Weekly Roundup: March 29-April 4


Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and enjoy the sun!

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Complete Count Committee invite you to join leaders from nonprofit, business, civic, local government, and community organizations on April 1, 2019, for a kickoff celebration to mark the beginning of our year-long census complete count campaign, We Count. We will have food, fun and an opportunity to share our hopes for the 2020 census.

Participating in the census is one of the most powerful tools residents have for civic engagement. As leaders and activists, we must connect and collaborate to make sure everyone in our city – regardless of immigration status, age, or income level – is counted and fairly represented. This event will be an excellent opportunity to begin building relationships and sharing information to ensure a successful 2020 census complete count campaign.

The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Complete Count Committee are excited about working collaboratively with community organizations, activists, business leaders, nonprofits and local government to ensure We Count every one of our residents. To learn more about what’s at stake, watch this short video produced by the Ford Foundation: https://youtu.be/pl4RO5EisCU Read more about the Complete Count Committee at Minneapolismn.gov/census

Focus on Local Business: 
Are you the owner or manager of a business in the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow neighborhoods? If so, you’re invited to take a moment to fill out this form. Longfellow Community Council is starting an on-going project to help draw focus to local businesses by spotlighting how unique and wonderful they are!


Longfellow Community Council (LCC) seeks approval of bylaw amendments and a plan modification to reallocate unfrozen Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds at the April 23, 2019 General Membership Meeting
Bylaws (additions are noted in bold)
Article VI.  Board of Directors, F. OFFICERS,
d). Only members of the new Board will have a vote in the election of officers. The election for President will be held first. Only members who have served for at least one year of a term will be eligible to serve as President.  In the event that no member interested in the position meets the eligibility requirement the full board will be responsible for resolving the issue.  This may be done by appointing an interim President, waiving the eligibility requirement or an alternative remedy.  
Reallocation of unfrozen NRP funds
In January 2019 the LCC Board of Directors approved the following:
Motion to approve the reallocation of a total of $345,971.64 ($172,985.82 in 2019 and $172,985.82 in 2020) to Phase II Administrative Support (Implementation and Administration 1.B.1.) from the following strategies:
1.  Home Improvement Program (Housing 7.A.1.) – $106,805.47 ($71,805.47 of Action Plan Funds and $35,000 of Program Income)
2.  Incentives for Sustainable Technologies (Housing 7.A.2.) – $70,000
3.  Housing Development Incentives (Housing 8.A.1.) – $79,667.35
4.  Commercial Revitalization Staff Support (Commercial Revitalization 10.A.1.) – $39,998.82
5.  Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Conditions (Commercial Revitalization 10.C.1.) – $18,500
6.  New and Existing Business Staff Support (Commercial Revitalization 11.A.1.) – $31,000
Background:  In February 2017, the Minneapolis City Council voted to restore $9,141,951.05 of frozen Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds to Minneapolis neighborhood organizations.  Funds were required to be allocated in two-year cycles through the end of 2020.  In 2017, the LCC Board of Directors and the General Membership approved an allocation of $345,971.64 to be used to fund NRP program/project strategies in 2017 and 2018.  
The LCC general membership will vote the ratify the motion of the LCC Board of Directors.  The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD) require that Plan Modifications/financial actions greater than $25,000 require community notification and a community vote for approval.

Join the 2019-2020 LCC Board of Directors!
Residents and businesses of Greater Longfellow are invited to run for a seat on the LCC Board of Directors.  There are 11 open seats including one seat for a local business representative.  Joining the LCC Board is a great opportunity to volunteer in the community, join LCC committees and work with community members to develop projects, programs and activities to improve the community.  No experience is necessary to run for the board.  You must be at least 16 and willing to commit to up to 8 hours per month to participate in board and committee meetings and events.  Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month.  In order to run for a board seat all you need to do is attend the April 23rd General Membership meeting and have someone nominate your or nominate yourself.  We encourage people from all walks of life to run for a Board seat.  We value a diversity of opinion, background, economic status, culture, homeowners and renters.  For more information you can find the Board member job description here or you can call or email LCC’s Executive Director Melanie Majors at 612-722-4529 ext. 14 or melanie@longfellow.org

Registration has now opened for Transition Longfellow’s Veggie Basics class, which begins April 13 and is held for 4 Saturdays in April/May. Pre-registration is required.  Registration and information can be found here: http://www.transitionlongfellow.org/veggie-growing-basics-class

Deadline to Appeal Property Tax Assessment’s is April 30
Beginning in March, the City of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office sends out valuation notices to inform property owners of the assessor’s estimated market value of each property.
If you have questions or you would like to appeal your property value, you may contact the City of Minneapolis Assessor’s Office to discuss your concerns or follow the steps on the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization (LBAE) website listed below.
City Assessors Office
City of Lakes Building
309 2nd Avenue South, Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Call 311 or (612) 673-3000
LBAE Website: http://minneapolismn.gov/assessor/marketvalues/LBAE/index.htm

Belle’s ToolBox, 3400 42nd Ave South • (612) 799-1482
Spring Has Sprung! Well, not quite, but we are happy to report that our Front Door has!
An ice heave at the entry has finally given way to the brute force of two Marks in the neighborhood :0)
So we are returning to our previous hours of operation:
Tu Wed Th Fri 10am-12
Tu Wed Th 2-4pm
Third Saturday of Month 10am-12
If you haven’t had the thrill of a visit to Belle’s ToolBox, come on in!
If you are an old friend – We Can’t Wait to See You and Yours!!!
Spring is JUST around the corner,,,
and so is the ToolBox

Chard Your Yard w/ Transition Longfellow: Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning for Chard Your Yard, the Longfellow raised bed garden installation program. We’ve installed 183 raised beds in the past 6 years. With your help, we’ll install 24 more in 2019. The planning team writes a funding request and presents it to LCC, our neighborhood association, and then seeks volunteers, secures supplies, develops the routes, and delivers the program. Approximately one meeting a month from February through May. SIGN UP HERE.

