Poetry in the Park in the Dark

Thurs, June 13, 7–9:30 p.m., Frogtown Farm

Poetry and artwork light up the night! Work by some of the Twin Cities’ most talented poets and visual artists blossoms from inside a sculpturally created rock, tricked out with solar power to brighten your path in the dark. Premiering at Frogtown Farm, watch for Poetry in the Park in the Dark to pop up in spaces across the city of Saint Paul. This project is a collaboration between Saint Paul Almanac, Frogtown Farm, and Imhotep Science Academy, an enrichment program for African heritage youth, who built the rock and made magic with the technology.

Poetry in the Park in the Dark is funded by Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, which funds ideas that engage and enrich Saint Paul through the arts.

Frogtown Farm

941 Lafond Ave, Building D
Saint Paul, MN 55104




RONDO: Beyond the Pavement: See the film and meet the artists who created it!

Through filmed interviews with elders who lived the story, RONDO chronicles the attempted destruction of a flourishing African heritage community, sliced in half by the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1950s and ’60s and by Housing Redevelopment Authority home removals through the early ’70s. Today, this is a story of resilience, celebrating the persistence of spirit that defines the meaning of community.

Free showings, followed by panel conversations with the artists:

Model Cities, Thurs, June 20, 6–8 p.m., 839 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Hallie Q. Brown Center, Wed, July 16, 3 p.m., 270 N Kent St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Jimmy Lee Rec Center (outside), Fri, July 12, dusk, 1076 Iglehart Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Weisman Art Museum, Wed, July 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m., 333 East River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Science Museum of Minnesota, Thurs, July 18, noon and 1 p.m., 120 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102


RONDO: Beyond the Pavement showing in film festivals across the country!

Rondo: Beyond the Pavement has been accepted into Amazon Prime’s All Voices Film Festival! We need your help to win the Amazon Prime Award. Please watch the film through June 24th here:


We’re also proud to announce that it is now an official selection of the

San Francisco Black Film Festival.

Buriel Clay Theater, Fri, June 14, 2 p.m., 762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Rondo: Beyond the Pavement has already screened at Yofi MicroFest, SXSW EDU 2019, Universe Multicultural Film Festival, and the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

 See Saint Paul Almanac’s Storymobile in action!

Storymobile is our solar- and bike-powered traveling audio/film studio, going to neighborhoods and community events to record and archive stories told by the people who live the experiences. We hope to see you and hear your story!

Here’s what’s coming up:

Peace Celebration, Fri, June 21, 3–7 p.m., Ober Community Center

Twin Cities Pride Festival, Sun, June 23, Loring Park

Hallie Q. Brown Center, Wed, July 16, 3 p.m., 270 N Kent St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Little Mekong Night Market, Sat–Sun, July 6–7

Weisman Art Museum
, Wed, July 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m., screening RONDO: Beyond the Pavement as part of the Melvin and Rose Smith exhibit, Remembering Rondo (exhibition showing 5:30–9:30 p.m.)

Rondo Days, Sat, July 20

Little Africa Fest, Sat–Sun, Aug 3–4

Save the date! Saint Paul Almanac: Resistance and Resilience, Volume 12

Book Release Party
Wed., Sept 18, 7:30 p.m.CHS Field,Securian Club Room, 360 Broadway St, Saint Paul MN 55101

Pre-order your book today!

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