Our events

Danny Evans & Friends Third Thursdays for Vail Place
Oct
17
12:30 PM12:30

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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Eric Gray - Book Reading
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Eric Gray - Book Reading

Bases to Bleachers is a collection of stories from Eric Gray - and yes, it’s all about baseball.

Come and hear selections from the book, meet the author and learn more about his efforts to collect stories and memories about this national pastime -

With Twins fever at a high pitch this year - we’re excited to come together to build community around our shared experiences of the game!

https://www.facebook.com/events/925482921126242/

https://basestobleachers.com/appearances

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OPEN STREETS NICOLLET
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

OPEN STREETS NICOLLET

Music on our patio

Poems typed while you wait!

Artists and creativity of your own making!

Street Trivia with Butter swag as gifts!

and of course the ability to CLAIM Nicollet Avenue for walking, biking and all forms non motorized!

join us for this end of summer celebration!

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B-Corps Conversation Circle
Sep
17
7:30 AM07:30

B-Corps Conversation Circle

Join Dan to learn more about the Social Benefit Corporation status for Butter Bakery Cafe. What does it take to be a healthy workplace? We’ve been speaking up at the city and state level - where is Butter currently and what can move it further? Bring your ideas and passions as well as your questions!

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Meet South High School's new principal!
Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

Meet South High School's new principal!

Join South High Schoo'l’s parent council to welcome the new principal - Brett Stringer -

butter bakery sets out some treats, you bring your questions and warm wishes!

fun facts: Dan taught at South High during the summers of 1991 and 92. His children attended South during 2004 - 2010 and Dan started his teaching career alongside South’s recent-retiring principal Ray Aponte! Butter has been a long time supporter of South High’s theater, music and soccer programs as well as being a hands-on “eclair” experience for French classes - we are honored to offer time for Mr Stringer to start his tenure meeting the South Community!

https://south.mpls.k12.mn.us/introducing_principal_stringer.html

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Mrs. Pinky and the Great Fox
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Mrs. Pinky and the Great Fox

Local (as in three blocks from Butter) - one of our longtime Butter regulars, Maddie, and friends have a jazz alternative band ready to bring great vibes to the cafe!

They will be joined by Maybe Nebraska to share the evening’s entertainment!

You can also help support Avenues for Homeless Youth by purchasing a copy of the album “Power of Love” featuring Maddie as a part of the band Northern Pinnacle.

https://www.facebook.com/MrsPinkyTheGreatFox/

https://www.facebook.com/maybenebraska/

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KINGFIELD PORCHFEST!
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

KINGFIELD PORCHFEST!

We're setting up on the front patio for a night of music as Kingfield opens its porches to local musicians.  Hop on a bike or stroll around the neighborhood and hear lots of music!

DAISY FORESTER

Daisy Forester is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter breaking into the Minneapolis music scene. Daisy has been a Butter Bakery performer on several occasions -come enjoy her acoustic indie-folk sound!

TAKE THE WEEKEND!

A rock band from Augsburg University, who started in a dorm room with a pizza box for a snare and an acoustic guitar. Bringing a variety of original songs with sounds of alternative rock, punk and country. The typical 9-5s can be long and stressful so we want to help you Take The Weekend back! Enjoy- TTW

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/official_taketheweekend/Facebook page: Take The Weekend 

PRISYM ROSE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7QFMc-sXhw

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-Band/Prisym-Rose-320669548547335/

Prisym-Rose is a harmony group consisting of four very talented teenage musicians.

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Kamp Welch performs
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

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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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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