*****Events and Activities*****
Mpls Photo Center
Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street
For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/
Black & White Exhibition
On exhibit thru November 4 (Exhibit Hours 11:30 am — 5:30 pm daily)
For information: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/exhibits/current-exhibits.php.
AIGA: A to Z Closing and RED OBSESSION Opening
Reception: Thursday, September 18, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery One at TractorWorks and Gallery One Eleven, both at 800 Washington Avenue North
Sherlyn Leonard is a multi-media performance artist. Her work is fresh, original, bold, edgy and a bit shocking. On display as part of the RED OBSESSION exhibit will be selfies, sculptures, performance and embellished objects. Sherlyn takes ordinary objects and enhances them with a variety of materials, paint, assemblage, and welding. Open to the public.
ECLIPSE Air Water Fire Light
October 23 – December 19
Opening reception: Thursday, October 23, 4 – 7 pm
Gallery One at TractorWorks, 800 Washington Avenue North
Marcia Soderman, MFA, MA, PhD, creates abstractions based on the natural world as visual metaphors for inner states of mind as well as a concern about climate change. Her subjects have included water distillations (healing, meditation) and solar and fire distillations (determination, spirit, inner fire). She’s always been fascinated with nature in all its intricacy, and often paints small watercolors outdoors as studies for larger acrylic paintings. Never satisfied to repeat the same image twice, the large abstractions evolve from one painting to the next in her continuing quest for greater artistic understanding. More info 612-562-0889.
Mill City Farmers Market – Autumnal Abundance
Saturday, September 20, 8 am – 1 pm
Chicago Avenue between Second Street South and West River Parkway
The fruits of fall are here – butternut squash, cold hardy greens, garlic, everything you need to make a big pot of soup for your week ahead. But before you get cozy at home, come to the Market first to get all your grocery needs. There are now several apple varieties at the Market, as well as fall raspberries, purple carrots, Minnesota-grown ginger and so much more. The harvest season is in full swing at Mill City – as soon as the temp drops, the vendors will move indoors for the monthly Winter Markets, beginning November 8 inside the Mill City Museum. At this week’s 10 am Cooking Demo as part of Juut Salonspa’s sponsored series Healthy Cooking on a Budget, Market Chef Heather Hartman will be making a tasty seasonal dish – Brown Rice Croquettes with a Late Summer Vegetable Ragout, plus more tips on cooking healthfully on a budget. Get recipes from this demo and every Mill City Cooks demo this season in the Market’s recipe archive at http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/category/recipes/. From 11 am to 1 pm, MCFM welcomes back The Eddies – “a compelling mix of traditional, roots and contemporary songs with multi-part harmonies.” The Community Booth will feature the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Come learn about the DNR’s water sustainability work in our state. The first 500 people to stop by the Old El Pasosponsor booth at the Market will receive a FREE sample of their revolutionary Stand N Stuff tortilla boat. Fill the tortilla boats with your favorite fresh ingredients from the Market for a great taco night. The Art Market will feature the unique works of Barn Swallow Garden, Fresh Mud Pottery, Aprilierre and The Abbey Alpacas. For more information (including what products are expected at the market this week – don’t forget your shopping list), recipes and to sign up for the market’s email newsletter:http://millcityfarmersmarket.org/.
September 30 – October 18 (Gallery hours: 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday)
Saturday, October 11; Artist talk: 6 – 7 pm, Influx Space; and reception: 7 – 9 pm, Quarter Gallery
Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South
The Quarter Gallery presents Connecting, an exhibition of artworks by Odessa and Patti Peterson. The artists have been friends for twenty-five years since meeting at the University of Minnesota while working on their Master of Fine Arts degrees. They discovered the same interest in the natural world. Being at one with nature is connecting. Their thoughts and seeing similarities in their work gave them the idea to emphasize “connecting” — what they found to be in them and in their work. Everything in life is connected: people, nature, time and place. Exploring and revealing these hidden, yet significant, connections make up the body of their work. Observing artful images is touching and connects them to the emotional metaphysical experience. They find themselves in these connections. Emotion and feelings bring a new understanding and respect for the natural world, everyday people, places and things.
Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
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.
