Macalester Orchestra Concert, Sat., March 1, at 8 p.m., in the Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Under the direction of Mark Mandarano, the annual Concerto Competition Concert is free and open to the public and features Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Weber’s Concertino for clarinet and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with concerto competition winners Carmen Whitehead, piano; David Soro, clarinet and Nicholas Whittredge, violin. For information call 651-696-6808 or email [email protected]
The Minnesota Buddhist Vihara’s Opening Ceremony of Spiritual Research Institute, Monday, March 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3415 4th Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55412. The objective of the center is to conduct spiritual research, counselling, and stress management programs. For information and to bring a food item contact Udayanthi Perera at 612-850-2859 or email [email protected]
Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah poetry reading is free and open to the public on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, of Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., Ghassan Zaqtan, a Palestinian poet and author of “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: and Other Poems”, and Fady Joudah, a Palestinian-American poet, translator, essayist and physician, will read their poetry. This is a 2014 ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) Poetry Series event and is sponsored by the Macalester English Department. For information email [email protected]
A Panel discussion with Zaqtan and Joudah on poetry and politics will be held Tuesday, March 4 at noon, in the Weyerhaeuser Board Room of Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. The event is free adn open to the public. For information email [email protected]
Organizing Apprenticeship Project and community leaders come together to raise our voices during a Racial Justice Rally in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda March 5, 2014, starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Rally at 10 a.m., and an agenda to include Legislative Power Meetings. RSVP to Julia at [email protected] or call 612-746-4224. Visit www.oaproject.org and www.voicesforracialjustice.org.
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.
New Evidence for Etruscan Ritual at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla in Tuscany, Wed., March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom of Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The lecture by Dr. Greg Warden, president of Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland, and long-time Director of Excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla, is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6376 for more information.
U.S. – China Business Connections Twin Cities networking breakfast, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in Room MOH 201 of the University of St. Thomas, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.Guest presenter Mike Brown, vice president of Marketing and Communications at GREATER MSP, a regional economic development partnership. His topic will be “Greater MSP’s Regional Export Growth Strategy.” $30 fee for non-members, $15 for first time guests and free for students, includes breakfast. To register call Jim Smith at 612-865-6543 or email Jim @ [email protected]
Japan America Society of Minnesota, JASM Corporate Roundtable, Wedneday, March 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Guest speakers Miyako Yoshida and Hiroki Kaga will discuss “The Japanese Perspective: Hot Topics in Japan and Negotiating Tips.” $20 for non-members and $7 for students. Validated parking at the Dorsey Ramp/50 South Sixth Street for levels 4-8 only in the 50 South Sixth Street ramp. RSVP by Monday, March 3 at http://mn-japan.org/2014/02/corporate-roundtable-march-5th-2014.
Macalester College presents the Arnold Lowe Lectureship with Kecia Ali, an associate professor of Religion at Boston University, on Sun., March 9, at 4:30 p.m., in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Ali teaches and writes on Islam studies, Islamic law, women, ethics and biography. Her current book in progress investigates biographies of the Prophet Muhammad. The Lectureship is meant to further ecumenical understanding and discussion and is free and open to the public. For more information call 651-696-6141.
A lecture on “Uses and Abuses of Culture: Greece 1974 – 2010”, is free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in Hewitt Hall, Music Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue., St. Paul, Minn. Call 651-696-6279. Professor Vicky Karaiskou will highlight the circumstances under which both traditional culture and modernity became fields of visual power in contemporary Greek society. Karaiskou is a distinguished Visiting Mellon Scholar in Art History at Macalester. Previously, she was professor at the Open University of Cyprus in Studies in Hellenic Culture. Her main area of interest is the human figure and its interactions with public space. Her latest book, Uses and Abuses of Culture: Greece 1974 – 2010, was published in 2013.
