Weekly Roundup: Jan 29-Feb 4

Train tracks at Lake & Hiawatha Photo by: Tom Russell

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Remember to shovel sidewalks and around your garbage carts
When it snows, remember to shovel your sidewalk. It’s the law, and it’s the neighborly thing to do. Sidewalks are an important part of Minneapolis’ transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for all other properties. Failure to shovel your walk could lead to the cost of crews shoveling i

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. Call 311 for a list of resources that might be available.

Shovel a 36-inch-wide path from your garbage, recycling and organics carts to the street or alley.
City ordinances require this path be cleared for garbage, recycling and organics carts within 48 hours after the snow stops falling. If City crews have to shovel out the cart(s), a fee of $30 per cart will be added to your utility bill. Learn more on the City website.

The upcoming METRO Orange Line will mostly replace Routes 535 and 597. Other bus routes in south Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington and Edina will be restructured to connect to the Orange Line. How will you connect to the Metro Orange Line? For more details and to take a quick 10 minute survey, go to surveymonkey.com/r/OLConnectingBus

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Love your stuff: Find ways to use less plastic and reduce waste
Single-use plastics have only been around for 50 years, yet they have inundated even the most remote parts of our planet, and research shows their usage may exponentially increase in the future. How you choose to spend your money sends a signal to manufacturers.

Use your buying power to purchase items with little to no plastic packaging and buy durable non-plastic items. Send an even stronger message by contacting manufacturers to let them know you do not support the use of single-use plastics and that they must change to show they value our health and environment. Visit the City’s website for more information on how to shop smart, love your stuff, and reduce waste, and sign up for Hennepin’s Plastics Free Challenge and commit to reducing your plastic footprint. 


Friday, Jan 29 

Book Launch: Ananya Chatterjea’s ‘Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance’ w/ University of Minnesota Dance Program @ 2pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join the University of Minnesota Dance Program for a virtual BOOK LAUNCH event for Professor Ananya Chatterjea’s ‘Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies,’ published by Palgrave McMillan as part of its New World Choreographies series in November 2020.
January 29, 2021 at 2pm – 3:45pm CST
Virtual Event: Location TBA
Moderated by Talvin Wilks.
Panelists include Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Thomas DeFrantz, Douglas Kearney, and Alessandra Williams.

About the Event: The UMN Dance Program celebrates the release of ‘Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies’ (2020, Palgrave McMillan) written by faculty member Ananya Chatterjea, through this transnational online event. UMN Theatre Arts and Dance Department faculty member Talvin Wilks will lead a conversation about some of the core questions in this book, that has been described as “Sweeping in scope…Crucial reading; an achievement of the moment and for the ages” (Thomas DeFrantz). 

The panel of speakers, like the book, convenes a powerful global BIPOC community with voices such as Ananya Jahanara Kabir (English, King’s College, London), Thomas DeFrantz (Dance & African and African-American Studies, Duke University), Douglas Kearney (English, UMN), and Alessandra Williams (Dance, Rutgers University). The discussion will highlight some of the driving ideas of the book: South-South contemporary choreographies, a “different” global stage for contemporary dance, contemporary dance reimagined as a polycentric, justice-oriented aesthetic-temporal category, among others. The book highlights the work of Germaine Acogny, Sardono Kusumo, Nora Chipaumire, and Rulan Tangen, among other artists.

The concluding discussion with audiences will center around the question: What paradigm shifts and future dimensions of contemporary dance are inaugurated by such formulations? More info at z.umn.edu/BookLaunch

Shaking Up “the American Stage” @ 4-6pm • ONLINE EVENT
What happens to the American Stage when it is shaken to its core? Join a panel of nationally renowned (and local) artists, moderated by UMN Theatre Professor Talvin Wilks, as they confront this question. The interactive panel will be followed by break-out discussions designed to reshape our collective theatrical future.
January 29, 2021 at 4pm – 6pm CST
Virtual Zoom event. Stay tuned for Zoom link. 
Moderated by Talvin Wilks.
Panelists include Sarah Bellamy, Bill Rauch and Rhiana Yazzie.
This event is sponsored by the UMTAD Arts Engagement HUB.

About the Event: Moments of crisis shake things up. They disturb, rupture, illuminate fault lines – but can also invite new shapes and inquiries. After the murder of George Floyd and in the midst of COVID-19, we are urged to reconsider the stories we tell through theater and how we tell them. Theatrical closures, wildfires, and racial ruptures shake up our assumptions of what “the American stage” might look like. How do we design, cast, or re-envision seasons? Does the framework of “the American stage” still serve us? How might Indigenous theatrical reimaginings – of time/ space/ narrative – prompt different stories in and of “the American stage”? What other kinds of cultural literacies might we need to embrace? 

