Events - June 2024

On select Wednesday evenings throughout summer, join Mayflower UCC (106 E Diamond Lake Road) for a social justice film series. They will provide popcorn, non-alcoholic beverages, and lightly facilitated conversation after each viewing. All are welcome. More at  
June 26: Two Spirits & Transhood
July 3: Targeting El Paso
July 24: ‘Til Kingdom Come
Aug 7: Jim Crow of the North
Aug 14: Bad River
Aug 21: On the Divide
Aug 28: My Name is Pauli Murray!
patriotic concert july 5
The US Air Force Band of Mid-America will present a patriotic Independence Day concert on Friday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy. This 90-minute concerts will feature the unit’s 45-member concert band and will honor our nation and its veterans, share stories of our heritage, and reflect on all that makes us flourish as individuals and as a country. These are family-friendly, all-ages events. Admission to these performances is free and open to the public. The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America represents the professionalism and excellence found every day throughout the United States Air Force. All musicians are active-duty airmen stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The band recently won the 2022 NATAS Mid- America Emmy for Arts & Entertainment Long Form Content for their “Spirit of the Season” holiday program that was broadcast on over 100 national TV stations.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) announces the opening of The Drawing Board, an exhibition that brings together a wide range of work from established MCAD alumni and faculty who work across the field of illustration. With more than 40 illustration artists participating, the exhibition showcases their ideas through powerful, innovative images that entertain, inform, and evoke. View the exhibit June 3–Aug. 10, MCAD Main Gallery, 2501 Stevens Avenue. It is free and open to the public Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 
The opening receptio is Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 4–6 p.m., scheduled to coincide with ICON12 The Illustration Conference, a national event for illustrators, graphic artists, and image makers convening in Minneapolis.
Developed in partnership with MCAD faculty Jaime Anderson, Alison Nowak, and Jacob Yeates, the illustrations range from client projects to personal work, and digital mediums to more traditional ones.
MCAD Gallery Director and Curator Keisha Williams states, “It’s been a privilege to collaborate with esteemed MCAD faculty to bring back these talented artists. Our alumni’s work can be found all over the world, and this exhibition is an excellent reminder of the vast creative community MCAD nurtures.”
Armatage resident Christy Johnson will perform the role of Marshal in the Teatro del Pueblo’s presentation of “Love in a Time of Hate,” a reimagined modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet with a Latino twist, June 20-30 at Minnesota Opera’s Luminary Arts Center in Minneapolis (700 N. 1st Street). This modern adaptation, with a Latino twist, explores timeless themes of love, power, free-will and hope in a futuristic world where unscrupulous politicians manipulate the masses to stay in power. The music, a unique and lively collaboration between Teatro del Pueblo and Bach Society of Minnesota, will be led by Music Director, Marco Real-d’Arbelles, who serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Bach Society of Minnesota and is participating as part of the collaborative program “Outside the Box” that he created. The performance will feature a fusion of Baroque music and a Latino soundscape, creating an immersive and electrifying backdrop to the story. June 27 and 28 performances are pay-what-you can (suggested $30 amount). Teatro del Pueblo is a non-profit Latino theater company dedicated to promoting, celebrating, and preserving the richness of Latinx heritage through the creation and presentation of performing arts.
Pianos returned downtown on June 1st! Share your gift of music or catch a performance this June as Pianos on Parade presented by PNC Bank are back June 1-30. More than two dozen pianos are placed throughout downtown, all of which are painted by programs at Choices, Inc., FAIR School, Metro Work Center, Modern Day Me, MSS Fresh Eye Arts, University of St. Thomas, and individual local artists. There will be pianos in the area including Loring Park, Minneapolis Convention Center, Peavey Plaza, Basilica of St. Mary, and Twin Cities Pride office, and several along Nicollet. Scheduled piano performances will take place Thursdays at noon. Find the schedule and learn more at Find pianos in the Loring Park neighborhood at Loring Park Community Center and in front of Twin Cities PRIDE off the north side of the park on Harmon. In the Loring Neighborhood, the pianos are sponsored by Friends of Loring Park, Loring Corners, Inc, Twin Cities PRIDE, and Citizens for a Loring Park Community (CLPC).


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