Minneapolis-based artist and educator Nooshin Hakim Javadi is looking forward to the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Festival. The festival includes Iranian music, visual arts, and food. Although largely online this year – including numerous music concerts and a virtual art gallery – two events connect American and Iranian cultures around food.

“BLM” by artist Neda Shahghasemi, one of the artists whose work is included in the virtual gallery of the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Festival.

Courtesy of Neda Shahghasemi

One food-based connection opportunity is a virtual tea house or chaikhaneh, which allows residents of Minnesota and Iran to share tea and chat on Skype.

People can also sign up to attend or organize picnics in the social distancing yard during the month of September. Iranian Cultural Collective will provide Iranian food and music for cross-cultural conversations and celebrations in your backyard.

Spring Grove retired educator Bill Fried looks forward to visitors – in person and virtual – to the inaugural Spring Grove International Film Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday. The festival includes 50 films ranging in style from comedy to drama to documentary. Short and feature films are included. The films will air all day Friday and Saturday at three locations in Spring Grove or available online with a festival ticket.

Actor Ed Asner has a film at the festival and will be attending in person. He will answer questions after his film early Friday evening. You will need a ticket to attend. Moviegoers may know Asner as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar movie “Up”.

St. Paul actress Greta Grosch recommends attending a rooftop production of Theater Unmasked’s “My Funny Quarantine” this weekend. Husband and wife team Jen Maren and Peter Simmons wrote and will host the 40 Minute Quarantine Survival Show with your spouse day in and day out. It’s a light comedy, with music and sword fighting. Grosch calls the interactive show “kid friendly and parent approved.”

You can see the show on the newly renovated green roof of the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. The show is free, although reservations are required to ensure social distancing. Theater Unmasked is asking for donations of $ 5 to $ 15 per person, 20 percent of which goes to the Bakken Museum.

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