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Grass Seeds Academy – March 2011

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 27, 2011

The Mighty Bow

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA) sponsors numerous events around the state each year. We enjoy the Bluegrass Winter Festival held in Plymouth (suburb of Minneapolis) each March. Besides the hundreds of diverse acoustic musicians and bands, everywhere jams, dancing and general pleasantry there is a youth program, the Grass Seeds Academy, that offers kids a chance to learn  jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break on their instrument, plus singing lead and harmony vocals. The kids have a lot of fun, but they work hard too. They learn from gifted musicians that dedicate their time to the kids – taking ocassional breaks to perform on stage themselves. And finally they perform with their self-created bands on Sunday afternoon.

Jammin

Gettin started

This year’s faculty was The High 48’s, winners of the 2009 Rockygrass band competition.  Anthony Ihrig on banjo and resophonic guitar, Rich Casey on bass, Chad Johnson on mandolin and Eric Christopher returned for a fourth year of teaching fiddle – and some mandolin. Mark Kreitzer joined them to teach guitar. The perennial favorite, Chuck Millar was back to teach fiddle and a  little bit of everything else, too. New this year is Ryan Kimm, teaching guitar, resophonic guitar, and bass. He is an experienced teacher and the kids  loved his youthful energy and enthusiasm. Catie Jo Pidel, a former GS student plays in Ruby Magpie with Ryan and was also along as an enthusiastic teacher this year. Sandi Pidel, the Grass Seeds Coordinator, can be reached at 763-784-5286 or email grassseeds@minnesotabluegrass.org.

Little Dude, Big Bass, Joyous Noise!

The main goal of Grass Seeds is to get young people playing their instruments and loving traditional music.

Grass Seeds Academy

GSII is a new off-shoot this year of extra talented youth from 14-18. This group will work on more difficult arrangements and advanced techniques like improvisation. They will really focus in on what it takes to be part of a performing group.


The High 24s playing their version of Shenandoah Valley Breakdown

The GSII playing Wagon Wheel. Bob would be proud.

A lovely time was had by all.

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Halloween Weekend in the Twin Cities

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 29, 2010

Looking for something chillin’ this weekend?

I’m heading to Bare Bones Theater’s all ages Halloween performance at Hidden Falls Park, along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, MN. This year its Carnetheria, a puppet spectacle that plumbs the deep and darkest depths of a dreamlike Carnival. It’s going to be cold so we’re wearing lots of warm things and taking hot chocolate. First, we walk through the woods meeting amazing creatures and people. We find an open air theater in the middle of the woods and have a seat on hay bales. Then a spectacular puppet performance will take place in the dark woods; mysterious music provided by a live orchestra. My son, Anil, and I missed the 2009 performance so we’re looking forward to going again. Here’s
The Amazing Fire Battle!

Click here for a clip from the 2009 performance of Devoured — Spirit Puppet –Created by Soozin Hirschmugl.

As they say on their website, “Using larger-than-life puppets, shadow puppets, bike puppets, costumes, masks, song, dance, stilting, aerialism, fire artistry, and original music by a live orchestra, the BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza promises an unforgettable nighttime spectacular through the best traditions of community theater, public pageantry, and seasonal celebration.” An amazing amount of time, artistry, passion goes into the preparation, theater and music, and clean-up of the outdoor performances which are held for two weekends – the weekend before Halloween and the weekend of Halloween itself. This is a tiny peek into the magic that takes place to create these shows:

Too cold to be outdoors? Try Bomp: Bedlam Theater’s recurring dance party/caberet that will move to Nick and Eddie on Loring Park for a Halloween edition with the Moongoons (who provide ritualistic energy exchanges that concentrate the powers needed for spellcasting & party rockin. Srsly), Shannon Blowtorch, Wzz Wnshp (burlesque) and Plain Ole Bill. (10 p.m.-3 a.m. Fri. $5-$7. 18-plus.

Rainy Day Caberet

Rainy Day Cabaret (a “cryptic” cabaret) will present “Wake the Dead” the Old Arizona Theater in Minneapolis on November 4, 5, and 6th. RDC was conceived in 2007 by Joanie Mix, as a part of the 2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival, with her production of Making Dolls. RDC is a group of emerging artists who hope to provide a new and continuing form of entertainment for any level of art enthusiast. Through the use of choreography, music, video and costume design, a dark world is generated where you are invited to come and fill your open mind.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be presented by the Reader’s Theatre at Oliver H. Kelley Farm, Elk River MN (directions) on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Fee: $10; Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896 , Step inside the rustic barn at the Kelley Farm for a performance of Washington Irving’s horror classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Performances last approximately 1 hour. Not recommended for children under 10.

