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  • On Sunday, June 14, there will be a Block Party to benefit Our Saviour’s Housing in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis.

     

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  • The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock closed for good at midnight on June 9. KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh decided to take one last run down the lock, about an hour before the congressional act to close the lock took effect. Here he is in a 17-foot canoe, along with his friends Kyle, Philip and Russell.

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  • Philip Shorey is a local musician and creative type who recently attended the New York City Musical Saw Festival. The festival is a gathering for all types of people who play the musical saw, and it’s the group responsible for the Guiness world record for the largest ensemble of musical saw players.

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  • The 8th Annual Fakoly Drum & Dance Project took place May 29-31 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.

    This year’s festival was called Wontanara (We Are United). Wontanara brought together dancers and master drummers from throughout the Twin Cities and areas of West Africa. With master classes over two days and an evening live performance, this gathering displayed the growth of traditional African dance and percussion in the Twin Cities.

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  • Project DIVA is North Minneapolis-based program established to provide under-served girls with the tools and support to end the cycle of the poverty endemic in our communities.

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  • Pop Wagner has been part of the folk scene in Minneapolis since he arrived in town over 40 years ago. He will be helping to start a new vibe on University Avenue in Minneapolis. Pop Wagner spoke with KFAI’s Rico Morales about his career, influences, and more. Pop Wagner will be playing at The Roots Cellar at University Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
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  • May 24th is Independence Day in the African nation of Eritrea.  Twenty four years ago Eritrea ended a long war with neighboring Ethiopia to gain its self-determination.  

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  • On Minneculture, we’ll visit the Minnesota History Center as some of the featured authors from a new anthology of African American writing celebrate the publication of their work. The book is called Blues Vision, and one of the featured writers is J. Otis Powell.

    Here’s an excerpt from the Minneculture broadcast – J. Otis Powell reading from page 78 of the book – a piece called “Tongue Swallow.”

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  • Steve Paulos is an Eritrean living in Minnesota.  He recently stopped by KFAI to talk with Dale Connelly about Eritrean Independence Day and the plans of a local group to hold a candlelight vigil in St. Paul's Highland Park on Saturday, May 23rd.  The vigil is intended to recognize both the 24th anniversary of Eritrean Independence and the tragedy of those Eritreans who have lost their lives trying to flee the country – identified by Amnesty International as one of the world's most repressive governments. 
     
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  • It’s springtime, and birds are on the wing, traveling above our great watery highways back to their summer homes.

    But what birds? Where are they going? How do they do this?

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