Weekly Roundup: June 21-27

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Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Monday, June 24 • Summer Celebration & Fundraiser @ Fireroast Coffee & Wine, 3800 37th Ave S • 6-8:30pm • FREE
• Kid-friendly activities
• Food and drinks available for purchase
• Silent auction fundraiser
All proceeds help LCC continue our work supporting community priorities in Greater Longfellow. For details and to check out silent auction items click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/435030063963939/

Saint Paul Garden Club presents “Once Upon A Summer’s Day” Flower Show: A Garden Club of America Flower Show • The Minnesota History Center, 345 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul • June 25 – June 26, 2019 • FREE
Open to the Public:
June 25, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
June 26, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Plant shrubs, wildflowers and sedges along the river gorge • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 • 6-8 pm
Join Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff and volunteers on June 25, from 6-8 pm for a worknight along the beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands located just off the main trail along the Minneapolis side of the river gorge. The savanna includes the highest quality plant communities remaining in the river gorge, including a mesic prairie and a remnant oak brushland/woodland undergoing restoration to oak savanna.
We will spend the evening planting shrubs, wildflowers, sedges and a few trees helping to build a buffer of native plant populations around the prized oak savanna area and will help to re-establish native vegetation where buckthorn has been previously removed.
All are welcome and no experience is needed. All tools, gloves and training will be provided. However, be prepared to work on steep slopes and uneven terrain. To learn more and register, visit https://fmr.org/events/2019/06/25/plant-shrubs-wildflowers-and-sedges-along-river-gorge

Midtown Farmers Market 2019 @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 8am
Join Midtown Farmers Market at Moon Palace Books for the 2019 Market Season!
Bringing Fresh Local Flavor to ALL in South Minneapolis, since 2003.
Saturdays 8am-1pm May-October
Tuesdays 3pm-7pm June-October

-fresh, local, and affordable fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods
-brunch (Sat.) and dinner (Tues.) options from hot/ready-to-eat food vendors
-arts and crafts by local artisans
-free live music, fitness classes, and kids activities
-a $10 Market Bucks match for SNAP/EBT customers
-lawn games and places to hang out and connect with friends, family, and neighbors
WHY? The Midtown Farmers Market is an all-local, community-based farmers market, committed to strengthening our local economy, advancing food justice, and uniting neighbors from all backgrounds at the Hi-Lake interchange.

Weed & Water • Wednesdays, May 1 – August 7, 9:30 – 11 am
Kids 0 to 8 and their caring adult are invited to join us at Epworth every Wednesday starting on May 1 -August 7 to tend to the Epworth Garden! Each free session will include a story, craft, games and a snack. Weed & Water Wednesday will happen every Wednesday, rain or shine!

Your open invitation to casual neighborhood Ultimate Frisbee games
Each Thursday | 5:30pm – dusk | Brackett Park | Starting May 2
It’s purposely a low-barrier-of-entry group and style of play. If you kind-of maybe know how to throw a frisbee and are ok with some jogging, this game is for you!
All ages and experience levels – we’ve had kids from age 8 to over 60. Come or go anytime after 5:30pm, and come out as often as works for you. Just show up! Or connect on the e-democracy Longfellow forum to get on the email list for weekly invites and reminders: http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls-longfellow/


Grants Available: Up to $5,000 for residents with open citations on their property. The Longfellow Community Council is offering grants up to $5,000 for residents of Longfellow, Cooper, Howe and Hiawatha neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow who have received citations from the City of Minneapolis after a property inspection. The grants are offered to residents who are at or below 80% AMI (area median income). To find out if you qualify, contact the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) at 612-335-5858 or go to the grant page on their website at: https://www.mncee.org/services/financing/longfellow/  After you access this page, click on the words “START APPLICATION PROCESS” to the far right of the page and fill out the requested information to see if you qualify.  This program is funded by the Longfellow Community Council and will be open until grant funds are expended.

