Progressive Calendar 11.10.11 /2
From: David Shove (
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:25:26 -0800 (PST)
P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   11.10.11

 1. Survive the cold    11.10 5pm
 2. Civil rights history 11.10 7pm
 3. Moon/armistice    11.10 7pm
 4. PRT/podcars       11.10  7pm
 5. Arab film festival   11.10-13

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From: Sarah Martin
Survive the cold 11.10 5pm

Winter Survival Skills teach-in with Polar Explorer Ann Bancroft
Thursday, November 10 @ 5:00 pm @ Occupy Minnesota, “People’s Plaza”
(Hennepin County Government Center Plaza at 5th St. S. between 3rd and 4th
Aves. S.)
Ann will share knowledge with OccupyMN about living in the cold  at the
People's Plaza.  Come learn some ways to survive the cold! In November
2012, renowned polar explorers and educators Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft
will lead a team of six women from six continents on an 800 mile, 80-day
long expedition to the South Pole.  Sponsored by WAMM - Women Against
Military Madness   612-827-5364

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Civil rights history 11.10 7pm

Join us for the premiere of Keep The Dream Alive! 2011:  A History of the
Civil Rights Movement

A brand new Keep the Dream Alive! student performance has been created
incorporating the story of the 2011 Civil Rights History Trip with an
interesting look at the Movement through the experiences of its veterans,
including Freedom Riders, SNCC organizers, integrators and agitators.
 Students retell the stories of the foot soldiers they met during their
trip last spring.  It’s a great way to learn more about the Movement and
gain inspiration for the continuing struggle for justice.

All are invited to the premiere event TONIGHT:  Thursday, November 10, 7
p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc gym at 4537 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis.
 Students in 6th-8th grade will present the slideshow and a discussion
session will follow the presentation.  Please bring extended family,
friends and other community members.
All are welcome!  A $10 donation is recommended to help us raise funds for
programming.  We hope to see you there!

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From: Seasnun
Moon/armistice 11.10 7pm

Armistice Eve Full Moon Walk
At Coldwater—Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7 PM

Storytellers, Larry Johnson, Veterans for Peace, and Elaine Wynne,
Revisioning Medicine, will conduct the 11 Bells ceremony and review the
impact of Agent Orange and its relatives on people, water and the earth.

Vets for Peace will conduct the ceremony in a burr oak grove just outside
the Coldwater gates because the National Park Service has closed Coldwater
to the public until fall of 2012 for building demolition and landscaping.

Directions: Coldwater is south of Minnehaha Park, in Minneapolis. From Hwy
55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an
immediate right, & drive South on the frontage road for ½-mile past the
parking meters, to the cul-de-sac at the main gate.  Free. Open to all.

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From: Drea Walker
PRT/podcars 11.10.7pm

Dear friends and colleagues,
It is with pleasure that I personally invite you to a special evening with
the Deputy Mayor of Stockholm.  Christer Lindstrom is coming to the Twin
Cities on Thursday, November 10 to give a lecture on Podcars (also known as
Personal Rapid Transit or PRT).  Mr. Lindstrom will provide many updates
from around the world, and discuss the benefits of Podcars for users (you
and I) and benefits for cities.  Citizens for PRT is inviting a wide range
of guests, from political figures we all know, to folks who don't know much
about PRT.  i hope you can attend next Thursday, and we hope to pack the
house!  Feel free to pass this invitation around.

 An Evening With Christer Lindström
Alternate Deputy Mayor of Stockholm
An Open Invitation to You and Your Colleagues

PRT: Podcars have Arrived, a Global Perspective
This is the first year we can look back and actually discuss what was
built, how it is working, and what this means for the future.
Christer Lindström; a successful politician, entrepreneur, and PRT (Podcar)
developer from Stockholm, Sweden; will provide updates on the Personal
Rapid Transit systems in operation today (Masdar City, UAE, and London's
Heathrow Airport), under current construction, and in active planning
(Sweden, South Korea, India, Mexico). He will focus on financing and
benefits for cities and users.
Thursday, November 10
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Presentation and Q + A
Weyerhaeuser Board Room in Weyerhaeuser Hall
62 Macalester Street Macalester College St. Paul, Minnesota
RSVP Requested
Email prtinfo [at]
Margaret at 763-542-1860

Brief Biography of Mr. Lindström
A member of the liberal party Centerpartiet in Sweden, Mr. Lindström is the
Alternate for the Deputy Mayor of Environment and Archipelago in Stockholm
He has been involved in the development of Personal Rapid Transit since
2001, founding the Institute for Sustainable Transportation (IST). The IST
is a major consultant in PRT studies and research in Sweden, and is
responsible for the global Podcar City conferences. He is currently
spearheading a $100 million Podcar investment proposal for the city of
Uppsala. To refresh the somewhat cumbersome descriptor “Personal Rapid
Transit,”  he coined the term “Podcar.”
Mr. Lindström initiated the visual simulation company Encitra Inc. in 2009,
which communicates and displays the potential of Podcar systems to city
planners and elected officials.
This special event is free and brought to you by Citizens for PRT
CPRT is on Facebook

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Arab film festival 11.10-13

NOV.10-13: Mizna's 7th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
For more details, please contact:
Marya Morstad, Film Festival Director
Mizna's 7th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
maryamorstad [at]
Office: 612-788-6920
Cell: 612-961-2528

Mizna's Twin Cities Arab Film Festival Celebrates Art in Revolution

MINNEAPOLIS – Award-winning films originating in Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine
and the United Arab Emirates among many others, highlight the seventh
edition of the Arab Film Festival which will be held in the historic
Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Ave, N.E., Columbia Heights, MN, November 10
-13, 2011.

Presented by Mizna, a local Arab American arts organization, the 2011 Twin
Cities Arab Film Festival presents a wide-ranging and thought-provoking
selection of feature-length and short films made by and about Arabs and
Arab Americans.

Mizna has responded to the revolutionary events throughout the Arab world
by creating programming under the banner of “Art in Revolution” and this
year's festival opens with the Egyptian film 18 Days. A group of ten
directors agreed to act quickly to shoot, with no budget and on a voluntary
basis, ten short films about the Egyptian Revolution and the 18 days in
Tahrir Square, creating ten stories they have experienced, heard or
imagined. There will be a panel discussion prior to the screening on the
theme of the Arab revolutions and uprisings.

Other film highlights in the festival line-up include:

• Hawi, (The Juggler), is the third feature by Egyptian director Ibrahim
El-Batout, which won the Best Arab Film at the 2010 Doha TriBeCa Film
Festival. Shot in Alexandria, the film is an organic study of a city
populated by disparate, often desperate characters, and a closer view of
the so-called reality and lives of everyday people. El-Batout is credited
with elevating independent cinema in Egypt to a new level.

• City of Life, shot in Dubai, is an urban drama that tracks the various
intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining how random interactions and
their consequences can irrevocably impact another's life. As the name
suggests, City of Life's inordinately humane kaleidoscope of converging
experiences introduces a city that is in itself a living pulsating
character. City of Life, directed by Ali F. Mostafa, is the first major
narrative feature to come out of the United Arab Emirates.

• Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma 1,000 Times) by Lebanese director Mahmoud
Kabour, is a poetic documentary about the filmmaker's feisty Beiruti
grandmother. The film employs magical realism to convey the story, which
won Best Film at The London International Documentary Film Festival and
which was inspired by a piece by Kaabour originally published in Mizna's
literary journal, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America.

• Images of a Fight by Jerome Laffont, is a French documentary which
profiles Rene Vautier - considered an anti-colonialist filmmaker and one of
the most censored directors of his time - about his coverage of the
Algerian War of Independence in the 1960s.

• Stray Bullet, by Lebanese director Georges Hachem, won first prize at the
Dubai International Film Festival. The film, set shortly after the start of
Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, tells the story of a young woman who is torn
between a finance chosen by her family and a former lover who suddenly
reappears in her life. The film stars Lebanese-Canadian Nadine Labaki,
director of the highly acclaimed 2007 production, Caramel and more
recently, Where Do We Go Now?, which was chosen earlier this month as
Lebanon's 2011 entry in the Best Foreign Language film category for the
Academy Awards and recently won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto
International Film Festival.

• The Koran: Back to the Origins of the Book, by Bruno Ulmer, is an
enlightening documentary about the origins of the Koran, which according to
Muslim tradition, has remained static and unchanged since its revelation to
the prophet Mohammed between 610 and 632 CE in Mecca and Medina. However,
recent discoveries of the oldest known Koranic manuscripts, dating from
around 680, indicate that the Koran may have a more complicated history.

The festival also features local entries, such as Iraqi-American Tarik
Rasouli's Iraq, Finally, a filmic diary of his first ever visit to his
parents' homeland, and Triumph 67, a collaboration between a Jewish
director, Dan Tanz and a Palestinian actor/producer, Mohannad Ghawanmeh.
Following the sudden death of his brother, a Palestinian-American man must
grapple with the past, the present, and the cost of his own secrets from a
long ago summer. Triumph 67 won Honorable Mention at the Minneapolis-St.
Paul International Film Festival.

The Twin Cities Arab Film Festival closes with the Minnesota premiere of
Palestinian director Elia Suleiman's The Time That Remains, an examination
of the creation of the state of Israel from its creation in 1948 to the
present day. An official selection at The Cannes Film Festival in 2010,
this semi-autobiographical drama is written and directed by and stars
Suleiman, known for his 2002 film, Divine Intervention, which screened at
Mizna's first Arab Film Festival in 2003.

Lana Barkawi, Mizna's Executive and Artistic Director states: “It's
wonderful to see how our festival has taken shape and grown over the years.
This year's team, Rami Azzazi, Marya Morstad and the festival committee,
have put together an exciting and timely selection of films–whether
romantic, political or revolutionary– always reflecting the humanity of our

The complete schedule, trailers and ticket information will be updated at Festival passes are $40 in advance and $50 at
the door. Single tickets are $10 general admission and $6 for students/low

Please contact the Festival Director for film review copies, additional
film images and/or interview requests with Mizna's 7th Twin Cities Arab
Film Festival Curator, Rami Azzazi, visiting and/or local filmmakers. A
complete program schedule with information on visiting directors and
related events will be available soon.

Mizna is an Arab American arts organization that provides a forum for
promoting Arab culture and gives voice to Arabs through literature, film,
visual art, and community events. Founded in 1998, Mizna publishes the only
journal of Arab American literature in the United States. In addition to
the literary publication, Mizna presents Arabic language courses,
presentations and lectures by invited national and international Arab
writers and artists, and local community gatherings to encourage the
development of Arab American artistic expression.

Marya Morstad
Film Festival Director
Mizna's 7th Arab Film Festival
maryamorstad [at]
O: 612-788-6920
C: 612-961-2528


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