October Newsletter

Face Forward Family,

Things have slowed down a little bit now that summer has passed, but the Twin Cities art community remains vibrant. September was a great month of growth, as we engaged in discussion at the Artist Gathering and pushed the limits of our creativity at the Artist Dialogue. Thank you to those who came out and participate with us. Check out what’s coming up this month! Everything is open to the public…

Taja Improvises
Taja Will performing an improvised solo at the Avanti Center for Girls 


FireArtist Gathering

When: Saturday, October 11
Time: 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Where: HUGE Improv Theater

This will be the final Artist Gathering of the 2014 year. Instead of the usual format, it will be an open mic style this time. Two hours filled with sharing performances, supporting each other as audience members, and being fully present with your amazing artist family.

As always, you will have the opportunity to creatively connect with other inspiring artists. Anyone is welcome to participate – either as an artist or as an audience member. All forms of artistic disciplines are welcome on stage! Whether you have been with Face Forward for the year or are interested in interested in joining in the future, this event is for you. We will reflect, perform, watch, breathe, create, and celebrate an incredible 2014 year!

Email faceforwardminnesota@gmail.com if you want to be a part of the open mic.

Hosted by Estifanos Tesfe & Face Forward REACH/PULSE Team.

Free & Open to the Public!


DanceArtist Dialogue

When: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Where: TBD

The more clarity we have about ourselves, the more we can be in authentic relationship to others. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to examine their perceptual lens, that which colors our ‘take on life’, through exploring personality, postural language, identity performance, and somatic intelligence.

Participants will need the desire and willingness to use their imagination and the courage to be honest with themselves.

The workshop will include both interaction with others, time for active self- reflection, and collective conversation. Please come prepared to play, move, and write.


Face Forward artist Pavielle French released her first album Fear Not on September 13, 2014. Read about the powerful journey that brought her to this moment at the Local Current Blog. Writer Andrea Swensson captures the soul and talent of Pavielle impeccably. 

Photo by: Eve Magg Photography


Read here about the journey that our summer intern Corey Darryl took, and the rewarding experience he had with Face Forward this year. Although he will be missed dearly, we wish him the best in his future Disney endeavors!

Face Forward Flashback

In the past two years, Face Forward has made incredible strides as a Twin Cities non-profit. Take a moment to look back at where the journey all began. Take a moment to remember why you Face Forward.

October Artist Events

Artist: Astrogasmic w/ Acoustic Roots and Geoffrey Fischbein
Date: October 6th
Time: 8:00 PM
Event: Concert
Where: Acadia Cafe

Event: Family Frenzy Music and Arts Festival
Featured Artists: Tickle TortureGuante, and Sayth Wealthy Relative
Date: October 10th
Time: 5:00-10:00 PM
Where: The Bell Museum of Natural History @ the University of Minnesota
*various activities will take place on Nolte Plaza from 5-7:30 PM
*music will begin in the museum at 7:30-10:00

Artist: Daniel Zamzow
Date: October 10th
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Event: Solo Concert
Where: St. Paul’s Lowertown Art Crawl, Suite 317

Artist: Katie Cardenas performs “Help Wanted”
Date: October 10th
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Event: Concert
Where: Pangea World Theater

Artist: Katia Cardenas
Date: October 10th
Time: 11:30PM
Event: Concert
Where: Dakota Late Night Jazz Club

Artist: Katie Cardenas performs “Help Wanted”
Date: October 11th
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Event: Concert
Where: Pangea World Theater

Artist: Katie Cardenas
Date: October 18th
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Event: Concert
Where: Tin Bin’s (Stillwater, MN)

Reminder that every Tuesday, Chadwick ‘Niles’ Phillips hosts The Poet’s Groove at the Blue Nile from 9:00PM-2:00AM.

Keep an eye on the Face Forward Facebook and Twitter for more events as the roll out!