Events – Community Calendar

LUNAFEST for Peacebuilding
Wednesday, April 24, 6 (pre-screening festivities); 7 to 9 p.m. (films); 9 to 10:30 p.m. (VIP After Party)
Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S.
Enjoy eight short films by, for and about women while supporting the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute, aka “Peacebuilding.”This year, Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins has graciously accepted our invitation to be our honorary LUNAFEST   chairwoman. Instigated in 2010, Peacebuilding now has over 2,500 Peacebuilding graduates. 80% of our graduates are women, 33% are from communities of color, and the LGBTQ community is well represented. 50% of our trainees request scholarship assistance. Peacebuilding’s Trainee Scholarship Fund ensures racial and economic diversity at all our community trainings.Before the films and during intermission, we’ll sell $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win seven gift baskets filled with gift cards, service vouchers, and cool merchandise each worth over $1,000. Cash, check and credit cards payments are accepted.After the films, those who purchase VIP tickets are welcome to join us for the After Party across the street at the Riverview Café! Your VIP ticket gets you tasty savory appetizers, sweet treats, your choice of beer or wine, and more LUNAFEST peacebuilding laughter, inspiration, and hope.To purchase tickets with cash or check payable to MN Peacebuilding, visit Ten Thousand Villages–the Original Fair Trade Retailer, 520 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul.Peacebuilding always welcomes financial contributions large and small as together we are Making Minnesota the Peacebuilding Power State for All!The content of this year’s films includes swear words. LUNAFEST indicates that the films are suitable for adults and 13+ teens.LUNAFEST: Minneapolis ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Literary Witnesses: Carolyn Forché
Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church (sanctuary)
Nicollet & 19th Ave. S.
Activist, poet, editor and translator Carolyn Forché closes out the 21st season of Literary Witnesses with an April 26 reading from “What You Have Heard Is True,” a devastatingly lyrical new memoir that explores her journey into human rights work in El Salvador. The work is beautiful, benefiting from Forche’s graceful poetics and her gift for storytelling. Author Claudia Rankine says the book “marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.” True also forces Americans to acknowledge the role our nation has played in human rights atrocities committed abroad. This is truly the poetry of witness. Forché is a professor at Georgetown University and the author of four books of poetry: “Blue Hour,” “The Angel of History,” “The Country Between Us” and “Gathering the Tribes.” She lives in Maryland with her husband, photographer Harry Mattison. Co-sponsored by Rain Taxi, the evening will conclude with a reception that includes sales by Birchbark Books and signing by the author.

“The Indian System” by Sheldon Wolfchild
Sunday, April 28, following 11 a.m. worship
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Bartsch Room)
2730 E. 31st St
The film portrays the 19th century system that allowed white traders, like Henry Sibley, to defraud Indians of their treaty payments, making the traders rich and leaving the Indians with nothing in exchange for their land.
A light lunch will be served.

March to the Capitol for Immigrants’ and Workers’ Rights
Wednesday, May 1, 3 p.m.
Meet at Uni-Dale Mall (University & Dale)
608 University Ave. W., St. Paul 55103
We of the May 1st Coalition Twin Cities invite all of the workers of Minnesota, whatever their race, gender, religion or citizenship status, to participate in this year’s march to commemorate International Workers’ Day, demanding driver’s licenses for all and defending immigrants’ rights. Our coalition is broad and diverse, supported by immigrants’ rights activists, political parties, labor unions, anti-war activists and communities of faith. During this time, as the government increasingly targets immigrants with demagogic rhetoric, repression and deportations, it is more important than ever to recall the fundamental bonds of solidarity that connect all workers and consecrate them once again in the streets.
Why do we march?
For centuries now, capital and the state have conspired to use immigration policy to divide and weaken the working class. The immigration system has been constructed to make it as difficult as possible for new immigrants to obtain the rights of citizenship. This policy has thus created a deep division that runs across society, that between the documented and the undocumented. While across the country, in workshops and fields, immigrants produce the wealth upon which the state and economic system rest, they, and particularly those without documents, are consigned to poverty and injustice, exploited for the benefit of the privileged few. This economic exploitation is facilitated by the segregation perpetuated by our political and immigration systems, as immigrants, lacking the rights of citizenship, are driven into the shadows of society. Further, when immigrant workers protest these conditions, courageously organizing and striking for better lives, the bosses, in concert with the state, repress dissent through deportation or the threat of it. Thus, at present the working class of the United States has been segregated into citizen and non-citizen, a condition which harms all workers, while benefiting the bosses and politicians.
For just as many decades, we have watched as repeated efforts at so-called “immigration reform,” legislated from congress, have utterly failed to create a moral and just solution to the segregation of immigrants within society. Guest-worker programs have only served to worsen the problem, as they formalize the denial of labor and civil rights to large swaths of the working class. Meanwhile, past “amnesties,” have only benefited a few, while further strengthening penalties and border fortifications, making war on future generations of immigrants. It has thus been made clear that true justice, and an end to segregation, will not be handed down as a sacred gift from politicians or bosses. The end of exploitation, and the liberation of the workers, citizen and immigrant alike, will not come from the halls of power, rather it will be achieved in the streets, in the fields, in the workshops and on factory floors, by the hands of the workers and immigrants themselves.

