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Free Thursday Evenings at ASI 3 PM – 8 PM American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue South Free Explore the ASI galleries and the historic Turnblad Mansion with free admission beginning September 1. https://asimn.org. There will be live music on select Thursdays, starting with Scott Keever on Sept. 1st. Keever is an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist who combines an American roots sound with other far ranging styles. https://asimn.org/event/music-thursdays-at-asi-scott-keever Noojimo (She Heals) Through September 17 All My Relations Arts 1414 East Franklin Avenue Free Noojimo (She Heals) celebrates the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces. In many Indigenous communities, the Auntie serves as an extra parental role – one who provides mental, physical, and spiritual support to younger relatives. http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/noojimo-she-heals/ Art Design by Alice Butts Through Our Eyes Festival September 9 – 18 Open Eye Theatre 506 East 24th Street Sliding scale, $20 - Free Open Eye welcomes Exposed Brick Theatre’s Through Our Eyes Festival, featuring the world premiere of two plays, Freeing Assata, by Sterling Miller, and A Love Story in 8 Scenes, by Siddeeqah Shabazz, along with a variety of workshops celebrating the power of storytelling. Both shows are directed by Simone Williams. https://www.openeyetheatre.org/through-our-eyes-festival East Phillips Improvement Coalition Community Permaculture Trainings September 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th 4 PM - 8 PM East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South OR East Phillips 17th Avenue Community Garden, 2428 17th Avenue South Free Permaculture promotes the best ways we can mimic nature to live in balance with the earth and not against it. It supports no-waste, holistic living while acknowledging community values. This is an introduction to permaculture and how it [...]

“New Dawn” Sculpture Wins Greenway Contest

“New Dawn” Sculpture Wins Greenway Contest

By Project Advisory Team members scottie hall and Tim Springer The winning design Artist Heather Doyle. Photo by Sharolyn Hagen. Voters selected Heather Doyle’s proposed “New Dawn” sculpture, a 17-foot-tall stylized spray of flowers, as their favorite design for a proposed light-emitting sculpture for the Midtown Greenway’s 18th Avenue entrance ramp. This is the result of a Call for Artists that resulted in proposals from around the United States. Finalists were selected by an advisory team, and then voted on by the public. Voting outcomes from three voter groups were weighed equally: (1) residents on the block where the sculpture will go; (2) greater Phillips residents; (3) Twin Cities residents who use the Greenway. Doyle is a founder of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center here in South Minneapolis. She designed New Dawn to recognize and celebrate our community’s resilience in dealing with so much trauma in recent years. Doyle commented “I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you all on this project. This community's story is incredible and I am honored to have been chosen to realize your vision for this space.” Doyle will engage local residents to influence selected elements of the design. The sculpture will be located in what was an epicenter of drug dealing in 2020. That July, block residents barricaded the block and sat at the barricades for eight days around the clock. The barricades remained in place for much of that summer. Project Advisory Team member Abdi Hassan Jr. shared his interest in the sculpture, saying “I’m excited for the passerby to enjoy this beautiful sight.” Another Project Advisory Team member, Lauren Evans, says, “I’m hoping for a transcendental effect from the regular world to a world of possibility.” The project now goes from concept approval into a detailed design phase to prepare for approval for installation by public agencies. Midtown Greenway is owned by the Hennepin [...]

Vote for your Favorite Light-emitting Sculpture Design!

Vote for your Favorite Light-emitting Sculpture Design!

