“What makes poetry such a pervasive force in Somali society? To the Somalis the question is not so difficult to answer: poetry is the medium whereby an individual or a group can present a case most persuasively…For unlike Western poetry, which appears to be primarily the concern of a group of professionals dealing with, more often than not, an esoteric subject matter intended for the members of a secret society, Somali…verse is a living art affecting almost every aspect of life. Its functions are versatile, concerned not only with matters of art and aesthetics but also with questions of social significance. It illuminates culture, society and history.” -Said S. Samatar.
Nearly 50 colorful cars, bicycles and a “couch-mobile” descended on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis Saturday evening for the 18th Annual ArtCar + ArtBike Parade. [Slide show by Aaron Hays and more photos by Pamela Diedrich below.]
An event like none other, hundreds of people gathered near the Lyndale Park Rose Gardens to relax and enjoy the art. For some, it is an opportunity to freely express their individuality through creation. For others, it’s a chance to enjoy the sunshine and see something unique. One person who stopped to watch described it as something like a “Harley convention.” Tom Carlson, the parade emcee, said the ArtCar community is tight knit, and held together by a “connection of nice-minded artists.” The parade started near the rose garden at 6 p.m. and made a loop around the lake.
The 9th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival will take place November 6–9, 2014. For the first time, the festival is partnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and will hold all screenings at St….
he 9th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival will take place November 6–9, 2014. For the first time, the festival is partnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and will hold all screenings at St.Anthony Main.