January 13, 2009

This Saturday in St. Paul!

IFP MN's Education OPEN HOUSE and RED Camera Workshop!
Saturday, January 17th, Noon – 6pm

COME GET YOUR LEARN ON. IFP Minnesota's wildly popular Education Program is giving potential students and members a sneak peak at what we've got to offer in '09. Our superstar instructors will be on-hand to showcase various classes by giving hands-on demonstrations in everything from HDV cinematography, editing with Final Cut Pro, special effects using After Effects, image manipulation in Photoshop, and more. There will also be tours through the Center for Media Arts facility, including printing demonstrations in our black and white photo darkrooms. Don't miss this opportunity to check out IFP's and meet some of the local professionals that make our Education Program rock. The Open House is FREE and open to the general public. Then...

RED One Camera Workshop, Saturday, January 17th – 3pm-6pm
The afternoon will culminate in an exclusive RED One Camera Workshop by local RED experts Steve Speers and Scott Ferril. The RED camera is today's version of a digital motion picture camera. RED uses 35mm format lenses, shoots 4K images and brings the best of 35mm filmmaking along with the convenience of a purely digital workflow and on-set experience. RED has not only changed but has revolutionized the market of high end filmmaking.

This workshop will be a 2-part evening geared towards anyone in the industry: camera people, producers, editors, and directors. In the first half, Steve Speers of CineMechanics will lead a camera and hardware overview featuring a "Pro" RED camera package for high end users as well as an "indie" RED camera package. In the second half, editor/post supervisor Scott Ferril of Rent the Sky Films will lead a RED Post overview, with a mobile RED Assist cart that handles on-set color grading, editing, file management and video assist. Visit to find out more about the RED Camera and its availability to Minnesota filmmakers.

December 1, 2008

GWSS Tech Talk: Feminist Teaching with Technology

Monday, December 8th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
in the Feminist Media Center (FMC), 468 Ford Hall
Facilitator: Rachel Raimist -

Workshop Description:

In this GWSS Tech Talk / Feminist Media Center (FMC) workshop, I will share some theories and practices of feminist teaching, learning, research, and creativity using technology. I will use examples from GWSS courses: Gender, Power and Everyday Life: An Intro to GWSS, Feminist Thought and Theory, Feminist Film Studies, Digital Storytelling In and With Communities of Color, to show how technology can help support and deepen feminist pedagogical practices.

In this session, I will:

+ Demonstrate multiple uses of course blogs // Blogs can be used to create community, continue/deepen course discussions, post creative work (images, sound, video), extend reading responses, track news items, post event info, and easily share content to all members of the classroom community for large and small course enrollments [ see my personal blog on how and why i use blogs for teaching and learning ]

+ Briefly demonstrate key uses of WebVista (formerly WebCT) // WebVista is a course website that can be used as a reading repository for enrolled students, place of accessible web links, announcements, computer-graded quiz tools, message boards, chat rooms, calendar tool, gradebook, and other helpful features. I will forward you the UMN DMC for extended training on WebVista (their workshops are free, many are available online, and they are great!)

+ Illustrate UMN supported multimedia tools // Moodle, Breeze, Wikis, Jabber, and other digital media tools offered through MyU Portal

+ Share UMN tech resources // free and low cost classes, free online tutorials, and new state of the art classrooms available for course use

+ Get you posting to the GWSS community blog - GWSS Tech Talk:
You can advertise courses, events, share calls for papers, funding opportunities, and other information of interest to our community [ and everyone will learn how to post to this blog during this session]

!!! Seating is limited. RSVP is encouraged! Please RSVP to if you are planning to attend this session.


September 18, 2008

Suggested Event: "EXPLODE THE VOTE" Concert!


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August 28, 2008

Party with the People! [at Intermedia Arts]

Reception for The UnConvention!
August 31, 7PM at The UnConventional Gathering Place
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. South, Minneapolis

WHAT: The UnConvention is coming! The UnConvention is coming! Hosted by Intermedia Arts, The UnConventional Gathering Place, organizers and featured artists behind The UnConvention will come together to celebrate their yearlong collaborative efforts to create this much-talked about series of programs on participatory democracy using participatory media.

The UnConvention is a series of non-partisan programs in art, education and journalism around themes of participatory democracy using participatory media timed during the 2008 Republican National Convention. The UnConvention’s Twin Cities-wide programming will run from August 30 to September 4, 2008.The events and activities have been organized by a non-partisan collaboration of organizations and citizens.

