After a decade printing at home, Contempl8 T-Shirts has finally gotten out of the house.

Southwest Journal, November 14, 2011

Owner Chris Loch now sells his shirts and screen prints out of a storefront at 4302 Nicollet Ave. S.

“Having been around for almost 10 years, I’ve wanted people to get to know about it a little bit,” Loch said. “Fifty percent of my business is local, and it’d be nice to be recognized as a core business in the city.”

Loch has made his mark by offering environmentally friendly screen printing services. He only uses water-based ink and relies on wind power for all of his electrical needs. Read more

Friday December 2, 2011
7:00 – 10:00 pm
4301 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis 55409

Register here

The Kinect was released a tad over two years ago. Instead of just controlling sprites on a screen you can control almost anything on and off the screen using your body or anything moving as an input. Lucky for us the Kinect may be programmed through a variety of software languages, of which Processing (Arduino) is used. Join us for a conversation about uses for the product with guest artist Anthony Tran.
NOTE:  This is an introductory conversation and an opportunity for you to meet others. It is not a class or a workshop, Early in 2012 Anthony will teach a Processing class and a Kinect class to help you get your hands dirty.  Details on December 2.
Anthony is a new media artist exploring the convergence of the physical and virtual worlds through 3D technologies and electromagnetic space. He recently graduated from Macalester College where he studied Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science. He works as a web developer in Minneapolis. In his spare time, he likes to VJ and hack electronics.

He has participated in Northern Spark with his Security Gate 26.11 [2011], at the Soap Factory’s WORKHORSE showcase with an installation called Touch Screen [2009] and at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field with unregulated radio: the promise of the democratization of media [2010]. Anthony is currently a Northern Lights’ Art(ists) of the Verge fellow, where his next installation will be utilizing a Kinect, live 3D projection mapping and a radio frequency sensor. This fellowship will result into a month long exhibition at the Soap Factory, March 2012.

See Anthony’s work and videos at  and

NOTE: If you have a Kinect project you would like to share let us know and we can find space for you!

The next book discussion for the Building Bridges Multicultural Book Club will be Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  We’ll meet at Hosmer Library, 347 East 36th Street, but in the tutoring room upstairs instead of our usual place in the basement. (That’s election night, and the community room is a polling place.)

December’s book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — please bring one or two questions you’d like to discuss. Read more

The Nicollet East Harriet Business Association’s (NEHBA’s) Holiday marketing campaign is in full swing. BuylocalMN claims that when you shop locally, 63 cents of every dollar you spend stays in the local economy compared to 43 cents when you shop at a chain store.  NEHBA and Southwest area business owners are encouraging consumers to shop locally this Holiday season. Many area businesses are displaying “Shop Southwest” posters in their front windows and handing out materials pointing shoppers to related sites for more information.

Related sites:
• (Consider “liking” Experience Southwest on Facebook.  It is a great way to keep up with neighborhood business offerings and events.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
            4055 Nicollet Ave S
            Minneapolis, MN 55409
Time:    6:30 – 8:00pm
Date:    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 Read more

An evening of original folk songs about love, self-discovery, history, courage, and community.
Saturday Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.
Judson Church, 4101 Harriet Avenue S.
Suggested donation $10

Char Engen has been a performing songwriter for over 30 years, a performer on local radio, a featured artist on the CD of her original songs (IF YOU’RE GONNA ASK) and Past President of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters.

Char will be joined by a band of local artists and performers. Come hear Doug Weatherhead, Paul Johnson, Jim ten Bensel and more in one of the finest soundboxes in Minnesota, Judson Church, right here in our neighborhood.

“Fiddler on the Roof” produced by Southwest Theatre Project

December 2 & 3 at 7PM

December 3 & 4 at 2 PM

Featuring an all-age community cast in a story of family and tradition! Tickets: $8 adults/$5 students.

 Playing in the Barton Commons one weekend only! 4237 Colfax Ave S Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409

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