Events – Community Calendar

April 28 – June 23
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Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this is the story of Matilda. Her dreadful parents can’t stand her. Her headmistress is a horrible, nasty, name-calling, life-sucking tyrant who puts kids in cupboards with nails and broken glass. (And you thought you had it bad.) This captivating kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. Celebrating the tenacity of the small, Matilda proves that the strength to be yourself (along with a little telekinetic power) will prevail at the end of the day.

Intersections: 4Gotten Parts of the Whole
Connected passages
Eyes Wide open
Embracing Rebirth
June 1 – 28
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. & Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Vine Arts Gallery
2637 27th Ave. S.
A nine-month journey into the mind and experience of native-born Minnesota artist Ellen Sweetman (Minnetonka). Honoring and embracing the art process, challenges associated with thinking, and leading with intention, the artist pioneers difficult pathways to a brighter homecoming. Sweetman dismantles her layered identity, old belief systems and education, and ideas behind acceptance. Utilizing all the tools in her toolbox, she unlearns and begins anew, discovering her own unique process of creation and becoming reborn in art..

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Monday,  June 10, 7 p.m.
WAMM 2nd Monday Movies
4200 Cedar Ave. S.
A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.
Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Renowned filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (“Audrie & Daisy,” 2016 Sundance Film Festival) have taken the baton from 2006 Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim. What started then as a profound slide show lecture has become a gorgeously cinematic excursion.
Our extraordinary former vice president invites us along on an inspirational journey across the globe that delivers the tools to heal our planet. The question is: Will WE choose to take the baton?
Connecting the dots … A chance to discuss the film follows the showing.  Always FREE and open to the public. ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn!  Sponsored by the WAMM Movie Committee and Veterans for Peace Chapter 27.

Beyond Line 3: Confronting Legal Repression
Monday, June 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Seward Cafe
2129 E. Franklin Ave
As we prepare for action against Line 3, we confront a state highly skilled in using criminal charges to disrupt radical social movements.
Using the framework presented in the book “A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant,” this event tackles the question of how we combat state repression and emerge stronger as a result. This workshop will be led by Betsy Raasch- Gilman, a longtime Twin Cities environmentalist, revolutionary and trainer, whose activism informed the writing of “A Tilted Guide.”
All proceeds will be used to provide Tilted Guides to Line 3 defendants.
Organized by PLAN, the Pipeline Legal Action Network
If you can not attend but would like to make a donation to buy TiltedGuides for folks struggling against Line 3 please email for donation information. To directly support folks facing repression visit

The Seward Neighborhood – A People’s History
June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation Services
3131 Minnehaha Ave.
Senior Social and Health Talks occur the third Tuesday of each month and feature guest speakers on health/wellness issues, birthday celebrations and time to socialize! Refreshments are provided. A nominal suggested donation of $1 – $2 is appreciated.

