Weekend Planner: One Direction-themed Store Opening
Love them or hate them, a shop solely specializing in the English-Irish pop boy band's merchandise will open this Saturday at the Mall of America, thanks in part to a "Twitition" signed by over 100,000 girls.
One Direction store
Twitition indeed. This Saturday the Mall of America will become a tweenage mob scene when the corporate arbiters of the Brit boy band One Direction open up a store selling all things 1D—action figures, charm bracelets, T-shirts and the like.
Here's what MOA has to say about it:
With chart-topping singles and sold out shows around the world, One Direction is giving fans the opportunity to experience a true 1D World. Open for just six weeks, this store offers exclusive merchandise such as posters, calendars and t-shirts, and the opportunity to win One Direction prizes—including tickets to their upcoming summer tour during the grand opening day. Please note that One Direction will NOT be making an appearance at this grand opening event. Please read these guidelines for additional information about the 1D World Grand Opening.
Thousands of Minnesota girls lobbied hard for the store over Twitter, signing the aforementioned Twitition. As can be expected, the Twitition includes some rather hyperbolic language with respect to the band's relative importance in the universe.
"So we all know that there has been a recently opened store in Sydney, Australia. And every fan in the world that doesn't live in Sydney dies when they see pictures," wrote the originator of the Twitition. "On March 25th, One Direction drew more then 100,000 girls for a signing at the Mall of America. This was a record setting event, and I am proud to say I was part of it."
Those same girls will likely be lined up at 5:30 a.m. the earliest MOA will let them in. The store, 1D World, opens at 9 a.m. If you are a parent of one of them, consider this article fair warning.
Now onto grown-up stuff.
This Sunday, the Dakota Valley Symphony will regale audiences with "an Italian celebration with an Irish twist." Their performance will commemorate the life of baroque master Archangelo Correlli with a selection of works from the Italian string masters. The concert will take place in the Black Box Theater of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, with one showing at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.
Reserved individual show tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 and up, and $5 for students.
Across town at Buck Hill, a very different sort of commemorative event will be held for Gaylord Gladwin, veteran ski coach, former Minneapolis cop and late victim of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Gladwin died in early February. His life will be celebrated on March 16 with an Irish wake in the Whittier Room of the Buckstone Lodge at Buck Hill. Food will be provided from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cash bar. A short program will begin at 5 p.m. followed by an open mic.