Events – Community Calendar


Poets Jeffrey Yang and Anni Liu
Monday, May 16, 7 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.
Acclaimed poet, translator and editor Jeffrey Yang presents his latest poetry collection, “Line and Light” (Graywolf Press), a volume that deftly traces lines of energy through art, myth and history. Yang will be joined by Minneapolis poet Anni Liu as she celebrates her debut book “Border Vista” (Persea Books), which intimately narrates the experience of being undocumented in America. In these riveting new books, each of these poets investigates issues crucial to our time and lights the way forward into a territory that may be challenging but is eminently worth traveling.
FREE in-person event! See for COVID protocols.

Happy National Bike Month!
Bike to Work Week, May 16 – 22
Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20
Happy Bike Month — an annual celebration from the League of American Bicyclists all about bike joy and all those working to make it safer and easier to experience it! Here’s how you can celebrate:
Bike to Work Week will take place May 16-22, 2022, and Bike to Work Day is on Friday, May 20. There’s also a Love to Ride Bike Month Challenge – a great chance for you to form a team and pedal to the top of the leaderboards. Log your bike miles as part of a collective competition and win sweet prizes. Visit our partners at Love to Ride ( to sign up for the National Bike Challenge. Find rides and events all over Minnesota using our events calendar. Dust off your bike, do an ABC Quick Check, and let’s roll together this month!

HomeHelpMN program open for applications
May 17 through June 17
HomeHelpMN will begin accepting applications for assistance on Tuesday, May 17. HomeHelpMN will provide relief to homeowners who have been impacted by the pandemic and who owe past due mortgage payments and other eligible housing expenses. Funds for the program are limited, and need is expected to be high. If applications received during the application period exceed available funding, applicants may be put on a wait list. Applications will be accepted until June 17. Homeowners can get ready today by visiting the website at or calling the Call Center at 1-800-388-3226. That website and phone number are also where they will be able to apply for funds when the application period begins. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding.
The Call Center is available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is accessible by TTY and also utilizes the Language Line to provide access for callers who wish to communicate in a language other than English.

Minnesota Opera’s ‘Carmen’
Through May 22
Ordway Music Theater
345 Washington St., Mpls.
Sultry, bold, daring. When affection turns to obsession, romance becomes dangerous. Carmen, an iconic and beautiful woman, is bound to live life on her own terms. But shortly after a corporal military officer falls for her, what begins as a passionate story of desire quickly turns into a struggle for liberation. Featuring some of the most popular music to ever grace the opera stage, Minnesota Opera’s “Carmen” brings every aspect of Bizet’s thrilling tale to life, from its tantalizing beginning to its devastating climax.
Music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Sung in French with English captions. Age recommendation: 12 years and older. Runtime: approximately 2 hrs. 45 min. with one intermission. Co-produced by The Glimmerglass Festival and Minnesota Opera.

Free Juniper fitness class sampler
Wednesday, May 25
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. CDT
Online event
Juniper, a statewide network grounded in local communities that provides free or low-cost classes that
help people live well, get fit and prevent falls, is hosting a free virtual event. Participants will learn about Juniper classes — Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance — and how they can help them feel their best. This is their chance to try out some of the moves and ask questions of our trained leaders. This event is being held on May 25 to celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day, so it’s a great day to jumpstart a fitness routine.

13th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival
Thursdays, May 26 – June 30
MSP Film
Main Theatre
15 SE Main St., Mpls.
The Minnesota Cuban Film Festival (MCFF) brings some of the best Cuban films to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This year’s festival will take place at MSP Film on six consecutive Thursdays, May 26 to June 30.
The MCFF features films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging films of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. The Minnesota Cuba Committee, presenter of the film festival, offers Minnesotans a chance to learn about and appreciate Cuban films and culture, and to remind our supporters of the onerous burden that the blockade inflicts on the Cuban people.
For more information visit or call 612-367-6134.

Walk & Talk with a Naturalist
Fridays through May 27, 1 to 2 p.m.
Meet at the Water Works Pavilion
425 W. River Pkwy., at the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge
From Minneapolis mills and St. Anthony Falls to native plants and wildlife: explore history and nature along the Mississippi riverfront. Starting Friday, March 4, people ages 18 and up are invited to join an MPRB naturalist for a FREE series of afternoon strolls on and near the Mississippi River. The leisurely pace includes stops to observe and discuss a different topic each week, such as: History of the Falls and Mills; Winter Animal Adaptations; Sketching in Nature; Bird Migration on the River; Spring Flowers and Native Plants; Mindfulness in Nature; Wildlife and more!
Walk & Talk sessions are free, but registration is required:
Online: or (event #132013​)
Phone: 612-230-6400 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)​
In person: visit any recreation center

Family Drum & Dance Jam
Saturday, May 28
11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Center For Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Ave. S., Mpls.
Join Whitney and Fode of Duniya Drum & Dance for some fun rhythms and dances for the whole family to try. All ages are welcome. Pay what you can. Cash/Venmo donations at the door. More info at