The Neighborhood by the Falls is AVAILABLE! Click on the link: https://squareup.com/market/longfellow-community-council/  and scroll down to the “Merchandise” and click on the image of the book (feel free to donate or buy any other awesome merch while you’re at it!) and choose how many you want. Then pick up at the LCC offices. WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.

Belle’s ToolBox
Saturday the 15th 10am-Noon
Bike, Bus, or just Bop over to Belle’s!
Gather in the Hive – our gazebo, where the Buzz happens – and help us ReThink Play!!
*  Minneapolis Toy Library will be featured,,, reminding us that ReUsing Toys makes perfect sense!!
*  Belle’s will offer fun, simple projects using repurposed materials!
*  Podners for Peas Raingarden ReThinks an old automotive garage 😉
So put on your ReThinking Cap and join us at Belle’s ToolBox :0)
Also open regular hours:
Tuesday: 10-noon and 2-4pm
Wednesday: 10-noon and 2-4pm
Thursday: 10-noon and 2-4pm
Friday and every third Saturday: 10-noon


This week’s movies at the Trylon Cinema and Riverview Theater!


Friday, June 21

Saturday, June 22

The Inland Seas at Merlins Rest @ Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St • 8:30pm
The Inland Seas return to Merlins for a midsummer night in the pub.

The Belfast Cowboys @ The Hook and Ladder Theater, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7pm • Music 7:30pm • 21+ • $10 Advance • $15 Day of Show • https://belfastcowboys-hook.eventbrite.com
The Belfast Cowboys are a nine-piece band that specializes in the music of Van Morrison. They have become one of Minnesota’s (and The Hook & Ladder’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.

Sunday, June 23

Watch Womens World Cup at Merlins Rest! @ Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St • Jun 23 – Jun 24
Starting on July 7th at 2pm we will be showing women world cup – see our website for the daily showings – http://www.merlinsrest.com

A Magical Story Time @ Boneshaker Books2002 23rd Ave S • 11am
It is our mission with this story time to promote children’s books that shine a spotlight on a wide array of racial and cultural identities, genders, orientations, experiences and abilities. We want to create a space that places a special emphasis on promoting self love, empathy and a greater understanding of the strange, magical world we inhabit. There is serious deficit in children’s books that depict protagonists who are a people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ or any combination of the above. That is why Madeline and Sam’s Magical Story Time seeks out books that do just that. Positive representation in books is crucial to a child’s development of a positive self image. It can be absolutely life affirming for a child to see a protagonist who reflects them accomplishing anything they set their mind to. It is also crucial in developing empathy for a child to experience diversity at a young age.
This story time will not only be educational, but spectacularly fun! Before each reading we will have one minute wiggle parties and coloring pages that correlate with that weeks books. Come out to Boneshaker Books every Sunday between 11 AM and Noon starting June 9th to experience a story time that celebrates every child for the magical person that they are!

Monday, June 24

Summer Celebration & Fundraiser @ Fireroast Coffee & Wine, 3800 37th Ave S • 6-8:30pm • FREE
• Kid-friendly activities
• Food and drinks available for purchase
• Silent auction fundraiser
All proceeds help LCC continue our work supporting community priorities in Greater Longfellow. For details and to check out silent auction items click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/435030063963939/

City Pages Rap ‘n’ Rock Book Club: Go Ahead in the Rain @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm
Join City Pages music editor Keith Harris and his special guests to talk about Hanif Abdurraqib’s Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.  We’ll play some music from Tribe and other ’90s hip-hop greats, show some video clips to set the mood, and discuss Abdurraqib’s personal reflections on growing up in hip-hop’s golden era. All you need to bring are your memories and your opinions. Get your copy of Go Ahead in the Rain at Moon Palace for 20% off! https://www.moonpalacebooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=6649

