Open Mic Night

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Saturday, May 25th
7-9 PM
Common Root, 211 N 14th, 3rd Floor conference room

Poets! Writers! Extroverts! Introverts wanting to take a leap!
Come give us your best shot! Get your Muse on. Read something you’ve written.
Something you were moved and inspired by. Something beautiful you have found and want to share in a safe space with an easy audience.
Need not read to enjoy the show! We need listeners, too.

One Free Tea/Coffee/Beverage to anyone that reads from the Foundry Coffee Shop downstairs!

Movie Night

Showing “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Saturday, May 11th starting at 8 PM.

This 2018 Biopic follows Freddie Mercury and the band Queen from the a time just before they meet up until their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Filled with music from the band, it also involves their interactions with each other and their families and manager. Interesting stories about dealing with record company executives, especially regarding the titular song. Standout performances by Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy and Joseph Mazzello make this an entertaining, though not always strictly accurate story. Run time is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy and/or share. As always, popcorn will be provided.

Free Saturday – May

2-3:30 PM at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets)

Free Saturday is like a garage sale except everything is FREE!

You don’t have to bring stuff in order to take stuff. If you can use it – take it!

PLEASE NOTE – upon leaving this event please take any unclaimed items you may have brought back home with you as Common Root does not have any storage space. THANK YOU.

Bring a lawn chair or 2, some outdoor games, and enjoy the park!!

All Common Root events are free & inclusive…
All ages – All cultures – All sizes – All colors – All classes – All genders – All beliefs – All sexes – All abilities – All types.
— Common Root is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit —

Lincoln Unites

Visit Common Root’s booth from 1:30-7 PM at the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall North).

Lincoln Unites! : Many Faces One Lincoln brings community members from all walks of life together who are proud that Lincoln is inclusive and welcoming of all of its immigrant and refugee neighbors for generations. Sharing art, music, and heritage of the many faces of Lincoln helps create one strong and vibrant community. 

Activities will include a Naturalization (Citizenship) Ceremony, numerous food vendors, bands and dancers. Students are asked to submit art in this theme for a juried contest.

Lincoln Earth Day

Saturday, April 27th
10 AM – 3 PM
Union Plaza (21st and P Streets)

Visit Common Root’s booth at Lincoln Earth Day 2019!

Lincoln Earth Day is a free, kid-friendly event for the entire family to enjoy. There will be musical performances, hands-on demonstrations, food trucks, green vehicles and more!

Our exciting community event has approximately 2,500 attendees annually and our Coalition wants you to join in the fun. Share the event with your friends, families, and coworkers and join us for some environmental education and family fun! For all other info, be sure to check out our website at

Men’s group discussion: “Detoxing Masculinity”

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Saturday. April 20th
7-9 PM
Foundry Community, 211 N 14th, 3rd Floor Conference Room

“Who do you see when you look in the mirror?” This will be a structured, open discussion about the nature of Masculinity in today’s world and the differences between hurtful and constructive expressions of Masculinity. Anyone is welcome to attend, but the focus will be on people that identify primarily as Masculine. Please remember Common Root and the Foundry Community are Safe Spaces, so all discussion will have to be polite and respectful. It will be in the large Conference Room on the third floor of the Foundry, enter through the door with ‘211’ above it. There is an elevator as well as stairs.

Free Saturday – April

April 20, 2-3:30 PM at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X) in Lincoln.

Free Saturday – a free culture celebration of the community!

April’s Free Saturday event will be the first outdoor Free Saturday of the year! We’ll be at Peter Pan Park from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

Movie Night, showing “Boy Erased”

Join us Saturday, April 13th at 8 PM for a free screening of Boy Erased.

Thus 2018 movie stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe. This movie is based on a book of the same name written by Garrard Conley. The book and the movie deal with one person’s experience with Sexual Identity Conversion Therapy. It is told from Garrard’s point of view and the timeline jumps around a great deal. So it takes a little getting used to in order to get a coherent picture of the series of events. This is not an easy movie to watch, there are several very dramatic and uncomfortable scenes. Excellent performances all around, the movie received 35 nominations and won 6 of them. None from the Motion Picture Academy. Also featuring Joel Edgerton as Victor Sykes, the head of the Therapy compound. Edgerton also wrote the screenplay and directed.

We’ll hold a discussion afterwards that anyone may participate in. Popcorn will be provided, feel free to bring drinks and snacks to enjoy and/or share.