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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Can Can Wonderland
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SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
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St. Paul, MN  55104
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Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
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2004 Randolph Avenue
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Cost: Free

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3939 Central Ave. NE
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Columbia Heights, MN  55421
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Sponsor: Columbia Heights Public Library
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Cost: free and open to the public

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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
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Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
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755 Prior Ave N
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Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Cost: $10

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Cost: 0

Where:
Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America
5115 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave
Aud. 150
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Cost: Free

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Groveland Gallery
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Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Cost: 0

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U.S. Bank
300 Prairie Center Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Gallery Director
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Cost: free and open to the public

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Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
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Cost: $117-34, subject to change

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Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
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View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber in partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
Telephone: 612-370-9160
Contact Name: Cheri Gengler
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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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Fascinators, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of prints by Ellen Heck, opens January 26 at Groveland Gallery. Heck grew up in Austin, TX and studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago....

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Enjoy a trip back to a more innocent time in our history as New Music Arts presents "Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away." The show features cast members from the IVEY award-winning "Buddy—The Buddy...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: New Music Arts

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Do you second-guess yourself when it comes to the decisions you make for your business? At this hands-on workshop, you'll start by digging deep into the values, goals, and priorities that form your...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $59 for Non-Members

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Dr
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A Minnesota native from rural Isanti County, Cunningham currently lives and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Please Join Kolman & Pryor Gallery and the Hewing Hotel! Artist Reception and Tour Paintings by Shannon Estlund Take a tour with Shannon of her exhibit at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hewing Hotel
300 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery and Hewing Hotel
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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February 9-March 30, 2019 | Opening Reception: February 9, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition by two Minnesota artists: ceramicist Monica Rudquist and her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Gallery Director
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. ...

Cost: 0

Where:
Glensheen
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: MacKenzie McCullum
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The living legend Sir Elton John is going on one last concert tour of his lifetime before he retires, The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Get tickets to see Elton John live on this tour in...

Cost: $71

Where:
Target Center
, PA


Telephone: 844-425-5918
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is proud to present the Spring 2019 MCAD Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Proposal Presentations.   Spring 2019 graduate candidates will each...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Auditorium 150
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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February’s featured artists invite you to consider the surface. Regardless of the form, how does the surface impact your perception of the work? Gossman offers subtle references to the loose...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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  Town Hall Brewery is getting ready to roll out the barrels! The brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week is February 18-24, and will include a big roster of boozy barrel-aged beers, limited release...

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Fascinators, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of prints by Ellen Heck, opens January 26 at Groveland Gallery. Heck grew up in Austin, TX and studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago....

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

Enjoy a trip back to a more innocent time in our history as New Music Arts presents "Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away." The show features cast members from the IVEY award-winning "Buddy—The Buddy...

Cost: $25-$32

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
View map »


Sponsor: New Music Arts

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A Minnesota native from rural Isanti County, Cunningham currently lives and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Roger Launius, Retired NASA, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum What is it about the Moon that captures the fancy of humankind? A silvery disk hanging in the night sky, it conjures up...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Northrop
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Katie
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February 9-March 30, 2019 | Opening Reception: February 9, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition by two Minnesota artists: ceramicist Monica Rudquist and her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Gallery Director
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Are you ready for our February Frenzy?  Each time we have a fully booked workshop in February, participants in that workshop will be eligible to win some fabulous giveaways! Prizes may include...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Meet a handful of inspiring local leaders who are improving food access and working to build a healthy community in Minneapolis. Provision Community Restaurant, TC Food Justice, and Green Garden...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wedge Table
2412 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op
Telephone: 612-465-8847
Contact Name: Allison
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Caring for Cats Bingo with CASH Prizes!  Have fun and help the kitties! Join us for Bingo on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 6:30 - 9 PM at the American Legion, 2678 - 7th Ave East, North St....

Cost: Free to Attend, $1 to Play

Where:
American Legion
2678 7th Ave East
North St. Paul, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Caring For Cats
Telephone: 320-281-4515
Contact Name: Dana Wilde
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood is back for its 6th year with a high-fashion runway show featuring the hottest looks from Twin Cities retailers modeled by dedicated...

Cost: $30 - $2000

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market St
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Telephone: 612-821-6132
Contact Name: Sarah Harris
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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: 60

Where:
The Old Spahgetti Factory
233 Park Ave
# 100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis
Telephone: 888-643-2583
Contact Name: Skyler
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The story begins with a motionless tableau, the actors frozen in mid-action, their faces conjuring an ancient frieze. At the snap of fingers, the spell is broken and the statues spring to...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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  Now in its sixth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant...

Cost: $30

Where:
Machine Shop
300 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3268
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FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: MacKenzie McCullum
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Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, this theatrical masterpiece by Thornton Wilder is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit. Meet the Antrobus family of contemporary and...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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Directed by Marcela Lorca Featuring Brian Bose, Aimee Bryant, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson Kelley, Rajané Katurah, Jim Lichtscheidl, Ben Lohrberg, Elizabeth Reese, and Austene Van This...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Inspired by the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, where experiences are simply figments in a disembodied brain, Proxy leaves the repetitious, unexamined world, to discover what lies behind...

