River City Revue: Filth on the River launches tonight

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Following up on their previous paddle-boat ride, Purity on the Riverboat Trip, the River City Revue hosts a boat ride this evening, called River City Revue: Filth on the River. It's a ride aboard the Jonathan Padelford Riverboat with art, music, poetry, science, and history that takes on the dirtier side of the Mississippi River. 


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Live from the Ave offers poetry at All My Relations Gallery

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From Maggie Thompson's "Where I Fit"
Closing out textile artist Maggie Thompson's show, "Where I Fit," at All My Relations Gallery will be a group of American Indian poets giving performances as part of Live from the Ave. The poetry jam is part of a new series, and is hosted by R. Vincent Moniz Jr. The poets, who all come from the Loft Literary Center's TGI Frybread writing group, which supports Native writers, will offer their literary and poetic responses to Thompson's work Saturday evening. 


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Five free reading series, and why you should check them out

Categories: Books, Spoken Word
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You may have heard about some of the local happenings for April's National Poetry Month. While that celebration is over, the written-word fun continues in the Twin Cities throughout the year with events that feature creative nonfiction, memoir, fiction, poetry, and more. Listed below are several stellar local reading series that are worth your time. All of these gatherings are free, hosted by accomplished writers, and are welcoming to anyone interested in literature.

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Climbing PoeTree stops by Intermedia Arts

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This weekend at Intermedia Arts, the New York-based multi-voice, spoken-word, and multimedia-arts duo Climbing PoeTree will be holding two performances as part of a national tour. Made up of Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, the collective group uses spoken work, hip hop, and projections to muse on topics that include social justice issues, love, and human transcendence.


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Write Bloody Showcase at the Loft

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Tonight, the Loft Literary Center presents a selection of spoken-word artists associated with Write Bloody Publishing, an independent publishing house based in Austin, Texas, that has become one the preeminent presses for spoken-word poets. With a lineup that includes Khary Jackson, Sierra DeMulder, and Miles Walser, the evening also features Write Bloody author and special guest Franny Choi, whose book, Floating, Brilliant, Gone, has just been published by the press. 


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David Mura: " I'm interested in the connections that can occur between people of different backgrounds"

Categories: Books, Spoken Word
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David Mura
David Mura will be celebrating the publication of his new book of poetry, The Last Incantations, on Friday with a reading at the Loft. The evening will double as a memorial for his late Aunt Ruth, who was a huge inspiration to Mura. Since her birthday was on March 28, Mura wanted to celebrate her life, especially as his other Aunt Ruby honered Ruth's wishes not to have a funeral last fall.

"I want to dedicate this reading to my Aunt Ruth, to commemorate her passing and her life and her gifts to me," Mura says. The reading will include performances by several of Mura's friends and collaborators, including Alexs Pate, Ed Bok Lee, Bao Phi, and Julianna Pegues. Before the event, we chatted with Mura over email about the new book, as well as his thoughts on poetry and writing.


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LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performs poetry from TwERK

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Writer and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs visits the Walker Art Center this week to present work from her recent book TwERK, a collection of poems exploring things like sound, language, idioms, and pop culture, with some personal narrative thrown in as well. The event is part of the museum's Free Verse Series, in collaboration with Rain Taxi Review of Books. 


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Poonies at Patrick's Cabaret this weekend

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J'Sun Howard, and Darrell Jones
There's a lot about Chicago that Minneapolitans have to feel kinship about. There's the cold weather, the love of biking, the thriving art and theater scene, and lots of great music. Plus, it's a reasonable road trip to get from one city to another. So it's no surprise when collaborations pop up between the two cities. For example, the returning Poonies at Patrick's features eclectic performances from three artists from Chicago and three from Minneapolis at Patrick's Cabaret this weekend.

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Ed Bok Lee's metatranslation poems at the American Swedish Institute

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This Wednesday, poet Ed Bok Lee will be sharing work he's created as a resident at the American Swedish Institute through Coffee House Press's Writers and Readers Library Residency Program. For the residency, Bok Lee mined the archives of the museum in search of spontaneous poems in letters and diary entries from over 100 years ago. At the exhibition, titled "The Metatranslation Project," the original entries and Lee's poems will be on display in the Benson Gallery.

We talked with Bok Lee about the project, and he shared some of his thoughts about the "spiritual substance" he was trying to capture. 


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Mary Mack's Holiday Meat Raffle Show: Now with dogs in sweaters

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Photo by Emily Gall 
Mary Mack's infamous holiday meat raffle show is back once again, and it's going to be bigger and better than ever. Instead of hosting it in the basement Clown Lounge at the Turf Club, Mack is taking her variety show to the much larger Cedar Cultural Center, where there will be a doggie sweater competition to make things interesting, as well as a meat candelabra. 


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