*****Events and Activities*****
A Comeaux Enterprises presents:
You Took Me with You (Returning for two more performances)
written, produced and directed by A Comeaux
Saturday, November 1, 7 pm, and Sunday, November 2, 3 pm
The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North
Set in Innercity, America, a family’s coveted matriarch holds secrets sworn in debts paid with vows only death will release. A mother married to a man who was right for her, but she knew she’d never be right by. A sweet daughter only wanted to be her mother’s mini-me, but she knew not the path she begged to mimic. A son left behind, but very much holding his father’s weight in his eyes. A Comeaux brings her third book of the same title to the stage. In poetry, raw honesty and monologues in love, this theatrical installment is written by a child of an addict. Today they both seek a path of peace in their quest for redemption. A Comeaux is dedicated to using her talents on a national level to support those left in addiction. This production is an ode to children of addicts and speaks to the plague of our nation. Visit: www.youtookmewithyou.com. For information and tickets: http://www.thelabtheater.org/#!you-took-me-with-you/c1p32.
Upcoming Regis Center for Art Activities
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South
Body Cartography Project Residency
Through November 14
Performance dates for closer
Draft of closer Part 1: Wednesday, November 5, 2 – 5 pm
Draft of closer Part 2: Friday, November 7, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Draft of closer Part 1: Wednesday, November 12, 2 – 5 pm
As part of its thinking making living exhibit (through November 30), the Katherine E. Nash Gallery will host its first performing arts residents, Body Cartography Project, whose mission is to investigate embodiment and empathy and provoke aliveness. During the residency co-directors Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad will be working on a new project, closer – a practice in being present. closer is a performance intervention for two strangers (audience and performer) in public space that evolves into a communal experience. It is an invitation for engagement and empathy. Together Bieringa and Ramstad will examine how the space of connection between performer and audience can function as a site for transformation. closer lays bare the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of physicality and presence. closer unfolds in two parts. Part 1 is a series of one-on-one performances and conversations that reflect on movement, behavior and transformation. Part 2 is an evening-length performance that engages performers and audience in a practice of intentional aliveness and will take place in a theater, gym or community hall. For more information about the project visit: http://bodycartography.org/portfolio/the-empaths/
MEND with me
Tuesday, November 4, 11, 18 and 25; 3 – 5 pm
MEND with me is a series of drop-in sock darning workshops hosted by Artist Emmett Ramstad. Mending supplies will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own socks or learn to darn on provided socks. Come learn how to fix holes and have conversation about repair, labor and care while you mend.
Conversation Portraits: For the One Who…
Wednesday, November 12, 12 noon – 2 pm
An experiment in presence and connection, Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… is a relational performance piece in which the artist interviews participants and writes impromptu text poems about their lives using a 1960s Royal manual typewriter. During each event, artist Jan Estep invites participants to sit and talk with her one at a time, guided by a series of personal questions. Afterwards she turns in her seat and writes a biographical text for her guest. The original is given to the participant as a gift; a carbon copy is made as a secondary document and displayed in the gallery.
November 11 – 22, 2014
Regis West Gallery
One-person exhibition of Chinese artist.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
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.
My Preschooler and Me: Nature Explorers – Turkeys and Geese
Tuesday, November 11, 10 – 11:30 am
Introduce your little one to the wonders of nature! Explore different themes each week through hands-on play, stories, art and games. Head outside to see what we can discover. Both adult and child pay. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-09. This program is open to ages 2-5.
My Baby, Me and the Mississippi: Birds of a Feather
Thursday, November 13, 10 – 11:30 am
It’s never too early to begin exploring the natural world! Increase your knowledge while introducing topics to your child through sensory play. Get ideas for playing at home, and enjoy the company of other parents. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416903-03. This program is for ages 0-2 and the fee is per adult-child pair.
Mississippi Stories: Exploring the Future of Young Farmers
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 am – 12 noon
Biking down the Mississippi, Christy Newell and Siri Simons had a mission to transform local food systems. Join us to hear stories of their adventure and who they met. Learn about Fresh Forks and their high school pilot agricultural curriculum introducing students to careers in local farming. Participate in a sample lesson. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416917-04. This program is for ages 16+. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/M/mississippi-stories–exploring-the-future-of-young-farmers.aspx
Free Family Fun Day: Junior Ranger Badge
Sunday, November 16, 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. This program is free and open to all ages.
Weisman Art Museum
Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road
WAM Chatter: Why Not Travel?
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 pm
This edition of the popular “pecha kucha” style presentations will feature author Jack El-Hai and artist Katherine Turczan. Each presenter has 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to answer the question, “Why not travel?” For more information: (http://umn.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c94c95122689d158554e04833&id=07225c4034&e=2019076a52)
American Craft Council Library Salon Series: Crafting the Spirit: Native American Craft and Culture
Wednesday, November 12, 7 pm
American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200
For centuries, the classification of Native American craft has bobbled between the labels of art, artifact, traditional and innovative. Join local artist Douglas K. Limon and new assistant curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art Dr. Jill Ahlberg Yohe for a provocative dialogue on the classification and interpretation of Native American art and culture regarding both contemporary practice and presentation. Presented in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. For information: http://craftcouncil.org/event/acc-library-salon-series-crafting-spirit-native-american-art-culture.
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.
Preschool Holiday Session: Book Ornaments/Ornament Books
Thursday, November 13, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
MCBA’s workshops for preschoolers provide authentic studio art experiences for children 3 to 5 years old with an adult partner. These specialized workshops provide an introduction to the book arts focusing on pre-literacy skills. Each class starts with story time, with books that tie into that day’s art activity. Adults are active participants in the classes, learning and working alongside preschoolers on a variety of hands-on activities. For families with children ages 3-5. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?regevent_action=show_shopping_cart.
Family Class: Thanksgiving Paper Dinner
with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, November 15, 10 am – 12 noon
Celebrate the colors and aromas of Thanksgiving dinner by “cooking” up some paper. Start by pulling sheets of white paper, then add onion skin yellow, cabbage purple, cranberry red and more! Add herbs and spices such as crumpled sage, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dress for mess with waterproof shoes. Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning. For families with children ages 2 and up. Adult/child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $6 supply fee
. Additional participant (adult or child): $15 ($13.50 members) + $3 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?regevent_action=show_shopping_cart.
Mrs. Darwin’s Garden
November 13 – December 20 (Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 noon – 6 pm or by appointment)
Public Reception: Saturday, November 15, 6 – 8 pm
Form+Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Suite 104
This exhibit showcases new art by Vesna Kittelson – artist books, drawings and paintings. 2009 was the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of his birth. During artist Vesna Kittelson’s life and work (with a visiting artist studio) at Cambridge University in 2009, she witnessed many commemorations of Darwin’s life and work. She became consumed by the unexpected realization that his life with his wife, Emma Wedgwood, was one of great love, risk, sacrifice and triumph. How to celebrate their exceptional love story, overshadowed by the impact of the Theory of Evolution, through art, became a central question in her work. At the same time she was pondering how to best highlight current and alarming environmental concerns like the disappearance of bees, climate change, etc. Ms. Kittelson decided to create an imaginary garden for Mrs. Darwin, featuring invented images of primitive-seeming plants rendered in bright color and presented as “specimens” in an accordion book as if they were made for a natural history museum display. Playfully, each “specimen” was named as if it were of the same origin as a contemporary plant. Mrs. Darwin’s Garden Book One and Mrs. Darwin’s Garden Book Two will both be going to the artist book collection at the Tate Gallery, London. Book Three is currently in process. An additional artist book, Fountains, was produced because Mrs. Darwin’s Garden must have fountains as well. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public. For more information: http://www.formandcontent.org/mrs-darwins-garden.
Snowflake Ornament Class
Thursday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm OR
Saturday, December 13, 4 – 6 pm
Clay Squared to Infinity, 34 13th Avenue NE, Suite 109
These super fun snowflake ornaments are created on a special wire armature so it’s very sturdy and very easy. Layl will teach you several fun millefiore techniques like the mandala, which will be used to create one or more snowflake ornaments. Great gifts for the holidays! $40 (supplies included). For more information on this and other classes and to sign up online:http://www.claysquared.com/index.php/events.
