May 1 marchers demanding immigration reform block Minneapolis intersection

Members of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles (“Assembly for Civil Rights”), faith and labor groups, civil rights activists, including American Indian Movement leader Clyde Bellecourt, and a host of others, gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis May 1 to call for comprehensive immigration reform and the end of deportations. The event kicked off in the morning with a bus tour of congressional offices aimed at pressuring key U.S. Representatives to sign the discharge petition for immigration reform legislation in order to allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. The demonstrators came together at the Hennepin County Government Center in the afternoon. Native American drumming and dance, and singing and chants in Spanish and English, helped warm up the crowd, as banners and flags blew in the biting wind. The size of the rally, roughly 100 people or so, didn’t match the groundswell at the St. Paul rally the same day. But what the marchers lacked in numbers they made up for in determination and grit, evidenced by the event’s dramatic close, an act of civil disobedience.Protesters took to the streets, shutting down the intersection of Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue during rush-hour, to the chagrin of police and commuters. Continue Reading

TC Weekend | Art in Bloom, Cinco de Mayo, MayDay, Festival of Nations & more!

We’ve endured puddles, potholes, puddles in potholes and chilly April showers — now it’s time for some May flowers!  This weekend’s forecast calls for a bit more sun (crossing fingers), perfect for getting out to Art in Bloom, the Summer Flower Show, and the many festivals in the Twin Cities. Details below:Art in Bloom, May 1-4 Take time to smell the roses and delight your eyes with timeless art at Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ 31st Annual Art in Bloom. On display will be 150 floral arrangements designed to reflect art from MIA’s permanent collection. Minneapolis Institute of Arts2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MNGeneral admission is free; price for ticketed events vary Go here for more info. Festival of Nations, May 1-4 Get a glimpse of the globe in one colorful setting at Festival of Nations, an annual festival presented by the Internatinal Institute of Minnesota. Continue Reading

MayDay Festival 2013 preview

This year’s parade starts at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 5, on 25th street, in South Minneapolis between Cedar and Bloomington Avenues, and heads along Bloomington to Powderhorn Park (where the festival begins at 3). The 2013 theme, “See the World,” is inspired by a cantastoria (sung story) called “Hallelujah” from Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. (Fun fact: they’re one of the oldest puppet theaters in the country, and it’s their 50th anniversary this year.) According to HOBT, “Hallelujah” is “a painfully honest and simple story about how our actions affect our beautiful world.”Despite fears that the theater’s budget wouldn’t allow for funding of the MayDay Festival this year, the festivities are on for May 5, 2013. But with a 33.3% budget reduction for MayDay from previous years, HOBT Artistic Director Sandy Spieler is appealing for public support. (Sandy’s plea generated a lot of comments about the cumbersome nature of donating on HOBT’s website, so here’s an easier way.) Budget woes aside, the 39th MayDay seems to be on track in the creative department. Continue Reading

MayDay 2012, still time to lend a hand

It is getting near show time for the 2012 MayDay Parade and Ceremony. The activity level at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is charged with vibrancy. The deadline of the May 6th  MayDay has every parade section buzzing in many directions. Continue Reading

Help make MayDay

MayDay for 37 years has always been the first Sunday in May. For 2012, the 38th MayDay, the date is May 6. MayDay is the collective product of a very large and diverse community. It is many people assisting in a common celebration of spring and each other. Continue Reading