NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | June 2013 Phillips Powderhorn community calendar



Occupy Potluck

Occupy MN Wednesday evening potluck meetings are at 4200 Cedar Ave. S. at 6 p.m. Stopping the expansion of MN Tar Sands Enbridge Pipeline 67 is one focus. This pipeline goes from Alberta Tar Sands to Superior, Wis., and Enbridge is seeking to expand its capacity to carry more tar sands oil than the Keystone XL will carry if completed. A new National Energy Board of Canada report shows Enbridge has over 180 safety violations at pumping stations on its pipelines. Comments to the U.S. Dept. of State are due by Monday to Please write general comments concerning Tar Sands oil coming across MN. Everyone is welcome!

Participants needed for U of M Research Concerning Airport Noise

A study is being conducted in neighborhoods surrounding the airport to learn more about airport noise and how it affects neighbors on a day-to-day basis. Individual interviews will be approximately 30 minutes (1 session only). To sign up or simply learn more about the project, please contact Dudley Bonsal, Ph. D. candidate, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota: 612-625-6080 or by email at

City of Minneapolis Expands Recycling Program

As a result of a successful pilot project with the Eastside Food Co-op, the City of Minneapolis has expanded its recycling program to now include all numbered plastics #1-7. Newly accepted items include containers such as pudding and fruit cups, and margarine, yogurt and cottage cheese containers. Also accepted are paper-based boxes such as those from broth, wine, milk and juice.

Free Home Security Audits

Is having your house or garage broken into a constant worry for you? Stop home burglaries before they happen with a free home security audit conducted by Crime Prevention Specialist Sue Roethele. Contact Sue at the 3rd Precinct by calling 612-673-2839.

Venice in Powderhorn Registration Now Open

Registration for the July 28 Adventures in Cardboard’s Kids Summer Workshops is now open! Adventures in Cardboard (brought to you by the same people who do the Art Sled Rally in Minneapolis) will be working with kids in Powderhorn to build Venice in Powderhorn: magnificent castles, giant mazes, suits of arms and armor, functional cardboard boats and play houses. Working side by side with artists, kids will unveil an actual floating cardboard city anchored out in the middle of Powderhorn Lake. The only way to explore the canals of our city will be in cardboard boats built by our students. Contact Julian for more info at 612-532-6764.


Seward Concert Band

*Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt High School (auditorium)
4029 28th Ave. S.
Suggested donations are $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, students/children. Refreshments following.
*Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Minnehaha Falls Park (bandstand)
4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr.
The Seward Concert Band is a nonprofit organization comprised of amateur brass, wind and percussion players from the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Under the direction of John Stewart, the group works to promote music education and appreciation.

Arts on Chicago

Saturday, June 8
32nd to 42nd Streets on Chicago Ave.
Almost 40 artists involved with the 20 art projects of Arts on Chicago will come together to celebrate the year-long initiative. Residents from Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant and Central neighborhoods encourage Minnesotans from across the metro area to take part in activities that knit together the creative assets of the historic corridor in South Minneapolis. For more information, visit

Brake for Breakfast

Wednesday, June 12, 7 to 9 a.m.
Greenway Building
28th St. & 21st Ave./near Lake & Hiawatha
Join the bike-to-work breakfast in the parking lot right off the Midtown Greenway to celebrate Bike Walk Week! Serving pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt and muesli, granola bars and Peace coffee and juice. The HUB bike co-op is also offering a free bike check clinic and handing out free bike patch kits. Additionally, Eureka Recycling will be working with us to compost and make this a zero-waste event. For more info and to register for the free event go to

Garden Club

Wednesday, June 12, 7-9 p.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
3207 37th Ave. S.
You’ll never look at hens and chicks the same way again! Succulents are one of the latest “new” things in fun gardening. Master gardeners Claire Kari and Lynn Meyer will construct a “living picture” using several different types of succulents, and also demonstrate how to use succulents to make a fairy garden in a large flower pot. Garden Club events are free and open to the public.

Midsommar Celebration

Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The American Swedish Institute (expanded campus)
2600 Park Ave. S.
This day-long outdoor festival is inspired by similar celebrations held across Sweden and Europe marking the arrival and joy of summer. Family activities will feature singing, dancing, flower head-wreath making … and even a mini golf course! Includes museum admission and can be purchased the day of the event.

Calhoun Isles Band Concert

Tuesday, June 18 & 25, 7 p.m.
Powderhorn Park
3400 15 Ave. S.
Imagine a warm summer evening under clear skies by the lake, listening to concert band music with friends and neighbors. The Calhoun Isles Community Band plays a tuneful, family friendly mixture of old favorites, modern rock pieces, jazz and marches, all blended around a theme. This year’s theme for music will be The State Fair! Come imagine the fair to music while you stroll down the midway, visit the animal barns, see the marchers and enjoy the bazaars and other sights of the fair. Be prepared for some crowd pleasing special features along the way!

Art | Music | Dance | Theater | Community | Museums

Solo Exhibitions by Njideka Akunyili
and Demetrius Oliver Through July 27

Franklin Art Works
1021 E. Franklin Ave.