By Tim Springer Want to help determine a new sculpture in the neighborhood? Phillips residents and Midtown Greenway users are invited to vote for your favorite design from among three finalists for the proposed Light-emitting Sculpture. The sculpture will be owned by the Midtown Greenway Coalition and installed at the top of the Greenway’s 18th Avenue entrance ramp. The sculpture will bring beauty and joy, provide light, and become a landmark helping people find their way to and from the Greenway. Thank you to the design phase donors: Circulo De Amigos, Ingebretsen’s, East Phillips Improvement Coalition, and the City of Minneapolis Southside Green Zone.  You are eligible to vote if you live in the greater Phillips Neighborhood or are a Midtown Greenway user who lives in the Twin Cities.  Which sculpture makes you say “Wow!”, inspires joy, whimsey, laugher, or awe, and/or welcomes you, and conveys peace, love, and unity? Consider the three options below and cast your vote!   The voting deadline is March 31, 2022. Vote Online: visit www.midtowngreenway.org and scroll down on the homepage to find a link to the poll. Vote by Text: Text 612-355-9600 and answer the following questions: (1) Which voter category are you in, greater Phillips Neighborhood resident or general Greenway User? (2) Which sculpture is your favorite, New Dawn (flowers), Sunflake, or Falcon? (3) What is your zip code? (4) Optional, your email address if you want project updates. For example, “Phillips, New Dawn, 55407, suzy.doe@gmail.com”  Here are the three finalists, presented in an order that was generated randomly.  Art Piece Name: New Dawn Dimensions: 17-foot tall, 12-foot wide Materials: Stainless steel, porcelain enameled steel and LED lights Inspiration: Inspired by the moment when flowers have spun open to greet the new dawn Artist Name: Heather Doyle (she/her) Artist location: [...]

Dave’s Dumpster May 2010

Dave’s Dumpster May 2010

SEARCHING ”“ a Serial Novelle CHAPTER 11: Calling

By Patrick Cabello Hansel This time, Angel did not vacillate. He walked south, past Waite House, the Islamic Center, the airplane graveyard. At the Greenway, he paused for a moment to look down. The plows had not come yet, but intrepid cyclists had carved little paths in the snow. From his point of view, they looked like chromosomes stretching themselves out. Angel wondered if the genes we receive from our ancestors and pass on to our descendants stretch and contract with the joys and trials of history: marriages, wars, miracles known to many and those known only to a few. As Mr. Bussey had told him, the little store on Lake had phone cards. Dozens of them, some with outlines of countries, cartoons, women in bikinis, the lucha libre hero his younger brother David idolized. He ended up buying one with dancing and singing hot peppers. He remembered where the last pay phone in the neighborhood was: incongruously off an alley on a side street. The aluminum shell was dented in two places, someone had written, “I love you, Katrina. VERY LOVE!” with a dark red marker, but the phone worked. Unfortunately, the city plow had thrown up a wall of broken ice and snow, so that to face the phone, Angel had to climb the little hill and actually stretch down to reach the numbers. By the time he dialed the access number, the twelve digits of the pin on his phone card, 011, the country and city code and his abuela”'s number, his neck was throbbing. And yet, with each number punched, he felt an energy grow in him. Finally the phone began to ring in that far off way he remembered. Not a ring, not a beep exactly, but something that felt almost like a bird. (more…)

SEARCHING ”“ a Serial Novelle Chapter 9: History, Part I

by Patrick Cabello Hansel (Author”'s note: in the last chapter, Angel met up at Maria”'s Café with his high school history teacher, who began relating a neighborhood story from the mid-19th century that he has unearthed during his sabbatical.) “Between August Ternstvedt”'s little house and what became the cemetery was a low piece of ground called the swale. The swale was a worthless piece for kitchen gardens or orchards, and because it was low-lying it wasn”'t the first choice upon which to build. But because no one particularly wanted the land, it was a good place to go when you were wanted. Runaway slaves passed through there. There is a legend that refugees from the killings in 1862 stopped one night. AWOL soldiers, people involved in illegal fur trade, women who were fleeing abusive husbands. They would come, they would go, but their spirits always seemed to haunt the place.” “So where are you talking about””this swale or whatever you call it?” , Angel asked. Mr. Bussey took a sip of his coffee. “It”'s roughly the area between Bloomington and Cedar, and Franklin to about the railroad tracks””the Greenway today.” “That”'s right where my folks live””on 18th Avenue!” Angel felt a longing, a regret inside him growing. “Well, and this is where it gets interesting”, Mr. Bussey continued, and launched into the tale again. “Ternstvedt befriended a man named Matthew Kelly or Matthew Kiley. No one is really sure of his name. He had been in the Army some 20 years, under at least two different names. He fought in the Mexican War””some people say on both sides””was wounded at Gettysburg and fought in the so-called “Indian Wars”. Matthew had seen a lot of killing, had done enough himself, and came to Minnesota looking to settle down. He had a common law marriage with a Mexican woman named Hidalgo, whose first [...]

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