Cost: $15-30

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Crash.Dance.Productions
Telephone: 763-607-3077
Contact Name: Erin Blanton
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  Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with exquisitely delicious ensemble music of Lully, Moulinié, de Visée and others presented by Ladyslipper Ensemble at the New Lute Café. Come experience joy, bliss,...

Cost: $15 suggested donation at the door

Where:
Summit Center for Arts and Innovation
1524 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: New Lute Café
Telephone: 617-571-6529
Contact Name: Sahar Hassan
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Open mic night hosted by The Nighthowlers at Can Can Wonderland every third Thursday of the month!! All entertainers welcomed and encouraged! Show starts at 9pm. Sign up starts at 8pm. $2 artist...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Sutie 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

February’s featured artists invite you to consider the surface. Regardless of the form, how does the surface impact your perception of the work? Gossman offers subtle references to the loose...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The un-official kick-off to spring, the 2019 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show will return for two full weekends Friday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 24 and Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 at...

Cost: Tickets starting at $12

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is proud to present the Spring 2019 MCAD Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Proposal Presentations.   Spring 2019 graduate candidates will each...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Auditorium 150
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN
View map »

More information

Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

More information

  Town Hall Brewery is getting ready to roll out the barrels! The brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week is February 18-24, and will include a big roster of boozy barrel-aged beers, limited release...

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Fascinators, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of prints by Ellen Heck, opens January 26 at Groveland Gallery. Heck grew up in Austin, TX and studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago....

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A Minnesota native from rural Isanti County, Cunningham currently lives and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Third annual snowshoe by candlelight at the Legacy golf course at Cragun's Resort hosted by Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build. Join us and enjoy snowshoeing on a beautiful winding 9-hole...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Cragun's Legacy Golf Course & Grille
11497 East Gull Lake Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build
Telephone: 218-828-8517
Contact Name: Jeanette Houle
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February 9-March 30, 2019 | Opening Reception: February 9, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition by two Minnesota artists: ceramicist Monica Rudquist and her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Gallery Director
Website »

More information

Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

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Flashlight Tours are back… with a twist. First, you will need to be 21 or older to be on the tour. This is not a tour for kids. As part of your cost for admission, guests will receive a branded...

Cost: 30

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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DISCOVER GENEROSITY! The Great King is seeking a Queen worthy of the realm. Mufaro journeys to the King with his two daughters, certain that one of them will be chosen. Discover that beauty is not...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
Telephone: 515-520-7428
Contact Name: Kivan Kirk
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Inspired by the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, where experiences are simply figments in a disembodied brain, Proxy leaves the repetitious, unexamined world, to discover what lies behind...

Cost: $15-30

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Crash.Dance.Productions
Telephone: 763-607-3077
Contact Name: Erin Blanton
Website »

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Directed by Marcela Lorca Featuring Brian Bose, Aimee Bryant, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson Kelley, Rajané Katurah, Jim Lichtscheidl, Ben Lohrberg, Elizabeth Reese, and Austene Van This...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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The musical comedy that's “touchingly beautiful… heartrending and hilarious” (Say Entirely) has become a Twin Cities Valentine's tradition and is returning for a 5th season at Art House North...

Cost: Tickets: $20-$27 (Discounts available)

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
Website »

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The story begins with a motionless tableau, the actors frozen in mid-action, their faces conjuring an ancient frieze. At the snap of fingers, the spell is broken and the statues spring to...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-224-4222
Website »

More information

By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, this theatrical masterpiece by Thornton Wilder is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit. Meet the Antrobus family of contemporary and...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: MacKenzie McCullum
Website »

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Child of Mine -- A Place in the Choir  -- River -- The Roseville Fair   Folk legend Bill Staines returns bringing his songs and story-telling to an intimate concert in the beautiful...

Cost: requested donation $15.

Where:
Judson Memorial Baptist Church
4101 Harriet Av. S,.
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Sponsor: Judson Music Series
Telephone: 612.590.5664
Contact Name: Keith Ford
Website »

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  Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
View map »


Website »

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Ever wanted to play Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, Family Feud, $50 Pyramid, or the Price is Right? Maybe you never wanted to play but wish you could have been in the audience. Retro Game Night...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Can Can Wonderland presents "Proximity Effect" 3 unique bands/performance artists on one bill. Story aerobics is 1.) Radio drama, 2.) Choreographed to an aerobic exercise, 3.) And performed with a...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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artists on one bill. Story aerobics is 1.) Radio drama, 2.) Choreographed to an aerobic exercise, 3.) And performed with a live audience. Lev Snowe is Psych Pop, Electronic, Dream Pop, Shoegaze,...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
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The Fight For Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraising events. Climbs are held in prominent skyscrapers, giving participants the opportunity to join together with...

