Books & Bars: “The Kind Worth Killing”
Books & Bars: “The Kind Worth Ki... @ Happy Gnome
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm
With The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, moderator Jeff Kamin brings his unique take on a public book club show to Saint Paul every first Tuesday of the month (with some exceptions). Even if you don’t like the featured book, he “guarantees a good time at our entertaining discussions.” All are welcome to try this moderated reinvention of the book club. No registration required. 5:30 Happy Hour Social | 6:15 Discussion The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many Read the Rest...
FitzFirst@Four: “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz”
FitzFirst@Four: “A Diamond as Bi... @ Common Good Book
Jan 8 @ 4:00 pm
Fitzgerald’s Dystopian Masterpiece, “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” Featured at Upcoming Program Author and Fitzgerald scholar Dave Page will present a program on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story masterpiece, “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz,” this January. The program is part of the FitzFirst@Four series coordinated by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul. The free event takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Common Good Books in Saint Paul. While the title may conjure up images of Jazz Age decadence, it will not take long for readers to realize that Fitzgerald had something very different Read the Rest...
The Rose Ensemble – American Roots: Harmonies that Shaped a Nation
The Rose Ensemble – American Roo... @ George Latimer Central Library
Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm
“American Roots: Harmonies that Shaped a Nation” Rose Ensemble Noon Concert In this journey across centuries of folk, spiritual, and cultural traditions, audiences witness the evolution of American musical heritage. From the British Isles came ballads, hymns, fiddle tunes, and country dances that would shape new traditions in the hills of Appalachia, the dance halls of Boston, and the Shaker villages of Kentucky and New York. Four-part harmony spilled out of country churches and became the musical foundation for causes both religious and political, as anti-slavery meetings, tent revivals, and even Presidential campaigns all found power in the marriage of catchy Read the Rest...
Fireside Reading Series: Mary Casanova
Fireside Reading Series: Mary Ca... @ Hamline Midway Library
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm
Mary Casanova, Ice-Out Ice-Out returns to the frigid and often brutal Prohibition-era borderland of Casanova’s beloved novel Frozen, and to the characters who made it a favorite among readers of all ages. Owen Jensen, nineteen and suddenly responsible for keeping his mother and five brothers alive, finds himself walking on thin ice – literally and figuratively – on Rainy Lake, in the northern reaches of Minnesota. Smitten with Frozen’s Sadie Rose, Owen is struggling to make something of himself at a time when no one seems to hold the moral high ground. Bootlegging is rife, corruption is rampant, and lumber barons run Read the Rest...
Women’s Human Rights Film Series: “Sonita”
Women’s Human Rights Film Series... @ Merriam Park Library
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm
If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her Read the Rest...
Fireside Reading Series: Lara Mimosa Montes, Chris Santiago, Sun Yung Shin
Fireside Reading Series: Lara Mi... @ Hamline Midway Library
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm
Lara Mimosa Montes, Chris Santiago, Sun Yung Shin These gifted poets explore language, meaning, and identity in new and compelling ways with their new work. Lara Mimosa Montes, The Somnambulist At once a writer’s memoir, coming-of-age story, family history, and true crime drama, Montes startling and powerful work weaves together multiple stories in fragments to create a compelling picture of a life becoming. Lara Mimosa Montes is a writer based in New York and Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in Fence, BOMB, Poor Claudia, The Third Rail, Powder Keg, and elsewhere. Lara holds a Ph.D. in English from The Read the Rest...
Loud at the Library: Sarah White w/ Eric Mayson
Loud at the Library: Sarah White... @ George Latimer Central Library
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm
Doors at 7 p.m. | Music at 7:30 p.m. TICKETS AVAILABLE BELOW Sarah White has performed internationally, sharing stages and collaborating with talented artists including Yasiin Bey, K-OS, Macy Gray, King Britt, J*Davey, and M.anifest. Sarah offers versatility with a multitude of experience including live band performances and DJ sets to vocal soundscapes and acoustic candlelit harmonies. Proving that being a mother doesn’t mean you have to drop a beat, Sarah has independently released two solo albums, her voice is featured on record label releases from the Midwest to Tokyo, and she won Scion’s Best Electronic Vocalist Competition while living in NYC. Read the Rest...
Behind the Curtain: Flower Drum Song
Behind the Curtain: Flower Drum ... @ St. Anthony Park Library
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm
Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by David Henry Hwang; Directed by Randy Reyes Co-Production with Mu Performing Arts. Join The Friends, Park Square Theatre, and Mu Performing Arts for a conversation with actors from Flower Drum Song. Immigrants in 1950s Chinatown rediscover their roots (and find love) in the new world. American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera create a beautiful score that is by turns lushly romantic and showbiz-brassy. Hwang’s new script crackles with authenticity and humor. Special half-price ticket offer Click here to reserve online for the Jan. 31 library program and, upon completion, you Read the Rest...