Forces in nature

"Motion" is a group of collages and paintings by local artist Jantje Visscher that are part of a moving event of colorful and expanding particles floating through time and space, starting with simple interference pattern grids. Free. Reception Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 3rd Ave. N., Mpls. FFI:

2/3/2017 FRIDAY
Loft mentor reading

Julia Schumacher, director of the creative writing program at the University of Minnesota, mentored non-fiction writer Erin Sharkey and poet Elizabeth Tannen, who will read at the Loft Mentor Series Reading. $5-10 suggested fee. 7 p.m. Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. FFI:

2/4/2017 SATURDAY
Twin Cities Women's Choir

Celebrating its 20th season with a "Retrospective" anniversary concert, the Twin Cities Women's Choir will welcome alumnae to sing with them. $10 students, $20 adults. 4-5:30 p.m. O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2400 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. FFI: 612-237-5372 or

Nina Simone

The locally produced show, written by local playwright Christina Ham and directed by Faye M. Price, tells the story of Nina Simone and three strong women bound by tragic circumstances, gathered in a bombed Birmingham church. $27-60, see website for dates, times and discounts. Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul. FFI: 651-291-7005 or

2/11/2017 SATURDAY
Women's prison book project

The annual fundraiser and book sale features buttermilk, vegan and gluten-free pancakes and Southern-style grits. The all-volunteer project depends on donations of free books and fundraisers to pay book postage to send free reading material to women and transgender prisoners around the country. Sliding scale $6-10 food, $2-3 books. 8 a.m.-Noon. Walker United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls. FFI:

2/11/2017 SATURDAY
Book readers gather

Conversation with Books is a beloved St. Kate's tradition since 1965. A panel of avid readers will discuss some of the best in new fiction and nonfiction. $25/person, groups of five or more receive $5/person discount. 1 p.m. St. Catherine University, Coeur de Catherine 3rd Floor, Rauenhorst Ballroom, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. FFI: 651-690-6666 or

Formerly poor

An exhibition of photography, film and written word explores often taboo topics of class and mobility, including the short film "Historically Robbed: Minneapolis." The FOOR Folx work was created by local artist-activists Adja Gildersleve, Anna Min and Tina Cho. Sliding scale $3-10. Reception Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon. Noon-6 p.m., Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 12-5 p.m. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. FFI: 612-874-2812 or

2/16/2017 THURSDAY
Jazzing about Windom, Minnesota

Five-time Grammy winner jazz artist Maria Schneider pays tribute to her hometown of Windom, Minnesota, in "The Thompson Fields." The composer-orchestrator's music - which features an 18-member collective of jazz musicians - has been hailed by critics as "evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization." Tickets: $35-65. 7:30 p.m. The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. FFI: 651-690-6700 or

2/24/2017 FRIDAY
Children's reading

St. Thomas professor Heather Bouwman reads from her new historical fantasy adventure novel for middle school readers, "A Crack in the Sea." Free. 3-4:30 p.m. O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, 2115 Summit Ave., Bldg. #4, Room 108, St. Paul. FFI: 651-962-5001 or See more calendar listings online at

Look for the MWP at these February 2017 events:
• Twin Cities Women's Choir concert, Feb. 4, 2017
• Small BusinessTraining for Women, Brenda Rhodes event, Feb. 4, 2017
• 7th Annual Tucker Center Film Festival: The Founders, Feb. 8, 2017
• FEW: From Boots to Heals and Heels, Feb. 8, 2017
• Conversation With Books, Feb. 11, 2017
• Northland Sustainable Solutions & Spirit United present: Soup, Solidarity & Standing Rock, Feb. 12, 2017
• Holistic Mom's presents: The Ugly Truth about the Beauty Industry, Feb. 15, 2017
• Northern Fibers Retreat, Feb. 16-19, 2017
• Hubbs Children's Literature Conference, Feb. 18, 2017
• Sara Thomsen, Roots Cellar, University Baptist Church, Feb 18, 2017
• Art of Counseling workshops
• Association of Black Women in Higher Education-MN events
• CanCan Wonderland events
• Irene Greene, MSED workshops & events
• League of Women Voters-South Tonka events
• MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute film series
• MN Women in Marketing & Communications workshops & events
• NAWBO-MN events
• PACER Center workshops and events
• Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women
• U of MN Women's Center events
• Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota events
• Women Leading in Technology events
• Women's Environmental Institute events
• Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment events