Hmong dance, old and new, featured at Hennepin Gallery. Using photos and costumes, 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 from May 5 through July 28. In conjunction with the exhibit, two performances will be held on the Government Center North Plaza from noon – 1 p.m.; June 2, Hmong Dance Performance; June 26, Hmong Costume Show. The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.
Intermedia Arts and Free Black Dirt present “Climbing Poetree” on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.. The combined force of boundary-breaking soul sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Alixa and Naima interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to tell powerful stories of love and liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, woman’s empowerment, and human transcendence. Tickets $12 in advance, students, seniors, $15 at the door.
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.
Asian American Studies 10th Anniversary, Saturday, May 10 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. U of M Asian American Studies celebrates 10 years of Scholarship, Progress, and Community with performances by David Mura, Ed Bok Lee, Juliana Hu Pegues, Ananya Dance Theatre, Light From Heaven (Cambodian Orchestra and Dance Troupe), May Lee-Yang, Ken Gonzales, Minnesota Motion, and a film by Melissa Vang. With hosts Liang Xiong and Kong Pha. Free and open to the public. Email [email protected] or call 612-625-4813.
SCORE “Mentors to America’s Small Business” will hold a seminar “Marketing Your Business” on Friday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul. The seminar covers identifying your target market, pricing of products and services, making the sale and customer relations management. To register go to the SCORE website www.stpaul.score.org or call 651-261-1429. Fee is $59.00 which includes seminar, booklets and other materials.
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.
Extraordinary Boy —Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site tours are offered daily, Thursdays through Sundays, June 5 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.
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.
Kids Crafts: Shoulder Bag Activity Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. atMille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia. Children will learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The price includes supplies needed to decorate the bag. Please allow an hour for the activity. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for children ages 6 and up. Call 320-532-3632. Fee: $7 per kit (museum admission not included).
Intermedia Arts presents ROOTEDL Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening, curated by Maia Maiden, June 12-14, 2014, 7 p.m., at 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis. The first and only choreographers’ evening focused on Hip Hop dance and its roots: African, Latin, Tap, Step, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Toprock, Wacking, House, Old School, and New School. Illuminating and celebrating the skill of the finest choreographers in the Twin Cities, ROOTED has sold out every show since 2009. Tickets $12 advance, students, seniors $15 at the door.
The American Indian Travois Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, Saturday, June 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Comfrey, 27160 County Road 2. Discover the material culture and innovations that American Indians developed in order to survive on the prairie. Visitors will take part in a hands-on activity investigating reproduction items that would have been used in daily life and packed on a travois. The roles and responsibilities of various members of an American Indian family will be explored. Plus, guests can compete to see who can hitch up and pack their travois the quickest and race to a finish line. Call 507-628-5591. Fee: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under.
Jazz in June, June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Sibley Historic Site 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota. Celebrate Mendota’s rich jazz history with an evening of great music from the Jack Brass Band. The Minneapolis-based band plays energetic New Orleans-style jazz reminiscent of the music that used to fill the clubs around Mendota in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Bring a blanket or chair, your friends and family, and enjoy music on the Sibley Historic Site lawn. In case of bad weather, the show will move to the Mendota VFW. Limited seating. Call 651-452-1596. $10
History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo, Saturday, June 14 & 21, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul. Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Paul’s most changeable districts, University Avenue. From a country road, streetcar line and urban highway, the avenue is now a light rail route that both divides and defines the district. Investigate Frogtown and the Hmongtown Marketplace and discover what was lost in Rondo, the city’s historic African American neighborhood. Experience the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of St. Paul’s architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesota’s oldest black congregation. Along the way enjoy hearty samples from the neighborhood’s best purveyors of food. The two-and-a-half hour tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Food samples are included in ticket price. Call 651-259-3000. Fee: $35/$30 for MNHS members. Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or online.
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. A healing circle to learn to help yourself and others to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Contact Gadu [email protected].com 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