Film still from “Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary School,” a featured film at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Film still from “Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary School,” a featured film at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

compiled by Aarohi Narain

4/4-4/20 — International Film Festival Highlights

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is in its 38th year as the state’s largest film event. This year, MSPIFF expands their Women & Film Initiative, and launches a new Fiscal Sponsorship Program for local women filmmakers. Details:

  • “Love Them First: Lessons From Lucy Laney Elementary School” reveals how unconditional love and high expectations can raise test scores, at a North Minneapolis school where the achievement gap is the largest in the nation.
  • “Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins” (director Janice Engels) documents the story of pioneering political journalist and best-selling author Molly Ivins.
  • “Stalag Luft III” (Louise Woehrle) features storyteller Charles Woehrle, a prisoner of war during World War II, as he takes us from Pine City, Minnesota, to war-torn Europe as he relives his experiences with vivid detail.
  • “Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl” (Amy Goldstein) follows English punk renegade-turned-TV wrestling star Kate Nash through the highs and lows in her life.
  • “Afterward” (Ofra Bloch) examines the trauma shared between victims and victimizers in the wake of the recent surge of anti-Semitism.
  • “Girls Always Happy” (Yang Mingming) explores the heartfelt relationship between a mother and daughter.
  • “The Good Girls/Las Niñas Bien” (Alejandra Márquez Abella) highlights the stark reality of Mexico’s financial crisis of 1982 through the eyes of a young couple.
  • “The Little Comrade/Seltsimees Laps” (Moonika Silmets) shows the effects of Stalinist terror in the 1950s from the point of view of a traumatized six-year-old Estonian girl.

Special event, Friday, 4/12, 7pm film, 9pm party. Luminaries Tribute film, “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” (Pamela B. Green) Documentary about a trailblazing filmmaker that traces how the first woman director, screenwriter, and producer revolutionized the film industry, made over 1,000 films, then was all but erased from history. Narrated by Jodie Foster.

04/05-04/07— Protecting the Lifegivers Conference

Protecting the Lifegivers is an indigenous women-led conference focused on trauma and healing in indigenous communities. Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Ann McKeig will deliver the keynote on April 5. Performance by the Ikidowin Acting Ensemble. Keynote and play open to the public on April 6. $50 donation requested from those not registered for the conference. No one turned away. First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont, Mpls. Details:

Tuesday, 4/9—Anti-Suffrage Satire

Why did it take 72 years to pass women’s suffrage? “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire,” featuring professional comic actress Michele LaRue, offers insight about the milestone legislation that enabled women to vote and the odd reasons some men and women fought hard to defeat it. Registration required by April 3. $20 performance only, $45 performance and dinner. 5pm. Gale Mansion, AAUW Minneapolis headquarters, 2115 Stevens Avenue South. Tickets: Details: minneapolis-mn.aauw-net

04/11-04/13— Textile Garage Sale
The Textile Center will have a garage sale with fabric, yarn, patterns, tools, sewing machines, books, notions, and more. University of Minnesota ReUse Program Warehouse, 883 29th Ave SE, Mpls. Donations from individuals and businesses accepted Thurs., April 11, 10am– 7pm. Preview sale starts Fri., April 12, 5:30–8pm. Advance admission $30/$25 for members; door admission $35. Big Sale starts Sat., April 13, 8am–4pm (admission $3, bag sale 3–4pm). Details:

Saturday, 04/20— Earth Day 5K Run/Walk/River Cleanup

The 5K Bee Run draws hundreds of participants to the banks of the Mississippi River, while bringing awareness to the plight of pollinators. Details:

Look for the Women's Press magazine at these events:

“She Rock She Rock” Women’s Rock-n-Roll Retreat & Showcase, April 5-7

Lake Harriet Spiritual Community’s Spring Psychic Fair, April 6

“ReFin(e)d You”by Joessa Austin, April 7

Literature Lovers’ Night Out — Excelsior, April 9

AAUW presents “Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire”, April 9

2019 Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference, April 10

Literature Lovers’ Night Out — Stillwater, April 10

SciSpark 2019: Women in Science presented by U of MN College of Biological Sciences, April 10

FEW St. Cloud: Pow Wow: Understanding and Celebrating Local Native American Culture, April 10

Understanding & Responding to Mass Incarceration: Women in the System, April 12

Prairie Women’s Expo — Tracy, MN, April 13

Oasis’ Wine, Women & Wellness Event, April 13

Great River Regional Libraries Dementia Education Series Part 2: Communication & Socialization, April 15

Power of 100 Southwest — Women Who Care, April 18

Women’s Self Help Book Club (North Dale), April 18

Tucker Center’s Women Coaches Symposium, April 19

24th Annual Autism Conference, April 24-27

LUNAFEST Film Festival, April 24

Theatre B Presents “Cry It Out”, April 25-May 19

MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) AWARE Event, April 25

Minnesota AAUW’s State Convention, April 26-27

Visionaries: A fundraiser & awards program of the Anika Foundation, April 26

New Hope Women of Today 5K, April 27

Ladies Day Out — Buffalo, April 27

“I AM Conference & Boutique”by Better Together Management, April 27

“2019 Unveiled Beauty: Cultivating YOU!”, April 28

An Evening with Thurber Prize Winner Julie Schumacher in Little Falls, April 30

Women on Wednesdays, St. Cloud State University

Marriage Geek Workshops

Art of Counseling Workshops

Irene Greene, MSED Workshops & Events

Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) Events

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute Events

Women Leading in Technology Events

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women

PACER Center Workshops and Events


League of Women Voters — South Tonka Events

Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota Events

Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) Events

TeamWomenMN Events

U of M Women’s Center Events

Business Development Mastermind Group Events by Rich Chicks