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Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Rarig Theater: "Medea - An Epic Tragedy" by EuripidesRarig Center, Minneapolis, MN
UPDATE: Online registration at the Rarig Center website is now closed and the play is likely sold out. If you haven't already made a reservation there is a small chance you can get a ticket by showing up early and waiting in line to get a ticket due to no-shows.
Tickets are FREE but LIMITED and you MUST go to this website and register for them:
Replying to this Meetup is NOT enough to get a spot. You MUST register for TICKETS at the website above. Don’t forget to Choose the # Attendees if you are bringing someone with you. Tickets go fast so register soon if you plan to attend. You will receive an email confirmation from Rarig Theater but not an actual ticket; instead, you will be put a computer list at the admission table.
"Medea - An Epic Tragedy" by Euripides
Friday, Feb 23, 2024, 7:30 pm
Kilburn (Arena) Theater, 2nd Floor
University of Minnesota (West Bank)
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Summary: As we witness the rolling back of reproductive, voting, and civil rights, America is challenged by the fundamental questions around choice, access, power, and privilege. Who has it? Who doesn’t? How does it impact people’s lived experiences? Medea offers an opportunity to hold the mirror of the past and examine our current circumstances. Through Medea’s eyes, we consider her journey and her choices (or lack thereof). This timeless tale challenges our understanding, morals, and capacity for empathy when those choices impact us intimately and personally.
Please try to arrive by 7:15 pm. There is relatively inexpensive parking in a parking ramp across the street. Parking on Riverside Ave is NOT free in the evening.
- Thomas Paine's Reasonable Nature HikeInterstate State Park, Taylors Falls, MN
"As I walked out one morning, to breathe the air around Tom Paine's..."
- Bob Dylan, "As I Walked Out One Morning" from John Wesley Harding
Our hike this time will be at Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls and St Croix Falls. This park has two entrances, one in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. We'll meet at the visitors' center in Taylors falls, tour the kettlewells and then cross over the bridge to where the trails are in Wisconsin.
Some people like to sleep in on Sundays, but I never really do. I like to get outside, stretch, and breathe the air. I want to commune with Nature, the cathedral that evolved on this 3rd rock. Minnesota and Wisconsin have so much natural beauty, that sticking to the cities is as bad as sticking to a single congregation. So, let's get out, and walk and look around!
I joined a hiking Meetup group when I returned from Arizona to Minnesota and there are several weekly hikes available; but I found that hikers in those groups tend to Power Hike. That's fun for many people who see hiking as their main aerobic exercise. But it does seem to me to be ableist. Many people with joint pains, or who rely on canes, or just need to be able take a more relaxed pace, are left out. In order to accommodate both the slow stroll, as well as the fast hikers among us, I like the idea of setting a hike by time rather than distance and we will meet back at the cars at a specific time.
I also like to explore different places so the idea is to choose hikes within a two hour driving distance but at varying locations. So, while we may go to Nerstrand/Big Woods one month, the next will be in another location such as the Kinnickinnic State Park trails in Wisconsin. There are paved trails in Minnesota, and I would love to hike those along with members who rely on wheelchairs or otherwise might avoid trails. As the hike grows, we can find more locations.
Some warnings and caveats:
Bring water, comfortable shoes, a rain poncho or some other thing that will protect you in case of downpour, insect repellent and a band-aid or two will be a good in case you get a scrape. There are no medical professionals in the woods waiting to stitch you up. Don't forget sunscreen, something to snack on if you need it. I have a hiking stick that looks like a wizard's staff in case anyone tries to tell me I shall not pass and on some trails I have found that a staff is useful for maintaining balance. If you wear hiking boots, I recommend a pair of sandals or sneakers; something to change into after the hike.
If there is interest, I think that a lunch following the hike is a great way to get to know people, too. For the first hike, I will probably leave my dog at home, and then we can talk about whether to make it a pet-friendly hike.
Since some of the hikes will be in State Parks with fees, car-pooling is a great option to save money and also a chance to chat on the way.
- Riverview Theater: “God & Country”Riverview Theater, Minneapolis, MN
“God & Country”
Join Minnesota Atheists and Humanists MN for a compelling new documentary produced by Rob Reiner, based on author Katherine Stewart’s book The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. “God & Country” looks at the implications of Christian Nationalism and how it distorts not only our constitutional republic but Christianity itself. Featuring prominent Christian thought leaders, "God & Country" asks this question: What happens when a faith built on love, sacrifice, and forgiveness grows political tentacles, conflating power, money, and belief into hyper-nationalism?
The Riverview Theater is offering one showing only on Feb. 25 at 5:00 pm. This is a special booking and it is the only Twin Cities sneak peak showing before the general release next month.
The movie is 95 minutes long. Tickets are $7 regular, $5 for children under 12, and $5 for seniors aged 62 and over. Tickets are general admission. You can pay at the box office (cash only) or order in advance at their website (https://ticketing.useast.veezi.com/purchase/3757?siteToken=3taz3vkks7e11yj7r5dft9pq30), though it is a huge venue (700 seats) and it will not sell out.
3800 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
- In-person Trivia night (Sundays @ Venn Brewery)Venn Brewing, Minneapolis, MN
Some of our brainiac members are interested in testing their recall of all things trivia - gasp! - with other people present at Venn Brewery in SE Minneapolis. Looks like they have lots of tasty sounding beers there. For food, there is a food truck scheduled but the taproom allows you to bring your own food if you'd like to do that instead.
Trivia starts at 6:00 PM. You may find people arrive around 5:30 to socialize and hopefully find a table. If you are new, look at some profiles of RSVP'ers on Meetup to help you find the group. (Mike won't be attending often so try a few other names)
!!! Parking is limited in this neighborhood. There are signs posted noting only two hour parking before 8:00PM so be careful. Arriving early may help in finding a spot but that may require you moving your car - don't get towed!. The picture (Venn diagram?) shows a cul-de-sac on E 45th St, just north of Venn, where there may be extra space but with the same 2 hr restrictions. It is a great time to check out the Blue Line with a light rail station just a parking lot away from the Venn.
This is a repeating event. You can just show up but an RSVP here would be appreciated just to help attendees connect. Have fun with whomever shows up. Winning is an added perk! Our historic Trivia group name is "No Dissonance, you have to back it up" - using it isn't a requirement but "Why not!".
Please follow CDC guidance. Currently, masks expected when not at your table, but things change too.
The group of people attending each week can/will change. There is no official host so have fun with whomever becomes your teammates that week.
Venn Brewing Company invites you to come out and play. Venn brews fantastic batches of beer, and once those batches are empty, that’s it. Each beer is a new, flavorful experiment. The taproom is literally a few steps away from the METRO Blue Line’s 46th Street Station, and rotating food trucks will do your belly right.
More details at triviamafia.com /venn