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


Friday, March 29

Launch of Mike Corrao’s Gut Text @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm
Join us for the launch of Gut Text by Mike Corrao.
You are holding a living organism. Gut Text feels fear, pain, and desire. Within, you will follow four distinct personas as they form on the page, each seeking to transcend the limitations of their existence as they speak to you directly. In his newest release, Mike Corrao has created a challenging and unsettling exploration of identity, and the ways we see it manifest in the physical world.
Each persona carries with it a similar desire, but a different means of striving towards it. Slowly, the text begins to move, begins to change, correct its mistakes, and adjust to its restrictive ontology. Gut Text is not only alive, it is growing and learning. Witness the text creating itself, a parthenogenetic conception.
Mike Corrao is the author of Man, Oh Man (Orson’s Publishing). Along with earning a Best of the Net nomination, Mike’s work has been featured in publications such as Entropy, Always Crashing, Collagist, and The Portland Review. He lives in Minneapolis where he earned his B.A. in film and English literature at the University of Minnesota. Gut Text is Mike’s second novel. Learn more at www.mikecorrao.com

Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations – “Live At The Hook” Release Party @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7pm • Music 7:30pm • 21+ $9 Advance • $12 Day of Show
Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations return for the Twin Cities release of their new album Live at The Hook.  A founding member of the critically-acclaimed progressive roots outfit Moreland and Arbuckle, vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle and his band The Damnations recorded the album last October at the Hook & Ladder.
Hurricane Harold with The Doug Otto Experience plus Marc Gartman of LazyLightning420 and Too Many Banjos are also performing.

SLC Live at the Riverview @ Riverview Cafe, 3753 42nd Ave S • 7:30-10pm
Join us for acoustic Americana at the Riverview Cafe. Delicious food and beverages are available for purchase.

Closet Witch/Please Stop!/Speedweed @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 21+ • $5-10 sliding scale • Doors 9pm • Music 9:45pm
The second of two shows in one night!
Closet Witch – returns to Minneapolis from SE Iowa on their way to TND Fest in Fargo. https://closetwitch.bandcamp.com/
Please Stop! – SE Minnesota Punk https://pleasestoprocks.bandcamp.com/
Speedweed – https://speedweedmusic.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, March 30

Yoga w/Dallas at Powderhorn Park Community Ctr. • 9:30am
This accessible class is designed to help students discover their personal practice in a supportive space. Rather than expecting students to conform to arbitrary shapes, my goal is to create opportunities for students to feel more relaxed and confident in their bodies, regardless of experience or physical mobility. Expect a class with dynamic sequencing, some mindfulness practice, and messaging that celebrates who you already are. All are welcome.

World Team Project Minneapolis Ladies Salsa Team Fundraiser! @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 8pm • Cost: $10 per person • Cash Only (Exact change is appreciated) • Additional donations are welcome!
We invite you to come out and and enjoy an evening of fabulous Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and more and to support our World Team Project Ladies Salsa Team! ALL proceeds from the social will go toward costumes, shoes and travel expenses. These ladies have been working hard to get this beautiful routine together and soon will get to share it with the world!
Contact us for more info at Bailaconpasion.com or at 703.402.3645 or 772.233.6914 • ¡ Hablamos Español! Vamos a Bailar!

Collabaret @ Pinwheel Arts and Movement Studio, 2731 E 25th St • 7:30pm
After receiving an abundance of love and positivity from our audience after the first Collabaret we’ve decided to keep it going! Come see us on March 30th for a night of performance and the opportunity to buy unique pieces from local artists.

Christine Hoberg, The Nunnery (US), Kate Malanaphy, and Greta Ruth at Moon Palace Books (March 30, 2019) @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7:30am

Mid West Music Fest Pre-Party with The Bad Man, Eleganza, RLGDPPL @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. • Doors/Music 7pm • 21+ • $9 Advance • $12 Day of Show
The Bad Man: Named a Best New Band of 2017 by First Avenue, City Pages Picked to Click in 2018, and fronted by one of the Twin Cities’ “most dynamic and devilish rock ‘n’ roll frontmen” (per Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune), The Bad Man is no stranger to fun. Known for their unpredictable and adrenaline-fueled performances, the band delivers a danceable, rowdy rock sound driven by guitar, saxophone, and a back-alley bounce. “Bum a ride, see ’em live, they’re worth the cover charge.”
Eleganza!: formed by Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band, The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records), is a 3-guitar ROCK AND ROLL attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate, Jeff Johnson, and ex-Ol’ Yeller’s Greg McAloon. Also on board is the legendary Tony Zaccardi of Romantica & Kruddler on bass, and his longtime partner in crime Tim Baumgart (Wizards Are Real/Big Ditch Road/Kruddler) on drums.
Real Good People: (stylized as RLGDPPL) is a rhythm and blues rooted rock band out of Minneapolis. Like Joe Cocker? Us too. Spoon? Ditto. Bill Withers? Yep. Broken Bells? Uh huh. The Meters? Let’s get bunk beds! We play good time moving music that’s loose and colorful and we aim to be familiar but always fresh.

