Twin Cities bicyclists will be among those gathering at an event tonight to raise concerns about frac sand mining.

Several silica sand mines close to the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin are near areas where cyclists like to ride and stay in bed-and-breakfasts. Some of the proposed mines in southeastern Minnesota are also located in scenic areas where cycling is popular.

Tracy Sides, an avid cyclist for 25 years, organized the event, which will take place at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. The event includes a screening of a documentary showing the impacts of sand mining in Wisconsin, as well as a forum.

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Mapping Minnesota’s movies

Minnesota has virtually no connection to the Oscars this year — save for a cinematography nomination for native son Drew Kunin.

We do have a community of local film and video makers, whose creativity is on display at MNKINO, among other places.

But as far as movies with wide national releases go, we don’t make a lot of them here — and when we do, it feels like somewhat of an event.

So ahead of this weekend’s Oscars and tonight’s Cube Critics Trivia Mafia extravaganza, we thought we’d take a look at the widely-released movies that have been filmed (or at least partially filmed) in Minnesota and those that are set here (but filmed elsewhere). Did we miss any? Let us know!

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Minneapolis’ iconic Uptown Theatre will reopen tomorrow after a $2 million, six-month renovation.

Now, a digital projector shows movies on a bigger movie screen, and viewers can watch from a sofa on the balcony. The theater’s murals and chandeliers were preserved, But the dark-green colors of the interior were replaced with yellows and reds. The 900-seat theater now has 350 plush seats with extra legroom. The renovated lobby has flat screen televisions instead of posters. The concession stand is now a bar that serves alcohol and a wider array of food.

The Uptown marquee was also restored. Its beacon will soon shine for the first time in decades.

Read more from reporter Rupa Shenoy and see more photos from Jeffrey Thompson

A trailer for one of the 51 — count ‘em 51 — Minnesota films in this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Today on The Daily Circuit, Tom Weber will talk with Tom DeBiaso who was in charge of putting the Minnesota program together. He’s a filmmaker, photographer and professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

And here’s more about Of Dolls and Murder, which will be screened on Wednesday the 18th.