Larry Johnson, storyteller, educator, and peace activist, will tell and read stories from his just-published SIXTY-ONE. The author served as a conscientious objector, medic with no weapon, during the War in Vietnam. Framed between his JFK inspired 50 Mile Hike in 1961 and the 61 Mile Hike he took on his 61st birthday, Johnson’s stories reflect a lifelong search for the stories hidden by a culture bent on war.
Saturday, January 21, is the official Women’s March Minnesota, in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women and their supporters in Washington, D.C. on that day. The MN event convenes at 10:00 a.m. on the John Ireland Blvd Bridge for solidarity and rallying; at 11:00 a.m. the March heads northeast toward the state capitol. From 12:00 to 2:00 there is a rally and program. ESFL will have an Open House after the Women’s March Minnesota, on the 21st, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bring your kids and join us for “Kids Rising”, a children’s Story Hour with readers Jen Roba and Sean Morgan. Readings will be every other Saturday morning 10:30 – 11:30. January readings will be on the 14th and the 28th. The focus will be pre-K to 4th grade level materials, especially picture books and music, but this can change based on the audience and interests. Jen Roba is an experienced 5th grade teacher, and an East Side resident.
One Voice Mixed Chorus kicks off their 2017 season on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend with Out of the Shadows, a concert honoring the work of African-American artists and activists. The concert also features the world premiere of One Voice’s largest commission ever, The Man Behind the Dream, a new choral work by composer Steve Milloy and Twin Cities-based librettist Vanessa German. This commission honors the life and work of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, a mentor to Dr.