Representations of Transnationalism Among Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building room 710, University of Minnesota, West Bank, 267 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Presenters include Asian American Studies Graduate students: Tom Sarmiento (American Studies): The Heart of Empire: Queer Cultural Imaginaries of Filipinas / os in the Midwest; Yuan Ding (English, PhD): I’ve sorta come to love the mistakes – Politics of (Mis)translation in DH Hwang’s Chinglish; and Stephen C. Suh (Sociology): Nostalgic for the Unfamiliar: Korean American ethnic return migration and its neo-imperial logics. Co-sponsored with Asian American Studies Graduate Students, Viivncaus Hmong Women’s Group.
Grand Opening of China 100 Historic Exhibit Chinese New Year Celebration, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Great Room, 200 Oak Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55455. As part of the China 100 celebration, the University of Minnesota China Center will host a Chinese New Year reception, which will feature the grand opening of the China 100 historic exhibit. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 612-624-1002 or online at http://china100.umn.edu/forms/en/reception-chinese_new_year.php.
St. Paul Winter Carnival Family Day, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from Noon to 5 p.m. at Landmark Center, St. Paul.
Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus Student Center, North Star Ballroom, 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with performances including lion dance, Chinese dances, juggling, starting at 3 p.m. Lucky money for children, over $2,000 worth of door prizes at 4:30 p.m. The food bazaar begins at 5 p.m. Adults: $15 in advance and $18 at door; students and seniors $12 in advance and $15 at door; children free to age 5 and $8 in advance, $10 at door for ages 5 to 12. Tickets include food coupons equivalent to $7 in value or $6 for children. Advance tickets available before Jan. 25 at Twin Cities Chinese Language School on Saturdays, or sales volunteers. Email [email protected] or call 651-733-9827 or [email protected] or 763-639-5202. Event organized by Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center; Chinese American Academic & Professional Association in Minnesota; Minnesota Chinese Veterans Association; Minnesota Chinese Student Association; and Taiwan Student Association.
Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings, and Junior Genius Guides, Thurs, Feb 6, 6:30 p.m. at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Meet Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings and learn all about the first two books in his Junior Genius Guides series: Maps and Geography and Greek Mythology! Hear him speak about his game show adventures, get your books signed, and test your whiz-kid status in a Jeopardy!-style trivia contest! Brainiacs and Jeopardy! fans of all ages are invited. Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented 74 game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s previous books include Brainiac, Maphead, and Because I Said So! Jennings lives outside Seattle with his wife, Mindy, his son, Dylan, his daughter, Caitlin, and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo. For information call 651-224-8320 or visit redballoonbookshop.com.
The U.S. China Business Connection (UCBC) Chinese New Year Celebration will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at the Tea House, U of M location, 2425 University Ave. SE, Mpls 55414. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Announcements follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $30 for members, who may also being guests to attend at the member rate. The UCBC Chinese New Year party will celebrate the Year of the Horse. This is a time for great fun, excellent food and networking. Join ex-pats, old China hands, first-timers and Chinese entrepreneurs who are involved (or want to be) in some form of business with China: exports, imports, education or simply travel. Swap tales and build relationships or see if any of the many China opportunities are for you. Bring your spouse, partners, friends, clients and customers. Contact Jim Smith, 612-865-6543, [email protected] and visit www.ucbcgroup.org.
An evening of creating art with Ka Vang, Twin Cities Hmong American writer, educator, and “artivist” on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55106. During the course of the evening, Vang will read selections from her work, guide the audience in creating a community poem, and discuss how she uses her writings as a tool for social justice and to fight against injustice and oppression. Through interactive exercises, audience members will be encouraged to reimagine common folktales, stories, and poems in innovative ways. Tickets are $10, and includes light snack and materials. Intended Audience: K-12 Educators. Find out more at www.minnesotahumanities.org/mno or www.mnhum.org.
Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota “Year of the Horse” Tet New Year Show, Saturday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2128 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Cultural entertainment, student skits, food and refreshments. Free and open to the public. www.vsaminnesota.org. www.facebook.com/vsamn
Art with Ellen – Valentine’s Bookmarks, Sat, Feb 8, 10:30 a.m., at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a morning of stories and art with Ellen Ferrari! Come hear The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicity Bond, and make your own Valentine’s bookmark using stamps you create yourself. Love (and fun!) is in the air! Ellen Ferrari has been inspiring the youngest artists, from one-year-olds through kindergarteners, for more than thirty years. For information call 651-224-8320 or visit redballoonbookshop.com.
Tet New Year, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis. Drumming, dancing, music, zodiac tales, traditional Tet games. www.hclib.org/events
Indian New year rituals, Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park. Traditional dances, color art rangoli, henna tattoos. www.hclib.org/events
Indian New year rituals, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth. Traditional dances, color art rangoli, henna tattoos. www.hclib.org/events
New Year Celebration, Sunday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. Program at Grand Szechuan Restaurant, 10602 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55437. US-China Peoples Friendship Association Minnesota Chapter, St. Anthony Brass Quintet, Chinese and American music, sister city celebration. $30 non-members, $13 under 12. Add $5 after Feb. 5. RSVP: [email protected], www.uscpfa-mn.org
Chinese New Year, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at Hopkins Library, 22 11th Ave. N., Hopkins. Storytelling, music, Chinese New Year’s customs, traditional dances. www.hclib.org/events
Dedicated to the performance of new and early music for women’s voices, the Lorelei Ensemble consists of nine professional musicians whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul Minn 55105. They are part of Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation.
Fil-Minnesotan Association Valentine’s Ball and 36th Anniversary Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Bloomington. www.fil-minnesotan.org
Chinese New Year, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. at Sumner Library, 611 Van White Mem. Blvd., Minneapolis. Storytelling, music, Chinese New Year’s customs, traditional dances. www.hclib.org/events
Teens Read Book Club, Mon, Feb 17, 6:30 p.m., at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Do you want to read something new? Really new? Not-even-available-to-the-public new? Then join Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club, open to teens in 7th-12th grade! 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 and Verse Book Club, Thurs, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. 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. www.childrensliteraturenetwork.com. For information call 651-224-8320 or visit redballoonbookshop.com.
The band “Xiu Xiu” with members Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo, and Jamie Stewart, recording on the Polyvinyl/Bella Union Label, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 8 p.m., 7th Street Entry of First Avenue, 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis. Tickets $13, an 18+ show. Call 612-338-8388 or visit www.first-avenue.com and www.xiuxiu.org.
Shades of Yellow presents its 10th SOY Enchanted Ball, Saturday, March 22, (time to be announced( at DS Event Center, 415 Pascal Street N., St. Paul, MN 55104. For information email [email protected]
Thailand New Year, Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. at Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield. Thai fruit carving, traditional dances, hands-on activities and learning. www.hclib.org/events
Thailand New Year, Saturday, Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m. at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington. Thai fruit carving, traditional dances, hands-on activities and learning. www.hclib.org/events
Nembutsu Chanting – Ancient Buddhist practice of following and returning to Amida Buddham, also called the “Universal Buddha.” Through the practice of Nembutsu Chanting, heighten spiritual awareness and healing on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Heart of Tao Resonance Art, 5015 14th Ave. S, Minneapolis 55417. For information contact Gadu at [email protected] or call 612-703-7501 or visit www.HOTResonanceArt.com.
Conversation Circles for English Language Learners, Mondays, 6:15 p.m., Ramsey County Library – Mounds View, 2576 County Road 10, Mounds View, MN 55112, and Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. Ramsey County Library – Shoreview, 4570 North Victoria Street
Shoreview, MN 55126. Interested in practicing your English speaking and understanding? Join us at our drop-in one-hour Conversation Circles. English students of any age, language origin or level are very welcome. Presented in partnership with Pike Lake Education Center. Call 651-724-6004 for information.
Rondo Exhibit, inside “Then Now Wow” 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 construction.
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.
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.