Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Music For Free screening and concert - Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro, MN

https://www.facebook.com/events/2511376238897056/

Lanesboro Arts presents “Music for Free on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route,” a film screening and concert event with artist Ben Weaver at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Ben is a Saint Paul-based songwriter, musician, poet, letterpress artist, cyclist and outdoor adventure advocate that is returning to engage with the Lanesboro area community following a pair of outreach events in 2017 and a mini-residency in 2018. His film “Music For Free…” is a beautiful journey down the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, exploring wilderness, what it means to be wild, and examining the common denominators that unify all humans who share this planet.

Ben, along with ceramic artist Anna Metcalfe, will lead a Group Bicycle Ride on the Root River State Trail to nearby Whalan, MN beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 29. The journey will include a stop with Ben and Anna at the gazebo in John Whaalahan Park in Whalan for live performances and the exchange of stories while enjoying morning tea & snacks. Please visit https://bit.ly/2KpdPab to learn more and register for the Group Bicycle Ride with Ben and Anna.

Adventure films often position the athletes as the heroes. Ben Weaver has always felt this approach leaves out an important part of the story. The part about the people who helped along the way. “Music for Free…” follows Ben’s journey as he pedaled 3,000 miles in June 2018 from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, U.S.A, with filmmaker Keenan Desplanques in order to tell a different kind of adventure story. Stopping in the communities along the way, Ben gave free performances and offered thanks to the people who continue to support the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (the longest mapped, off-road bikepacking route in the world) and its riders. Ben believes mountain vistas and overcoming physical challenge are not nearly as inspiring as listening to a stranger tell their story, and in it, hearing your own. If “Music for Free…” had a chorus it would be this: The people are the heroes.

For Ben, an artist is a person who believes in the impossible. They are the representatives of awe, the kinds of people who set off into the storm with no matches. Artists are the ones who lay down on the ground and wrestle with the wolves, metaphorically and sometimes literally. Artists keep the truth of a spirit breathing, constantly in pursuit of an energy, a source, a language larger than the sum of our petty concerns. For Ben, it’s about reciprocity, a way of listening and sharing, observing and making for more than oneself. The artist makes visible for a moment the potential of the human spirit for those who may not otherwise be able to see it.

The film screening & concert on June 29, as well as the Group Bicycle Ride earlier in the day, offer community members an opportunity to continue dialog around the issues and ideas explored during Ben’s previous visits to Lanesboro. Reflecting on his upcoming visit, Ben shares, “I am excited to return to Lanesboro. It will feel particularly meaningful to reconnect with the community whose members have helped inform my own process of story collecting and sharing.” Ben adds, “The importance and value of unification through diversity has been an ongoing topic of discussion between myself and the people of Lanesboro each time I have visited. I am curious to see how that will continue to evolve in connection to this new project of mine.”

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Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Group Ride to Whalan with Anna Metcalfe - Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro, MN

https://www.facebook.com/events/1054003371461626/

Musician, poet and bicycle advocate Ben Weaver, along with ceramic artist Anna Metcalfe, will lead a Group Bicycle Ride on the Root River State Trail from Lanesboro to nearby Whalan, MN beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 29. The journey will include a mid-ride stop with Ben and Anna at the gazebo in John Whaalahan Park in Whalan for a musical performance and exchange of stories while enjoying morning tea & snacks. Please arrive early as the group will depart promptly from the Lanesboro Visitor Center, 100 Milwaukee Rd, at 10:00 a.m. The group will arrive back in Lanesboro around 12:00 p.m. (noon).

This is a free-will donation / pay-what-you-can event. Space is limited and advance registration is helpful for planning purposes. Registration includes agreement to the safety and liability release forms, which you can also view and download here: https://bit.ly/2KpdPab
This document is automatically sent to participants in the confirmation e-mail as well.

