Jackie Chan Adventures, the films of Jackie Chan, at 7 p.m. every Mon., Tue. until July 29, and 9 p.m. every Mon., Tue. until July 29, at Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. Minneapolis. $8, Call 612-424-5468. Late shows on Jul. 14-15 are at 8:45 p.m. http://take-up.org
Gadu Doushin presents “Leaves of Grass Uncut” at 8 p.m. on Thurs, Jul 10, Friday, Jul 11, and Saturday, Jul 12, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 13, 2014. All performances at Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave #704, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Tickets range from $14 to $19. Contact Illusion Theater at 612-339-4944 for information. A performance celebrating the radical Walt Whitman through dance, theater, video, opera and poetry that combine
to present stories of Whitman that were not taught in American literature class. Patrick Scully is Whitman, and a company of 18 stunning male dancers. Stories you didn’t hear in American Literature Class. “My Dear dear Walt, before I leave America I must see you again — There is no one in this wide great world of America whom I love and honor so much.” Oscar Wilde so admired Whitman, he went to see him a second time before sailing home. What did Wilde find so interesting about him?
CAIR-MN hosts its 8th Annual Ramadan Dinner on Civil Rights, Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m., at the Coffman Union Great Hall, University of Minnesota. The event will be part of the City of Minneapolis celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. For information visit www.cairmn.com.
Harukaze Concert, 4 p.m., Sunday, July 13, 2014, Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. Free and open to the public. The program will feature both Western and Japanese musicians and the Thunder Wave (Japanese children’s dance group). A reception will follow the performance. For information call Japan America Society of Minnesota at 612-627-9357 or email [email protected]
Dragon Festival 2014 – July 12-13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Lake Phalen and Lake Phalen Park, Saint Paul, Minn.Cultural entertainment, community booths, food venders, dragon boat races. Free admission and performances and children’s activities. Free parking and shuttle buses. For information visit www.dragonfestival.org.
YIYUSA (Youth International Youth USA), July 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m., at Frank Rog Amphitheater, Central Park, 2540 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, Minn. Free admission. A dance drama, tells the story of a dragon princess who wants to be able to dance like a human and given a chance by an evil puppet master, but at a cost. Come and enjoy this extraordinary 120-minute YIYUSA show featuring non-stop acrobatics, costumes, and dazzling dances. Choreographed by acclaimed Hmong Artist, Iny Mai Vang Xiong, Iny Asian Dance theater will celebrate the summer nights with an unforgettable show. Sponsored by Asian Media Access and Iny Asian Dance Theater, made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board. For information call 612-376-7715 or email to [email protected]
Beat Boxing presented by Steppingstone Theatre at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul. Wednesday, July 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Work with a professional beat box and hip hop artist to learn how to transform your voice into drums, trumpets, cymbals, and even violins. Then create your own unique composition as a class. This program is designed for children kindergarten through 6th grade. Class is limited to 15 participants. If you would like to reserve a spot, please register online or call the St. Anthony Park Library to register at 651-642-0411. This program is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Computer Classes at St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. All classes take place in our public Internet area. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 22, 24, 29, and 31, 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Microsoft Word – This 4 session class covers vocabulary, navigation, and basic functions of Microsoft Word. You will learn to: copy and paste, add bulleted and numbered lists, use spell check, and do basic formatting. This class uses the Northstar Basic Computer Skills curriculum, and you have the option of taking a free assessment to earn a certificate upon completion of the class. Students must have basic typing skills and be comfortable using the mouse. Please plan to attend all four sessions. The class is limited to 4 participants. Please call 651-642-0411 or stop in the library to sign up.
Summer Reading Program Events at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Music with Paul Spring. Paul/s family music is interactive and upbeat; with songs that promote reading and stories among young audiences. Presented by the St. Anthony Park Library Association.
Atheist baseball and the All-Star Freethought Conference, Mr. Paul Aints Game: Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:05 pm, Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul. The Minnesota Atheists and Freedom From Religion Foundation are partnering with the Saint Paul Saints minor league baseball team for a night of “unbelievable” fun. The game will be followed up with an All-Star Conference the next day at 9 a.m. at the RiverCentre in beautiful downtown St. Paul. Tickets $12 or 22 when purchased through the Minnesota Atheists group portal at saintsgroups.com (password: “atheists”). All-Star Freethought Conference: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at RiverCentre, St. Paul. $55. Students $20.
Magical Mia at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Tuesday, July 15, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:00 p.m. Don’t blink your eyes, or you’ll miss one of Mia’s stunning tricks. She’ll mystify and entertain with sleight of hand and illusions involving many surprises and mysteries. Presented by the St Anthony Park Library Association.
