rEVOLutionary LOVE with High Society @blackdogstpaul





This next High Society invitational is going to be out of this world.


Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

308 East Prince Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

rEVOLutionary LOVE 

High Society will be featuring:

Kahlil Brewington, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Max Corcoran, & Park Evans

Guest Poets:

Eva Song Margolis


Eva Song Margolis is a Korean American adoptee from Minneapolis. She is a writer, organizer, and advocate for racial and economic justice. Writing has been an essential tool for her to explore, heal and question. Eva is a recipient of The Loft’s 2013 In Roads Program and her work appears in Moonroutes, In Roads Out Roads Chapbook, and online.

BriAnna McCurry

Emmanuel Ortiz


Emmanuel Ortiz is a Chicano/Puerto Rican/Irish-American community organizer and poet.  He believe art must be an integral part of the struggle for liberation and social change. He is a founding member of the Minnesota-based Latina/o writers/poets collective Palabristas: Latin@ Word Slingers, founded in 2002. He is the author of two chapbook of poems, The Word is a Machete: Post-Pocho/Puerto Rican Poems of the Personal and Political (self-published in 2003) and Brown unLike Me: Poems From The Second Layer of Our Skin (Calaca Press, 2008). He also co-edited Under What Bandera? Anti-War Ofrendas from Minnesota y Califas (Calaca Press, 2004).

Kayde Takeiteasy Robinson

Taylor Seaberg

Nicole M. Smith

Kevin Yang


Kevin Yang is a Hmong American writer and performer, born and raised in the Twin Cities, and a member of Speakers of the Sun, an Asian Pacific Islander American identified spoken word collective. Kevin uses his art to make sense of and share his experience as a Hmong soul born in the United States. He has represented Hamline University, his alma mater, twice at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitation, and Minnesota at the Brave New Voices spoken word festival in 2011. Kevin majored in political science and minored in urban studies at Hamline, and studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. One of his passions is helping young people develop and share their art. He currently serves as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at Intermedia Arts, where he helps young people develop as artists.


Live art by Mickey Iluebbey

VINLAND Workshop with SAVAGE UMBRELLA September 2014


Reserve your seat at

VINLAND is an exploration of the Viking Age, Scandinavian immigrants to Minnesota, the mysterious Kensington Runestone and the space between emotional storytelling and cold, hard facts. A dynamic clash of cultures, songs, and images on the quest for home, belonging and the heart.

At Savage Umbrella, we make theater – we can’t help or stop ourselves. But that doesn’t mean we do it by ourselves. We do it with you. Each Savage Umbrella season contains open workshops for shows we are developing, so that you make the work with us. So please attend this workshop presentation of VINLAND, and help us create the work through your thoughts, comments and opinions!

Tickets are on a sliding scale of $5-$15, with no one turned away for lack of funds. We accept cash, check, or credit at the door on the evening of the event.

Space is limited, so please reserve your seat:

Friday, Sept 19 & Saturday, Sept 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Written and Directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe*
Production Manager: Hannah K. Holman*
Dramaturg: Blake E. Bolan*

Created with and featuring Anni Jordan-Amberg, Lisa Brimmer*, Megan Clark, Russ Dugger*, Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson*, Foster Johns, Benjamin Kolis, Hope Nordquist, Carl David Swanson, Mark Sweeney, Allison Witham, Nick Wolf

*Savage Umbrella Company Member

Kiese Laymon Reading Saturday 8/2 6-9 pm


At The Lowry Cafe as Ancestry Books hosts an evening with music, food, and reading Kiese Laymon for an evening full with music from Kevin Washington and performances by Lisa Brimmer, Sha Cage and E.G. Bailey. Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, will be headlining and reading from his work and signing books!
We are grateful to Archie Givens Foundation, and United Theological Seminaries who have sponsored this event with Ancestry Books.







Bedlam Theatre and Intermedia Arts present
QUEERTOPIA: A Cabaret Celebration of Queer Love
Curated by Jeffry Lusiak & Nastalie Bogira

Wednesday, June 25 | 7:30PM*
Thursday, June 26 | 7:30PM
Friday, June 27 | 7:30PM
Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 7:30PM

$12 advance, student, senior; $15 at the door
*Wednesday, June 25 sliding scale ticket price

Call 612.871.4444

How do we build a Queertopia? With some QUEEREVOLUTION! Join local queer artists for an eclectic evening of performance that’s determined to put a little more LOVE and CELEBRATION into your PRIDE!

Chitra Vairavan
Chris Garza
Chrys Carroll & Tantrum Art Collective
Deja Stowers
Emily Zimmer & Jim Domenick
Katie Burgess
Lisa Marie Brimmer
Nicole M Smith
Stacy Schultz & Hector Chavarria

Lisa Brimmer and High Society at Ancestry Books

ancestry books poster    Lisa Marie Brimmer and High Society will be hanging out at the new spot in North Minneapolis, Ancestry Books.


7-9 pm

High Society to include Kahlil Brewington on Drums and Max Corcoran on Saxophone.

Ancestry Books

2205 Lowry Ave. N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411




High Society at OUTspoken! Fox Egg Gallery 6/11


outspoken logo


Lisa Marie Brimmer and High Society will be at the Fox Egg Gallery for the June’s OUTspoken event on Wednesday June 11, 2014. The “Twin Cities Most Fabulous Queer Open Mic Night” is hosted by the AMAZING* Paul Canada and Nikolas Martell.


