*****Events and Activities*****
Mpls Photo Center
Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street
For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/
Keith Taylor: DARK MATTER
On exhibit through December 20
Deep inside an idle iron mine, below the ancient hematite rock formations of northern Minnesota, a tiny elevator rattles to a halt on Level 27. Here among dozing bats and artificial lights, people wait. And wait. This is the unlikely site of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS II) lab, where scientists are looking for the tiny burst that will indicate evidence of dark matter, a product of the big bang believed to comprise 25% of the material in the universe. Observations of visible structures in space suggest that their own gravitational forces are not strong enough to account for their formation, suggesting some kind of missing mass is responsible. This missing mass is believed to be dark matter, so called because it does not emit or scatter light like ordinary matter. DARK MATTER is a conceptual investigation of the visual phenomenon of shadows inside the CDMS II lab and in the forest around the site. Since scientists don’t know what it is exactly, or if it even exists, these photographs imagine what this mysterious substance might look like if it were visible.
Crossing Boundaries by Amy Sands
December 6 – February 22 (Open daily M-F, from 8 am to 6 pm)
Opening artist reception: Friday, December 6, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery One at TractorWorks, TractorWorks Building, 800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 111
Printmaker Amy Sands creates one of a kind, original monotypes and mixed media fine art prints. She integrates both traditional and contemporary printmaking processes such as monotype, serigraphy and laser engraving. Patterns from the built and natural environment become source material in her work, often depicted with subtle and translucent details that are suggestions of elusive memory. Free, and open to the public.
“Hot” Drinks, Cool Crowd — Mrs. Kelly’s 21st Annual Tea Tasting
Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and December 8, 9 am – 5 pm
Grain Belt Brewery Warehouse, 77- 13th Avenue NE
Try over 100 of Mrs. Kelly’s most popular award winning, local, freshly blended teas. Suggested donation for admission is a non-perishable food item or $2.00. 100% of the admission proceeds are donated to Second Harvest Food Shelf and/or Perspectives Kids Café. For information: 763-788-8753,http://www.mrskellystea.com/ or check out Mrs. Kelly’s Facebook page.
Handmade Pottery Dinner
December 12, 6:30 pm
Sapor Café/Bar, 428 Washington Avenue North
Sapor Cafe/Bar is collaborating with a group of artists to curate an evening of food paired with handmade pottery on December 12. Each course and accompanying serving platters are inspired by a different part of the world, courses will include a Peruvian Appetizer, Japanese Tuna Appetizer, Indian Lamb Curry and British Pear Dessert. Additionally, there will be a beverage suggestion at each course – varied among wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails served in hand-blown glasses. Artists include Nick Moen, David Swenson, Victoria Dawes, Erin Paradis, Josh Beck and Kathryn Adams. The Four-Course Dinner is $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Suggested beverages are additional. Seating is limited to 30 guests. Following the dinner, pottery will be available for purchase. Reservations can be made online athttp://www.saporcafe.com or by calling 612-375-1971.
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.
Winter Book Publication Party
Saturday, December 14, 7 pm
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Join the board and staff of MCBA in celebrating the publication of Minidewak: Readings from Braiding Sweetgrass, the 23rd in MCBA’s Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book. As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family and history that the Potawatomi consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. These two aspects of identity combine in Kimmerer’s recent book of essays, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. In a special partnership with publisher Milkweed Editions, MCBA’s 2013 Winter Book Minidewak reproduces four selected readings from Braiding Sweetgrass in a limited edition, handmade artist’s book. The publication party will feature a reading by author Robin Wall Kimmerer, with a reception and signing to follow. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking at Open Book and Periscope lots. For further info or to pre-order Minidewak, visit:http://www.mnbookarts.org/winterbook.
