Events - Feb 2024

 LoLa will once again be hosting a winter art show at Squirrel Haus Arts in late February and early March, including a reception on Saturday, March 2. Over two weekends in late winter, LoLa invites its member artists to select a few pieces to exhibit, offering the public a chance to view a sampling of art created in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis poet and pastor Patrick Cabello Hansel will launch a book chronicling the tumultuous times of 2020, in new collection of poems called "Breathing in Minneapolis." Cabello Hansel served 15 years as a pastor in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. In his third collection of poetry, he explores the events that defined 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, sometimes violent civil unrest, and the often murderous cruelty of American society. In the poems, encounter the sweet scent of lilacs competing with tear gas, immigrant store owners picking up burnt fragments, a young father crossing the Rio Grande on Christmas Eve, a pastor mourning a dying parishioner he cannot visit, a shower of cottonwood blossoms falling like snow.
The book will be launched Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 East 31st Street. Holy Trinity was Ground Zero for the protests at the 3rd Precinct following George Floyd’s murder, serving as a medic station and sanctuary.  Cabello Hansel will be joined by poets Joyce Sutphen, Walter Cannon, Dralandra Larkins and the Chilean music group Ina Yukka.


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