Jawaahir Dance Company performance, July 22 at 10 a.m., at Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, 1205 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN 55123 — located on Diffley Road east of Interstate 35E, between Pilot Knob Road and Lexington Avenue. This Family Fun Tuesdays event will present Middle Eastern dancing, music and sumptuous costumes in both traditional and contemporary forms bringing the rich folkloric heritage of the Arabic-speaking Middle East to the theatrical stage. Suggested donations of $4 for Family Fun Tuesdays and $5 for Summer Performance Series help pay for the artists and make these events financially accessible for all. caponiartpark.org
Vihara Art Class 2014 – The Minnesota Buddhist Vihara is providing an opportunity to study arts from a well-known artist, Sumi Wanduragala in this summer starting on Sunday July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Minnesota Buddhist Vihara, 3401 N. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412. There will be 5 sessions on July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 24, Aug. 31, and Sept. 14. All are welcome. To reserve a spot email Sumi at [email protected] or call 612-377-6281. For infomration contact Witiyala Seewalie Nayaka Thera, President and Abbot,Minnesota Buddhist Vihara at 612-522-1811 and visit online at www.mnbv.org.
“Indefinite Articles: A Libertarian Rage”, at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival from July 31 to Aug. 10, U of M Rarig Center Arena, 330 21st Av S, Second Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55455. It’s a midterm election year — just the time for a collection of classic jokes, stories, and rants by libertarian activist and internationally touring storyteller Phillip Andrew Bennett Low! Pull up a chair, laugh, get angry, and tip your servers. This show contains profanity, graphic language, and other reckless exploitation of the First Amendment. Performances will be held Thurs., July 31, at 5:30 p.m., Sat., August 2nd at 4 p.m., Mon., Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 8, 10 p.m., and Sat., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12+ and the $4 Fringe admission button. Multi-show passes. Tickets at fringefestival.org. Find out more about the show at www.maximumverbosityonline.org.
Diversity Career Fair, Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. Event held outdoors in a tent. https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1522921.
Art in Bayfront Park, August 16-17, 2014 in Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth Minn. Artist demonstrations, sales, classes, kids kite flying contest, scavenger hunt and interactive arts. Food vendors. www.artinbayfrontpark.com
Zeitgeist, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. (rain date: August 18) at Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, 1205 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN 55123 — located on Diffley Road east of Interstate 35E, between Pilot Knob Road and Lexington Avenue. The final act of the Art Park’s Summer Performance Series features Zeitgeist, one of the longest established new music chamber ensemble. This group creates imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. They will perform Inuksuit, by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, a composition for up to 99 percussionists meant to be performed outdoors. Musicians will be dispersed throughout the Amphitheater space, playing a wide variety of percussion instruments, including drums, cymbals, conch shells, and sirens. The music will blend with the sounds of nature in the park, and listeners can move freely throughout the area to experience the music from different places. Events are free. Suggested donations of $4 for Family Fun Tuesdays and $5 for Summer Performance Series help pay for the artists and make these events financially accessible for all.
Little Mekong Night Market, Saturday, September 6 at 10:00pm in CDT at 402 University Ave W, St. Paul. Call 651-222-7798, [email protected] visit LittleMekong.com.
Hmong dance, old and new, featured at Hennepin Gallery. Asian Media Access tells the story of Hmong dance, from its origins in China and Southeast Asia to the sometimes conflicting role it has played in both preserving history and embracing new cultures here in Minnesota. The exhibit will be on display in the Hennepin Gallery and on the Public Service Level of the Hennepin County Government Center through July 28. Two performances on the Government Center North Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. on June 2, Hmong Dance Performance; June 26, Hmong Costume Show. Gallery is free and open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.
Mandarin Chinese Storytime now meeting on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. twice a month at Saint Anthony Park Librarym 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.
Extraordinary Boy — Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site tours are offered daily, Thursdays through Sundays through Aug. 31; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls, Minn. Charles A. Lindbergh was a record-breaking aviator and a world-famous celebrity. Today some people consider him an American hero, while others see him as a controversial figure. In this 45-minute guided tour of his boyhood home, explore where it all began. Get to know where he came from in order to explore who he was. Following the tour, delve deeper into the stories of Lindbergh’s later years through interactive exhibits in the visitor center, including the popular cockpit flight simulator. Call 320-616-5421. Fee: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
The Minneapolis Petanque Club meets to play the popular game of Southeast Asia. Individuals who would like to play and compete with others are invited to join or even host a game in their neighborhood. You do not have to be a member and we do have extra boules to play. Contact Don Holzschuh at [email protected] or visit www.minneapolispetanqueclub.com.
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. 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, Wednesdays at Brooklyn Center High School, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Ying Lee at [email protected]