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and Jubilee Hub invite you to an interactive panel and workshop moderated by Professor Talvin Wilks and featuring Artistic Directors Sarah Bellamy (Penumbra Theater and Center of Racial Healing St. Paul), Bill Rauch (Perelman Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Cornerstone Theater), and Rhiana Yazzie (New Native Theatre, Twin Cities). Following an interactive panel, we will convene in breakout groups to propose new imaginings around seasons, curriculum, and theatrical storytelling.  More info at z.umn.edu/ShakeTheStage

Cooking with Tamuno: Fried Cauliflower Wings @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for this fun online cooking class! CAA’s Tamuno Imbu will show you how easy it is to make delicious fried cauliflower wings.

Saturday, Jan 30

Community Journalism Discussion: Legislative Reporting @ 9:30am
Join us for a community journalism training training, learning how to use journalism as a tool for building community power and for reporting on all that your community has to offer. 

This training will introduce participants to community-centered legislative reporting. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the work of community reporting at the Minnesota State Legislature, and practice pitching stories. 
For more information, contact Cirien Saadeh at cirien.saadeh@theuptake.org. 
RSVP to receive the event link. This event is free but donations are much appreciated.

City of Lake Loppet Ski-O w/ The Loppet Foundation @ 8:30am
If you want an adventure that mixes the great outdoors with a bit of a scavenger hunt, give this unique event a go. Hosted by the Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC.org), the Ski-Orienteering Loppet is a timed event in which participants navigate on skis using map and compass to find checkpoints located throughout Wirth Park.

Open Chess Saturday w/  Steamship Coffee & Games @ 10am
Stop in and enjoy some open play Chess! The shop has multiple sets for use, and also some for sale.

Love Local: Make Pop-Up Valentines! w/ Minnesota Center for Book Arts @ 1pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
In this free Minnesota Center for Book Arts virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to make 3 unique pop-up valentines to send your loved ones!
Gather your family and join Minnesota Center for Book Arts Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia for a free virtual workshop! You’ll learn how to make 3 unique pop-up valentine cards to send to your loved ones. Fun and accessible to many developmental levels, this hour-long workshop is open to all ages. Families can choose to work together or side-by-side to create their valentines.

MATERIALSTo follow along with the workshop, all participants will need to prepare the following tools and materials. For $10, U.S. residents can also opt to have a materials kit shipped to your home (you will still need to gather your own tools if you order a materials kit).

Materials needed / kits include construction paper or card stock cut to the following dimensions:
Flower Bouquet Card: 1x 5 ½ x 8 ½ in. • 1x 5 ¼ x 8 ¼ in.
Nesting Accordion Card:  1x 4 ½ x 11 in. • 1x 4 ½ x 7 in.
LOVE V-fold Card: 1x 5 ½ x 8 ½ in. • 1x 3 ½ x 7 in.

Tools needed (gather these even if you order a kit!):
• Bone folder or alternative (popsicle stick, spoon)
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Glue stick
• Ruler
• Waste sheets for gluing
• Additional scrap paper to decorate your cards

Feed Our Souls @ 10:30am
In an effort to raise awareness of hunger in North Minneapolis and across the region and say thank you to first responders, the Seeds To Harvest CREW is pulling our network together to connect with families, and first responders to provide a meal on this Saturday.  JOIN US!

Sunday, Jan 31

Snowshoeing/Winter Hiking w/ Theodore Wirth Park – the Trailhead @ Noon
Join us for snowshoeing/winter hiking. Snowshoe rentals are available for rental at the trailhead. Dress for the weather. We will do our best to maintain distance especially from other hikers on the trails and you are welcome to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable. All are welcome so bring a friend if you want! We look forward to seeing you!

Fat Bike Curious: an FTW ride @ Isles Bun & Coffee (Place) @ Noon
*This event is for anyone who identifies as trans, nonbinary, or a woman.* 
Come ride bikes in the snow! We will meet up at Isle Bun and Coffee for puppy dog tails and caffeine, then ride our bikes along Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet, before venturing onto Minnehaha Creek. I recommend riding a fat bike (don’t have one? ask your friends to borrow one!) or any bike with studded tires. 

Please bring a mask, helmet, and water. Dress for the weather — a backpack with extra layers is a good idea. Sign our waiver before the ride, under “Events” at http://www.michaelscycles-mn.com/. 

Monday, Feb 1

THE UPRISING VOL. II: BLACK HERstory at Render Free @ 6:30pm
A night of collaboration and celebration as we embark on a journey told by a beautiful cast of black womxn whose talent, grace, and hard work is unmatched. Twelve Twin Cities artists will guide us through significant historical eras, blending storytelling, poetry, dance and music to celebrate the experiences and contributions of Black womxn.

This premier screening at Render Free is a limited capacity ticketed event. Ticket registration is available on Render Free’s Membership Page.

