Four ways to mark 9/11/11

Let’s face it – the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is inspiring a whole range of emotions and reactions. For some it’s sorrow, for others frustration, and for others, it feels like it’s time to move on.

In honor of that, I’ve chosen an array of events this weekend that suit at least a few different mindsets.

1. You are still mourning 9/11/01

Frozen Tears: In this event, which starts at 9:11pm this Sunday night, people will gather at the River Flats behind Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota and release “frozen tears” (basically small ice boats with lit candles in them) into the Mississippi River.

2. You are horrified by how the U.S. responded to the attacks, our ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the vilification of muslims.

Zafira the Olive Oil Warrior: It is the not so distant future and suicide bombers have hit simultaneous cities across the United States. Arab and Muslim Americans are official enemies of the state and have been ordered into internment camps. Presented by Pangea World Theater at In the Heart of the Beast theater in Minneapolis, “Zafira the Olive Oil Warrior” tells the story of one Arab American womanʼs experience leading up to, during, and after her internment.

3. You look at current world affairs with bitter irony, and would enjoy a good laugh.

A Short Play about 9/11 follows three characters: a hilarious talk show host on the verge of being fired after a monologue of 9/11 jokes; a Russian bio-chemist whose frequent appearances as a terrorism expert are marred by his inability to stay sober; and a young woman who realizes the agonized face on all those “Missing” posters may be her own. The play charts their struggle to resume a normal life, and the surprising role humor and art play in the healing process. And it’s funny.

4. You have moved on, and would rather spend your time celebrating all that is good in the world.

The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts presents a day of free performances in honor of its grand opening this weekend. Sunday, from 11am-5pm, along with a bunch of free dance classes, allowing people to dance their cares away.

Whatever way you choose to spend this Sunday, peace be with you.

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