Join Anil and I on Friday at Matthews Park, 2318 28th Ave. S. Minneapolis for the annual Halloween Party and Parade (4-5:30 p.m) This Seward neighborhood parade is a beloved event for the ghouls in the community as well as spirits that float in from various parts of the Twin Cities. A party with games and treats follows in the recreation center. It’s free, no registration necessary – just dress up and show up! For more information, call 612-370-4950.

The Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul

If you’re really daring visit any of the real haunted places in the area: The Fitzgerald Theater, Forepaugh’s Restaurant, The Caves, and the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul or The Seventh Street Eatery and City Hall in Minneapolis. Twin Cities Nightclubs has a list of Halloween parties for adults.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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Twin Cities Transition Town and Neighborhood Sustainability Networking Fair

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 14, 2010

Twin Cities Transition Town and Neighborhood Sustainability Networking Fair

Keynote speaker will be Richard Heinberg, author of The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies and Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World. Richard is a Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.

Neighbors from Cocoran, Powderhorn, Phillips, Seward, Longfellow, Standish Ericsson and other neighborhoods from around the Twin Cities will meet with volunteers from local congregations, immigrant associations, garden clubs and student volunteers to plan how each neighborhood can build local resilience and find ways to thrive as we adapt to climate change, peak oil and economic disruption.

For more information please contact Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability 612-331-1099 sean@afors.org , http://www.afors.org

– $5, November 13, Minneapolis, MN

Meet you there!

TM

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The Magic Bus Cafe

Posted by deborahmclaren on August 20, 2010

Mobile food is more popular this summer in the Twin Cities. The Magic Bus Cafe is awesome!

The Magic Bus Cafe bringing music and good food to St. Paul

magic chili dog wisconsin cojack cheese, bean chili, chopped onion 5.00
grateful dog psychedelic curry relish 5.00
soulshine dog sauerkraut, local bacon, brown mustard 5.00
mexicali dog spicy relish, sliced jalapeno, wisconsin cojack cheese 5.00
give beets a chance dog garlic beet sauerkraut 5.00
pig pen dog pulled bbq pork with psychedelic or spicy relish 6.00
plain hot dog choose either all beef hot dog or vegan 4.00

Magic Bus Cafe dogs

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Shiny Happy People

Follow the Magic Bus on twitter!

If you look close you can spot Chris flippin some dogs in the background here on the Magic Bus – Who would have known?

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Biking through the Twin Cities…

Posted by deborahmclaren on July 6, 2010

Alternative, human-powered transportation is fun, healthy, helps Minnesotans reduce our carbon footprint, and provides a totally different way to experience our cities

Minneapolis is the bike-friendliest city in the country!

The April ’10 issue of Bicycling magazine ranks Minneapolis ahead of 49 other large and medium-size cities in accessibility to bicyclists. Portland has long ranked first, both in the magazine’s rankings and other surveys. “Despite the cold wintertime climate, Minneapolis has a thriving bike community. It has 120 miles of on- and off-street bicycle facilities, plus indoor bike parking and other cycling-friendly facilities.”

It’s pretty good when you live in this climate but can still bike to work and play six months out of the year. The Twin Cities have excellent bike lanes, plenty of bike racks, great trails, a bicycle “Midtown Greenway,” and some new free and fair priced rental bike programs. Check out the Minneapolis bike website for maps, trails, detours, and cool things like the new bike sharing program.

What could be cooler than this happy rider?

Bike sharing allows individuals to check out bicycles for short trips. The local non-profit Nice Ride Minnesota operates Minneapolis’ bike sharing system. Individuals must purchase subscriptions to check out bicycles – these are offered at daily, monthly, and yearly rates. Approximately 700 bicycles are located at 65 kiosks in Downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, and nearby commercial areas. View the real-time map to see bicycle availability. I’ve noticed that they are not just available along riding paths – you can easily find them in front of Minnesota’s beloved food co-ops, restaurants, museums and even City Hall. There are over 60 kiosks to choose from.

The “other” Twin (of the Twin Cities) is St. Paul – the most livable city in the US and my town!

