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In the Twin Cities this weekend: Theater Mu’s fest of Asian American playwrights, MIGIZI’s new location, a Black Fashion Week MN exhibit, and more
"Just Yesterday" is on display at the Weisman Art Museum, with prints on sale online
“Just Yesterday” is on display at the Weisman Art Museum, with prints on sale online


MIGIZI’s New Start

What: Walk With MIGIZI
When: Friday, May 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: From the former MIGIZI space (3017 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis) to the new location (1845 E. Lake St., Minneapolis)

MIGIZI (Ojibwe for “bald eagle”), the Minneapolis-based organization for the development of American Indian youth, is remembering George Floyd this weekend while marking the opening of its new space. The Friday event is set to begin with a memorial for MIGIZI’s previous location, which was impacted amid the uprising of last summer. After a lineup of programming (including music and dance), community members will walk along East Lake Street in honor of Floyd, ending at the new location, set to open in May 2022, according to the website. Yazzie the Chef is slated to provide food at the site.

All in for Black Fashion Week

What: Black Fashion Week MN’s “BLCK STYLE”
When: Friday, May 28, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG), 1256 Penn Ave. N. (fourth floor), Minneapolis

Black Fashion Week MN is collaborating with the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery on this free exhibit showcasing local designers. In addition to emerging talents, the show intends to highlight big names in Black fashion, like Ann Lowe and Dapper Dan, according to a press release. Also set to appear: Prince-related items, photos of ’80s-era Twin Cities fashion shows, and jewelry by former TV anchor Robyne Robinson.

Downtown Marketplace

What: The Black Market
When: Saturday, May 29, 3-8 p.m.
Where: 312 East Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis

As a series of monthly events, the Black Market aims to decrease Minnesota’s wealth gap and build Black prosperity by providing a space for eating, shopping, and discovering services from our local Black community, according to the event website. This Saturday, find barbecue, soul food, sweets, and more in downtown Minneapolis.

On-Demand Theater

What: New Eyes Festival: (Un)Scene
When: Through May 29 (started on May 21)
Where: Online

Theater Mu’s annual, artist-incubating series for Asian American playwrights responds to anti-Asian violence this year. Original 10-minute plays come from local and national talents, and viewers can RSVP to receive links for virtual performances, according to the theater’s website. The festival started on May 21 and continues with on-demand shows each week through May 29.

Rocking the Cradle

What: The Current’s Rock the Cradle: Play Along!
When: Saturday, May 29, 8 a.m. (plus three more Saturday dates)
Where: Online

The 16th annual Rock the Cradle music festival continues this month in an online format. The kid-directed, parent-inclusive showcase, curated by Minnesota Public Radio’s all-music station The Current, is releasing Saturday-morning videos that “bring the dance party to your home” through June 19, according to a press release. The lineup lists such acts as Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Gaby Moreno, and Nur-D.

Art on Display: The Weisman

What: Just Yesterday
When: Through Oct. 1, 2021 (opened May 17)
Where: Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis

A 60-foot wraparound mural will be on display at the Weisman this summer, along the exterior facade. “The posters are meant to evoke the feeling of nostalgia, like a BuzzFeed quiz or the print version of clickbait,” interning art director Mike Gaines said in a press release. “The images and color draw you in, which is how the real message catches you unaware—a gut punch you aren’t expecting.” Limited-edition screen-printed versions of the posters are on sale through the WAM Shop.

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