Weekend Best Bets: June 4-7

This week: Solidarity for George Floyd, neighborhood clean ups, celebrating Pride with family, and more
Protestor for justice for George Floyd
A protester demanding justice for George Floyd in south Minneapolis

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Community Conversation with Andrea Jenkins

What: Call to Honor George Floyd
When: Thursday, June 4, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting or by phone (612-276-6670 with Conference ID 393 129 853#)

The death of George Floyd and subsequent protests are heavy and complex topics, so Minneapolis City Council Vice President and Ward 8 Representative Andrea Jenkins has organized an online community call to talk directly to individuals. Jenkins, who is the first African American openly transgender woman elected to public office in the United States, hopes to use this discussion to address the fears, questions, and reactions to the events of the past week and begin moving toward change. Learn more.

Ifrah Mansour on Cedar Public Access

What: The Cedar Cultural Centers’ “Ifrah Mansour: How Can We Make Minnesota Better for Black Lives?”
When: Thursday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cedar Public Access Channel on Facebook or YouTube

The Cedar Cultural Center hasn’t lost its commitment to bringing great music and dance to the Minneapolis community, even during a global pandemic. Every other Thursday, The Cedar Cultural Center broadcasts interactive concerts, discussions, archived recordings, and more on its Cedar Public Access Channel. This Thursday, June 4, it’s hosting multi-disciplinary artist Ifrah Mansour. The program will focus on Mansour’s aqal mural project on the Cedar plaza, with interviews wherein Mansour asks community members, “How can we make Minnesota better for black lives?” Learn more.

“Unfinished Business” March at U.S. Bank Stadium

What: 10K March Protest
When: Friday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Where: US Bank Stadium, Vikings Legacy Ship, 500-598 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis

In line with the multitude of peaceful protests during this past week, community members Marques Johnson and Jack Stone have called for community action condemning the death of George Floyd. The demonstration, called the Unfinished Business 10K March, asks that people come to kneel in peace to protest the death of George Floyd, and to demand that former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested and newly charged with manslaughter and second-degree murder, not be released on bail. A number of masks, water, and hand sanitizing stations will be available. Learn more.

Film Enthusiasts’ Screaming Match for a Good Cause

What: Scream It Off Screen Short Film Competition
When: Friday, June 5, 9 p.m.
Where: Scream It Off Screen YouTube

Since its first event in January 2019, Scream It Off Screen has been drawing Minnesotans’ attention with unique entertainment that can only be described as a combination of The Gong Show and amateur filmmaking. The audience watches a clip of a short film until a light appears in the corner of the screen; then everyone votes to either let the movie play or give it the gong. Any film that escapes the gong is eligible for a cash prize once all the films have been shown. Scream It Off Screen is taking donations for this Livestream, pledging to give all the funds raised to a local charity fighting for racial equality. Learn more.

Virtual Pride for the Entire Family

What: Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday at Home: Family Pride
When: Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.
Where: Walker Art Center Website

June is Pride Month, so the Walker Art Center is focusing its monthly family day on the cause and celebration—even if its doors aren’t open yet. The free, virtual activities include Drag Story Hour, Printing with Pride, and a Family Art Tour. The Walker Art Center’s web page “Free First Saturday at Home: Family Pride” lists recommended materials for each craft or activity, and they will keep some videos up on the website so you can continue to make art with your kids even after the June 6 event. Learn more.

Neighborhood Clean Up

What: Clean Up in the Park
When: Saturday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Park, 3400 S. 15th Ave., Minneapolis

There is no shortage of community donation drop-offs and drives you can help this weekend, but if you’re looking to get your hands dirty, try the Powderhorn Neighborhood Clean Up, organized by the Aviary, a Northeast Minneapolis aerial fitness studio. The organizers recommend bringing your own gloves, garbage bags, and brooms if you have them. Learn more.

Virtual Drag Brunch Celebrating Prince

What: Prince Digital Drag Brunch
When: Sunday, June 7, 1-2 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Organized by Flip Phone, this event is keeping Union Minneapolis’ Drag Brunch tradition alive. The event is free, though the audience is able to digitally tip each performer. Union has takeout available (and is fully opening its doors on Saturday), so grab some food, tune in, and as Prince says, “Let’s go crazy.” Learn more.

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