagan of Style-Architects. But the fashion? A little too strip club for my taste. And the judges? Questionable. L.A. Nik, self-proclaimed “Mayor of Minneapolis After Dark,” did his best, but my charming 80-year-old father (who unknowingly started the trend of mixing patterns—stripes and plaids specifically) might be more qualified. I doubt we’ll be seeing these looks on Lake Harriet anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Myron Johnson and Grant Whittaker hit their Fashion Ball out of the park again. The Ballet of the Dolls benefit, an evening of high fashion and energetic dance—themed “Dollnation”—brought out a crowd that included the well-coiffed Kerry Ciardelli of Victory Home & Interiors and WCCO radio host Jordana Green. Whittaker, who impeccably styled the show, again played a dual role as one of the dancers. Scott Mayer of Hennepin Theatre Trust summed it up well: “Mr. Whittaker is very comfortable in his own skin—enough said.”

See you on the scene!

Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.