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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Wednesday June 12th 2024

Events September ’23

The Blooming Lotus Flower
Through September 23
Soomaal House of Art
2200 Minnehaha Avenue

In The Blooming Lotus Flower, multidisciplinary artist Khadija Charif explores the profound impact women have on each other’s lives utilizing photographs, poetry, installation, and audio. The exhibition is an ode to the women who are often beings sought as a space to find peace in, and at times to extract a piece from. Her ultimate goal is to explore the full spectrum of her artistic expression, offering a glimpse into the artistic monologue of a Muslim woman, centered around the layered concepts of identity, womanhood, sisterhood, and their interconnections. The Soomaal House of Art gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.

Two Rivers Gallery at Norway House
Sept. 1 – Nov. 4
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue

The Two Rivers Gallery is a program of the Minneapolis American Indian Center, which is now under major renovation and set to reopen in 2024. In the meantime, this shared exhibition space at Norway House is one of many partnerships that are housing Two Rivers Community programs at new locations in the neighborhood during the closure of the building.

Four Sisters
Farmers Market
Thursdays 11 AM – 3 PM
1414 E Franklin Avenue

Join us for the Four Sisters Farmers Market on Franklin Avenue every Thursday through October 26th! Four Sisters is an Indigenous-focused farmers market centered on providing increased access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate local foods within the American Indian Cultural Corridor. SNAP/EBT benefits, Market Bucks, Gus Produce Market Bucks, cash, and cards are welcome.

Katie Bradley and Michael Sung Ho will perform in THE CHINESE LADY, opening on September 7th at the Open Eye Theatre. Source: Nicole Neri

September 7 – 24
Open Eye Theatre
506 East 24th Street
$30 ($24 Seniors, $18 Students, $10 economic accessibility)

In 1834, Afong Moy, at the age of 14, was brought from Guangzhou to America and put on display as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next several decades, she performed in a spectacle that both defined and challenged her own view of herself as she witnessed stunning transformation in the US. Inspired by the true story of America’s allegedly first female Chinese immigrant, playwright Lloyd Suh unearths hidden history and questions the way we look at ourselves and others. Tickets and information at

Rising From the Ashes
September 16 – October 26
Vine Arts Center
2637 27th Avenue South

In 2020 a wayward spark fell on the roof of the Ivy Building for the Arts during the civil unrest in Minneapolis. After over two years of reconstruction, the Vine Arts Center was finally able to reopen in 2022. Join us on September 16 from 6 – 9 pm for the opening of our annual members’ show to celebrate a year in our rebuilt space. The gallery will also be open to the public during LoLa (League of Longfellow Artists) Art Walk on September 23rd and 24th, and on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Friday, September 15
6:30 – 8:30 PM
East Phillips Park
2307 17th Avenue S

Come to East Phillips to celebrate Mexican Independence Day! We will be celebrating by doing some traditional Mexican Independence Day celebrations, as well as playing musical chairs, making bracelets, eating food and more!

Powderhorn Porchfest
Saturday, September 16
See website for locations
4 – 10 PM

A South Minneapolis music festival featuring 12 local bands across 3 porches that transform into stages. Powderhorn Porchfest is unique in its focus on celebrating local music and local foods. While dancing in the streets to hip hop, blues, indie, and more you can enjoy sweet and savory delights from food trucks, drinks in the Reverie Beer Garden, and cool merch from local vendors. We’ll see you back on the block! Check out for lineup, schedule, and stage locations.

Print Your Own Four Sisters Market Canvas Tote
Thursday, September 21
11AM – 3 PM
1414 E Franklin Avenue

Join Four Sisters Farmers Market 2023 Artist-in-Residence Rory Wakemup in a community art activity* in the All My Relations Arts space. Using ink and print linoleum blocks carved with a variety of plants, attendees will be able to select up to four plant designs to print onto a canvas tote that they can use to shop at the Market!
*Materials will be provided.

Three years ago MIGIZI’s beloved home was destroyed by fire during the unrest of 2020. The community came together and youth programming continued at a temporary location while a new building was acquired and remodeled. Join them to celebrate the opening of their new space at 1845 E Lake Street on October 5th. Source: Laura Hulscher

MIGIZI’s Grand Opening
Thursday, October 5
5:30 – 7:30 PM
1845 E Lake St

It’s finally here! Save the date for the grand opening of MIGIZI’s new home! We are so excited to gather with our community and celebrate the completion of our building. Come join us for prayer, feast, performances, and more.

Author Talk: From Lapland to Sápmi
Thursday, October 5
6 – 8 PM
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue

ASI presents a talk by author Barbara Sjoholm on her new book, From Lapland to Sápmi, in which the story of the Indigenous Sámi living in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia unfolds across borders and centuries in museums and private collections. Since the 1600s, objects created by the Sámi for daily and ceremonial use have been removed and displayed across Europe, often as part of a racist and colonial discourse. Sjoholm follows these collections into the present, when several are in the process of repatriation, bringing to light their history as well as the story of Sámi creativity and individual and collective agency.

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