Visual Journal Collective
with Roz Stendahl
Monday, December 16, 7 – 9 pm
Do you keep a visual journal? Do you wonder how others approach this art form? Would you like an opportunity to get to know peers and be inspired by their work? Are you interested in a forum for exchanging information on the newest pens, paints, and other supplies? Do you want to commit time to practice your drawing skills or find a sketching partner? Do you just want to touch base each month with people who understand journaling? Join facilitator Roz Stendahl at MCBA’s Visual Journal Collective. This group is open to all visual journal artists of any skill level. We’ll discuss methods, materials, and media. Group members will be encouraged to participate in round robin journals and theme projects. At every meeting we’ll have discussion, share our work, and engage our minds with a fun journaling exercise. For information about this month’s topic, check out Roz’s blog: http://rozwoundup.typepad.com/roz_wound_up/mcba-visual-journal-collective.html. All skill levels welcome. FREE and open to artists at all skill levels. No need to pre-register, just drop in!
Thomasina and Earfone Records present:
The Perfect Gift
Sunday, December 15, 4 pm
Southern Theater, Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South
Join the folks at Southern Theater for this holiday celebration of music, gifts, food and drink as we transform the Southern into a holiday bazaar. Doors open at 4 pm for bazaar shopping, food and drink, with the concert featuring Thomasina beginning at 6pm. For information and tickets:http://www.southerntheater.org/perfect-gift/.
National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art
The Habit of Art: Monday, December 16, 7 pm, and Saturday, December 21, 1 pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE
NT Live is a groundbreaking initiative of London’s National Theatre that broadcasts the world’s finest stage performances to cinema screens to 22 countries around the globe. Through a partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, National Theatre Live has moved across the river to the Film Society’s St. Anthony Main Theatre. Tickets are available through the Film Society and are $20 Regular; $15 Film Society members. For more information: http://www.mspfilmsociety.org/content/national-theatre-live.
My Mother Has Four Noses
Monday, December 16, and Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 pm
Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, Dowling Studio
Jonatha Brooke’s mom did have four noses, and at least as many names. She was a published poet, a clown, a Christian Scientist. And she had Alzheimer’s. But in her final years, her mother raised her theatrics to a new level. Their shared passion for words and music, and their unflagging humor stand as a testament to their enduring relationship. In this powerful, musical one-woman show, featuring ten new songs to complement the performance, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke tells a very unusual love story of a mother and daughter. My Mother Has Four Noses has played to sold out houses at the Playwrights’ Center, the Warner Theater in Torrington, CT, and World Café Live for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. For tickets: http://securesite.guthrietheater.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=16711.
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.
My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades: Nature Gifts
Tuesday, December 17, 10 – 11 am
Animal puppets introduce your child to nature’s wonders. After the show, stay for a short hike, craft, or activity to celebrate the theme of the day. Restricted to participants age 2 to 6. Adult and child pay. Reservations required (phone only for groups). Cost is $4. 20% discount for groups of four or more.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 21, 2 – 4:30 pm
Celebrate the longest night of the year with warmth, light and cheer and music by a local fiddler! Explore cultural origins of holiday traditions. Create a Yule log or a prayer stick. Hike or snowshoe to the prairie and “tie down” the sun. Enjoy refreshments by a bonfire. Reservations required (phone only for groups). 20% discount for groups of four or more. http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/W/winter-solstice-celebration–.aspx.
Free Family Fun Day: Holiday Traditions
Sunday, December 22, 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. Free; for all ages.
*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****
Acme Comedy Club
Tuesdays through Thursday, 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 and 10:30 pm
708 North First Street
Enjoy stand-up comedy at one of the top five comedy clubs in the country. For more information:http://www.acmecomedycompany.com.
Best Laid Plans
October 10 – February 28
Old Spaghetti Factory, 233 Park Avenue
Join The Murder Mystery Company as they journey back in time to the glamorous 1930′s with “Best Laid Plans.” Get all dolled up for an evening of “Old Hollywood Style” fun as you mingle with the who’s whos of society. Be careful though, as someone in the room is guilty of a terrible crime. Bring your friends, family and don’t forget your detective skills to help solve the case! For information and tickets:http://www.grimprov.com/Murder-Mystery-Dinner-Minnesota/.