This event is happening in conjunction with an evening Film Screening & Concert, “Music for Free on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route” with Ben Weaver, at 7:00 p.m. at the St Mane Theatre. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets to the evening film & concert: https://lanesboroarts.org/calendar/weaver2019/

As an artist that has traveled by bicycle around Lake Michigan and the length of the Mississippi River, Ben Weaver is exceptionally motivated to take risks as a community builder by putting himself into new and different situations for authentic community engagement that draws upon his experiences in order to bring new perspectives and a renewed sense of energy and urgency to the work and lives of Lanesboro area community members.

This event, as well as the film & concert later in the day, offer community members an opportunity to continue dialog around the issues and ideas explored during Ben’s previous visits to Lanesboro. Reflecting on his upcoming visit, Ben shares, “I am excited to return to Lanesboro. It will feel particularly meaningful to reconnect with the community whose members have helped inform my own process of story collecting and sharing.” Ben adds, “The importance and value of unification through diversity has been an ongoing topic of discussion between myself and the people of Lanesboro each time I have visited. I am curious to see how that will continue to evolve in connection to this new project of mine.”

Artist Anna Metcalfe‘s community-engaged “Upstream” project is a decade-long investigation of the waters of the Upper Midwest that reflects her abiding connection with water. With a background in clay, Metcalfe is interested in how social engagement is endemic to craft and how it can be a conduit for social and environmental change. Her work investigates relationship to landscape and water through community storytelling and personal narrative.

Metcalfe is returning to Lanesboro, following her Tea & Conversation events in Gateway Park this past September, to join Ben Weaver in helping build connections and share stories between both neighbors and strangers within a watershed through tea drinking, a simple and a universally-understood action that will serve as the mechanism by which stories are collected and shared.

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Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Wilder Buffalo Ride

In the spirit of "more doing and less planning," I created the Wilder Buffalo Rides. A collaboration between Strong Buffalo, Angry Catfsh, Perennial Cycle, and myself. These rides will offer the opportunity to experience music, conversation and community in the woods.                                                          

Both Angry Catfish and Perennial Cycle will lead group rides to the concert spot.  

More info here and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wilder-buffalo-ride-tickets-63570033682

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Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Music For Free screening - Spokengear, Two Harbors, MN

https://www.facebook.com/events/1050002048524946/

In the summer of 2018, musician Ben Weaver and filmmaker Keenan DesPlanques took on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico for the Music For Free tour. Riding self-supported with instruments and camera gear they stopped along the 3000 miles route to give 16 scheduled performances. Their film, Music For Free, is a beautiful journey down this iconic American corridor, exploring the wilderness, what it means to be wild, and examining the common denominators we all hold dear as human beings who share this planet. Join us on June 23rd, post-Sunday Gravel ride and screen Ben's film on our patio around a campfire.

Reserve your tickets for the screening by clicking the link below.

https://musicforfreeth.brownpapertickets.com/

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Jun
20
to Jun 21

Music For Free Screening and Group Ride - Washburn Hardware & Sport, Washburn WI

https://www.facebook.com/events/457932491633492/

Group ride followed by a screening of "Music For Free" at Washburn Meditation Center, 8pm. Suggested donation is $7

Group ride meets in front of Washburn Hardware at 6:30pm, ride for a while, then it's time to watch Ben's film! BYOB.

Tabling at the event by North Coast Cycling Association (NCCA)
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Ben and Keenan rode self supported with instruments and camera gear, stopping along the route for 16 scheduled performances, but adding in shows as the opportunities spontaneously presented themselves.

