Schedule of Events



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Friday, October 26

9am - 12pm: True About You: A Storytelling Workshop With Amy Salloway

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For anyone who’s said, “I don’t think I have a story to tell” -- You do! For any storyteller who’s said, “I’m out of ideas” – You’re not! 

Learn how to find and craft the rich, hilarious, painful and revealing true stories in your own everyday life in this active, encouraging and highly participatory workshop. Through discussion, free writing, partner exercises and even a little improv, we'll focus on the definition of "story" and the essential building blocks that make up a story; identifying conflict and a dramatic arc; bringing scenes to life with action, emotion and sensory detail; and embracing your unique voice. 

Bring a notebook and pen and a recording device (smart phone, iPad or voice recorder). 

Recommended for ages 17 and up.

Free but registration is necessary.

1pm - 4pm: “What is Spoken Word?” With Desdamona

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From storytelling to poetry to stand up comedy, there are many types of performance that could be defined as spoken word. People use phrases like “performance poetry” and “slam poetry” and “spoken word poetry” interchangeably, so is there a difference?

Cost: Free

Location: Little Falls Carnegie Library


4pm - 7pm Art Crawl

Cost: free

Locations: Heijeu Book + Art, Tony’s 1st Ave Custom Framing, Great River Arts, Turquoise Turtle, Rivertown Gallery, Sprout, Starry Eyed Brewing Co., Zoomski’s Midtown Cafe, The Shoppes of Little Falls, Elliott’s Tattoo


7:30 - 9pm Featured Event: Desdamona & DJ Kool Akiem

Desdamona ft. DJ Kool AKiEM at Great River Arts 14 Fridays

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Desdamona is an international award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sounds, and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii to Puerto Rico to Germany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetry's most illustrious stages.

Desdamona is recognized as a Minnesota Hip Hop Pioneer. Although she came onto the Minneapolis scene in 1997 and wasn’t the first to grab the mic, she paved the way for ladies who rock the mic in the Twin Cities and was the first female MC widely known for not only rockin’ mics but as a promoter, community organizer and teaching artist.

From underground mixtapes in the early nineties and the various Micranots releases, to 2006's Mixtape Deluxe, DJ Kool Akiem has been providing a steady diet of funk to the public for years now. Lacing ornate and eclectic samples over rugged drum hits and 808 kicks, Kool Akiem's productions have a distinct feeling that provide just the right amount of stimulation not to take attention away from the lyrics of his various collaborators. While most producers stick to a time-tested formula, Kool Ak constantly keeps it fresh by reinventing his production style without losing the urgent bump that folks have grown to expect from his tracks.

Cost: $12

Door 6:30pm

Show 7:30pm

9pm - 11pm Open Mic Music at Starry Eyed Brewing Company

There will be an open mic held at Starry Eyed Brewing Company Friday, October 26th starting at 9PM. Local musicians, poets, and all artists that express themselves through sound are welcome to take the stage and share their passion with patrons. Sign-up on site or message the host, TJ Larum (tjlarum@gmail.com), if you’d like to register ahead of time.

Saturday, October 27

10 am - 7pm Art Crawl (wander and enjoy art, music, poetry!)

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10am - 12pm Make & Take Activities (All Ages)

Visit our Make & Take Venues (Heijeu Book + Art, Great River Arts, Turquoise Turtle, The Shoppes (demos), Touright Bicycle Shop, and River Town Gallery). Short activities and projects will be presented by artists and makers. Supplies are limited.

11:30 am - 12:30pm Book Reading and Signing: Saymoukda Vongsay

Meet Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay: a poet, playwright, and cultural producer. Her work has been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, and Lazy Hmong Woman Productions. She's received fellowships from the Loft Literary Center and Playwrights Center; and creative grants from Jerome Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Bush Foundation, to name a few. Keep up with her @refugenius.

About When Everything Was Everything:

In the tumultuous years during and after the Vietnam War, thousands of ethnic Lao fled Southeast Asia to avoid persecution, imprisonment and even death. Many of these refugees eventually settled in the Upper Midwest, in and around Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Decades later, the older generation of Lao Americans continues to navigate the trauma of the region-wide conflict that ripped them from their homeland thousands of miles away. Their wounds have yet to scab.

Meanwhile, every generation of Lao still grapples with misrepresentation – or no representation at all – in popular and historical narratives, school curriculums, community conversations, and the arts. As a trans-generational narrative, When Everything Was Everything signifies a turning point for Lao American refugee stories.

Artfully stitched together from the author’s own imaginings, reimaginings and memories as a child raised on food stamps and forced into ESL classes while continuously being shuttled from one public housing address to the next, this remarkable picture book is a love letter to survivors that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

2pm - 4pm Poetry Open Mic

Come share your poetry at Great River Arts! Participants can email poetryscroll@gmail.com for more information. Come sign up beginning at 1:30pm.

4pm - 5pm Ukulele Jam Session

Bring your small but noteworthy Ukulele to Tony’s 1st Avenue Frame Shop to jam with other like minded awesomeness!

7pm - 9pm Small But Noteworthy Spoken Words, Great River Arts

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A fabulous opportunity to enjoy the talents of spoken word artists Desdamona, Khary Jackson, and, storyteller Amy Salloway!

This event is free, but goodwill donations are encouraged to help keep a good thing going! Give ways of art and local business goods will be part of this celebration! Sponsored by Starry Eyed Brewing Company.