From the MPD: Since July 23, there have been five home burglaries where suspect(s) gained or attempted to gain entry to homes by cutting or removing the screen on unlocked windows. Four occurred in Powderhorn Park Neighborhood with one in Bryant Neighborhood. It’s time to remind ourselves and neighbors that we have to make sure our windows and doors are locked. Screens are not a deterrent for burglars.
Council Member Cam Gordon Reports
“In the next few weeks, I will be working with my colleagues to begin the process to place a question on this fall’s general election ballot regarding the city’s energy future. If passed by the voters of Minneapolis, this question will authorize the city to form a municipal power utility. Approximately two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions in Minneapolis come through our existing electricity and natural gas utilities. A vote to authorize the creation of a municipal utility will not require the city to form one, but will give us that option, which I think will help in the ongoing electrical and natural gas franchise negotiations with Xcel and Center-point. Minneapolis will only form a municipal utility after we make certain that we can provide energy services as or more affordably and reliably as the incumbent utilities, and with a greater focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and local generation. For more information visit: http://www.minneapolisenergyoptions.org.”
Spruce Up Your Landscape By Joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August
Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado Blue Spruce trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. New members will also receive a tree book, which includes information about the tree planting and care, and a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation’s bimonthly publication. Send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Free Blue Spruces, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2013, or join online at arborday.org/august.
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Hiawatha Park
2701 E. 44th St.
Kids enjoy pony rides for 10-year-olds and under, face painting, hair painting, games and a 5-in-1 sports moonwalk. We will also have the family fitness challenge and talent contest—please pre-register for both by contacting Lake Hiawatha Park at 612-370-4930. The Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team will be there with an inflatable basketball pop-a-shot, and will have giveaways for kids and chances to win free tickets. We will have food for sale by vendors. As usual we will be looking for more volunteers the day of the festival.
Learn to Make Lefse
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gifts
1601 E. Lake St.
Learn to make lefse, the popular Norwegian flatbread. This is a hands-on class in which you will learn to make the dough, roll it, then fry and turn the bread. There will be plenty of samples and some non-traditional but great-for-summer serving suggestions. $35. Visit www.ingebretsens.com for more information.
43rd Annual Longfellow Corn Feed
Thursday, Aug. 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
3435 36th Ave.
Come down to the park to eat delicious roasted corn and grab some goodies from local vendors. Local businesses and organizations will have tables with information and giveaways. Come meet your neighbors and celebrate summer in Longfellow!
Mississippi River Canoeing
Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No need to travel far this summer for a great canoeing experience.
Activities include transportation to and from the river, canoeing, environmental education and historic interpretation. Free to public. Pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please call the Powderhorn Park Center at 612-370-4960.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
August 15-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City of Minneapolis – Public Works Department
3607 E. 44th St.
Hennepin County and its partner cities are hosting a series of community collection events for county residents to safely and properly dispose of their unwanted hazardous wastes. Materials accepted include household, lawn and garden products, electronics, mercury-containing items and auto wastes. Visit www.hennepin.us/collectionevents for a full list of materials accepted and maps to the event sites.
Outreach for the Anti-War Committee
Saturday, Aug. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Midtown Farmers Market
2225 E. Lake St.
We will be tabling at the Midtown Farmers’ Market this summer and we’re looking for volunteers as well as for supporters to stop by. We’ll be playing with kids with our “Fly Kites Not Drones” airplanes, getting folks to learn about U.S. aid to Israel, and having folks sign up to get involved. If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2 to 7 p.m.
917 Cedar Ave.
The bacon will be sizzling in Minneapolis at the Second Annual Bacon-Fest! This event, expected to attract up to 1,000 people, helps raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Attendees will find a bacon foodie’s paradise filled with unique bacon-themed cuisine, beer and drink selections, and live music. For more information visit www.bacon-fest.com.
Minnesota Community Sing
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Wabun Picnic Area, Shelter C (across from the Minneapolis Veteran’s Home at 5101 Minnehaha Ave. S.)
Community sing is alive and well in Minnesota and it’s interesting and fun to get a taste of what other groups are singing. Braille song sheets are available by reservation one week in advance by emailing mnsings@-gmail.com. Rain or shine. Admission is by donation.
Intro to Overnight Camping at Fort Snelling
No need to travel far this summer for a great camping experience.
Activities include transportation to and from the river, camping, dinner, breakfast and snacks, environmental education, historic interpretation, art activities and campfire with s’mores. Free to public. Pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please call the Powderhorn Park Center at 612-370-4960.
LoLa Art Crawl
Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Various locations throughout the Longfellow area
The League of Longfellow Artists will hold its 5th annual art crawl, which they call the biggest little neighborhood art crawl in Minnesota! Come get a glimpse into the creative workspaces of artisans working on jewelry, glasswork, painting, photography, textiles, pottery, gardens, sculpture and much more. You can get a full list of artists and their addresses at http://lolaartcrawl.com.
Ice Cream Social: Ending War Has Never Tasted So Sweet!
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
1900 E 40th St.
Lets get together and make plans for anti-war organizing this fall. Come hear about our plans to protest in Chicago in September against the drones! We will ask for donations for the ice cream. There will be some options for vegans. Organized by the Anti-War Committee.
Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nokomis Naturescape Garden
2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.
A grant from the Minnesota State Art Board is making it possible to continue our tradition of quality art activities, music and dance that highlight the Minnesota-Mexico connection created by the Monarch Migration. This year, preserving the migration is even more important. This past winter saw a 59% reduction in the number of monarchs that made it back to Mexico compared to the winter before.
Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Community, Museums
Art from Indian Territory
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave.
This show features our first annual guest curator, Tony Tiger, and the work of eleven Native Artists from Oklahoma. It speaks to the indigenous experience in a state that is home to 39 federally recognized tribes, and it addresses peoples’ connection to their sacred homelands and the land to which they were relocated. This exhibit has the solemnity and seriousness that comes from a history fraught with challenges, yet it is primarily a celebration of survival and strong emergence into the future.This show will run through October 12, 2013.
Gage Family Art Gallery
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
Here and There
Shiraz Mukarram’s recent photographic series documents the exploration of cultures in their own unique context.
Through August 16
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St.
9 til Midnight
An exhibition of prints by members of its artists’ studio cooperative. This summer’s cooperative show features the work of 28 local printmakers currently working in Highpoint’s facilities. Free and open to public.
Through August 24
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave.
Artists of NCC Exhibition
Every two years, Northern Clay Center turns the exhibition spotlight on our many talented teachers, students, resident artists, current artists on staff and clay camp-goers. We invite you to view the wide variety of art making: functional and sculptural works made with low and high-fire clays, traditional reduction glazes and soda-fired surfaces and everything in between.
Until September 1
2848 Chicago Ave.
Richard Barlow, Daily Bromides
Consists of painting a photograph from memory everyday and mailing it to a recipient. In contrast, the highly personal persistence of memory inherent in the project take on an increased sense of focus as it is being executed while the artist makes his transition from Minneapolis to teach and live in New York (from where the final works will be sent). Barlow’s paintings-as-post-cards will be mailed to the gallery for the next 30 days and cumulatively added to the wall as they arrive.
August 9, 8 – 10 p.m.
514 2nd St. SE
Six American sculptors seek to problematize current fashionable notions of participatory, relational and social practice in the presentation of art. This current over-emphasis on participatory art has lead to a false notion that the experience of sculpture is only recently relational.
Until August 11
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 55401
An Exhibition of Photos from “We Are Still Here”
A new book, “We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of the American Indian Movement,” features photography by Dick Bancroft, text by Laura Waterman Wittstock and a foreword by Rigoberta Menchú Tum. The photographs of Bancroft, an activist and a key documentarian of AIM, provide a stunningly intimate view of this major piece of American history, which dates from 1970 to 1981. Veteran journalist Waterman Wittstock has interviewed a host of surviving participants to tell the stories behind the images. The words of Russell Means, Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Winona LaDuke and many more tell the stories.
Through September 1
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S.
Women in Soviet Art
An original exhibition in the Main, Mezzanine and Fireside Galleries brings together over 60 paintings by approximately 50 major Soviet artists, examining the visual depictions of the Soviet woman after the Second World War, from 1948 to 1991. Avoiding traditional portrayals of the cloistered feminine world, Soviet art passionately propagated the image of women as active contributors to socialist economy. These magnificent canvases reveal a Soviet fascination with women at work.
Through November 10
818 S. 2nd St.
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most beloved novels of all time—tells the story of the five Bennet daughters who are in need of suitable husbands. The arrival of the wealthy Mr. Bingley and his best friend Mr. Darcy stirs romantic thoughts among the sisters and the matrimonial matchmaking begins. Tensions mount between the young spitfire Elizabeth Bennet and the arrogant Mr. Darcy, though he cannot escape a growling attraction to her rebellious behavior. A tangle of mistaken impressions and unexpected revelations keeps Austen’s famous young couple apart until a major social error ironically allows Darcy to swallow his pride and Elizabeth to rethink her prejudice.
Through August 31
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
A hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water was worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Through August 11
Hillcrest Center Theater
1948 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul 55116
Based on the memoir of a Jewish picture bride who emigrated from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 to marry a man she had never met, determined to make a new life as a homesteader. For four years after she arrives, she and her husband live in a 12- by 14-foot shack with her in-laws and their children. Years later, at the age of 55 and living in St. Paul, Rachel chronicled her story, which was discovered by her children after her death. This memoir with music is complete with engaging humor, compassion and a detailed account of the hardships she encountered. This debut production plays seven days only.
August 15 – 25
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th St.
Kevin Kling, nationally known storyteller and Artist-in-Residence at Minnesota Public Radio, brings us a work that explores the lives of humans with their animals (or is it the lives of animals with their humans?).
August 9 & 18, 7:30 p.m.
347 E. 36th St.
*Hosmer World Film Series
Sundays, through August 18, 1:30 p.m.
Get a glimpse of the diverse world we live in through this series of award-winning international films. Rare cinema at its finest!
*Showcase Your Talent
Saturday, August 17, 1:30 p.m.
For families. Join us for the 15th Annual Hosmer Library Talent Show featuring host Fancy Ray McCloney. Let your star power shine! Perform or watch. All ages and all talents are encouraged to participate! Register at Hosmer Library or call 612-543-6903.