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FALL 2017
 

Film
Iraqi Voices: Mini Film Fest
Co-presented with The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project and Tru Ruts

Part of the Brown CINEMA Café series
September 15-16, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7PM

Iraqi Voices: Mini Film Fest is a series of short documentary films written and directed by Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, photographed and edited by Nathan FisherIraqi Voices is a collaborative art program operated by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project that gives Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Minnesota an artistic platform to share their stories.
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SPRING 2017

Literary
Queer Voices

An LGBTQIA+ Reading Series
Curated by Andrea Jenkins and John Medeiros
January 24, 2017 | Tuesday | 7:30PM


The longest running series of its kind in the nation, Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voicesreading series has been creating a safe space for LGBT writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship for nearly a decade. More Info



 

Teen
Open Stages
January 27, 2017 | Friday | 6-9PM

Free
Open Stages is a free show hosted by youth performers, for youth performers at the Intermedia Arts Theater! The stage is yours ... What will you share?

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Film
Sunakali

Directed by Bhojrat Bhat
February 3, 2017 | Friday | 7:30PM
February 4, 2017 | Saturday | 2PM 

$7 in advance | $9 at the door | $5 for groups of 8 or more

A documentary film telling the story of a group of teenage girls in Nepal’s most remote district, Mugu, who overcome towering obstacles to pursue their passion of playing soccer. 
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Performance
In the Kitchen: BLACKapella

February 19, 2017 | 7-10PM

BLACKapella is a unique opportunity to celebrate true lyricism during Black History Month. Hosted by S.W.A.G.G. (Super Women Achieving Great Goals) as part of the In the Kitchen series, BLACKapella aim to leave the audience edified, inspired and proud to be BLACK.
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Music
Live Music Fest
February 24, 2017 | Friday | 6-9PM
$3 Cover
Live performances by multi-genre young musicians. Check out middle-, high school, and college-aged musicians performing live on stage. Live-Music-Fest is the only all-ages venue for teen performers in the Twin Cities!

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Reception
FOOR Folx

February 23, 2017 | 6-8PM

Twin Cities artists and community leaders Adja Gildersleve, Anna Min, and Tina Cho explore the experiences of FOrmerly PoOR Folx in personal, cultural, and historical contexts. Join artists and curators as we celebrate the opening of this new exhibition. Guests will enjoy food, connect with artists, and view a short documentary film.
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Workshop
Dance Workshop with Michael Sakamoto
March 1, 2017 | Wednesday | 5-6:30PM | Free
This workshop is open to dancers, theater-makers, and movement enthusiasts wishing to explore Butoh, Hip-Hop, and more. All participants get a free ticket to the Saturday performance of FlashDress for movement.
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Dance
Flash
Written, Choreographed, and Performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto
March 3-4, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM

A Hip Hop / Butoh dance duet addressing the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance, and identity. More Info



 

 
Workshop
Master Movement Workshop in House Dance
With Rennie Harris
March 3, 2017 | Saturday | 1-2:30PM | $5-25

Learn and explore the rigorous technique rooted in House and the cultural context of Rennie Harris' work rooted in Hip Hop. This is a master level adult class intended for intermediate and advanced movement artists. All participants get a free ticket to the Saturday performance of Flash.
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Teen
Open Stages
March 27, 2017 | Monday | 6-9PM

Free
Open Stages is a free show hosted by youth performers, for youth performers at the Intermedia Arts Theater! The stage is yours ... What will you share?

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Literary
Queer Voices

An LGBTQIA+ Reading Series
Curated by Andrea Jenkins and John Medeiros
March 28, 2017 | Tuesday | 7:30PM


The longest running series of its kind in the nation, Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voicesreading series has been creating a safe space for LGBT writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship for nearly a decade. More Info




 

Multidisciplinary
UNDERBELLY
Experimental, Multidisciplinary Works Featuring Emerging Ideas and Artists
April 7-8, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM

Intermedia Arts’ multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series returns this Spring with a Hip Hop theater experiment by TruthMazea collection of songs and stories from the mouth of a candy witch by Emily Zimmer, and an interdisciplinary one-woman show sifting the elusiveness of Black Girl Magic by Vie BohemmeMore Info



 


Community Spotlight
Sistah Solo | Being Brothas
April 21-22, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7PM

Strong. Sophisticated. Spiritual. Bold. Brilliant. Breathtaking. Celebrate the unique voices of women and men of color through film, dance, music, movement, and spoken word. Created by Maia Maiden
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Family Event
Family Art Day

April 23, 2017 | Sunday | 10AM-12:30PM 

Family Art Day is an engaging celebration of all things art, featuring hands-on artmaking activities and engaging performances for families and youth of all ages! Join visual artists, performers, musicians, storytellers and more at this bi-annual, family-focused event! All ages and abilities welcome.