Runestone! A ‘Rock’ Musical
In-person through May 29
Streaming from May 23-29
History Theatre
30 E. 10th St., St. Paul
Step back in time and get ready for a kooky mashup of a Minnesota legend and a classic rock ’n roll show in the telling of this larger-than-life story of a rural farmer caught in the whirlwind of an ever-growing myth. “Runestone! A Rock Musical” premieres at History Theatre May 7-29, 2022.
It’s 1898. Swedish immigrant Olof Ohman digs up a rock on his property near Kensington, Minn. with “a story on carved runes” that tells that the Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot in Minnesota. He is praised for his discovery but soon controversy erupts, and his life is turned upside down with claims of “Fake! Fraud! Liar!” Show information and tickets available at

‘Hector Olivera: Tantalizing Transcriptions and Tango’
Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m.
In-person and livestream
Northrop, University of Minnesota
Carlson Family Stage
84 Church St. SE, Mpls.
Internationally acclaimed organ virtuoso Hector Olivera makes his Northrop debut in a program that features works by Meyerbeer, Elmore, Franck, Vierne and more. Maestro Olivera is a passionate, gifted and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world.
The event will begin with the premiere of a 45-minute documentary, “The Northrop Organ: Past, Present and Future.” The film tells the story of Northrop’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, Opus 892, from its beginning in 1932 to the present day.
Immediately following the concert, audience members are invited to attend a reception at the Campus Club in Coffman Memorial Union hosted by the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Attendees can connect with friends, colleagues and lovers of organ music while enjoying a complimentary beverage and an inspired menu of locally sourced food. Space is limited, early registration is recommended. Concert attendees may register for the reception when ordering their concert tickets.
To order tickets, visit or call 612-624-2345. Many discounts are available.

Highpoint Presents: 2021-2022 Jerome Early Career Printmakers
Exhibition on view through June 11
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St., Mpls.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking presents new work created by the 2021-22 Jerome Early Career Printmakers, Savannah Bustillo, Sarah Evenson, and Ryan Gerald Nelson, at their culminating exhibition. With generous support from the Jerome Foundation, these three artists were awarded the opportunity to create new work within a nine-month supportive studio residency.
This exhibition stretches well beyond traditional prints on paper – the works are tactile, ephemeral, memorable, and meaningful with origins related to the search for authenticity, generational experiences, and images that play, break down, and theorize on the way we see and interpret media. The Jerome artists have consistently pushed their own processes and forged well beyond the traditions of printmaking, resulting in visually stunning and deeply thoughtful work. For more information, see

‘Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix’
On view through June 12
The M window galleries
4th and Robert Street, St. Paul
In the exhibition “Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix,” eight Latinx artists (identifying as Chicano, Chilean, Colombian, Mixteco, Mexican and Mexican American) explore what it means to claim a mixed-race identity consisting of both Indigenous and European descent.
Without seeking definitive conclusions or definitions, artists Marcela Rodríguez Aguilar, María José Castillo, Luis Fitch, Bobby Marines, Dougie Padilla, Maria Cristina Tavera, Xavier Tavera and Vlocke Negro explore questions of ancestry and identity.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the M’s website at

‘Art Speaks’
Through July 31
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
The collections of the Minnesota Historical Society include more than 7,000 works of art – and counting. “Art Speaks” reveals the stories of paintings, sculptures, photos and more collected over the past 15 years. What do these works say about their makers, about us and about Minnesota? More than 150 works — including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and mixed media – in sections including faces, places, abstraction and contemporary voices. Voices of yesterday and today are included, with recently acquired pieces created in different eras, including many works from living artists. Ticket price includes admission to all History Center exhibits.

‘Local Vibes’
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CST
On YouTube
“Local Vibes” – come for the music, stay for the stories. “Local Vibes” is a one-of-a-kind show documenting and creating space for the Twin Cities hip-hop community and their voices through performance and interview. It’s music that sounds like Minnesota, and it’s only on the Vanguard, Radio K’s 24-hour, college-student curated online hip-hop stream.
“Local Vibes” opens a door into the vibrant local hip-hop scene that you won’t be able to find anywhere else on commercial airwaves. The show’s unique performance setup and fun yet informative interviews make for memorable content you won’t find anywhere else in Minnesota. You’ll hear voices that are enhancing the Twin Cities culturally and socially, and are testing the bounds of music as we know it. Tune in to watch interviews from your favorite Twin Cities artists, and to discover up-and-coming artists that you’ll want on your radar. Twin Cities hip-hop has something special to offer, and we want to let you in on the ground floor.
The Vanguard is a student-curated, uncensored, 24-hour online stream dedicated to hip-hop. It’s one of the first non-commercial stations in the county to exclusively feature hip-hop, and it’s the only place to hear hip-hop 24/7 in the Twin Cities. Tune in to watch “Local Vibes” in a late-night talk show format on Radio K’s YouTube channel each Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST and catch updates on the Vanguard’s Instagram (@radiokvanguard). Stream The Vanguard here:

NAMI Mental Health Support Groups
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers a variety of free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. African American, GLBTQ and BIPOC community focused groups are also offered. Led by trained peer facilitators, the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. Find a complete listing of group meetings and how to join in by going to and clicking on “Support Groups” or go straight to

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