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 call 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. Email [email protected]alester.edu.
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. Call 651-642-0411 or visit www.sppl.org.
YIYUSA Dance Drama with Iny Asian Dance Theater in collaboration with Asian Media Access in re-staging the popular dance drama on March 31, and April 5th, 2014 at the University of Minnesota, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 16th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55455; then April 2, at Southwest MN State University, 1501 State Street, Marshall MN 5628; then April 26, at the University of Minnesota — Morris, 600 E 4th St. Morris MN 56267; July 10, at Roseville Central Park — Outdoor Performance, 2495 Victoria St N., Roseville MN 55113; Oct. 9 at South Central College Theater, 1920 Lee Boulevard N., Mankato MN 56003; and Aug. 7 and 28 at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds.
English Conversation Circles, Wednesdays in April, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. If English is not your first language, come and practice in casual conversation. All are welcome. Come when you can. Co-sponsored by the U of M Retirees Volunteers and Partners in English.
Macalester Choirs Concert, Sat., April 5, at 8 p.m., in Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Featuring folk music and folk-inspired music of Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Great Britain, and the U.S., with pieces from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hawaii including a hymn by Macalester alum Stephen Paulus. Joining the choir is guest conductor Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The choirs are under the direction of Professor and Director of Choral Activities, Michael McGaghie. Free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6808 or email [email protected] for more information.
House Party to Advance Women’s Human Rights, Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the home of Jan Conlin & Gene Goetz, 1710 Knox Ave., South, Minneapolis, MN. Please RSVP by March 31 to Ashley Monk at 612.746.4667 or [email protected]
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.
Preschool Mandarin Chinese Storytime, on Wednesdays, April 9 and 23, from 3 to 3:45 p.m., at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Chinese storytime, with stories, rhymes and songs in Mandarin Chinese.
Circus Juventas 20th Anniversary and World Circus Day “Open House,” Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public. Step under the Big Top, try out unique circus equipment and see popular circus acts with center ring performances taking place every hour. A 7 p.m. performance is $20. Call 651-699-8229 or CircusJuventas.org.
Mu Performing Arts “Mu Gala 2014: Celebrating You” on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with Happy Hour and a Silent Auction, followed by Dinner and Entertainment at 6 p.m., a Live Auction and Entertainment at 7:30 p.m., and the Mu Gala Dance Party featuring DJ Kool Akiem at 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious three course family style meal, great performances by your favorite Mu performers, and front row seats at our exciting 2014-2015 Season Announcement. Tickets are $125 per person includes valet parking, beer and wine, dinner, and entertainment. Your ticket also includes admission to the Mu Gala Dance Party. An additional $10 gets you rock star valet parking and admission to the first ever Mu Gala Dance Party. Just want to dance? A $10 ticket gets you valet parking and admission into the first annual Mu Gala Dance Party featuring Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals’ and DJ Kool Akiem. ‘Bust a Mu’ to support your favorite Asian American performing arts company. Call 651-789-1012 to reserve your seat.
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. Call 651-698-3372 or visit www.frameworksmn.com.
The Macalester Asian Music Ensemble, under the direction of Chuen-Fung Wong, presents the Spring Concert featuring Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, Sunday, April 20, at 3 p.m., in the Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building, of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The Ensemble will perform instrumental music of Japan, Korea, and from China’s Silk and Bamboo, Cantonese, and Hakka traditions. The ensemble will be joined by the Twin Cities-based Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble performing traditional Japanese gamelan music from Indonesia. Free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6808 or email [email protected] for information.
Dr. Jack Shaheen, a 75-year-old author, media critic and former professor, widely honored for his research and activism contesting negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American media, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Woulfe Alumni Hall in Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. His talk, “Reel Bad Arabs: Images of Arabs and Muslims in Popular Culture,” is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and more information can be found at www.stthomas.edu/oiss/programs/islam.
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 tickets contact 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. 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. English students of any age, language origin or level are very welcome. Presented in partnership with Pike Lake Education Center. 651-724-6004.
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. Contact Ying Lee at [email protected]