A variety of forums for artists and community members have been developed for the creative exchange between artists, educators, alternative journalists and concerned citizens around election issues. These include, among others: interactive political karaoke, non-partisan social-issue puppet workshops, marathon downtown performances, interactive art installations in Peavey Plaza, online competitions of non-partisan political signs and PSAs presented in Minneapolis neighborhoods, the Walker Art Center, and spontaneous St. Paul storefronts, a parade for Liberty featuring ArtCars, bicycles turned into puppets and mobile broadcast units, a picnic for peace organized by an ex-FBI agent, evening projections and film programs, and more. What better way to spend your long Labor Day weekend than to be part of activities created for the people, by the people and of the people!

The UnConvention is all about creatively unscripting the political process using the tools of participatory media and art. It presents a different take on the more scripted, predetermined messages we witness during political campaigns. The UnConvention is funded, in part, by The McKnight Foundation. Special thanks to Magnuson Sod for their in-kind contribution.


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August 7, 2008

Sept 2nd - March for Our Lives


Sept 2nd March For Our Lives: Money For Health Care And Housing Not For War!
Health care and housing should never be luxuries - not in the United States, not anywhere. Toward this end, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign calls for you to join us as we fill the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota in a powerful, peaceful demonstration for the right to health care, housing and all economic human rights. We will march because as poverty, hunger, unemployment and homelessness grow throughout this country, political leaders from both major parties have abandoned us. We cannot afford to be silent. We cannot afford to be disappeared from the public eye and the political debates as our families suffer. This September we will bring together poor and homeless people of every race, background and age, students, social workers, union members, lawyers, religious leaders, artists and everyone who stands for social and economic justice. We will make our voices heard as we “March for Our Lives to demand “Money for Health Care and Housing, Not for War!?

Full Schedule of Events HERE

July 31, 2008

Where I'll be on Sept. 2


more info HERE

March 25, 2008



February 21, 2008

FREE TALK (for U students): Bobby Seale [Co-founder of the Black Panther Party]

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Coffman Memorial Union
Theater, Minneapolis Campus

Former Black Panther Bobby Seale will be the keynote speaker at the U of M Black Student Union's African Cultural History Month celebration Wednesday, Feb. 27. Seale, who co-founded the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton in 1966, will give a keynote speech from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coffman Union Theater. Seale will join U of M students and community people at a dinner in the Mississippi Room at 7 p.m. The event sponsored by the Black Student Union. For a complete listing go to the Black Student Union Web site at

February 7, 2008

Free Event this Sat: Screening/Discussion on Hip Hop in Cuba


A film about Hip Hop in Cuba
Saturday, February 9, 7 PM
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis

INVENTOS: HIP HOP CUBANO, a film by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, follows some of the pioneers of Cuban Hip Hop into their homes, the stage and as they travel abroad for the first time. Just as Hip Hop in the U.S. began as a form of creative self-expression bringing awareness to oppressive social conditions, Cuban Hip Hop demonstrates the innovative and indestructible spirit born from a people suppressed by the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

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Opening: "Hip-Hop Habana from the Reel" by Melisa Riviere is a literary piece accompanied by the presentation of three music videos all shot in different parts of Havana, Cuba. The narrative, set forth as an anecdotal journal entry during the production of a music video, brings to light the nuances and dynamics of social and political life framed by the obstacles of audio-visual production in Cuba. Themes of global politics and the lack of technological resources are brought to the foreground of the island's cinematographic charm. The accompanying music videos, directed, filmed, and edited by Melisa in collaboration with artists Anónimo Consejo, Obsesión and RCH, bring to audiences many of the ongoing contemporary themes of hip-hop in Cuba today.

Following the film and performance, join us for a conversation moderated by Rachel Raimist, director of Nobody Knows My Name.

February 6, 2008

2/13 FREE: Angela Davis at Macalester

Angela Davis
A Socially Conscious Conversation with the Legendary Activist

5 p.m., February 13
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom
Macalester College

This event is free; however, tickets will be required and available for pick up at the Macalester Campus Center Information Desk beginningon February 6 for students and February 8 for the general public.

February 4, 2008

We B*Girlz – The Summit – Berlin – August 2008


4 weeks of workshops, panels, screenings, and exhibitions

January 9, 2008

ALL AGES event celebrating Minnesota's 150 years!

