Upcoming Summer Events in Minneapolis

Nicollet Island Concerts

All concerts at 7 pm unless noted
Nicollet Island Amphitheater, 40 Power Street
Free. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.
Monday, July 28 – Dustin Hatzenbuhler (pop/singer/songwriter)

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520, http://www.mnbookarts.org.
Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pmWednesdaySaturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm
Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Family Class: Let’s Go Play!
with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 29, 10 am – 12 noon
Listen to Play by Ann Morris, and then play card games and games with cards. Make your own card stamps and print lots of them on our printing press. Use them to create your own games of bingo, dominos, concentration, top this, match-up and more, while we snack on bridge mix. You can trade cards, too! Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning. For families with children ages 2-10. Adult/child pair: $32 ($29 members) + $6 supply fee; additional participant (adult or child): $16 ($14.50 members) + $3 supply fee. For more information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/family/.

Adult Class: Generating Content: A Creativity Workshop
with Elizabeth Carls
Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 3 pm
In this workshop we’ll explore the creative process in a relaxed and supportive environment. Each participant will create a small but sturdy handmade journal to work in for the remainder of the day as we generate creative content through various writing, drawing and collaborative activities. All skill levels welcome. $85 ($75 members) + $25 supply fee. For more information and to register:http://www.mnbookarts.org/adult/.
Minneapolis History Pub Crawl: Old Saint Anthony
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Discover Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhoods and satisfy your thirst with a history pub crawl of the east bank of the Mississippi River. The town of St. Anthony began in 1849, several years before its neighbor Minneapolis across the river. Although annexed by Minneapolis in 1872, the area’s unique character and history remained distinct. Hear about the people who lived and worked there and about the historic flour mills, churches, red light districts, Victorian residences, pubs, immigrant enclaves, commercial centers, breweries and more. The tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes stops at a number of historic sights, including two watering holes housed in historic buildings. The tour includes three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Tours are held rain or shine. Ages 21 and up only. Drink purchases are not included in the tour price, but drink specials will be made available at participating locations. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. $25/$20 for MNHS members. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Women’s Work Tour with History Player Eva Valesh
Saturday, August 2, 1 pm
A costumed actor portraying labor writer Eva Valesh will lead a walking tour highlighting the factories whose working conditions were exposed by Valesh in series of newspaper articles in 1888 and 1889. Jobs available to women in the 19th and early 20th century and some of the key events in women’s labor history in Minneapolis will be discussed. Valesh was a labor writer and orator who also was known by the pen name Eva Gay. Among the riverfront factories singled out by “Eva Gay” was the North Star Woolen Mill, still standing two blocks from Mill City Museum. Valesh served as labor editor for the Saint Paul Globe and the Minneapolis Tribune. She went on to national acclaim, working for Samuel Gompers as assistant editor of the American Federationist. The tour includes 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online

Engineering the Falls Tour with History Player William de la Barre
Sunday, August 3, 1 pm
Take a walking tour of St. Anthony Falls led by costumed History Player William de la Barre, the Austrian engineer who spent half a century developing Minneapolis flour milling and waterpower. Participants will visit the Minneapolis Riverfront, the west-side milling district and the Stone Arch Bridge, and hear about the many ways the falls has changed over the years. The tour includes one mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. The tour will begin and end at Mill City Museum, where participants can visit the museum’s gallery, included in the price of the tour. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org/tours. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MNHS members. Includes museum admission. Reservations required; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

Activities at the Soap Factory
Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE
Common Room: The Weather Tour: Fish in the Parking Lot and Other Stories from the Stormy History of the Twin Cities
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 pm
Kenneth A. Blumenfeld, Ph.D., Hazardous Weather Research Specialist for Hennepin County Emergency Management, will lead a tour of former sites of some of the city’s most notable and damaging weather events, with descriptions of what happened, when, and how what we now see has been shaped by something long forgotten. Transportation: historic bus. Common Room is a summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in its seventh season. All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on Second Street SE. Get your tickets:http://www.tempotickets.com/tempotickets/site/pages/event.php?e=3584&c=95.

