Upcoming Events


Here we go again, another list of things to do in the upcoming weeks. As we begin to thaw from the polar vortex and reach balmy temperatures of 10-20 degrees, it might be time to stop getting takeout and start going out. Here are a few ideas for where to start.

Coffee love

Hotdish Entertainment will be hosting an ode of sorts to the popular coffee shop The Red Raven Espresso Parlor Friday, Feb. 15. The Red Raven is known for than just serving coffee beverages; they’re also known for hosting various events.

According to the event’s Facebook page, “This year Hotdish Entertainment is making The Red Raven Espresso Parlor our valentine! They’ve done so much for us, allowing us to book all these great all-ages shows that everyone can enjoy, so we figured we’d try and give back a little.”

All proceeds of the fundraiser will go to buy the Red Raven new sound equipment. The event will have local musical acts Mr. Meaner and Maul. 

Midwest Black History

Crystal M. Moten, a professor at Macalester College, will be speaking at the Hjemkomst Center Saturday, Feb. 23. According to the event’s Facebook page, “Dr. Moten’s lecture will examine the lives of African Americans, especially women, who migrated to the Midwest after World War II, paying special attention to their experiences, struggles and acts of everyday resistance.”

While the event is free to the public, the organizers of the event ask that the public reserve tickets online beforehand.

Human rights

The Dakota Medical Center will be hosting The Strategic Response to Human Rights and Diversity 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. South Sudan READS will be presenting the keynote speaker, Gatluak Thach, a refugee and founder of the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). 

According to the event’s Facebook page, “Dr. Thach is an expert in community and organizational development, program and budget planning and management, strategic planning, collaboration and partnership building, resource development (grant writing), executive coaching, advocacy and executive coaching.”

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