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World Premiere of ‘Spamtown, USA’
Feb. 16 – April 5
Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls. 55404
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the world premiere production of “Spamtown, USA,” running Feb. 16 through April 5, written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Will Davis. The playwright met with and interviewed 25 people who were children in the city of Austin, Minn., during the P-9 Strike against Hormel in the 1980s to gather their stories and perspectives. The play explores how pivotal events that occurred during the strike affected relationships inside and between three families. While five kids dream of space camp, tennis teams, and out-of-state college, they find their families and community suddenly divided by picket lines and opposing agendas. This is the story of having the strength to stand up for what you believe in, the challenge that comes in disagreeing with those you love, and the humor that helps keep friendships alive.
“My wish is for our audiences to leave the theatre inspired to collaborate with their neighbors for the good of their communities,” stated the director Will Davis.
The show is recommended for everyone ages 9 and up. Ticket prices range from $15 through $71 (subject to change) with ACT Pass tickets for $5. For more information, visit us online at childrenstheatre.org or call the ticket office at 612-874-0400.
March 11-April 11
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 55408
The Jungle Theater is excited to present “Redwood,” an astute new play brimming with comedy, wit and dance. Written by Brittany K. Allen and directed by H. Adam Harris, this singular American story is about learning to live and love in a present that’s enmeshed in a dark past. In this razor-sharp, humor-filled tale, a Hip-Hop dance class Greek Chorus and opinionated long-dead ancestors help guide the relationship between Meg and Drew, an interracial couple whose lives are rocked when Meg’s Uncle Stevie discovers Drew is from the family that enslaved her relatives in antebellum Kentucky. Tickets and more information are available at 612-822-7063 or www.jungletheater.org.
Pints for Positive Change
Saturday, March 28, 2 to 6 p.m.
Saint Paul Brewing
688 Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul
Mississippi Market is partnering with Saint Paul Brewing to host a food drive fundraiser called “Pints for Positive Change.” This is another way that community members can support local food shelves and their clients during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Head to Saint Paul Brewing’s East Side taproom on Saturday, March 28 from 2-6 p.m. for an afternoon of food and fun! At the event, guests can save $1.00 off every pint or growler purchased for every canned food item donated. Mississippi Market member-owners can save an additional $1.00 off their first pint through the co-op’s Community Partner Program by showing a valid membership card. Cash donations for the food drive will also be accepted at the door. Plus, guests can enjoy live music by East Side resident Alex Tulp, food for sale from the J. Mobile (J. Selby’s plant-based food truck), and free food samples and giveaways courtesy of Mississippi Market. This family-friendly event is open to everyone, including dogs! Learn more at www.msmarket.coop.
Vegetarian Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 28, 9 to 11 a.m.
4101 37th Ave. S., Mpls.
A climate-positive vegetarian pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., sponsored by Transition Longfellow. Participate in a handmade ITEM SWAP: Bring one or more items you’ve made by hand (breads, jams, pickles, brews, handwork, etc…) and swap them out for something handmade by someone else! Table discussions will be lead by: Russ Henry: Soil health for climate, water, and pollinators; Dan Schultz: Lawns to Legumes – LCC; Chard Your Yard: Introducing this year’s CYY build and volunteer opportunities; Clyde Cutting: Longfellow Climate Action Plan – call to action; and Mike Fry and George Hamm: Transitioning 8-week Series introduction and sign-up.
For more SWAP info, contact Jeanne Bishoff at email@example.com, and for event info, Annette Rondano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (Two-hour Online Training)
Friday April 3, 2 to 4 p.m.
Pay-what-you-can up to $30.
When terrible things happen, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives.
This two-hour online training teaches basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience—STAR Training. STAR is a research and practice-supported peacebuilding training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. All are welcome to join us online. Space is limited to 30. Optional two hours of continuing education is available for Minnesota social workers, teachers and nurses for an additional $15. This training is in high demand so register early at https://staronlineapr32020.eventbrite.com. Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute. STAR is a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. (https://emu.edu/cjp/star/).
