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Past Allied Events

See below for a list of past allied events. 

Click here for details of our upcoming allied events.

2018 Spring Season Kick-Off

Hosted by Patrick's Cabaret

WHEN: Tuesday, January 30 at 6 PM - 8 PM

WHERE: Carley Coffee, 821 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Join us for a coffee drink or tap beer at Carley Coffee for an informal chance to meet-n-greet with members of the Patrick’s Cabaret family as we kick-off the Cabaret’s Spring Season. 

Co-hosted by our new cohort of Curators and team of Ambassadors.

Cover photo: Artists from Controlled Burn 2017 (Photo: Ari Newman)

Sober Queer History with Addison Sharpe

Hosted by Steamship Coffee & Tea, Gadfly Theatre Productions & Universe Games

WHEN: Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

WHERE: Steamship Coffee & Tea, 711 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Inspired by the TV show "Drunk History" and the strength of the Minneapolis LGBTQ+ sober community, Gadfly Theatre Productions is proud to present "Sober Queer History." "Sober Queer

History" is a night of historical storytelling and improv that sheds a necessary spotlight on LGBTQ+ history you've forgotten or never knew at all. 

Storyteller Addison Sharpe is an actor, storyteller, and overall radical performing artist. On January 28th at Steamship Coffee/Universe Games in the LynLake neighborhood of Minneapolis, they are taking us on a journey through queer history for this event, using their natural humor and love of queer community to spur them on.

Buffalo Show

Presented by Oyate Hotanin

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7 PM - 9 PM

WHERE: Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Join our friends at Oyate Hotanin for the first Buffalo Show of 2018! 

Featuring traditional storyteller COLIN WESAW, with 

Tatanka Ohitika (“Strong Buffalo”) is a Dakota elder and poet from the Sisseton- Wahpeton Oyate. He is a decorated Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and American Indian Movement (AIM) activist who has traveled around the world performing his work, collecting a million stories and writing a “zillion” poems, advocating for indigenous peoples across the globe. Strong Buffalo join forces with host Leech Laker Al Gross, to deliver much needed love medicine to a world in need, with wise words and dirty grooves, and interspersed with thoughtful conversation. Joined by several other special guest artists, The Buffalo Show showcases important work by Native artists seeking to restore balance to our world.

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Contemporary Experiments: Processes

with Leslie Parker

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 1:30pm - 3pm 

WHERE: Zenon Dance Company and School, 528 Hennepin Avenue 400, Minneapolis MN 55403


Join Leslie in a rigorous physical exploration of the intersections between thought and movement, the real and the representational, the past and the present, freestyle and improvisation, flow and disruption. This class is informed by contemporary forms of the African Diaspora – an investigation of embodied performance states that are multi-layered and multi-faceted to generate empathetic choices in dance-making… and while dancing them.

Get engaged with Minneapolis 2040 – share your thoughts on City planning!

Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association

WHEN: Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One resounding theme is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help the city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all.

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan will cover topics such as housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.  City planners would like to hear your thoughts. 

Dine Out for Racial Justice

Hosted by Voices For Racial Justice and Birchwood Cafe

WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm

WHERE: Birchwood Cafe, 3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

Dine out and do good -- Birchwood Cafe is donating 35% of our proceeds from dinner to Voices for Racial Justice!

Night of Theater for Puerto Rico - Noche de Teatro Para Puerto Rico

Hosted by Beliza Torres Narvaez and Javier Morillo

WHEN: December 1st and 2nd at 7:00pm

WHERE: Strike Theater, 824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413


Beliza Torres Narvaez’s “Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret” and Javier Morillo’s “Broken English, Mother Tongue.”

A Benefit Performance for the Coalición de Boricuas en Minnesota, which will use all funds to support continuing efforts for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican community of Minnesota has rallied to help our island recover from the disaster of Hurricane Maria. In this benefit double-billing, two local Puerto Rican artists will perform their solo shows about island and its relationship to the United States.

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Thanks and Giving Comedy Benefit For Pepitos Owner Joe Minjares

Hosted by comedians Louie Anderson and Joel Hodgson

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:30pm and 2nd show starting at 10:30pm
Where: Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Av. S.

Comedian Louie Anderson and Joel Hodgson (the creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) announced that they are throwing a comedy benefit on Nov. 25to support Minjares and his family. The show will be held at the adjacent Parkway theater, which Minjares’ family also owns.


Joe Minjares, who opened Pepitos near the corner of 48th and Chicago in 1971, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive incurable lung disease, and is recovering from a lung transplant.  Joe, who has helped so many others over the years, now is in need of help both medically and financially. A group of friends and associates have established a GoFundMe effort as one way of meeting some of his financial needs.  You can make a donation here.

Black Friday Pop-Up Market

Hosted by Dr. Sheronda Orridge

WHEN: Friday, November 24, 2017 from 12:00pm-5:00pm

WHERE: Western Plaza, 372 University Ave W., St. Paul, MN 55103

Come out and support our artists and craftsman of color at the Black Friday Pop-Up Market. Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Why no buy unique gifts at the same time keep the money in the community. It's a win win. Come our and support the Artists of Rondo. Share your talent at the open mic! Meet the artists, and purchase unique art!

