What’s in a Name?

2014

Growing up as young Black men in Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, we learned a lot from the generation of Black men who preceded us. We, like they before us, were simply known as “the Rondo boys.” Rondo was where we learned to survive, to grow and develop—it was where we learned the value of our extended family membership, where we fell in love and got our hearts broken. It was also where we learned what’s in a name.

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, February 24–Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014

A little over a week ago, I received a message from Kathy at Ginkgo Coffeehouseto let me know that Ellis Paul, who was scheduled to play two events there that Saturday, was snowed in—in Virginia! I resisted the urge to mock our southern neighbors for a lack of a heartiness that we fake so well. Our own storm arrived on Friday with its own spate of local cancellations and kvetching—naturally behind a façade of Minnesota Nice. We might have missed some cool events over the weekend, with a renewed reminder that winter is not over. Still, we can make up for what we missed with a lot of hot happenings this week.

Mary Dear

2014

It snowed that afternoon. Heavy, wet flakes pelted my coat on my walk down the sloping drive toward Cleveland Avenue. By the time I got to the iron gate it…

Saint Paul Almanac Writers and Juxtaposition Arts Artists Featured in Black History Month Publication

2014

The Collaborative Development Project, a joint initiative of the Saint Paul Almanac, Juxtaposition Arts, and Givens Foundation for African American Literature, and in partnership with Youthprise, is pleased to announce that articles and artwork by a team of youth and adults from our organizations will be published in February. Their work will be featured in a special Black History Month edition of Youthprise’s publication Newsflash.

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, February 17–Sunday, February 23, 2014

2014

I think it is getting warmer. Is it just my imagination or an exercise in learning the meaning of the word “relative”? I will be content to be content with what I feel, even if it results in my being a typical Minnesotan and wearing shorts when the State High School Hockey Tournament comes to town. I can't wait, though. While some of the snowbirds are getting their own dose of hockey tournament weather to our south, we have some ideas to keep us warm until Minnesota's spring is sprung from its blanket of ice.

February 27, 2014 – Soul Sounds Open Mic: “Voices from the Margins”

2014

A mic dedicated to more radical poetry. A mic that looks back on the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Generation, early protest Hip Hop and all of the new contemporary and potent forms of protest & testimonial poetry/music. We want to hear from those who have had to force their way to center stage. We want to hear what is on the heart of the people. This is your microphone.

February 26, 2014: Chay Douangphouxay presents “CAN YOU HAND(LE) IT?” at the Lowertown Reading Jam

2014

The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the fifth in its 2013–2014 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, feauturing performances by Chay Douangphouxay, Donte Collins, Naomi Ko, and Kevin Yang. The word “hand” has an extensive array of meaning, both literally and figuratively.  Without bounds, we use spoken word to play with the endless allusions that the word “hand” has in the English language, as well as its roles in our lives.  For example, the use of our hands can be used to create, mold, and shape matter into universes; at the same time the hand can be used as an instrument for mass destruction. I guess anything is possible when all hands are on deck!

February 20, 2014 – Soul Sounds Open Mic with Kevin Moore

2014

In 2010, Kaoz re-emerged onto the hip hop scene, collaborating with numerous hip hop, pop and R&B artists from across the country. The Tyler Durden EP (Experience) released June 2010, was followed up by The Tyler Durden Mixtape (released August 2010) completing the Fight Club trifecta. Kaoz is releasing an album entitled, Enter-SexTions early 2013, and more recently executive produced a full length hip hop CD Real Talk–which tackles HIV/STI prevention, stigma and homophobia (released 10/25/11).

February 13, 2014 – Soul Sounds Open Mic “Love Letters”

2014

The Golden Thyme Coffee Café and the Saint Paul Almanac are pleased to announce the "Soul Sounds Open Mic," hosted by Tish Jones! An open mic dedicated to all of your favorite love poems. The poems you recite to whisper into the ears of the one you desire most and the poems that you have to re-read twice because you can’t believe how good they make you feel. This is an evening dedicated to all of the work you’ve ever written for that special someone, a night when you can express love to family, spouses, cities, food, sports teams—whatever! It’s all for the love.

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, February 10–Sunday, February 16, 2014

2014

Friends have noticed that the days are getting longer. Maybe the days are getting warmer, too, but I dare not speak too soon, in case the polar vortex makes me eat my words. Instead, I'll follow the sun and write a letter or two because St. Valentine was known as a great letter writer. However you want to celebrate, or not celebrate, now, in the hope of longer days and maybe warmer weather, it is time to write and connect with the creative energies we love in Saint Paul.

Photograph of My Grandparents

By Korissa Howes ● 2014

Made in black and white Frayed upon the edges Free of wrinkles despite That they were not then My father’s parents Looked so in love...

Walks with the Chowhound

2014

Selby is a chowhound. An inveterate, unrelenting, willfully indiscriminate gastronome of Saint Paul street food. Naturally he is named after the street where he lives, Selby Avenue, and naturally, when I come to dog sit him, we commence our journeys from that haunt of celebrated eateries, dine-ins, and dessert stops. This poses a problem, as Selby is a beagle, a breed that distinguishes itself by a sniffer so acute it can divine a three-month-old pancake-thin squirrel carcass from a snowbank high as a Himalayan foothill...