Winter Open House, Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday, January 28,
1:00-3:00 PM
Come to WBCA’s Winter
Open House for fun and
free activities including clay
ice sculpting, and
a penguin ambassador
from Como Park Zoo!
Dress to try some
art making.

Hmong Filmmaker Series

Saturdays in February – April, 4:00-7:00 PM
Steve Y. Thao, Executive Director of CHAT

WBCA is excited to partner with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to present this series of films by Hmong filmmakers, made possible 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. These evenings will include appetizers prior to each film and a discussion afterwards. All films are in Hmong, two with English subtitles (see below).

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Friday, April 28, 2:00 PM (new!) or 7:00 PM
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. This program will include a wide variety of music from Bach to Jazz pianist Hiromi to Prince. Also featured will be California composer Ian Krouse’s new work “StarWaves”, composed for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and based on a song by 1970s British rock/pop musician Nick Drake.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald & White Bear Lake’s Literary Legacy

Monday, May 15, 7:00-9:00 PM
Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for an in depth look at the legendary author’s White Bear Lake stories. We’ll examine the literary mechanics that turned the particulars of our suburban town into mythical Black Bear Lake. Writers, readers, and local history buffs are certain to find something that tickles them in this lively discussion.

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Hmong-Lao Friendship Play

Saturday, June 3, 4:00-6:00 PM
May Lee-Yang & Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

How did the daughter of a provincial governor and the daughter of a buffalo-riding gangster become BFFs? The Friendship Play is a comedy turned accidental musical about playwrights, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang (a Hmong refugee) and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay (a Lao refugee). Set to the backdrop of karaoke music and Little House on the Prairie fantasies, Lee-Yang and Vongsay hack their way through stories about refugee life, American pop culture, and empowering their brethren through the Hot Asian Man project.

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