Native American Somali Peacemakers Project Named Winner of $100,000 Grant
The Native American Somali Peacemakers of The Family Partnership is the winner of a $100,000 grant through the Connect for Health Challenge.
Minnesotans voted and selected the project as the winner out of nearly 400 applicants. The Native American Somali Peacemak-ers Project is an active group in the Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods of Minneapolis that addresses growing intercultural tension by building community through collaboration. The project builds a healthier community by empowering Native American and Somali youth to develop leadership skills and collaborate together on public safety and crime prevention projects in their communities using traditional cultural conflict resolution methods passed down by respected community elders.
Calling Creative People
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Pillsbury House and Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S.
Arts on Chicago, a new community partnership, will implement 20 projects in one year in the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft and Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue from 32nd Street to 42nd Street. Its purpose is to support the ongoing development of a vibrant arts and cultural district. Anyone with artistic talent is invited to come to an information and inspiration workshop to get details about proposing an art project. Also go to www.pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/arts-on-chicago.
Thursday & Friday, Aug. 9 & 10, 4 to 8 p.m.
Thrones Plaza, Peavey Park
Intersection of Chicago and Franklin
The Amen Corner open microphone community listening sessions were created by the Ventura Village Neighborhood one year ago and are held every Thursday and Friday at the Thrones Plaza of Peavey Park. Whatever the weather or season, we bring our microphones, food and drink to engage people, to hear what people think about our neighborhood and to document voices, to report their visions and concerns back to our neighborhood organization for action. The Amen Corner concept of an open microphone comes from a play by the famed African-American author James Baldwin, featuring people who had to confront and act on truths they discovered about themselves. We have created a culture of tolerance, safety, recovery and intermingling of youth and elders at Peavey Park and the Chicago/Franklin Intersection.
Longfellow Corn Feed
Thursday, Aug. 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
3435 36th Ave. S.
Family fun includes live music, community business resource fair and Restoration Youth and Family Center’s health fair. The youth activity fee is $5 for an unlimited wristband. There will be lots of games and of course hot and fresh roasted sweet corn.
Tomato Canning with Transition Longfellow
Saturdays, Aug. 11 & 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave. S.
The sustainability group will help you can tomatoes or make salsa, sauce or paste. Let Leslie MacKenzie (612-724-4265) know what date and time you’d like to attend and if you would like to order tomatoes through the farmers at Community Table. Burners are limited so sign up for 10 a.m. to 12 Noon for salsa and whole tomatoes, or from 1 to 4 p.m. for sauce and pasta. If you have a partner, you can sign up as a team.
Parade of Gardens Display
Saturday, Aug. 11, 8 to 10 a.m.
South City Café
3405 Chicago Ave. S.
While the South City Café garden is on display for the citywide Parade of Gardens, there will be facepainting, art projects, refreshments and an obstacle course.
Happy Hour for Peace
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
3137 44th Ave. S.
Enjoy food, drink and conversation to help build the peace movement. Hosted by Meredith Aby and Anne Keirstead. Funds raised will support Twin Cities participation in nationally coordinated local anti-war actions in October to mark 11 years of U.S. war in Afghanistan. For more information, 612-522-1861.
Forum on “Humanitarian Intervention”
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
301 Cedar Ave. S.
Is U.S. Military Intervention Ever Humanitarian? In Afghanistan, the war is portrayed as being partially about rights of women. In Libya, the U.S. bombing was said to be to protect civilians. What economic and political issues drive U.S. military interventions around the world? Sponsored by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition.
El Patio Opening Ceremony
Friday, Aug. 17, 3 to 5 p.m.
El Colegio Charter School
4137 Bloomington Ave. S.
The neighborhood is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for El Patio, El Colegio charter school’s new outdoor sports facility, which includes a soccer field, a basketball court and a community garden. At this special event the crowd will enjoy dance groups, inaugural soccer and basketball games, speeches, and more. Food will be available for purchase.
Nokomis Healthy Seniors
Thursday, Aug. 30, 11:15 a.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave. S.
Lunch and a movie, “Despicable Me.”