Sunday, March 31

Winery tour and tasting @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • 1pm
Take a tour of the basement winery and production facility at Urban Forage with co-owner and winemaker, Jeff. Taste a sampling of our offerings on tap, as well as samples of ciders and wines in production. Stay afterward in the taproom for an informal question and answer session. Must be 21+ 

NLR 30 Days of Biking Kickoff Ride @ The Fix Studio & Cafe,3725 Minnehaha Ave • 10:30am
Please join Northern Lights Racing for a FTW (Femme/Trans/Women/Non-Binary) led no-drop group ride to kickoff the start of the 30 Days of Biking. The ride will be a social slow roll, starting at The Fix Studio & Cafe and ending at the official 30 Days of Biking: 2019 MSP Kickoff Party at Red Stag Supperclub!
We’ll start to gather at The Fix at 10:30am, roll out around 11 am. We should arrive at the party just before noon.
Don’t forget to reserve your tickets to the kickoff party! The party is free, with an option to buy a $5 Spoke Card and Raffle Ticket: https://www.facebook.com/events/1974129432624555/
All fitness levels, ages, and genders are welcome on this ride.  You do not need to pledge 30 Days of Biking to ride to the kickoff with us, but we encourage everyone to give it a try!
*Please note that this is a ride to the kickoff party, and you will be responsible for getting your own way home*

A Magical Story Time @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 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.

Pop Culture Trivia w/ Kevin & Uncle Dude! @ Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave S • 10pm
WCCO TV Viewer’s Choice Top 3 Bar Trivia Night! Free to play with great prizes including a $50 gift card for 1st place on down to the fabled “Dinner & a Show” for 4th place! Round 2 is the “Perfect Shot” round, your chance at a FREE SHOT!

Ballroom Dance Nights in March @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm • Admission:  $12 for all

The Return of Vector 9 @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • Doors 7 pm • Show 7:30 pm
New Venue, same flavor, Vector 9 Variety Show @ Du Nord Craft Spirits
Music by: Riverdog • Rabeca • Surprise headliners TBA
Comedy by: Jodie Maruska • Khadijah Cooper
Feature film: “Object Permanence” by Maret Polzine
and your hosts, Devohn Bland & Xochi de la Luna will interview guests and perform comedy sketches

Monday, April 1

4th Scottish singalong, pre-Minnesota Tartan Week @ Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St • 6:30pm
No kidding. Proximity to National Tartan Day brings a change of pace, with songs of Scottish origin from 17th to 20th Centuries, and earlier and later certainly welcome as well. Instruments, song sheets, and dance are invited, along with all comers taking turns in leading songs.

JOIN US FOR THE APRIL CIVIC BUZZ REVERSING THE LEGACY OF RACIAL INEQUITY – Minneapolis’ Racial Equity Policy @ Black Forest Inn, 26th and Nicollet Ave So, Banquet Room
5:30 pm            Networking & Equity Activity
6:15-7:30 pm    Speaker & Discussion
“In my class and place, I did not recognize myself as a racist because I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness by members of my group, never in invisible systems conferring unsought racial dominance on my group by birth.” Peggy McIntosh
While Minneapolis holds a reputation for being a progressive city, it also has a legacy of racism and racial inequity. But what exactly is racial inequity? How does it create social advantages and disparities in policies and programs we interact with every day? What is the city doing to not only address it, but also undo the harm caused by it? Join us for this important discussion.
Our speaker will be Joy Marsh Stephens, Director, Minneapolis Race and Equity Division. She will discuss the history of racism and racial inequity in Minneapolis. League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Civic Buzz is presented on the first Tuesday of the month at the Black Forest Inn. Thank you to our neighborhood sponsor, the Whittier Alliance. These meetings are free and open to the public.

The Ophelias, Gully Boys, the Florists, Adelyn Rose @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • Cover $10 • All Ages • Doors 8:30pm • 9pm
Gully Boys – three emo/soulful/flower ladies trying to make Tom Klemond proud. https://gullyboys.bandcamp.com/releases
The Ophelias are your Cincinnati all-girl moth music
New album “Almost” out NOW!!! Post/Share/Stream now! https://jnr.ln
The Florists are three friendly people (Jo Kellen, Jared Hemming, Luke Michaels) from Minneapolis. They play noisy pop songs about kitchens, seraphim, and the way you comb your hair.
Adelyn Rose – Indie Rock from Eau Claire, WI www.adelynrose.bandcamp.com


Tuesday, April 2

Live Yo Best Black Life. | Podcast & Gathering. Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm
The idea is simple – black joy and conversation. The most important topics in our communities that dig deep and require love. How do we grow a (Black)mosphere? Join us at Moon Palace books for a dialogue with artists, organizers and healers. Live Yo Best Black Life is a monthly podcast and community gathering brought to you by Black Table Arts. Public. All ages.

