Monthly Archives: October 2015

Union Depot Free Dance Nights Return for Fall

October 7, 2015

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul is bringing back its popular free Union Depot Dance Nights for two fall events, October 19 and November 16, from 6:15-9:00 p.m. in the Waiting Room.  Each event will begin with 45 minutes of free professional dance instruction by professional instructor Denny Hukriede and an assistant, followed by two hours of dancing to a live band.  Green Mill Catering will host concessions with pizza and beer, wine and other beverages available for purchase.  Union Depot launched its free Dance Nights series in spring 2015 and drew large crowds at each gathering.  The Dance Nights are open to all ages and will feature live music by some of the Twin Cities’ most popular dance bands, so even those who don’t wish to dance can come and enjoy the entertainment.

The October 19 Dance Nights event theme will be Swing Dancing with music by Beasley’s Big Band which has been performing for more than 20 years in Big Band Jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra, delighting audiences with its renditions of music by Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and many other jazz greats.  Salsa del Soul will take the stage November 16 for an evening of Salsa.  The band is a nine-piece orchestra comprised of some of the Twin Cities’ top Latin music talents.  The group performs various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.

 

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October 19: Free Dance Night – Swing

November 16: Free Dance Night – Salsa

 

Getting to Union Depot

Bike:  Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street

Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 53, 94, 262, 417; MVTA buses 480, 484, 489

Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go

Twin Waves

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Internationally renowned Pennsylvania native Ray King uses glass, metals, laminating films and other materials to create shifting, dynamic light sculptures that play on concepts of ritual, geometry, technology and color. The two “floating waves in space,” at Union Depot have different personalities by day and by night. At night, the sculptures are illuminated by a computer-controlled system creating an aerial dance of light, color and shadow. By day, natural light and pedestrian movement transform the sculpture’s colors and shape, creating an undulating appearance as if the “front of the station is breathing.” The suspended sculptures, a $200,000 commission, hang in the Head House atrium.