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 the Seward Winter Frolic 2017 schedule! This event takes place Friday-Sunday, December 1-3, and includes their Seward Lighting Ceremony, Seward Winter Kick-off, and Winter Frolic & Art Crawl
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: 612-799-1482; firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 1
Church of Cash: The Holiday Show @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • Doors 6:30pm :: Music 7pm (2-45min sets) :: 21+ $15 Reserved Seats / $10 SRO (Limited)
The Hook & Ladder Theater is proud to host an intimate evening for Church of Cash’s Holiday Show! The Church of Cash is true to the music of Johnny Cash, and singer Jay’s deep baritone voice sings like a prairie breeze and stomps like a boot heel. Church of Cash is not a country band. Church of Cash is a tribute band with the express purpose of honoring the indelible legacy of Johnny Cash. Road-tested and always road-ready, The Church of Cash is celebrating the soul of American music!
Nightosaur LIVE at Hymie’s with Why Not @ Hymie’s Vintage Records, 3820 E Lake St. 7pm • Friends and Nightosapiens, we will be returning to Minneapolis’ favorite record store, Hymie’s Vintage Records for an ALL-AGES in store performance! Bring your kids, bring your grandparents! Joining us will be special guests Why Not! These guys are half our age with twice the talent. Proggy-math-pop-groove-punk for your pleasure. Listen here: https://but-why-not.bandcamp.com/
Old Salt Union with Church of Cash, The Common Ground Company @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • Doors 9pm :: Music 9:30pm :: 21+ :: $15 Reserved Seats (Limited) :: GA Advance $7 / GA Day of Show $10 • A late night bluegrass folk jam at The Hook!
Old Salt Union (St. Louis): A great band is more than the proverbial sum of its parts, and in the pursuit of becoming something that can cut through the clutter of YouTube stars and contest show runner-ups, a great roots music band must become a way of life. Less likely to rely on production or image, they’ve got to connect with their audience only through the craftsmanship of their songs, the energy they channel on the stage and the story that brings them together. Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch. “Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam — not a bad place to be for a band about to break.”— No Depression
The Common Ground Company (Minneapolis): A unique blend of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk have been dazzling the Twin Cities since the fall of 2015. Led by Steph Snow’s powerful vocals and piano, Rachel Calvert (fiddle), Jorgen Wadkins (guitar), Pete Whitemen (bass), and Zach Tauer (banjo) blend their acoustic instruments to create a driving, dynamic soundscape. Their skilled songwriting and three part harmonies draw from classics like Doc Watson and The Foggy Mountain Boys, to new grass heroes like Sam Bush and Greensky Bluegass.
Saturday, December 2
The Belfast Cowboys at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • Doors 7pm :: Music 7:30pm :: 21+ :: 7-9pm Summit Brewing Happy Hour – $1 OFF :: $7 Advance / $10 Day of Show
The Belfast Cowboys: They have become one of Minnesota’s most popular bands, traveling only when their feet get itchy or the offer is too good to refuse. The band features several veterans of the Minneapolis music scene, including singer Terry Walsh and sax man Vic Volare. In 2015, The Belfast Cowboys released The Upside to the Downslide, which was featured in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s annual critics poll as one of the year’s best releases.
Breakfast Ride For Whiskey! @ Longfellow Grill, 2990 W River Pkwy • 10am • Winter begins early in the great white north, which means we sometimes must fortify ourselves with more than just beer! I suggest heaping plates of breakfast food followed by the long anticipated release of 120, a cask strength single malt whiskey. Snow or shine, we ride north.
Yoga w/Nicholas @ Powderhorn Park Community Center • 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! Cheers, Nick
10th Annual Holiday Sale! @ Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Avenue S. • 10am-5pm • Warm you hands with a cup of coffee or tea. Nibble cookies while perusing the skillfully crafted items of handmade jewelry, knitted hats, ceramic tiles, visual masterpieces, and numerous other cleverly designed gifts. Shop local. Support independent artists. See you there!