Seats will be spaced six-feet apart and masks are required. Doors open at 6:30pm • Premier screening begins at 7:00pm
Post show, our audience of Black and Brown womxn will hear from Vanessa Brooke Agnes, founder and artistic director of Dark Muse.

Ice Games w/ The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar @ 5pm
Get ready South Minneapolis for ICE GAMES – made by Minnesota Ice! Where the games are cold but the drinks (and food) are HOT! Set up in our parking lot, play beer pong or bags (made of ice) with groups up to 6! What could be more Minnesotan! Open on Jan. 20th thru March 31st! Reserve your game time here: https://www.exploretock.com/thehowe

**21+, $20 reservation fee, 60 minute reservation limit. You’ll receive smores kits and 2 free “All Inclusive Resort” cocktail Red Bull Tropical and Maestro Dobel Tequila cocktails! We’ll also have and extensive cocktail menu, fries, cheese curds and mini donuts for you to order while you play!

Tuesday, Feb 2

Weekly Tuesday Meditation Group @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT • FREE
This weekly event is now held on Zoom. Please contact mspevents@tergar.org for more information.
Our weekly meditation group is free and open to all. If you are new to meditation and would like to learn more, or if you are a seasoned practitioner and would like to deepen your practice, please join us as we explore the practice of mindfulness meditation.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s approach to meditation focuses on working with the challenges of day-to-day life to create a peaceful mind and open heart. Our meditation group includes short presentations on the basics of meditation practice, guided meditations, and group discussion. Feel free to drop in anytime!
Cost: Freely offered to the community. Your generous support is appreciated.
Contact: mspevents@tergar.org

Meditation Break @ Noon w/ Karuna Community MN @ Noon
Join us! All welcome. Invite in some calm, connection, and awareness into your day.  
Caroline, Mike, Lauren, or mystery guest will host.  Other people are invited to host too! Just let us know. 
Time: This is a recurring meeting every other Tuesday at noon
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88664429002
Meeting ID: 886 6442 9002
Passcode: breathe

Minnesota Voices on Climate Change w/ Climate Generation, the Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus, and the Senate Clean Energy and Climate Caucus @ 6pm • ONLINE EVENT 
Hear from voices across Minnesota on why bold climate action and leadership on equitable climate solutions is necessary. Speakers to be announced!  

REGISTER TO ACCESS LIVESTREAM LINK: https://www.climategen.org/events/minnesota-voices-on-climate-change/ 

Accompanying this hearing, Climate Generation has delivered a copy of the EYEWITNESS: Minnesota Voices on Climate Change book, alongside constituent letters, to every lawmaker in the state. Explore the book at climateeyewitness.org.

Wednesday, Feb 3

Cancer Education & Support Group (virtual) @ 12:15pm • ONLINE EVENT
Meetings via Webex (with a phone option) every Wednesday from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Join by phone (audio only) or Webex (video and audio)
Link: https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/
Webex Meeting Number (access code): 199 304 1993
Webex Meeting password: ZSgSfEZ*796
Instructions to join the Webex are on our website: https://www.minneapolis.va.gov/patients/downloads/How_to_join_Minneapolis_VA_Webex.pdf  or
Phone Number: 404-397-1596 
Phone Access Code: 199 822 0585

No appointment needed. All Veterans affected by cancer and their caregiver are welcome.

Topics include:
– Overview of Cancer
– “Chemo Brain”
– Integrative Health
– Movement & Rehabilitation
– Nutrition
– Caregiver Stress

Virtual Studio Visit: Piotr Szyhalski & Russ White w/ Weisman Art Museum @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for a conversation and virtual studio visit with Piotr Szyhalski in honor of the release of Piotr Szyhalski: We Are Working All the Time! (Weisman Art Museum, 2020), a newly published survey of the artist’s work distributed by University of Minnesota Press, edited by Diane Mullin, senior curator at WAM.

Register now to join the upcoming Zoom conversation with Szyhalski, led by artist, writer, and MPLSART.com editor Russ White, and then spend an evening delving into the work and practice of this innovative and interactive multimedia artist.
Register at z.umn.edu/PiotrSzyhalski

Online Eating Vegan On a Budget @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Curious about eating plant-based, but think it’s too expensive? Or maybe you’re already vegan, but spending way too much money on food.  

Join Kelsey, who is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, to squash the myth that the vegan lifestyle is hard on your wallet. We’ll discuss why vegan food is expensive, what foods to shop for, where and how to find them, tips for meal planning, and provide tons of resource. Come with questions and be prepared to take notes! 

All are welcome! You do not need to be vegan to attend ARC events.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87135838431
Meeting ID: 871 3583 8431
Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter: https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/39949/23220/?v=a


Thursday, Jan 28

Online Intro to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience w/ Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute @ 9am • ONLINE EVENT
Online via Zoom video conferencing services. Get your ticket to be sent the link closer to the training!