Uproar Comedy Open Mic ft. Akeem Woods (LA) ! @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 7:30pm  
SHOW IS FREE! Sign up 7:30pm.
Show goes from 8pm to 9pm-ish
Each comedian will have 5 minutes for stand up comedy, character work, a comedy sketch, improv comedy, musical comedy and so on, as long as you’re trying to make people laugh.
The headliner for this installment is Akeem Woods, funny as fuck comedian from Los Angeles!
There will be about 10 slots for the open mic.
If you want to sign up in advance email: vector9varietyshow@gmail.com and specify what open mic you’re talking about in the subject of the email , i.e.: “Uproar Open Mic”
With an incredibly tasty menu of cocktails and mocktails to choose from and our comedy open mic, we think you’ll want to be there regardless if you need to practice your jokes or not.
Let’s celebrate life with uproarious laughter and a toast!
Note* ANYONE is welcome to see the show. Just remember, this comedy open mic is for black, brown, indigenous, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual queer, trans, non-binary, transgender folk and womxn to work on their comedy. We will not police your identity but by signing up you are stating you are within one or multiple of these identities.

The Fifth Element (1997) on 35mm! @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St • 7pm
Leeloo (Jovovich) is Earth’s only hope against the ancient Evil, some aliens called Mangalores, and the cruel Zorg (Oldman). Besson’s colorful sci-fi opera is like an action-filled, pulpy comic book come to life.


Tuesday, June 25

Movie Trivia at Moon Palace Books! @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave •Doors 5pm • Trivia 6pm • FREE
Jon and Jason host IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN Movie Trivia, a monthly, cinema-centered trivia series at Moon Palace Books! Come early for drinks (happy hour 4-6pm) and dinner at Geek Love Cafe, have some laughs, and put your brain to the test for a crack at prizes. The Cafe is open during trivia as well. Everyone’s invited! Thanks to our sponsors who provide trivia prizes!
Moon Palace Books
Geek Love Cafe
Trylon Cinema
The Parkway Theater
Sound Unseen

Summer Book Discussions: Amazing Grace, A Vocabulary of Faith • Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7:30pm
This Summer the Spirit Garage book discussion is Kathleen Norris’ book “Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith.” In this book, Norris is in the process of reconstructing her faith, and to do that she takes a bunch of church words that are scary to her or don’t make sense, and writes brief essays on how she comes to terms with those words. It fits well with our #WalkingTheDogma summer theme! We will have three discussions on the book, all at Moon Palace on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm: June 25th: (This night we will be outside Moon Palace/Geek Love) Discussing approximately the first 123 pages (Through Virgin Mary: Mother of God).
July 23rd: Discussing pages 124 (Anger)-252 (Conversion: Ebenezer)
August 20th: 253-the end.
Conversations are casual; people eat and drink. Come with notes and parts you like highlighted and we’ll see where the conversation leads.

YWCA Zumba at Midtown Farmers Market, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 5:30pm • FREE
Join us out in the community at the Midtown Farmers Market for a FREE Zumba class!
Zumba is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers and contagious dance steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.
YWCA members and nonmembers welcome (children and adults).
Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!

Ethical Downsizing Strategies: Do The Most Good @ Peace Coffee Community Room, 3262 Minnehaha Ave • 5:30pm
As boomers reach retirement, millennials embrace minimalism, and retailers spit out an ever-increasing barrage of product, those getting ready to downsize face a harsh reality: stuff isn’t worth much, demand is weak, and estate liquidators have become strategic about which clients they accept, leaving many seniors – and their families – to deal with decades of emotionally charged accumulation on their own. Our objective is to help empty nesters know what to expect and how to plan for a major life transition in order to have the most positive experience and most successful outcomes possible. During this ‘tell it to me straight’ info session, we’ll explain the current market for secondhand goods, discuss the unique opportunities and challenges that present for this particular age group and explain what is likely to happen at each phase of the downsizing process. You’ll leave the event with a clear understanding of the stages involved, solutions for each stage, and a list of resources, contacts, and strategies intended to help you keep as many of your treasures out of the trash as possible. If you’d like to host this programming for your community, customer base, or private event, please contact us to learn more and/or schedule. Check out our other classes at http://shopjunket.eventbrite.com