SATURDAY, JAN 12, 2-3:30pm

Jazz pianist Jeanna Arland Peterson
Dance/Theater company Joe Chala & the Flying Foot Forum
Desdamona & Carnage as ill chemistry w/ special guest: B-GIRL SEOUL

admission: $8-15 / Children under 5 FREE
tickets at:
or 651-259-3015

Minnesota Historical Society

345 Kellogg Blvd W
St Paul, MN 55102

January 3, 2008

FREE EVENT: Human Rights Film Series

Killer’s Paradise

In this powerful film, an award-winning team of filmmakers document the story of the brutal killings of women in Guatemala. Since 1999, more than 2,000 women have been murdered there, with the numbers rising every year. Killer’s Paradise documents the story of Claudina Isabel Velasquez, a 19 year old law student murdered in 2005, as her family urges the authorities to investigate who killed her.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Riverview Branch Library, 1 E. George Street, Saint Paul

Second Showing: January 30, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Crimes of Honour

Across the Islamic world, hundreds of women are shot, stabbed, strangled or burned to death each year by their male relatives, because they are thought to have dishonored their families by engaging in unacceptable relationships. Filmed in Jordan and on the West Bank, Crimes of Honour captures the horrific tragedy of this practice, examines the wider societal response, and highlights the work of three women fighting to end this violence.

Thursday, January 17, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Merriam Park Branch Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul

Second Showing: February 27, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Not For Sale and So Deep a Violence

Not for Sale and So Deep a Violence are two compelling short films that address prostitution as violence against women and the links between prostitution and trafficking. These films, produced by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, go beyond the myths about prostitution and sex trafficking to demonstrate clear harm and explore what the world needs to do about this massive violation of women’s human rights.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Highland Park Branch Library, 1974 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul

Second Showing: March 6, 12:45 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

View from a Grain of Sand

View from a Grain of Sand is a journey through the last 30 years of Afghanistan's history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot over the last three years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social activist tell how their lives were violently affected by wars of international making and three different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through all their loss, and the destruction of their homes and country, these women have endured. With courage, conviction and hope they continue to work on improving the lives of the people around them, against all odds, in this brutalized and divided nation.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Arlington Hills Branch Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul

Second Showing: March 11, 12:45 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

January 2, 2008

FREE EVENT on Feminist Blogging

January 18 | Feminist blogging with Jessica Valenti

The Center on Women and Public Policy will host a lecture and book signing with feminist writer Jessica Valenti, editor of, at 2 p.m. on January 18 in Freeman Commons (205 HHH). She will talk about feminist blogging and sign copies of her book Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters.

December 27, 2007

FREE EVENTS: Frida Kahlo @ Walker

Performing Gender: Identity, Ethnicity, and Sexuality in Frida Kahlo and Onstage
Target Free Thursday Nights

Thursday, January 17, 2008
7:00 pm, Walker Cinema
Free tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm

Frida Kahlo’s primary form of artistic expression—the self-portrait—allowed her to use images of her body to comment on her daily experiences as a Mexican of mixed ethnicities, a woman, and an artist. This self-representation became an important act of performance that defined her life. At this performative discussion, Edén Torres, professor of Chicana feminist studies and chair of the Chicano Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, interviews drag queen/University instructor Esmé Rodríguez (a.k.a. T. Kupin) on the staging of gender and identity in her work and in the art and life of Kahlo.

There are also LOTS of FREE EVENTS at the Walker:
January 5, 2008
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

June 19, 2007

If You're in St. Louis... (I'll be there)

Summer Solstice talk

As Platform Speaker, Andrew Raimist, will be talking on "The Architecture of the Sun" on Sunday 24 June 2007 at 11am. The audio-visual presentation will address climate, sustainability, and solar issues in the architectural designs of Saint Louis' pioneer modern architect Harris Armstrong. In addition, music, refreshments, food, and outdoor activities will follow the talk. The public is invited to attend.

Architectural Photography exhibit

An on-going exhibition will have its opening following the talk. Featuring Andrew's architectural photography in color and black & white, the exhibit presents interpretations of the work of Harris Armstrong, other modernist architects, and selected examples of architectural excellence from the Midwest. The framed, matted images will be available for purchase. The exhibit will be on display through 29 August.

