Pride Events, Food Trucks In Uptown, And Somali History: A-List 6.20-26

 (STN-MUQDISHO):_After the election, many people toyed with the idea of moving overseas. Arj Barker, a California native, has lived in Australia for about a decade. But he’s not sure he’d recommend being an expatriate to everyone. “Every situation is different,” he says. “It might be right for some people but I wouldn’t make a blanket recommendation on changing your whole life.” Indeed, Barker didn’t turn his back on America so much as he was embraced by Australia. “It just made sense for me.” He comes back to the U.S. once a year, mostly to visit family and friends. However, he also takes the opportunity to play some of his favorite clubs here, including Acme. “I talk about married life a little,” he says, “and how we’re lying to an entire generation of kids by telling them that they’re special.” He also talks about how technology is making us more entitled and demanding. “It’s also killing our ability to think critically.” To that end, he’s thinking of making changes in his own life. “They’re coming out with phones now that don’t do as much. I’m thinking of getting one of those so I’m not wasting so much time.” 18+. 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393. Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson

Somalis + Minnesota

Minnesota History Center

 

With the U.S. Somali population larger in Minnesota than anywhere else, the time is long overdue for a renewed appreciation and understanding of this diverse community whose contributions continue to enrich our ever-evolving state. “Somalis + Minnesota,” an immersive new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, developed in collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota, retraces the rich history of the group, expounding upon indigenous Somali customs and traditions before retracing the devastation wrought by the civil war that led to mass migration in the 1990s. Ultimately the exhibit leads into the present day, touching upon the innumerable ways Somali culture has been interwoven into the larger fabric of our society. Highlights include a reconstructed nomadic hut (known as an Aqal Soomaali), collections of vintage photographs, rare artifacts, commentary from Somali historians, and interactive multimedia presentations that allow everyday Somalis to recount their own unique experiences. Opening-day events include family fun, special food and drink, plus free museum admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23. 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul; 651-259-3000. Through June 9, 2019 —

By: Jessica Armbruster in Arts & Leisure

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