All proceeds go to the artists. This event is free to the public

For more information please contact Dr. Sheronda Orridge at 651-261-9317

CabarABLE: Weird

Presented by Patrick's Cabaret

November 17, 2017

WHEN: November 17 & 18, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: At Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

CabarABLE is Patrick's Cabaret's annual show featuring artists with disabilities, and 2017 will mark the fourth year we will have hosted this event. Previous years' themes included "Love," "Work," and "Rights/Responsibilities." This year's theme is "Weird." The show is all about embracing the weird and awkward moments of our disabilities and in our lives. How do we understand being weird as a good thing? How can we create a more inclusive world?

Curated and Hosted by Nikki Abramson. Nikki is an actor, teacher, speaker, mentor, and author. She enjoys performing and writing pieces about life story that help inspire others in their journey. Nikki appeared in the 2016 CabarABLE, and she recently produced the Fringe Festival show "Beyond Limits."

Coco's Latinidad: An Immigrant Thanksgiving

Presented by Teatro del Pueblo

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 19th at 4pm
WHERE: The Creative Arts School (Theater Auditorium; 65 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101).

Welcome to Coco’s barrio! From the heart of downtown Saint Paul, at the Creative Arts School Theater join us for a live bilingual radio broadcast of Coco’s Latinidad. Described as a cross between SNL and Prairie Home Companion, Coco’s Latinidad showcases the power of Latinx artists with humor, drama and lots of music. Host, Coco, will take us on a stroll through her barrio, where dogs bark Spanish lullabies and gatos meow “al son” Latino. Experience an Immigrant Thanksgiving like no other. Embark on a musical adventure with our eclectic musical guest, Alma Andina and other special guests. Directed by Alberto Justiniano of Teatro Del Pueblo. Coco’s Latinidad is brought you by the Knight Foundation, the Saint Paul Star Grant. “This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.”

Ward 8 Neighborhoods Open House and Community Thank You

​With Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden and Council Member-elect Andrea Jenkins

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave


  • A "short" community reflection led by local artist and actor, Dylan Fresco

  • Free food and refreshments

  • Kids activities


Come with your 6 words about race - and participate in The Race Card Project 

We hope you can join us for an open house --celebrating you!

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Taste of Phillips Art Festival--Festival de Arte

Hosted by the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 4:00pm - 9:00pm

WHERE: St Paul's Elca, 2742 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

A celebration of the arts in our neighborhood! Hands-on art, food, silent auction, dedication of Peace Garden. Musical lineup: Peter VanKoughnett, Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, Katherine Parent y Adam Gabriel Rangel—Spoken word and songs of resistance, Los Chinelos. Guest artist from Heart of the Beast.

Una celebración de los artes de nuestro barrio. Actividades de arte, comida, subasta silente, dedicación del Jardín de Paz. Música: Peter VanKoughnett, Ballet Folklórico México Azteca, Katherine Parent y Adam Gabriel Rangel, Los Chinelos. ¡Títeres!

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“Ritu – The Seasons” at The O’Shaughnessy

Presented by Kala Vandanam

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    

WHERE: The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

TICKETS: $22 - Discount code for Pangea Supporters "pangea" for $2 discount

I bow to the wheel of six seasons
Cycles of birth and death
Each season bestows gifts
Enchanting our hearts
Bringing abundance to our earth

Inspired by Kalidasa’s 4th century Sanskrit work Ritu Samhara and Vivaldi’s 18th century Italian work Le Quattro Stagioni, Kala Vandanam’s Ritu – The Seasons brings out the beauty of each season through an original Bharatanatyam work.

Ritu – The Seasons will be performed by a cast of aspiring Twin Cities Bharatanatyam dancers. This will be the final performance as a part of our 2015 Knight Arts Challenge project, we hope you can join us for this celebration.

Somali Museum of MN: 4th Anniversary

Hosted by Somali Museum of Minnesota

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6:00 - 10:00pm 

WHERE: Benson Hall, Bensen University, 3900 Bethel Dr, Arden Hills, Minnesota 55112

The Somali Museum's Anniversary is an annual event bringing together the Twin Cities' vibrant Somali-American community for a massive culture-focused celebration. The Event commemorates the 2013 opening of the Somali Museum's public gallery, with performances by international and local Somali stars in music, theater and comedy. This year's Anniversary will for the first time take place at Saint Paul, MN. Tickets begin going on sale July 1st. We will update you with surprise performances and other information in the upcoming weeks.