When terrible things happen, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives. Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) teaches how to build peace back into our lives and communities for cultural competence.

This 2 hour online training teaches basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – STAR Training. STAR is a research and practice-supported peacebuilding training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. All are welcome to join us online. Optional 2 hours of continuing education is available for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses for an additional $25. 
Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.

Trampled By Thursdays (Palomino Album Set) w/ First Avenue @ 8pm
Since we can’t play in person shows, we went to our favorite Minneapolis venue, First Avenue, and filmed 4 unique sets for our new weekly stream series – Trampled By Thursdays. 

Each episode has full production and behind the scenes footage with us reminiscing about the music. A portion of each ticket / bundle sold goes towards #SaveOurStages to help independent music venues hit hard during the pandemic. Each ticket gets you unlimited views of each show for 48hrs after its initial premiere. Limited edition show posters and flasks are avail through the ticket link as well.

First up is our album Palomino from start to finish. We had our release party for the album here in 2010 so it seemed fitting to come home and play it again. Each of us share some memories behind the songs + recording throughout the show too. Thanks for all the support over the years and we hope you enjoy revisiting this album that remains very special to us.


City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Stay informed of plans for METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit project
Project work is moving ahead for the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit projectthat will extend the existing Blue Line from Target Field Station northwest to Brooklyn Park and connect communities along the way. Recently, project partners announced new efforts to find an improved community-supported route while maintaining as much of the previous alignment as possible. The previous plan to use freight railroad property was no longer a viable option.

This change presents an exciting opportunity to build on previous efforts and improve the project by serving even more people and places. You will see project partners engaging with communities in the area to gather input to inform of the next phase of project work. Learn more and get involved at www.bluelineext.orgTake a community survey to share your priorities for the project.

Join a virtual listening session: The Blue Line Extension Project is hosting two corridor-wide online listening sessions. Project staff will share information about the recent project pivot, decision-making processes for identifying a community supported modified route, and what to expect in 2021.

Park Board extends comprehensive plan public comment period to July 18
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) has extended its Parks for All public comment period. The new deadline to send feedback on the draft comprehensive plan is July 18.

Parks for All will set Park Board priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback.
Dive in to the plan with a video overview; look at the executive summary in EnglishSpanishSomali and Hmong; or see the full draft planLearn more and get involved through the MPRB website.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Federal government announces plans to increase vaccine supply to Minnesota
The Biden administration has announced plans to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to states by 16% over current levels for at least the next three weeks. Minnesota is expected to receive nearly 11,000 additional doses each week under the new allocation.

The announcement comes after requests from Gov. Tim Walz and other Midwestern governors for more vaccine to be distributed by the federal government. This week, the Centers for Disease Control allocated less than 70,000 doses to Minnesota, an insufficient amount to vaccinate priority populations including healthcare workers, long-term care residents, and Minnesotans 65 years of age and older.

This week, Walz announced a goal to have 90% of every dose arriving in the state administered within 72 hours, and 100% within one week. The State is standing up pilot vaccination clinics around Minnesota to test methods for getting more doses to people who need them. About 15,000 educators and childcare providers will get their vaccine at a pilot mass vaccination clinic this weekend in Saint Paul. And with these doses the State is continuing work with health systems, smaller clinics and community pharmacies to help expand the ways Minnesotans will get vaccinated.
Learn more about the State’s vaccine distribution plan.

Keep safe while waiting for vaccinations
With the welcome news that vaccinations have begun against the coronavirus, we also know the demand for vaccine far outpaces the supply. The entire distribution process will take time.While we wait throughout this process, public health experts remind us to keep protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors by doing what works:

Thanks for your patience. We will end this pandemic together.

Find free COVID-19 tests; help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus. Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 30
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday Jan. 28

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room E 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Make an appointment hereFind instructions here.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

Public health information: Slow the spread of COVID-19:


Ways to Help

How to donate food & supplies If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Grain Belt”

Guthrie Theater classes
Including free educator workshops

MnSpin Music
Thrusday, January 28, 7 pm

Climate Action Films at MSP Film Society
The Biggest Little Farm (Earth)
First Daughter and the Black Snake (Water)
2040 (Air)
Rebuilding Paradise (Fire)

Rethos presents: Old Home Certified Designation Webinar Course
February 3 – 4, 8 am – 4 pm

MNiatures: Short World Premiere Operas from Minnesota Artists
February 5 – 19

Rethos presents: A Conversation with the Cofounders of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG)
Saturday, February 6, 11 am – 13 noon

Hennepin History Museum presents: A Behind the Scenes Look at Local Heroes Exhibit
Saturday, February 6, 1 – 2:30 pm

Bdote Memory Map

TPT presents: Racism Unveiled

Ordway Center presents: Meet the Artists

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand