Events – Community Calendar


The Color of Law: A Virtual Conversation with Richard Rothstein
Wednesday, April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
In this virtual event for Twin Cities residents, Richard Rothstein will discuss his critically acclaimed book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” a groundbreaking account of how federal, state and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide. Pay as you can. Registration:

2021 Do-It-Yourself Earth Day Cleanup
Supply pickup on Saturday, April 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Participate anytime in April
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) along with the City of Minneapolis announce the annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up event has moved to DIY mode with supply pick up available at participating Earth Day sites on April 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up has been the city’s largest community service project for many years. Since 2008, more than 20,000 residents have removed more than 160,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. You can participate anytime in April, while staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19. By sharing photos of your cleanup, everyone will see what we can accomplish for the 2021 Earth Day. It’s free to participate and residents are encouraged to participate by volunteering to help pick up trash in parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. No registration needed, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Use a trash bag from home or pick up bags and gloves at participating Earth Day sites on April 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For a list of supply pickup sites, see:
  2. Head to a nearby park or trail to pick up trash (while getting fresh air and exercise).
  3. Practice social distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at
  4. Share photos of your trash haul on MPRB’s @MPLSEarthDay Facebook page and using the hashtag #MplsDIYEarthDay

FREE Family Day: Flamenco con Abuelita with Susana di Palma
Saturday, April 24, 10 to 11 a.m.
Online via Zoom
Presented by The Cowles Center. Explore Spanish culture and flamenco tradition with Teaching Artist Susana di Palma during Flamenco con Abuelita (we hear our puppet friends Toro and Carmencita will be there too)! This is a one-hour, Zoom-based dance class on April 24. Want more? The Cowles Center has expanded upon the traditional Family Day offering to provide an easy-to-follow toolkit exploring flamenco through fun activities such as coloring pages, DIY ideas, and fun videos with Susana herself! Participants are welcome to engage with the toolkit as much as they like (or not at all) ahead of Saturday’s class. Registration closes at 8 a.m. on April 24. Registrants will be emailed the toolkit ahead of Susana’s class. This activity is designed for youth up to 5th grade. For more information and to register, go to

‘Lettuce’ Celebrate Earth Day at Midtown Global Market
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Midtown Global Market, Central Court
920 E. Lake St., Mpls.
Gertens and Midtown Global Market are celebrating Earth Day with a fun and educational planting party. Kids (12 and under) are invited to bring their favorite grown-up to Midtown Global Market’s central court on Saturday, April 24. Supplies are limited. There, they can pick up a lettuce planting kit including a pot, dirt, and seeds, all free thanks to the good folks at Gertens. The young gardeners can pot and plant their lettuce on-site on socially-distanced tables with the help of a Gertens expert or take it home. Recipes will be available for the kids to be able to grow their own lettuce and plan to prepare a meal with their harvest.

STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience in a Single Day
Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
STAR-Lite is a single-day, evidence-based training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. It is designed for those who wish to learn the basics of becoming trauma-informed, resilience-oriented. and restorative justice-focused within a shorter-time frame than the full STAR Training. All are welcome to join us. Continuing education is available for mental health professionals, teachers, nurses, and attorneys for a modest fee. To learn more and to register, go to

Coming to the Table: Racial Healing Talking Circles and Learning Sessions
Wednesday, April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, April 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Coming to the Table gatherings are racial healing talking circles to address interpersonal, community, and structural racial violence and trauma. At CTTT, descendants of those who were enslaved, descendants of slave owners, Indigenous community members, and all those interested in engaging in safe constructive dialogue are invited to come together to envision Minneapolis as a just and truthful community – one that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, genocide of Native Americans, and the racism these collective traumas continue to spawn.
CTTT provides ongoing relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism. Join Peacebuilding’s Assistant Executive Director Crixell Shell for one or more of our CTTT racial healing talking circles. Until risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have abated, all of our trainings and events will be virtual. Please register at and a Zoom video conference link will be emailed to you before the training or event begins. If you have any questions, please direct them to

Twin Cities Cohousing Network Quarterly Event
Wednesday, April 28, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Free virtual event
Are you curious about cohousing? Join us for viewing and discussion of “Cohousing and the Future of Community and Human Connection,” a TEDx Talk by Trish Becker-Hafnor. The speaker is an educator, activist, entrepreneur, parent and community co-founder. In her short, engaging talk, Becker-Hafnor shares what is groundbreaking about cohousing and how it has affected her family and neighbors. Local cohousing groups will give brief updates. Cohousing is community designed to foster connection. Physical spaces allow neighbors to easily interact with others just outside private homes. Common areas, including kitchen, dining space and gardens, bring people together. Collaborative decision-making builds relationships.
Free and open to the public. To register and receive access info, please go to
Twin Cities Cohousing Network (TCCN) is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit devoted to educating about and supporting cohousing in the Twin Cities Area.

