Event Descriptions

All the amazing events within our residency, September 13th – 26th, 2016!

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Carnival venue at Redeemer Lutheran (1800 Glenwood Ave)

Carnival Midway opens at 5 pm every Fri & Sat (16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th)
Come to learn, play and connect. The Carnival midway is full of interactive art installations, sideshow acts, roving performers, arts and crafts and a dozen midway games that use play and humor to educate. Local artists, community organizations and activist groups display material and provide resources. With activities for children and adults, we draw upon the legacy of “Carnival” and invite everyone into a topsy turvy space where we can question dominant norms and creatively inhabit an alternative narrative for our world.
"Rooted Wind" Carnival Production, Friday the 16th and 23rd at 7:30 pm
This evening of theater weaves music, dance theater, storytelling and circus arts to highlight the power of Earth and Air in our ancient and contemporary stories of resistance. This show features loud-mouthed “Raven”, mute “Dove”, and the “Voice of the Cedars”, in poetic soliloquies about the gift of creation and prophetic rants against its destruction. The evening will end in an live drum and dance party. Opening act starts at 6:30! On the 16th, catch “Logan Oakgrove and the Little Thunderbirds Drum and Dance Troupe” and on the 23rd, enjoy “Cienanos”: jazz, funk, reggae, and trova from Honduras. 
"Burning River" Carnival Production, Saturday the 18th and 24th at 7:30 pm
This evening of theater weaves, music, theater, fire-dancing and circus arts to highlight the power of Water and Fire in our personal and collective journeys of transformation. Featuring Miriam, the unabashed prophetess of water within the hebrew scriptures, and John the Baptist, who calls all to a “dirty baptism” so that we may feel the pain of the water and be drawn back to it’s Source. Then, we transition into the pyrotechnic portion of the night with the “Woman Clothed in the Sun” (Revelation 12) and “the burning bones of the prophet” (Jeremiah 20), encircled by fire dancers and fire breathers galore. Once again, our productions will end in a live drum and dance party. The local opening acts start at 6:30. On the 17th, catch some hip hop, R&B, funk, and soul with “Joe Davis and the Poetic Diaspora” and on the 24th is “Society of Sun Drummer: Drums from West Africa”.  
Carnival Church under the Big Top on Sunday the 18th at 10 am
We will worship with the brave and thriving community of Redeemer that is so generously hosting us. Focusing on ecological justice and radical solidarity with historically oppressed and marginalized communities, we will share cross cultural musical offerings, full-bellied songs, litanies, poems, prayers and dance offerings. This worship event does not include spectacle (there are no stilt walkers, etc) but does contain the topsy turvy and will help all re-centering on the gift of God’s creation and the call to live in right relationship.
Carnival Eco Village Tours (click for dates)
Production Days (the 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th) at 4:00 pm. Additional days (15th, 18th, 20th, 21st) at 2 pm. We show various tools and methods for more sustainable living, building new experiences with energy use, waste management, transportation, and gathering & preparing food for a community. The village is home to our wild crew and quite often our school for continued individual growth. Come check out our messy and beautiful attempts at experimenting with alternative communal lifestyles. 

Located inside and outside of the Harrison neighborhood

Thursday the 15th at 7 pm - "Dakota 38" movie and discussion at Redeemer
The film showing will start at 7 pm in Redeemer Lutheran Church. In 2005, Lakota spiritual leader Jim Miller had a dream about traveling to the site of the 1862 mass hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato, Minnesota following the Dakota-U.S. War. It was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. In 2008, Miller and many others retraced the route of his dream on horseback, starting in South Dakota and ending 330 miles later in Mankato on December 26, the anniversary of the hanging. The film recounts the impact the trip had on the riders and the people they met along the way. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) founder of Healing Minnesota Stories, will moderate a post-film Q&A that will touch on issues such as historic trauma and paths towards healing for all.
Tuesday the 20th at 7 pm - "Cienanos" music concert at Bethany Lutheran
Cienaños, is a movement turned into a band that has moved from Honduras’ national scene to enter an international spotlight. Shaped by Gustavo and Leonardo Moreno, two brothers who have made music together since their childhood, they offer a mix of jazz, funk, reggae, rap and trova, all layered in Latino roots.They are founders of “La Casa de los Cienaños”, a project which supports radical self expression and multicultural dialogue through art. Cienanos represents a collective voice of Hondurans making meaning and beauty amidst a struggle for human rights and civil liberties. At this concert, you will hear stories of this struggle from the Moreno brothers and learn about local efforts by Witness for Peace to be in solidarity with our friends in Honduras.
Wednesday the 21st at 7 pm - "Behind the Blue Line" in the Big Top
Behind the Blue Line is an interview and photography project that shares real stories of police brutality, abuse and misuse of power in Minnesota. The title refers to the “Thin Blue Line,” a symbol often used to represent law enforcement as the barrier between criminals and civilians, order and disorder. Behind the Blue Line is about stories from the other side of the blue line—the stories that are often untold, swept aside, ignored. The people who will be sharing their stories do not feel protected by police officers. In fact, each one has had an experience of heightened danger after police came on the scene. Listening to their stories can give us an intimate connection to another person’s humanity, and through this, a sense of the human impact of a problem that may at times seem abstract. It is from this sense of connection that understanding and action is born.
Thursday the 22nd at 5:30 pm- Harvest Block Party
Join us for a Harvest Block Party from 5:30 – 7:30 at the corner of E 32nd Street and 22nd Ave S. Experience performances from One Dance Company, the Carnival de Resistance, and local musicians. Tour the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden, participate in a community art project, and celebrate the Fall Equinox with your neighbors.  Sponsors include Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission, Lake Street Council, Gandhi Mahal, and New City Church.
Everyday - Social engagement and creative offerings.
Throughout our residency, our Carnival Crew members will be busy painting two large murals, working in community gardens, hosting restorative circles, doing magic shows and teaching hard skills with sustainable alternatives. Crew members will engage students at Augsburg College and United Theological Seminary as well as various after school programs. Also, we will be making contributions to several chapel and church services and engaging endless theological and political discussions around the camp fire. 


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