by Lydia Howell
Fundamentalist Christians have declared their post-election “mandate of moral values.” Does that mean shopping addiction in overdrive? It’s tempting to boycott the holidays, but, something deep in the human psyche longs for “holy-days,” celebration and true community connectedness.
You can make this season an opportunity to explore someone else’s culture
or spirituality, discover a new arts experience (go to a gallery or theatre!)
and participate in strengthening community, whether it’s local homeless
people or global peacemaking.
year, a friend gave me a children’s book about Kwanzaa, the African-American
“first fruits” harvest days, created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, after
the Los Angeles 1965 Watts riot. Celebrated from December 26 to New Year’s,
each day contemplates a different value, each of which could do a lot to bridge
our divisions and heal polarization. Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles (in English
and Swahili) are integrated with seasonal traditions, arts and gift-ideas.
Sun. Dec. 26 at 2 p.m.: Kwanzaa celebration with African drummers and
activities of children in the permanent African art collection. Minneapolis
Institute of Art. 2400 Third Ave. S. ArtsMIA.org. 612-870-3131. FREE
Sun. Dec. 26 at 3 p.m.: Kwanzaa celebration on KFAI’s “Soul
of a Community.” Hosted by The Grand Deeva, aka Dee Henry Williams, host
of KFAI’s Great Blend of Watercolors on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
celebration on the Wave Project. KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul.
Mon. Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.: annual Kwanzaa celebration with TC drummers,
dancers, poets. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-874-4444. InterMediaArts.org.
612-874-4444. “Harambee!” Let’s pull together.
(NOTE: All events open to the public. Location is Minneapolis, unless otherwise
UNITY/UMOJA: working together
in peace with family, community, nation, humanity
Dec. 3 to Sun. Dec. 5: ART & COMMITTMENT. Pairs of artists from different
mediums engage in “public conversations” with audiences about art’s
role in society, censorship, propaganda. FREE firstname.lastname@example.org. 612-625-8096 x0.
West Bank, University of Minnesota.
Thurs. Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.: “Finding Common Ground, Dispensing
With Fear.” Annual Community Conversation. Led by former state senator
Gregory Gray and teacher/writer Julie Landsman. Homewood Studio, 2400 Plymouth
Ave. N. FREE 612-587-0230.
Thru Jan. 8: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. 612-871-4444. Closed
Mon. Tues-Sun. noon to 5 p.m. Multi-cultural/multi-media community-building
through arts. Home/Land/Security. Twin Cities immigrant artists.
Wed. Dec.7 to 15: “Festival of Lights.” Honoring a Jewish
victory over oppression and a miracle of one lamp of oil lasting eight nights.
Dec. 10 to 19, Sat. 7 p.m./Sun. 2 p.m.: “Hanukkah Lights In The
Big Sky.” Play from true events; a lit menorah is followed by a brick
thrown through Jewish family’s window in 1993 Billings, Montana. How the
town responds inspires hope. MN Jewish Theatre Co., 1978 Ford Pkwy., Hillcrest
Ctr. St. Paul. Weekday matinees $15 adults/$10 children. 651-647-4315.
Thur. Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.: POETRY. Sima Rabinowitz reads her “The
Jewish Fake Book,” called “a slate of miracles.” Amazon Books,
4755 Chicago Ave. S.
Fri. Dec. 10 to Sun. Dec. 19: Jewish Film Festival, Bell Auditorium
at 17th Ave./University Ave. SE, East Bank U of M. All screenings 5:15 p.m.
and 7:15 p.m. $8/$6.50 students and seniors/$5 members
Fri., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: The film “Arna’s
Children.” A woman from a Zionist family marries a Palestinian man in
the 1950s, creates theatre for Arab children from Jenin refugee camp. Co-directed
by her son. In Hebrew/Arabic w/English subtitles.
Wed. Dec. 15: “Death in Gaza.” James Miller’s look
at lives of Palestinian teens, growing up with violent loss. Miller was killed
making this film.
Thurs. Dec. 16: “Israel Moment.” Seventeen of Israel’s
greatest directors make three-minute movies.
Fri. Dec. 17 to Sun., Dec. 19: “Another Road Home.” A young
Israeli woman remembers her Palestinian childhood caretaker. Reunions reveal
Jewish/Arab conflicts and connections.
Sat. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. and Sun. Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m.: MUSIC. Traditional
violin and accordion. Permanent collection of Jewish sacred objects. Minneapolis
Institute of Art.
Sat. Dec. 11, 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Hanukkah Celebration. Dinner, music, games.
Secular humanist Judaism. Dept. of Indian Works, 1651 Summit Ave. St. Paul.
RSVP for dinner: Phil Griffin 763-546-4652. $6 adults/$4 children 12 & under.