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.
Nuruddin Farah: Hiding in Plain Sight
Thursday, November 13, 7:30 pm
From an acclaimed African writer, Hiding in Plain Sight is a novel about family, freedom and loyalty. A new departure in theme and setting for “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” (The New York Review of Books)Hiding in Plain Sight is a profound exploration of the tensions between freedom and obligation, the ways gender and sexual preference define us, and the unexpected paths by which the political disrupts the personal. Nuruddin Farah is the author of eleven previous novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages and have won numerous awards. Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he is Distinguished Professor of Literature at Bard College.
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.
Pie School with Author Kate Lebo
Saturday, November 15, 12:30 and 2 pm
Visit the Baking Lab for a series of demonstrations on the art of all things pie. This program will be led by Seattle’s “Pie Poet” Kate Lebo, author of Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. Program is included with museum admission of $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for MNHS members.
Washburn A Mill Tour
Saturday, November 15, 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.
Soap Factory Day and 25th Anniversary Party
Saturday, November 15, 6 pm – 12 midnight
Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE
Celebrate 25 Years of The Soap Factory with a daylong, citywide celebration and an evening blowout party with music, performances, art, gourmet fare and cocktails in their historic building. Proceeds from the 25th Anniversary Party support The Soap Factory’s innovative artistic and public programming. For information: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=706.
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.
Spotlight Series: Reflections
Saturday, November 15, 8 pm
The MacPhail Spotlight Series showcases the exceptional talents of MacPhail teaching artists and special guests, providing an intimate listening experience in MacPhail’s Antonello Hall. Under the artistic direction of Mischa Santora, this series will be brought to life with collaborations from some of the Twin Cities’ finest artists. Reflections is an experimental idea, bringing together some of the Twin Cities’ most creative musicians from different genres and performing music specifically written for this concert. Each piece will reflect the composer’s individual background, life story, and musical journey. The program will include compositions by Nachito Herrera, JD Steele, Mischa Santora and also featuring Jaqueline Ultan. Tickets are $25 for adults (or $75 for the four-concert series), $15 for youth (6-18) and seniors (55 and older) and can be purchased by calling 612-767-5250 or visiting MacPhail. For more information: http://www.macphail.org/EVENTS/MACPHAIL-SPOTLIGHT-SERIES/.
Matthew McCright Piano Master Class
Sunday, November 16, 2 pm
$5 general admissions; free for MacPhail students.
Guitar Workshop with MacPhail Faculty – Jeff Lambert
Sunday, November 15, 3 pm
$5 general admissions; free for MacPhail students.
Kevin Kling - Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log
Monday, December 15, 7:30 pm
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South
Kevin Kling returns to the Guthrie in his celebrated one-man show to spin his yarn of family tradition and holiday merriment. Wry tales of Midwestern Americana run from laugh-out-loud bizarre to touchingly beautiful. For tickets: http://securesite.guthrietheater.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=18599.
*****Grants, Awards, Contests and Funding Resources*****
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Grant Program Information Session
Thursday, November 13, 12 noon – 1 pm
MWMO Community Facility, 2522 Marshall Street NE
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) invites you to a free information session to learn more about MWMO’s grant types and how to apply. Bring a lunch, hear grant details and ask questions! Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Please RSVP by November 12 to help them plan (space is limited). RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Details and a timeline for each grant type can also be found on the MWMO’s web site: http://www.mwmo.org/stewardshipfund.html. NOTE: Pre-Applications are due in December.
MWMO Community Facility Wins Award
Congratulations to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization for having their new riverfront facility recognized with the 2014 Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award in the Environmental Impact category. For more information: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Congratulations-to-2014-ReScape-Award-Winners.html?soid=1102482302875&aid=VoyWRCjDgQs
*****Riverfront News Articles*****
Water Power Park
Lower St. Anthony Falls and Ford Locks
North Loop and Mill District
1720 Marshall Street NE
Gavin Kaysen Restaurant in North Loop
Betty Danger’s Country Club