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September Events

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 [...]

The Impact Theory of Mass Extinction at HOTB

The Impact Theory of Mass Extinction at HOTB

About Impact Theory From June 16th to June 26th, Heart of the Beast will produce our first major puppet and mask performance since 2018, The Impact Theory of Mass Extinction, by Junauda Petrus-Nasah. Impact Theory tells the story of two black, queer, teens who discover dinosaur bones in their South Minneapolis neighborhood! Our teens get sucked through a prehistoric portal, where they explore extinction theories ranging from the scientifically accepted to the outright absurd. On their Jurassic journey, our protagonists draw comparisons to their own lives, reflecting on themes of ancestry, queerness, and non-binary identity. Impact Theory’s playwright, Junauda Petrus-Nasah, is an acclaimed poet, playwright, screenwriter, and multi-dimensional performance artist. West-Indian descended and African-sourced, she grew up in Minneapolis’s own Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods. This production will be born from the skills of local artists: shadow, table top, and large-scale puppet builders; mask makers; musicians; puppeteers and more. Graphics by: Erica Warren, Steve Ackerman All performances except ones indicated as totally free are pay-as-able. Thursday, June 16th 7:30 PM Friday, June 17th 7:30 PM Saturday, June 18th 7:30 PM Sunday, June 19th 2:00 PM Free! Sunday, June 19th 7:30 PM Thursday, June 23rd 7:30 PM Free! Friday, June 24th 7:30 PM Saturday, June 25th 7:30 PM Sunday, June 26th 2:00 PM Free!ASLSensory Touch TourAudio Description Sunday, June 26th 7:30 PM The Impact Theory of Mass Extinction June 16- June 26 In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre 1500 E. Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55407 More info and tickets: https://hobt.org/

Once Upon a Winter Night

Once Upon a Winter Night

A World Premiere by Michael SommersMarch 3 - 20, 2022 Open Eye Theatre Mainstage 506 E. 24th StreetMinneapolis, MN For tickets and COVID-19 requirements, visit www.openeyetheatre.org An intimate new show celebrating a season of magic, melancholy, and mischief-making. Intended as a fairytale for grown-ups, Once Upon a Winter Night explores the merriment and menace of winter through a child’s eyes, while meditating on the profound mystery which accompanies seasonal change. Audiences will watch the story unfold within a meticulously designed snow globe, where crows take roost, icicles grow, and the moon sings above the forest and the fields. Smoke curls from the bell tower where a lone child sleeps, dreaming of a sister made of snow. Up on the mountaintop, Sister Winter looks down, wishing to steal the little girl’s warmth, so she may melt into the sea and transition into something new. The ensuing adventure–both playful and perilous–begins when Sister Winter sends a mischievous snow fox to lead the girl away from the bell tower and deep into the woods…. Drawing upon multiple literary influences such as Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl,” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Snow Image", and the tradition of Yuki-Onna, a snow spirit of Japanese folklore, ONCE UPON A WINTER NIGHT will use a variety of puppetry styles to conjure comedic crows, a singing snowman, owls and snow spirits; while projected etchings evoke images from an antique storybook; and beautiful music for cello and grand piano underscores the scenes.

November Random alley News

November Random alley News

By LINDSEY FENNER Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses Saw a Sharp Increase in 2020: A new report out from the Minnesota Department of Health looks at nonfatal overdose trends in Minnesota from 2016 to 2020.  From 2019 to 2020 alone, the number of nonfatal overdoses involving opioids increased 43%, with the increase most pronounced in the 7-county metro region. American Indian Minnesotans were nine times more likely and African American Minnesotans were three times more likely than white Minnesotans to experience a nonfatal overdose. Younger people are also more likely to experience a nonfatal overdose, with Minnesotans aged 15-34 experiencing the largest number of nonfatal overdoses, accounting for 55% of all nonfatal overdose Emergency Department visits. See the October 2021 alley for the steps to reverse an opioid overdose.  Your Feedback Wanted on City Redistricting: Every ten years, after the federal Census, political boundaries like City Council Ward and Congressional District get redrawn based on changes in population, so that each district has equal representation. The City of Minneapolis has begun the process of setting new boundaries for City Council Wards and Park Districts. This process is led by the City Charter Commission and Redistricting Advisory Group. You can get involved by attending public meetings, speaking at public hearings and listening sessions, submitting your own redistricting map through an app called Districtr, and sending in written feedback.  To learn more about the redistricting process visit: https://www.minneapolismn.gov/government/programs-initiatives/redistricting/ Former Gas Station at 25th and Bloomington Being Sold: The shuttered Speedway at 2445 Bloomington Avenue was put up for closed bid auction in mid-October, along with 166 retail sites in 22 states owned by Speedway LLC as part of an antitrust divestment agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. 7-Eleven Inc acquired Marathon Petroleum Company [...]

Unconventional Stories from a Firebrand

Unconventional Stories from a Firebrand

Arts, No Chaser By DWIGHT HOBBES David Daniels. Photo by Mitch Olson Quintessential firebrand David Daniels is that rarity, a performance artist who, instead of self-righteously blowing hot air, actually utilizes spoken word to send messages of consequence. An auspicious debut was his play Malcolm X Meet Peter Tosh, premiering at South Minneapolis”™ Cedar Cultural Center (1993), moving to a 2-year stint in Denver (Mercury Cafe), its popularity there and at other venues starting his career off with considerable traction. He made his home here and recalls, “I feel fortunate to have been part of a rich counter-cultural history...in Minneapolis. My time living on the West Bank and working at the New Riverside Cafe brought me into it. The West Bank was Haight-Asbury long after the Haight was just a memory for the counter-culture.  Its blend of artists activists and musicians was instrumental in the development of my work.” A partial listing of that work includes the Talkin”™ Roots and 4:20 Report CDs, I, Edgar Hoover; Black Hippie Chronicles and Kolorada”¦A Western Tale, and a week-long hit at the 1997 New York International Fringe Festival. Daniels has performed in Holland, Germany, and France, recalling “German immigrants from Ghana, Senegal and South Africa felt I  an authentic Rasta message while never denying I”™m an American. Previously, they felt American reggae artists were primarily imitating Jamaicans.” Most recently, he recorded Annie Jones (featuring Charlie Parr) at Minnehaha Studios. June 5, in the third installment of Adventures in Music and Storytelling, David Daniels, backed by Dog Circle (Marshall Obert  guitar-banjo, Aug Nubis guitar, Dhanny Boldt tabla, [...]

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