By Elaine Dunn


On an uncharacteristically cool and breezy evening on July 16, hundreds of garden lovers congregated at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen for the 2014 Toast & Taste event.   

This fundraiser was hosted by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation.  Guests enjoyed delicious finger foods  such as Korean glazed pork belly with radish, smoked beef brisket kabobs, beef tenderloin crostini and more, prepared by the arboretum catering and many Twin Cities restaurants.  Wines and beers from local wineries and breweries flowed freely.   

“Dream of the Red Chamber” (红樓夢) as opera in English

     The Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends of Minnesota is please to confirm plans for a commission with  the San Francisco Opera for a fall 2016 world premiere of “Dream of the Red Chamber,” are finalized. The production will feature music by world-renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng (Madame Mao, Silver River) and an English-language libretto by the composer and Tony Award-winning Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly and Chinglish).

Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center show shines

By Jodi Yim James

     The Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center (TCCDC) brought Chinese culture to the stage in a beautiful and brilliant show on Jan. 18 and 19 at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul. More than 80 students ranging from age 3-61 performed in radiant costumes with graceful moves. They presented a repertoire of 21 very different and unique dance pieces,

Web TaiwanPrints MaxChang r72Contemporary Prints from Central Taiwan on display in Minneapolis

Date: Through Nov. 23, 2013

Location: Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408, 612-871-1326

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Saturday, noon–4 p.m. and by appointment. Please call ahead for group tours or large groups.

“Contemporary Prints from Central Taiwan” features prints from 21 artists living and working in Taichung and Miaoli, Taiwan. This exhibit is curated by Jon Renzella, a former Highpoint Studio intern and Jerome Emerging Printmaker, who now lives and works in Taiwan.

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

The 14th Dalai Lama arrived in Minneapolis on May 7, 2011.  The much anticipated visit, "One Heart, One Mind, One Universe" was co-hosted by the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Tibetan American Foundation (TAFM).  

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