The tpt program MN Original is rebroadcasting an April 2014 episode featuring local actress and playwright Sun Mee Chomet. The show will air on tpt Channel 2.1 on Sunday Aug. 3, 2014, at 6 and 10 p.m., and on Monday Aug. 4 at 4 a.m. It will air again on tpt MN Channel 2.2 on Monday Aug. 4, at 1 and 7 a.m., and 1 and 7 p.m.
US China Business Center will hold it’s August Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the International Market Square, Studio 185, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Guest speaker Ted Farmer will offer a presentation on “From cooperation to conflict: Rising tensions in China’s foreign relations.” After two decades of cooperative relations with its closest neighbors China has chosen to escalate conflicts with Japan and Southeast Asia. Internally, promotion of Chinese nationalism has been accompanied by rising regional tensions as suppression of dissent. Ted Farmer was trained at the Army Language School in Monterey (Chinese Mandarin), Stanford (BA), and Harvard (MA, PHD). He taught modern Chinese history at the University of Minnesota for four decades. Register at the event or contact Jim at [email protected] Find out more at www.ucbcgroup.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.
The Basilica Landmark will “Light the Night,” illuminating the façade of The Basilica of Saint Mary, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at 1600 Hennepin Avenue (at North 17th Street), Minneapolis, MN 55403. This is a no-cost community event for all ages on the front plaza of The Basilica. Activities include an exhilarating lighting program with taiko drummers, glow-in-the dark games, including Basilica dome mini-golf, “Dentil” jumbo Jenga, ring toss, tic-tac-toe and face painting. Complimentary refreshments, including locally brewed beer, soft drinks, popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream.
Thao Nguyen at the Skyline Music Festival, Aug. 8, 2014, 7 p.m., at Target Field, downtown Minneapolis. Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down performs on the first night “Indie Night” of the festival along with Andrew Bird, The New Pornographers, S. Carey and Martin Dosh. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with music starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $29, $39, and $49. More information at http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ticketing/concert.jsp.
The Japan America Society of Minnesota monthly “Professionals Group” Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014,, from 5:30 7:30 p.m. at Origami Downtown Restaurant, 30 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 $5 for non-members. Call 612-627-9357, email [email protected]
Saint Thomas Academy annual Sounds of Minnesota Competition, hosted by St. Paul’s Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and presented by MB Productions, will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, at Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. The show starts at 7 p.m.; gates open at 6:00 p.m. Featuring drum corps from Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as other ensembles in exhibition. Each competing unit will perform a 15-minute field show and will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Tickets to Sounds of Minnesota are available at www.soundsofminnesota.com. Premium seats are available online in advance for $10; Standard seats are $10 at the gate. Kids 6 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 651-717-4382. Proceeds from the show help support the Saint Thomas Academy Band Backers.
Souvenirs from “Americana,” A Talking Image Connection Reading, hoted by Saymoukda Vongsay, on Saturday, Aug. 16, AT 8 p.m. in CDT at The Soap Factory, 514 Second St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Featurin Kool Akiem, Lisa Brimmer, Sharon Chmielarz , Donte Collins, IBé Kaba. Performers, composers and writers invent music, stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to “Americana” an exhibition curated by Ben Heywood, that “considers the assumptions and stereotypes of this mythic land.” August’s TIC reading is co-curated and co-hosted by Saymoukda Vongsay and Alison Morse.
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
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park, Sunday, August 17, 2014, from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Como Park in St. Paul. The largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August. Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food. An array of Japanese traditions and fun for the whole family. A collaborative effort between JASM, Como Park, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee, the Lantern Lighting Festival is a chance for JASM to reach out to the community and directly promote cultural exchange. Calligraphy, Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish), Chopstick Challenge, Yo-Yo Tsuri, J-Quiz, cultural entertainment.
Sun Mee Chomet presents a one-night performance of “How to Be a Korean Woman” on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Directing and dramaturgy by Zaraawar Mistry, How to Be a Korean Woman is a hilarious, heartfelt, and personal telling of Korean-American adoptee Sun Mee Chomet’s search for her birth family in Seoul, South Korea. This poignant one-woman show – told from the perspective of an adult adoptee – uses text, music, and movement to explore themes of family, love, adulthood, motherhood and the universal longing to know one’s past. Tickets are $18, and $15 for students and seniors. For information visit www.sabesjcc.org.
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.
The US China Business Center August Social will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Little Szechuan — West End, 5377 W. 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. The social event tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. This is a great opportunity to come out and network with other Minnesota business peers that are doing business in China. Meet others who may be a resource for your next China project, or share stories with others on your past China project. A $3.00 happy hour beers from 5 to 6 p.m., with appetizers will be provided including pot stickers, szechuan noodles, spicy tofu and more. Register at the event or contact Jim at [email protected] Find out more at www.ucbcgroup.org.
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.
Wild Rice Processing, Free and open to the public, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. Visitors will be able to see the entire process from raw to finished product during 20 minute demonstrations offered on the hour. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to bad weather. Regular admission fees apply to visit the museum. For information call 320-532-3632.
Two-Part Trail Tour: The Prairie and The Big Woods, Thursday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at Traverse des Sioux Historic Site, St. Peter, MN. Free and open to the public.Join naturalist Scott Kudelka for a two-part tour of the Traverse des Sioux trails to learn about two very different landscapes on either side of the Minnesota River – the prairie and the Big Woods. In August, take a prairie tour to learn how the tall grass prairie dominated the landscape throughout the Minnesota River basin before European-American settlers arrived. Hike through a restored prairie to learn how the grasses benefit the environment, how people and animals have used the grasses, and which animals make their home on the prairie. In September, take a tour of the Big Woods to examine how the forests formed, discover some of the rare animal species that live in the woods and how the woods have changed over time. The dense forest dominated by maple and basswood once covered 3,000 square miles across southern Minnesota reaching to present-day Mankato. Called “Bois Grand” or “Big Woods” by early French explorers, it was recognized as a distinct area from other hardwood forests.Trail tours start at the Treaty Site History Center. For information call 507-697-6321.
The Minneapolis Passport Agency is hosting Passport Day in the USA, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis Passport Agency, 212 3rd Ave South, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401. The event is to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. On this day only, no appointments are needed for applicants at the Minneapolis Passport Agency. You may apply for a passport for routine or expedited service. More at travel.state.gov. or 1-877-487-2778.
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]