Nina Simone: Four Women
April 17 – May 17
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S.
In this powerful play inspired by Nina Simone’s song “Four Women,” Simone and three other women find themselves in the rubble-filled 16th Street Baptist Church on the day of the 1963 bombing, in which four young girls were killed. As riots erupt outside, the women must come to terms with the tragedy and with each other if they are to move forward. Featuring Simone’s most popular Civil Rights anthems. This work is an electrifying testament to the radical and healing power of art.
Box Office: 612-825-0459
Uprising Theatre Company’s
“Doctor Voynich and her Children”
Through March 21
Off-Leash Art Box
4200 E. 54th St., Mpls.
Uprising Theatre Company is proud to present the regional premiere of “Doctor Voynich and her Children,” a new play by Leanna Keyes, that strives to illuminate what happens in a country where there is no sex education and abortion has been outlawed. In this complex and lovely play, Dr. Rue Voynich and her apprentice Fade travel the American Heartland dispensing herbal medications. Covertly, they perform abortions, which have been illegal since “the Pence days.” Fade tries to help local youth, Hannah, complete her abortion using knowledge from an ancient manuscript before her mother and the sheriff can nail them for the “attempted murder of an unborn person.” Tickets are $20 (general admission) and are available at 612-520-1230 or https://www.uprisingtheatreco.com/tickets/
March 6 – 29
Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 2 p.m.
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St., Mpls. 55454
Mixed Blood Theatre will premiere the new musical “Interstate” as the headliner of its 44th season. Written by Kit Yan and Melissa Li, and directed by Jesca Prudencio, “Interstate” is a Queer Asian-American pop-rock musical about two trans people at different stages of their journeys, navigating love, family, masculinity, and finding community in the era of social media. It charts Dash, a transgender spoken word performer as he goes on a cross-country tour with Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter, as the activist band, Queer Malady, fueled by the allure of fame and a desire to connect with the Queer Asian community. The band’s fiercely political and deeply personal music touches Henry, a transgender teenage blogger living in middle America, who finds solace in their art as he struggles with his own identity and family.
Tickets can be obtained in two ways: 1) Through Radical Hospitality, admission is FREE on a first come/first served basis starting two hours before every show, or 2) Advanced reservations are available online or by phone for $35 per person. Visit www.mixedblood.com or contact 612- 338-6131 or email@example.com for more information.
‘Expression: Raw Emotion’
Feb. 1 – April 24
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. www.artworkseagan.org
Coming to the Table (CTTT)
Third Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon
611 Van White Memorial Blvd., Mpls. 55411
(To reserve your seat, please RSVP at www.cttt-northmpls.eventbrite.com.)
Fourth Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Next one is Dec. 23)
Wedge Table Classroom
2412 Nicollet Ave., Mpls. 55404
(To reserve your seat, please RSVP at www.cttt-southmpls.eventbrite.com.)
At Coming to the Table (CTTT, www.comingtothetable.org), descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue, come together to envision the U.S. as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, and the racism it continues to spawn. Join Peacebuilding Associate Trainer Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power. Since seats are limited, please sign up for this free event at www.cttt-mpls.eventbrite.com. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diabetes Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 p.m.
2800 E. 31st St., Mpls.
Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors sponsors a monthly diabetes support group for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The group is facilitated by Beth Peltzer, MSW.
Tai Chi for Health
Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st. St., Mpls.
Tai Chi is a low impact, slow-motion exercise that is adaptable to individual abilities. The classes vary between sitting and standing and include slow, easy movements aimed at quieting the mind, improving breathing, coordination, flexibility and strength. Registration is not required. Classes cost $5 each.
Safe Place: Homework Help
Monday – Friday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Congregation
2001 Riverside Ave., Mpls.
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 email@example.com or 612-333-2561.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave., Mpls.
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.