Stream locally-made doc 'I Can't Breathe'

DanSan Creatives created a feature-length documentary film “I Can't Breathe. A CJM Memorial Documentary,” which includes a telling of the story of the lynching deaths of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, footage of violence in schools and in the streets by law enforcement officials against African American people, and interviews with local BIPOC.

“I Can't Breathe. A CJM Memorial Documentary" (DanSan Creatives / Facebook)
“I Can't Breathe. A CJM Memorial Documentary" (DanSan Creatives / Facebook)

The film focuses on 100 years later, starting on George Floyd and video from protests in Minnesota and Duluth. It’s a powerful film, thoughtful, and filled with voices — especially young people. This is a film you’ve never seen, but now that it exists, you need to see it.

“I Can’t Breathe” is available for streaming on the Clayton Jackson McGie Memorial Facebook page.

"Just Mercy"
"Just Mercy"

‘Just Mercy’ available everywhere

The original plan for the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial’s 2020 Day of Remembrance had included keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative and, as a tie-in, his book “Just Mercy” was selected for One Book Northland. Because of the pandemic, the Day of Remembrance will be on the 101st anniversary of the Duluth lynchings. Meanwhile, you can get a taste of it by screening the movie version of “Just Mercy” from home. In response to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more, it’s streaming for free on all streaming platforms through June. “Just Mercy” is the story of Stevenson’s creation of the EJI, which offers lawyers to help get humans off death row, to keep children from life sentences and more.

Laura Sellner of Superior Siren (File / News Tribune)
Laura Sellner of Superior Siren (File / News Tribune)


Superior Siren on a YouTube near you

Sacred Heart Music Center has a new YouTube channel — and its going to immediate good use. The church-turned-entertainment venue is hosting an online-only Superior Siren concert on Saturday. Laura Sellner, Rachel Gobin, Emma Deaner and Nyssa Krause are a deep dark folk quartet with an uncommon sound. The concert will be available for streaming and archived for later viewing. And if you’re in their archives, you can check out a past concert with Dance Attic, Brian Dack and Arna Rennan.

Superior Siren plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 on Sacred Heart Music Center’s YouTube channel.

(This story originally contained a wrong date for this performance. It was updated at 12:30 p.m. June 18 with the correct date of June 20. The News Tribune regrets the error.)

Fun Fair Concessions‎ (Fair Food Finder / Facebook)
Fun Fair Concessions‎ (Fair Food Finder / Facebook)

Curb the curd craving

For fried food fiends: Road trip. While the Minnesota State Fair isn’t happening this year, some of its food still is. This summer, various stands will be set up around the state. The Fair Food Finder, a group on Facebook, includes insights on where to find shaved ice, cheese curds, waffle cones, kettle corn, and the other things you might crave during fair season. At this point, the pop-ups seem mostly Twin Cities-based, but the season is young-ish.

Teague Alexy (2016 file / News Tribune)
Teague Alexy (2016 file / News Tribune)

Live, from St. Cloud, it's Hobo Nephews

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank have released a two-disc live album from a show at the Pioneer Place Theater in St. Cloud, Minn. The 19 track song — which includes original tunes and some traditional Americana — features Ian Alexy and Teague Alexy, along with fiddle player Ryan Young of Trampled By Turtles and Pert Near Sandstone. Also worth noting, Teague Alexy performs every morning at 9 a.m. on Facebook live — a series called Tea with Teague. Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank’s live album is available on its Bandcamp page.

Finnish festival (image from Finlandia Foundation Northland)
Finnish festival (image from Finlandia Foundation Northland)

Celebrate midsummer with Finnish friends

The Finlandia Foundation’s Northland Chapter is hosting a virtual Juhannus celebration — the midsummer holiday celebrated in June in Finland.

The online event will include family-friendly food and lawn game demos, a singalong, traditional music and more.

Juhannus is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday via Zoom. Link available on the group’s Facebook page.