February 2020 GoSeeDo

2/6 – 3/1 — The White Card

Set at the dinner party of wealthy white art collectors and a Black artist, Claudia Rankine’s play “The White Card” raises questions about how white privilege and power are displayed in the fandom, collection, observation, and ownership of art by Black artists. $15-$40. Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul. Details: 651-224-3180, penumbratheatre.org

2/7 – 2/22 — After the Fires

In this new play by Isabel Nelson and the Transatlantic Love Affair Ensemble, civilization as we know it has been swallowed up. Without sets or props, the ensemble uses their bodies to tell stories. Illusion Theater, Mpls. $17-$30. Details: 612-339-4944, illusiontheater.org

2/8 — Farmer-Led Education

The Sustainable Farming Association’s annual conference is an educational event featuring topics chosen by SFA member farmers. (PHOTO CRYSTAL LIEPA PHOTOGRAPHY)

Learn the potential for capturing carbon through soil health, how to grow and market asparagus, options for deep winter greenhouses, ways to address farm stress, and much more. $50 SF members, $60 nonmembers. 8:30am- 5pm. College of Saint Benedict, Collegeville. Details: sfa-mn.org/conference

2/15, 2/29 — Herbs to Chainsaws

The Women’s Environmental Institute offers an in-depth class on growing medicinal herbs, from germination to harvest, taught by Nancy Graden of Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm. Feb. 15, 10am-3pm. “Women and Chainsaws” will learn chainsaw safety, maintenance, and operation, taught by Louise Levy and Emily Ford of Levy Tree Care. Feb. 29, 9am-4pm. Both courses are $75. North Branch. Details: 651-583-0705, w-e-i.org

2/19 — Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day

Join the annual lobby day for reproductive freedom at the State Capitol. The day will start with a How to Lobby 101 workshop followed by meetings with legislators. Thank your pro-choice representatives, or talk to anti-choice representatives about why abortion access and reproductive freedom matters to you. Free. 8am-4pm. Minnesota State Capitol. Details: allevents.by/NARALProChoiceMinnesota

2/20 — Caucus and Primary Workshop

Why does Minnesota have both a caucus and a primary? What do voters need to know before local caucuses begin at the end of February? Workshop participants will learn how to engage with our election systems effectively and will be given tools for civic action and engagement. $5 members, $10 non-members. 6-8pm. YWCA Downtown, Mpls. Details: ywcampls.org

Through 2/21 — Metamorphose in Duluth

“A Love Story in Five Parts (Part 1)” by Sarah Brokke, 2020. Oil on canvas, 18” x 24”

Prøve Gallery hosts an exhibition by painter Sarah Brokke. She extrudes the sacred from dreams and everyday existence to reveal vulnerability and strength. Her paintings feature women subjects in fantastical and surreal landscapes. Free. Wed-Fri., 4-7pm, Sat. 12-4pm. Duluth. Details: provegallery.com

Through 2/29 — Wilderness on Snowshoes         

The Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park has several special events on snowshoes. Feb. 1,  11:30-1pm, features birding on snowshoes with a naturalist along prairie, woodland, and river trails. Feb. 14, 7-8:30pm, includes a snowshoe hike along the river, a bonfire, and hot chocolate. Saturdays 11am-3pm, and Sundays 1-3pm, try the drop-in program with free snowshoes for individual exploration of the park. Free. Mpls. Details: 612-370-4844, minneapolisparks.org

Through 3/21 — Red Wing Exhibitions

“She, Her, Hers” by Lindsey Cherek. Acrylic on paper, 56” x 42”

Two group exhibitions are featured at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing. “Vessels” is co-presented with Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists, showcasing pottery by 32 artists around the state. “Portray” is curated by Anderson Center director Stephanie Rogers and presents human likenesses in two- and three-dimensions, in media ranging from pen and ink to oil paintings. Free. Red Wing. Details: 651-388-2009, andersoncenter.org

Ongoing — Climate Change Book Discussion

Read Brave Saint Paul is an intergenerational reading program that uses books and stories to engage people in learning about complex issues. The 2020 theme is “Our Climate Crisis.” Participants read  one  of the two featured books and download a one-page guide. One of the books is “The Marrow Thieves,” a young- adult dystopian novel by Cherie Dimaline in which global warming has destroyed the earth and, with it, most people’s ability to dream. Another is “Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future,” by Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland. You can organize your own book club discussion, attend a discussion at the library, or take part in related activities. Details: ReadBrave.org

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