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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Monday July 15th 2024

May ’23 Events

Bring Her Home
Friday May 5
4:30 – 8:30 PM
East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center
2307 17th Avenue S

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center is hosting a showing of Bring Her Home, a 2022 documentary following three Indigenous women as they fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victims to a growing epidemic across Indian country. Despite the lasting effects of historical trauma, each woman must search for healing while navigating racist systems that brought about this very crisis. The event will include guest speakers, a feast, and a tobacco ceremony. Free and open to the community.

Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine
Through June 10
All My Relations Arts
1414 E Franklin Avenue

Piitwewetam: Making Is Medicine is a commemorative exhibition that presents work by the Gustafson family honoring their son and brother, Piitwewetam (Rolling Thunder), also known as the late Jesse Gustafson, who traveled to the spirit world in 2015. With Anishnaabe tradition, a part of the grief ceremony is gifting. This beautiful exhibition acknowledges all of the good life that Jesse experienced when he was here on Earth. These gifts come from kindness, from a deep love that honors Piitwewetam. More information at

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

Explore the ASI with free museum admission from 3 to 8pm! There will be live music on select Thursdays. More information at

Blue Thumb Resilient Yards Workshops
May 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25
6 PM
$15 (scholarships available)

Learn how to beautify your landscape while planting for clean water and pollinator habitat at a Blue Thumb Resilient Yards Workshop this spring.
Blue Thumb’s Resilient Yards workshops give participants the skills to create their own rain gardens, native plantings, pollinator habitat, and more. Use our free online learning series, register for a live virtual workshop, or do both! Your yard can BEE the change.
Scholarships are available upon request, no questions asked. All workshop registrants can choose to be automatically registered for a $350 Lawns to Legumes grant, supported by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. For more information and to register, visit

In the Spirit of May Day
Sunday May 7
2 – 9 PM
1517 E 35th St

Revere Cafe + Modus Locus are throwing a Mayday block party and YOU are invited! Come down, get your boogie on and welcome spring with us.
We will have live music from 4 to 9 pm, good vibes all day, the cafe will be open for food and drinks. Puppets, stilters, painters, art cars welcome!

Celebrating Ty Chapman’s Looking for Happy
Monday May 8
7 – 8 PM
Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Avenue

Celebrate the release of Ty Chapman’s new book on May 8th at Moon Palace Books. Credit: Beaming Books

Please join Moon Palace Books for a conversation with local author, poet, puppeteer, and playwright Ty Chapman to celebrate the release of his new picture book, Looking for Happy.
Every day is different. Some days everything goes right–you’re in the groove and feeling like yourself. But some days, it’s a lot harder to find happy because everything is just blah. Sometimes everything that should be fun just feels . . . flat. This picture book gently reminds readers that it’s normal to have happy and sad days and normalizes speaking about emotions and seeking help. Poet and storyteller Ari Tison will lead the conversation. Masks are required in the bookstore, and social distancing is encouraged.

Little Earth Mother’s Day Pow Wow
Grand Entry:
Saturday May 13, 1 PM and 7 PM
Sunday May 14, 1 PM
Cedar Field
2500 Cedar Avenue S

In celebration of Little Earth’s 50th Anniversary, our annual Mother’s Day Pow Wow will be a two day event. Grand entry begins on Saturday, May 13 at 1pm and 7pm, and on Sunday, May 14 at 1pm. Bring a chair or blanket and come celebrate the community!

Girls in Phillips, 1992. Walter Griffin.

Walter Griffin: Photographs
May 19 – July 21
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue, St Paul

Join the Raymond Avenue Gallery for an exhibit of photographs by Phillips’ resident and former alley photographer Walter Griffin. Griffin is a widely recognized photographer and educator whose work has been exhibited and published throughout America, Africa and Europe. His life-long focus has been preserving visual history by capturing personal interactions in the community. The exhibit includes photographs spanning a 52 year period. Reception on May 19 from 6 to 8 PM.

Speculative Catalogues: A Poetry Reading
Saturday May 20
4-6 PM
Quatrefoil Library
1220 E Lake Street

Listen to Allison Blevins and Amie Whittmore share poems from each of their respectively acclaimed works Cataloguing Pain and Star-Tent: A Triptych. The poets are longtime friends but will be reading together in person for the first time! A reception with light refreshments will follow the reading, along with the sale of Allison and Amie’s most recent books and a book signing. The reading is a part of the Quatrefoil Spring Poetry Series.

Rockin’ Robins Kids Music & Movement for Kids
Saturday, May 20
11 – 11:45 AM
Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake Street

Created for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, we make music, move to the beat, sing, dance together! In this 45-minute class, we help your preschooler learn listening and motor skills, rhythms, and sing-along songs in a fun atmosphere with new friends! Caregivers stay for the entire class to make music as a community. Led by Blue Tree Music Education.

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