May 2012 Phillips-Powderhorn community calendar



Little Earth homeownership initiative to break ground
This May Little Earth of United Tribes will break ground on a homeownership initiative in the East Phillips neighborhood. Little Earth is the largest Native-owned and operated low-income rental housing community in the United States.
The program will allow Little Earth to purchase, build and rehab homes for Little Earth residents. The first phase will include renovating one home and building four new homes. The project site area includes E.M. Stately Street and 26th Street from Hiawatha to Cedar.


Free Dinner: Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Thursday, May 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Walker Community United Methodist Church, Basement
31st St. and 16th Ave. S.
Come get tasty food and an update on the fight back against political repression happening here and across the country.
Meeting at 7 for those who want to get involved.
Vegan and gluten free food available. FFI:

Mother’s Day Powwow
Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13
Cedar Field Park
25th St. and 18th Ave. S.
The Little Earth of United Tribes invites everyone to its American Indian Cultural Event of coming together to celebrate and share our rich traditions of social dancing, drumming, singing. In its 13th year, the powwow is a FREE event and draws over 1,000 people. You can build relationships, make new friends, gain knowledge and join in the dancing and have fun! Authentic Ameri-can Indian arts/crafts/ vendors, traditional foods, traditional flute music, raffles and prizes.

Asian Arts and Gardens for Mother’s Day
Friday – Sunday, May 11 – 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Laughing Waters Studio 3718
Minnehaha Pkwy. E.
Book artist Mary Witkus and brush painter Bob Schmitt will open their respective homes and gardens over Mother’s Day weekend. Schmitt is selling original paintings, Chinese calligraphy, scrolls, prints, cards and more at his studio. He also invites guests to see his students’ art show, try their own hand at Chinese brush painting and to take a walk in the gardens of Laughing Waters Studio. He can be reached at 612-333-1881. Witkus, at 4717 35th Ave. S., will have her Japanese garden open for visitors, inviting them to have tea and peruse her new collection of handcrafted journals and photo albums. She can be reached at 612-743-7040.

Sabathani Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday, May 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center (Room D1 and D2, 3rd Floor)
310 E. 38th St.
A proposed plan to provide health and human services at Sabathani will be presented. Q and A follows.
Refreshments will be served.

Roosevelt High School Mosaic Festival
Friday, May 18, 4 to 8 p.m.
Roosevelt High School
4029 28th Ave. S.
A fun-filled afternoon of music, dance, spoken word and other stage entertainment, with over 30 booths displaying student artwork and achievements. Ethnic foods, jewelry, greeting cards and other goods will be available for purchase. The Roosevelt Auto Show features vehicles restored by students, alumni and community members. To participate contact Curtis Franks, 668-8145 or

Housing Fair and Plant Swap
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Powderhorn Park Recreation Center
3400 15th Ave. S.
We will have Spanish language interpreters. There will be outreach for the MCAA weatherization program, workshops on conserving energy, information about lead abatement, solar, plant a garden master gardeners, soil testing, plant swap, build a bird house, locks for home, auto and commercial. Learn to make household cleaning products. Childcare. Food available. Bring empty containers for the plant swap and food for the local food shelf.

Transition Longfellow Free Movie Night
Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. (Potluck); 7:15 (Movie)
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave. S.
“Gimme Green” (27 minutes) examines the American obsession with the residential lawn, and “Home Grown, 21st Century Family Farm” (52 minutes) documents a family that subsists on a one-fifth acre inner city plot of land. A short discussion will follow for those who want to stay. For more information 612-221-0131,

Remember the Great Lake Street Bucket Brigade of 1981
Friday, May 25, 10 a.m. to Noon
Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Gift Shop
1601 E. Lake St.
On June 6, 1981, Lake Street erupted with a massive show of community spirit when 8,676 people, reserved in five-minute time slots, lined almost six miles of Lake Street to pass buckets of water from the Mississippi River to Lake Calhoun to open the Great Lake Street Bazaar. Beth Obermeyer wrote “Big! World Records in the Streets” about this event and similar ones. She will be at Ingebretsen’s with memorabilia from the day, including the thousands of signatures, the official bucket, photos galore and news clippings.


All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Tue – Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shijéí/My Heart, Mixed Media Works by Carolyn Lee Anderson
Anderson is a Minnesota-based artist of Navajo descent. This new series is inspired by the stories and artistic traditions of her family.
Through May 25

Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe
1618 Central Ave. N.E., Mpls 55413
30 Cats in 30 Days
Standish/Erickson resident Kat Corrigan’s show is raising money for the Caring for Cats Rescue Group.

Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Ave. N., Mpls. 55411
Sisid, Ecuador: Through the Eyes of its Children
Artist Daniel Kerkhoff spent eight months in Sisid-Anejo, Ecuador. Children came to his drop-in art center where they did drawings, looked at books and learned a few words of English.
Through May 15

Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St.
LOOK/SEE Annual Student Exhibition
Through May 12

Nina Bliese Gallery
225 S. 6th St.
612-332-2978 and 651-328-7762 for appointments
Lush Floral
Refractions, Polly Norman
Minnesota Nature Observed, Kellie Rae Theiss
Norman has developed a multistep process in which she photographs flowers through Pennsylvania glass block in black and white and then hand paints the photos with oils. Theiss uses a 500-year-old recipe to create nature portraits that convey a touch of surrealism while showing how beautiful, fragile and brief her creatures are in their physical world.
Through May 18

Shoebox Gallery
2948 Chicago Ave. S.
6 words
Minneapolis, Emily Lloyd
An ongoing public art project that asks Minneapolis residents of all ages, neighborhoods and languages to tell their life stories—or something essential about who they are—in 6-word memoir form.
Through May 24


Barbara Barker Center for Dance
University of Minnesota
500 21st Ave. S., Mpls.
612-423-3064 (tickets)
Young Dance At Large
Young Dance is made up of 30 young people between 7 and 18 who live in the metro area. The mission for 20 years has been to transform lives through movement.
Tickets range from $3 to $12.
May 17 – May 19

The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave.
612-206-3600 (box office Tu – F, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Zenon Dance Company’s 29th Spring Season
World premieres by Wynn Fricke, collaborating with percussionist Peter O’Gorman, and Morgan Thorson, with recorded music by Chris Schlichting. Tickets, $30.
Ends May 13


Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
This seemingly self-generating sci-fi film never ends, and never really begins, either. Drawing on more than 30 hours of material that has been converted into digital files, this media piece selects the order of those files based on an algorithm. Continuously shuffling 80 voice-overs, 150 pieces of music and 3,000 clips shot in Kazakhstan, Russia and Dubai, the film offers fascinating insights into genre filmmaking.
Free screenings in the Lecture Room starting at 1 p.m. during gallery hours.
Through July 8


Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Singer/Songwriter Series
Featuring Dan Israel, Kyle Cogger, Joe Roberto and Steve Kaul
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Eclectic Electric Music Series
May 12, 7:30 p.m.


Mill City Museum
704 S. Second St.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist Anton Treuer will give a presentation based on his new book from the Minn-esota Historical Society Press. His frank and funny talk builds a foundation for true understanding and positive action. Free.
May 15, 7 p.m


Nimbus Theater presents an original stage adaptation of Apuleius’ classic 2nd Century novel, “The Golden Ass.” A crack ensemble tells the story of the hapless Lucius, who longs to practice witchcraft. He tries to turn himself into a bird, but becomes a donkey instead. Unable to reverse the process, Lucius is propelled from one lurid, bawdy and fantastical misadventure to another.
“The Golden Ass” is the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety, and has exerted a powerful influence on works as diverse as those of Byron and Kafka, even the story of Pinnochio. Despite its history, “The Golden Ass” is a story that has rarely been told on stage. Now, this 2,000-year old book is given a new life—adapted for the stage and directed by Liz Neerland.
The show runs through May 20 at 1517 Central Ave. N.E.

Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St.
Time Stands Still
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Donald Margulies and directed by Joe Dowling, this play represents an exciting, contemporary work with ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy. Actress Sarah Agnew leads the cast as photojournalist Sarah Goodwin, who wrestles with the consequences of a career spent documenting carnage. Bill McCallum stars as Sarah’s partner, James Dodd, a war journalist whose desire for a more conventional life puts a strain on the couple’s relationship. Mark Benning-hofen plays Sarah’s editor and mentor; his much younger girlfriend is performed by Valeri Mudek.
Until May 20

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 Lake St. E.
Puppet Shows for Kids
Saturdays, 10 a.m.
Make ‘n’ Take Workshops
Saturdays, 11 a.m.
West African All Stars
An evening of drum and dance from Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Ivory Coast. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.
May 26, 8 p.m.

