Threads of Connection
The unique thread-on-fabric images of Vermont artist Deidre Scherer will be hung in the galleries of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities at 3000 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton MN 55112 through Nov. 18. www.unitedseminary.edu
“TRIBES”, a play by Nina Raine, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis through Nov. 10, is the story of Billy, a young man born deaf and raised in a loud, opinionated family and yet his parents and siblings never bothered to learn sign language, requiring him to adapt to the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman from a Deaf family who introduces him to Deaf culture, Billy suddenly feels confidence and a sense of belonging to a “tribe” he’s never known before.
A Living Legacy: A Choice of Weapons, is a tribute to Gordon Parks’ life and legacy through June 8 at Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St Minneapolis, MN 55401. The free exhibit features 30 works created by Minneapolis high school students alongside images by photographer Gordon Parks.The exhibit is part of One Minneapolis One Read which has chosen Parks’ autobiography A Choice of Weapons as its 2013 selection.
Lao Flood Relief Fundraiser, Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Buasavanh Banquet Hall, 7324 Lakeland Avenue N. Brooklyn Park. $15 per person or $150 per table of $10. For more details call Thomas Sisaket at 612-581-2348.
Mac Jazz with First Universalist Jazz Concert at Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Fri., Nov. 1., 8 p.m., 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Free performance featuring Macalester’s big band, Mac Jazz, under the direction of Joan Griffith, and First Universalist Jazz under the direction of John Jensen. 651-696-6808/[email protected]
Power of Ki Workshop: Good Fortune from the Buddha, Sat., Nov. 2., 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE., Minneapolis 55414. This workshop is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 612-703-7501.
Nembutsu Samadhi (Buddhist Chanting) Workshop, Sun., Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grain Belt Studios #201, 79 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis 55413. This workshop is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 612-703-7501.
PACER Center is offering “Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns 3,” a free workshop for parents of young children with disabilities. It is on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required.To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
Do you have the skills and the knowledge to survive in the woods? Then join us on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, at French Regional Park, Plymouth, for Living Outside Survival Training (L.O.S.T.). Our experienced instructors will teach you the life-saving skills of fire building, shelter building, signaling, and wilderness safety. All equipment is provided. Cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #424923-01. This program is for homeschoolers ages 8-17. www.threeriversparks.org/events/H/homeschool–l-o-s-t-.aspx
PACER Center is offering “Promoting Positive Learning and Behavioral Strategies for Youth at Risk,” a free workshop for parents of youth with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
PACER Center “Moving Towards Adulthood: Managing your mental health needs,” free workshop for parents of transition-age youth with disabilities on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
IFP Minnesota’s Annual Party, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Porter & Frye Restaurant in the Historic Ivy Tower, 1115 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis. Please enter through Ivy Hotel lobby.The Incredibly Fun Party is the biggest gathering of the year for the Minnesota film community. Please join us! See and be seen, network, drink, celebrate and mingle. Bid on fantastic items in our Silent Auction. Sample Porter & Frye’s Contemporary American cuisine and signature craft cocktails. Revel in the gorgeous ambiance of the Ivy Tower. Along with our current membership drive, the Incredibly Fun Party and Silent Auction are also essential fundraisers for IFP MN. Tickets are partly tax deductible* and help support our work in the community: youth programs, classes, annual Filmmaker Conference, Master Classes, grants, networkings, Cinema Lounge, and (new!) 20 free Film Independent Spirit Award members only screenings. The cost is $35 for IFP MN members and $50 for non-members. $20 of each ticket is tax-deductible and are available by phone at 651-644-1912 or online at www.ifpmn.org.
MMAA Project Space upcoming Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber Exhibition from Nov 7, 2013 through Jan. 19, 2014 at Minnesota Museum of American Art’s MMAA Project Space, 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Call 651-222-6080 and visit online at www.mmaa.org. Curated by Sonya Young James, the exhibition includes works of fifteen artists from New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Florida, and Pennsylvania. What they have in common is “tremendous capacity for tedious, painstaking, and repetitive activity.”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Release Party, Fri, Nov 8, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Celebrate the upcoming motion picture release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with a party worthy of The Capitol. Test your skills in our trivia contest, receive awesome giveaways, hang out with friends and fans, and more. Come dressed as any of your favorite Hunger Games characters and enter to win advanced screening passes to the movie. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is in theaters November 22. To learn more about the movie adaptations of the bestselling Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, visit www.thehungergamesexplorer.com. (Recommended ages 12 and up)
Mary Casanova, One-Dog Sleigh – Launch Party, Sat, Nov 9, 10:30 a.m. at at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. On the ten-year anniversary of One-Dog Canoe, author-illustrator team Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt have created a winter story filled with lyrical text, bouncy rhythm, and whimsical illustrations. Bundle up and climb aboard this heart-warming and adventurous sleigh ride.
