Hole-y Short Shorts, an eclectic evening of physical theater, live animation, a runway battle, a dance throw down, a sonic landscape, storytelling and much more in the brand new Bedlam Lowertown space at Bedlam Lowertown, 213 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101. Pieces created by Tom Lloyd, Billy Mullaney, Farrington Starnes, Julie Jao, Kawan Powers, Rebekah Rentzel, Lelis Brito, and Hardy Coleman & Madonna Smith. Hosted by the Short Town Sheriffs Maren Ward, Tom Lloyd, and Jon Mac Cole. With special guest Ifrah Mansour on Saturday night only. The first of several Short Shorts Showoffs, the new year-long evolution of the Bedlam 10-Minute Community Play Festival. Everyone is welcome to 8 p.m. performances on Thursday, April 3, Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5. Pick your price tickets range from $5 to $15. http://bedlamtheatre.org
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. Mn Coalition for Palestinian Rights (MNCPR)
The Coalition for Palestinian Rights, National Day of Leafleting at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops “Free Cone Day”, Tuesday April 8, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Calhoun Commons, 3070 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis. This ice cream cone will be free on April 8. Palestine will not. This event is organized by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine / Israel (www.vtjp.org). Endorsed by Middle East Peace Now, WAMM Mideast Committee, Anti War Committee, Mn Break the Bonds.
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.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choiw will speak on “Drug Sentences: Many Variables in Minnesota Courts”, as the topic of the League of Women Voters April meeting on Wed. April 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Wilder Center. 451 Lexington Pkwy. North, Rm. 2610. The event is free and open to the public. Free Parking in ramp next to the Center. For information contact Mary Vik at [email protected]
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 ticketscontact IMSOM’s Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or visit www.imsom.org.
The Macalester Asian Music Ensemble, under the direction of Chuen-Fung Wong, presents the Spring Concert featuring Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, Sunday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. (re-scheduled from April 20) 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.
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.
Art in the Hollow: Artists in Action!, Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Swede Hollow Park, rain or shine. For information visit ArtintheHollow.org or call Karin DuPaul, 651-776-0550. This free, 5 year-old community-based festival put together by neighbors and students, features artists, global performers, sculptures to be judged the day of the event.
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.