**This is a donation based event. Your donations will help us defray setup costs and, ultimately, ensure that we’re able to continue offering events and classes to our community. Thank you!**

Wednesday, June 26

The Shackletons – June Residency – Free Music Wednesdays @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Happy Hour 6pm • Music 8pm • 21+ • FREE
The Shackletons, a Twin Cities-based rock band writing and playing songs rooted in the rich influence of the “Minnesota Sound,” will be performing live in the Mission Room every Wednesday in June.   They’ve been generating a buzz with their mix of garage rock, punk, blues, and lyrical storytelling. The band has also been named “Best New Band” by The Star-Tribune, Radio K, The Current, City Pages, and Go96.3.  Each week will feature different guest artists selected by the band.
“Our BEST Young Blues n’ Rock Band!!” Greg Burke (TC Club Crawl )
“Imagine Conor Oberst with a John Belushi attitude, fronting The Hold Steady.” Jay Gabler (The Current) #FreeMusicWednesdays

River City Jazz Orchestra at Minnehaha Falls • 7pm
River City Jazz Orchestra (7:00-8:30pm)
Big Band Jazz:RCJO focuses on playing a large variety of jazz tunes including Bassie, Dorsey, Ellington, Foster, Miller, Nestico, and many, many more. RCJO plays everything from hot, uptempo charts, sensitively treated ballads, show tunes, classic dance tunes and modern titles.

Death Comedy Jam – Open Mic with Chris Maddock @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • 9-11pm • 21+
The Hook & Ladder Theater is proud to present the Twin Cities’ longest running (15 years at Grumpy’s DT) comedy open-mic The Death Comedy Jam, every Wednesday throughout the month of March, 2019. Hosted by veteran local comic Chris Maddock, these events allow access to all levels of comedic experience, are free to the public and are directly following The Hook’s existing Free Music Wednesday (6-9pm) programming, from 9-11pm. #DeathComedyJam #FreeMusicWednesday

Yappy Hour with Sidewalk Dog @  Longfellow Grill, 2990 W River Pkwy • 5pm
The yappy hour specials will be flowing and so will the floof of fluffers enjoying this fine summer evening. Pose fur selfies with About A Dog Photography. Check out all the fun we had last year: sidewalkdog.com/sidewalk-dog-yappy-hour-at-longfellow-grill-photo-recap/
Sniff out more summer yappy hours: sidewalkdog.com/your-dog-has-already-rsvped-to-these-summer-yappy-hours/ These yappy hours are the spots to sniff and be sniffed, and all of ‘em will benefit local doggo nonprofits. They’ll also be serving cocktails with Tito’s Handmade Vodka (the Vodka For Dog People, natch). We’ll be there handing out freebies and selling merch and Dog-Friendly Brewery Passes, too. Stop on by and raise a paw and a pint glass to this dog-obsessed life we’re livin’.

MPWW’s Gumball Extravaganza! @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm
To mark the one-year anniversary of our amazing, world-famous, poem-dispensing gumball machines, we’re having a party!
Please join for a festive happy hour to mark the occasion. The event will feature fun activities like:

  • A gumball machine raffle for prizes like MPWW totebags, gift certificates to local bookstores, and bundles of books curated with the help of MPWW students.

  • Pop-up letterpress printing of MPWW students’ published poems by Fontlove Studios

  • Conversation with MPWW’s instructors, mentors, Board Members, collaborators, and friends

    Admission is $10 suggested donation (pay what you can), for which you’ll get a free drink ticket, two quarters to use in the gumball machine, and a ticket for the gumball raffle. Pizza, salads, and snacks will also be available for purchase from Geek Love Cafe. P.S. Our gumball empire is expanding! You can now visit our machines at Moon Palace Books, Milkweed Bookstore, Subtext Books, and (newly!) at Magers & Quinn.

