March 14, 2013 – Soul Sounds Open Mic with Nehemiah Jett

February 26, 2013

Featured performer Nehemiah is an up & coming comedian in the Twin Cities. He has shared the stage with both local and national artists. Get ready for the funny. Host Tish Jones, Community Engagement Director for the Saint Paul Almanac, is a spoken word artist, writer, educator, organizer, and activist in the Twin Cities. She received the 2009 Artist of the Year Award from City Pages and was Female Spoken Word Artist of the Year at the Minnesota Spoken Word Association's Urban Griots Awards in 2009.

March 7, 2013 – Soul Sounds Open Mic with Kate Lynn Hibbard and Writing Workshop

February 26, 2013

Kate Lynn Hibbard’s first book of poems, Sleeping Upside Down (Silverfish Press 2006), won the Gerald Cable Book Award. Her second collection, Sweet Weight, was released by Tiger Bark Press in 2012. She is editor of When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience (Squares & Rebels Press, 2012). Other honors include the Aestrea Foundation’s Lesbian Writing Finalist Award, a McKnight Artist Fellowship in Poetry, two Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grants, a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, and residencies at Hedgebrook and the Cornucopia Arts Council.

Music Under Glass At The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

February 25, 2013

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory presents "Music Under Glass," a free concert series featuring local musicians inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory's two-acres of tropical gardens. "Music Under Glass" will showcase live, local musicians from 4:30—6:30 pm every Sunday beginning February 24, 2013 through March 31, 2013. Escape the winter chill to the comfortable confines of the Conservatory for a perfect blend of musical styling ranging from a variety of genres—Zydeco to Cello & Gypsy to Jazz. Food, cocktails, beer & wine will be available to purchase.

Nanny and Nanny’s Daddy

February 13, 2013

p>Nanny is my grandmother. Daddy is her husband, my grandfather. One day, years ago, Nanny and Daddy were out looking for the Winter Carnival Medallion. They watched others find the medallion on the grounds of Nanny’s old house.

The Bully

February 13, 2013

The fear of you haunted my every day. Fear of your fist—a slap or punch— there was no difference between the actual and the dread.

Finding Home: The Journey to Saint Paul

February 13, 2013

Mother said they already knew that the communist soldiers were on their way to her father’s house because he was a provincial governor, he was one of the firsts on their lists. They had many lists.

Bill’s Menagerie

February 13, 2013

I spent two summers semi-underground in Saint Paul. I worked in a corner of a municipal building’s warehouse near the Mississippi River. It was, more accurately, the city’s basement.

End of the Line

February 13, 2013

Take the bus? Sure, I can take the bus. Moving to Saint Paul from a small southern Minnesotan town in 1976 was thrilling. I was nineteen years old and fearless; riding the bus didn’t seem like a big deal.

XXX Searle

February 13, 2013

A chunk of snow falls while my grandma Dorothy Marie Miller Wick Rangitsch Hayes stares out the window. She is eighty-nine years old and lives in the disorientation and terror of dementia.

Tickets

February 13, 2013

A RENOWNED RECYCLER with a long history of community service, Richard Miller writes parking tickets as part of his job as Building Service Assistant for the Minnesota Historical Society.

A Lot of Learning to Do

February 13, 2013

We stood at the corner of West Seventh and Albion waiting for the WALK signal. Though it was February, the sun was shining and the weather was mild. My four-year-old…

The Sweetest Kiss in Saint Paul

February 13, 2013

As you go through life you get kisses you remember forever. There is the kiss you get in the parking lot of Porky’s Drive-In when you are fifteen. There is the first kiss that tells you this is the girl you are going to marry someday.