Our events

Danny Evans & Friends Third Thursdays for Vail Place
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Danny Evans & Friends Third Thursdays for Vail Place

Danny Evans brings positive and uplifting messages for health and healing - to raise awareness for Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency.  Danny's GIFT RAP POETRY will inspire you! Get MIC’D up!

https://www.facebook.com/events/219887355437030/

https://www.facebook.com/DanTripleE/

https://soundcloud.com/danny-evans-189602744

 https://www.vailplace.org

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Welcoming reception with artist Sarah Wash
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

Welcoming reception with artist Sarah Wash

Our current artist, Sarah Wash welcomes you to an evening at Butter. We’re setting out some treats and cider, Sarah will share some stories about her work and a time for conversation. Sarah has shared prints from her “Women of Strength and Character” series as well as illustrations from a children’s book she published “P is for "Poop”

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A Big Butter Night
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

A Big Butter Night

Join us at Center for Performing Arts for a night to celebrate Butter Bakery as a community building space. We’ll be sharing stories, offering news about Butter’s new Social Benefit Corporation status, and raising funds for our ongoing support through a silent auction. Music from Matt Yetter, treats from Butter, gifts, and your Butter Friends together for a Big Butter Night.

thank you to Jackie and the CFPA staff for hosting us!

CFPA is located at 3754 Pleasant Ave S

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Butter Ball Drop #14
Dec
31
4:00 PM16:00

Butter Ball Drop #14

Yes, we will hang up our Butter Ball again to mark the end of one year and the start of a brand new year at Butter - It also happens to be the 14th time to celebrate the purchase of Butter - back on Dec 31, 2005!

Join us for birthday cake, a fun countdown and the dramatic DROP of this year’s butter ball.

Festivities rolling throughout the day but the countdown starts in Earnest as midnight (STOCKHOLM SWEDEN TIME) rolls around. (5 pm central standard time)

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Ben Druskin performs
Dec
22
2:00 PM14:00

Ben Druskin performs

            J. Benjamin Druskin makes his home in Minneapolis, devoting much of his time to the musical arts. Ben brings a background in music theory, acting with the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and study of music literature (including 19th Century Chromaticism). Ben worked with En Vogue in production of their 3rd album: EV3. Ben is involved in composing, digital audio production and brings music that spans a lot of experiences!

https://soundcloud.com/j-benjamin-druskin

 

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A Coloring Party with artist Linnea Maas
Dec
22
10:00 AM10:00

A Coloring Party with artist Linnea Maas

You know Linnea as the creator of our Cherry Pie Robot, and her Robot Love cards and coloring book available here at the cafe. You’ve probably seen her mural work and art around town as well! Linnea will join us to lead a Coloring Party (for kids and adults) and have more of her artwork available for purchase as a one of a kind gift giving opportunity.

Butter treats and coloring fun - take a break and enjoy some community time!

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Poetic Ecosystems: A Reading and Conversation
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poetic Ecosystems: A Reading and Conversation

Join us on the eve of the winter solstice for a presentation of works by poets Halee KirkwoodSagirah Shahid, and D Allen. Readings will be followed by an open conversation about the literal and figurative ecosystems that shape our work, examining the ways that other disciplines, art forms, and ways of knowing influence our poetic consciousness. We welcome fellow poets, writers, artists, and community members to join us for this event. 

Butter Bakery Cafe and its restrooms are wheelchair-accessible, and all speakers will use a microphone. 

This event is free and open to the public. There will be an optional tip jar for the poets, along with broadsides and chapbooks for sale, and we hope you will enjoy a warm beverage or sweet treat from the bakery during the event. 

ABOUT THE POETS

Halee Kirkwood is a gender-fluid poet descended from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Kirkwood is a first-generation student, a college graduate of Northland College, and a current MFA student at Hamline University. Previously a small-town librarian and corporate mascot, they are currently a writing mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, associate editor for Runestone Journal, an online annual journal of undergraduate literature, and was selected as a teaching fellow for the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference at Arizona State University. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, ctrl+v, Cream City Review, Midwest Gothic, Autostraddle, and others. Kirkwood was a finalist for the 2018 Sundress Press Broadside Contest, and their big concerns in the writing life include amplifying resilience narratives amidst a life of trauma, promoting reproductive justice in all shapes and colors, and deconstructing the colonialist distinctions made between “folk” and “fine” arts. 

