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Monday morning

The streets of Minneapolis still were flooded with revelers last night, but they were by far dominated by Labor Day holiday revelers than they were convention-goers.

At the Fine Line, located in the warehouse district on First Avenue, MySpace/Impact Film Festival/Rock the Vote held a very crowded fete with the Alarmists playing. I was about to call them soft punk, until they started to do a cover from “The Breakfast Club.”

The convention-goers stood out from the regular Minneapolis folk, who snagged tickets to see what all the fuss was about. I’m from the suburb of Golden Valley, and even Republicans here are a bit curious about the prospect of a GOP convention in two cities with such a long liberal tradition.

Among the attendees was director Stuart Townsend, who will be doing a screening of “Battle in Seattle” at the MySpace/Impact film festival today, as he did in Denver last week.

“It feels calmers and quieter,” he said. “It feels less intense than the DNC was.”

In the VIP area of the club, he challenged the notion that his pic, about the 1999 WTO protests, was either left or right. “”It was about people concerned about corporate consolidation,” he said. “Every American should be concerned about the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs overseas.”

Townsend hoped to take in a planned war protest today in St. Paul, which at one point had estimates of some 50,000 people marching to the Xcel Energy Center. He did participate in a protest on bikes in Denver, but found the experience “ineffective.”

“You have to be tactical about it,” he said. “There you had the police guiding them along saying, ‘Follow us, and welcome to Denver.'”

What is missing, he said, is a “tactical objective.”

In St. Paul, “I am not advocating it, but I am hoping there is something to achieve, like shutting down something.”

Because of the hurricane, parties are not being cancelled so much as they are being reconceived. The Distilled Spirits Council has renamed its “Spirits of Minneapolis” party tonight to “Spirits of the Gulf Coast.”  Vanity Fair and Google still plan their party on Thursday night with some modifications, which is a relief given that they hosted what was far and away the best shindig last week.

The Creative Coalition is going forward with its events, with a delegation that includes Rachel Leigh Cook, Tim Daly, Robert Davi, Giancarlo Esposito, Tom Fontana, Tony Goldwyn, Sue Kramer, Wendie Malick, Barry Levinson, Richard Schiff, Charlene Tilton and Kerry Washington.

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