the punk sends word that a west bank institution is closing its doors after 5 decades.
the old viking bar -- the name predates the football team's arrival -- is only a couple blocks from the minnversity's social science tower. nevertheless, one is pretty unlikely to run into faculty or students there. on entering, you'll have to squeeze by the stage, walking past r&b vet willie murphy (who i remember from his willie and the bees days), spider john koerner (koerner, ray, & glover), or the front porch swinging liquor pigs. as i understand local history, mr. dylan played a block or two away at the new riverside, though one could easily imagine him sidling up to the viking's tiny stage to sit in with any of the aforementioned bands today. i was certainly no regular at the viking, but i'm sure sad to see it go.