‘Buoyancy’ Film Premiere and Book Release
Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m.
At the beautifully renovated Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave. S.
It was a call no one would want. She thought about letting it go to voicemail. Instead she said hello—and her life changed with a word—cancer.
Diagnosed with a rare and aggressive uterine cancer, Jeannie Piekos, writer, poet and arts activist, wrote poems and CaringBridge posts that would eventually evolve into “Buoyancy, the memoir.” Jeannie travels from life-threatening diagnosis through debilitating treatments and into a transformed self, striving to find self-acceptance and, hopefully, recovery.
Jeannie collaborated with friend and documentarian Will Hommeyer to create a real-time film. The film and memoir reveal a poet whose inner life demands to be shared through the public rituals of writing and film.
Will Hommeyer, director of “Buoyancy,” recalled receiving news of her diagnosis—“I wanted to use my camera to tap her words and witness her passage as she stumbled down the rabbit hole of cancer treatment … My initial response was probably some primal attempt to hold on to my friend that could otherwise slip from my grasp. [the documentary]… became a way for both of us to come face-to-face with our own mortality and realize what is truly essential.”
For Jeannie, her poetic voice is essential, speaking of anguish and hope, loneliness and love, vulnerability and determination. In the introduction, she writes, “Finding peace with my situation meant learning to love what felt broken in my life—my heart, my body and the cells that went awry…”
Crushed by fatigue, appreciating beauty while negotiating the failure of the body, Jeannie praises the heartbreak itself, because it is proof she is alive. In the poem, All This, she offers a grateful lament:
Oh, our shattered hearts beating/in their darkness. We’ve always known/ it is not whether they will break but/ what we do with their brokenness./So I say, thank you, broken heart/ who like an egg is just fragile,/ brittle beauty until broken.
For more about the memoir, the film and the Nov. 4 premiere see:
Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Ave. S.
Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 S. 31st Ave. S.
145 17th Ave. NE, 55413
550 Vandalia St., St. Paul 55114
818 S. 2nd St.
Frankenstein—Playing with Fire
Adapted by Minnesota playwright Barbara Field from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (celebrating its 200th anniversary this year), this captivating retelling of the classic tale imagines a meeting between a dying Frankenstein and his creation in the Arctic Circle. As Frankenstein prepares to right his greatest wrong by confronting the Creature, scenes from their past are replayed and the line between good and evil is debated, revealing a powerful and agonizing question that interrogates the ethical limits of science and human imagination.
Through October 27
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave.
612-623-9080 (box office)
Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 8th Floor
528 Hennepin Ave.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E. Lake St.
TaDa! Saturday Matinees for Families
Every fall and winter, a diverse array of artists perform engaging puppet shows Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and noon. A great alternative to screen time, these performances will delight kids of all ages! All shows in our cozy theatre lobby.
Tickets are $2 for Powderhorn and Phillips residents; $7 for the general public.
Additionally, Make ‘n’ Take workshops are offered at 11 a.m. where participants create a puppet in the theme of the day’s show ($5 for children, $3 for adults).
Shows on Oct. 6, Oct. 27 and Dec 1 will be performed in Spanish.
October 6 – December 15
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
In the midst of the Civil War, the four March sisters are set on a journey from adolescence to adulthood: a classic tale saturated with a contemporary air. The Jungle commissioned Kate Hamill, a playwright who’s been praised by The New York Times as “ingenious, saucy, & spunky,” to adapt this beloved and timely classic work and reunites her with Sarah Rasmussen (Sense & Sensibility at Guthrie Theater). “Little Women” will surprise, excite, and empower you.
Through October 21
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 55401
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul 55105
Park Square Theatre
20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul 55102
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave. S.
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S.
The Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S.
Local Food Co-ops to Host Screening of “Food For Change” with Acclaimed Film Director
This October, food co-ops throughout the country are bringing their unique story to 50 cities through film screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary “Food For Change.” The screenings are occurring during October, National Co-op Month, and include showings on college campuses, at local theaters and food co-ops and during PBS broadcasts. Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op, The Wedge & Linden Hills Co-op, and Valley Natural Foods have partnered to host this local screening.
This 82-minute documentary tracks the ups and downs of cooperatives since the Great Depression through rare archival footage, animation, graphics and interviews with renowned cooperative leaders. Co-ops are organizing screenings to educate their members and the public about the nation’s longest surviving alternative economic system—a social movement based on principles of cooperation. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the important role food co-ops throughout the country have played in affecting dynamic social and economic change over the past century.
October 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Roosevelt High School Theater
4029 28th Ave. S.
100 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Anthony Main Theatre
Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Screen #3
115 S.E. Main St., Mpls. 55414
55 Victoria St. N., St. Paul 55104
Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave. S.
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.