Nokomis Healthy Seniors Events for May 2019
Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave. S.
“Health Benefits of Essential Oils.” Free. All are welcome. No reservations required.
Wednesday, May 8, 1:30 p.m.
Nokomis Square Co-op
5015 35th Ave. S.
“The Aging Bladder: An Owner’s Manual,” presented by Paula Fedunok, PA-C, Department of Urology, U of M. Free. All are welcome. No reservations required.
Thursday, May 9, 11:15 a.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave. S.
“Lunch and a Movie.” We’ll share a meal at 11:15 a.m. and then we’ll watch “A Man Called Ove” in our own Healthy Seniors theater. All are welcome. Reservations are required, $5. Must be prepaid. Call 612-729-5499.
Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave. S.
“Healthy Seniors 25th Anniversary Open House.” Entertainment, light lunch, a video and testimonials will be part of the celebration. Free, but RSVPs required. Call 612-729-5499.
Thursday, May 30, 11:15 a.m.
“Lunch and Bingo.” We’ll share a meal at 11:15, followed by a spirited game of Bingo. All are welcome. Reservations required. Call 612-729-5499.

Adventures in Music & Storytelling
Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Lounge
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
Adventures in Music and Storytelling is stories and poetry by David Daniels along with the acoustic guitar rhythms and vocals of Van Nixon (Maroons, Positive Vibrations).
David Daniels is a playwright, founder of the Reggae Theatre Ensemble, spoken word artist and storyteller. He’s noted for the play “Malcolm X Meet Peter Tosh” and his “Black Hippie Chronicles.” With two spoken word CDs under his belt, David Daniels has opened for and shared the stage with the likes of The Wailers, Big Wu, Dub Poet Linton Kwezi Johnson and Charlie Parr.
“An alchemy of Beat poetry and reggae aesthetic, David Daniels’ spoken-word/storytelling launches lyrical journeys into the rebellious soul .. inspiring the insights and human connection our times are hungry for.”
—Lydia Howell, host “Catalyst” KFAI Radio
Singing and accompanying himself on guitar, Van Nixon was one of the few black solo artists in the Midwest, going back to the early 1970s. In addition to performing as a reggae artist, as lead vocalist for such groups as Macumba, Maroons, Van also does a wide variety of music, which includes gospel, light jazz, blues and classical.
$5 suggested donation.

The ANCIA Saxophone Quartet Presents Music of our Time
Sunday, May 12,  4 p.m.

U of M Campus (Weisman Art Museum)
333 E. River Pkwy., Mpls. 55455
The Ancia Saxophone Quartet will present a free concert  featuring the works of living composers who have helped create the musical fabric of the Twin Cities. The program will include “Confluence,” written for Ancia by Grammy Award-winner and Minnesota resident Libby Larsen; two movements from “Short Stories” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, which the group commissioned and premiered in Minnesota; and “Cordoba,” by jazz pianist and
Minneapolis-based composer Laura Caviani. Additionally, audiences will hear “Dark Waters” by Christopher Rutkowski, premiered recently by Ancia in Minneapolis, and two pieces selected by Ancia from the American Composers Forum’s national call for scores for the 2017 Minneapolis ACF Showcase Concert: Robin McLaughlin’s “On This Day” and Stephen Snowden’s “Speed Studies.”
Celebrated for its artistry, virtuosity and exquisitely blended sound, Ancia (pronounced AHN-chee-uh, the Italian word for reed) performs and conducts educational workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia, juxtaposing traditional classical music with contemporary pieces by modern composers. The Minneapolis-based quartet’s repertoire spans centuries and musical styles—Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Jazz, and Pop—with a special focus on modern work. Ancia was recently selected as the feature group for the 2017 American Composers Forum Showcase Concert. Ancia is frequently featured on National Public
Radio’s Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live at the Chazen. The quartet has performed at three World Saxophone Congresses and has toured South Korea, Europe and the United States. The group’s passion for contemporary music pervades its critically heralded CD “Short Stories,” which features the title work by Jennifer Higdon along with music by Charles Ives, Fred Sturm and Michael Torke.
Group members are Joan Hutton (alto saxophone), Melissa Reiser (tenor saxophone), Matthew Sintchak (soprano saxophone) and Angela Wyatt (baritone saxophone).
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Weisman Art Museum and concert are free and open to the public. The parking ramp and the museum are both wheelchair-accessible.