Location Map

Ethical Society of Saint Louis
9001 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63117

September 28, 2006

Ain't Misbehavin


Last night I squeezed into my most stretchy dress, some mules 4 sizes bigger than my regular size, and brought my daughter to Penumbra to see the preview show of Ain't Misbehavin. I remember my mother singng lots of these songs - she LOVED show tunes.

T. Michael Rambo was phenomenal as usual. All the women in the small ensemble were amazing. Baby girl was toe-tapping, bobbing her tired head (she had Girl Scouts too), and only nodded during "Black and Blue" but was up for the finale.

Honey was supposed to join - he loves music and theater too - but he's sick (again). This weather change and life stress stuff is too much.

It's starting to sell out every show so grad some tickets - student tickets $15 (we got $5 tickets for preview nite - too bad you missed out). Still worth the $15 if you love great music, strong performances, and musical theater.

Support Black Arts!

September 12, 2006

Monday, 9/18 3pm - Melody Gilbert

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
150 Ford Hall


Download the flyer HERE


Melody will be talking about and showing clips of her latest work. Please join us!

Melody Gilbert (Director/Producer/Editor/Cinematographer/Educator) is an
independent documentary filmmaker who has worked in film and television for
more than 20 years. She has made three independent documentaries: A LIFE
WITHOUT PAIN (2005), WHOLE (2003) and MARRIED AT THE MALL (2002). She is in
post-production on her new documentary URBAN EXPLORERS: INTO THE DARKNESS
(, which will be completed in 2006.

Her most recent documentary, A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN (
premiered at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival (in competition) and was
recently featured on Oprah, CNN and Good Morning America. It was broadcast on
the Sundance Channel and dozens of TV networks overseas, including TF5 France
and VRT Belgium and TSR Switzerland. Ms. Gilbert's controversial documentary
WHOLE (, about people who want to become an amputee,
premiered at the 2003 Los Angeles Film Festival (in competition), was also
broadcast on the Sundance Channel and has also screened internationally in
theaters and on television. MARRIED AT THE MALL (
premiered at the Women With Vision festival in 2002 and has been in festivals
and on television networks around the world.

VISIT HER WEBSITE for more info:

August 18, 2006

Celebrate Twin Cities Hip Hop

Fresh off the phone with my girl Invincible, one of my favorite members of the all-female Anomalies crew. She was 6 hours away, headed this way, with a van full of youth she mentors in Detroit. She is slated to perform at this year's Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop on Sunday.

With: Sims and Mictlan, Black Blondie, Maria Isa, Leroy Smokes (today); Brother Ali, Truth Maze, Golden (Sat.); MC Lyte and the Chosen Few (Sun.), with DJ and dance battles and lots more.
When/where: 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, 701 1st Av. N., Mpls.
Tickets: $7 tonight, $13 Sat., $13 Sun., $22 for Sat.-Sun. pass. 612-338-8388 or 651-989-5151.
Also: Free outdoor events 4-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. on 8th St. between Hennepin and 1st Avs.

Full Schedule Here

And much love goes out to Chris Riemenschneider of the Star Tribune, for setting the record straight in today's paper:

KQ's off-base comments: Bad rap for the good guys
Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Usually an outpouring of positive vibes and do-gooder attitude, the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop lands this weekend with gritted teeth and crossed arms. And you probably won't believe me when I tell you who's to blame.
Read on...

To listen to the radio show: Go to Part 2 on August 4th at the 53rd Minute

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Update: The response to the article has been so strong they now have a blog open for comments. comment here!

August 9, 2006

MSP: Solidarity for Northside Blues


Please come to help make this an unforgettable show of solidarity and protest against the continuing violence on the Northside

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Please note that since this was written, just over a week ago, we are now at 41 murders in Minneapolis.


There have been over 35 murders in the city of Minneapolis since January 1st, 2006. Over half of which have been in North Minneapolis alone, three, on the corner of Broadway and Dupont.

Lets Do Something.

Silent Protest
August 12th, 2006 at 2:45p

· Meet on the corner of W. Broadway and Dupont dressed in all black
· Be prepared to stand in unison with other artists , activists, and community members for one hour (from 3p to 4p) in complete silence, while honoring those who have lost or those who have been lost due to violence in the neighborhood and also protesting any further acts of violence
· We will meet for fifteen minutes (2:45- 3p) to spread ourselves amongst the four corners, North, South, East, and West (Knowledge, Power, Wisdom, and Overstanding).

