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The Italian Job

In a time of austerity, where can you go to indulge in la dolce vita?


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Restaurant critics have never been the first need of a society, so when times get tough, I get anxious. After 9/11, for instance, I had the overwhelming feeling that while other folks might have been rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, my job wasn’t even that. It was more akin to making pompon monsters with googly eyes on the Titanic. And now with the constant drumbeat that the Next Great Depression is coming, coming, coming, I once again find myself bolting awake in the middle of the night with a single thought: Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there is no need to critique the wine service in foxholes.

For the whole world has turned into a foxhole, right? It certainly feels that way in the world of restaurants. Nothing of note is opening and some things of note are closing—most lately Fugaise, that of the ugly-duckling dining room and spectacular food; Stone’s, of the million-dollar patio in Stillwater; and La Bodega, the also-ran tapas bar near the corner of Lake and Lyndale avenues in Minneapolis.

So what now? We just eat beans and wait to die?

Amid this steady stream of bad news, I’ve become aware of a contrary vein of thought: Emotionally driven, or, dare I say, hysterically driven austerity is the one thing that could turn this recession into a depression. Overly cautious thrift, for instance, is widely blamed for turning the 1990s into a lost decade for Japan. “Recessions get worse when prosperous people do not spend,” Harvard economics professor Edward L. Glaeser recently argued in the New York Times. “If you can afford it, then this is exactly the moment to redo your kitchen or buy a car. Not only will you be able to get a good deal, but your spending will help revive the economy. The economist John Maynard Keynes convincingly argued 70 years ago that thrift was no virtue during a recession.” Yale economics professor Robert J. Shiller has said that the constant invocation of the Depression is in fact a cause of our current troubles since it reduces “consumers’ willingness to spend and businesses’ willingness to hire and expand. The Depression narrative could easily end up as a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

So maybe we don’t eat beans and wait to die. Maybe if we eat beans and wait to die, we really will.

So what sort of dining story is particularly relevant, meaningful, and helpful in a season such as this? Obviously, the regular rules of quality must apply. Just because you’ve made a decision to reject hysterical austerity doesn’t mean you should spend money at bad restaurants. But what sort of restaurant could make reluctant spenders leave their houses? The answer, at least in the Twin Cities, has to be Italian. Year after year, it is local diners’ favorite cuisine. Which brings us to another question: What is the best top-flight Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities right now—where, in other words, should you choose to embrace calculated indulgence?

The candidates are clear enough: D’Amico Cucina, the downtown Minneapolis stalwart that most people under 30 tend to forget about; Osteria I Nonni, the haute Italian restaurant in Lilydale; and Pazzaluna, the expense-account and date spot in downtown St. Paul. In the spirit of inquiry and not waiting to die, I ventured forth. What I found surprised me in so many ways.

Pazzaluna, for instance, was packed. Austerity be darned. I’ve been wondering about Pazzaluna ever since acclaimed chef Rino Baglio left last fall (he’s rumored to be working on a gourmet-burger project for downtown St. Paul) and was replaced by Wil Borgstrom. So, how is Pazzaluna now? Great—if you like meat. Every meat dish I had out of Pazzaluna’s kitchen was lovely. The rosy, fresh beef carpaccio had a briny, berry-like richness to it. The antipasto plate, composed of various salamis and such, was gargantuan and top-rate; it made having a glass of wine with friends companionable, hearty, and fancy – I couldn’t ask for more. The best thing on Pazzaluna’s menu is the “veal medallions,” beef tenderloin–sized pieces of veal that were spoon-tender and served with a delicious porcini- mushroom sauce. Unfortunately, everything that was not meat was lacking. The seafood pasta was a particular disaster: wildly overcooked noodles serving as a funeral bier for tough, cold, and flavorless seafood. The gnocchi, too, were gummy as paste. If you love meat and wine, Pazzaluna’s a great restaurant. I’m just not sure it’s a great Italian restaurant right now.

Osteria I Nonni is the fine-dining restaurant part of Buon Giorno Italia. When it opened a few years ago, I thought I Nonni didn’t live up to its potential, but I go back every year or so and it’s always worthwhile. What struck me on this visit was how positively joyful the crowd was. The bar was packed with people ordering from an affordable tasting menu (when I visited, it was $35 for three courses, though the price changes weekly) and every corner of the main room seemed to host a big group howling with laughter. I haven’t seen that many obviously happy people in years. It was a joy.

A couple things on I Nonni’s menu were joys, too. The calamari was the best I’ve had in years: so crisp and light that they may as well have been sparks off a firework. The gnochetti were plump, tender, and expertly done, even if the braised-goat ragu that came with them was spectacularly salty. The “Fregola allo scoglio,” a sort of Sardinian bouillabaisse made with little balls of pasta and a fennel broth, was delightful. The shrimp in it were perfectly fresh and plump, the other seafood was light and lively, and the pasta gave it all unity. But there were missteps as well: A pasta carbonara was smoky and greasy, tasting as if someone had poured a pan’s worth of bacon drippings into it, and over-salting ruined the lamb meatballs with salsa verde. That said, the wine list remains spectacular, offering something beguiling from every interesting Italian region, and hard-to-find vintages at that. I walked out of Osteria I Nonni convinced that there’s a spectacular restaurant hidden in there, if only they were a little more rigorous.