Sibley Bike Depot
is a not-for-profit community bike shop and volunteer run organization. It grew out of the Yellow bike Coalition (YBC) and The Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance (MNBPA). The Depot has Free Open Shop hours every week, even during the winter! This means that anyone can come in during their open hours, work on their bike, use the Depot’s tools, and talk to mechanics free of charge. The Earn a Bike program is an innovative program to provide bikes to people who could not normally afford them. By working in the shop, people can earn-a-bike. The Depot organizes group rides that focus on teaching safe riding techniques and the skills needed to utilize bicycles as a form of transportation. The Sibley Bike Depot is a collective that relies on volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, Email Volunteer Coordinator Jason@sibleybikedepot.org

Sibley Bike Depot's motto

Saint Paul’s Smart-Trips helps visitors and locals find alternative travel and commuter options. Their website provides info about
· Bike locker information & locations
· Metro Transit’s Bike and Ride program
* Biking and walking maps
· Midway Biking and Walking Maps
· Downtown Bike Parking & Lockers Map
Online Bicycle Route Finder:
· cyclopath.org

Luckily the bike-friendly cities are easy for families to bike on. We started out with our little one in a Burly. By the time he was 5 he graduated to a half-bike and now that he’s 9 he rides his own bike. I’ve blogged about Twin Cities bike-a-thons, festivals, and other events in the past. Let me give a shout out for the Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour coming up on Sunday, Sept 12, 2010.
Sign up as an individual, family or group for traffic-free glee, five options from 15 to 54 miles long, music at every stop, and beautiful tree-lined streets and bridges over the Mississippi River.

I love my city!

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Spring “Loft” Travel Writing Class Announcment

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 24, 2008

Alternative Travel Writing
Instructor: Deborah McLaren
Class: M56-2, 6 Week Class, Winter/Spring 2009
Location: Open Book
Date(s): Tuesdays, March 10 – April 14
Time(s): 7:30 – 9:30 pm

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Learn what it takes to be an alternative travel writer. This is a nuts-and-bolts class designed to turn personal stories into articles that are ready for publication. Be prepared to write in class and at home. Come prepared with a past trip or a new local destination for your topic. The class is fast paced: students will learn how to structure travel articles—from understanding the promise to the reader (title) to sidebar information. Through readings, written assignments, and individual critiques, students will gain a practical grasp of travel-writing techniques. Alternative travel writing introduces readers to places where they can experience something that is not mass-marketed and often features locally grown food and products, activities such as hiking and biking, birding, art events, touring farms and wineries, city infrastructure tours, and much more! Numerous resources, contacts, and magazine samples will be shared with the class each week. Copy fee of $3 payable to teaching artist.

35% presentation/lecture and review of master works
25% writing exercises & in-class writing
20% sharing student work
20% discussion of readings & publishing information
http://loft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=2004

View current scholarship information Scholarships are available for this course: Full, Vaughan

Instructor Information: Deborah McLaren

View current sliding fee scale This class uses a sliding fee scale. Please proceed to checkout to determine final fee.

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Alternative Travel Writing Class

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 27, 2008

Have you ever wanted to write about one of your unique travel experiences?
Are you know an avid traveler with stories to share? Would you like to get
published? Then take the 6-week Alternative Travel Writing Class at the
Loft.  We meet every Thursday from 5-7.

Please let your friends know about the class. 

Alternative Travel Writing
Instructor: Deborah McLaren
Class: M52-2, 6 Week Class, Fall 2008
Date(s): Thursdays, October 30–December 11 (no class November 27)
Time(s): 5:00–7:00 pm
Enrollment: Open

Learn what it takes to be an alternative travel writer, from pre-trip
research and note taking to selective observation. Discuss story ideas,
create structure for your story, and turn recollections into a draft
travel piece. Be prepared to write in class: choose a past trip or new
local destination for your topic; and bring notes, travel guidebooks,
photos, postcards, journals, promotion material, clippings, and any other
source materials. Be prepared to discuss ethics in travel writing as well
as various forms of “alternative travel,” such as ecotourism,
voluntourism, cross-cultural exchanges, or off-the-beaten-path. The class
is fast-paced, with lots of reporting, writing on firsthand experience,
and revision. Each student can expect to produce a draft article and a
query letter by the end of the course.

25% presentation/lecture—25% writing exercises/in-class writing—20%
sharing student work—10% discussion of readings—10% reviewing published
travel writing—10% publishing information

View current scholarship information Scholarships are available for this
course: Full, Partial
Instructor Information: Deborah McLaren

View current sliding fee scale This class uses a sliding fee scale. Please
proceed to checkout to determine final fee.

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Deborah McLaren
The Loft Literary Center
Suite 200, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415
        612-215-2575/main, 612-215-2576/fax, loft@loft.org, www.loft.org

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