Cedar-Riverside

The Common Table (below Trinity's offices)
2001 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Storytelling for Community Organizers: So What? - Pre-registration required

02/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Whether it's relationship-building or a campaign tactic, storytelling is key to community organizing.

Minneapolis: Cedar-Riverside preps for light rail

An audience member asks executive director of West Band Community Development Corporation Tim Mungavan a question about the city's new plans on Thursday. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

Community groups in Cedar-Riverside are joining other University of Minnesota neighborhoods’ efforts to control the effects of development.

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MUSIC REVIEW | Four Fists (P.O.S & Astronautalis) debut new 7-inch with old favorites at Triple Rock Social Club

Four Fists threw a party Tuesday, October 8 at Triple Rock Social Club and though it was billed to support their new 7-inch, it felt like instead it might’ve been for the end of the world. 

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An interview with Saymoukda Vongsay, the playwright behind Mu Performing Arts' "Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals"

Amina Harper interviews Saymoukda Vongsay , poet and playwright. Her Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals premieres October 12 at the Southern Theater.

Mooks, how did Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals first come about? What was your journey in molding this story?

The play was inspired by dreams that I had for several weeks straight. I don't dream about zombies anymore, which pisses me off because I thought they were fantastic.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Displaced Hindu Gods" at Mixed Blood Theatre: Two-and-a-half amazing plays

Lipica Shah in The Chronicles of Kalki. Photo by Rich Ryan, courtesy Mixed Blood Theatre.

As a playwright, there's something both inspiring and depressing about seeing a really good production of a really good new play.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Eurydice" by the University of Minnesota's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance: Not your usual epic love story

Kiara Jackson and Nathan Tylutki in Eurydice. Photo by Michal Daniel, courtesy University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

It seems only fair to admit up front that I'm in love with Sara Ruhl's playwriting. If I manage to squeeze some theater into my schedule, and the theater company is producing a Sara Ruhl play, they're already more than halfway there in completely winning me over. The work of director Lisa Channer and the artists working with the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota easily filled in the rest and then some with their moving and funny production of Ruhl's spin on the legend of Eurydice.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Our Town" by Nightpath Theatre Company: Hope undefeated by the march of time

Karen Elaine Massey in Our Town. Photo courtesy Nightpath Theatre Company.

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-Prize-winning play Our Town first hit stages in 1938, but the play chronicling the life and times of the citizens of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, begins in 1901. The story ends in 1913, before the two world wars that changed everything; it was also the year my grandmother was born. One hundred years later, Nightpath Theatre Company has been taking their own production of Our Town on the road—to schools, senior facilities, and community centers around the state. The final destination for their tour was a couple of public performances at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis, where I caught the show.

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Skip "Miss Saigon," see Mu Performing Arts' "Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals"

Photo by Aaron Fenster, courtesy Mu Performing Arts

I don’t know a lot about theater. I worked for a small local theater company in 2010 and I volunteered backstage in my high school’s theater program on occasion. That may sound like something, but I’m not very familiar with theater etiquette or terminology and the history of most well-known plays is largely lost on me. What I do know is that theater is art and art shouldn’t perpetuate racism, and that’s why I don’t understand why Miss Saigon is being given a platform and why there are people out there that think that’s okay. But fear not, there is hope.

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Is outreach the key to theater's future?

A rehearsal of Our Town. Photo courtesy Nightpath Theatre Company.

Last spring, I wrote about how I thought plays could be more like rock shows, and ever since, it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Every time I go to see a piece of theater, I gauge the performance in terms of how it compares to the excitement and social experience of seeing live music, which I still believe is a direction that many theaters need to at least consider to attract younger audiences.

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