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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dakota County Library hosting artists, performers, authors for Minnesota Mosaic® series

For the 18th year, Dakota County Library will host the culturally rich and artistically diverse Minnesota Mosaic® Cultural Arts series, complete with Chinese dance, the history of jazz music, black history and more. The series will celebrate the heritage of Minnesota's population and the state's vibrant culture with the following programs:

 

Sarah Stonich

Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will discuss her book, Vacationland, a novel comprised of stories that revolve around characters connected to Naledi, a fading lakeside vacation getaway in northern Minnesota.

  • 7–8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville

 

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center

Experience traditional Chinese dance movements and learn about the historic and cultural background of these movements to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

  • 11 a.m.–noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley

 

Nothando Zulu

Watch Nothando recreate colorful characters from African and African-American folktales in this lively performance.

  • 7–7:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville

 

Daughters of Africa

Celebrate the triumphs and accomplishments of African-American women through music fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah and others in this exuberant, music-driven event featuring profiles of the famous and the forgotten. Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre.

  • 7–7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul

 

Enterbrainment Live

Hear poetry and live music performed by Edu-Poetic Enterbrainment, a Twin Cities' spoken word and music ensemble. Learn how spoken word and hip-hop culture evolved and influenced American society and politics.

  • 2:30–3:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley

 

Polish Paper Cutting

Learn paper cutting techniques and designs to create your own paper cut art much like Wycinanki, designs that have been used to beautifully decorate the interior of Polish homes since the early 19th century. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.

  • 6–8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville
  • 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan

 

Jazz from 1920 to 2013

Hear songs by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker performed by the David Birrow Group and explore the history of jazz tunes from 1920 to today without missing a single decade. Presented in partnership with the Inver Grove Heights Senior Center.

  • 7–8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights

 

Metal Work of Latin America

Learn repoussé — a Spanish metalworking technique that uses hammering to form pliable metal into shapes — and create a beautiful silver foiled picture frame to take home. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.

  • 6–8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount

 

Inside the Criminal Mind

Daniel Craft, forensic trainer and former FBI agent, will take an up-close look at how criminals think and why they do what they do as he talks about his 31-year career as an agent.

  • 6–7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings

 

Minnesota in the 1970s

The 1970s were more than big hair, mirror balls and leisure suits. The Minnesota Historical Society will take you through these fascinating years that bridged the chasm between the tumultuous '60s and the conservatism of the '80s. Presented in partnership with the Inver Grove Heights Senior Center.

  • 7–8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville
  • 7–8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights

 

Tropics Steel Drum Band

Enjoy reggae, calypso, steel drum, soca, ska, Latin, dance hall style and other music genres performed by authentic Caribbean instrumentalists at this upbeat presentation.

  • 7–8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville

 

Café Accordion Orchestra

Tap your toes to this eclectic mix of French musette, vintage swing, Latin and European folk music from the five-piece Café Accordion Orchestra.

  • 7–8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount

 

Marie Porter

Award-winning Twin Cities cake artist Marie Porter, known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, discusses her books, Evil Cake Overlord, The Spirited Baker and Sweet Corn Spectacular.

  • 7–8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Wentworth Library, 199 E. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul

 

Minnesota Mosaic® is supported by the Dakota County Library Foundation and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment.

 

For more information or to register, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search calendar of events or call 651-450-2900.

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