Common Root’s Open House

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Add us to you First Friday gallery hopping schedule on Friday, July 6th. Take a tour of The Foundry Community (211 N. 14th, 3rd Floor), AKA Common Root’s NEW location!

We’ll be open from 7-10 PM, but arrive early to enjoy a free Common Root signature dog from FlyDogz. We’ll have jumbo beef dogs and vegan dogs as well, plus sides, snacks and drinks.

We’re so excited to start this new chapter of Common Root’s story. Come by and celebrate with us!

The Trans+ Support Group is meeting at Common Root on Tuesday, July 3rd at 7 PM at our NEW LOCATION – Foundry, 211 N 14th Street, 3rd Floor

As always partners, questioning folks, and gender nonconforming folks as well as transgender individuals are welcome and encouraged to attend!

We’ve moved!

Common Root is now located at The Foundry Community! Our new location is:

211 N. 14th #323
Lincoln, NE 68508

Please join us at upcoming events in July (full scheduled to be posted soon)! We’re excited to offer elevator accessibility and larger community spaces for events.

Common Root will offer event and meeting participants parking vouchers for 1 hour free in the downtown Park & Go garages. Bring your parking garage ticket with you and show it to the host. The city covers the first hour & Common Root will cover your second hour of parking.

Sunday Afternoon Movie – Life of Brian

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Sunday, June 17th at 1 PM, please join us at our new location – in the Foundry Community (211 N. 14th St, 3rd Floor).

We’ll be hosting a free screening of Monty Python’s “Life of Brian.”

Made in 1979, this was the Python’s penultimate movie and the one that most followed an actual storyline rather than being mostly a collection of sketches. Controversial at the time, mostly because people that never saw it assumed they were making fun of Jesus. Brian was never supposed to be Jesus, he just happened to be born in the stable next door to Himself. Rumor has it that once The Quest for the Holy Grail was extremely popular and the group was traveling around promoting it, they grew weary of the question “What’s your next movie going to be about?” Apparently, Eric Idle heard the question one too many times and yelled back “Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory” and after they’d thought about it for a bit, the rest developed. Many people feel the song at the end is worth watching the whole movie for.

This will be our first Movie at the Foundry, in the Green room on the 3rd floor. As always, popcorn will be provided. Discussion afterwards about what they WERE making fun of. Also Latin lessons. If the front door is locked when you get there, text Larry at 402-560-1058 and someone will come let you in.

Free Saturday – June

Free Saturdays – a free culture celebration of the community!

June’s Free Saturday event will be held at Peter Pan Park (33rd & X) from 2-3:30 pm on June 16th. 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!

We’re excited to announce that FlyDogz will again be providing FREE hot dogs to Free Saturday this month!

Writing Marathon

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Please feel free to participate in an afternoon of writing and optional sharing. We will be going to the Nebraska History Museum on Saturday, June 9th from 1-3:30 PM to inspire our minds and imbue our writing utensils.

Don’t feel like you have to bring a laptop, but something to write with and something to write on is encouraged. Writing on the art or the walls is probably discouraged, so try to bring the right equipment. If you don’t have the means, that’s okay too. Writing implements and medium will be provided for those without.

This is not a writing workshop; there will be no criticisms. The marathon is an exercise of writing and community. We will engage in a period of silent writing, followed by optional sharing, and that is all.

Hope to see you there!


Trans+ Support

The Trans+ Support Group is meeting at Common Root on Tuesday, June 5th at 7 PM at our NEW LOCATION – Foundry, 211 N 14th Street, 3rd Floor

As always partners, questioning folks, and gender nonconforming folks as well as transgender individuals are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Movie Night

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Join us for a free screening of “Predestination” on Saturday, June 2nd at 8 pm.

Made in Australia and released in 2014, this movie is based on a 1959 Short Story by Robert A. Heinlein called “– All You Zombies — “. So, written in the same era that brought us “Glen or Glenda”. The movie is extremely faithful to the story.

This movie involves Time Travel and was made in small part as an ‘response’ to “Looper.” This movie attempts to answer the age-old question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” I do not recommend watching the trailer, nor reading the short story ahead of time, but you’re all adults, do what you want. 97 minutes, but it seems like longer to me. This is not an easy movie to watch. One character goes through a ‘medically necessary’ gender transition, I believe it’s explained well in the movie so I will not try here. I also think the adjustments the character has to make are handled as well as they can be in the circumstances. Certainly, I am not the best judge. There is sort of a ‘twist’ to the story, please if you know, don’t spoil it for others. This movie has moved and affected me like few others and I’ve seen over a dozen movies in my life. (Might be over 30, I haven’t been counting.)

As always, popcorn will be provided. Feel free to BYO drinks and food to enjoy and maybe share.

Give to Lincoln Day 2018

Give to Lincoln Day is Common Root’s biggest fundraising event of the year. You can donate online anytime through midnight on May 31st.

Donate here:

Your donations help Common Root continue bringing free events and resources to our community. For a list of upcoming events, visit our calendar page:

We have some big changes coming up, including developing a new website and a move to a new location. In July, Common Root will be located in the Foundry Community (211 N 14th). This space offers us larger meeting & event rooms, an elevator for accessibility and a downtown location near UNL’s campus.

Visit our booth at Tower Square (13th and P Streets) on Thursday, May 31st from 10 AM until 2 PM. We’ll have volunteers available to tell you more about our nonprofit, and we’ll have some small items for sale, such as our locally designed buttons, magnets, keychains and more!

Books 4 Break!

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Join us for a free community book exchange on Saturday, May 26th from Noon-4 PM at The Commons (1239 S. 14th Street).

Bring books to give away and take books from others home with you. There will be hundreds if not thousands of books to choose from, we’re hoping to have something for everyone, but the real magic happens when you brings your favorites to share!