Read Aloud Night

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Friday 8/28 from 6-8pm

Join us for dinner and our monthly night of reading aloud! Feel free to bring something you would like to read, explore our radical library, print out a favorite poem or something you found online, or just listen.

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.

Sundown Towns in Minnesota

Friday, August 21st from 6-8pm. Dinner provided!

Banji is back to talk about two topics of interest in the month of August: ethnicity (August 7), and sundown towns (August 21).

A sundown town is an intentionally all white town where residents take steps to exclude black people. The term “sundown” comes from signs that were posted in many cases warning that black individuals must leave the town by sundown.

Sundown towns are a part of the history of this region.

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.

AUG 14 Dinner, discussion & PERFORMANCE with Chandramama & Sunshine and Rickie & Aimee

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This week’s Friday dinner and discussion will include delightful, imaginative multimedia musical performances with Aimee and Rickie. This will be a great event for people of all ages, and will be super kid-friendly. Chandramama & Sunshine will perform, followed by a short discussion about their creative process, and Rickie & Aimee will do the same. There will be drawing supplies around in case people feel like drawing.

For some idea of how awesome this is going to be, watch this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WLzKk8QLlU&feature=youtu.be

Rebuilding Kobanê: Film Screening and Benefit

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Saturday, August 8 at 7pm.

Four short documentaries will be shown about the political situation in Turkey & Rojava, from the Gezi uprising two years ago to the current struggle against Islamic State. The four movies are as follows:

1. Taksim Commune by Global Uprisings https://vimeo.com/71704435
2. After Gezi by Global Uprisings https://vimeo.com/109212806
3. Istanbul’s Gentrification Wars by VICE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll2RiAVLnVg
4. Istanbul’s Kurdish Riots by VICE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTA0xqTkyCo

This event is in solidarity with the victims of the recent Suruç massacre, who were on their way to help the reconstruction effort in Kobanê. Read more about this here: isyandan.org/english/bombing-in-suruc-tens-of-youth-killed/

Money will be raised to help rebuild the city of Kobanê. You can donate online here: https://www.firefund.net/

The Facebook event is here.

Islands of Blacknesses: Building New Narratives

Friday, July 24 from 6-8pm

Join Porsha for dinner and discussion at the Free Space! After a great discussion on visual art manifestos, Porsha is back to talk about the following:

When people try to build outside of the stereotypes and norms, how do we respond to the default narratives about their race?

At times when the race issue is brought up, it costs time and energy to argue out of that narrative, when that time and energy could be used to build a new one.

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.

Storytelling Poems and Songs: Sharing Lives and Traditions

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Friday July 17

6-8pm

What’s the value of telling stories in poems and songs instead of just writing them up as stories?

Share poems, songs, and dinner with Martin Bidney, dialogic poet and translator. Bring a poem or song to share, or just come for the discussion!

“Dumplings” by Tchernikhovsky. Starting out in a lyrically-described Chagall-type Ukrainian village, we hear a Jewish grandmother discuss with her Russian Orthodox neighbor the sad decline of traditions generally. Gittel remembers her granddaughter’s childhood and adolescence while she makes the dumplings, and while the water boils she suddenly gets a letter that pulls modern politics into the equation.

Gumilev, a secular Russian writer, offers lyrical narrative of a pilgrimage of an 80-year-old to Mecca.

Three medieval Persian border crossers: Rumi rewrites the birth of Jesus, and Saadi offers a Jesus parable that Goethe translated for western readers. Hafiz, in the next century, writes a poem on the religion of love, which can be celebrated with equal ease in mosque, church, or tavern.

Rueckert offers two short hilarious “Aesop fables” about Sufis, and I write fable poems in response, also with middle eastern sources.

Storytelling songs could include ballads and condensed love stories:

Fair Flower of Northumberland.
Ye Banks and Braes
Moscow Nights
Pretty Saro
Romchi Rimchi

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.