Todd About Town: March Edition

Todd Walker and Ann Burbidge at the Bullfrog Bash
Photo by Kurt Moses
Todd Walker and Ann Burbidge at the Bullfrog Bash

"In with the old” appeared to be the theme at the inauguration of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who began his third term in January. The New Standards performed and poet laureate Carol Connolly delivered a poem. Lovely, but let’s hope Coleman comes up with something fresher for livening up our sleepy capital city.

Speaking of empty, the stroke of midnight on December 31 marked the end of an era at the Artists’ Quarter in downtown St. Paul. Torch-song talent Carole Martin, backed by club owner Kenny Horst, entertained a crowd of jazz enthusiasts, including songstress and radio personality Patty Peterson, who came to toast the new year and say au revoir to the beloved haunt.

Minnesota’s first family of lap dances made a memorable impression at the Herb Brooks Foundation event at JB Hudson Jewelers. Perfectly styled, coiffed, and bedazzled, Peter Hafiz and his fam, whose adult entertainment empire includes Déjà Vu, Dream Girls, and Sneaky Pete’s, looked ready to take on any Hollywood afterparty. But soon all eyes were redirected to Minnesota Wild poster boy and fan favorite Ryan Suter and his wife, Becky.

Meanwhile, Noah and Susan Eisenberg opened their home for a hidden gem of our arts community, the Mill City Summer Opera. The Eisenbergs’ penthouse overlooking the Stone Arch Bridge was a beautiful setting for a party that had it all: alluring appetizers, well-selected wines, and engaging conversation. The evening was punctuated by pop-up performances from the opera’s singers. Longtime arts supporters Frank and Frances Wilkinson were there to toast the company, which is entering its third season of performing outdoors. Another reason to long for summer. Till then, see you on the scene!