PACER Center “Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten,” free workshop for parents of young children with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
Skijoring Clinic – Skijoring, the sport of dog-assisted cross-country skiing, is a great winter activity that keeps both you and your dog active and healthy. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at French Regional Park, Plymouth, for a beginners clinic that will include information on equipment needed, commands used, proper training techniques, and etiquette on the trail. Experienced skijorers will be on hand to answer questions and guide you and your dog through an on-foot dry-land training session (equipment is provided). Dogs should be friendly around other dogs and people. Dogs must stay in their owner’s car the first 45 minutes of the program. $5, reservations required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference activity number #425111-02. www.threeriversparks.org/events/S/skijoring-clinic.aspx
Indian Music Society of Minnesota presents the 18th Annual Aradhana: A musical tribute to the great composers of Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music by Twin Cities’ vocalists and instrumentalists on Sat., Nov. 16, in the Nath Auditorium of The Hindu Temple of Minn., 10530 Troy Ln N, Maple Grove. For information on tickets visit www.imsom.org or contact Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or [email protected]
SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business” will hold a seminar “Developing Your Business Plan” on Thursday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul. The seminar demonstrates how to create a sound business plan using Business Plan Pro software. To register go to the SCORE website www.stpaul.score.org or call 651-261-1429. Fee is $59.00 which includes seminar, booklets and other materials.
Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka’s “Hanukkah Bear” Launch Party, Thurs, Nov 14, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Wohnoutka is back to celebrate the launch of Hanukkah Bear, a vividly illustrated tale written by Eric Kimmel. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, she doesn’t hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi! Meet illustrator Mike Wohnoutka and celebrate the fun tale of this unexpected Hanukkah guest, perfect for young readers anticipating the Festival of Lights! Refreshments and book signing to follow. (Recommended for ages 3 and up)
Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club for teens in 7th to 12th grade on Mon, Nov 18, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Every month, each teen participant will select one Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of an upcoming book, write a short review, and come back the next month to talk about it. Other opportunities include planning author events and book parties, volunteering at the store, blogging, and more. Come to hang with friends, eat snacks, and discover your next favorite book! Questions? Call Red Balloon at 651-224-8320 or email Amy at [email protected]
Chapter & Verse Book Club, Thurs, Nov 21, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. A national book club for members of Children’s Literature Network and other children’s literature enthusiasts in their communities who wish to discuss children’s and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. They meet the third Thursday of every month at Red Balloon. It’s cow time for November! The group will be reading Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard, Moo! by David LaRochelle, illus by Mike Wohnoutka, and It’s Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org
Fall Dance Concert, Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Macalester Dance faculty and students will present an evening of original choreography, joined by award-winning Brazilian choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos, artistic director of Contempo Physical Dance based in the Twin Cities. The concert features live music with musicians Peter O’Gorman, Marc Anderson, Ahante Young, among others. Gen. Admission $7, Group/Senior $5, Students $2. 651-696-6359. A second performance on Sat., Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The YWCA is celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Women of Distinction event on Oct. 23, 2013, at 11:45 at the Duluth Entertanment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr Duluth, MN 55802. In the past ten years 30 local women have been honored as women of distinction and six local young women have been honored as emerging leaders. Registration and bio information is available on the YWCA’s website at www.ywcaduluth.org. For information call 218-722-7425 ext. 106. Or email to Ellen [email protected]
Macalester Chamber Ensembles Concert, Sun., Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.,in the Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Free concert by students from the Music Department performing in various small ensembles. The Chamber Music program at Macalester is organized by Director of Instrumental Music, Mark Mandarano. Students are taught by Macalester faculty and outside professional coaches. 651-696-6808 / [email protected]
Hmong Minnesota New Year, Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 1, 2013 at St. Paul RiverCentre. Cultural entertainment, community venders, Miss Hmong Minnesota Pageant. Hosted Lao Family Foundation of Minn., Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, and Minnesota Lao Veterans of America. For information on tickets call Chong Lee at 651-329-4838 and visit www.laofamily.org/mnnewyear
Rondo Exhibit, inside the “Then Now Wow” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. West, St. Paul. The story of Rondo, a thriving St. Paul African American community torn apart by I-94, is a permanent exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.
North East Healing Circle (Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group) every Wednesday 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Grain Belt Studios, 79 13th Ave. NE, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Everyone is welcome and admission is free with a $5 gift greatly appreciated. A healing circle to learn to help yourself and others to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Contact Gadu [email protected] or call 612-703-7501.
Support Sessions for SE Asian Youth are offered on Wednedays at Brooklyn Center High School from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. We host a safe and fun environment with food, gift cards for steady attendance and provide great resources and sup- port. If you are or know someone who needs help and support with drug or alcohol use, please con- tact Ying Lee at chem- [email protected]
Trancendental meditation, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., 399 Ruth Street N., St Paul, MN 55119. Call 651-714-0254 or visit www.TM.org/twincities.
Poetry Jam/Rap Battle on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., Apple valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Youth ages 12 to 18 express themselves at an evening of poetry, rap, dancing and singing Open Mic on the first Tuesday of the month. Free food, door prizes, rap battle, poetry performances and free creative writing workshop. $4 at the door, or $3 in advance, and $2 each for groups. 952-953-2385.
RAKE IT Fall Yard Clean-Up Volunteers – Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home. Choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard as individuals, groups and families. Unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Contact NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected], or call 612-746-8549. www.neighborhoodinvolve.org