Sat. Dec. 25, noon: New Tradition: Holiday at the Bell Auditorium. Chinese
Buffet with “Broadway Danny Rose,” the 1984 Woody Allen classic
about second-rate Broadway producer who still dreams big. $10 includes meal.
SELF-DETERMINATION/KUJICHAGULIA Set/accomplish goals.
COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBLITY/UJIMA: Team effort solves
Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: HOMEMADE PEACE. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third
Ave. S. Creating a Cabinet-level Department of Peace (51 co-sponsors in Congress).
Dot Maver, on Vermont projects, lobbying. email@example.com. Mary
Sat. Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Progressive Holiday Gathering at
nonprofit bookstore. Short peace films in between Twin Cities activist events.
Featured: Mark Nowak, Susu Jeffrey, more. Homemade sweets. Great gift-source.
May Day Books, 301 Cedar Ave. (below Midwest Mountaineering), West Bank. 612-333-4719.
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Conversations at the Mad Hatter Cafe,
943 West 7th Street, St. Paul. 651-290-2584.
12/14: FILM “Four Sisters For Peace,” about Twin Cities peace
activist nuns, the MacDonalds.
12/21: Open Mic Poetry (bring yours!) 12/28: Open Topic. Get future schedule:
COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS/UJAMA: Building businesses that sustain
our communities and our environment.
PURPOSE/NIA: Future plans, willingness to help all succeed.
Check out local businesses that are good for workers, consumers and the environment:
the Federation of Workplace Democracies. From bikes to books, art, food, tools.
Resist corporate feudalism and support living-wage jobs at home and abroad.
Buy sweatshop-free, union-made goods. UnionShop.AFLCIO.org.
Dec. 11 and Sun. Dec. 12; Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Winter
Count Indian Artists Market. Entertainment, food, unique gifts. All Nations
Church, 1515 East 23rd St. FREE. 612-879-1780. Organized by Two Rivers Gallery.
Sat. Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: 12th Annual Women’s Art Festival.
Forty artists: photography, ceramics, weaving, more. Live music, food. El Colegio
School, 4137 Bloomington Ave. S.
Sun. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.: “Unity in Community,” North
Country Co-op’s annual gathering. Potluck dinner. Music: Yawo (world beat),
Lonesome Dave Kasel (country blues), Tin Star Sisters (playful acoustic). Seward
Cafe, 2129 East Franklin. 612-338-3110.
Joan of Art Gallery (women-owned). Ceramic jewelry, collages, silk scarves,
bronze sculpture. Wed-Fri 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends, Noon to 5 p.m. 3020 E.
Franklin. 612-338-2511. JoanOfArt.com.
Mon. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.: PLAY: “In The Heart Of America,”
Naomi Wolf’s searing story of an Arab-American, gay soldier in the first
Iraq war and ghosts of the Vietnam War. (Not for kids) Joan of Arc Church, 4537
Third Ave. S. FREE Sponsored by Vets for Peace. 612-821-9141.
MIZNA, TC-based Arab-American Arts Journal. Gift subscriptions, $15. Order
before Dec. 15th, get two back issues free. Mixed Blood production of “With
Love From Ramallah” video, $20. “Food From Our Grandmothers,”
literary anthology edited by Joanna Kadi. 612-788-6980. MIZNA.org.
“Song for Malmoud,” newest CD by progressive singer/songwriter
David Rovics. Originals about war in Iraq, Palestinian struggle. DavidRovics.com.
EVENTS/GIFTS FOR KIDS
Dec. 10 and 17 and Sun. Dec. 11: Victorian Santa, 19th century holiday rooms.
Sunday activities in permanent collection of African art. Mpls Institute of
Art. FREE ArtsMIA.org.
Children’s Story Hour Sat. Dec. 11, 18 Noon: Great selection of
children’s literature. Amazon Books Co-operative 4755 Chicago Ave. S.
New children’s CD songs “I’m Amazing” by peace activist/folk-singer
Minnesota Children’s Museum. Activities from art to science. Children
10 & under. Closed Mondays. $8. St. Paul. 651-225-6001. MCM.org.
Make sure toys you buy are safe for kids! Annual report from national consumer
Are the video games on your child’s gift list age-appropriate? Or do
they have realistic and large amounts of aggression, sexual violence and graphic
murder? Includes footage of “Grand Theft Auto,” other bestsellers.
Check out art and science museums’ shops for gifts that are fun, creative
CREATIVITY/KUUMBA: making communities better & more beautiful
Late night musical treats: Sun. overnight: 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. “Sonic
Pleasures” Dec. 13, Frank Zappa Dec. 20, Holiday Edition/Best of 2004
Dec. 27. KFAI FM, 90.3 Minneapolis, 106.7 St.Paul KFAI.org.
Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S, West Bank. 612-338-2674. TheCedar.org.
