Community calendar: storytelling, dance parties, Open Streets & more



Here are the MSR editors’ top picks of free (and low-cost) events, arts and activities to enjoy throughout the Twin Cities and greater metro area.


Saturday, September 30

The Black Love Effect Project: Daytime Party

3-7 pm @ Wilson’s Image Barbers & Stylists, 2124 W. Broadway Ave., Mpls. $10

A mixer in a Black space celebrating Black self-love through discussion and networking. This month’s theme: “Getting Real: Black Intimacy and Healthy Love Explored.”



Black-Lines-Matter | Where Black Writers Meet

6-8 pm @ Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls,

Bi-weekly writing classroom focused on celebrating and developing Black/POC writers. All ages. Open to the public.



27th Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival – Grand Finale

7-10 pm @ Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. Free

Themed, “And How Are The Children?,” the evening closes out the three-day festival.



Afriquency #7

10 pm-2 am @ Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. $10

Soul Tools & Wello present the latest installment of their dance night featuring DJ Karuza.



Sunday, September 30

Open Streets – U of M

11 am-5 pm @ 14th Avenue SE from University Ave. SE to Oak St. SE, Mpls. Free

Bike, walk, play and shop at this free street festival featuring local businesses, artisans, music and fun.



Telling Our Stories, Reframing the Metanarrative

3-6 pm @ In The Heart Of The Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 East Lake St., Mpls. Free

Kinky Curly Theological Collective presents a reading of stories convened from African and African American women exploring the complexity of identity as Black women.



Tuesday, October 2

’90s Hip Hop and R&B Karaoke

10 pm-2 am @ Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls. $10

Bi-weekly old school karaoke night hosted by DJ Snuggles.



Thursday, October 4

Re-Verb Open Mic

6-8 pm @ Golden Thyme Café, 921 Selby Ave., St. Paul. Free

Weekly open mic rooted in dialogue, community and love and presented by TruArtSpeaks, while serving the Historic Rondo Community and everyone who loves it.



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