This supplement to 2019's Issue 3 includes some rescheduled events (due to this week's polar vortex) as well as some brand new additions. First up: Frankie Cox Story's opening night tomorrow (Friday, February 1). Enjoy and stay warm!
*Friday, February 1. 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Frankie Cox Story (opening night). Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave, Superior. The Douglas County Historical Society brings audiences back to Tony's Cabaret on Third Street with "The Frankie Cox Story." Cox performed at Tony's for 44 years. The society's History Theatre takes a look at Cox's life — from his youth, through his teen years, to his becoming a husband and father, his years blowing his trumpet at Tony's Cabaret. This original play written and produced by Wes Kruse, with music by Randy Lee and his Hot Five will take you back in time to the raucous days of Superior's north end waterfront. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. [The play features MRM’s own Trok Family playing Frankie Cox at different stages of life -- and other roles].
*More performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10.
Meredith Cornett, Ethan Perry and Charlotte will be attending the performance on Saturday 2/9. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate.
Saturday, February 2. 5:30 PM. Chinese New Year Celebration. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world’s population and is the most important holiday in China and for Chinese people across the globe. Join in the festivities right here in Duluth with a dinnertime party! Great Performances and delicious Chinese food will be provided. Please RSVP with Dahui LI, email@example.com. The cost is $10 for adults (middle school or older), $5 for elementary schoolers and preschoolers or younger are free.
Monday, February 4. 5:30-8:30 PM. Spirit of Duluth: A Taste of Greece. Zeitgeist, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. “A Taste of Greece” is the fifth gathering of the second season of the ‘Spirit of Duluth Film & Dinner Series’ at Zeitgeist. The evening is curated by some incredible Duluthians with a Greek heritage. Enjoy a delicious specially- prepared meal at 5:30 pm in our Cafe Mezzanine featuring: 1st course: Lemon chicken soup, 2nd course: Lamb stuffed Dolmas with tzatziki and cucumber, 3rd course: Grilled octopus with orzo and cucumber salad, and for dessert: Baklava. Then, at 7:30 pm in our Zinema 1 theater, we will show the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Directed by Joel Zwick & written by Nia Vardalos. 1 hour 35 minutes. A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to reserve a ticket for BOTH the dinner and the film if you plan to attend both. There is a fee for the dinner to help cover our costs. Film tickets are free, but you must reserve one.
Tuesday, February 5. 6:30-8:30 PM. MRM Diversity Book Club. Many Rivers Montessori, Art Room (ground floor). Join us as the group continues its discussion of So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 7. 5:00-7:00 PM. Social Justice Social. Duluth Cider, 2307 West Superior St, Duluth. The Duluth NAACP Young Adult Committee's quarterly (FREE) social is partnering with other organizations host this event for folks 21-40 years old who are interested in social justice. Child care provided.
Friday, February 8. 7:30-9:00 PM. The Warner Reading Series Featuring Reyna Grande. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth. Originally from Iguala, Guerrero, Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home was released last fall (Atria, 2018). Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country.
Tuesday, February 12. 7:30-9:00 PM. The Idea of Israel. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth. The 2018-19 season of the Alworth Peace & Justice Lecture Series continues its examination of the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and explores paths to resolution. Michael Brenner is professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich and Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University. He has written eight books on Jewish history, the most recent being In Search of Israel. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 14. 1:00-5:00 PM. 4th annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Memorial March. American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth. The Women’s Memorial March includes an honor feast for missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada and the US. Please join and help bring the needed visibility and and awareness of this growing epidemic. Be part of addressing this crisis as a community and help bring support to families as they honor lost loved ones. There will be a red ribbon memorial, red jingle dress and shawl round dance, as well as staff carriers and women’s staff.
Saturday, February 16. 6:00-10:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Join the UMD Black Student Association in this annual celebration of Black History Month. Ticket Information: Students (Dinner and Show)- $7.00 in advance or $10 at the door; General Public (Dinner and Show) - $12 in advance or $15 at the door; Children Under 5 - Free (if child needs a chair then tickets are $7.00).
Wednesday, February 20. 5:00 PM. Bunky Echo Hawk: Live Painting and Discussion. University of Wisconsin - Superior, William Pope Wright Jr. Student Center, Old Main 232. Bunky Echo Hawk is one the best up-and-coming contemporary Native American artists in the country. He is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation of Washington State and also a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Echo-Hawk attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he received an Associate Degree in Creative Writing. He has had recent major shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and Greensboro, North Carolina. Echo Hawk is a featured artist on the highly acclaimed Impacted Nations national traveling art exhibition. He has also been featured in the Chicago Daily Herald, Native Peoples Magazine, Westword, The Daily Camera, The Colorado Daily and numerous other publications. Echo-Hawk is currently the Special Events Coordinator for the American Indian College Fund and a board member for NVision and the Denver Indian Center. Part of UWS's 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.