HPDL Neighborhood Garage Sale
Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get rid of your extra stuff during the annual Hale Page Diamond Lake Neighborhood Garage Sale: The area is from 35W to Cedar Avenue; Minnehaha Creek to 62nd Street/ Highway 62. Free registration:
Deadline is Aug. 22. Registering before the deadline ensures that your sale will be listed (for free) on the map and on HPDL’s website prior to the sale. Each household may extend its sale additional days or hours. Contact HPDL Community Association at 5144 13th Ave. S., Mpls., MN 55417 or e-mail office@-hpdl.org.
Art | Music | Dance | Theater | Community | Museums
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Ded Unk’unpi – We Are Here
2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the largest mass execution in the history of the U.S. On Dec. 26, 1862, 38 Dakota warriors were sentenced and hung as a result of the U.S./Dakota wars. This timely and important exhibit features works by 20 Native American artists whose work responds to the legacy of these events.
Through September 28
Altered Esthetics Gallery
1224 Quincy St. N.E.
Anger, Angst, and Art
No more Minnesota nice … Altered Esthetics gives you permission to lose your temper using art as an outlet for a natural emotion. Experience the rage and anxieties of nearly 40 artists through their sculptures, photographs, paintings and mixed media works.
Through August 30
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St.
Highpoint’s 21st Cooperative Exhibition
Through August 31
Gage Family Art Gallery
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
Ringside at the Circle of Discipline
Becky Olstad’s photographic exhibition documents the community of the Circle of Discipline, a Lake Street boxing center that nurtures high-risk youth and young adults. What started as taking snapshots for fighters developed into an examination of relationships and interactions in a space where sanctioned and regulated conflict occurs.
Reception, August 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
Through August 21
Jean Stephen Galleries
917 Nicollet Mall
The Knotty Problem on Capitol Hill, Finding a Way to Raise Taxes Without Losing a Single Vote
Dr. Seuss humorously depicts Congress hard at work using plumb bobs, T-squares, surveyors’ transits, scales and drawing compasses. According to a PBS documentary on the “political Dr. Seuss,” his true genius may lie in the fact that all of this was done with such humor and finesse, that few realized he was being political at all.
Northern Clay Center
2424 E. Franklin Ave.
7 McKnight Artists
Through August 26
August Artists of the Month
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s
Throughout the 1980s, a series of ruptures permanently changed the character of the art world. Art veered between radical and conservative, capricious and political, socially engaged and art-historically aware. Even as Reaganomics dramatically expanded art as a luxury commodity, postmodernism further challenged the very status of representation and shifted artists’ sense of their role in society. This contentious exhibition counters the cynicism and irony with which art of this period is sometimes viewed. It presents a vivid portrait of artists struggling with their wants, needs and desires in an era of political and aesthetic urgency and situates our contemporary moment within the history of art of the recent past.
Until September 30
Tapestry Folkdance Center
3748 Minnehaha Ave. S.
William, an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer with an emphasis in Afro-modern, contemporary and traditional West African dance styles, is in town for two dance classes. Classes are $17 at the door.
August 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
August 10, 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Summer Music and Movies in Loring Park
All evenings begin at 7 p.m. August 6 is Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis’ Artists and Models (with Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits); August 13 is Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children (with Rogue Valley).
Mill City Museum
704 S. Second St.
Bridge: A Gathering
Two years ago local artist Vance Gellert began to interview and photograph the survivors of the I35W bridge collapse, as well as families who lost loved ones, first responders and secondary helpers. He also collected images of twisted bridge parts as they sat on the landscape. Along the way, he discovered things to celebrate as well as be dismayed about, seeing selfless heroism among tragedy.
Ends in December
Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake St.
A presentation by Blue Water Theatre Company of the work by Stephen Sondheim based on the book by George Furth. This non-linear “concept” musical analyzes the importance of relationships and self-discovery.
Highlighting its continued relevance, this intimate, student-directed staging features an all-youth cast from around the metro.
Tickets are $12/$9 students and seniors.
August 22 – 25, 7 p.m. (Doors at 6)
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th St.
POLITICO, a love story (but the course of true love never did run smooth)
By Kevin Kling. An evening of stories, music and toe-tapping with Simone Perrin, Michelle Kinney, Michael Sommers and Jacqueline Ultan.