Wednesday, April 3

Restorative Justice 101 Training Restorative Justice 101: Training for Practice in Everyday Life RJ 101
The Restorative Justice 101 Training is co-sponsored by Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice and the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.
Early Tuition: $150 • Standard Tuition: $180 • Optional CEs/CLEs: $35
RJ 101 teaches the principles, philosophies, and practices of Restorative Justice via lecture and experiential education methodologies for empowering our communities. Professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypersons are welcome to attend.

RJ 101 Training Objectives:
Learn the history and philosophy and principles of restorative justice and restorative practices.
Examine the neuroscience of restorative justice.
Apply a restorative lens to work with those who have been harmed, those who have harmed, and the community.
Experience a simulated interactive restorative justice conference.
Explore applications for restorative justice practices at home, work, school, and in the community.

100% of RJ 101 Training graduates rated this training “Very Good” and “Excellent.”
100% increased their understanding and knowledge of Restorative Justice and how to apply it to everyday life.
100% indicated they would recommend this training to others. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475729912566181/

Free Music Wednesdays – Tommy Bentz Band @ Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 6pm • Music 7pm • 21+
“Spring Residency” – Every 1st Wednesday in Spring
The Tommy Bentz Band is based in Western Wisconsin, and extensively tours regionally in the US and bi-annually to the UK. The Tommy Bentz is a fantastic power trio that has been in existence for over 15 years, jamming in the style of “the Allman Brothers meets Van Morrison”. Tommy leads the band as the singer/songwriter/guitarist whose professional soloing chops radiate throughout the band’s performance. A standout slide player, Tommy has often been touted as one of the best in the Midwest. His seemingly effortless style ranges from strident and thick “Clapton-esque” lines and tone to satisfyingly classic rock ‘n roll. Tommy grew up enthralled with the guitarists in the Allman Brothers Band and the great British blues rockers — Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and, especially, Cream-era Eric Clapton. Tommy focuses this power into a tight, focused wall of sound with his amazingly talented trio of musicians. Jason McLean’s melodic and groovy bass lines and harmony vocals combine perfectly with Alex Burgess’s rock-solid, musical percussion talents and spot-on background vocals. The band combines all of their years of musical performance into a tight, energized, soulful, live musical package like none other you’ve heard before.

Thursday, April 4

The Healing Meditation Series: Self-Love & Relationships @ Awakenings – Gifts and Guidance for the Soul, 4165 Minnehaha Ave S • 7pm • Bert Allen from 2guysintheknow- Psychic Medium and Healing Services will lead a guided healing meditation focused on increasing self-love and enriching relationships. Just show up! The evening will begin promptly at 7pm – no late attendees will be admitted.

Ruah Swennerfelt reads from Rising to the Challenge @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 4-5pm
Ruah Swennerfelt, activist, homesteader, blogger, and author will share about her book, Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith. The book is the result of a decade of experience with the movement, numerous interviews of people in Europe, Palestine, Brazil, and the U.S. The aim of Transition is to help individuals be the catalyst in their communities for an historic push to make the places where they live more resilient, healthier and bursting with strong local livelihoods, while reducing their ecological footprint.

Weekly Roundup: March 8-14

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Check out this week’s upcoming events in Greater Longfellow and remember spring has to show up eventually!

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Neighborhoods 2020 Community Meeting: Tuesday, March 19 • 6:30-8:30pm @ Longfellow Park, 3435 36th Ave S
Your input matters now more than ever! If you’re invested in the future of neighborhoods and neighborhood organizations, PLEASE ATTEND.
LCC is hosting a community meeting to gather resident input on new neighborhood organization program guidelines from the City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD). We want to hear directly from residents in order to accurately portray the sentiment of Greater Longfellow. Council Members, Andrew Johnson and Cam Gordon, and NCRD staff will attend. These funding guidelines will require changes to the structure and focus of neighborhood organizations if they are approved by the Minneapolis City Council. To review the guidelines you can go to the following link: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/2020
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact LCC’s Executive Director, Melanie Majors: melanie@longfellow.org | 612-722-4529 ext. 14

March Mead Madness (all week) @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • $5 glasses of mead, cyser and cherry melomel all week, and special pricing on bottles of mead as well!

CURA is now accepting 2019 Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) applications
The NPI programs at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) are currently seeking applications. The deadline is March 31, 2019. Download the guidelines and application.
The Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) makes technical assistance and small grants of up to $10,000 available to community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. NPI supports community-based partnerships that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by racial, social and economic disparities…http://www.cura.umn.edu/NPI-main

Focus on Local Business: 
Are you the owner or manager of a business in the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, or Longfellow neighborhoods? If so, you’re invited to take a moment to fill out this form. Longfellow Community Council is starting an on-going project to help draw focus to local businesses by spotlighting how unique and wonderful they are!


Remove Snow for Seniors! Senior Community Services HOME Program needs snow removal workers to help Seniors in your Community. HOME Program removes snow for seniors in Hennepin County. To remove snow with us:
• You would help the same people each time it snowed 2 or more inches
• The snow would need to be removed within 24 hours of the snow stopping
• Supply your own shovel and/or snow blower
• Reliable vehicle
• Must be 16 years old or older
• Record dates of service
• Physically able to remove snow
•Commit to the entire snow removal season
•Speak and interact with senior clients respectfully
Help people and get paid at the same time! We pay $16/hour. Contact Bethany at seasonalwork@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7886
HOME is a part of Senior Community Services— a nonprofit that serves most of Hennepin County

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.

