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Stilt Dancers at the Bedlam Theater in Lowertown

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, October 27–Sunday, November 2, 2014

Every time I look at the Almanac arts calendar, I realize how much I’m missing. It’s not that I am not doing anything, although I have spent some evenings at home (doing work, of course, right?), and I have been spotted a couple of times within the boundaries of the other Twin.


October 30th, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - Rap Verses

Soul Sounds Open Mic it's "Rap Verses." On Thursday, October 30 we celebrate the emcees! SSOM host Tish Jones says, "Bring your hottest 16bars, a full length song and a Hip Hop spirit. It's all about the cypher!" Catch up with the crew at Golden Thyme Coffee Shop at 821 Selby Avenue (at Milton). They start at 6 p.m., as usual.

The purple onion painting that once hung on the wall of the Inn of the Purple Onion

Dylan, Spider John, and the Purple Onion

Dylan, Spider John, and the Purple Onion by Bob Scroggins I got to know Saint Paul and I got to know Bob Dylan because I got to know Bill Danielson. Bill owned the Pink Pizza Shack at Hiawatha and Lake in Minneapolis. In 1957 it was a hangout for me and my friends. Bill and […]

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Wikipedia photo. Protesters gather outside the Ferguson Police Department

October 23rd, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - Ferguson October

Share a night of poems in response to the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the activist work that is currently taking place. This is a space for poems about Mike Brown, Terrance Franklin, Ferguson, Police Brutality, new found consciousness, confusion, anger, hurt, loss, change, hope, and everything in between. The work that is taking place in Ferguson effects everyone in the United States, knowingly or unknowingly. This is an opportunity to add your voice to the conversation.


October 16th, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - with MC Longshot

One of the hardest working and most underrated emcees in the business, MC Longshot is a well seasoned and professional hip hop artist from Chicago, Illinois. Aside from his undeniable talent and high quality music, Longshot propels his own life experience through his lyrics to inspire and motivate others.


October 9th, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic - with Downrange Telemetrics

This week’s Soul Sounds Open Mic will feature Downrange Telemetrics. They are poet Becca Barniskis and musician Nick Jaffe. Becca is the curator of The Dirty Hands Banfill-Locke 2014 Reading Series. Her chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket, is also available both in vinyl LP and in digital formats as a collaboration with musician Nick Jaffe.