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Five picks for the weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? From Dakota star wisdom to Ghanaian dancing, we’ve got you covered!

If you are interested in astronomy or Dakota culture, pay a visit to the outdoor tent at the Northrup King Building’s sculpture garden during your Art-A-Whirl visit. Presented by the Mnisota Native Artists Alliance, the Native Art Market will feature numerous cultural events and presentations, including artist Marlena Myles’ augmented reality installation of Dakota constellations. The installation goes live tonight at 7:30 pm.

The Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute is a Black literacy organization committed to literary diversity in the Twin Cities. PPGJLI an annual writing competition, focused on children’s picture books by authors and illustrators of African descent. On Saturday PPGJLI will honor eight Minnesota authors across genres. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at Rondo Library in Saint Paul from 3 – 5 pm.

A brick building painted blue is adorned with faces of Black Minnesotan journalists.
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder building

Indulge your curiosity and get to know your neighbors! This weekend, more than 100 buildings across Minneapolis will open their doors to the public, offering a free, behind-the-scenes look at the businesses, churches, homes, and other venues that make up the city’s vibrant tapestry. This year’s featured buildings include the Capri Theater, Homewood Studios, Cedar Cultural Center, Midtown Global Market, the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, the offices of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and the ZaRah Integrated Root Center, among others. 

Songkran marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota is bringing the holiday festival to the Minnesota State Capitol grounds on Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Enjoy Thai food, check out the music and dance performances, and learn more about Thailand’s rich cultural traditions.  

“SAMAMBO” is a Ghanaian slang term used to describe a celebration incorporating singing, dancing, and instrumentation. It’s also the name of an Afro-diasporic-centered dance series, created by Minneapolis DJ and Producer Kwey in 2018. The next SAMAMBO takes place at the Green Room in Minneapolis on Saturday; doors open at 8 pm, and the music starts at 9 pm, with sets from Rejected Saint, Neekasodope, DJ McShellen, and Kwey himself. Tickets are $12.

That's it - now get out there and have some fun this weekend!


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