Callie Sacarelos


BOHs and FOHs

The Prairie Tap House stood empty, clean and calm last Saturday morning after a busy Friday night. At about 9 a.m., a few servers began to trickle in to set up for service. They stocked the tables with condiments, made some coffee and rolled a few napkins while watching Olympic hockey on several large, flat-screen TVs. Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, a handful of line and prep cooks ran around preparing ingredients for the 350 people who would show up that morning, hungry for brunch.

A ‘bloodbath’ in Uptown

On the first night of shooting his fifth feature film, John Ervin and his entire cast and crew walked out to the Red Dragon parking lot after nine hours of work to find that all of their cars had been towed. The group was shooting “The Tiki War” overnight at the Minneapolis restaurant long after real customers and workers went home to bed. The restaurant owner forgot to notify the towing service that their cars would be parked in his lot outside of business hours.

The cost of college, exposed

Krista has been entertaining at The Seville, an adult entertainment club, for almost four years. In May, she will graduate from Concordia University, a four-year private school with a $20,000 annual sticker price. When guests ask her if she’s using her stripping money to pay for college, she said, her answer is sometimes met with a nudge, a wink and heavy-handed sarcasm.

The space between home and work

Local author Chaun Webster and his wife Verna Wong dreamt for years of opening a bookstore. But instead of offering popular children’s books or anything from the New York Times’ bestseller list, they wanted to put work by underrepresented, radical authors of color in their store window. “All creativity comes out of necessity,” Webster said. “We have a lot of creative people in north Minneapolis, but we don’t have a lot of spaces out of which to operate.”

Architecture, design and everyday life

It’s no joke when an architect and a filmmaker walk into a bar. This year’s theme for Architecture Minnesota magazine’s Videotect 4 challenges filmmakers to show in 30 to 90 seconds how the design of a restaurant, bar or coffee shop can spark or enhance social interactions. Architecture Minnesota editor and Videotect director Christopher Hudson said the contest started as a way to engage readers in a more participatory way.

Picture Perfect: Picking the best photo for your online dating profile

If you’re one of those people who places any kind of value or significance on the Hallmark holiday and will feel #foreveralone if you spend it without a boo by your side, fret not. There are plenty of dating apps and websites out there that find the peanut butter to your jelly and mac to your cheese in a matter of minutes.

Breaking out of the box

Hip-hop is a freeform artistic expression — the dance element grew from kids in the South Bronx socializing over a boom box and a scrap of cardboard in New York City. When this free, typically un-choreographed movement is put inside the boxy confines of a stage, the challenge is to keep the spirit of hip-hop alive.

“Best New Chef” returns to Minneapolis

Minneapolis transplant Erik Anderson worked through the gamut of back-of-house restaurant jobs. From humble beginnings as dishwasher in his mom’s small Village Restaurant in northern Chicagoland, Anderson made his way to Copenhagen to play around in the test kitchen at Noma, voted “world’s best restaurant” by Restaurant magazine three years in a row.

A race to carve up the city

Joseph Fessler stepped outside without giving the minus 10-degree weather another thought. He crunched through the snow toward the homemade dog kennels in his backyard, and as he drew closer to the gate, the howls and cries from five Siberian Huskies echoed off the Chisago landscape. The dogs jumped up and down, pawed at the gate and ran back and forth between the fences in anticipation of Fessler’s arrival.

Something Tribal comes this way, again

The differences between the various types of belly dancing are as nuanced as the dance moves themselves. For some, the words “belly dance” conjure up the image of a woman with a jangly scarf around her thin but soft waist, an exposed midriff and bare legs. Perhaps she’s in a dimly lit restaurant, swaying her hips to the beat of Middle Eastern drums and instruments. For others, it might mean a group of women in bold ethnic folk costumes rolling their thick curves in unison on stage.