As you may have heard me mention (to the point you probably blocked me on Facebook yesterday) LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘D’ opened last night. As always, I came armed with my camera:
I got there around 6pm as the AE crew and some of the “LUTEFISK SUSHI QUORUM of 12” members did some last-minute gettin’ ready for the 7pm public opening.
The wonderful signage KEVIN CANNON made. Now everything was SET! We were ready to face the public! The artists were starting to roll in and……..my camera died. Well, it said I had filled the memory to capacity (after 4 pictures), which I found weird since I had dumped all the photos on it earlier in the day. Anyway…people filed in. Talking was done. Art was admired. Gin was poured liberally from my trunk stash. And the a couple hours later…
My old buddy and pro photographer KRISSY DRAKE arrived and showed my wife how to make the camera work. Huzzah! This is also the point at which we all turned into red-eyed vampires. THAT was weird, lemme tell ya.
SEE! I couldn’t resist the ‘dark gift’ of vampirism and immediately turned my wife.
DAN “Van Helsing” OLSON rushed in and tried to stake me to stop the madness from spreading. Luckily, he failed.
Despite cash bets to the contrary, MATT KRISKE shows up…and is immediately attacked by Lestat-esque blood-lust.
Once we were all Twilighted-up, we got back to the socializing at hand. It was nearing 10pm and the once-massive crowd was thinning, but good times were still being had by local legends such as WILL DINKSI, AARON POLIWODA, TIM SIEVERT, ZANDER CANNON, SARAH MOREAN, STEVEN STWALLEY, BRITT, MARK McGINTY, VanHelsing, and longest-time collaborator DAN “DON” MURPHY.
My wife NICHOLE chats it up with LUPI and VanHelsing’s wife AJ.
Look! There’s AE founder and all around awesome person JAMIE SCHUMACHER!
TIME JUMP!!! At 10pm AE turned into a pumpkin, so some of us headed over to the official Conspiracy watering hole–the world-famous YACHT CLUB! There’s STEVE STWALLEY’s wife LEIGH-ANNE chatting it up with cartoonist and Roe Family singer ADAM WIRTZFELD, the delightful RITA PANTON, and Conspiracy Founding Member MIKE TOFT.
The newly christened DON chats it up Quorum member KRISTIN THOMPSON, while LANCE WARD and STWALLEY gab.
ZANDER and SARAH are chatting about how much the upcoming MIX–MINNEAPOLIS INDIE XPO–is going to rock (I’m assuming–about their conversation. MIX is most certainly going to rock. We can call that fact).
“D” and “C” enjoy drinks and mull over where to have the annual retreat/hazing initiation of “D“ with “A” and “B“.
Have I mentioned how much JAMIE SCHUMACHER rocks?! Seriously, we should all be so lucky to be so awesome.
Anyway…that was more or less it. People started peetering out. Festivities for me ended around 1am. It was easily one of the best nights of my life.
More pictures and re-caps of the night can be found HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and even HERE at the CITY PAGES. Thanks again to everyone in the teeming crowd–friends both old and new, and strangers alike– who came to the show, making it such a massive night. It’s one I’ll never forget!