· This Is An Event For And By The People
· We Are Not Looking For Media Attention
· Forward Information To Any And All People You Feel NEED To Be Present

The community needs and thanks you.

Peace & Love

Latisha "Tish" Jones
Executive & Artistic Director

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I don't watch the news. I listen to MPR. I don't WATCH TV NEWs though, unless it's focused on global or national events. These local reports depress me.
So. Tonight. I am clicking the channel to find something as I wind down, and happen to hear the words "Arrest of a 20 year old in the murder of a North Minneapolis Pizza Delivery boy."

Next thing I know: a photo of Toua Xiong, the most sweet, innocent boy I may have ever taught, is being flashed up on the screen. He was the Pizza Hut delivery person killed on Sunday night.

And my god! This is the second former student murdered --in what? A month? That I knew!! That is dead. Innocent young person. Marcus White. Now Toua Xiong.

(And breathing is hard, you know.....? )

This kid was so quiet. So sweet. Mid-height. Thin. So thin. So squeaky, squirmy, sitting next to this pack of Hmong boys in the back of my classroom with all their notebooks filled with car drawings, he was always drawing pictures and asking questions....Quiet questions. Needing to be near my elbow when he asked them. ....When we were doing that Midsummer Night's Dream Unit, he played Mustardseed, or some such precious, few-lined character...And to ensure he got a good grade, submitted all of these drawings of the characters as he had envisioned them....

And then when I lead the Teen Group at St. Phillips - he delivered our pizza one random Monday night..I remember this whole awkward struggle I had leaving him a tip....(I didn't add right, and he returned to the church basement to have me recalculate the amount I'd written in...I was so embarrassed...)

And now he's dead.

I just ask for your thoughts. Prayers...We need peace. We need to be in relationship...
I suppose I need to ask some question...But I'm tired..And so angry.....And so sad...

So: please pose them out there....and have kind thoughts.....And hold this......It's not okay to have this happen....
In peace, prayers, sorrrow....

Melissa Borgman

July 9, 2006

Ladies: Quest for our Voice

This came from some friends from my favorite class at the U. If you have time, energy and interest:

Hey Ladies - Having trouble locating your...


Because Ashley Hanson and Crystal Spring are hosting our first non-annual
"Quest for our Voice" Workshop!

In this hectic world of advertisements and individualism, it can be very
difficult to locate and maintain our relationships, community and authentic
expression. Crystal and Ashley want to invite you to come and explore,
express, and empower your voice as a woman and your relationship with
other women in your community.
We are inviting self-identified women from all walks of life to
participate in a two day exploratory workshop filled with building warm
relationships, exploring life issues, along with locating and exercising
the voices of women in the world today!

When: July 21st 5:30pm-9:00pm and July 22nd 10:00am-4:00pm (with an hour
Where: University of Minnesota, Coffman Union, Room 324
(Map available at: )
Why: Because you will make connections, discoveries, and maybe learn
something completely new about yourself and because women deserve to locate
and share our voices together!
How much: Completely FREE! (bring lunch or money for lunch on Saturday!)

This workshop is for women who are interested in discovering the parts of
ourselves we haven't explored yet; our layers and what is in between those
layers. We will be facilitating exercises from the techniques we have
studied based on the works of Augusto Boal, Sonja Kuftinec, Michael Rohd, &
Jan Mandell.

You do not need to be in theatre or in the arts to participate in this
workshop all you need is enthusiasm! We will explore how to relate to each
other, ourselves, and the world as women and we would love to have you!

Please contact Ashley Hanson at 612-296-9885 or or
Crystal Spring at 612-331-2741 or with any questions, doubts, or

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to with your name and contact information. Let us
know if you can make it. We invited you specifically and space is limited,
so don't wait until the last minute. Please respond by July 17th.
We are excited to have you!

And if you know of any other self-identified women who are looking for a
safe space to exercise their voice, please pass along this information.

We look forward to sharing stories, space and smiles with all of you!

Love, Love, Love,
Crystal Spring & Ashley Hanson

February 16, 2006

This Weekend at Concordia College, MN

hhc.jpg The Hip Hop Congress will host its First Ever Minnesota Summit: “Politics, Globalization and the Hip Hop Generation? from Friday, February 17th through Sunday February 19th, 2006.