Shows start 7:30 (except Sun)
Dec. 19, Free Range Pickin’ Holiday Show. 10 adv/$12 day.
Fri. Dec. 10 Dakota Dave Hull (KFAI, Thurs. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.). CD Release
w/Jeff Cahill. $12 adv/$10 day.
Fri. Dec. 10, 7 p.m.: DRUMHEART TC Women’s Percussion Ensemble.
Brazilian, Caribbean, African. CD Release Performance. Amazon Books, 4755 Chicago
Sat., Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Ellis’ annual music food-shelf benefit.
Folk-rock original. Ginko’s, 721 N. Snelling, St. Paul. $8 w/food donation/$12
Fitzgerald Theatre, 10 Exchange St. St. Paul. Minnesota Public Radio series.
Sun. Dec. 19: Peter Ostroushko’s Heartland Holiday (folk music) w/Ruth
McKenzie $20-30. Tues., Dec. 21: Sounds of Blackness, TC Grammy-winning gospel
group. $30 adult/$20 child.
Acoustic Sundays 11 a.m.: Dec. 12 Dana Thompson, Dec. 19 Ellis, Dec.
26 Billy Johnson at the Minneapolis Institute of Art ArtsMIA.org. FREE.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Big Wu, hippie jam band, DVD-release. University Ballroom, Radisson
Metrodome, 615 Washington Ave. SE. ALL AGES. $25 adv. Electric Fetus. TheBigWu.com.
Nye Jamaican Jam. Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S. 612-338-6425. Cabooze.com.
Special 10:30 pm performance of “Silent Night Fever.” Special
10 p.m. performance of “IKEA Xmas.” Brave New Workshop.
Jan 1: “Christmas of Swing: Andrews Sisters Holiday Musical.”
Letters from WWII GIs, Tin Pan Alley carols, appearances by “Bing Crosby,”
“Abbot & Costello,” “Danny Kaye.” Great gift to
take WWII-era grandparents. Wed. and Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m.
and Sun., 2 p.m. $27. Great American History Theatre, 30 East 10th St., St.
Thurs. Dec. 19 to Fri. Dec. 31: “Silent Night Fever.” Martini
& Olive, w/Swizzle Sticks Dancers. Back to the 1970s disco days with a mistletoe
twist. Thurs-Sat. 8 p.m. $22-25. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $22. Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin.
Thurs. Dec. 9 to Sat. Dec. 11: “Inspecting Carol.” Dark
comic look at a small theater group’s production of Dickens’ “A
Christmas Carol,” by the daring Stargate Co. 7:30 p.m. Loading Dock Theatre,
10th & Sibley, off I-94, St. Paul. $18 StartingGate.org/NowPlaying.
Fri. Dec. 10 to Sun. Dec. 18: “Bride/price,” the latest
searing work created by Twin Cities women of color theater group. Courtship,
dowry, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights. Times vary. Mixed Blood Theatre,
1501 Fourth St. S. West Bank. $15 door/$13 advance. 612-338-6131
Fri. Dec. 10 to Thurs. Dec. 30: “A Very IKEA XMAS.” New
comedy sketches. (Adult material). Times vary. $23. Brave New Workshop, 2605
Hennepin Ave. S. Uptown. 612-332-6620
Fri. Dec. 10 to Sun. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2:30 p.m.: “Behind
A Mask.” Louisa May Alcott (Victorian author of “Little Women”)
also wrote steamy mysteries. Unexpectedly modern and suspenseful, produced by
Hardcover Theatre. Playwright Center, 2301 East Franklin. 612-581-2229. $15/$12
Fri. Dec. 17, Sat. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., and Sun. Dec. 19, 2 p.m.: Ethnic
Dance Theatre “NUTCRACKER!” Music, dances of Bulgaria, Sweden, Russia,
Appalachian cloggers. Hungarian nutcracker prince, Austrian music box ballerina.
Pearson Theatre at Concordia, 312 Hamline, St. Paul. $25/$22 sr/$12 under 17.
Weekly People’s Open Mic hosted by MN Spoken Word Association,
every Thurs. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring your poems! MAPP’s Coffee & Tea,
1808 Riverside Ave. West Bank Future events: MNSWA.org.
Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: SASE’s GLBT Series. Coya Hope Breckinridge, Lakota
queer spoken-word poet. $6. Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S.
For other SASE events call 612-822-2500. elist: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs. 11 a.m.: “Write on Radio” on KFAI. Twin Cities literary
events. Get e-mail calendar: email@example.com KFAI 90.3 FM in
Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul. KFAI.org.
FAITH/IMANI: Belief in humanity and spiritual core of equality
Fri. Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to noon: “Art & Spirit Matters.”