Thursday, June 27

First Man at Brackett Park • 9pm
Come see First Man at Brackett Park. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969

Vector 9 Comedy Special – Comrade Tripp @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 7:30pm
Vector 9  is once again monthly! That is, we will rotate it from being the variety show one month, to a comedy special on the following month! The Vector 9 Comedy Special is about bringing 1 of your favorite comedians for a headlining set, that will be filmed by Lipstick Mustache’s Dena Denny and Matt Ayers.
This comedian chooses the door music, the feature, and guests. And it is hosted by yours truly, Devohn Bland and Xochi de la Luna. For the premiere, we have the dark knight of comedy, Comrade Tripp!
Featuring :
Madi Tentinger
Akeem Woods
and musical guest: The Nunnery
We want to make sure that this show is economically accessible, but can pay our performers and camera crew for their time. To do so we will be charging $7 in advance, $10 at door, and $5 if you have a student ID. Free with EBT card 
Come have a laugh and pack the house so Comrade can get a really great evening recorded. We will not record anyone’s faces in the recording, unless you sit in the seating arrangements we will mark, where there may be face shots of the crowd.

The HIgh Rev, Brady Perl & Whiskey Church @  Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St • 8pm
It is 4th Thursday at Merlin’s Rest with Jake Manders.  Only problem is Jake will be on tour in Europe this month.  Don’t worry, he has a slew of great acoustic music filling the Manders void that has been created by him being in Europe.
The HIGH Rev, Brady Perl & Whiskey Church will be providing some sweet sounds while Merlin’s provides cold drinks and delicious food.
8:00 – The High Rev
9:00 – Brady Perl
10:00 – Whiskey Church

Hit the Wall at Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7:30pm
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a  reading of Ike Holter’s 2012 play, Hit the Wall. A bold group of actors present the Minneapolis premiere of a play inspired by the brave queer ancestors and the historic events of June 28th, 1969.
The Chicago Tribune called it “gutsy, beautiful and riveting  — dealing with a pivotal night of gay history, a moment when a small personal rebellion cascaded beyond the bounds of that bar and became a crucial symbol of resistance.”
Who is the amazing Ike Holter?  Ike Holter is a Minneapolis native, a graduate of South High School and DePaul University. In 2017, he won the prestigious Windhall-Campell Literature Prize for drama. He’s now a staff writer on FX’s Fosse/Verdon and the resident playwright at Chicago’s Victory Garden Theatre. Who’s making this happen? The cast features the incredible talents of Commarrah Bashar, Denzel Belin, Heather Bunch, Damien Franklin, Shannon McCarville, Ricky Morisseau, Shae Palic, Cameron Reeves, Nora Ricky, Michael Tarrell Brown, and Adan Varela. Don’t miss it. Bring some cash! This free event benefits Minnesota Deaf Queers.  Plus Moon Palace has beer, wine, books and amazing pizza at Geek Love Cafe.

Pifano Gogo at Minnehaha Falls • 7pm
Pifano Gogo (7:00-8:30p)
Pifano gogo is a five piece group consisting of 2 Pifano flute/woodwind players, and 3 drummer/percussionists. The group is led by flutist/composer John Croarkin & percussionist Andrew Gillespie and was formed with the help of a 2019 MN Arts Board “Artist Initiative” Grant to enable John and Andrew to present “live” the music from their 2018 CD release “Pifanos on Misi-Ziibi”. Pifano gogo features many interesting world percussion instruments, with a fun, driving eclectic mix of Brazilian & Americana folk music that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.

Malamanya at Hook & Ladder, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • 8pm-11pm • 21+ • $10 Advance • $12 Day of Show
Malamanya brings their latin dance groove machine to the eclectic Hook & Ladder Theatre and Lounge. Join us for this special Thursday night summer performance. Large wooden dance floor. Featuring DJ KINGORILLA before and after Malamanya sets.

Karaoke Night! @ The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar, 3675 Minnehaha Ave • 9:30pm
Come in for karaoke every Thursday night starting at 9:30pm! Karaoke ends at 1:30am!
** Karaoke will begin after trivia on themed trivia nights (June 11th, August 15th & September 12th)