Mu Daiko Taiko, “Rhythm in Motion”, Friday March 7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday March 8 at 2 p.m. (family matinee), Saturday March 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday March 9 at 2 p.m. at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403. Full show: Age 7 and up. Family show: Age 3 and up. Tickets $14 to $34. Cowles Center Box Office 612-206-3600.
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. 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.
Third Commemoration of the March 11th Great East Japan (Tohoku) Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 6 p.m. Registration, Riverplace Conference Room, 43 Main Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Poetry reading, singing from Mu-Min choral group, a moment of silence and reflection for the victims. Photos of the affected areas from the Consulate General in Chicago. Starts at midnight Japan time on March 11 (or 10 a.m. CST on March 10) and ends at 11:59 p.m. Japan time on March 11 (or 9:59 a.m. CST on March 11). For information contact Japan America Society of Minnesota at 612-627-9357 and [email protected]
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. To register call 952-838-9000 or 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.
The 8th Annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards, Monday, April 7, from 6 p.m., at Crowne Plaza Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel, 11 Kellogg Boulevard East, Saint Paul, MN 55101. RSVP by March 28 to 651-325-4265. Admission is free; seating is limited. The keynote speaker is photographer Wing Young Huie.
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 [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 at [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]