Kickliy Portraits & Musnet book signing @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S • 11am-2pm • The artist Kickliy will be signing copies of his Musnet book series. He will also be doing charcoal sketch portraits! Buy a book and get a personal portrait, or just purchase a portrait for $50. This is a very special and unique opportunity to get original artwork from an incredible artist. https://www.instagram.com/yilkcik/
*** Due to time constraints we suggest that people reserve their spot in advance to guarantee a portrait. You may also buy books/portraits day of, but space is limited. Click here for options: http://www.boneshakerbooks.com/kickliy-portraits-and-book-signing-dec-2 ***
For the month of December, Kickliy will also be displaying original artwork from the the Musnet books on Boneshaker’s walls. Stop in, check out the artwork and pick up a copy (or the whole series)! These books are the perfect gift for the young artist in your life.
About the Artist: Kickliy is the creator of the critically acclaimed Musnet series of books. Musnet was nominated for the 2017 Prix Angouleme for Kids Comics. Kickliy is also an accomplished oil painter. He lives somewhere between Minneapolis and Giverny.
About Musnet: Springtime. Giverny, France. Mid 1800’s. A young boy mouse travels the country side looking for work and happens upon Monet’s garden. He takes on a job and becomes inspired to learn to paint. Will he paint in the classical ways, or in the new style of the impressionist? Which way will his brush sway? Set in the midst of one of the great moments in the history of art, Musnet is a coming of age story for the young aspiring artist. Kickliy’s fluid ink and watercolors evoke the magic of the period and the country setting for the story. The paintings of Musnet and Monet, are actually mini-oil paintings within the story. Kickliy’s book signing and sketching will be taking placing during Seward’s annual art crawl and Winter Frolic, which takes place Dec 1-3. Seward neighborhood businesses will be offering specials and local artists will display their work at several venues. More information about the winter frolic and art crawl here: https://sewardarts.org/seward-winter-frolic/
Tim Houlihan Music @ Merlin’s Rest, 3601 E Lake St • 8:30pm • Happy times at the charming Merlin’s Rest! Original tunes! Covers! Best whiskey selection in the state!
Light of Mine CD Release Show @ The Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Ave S • 8pm • Join us as we celebrate the release of our Christmas album, “Light of Mine.” More details coming soon. – SLC
The Sound of Music Sing-a-long @ Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S. • 3pm Click on the links above for more information or to purchase tickets online.
Transition Twin Cities Celebration Potluck @ Blue Harbor Bldg, 559 Humboldt Ave, St. Paul • 6-8:30pm • We’re wrapping up one of the most successful years for Transition in the Twin Cities with a potluck celebration. There will be singing, storytelling and an open-space question inspired by Richard Heinberg’s talk at the National Gathering: “What is a culture worth preserving and how do we build it?”
Bring a food or drink item to share, and a story of resilience in the face of challenge. Bring a friend from your local Transition group, or someone you know who is interested in Transition. Although we head into a dark season, we carry a light with us. Let it shine – on this night and as we move forward into 2018.
South High Pop Singers @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 2-2:30pm
Sunday, December 3
Holiday Concert @ Minnesota Veterans Home, 5101 Minnehaha Ave • 2pm • Come enjoy our free Holiday concerts this season at the Minnesota Veterans Home or other locations listed at http://www.southoftheriverband.org/concert-schedule/index.php
10th Annual Holiday Sale! @ Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Avenue S. • Noon-5pm • Warm you hands with a cup of coffee or tea. Nibble cookies while perusing the skillfully crafted items of handmade jewelry, knitted hats, ceramic tiles, visual masterpieces, and numerous other cleverly designed gifts. Shop local. Support independent artists. See you there!
Chicago Avenue Project: Speak Your Mind @ Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave • Dec 3 @ 7pm – Dec 4 • FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY! • Speak Your Mind is eight 10-minute plays written by local kids and their playwriting mentors, performed by professional actors. Join us as we enter the magical worlds they created!
About the Chicago Avenue Project: Since 1996, the Chicago Avenue Project brings together the Twin Cities best adult playwrights, actors, and directors who volunteer to work one-on-one with neighborhood youth in our Afterschool Program on the creation and production of an original play. Individual children develop close mentoring relationships with at least four adults who are successful in their creative fields while adult professional artists share the chance to perform in wildly imaginative plays as talking guinea pigs, horses, computer gaming systems, and other indescribably unique characters. The project is not about teaching youth to perform, though they do learn acting—nor is it about teaching them how to write plays, though they learn that as well. The Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—no matter their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that he or she has a lot of value to offer.
