*****Events and Activities*****
45th Annual Iron Pour
Friday, April 25, 10 am – 3 pm
Foundry Courtyard, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South
The Department of Art presents the 45th Annual Iron Pour, Professor Wayne E. Potratz’s final pour before retirement. Students and visiting artists will work together to perform an aesthetic, athletic, pyrotechnic event, pouring molten iron into sand molds to make cast iron sculptures. More than 30 tons of cast iron radiators were donated by the Northrup Auditorium Remodeling Project to be melted down for iron pour events over the next 10 years. The Annual Minnesota Iron Pour began in 1970, organized by Professor Potratz in conjunction with his metal casting class, taught by Professor Chris Larson and Teaching Assistant Chris Groth this semester. This will be Potratz’s last pour before his retirement in July. Commemorative t-shirts, along with iron pour shirts from the past 44 years will be on sale during the event. Proceeds go toward the Wayne E. Potratz Scholarship fund for sculpture students.
Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520, http://www.mnbookarts.org.
Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm
Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.
Four Flap Portfolio
with Sue Bjerke
Monday, April 28, 6 – 9 pm
This portfolio is a dandy for carrying or storing loose documents or a suite of prints. It safely encloses loose sheets and opens easily for access and use of enclosed sheets and is easily customized with a favorite book cloth or decorative paper. Using heavy book board covered in book cloth and chiyogami paper, students will construct a 9″x12″ portfolio, to accommodate standard size mailings and records, but the structure can be easily scaled up or down for a variety of needs, including large art work. All skill levels welcome. $55 ($50 members) + $35 supply fee.
with Sally Power
Friday, May 2; happy hour 5 – 6 pm, class 6 — 8pm
Explore the process of paper marbling and try your hand at “throwing” color and building patterns. Learn a little history of the process, the basics of how to marble, and go home with at least a couple of sheets of marbled paper that you can use to decorate cards or journals or make into a simple cardholder or bookmark. Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a new series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed. Plus, the registration fee includes a free beer, wine or coffee drink! $30 + $5 supply fee.
River Readers Book Club
Tuesday, April 29, 7 — 8:30 pm
Ramsey County Library Roseville, 2180 North Hamline Avenue, Roseville
All welcome to the River Readers Book Club. We’ll talk about The Tilted World, by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly. Set amid the epic 1927 flood of the Mississippi River, this lively novel tells the story of bootleggers, federal revenue agents, and the river itself. Rivers Readers is organized by the Mississippi River Fund, the charitable partner of our national park, the Mississippi River and Recreation Area. For more info, contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-291-8164, or checkmissriverfund.org/events
Breakfast with a Preservationist: Good Preservation Is Good Progress and Good Business
Wednesday, April 30, 8 – 9 am
Mill City Museum; enter at 710 Second Street South, ADM Conference Room
Preservation and progress go hand in hand–it’s not an either-or situation. Good preservation stimulates good business, forces creativity and encourages appropriate city planning building. Good preservation can foster density and help create walkable communities. Four expert panelists will join us to discuss how preservation can be an integral part of the evolution of a city. This event is free. For information on this and other Preserve Minneapolis events: http://www.preserveminneapolis.org/wpfile/events/.
May is Museums Month in Minnesota. 2014 marks the third annual celebration of Minnesota’s nearly 600 museums throughout the state. From history and art museums to gardens and zoos, Minnesota’s attractions enhance the state’s quality of life and offer a variety of options for tourists. Use the 2014 Travel Map to navigate the Minnesota Historical Society’s (MNHS) 26 historic sites and museums. And explore Minnesota’s museums statewide with the free MN Museums app. Download the app at www.museumsmonth.org. In celebration of Museums Month, children will be admitted free of charge with a paying adult during the entire month of May at MNHS’ two signature museums in the Twin Cities – the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. (The offer excludes school field trips.) In addition, moms will receive free admission at both museums on Mother’s Day, May 11. The 2014 Travel Map is an innovative and fun way to explore the Society’s network of 26 museums and historic sites. Use the map to plan day trips, weekend getaways or extended vacations. It can be ordered by calling 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.
Theater Latté Da: NEXT
May 1 — 18
The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North
Theater Latté Da presents three new musicals as part of NEXT: New Musicals in the Making - a new work series showcasing three new musicals in various stages of development. Three new works. Three performances each. Post-show discussions will follow each reading. For information: http://www.thelabtheater.org/#!whats-on-stage/cju9.
Mill City Museum Programs and Events
704 Second Street South
For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.
Milwaukee Avenue: Community Building in Minneapolis with Author Robert Roscoe
Thursday, May 1, 7 pm
Join author Robert Roscoe for an illustrated presentation based on his new book “Milwaukee Avenue: Community Building in Minneapolis.” In the 1970s, a politically savvy and hardworking neighborhood organization, the Seward West Project Area Committee, stopped a proposed plan which would have demolished all of the houses on Milwaukee Avenue, houses that are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1880s, many of these houses were the very first homes in Minneapolis. Milwaukee Avenue offers a unique look at how determined citizens saved their neighborhood in a decade that changed history. After his talk Mr. Roscoe will sign copies of his book which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store. Robert Roscoe has been involved in historic preservation activism and architectural planning for the Seward West neighborhood. He owns Design for Preservation, a residential design practice. Free.
Washburn A Mill Tour
Saturday, May 3, 1 pm
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online
Sample of Activities and Classes at The Loft
1011 Washington Avenue South
For information about The Loft’s wide variety of classes and other activities: http://www.loft.org.