Download MORE INFO here

February 14, 2006

Call For Artists (Twin Cities)


Click HERE for More Information

October 25, 2005

BGB Gathering TONITE +


Click Here for LINK to Ordway Website

DECADANCETHEATRE is an all-female hip-hop dance company based out of New York City, with members from the U.S., Columbia, and Japan. Check out some ways you can be involved with DECADANCETHEATRE...

Public Performance and World Party
Friday, October 28th
World Party begins at 6:30pm, Ordway Center Marzitelli Foyer (Free to ticket holders)
Performance at 8:00pm, Ordway Center Main Stage

The Public Performance will feature Decadance Vs. the Firebird (a modern hip-hop interpretation of Stravinsky's Firebird ballet) paired with the world-premiere of Gamon. (DECADANCETHEATRE's new work based on a traditional Japanese story, the Earless Lute Player.) The pre-performance World Party will include highlights from PYC High School, Juxtaposition Arts, and Teens Rock the Mic.

$10 tickets available with this email.
Call Ordway Center's Box Office at 651-224-4222 and ask for the ' D ' code discount.

Workshops and Master Classes with Decadancetheatre Company Members
Hip-Hop Master Class
This master class, led by DECADANCETHEATRE, is designed for participants with hip-hop experience. Open to the public, Ages: high school and up.

DATE: Monday, October 24th, 5:30-7:30 @ Ordway Center
COST: $10, or free for ticket holders.
Call 651-282-3025 for more info and to register for the master class. Pre-registration required.

Intro to Hip-Hop Workshop
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! This workshop, led by DECADANCETHEATRE, is designed for participants with little or no hip-hop experience. Ages: high school and up.

DATE: Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30-7:30 @ Ordway Center
COST: $10, or free to ticket holders.
Call 651-282-3025 for more info and to register for the workshop. Pre-registration required.

Hip-hop Party with Decadancetheatre and B-Girl B
Tuesday, October 25, 2005; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meet the members of Decadancetheatre...Refreshments...DJ

Hosted by Juxtaposition Arts, B-Girl Be, and Nubia, at
Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Avenue
(Broadway and Emerson, North Minneapolis)
Juxtaposition Phone - 612-588-1148

Hope to see you at one of the DECADANCETHEATRE events. Questions, please call David Shack, Community Engagement Coordinator at 651-282-3017, or

To learn more about hip hop and DECADANCETHEATRE, check out the study guide on
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September 13, 2005

This Week on Campus



4:00PM COFFMAN 209 (Black
Student Union), U of M


8:00PM Weyerhauser Chapel
on the Macalester College campus (St. Paul)

Ashanti Alston is a former member of the Black Panther Party and served 14 years as political prisoner for his involvement with the Black Liberation Army. Alston is now active with Critical Resistance, a national radical prison abolitionist organization. He authors the zine "Anarchist Panther" and works with Anarchist People of Color (APOC) and Estaci?n Libre, an organization that works to strengthen ties between people of color in the US and people of the liberated Zapatista territories of Chiapas, Mexico. Alston will speak on what it meant to be moved by the idea of new, radical possibilities - from Black Power to revolution. Alston says, "Though I never finished my senior year in high school I have always been a grassroots intellectual and always push students in the universities to be excited about the new ideas, the perspectives that CAN be open to them." He will also talk about current social movements and the possibility of liberation in (or from) contemporary America. Sponsored by: Anti-War Organizing League, Black Student Union, La Raza
For more information:,,

August 6, 2005

Jobs NOT Jails


Dear Fellow Citizens of the World:

The United States imprisons its citizens at rates three to ten times higher than other democratic societies. Rigid sentencing laws and 'get tough' policies have made prisons crowded, dangerous and don't make us safer. The impact of continued punishment after a person's release from prison adds to despair that keeps our communities weak.

The March on August 13th and associated events will send a message to our leaders, and is an opportunity for the world to support our demands. We must stop relying on incarceration, give people an education and rehabilitate our communities. People who pay their debt to society should be able to participate in society again.

Millions of citizens can no longer vote. Laws that partially or permanently discourage good citizenship from formerly incarcerated people cannot be supported by evidence and is bad policy.

Please support the call of Family Members and Friends of People Incarcerated, marking August 13th, 2005 a historical day. We will no longer be silent victims of criminal justice policies that target the most vulnerable citizens. We are meeting in Washington, DC to make a unified demand for justice.

