MMEP Seeks New Race Equity Communities
Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP) seeks a community partner for a 9-10 month process to bring key education stakeholders to a common table and address racial disparities in education for a commun-ity in greater Minneapolis. If accepted, the community selected receives guidance through a Race Equity Fellow that will collect data on equity and excellence measures in education and provide case studies for promising practices to address inequalities in education. The result is a “Community Profile Report on Education Disparities” and a large summit co-hosted by MMEP to gather leaders with strong commitments to addressing racial disparities in education with the community. The deadline for application is Jan. 22. For more questions related to the process, please contact Jennifer Godinez at email@example.com.
CANDO Meeting Dates Have Changed
The Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) is now having its meetings on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Room 304.
Talk and Learn about Justice Issues in the Native American Community
Saturday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minnesota American Indian Center
1530 E. Franklin Ave.
Engage in a free and open conversation on Native American life-justice issues of tribal sovereignty and racism. Designated participants include Jim Bear Jacobs, Todd Fast Horse and Anna Marie Hill. Contact Martha Fast Horse at 612-619-6797 with questions. Contact Rev. Dr. Ron Letnes at 763-291-4003 to register. An ‘Indian Taco’ lunch will be provided for a free will donation. This event is organized by the Native American Justice Task Force of the Joint Peace with Justice Committee of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Synods of the ECLA and endorsed by the Minnesota Council of Churches.
Minneapolis School Fair Showcase
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave. S.
This event will bring together families of prospective students in one location to meet educators from public and charter schools and to explore an array of educational possibilities for school-age children, pre-kindergarten through high school. If you have questions about the fair, call student placement services at 612-668-1840 or visit www.mpls.-k12.mn.us.
Where Should Birds Fly?
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m. (Refreshments) 10 a.m. to noon (Program and Discussion)
Southdale Hennepin County Library
7001 York Ave. S. Edina 55435
This is a poignant film about two young women, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them. The film also documents the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in 2008. For more information call Dixie Vella at 952-941-1341.
Winter Trails Day—FREE Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd., St. Paul 55111
Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are both easy to learn and fun for all ages—perfect for families and groups and a great way to get exercise in the winter months. Winter Trails provides the experts and equipment to help anyone get started. More information available at www.-wintertrails.org, or by contacting Kao Thao at 612-725-2389 or Kao.thoa@-state.mn.us.
Transition Longfellow’s Second Annual Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave. S.
Join us for great pancakes (including gluten-free and GF/dairy free), real maple syrup and other great things to eat, and live music. Get an update on the Urban Ag Plan and other city-based local food initiatives from Russ Henry of Giving Tree Gardens, and MN350 will present on climate change. A silent auction of home-canned and homemade foods and gifts will benefit Transition Longfellow’s 2013 Chard Your Yard and Faith Communities Climate Action Projects. For more information call 612-221-0131. $5
Anti-War Book Club: A Drone Warfare
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m.
301 Cedar Ave. S. (Below Midwest Mountaineering)
Drones are the new face of U.S. warfare and yet many of us are not well acquainted with this new technology. Come learn about these war machines with us as we discuss Medea Benjamin’s new book, “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.” Everyone is invited to participate or just learn about drones. Cookies and coffee will be provided. We encourage you to get your copy of the book from Mayday Books where you can get it for 15% off! Organized by the Anti-War Committee, co-sponsored by Mayday Books.
Hope for Recovery Workshop for Families in Minneapolis
Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Ave. S.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI Minnesota) will hold a free, one-day educational workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illness, practical coping strategies, and hope for recovery. Registration is requested. To register call 651-645-2948.
Twelfth Annual KiteFest
Saturday, Jan. 19, noon to 4 p.m.
North end of Lake Harriet near the bandshell
4135 West Lake Harriet Pkwy.
This spectacular event features kites of all sizes, shapes and colors, hot cocoa, cider and roasted marshmallows over a fire. Other popular events include ice fishing, horse drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing and music. Bring your own kites or buy an inexpensive one at the lake. Sponsors include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), Minnesota Kite Society, the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA), East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA), and Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC). This event is free. In case of extreme weather or poor ice conditions, the event will be re-scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26.
Climate Change: I’ve Changed My Light Bulbs. Now What?
Sunday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to noon
Minnesota Friends School Building
1365 Englewood Ave., St. Paul 55104
Please enter north entrance by parking lot on N. Albert St.
Or Emet, the Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, will host Paul Thompson and friends, committed leaders and activists from Citizens Climate Lobby, Cool Planet, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and MN 350. During the presentation we will learn about the basics of climate science and aspects of sustainable behavior that could turn difficult relationships into opportunities for partnership and respectful dialogue.
Women’s Prison Book Project Annual Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to noon
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St.
All you can eat buttermilk, vegan and gluten free pancakes, southern style grits, fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice will be served to raise money for The Women’s Prison Book Project, an all volunteer organization that sends free reading material to women and transgender prisoners all over the country. Adults $6-$10 sliding scale, Children $3. Visit http://www.wpbp.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Community, Museums
Christensen Center Art Gallery, Augsburg College
22nd Ave. S. at 7 ½ St.