Friday, June 21, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Bryant Lake Bowl
Bryant Ave. & Lake St.
The free Friday Night Block Party at Bryant Lake Bowl is back! Featuring MC Foxy Tann, Epitome No Question, Venus DeMars and All the Pretty Horses, Dykes Do Drag, Genital Panic featuring Tina Schlieske, Static Panic, a local artist market and more!
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit OutFront Minnesota. Their mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.
Free! Rain or Shine. All ages. Please leave your pet at home – this is a hot asphalt event!
Zero waste event.
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Free Peace Literacy Educator Training Workshop
Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, 9 a.m. (coffee); 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (workshop)
First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Ave. S., Mpls. 55408
Purpose: To inspire and empower Twin Cities teachers, counselors, social workers, community educators, charter school leaders, home-schooling parents, pre-school teachers, public and private school leaders—to create a values-centered and trauma-informed education community.
Our workshop leaders are:
*Paul K. Chappell, Director of Peace Literacy Education at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif., and
*Dr. Sharyn Clough, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., and
Outgoing president of Veterans for Peace, Larry Johnson, says this about the workshop and Paul Chappell:
“Paul, a West Point Graduate/Iraq veteran, grew up in the South, his mother from Korea and his father an African/American Korean War Veteran with PTSD.  Both told him, ‘Son.  Go into the military.  It’s the only place in this country a black man can succeed,’ so he served in a war that all of the 2016 presidential candidates said was wrong.  Paul is a brilliant communicator, and has merged the best of military leadership training with the excellent nonviolence work of the likes of Gandhi and Dr. M.L. King.  One of his original premises was ‘if a bunch of people could work long and hard to eliminate the legality, and in many cases the reality, of slavery, we can do the same with war.’ Peace Literacy goes even deeper, starting with the individual, then the community, and finally, the world.  I encourage anyone and everyone to attend, as one way or another, we are all teachers of peace and justice.  BUT, ESPECIALLY, MAKE SPECIAL INVITATION TO THOSE YOU KNOW WHO ARE TEACHING FORMALLY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND THE LIKE.”
• Social Emotional Learning is part of the workshop.
• Continuing Education Credit Units will be available. School teams are encouraged!
• Educators from greater Minnesota and out-of-state are welcome.
• The workshop is an ecumenical space with no religious affiliation endorsed or assumed by the workshop facilitators.
The Peace Literacy Education Team at First Universalist has charted a course to make the Twin Cities one of the nation’s first Peace Literacy hubs. Our opportunity now is to make peace literacy the foundation of all education and community building in Minnesota.
For more information, email Pat Gottschalk at
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Larry Long and Ann Reed present A Summer Solstice Longfellow Serenade
Friday, June 21, 7  to 10 p.m.
Music At Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Ave.
Ann Reed and Larry Long have been sharing their gifts in communities around the country. And they live only blocks away from one another in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis! Join these two troubadours for an evening of songs and stories in an intimate setting in Longfellow. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are advised.
Songwriter, singer, guitarist and author Ann Reed has been performing for more than 40 years with her rich, dark-chocolate voice, storytelling from the human experience, and songs that find a permanent place in the heart. Of course some of her songs and stories might end up closer to your funny bone—a little irreverence never hurt anyone. “Tunesmith from the trenches” a reviewer once called her. Indeed she is.
She has 24 recordings to her credit including Winter Springs, Summer Falls and a collaboration with guitarist/bassist Joan Griffith celebrating some favorite standard tunes, Other People’s Songs.
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Larry Long is an American singer/songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author, historian, actor and broadcaster Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American Troubadour.”
Larry has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. His work has taken him from rural Alabama to the Lakota communities in South Dakota. He has given musical voice to struggling Midwest farmers, veterans and embattled workers. He was the troubadour for peace on Soviet/American peace cruises, sang for Mrs. Rosa Parks at the 45th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and organized the Mississippi River Revival, a decade long campaign to clean up the Mississippi river. He assembled the first hometown tribute to Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Ok., which today has evolved into the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Long has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world.
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The concert is for all ages. $15 adv/$20 at the door.

Drag Story Hour – Pride Extravaganza
June 22, 11 a.m.
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S.
Now in its second year, Drag Story Hour seeks to inspire young audiences through story telling and dramatic play. The program features Pillsbury Hour Theatre Resident artists Pedro Pablo (Doña Pepa) and Emily Zimmer (Old Man Zimmer) and occasional special appearances by other drag performers. Drag Story Hour seeks to inspire curiosity in children of all ages and connect them with those that may be different in a lively, playful performance.
Drag Story Hour is for children and caretakers of all ages. Free.

Drag Story Hour

Mixed Blood Presents:
Luubaan Stories
Project 154 Storytelling Festival
June 22, 2 – 10 p.m.
Mixed Blood Theatre is located at 1501 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55454.
This festival will encapsulate all the stories, experiences and lessons collected by Mixed Blood’s Project 154, a program which aims to address barriers to healthcare through the use of theater practices and traditional Somali storytelling. The day will include storytelling workshops, learning centered on community health needs, and will feature Mixed Blood trained storytellers.
Luubaan Stories will be comprised of storytellers, professional development workshops for both residents and providers, videos, music, face painting, kids’ activities, and more.
The event is free and all are welcome. Members of the Cedar Riverside community and healthcare providers are encouraged to attend.
Visit, email, or call 612-338-6131 for more information.

6th Annual Minnesota Salsa Fiesta
Saturday, June 22
Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m.
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
Start the summer with the Latin music and dance highlight of the year, the 6th Annual MN Salsa Fiesta! Featuring an all-star collection of performers from all the area salsa bands including Charanga Tropical, Salsa del Soul, Salsabrosa, Seven Steps To Havana, Q-Band, Havana Gypsies, and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. with DJs spinning salsa hits mixed to rare music videos. Then it’s a lively salsa lesson from one of the best, Cuban-born instructor Rene Thompson, former lead dancer at La Tropicana in Havana. This is a standing show with an open floor. Tickets: $20 Advance / $30 day of show. Information at

Sunday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
Fronted by singer Karla Kanora, Rio Mira is an exciting recording collaboration between artists from neighbouring Ecuador and Colombia, and is guided by the distinctive percussive tones of the marimba. Taking its name from the river which runs from Ecuador into Colombia, the band is living proof of the rich history of the northwesterly Pacific coast. Recalling the history of the Pacific, the music is a reminder of the unity which binds together a region divided up by state borders.
In 2015, UNESCO declared the marimba music of South Pacific Colombia and Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador to be Intangible Cultural Heritage.
This is a standing show with an open floor.
All Ages – $16 Advance or $18 day of show

Roots & Kinship
A community gathering to revitalize our relationships with Mother Earth and each other
Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Community Center Picnic Shelter
2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy.
Lyla June, musician, public speaker and performance poet of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and Scandinavian lineages, explores indigenous resurgence, reclaiming European indigenous roots, forgiveness, reconciliation, and love as a revolutionary force.
The Wisdom Dancers, traditional dancers and singers drawing from Balkan, Greek, and Asia Minor lineages. Share the collective joy of traditional songs and dances as tools for healing. Through dance they connect with their roots and explore ways to live in right relationship in Minnesota.
FREE. Please bring a blanket for sitting on the ground or your own chair. In the case of rain, we will meet inside the Lake Nokomis Community Center.
ASL interpreted. Accessible seating available.
More information at or

The Wicked Arts Festival, A Multi-sensory, Multi-artistic-discipline Arts Festival
Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. (doors): 8 p.m. (performance)
The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Presented by Zerobudget Records,the event will include two CD releases. Plague of Stars’ new album, Daedalus (currently on pre-sale), is Death/Doom/Black metal fronted by clean,strong female vocals. Cwn Annwn is a metal band with dynamic female vocals, shredding
twin guitars, and powerful melodies.
In the span of one evening you can hear these bands plus enjoy interlude acts showcasing belly dance, piano and burlesque; view Gothic art; look at tattoo art and steampunk, electricity sculpture art by 33 Mad Scientists; and consider some radical hair and makeup designs.
The event is 21+ and tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the door. Get them at: Complete event information is at:

Makers Mornings
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
American Swedish Istitute
2600 Park Ave
Join other makers for this new weekly opportunity to work, share and learn in a relaxed, communal setting. Whether you knit, carve, weave, sew, spin, crochet or do some other fascinating thing with your hands, we invite you to bring a project to work on. All are welcome, regardless of level of ability or craft of choice! Come for as long as you like and bring your own works-in-progress, materials and tools. This group will meet in ASI’s Lindberg Stuga, or outside, weather permitting.

Plant Shrubs, Wildflowers and Sedges Along the River Gorge
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mississippi River Gorge along West River Parkway – detailed directions will be sent to all registered volunteers
Join FMR staff and volunteers for working along the beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands located just off the main trail along the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. The savanna includes the highest quality plant communities remaining in the river gorge, including a mesic prairie and a remnant oak brushland/woodland undergoing restoration to oak savanna.
We will spend the evening planting shrubs, wildflowers, sedges and a few trees, helping to build a buffer of native plant populations around the prized oak savanna area and will help to re-establish native vegetation where buckthorn has been previously removed.
All are welcome and no experience is needed. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. Volunteers may also be asked to help with other restoration tasks as needed throughout the worksite.
This event is specifically supported by the local neighborhood group, the Longfellow Community Council, and Longfellow area residents are encouraged to register! The event is also part of the Gorge Stewards program, which actively engages citizens throughout the Twin Cities in the stewardship of the national treasure that is the Mississippi River Gorge.
To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR volunteer coordinator Amy Kilgore at, 651-222-2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address, phone number and the number in your party.
You will receive a confirmation email from within two business days. (If you don’t, please check your SPAM or Promotions folder.)

The Wicked Arts Festival, A Multi-sensory, Multi-artistic-discipline Arts Festival
Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. (doors): 8 p.m. (performance)
The Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Presented by Zerobudget Records,the event will include two CD releases. Plague of Stars’ new album, Daedalus (currently on pre-sale), is Death/Doom/Black metal fronted by clean/strong female vocals. Cwn Annwn is a metal band w/dynamic female vocals, shredding twin guitars, and powerful melodies.
In the span of one evening you can hear these bands plus enjoy interlude acts showcasing belly dance, piano and burlesque; view Gothic art; look at tatto art and steampunk, electricity sculpture art by 33 Mad Scientists; and consider some radical hair and makeup designs.
The event is 21+ and tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the door. Get them at: event information is at:

Nighttime Nature Fun
Thursdays, through Aug. 29
9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Coldwater Spring
5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Join park ranger Sharon Stiteler and entomologist Jessica Miller as they set up black lights and sheets to see what moths and insects visit Coldwater Spring at night. We might also hear other night active critters like deer, owls, raccoons or even coyotes.
Take the trail from the main entrance at Coldwater toward the dog park. Head toward the big lights and that is where the fun will be underway.


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