Sagirah Shahid (sagirahshahid.com) is a Black Muslim poet and occasional prose writer by way of Minneapolis, MN. She is a recipient of a 2015 Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Bord Grant, a winner of 2017 Minnesota Center For Book Arts mentorship award, and a participant in a 2018 Twin Cities Media Alliances’ “Our Space is Spoken For” Fellowship. Sagirah’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Mizna, Paper Darts, Juked, Bird’s Thumb, AtlanticRock, Blue Minaret, and elsewhere.

D Allen (thebodyconnected.com) is a multidisciplinary poet, artist, and educator. D.'s work often engages with queer, trans, and disabled embodiment, as well as the relationship between the body and the natural world. D.'s first hybrid poetry book, A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe, is now available for preorder and will be published by The Operating System in February 2019. 

ABOUT THE EVENT

D. Allen organized this reading and conversation as part of a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Many thanks to the Arts Board for making this event possible.

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Greta Ruth performs
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Greta Ruth performs

Greta is a local singer/songwriter joining us for her first performance at Butter -

from her website —

“poem & tone. guitar & voice. language & harmony. 

song as a way to sit with, move through, & heal from experience. 

softness & dissonance. reflection & dynamic stillness. 

the tension of opposites & the alchemy of internal work.”

Join us to welcome Greta!

gretaruth.com

ig: @greta_ruth

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PLAID FRIDAY
Nov
23
7:00 AM07:00

PLAID FRIDAY

It's back again!  PLAID FRIDAY - your opportunity to tell the BIG BOX's and ON-LINERS that LOCAL IS the best economy.  Join us for deals on great retail merchandise that support LOCAL artisans.

Wear PLAID and let us treat you to beverages and snacks while you shop (or between shop hopping along our LOCAL avenues!

Shop where it matters - right here in your neighborhood - where you can SHOP YOUR VALUES!

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Meet and Greet (and Laugh) with our Current Gallery Artists
Nov
7
4:30 PM16:30

Meet and Greet (and Laugh) with our Current Gallery Artists

Join Sarah and Cherryl to learn more about Cherryl’s “PASS ALONG” project, hear about their work as artists, and enjoy Sarah’s gift of Laughter!

A great opportunity to pick up a great gift - direct from the artists!

And yes, you’ll also get to enjoy some free Butter treats!

www.throughsarahseyes.com

www.passalonggifts.com

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Andy Nelson performs
Oct
19
3:00 PM15:00

Andy Nelson performs

Andy is a performer from Rice Lake Wisconsin - and we're happy to have him join during a bit of touring in Minnesota!  A talented acoustic musician/performer, it's our joy to welcome Andy to town!

https://www.reverbnation.com/andynelson

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Crushed Into Place Performs
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Crushed Into Place Performs

Crushed Into Place formed about 2 years ago at McNally Smith College of Music. We are an alternative/rock/pop band. We've written a collection of songs that express the importance of being yourself as well as some of the struggles that come long with it! 

Instagram

Solo Page: @jazicality 

https://www.instagram.com/jazicality/ 

Band Page: @crushedintoplace

https://www.instagram.com/crushedintoplace

Facebook

Solo Page: Jaz

https://www.facebook.com/Jaz1455/

Band Page: Crushed Into Place

https://www.facebook.com/CrushedIntoPlace/

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 Book Release Event for Julia Singer
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Book Release Event for Julia Singer

We close the shop early on September 20 - to set up for a book release party to celebrate with Julia Singer (owner, Dan's sister) - who is offering her latest collection of poems - Elemental - into the world!