Pasty Sale • March 11 Order Deadline • March 16  Pasty Pick Up
Join Epworth for their 28th year of making and selling pasties to the community! Warm up with the delicious handheld savory “pocket pies” this March! We offer options for vegetarian, no salt, gluten-free (no crust) or no rutabagas variations as well as the traditional ground beef and vegetable pies. Order your $6 pocket pie by March 11 at epworthmpls.org/pastysale or by calling 651-645-9855 – you can pick up your handmade pasties during the afternoon on March 16.

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


Friday, March 8 • International Women’s Day

Clay Snowman Making @ Dock 6 Pottery, 4206 34th St • 2pm
Come make your own snowman out of clay! Free to play and if you like what you make you can pay us $10 to fire your clay creation and we will have it ready for you in about 3 weeks.

Ideal Made Real: MN NICE @ Vine Arts Center, 2637 27th Ave S • 6pm
Ideal Made Real: MN NICE features the work of Alumni and Affiliate Artists of the Minnesota New Institute of Ceramic Education (MN NICE). MN NICE is a certificate program providing personalized professional development for artists serious about taking the next step in their ceramic evolution. The exhibition celebrates MN NICE’s fifth anniversary and embodies the Claytopia theme of the 2019 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference held in Minneapolis.
About the Artists: MN NICE alumni with featured Juried graduates: Vered Binyamini, Susan Feigenbaum, Risa Nishiguchi, Polonia Odahara Novack, Robyn Peterson, Marjorie Pitz, Kathryn Schroeder, and Susan Schweitzer; Affiliate Artists: Linda Christianson, Joel Froehle, Ursula Hargens, Mike Helke, Kate Maury, Emily Murphy, S.C. Rolf, and Todd Shanafelt. Juried by Monica Rudquist.
Organized by Ursula Hargens and Denise Rouleau.
“Claytopia,” The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 53rd annual conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces.  Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies.” – NCECA
MN NICE: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/minnesota-new-institute-ceramic-education
NCECA 2019: https://nceca.net/2019-minneapolis-minnesota/

Ballroom Dance Nights in March @ Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave • Teaching 7-8pm • Dance 8-11pm • Admission: $10 general • $8 Members/$7 Students
Ballroom Dance Party heats up in March! Caroline Olson teaches West Coast Swing I – IV all month long! USA Dance Partnership with DJ Lee Whitney

The Howling (1981 35mm) @ Trylon Cinema, 2820 E 33rd St • 7pm
After a traumatic brush with a serial killer, a TV journalist (Dee Wallace) is encouraged to attend a mountain resort which is anything but relaxing. Hairy situations and dark mysteries will ensure a howling good time!
See the film the won a Saturn Award for Best Horror while still in production, and spawned SEVEN sequels! Experience what are considered some of the best special effects of its genre!

Slavic Mardi Gras! @ Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave S • 8pm • 21+
It’s still Mardi Gras at Schooner Tavern- Eastern European style! Join SlovCzech and Ukrainian Village Band for a night of celebration and fun during “Maslenitsa”, or Dairy Week- ‘Carnival’. Bring blintzes and cheese, it’s our last chance to let it rip before Easter! SlovCzech and Ukrainian Village Band are fired up for the evening so get ready to party!

Half Tramp / The Nunnery / Bailey 26 Cogan / Butter Boys @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7:30 pm • Music 8pm • $5-$10 • 21+
Come celebrate International Womxns day with music from Half Tramp, The Nunnery, Butter Boys & Bailey 26 Cogan! – (26 BATS)  at Moon Palace on March 8th~!

Sawyer’s Dream, Joyann Parker, Annie Mack, & Mae Simpson @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S •  Doors 7pm • Music 7:30pm • $16 Advance • $19 Day of Show • VIP Meet & Greet is from 6-7pm
Hang out and mingle with the artists, taste food from Gandhi Mahal, sample beer from Indeed Brewing, & get a CD from one of the artists! These are limited and will be a very intimate experience.
Sawyer’s DreamMinneapolis based Sawyer’s Dream is an all original band with amazing 4-part vocal harmonies. Mark Twain inspirations combined with vocal harmonies similar to those of groups such as the Mamas & the Papas, ABBA and Bread, create a unique cross-blending of Americana, Folk, Soul, Pop and Rock. They will take you back to simpler times, a time of dreams, nature and human kindness. Comprised of complex instrumental arrangements and intricate four-part harmonies, this daydream trip is an echo of the past and a glimmer of hope for the new day.
Joyann Parker“Joyann Parker is the best Twin Cities female singer you’ve never heard. Imagine a sober Janis Joplin. And that’s a good thing. Imagine a taller Shemekia Copeland without the my-dad-was-a-blues-star pedigree. And that’s a really good thing. There’s pain in Parker’s heart – and in just about every song she writes and sings. And, onstage, the grimace on her face, the clenched fists and the ache in her roar let her listeners know that she knows hurt…Whatever she plays, Parker owns it.  She’s a powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals.” – Jon Bream/Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Annie Mack MusicAnnie Mack has built a reputation for writing meaningful, relate-able and inspirational songs. Live, she delivers her songs with power, soul and conviction.  A dynamic vocalist and charismatic performer, she takes the audience on a journey; from velvet lined melodic depths to exciting, gritty, full bodied church hollers. A regional Powerhouse with National Recognition, Annie has performed at many top festivals and venues, including The John Coltrane jazz Festival-High Point North Carolina, The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival-Lancaster Pennsylvania, The Thunder-Bay Music Festival-Ontario Canada, The Minnesota State Fair, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Bayfront Blues Festival(six years running)-Duluth MN, Buddy Guys-Chicago Illinois, The Blues City Deli – St. Louis, Missouri and The Arts Garage Del-Ray Beach Florida.
Mae Simpson MusicOriginally from Beaufort, South Carolina, Mae Simpson spent her  formative years knowing that there were plans to do bigger things in  life. Mae set out from the South at young age and began her musical career in Omaha, Nebraska. At the age of 21 Mae headed north to  Minneapolis. By November of 2017, Mae joined her vocal and guitar talents with Jorgen Wadkins on guitar and Ricardo Romero on percussion.  Influences by blues, soul, funk and folk, the trio quickly realized their collaborative efforts had a sound worth pursuing. The band quickly  added Keaton Judy on saxophone, Paul Pederson on Trumpet, Dave Kellermann on bass and drummer Scott Thomson. Whether the venue is small and intimate, or raucous and roaring, the band members’ contagious  connection draws the audience into each note.
Maya ElenaMinneapolis, MN • Maya is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist. Her solo act is a dash of folk, a sprinkle of jazz, and a splash of sass, pulling from a catalog of her imaginative and compelling  compositions. Maya also performs with her 4-piece rock band Illusion Valley, and sings with Wookiefoot, featured on the album “You’re It”.
”Such an enchanting voice, I always like hearing it in a spare, acoustic arrangement.” – Andrea Swensson, The Current @ MPR.