I Still Face You
Njideka Akunyili

Njideka Akunyili is an internationally recognized Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based painter. About her large-scale works she states, “My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture, which has profoundly influenced both my life and my art. I use my art as a way to negotiate my seemingly contradictory loyalties …”

Demetrius Oliver

The New York artist will premier a video installation inspired by the star Sirius, incorporating a single channel video, special entrance doors into the screening room and two sculptural works composed of chunks of coal resting inside car tires.

All My Relations Gallery

1414 E. Franklin Ave.
I’m Not Your Indian Anymore
Featuring the photographs of the late Roger Woo in black and white and the color photographs of Dick Bancroft along with photos by Keri Pickett, the art will be interspersed with posters from the American Indian Movement’s history, documents and booklets from various periods in the organization’s history, and personal items from collections.
Through June

The FrameWorks Gallery and Custom Framing

2022A Ford Parkway, St. Paul 55116
Life at the Pace of Pigment
Featuring oil painters Dereck Davis and Tom McGregor. The exhibit will consist of Plein Air landscapes as well as still life and figurative work.
Opening reception, May 25, 7 – 9 p.m.
Through July 6

Groveland Gallery

25 Groveland Terrace
Still Life: Abstract Poetry
A series of new paintings by St. Paul native Joseph Byrne, based on his year-long observations of simple still life arrangements placed on a table in his studio. Structured with pencil marks and painted with casein, the compositions are distilled into layers of fluid colors and abstract forms.
Until June 22

Highpoint Center For Printmaking

912 W. Lake St.
Open Portfolio III
Over 60 printmakers from all over the region have signed up to share their most recent work with the general public. The public is invited to attend any or all portions of the event, which will consist of two 90-minute group sessions (showcasing two different groups of artists). Many of the showcase prints will be available for purchase directly from the artists, making this event a must-see for print lovers and collectors!
June 8, 1:30 to 7 p.m.

Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave.
Stillness of Place
Keren Kroul presents a series of colorful watercolors on paper. Part of an exploration of narrative and abstraction, this recent work focuses on intricate organic and geometric imagery.
June 4 – July 1

Obsidian Arts

3501 Chicago Ave. S.
Five in Five
Five African photographers accepted the challenge of conveying visually, in just five images, the essential totality of their respective communities. Hailing from lands associated with the Congolese, the Liberians, the Ethiopians, the Somalians and the African Americans, these five photographers surprise, lecture and nurture a broader recognition of what is “the essential.”
Through June

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

Guthrie Theater

818 S. 2nd St.
The Primrose Path
Based on the novel “Home of the Gentry.” Theodore has come home! After years in Paris, he’s relieved to return to his Russian estate, despite the sullen greeting of his servant and the behavior of his silly cousin Maria. Yet he’s captivated by Maria’s daughter Liza, a sensible girl wise beyond her years. But where is Theodore’s adored wife – and are the rumors about his infidelity true?
Through June 15

Jungle Theater

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!
June 7 – August 11

Old Arizona Theatre

2821 Nicollet Ave.
An epic aerial musical inside the psyche of Evel Knievel as he prepares for his last jump—his passage from this world to the next. It is a suspended moment in which Evel Knievel remembers his life as a series of jumps set within the larger context of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.
June 21-29

Open Eye Figure Theatre

506 E. 24th St.
The Driveway Tour
The tour includes three unique shows:“The Amazing Cow Boat,” “Molly and the Magic Boot” and “Tucker’s Robot,” which will be presented all over the Twin Cities.
June 7 – 22
Milly and Tillie
It’s a normal day in the Silly Sisters’ household as they ride their bikes through the house and enjoy the flowers that smell like being tickled. Milly and Tillie soon start packing their basket for a picnic, but things don’t always go as we plan them. “Oh thumperbumber!” One mishap after another leads them on a silly adventure to create the perfect picnic. You will never say the word “banana” the same again!
June 28 through July 21

Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave. S.
Trick Boxing
Local husband and wife duo Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, known as Sossy Mechanics, play Danny David and Belle. He’s an unassuming, humble street vendor conned into becoming a boxer with the hope of getting rich. She’s a dancer who saw her unfortunate boxer brother fall for the same con. Don’t miss this opportunity to come see this FREE show and then pay what you think it’s worth afterward.
Through June 8


World Film Series Presents The Parade (Parada)

Sunday, June 9, 1:30 p.m.
Hosmer Library
347 E. 36th St.
A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride parade. It’s a tall order: Previous attempts to march met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads.

Master Gardener: Community Gardening

Thursday, June 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
East Lake Library
2727 E. Lake St.
A community garden is any space where plants are grown and maintained by a community to meet the needs of the community. Learn the pleasures and challenges of the collaborative project. Registration required. Register online,, or at 612-543-8425.

Volunteer In-Class Tutors are Desired in Adult Basic Education

Would you like to assist motivated students and a licensed teacher in an English (ESL), math, computer basics, writing or reading class? Minneapolis Adult Education has openings for morning and evening volunteers, M-F at 2225 E. Lake St. For more information, see or call Ellen at 612-668-3984.
Experience is not needed. Training is provided.