Archive - March 2014

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Peapods Spring Festival
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Festival of Nations 2014 — 3 Day Pass Called World Pass available NOW

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Music for a Grand Space
Image Credit: University of MinnesotaImage Credit: University of Minnesota
Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN
Sunday, March 30, 2014; 2:30 PM

If you are looking for free concerts, try the University of Minnesota’s Music Department.  There are so many free shows, I can’t even get them all onto our calendars.  Instead, I’m trying to pick some of the best performances to highlight.  This week, the University Singers, Campus Singers, and Men’s and Women’s Choruses will join together to put on their annual Recital at the Cathedral of St. Paul.  This is a great chance to introduce the choral arts and beautiful architecture at the same time.  I’ve had pretty good luck with small children at these things.  The music seems to soothe them.  However, I would recommend sitting towards the back on an aisle.  It’s just easier to escape if you don’t have to climb over 10 people while trying to make sure they don’t get kicked in the face. There is limited parking available across from the Cathedral on Selby Avenue — you might want to arrive early and take a walk.  It is supposed to be in the 50s on Sunday.  It’s less than a mile to walk from the Cathedral to the Capitol (which has free 45-minute tours starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays).


Image Credit: Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Before the Mirror, 1975. © Image Credit: Highpoint Center for Printmaking via Estate of Roy Lichtenstein Contemporary prints from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation

Pop Art and Beyond
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN  55408
Saturday, March 29, 2014; Noon–4:00 PM

Saturday is the last day to see Contemporary prints from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation at Highpoint Center for Printmaking.  This exhibition has 26 prints the collection of Jordan Schnitzer. Get up close with Andy Warhol and his contemproaries.  The print to the right is by Roy Lichtenstein.  The Center has off street parking spaces available off of Colfax Ave for members and visitors, and ample on-street parking in the surrounding area.


Join millions of people across the world who will switch lights off for an hour on 29 March at 8:30 pm  - to raise awareness for the planet.

Join millions of people across the world who will switch lights off for an hour on 29 March at 8:30 pm – to raise awareness for the planet.

Family Blackout as part of Earth Hour
Your Home (along with hundreds of millions of other people)
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The World Wildlife Foundation has invited all of us to join with the world in an hour on solidarity for the planet.  They are asking us to turn out our lights for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be among the participants in the Earth Hour.

For a lot of you, your kids will be in bed by then, and you could use this opportunity for a candlelight conversation with the love of your life.  If, like me, you expect your kids to be up, GE Generator Systems has some ideas for 8 Fun Power Outage Games to Play in the Dark.  My favorite from my childhood is Number 6 – Hide and Go Seek in the Dark.  Number 8 — stargazing — may be a little impractical in Minnesota in March.  P.S.  Technically the WWF is only asking us to turn off our lights, but to make it more fun, we’ll turn off our computers and televisions, too.


Collecting Threads: Hmong Embroidery Exhibit: The exhibit honors the skills, imagination, and innovation of Hmong women’s thread and needles that have created embroidery, or flower cloth (paj ntaub) over the centuries.

Collecting Threads: Hmong Embroidery Exhibit: The exhibit honors the skills, imagination, and innovation of Hmong women’s thread and needles that have created embroidery, or flower cloth (paj ntaub) over the centuries.

Collecting Threads Exhibit
Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102; First Floor – North Gallery
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12 pm – 2 pm and Sunday March 30, 2014,  12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
and ongoing until May 4, 2014

There are actually five galleries with free exhibits currently open at the Landmark Center right now.  I chose Collecting Threads, A  showcase of Hmong paj ntaub embroidery.  I picked this exhibit as a great family outing, because it is the type of art that can engage a small child.  You could play I spy or tell stories.  Exhibit hours vary.  For more information and hours hours click here.


 

Peapods Spring Festival

 Is everyone ready for spring to really begin?  To celebrate the coming of spring, Peapods is having their first ever annual

peapods spring fesitvalSpring Festival  

Saturday, April 12, 2014
11:00 am-4:00 pm

Let me tell you what you can expect. 

  • Face painting– because what is a festival without face painting? 
  • Crafts–all centered around spring.  Being a person who grew up with her mom’s ever present crafts, I may be going out on a limb here, but I want to warn you to look out for Easter grass.  Although Peapods is all about sustainable toys and green things, there will be Easter grass–even if it’s paper Easter grass.  (let me know if I’m wrong)
  • Prizes–And their stuff is awesome so you can expect great prizes
  • Baby Chicks–this is my favorite thing.  Egg|Plant Urban Farm store will provide a very springlike atmosphere with their baby chicks, so no matter the weather outside, it will be spring inside Peapods!

Peapods is located at  2290 Como Ave.  in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Phone 651-695-5559

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Thursdays, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Closed on Sundays


 

 

Festival of Nations 2014 — 3 Day Pass Called World Pass available NOW

It’s been over a month since we’ve returned from Thailand, and I’m ready to experience another culture again. 
Cue Festival of Nations during the beginning of May. It’s open to the public Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4, 2014.  

What can you experience at the Festival of Nations?
The festival brings together people from over 90 ethnic groups around the world through exhibits, food, music, dance, and shopping.  

Ticket Information:  A World Pass, good for admission all days of the Festival, is a great value at $18 for adults and $12 for youth. NOTE: The World Pass is only available in advance at the International Institute of Minnesota March 21 through April 30.

Advance tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for youth 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under, and are available between March 21 and April 30 at the International Institute of Minnesota and at Byerly’s Food Stores. During the event, tickets are available at the RiverCentre Box Office for $13.50 for adults, $8 for youth 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under.  

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014

  • ENTERTAINMENT – Over 100 dancers and musicians perform on three stages throughout the Festival. On Friday, May 2, the Ticket to Brasil will perform a special concert from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Café Stage, free with festival admission.
  • CULTURAL EXHIBITS – Community members will showcase their distinctive cultures through 52 special exhibits. Festival visitors can pick up a Festival of Nations Passport to be stamped at each stop.
  • ETHNIC CAFÉS – From Palestinian falafel to Colombian tamales to Tibetan mo-mos and Norwegian lefse, enjoy fare served around the world at 32 ethnic food cafés. Proceeds from each café benefit local non-profit organizations.
  • ETHNIC DEMONSTRATIONS – Community members will showcase their distinctive cultures through interactive exhibits. This is a fun and interactive activity for the whole family! Many folk artisans practicing crafts passed down through generations and interactive, educational demonstrations will be featured in over 26 different booths.
  • INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR – Shopping from around the globe with booths representing 68 countries, with imported gifts including clothing, jewelry and artifacts from many cultures.
  • INTERNATIONAL BEER EXPERIENCE – Last year’s inaugural event was such a hit that it’s coming back for another year. Patrons 21+ can enjoy beers from around the world and visit with Festival of Nations beer experts.
  • NATURALIZATION CEREMONY – On Friday evening, in the Bazaar Courtyard, Festival of Nations visitors can watch as 15 people become U.S. citizens. The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • ART SLAM – Saturday features the festival’s first Art Slam, where six first-generation American artists will go head-to-head, creating artwork inspired by the festival’s theme, Peace Among the People.

 

    General Public Hours:

                                                Friday, May 2 – 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

                                                Saturday, May 3 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

                                                Sunday, May 4 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 


taken  from the Festival of Nations Press Release, images used with permission

 

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