Saturday, March 9

CCB at Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave S • 8:30pm
Blues-Rock with a heaping cup of Soul.

Brett Ortler, Sagirah Shahid, and Kathryn Nuernberger @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnnehaha Ave S • 4pm
Join us for a reading featuring Brett Ortler, Sagirah Shahid, and Kathryn Nuernberger.
Kathryn Nuernberger’s third poetry collection, Rue, is forthcoming in Spring 2020 (BOA). The End of Pink (BOA, 2016), which won the 2015 James Laughlin prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011), which won the 2010 Antivenom Prize. A collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past (Ohio State University Press, 2017), won the Non/Fiction Prize from The Journal. She teaches in the MFA Program at University of Minnesota. She has received grants from the NEA, American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life.
Sagirah Shahid is a Black Muslim poet and occasional prose writer by way of Minneapolis, MN. She is a recipient of a 2015 Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a winner of 2017 Minnesota Center For Book Arts mentorship award, and was a participant in a 2018 Twin Cities Media Alliances’ “Our Space is Spoken For” Fellowship. Sagirah’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Mizna, Paper Darts, Juked, Bird’s Thumb, AtlanticRock, Blue Minaret, and elsewhere.
Brett Ortler is a writer and an editor from the Twin Cities. His poems, essays, and articles appear in Fatherly, Salon, Yahoo! Parents, HuffPost, The Nervous Breakdown, Fanzine, Revolver, Ascent, and Rattle, among others. His first poetry collection, Lessons of the Dead, was published by Fomite Press in 2019. He is the former poetry editor of Willow Springs, as well as the co-founder/editor of Knockout Literary Magazine. https://moonpalacebooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=5405

Tom Petty Celebration featuring Ian Alexy & The Deserters / Gregg “Cheech” Hall & The Wrecking Ball @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S • Doors 7:30pm • Music 8pm • 21+ • $9 Advance • $12 Day of Show
A special Tom Petty tribute featuring two of the region’s finest bands – Ian Alexy and the Deserters plus Gregg “Cheech” Hall & The Wrecking Ball
Each band will do a short set, after which the two bands will combine for a set of Tom Petty classics!
8:00pm Gregg Hall and The Wrecking Ball
9:15pm  Ian Alexy and The Deserters
10:15pm An all-star Tom Petty Tribute Jam
Ian Alexy is a founding member of the nationally-acclaimed Americana group Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. He and the Deserters feature a classic rock ‘n roll swagger that invokes 80s-era Springsteen and Petty.
Gregg Hall has been a staple of the Midwest scene with his work with the regional outlaw country group White Iron Band, The Smokin’ Bandits, and Nicholas David & The Feelin’ Band.
As a special bonus, the two bands will be joining forces at the end of the night as The Petty Ones for an all-star rockin’ tribute to Tom Petty.

OXHEART presents OFF the CUFF: A dream series (1 of 4) @ Squirrel Haus Arts, 3450 snelling Ave • 6pm  Doors open & refreshments • 7pm Performance • 8pm • Post-performance reception & refreshments
$10 cover, or pay what you can
You’re invited to OFF THE CUFF: A dream series, the first of four events presented by OXHEART – this first collaborative spontaneous performance will feature interactive soft sculpture art by New York artist, Luiza Kurzyna, a collective of Twin-Cities dance improvisors, and a gifted Twin-Cities musical ensemble.
Dance Movement by:
Patricia McManus
Robert Borman
Lindsay Forsythe
Angie Clifford
Alan Tse
Musical Performers:
Mike Krenner (guitar)
Mark Miller (guitar)
Dan Gahres (bass)
Jon Schmig (keyboards)
Greg Flanagan (drums)
Parking available in the Squirrel Haus back lot on Dight Ave. or on Snelling.
For more information visit www.oxheart.net

Edible landscaping in the city. @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • 4:30pm
Would you like to incorporate edible plants into your city yard?  Jeff, an organic gardener and landscape architect, discusses the best trees, shrubs and perennials to add to your Minneapolis landscape. Learn the basic of how to harvest fruit and vegetables through the growing season.  Free. Same as our previous session, this time on a Saturday afternoon by request.