Mentor Series: Mary Rockcastle
Friday, May 2, 7 pm
The 2013–14 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents fiction mentor Mary Rockcastle reading along with program participants Maureen Fischer (fiction) and Ember Johnson (nonfiction). Francois Rockcastle is the author of the novels In Caddis Wood and Rainy Lake, both published by Graywolf Press and nominated for Minnesota Book Awards. Rainy Lake earned a “Best Book for the Teen Age” by the New York Public Library. Her awards include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in prose and the Stanley Lindbergh Award for Excellence in Literary Publishing. She is Director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University and founding and executive editor ofWater~Stone Review. Maureen Fischer has published a short story in the anthology, Once Upon a Crime. Another of her short stories won Honorable Mention in the 78th Annual Writers Digest Writing Competition. Currently, she is working on her first novel, Kisangani Mother, set in modern day Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a former United Press International reporter and also spent fifteen years as an advertising copywriter. She now runs her own freelance marketing business. So far she’s been published in Georgetown Review and is currently working on a memoir.
Equilibrium: Janet Rogers and Alex Jacobs
Saturday, May 3, 8 pm
Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft presents Janet Rogers and Alex Jacobs with Marcie Rendon, Jay Bad Heart Bull, and DJ Nak. Two Loft Spoken Word Immersion fellows, Janet Rogers and Alex Jacobs, present a spoken word and performance poetry show centered around their Mohawk culture. With special guest performances by local Native American artists Marcie Rendon and Jay Bad Heart Bull. DISCLAIMER: Smoking: There will be a brief period of smoking on stage during the very last segment of performance for the night. A performer will be rolling loose tobacco into cigarettes, throwing them out to members of the audience but will only light their own cigarette and take a total of 4-5 puffs before the end of the performance piece. $5 for students, $3 for Loft members.
Second Story Reading Series: Coe Booth, Patrick Jones, Swati Avasthi
Sunday, May 4, 2 pm
A panel featuring Coe Booth, Patrick Jones, Swati Avasthi and others will discuss race in Young Adult Literature as part of the Loft’s Second Story Reading Series. This event is sponsored in part by The Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park
For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.
Elf and Fairy Houses
Saturday, May 3, 10 am – 12 noon
There’s magic in the woods along the river. Explore the park in search of elf and fairy homes. Collect materials to create a house to take to your magical yard. Children must be accompanied by and work with an adult. Adults without children are welcome, too! Cost is $10 per house, and reservations are required; reference activity #216901-02. This program is open to ages 6+.
Free Family Fun Day: Bird Nest and Eggs
Sunday, May 4, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.
Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second Street South
For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.
Free Family Music Series: Around the World in 80 Beats
Saturday, May 3, 10 am and 11 am
You’re invited to a family event for music-loving families, as well as for those who want to explore music for the first time. The centerpiece of this series is a live concert. Before and after each concert, the musicians will give free sample lessons to kids and adults on the instruments featured in the concert. MacPhail Early Childhood Music staff also will be on site to engage families in a music-themed art project. This concert will feature the Minnesota Percussion Trio. Light refreshments will follow the concert. Free.
Red Hot Soirée
The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South
Saturday, May 3
The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South
Attend this gala event to benefit the Lillehaug Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota and raise awareness about cardiovascular disease research. For information: http://z.umn.edu/rhsoire
How’d They Do That? Workshop – Crimes of the Heart
Saturday, May 24, 9 – 11 am
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Wurtele Thrust Stage
What was the inspiration for the set? Was the play rewritten in rehearsals? Aren’t those wigs itchy? Through these eye-opening workshops, you can learn how the Guthrie’s artists and staff create a production – from early development and designs to rehearsal, costume fittings and staging of the play. $15 per person per workshop. For information and tickets:http://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/concerts/events/howd_they_do_workshops_20132014.
M-SHE Productions & Rowby Productions present
L’Heure de Minuit
May 29 – June 1
The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North
The Carnys are out of the box cars, and the Victorians are no longer hiding behind their fans… It is coming… “L’Heure De Minuit” is an interactive Victorian carnival performance! Music, dancing, side show acts, prizes and carnival games with a twist. This full length, in your face, oh my there’s a carny on my lap-performance, has something for everyone so hold tight to your seats! Kids from 1 to 92 grab your BFF and your granny too…. Put on a costume, become your dream character, or simply throw on a mask: the best costume at each performance receives a prize. Join in on the fun; it is coming and we promise you don’t want to miss out! For information: http://www.thelabtheater.org/#!whats-on-stage/cju9.
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks
Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs were developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours
The Guthrie has invited six local celebrities to its recording studio to lend their voices to a revamped and freshly written version of its self-guided audio tour. Available for free download on iTunes or with a $5 iPod rental at the Guthrie Box Office, the tour offers visitors the choice of one of six voices to accompany them on the 45-minute tour through the public spaces of the building: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, WCCO-TV news anchor Angela Davis, performer and writer Kevin Kling, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Cities 97 radio personality Brian “B.T.” Turner and actor Sally Wingert. More info athttp://www.guthrietheater.org/visit/tours/selfguided_audio_tours.
Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour
The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based Circa Vista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit http://www.guthreitheater.org/virtualtour
Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South
The Comedy Corner Underground offers comedy shows three or four nights a week and has a Friday night open mic event. For information and a schedule: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com
Music at Red Stag Supper Club
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm
Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE
The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit http://www.redstagsupperclub.com.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss
Great River Road Explorer’s Guide
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.
River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
Final Guthrie Season under Dowling Announced
Bald Eagles along River
Town Hall Brewery Barrel-Aged Week
New Nice Ride Membership Options
Alliance Steel Expansion
Food Building, 1401 Marshall
Threepenny Opera at Southern Theater
Superior Plating Demolition
North Loop Business News