Switched At Birth CD Release Party @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 3:30pm / Music 4pm / 21+ / $7 Advance / $10 Day of Show • Switched At Birth CD Release Party Switched At Birth with special guests Cousin Dad. Join us at the Hook & Ladder for a celebration of Switched At Birth’s third studio recording, A Labor of Love.
Since 1998, this acoustic group has been entertaining folks with their wide array of musical styles at clubs, festivals, and various regional events. On any given performance, you can expect to hear bluegrass, folk, blues, country, Cajun, Irish, and rock & roll. Switched At Birth are Rick Anderson – guitar, banjo & vocals; Pam Kolupailo – guitar & vocals; Mark Briere – mandolin & vocals; Mark Rizzardi – bass & vocals, and Catie Jo Pidel – fiddle. Their mission is to have fun, and it shows! Cousin Dad appears at first to be a typical bluegrass band, but when the music begins you’ll be greeted with a very atypical joy and animation in performing. There are no stiff-jointed, glazed-eyed bluegrass purists, but a loose and limber romp into Latin country blues, jazz, fiddle tunes, bluegrass, Motown, and old-timey. They play the songs they love and they love to play together: that is the great fun of a Cousin Dad performance. A Cousin Dad show has an easy warmth like a late night jam session after all the music prudes have gone to bed – the joyful music that erupts from a group of friends at 4 am around the camp fire.
Monday, December 4
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.
Chicago Avenue Project: Speak Your Mind @ Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave • Dec 4 @ 4pm & 7pm • FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY! • Speak Your Mind is eight 10-minute plays written by local kids and their playwriting mentors, performed by professional actors. Join us as we enter the magical worlds they created! About the Chicago Avenue Project: Since 1996, the Chicago Avenue Project brings together the Twin Cities best adult playwrights, actors, and directors who volunteer to work one-on-one with neighborhood youth in our Afterschool Program on the creation and production of an original play. Individual children develop close mentoring relationships with at least four adults who are successful in their creative fields while adult professional artists share the chance to perform in wildly imaginative plays as talking guinea pigs, horses, computer gaming systems, and other indescribably unique characters. The project is not about teaching youth to perform, though they do learn acting—nor is it about teaching them how to write plays, though they learn that as well. The Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—no matter their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that he or she has a lot of value to offer.
The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical by Kira Obolensky @ The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 Franklin Ave • Dec 4 & Dec 5 • Our 2017-18 Ruth Easton New Play Series kicks off December 4 & 5 • In this musical re-imagining of Gogol’s short story “The Overcoat,” poor beleaguered Charlie Shoe needs a new coat to keep Winter away—she’s there, on the bridge, on the stair, waiting for his body and soul. Funny and tragic, this short musical wonders if empathy and love are really enough to save us from the clutches of coldness. Monday, December 4, 2017 and Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7 p.m. Reserve your free tickets at https://pwcenter.org/the-overcoat Director: Seth Bockley Composer: Brian Harnetty Sound engineer: Justin Burk Piano: Julia Brown Cast: Eric Sharp*, Katherine Fried, Thomasina Petrus*, Jennifer Baldwin Peden*, Joy Dolo*, Skyler Nowinski, Craig Johnson, Malick Ceesay *Member of Actors’ Equity Association The Playwrights’ Center is wheelchair-accessible. All readings are accessible to people with vision loss, and large print programs are available upon request. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Alayna Barnes at (612) 332-7481 or email@example.com.
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
Tuesday, November 21
K-12 Homework Help @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. 3:30-7:30pm
Nonfiction Book Club for Adults @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. 6-7pm
Suminagashi with Meg Erke (FREE session, no tickets necessary) @ Junket: Tossed & Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave. • 6pm • Join Junket’s Artist-In-Residence Meg Erke, Artist and Educator, for a FREE casual hands-on lesson in the Japanese art of Suminagashi! Suminagashi means floating ink in Japanese, in this class we will cover everything from the ancient technique of grinding ink using an ink stone to creating decorated paper by floating ink on water and send you off with a bunch of ideas on how to use your beautifully decorated papers. Drop in to the shop at 6pm to try your hand at this fun and easy DIY project!
