Events – Community Calendar

Changes at El Colegio

El Colegio is a small public high school in Minneapolis (Bloomington Avenue and 42nd Street) that has been serving students in English and Spanish since 2000. In 2019, Executive Director Norma C. Garcés was awarded a Bush Fellowship, so, she will be leaving the school to pursue further education, while Katie Groh de Aviña steps in as the new executive director.
Find out more about these changes at

Nature Connections
Jan. 7—Feb. 14
Loring Park (downtown) – meet at Loring Community Arts Center, 1382 Willow St., Mpls.
Jan. 7 to Feb. 13
Indoors: Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m.
Outdoors: Thursdays, 2 to 3 p.m.
Matthews Park (Seward) – meet at Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 S 29th Ave., Mpls.
Jan. 9 to Feb. 14
Indoors: Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This January, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) launches Nature Connections, a new program designed for adults 55 & up. Enjoy varied activities focused on nature, including bird-watching, winter tree identification and flower arranging. Get insights from an MPRB naturalist. Choose outdoor or indoor sessions — or both!
Outdoor Sessions: Enjoy a stroll or a snowshoe around the park and neighborhood. Walking poles and ice cleats available for use. Sessions focus on topics such as bird-watching and winter tree identification. Time outside depends on the weather, and we’ll warm up with a beverage afterward.
Indoor Sessions: Bring nature inside with activities like bird-watching, floral arranging and growing indoor plants.
All sessions for adults 55+ and FREE. Registration encouraged / Walk-ins welcome! Go online: Call Matthews Recreation Center: 612-370-4950. Call Loring Community Arts Center: 612-370-4929. Questions? Email

Events at Bryant-Lake Bowl
Bryant-Lake Bowl
Cabaret Theater
810 W. Lake St., Mpls.
Party in the Rec Room
Presented by Lorna Landvik
Through Saturday, Jan. 25
Don’t make resolutions in the New Year – make reservations to PARTY IN THE REC ROOM! Join local author and actor Lorna Landvik as she throws another comedy bash, filled with characters created on the spot and margaritas created in a blender. Remember, if it’s 2020 – it’s time to party!
Fridays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) and Saturdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) $20/$18 in advance.
Too Much
Performed and Choreographed by Nic Lincoln
Sundays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2
3 p.m. (doors 2 p.m.)
“Too Much” is an abstract dance piece performed and choreographed by Nic Lincoln. It is a mesmerizing work that cleverly evaluates the outcome of effort and action versus the art of failure. Lincoln is a humanitarian, and his new work doubles both as a performance art piece and a call to action. “Too Much” speaks of one’s search to clarify what it means to be an individual at its purest state of being, and brazenly demonstrates one’s ugly yet beautiful experience of discovering the importance of self-love.
Sundays, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. (doors at 2 p.m.) and Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. (doors at 2 p.m.) Ticket price $15.
Cellular Cinema: CAVE Festival
Friday, Jan. 31 and
Saturday, Feb. 1
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Please join us in the dark, cold depths of Minnesota winter for the Third Edition of the Festival of Cinematic & Audio-Visual Experimentation (CAVE4)! We have a fantastic lineup of visiting artists and curators again this year, coming from across North America and presenting a diverse array of screenings, performances and discussions.
Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30) and 9 p.m. (doors at 8:30) and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30) and 9 p.m. (doors at 8:30) $6-$15 sliding scale, $5 with student ID. Artists will be announced shortly! More info at

Modus Locus is excited to host Winter Cypher
Exhibition through February 1, 2020
Closing Event/B-boy/girl jam: February 1, 2-8pm
Stay tuned for pop-ups during the month.
Address: 3500 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Viewing Hours: Wednesday thru Friday 4-8pm,
Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.
Private rentals can affect gallery hours.
Winter Cypher is an immersive arts experience that documents the past 3 years of the growing grassroots, cultural expression that is Summer Cypher. Since 2016 Summer Cypher Minneapolis continues to explore the raw, uncut and authentic expressions of hip-hop in an all-inclusive, intergenerational environment. This mentality of sharing, informing, learning, playing, connecting, and keeping it real has incorporated interactive and overlapping creative activities such as: B-boy/girl dance battles, MC battles, DJs, graffiti art murals, spoken word, drumming, Bomba, craft vendors, and open community dance. This exhibit will incorporate the video documentation by Teddy Grimes, photography by Kimani Beard and Ephraim Eusebio, and the art of many graffiti and mural artists who have graced the Modus Locus Art Garden walls around the Summer Cypher space adjacent to the Modus Locus art gallery. This month-long exhibit will incorporate gatherings throughout the month and will culminate with a B-boy/girl jam on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Artists/writers include: SIG, Martzia Thometz (Pretty Hard), Pets, Ache, Sheva , St. Paul Slim, Vision, Yavi, Pablo Kalaka, Groe, Limpio Designs, Biafra, Black Daze, DJ Chocolate Tuna, Mixie, DJ Mickey Breeze, DJ Diggie, and more …

