Weekly Roundup 11/23-11/30

Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and Minneapolis!

Upcoming & Ongoing–

Just a reminder, Longfellow Community Council will have no meetings in December! Have a joyous holiday month, and we are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Check out this week’s movies at the Trylon Cinema and Riverview Theater!
Belle’s ToolBox @ 3400 42nd Ave S: November hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-Noon & 2-5pm • Come explore a space where parents/guardians/caregivers engage with their children in hands-on projects. We invite children, ages 3 and up, to discover the possibilities the ToolBox holds! Visits can be 20 minutes or up to an hour, so long as all are engaged and having fun (our limited space does not allow for stays to be longer). Our “Podners for Peas Learning Garden”, as inside, is an area for child/parent interaction. We look forward to seeing you! www.belles-toolbox.org
LOCATION: 3400 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
(If you walk, pedal your bike, or ride the bus, the garden thanks YOU!)
CONTACT: Lucy and Jen: 612-799-1482belles.toolbox@gmail.com

Friday, November 23 

Erik Koskinen – EP Release “Cruising Paradise” @ The Hook and Ladder Theater, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7pm :: Music 8pm :: 21+ :: $20 Reserved Seats* / $15 SRO Tickets On-Sale • Bent Paddle Brewing Co. and Nobool Presents Erik Koskinen’s EP Release “Cruising Paradise” with special guest Dana Thompson.

Since the release of Live at the Real-Phonic Radio Hour in June 2015, Erik Koskinen has been writing and recording music in his Real-Phonic Studios in Minneapolis. Cruising Paradise, Koskinen’s new EP, features first single “Broke Down,” engineered by Tom Garneau and recorded with JT Bates (drums), Mike LaBeau (guitar), Paul Bergen (guitar) and Steve Garrington (bass).
‘Cruising Paradise’ EP Tracks:
1. broke down
2. free man
3. on christmas day
4. red dress girl
5. trouble of mine
6. cruising paradise the long way around
The best country songwriter in Minnesota, Erik Koskinen doesn’t sing about tailgating, partying with babes and driving down dirt roads. He’s more old school, with a focus on working-class themes, whether it’s about the effects of oil in “Boomtown,” the calling of a musician in “Six Pack of Beer and a Pack of Cigarettes” or the challenges of being unemployed on Independence Day in “Slow Burn.” Those tunes are on his splendid second album, “America Theatre,” a collection that would make Merle Haggard proud.” -Minneapolis Star Tribune

Dana Thompson: Born in Sandstone, raised in Hibbing, graduating from high school in Duluth, and having lived in Minneapolis for most of her adult life, Dana is truly the Girl From the North Country. Music and writing have been integral throughout her life, whether through theater, choir, singing, or writing songs with bands. Dana has received the City Pages’ Best Female Vocalist award, and is a founding member of The Strawdogs, Hot Head Fiasco, Marina Glass, The Minor Planets, as well as fronting her own band, Dana Thompson and the North Coast. She has enjoyed touring the US and Europe in support of her critically-acclaimed first solo record, Ox. Currently, Dana is in pre-production for her second solo record.
*Reserved Seats – Concert has limited reserved seats available. All other tickets are Standing Room Only. Band Photo by Steve Cohen

Richard Mittelstet @ Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Ave S, 8pm • Richard Mittelstet is new to the Twin Cities originally from Texas, he recently moved from New Mexico. He performs a wide variety of well known songs as well as fresh originals. Richard’s musical style is eclectic and entertaining with essences of blues, folk, alternative rock, and Reggae. Come on out and enjoy life!

A Fall Harvest Dance with Finn Hall! @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm • Cover Charge: $8 • The day after Thanksgiving Day is a time to turn the oven off and unwind with an evening of music and dance with Finn Hall! We will be playing all of your favorite tunes from waltzes, polkas, humppas and even a schottische (jenkka), a mazurka or two, and even a few mixer dances that include the whole family!

Saturday, November 25

Jim Pellinger @ the Riverview 3753 42nd Ave S • 8pm • FREE • Family-Friendly • Solo acoustic show. Songs you know, songs you don’t, songs you should. All ages. No cover.

Craftastic artists holiday sale @ Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 11am • Multiple artists who are fun and talented, who like to laugh and have fun together. Everything from ceramics, jewelry, photography to paintings, and cards created from paintings.

Yoga w/Nicholas @ Powderhorn Park Community Ctr. • 9:30am • Yoga Fusion: In this class we take the familiar structure of yoga and turn our attention towards our alignment with Pilates inspired exercises and terminology.

“My aim in this Vinyasa class is to adapt to the needs and limitations of the students, while continuing to offer advancements for those ready for a greater challenge. All are welcome!”

Mpls Rock Art Experience – Basement Brew and Rampant Roots @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Lounge 4-11pm | FREE | Family Friendly until 8pm | 21+ To Drink ($5 Donation is suggested) • 4th Annual Minneapolis Rock Art Experience.

