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Film: The Mask You Live In

Join us for a special one-time showing (and reception afterwards) of the 2013 film "The Mask You Live In" organized by Melanie Paradise in cooperation with the Twin Cities Dads Group and The Twin Cities Men's Center. Melanie wants to bring a diverse audience together to network and gain a better understanding of each other's experiences and perceptions with the film as the catalyst. She writes: "What speaks to you and what misses the mark?"

Movie Presentation: "The Mask You Live In" follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.

These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become 'real' men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the 'boy crisis' and tactics to combat it.

"The Mask You Live In" ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Casual Discussion Meetup at Wilde Café & Spirits: Meetup Link
Join us for drinks, light appetizers, or dessert afterwards to discuss the documentary. The owner has graciously agreed to staff accordingly so that they can provide the best service to us and confirmed they'll be open until 11PM.

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018 Film: 7:00pm–8:40pm Reception: until 11pm

Location: St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St., Minneapolis) then adjourn to: Wilde Cafe & Spirits (65 SE Main St., Minneapolis)

Ticket Price: $14 (includes online fee). This price is identical to MSPFILM festival film prices at St. Anthony Main. Seating is limited to about 200, and the theatre requires a minimum of 113 tickets sold by July 30th to show the film. As of today, July 10, 74 tickets have been sold, and only 39 remain so we'll easily make the minimum.

Purchase tickets online at:

TCMC joins the Amazon Smile program

The Twin Cities Men's Center is now listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. This means when any Amazon customer who registers with Amazon Smile and selects the Twin Cities Men's Center as their charitable organization of choice, 0.5% of any qualifying purchase will be donated to the Twin Cities Men's Center. You can sign up to help us out at <>.

In Memorium: Randy Genrich

On August 7, 2018 we lost a well-known member of The Twin Cities Men's Center, Randy Genrich. He was active for many years in various capacities from volunteer to facilitator to mentor. Perhaps best known, he served as our long-time office manager. For many men, Randy was the face of TCMC. On behalf of the TCMC, we thank Randy for all his years of service. He will be truely missed.

Any of you who would like to reflect on his contributions to the center, memory or connections with him are invited to a gathering on Sunday, August 19th from 5 - 7 PM at TCMC. The program will be led by Dan Gorbonow.

I hope that all of you will participate, all who can be there. Grief work and honoring our own and shared losses is important men's work.

In consolation for our shared grief,
In sweetness for a life of loving service,
In solidarity for the realization of men's healing,
and making the world a place of beauty and justice.

TCMC's Second Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

All TCMC Volunteers: You are invited to our volunteer appreciation picnic on Wednesday, August 22 from 6:60-8:00 PM on the south shore of Lake Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun), near the parking lot. Look for the TCMC Banner. We find richness in our groups at the Mens' Center. Let's get to know each other socially and allow TCMC to show its' appreciation to you for all that you do!

TCMC will be providing hamburgers and brats, fruits and veggies, misc. salads & baked beans, water and pop (soda). (Help us make this an event without alcohol). Advise us of any dietary requirements you may have and we will do our best to accommodate them. We will be playing outdoor games. If you have a favorite, feel free to bring it.

A head count is needed for this event. Please RSVP to Tom Maher via e-mail to or call the TCMC office, 612-822-5892 with the number of adults and children that will be attending. We all look forward to seeing you on August 22! Any other logistical questions or comments may be directed to Jim Lovestar 612-588-8984

TCMC is now eligible to receive Choice Dollars through Thrivent Financial!!

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who's eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

Choice Dollars charitable outreach funds can make a world of difference to the Twin Cities Men's Center! Thrivent's Choice Dollars program allows eligible Thrivent members to recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable funds. Directing Choice Dollars to TCMC is easy. Simply go to to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice®" after the prompt.

Thrivent also has other opportunities to help the Twin Cities Men's Center, but we need to know which of OUR supporters are also THEIR members! If you believe in TCMC's mission and you are a Member of Thrivent Financial, please contact Tom to find out about other ways you can help TCMC through Thrivent Financial!

I Want To Receive Men Talk in my E-mail Box!

Have you seen our new website yet? Did you know we are currently working on getting the past Issues of Men Talk online on our website? Would you like to STOP receiving your hard copy of Men Talk in your postal mail and instead, get an e-mail including the current Men Talk table of contents and a link to the latest issue online? Easier done than said! Just send an e-mail to Tom at and tell him you want to be removed from the hard copy mailing and you would like to receive an e-mail notification when the latest Men Talk is online. It's that simple!


Be sure to check the Events Calendar for the master list of all TCMC events!