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. 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.
Macalester College 2014 Student Art Exhibition, April 12-27, in Law Warschaw Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center and Gallery, 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, Minn. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours: M-W and F: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun: noon to 4 p.m. 651-696-6416
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi 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]
PACER Center’s “Taking the Next Steps: Planning for Success in Postsecondary Education,” a free workshop for parents of youth with disabilities on Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required by calling 952-838-9000 or visit PACER.org.
Lilies: Jewels of the Garden, Friday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Mounds View Library, 2576 County Rd 10. One of two native species of lily: the “Michigan Lily” and the “Wood Lily.” Learn how to grow lilies, which do well in Minnesota, and where to get information about growers including the North American Lily Show this July in Bloomington. Presented by Barbara Ronningen of the North Star Lily Society Board of Directors and a Washington County Master Gardener.
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.
Macalester College Spring Dance Concert, choreographed and performed by students, with faculty guidance, Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., and April 27, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Free and open to the public 651-696-6611
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.
Macalester College performance of “Chinese Kunqu Opera”, an ancient Chinese operatic genre recently listed as a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, featuring one of the most celebrated female singers Shen Yili of the Shanghai Kunqu Troupe, Sun., April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Free and open to the public. 651-696-6808/[email protected]
Macalester Chamber Ensembles Concert, Sun., April 27, at 2:30 p.m., in Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Students from the Music Department will perform in various small ensembles under Director of Instrumental Music Mark Mandarano, and coached by faculty and outside professional coaches. Free and open to the public. 651-696-6808/[email protected]
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.
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]
Volunteer to help seniors – One-time or for ongoing unpaid volunteer assignments to assist seniors. Chores available range from yard-work, painting, cleaning, and fix-it tasks. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Contact Jeanne, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or call 612-746-8549. www.neighborhoodinvolve.org