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TC Weekend | Free Ink Day, Free the Beast, Día de los Muertos celebrations and more!

My, how time flies! We’ve had a gorgeous fall, with sustained colors and above average temps. Now here we are at the cusp of November, which brings cooler weather and the close of TC Weekend for the year. The good times will roll on, however, with seasonal/holiday events and arts coverage!

Naturally, this weekend’s roster is heavy with Halloween and Dia de los Muertos happenings, and a few other fun events sprinkled in for good measure. In the midst of all the spooky revelry this weekend – don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour (2 am on Sunday) for Daylight Savings Time! 

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2014 African World AIDS Day MN

11/01/2014 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm

The 2014 African World AIDS Day (AWAD) Event, that will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 1st at the Oromo Community of MN Building, 465 MacKubin Street, St.

Loeffler running for sixth legislature term

The Minnesota House of Representatives District 60A includes 15 neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. This year’s race has two candidates: DFL incumbent Diane Loeffler, who is running for her sixth term, and Republican challenger Brent Millsop.

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Cedar-Riverside residents voice concern with area homelessness

(Photo by August Schwerdfeger published under Creative Commons License)

At a Cedar-Riverside neighborhood meeting earlier this month, a Somali elder stood and addressed attendees, painting an image of a recent frightening encounter with what he believed was a gang of drunken, homeless individuals.

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Mary Lambert with Jillette Johnson at the Fine Line Music Cafe

11/01/2014 - 8:00pm

Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word poets, Lambert is a fearless and candid songwriter, who empowers both herself and her listeners with her art.

THEATER REVIEW | The Importance of Being Fotis' "Farmhouse" at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

Robert (Mike Fotis) and Joyce (Debra Berger) have an awkward first (and last) meeting in Farmhouse as part of the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

The publicity for the play Farmhouse from The Importance of Being Fotis for the Twin Cities Horror Festival makes things pretty clear:“On the morning of December 28, 1949, Joyce Slorjen, Robert Huxton and Ruth Huxton (formerly Slorjen) were found murdered in the home of Jack “Buddy” Slorjen. Come witness the hour before they were murdered.” The flyer purportedly from the Ashburg Gazette which audience members are admonished to read before attending the play gives the further detail that Robert and Ruth will die of gunshot wounds while Joyce will be strangled to death.

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REVIEW | "Panacea" with The Poor Nobodys at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

The music of The Poor Nobodys gives context to the modern silent film Panacea in the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

When they described the film Panacea in the publicity materials for the Twin Cities Horror Festival as being in the style of David Lynch, it was a very apt way to sum it up. I recall being in the middle of watching Lynch’s Inland Empire and feeling like I was dreaming, even though I knew I was still awake and aware of being seated in someone’s living room watching something on a television screen. The combination of visuals and the soundtrack were so hypnotic that I began to lose track of the boundary between the thing on screen and in my ears, and the context of me and my place in reality. The work the musical group The Poor Nobodys do with Panacea elicits the same response.

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Halloween @ Day Block Brewing

10/31/2014 - 9:00pm - 11/01/2014 - 1:00am

Celebrate Halloween by partying with Day Block Brewing on Friday October 31st at 9:00pm!

Illusion Theater celebrated past and present at 40th Anniversary Gala

"The bidding has begun!" Photo courtesy of Illusion Theater.

The 2013-2014 season was a good run for the Illusion Theater. Things kicked off with a high note in September with the Minnesota State Arts Board announcing a $95,030 grant to take Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet on the road. As the year progressed, the Saint Paul Cultural STAR brought the Illusion’s My Ántonia back to the Twin Cities to rack up rave reviews, and the company’s new Life Begins @ 40 fundraising campaign jumpstarted with a big boost from the Pohlad Family Foundation. All of this would have been cause enough to celebrate on its own–to say nothing of its regular programming–but even more good news was in store with the coming season. On September 22, 2014, the Iveys honored Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris with a pair of coveted Lifetime Achievement Awards. So, there was much to celebrate at the top of 528 Hennepin on Saturday, October 18 as a crowd gathered for the Illusion Theater’s 40th Anniversary Gala.

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THEATER REVIEW | Transatlantic Love Affair's "Solitaire" at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

The ensemble of Tranatlantic Love Affair's Solitaire in the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

Since the folks at Transatlantic Love Affair, and their ensemble-created works, are by and large optimistic affairs, which might travel to dark places but always emerge on the other side with hope, I was curious how they would bring their own particular brand of theater into a setting like the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Turns out, very easily. In Solitaire, they just go to the dark place and stay there. Yikes.

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