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An Enchanting evening of music, spoken word, projection and fire

Hosted by Oyate Hotanin

WHEN: Monday, October 9 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

WHERE: Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

Free event! Join us for an enchanting evening of fire, music, spoken word and projections to celebrate "Indigenous day is Original Peoples' Day"

Opening: The Willows
Tiwakan - Strong Buffalo and JG Everest
Jake Vainio, musician
Brian Dehler, projection artist
Dakota Blue, accompanying musician/ spoken word appearance 
Dakota Hoska, poet
Taylor Rose, poet

Ignite! - a queer youth storytelling summit

Presented by Patrick's Cabaret

WHEN: Saturday, October 7 at 12 PM - 5:30 PM

WHERE: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408


A one-day storytelling summit for queer youth

For the culminating event of a new summer-long project to provide creative space for queer youth, Patrick’s Cabaret presents “Ignite!,” a one-day storytelling summit for youth identifying along the spectrum of queer identities. The event will be held at Intermedia Arts on the afternoon of Saturday, October 7th.

Teaching Artists Nicole M. Smith and Kat Purcell, who are also both performing artists and curators with Patrick’s Cabaret, will lead participants through a day of writing, healing, and story creation. From 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM, this summit will hold space for LGBTQIA2+ youth (ages 13-19) interested in gaining skills in storytelling, collaborating with other artists, and performance.

Controlled Burn 2017: queer performance for a world on fire

Presented by Patrick's Cabaret

WHEN: October 5-7, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: At Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Named for the practice of intentionally setting fire to a prairie to promote new growth, Controlled Burn is a cabaret mini-festival featuring "queer performance for a world on fire." An intersectional space for queer performers, especially artists of color and with disabilities. Curated by three fiercely talented queer artists of color, this special three-night event will feature 18 acts, with a different line-up each evening.

Co-Curated and Hosted by Nicole M. Smith, Rosa Garcia, and Dua Saleh

Forge: Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh and Thomas Nordlund

Hosted by Forge

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4 at 9:30 PM 

WHERE: Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408


October guests: Thomas Nordlund and Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh 

With Tony Axtell (bass), Kavyesh Kaviraj (piano), and Michael Pilhofer (percussion)

"Migration", the debut collaboration between singer Maryam Ershadi Yusefzadeh and guitarist Thomas Nordlund, is a collection of reimagined traditional Persian folk songs and original compositions inspired by that musical language.

Button Poetry Live​

Hosted by Button Poetry

Button Poetry Live

  • Monday October 2, at Camp Bar in Downtown St. Paul (7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.). 

Tickets for BPL can be found at:


Melissa Lozada-Oliva's Book Release Show 

  • Tuesday, September 26 at Ice house at 7 p.m. 

"Shyamali: Sprouting Words"

Presented by Ananya Dance Theatre

WHEN: September 15 & 16, 2017

WHERE: The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 

"Shyamali: Sprouting Words" is inspired by the courage of global women of color who speak up to sustain communities and whose dissent fuels life force. It celebrates women who refuse to be broken and invokes the resilience of grass, which springs up even when trod upon. 

Ananya Chatterjea's choreography combines the metaphor and poetry of Contemporary Indian Dance in a movement practice anchored in social justice as it invokes the spirit of Dakini, traditionally embodied by destruction, chaos, and transformation. 

Dakini lives in the possibilities of audiences' and performers' discomfort and insists that the role of women's rage and their spiritual ecstasy be seen in the arc towards equity. This tumult resolves through choreography that weaves ritualistic performance and dances of the gentle warrior.

National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival

Presented by New Native Theatre

WHEN: Wednesday, August 23 - Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Gremlin Theatre, 550 Vandalia St, St. Paul, MN

Join New Native Theatre at the Gremlin Theatre in Saint Paul, MN for the Second Annual National Native American Ten Minute Play Festival. The show will premiere new plays from local and national emerging and mid-career playwrights.

Poets & Artists for Peace: Fundraiser for Dar Al-Farooq

WHERE: Moon Palace Books, 3260 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm

TICKETS: $5-20 suggested donation, but no one turned away.

Join ​신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin, Sagirah Shahid, Maya Beck and other local artists in an arts showcase in solidarity Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center. In today's world, disheartening news is happening nonstop. The current state of emergency in Charlottesville in proof of this. Still, we would like to invite to join us in a space for art with purpose, art that acknowledges the good in the world while recognizing the need for anger that arcs the nation towards justice.

Wait, didn't Patrick's Cabaret close?

Presented by Patrick's Cabaret

WHERE: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

WHEN: Friday, August 4 - Saturday, August 12, 2017

“Wait...didn’t Patrick’s Cabaret close?” It’s a question we still get a year after being booted from our longtime home at Lake & Minnehaha in spring 2016. These 15 vibrant performances, drawn from the community of artists that have graced the many stages of Patrick's Cabaret over its 30+ years, are our answer to the titular question.

Immigrant Journey Project

Presented by Mu Performing Arts

WHERE: SteppingStone Theatre, 55 Victoria St N, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

WHEN: Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Created by Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Hmong Elders Center, Shades of Yellow (SOY), Wilder, and Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) and facilitated by renowned puppet artist Masanari Kawahara, Immigrant Journey Project, directed by Randy Reyes, explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks. In this devised work, community members will perform original stories alongside theatre professionals.

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