Events – Community Calendar

Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak On It!

Photo by Ken Thompson, ©The General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Inc. Used with permission of Global Ministries.

Tickets are going fast for our two virtual readings of Cheryl L. West’s electrifying play, Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!, starring Regina Marie Williams!
Inspired by the life of famed civil and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, this dazzling one-woman show uses storytelling and music to inspire hope in the face of adversity, to remind us that we all have a stake in the future of this country, and to get out the vote!
Adapted by Cheryl L. West from her play FANNIE
Directed by Signe Harriday
Starring Regina Marie Williams
Virtual Readings October 29th and November 1st at 7 PM
Reading: 45-minutes | Discussion: 20 minutes
To attend the virtual reading, purchase a ticket at All tickets are pick-your-price, with a $5 minimum and a $15 suggested donation. Ticket holders will be emailed a link to join the Zoom reading half an hour prior to the start time.

UMN English Writers Series
Online via Zoom
The UMN English Writers Series’ three October events are must-sees! All are free and open to the public, and will be presented online via Zoom. Selected events will be recorded and available for later viewing. Please register to attend.
Hanif Abdurraqib
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
A reading and conversation with Prof. Douglas Kearney. Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller “Go Ahead in the Rain,” and a collection of poems “A Fortune for Your Disaster.” His forthcoming book is a history of Black performance in the United States, titled “They Don’t Dance No Mo’.” Register for this free Zoom event here:

Down in Mississippi – Streaming 

by Carlyle Brown  

In Down in Mississippi three college students, a black man, a white woman and a white man travel to the dangerous world of Mississippi in 1964 to register Black voters. Along the way they discover that before they can change the world, they will have to change themselves.  Down in Mississippi is a celebration of a movement that gave birth to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights of 1965.  
Directed by Noel Raymond. Michael Keck will arrange and write music for the performance. Featuring Mari Harris, Adelin Phelps, Mikell Sapp, and Tony Sarnicki. Stage Managed by Tree O’Halloran.  
The performance was recorded on Zoom on October 4th. We’ll be streaming this performance through the election.  
Carlyle Brown is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence. This event is presented with support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with the Howlround Theatre Commons.  
Down in Mississippi was developed, in part, at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.  
The second video is a conversation with Carlyle Brown and Todd London. This conversation was recorded on the morning of Oct 1, 2020. (This recording was after the first presidential debate, but before President Trump tested positive for Covid-19.) 

Welcome Back to WAM!
Thursday—Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Weisman Art Museum
333 E. River Parkway, Mpls.
The museum has reopened to the public, with recommended safeguards in place, as of Oct. 1. As always, admission is free and open to the public. There are no advance ticket reservations or timed entry required, however museum capacity will be limited to 25% or less at all times. While we are taking all precautions to ensure a safe, comfortable visit, mitigating and assessing the risk of infection from the coronavirus remains a factor anywhere people gather indoors. We will rely on our visitors to do their part, by properly wearing face-coverings at all times, keeping a safe distance apart, and staying home when they’re feeling unwell. We understand that not everyone in our community feels quite ready to visit the museum in person just yet. Given that, most of WAM’s student and community programming and art educational resources will be online for now. Please visit our website for more information on some new policies and protocols to help keep all of our visitors and staff safe. Welcome back to the galleries!

2020 Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
Oct. 15—Nov. 1
Free virtual event
The Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC are thrilled to announce the film lineup of the 2020 Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival (TCJFF)—a first-ever virtual festival featuring eight outstanding film events, including feature length and short films, post-film conversations and more—all from the comfort of your home!
The Festival will feature Jewish-themed narrative, documentary, and short films from around the world. Some of the films highlighted in the festival include “TransKids,” “Lost in Berlin,” Stranger/Sister,” “The Tattooed Torah,” and many more.
To enjoy the Festival, simply register for an ALL FESTIVAL PASS, which offers access to all films from Oct. 15 through Nov. 1. In addition to the films, links will be available to watch engaging post-film conversations with filmmakers and aficionados on the TCJFF website. The Festival is FREE to the community, thanks to the generosity of the Mary and Julius Pertzik Jewish Cultural Arts fund. For more info or to register, visit:

Help Provide Diverse Books For Local Schools
Magers& Quinn has organized a fundraiser to provide diverse books to local schools, in partnership with Reading Partners Twin Cities. Reading is critical to student success both in school and beyond. But right now, many students are learning from home with limited access to classroom or public libraries. To help get books into the hands of more kids and support at-home reading, we’re hosting a digital book drive for Minneapolis schools! All of the funds raised will be used to purchase books, and these books will be distributed to students at the following schools: Ascension Catholic School, Bethune Community School, Lyndale Elementary, and Hiawatha Leadership Academy. Donations are welcome at this link:


Blue Thumb Lawns to Legumes Resilient Yards Workshops for Fall
Many of us are spending more time in our yards, grateful to have this natural place of solace in these uncertain times. More and more, though, Minnesota and its inhabitants are feeling the impacts of a changing climate on our landscapes, including unseasonable heat and torrential rainfalls. Take control of the situation. Attend a Blue Thumb Lawns to Legumes workshop, offered as a webinar, to learn strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change in your outdoors, and to help protect pollinators, clean water and the local ecosystem.
The Resilient Yards workshop presents strategies for site planning, native plantings, stormwater management practices including raingardens and pollinator habitat, among other things. Participants also meet one-on-one with landscape designers and master gardeners. The Turf Alternatives workshop provides other options to conventional turf lawns, among them lawns that require less water and fewer inputs, and that better support pollinators.
Metro Blooms staff with expertise in landscape design and pollinator habitat will present. Webinars cost $15 unless otherwise noted. Scholarships are available. These workshops are offered with the support of the City of Minneapolis. More information:, or call 651-699-2426.

We Are the Story – Exhibition #1
Gone but Never Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost to Police Brutality
Through Dec. 24
Open by appointment
Tuesday—Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery
300 University Ave. SE, Mpls.
“Gone but Never Forgotten: Remembering Those Lost to Police Brutality” is a national juried exhibition showcasing 28 quilts that honor those whose lives were violently ended due to police negligence and brutality and critiques the targeting and criminalization of Black bodies throughout history. Book your appointment to see the exhibition in person at The exhibition is also presented virtually on the websites of Textile Center and Women of Color Quilters Network (WCQN). Free and open to the public.
We Who Believe in Freedom
Through Nov. 1
Open by appointment
Thursday—Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
As part of “We Are the Story,” the American Swedish Institute will present the Minnesota premiere of WCQN’s“WeWho Believe in Freedom”Sept. 10 through Nov. 1. Assembled in 2016 to honor the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, “We Who Believe in Freedom”represents works by members of WCQN that tell the story of the African American Experience. Advanced admission/registration required. For more information see




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