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
The Birthday Party
Harold Pinter’s celebrated play, with its mix of humor and horror, appears at the Jungle for the first time.
Ends May 13

The Lab Theater
701 1st St.
A Work of Heart
Presented by Interact Theater, a company that challenges your perceptions of people with disabilities in a highly entertaining way. In this remarkable tale of magic, war and transformation, the ancient queen’s diary has been stolen and its secrets could lead to the destruction of the world of Cressily. A terrified nation turns to the only person in all the worlds who can save them—John Mathison, an accountant from Minneapolis.
Through May 19

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
Learn to be Latina
The poliitcs of ethnic and sexual identity take center stage in this comic, mercilessly off-color show, which offers a riotous take on cultural appropriation—and what makes a pop culture star.
Through May 13

Nimbus Theatre
1517 Central Ave. N.E.
612-237-9810, (612-548-1380 Tickets)
The Golden Ass
Experience transformation—the hard way. As Lucius learns, you hear a lot with long ass ears.
Tickets range from $10 to $18. Pay-what-you-can on Monday, May 7.
Through May 20

Old Arizona Theater
2821 Nicollet Ave. S.
Presented by the Urban Spectrum community theater company.
May 11 – May 20, weekends at 7:30 p.m.

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th St.
Delusions, Two Shows for the Price of One
Hardcover Theater puts on “The Diamond Lens: A Microscopic Fantasy of Love and Murder,” after which English Scrimshaw Theat-rical Novelties presents “To Mars With Tesla or The Interplanetary Machinations of Evil Thomas Edison.”
Tickets are $15; or Students/Seniors $12.
Through May 12

Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Show Me The Good Parts: An Evening of Book-related Tangents, Worship and Worry
Buy tickets from performers April Sellers, John Akre, Jeff Rathermel, Erica Christ, Ted King, Dan Boling or Tom Cassidy for $8 in advance, or pay $10 at the door.
May 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m.

The Playwrights’ Center
2301 E. Franklin Ave.
612-332-7481, ext. 2
Rip, Romp and Howl
A rowdy evening of five short works, with subjects as compelling as mythological Tarot Characters, cloned human organs, and ’80s art star Jean Michel Basquiat. Presented by Off-Leash Area.
Tickets are $10 – $15 on a sliding scale. May 10 is a Friend-Raiser for $35 – $50.
May 10 – 18

Ten Thousand Things
Vasa Lisa
World premiere of a work by Kira Obolensky based on Russian folk tales. It recounts the journey of a young woman who ventures into a dangerous woods to confront Baba Yaga the witch. Comedy is part of the mix as the girl learns to listen to an inner voice.
Check the website for free public performances (reservations required).
Tickets for the paid public performances are $25; Students on Sundays $15.
Performing at:
The Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S.
Through May 13
Minnesota Opera Center
620 N. First St.
May 18 – May 24

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave. S.
Lost in Yonkers
This poignant memory play by Neil Simon is set in 1942 when ne’er-do-well Eddie deposits his two young sons on his mother’s doorstep and takes off.
Tickets are $22.
Ends May 13

Free Classes for Adults
GED, computers, math, ESL (English language), college and career preparation, medical careers and citizenship. The Minnesota Literacy Council Lake Street Learning Center, 2700 E. Lake St., 2nd Floor, offers day and evening classes to accommodate adult work and family schedules. Registration sessions are held every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m., with classes starting the following week. Phone 612-483-1763 with questions. Over 5,000 adults have attended the Lake Street Learning Center in the past eight years.

Energy Meeting
Please save the date for our next South Minneapolis Community Energy planning potluck on Tuesday, April 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at Kelly and Dab Wilder’s house, 2748 11th Ave. S. Please bring a dish to share if you can. All are welcome.
We will be gathering to discuss our energy future and ways to build on the great first steps residents and businesses have been taking to save energy, produce clean energy, and create local ownership and control over our energy dollars. If you have ideas for action, want to join the conversation, or just want to learn more, please join us.

In mid-April Pupusería La Palmera will open at the corner of Cedar and 42nd Street in the former Stabby’s space. According to Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association staff member Bob Kambeitz, the new restaurant will be serving Salvadoran cuisine. The family-run restaurant expects to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving traditional dishes, centered around the “pupusa,” a handmade tortilla filled with a blend of ingredients.

Citizen Café at 2403 E. 38th St. will be converting to a wine bar ( The restaurant, which opened in June 2008, closed on March 25 and will reopen on April 10. During the closure, the front area of the café will be remodeled to accommodate the wine bar.


Franklin Library
1314 E. Franklin Ave.

Down Time, Saturdays, May 12 – 26, 2 – 6 p.m. Grades 6 – 12. Looking for a quiet and comfortable space? Take advantage of “down time” at Franklin Teen Center! Work on the topic of the week or use our computers, board games and do other self-directed activities.

Memoir Writing Group, Thursday, May 17, 1 – 3 p.m. Would you like to create a record of your personal history? Bring what you have written and are willing to read to the group for helpful comments and suggestions.

Hosmer Library
347 E. 36th St.

World Music Concert Series, Saturdays, May 12 – 26, 2 p.m. Don’t miss this great chance to hear live performances by musicians playing music from all over the world.