Introduction to Western-Style Papermaking
with Suzanne Hughes
Four Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22; 6 – 9 pm
Learn the tools, terminology and procedures of Western style papermaking. Process cotton and abaca fibers in the Hollander beaters, use moulds and deckles to form sheets, and explore traditional drying techniques. Then up the ante by adding pigments, inclusions and/or sizing. Focus will be on consistent sheet formation and a solid grounding in materials and technique. Great for beginners. $195 ($175 members) + $35 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=308.
Preschool Fall Session: Wacky Food Books
Thursday, October 2, 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/?ee=265.
Dirty Works: Way Easy Decorative Spine Bindings
with Jeff Rathermel
Friday, October 3, happy hour 5:30 — 6pm, class 6 — 8pm
Bind a trio of small, soft cover journals with unique exposed-spine structures. While working, you will be introduced to terminology, traditional materials and a bit of book art history. After learning the basics in class, you will be able to adjust sizes and materials to meet your own needs — whether you write, draw, paint or collage. $35 + $5 supply fee. To register:http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=283.
The Topography of Handmade Paper
with Mary Hark
Four Saturdays: October 4, 18, November 1, 15; 9 am – 12 noon
Soft, ephemeral and airy, or tough and back-like; paper can be an absorbent material that carries fluidity with ease or possess a dense impenetrable face. Paper has potential to carry a “smooth as glass” surface or become a field of lush texture. Skin or substrata, this wonderful material has endless possibility. A thorough investigation into papermaking fibers and traditional tools will be the starting point for a lively exploration of surface, form and content. Basic sheet forming with an eye towards producing high quality papers suitable for use in books and printmaking will lead into a personal exploration of surface and texture. Some bookbinding and sculptural techniques will be covered. A variety of experimental as well as traditional approaches to color will be introduced, including pigmentation, colored fabrics,and the use of some natural dyes, as time allows. Workshop participants will develop a beautiful portfolio of papers that will carry a great variety of qualities. Each person will be encouraged to find ways of using this material to address their individual aesthetic concerns. All skill levels welcome. $195 ($175 members) + $65 supply fee. To register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=307.
2014 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival
October 1 – 5
St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE
The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul will sponsor and host the 2014 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival in early October. Film highlights include the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival opener NAS: Time is Illmatic by director One9. The feature length documentary film delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Also premiering at the festival is Joseph Hillel’s prescient documentary portrait of Haiti’s ongoing reconstruction Ayiti Toma: The Land of the Living and writer/director Eddie Mullins pre-apocalyptic comedy Doomsdays, which follows the misadventures of Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick), a pair of free-wheeling squatters with a taste for unoccupied vacation homes. The full slate may be seen at www.mplsundergroundfilmfest.com. Tickets are available on The Film Society’s website: mspfilm.org and at the St. Anthony Main Theatre box office.
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.
Nodin Press Presents Jill Breckenridge and Carol Rucks
Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm
The Loft invites you to join them as Nodin poets, Jill Breckenridge (The Sometimes Poems) and Carol Rucks (Evidence of Rain), launch new collections. Jill Breckenridge works as an editor, focusing on both writing product and process. A former Director of The Loft Literary Center, she originated The Mentor Series, a program connecting national and local writers. Jill won The Bluestem Award, judged by William Stafford, for her book of poems, How To Be Lucky. Her sequence of poetry and prose about the Civil War, Civil Blood, was published by Milkweed Editions. The book was nominated for the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 1986. Jill’s honors include a Bush Foundation Fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and Loft-McKnight Awards in both poetry and prose. Carol Rucks studied poetry with Rosann Lloyd in Guatemala, as part of Art Workshops in Guatemala. She has worked mainly in libraries, including the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, and also the Art/Music/Literature Department of the Minneapolis Central Library, which later became part of the Hennepin County Library system. Her poems have appeared in Abraxas, Energy Review, Colere, West Branch, Dust and Fire and elsewhere. She is actively involved with the Loft Literary Center and its classes and readings and was a finalist in the 2012 Loft Mentor Series.
Poetry Out Loud: East African Voices with Special Guest Keith Ellison
Friday, October 3, 7 pm
Join the Loft’s Poetry Out Loud program for a special evening of readings centering on East African voices. Special guest Congressman Keith Ellison will be appearing to read from his book and relate the story of connecting with Minnesota State Poetry Out Loud champion Faiza Abubakar at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. This event will also feature short readings by Lula Saleh, Sarah Ogutu, Abdi Phenomenal and Abdihamid Geyre, with slightly longer readings by Faiza and Keith. After, there will be a discussion and Q&A moderated by University of Minnesota Professor Abdi Samatar.
