April 21 – Coming to the Table,10:30 AM-Noon at the Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd, Mpls. Descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners, and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue come together to envision the US as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial woods. Free and open.
April 22 – Earth Day. https://www.dogonews.com/2018/4/17/earth-day-2018-is-dedicated-to-reducing-plastic-litter-and-pollution. More on reducing plastic: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/162e3853a3b757e5https:// www.earthday.org/campaigns/plastics-campaign/ https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/162de1ad1c372acb —
April 26 – Raise your Voice! This is Habitat for Humanity Day on the Hill. https://www.tchabitat.org/events/habitat-on-the-hill-mn-2018
April 27-29. Saint Paul Art Crawl. http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/25487/saint-paul-art-crawl-spring-2018
Through April 28 – 2018 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival. St Anthony Main Theatre, http://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/
April 27-29 – Spontaneous Combustion. Wildwood Theatre’s first production about mental health. The production is focused on exploring the personal experiences of trauma and how they weave through our everyday struggles. Event is at the Off-Leash Art Box. http://www.offleasharea.org Tickets are priced on a sliding scale, $10-$15. https://www.wildwoodtheatre.com/welcome
May 3 — It’s a tradition — Over time the Pen Pals author lecture series sponsored by Friends of the Hennepin County Library has become a community tradition. The fourth and final guest in this 2017-2018 is Jesmyn Ward. Her talk is set for May 3 (7:30 p.m.) and May 4 (11:00 a.m.) Ward has written two novels and a memoir, all set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Her novel, Salvage the Bones, won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction. Phone 612 543 8112.
May 5, 2:00 p.m. Erik Rivenes, Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal that Shook Minneapolis, RKMC meeting room, Minneapolis Central Library. For crime fans and local history buffs – the story of turn of the century Minneapolis mayor Doc Ames, “his political scandals, corrupt police department and the downfall that helped jump start an era of reform. Eric Rivenes is a writer and historian who produces the Most Notorious podcast. His new book is available this month.