As a member of the writing group Ink and Stories, Julia has release several collections and will be reading from this new book - poems based on the Periodic Table of Elements!

her brother is so very proud.

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Elliot Roche and his guitar
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Elliot Roche and his guitar

Elliot has a way of making his guitar sing.  Join us for a night of rock, blues, soul, jazz and more from this guitar player/singer.  If you missed him at the Open Streets event, come in from the cold and get an indoor show that will warm you up.

https://myspace.com/elliottroche

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Kamp Welch performs at Butter
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Kamp Welch performs at Butter

Kamp Welch offers a Christian rock-blues style to his storytelling and witness.  Kamp also offers to be available to just talk with folks about their experiences and is willing to share his story of life's ups and downs including time on the street without a home.

Kamp has a double cd called LET THERE BE LIGHT that contains his KFAI broadcasts and can be purchased at his performances for $20

Kamp seeks to raise awareness for Hepatitis C (HCV) testing.  Tawn Mastrey (Cara's sister)  was a famous heavy metal radio disc jockey who died in 2007.  She wrote a cookbook called "Eat This." The Tawn Mastrey Foundation Hepatitis C (HCV) Awareness was created to make a lasting mark and a positive difference in helping eradicate the Hepatitus C Virus and to stamp out the ignorance about this disease while raising critical awareness worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/kamp.welch.9

https://www.reverbnation.com/kampwelch

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Kingfield's Green Team meets at Butter
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Kingfield's Green Team meets at Butter

Join neighbors and Kingfield friends with environmental justice on their minds! We're gathering to plan and host events in the Kingfield Neighborhood to bring awareness, change habits, and create a culture of green lifestyles. Bring your passion and ideas, connect with others who share that passion and be part of the solution!

This is a task force of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association and helps support efforts with the neighborhood's Bread Oven, Community Garden, Residential/Business Composting efforts, safe biking,  and support for Zero Waste events held in our neighborhood.

Coming up in the next months - A training session for block leaders - The Compost Cafe and efforts to make Arbor Day and Earth Day great events for our neighborhood!

for more information connect with Sarah at KFNA

https://kingfield.org/category/project/gardens-and-greening/

https://www.facebook.com/events/145567722783495/

 

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Kamp Welch performs
Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Kamp Welch performs

Kamp Welch offers a Christian rock-blues style to his storytelling and witness.  Kamp also offers to be available to just talk with folks about their experiences and is willing to share his story of life's ups and downs including time on the street without a home.

Kamp has a double cd called LET THERE BE LIGHT that contains his KFAI broadcasts and can be purchased at his performances for $20

https://www.facebook.com/kamp.welch.9

https://www.reverbnation.com/kampwelch

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Meet and Greet with Ilhan Omar
Aug
8
7:00 AM07:00

Meet and Greet with Ilhan Omar

State Representative Ilhan Omar is setting aside time to meet with Butter Bakery Cafe neighbors.  Ms. Omar is running for the US House of Representative Seat for Butter's congressional district.  Bring your questions, concerns, and curiosity! 

https://www.ilhanomar.com/

Born in Somalia, Ilhan and her family fled the country's civil war when she was eight-years-old. They lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for four years before coming to the United States, eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis in 1997.

Ilhan’s interest in politics began at the age of 14 when she was as an interpreter for her grandfather at local DFL caucuses. Watching neighbors come together to advocate for change at the grassroots level made Ilhan fall in love with the democratic process.

As a student at Edison High School in Minneapolis, she became an organizer and has been a coalition builder ever since. She worked as a community educator at the University of Minnesota and has been a devoted progressive activist in the DFL party for many years. Before running for office, Ilhan was a Humphrey Policy Fellow and served as a senior Policy Aide for a Minneapolis City Council Member. Through advocacy work with which she’s been involved, she’s advanced important issues, including support for working families, educational access, environmental protection, and racial equity.

In 2016, Ilhan became the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. With the help of her committed campaign team, they increased voter turnout by 37%. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 60B, where she’s lived for the past 20 years and where she and her husband Ahmed are raising their three children.

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