Saturday, October 4, 7 pm
Join Chris Martin and guests Heid Erdrich, Gwen Westerman, Brad Zellar, Brian Laidlaw, Sarah Fox, Joe Horton and more in an evening interrogating Minnesota’s founding literary text, Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha,” from a contemporary perspective. Witness how these local luminaries rethink, revise and rewrite Hiawatha in poetry, prose, and song.
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.
Scouts: Webelos Geology Badge – Rocks on the River at Kroening
Thursday, October 2, 6 – 8 pm
Be a real rock hound! Collect, identify and discover the secrets of rocks found along the Mississippi River. See a stream table and create a fossil. Cost is $5, and this program is for ages 8-13. Reference activity number #416904-04.
Saturday, October 4, 8 – 9 am
Start your morning on a guided hike along the Mississippi! Explore different topics monthly. The October topic will be Natural Migration Routes – Who’s Using the Mississippi? This event is free. To register: http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/R/riverwalk.aspx.
Saturday, October 4, 1 – 3 pm
Create a journal, and learn journaling and sketching techniques. Be inspired along the Mississippi, and make your first entry. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity #416901-01. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is for ages 12+.
Free Family Fun Day: Life of a Log
Sunday, October 5, 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
Artist talk with Dylan Miner
Thursday, October 2, 7 pm
Preview the exhibition Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag and hear from Dylan Miner. (Member reception to follow. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes)
October 3 – January 4
Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) is an exhibition featuring lowrider bicycles created by urban Native youth, contemporary Indigenous artists and non-Native university students in Michigan. The exhibition’s central theme of bikes and mobility—physical and economic—are based on the sacred Anishinaabeg teachings known as Niizhwaaswi G’mishomisinaanig or Our Seven Grandfathers. The lead project artists imparted these seven core values, along with Métis and Cayuse knowledge, to the youth through a series of workshops, and the values are echoed in the bikes they created. This exhibition is based on a project funded through a National Museum of the American Indian’s Artist Leadership Grant. For more information: http://weisman.umn.edu/event/anishinaabensag-biimskowebshkigewag-native-kids-ride-bikes.
Lust for Leisure
October 3 – January 4
From the eighteenth-century notion of the European Grand Tour to the establishment of democratized tourism in the 1920s, we have been seduced to travel. There has been an unquenchable thirst to undertake a journey. The romance of traveling is not new, but where did this yearning begin? What is the foundation for our lust for leisure? Lust for Leisure, an exhibition of vintage travel posters from the Weisman’s collection, is guest curated by Megan Johnston. For information:http://wam.umn.edu/event/lust-for-leisure?utm_source=Weisman+Art+Museum+eNews+and+Events&utm_campaign=9bc13ca6d2-Sept14_enews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10b5407ded-9bc13ca6d2-84905418.
Mill City Museum Programs and Events
704 Second Street South
Washburn A Mill Tour
Saturday, October 4, 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.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Sunday, October 5, 8 am
As in past years, both the 10-mile and full marathon routes will include segments along the beautiful Mississippi River. For information: http://www.mtcmarathon.org.
*****Participation, Input and Stewardship Opportunities*****
East Bank Trail Public Meetings
Meeting #2: Tuesday, October 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road North
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seeks community input to help plan a mile of new bicycle and pedestrian trails and related amenities along the east bank of the Mississippi River from Plymouth Avenue to Marshall Street NE at the BNSF railroad bridge in Minneapolis. A series of community meetings are planned, with Meeting #2 focusing on trail alignment options. For more information: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=52&prid=2299.
*****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 at http://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.
Mpls Photo Center
Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street
The Mpls Photo Center offers a wide variety of classes for everyone from beginner to pro, as well as photography exhibits and events and talks. For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.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*****
North Loop Historic Streets
New Minneapolis Parks Foundation Executive Director
Comedy Corner Underground
Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at Guthrie
Primrose Park Opening
North Loop Hotel Proposal
The White Snake at Guthrie
New Route for Medtronic 10-Mile Race
North Mississippi Park Funding
Middle Brother at Southern Theater