Though we haven’t got down to the “precious few” yet, the days are visibly dwindling down. We need to choose with care from the lure of learning options that wrap up the summer – and prime the mental pump for what’s to come. Just a few of the opportunities waiting to be explored:
September 23 – April 22, 2018. Renewing What They Gave Us. On exhibit now at the Minnesota History Center are the fruits of labor of participants in the Native American Artists-in-Residents program. The exhibit includes beadwork, birch bark and textile artworks by five contemporary American Indian artists including Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman and Holly Young. Details here: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/renewing-what-they-gave-us
September 27-October 1. Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/festival-director-shares-stories-of-twin-cities-arab-film-festival-2017/. Even if you can’t make it to the Film Festival, take time to view the delightfully informative interview with Mizna staffer Michelle Baroody who is responsible for All Things Film Festival. The link to that interview is embedded on the earlier post. UPDATED SCHEDULE: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15ebe301851de3d9
September 28, 7:00 PM – Peter Breen of The Bolt Weevils will host an open mic and Tom Kingstrom will play a featured set at Eat My Words, 215 13th Avenue NE in Participants will have a max 10 minutes of stage time. (note new location) http://www.eatmywordsbooks.com/events/2017/9/28/eat-my-words-open-mic
September 28, 7:30 PM and October 1, 2:30 PM – Elision Theater’s production of Goblin Market by Polly Pen and Peggy Harman. The performance, a musical adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s 1859 narrative poem, features the artwork of Omar Rayyan. To further explore the connections between the musical, the original poem, and the historical contact, the October 1 matinee will include a discussion facilitated by Andrew Elfenbein, Chair of the U of M English Department. Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St NE, Minneapolis https://www.facebook.com/TheatreElision/?fref=mentions
Much happening during coming weeks at East Side Freedom Library:
- September 28, 7:00 PM – Closing event in the Women from the Center Series: A harvest reading by Native Writers including Diane Wilson (host) with Colleen Casey, Pauline Danforth, Ruth Denny, Rosie Peters, Tayah Reyes, and Kim Wensaut. An opening song provided by the Asiginaag Singers with music by JG Everest. Free and open. firstname.lastname@example.org or 651 230 3294.
- September 30, 1:00–4:00 PM “Against Labor: A book discussion with the authors of a new collection.” Participants include David Roediger, Elizabeth Esch, Chad Pearson, Tom Klub, Rosemary Feurer, and Peter Rachleff.
September 29-30 – Don’t miss this rare and wonderful opportunity to Illuminate the Locks. Once again the 49-foot tall chamber of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be “re-purposed” – now as a canvas for an experiment in art. Andrea Carlson’s creative work, entitled “The Uncompromising Hand” is a hand-crafted animation based on six photographs of the island during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The artwork will be accompanied by text in Dakota and Ojibwe. http://parkconnection.org/event/illuminate-lock-uncompromising-hand/
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), an ever-simmering cauldron of ideas and energy, whets your learning appetite with these options. Check out the NEMAA website to get seriously informed – and engaged. https://nemaa.org/events
- October 5 – Overcoming Writer’s Block and Growing from Criticism
- October 21-22 – Ever tried a rigid heddle? Design your own project at this intriguing workshop
October 14 – Grand Reopening of the Water Bar. Check out this earlier post. https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4157&action
AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera. Now on exhibit at the Minnesota History Center the powerful exhibit features color portraits that document the lives of Mexican and Mexican-American military veterans who now live on St Paul’s West Side. The photographs represent the artistry of Xavier Tavera who was born in Mexico City and has lived in the Twin Cities for the past two decades. http://www.minnesoahistorycenter.org/exhibits/amvets-post-5