Live Action Sets’ Crime and Punishment at the Fringe Festival
July 31 – August 9
Descend 19 steps into the darkness of The Soap Factory’s industrial basement and embark on a tormented journey through an immersive and broken world of physical performance where dance and theater bind with carnage and blood. Live Action Set, with playwright John Olive, has created a twisted interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s classic novel. The audience descends into The Soap Factory’s sprawling, industrial basement; beginning an ominous journey. The show utilizes custom smells, blood effects, lush sets and a dynamic soundtrack to immerse the audience in a surreal, broken world with hidden layers and unexpected surprises. Live Action Set’s rigorous, action-driven style is captivating in this darkly tormented performance. Director Noah Bremer reshapes the standard audience experience and puts you at the center of the action. For information and tickets: http://www.soapfactory.org/exhibit.php?content_id=682.

Common Room: The Overnight Tour
Saturday, August 2, 2:30 am (Saturday night through Sunday morning)
When the bartenders announce last call in downtown Minneapolis on a Saturday night, there are countless others who are just beginning their work days. On this first-ever early morning Common Room tour, we’ll walk from the Soap Factory across the Third Avenue Bridge and through the heart of downtown, visiting hospitals, bakeries, cab companies, afterparties, hotels, corporate security desks, police stations and restaurants, and meeting some of the people that work the overnight shift. Tour starts at 2:30 am and will conclude around 5 am with breakfast at a surprise location. Transportation: walking. Common Room is a summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in its seventh season. All tours begin outside the main entrance to The Soap Factory on Second Street SE. Get your tickets: http://www.tempotickets.com/tempotickets/site/pages/event.php?e=3585&c=95.

Minnehaha Park Outdoor Concerts and Movies
Minnehaha Falls, 4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive
All shows at 7 p.m. except as noted; movies start 15 minutes after sunset
Minnehaha Falls, 4810 South Minnehaha Park Drive
In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Minnehaha Falls Pavilion. Free. Concert schedule is subject to change. For updates and more information: http://www.mplsmusicandmovies.com/.

Wednesday, July 30 – The Slush Puppies (jazzy pop quartet)
Thursday, July 31 – Charanga Tropical (Latin)
Friday, August 1 – War Poets (rock/Americana)
Minnesota Fringe Festival

July 31 – August 10
Multiple venues, including Southern Theater, Soap Factory, Joule and Rarig Center
The Minnesota Fringe is an 11-day uncurated performance festival featuring 169 original theater, dance and musical theater productions. Founded in 1994, the Minnesota Fringe is one of the oldest and largest fringe festivals in the country. More information about this year’s festival and shows can be found at http://www.fringefestival.org/.

Riverfront Fest 2014

Friday, August 1, 5:30 pm to sunset
Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water Street NE
Join us as we celebrate our newest riverfront park, Sheridan Memorial Park. The event will feature Northeast food trucks, craft beers and bands. The River Rats will perform, and the Bouncey Castle is back. Free admission – come explore this new riverside park! The Sheridan Veterans Memorial, honoring all Minnesota veterans, is centered around a large spherical sculpture of protective shields, created by local artist Robert Smart. The perimeter walk has quotes about peace engraved in granite. The memorial is surrounded by peace gardens and vertical markers describing the ten conflicts in which Minnesotans have served. The event is co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the East Minneapolis Exchange Club.

Wordsong with Florestan Recital Project
Saturday, August 2, 7 pm
Join Co-founder and Artistic Director of WordSong Boston Howard Frazin along with the Florestan Recital Project (Alison d’Amato, piano, and Aaron Engebreth, baritone) as they present the inaugural WordSong Twin Cities event as part of the Source Song Festival. An interactive song program, Alison and Aaron will present five songs by five composers on Langston Hughes’ “Harlem.” Complete with conversation between performers, composers and audience, you won’t want to miss this engaging event! WordSong is a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings and is the focus of directed conversation among composers, performers and audiences. WordSong’s goal is to reconnect musicians and listeners through shared, active artistic experiences. It is a public conversation about intuitive musical understanding. For additional information: https://loft.secure.force.com/portal/EventDetails?event.id=a1EG0000006afGjMAI.
Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.