Up next was D’Amico Cucina, the flagship of the D’Amico empire, which now includes the various D’Amico and Sons fast/casual outlets and Campiello. Please God, I bargained in a particularly acute moment of not being an atheist in a foxhole, please don’t let the best Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities end up being one you have to make yourself by hiring a limousine and hitting these three restaurants for separate courses.

But D’Amico Cucina knocked it out of the park. It was the best Italian meal I’ve had in Minnesota. At $60, the six-course tasting menu I had was a phenomenal bargain. The salad of beets, smoked lake trout, chicory, and a pumpkin-seed vinaigrette was a local farm-to-table inspiration that actually seemed quite Italian. The sausage-and-bread stuffing concealed in a de-boned roasted quail was so rich and fragrant that it forever raised the bar for all future stuffings—and it wasn’t even as good as the intense composition of lentils and sautéed mushrooms that came with it. The timbale of braised beef cheeks wrapped in chard leaves that arrived alongside slices of grilled rib eye was silky, tender, and blissful. But not quite as blissful as one dish off the regular menu: the suckling pig, a cupcake-sized mold of knee-bucklingly tender pork, crowned with a tiara of pickled onions and presented on a bed of herbal green-onion pesto, with fat leaves of new watercress. It was one of the dishes of the year—a triumph, a joy, a scrumptious oasis in a hectic world. And that’s not all! The pear-currant cake was a sophisticated take on Christmas pudding: warm, plump, made contemporary with a bit of poached Seckel pear and rendered irresistible with a dollop of Zabaglione Moscato cream.

Cucina seems more Italian than it’s ever been. The dishes are simple, in terms of not being over-conceptualized, and executed as finely as a fine-dining kitchen can. The service was professional and focused. It was one of those meals after which you immediately kick yourself for not having had it last month, and the month before that, and the month before that. It was spectacular.

So, there you have it. If you, too, decide that now is not the time to succumb to economic terror, I know just where you can go out and live a little.
 

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a senior editor at Minnesota Monthly.

Pazzaluna
360 Saint Peter St., St. Paul
651-223-7000
pazzaluna.com

Osteria I Nonni
981 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale
651-905-1081
inonnirestaurant.com

D’Amico Cucina
100 N. Sixth St., Minneapolis
612-338-2401
damico.com

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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
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More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
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KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
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Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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“Dance with American Girl Dolls” Ballet Camp June 13-16 Bring your favorite American Girl Doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! Camp...

Cost: $120.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

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One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

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Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

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Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

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Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
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Join us as we unveil and celebrate the 2016 Ivey Awards creative. Be the first to hear who will be hosting and entertaining us at this year's show on September 19!Complimentary appetizers and...

Cost: Free

Where:
martinpatrick3
212 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Ivey Awards

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Cruise into the sunset on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka while enjoying a full dinner buffet.   Fajita Bar Includes: Tri-Color trip chips with salsa Fiesta Salad Grilled Flank Steak...

Cost: Adults: $35.95 Children (Ages 3-9): $20.95 Infants: FREE

Where:
Port of Excelsior
2 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: BayView Event Center
Telephone: 952-767-3101
Contact Name: Lexi Zawatzke
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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
Website »

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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

More information

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

More information

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KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

More information

“Dance with American Girl Dolls” Ballet Camp June 13-16 Bring your favorite American Girl Doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! Camp...

Cost: $120.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Hot beverages, cool paintings & socializing every Wednesday at Watch Me Draw is just the ticket for “hump” day!  Everything you need to add some creative personal time to look forward to each...

Cost: $25.00 per person

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Avenue
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 612-968-0899
Contact Name: Tracy Giza
Website »

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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

More information

Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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FlyOver America – a new attraction at the Mall of America – is a can’t miss experience for individuals of all ages. During the Ultimate Flying Ride, visitors will experience a breathtaking...

Cost: $16.95 (13+), $12.95 (up to 12 years old)

Where:
FlyOver America - Nickelodeon Universe
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 612-342-9652
Contact Name: Cristin Kieser

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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET . Set on  December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins...

Cost: $29

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
Website »

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CONCERTS ON THE PIER | Charlie ParrJoin us for an evening of Minnesota music on the shores of Lake Superior!GATES 6 | MUSIC 7 | FREE | ALL AGESLOCAL BREWS & BEVS | FOOD...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Glensheen Staff
Website »

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Sign up to get your play on during our summer season! This 4 week play group is available to those who are taking Everyday 3 currently (during May-July)) and up! That means this class is also...

Cost: $105 until 7/6/16 and then $125 after

Where:
Brave New Workshop's Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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This is a class that is designated for people who've never tried Improv before and are looking for a taste of the basics! This is a 4 week class from 7/20/16-8/10/16 which will focus on getting...

