The July 16, 2011 (Photos by Flor) will be held from 7:00 p.m., with an acoustic performance, followed by ping pong, darts, and karaoke with a guest KJ at 8:30 p.m. at The Third Place”, the Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue, South, Studio B, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407. Once a month there will be a Third Place Salon, featuring a performance or presentation, followed by ping pong, karaoke, darts, and general good fun. There is no fee, just a suggested donation of $5 to $10.
At the June launch party of the Third Place Salon there was 200 strong present for poet Ed Bok Lee and film maker Mark Tang, who premiered their poetry + film collaboration, “If in America,” an then engaged in a salon-style discussion with the audience, and then ping pong, karaoke, and frivolities ensued.
It also doubled as a CD release party of Gilbert’s debut album, The Great Recession Goodbye, a sweet and lonesome collection of songs about hard times and better tomorrows.
Recorded in Minneapolis with drummer Brett Bullion and bassist Adam Wozniak, the album melds electric and acoustic sounds. In addition to being a songwriter and musician, Dan is a cultural historian. He has made his home in Saint Paul for the last three years while teaching in the American Studies department at Macalester College.
The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place, 1989) argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place.
Oldenburg calls one’s “first place” the home and those that one lives with. The “second place” is the workplace – where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are “anchors” of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.
All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests these hallmarks of a true “third place”: free or inexpensive; food and drink, while not essential, are important; highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance); involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there; welcoming and comfortable; both new friends and old should be found there.
For more information call 612-817-2771 or email [email protected].