Marya Morstad’s Golden Reels Award-winning radio documentary about 14
Twin Cities creative people (painters, musicians, etc.) expressing their diverse
religious beliefs (Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity etc.) KFAI 90.3 FM
in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul. online for 2 weeks after broadcast KFAI.org.
Tues. Dec. 21: SOLSTICE. Longest night of the year, after which the
sun begins its slow return. Celebrated by Pagans, Wiccans and Earth-worshippers
Sat. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. and Sun. Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m.: Sixth Annual Yuletide/Solstice
Celebration with folksinger Kari Tauring & friends. Family-friendly. Spans
cultures: Nordic, Celtic music & myths. Evergreens, puppets, quilt art,
ritual. Bring your percussion to participate. $10adv(includes 1999 CD of first
Celebration), $12/door, $6/$5 child, under 12/seniors. Cedar Cultural Center,
419 Cedar Ave. S, West Bank.
Sun. Dec. 19, 2 p.m.: Solstice at Coldwater (Outdoors).
Earthtones, women’s a cappella chorale, singing watersongs from Scotland,
Hawaii, West Africa, U.S. Prairie Teaching Circle ritual. Bring gifts for the
Earth (stones, flowers, tobacco,) Dress warm! Directions: Coldwater is south
Minnehaha Park, Hwy 55/Hiawatha, east (towards Mississippi) to 54th St. right,
south to frontage road. Half mile, park @ aqua bldg. (Minneapolis) FriendsOfColdwater.org.
Sun. Dec. 19, 2 to 4 p.m.: Solstice Celebration (Family-friendly) at
the Minnesota Center for Photography, 165 13th Ave. NE. Part of exhibition (thru
Dec. 22) of Mike Hazard’s work “Solar Power & Moonshine: pictures,
poems, & profound objects.” Hazard says his art is concerned with
“wounds & wonder.” Exhilarating & provocative. 612-824-5500.
Thru Jan. 15: Indigenous Art by Lisa Fifield, Oneida/Iroquois painter.
Exquisite and earthy watercolors of Indian women, birds and animals. Ancient
Traders’ Gallery, 1113 East Franklin. 612-870-7555.
CHRISTMAS (Dec. 25)
Mary and Joseph were turned away at the inn, giving birth to Jesus in a stable.
Jesus became a carpenter, who spent time with the poor, misfit and outcast of
his day—not the wealthy and powerful. Jesus came to be known as the Prince
of Peace, calling on us to care for “the least of these.”
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.: Talk by St. Thomas professsor Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, “Jesus,
the Peacemaker in Our War-Addicted World.” St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537
Third Ave. S.
Sat. Dec. 11 and Sun. Dec. 12, 4 p.m.: “Illegal To Be Homeless,”
Twin Cities housing activist Margaret Hastings’ film of people living
on our streets and the system that makes it a crime to be homeless. Sat. Dec.
11, w/ “Security” and Sun. Dec. 12 w/ “Urban Warrior,”
both by Matt Ehling and focusing on post-9/11 civil liberties under siege. Oak
Street Cinema, 309 Oak St. East Bank, U of M. $5.
Thurs. Dec. 16, 5 p.m.: 16th Annual Memorial March for Those Who Died
Homeless 2004. Last year, almost 100 people died on the streets of Minnesota
— a problem growing as unemployment and housing costs rise. Gather at
the North Plaza of Hennepin County Government Center and march south along Nicollett
to 28th St. Community dinner at 6:30 p.m., memorial service 7:30 p.m., Simpson
United Methodist Church, 2740 First Ave. For info: Jim, 612-874-8683.
Sojourners: Magazine of liberal Christian values: social justice and
peace. Edited by Protestant pastor with civil rights, economic justice and antiwar
background. Gift subscriptions might open exchanges with conservative relatives.
Find gifts from Christian peace and social justice perspective. Books (including
children’s), calendars, jewelry. St. Martin’s Table, 2001 Riverside
Ave. West Bank. 612-339-3920.
Complete calendar. MAPM.org.
Pax Christi, 651-699-8565. Women Against Military Madness, 612-827-5364. WorldWideWAMM.org.
Call Veterans for Peace 612-821-9141.
Sat. Dec. 11, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Veterans for Peace holiday gathering.
St. Martin’s Table, 2001 Riverside Ave.
Sun. Dec. 12: Family Christmas Ceilie. Traditional Irish music &
dancing. Cedar Cultural Center, West Bank, $9 adult/$7 children.
Sat. Dec. 18, noon: Bring the Troops Home! Peace vigil. Hennepin/Lagoon,
Support U.S. troops with mail. Read site completely first. Then, see requests
by reading letters from units in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Overseas postage paid
by U.S. military). anysoldier.us.
Support economic development, self-determination in “Third World”
countries, by donating for seeds, animals, trees. Heifer.org. ||Check out Pulse's Progressive Gift List!