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Multidisciplinary Festival 
Up & Out: Coming Home

April 28-29, 2017 | Friday-Saturday

Up & Out: Coming Home is a multidisciplinary arts festival cultivated by and for queer and trans youth and seeks to celebrate and showcase the power held by these individuals within their communities.
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Community Spotlight
Q-STAGE: New Works Series
May 5-14, 2017 | Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30PM | Sundays at 2PM

20% Theatre Company presents an experimental series dedicated to providing a stage for local queer artists and performance-makers to showcase new work. This year's Q-STAGE features new works by Devin Taylor, Nadia Honary, Sami Pfeffer, Simone Williams & Holo Lue Choy. 
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Reception
In Flux: Resist, Heal, Create

Featuring artwork by Youth of the Twin Cities and Beyond!
Curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council
May 13, 2017 | 1-3PM

Join Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council members as we celebrate this exhibition created by youth, for youth to share and to heal within the current context of violence and marginalization happening in the world around us.
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Performance
#TESTIFY
Part of the Radical Experiments Series

Devised & Directed by Shá Cage

May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 12PM & 2PM

An interdisciplinary theater performance in #TESTIFY is an immersive, multi-sensory theater performance that instigates the line between fact and fiction, propaganda and politics, and race and class. It examines identity through the lens of the absence of connection. Sha Cage directs this devised piece in collaboration with Amoke Kubat, Jayanthi Kyle, Beverly Cottman, E.G. Bailey, Felicia Perry, Bill Cottman, Kiara Jo Jackson, Johanna Easley, Semaj Copeland, Alejandro Eduarte, Roza Brooks, Simone Williams Bernadette and Nioka WorkmanThemes in this work include the politics of systemic racism, black and brown beauty, and historical cycles of trauma and healing. More Info



Interactive Performance
ZONES
Part of the Radical Experiments Series
Led by Marcus Young, Ananya Chatterjea, and Dr. Joi Lewis
May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 4-6:30PM

Participation + Meditation + Movement = An experiment in Radical Self-Care. More Info




 

Teen
Open Stages
May 22, 2017 | Monday | 6-9PM

Free
Open Stages is a free show hosted by youth performers, for youth performers at the Intermedia Arts Theater! The stage is yours ... What will you share?

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Literary
Loving In a Time of War: Muslim Queer Voices

Presented in Partnership with Mizna
Guest Curated by Nur Jibran and Nasreen Mohamed
May 23, 2017 | Tuesday | 7:30PM


Loving In a Time of War will feature writings by queer Muslims in resistance to empire. The featured writers stand on multiple frontlines, courageously breaking apart the narratives that confine our voices, our lives, and our imagination. More Info




 

Community Spotlight
Black Memory and Imagination: An Intergenerational Conversation

Organized and sponsored by Free Black Dirt, Intermedia Arts, Umbra Search African American History, and the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
May 25, 2017 | Thursday | 7PM

Please join us for Black Memory and Imagination: An Intergenerational Conversation on Archiving Black Arts featuring local artists. The conversation will be facilitated by Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus of Free Black Dirt. More Info

 

Tour
Behind the Walls

Free
June 1, 2017 | Thursday | 5:30-6:30PM
Join us for an inside look at the art and artists of Intermedia Arts. This is a free, one-hour tour where you'll learn more about Intermedia's mission, values, history, and future while meeting artists, staff, youth and more. More Info | RSVP





 

Film
Brown CINEMA Café: Waist Up - Short Films About Youth
June 1, 2017 | Thursday | Free, but RSVP Required
6:30PM | Music Mixer + Snacks
7PM | Film Screening


June's Brown CINEMA Café features a series of short films created by and about youth.






Showcase
Seeds to Roots
June 3, 2017 | Saturday | 12-1:30PM

Join Intermedia Arts’ young filmmakers and more as they showcase all new work created in the Indy: Film for Social Change program and the Youth Leadership Council.







Community Spotlight
Queertopia

June 21-24, 2017 | 7:30-10PM

Queertopia is an annual performance and visual art show. Queertopia is a collectively run queer and gender-ungovernable art project that values decentering whiteness and toxic masculinity (cuz who has time for all that? not us). More Info







Literary
Queer Voices PRIDE Reading

At the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Curated by Andrea Jenkins and John Medeiros
June 27, 2017 | Tuesday
Book Fair at 5:30PM | Reading at 6:30PM


Celebrate PRIDE at the Minneapolis Central Library with Queer Voices curators Andrea Jenkins & John Medeiros along with a stellar lineup of readers from the 2016-2017 season! This event will include ASL interpretation. More Info


 

 



ABOUT THE CATALYST SERIES
The Catalyst Series is a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work. Through performing, media, and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways, showcasing work by artists whose voices are in motion. The series offers a pathway for traditionally underrepresented artists, emerging local changemakers, and projects that ignite innovation.


 


These presentations are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.