Fellow Pynins at Urban Forage @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • 7pm • No Cover
Fellow Pynins brings their blend of original folk compositions and 16th century ballads to Urban Forage.  Mead and cider will flow as the music washes the salt of a long Minnesota winter from your soul.

Sunday, March 10

Winery tour and tasting @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • 1pm
Take a tour of the basement winery and production facility at Urban Forage with co-owner and winemaker, Jeff. Taste a sampling of our offerings on tap, as well as samples of ciders and wines in production. Stay afterward in the taproom for an informal question and answer session. Must be 21+ 

A Magical Story Time @ Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rdAve 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.

Beginner Nordic Dance and Music • Danish American Center • 6pm • $10 at the door • Bring drinks and snacks • No partner necessary • Non-gendered teaching
New to Nordic Music and Dance? Thinking about going to the Nisswa-Stämman folk music and dance festival? Come learn the tunes and dances that will be played and danced at the festival! Musicians and dancers will benefit from learning the Basics of Nordic Movement with Kari Tauring & Carol Sersland
6:00pm – 6:30pm
Absolute Beginners. Learn about svikt, tyngde, and kraft, the movement of the body in skiing, walking, and dancing. Solo movement with breath and body making the music, a great way to practice turning. Then pair up for elemental Nordic dances like schottische, polka, and waltz.
6:30pm – 7:00pm
Each week will explore a different culture’s flavor on the basic dances: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish with tradition bearers from the Twin Cities music and
dance communities.
7:00pm – 9:00pm (Musicians break-away session Allspel Tune Workshop ​with Renee Vaughan and Adam Kiesling – http://www.tcnordic.com/allspel-tunes.html)
Dancers, practice what we have learned with a variety of partners in a relaxed social setting with guest musicians!
8:45pm New Tunes and Dances Together!

DKON Single Release w/ Turn Back Now & Weather Check @ Music at Moon Palace, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7:30pm • Music 8-11pm • 21+ • $5
Dead Kings of Norway are releasing “Won’t Let Me Go”, the first single off of their upcoming album Absolute Zero. The setlist will be 100% “bangers”. Come celebrate along with guests Weather Check and Turn Back Now.
Dead Kings of Norway – Keyboard-fronted electropunk.
Turn Back Now – Apocalyptic lounge rock and roll.

Weather Check – Riff hop

Cinema Book Club – Diary of a Teenage Girl @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 4pm
For the next installment of the Cinema Book Club, we’re mixing it up a bit with the graphic novel/conventional memoir Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner. To mix it up even more, we’re having you watch the movie in the comfort of your own home! Stream it, buy the DVD, or check it out at the public library (it’s there!) and then meet up on Sunday, March 10 at 4:00pm to discuss this crazy story of a young woman and the affair she has that changes her life forever… among other incredible adventures!
Get your copy of Diary of a Teenage Girl at Moon Palace Books for 20% off!

Monday, March 11

Uproar Comedy Open Mic – March 11th ft. Julia Gay @ Du Nord Craft Spirits, 2610 E 32nd St • 7:30pm • SHOW IS FREE! • Sign up 7:30pm • Show goes from 8-9pm-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 Julia Gay. 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.


Tuesday, March 12

Books & Bars Minneapolis: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm • FREE • Open to public
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Wear black and white with a splash of red to show you are a Rever.

Dreaded Inheritance: The Crowded House @ Urban Forage Winery and Cider House, 3016 E Lake St • 7pm
Are you freaked about the idea of inheriting your parents’ lifetime accumulation of stuff in the not-nearly-distant-enough future?
The emotional labor, investment of time, and diret financial costs involved in emptying a family estate on someone else’s behalf can not be understated. Our work with families dealing with these sorts of circumstances has made us intensely aware of the guilt, exhaustion, frustration, and conflict that often arise when tackling the pig in the python: a filled house, frequently offered up as ‘your inheritance.’
Our objective is to help second generation family members anticipate, and be aware of a series of issues and stages common with this major life transition. This workshop has a specific environmental angle: we’ve seen too many families default to filling a rolloff (or four) only to deal with the emotional aftermath of intensified regret: the throwing away of truckloads of useful things that belonged to important people is something we want to help you avoid.
This will not be a silver bullet, nor will we offer platitudes. Instead, during this ‘tell it to me straight’ info session, we’ll offer a new paradigm for the possession and divestment of material goods, explain the current market for secondhand items, discuss the unique opportunities and challenges that present for those with close connections to aging family members, and provide resources to help you and your sibs empty that house with or without the property’s primary resident involved.
Our friends at Urban Forage will be opening up their doors especially for this session…we figured some of you might want to take the edge off (N/A options also available).
You’ll leave the event with a clear understanding of your options and a list of resources, contacts, and strategies intended to help you and your family keep as much of a lifetime’s treasures out of the waste stream as possible.
If you’d like to host this programming for your community, customer base, or private event, please contact us to learn more a

Wednesday, March 13

Trivia Mafia at Geek Love Cafe @ Moon Palace Book, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 6pm
Grab some pizza and a drink and get trivia-ing!
Trivia Mafia is old-school, team-based, pen-and-paper trivia. (None of this touchscreen nonsense.) We  ask questions about everything under the sun (and, in certain astronomy-themed rounds, stuff beyond that). Pop culture, history, geography, science, even wordplay and puzzles. There are no rules. Well, actually, there is one rule. As we like to say: “Use your noodle. Not your Google.”
Show up early and catch the end of happy hour (4p – 6p) to start your trivia out with a half price tap beer, cider or wine.  After you enjoy some-head scratching trivia and some fabulous food and drink, you’ll still have time to browse in the bookstore, which is open until 9pm.