August 10 – 19
U of M Rarig Center Arena
330 21st Ave. S., 2nd Floor
In August of 1968, a farm girl from rural Indiana stepped off a plane in Saigon, Vietnam. The people and events that led her there, and her subsequent adventures, make for an extraordinary tale that proves the truth can be stranger than fiction.
Many people have told the history of the Vietnam War: servicemen and women on both sides, government and diplomatic workers, journalists, Vietnamese civilians. Donna Miller was none of these things. She chose to go to Vietnam, alone, at the height of the conflict. She went to teach English at the Buddhist University in Saigon, but she ended up doing so much more.
Donna’s daughter Tonya was inspired to create a one-woman work of theater based on her mother’s stories. The show is a haunting reminder of how connected we are, how we never know the influence a seemingly small action might have, and how, in the span of an instant, some people change our lives forever.
Tickets are $12 (Must have Minnesota Fringe Festival Button to attend Fringe Festival shows.)
Ends August 11
Become an Afterschool Tutor
You can make a positive impact on the life of a child in as little as one afternoon a week. RSVP of the Greater Twin Cities is looking for volunteers aged 55+ to work with youth of all ages on basic reading and math skills in afterschool programs throughout the TC. For more information contact Carolyn Swenson at 952-945-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Family Storytime, Wednesdays,
through Aug. 29, 10:30 – 11 a.m. For children age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement with your children.
through Aug. 29, 4 – 6 p.m. Entering grades 6 – 12. Art takes on many forms. Join us and explore your creativity! Sessions include time for independent work as well as projects led by guest artists.
Gaming Tuesdays, through Aug. 28, 3 – 5 p.m. ;
through Aug. 29, 3 – 4 p.m.;
through Aug. 21, 2 – 3 p.m.; Fridays,
through Aug. 31, 3 – 4 p.m. For entering grades 6 – 12. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library. Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours!
Memoir Writing Group, Thursday, Aug. 16, 12:30 – 2 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.
Computer Skills Workshop, Friday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. – Noon. Work on projects and practice skills from using the mouse and keyboarding to using e-mail and Microsoft Office with our software instructors and volunteer assistants.
347 E. 36th St.
Conversation Circles, Saturdays, through Aug. 25, Noon – 2 p.m.
Non-native English speakers: Practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too. Call 612-543-5669 for more information in English or, in Hmong, 612-543-8845; in Somali, 612-543-8756; in Spanish, 612-543-8510.
1314 E. Franklin Ave.
Brodini Comedy Magic Show, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. Preschool to entering grade 3. Magician Graylyn Morris will raise spirits and test kids’ powers of concentration as he manipulates ropes, scarves, balls and other magician’s props in a perplexing “now you see it, now you don’t” performance.
Game On! Gaming Tuesdays, July 3 – Aug. 28, 3 – 5 p.m. ; Wednesdays, July 11 – Aug. 29, 3 – 4 p.m.; Thursdays, July 5 – Aug. 21 (except Aug. 2), 2 – 3 p.m.; Fridays, July 6 – Aug. 31, 3 – 4 p.m. For entering grades 6 – 12. Play PS2 or Wii games at the library. Grab a friend, bring your favorite board or card game, or play ours!
4-H Mentoring Club, Tuesdays, July 3 – Aug. 28, 5 – 7 p.m. Learn about urban ecology, health and nutrition, sustainable agriculture and related careers in food science from adults and peer mentors. You also will maintain a community garden and visit local food enterprises.
Memoir Writing Group, Thursday, July 19, 12:30 – 2 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.
Family Storytime, Wednesdays, July 11 – Aug. 29, 10:30 – 11 a.m. For children age 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement with your children.
Computer Skills Workshop, Thursdays, July 12 & Aug. 2, Noon – 2 p.m. & Friday, July 13, 10 a.m. – Noon. Work on projects and practice skills, from using the mouse and keyboarding to using e-mail and Microsoft Office, with our software instructors and volunteer assistants.
Microsoft Excel: Basics, Thursday, July 12, 6 – 8 p.m. Learn the basics of working with an Excel spreadsheet: navigation, entering data and using formulas.
Comedy Sportz Improv Class, Thursday, July 26, 3 – 4 p.m. Registration required, which began June 28. Entering grades 7 – 12. Develop your wit with an improv class taught by the pros at Comedy Sportz. Come ready to laugh and entertain!