This photographic portrait series by Xavier Tavera documents members of the Latino community on Lake Street in Minneapolis. After moving from Mexico City to the United States, Tavera learned what it felt like to be part of a subculture—the immigrant community. Subjection to alienation has transformed the focus of his photos to sharing the lives of those who are marginalized. Images have offered insight into the diversity of numerous communities and given voice to those who are often invisible.
January 14 – March 14
Reception January 18, 6-8 p.m.
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. N.E.
The Shadows Project: One
Powderhorn based artist Eddie Hamilton spent the past year developing relationships with individuals living with disabilities, who he then collaborated with on a painting. The resulting paintings represent the practical and inspirational ways individuals with disabilities see their community experience. For more information contact the artist at email@example.com or 952-250-2768.
February 7, 6-9 p.m. and by appointment February 7-10
Susan Hensel Gallery
3441 Cedar Ave. S.
I’m Not Me, She’s Over There and Horizon Grid
Local artist Debora Miller explores her identity as an identical twin and draws on her travels to visit family in these shows. I’m Not Me, She’s Over There, created with assistance of her twin Rebecca, is expected to be an immersive installation that invites you to enter and be surrounded with ideas. Horizon Grid will be installed in the windows.
Opening reception, January 11, 7-9 p.m.
Until February 22
Mill City Museum
704 South Second St.
Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008
Photographer Jerry Mathiason and the Mill City Museum have embarked on a project to document change on the Minneapolis riverfront, selecting historic photos from the city’s beginnings in the 1850s and 1860s and shooting photographs of the modern landscape from the same vantage point. The pairs of then and now photographs reveal dramatic changes to the city over the past 150 years. The exhibit is supported by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and is located in the museum’s central commons. Free.
January 15 – May 12
The Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 55102
’38: The Dakota-U.S. War’
The History Theatre, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, presents a play about the largest mass execution in American history which happened in Mankato in 1862. What followed was an exile of the Dakota people from their ancestral lands; an exile that is still in force today. This new play explores the events leading up to the U.S.-Dakota War—invasions of indigenous sacred lands, cultural genocide and starvation—through the court trials of the 38 Dakota warriors who were prosecuted as war criminals and executed by the U.S. government. Drawing on articles, letters and diaries, the play personifies the famous, infamous and nameless people who were caught up in this tragic moment our nation’s history. Performance takes place in the 3M Auditorium. $10, reservations required; call 651-292-4323 or register online at www.historytheatre.com/2012-2013/raw-stages/38-the-dakota-us-war.
History Lounge: The 1862 Dakota Peace Coalition
Most Dakota people living in Minnesota in 1862 didn’t anticipate or participate in the U.S.-Dakota War. This fact was long buried under misinformation, spread by early writings which sought to justify the seizure of Dakota lands in the wake of the war. These documents effectively silenced the story of the majority of Dakota people, and of the Dakota resistance movement known historically as the Peace Coalition. Historian Carrie Reber Zeman recovers the diverse voices of this anti-war coalition, using their own narratives to illuminate who they were, what galvanized their opposition, what they accomplished and what happened to them in the war’s terrible aftermath. Zeman is an independent historian specializing in the context and historiography of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. This event is free. For more information call 651-259-3015.
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 4th St. S.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute featuring Oleta Adams
The 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute will feature the musical stylings of Oleta Adams plus performances by Walker West Music Academy’s Jazz Ensemble and Ahmed Lewis. Lewis will present a spoken-word piece called “Out of the Ashes of the Past.” Free.
January 20, 4-6 p.m.
1006 Marquette Ave. S.
Milk for Two
Jade Patrick confronts the breastfeeding controversy head-on, in a piece that seeks to unveil the truth beneath the outcry of obscenity, sexualization and repression in the name of decorum. Performers will include Patrick and her twin sons Darwin and Roland, local dancers Arturo Miles and Wendy Thomas, with live instrumentals by Sarah Grudem. Tickets $10, available at http://milkfortwo.bpt.me/. Half of all proceeds will be donated to La Leche League.
January 12 &13, 6:30 p.m. (doors) 7 p.m. (show)
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th St.
Thom Pain (based on nothing)
This play by Will Eno is presented by Loudmouth Collective. The hero, Thom, is someone you’ll like—if you can get to know him. Between bee stings, dead dogs and love interests he holds nothing back. While trying to stay focused on the story he’s trying to tell he’ll let nothing get in the way, except maybe a piece of lint, or the woman in the second row. For more information or to make reservations call 612-643-1231 or visitwww.loudmouthcollective.com.
Tickets are $15, $10 with a Fringe button.
Opens January 11
Hip-Hop Workshop: Dance, From African to Hip-Hop
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 4 to 6 p.m.
Hennepin County Library—Franklin Avenue
Grades 7-12. Did you know hip-hop dance moves connect to African dance traditions? See how traditional music and moves from Zimbabwe, Guinea and Senegal are connected to “b-boying,” salsa, popping and locking. Come in comfortable clothing and be ready to dance! Registration required, begins Dec 26. Register online or call 612-543-6925.