Friday, February 22. 5:00-8:00 PM. Moments in the Movement. Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth. Freedom Dinner. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, and Awards Ceremony. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, & Awards Ceremony! The theme of this event builds on the historical moments in the ongoing movement for equity and justice and aspires us to mobilize our communities to continue this work together. The Freedom Fund event is the primary fundraising and ceremonial event for NAACP branches across the country. In these challenging times of political division, racial injustice and racial inequity, we must build on the past moments of the movement and create new movement moments. There remains much work to be done.
Saturday, February 23. 5:00-9:00 PM. Annual Feast of Nations. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Join the International Club for the 52nd annual Feast of Nations, one of UMD’s biggest nights of the year! Featuring a worldly selection of foods, fashion, and performances from around the globe! Ticket Information: College Students: $10 Non- Students: $15 Show only: $7 Children 5 and under: free For more information contact Emily Drevlow at 218.726.7720 email@example.com.
Saturday, February 23. 5:30-8:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. Yellow Jacket Union Great Room, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap and Catlin Ave, Superior. The Black Student Union will be holding its annual Soul Food Dinner with great food, fellowship, and entertainment. Music by DJ Veggie. Keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Canty Merrill Why Black Lives Matter (too) Tickets cost $7. You can purchase your tickets at https://uwssoulfood2019.eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, February 26. 5:00 PM. Multigenerational Trauma & Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Pope Student Center (Old Main 232), University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap and Catlin Ave, Superior. A presentation and discussion by Dr. Jerel Benton and Kat Werchouski. The presentation is about historical and multi-generational trauma within both the African American and Native American communities. The presenters will give an overview of what historical trauma is, how it can be traced over time, how it is perpetuated in society today and what can be done to begin to heal and move forward. [Note: Rescheduled from the original time of 4 PM on 1/29].
Tuesday, February 26. 6:30-8:00 PM. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. MRM Cafeteria. Join other members of the MRM community in an exploration of DEI, what it means to us personally and for our school. This meeting will likely focus on our upcoming schoolwide Diversity Forum, just a few days away (March 2 from 9-12)!
Wednesday, February 27. 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. UMD Annual Summit of Equity, Race and Ethnicity. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Dozens of workshops will be presented at the 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity: Justice and Equity for All? Workshops will be offered by UMD faculty, staff and students as well as other community leaders. Speakers, films, interactive sessions, and discussions will be featured. Sponsored by Commission on Equity Race and Ethnicity, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Campus Climate, Kirby Student Center, and Kirby Leadership Institute.
Thursday, February 28. 7:30 - 9:00 PM. 6th Annual Shades of Africa. Weber Music Hall, 1151 University Dr, Duluth. The Festival is a tribute to African American women composers and features performances by UMD music faculty including flutist Paula Gudmundson. Adults $11.00/Senior, Veterans $9.00/Faculty, Staff and Students $6.00/ UMD Students $4.00. Visit tickets.umn.edu or call the box office at 218-726-8877. Sponsored by UMD Department of Music.
Saturday, March 2. 9:00-12:00. Was That Offensive? Stereotypes, Microagressions and Intent vs. Impact. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity Forum with Carl Crawford (City of Duluth Human Rights Officer) and Nam Provost (Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Minneapolis Institute of Art). Many Rivers Montessori Cafeteria. Parents, faculty and staff, board members and students grades 6-8 are strongly encouraged to attend for learning and skill-building in three major areas: Stereotypes, Microaggressions, and Intent vs. Impact.
Saturday, March 2. UWS Cultural Night. University of Wisconsin-Superior. The perfect way to cap-off your Saturday after attending the MRM Diversity Forum! Theme, time and on-campus location are TBD.
Tuesday, March 5. 5:00 PM. Linda Legarde Grover: Back to Sweetgrass. University of Wisconsin-Superior, William Pope Wright, Jr. Student Center, 232 Old Main. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.
Thursday, March 21 (7:30 PM) - Saturday, March 23. What She Said: One Act Festival. Underground Theater. The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.
Tuesday, March 26. 6:00 PM. Commander John Herrington. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Commander Herrington is the first member of a federally recognized tribe (Chickasaw) to travel to space. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.
Tuesday, March 26 7:30-9:30 PM. Stand Up For Peace. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica. Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah are humorists and comedians from New York City, each with an impressive career of his own. Blakeman is a Jew, and Obeidallah an Arab, the son of a Palestinian father. Both men aim to build bridges, promote tolerance and encourage conflict resolution among Jews, Muslims, Arabs and people of all backgrounds and religions. They’ll come together on the Mitchell stage with a performance that reflects their philosophy that “if we can laugh together, we can live together.”
April 4. 7:00-9:00 PM. Book launch. Linda Legarde Grover. In the Night of Memory. Zenith Bookstore. In her new novel, Ms. Grover writes about two lost sisters, who find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.
Wednesday, April 24. 6:00 PM. Austin Channing Brown. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Author: I'm Still Here | Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Final event in the UWS 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.