Paradise Road
Sunday, Jan. 12, 12:30 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church (Jackman Hall)
19th & Nicollet, Mpls. 55403
“Paradise Road” (1997, 132 minutes, rated “R”) is a fact-based story about women of several nationalities and languages caught and imprisoned in a WWII Japanese POW camp on Sumatra. The highly acclaimed Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) directs stellar actresses Glenn Close, Frances McDormand and Cate Blanchett, Pauline Collins, Julianne Margulies, Jennifer Ehle and others in a rare female WWII POW story.
The film will show in large-wall projection in Jackman Hall. Note: We will have coffee but no lunch. You may order takeout at Jimmy John’s at 12:10 p.m., on Franklin near Nicollet across from the church, cash or credit card only. Bring your takeout (or homemade lunch).

Women’s Art Institute Exhibition
Through Jan. 15
Plymouth CongregationalChurch
1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55403
Join in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Art Institute (WAI) with a special exhibition by 12 artists from the class of 2018. The Women’s Art Institute was founded to encourage and deepen the art practice of advanced women artists of all ages and backgrounds.
WAI is a rigorous four-week studio intensive, which combines open studio work, individual tutoring, critiques and presentations from visiting artists, art historians, critics and museum curators, as well as visits to the studios of prominent local women artists. Issues of inclusion of women artists’ work in art history, museums and gallery representation, in the past as well as in the contemporary art world, are explored. In addition, thought-provoking conversations, reflective writing sessions and critical thinking are encouraged.
Elizabeth Erickson and Patricia Olson founded WAI at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. It currently resides at St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Exhibiting artists are Shari Albers, Lynnette K. Black, Susan SkachBejarano, Martha Bird, Chris Cinque, Colleen Cosgrove, Kathleen
Daniels, Cyndi Kaye Meier, Julia Nellessen, Brenda Olson, Kristin Palm and Kathleen Yennie.
For more information on Women’s Art Institute (WAI):

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day  
Thursday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul 55106
Pay-what-you-can-up-to $40. Space is limited to 60. Optional 6.5 CEs and 5.5 CLEs available for an additional $35. Please preregister by Jan. 8, 2020. For details and registration:
STAR-Lite is a single-day, evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. All are welcome to join us at this training.
Partially funded by The Saint Paul and F. R. Bigelow Foundations. Sponsored by with our Community Partners.

Neighborhood Night—Everyone Welcome!
Thursday, Jan. 16
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Holy Name Church
Garvey Hall
3637 11th Ave. S., Mpls.
Join us for a viewing and lively discussion of the 2019 Rick Steves documentary “The History of Fascism in Europe.” This overview of the rise of fascism in Europe in the 20th century begins with WWI and includes inspirational stories of those who resisted the violence and turbulence of the times. Come, learn and get to know neighbors! Coffee included. Bring a friend! No cost/no registration. For more info:; 612-724-5465.

Carmina Burana
Minnesota Dance Theatre
Friday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m.
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Minnesota Dance Theatre audience favorite “Carmina Burana” follows a long line of sensuous inspiration, from the silent songs of 13th-century vagrant monks to Carl Orff’s brilliant orchestral adaptation of the ancient words. Under the direction of Lise Houlton, Loyce Houlton’s masterpiece channels the earthly rumblings of love and lust, mixed with the pangs of fortune and fate, in a hedonistic romp of bodies, music, and movement. This sizzling multimedia performance offers a spectacular display of Twin Cities artistry as MDT’s sinuously prolific dancers are joined in energetic merrymaking by a powerful corps of musicians and vocalists. Tickets available at 612-206-3600 or

Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 to 5 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St., Mpls.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Midtown Global Market with a free public event featuring live music, a traditional Chinese Lion dance at 3:30 p.m. by Ha-Family Entertainment, Chinese Heritage Foundation activities, a free kid’s craft table and more. The Lunar New Year is the largest and most important holiday in Chinese culture. During this 15-day celebration, families and friends unite to decorate their homes, watch fireworks and spend time together. In the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Those born in the Year of the Rat are said to be instinctive, alert in nature, sophisticated and filled with spirit, wit, vitality and flexibility. Trung Pham and his family, owners of Pham’s Rice Bowl at the Midtown Global Market, are sponsoring this annual community event. Free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert
Sunday, Jan. 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Ted Mann Concert Hall
University of Minnesota
2128 S. 4th St., Mpls. 55455
The 39th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert is a not-to-be-missed multi-disciplinary celebration intermixing the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with musical performances. This year’s program focuses on the theme of “I Am Because We Are (On Being a Good Neighbor)” and is curated by U of M alumnus G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence. Featuring the University of Minnesota Gospel Choir (Adrian Davis, director), Freddie Bell and Chantel Sings of KMOJ Radio, and more. This annual concert is free of charge and open to the general public; no advance tickets or reservations are required. Learn more at