The United States is the world's leading jailer, and our march on August 13th, 2005 is a long overdue event.

Abuse flourishes in US prisons, and punishment has become an industry dependent on tax dollars.

Punitive drug laws enacted in the 1980s, and to present day, have resulted in 25% of all incarcerated people in the United States serving time for a drug law violation. In the federal system, these people make up about 55% of the prison population.

In 1987, Congress abolished parole in the federal system. People were given long, mandatory, fixed sentences, leaving the incarcerated and their loved ones hopeless. State governments rushed to punish, fill prisons and build still more. We can no longer afford the injustice, in human costs or the financial burden.

Many of us work on a local level and do a fantastic job, but this march will bring family members, friends, activists, formerly incarcerated persons, and organizations together on another level.

This is a day for us to meet each other, and show our leaders that we demand justice.

Individuals and groups will begin meeting on Friday evening, August 12th. On Saturday morning, August 13th, people will assemble at Lafayette Park (north side of the White House). Programming will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 2:00 PM.

Please make plans to be there, and support a march for family members and friends of people incarcerated in all the ways that you can.

If you would like to be an organizer and bring a group to march in Washington on August 13th, please register here online or write:

Roberta Franklin at

Family Members and Friends of People Incarcerated (FMI)
Roberta Franklin, Director
2243 Ajax Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36108
Phone: 334-220-4670; 334-834-9592

July 20, 2005

Hip Hop Turns 30 Panel


The Devolution of Hip Hop: Hip Hop Turns 30
Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Location: Harlem Hospital Auditorium

Moderator: Mark Anthony Neal (New Black Man)
Panelists: Nelson George (Post-Soul Nation; Hip Hop America; Accidental Hunter); Greg Tate (Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture, ed.); Danyel Smith (Bliss); Bakari Kitwana (Why White Kids Love Hip Hop), Gwendolyn B. Pough (Check It Before I Wreck It)

Ralph Ellison only hoped we'd translate black vernacular in such a way as to gain entry into the hallowed house of art. How could he know that Ralph Lauren would one day broker that vernacular's marketing prowess into a worldwide licensing deal for bed sheets writ large with Jay-Z's John Hancock? Where Hip Hop was once a buyer's market in which the audience decided what was street legit, it has now become a seller's market, in which what gets sold as hip hop is whatever the boardroom approves. This panel explores the life and breath of Hip Hop.

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July 19, 2005

Anyone wanna fund me to travel?


National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) 2005 Conference, Taking Liberties: Creativity, Freedom and Risk in the Media Arts, will be hosted by Scribe Video Center, in Philadelphia, PA, from September 28 October 2.

Taking Liberties: Creativity, Freedom and Risk in the Media Arts, NAMACs 2005 Conference is a national gathering of the independent media arts community for an intensive inquiry into the current state of the field and its future. Creators, programmers, broadcasters, new technologists, youth media practitioners, cultural critics, activists, policy makers, administrators and funders will assemble for 5 days to network with peers and exchange ideas; learn about new opportunities through technology and discuss, debate and showcase creative expression. Colleagues and others in affiliated fields will offer best practices and strategies to nurture new leaders, welcome artistic developments, and galvanize the position of independent media as a tool for insuring an engaged and informed citizenry.

Early bird rates are available until August 17th, 2005. Full conference schedule and secure online registration can be found at To contact the conference office call 215 222 2593 or email

minneapolis come support

Hip Hop Habana Fundraiser II
Tuesday July 19th; 8pm 2am.

La Bodega Tapas Bar
3001 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Footage of live concerts, freestyle ciphers and music videos including: Annimo Consejo, Explosin Suprema, Los Aldeanos, Las Krudas, Obsesin, RCH & more

Followed by a bombazo with Races, Set the Smith, Desdamona, Maria Isa with ManyStyles, Diaspora Dance Troup and for the first time together on stageagain! Las Divas de MSP Salsa Viviana Pintado & Gloria Rivera with invited guests

$10 entrance (or qualified donation*)
All proceeds go to purchase equipment to support the Habana Hip Hop and featured Cuban Hip Hop artists

*Qualified donations include microphones, headphones, blank media, cables/adapters (RCA, 1/4 in., XLR), art materials, etc.

For more info:
Melisa Riviere