Jason McLean

  • Restaurants

    May 11, 2011

    Tilia in Linden Hills feels like it's been around forever

    Steven Brown's comeback rings out loud and clear

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2005

    Jason McLean leaves the Kitty Cat Klub

    Will the Dinkytown bar's cool decor go with it?   Jason McLean, owner of the Loring Pasta Bar and director of the Varsity Theater, has left the Kitty Cat Klub. "I'm not booking there," he says, declining to go into details. "We're still too involved in negotiating the divorce for me to speak about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2005

    Jason McLean's email

    Jason McLean's email (from "Varsity Theater Reopens"):   We are In Business!!! Today, Friday, April 15th, the City of Minneapolis, in it's infinite wisdom, granted a Certificate of Occupancy to the Varsity Theater Project. Shows will soon resume. The first show will actually be tonight, Conversat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2005

    Varsity Theater Reopens

      Last month the City of Minneapolis closed the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown, just as our history of the 90-year-old landmark was going to press. Now the music/film/performance space is back open for good, with shows starting tonight. Here's owner Jason McLean's email.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2005

    Local band breakup:
    Tulip Sweet are no more

    First the Clown Lounge, now this   Tulip Sweet and Her Trail of Tears have broken up, according to keyboardist Tom Siler. Here's his email in response to news that the band's beloved Clown Lounge had closed:  stunned! Woah! that's crazy! I guess it may as well be time to announce that the Tulip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2005

    What's going on at the Varsity theater?

    What's going on at the Varsity theater?   The City inspections department is continuing to examine and re-examine the plans that have been in their possession since last August. The single occupant accessible restroom, which passed muster 12 years ago and does meet the current State accessibility g ... More >>

  • Arts

    March 9, 2005

    Varsity Cheer

    How vaudeville, motion pictures, and hip hop came to Dinkytown through one controversial theater--now reopened with beds for seats!

  • Restaurants

    June 19, 2002

    Chain Fools

    What you can do to revitalize downtown Minneapolis

  • Restaurants

    April 3, 2002
  • Books

    October 3, 2001

    Bohemian Blues

    Conspiracies and labor angst at a Minneapolis hipster mecca

  • Restaurants

    June 6, 2001
  • Books

    May 12, 1999

    Raising Kale

    True confessions of a vegetable offender

  • Arts

    February 3, 1999

    Sealed With a Pink Slip

    After invigorating the local performance scene, small-theater impresario Dean J. Seal gets his walking papers

  • Books

    August 12, 1998

    When Poetry Hurts

    The Loring labor fight takes an obscene turn

  • Arts

    March 4, 1998

    Day Trippers

    Rent Hike: A leggy landlady (Lola Lesheim) makes paying rent a kind of murder for her pulp-writing tenant (Paul Smith) in Killers

  • Arts

    December 24, 1997
  • Arts

    November 12, 1997

    Head Trauma

    Shaken and Stirred: Lola Lesheim in Eugene O'Neill's melodrama Anna Christie.

  • Arts

    May 1, 1996