A screening of the documentary “The Real Story: Media Coverage of Disability Issues in Minnesota,” will be held Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, of Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. The film and panel discussion following is free and open to the public and will explore disability activism, advocacy and accomplishments over the past 40 years as reported in Minnesota publications. For information email [email protected]
PACER Center is offering “Families Are Important: Understanding the Early Intervention Process in Minnesota,” a free workshop for parents of infants and toddlers and for professionals on March 15, 2014, from 9 to 11 a.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. This free workshop will help parents understand the early intervention process in Minnesota. Participants will learn about: Families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities in the early intervention process; How to make a referral; The evaluation process; Development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP); Services in the natural environment; and How to resolve differences. To register, call 952-838-9000, 800-537-2237 and visit PACER.org.
The Frederic Chopin Society presents Pianist Inon Barnatan, Sun., March 16, 3 p.m. in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. The Tel Aviv native, now New Yorker, who earned praise in his Twin Cities appearances with the Schubert Club appearance last season. The Program includes Bach, Schubert, Franck and Barber. Tickets are $25 / $15 students 21 and under. Call 612-822-0123. www.chopinsocietymn.org
“From Naughty to Nice: The Road to Positive Behavior Interventions,” a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities, will be held March 18, 2014, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. Topics include: Behavior as communication; Behaviors that may reflect unmet mental health needs; Positive interventions and alternatives to punishment at home, at school, and in the community. To register, call 952-838-9000, 800-537-2237 and visit PACER.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]
Indian Music Association of Minnesota presents Rajan and Sajan Mishra (Hindustani Vocal); Ashis Sengupta (Tabla); and Vyasmurti Katti (Harmonium) on Sunday, March 23 at 5 p.m., in the Recital Hall of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105. For ticket information contact IMSOM’s Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or visit www.imsom.org.
Pete Ferderer Inaugural Lecture as the Edward John Noble Professor of Economics, with a talktitled “The Wisdom of Crowds” on Thursday, March 27, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, of Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., Free and open to the public. For information email [email protected]
Maker Break, for kids ages 6-12, Monday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Make Kaleidoscopes, art books, Lego structures, duct tape wallets. Presented by The Works, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Daisy Duct, and Peter Hoh. For information call 651-642-0411 or visit www.sppl.org.
Kairong Liu: Impressions of the Twin Cities, a show of oil and acrylic paintings depicting scenes from around the Twin Cities will run from March 1 through April 12, 2014 at The FrameWorks Gallery, 2022A Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55116. Liu explores the natural beauty of the city and its neighborhoods while painting mostly outdoors. The collection will encompass everything from sweeping cityscapes to garden details. The exhibition will also include 8 supporting artists and open with a reception on March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For information call 651-698-3372 or visit www.frameworksmn.com.
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
MMSA Blue & Green Spring Fling, Sat., April 26, 2014, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Maternity of Mary – St. Andrew Catholic School, 592 Arlington Ave. W, St. Paul. An adult fun event, game show theme evening with food, raffles, games, silent and live auctions. Reserve tickets by calling 651-489-1459 or visit www.mmsaschool.org. Tickets are $25 each + $5 drink wristbands (early bird price) or $10 at the door. Guests must be 21 years or older. Tickets also sold at the door.
Indian Music Association of Minnesota presents, Shashank (Carnatic Flute); Mysore Srikanth (Violin); and Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam) on Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m., in the Dr. V. Premanand Theater & Concert Hall, of Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431. For ticketscontact IMSOM’s Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or visit www.imsom.org.
Indian Music Association of Minnesota presents Kala Ramnath (Hindustani Violin); Subhankar Bannerji (Tabla); on Sunday, May 11 at 5 p.m., in the Dr. V. Premanand Theater & Concert Hall, of Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S, Bloomington, MN 55431. For ticket information contact IMSOM’s Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or visit www.imsom.org.
Indian Music Association of Minnesota presents the Trichur Brothers (Carnatic Vocal); Edapally Ajith Kumar (Violin); and Trichur Mohan (Mridangam) on Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m., in the Recital Hall of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105. For ticket information contact IMSOM’s Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or visit www.imsom.org.
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.
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.
Support Sessions for SE Asian Youth, Wednedays at Brooklyn Center High School, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Safe, fun environment with food and gift cards. Contact Ying Lee at [email protected].