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September 2014 Alley Newspaper

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PHILLIPS WELCOMES PUPPETRY FESTIVAL 10 Troupes, 55 Artists/Actors, 13 Performances, 12 workshops at 5 Phillips locations

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Welcome Puppets,
Puppeteers, and Visitors 

The Phillips Community is exceptional in a myriad of ways. One amazing attribute is its artistic activism every month; but September 25-28, 2014 art and activism in Phillips catapults even higher with “Handmade Worlds A Festival of Puppet Theatre.” Performance descriptions below,  Schedule on page 6 and at www.handmadeworlds.org.  Tickets

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/734750

Collaborating with the Great Plains Region of The Puppeteers of America and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Open Eye Figure Theatre (OEFT) is producing a national puppetry festival working with the Great Plains Region of The Puppeteers of America (POA), In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) and the American Swedish Institute. This dynamic four day festival will offer a line-up of puppetry from around the country.  Open Eye will be the venue for the larger number of smaller works, and HOBT will provide the venue for the festival’s larger productions.  POA members will travel from around the country to attend along with Minneapolis’ thriving puppetry audience – putting our local puppet scene on the national map.

The Festival has been scheduled enabling Festival Pass Holders may see every one of the 13 performances, attend 2-4 of the 12 workshops, a panel discussion featuring nationally recognized artists, two puppetry cabarets and enjoy all the events of the festival. Performances will happen at four venues – OEFT, the Open Eye Studio (for some of the more intimate offerings), HOBT, and the final performance at the American Swedish Institute. The festival will culminate in a one-time opportunity to see Open Eye’s My Life as A Fairytale at the American Swedish Institute on Sunday morning.

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September 2014 Ventura Village Neighborhood News

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Phillips Clean Sweep

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SEPTEMBER Midtown Phillips Board Meeting

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SEPTEMBER Midtown Phillips Board Meeting:

Tuesday September 9, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Arts & Crafts Room), 2700 12th Ave S, Minneapolis

  • Plan to engage local block clubs for collective discussion on crime. (30 min.)
  • Discuss Banyan/MPNAI Partnership MOU. (20 min.)
  • Motion to approve hiring of staff member in partnership with Waite House. (10 min.)
  • Financial report (10 min.)
  • Discuss the housing committee’s goals (10 min.)
  • Elect new chair member (10 min.)

SEPTEMBER Midtown Phillips Community Meeting:

Tuesday September 23, 6:30-8pm. Stewart Park (Multi-purpose Room), 2700 12th Ave S, Minneapolis

  • Recap of discussion on traffic calming on 26th and 28th. (30 min.)
  • Solid Waste and Recycling opened a new Residential Organics Drop-Off at the South Transfer Station.
  • The Residential Organics Drop-Off is open all hours the South Transfer Station is open: Tuesdays – Friday (12:30 – 7:30) and Saturdays (8:30 – 3:30). Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator of the City of Minneapolis, will educate residents about organics recycling and how the drop-off program works. (20 min.)
  • Presentation on Community Arts Engagement projects by HOTB/St Pauls (15 min.)
  • Debrief of the Midtown Festival (10 min.)
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COMING SOON! Alien Invasion

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COMING SOON! Alien Invasion – Cinema on the Cemetery returns on September 10, 2014, with a screening of the 1958 horror/sci-fi film “The Blob.” Cemetery gates will open at 6 and the screening will begin at sundown, approximately 7 o’clock. Taco Taxi will be on hand with their usual delicious fare. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. Admission is $8 for one film or $20 for a package of three films. Kids under 12 admitted free. Aliens will take over the cemetery again on September 24th (“Plan 9 from Outer Space”) and October 8th (“The Thing from Another World”). The film series is a fundraiser for the cemetery co-sponsored by Friends of the Cemetery and Take-Up Productions.

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Cemetery markers are the “tip of the iceberg” and a book cover of family stories

At 26th St. and 26th Ave. George Thompson II (left photo) owned the Exchange Hotel and Duffy’s Bar here in bottom right photo in the area that became known as the Hub of Hell because of shootings, killings, labor riots and gangster hangouts. Top 1965 photo of  Duffy’s and Mr. Nib’s Nightclub. Duffy’s Tavern became Norma Jean’s Nightclub painted a garish pink from 1979-1984.

