Final “Celebration through Stories” Reading on Saturday; 8 Upcoming Lowertown Reading Jams; New Writing from Molly Culligan, Angela Mack and Diane Wilson; Black Nativity @ Penumbra Theater; A Fact

Harriet Island Park in the Winter. (Photo Theresa Boardman)

FINAL “CELEBRATION THROUGH STORIES” READING ON SAT DEC 4TH

That’s right, it’s the last one! This event series featured contributors to the Saint Paul Almanac reading their pieces from the 2011 edition, available in our online store for only $11.95 including shipping. Come, listen to the final reading in this year’s series on Saturday! Writers who will read at the final event include Karen Karsten, Leslie Walters, Bob Deck, Alexander Theoharides, Virginia Dippel, Nieeta Presley, Steve Trimble, Jeanne Souldern Pinette, and Judith Niemi.

Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 1PM
Grumpy Steve’s Coffee

215 Wabasha St. South
651.224.1191
www.wabashastreetcaves.com/grumpy.html

We’ve collected video from some of the Celebration through Stories readings, which will be coming soon!

EIGHT UPCOMING LOWERTOWN READING JAMS!

The entire 2010–2011 season will be presented at the Black Dog Café, a popular Saint Paul venue for spoken word artists, and a co-sponsor of the series. Matthew Rucker hosts the next jam on Monday, December 13th, 2010.

  • Dec. 13, 2010 – Matthew Rucker
  • Jan. 10, 2011 – May Lee-Yang
  • Feb. 14, 2011 – Tou SaiKo Lee
  • Mar. 14, 2011 – Carol Connolly
  • Apr. 11, 2011 – Marcie Rendon
  • May 9, 2011 – Desdamona
  • June 13, 2011 – Melvin Giles
  • July 11, 2011 – Diego Vázquez, Jr.

SAINT PAUL ALMANAC CITY GUIDE

Looking for something to do? Instead of browsing by date for a specific event, why not browse the type of date night or other outing you’re looking for in our Saint Paul City Guide, found at http://saintpaulalmanac.org/saint-paul-city-guide/ or through the handy navigation tree accessible through the CITY GUIDE link on the top navigation bar on every page of this site.

The Bars & Restaurants section of the City Guide expands to get you to the nearest Tandoori restaurant, brunch place, or Sports Bar. Or select the Coffee Shops and Tea Shops link. Additions and contributions are always welcome, don’tcha know?


NEW WRITING FROM MOLLY CULLIGAN, ANGELA MACK, AND DIANE WILSON

POETRY: S.O.S. Saint Paul to Buenos Aires: Juan Pablo, are You Listening?

By Molly Culligan
Funny how two people
can get the feel of each other in two bars
two bars of a tango
a woman from the top of the world
a man from the bottom of the world
in the middle of a circus
in the middle of an industrial zone en el Rio Plata
in the middle of Buenos Aires. Read more.

MEMORIES: Saint Paul: The Speaking Place

By Angela Mack
I am a mother of three who moved to Saint Paul about a year ago from one of the meanest cities in the world, I think: Chicago. When I arrived at Saint Paul’s Greyhound bus station, I was terrified. I did not know a soul and had nowhere to go, but I was determined to start a new life for me and my children. I walked out of the station to flag down a cab, and this woman said hello. I looked at her like she was crazy. She didn’t know me, and I kept moving. Read more.

POETRY: November

By Diane Wilson
I raise my baton,
a rake, a half-chewed stick:
dry leaves crackle, snap
tympani for the horn toot
of geese flying south. Read more.


EVENTS TO CHECK OUT

Black Nativity: Now’s the Time
November 26 – December 26, 2010

Writers: T. Mychael Rambo & Lou Bellamy
Director: Dominic Taylor
Musical Director: Sanford Moore

This contemporary gospel musical celebrates the bonds of family, the power of faith and the appreciation of what money can’t buy – the gift of love. Rejoice with the best jazz and gospel singers of the Twin Cities and members of TU Dance as they join Grandma Walker and her family to ring in the holiday season.

Penumbra Theatre
www.penumbratheatre.org
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102

651-224-3180
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE HERE


SAINT PAUL FACTS: WE GOT ’EM, NOW YOU KNOW ’EM

DID YOU KNOW? Saint Paul native and Cretin High School graduate Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, flew two space shuttle missions in 2006 and 2008 and made a total of 5 spacewalks.

On November 14, 2008, Stefanyshyn-Piper blasted off and became the first female lead spacewalker.

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (Photo: NASA)

Four days later, on November 18, 2008, Stefanyshyn-Piper became the first Minnesotan to lose a bag in space.

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Photo of Harriet Island courtesy of Teresa Boardman. Visit Teresa’s photostream on Flickr.

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