Welcome to our weekly newsletter. On Fridays, we share things we've published, popular links from our daily newsletter, and a curation of stuff to do over the weekend.

Hot off the presses

Melissa wrote an extensive piece detailing how a Minneapolis Public Schools collective, mostly educators of color, experienced the union strike in March. The union members recently filed a grievance with their own union. The grievance focuses on how union leadership treated the collective as they pushed for union contract priorities that would protect teachers of color from layoffs.

Here's a roundup of what we published this week

Anna spoke with the owner of Pimento about the beginnings of his business, and his philosophy of working within and among Minneapolis communities.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell shall not fall into a state of disrepair, for the Park Board will soon release plans for fixing the roof. Repairs are slated to begin this fall.

Leadership shifts are happening in the city's schools, and Melissa reviewed them for us, including city-wide elections for open MPS school board positions. Note that this article was published before Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Directors voted in an interim superintendent and at-large board member.

Melissa also wrote about the funding situation in Minneapolis Public Schools, following the school board's Finance Committee meeting last week. The 2022-2023 budget includes "cuts to academic programs, custodial services, ventilation upgrades, and state-leading programs to train, hire, and retain teachers of color."

Here's what our daily subscribers dug into this week

It is a sweet story: Jimmy Jam recently reconciled with his dad, jazz pianist Cornbread Harris. Jam celebrated his dad's 95th birthday with him at Hook & Ladder Theater.  

Kingfield is getting a new place to eat. Revival Smoked Meats opens Saturday in the old Corner Table spot. Nice to meat you!

A sculptor is carving a No. 2 pencil into a damaged old bur oak tree. That's how you reduce, reuse, and recycle, folks.

Did MSP Magazine feature your favorite business with live-in pets?

Readers were interested in seeing parts of a 21-page letter from employees in the City Coordinator's office written to Mayor Jacob Frey, claiming a toxic work environment. The full letter is available here.
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Charlie covered the Farmers Market Preview Day and was full for the rest of the day.

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Our events calendar is filled with unique events happening around town. You can submit events to be added to our calendar here. If you subscribe to the calendar, the events go straight to your personal calendar. Or you can add just the events you like.  

Get to Bebe Zito today quickly before their edible Jason masks sell out. Yes, because it's Friday the 13th.

Grab some drinks from Pimento's Rum Bar and dance to The Legendary Wain McFarlane, followed up by DJ Fujun spinning records until bar close.  

Check out some live "soulful bluegrass with modern attitudes" at the Granada Theater.

There is a Jersey Shore party tonight at VFW Uptown that starts after my bedtime.

The Judson Fun Fair is Saturdy, but you can start bidding on live auction items tonight.

The Camden Collective invites you to help prepare food share boxes for families. The collective meets this Saturday at 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church in North Minneapolis.

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association is holding its annual meeting at Butter Bakery Cafe. Join your local community leaders to learn about KFNA’s 2021 accomplishments, challenges, and future priorities.

Armatage is hosting a Pet Fest! There will be a pet parade at 2:30 p.m., pet contests, and vendors galore. Please send pictures to 612-204-2887. I will be in St. Paul (I know).

Singing Tony, "the voice of a Rasta God," is gracing Pimento's Rum Bar stage.

At VFW Uptown, DJs are playing 45s of funk and soul music, late night.


If you aren't tired from all the other dance nights this weekend, check out Moxy Uptown's Latin Dance Night.