NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | October 2013 Phillips Powderhorn community calendar



Public Art to Be Installed at Powderhorn Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is working with a group of Minneapolis Artists who have created a series of bronze plaques with the help of several area youths. The project is approved by the MPRB and fully funded by the artists and by a grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The artists, Gita Ghei, Sara Hanson, Jessica Tank and Elana Dahlberg, organized groups of Minneapolis kids and came up with 34 bronze plaques depicting water and nature conservation. The plaques will by securely installed into the new concrete path around Powderhorn Lake.


Siberian Bridges 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Ave. S.
Siberian Bridges was founded 20 years ago by pianist Tom Dickinson, who in 1983 accidentally found himself playing a concert in Siberia and made what has become a lifelong connection with people there. Since then, a bridge has been built between folks in Minneap-olis and folks in the city of Chita, region of Zabaikalye, Siberia. The anniversary celebration of this unique organization, which fosters cross-cultural discovery and partnerships with the people of eastern Siberia, will include entertainment by Russian Soul, zakuski (hors d’oeuvres), and information about the Children’s Home-School, book donating, college volunteers exchange and the once-in-a-lifetime 2014 Taste of Zabaikalye tour. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted.

American Legion Post 99 Forum

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m.
American Legion
5600 34th Ave. S.
The legion will have a forum to meet candidates from the 11th and 12th Wards —plus candidates for mayor as well as the MPRB and the Board of Estimate and Taxation. Candidates or their representatives will be available to discuss their positions with the public and provide handouts. Contact Greg Iverson at 612-724-7567 or for more info.

Try Fixing It Before Tossing It

Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McRae Park
906 E. 47th St.
Everyone who would like to fix small household appliances, clothing, electronics or mobile devices is invited to one of Hennepin County’s regular “Fix It Clinics.”
Volunteers with skills in soldering, electronics and electrical repair, computer skills, sewing and general tinkering are eager to help. Free. First come, first served.

Sing In the Park, In the Dark

Saturday, Oct.12, 7 p.m.
Minnehaha Park’s Wabun Shelter C
Join us for our last outdoor Minnesota Community Sing of 2013. Rain or shine, dress accordingly.
Wabun Shelter C is just across from the main entrance to the Minnesota Veterans home. There will be signs up to direct you to the sing. As always, we’ll pass the bucket to help meet expenses not covered by the MRAC grant. $5 donation per person suggested.

Malalai Joya Speak Out

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Augsburg College, Foss Center
625 22nd Ave. S.
Malalai Joya, frequently called “the bravest women in Afghanistan,” will be in Minneapolis as part of a several-city tour in the U.S. This will be Malalai’s second visit to our community. She has been an outspoken critic of the war and a staunch advocate of Afghan women. Her topic will be “War, Women and Drones.” Call 612-522-1861 for more info.

The Town Hall Forum: Security, Surveillance, and Privacy

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Valerie Plame Wilson is a public advocate and recognized authority on national security and counter-proliferation. For over 20 years, she served as a covert operations officer in the CIA, working to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In 2003, her role as a CIA operative was revealed in a nationally syndicated column, resulting in her resignation from the CIA. She is the author of the memoir “Fair Game,” which explores her views on abuse of the public trust, and a new book, “Blow-back,” the first in a series of spy novels.

Ellen Hart “Taken By the Wind”

Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Once Upon A Crime
604 W. 26th St.
A Jane Lawless mystery set in MN by MN author. Reading and signing.

History Mystery For Adults

Saturday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Rd., St. Paul 55111
This special evening allows visitors to explore the fort at night during this “murder mystery” program just for adults. Guests will be led through the fort where they will visit the crime scene, talk with witnesses, examine medical evidence and decide whether the suspect is guilty or not. Enjoy complimentary beer (limit 2) before or after the program. Participants must be ages 21 and up. Cost is $20 ($2 discount for MHS member) and reservations required, which you can reserve online at

Fossil Walk

Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 to 2 p.m.
Coldwater Spring National Park
5601 Minnehaha Park Dr. S.
In honor of National Fossil Day you can tour Coldwater with a paleontologist and a National Park Service ranger to learn more about fossils in the park. No registration required. More information at 651-290-4160.

Annual Peace Celebration

Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. (doors); 7 p.m. (program)
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, a nonpartisan coalition of over 70 peace, justice, environment and UN-advocacy organizations representing thousands of individuals in Minnesota, holds its Annual Peace Celebration.
Welcome Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive, who will speak on the topic “Our Vanishing Liberties: Drones, NSA and Executive Overreach.”

Trunk or Treat

Thursday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls
5212 41st Ave.S.
Looking for a family friendly Halloween event?! Come to Trunk or Treat where there will be a spooky house for kids and plenty of treats given out from the trunks of decorated cars. This is a free event and will be held outdoors. More info at 612-724-3691.

Powderhorn Empty Bowls

Friday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Powderhorn Park Building
3400 15th Ave. S.
Powderhorn Empty Bowls is a chance to have a great meal with your community. Choose one hand-thrown ceramic bowl out of hundreds available, make a free-will donation and then fill your bowl with homemade soup and fresh baked bread. This celebration of art and food transforms the park and community center into the living room of the neighborhood. The empty bowl you take home serves as a reminder that hunger exists in our community and there is something we can all do to make a difference. For more information go to or email pebinformation- Also, 612-370-4960.