Puppet Playhouse
Saturday, August 2, 10 am – 12 noon
Enjoy a puppet show in the outdoor theater. Make a puppet, create props from natural materials and put on your own show. The finale is a puppet parade! Program will be indoors if raining. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity number #316901-03. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. This program is open to all ages.

Free Family Fun Day: Spider Spies
Sunday, August 3, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing
Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages.
Bike with a Ranger – The Gorge
Saturday, August 2, 10 am
Starting point: Ford Dam Overlook
Biking is a great way to explore the Mississippi River on a guided tour by a national park ranger! This is a new route that includes both the Minneapolis and St. Paul sides of the Gorge. While Harriet Island’s nearby trails are closed this summer, we’ll ride atop the river gorge. Join us to explore the river’s natural and human characteristics. This is a great orientation ride to the Mississippi River. $8/$5 for Mississippi River Fund Members; kids under 10 ride free. Registration at 651-293-0200 or www.missriverfund.org/bike is required 24 hours prior to event.

O’wamni: Falling Water Festival
Saturday, August 2, 2 pm until dark (movie at dusk)
Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street SE
Join us for O’wamni: Falling Water Festival. This new one-day event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, a movie under the stars and more. O’wamni will celebrate indigenous voices, connecting both locally and nationally through music featuring Keith Secola, Scatter Their Own, Chase Manhattan, Tall Paul, Bluedog and Wade Fernandez. An arts fair area focused on American Indian contemporary traditional and fine arts will showcase the talents of Anishinaabe, Hochunk and Dakota visual artists. Woodland style painter Gordon Coons (Ojibwe/Ottawa) will exhibit his paintings and prints alongside painters James Autio (Ojibwe), Karen Savage-Blue (Ojibwe), David Limon and others. Traditional artists including Cheryl Minnema and Denise Lajimodiere will demonstrate beadwork and birchbark traditions of the Anishinaabe. The Sioux Chef and Native Food Perspective both will be making and selling local indigenous foods. At dusk, there will be a test screening of The Jingle Dress. Filmed in Minnesota, this movie was produced by William Eigen. The story line follows John Red Elk who pulls up stakes and takes his family off the reservation and down to the big city to find out how his long-lost Uncle Norton died. Through the fresh eyes of his eight year old daughter Rose, we follow the family as they discover a new, urban culture and gain insight into their own ancient, indigenous society. This event is made possible by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board. Events partners include the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minnesota Historical Society, and Dream of Wild Health, with help from media sponsor KFAI 90.3 Fresh Air Radio.

Bachelor Farmer’s Kräftskiva

Saturday, August 2, 5 – 10 pm
First Street and Second Avenue North
This year’s Kraftskiva event will feature performances by: Haley Bona, Night Moves and BBGUN, featuring DJ Jonathan Ackerman. They’ll be serving chilled crayfish, TBF Meatballs, sweet corn and bannock, along with local beer by Fulton Brewery and drinks by Marvel Bar. Admission: $5 at the door. To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476075152636570.
Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler present
In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft
Red Stag Supperclub, 509 First Avenue NE
Sunday, August 3, 2 – 8 pm
The Red Stag Supperclub and The Growler are proud to bring you Minneapolis’s First Collaboration Festival, In Cahoots! Eight Minnesota breweries formed four teams to create four new collaboration beers that will debut at this year’s block party. You vote on the best brew! A portion of the event proceeds will be given to the winning team’s local charity. The free event will be held outside at the Red Stag, rain or shine. In Cahoots! Teams include August Schell Brewing and Sociable Cider Werks; Fulton Beer and Dangerous Man Brewing; Bang Brewing and Summit Brewing; and Bent Paddle Brewing and Fitger’s Brewhouse. Featuring entertainment from Sonny Knight & the Lakers, E.L.nO, Shiro Dame, Alpha Consumer, Frankie Lee, Romantica, MC Foxy Tann, dance collective Epitome No Question, North Star Roller Girls and more! For more information: In Cahoots! Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447358638854018/ or Block Party Website: http://www.redstagblockparty.com/