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You Say You Want a Revolution

July 14th, 2010 Issue dayid

Todays pic Bastille Day commemorating the French Revolution is officially today. With celebrations all week, it's really something you can lose your head over. (Just ask Marie Antoinette.) Here's a guide:

Bon Appetit
We have been blessed with French bakeries lately. (See Patisserie 46 and Rustica.) However, today (7 a.m. to noon), stop by Le Petit Marche bakery at Hotel Sofitel for a free baguette.

Block party!
The 8th annual Barbette block party will take place rain or shine on Sunday, July 18th, from 2 to 10 p.m.. Enjoy music by Mayda, Eyedea & Abilities, Romantica, Red Pens, The Magnolias, Chooglin, The Brass Messengers, and Foxy Tann and the Whambamthankyouma?ams. There will be a local artists flea mart on Lagoon and locally produced organic foods, oysters, and cold beverages.

Shop for style
We're not sure about the connection to Bastille Day, but whatever the raison d'etre, the shops on Selby and Snelling are celebrating with boutique crawl. On Saturday (Noon to 5 p.m., Selby Av. and Snelling Av., St. Paul), get a postcard stamped at all 10 participating shops, (Allee. metro chic, A. Michele, Flirt Boutique, Initially Yours, Patina, LULA, Heddy Freddy, Tennis on Selby, Two Smart Cookies and The Drawbridge) and be entered to win a $500 gift card.

European union
The ever diplomatic Brit's Pub is throwing a Bastille Day bash in honor of its Frenchie neighbor Vincent-A-Restaurant. On Sunday, they'll be celebrating on the Rooftop Garden (no cover!) and serving the Vincent Burger. Enjoy "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" (3 p.m.), British rocker Graham Parker (6 p.m.) and a screening of "National Lampoon's European Vacation" (8 p.m.).

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