Come Shake It With the Hula Peppers at the Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave S • 7:30pm
Come on In. The water’s fine. Yes, It’s always smooth sailing at the Schooner Tavern. The Hulas provide Island inspired vibes and jazzy jingles to help you brave the crests and troughs of our cold March prairie seas. Whatever the weather outside, it’s Cozytown at the Schooner.

Slow Flow Yoga + Wine at Urban Forage,, 3016 E Lake St • 7pm • $20 = Slow Flow Yoga + Wine/Cider
The Om Brewers are back at Urban Forage! We know you love these mid-week wine downs with us. sign up is live at: https://www.ombrewers.com/sign-up/urban-forage-yoga-wine-march
Space is limited, so pre-register in advance. Mats available for rent for $3. Your ticket includes one glass of wine or cider. Class is all levels and we’ll move a little slower than we normally do. Some juicy, restorative postures so you can wine down mid-week.
Did you know that we have a local winery/cidery right here in Minneapolis? We didn’t either til we were tipped off to this hidden gem in the Longfellow neighborhood. Husband & wife owners that create & bottle every product right on site. Our Thirsty Yogis were asking for some mid-week & gluten-free options, and we are so excited that Urban Forage made that possible.
Questions? Email info@OmBrewers.com

Death Comedy Jam – Open Mic with Chris Maddock @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • 9pm • 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.

Thursday, March 14

Reading Partners Speaker Series: Sarah Park Dahlen @ Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave • 7pm
Join Reading Partners Twin Cities at Moon Palace Books for our second Speaker Series event, featuring Professor Sarah Park Dahlen presenting her talk: Diversity and Activism In and Through Youth Literature.
In this talk, Dr. Dahlen will provide a brief overview of the history of diversity and activism in youth literature. She will also share strategies and resources for finding, selecting, and using diverse books with young people.
Following the talk, join us for a social hour where you can meet Dr. Dahlen, get to know the Reading Partners team, and connect with Reading Partners volunteer tutors from across the Twin Cities. Books will be available from Dr. Dahlen’s recommended list as well as for a book drive to support Reading Partners’ program. Light food and refreshments from Geek Love Cafe will be provided.
All are welcome to learn more about Reading Partners and hear from our amazing speaker. Tickets are $10 to cover the costs of the event and will be capped at event space capacity. If you purchase a ticket and cannot make the event, please contact us to release the space for others.

Palmer T. Lee – CD Release Show @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave • Doors 7pm • Music 7:30pm • 21+ • $9 Advance • $12 Day of Show
Note: This is a General Admission concert with theater seating. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis.
Palmer T Lee was born in Minnesota. As a boy, he liked stories, built fantasy worlds, and to stay awake in math class, he wrote poetry. When he showed his poems to his mother, she connected him with a Native Youth newspaper in Minneapolis, which published his work. The youth writers met once a month with mentors from the community, and there he met Winona LaDuke, who set him up with his very first poetry reading. At his second (and last) reading, Palmer decided he did not like the form. Soon he picked up his first guitar for $35, complete with a Save the Whales sticker on the back, and he learned that he preferred to give his words shape through music, with the added bonus that he could hide himself behind the guitar as he shared his thoughts. A close friend introduced him to the music of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, and he was inspired by Jerry Garcia and Dave Grisman to explore classic folk and bluegrass. His family helped out again by supplying him with two banjos, and he immediately switched his focus to writing and playing songs. He describes his passion for the voice of the instrument:  “it felt more natural than most other ways to sound one’s blessed and rare living moments.” He formed a string band with him buddy called The Boys and the Barrels, and they played together for five or so years in the upper midwest until the band disintegrated, death by natural causes (job promotions, new babies). Palmer went the other way, got divorced, and committed himself to playing music full time. He ran into Kendl Winter at a folk festival and together they started The Lowest Pair. He started playing guitar again, too. Since 2013, the band has released five albums on Team Love, and in 2018 they each took time to pursue their solo work.

His debut album, “Winebringer,” is an intensive look at love and longing that follows the end of a relationship. Here he returns to writing with the guitar, and saves the banjo for only one track. The title was inspired by the writing of the Sufi poet Hafiz, and his collection of poems The Book of the Winebringer. He is attracted to the inclusiveness of Sufi poetry, that it seems at times as if any noun can be switched out with any other noun, that the work will hold its point, that love is always the goal. It’s a raw, emotional album, his resonant voice buoyed by delicate playing, and some help from his friends on mandolin, fiddle, and drums. Palmer says, “This album is me laughing while shake my fist, mourning while I am dancing, grappling with bitter gratitude.”