‘Al Asleyeen’
April 29—May 2, Virtual screening
Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
In-person screening at Trylon Cinema
2820 E. 33rd St., Mpls.
Mizna continues its surveillance-themed Spring Film Series with Egyptian drama “Al Asleyeen” (dir. Marwan Hamed, 2017).
About the film: Samir Eliwa is the head of a small family, an employee in a bank for years, but he suddenly gets fired after a decision to reduce labor. During his search for a new job, he discovers that his bank account is mysteriously depleted. “Al Asleyeen” shows a darker side of Egyptian society when a few days after being fired, Samir finds a box with a cell phone in it and a note instructing him to use his fingerprint to open it. He watches a mysterious video about his past, before he receives a phone call that changes his life forever.

‘Everybody: A Book About Freedom’ with author Olivia Laing
Wednesday May 5, 1 p.m.
Join Rain Taxi for a special daytime event as we present renowned British writer Olivia Laing and celebrate the publication of her new book, “Everybody: A Book About Freedom” (Norton). In this ambitious, brilliant book, Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, exploring gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement along the way. Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century—among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X.
Tickets to this virtual event include a signed copy of “Everybody: A Book About Freedom.” Each registered attendee will also receive a special “Everybody” button with their book, and be entered into a raffle to win an 18K gold-plated sterling silver necklace which celebrates Laing’s brilliant new book. Winner announced during the event!
This Rain Taxi presentation, unique in Laing’s U.S. tour, will be a special audience participation event—attendees are welcome to submit questions for the author in advance, and she will be incorporating them into her talk. Questions can be submitted right on the ticket form; we will also be taking questions during the presentation. Whether you ask your query early or on the fly, we look forward to seeing you there! For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

Highpoint Presents: Prints from Crow’s Shadow
April 30—July 17
Monday—Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 20, 1 p.m.—Public conversation with Jim Denomie via Zoom
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St., Mpls.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking announces the opening of Prints from Crow’s Shadow, an exhibition featuring prints from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts’ (CSIA) highlighting 30 years of collaborative commitment to Indigenous artists and fine art printmaking. Located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation outside of Pendleton, Ore., CSIA is a non-profit organization committed to providing a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Crow’s Shadow, their residency program and their commitment to supporting Indigenous and marginalized voices has done much to usurp and guide the conversation surrounding work made by Indigenous artists.
This stunning exhibition at Highpoint will feature a wide variety of prints published by Crow’s Shadow Press in collaboration with artists of a diversity of background and media. Thursday, May 20 from 1 to 2 p.m., we will be hosting a virtual conversation with Minnesota-based artist and Crow’s Shadow collaborator Jim Denomie. Visit our website for more information, as well as the link to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the gallery at a time and visitors are required to wear a mask while inside Highpoint. Please call or visit for more information on visitor protocol.

Mary Ann Key Book Club
A collaboration with the Star Tribune, Hennepin County Library, and columnist Myron Medcalf. The Mary Ann Key Book Club invites you to participate in a shared, focused reading experience on themes of race, racism, and antiracism. Hennepin County Library will host facilitated discussions and programs to engage residents in conversations about the truths of the past, our challenges in the present and the possibilities of the future. The book club is a catalyst for conversation as we attempt to better understand past and current injustices – including systemic racism, other forms of discrimination, and bias that affects marginalized communities.
The club’s first selection is “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson. The book describes racism in the United States as an aspect of a caste system – a society-wide system of social stratification characterized by notions such as hierarchy, inclusion and exclusion, and purity. Wilkerson compares aspects of the experience of American people of color to the caste systems of India and Nazi Germany, and she explores the impact of caste on societies shaped by them, and their people.
For more information on how to join, and to request a copy of the book from the library, go to

History Revealed: “Hope in the Struggle” With Josie Johnson and Tish Jones
Eastside Freedom Library
How did a Black woman from Texas become one of the most well-known civil rights activists in Minnesota? After seven decades of speaking up and standing up, of fighting for fairness in voting, housing, education, and employment, Dr. Josie Johnson has finally written her memoir. “Hope in the Struggle” gives us an opportunity to not only learn about her, but to learn from her.
Dr. Johnson’s story began in segregated Texas, where her father organized against the Poll Tax, launching her on a lifetime of activism which brought her to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, where she cast her vote for Barack Obama for president. Her memoir offers a close-up picture of what that struggle has entailed, whether working as a community organizer for the Minneapolis Urban League or lobbying for fair housing and employment laws, investigating civil rights abuses or co-chairing the Minnesota delegation to the March on Washington, becoming the first African American to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents or creating the university’s Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs with a focus on minority affairs and diversity. An intimate view of civil rights history in the making, “Hope in the Struggle” is a uniquely inspiring life story for these current dark and divisive times, a testament to how one determined soul can make the world a better place.
ESFL and RCHS are pleased to present Dr. Johnson in conversation with an activist from a younger generation, Tish Jones. A poet, organizer, and educator from St. Paul, Ms. Jones is Founder and Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks, and she has had an impact on artist-activists from coast to coast.
To view the video:

Riverview At Home – Virtual Cinema
If you are interested in supporting us during these hard times while watching great cinema, here’s your chance! A few cinema distributors have created “Virtual Screenings” of some independent films we might typically show. You are able to watch these films at home, and it provides economic support for independent theaters like the Riverview. By using the links we provide at, you will be supporting us. For each film you rent, a percentage of the cost will go directly to the Riverview. A list of films we are currently offering is below, check back soon for more movies!
We are now offering the following films in our Virtual Cinema:
Zappa—“Zappa” explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time.
Some Kind of Heaven—Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of America’s largest retirement community, The Villages, Fla., strive to find solace and meaning.
Collective—“Collective” is a gripping, real-time docu-thriller that follows a heroic team of journalists as they expose shocking corruption in the Romanian national health care system.
Crock of Gold—“Crock of Gold” is the definitive feature documentary on Irish musical icon, Shane MacGowan, exploring the wild and roving life of Ireland’s most beloved punk poet.
Women’s Adventure Film Tour—The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is a celebration of the inspiring women around us, doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.
A Glitch in the Matrix—What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real?
Two of Us—Two retired women have been secretly in love for decades when an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down.
Atlantis—“Atlantis” is a gorgeous and visionary sci-fi drama set in the year 2025 in Eastern Ukraine.
Sweded—Zero-budget, amateur, homemade, zany, creative, weird and often downright hilarious: The Sweded Film Festival offers fan-made, five-minute versions of some your favorite movies.
Nationtime (1972)—“Nationtime—Gary” is a report on the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, in 1972, a historic event that gathered black voices from across the political spectrum.

History Is Now: Anti-Racism Uprising
Minnesota Historical Society
Speak your truth on the uprising. How are you grappling with our society’s longstanding history of racial inequality? What do you think tomorrow’s Minnesotans need to understand about the anti-racism uprising and this moment? We are living in a historic moment. Together, Minnesotans and MNHS are capturing and sharing history in real time. Join us in creating conversations that lead to real connection, deeper reflection, new questions, and purposeful action.
Minnesotans, their communities, and our nation are grappling with the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the systemic racism entrenched in our shared reality. The Minnesota Historical Society is hopeful that the outpouring of anger, pain, truth, and community witnessed over the last several months will lead to more meaningful conversation with community, increased self-reflection and awareness, purposeful action, and a more empathetic society.
History can and should help frame this discussion. George Floyd’s murder was not an isolated incident but part of a centuries-long persecution of African Americans. Understanding the past and present are crucial to shaping the future, and that includes sharing and recording stories of these times.
Submissions will be shared among the three partner organizations so that the collecting effort can be housed within the community from where the voices come. Some of the submissions may be added to the MNHS collections. To submit your comments online, visit Tell us what you think Minnesotans, current and future, need to understand. This collecting initiative is in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) and Hallie Q Brown Community Center (HQB).

‘Papier’ by Swedish artists Bea Szenfeld and Stina Wirsén
Through July 11, 2021
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
“Papier,” in a juncture between art and fashion, is an international touring exhibition showcasing artist-designer Bea Szenfeld’s striking paper couture — dresses and other sculptural fashion items made entirely from paper and worn by such pop icons as Lady Gaga and Björk — united with artist-author Stina Wirsén’s evocative and colorful illustrations. “Papier” makes its Midwest debut, at one of only two sites in the U.S., Feb. 6 – July 11, 2021, at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in the Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery. In this remarkable, creative partnership, two prestigious Swedish talents meet in a mutual affection for the handmade and paper. “Papier” features a dozen of Szenfeld’s wearable pieces plus an object-based piece titled, “Grief.” Her bold designs belie their delicateness. Wirsén’s expressive drawings and illustrations set the scene and act as a colorful backdrop. Both artists have had a major impact in pop culture from fashion to theatre.
The ASI Museum, Museum Store and FIKA Café all reopened on Feb. 6 with reduced capacity, pending any further COVID-related precautions. Revised hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance, timed reservations are required to visit the museum and can be made at or by calling 612-871-4907 during public hours. Visitors must use face coverings and maintain safe distances. The Store and FIKA will accept walk-in customers. FIKA will also offer expanded Marketplace take-out orders. ASI has free on-site parking and is located at 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.

Lake Nokomis Shoreline Enhancement project is complete
Project is complete, but please stay out of the newly seeded areas to allow native plants to establish.
The shoreline improvements project at Lake Nokomis is complete. Project goals included:
– Repairing damaged and eroded shoreline areas
– Removing overstory growth
– Replacing large areas of mowed turf with a wide array of native seed to control erosion and promote water quality.
This work was part of a long-term effort to increase the amount of natural landscape within the park. Work originally began in the fall of 2019 and was largely complete by the end of 2019, with development of new native seed species during the 2020 growing season.
Due to the pre-existing turf and invasive weed bed that previously existed, additional over-seeding with the native seed mix was required in 2020. Proper establishment of native seed generally takes several years before a strong presence of the native plants can establish and thrive, with little to no competition from invasive plants.
In 2021, additional maintenance and establishment efforts will be done to help promote the establishment of these new native areas. The temporary fencing will stay up through at least 2021 to help protect these areas. Please stay out of the native seed areas and only use intended lake access locations to access the lake.

Free Reading and Math Tutoring for Minnesota Families from Scholar Squad
Scholar Squad offers free in-home tutoring powered by the proven programs of Reading Corps and Math Corps.
COVID-19 has made everything challenging this year, especially learning. Reading Corps and Math Corps have launched a new initiative to help. Scholar Squad offers free one-on-one, online tutoring for Minnesota students in PreK-8th grade. To request help, families are encouraged to visit and sign up for a consultation. Together we’ll set up a time to do a quick screening with your child to get a sense of what they may need. If the screening shows your child needs our help to boost their skills, we’ll match them with a tutor who will provide one-on-one practice and support.
About Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps: In Minnesota, nearly half of our students need extra help with reading or math. Reading Corps and Math Corps are AmeriCorps programs that provide a proven solution. By partnering with schools, Reading Corps and Math Corps have already helped more than 300,000 children improve their skills and confidence. Scholar Squad utilizes the successful model to bring tutoring directly to families at home. For more information, visit or email

Minnesota History Center Welcomes Back Visitors
Beginning Thursday, Jan. 14
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Minnesota History Center reopens to the public on Jan. 14. Timed entry tickets will be available beginning Jan. 7 online at or through the box office at 651-259-3015. A limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups. Tickets cost $8-12. Members are free. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors will once again be able to explore the exhibits “Then Now Wow,” “Weather Permitting,” Minnesota’s Greatest Generation,” and “Our Home: Native Minnesota.” Guests can shop for unique artisan-crafted jewelry, clothing, books, toys and more from the History Center store. Food service is temporarily limited to vending machines.
The Gale Family Library will welcome back on-site researchers starting Jan. 22. Researchers should contact the library starting Jan. 12 to make arrangements. Look for more information at

We Are the Story
L’Merchie Frazier
Through Sept. 19, 2021
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
Frazier’s exhibition features selected moments that confront racism and the relationship dynamics of ownership, becoming property-less, of being deemed property, and the question of belonging. A public fiber artist, quilter, historian and poet, Frazier is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket. ”Freedom Rising: I Am the Story” is one of seven group and solo quilt exhibitions that make up the “We Are the Story” initiative curated by Carolyn Mazloomi, founder of WCQN and a member of Textile Center’s National Artist Advisory Council. “We Are the Story” was created in response to the nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism in America following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Institute of Art joins Textile Center, the American Swedish Institute and the Weisman Art Museum as exhibition venues. For a detailed list of exhibitions and special events, visit



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