By Sue Hunter Weir

August 8th 2014 was a busy day in the Cemetery. Five new markers were placed that day.

Ron Thompson honored George E. Thompson II and August and Maria Seeber.

Ron Thompson of Naples, Florida, purchased three of them: One was for his grandfather, George E. Thompson II, and the other two were for his maternal grandparents, August Friederich Seeber and Maria Werner Seeber.

August and Maria Seeber arrived in Canada from Germany in 1869. Their daughter, Louise, who was born in Germany in 1866, came with them. The family settled in Northfield, Minnesota, where family lore has it that Louise witnessed members of Jesse James’ gang racing through town on the day that they robbed the Northfield Bank.

Sometime between 1885 and 1892, Maria and August Seeber relocated to Spokane, Washington, where they ran an apple orchard. Maria died from gastroenteritis in Spokane on March 19, 1892, at the age of 55. Louise took the train from Minneapolis to Spokane to bring her mother’s body back to Minneapolis for burial. August eventually moved back to Minneapolis where he died on March 26, 1906, from chronic nephritis, at the age of 74.

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Exuberance & Excitement Exudes At Franklin Learning Center & Library

By Franklin Learning Center Staff

Students come to the Franklin Learning Center to learn English, improve their reading and writing skills, prepare for the GED, or get ready for the U.S. citizenship test. Learners come from more than 20 different countries and range in age from early twenties to middle eighties. Some study for a long time, and some stay for only a short while. Yet while all students are different, they share a strong determination and commitment to life-long learning.

Originally from the city of Galkayo in the northern part of Somalia, Gaheyr Warsame came to study at the Franklin Learning Center in 2011, not long after he first arrived in Minnesota. For the last three years, Gaheyr has been studying very diligently and coming very regularly. He has already studied at FLC for more than 1500 hours! His hard work has led to good results. Gaheyr has finished the math books on fractions, decimals, percentages, and introductory algebra and geometry; now he is working on an algebra book with more advanced equations. He has also increased his vocabulary; whenever he meets with a new word, he always looks up its definition and memorizes its meanings. On the whole, he definitely likes coming to the FLC. “I will never forget the staff, the volunteer tutors, and the students at the Franklin Library, “ he says.

In addition, Gaheyr has also done some personal writing in which he shared some information about his life outside of school. In his first story, he had written about his life in rural Somalia and his family’s herds of camels, goats, and sheep. Gaheyr still has many good memories from that time. In another story, he wrote about his “happiest day” when he was finally granted official refugee status. Most recently, Gaheyr shared his difficult but sometimes funny experiences with snow when he first moved from Kenya to Buffalo, New York.

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Letter to the Community: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre at Crossroads of Change

By HOBT Board of Directors

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT), the funder and organizer of the annual MayDay Parade and Festival and one of Minneapolis’ most beloved community assets, is embarking on a new path to reimagine its future with the aim of ensuring the organization’s long-term viability and success.

HOBT’s vital mission – to bring people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance – will remain at the core of its puppet center identity, along with its performance, education and community-building work.

While HOBT continues to lay the foundation for its sustainability into the next decade, it is currently faced with inadequate cash flow to support the full range of programming it has offered in the post-recession economy. The reasons include the inability to replace overhead funding lost after the expiration of a multi-year operating support grant (and the increasingly limited availability of similar grants); and the unexpected need to fund a more than $20,000 refinancing of the Avalon Theatre mortgage as a result of a precipitous drop in the theatre’s appraised value along with the subsequent reduction of a credit line used to moderate cyclical cash flows. As a consequence, HOBT ends its budget year with insufficient cash reserves to carry out a full artistic program.

Out of necessity and with careful deliberation, HOBT’s Board has laid out a plan for the 2015 fiscal year (which commences September 1, 2014) that decreases staffing and programs.  Read the rest of this entry »

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September 2014 Spirit of Phillips

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