Community Calendar: Twin Cities Black Film Festival, Think Pink & 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.

OCTOBER 11 – 20


October 11-14

Twin Cities Black Film Festival

SPNN, 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul. $10+

Four days of films, panels, fashion and mixers showcasing independent filmmakers of color.



October 13

National Black MBA Development Day

9 am-1 pm @ U of M Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave. S., Mpls. Free

National Black MBA – Twin Cities hosts this annual event featuring professional development sessions and a meet and greet with the corporate sponsors and networking.



18th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival

10 am-5 pm @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul. Free

Largest literary event in the Upper Midwest featuring hundreds of exhibitors, dozens of presenting authors and special children’s programming.



FrogTown Comedy Hour

8-10 pm @ Heritage Tea House, 360 W. University Ave., St. Paul. $10

Baddie’s Comedy Co. presents a night of laughter, food and music every second Saturday of the month.



October 16

From Redlining to Predatory Lending- The Racial Wealth Gap

5:30-8 pm @ Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Mpls. Free

Panel discussion and community conversation about the lifecycle of redlining, disinvestment, predatory lending, and gentrification and displacement.



October 17

Candidate Forum: Hennepin County District 2

8-9:30am @ Jax Cafe, 1928 University Ave. NE, Mpls. Free

Candidates Irene Fernando and Blong Yang will talk workforce, economic development regulations, policies and more with Minneapolis Regional Chamber.



Northside Legal Law Clinic

11 am-1 pm @ New Rules, 2015 N. Lowry, Mpls. Free

Every third Wednesday of the month, Northside Legal Clinic provides small business owners free legal consultation. Attendees can meet with an attorney for up to 30 minutes individually, on a first come, first serve basis.



Ladies Night Of Comedy

7:30-9:30 pm @ House of Comedy, Mall of America, 408 E. Broadway, Bloomington. $15+

Shed G presents a night of comedy featuring B Phlat, one of St. Louis’ hottest comedians.



October 18

Voices of Our Community Input Session

5:30-7:30 pm @ Hamline University Klass Center, 1537 West Taylor, St. Paul. Free

Part of a listening sessions series hosted by City of St. Paul to share info about the city’s equity work and gather community feedback. This week’s topic: Real Employment Opportunity



Elevate Your Network

5-10 pm @ The Pourhouse, 10 5th St. S., Mpls. Free

Weekly networking and happy hour event highlighting various business sectors and causes.



October 19

Cool Like That Hip Hop Fashion Show

7-11 pm @ Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Mpls. $10+

Black Fashion Week MN presents a fashion show honoring hip hop. Featured designers include Nsod Guy, Creed Hostetter and STUDIIYO23. Performance by Chadwick “Niles” Phillips.



FAM Fridays

8 pm-Midnight @ Radisson RED, 609 S. 3rd St., Mpls. Free

Sound Vérité Records curates an evening of fashion, art and music every Friday night with pop-up shops from local fashion designers, craft makers, artists, and live entertainment.



October 20

THINK PINK Breast Cancer Awareness

2-7 pm @ El Nuevo Rodeo, 2709 E. Lake St., Mpls. $15

Love Promotions hosts an evening celebrating those impacted by breast cancer. Hosted by KMOJ’s Glamlife Kim and honoring Sharlene Young, Sandra Hales, Susan Brown, Debbie Gatlin and Tamiko Edwards. The event includes live entertainment, swag bags and more.



The Wenso Ashby Experience

6-8:30 pm @ Capri Theater 2027 W Broadway Ave., Mpls. $17+

Pianist Wenso Ashby brings his full band for a musical experience incorporating smooth jazz, culture and history.



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