Their film, Music For Free, is a beautiful journey down the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, exploring wilderness, what it means to be wild, and examining the common denominators that unify all humans who share this planet.
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Local sponsors include Northcoast Cycling Association, Washburn Hardware & Sport, and Gina Mccafferty, LMT - Shine Massage & Bodywork

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Jun
16
9:45 PM21:45

Meet Me at the Treefort: The Wild as Teacher - Interwine Northeast, Minneapolis, MN -

https://www.facebook.com/events/681302135638496/

Free Event | Open to the Public | East Side Neighborhood Services 1700 2nd St MPLS | Kid-Friendly | Tiny Footprint Coffee & Light Breakfast Snacks Provided
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***NEW TIME***
We're trying out a new pattern for Sunday mornings. We'll start each morning with a 20 minute silent meditation (we call it Shush Your Dragon: Contemplative Silence) at 9am. Parents with young children, we will have a space for kids so you can have some some silence! After meditation we'll have an open space for coffee and connecting with each other before our 10am gathering start.
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For this Meet Me at the Treefort gathering, we'll be joined by Ben Weaver, local musician and poet. Ben will share some of his art and engage with us in conversations and experiences that invite us to learn from and inhabit "wildness." Ben will also share from his trip last summer along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, stretching from Canada to Mexico.

The morning will be an invitation to adventure - to being people in action. We'll explore adaptability and moving beyond distraction through listening. We'll open our eyes to the wonder surrounding us. And maybe, for our own bodies and for those that will follow, we could allow ourselves to fall in love with earth again.

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This summer, Intertwine wants you to MEET ME AT THE TREEFORT. This is a continuation of our exploration of the Hero's Journey - it's this time time between the Ordeal and the Road Back - where we get to know our hero selves by risking, doing and being It's a time when we own and live into our giftedness. Those summer nights as children, seem to embody a space where that becoming plays out. This is about staying out late with the fireflies, running around the neighborhood, imagining, playing, simply being. This is about embracing the magic we feel when staring at the stars. And it's about practicing the courage and connection of those real conversations that happen around a campfire or up in fort in our sleeping bags sharing our dreams. This is a journey, a pilgrimage even, out from our isolated selves into and engaged with the world around. Who is the hero you get to be? Time to stop pretending and start playing!

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May
17
7:00 AM07:00

Bike to Work Day Ride from Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace - Duluth, MN

https://www.facebook.com/events/417881109038631/

Meet up at the Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace between 7 and 7:25 am on Friday morning May 17th. Feel free to come early to grab a coffee and socialize. At 7:30 we will depart the Duluth Folk School for a short all-inclusive no drop ride to Gitchi-ode’ Akiing Park. At 8 am Ben Weaver will give a short concert and reading. Immediately following the concert Ben and Josh Kowaleski of Spokengear Bike shop will lead a conversation about bike commuting and bike packing. They will be excited to answer any questions about exploration via bikes of any type and participants are encouraged to share their own tips as well. This is a great opportunity to get tips and ideas to plan your next outing whather it's rural or urban. We will have things tied up by 9 am so everyone can get to work on time.

If the Folk School is not on your commute route then please feel free to join us at Gitchi-ode’ Akiing at 8 am for the concert. For those who would prefer to walk or bus you are also invited to join us at the park at 8am. We look forward to seeing everyone no matter how you get there!

This event is part of Zeitgeist Community's Duluth-Superior Bus Bike Walk month, which is a month-long series of community events that celebrates, educates and encourages people-powered modes of getting around – for work, errands, recreation, shopping, and school. For complete event listing of Bus Bike Walk events, visit www.zeitgeistarts.com/community/bbw. Bus Bike Walk is made possible by the generous support of Essentia Health, Minnesota Power an ALLETE Company, maurices, EHR Go, and the Duluth Transit Authority.

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Ragged Ass Joy Release, Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis, MN

Celebrate the letterpress release of Ben’s epic-manifesto poem Ragged Ass Joy.

Helping Ben celebrate this release will be a handful of friends and inspirers sharing their own work:

Strong Buffalo
Siri Undlin
Gaylord Schanilec 
Brad Zellar 
Paula Cisewski 
Walken Schweigert

https://www.moonpalacebooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=4633

Facebook Event Page: https://www.moonpalacebooks.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=4633

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