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)
Monday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to Friday, May 17, 1 p.m.
Northeast Bank (Walter C. Rasmussen Community Room)
77 Broadway St. NE, Mpls. 55413
People are good. When traumas happens, victims and offenders are created.
​When we have difficult, stressful and traumatic experiences, our peace is stolen from us. We want peace restored in our lives.
STAR teaches us how stress and trauma impact the brain and the body.
STAR teaches how and why people confuse the drive for revenge with the basic human need for justice.
When victims seek revenge it never heals trauma. It never restores justice and peace.
Revenge turns victims into offenders. Revenge always creates more victims.
STAR teaches tools to heal the effects of psychological trauma.
STAR builds on restorative justice principles and practices to help people break free from revenge, heal trauma, and reconnect with others to satisfy our basic human needs for justice.
STAR empowers individuals, communities, and organizations to be agents of positive change within their spheres of influence.
The STAR Training is a five-day evidence-based, research and practice-supported, multicultural training integrating neurobiology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation and broadly defined spirituality that is accessible to individuals from diverse personal, educational and professional backgrounds. STAR provides an inclusive, transformational system to not only address individual and community trauma healing needs, but also STAR teaches resilience strategies that set the stage for authentic sustained individual and community engagement, healing and reconciliation. STAR was developed at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding  following the United States tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and since then STAR has had a 16-year reputation of national and international success. STAR was originally developed with an inclusive multicultural, multi-faith perspective and is having a powerful, growing collective impact within diverse communities locally and globally.
Early tuition is $895. Standard tuition: $995. Optional 29.5 hours of Continuing Education credits are available for mental health professionals, nurses and teachers for an additional $60. Everyone is welcome. Group discounts and scholarship assistance available. Space is limited to 26. Preregistration is required. Details and registration are at

Crossing Bridges Festival
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, May 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 6 p.m.
Children’s Theatre Company (UnitedHealth Group Stage)
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) presents the Crossing Bridges Festival, the culminating event of CTC’s signature education program Neighborhood Bridges. This festival consists of students in 25 classrooms from 11 schools performing captivating stories that have been written solely by the students. Students choose a story from the Bridges curriculum, analyze it and then reimagine the story through their own perspective. They then create their own costumes and scenery that are unique to this performance.
For the past 20 years, Neighborhood Bridges has been empowering young people to become the storytellers of their own lives. This nationally-recognized critical literacy program brings theater, storytelling and creative writing into Minnesota public schools throughout five districts, for 27 weeks each year. Every week, hundreds of students use the power of theater to examine stories through critical literacy—identifying dominant cultural values, challenging biases, and practicing agency to ultimately transform narratives to address social injustices.
CTC’s Neighborhood Bridges program is the recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges grant. This three-year grant is awarded to support educational program efforts to include curriculum centered around the Muslim American experience. Over this three-year period, the program will add 18 stories from the lives of local Somali Muslims to the program’s curriculum by working with multiple partners, schools, families and students in the Somali community. Through this new curriculum, the program hopes to give Muslim students the opportunity to see themselves and their community represented in the classroom, as well as provide non-Muslim students with deeper understanding of the Muslim American experience in the U.S., teaching empathy and challenging their assumptions.
The program and festival receive major support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children, 3M Foundation, and Carlson Family Foundation, with additional support from the Charles H. Clay Family Trust, James B. Linsmayer Foundation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Joseph C. and Lillian A. Duke Foundation. Complete information at
Performances are free and open to the public to attend. No tickets or reservations required – this is a free event to celebrate student voices! All seating done on a first come, first served basis.
Please enter through the main entrance that is shared with Minneapolis Institute of Art off of 3rd Avenue and make your way up to the 2nd floor – Target Lobby.

The Restorative Justice 101 Training
Thursday, May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2720 E. 22nd Street
RJ 101 teaches the principles, philosophies and practices of Restorative Justice via lecture and experiential education methodologies for empowering our communities. Professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypersons are welcome to attend.
Traditionally, restorative justice has been an alternative approach within the criminal justice system that focuses on the personally identified needs of the victims, the offenders, and impacted community members, instead of focusing solely on satisfying abstract legal principles and/or punishing the offender.
Neuroscience now shows evidence that restorative practices make changes in the brain that coincide with positive behavior change. Restorative Justice gives power back to those who have been harmed and the community surrounding the harmed as well as having a positive impact on those who have committed the harm.
The RJ 101 Training takes restorative justice philosophies and principles and moves beyond the criminal justice system to trainees’ daily personal and professional spheres of influence. To date, RJ 101 trainees have included teachers, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, business persons, personnel from sex offender treatment programs, community activists, clergy, former military, and parents. All graduates have found RJ 101 delivers how restorative practices provide positive productive alternatives that lead to more satisfying conflict transformation outcomes within their families, neighborhoods, communities, and work environments.
RJ 101 is approved for 6.5 hours of CEs for educators, nurses, and mental health professionals and 5.5 hours of CLEs for attorneys for an additional fee.
The Restorative Justice 101 Training is co-sponsored by Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice and the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.
Early Tuition: $150
Standard Tuition: $180
Optional CEs/CLEs: $35


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