Doors at 6:30. Show at 7:30. Suggested donation of $5.


3730 Chicago Avenue S. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407


High Society will include: Kahlil Brewington (Drums), Max Corcoran (Saxophone), Daniel Zamzow (Cello), Lisa Marie Brimmer (Vocals, poetry, banter).


  OUTspoken on Facebook

Fox Egg Gallery’s Website



#phobia, Cracked Walnut Literary Festival April 25th

Lisa will be reading new poems at one of the 25(!) Cracked Walnut 2014 Festival readings taking place in the Twin Cities for National Poetry Month.

Curated by Satish P. Jayaraj,

Featured Writers:

Leslie Adrienne Miller,
Karen Youso
Paul Canada,
Sarah Hayes,
Lisa Marie Brimmer
Jean Larson
Clarence White


Friday, April 25, 2014


Where: Hillside Crematory and Funeral Home.  At this reading, writers will confront the meaning of fear through creative poetry and prose.


1838 E Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55407

For more information check out Cracked Walnut’s Facebook page and the #phobia invite.

Spirit Reach: A Twin Cities Tribute To Amiri Baraka


Spirit Reach is a community event curated by the Baraka Lives United (BLU) Coalition and represents the impact poet, playwright, fiction writer, essayist, educator and activist Leroi Jones/Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) has had on the Twin Cities literary and performing arts communities.

Print: Ta-Coumba Aiken's live art from Feb 2014 Baraka's Blues Room Event with High Society at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar. © 2013 Bernadette Pollard,

Print: Ta-Coumba Aiken’s live art from Feb 2014 Baraka’s Blues Room Event with High Society at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar.
© 2013 Bernadette Pollard,

Hosted by author Alexs Pate and arts community leader Arleta Little.

  Saturday, April 12, 2014

The event will be PRECEDED by a catered reception thanks to the McKnight Foundation at 1:00pm.

SHOW is from 2-4pm.

Capri Theater:

2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Connect with Baraka Lives United on Facebook for more information about events throughout 2014!


Twitter: #spiritreach

2nd Annual One-Minute Play Festival

February 15 at 8:00pm until February 16 at 8:00pm

The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), Walking Shadow Theatre Company, and Mixed Blood Theatre Present

(Above link is FB Invite)



Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street

Tickets are $15 and available here:

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by:
Trista Baldwin, David Grant, John Heimbuch, Dominic Taylor, Ricardo Vazquez, Janaki Ranpura, Joe Waechter, Mire Regulus, Aditi Kapil, Gemma Irish, Jessica Huang, May Lee-Yang, Layla

Heidi, Lisa, Mooks outside Mixed Blood Theater March 2012

Heidi, Lisa, Mooks outside Mixed Blood Theater March 2012

Dowlatshahi, Kim Hines, Rachel Jendrzejewski, Rhiana Yazzie, Eric “Pogi” Sumangil, Keli Garrett, Aamera Sidiqqui, Theo Goodell, Lisa Marie Brimmer, Shira Naharit, Stanton Wood, Khary Jackson, Eliza Rasheed, Sarah Myers, Ki Seung Rhee, Jamil Jude, Ruth Virkus, Rachael Brogan Flanery, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Joseph Scrimshaw, Levi Weinhagen, Ben San Del, philip andrew bennet lowe, Katherine Glover, Laurie Flanagan Hegge, Matthew Everett, Matt Sciple, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, Debra Berger & Tyler Mills, Tim Wick, Danika Ragnhild, Amber Bjork, Jon Ferguson, Derek Miller , Suzy Messerole, & Paige Collette

Directed by:

Lisa Channer, Harry Waters Jr., Scotty Gunderson, Chris Garza, Meghan Gunderson, Anya Kremenetsky, Rhiana Yazzie, Meredith Larson, & more!

Curated by:

Dominic D’Andrea

MIGRATIONS February 22nd presented in conjunction with Land of Gazillion Adoptees and Poetry for Thought

An exciting line-up of Twin Cities poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, performance artists, and a pottery maker will come together and share work around the theme of Migration. Each artist will read a fellow artist’s work, creating a dialogue between shared experiences, hopes, dreams, and struggles.  In this age of unprecedented movement, what does it mean to leave one’s home or land?  Does the word “home” still hold meaning?  What is lost in the journey, and what is discovered?

Featuring Lisa Brimmer, Chava Gabrielle, Shannon Gibney, IBé, Satish Jayaraj, Hei Kyong Kim, Marc LeMaire, Eva Song Margolis, Sun Yung Shin, Eric Sharp, Chaun Webster

Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m.
(followed by ping pong and karaoke)

The Third Place Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Suggested donation: $5 – 10

More information about the participants, HERE, at Wing Young Huie’s website.
Gazillion Voices, the online magazine of Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA), is a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content.

Poetry for Thought is a Twin Cities organization committed to the arts, social justice, leadership, and community organizing. Through performances, workshops, and dialogue sessions, Poetry for Thought provides a safe space for unsafe ideas where we can create & discuss art, our lives, what we want our community to look like, and how we can work social justice in our communities.