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TGIF! What are YOU doing this weekend?

The 2nd Africans in Minnesota (AIM) networking happy hour at Picosa (salsa night) in Minneapolis.

The 2nd Africans in Minnesota (AIM) networking happy hour at Picosa (salsa night) in Minneapolis.

(Look for updates denoted  by *new! to see events that we will add /update throughout the weekend)

The weekend’s here again and yes the temperatures have dipped, but there’s still much to do, places to be and causes to partake in. Take your pick – we have a pretty diverse list this time round.

  1. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to participate in the Refugee Winter Clothing Drive at The Lounge, ENVY, AQUA, Drink and Spin. Its already cold for those of us who have been here a while so imagine what it’s like for refugees who’ll be experiencing their first winter here. So far only about 100 hundred items have been dropped off and I know y’all can do better.
  2. The always anticipated monthly AIM Happy Hour is here again for the 4th time. It will be hosted at the Picosa, the last time we were there it was a lot of fun. We danced to afro-salsa (see picture above) … you want to be there. People start arriving at 5pm.
  3. Party planner maestro Josiah Rasugu brings you “Guilty Pleasure!” this Friday at the La Bodega Tapas Bar in Uptown. Sound of Fujun will be on the 1-2s from 10pm to 2am.
  4. The Black Student Empowerment Alliance (BESA) of St. Thomas will be having an Ebony Mic this Friday too. It runs from 8-11pm at Univ. of St. Thomas LL Murray Herrick – Scooters.
  5. Pan African Summit at the GMCC Center for Families. Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here for more details. (*new!)
  6. Women Appreciation Night. Check out this event. Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (*new!)
  7. Join the women of AfricanWomenConnect, a networking group, for dinner and a movie at the AMC Theater in Rosedale. Dinner begins at 5 pm at California Pizza Kitchen (on the mall-strip by the movie theater; menu items from $4 – $15) And the movie starts at 7:15 pm (Secret Life of Bees – negotiable) $10.00 (*new!)
  8. Reggae and dancehall Dj Don of “Diamond Don Sounds” will be celebrating his birthday at Red Sea on Saturday too. There’ll be quite a line up for the nite from Ladii Chaii aka Lady Envii from the Bronx, NY ti Dj Binghi, Dj Shizl & Eclipe money to Dj Hustla, 2008 Soundclash Champion ‘Trinifex Sound’, 2008 Dancehall queen ‘Karmen’, Dancers Mr. Wacky & Deh Deh Krew plus more. Ladies free until midnight and champagne toast at 1am.
  9. The Black Student Association of U of MN Duluth will be co-sponsoring a spaghetti dinner benefit and show for Kingsley Kuffuor, a 23 year old UMD student who was diagnosed with multiple cancerous brain tumors two weeks before Spring Graduation, 2008. All proceeds will go to help Kingsley pay for hospital expenses and treatment in his fight against cancer. The benefit will be the Copper Top Church, the dinner starts at 6pm and the show will be at 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 and raffle tickets are $1. Hopefully we’ll get to join this noble effort by host a benefit here in the twin cities. Watch this space.
  10. The African Nation Student Association (ANSA) at St. Thomas will be having their African Night on Saturday from 6pm. Here’s the description for the night “Come and take an awesome trip to Africa while having fun, enjoying the free food and learning interesting facts about the African continent”. Sounds like a lot of fun.
  11. The Carribean Student Association at Macalester will be having a quick CaribSplash on Saturday from 7-8.30pm. The location is listed as ‘JBD downstairs campus center’, but since I am not familiar with Macalester I do not know where that is. For more info call 6127010486.
  12. Here’s another Carribean Party for you. Dancehall and Reggae promoteress Trinny Cee in conjunction with Trinifex Sounds will bring the Legendary Jamaican Sound System, Stone Love, to Minneapolis for the first time. You’ll get to enjoy pure Dancehall, Lovers Rock, and Reggae vibes all night  while celebrating the 10th Anniversary of TRINFEX SOUND. The Party will be at Visage Night Club’s Rosewood Room beginning 10pm.
  13. On Saturday tour the MIA’s African gallery and discover objects for daily use and regalia fit for a king from the diverse continent of Africa. Learn about masquerade and divination, as well as customs for settling disputes and initiating young men and women into the community. Runs from 2-3pm.
  14. Check out the ongoing exhibition at the MIA. Outside Influences: Jack Lenor Larsen and African Aesthetics features an awesome fabric collection based on the designs, colors, and aesthetics of African cultures. It runs through January 25th 2009 in Gallery 279.
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