Cost: $125 until 7/6/16 and then $150 after

Where:
Brave New Workshop's Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
View map »


Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
Website »

More information

Sign up to get your play on during our summer season! This 4 week play group is available to those who are taking Everyday 1 and 2 currently (during May-July)! This is a great chance to keep...

Cost: $105 until 7/6/16 and then $125 after

Where:
Brave New Workshop's Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

BOYS NOIZE / MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS / SLOSLYLOVE CURATED BY TOTALLY GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT  

Cost: $3 with RSVP

Where:
ICEHOUSE MPLS
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

More information

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

More information

KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

More information

“Dance with American Girl Dolls” Ballet Camp June 13-16 Bring your favorite American Girl Doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! Camp...

Cost: $120.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

More information

Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minnesota artists Ute Bertog and Betsy Ruth Byers. In Still the night Bertog continues to explore language and communication through...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE
#195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Rosalux Gallery
Website »

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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 28-30 2016. Stop by the Plymouth Ave Block Party Thursday July 28th or make the rounds on the evening of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
Penn ave to Mississippi river
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »

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Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
Website »

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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
Website »

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Artists: We’ll be taking sign-ups via e-mail for our Thursday open mic night. In order to sign-up please emaillivewhollytour@fasthorseinc.com to participate for the evening. You will receive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Riverview Cafe
3745 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Wholly Guacamole
Telephone: 218-370-0937
Contact Name: Christian

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The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

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A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
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BOYS NOIZE / MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS / SLOSLYLOVE CURATED BY TOTALLY GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT  

Cost: $3 with RSVP

Where:
ICEHOUSE MPLS
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

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More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
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Where:
Minneapolis Event Centers
, MN

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KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
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Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
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Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

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Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

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Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

More information

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 28-30 2016. Stop by the Plymouth Ave Block Party Thursday July 28th or make the rounds on the evening of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
Penn ave to Mississippi river
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

More information

Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
Website »

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The Rochester Civic Theatre is delighted to announce the return of its Summer @ The Civic Patio Concert Series.  On select Friday nights in June and July, enjoy free live music and fresh food...

Cost: Free, food and drink available for purchase

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa
Website »

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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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Paint Your Pet (LIMITED SPACE!!) Send your pet's photo 3 days in advance! with Rhonda Date/Time: Fri, 7/29/2016, 6:30 - 9:00 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N,...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Paint Sip Nosh
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

Artists: We’ll be taking sign-ups via e-mail for our Thursday open mic night. In order to sign-up please emaillivewhollytour@fasthorseinc.com to participate for the evening. You will receive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Riverview Cafe
3745 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Wholly Guacamole
Telephone: 218-370-0937
Contact Name: Christian

More information

The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
View map »


Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
Website »

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Summer Youth Players The Trials of Robin Hood July 22-31 Tickets on sale soon! Robin Hood: hero, slave to love, or bumbling buffoon?  You decide! In The Trials of Robin Hood, Maid Marian,...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

More information

The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

More information

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

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One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

More information

Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

More information

Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
Website »

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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 28-30 2016. Stop by the Plymouth Ave Block Party Thursday July 28th or make the rounds on the evening of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
Penn ave to Mississippi river
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »

More information

Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

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Hot Metal Mold-Making Workshops July 30 & 31 and August 3, 4, & 6, 1pm-4pm Learn about the process of metal casting by making your own iron relief sculpture! Each summer, Iron Artists from...

Cost: $30/small $45/medium $75/large

Where:
Franconia Scupture Park
29836 St Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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The documentary film (Blockade) is about the inspiring story of how a group of people in Delaware Valley area (Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington DC), irrespective of their nationality or...

Cost: $10

Where:
University of Minnesota - Coffman Memorial Union
Coffman Memorial Union - 300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bangladesh Students Association (BDSA) of University of Minnesota
Telephone: 763-232-2026
Contact Name: Golam Sayeed
Website »

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Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
Website »

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This exclusive event featuring local winemaker, Negret Wine Co., will benefit Worldwide Fistula Fund, a nonprofit that heals and empowers women and girls with devastating childbirth injuries in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bluff Stone Vineyard
30409 670th St.
Lake City, MN  55041
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Telephone: 847-264-5946
Contact Name: Casey
Website »

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NorthGate Brewing will be hosting an HP-themed taproom party on July 30th, 2016 to coincide with the theatrical release of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. Activities will include a Quidditch Beer...

Cost: N/A

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Website »

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The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Summer Youth Players The Trials of Robin Hood July 22-31 Tickets on sale soon! Robin Hood: hero, slave to love, or bumbling buffoon?  You decide! In The Trials of Robin Hood, Maid Marian,...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

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See Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society under the stars on the KS95 Stage at the Mystic Amphitheater! Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and...

Cost: $29, $39, $55 and $65

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Sponsor: KS95
Telephone: 952-403-5555
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Marah in the Mainsail is performing an acoustic set at Aster Cafe with Clocks & Clouds! Clocks & Clouds is a Minneapolis-based instrumental trio formed in 2010. Consisting of Stephanie Shogren...

Cost: $7

Where:
Aster Cafe
125 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
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More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
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