Art | Music | Dance | Theater

All My Relations Gallery

1414 E. Franklin
Art from Indian Territory
This show features our first guest curator, Tony Tiger, and the work of 11 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.
Through October 12

Gage Family Art Gallery

Augsburg College
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
John Ready
Ready’s sculptures and works on paper function as interventions, questioning the nature and value of objects within continually fluxing ecologies.
Through October 25

Highpoint Center for Printmaking

912 W. Lake St.
Contemporary Prints from Central Taiwan
Featuring a variety of prints by artists living and working in the Taiwanese cities of Taichung and Miaoli. Free and open to the public.
Through November 23

Instinct Art Gallery

940 Nicollet Mall
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World
The exhibition is designed to bring nature back into the conversations of contemporary art. In contemporary art institutions the focus of recent years has been an art of distinct human-ness—where only the human mind can go.
Through November 1

Northern Clay Center

2424 Franklin Ave.
Exquisite Pots II: Red-Handed
A 2008 Northern Clay show, “Exquisite Pots: 6 Degrees of Collaboration,” explored collaborations in porcelain and derived its idea from the 1920’s Surrealist game “Exquisite Corpse,” where each successive collaborator built upon the preceding work of another without fully knowing what had come before. This exhibition, based, in part, on the earlier show, reflects on the prevalence of collaboration in the 21st century.
Through November 3

Jean Stephen Galleries

4811 Excelsior Blvd.
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
Never-before-seen hats from Dr. Seuss’ private collection alongside his little-known Secret Art, a series of estate authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings and sculpture. This historic collection has opened the world’s eyes to the extraordinary artistic talent of Dr. Seuss and will be available for viewing and purchase through the run of the exhibition.
October 11 – 26

The Bakken Museum

3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Monster Mash
The Bakken Museum is hosting a FREE Halloween-themed event, Monster Mash, for our Free Second Saturday. There will be a lot of wonderful (and of course, spooky) activities going on through the day!
October 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 55401
From Mill to Museum: The Hidden History of the Washburn Complex, 1965-2003
An exhibit of dramatic images and words about the Washburn A Mill during the years it sat abandoned; after General Mills shut down the mill in July 1965, this National Historic Landmark sat unused except for a few tenants, curiosity seekers and homeless people.
December 31

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

Guthrie Theater

818 S. 2nd St.
Uncle Vanya
Vanya and his niece Sonya work their small country estate, living frugally and keeping their emotions tightly reined in. The return of Vanya’s brother-in-law with his beautiful second wife, Elena, unlocks hidden passions as the entire family is thrown into turmoil. Tea, wine and vodka fuel the tensions in this tragicomic story about unrequited love, thwarted ambition and enduring hope.
Until October 27

Illusion Theater

Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave. S. at 6th St.
Love & Marriage: What a Difference a Year Makes
Celebration is in the air as we catch up with some the Twin Cities’ most committed couples through new interviews and new songs. The multi-media revue will travel down the road of married life; from first kiss to wedded bliss, through a lifetime of joys, sorrows and surprises. Bring your special someone and celebrate with us!
Ends October 20

Jungle Theater

2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
Fool For Love
An explosive tale of doomed love and loss is set in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave desert where transient lovers May and Eddie engage in a ruthless struggle for power and truth.
Through October 20

MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater

1424 Yale Pl.
Waiting for Lefty
Waiting for Lefty is a 1935 play by the American playwright Clifford Odets. Consisting of a series of related vignettes, the entire play is framed by the meeting of cab drivers who are planning a labor strike. The framing uses the audience as part of the meeting. Free admission with non-perishable food donation. Matinee at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26. Post-play discussions with union people.
October 23 – 26

Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Adjustments” An
Open Call Cabaret
The core programming consists of six acts with a mix of experience levels and artistic disciplines. Each cabaret is carefully curated to offer a diverse range of performances, while at the same time striving to maintain accessibility for the artists we target with our outreach. We put it all on stage—video, dance, performance art, comedy, spoken word—you name it, it happens here! $8 in advance from artists or $10 at the door (cash or check only).
October 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m.

Pillsbury House Theatre

3501 Chicago Ave. S.
the road weeps, the well runs dry
Magical, epic, urgent and poetic, the play explores issues of spirituality and identity, education and migration, through the story of Wewoka, Okla., the first incorporated all-black town in America. Black Seminoles, people of both African- and Native-American heritage, watch all they have built collapse in a clash between the new religion and the old way when the well water runs dry.
Through October 27

Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave. S.
Twin Cities Horror Festival II: The Revenge
The festival once again sets the stage for seven accomplished local performance groups to present seven new works exploring the theme of horror through theater, music, dance and storytelling. More than 30 performances will take place over two weekends with a bonus Recycle-Your-Halloween-Costume part the night on Friday, Nov. 8. Tickets, festival passes and full show descriptions currently available at
October 31 – November 9


Hosmer Library

347 E. 36th St. S.
**Thursday, Oct. 10, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Microsoft Word: Formatting Tips for Resume Writers
Learn how to set tab stops, use bulleted lists, bold and italic formats to make your resume shine. Prerequisite: Microsoft Word: Basics or familiarity with word processing is highly recommended. Register online or call.