MLK Holiday Diversity Career Fair
Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
U.S. Bank Stadium
West Plaza Lobby
401 Chicago Ave., Mpls.
Plan to attend and meet face-to-face with several of the Greater Minneapolis area’s finest employers. All of the employers have open positions they are seeking to fill. Over 50 Minnesota companies hiring. Positions in the following areas are typically available: Sales, Customer Service, Call Center, Management, General Business, Marketing, Retail, Administrative, Insurance, Banking, Engineering, Accounting, Finance, Education, Law Enforcement, Government, Military, Hospitality, Human Resources, Technicians, Telemarketing, Healthcare, IT, and more.
Pre-register now and receive information about employers and job alerts available before the event. The MLK Holiday Diversity Career Fair is FREE and open to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc. For more information, or call (800) 390-5561, ext. 107.

“Healing Beloved Community” — MLK Event at Minneapolis College
Thursday, Jan. 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Minneapolis College
1501 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Minneapolis College invites you to join us in Celebration and Engagement, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, on Thursday, Jan. 23. The schedule for the day is as follows:
– Continental Breakfast:
8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
– Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to noon – Truth and Transformation: Healing a Beloved Community – Samuel Simmons, LADC
– Service Projects and Resource Tables: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.,
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
– Lunch: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
– Keynote Address: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD, LP, LICSW, Psychologist
The event will be held on the first floor of the T building on the Minneapolis College campus, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, downtown Minneapolis. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Minneapolis College parking ramp. For more information, call 612-659-6471 or visit

Senior Living Information Sessions
Wednesday, Jan. 29
10 a.m. The Pillars of Prospect Park Seminar
12 p.m. Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Plan the Perfect Move/Downsizing Seminar
St. Frances Cabrini Church
1500 Franklin Ave. SE, Mpls.
Come to one or both Seminars! RSVP: Jay at 612-623-7000.

Joshua Cunningham and Charles Lyon
Feb. 1 – March 7
Opening Reception:
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 to 5 p.m.
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace, Mpls.
Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Getting There,” an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham, and “Out West,” an exhibition of new paintings and pastel drawings by Charles Lyon.
For Cunningham, most of his painting days begin by wandering the alleys and streets near his home and sometimes traveling further afield until he discovers the site of his next painting. Cunningham writes, “Sometimes a scene unfolds before I get much more than a block away, and other days I am hours away before I am working. Everywhere I paint, a road has brought me there…This has fostered curiosity, wonder, serendipity, and a feeling like you are right where you were meant to be… answering an invitation from my intuition and imagination.”
In October of 2018, Lyon participated in an Artist Residency at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming. The autumn colors of the landscape surrounding the North Platte River served as Lyon’s inspiration for this new body of work. In his own words, Lyon describes this landscape as, “Being a tributary of the North Platte River, the ranch supported an abundance of monolithic cottonwood trees. Their forms and placement along the creek define the landscape and indicate where water is present and plentiful. Ochres, yellows, and cinnabars mean water and life in this harsh and arid landscape.”
The artists will be present at the opening reception Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. Both shows continue through March 7. For more information please call 612-377-7800 or visit

“Expression: Raw Emotion”
Saturday, Feb. 1: Exhibit Opens
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, 55122
The exhibit “Expression: Raw Emotion” encourages artists to submit work that is reactionary in nature to bring focus to human emotion, whether it be subtle or extreme, things that make you laugh out loud and ugly-cry. or that reveal a mischievous side. Submission deadline was Dec. 18. Show starts Feb. 1.

Women’s Prison Book Project
Annual Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 a.m. to noon
Walker Community United
Methodist Church
3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls.
All you can eat buttermilk, vegan, and gluten-free pancakes; Southern-style grits; Fruit salad; Coffee, tea, and juice. Adults $6-$10 sliding scale; Children: $3. After filling your belly, visit our book sale to fill your mind. Books $2-$3.
The Women’s Prison Book Project is an all-volunteer organization that sends free reading material to women and transgender prisoners all over the country. Our project depends on donations of free books, volunteers filling book orders, and fundraisers like the pancake breakfast to pay for book postage. For more information:; Facebook;

Poet Sean Hill at Literary Witnesses
Monday, Feb. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls.
Poet Sean Hill reads for the Winter 2020 Literary Witnesses and he brings along writers from his Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. Sean Hill is the author of “Dangerous Goods,” a Minnesota Book Award winner, and “Blood Ties & Brown Liquor,” named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read. His poems have appeared in such journals as The Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and the Harvard Review, and several anthologies, including “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry,” “The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing,” and “Villanelles.” Hill is currently the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University and makes his home in Montana. Visit him online at: Book signing and reception to follow.

ONGOING: Makers Mornings
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls. 55407
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.

ONGOING: Safe Place: Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave., Mpls. 55454
Adult students and children are all welcome. Tutors are available for all levels. If you are interested in being a volunteer or tutor or if you need more information, contact at 612-333-2561

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