Minnesota Night Sky @ Riverview Café, 3753 42nd Ave S. • 7pm • ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME! • All supplies are provided • Class Price $35 • Free beverage included Space is limited • Come join The Blue Fox and paint your very own night skyscape in acrylics on an 11”x14” wrapped canvas. State will be traced onto canvas prior to arrival. We will start by painting a beautiful starry sky inside the state outline, then we will add a tree line and choose a complimentary background color to finish it off! , so sign up in advance at: https://www.thebluefoxclasses.com/riverviewmnnightsky
Wednesday, December 6
Small Group Computer Help @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 9:30-11am
Childcare Group Story Time for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 10:15-10:45am
No Tent featuring Reina Del Cid – Free Music Wednesdays @ Hook & Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6pm :: Music 7pm :: 21+ • Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Happy Hour 6-8pm ($1 OFF) • FREE • No Tent featuring Reina Del Cid
No Tent: No Tent is a bluegrass band formed by Reina del Cid. It features guitarist extraordinaire Toni Lindgren and a rotating cast of characters from the Minneapolis-St. Paul folk scene playing a mix of old-time traditionals, bluegrassified covers, and a few roots inspired originals.
Reading with Cisewski, Dobbs, Erdrich, and Moritz @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7-8pm • Join us for a reading of works-in-progress from four local authors.
Paula Cisewski’s fourth poetry collection, quitter, won Diode Editions’ 2016 Book Prize and her third, The Threatened Everything, was selected for publication in the 2014 Burnside Review Book Contest. Both are newly released as of early 2017. Cisewski is also the author ofGhost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and a chapbook of lyric prose, Misplaced Sinister (Red Bird Chapbooks). She has been awarded fellowships from the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Heid E. Erdrich is the author and editor eight books, most recently the poetry collection Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Heid’s recent awards include a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and a McKnight fellowship in prose. Her non-fiction memoir-in-recipes, Original Local, was a 2014 City Pages Top Food Book. A visual arts curator, Heid has collaborated with artists on several award-winning short-short films. Her most recent book incorporates her poem videos via QR codes. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the Augsburg College Low-residency MFA program.
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is a poet, critic, essayist and teacher. Her books include Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press), Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press), and Interrogation Room (forthcoming White Pine Press). Recent work appears in Blackbird, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, and Poetry International. Currently, Jennifer is co-editing an anthology of auto-critical writing on kinship and working on a book of poetry based on multimedia artist Jane Jin Kaisen’s footage of the Korean DMZ. She serves on the board of directors for Coffee House Press and she teaches English Literature and directs the program in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College.
Rachel Moritz: is the author of Borrowed Wave, a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and five poetry chapbooks. Her second book, Sweet Velocity, won the 2015 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award from Lost Roads Press. Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TYPO, and Volt. Among her awards are fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. Moritz teaches poetry and creative writing with Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota, COMPAS, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and Poetry Barn.
Rachel Moritz is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Reading Group: Now (Invisible Committee) @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave S. • 6pm • “All the reasons for making a revolution are there.” “Now” is the latest text from the Invisible Committee, known for their infamous book “The Coming Insurrection” and its follow-up “To Our Friends.” A new critique from the anonymous collective that establishes their opposition to the world of capital and its law of labor, addresses current anti-terrorist rhetoric and the ferocious repression that comes with it, and clarifies the end of social democracy and the growing rumors of the need for a coming “civil war.” 12/6 12/13 12/20 6:00pm
Thursday, December 7
Minneapolis Public Schools’ Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment (EDIA) Committee @ Saint Anthony Library, Meeting Room, 2941 Pentagon Drive • Noon-2pm • Open Community Meeting Come learn about the efforts to expand equity in the district, the Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment (EDIA), and the role of the EDIA committee. You’ll have an opportunity to meet current EDIA committee members and hear about their experiences. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here. Below is additional information about the EDIA.
The EDIA is a component of the Minneapolis Public Schools Equity Framework and is centered on strengthening the district policies, practices, procedures, programs, and budgets that significantly impact student learning and resource allocation. It is both a tool and process that guides decision making. The EDIA intends to: identify which MPS students are disproportionately affected by bias or discrimination in policies, procedures, practices, programs, and budgets; assess the impacts and unintended consequences of existing and new policies, practices, procedures, programs, and budgets; engage public participation and feedback in planning and decision making; and evaluate and monitor implementation progress for continuous improvement. To learn more about the EDIA, visit http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/edia
Please let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to share this information with your network. We hope you can join us on December 7th!
K-12 Homework Help @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 3:30-7:30pm
Teen Fandom Club @ East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St. • 6-8pm