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Thursday May 23rd 2024

March ’23 Events

Hidden Gems at Hennepin History Museum. Image: Hennepin History Museum
Master Gardener Tomia MacQueen has been an Edible Gardens consultant for 14 years and will facilitate a March 25 class on starting garden seeds indoors. Source: Minneapolis Edible Boulevards

Through April 29
Norway House
913 East Franklin Ave.
Adults $7
Kids 12 & Under Free

Our first exhibit of the season will showcase work from Norwegian multimedia artist, Finn Eirik Modahl, whose newest sculpture, Seeds was unveiled in October at Norway House. This is Modahl’s first work in the United States and is a sister sculpture to Konglo in Sotra, just outside of Bergen.
With Seeds, Modahl takes us into a universal and optimistic territory – seeds of change, hope, and new beginnings. The Norwegian Pine — represented through the image of its pinecone — is the state tree of Minnesota, drawing connections between Norway and Minnesota and conjures thoughts about immigration, memories of the past, and the links to a new land or home.

Hidden Gems
On view through June
Hennepin History Museum
2303 Third Avenue South

Hidden Gems is an exhibit of paintings, prints, collages, and drawings from the permanent collection of Hennepin History Museum that were “rediscovered” through a recently completed cataloging project of their permanent art collection.
Spanning the 20th century, the works featured in Hidden Gems encompass the experimentation, imagination, and creativity associated with modern art, and includes local artist pioneers such as Josephine Lutz Rollins, Cameron Booth, Ada Wolfe, Bela Pethos, Frances Greenman, Eugene Larkin. For more information and open hours, visit

Peavy Park Drop-In
Mondays 6 – 7 PM
Peavey Recreation

Drop by to discover fun, interesting, and inspiring nature activities right in your neighborhood park! Each week offers a different option for nature exploring — such as meeting live animals, dissecting an owl pellet, investigating animal tracks, and much more! No need to register, just stop on by for free fun! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This program takes place outdoors whenever possible, so please dress for the weather.

Thursday Evenings at ASI
3 – 8 PM
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue

Explore the ASI with free museum admission from 3-8pm. There will be live music on select Thursdays.

John Freeman: Reading & Conversation
Monday March 6
7 – 8 PM
Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Avenue

Please join us for a free, in-person, masked event to welcome poet, essayist, editor, and literary critic John Freeman, who will be reading from his recent third poetry collection, Wind, Trees, published with Copper Canyon Press in October 2022.
He will be joined by Twin Cities-based poets Su Hwang and Michael Kleber-Diggs for a reading and conversation about poetry and literary activism. For more information, visit

Fire in My Veins
March 16 – 19
Open Eye Theatre
506 E 24th Street
Sliding Scale $10-$22

Living with a chronic illness is hard, horrifying, and honestly, sometimes hilarious. In Fire in my Veins, storyteller Allison Broeren takes you on the romp of living life with a rare autoimmune disease. Almost 20 years after her initial diagnosis, she thinks she has it figured out…then a pandemic hits, and her chemo tries to kill her, so – back to the drawing board! Recommended for all ages. For more information and tickets, go to

Community Connect: Shamrock Day
Friday, March 17
6:30 – 8 PM
East Phillips Park

Come celebrate Shamrock Day and the wearing of the green at East Phillips! We will be playing a little musical jig freeze dance, hunting for gold coins in the park, making shamrock art, and more. There will be fun for all!

SENSUS by Duo Avila
Friday, March 17
10:30 -11 AM
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue

Duo Avila, a piano and violin ensemble whose goal is to bridge the gap between composers past and present through the programming of music by women and BIPOC composers, presents SENSUS, a multi-sensory concert for individuals of all ages. Join Venezuelan musicians Ines Guanchez (piano) and Sofia Schutte (violin) as they explore the music of various female composers from across the globe through live performance and visual art. The concert will feature works from Costa Rican visual artists Alessandra Sequeira and Magda Cordoba, who have created a collection of paintings inspired by these composers. Find more information at

Billy McLaughlin with Simple Gifts
Sunday, March 19
4 PM
Mount Olive Lutheran Church
3045 Chicago Avenue South

Billy McLaughlin is recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces unorthodox acoustic guitar techniques while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world to Billboard’s Top 10 chart, and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia. McLaughlin has had to relearn the guitar left-handed, and his story is the subject of an award-winning documentary film, Changing Keys: Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries of Dystonia.
McLaughlin will share his original music and reinterpret familiar acoustic music with the members of his ensemble, Simple Gifts. Expect innovative guitar, humor, inspiration, incredible female vocal harmonies, and a Celtic twist. For more information, visit to

Sowing Seeds for Summer with Tomia MacQueen
Saturday March 25
11 AM
Free (registration required)

Join Minneapolis Edible Boulevards and Tomia MacQueen of Wildflower Farm to learn how to grow and transplant seedlings. If there’s time, we’ll also learn how to grow items from our kitchen pantries. Start saving those egg cartons and yogurt cups! If you need starter mix and seeds for the class, there’ll be a way to pick them up before March 20 (so register now!) Go to Edible Boulevards’ Facebook or Instagram sites for more information and to register. If you are not on social media, email us at for the registration link.

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