Live Art Experience, Live Music in The Theater featuring Basement Brew and Rampant Roots! Parkway Pizza Longfellow in the lot from 5-8pm. Enjoy a full evening of local artists and their creations for the music world on display and for purchase with live music and live painting. MN Artists, MN Musicians, MN Beer at a MN music venue! Please join us at The Hook and Ladder Theater and celebrate “Buy Local” Small Business Saturday by supporting local artists in true Minneapolis style! We’re also proud to be opening the brand new Green Room Gallery located on our second floor. Gallery will be open from 4-8pm on Saturday 11/25 and will hold regular gallery hours moving forward.
Johnny Hanson • Jeff Troldahl • Jesse Brodd • Shell Kelley • S.J Gray • Chuck Hues • HipNoses • Twisted Groove • Mike Carina • Karen Fonkert Jewelry • Sara Fohrenkamm • Drunken Louie’s Steel & Glassworks • Melanie Klimpel Live

Music (Theater Stage):
7:30pm – Rampant Roots
9:30pm – Basement Brew

Sunday, November 26

November Reuse Drive: Musical Keyboards & Ukuleles @ Junket: Tossed & Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave • 1pm  • On Sunday, we’re collecting keyboards of all kinds to benefit Urban Ventures: Music Academy. Urban Ventures Music Academy provides education and opportunities to the youth of South Minneapolis through group instruction, one-on-one mentorship, and state-of-the-art recording studio experiences. Below is a list of the most helpful items you can donate. Urban Ventures will also have a representative at the shop between 1-4pm to accept your items, talk about the organization’s programs, and answer your questions.
Items you can donate: Yamaha, Casio, Radio Shack (Concertmate) or Kawai keyboards of any size key or number of keys. Ukuleles will also be accepted. Because of the broad range of donation quality and the intention that these efforts produce genuine benefit for the recipient organizations, we actively encourage participants to respectfully decline specific items that may not be a fit. Should this happen with something you’ve brought, your pals at Junket will do our best to help you identify the next best solution. The purpose of Junket’s monthly Reuse Drives is to help our community members incrementally declutter — while helping their unneeded stuff get into the hands of others who would find it legitimately helpful. More information on Urban Ventures:
Music Academy:

Monday, November 27

Playing With Music – Family Musique (@ Seward Cafe), 2129 E Franklin Ave • 9:30am • *pay as you can $10 suggested donation at time of event. No one will be turned away • FAMILY MUSIQUE Mixed-Age (birth-kindergarten).

A fun morning of song and dance that fosters music appreciation and basic beat & pitch competency. Music is offered that catches a child’s imagination and that inspires participation, play, and learning through active music making. Children will “play with” musical materials in the same way that they learn art by “playing with” pencils, crayons, and paints or learn language by “playing with” sounds, words, and ideas. In class, we sing, dance, play instruments, laugh, and explore music and movement in a relaxed yet focused setting. Flexible environment for new students and continuing students alike.

K-12 Homework Help @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 3:30-7:30pm

Conversation Circles for Adults @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 4:-6pm

Museums in the Library for Adults @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 6:30:-8pm

Tuesday, November 21

K-12 Homework Help @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. 3:30-7:30pm

Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series @ Birchwood Cafe, 3311 E 25th St, 7pm • Join us for this month’s film, “The Mask You Live In”. The films are free and open to the public, but space is limited–please reserve your seat!

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.

These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Peacebuilding films are typically the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Birchwood Cafe.

Bring your appetites for positive social justice change and good real food!

Wednesday, November 29

Dream Big – Change Reality @ American Indian OIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave • 11:30am • Join the American Indian OIC and the State of Minnesota for an afternoon of career exploration and cultural engagement. This event will function as a multifaceted community gathering with business owners and state employees facilitating a Q & A panel, and AIOIC Pres. Joe Hobot leading a discussion on culturally contextualized education.
Who: Community Members & Community Leaders and Organizations
• For Community Members
• MN State Employee “Ask Me Anything” Q & A
• For Community Leaders and Organizations
Open Conversations:
• Noon-1pm State Commissioners
• 1-2pm Discussion led by AIOIC Pres. Dr. Joe Hobot
• 2-3pm Tribal Relations Activities for all
Lunch provided by Gatherings Café -Door prizes -Art/beading -Ojibwe Bingo –
• Optimizing Your Social Media for Employment
• Learn about career training programs
• Tours of AIOIC campus


Thursday, November 30

Project Runway Squad16: Reunion! @  Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 7pm • The season has come to an end. Drama was had, friendships were forged and it’s all coming to a head on the reunion episode! What will happen? Will Samantha get justice? Come down to Du Nord and see the craziness unfold! Mingling at 7pm, show starts at 8pm! All ages!

In Case Of Emergency @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 8pm • Music 9pm • $6 Cover charge
“Hey, hi I’m going to Japan alone for months so this show is a precaution in case some kind of tragedy occurs, it’ll be a good time I promise. Living legends The Drug Budget will be your headliners, very thankfully joined by the wild pandemonium of The Bad Man and the heartfelt clarity of Elizabeth Ghandour and the Heighburners. We’ll also have trusted friend and troubadour ImLazarus on the second stage between sets.

We’ll also be having a liquidation sale, a meat raffle, a roast, a funeral, a reunion tour and an intervention just to be safe. 6 bucks at the door, all proceeds go to the local artists who make life slightly more bearable in the face of an increasingly undefeatable soul-devouring idiot machine that has convinced millions to eat taco bell for breakfast. I love you.”

K-12 Homework Help @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 3:30-7:30pm

Practice Writing for Adults @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 6-7:30pm