Classes Available at the Lundstrum Center
Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, 1617 North Second Street
Dream of performing on Broadway? Preparing for your college audition? Looking to get back into class? Let the Broadway veteran faculty at the Lundstrum Center help develop your gifts. Fall session registration is now open. Children and adults, all levels welcome. Programs include:
- Children: After school programs; age 3 and up
- Preteen/Young Adults: Broadway Musical Theatre — Serious training in dance, voice and theater
- Adults: Ballet, tap, jazz, Pilates, voice
- Special Needs Children: “Dance Mania”-ages 6 to 12
The center offers state of the art, spacious, sun lit studios, with free parking and #14 Metro Transit bus-accessible. Class cards available! For a class schedule please check out the center’s websitehttp://www.lundstrumcenter.org or call 612-521-2600 to be put on their mailing list.
Keegan’s Pub Entertainment
Keegan’s Irish Pub, 16 University Avenue NE
Keegan’s Pub offers a full schedule of live music, Irish lessons, pub quizzes and other activities each month. For more information and a full event calendar, visit http://www.keeganspub.com.
Classes at Surdyk’s
Mondays and Tuesdays
Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, 303 East Hennepin Avenue
Surdyk’s offers an extensive and fun choice of classes to help you learn about wine, beer and cheese (both in general and specific types). Check out their calendar at http://www.surdyks.com/events.aspx.
National Park Service “Ranger on Call” Virtual Tour of the Mississippi River
Visitors and residents of the Twin Cities can now have a national park experience 24 hours a day with Ranger on Call, a new virtual tour of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Ranger on Call is an audio guide to exploring some of the park’s most special places. The guide features a series of 20 stops designed to expand users’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and provoke exploration. Users can listen to stories from all along the 72-mile corridor of the national park, and download podcasts and maps online at http://www.rangeroncall.com. Or, for an all-encompassing park experience, users can visit the featured sites along the river in person and dial 1-877-727-1172 (toll free) for the cell phone tour. Ranger on Call features narration by Don Shelby, who brings to life the stories from diverse communities along the river. Tour stops feature the Minneapolis Riverfront, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary and Lock and Dam #2 in Hastings. Ranger on Call was created by the National Park Service and the Mississippi River Fund.http://www.nps.gov/miss.
Horse and Carriage Tours
Enjoy a tour of the riverfront via a horse-drawn carriage ride. Regular tours are available from both the Nicollet Island Inn and VIC’s Restaurant on Main Street. For information: http://www.thehitchingcompany.com.
*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****
Nicollet Mall Survey
An initiative led by a collaboration of the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council is under way with the goal of a modernized Nicollet Mall that will meet the needs of businesses, residents, commuters and visitors — and will further establish Minneapolis’s reputation as one of the country’s most dynamic and progressive cities. If you would like to provide input through a survey to inform the design of the new Nicollet Mall, visit: http://www.nicolletmallproject.com/ (survey box in upper right corner).
Park Board Event Calendar
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)’s website features a multi-month event calendar. The current event calendar is now available at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/documents/events.pdf and is a quick guide to MPRB-sponsored and co-sponsored events as well as outside organizers’ permitted events in the parks. Check it out, mark your calendars and enjoy the many events occurring in Minneapolis parks!
Mill City Times
This web site covers “life, work and play in the Historic Mill District.” It also includes an event listing that is more expansive than the Mill District and that would be a useful resource for you in between issues of theRiverCurrent (or if, as sometimes happens, you accidentally deleted it).
Mississippi River Trail
The Mississippi River Trail follows the course of the mighty Mississippi from its headwaters to the Gulf. A new MRT resource website has been launched for the Minnesota segment of the trailhttp://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt.html complete with interactive Google Earth based maps, and a complete series of maps printable at 8 1/2” by 11.”
1 Mississippi Campaign
This site includes information on the entire Mississippi River and how you can help protect and enhance it.
*****Riverfront News Articles****
A-Mill Artists Lofts
MacPhail Center Distance Learning Program
Born Yesterday at Guthrie
Riverfront Architect David Graham
Riverfront Vitality Project
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