Cost: $115 or more

Where:
U.S. Bank Plaza
200 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: American Lung Association in Minnesota
Contact Name: Abby Slick
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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FREE Theater Workshop & Children's Show!* Everyone will be able to afford the admission price to SPARK theater + dance’s latest production—one simply has to bring a playful spirit and a big...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 - 34th Avenue
Plymouth, MN  55447
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Sponsor: SPARK theater + dance
Telephone: 952-454-7344
Contact Name: Joy Donley
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Join us at Tangletown Gardens to explore the fascinating world of Tillandsias, or Air Plants. They are beautiful, unique and require much less attention than other house plants.   Step into...

Cost: No ticket required.

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Erin Kjar
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Are you ready for our February Frenzy?  Each time we have a fully booked workshop in February, participants in that workshop will be eligible to win some fabulous giveaways! Prizes may include...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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February’s featured artists invite you to consider the surface. Regardless of the form, how does the surface impact your perception of the work? Gossman offers subtle references to the loose...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The un-official kick-off to spring, the 2019 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show will return for two full weekends Friday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 24 and Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 at...

Cost: Tickets starting at $12

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Nirmala Rajasekar, world-renowned vocal and veena virtuoso, presents South Indian melodies & rhythms in a Sensory-Friendly format. Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive...

Cost: $0-$5

Where:
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 N Kent St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3268
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  Town Hall Brewery is getting ready to roll out the barrels! The brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week is February 18-24, and will include a big roster of boozy barrel-aged beers, limited release...

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Cost: Free

Where:
Simon Arena
29100 Harry Ave
Cannon Falls, WI  55009
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Sponsor: Orchard Rangers Saddle Club
Telephone: 612-590-1621
Contact Name: Raven Flores

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For the past decade Penumbra’s RACE Workshops have opened transformative dialogue among thousands of participants. Join our skilled facilitators and artists as we demonstrate the power of theatre...

Cost: $20

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Get crafty with the designer of mini golf hole #15, Gramma's Living Room, Sarah Stone! Come sift through Sarah's curious collection of vintage photos, retro ads, old books and recycled record...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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2018 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows Brett Freund (Minneapolis) & Donovan Palmquist (Farmington) will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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Fascinators, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of prints by Ellen Heck, opens January 26 at Groveland Gallery. Heck grew up in Austin, TX and studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago....

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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The World Bird Sanctuary from St. Louis, Missouri will be coming to Carpenter Nature Center to present a captivating education program about birds of prey from around the world. Meet seven of the...

Cost: $10 per person or $7 for 'Friends of CNC'

Where:
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
12805 St. Croix Trail
Hastings, MN  55033
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Sponsor: World Bird Sanctuary
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Are you ready for our February Frenzy?  Each time we have a fully booked workshop in February, participants in that workshop will be eligible to win some fabulous giveaways! Prizes may include...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Support local artists and small businesses at BlackStack Brewing. The last Saturday of every month we bring you a wonderful selection of local artists, crafters, and makers all loosely curated...

Cost: free

Where:
BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Prior Affair
Contact Name: Prior Affair
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Brass Apocalypse returns to Can Can Wonderland to set a Mardi Gras vibe! All ages will enjoy traditional New Orleans street jazz, plus funk, disco, and whatever else it takes to feel like you are...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Kid Filmmakers Creatively Retell Great Books in 90 Seconds or Less Be part of the fifth annual Minnesota screening of the top films submitted by kid moviemakers to the 90-Second Newbery Film...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central
300 Nicollet Mall
Pohlad Hall
, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services
Telephone: 651-582-8604
Contact Name: Leah Larson
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A Minnesota native from rural Isanti County, Cunningham currently lives and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Tequila, you say? Fans of the flavors of the ever growing Mexican beverage unite over varying tequila tastes. Try new and recognized brands on a Saturday afternoon in February. Porque no … or why...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 S 5th St #11
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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WHO: Twin Cities Invitational – a community supporting mental and physical health through social interaction, music, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. WHAT: Purple Belt Absolute, Submission Only...

Cost: 35

Where:
Pourhouse Uptown
2923 Girard Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Invitational
Telephone: 715-651-9621
Contact Name: TCI Press Team
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Éigse [eg-shuh] is an Irish word used for festivals celebrating traditional Irish arts and culture. It is in this spirit that we gather for an evening to raise funds for The Center for Irish...

Cost: $85.00 - Traditional Irish dinner, silent auction reception, and concert featuri

Where:
The Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: The Center for Irish Music
Telephone: 651-815-0083
Contact Name: Aja Beers
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Gala4Goals is the premier annual fundraising event of The Sanneh Foundation, attracting more than 1,200 people each year! It's an exciting evening of entertainment and community, as well as an...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: The Sanneh Foundation
Telephone: 651-690-4855
Contact Name: Paul Vang
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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February 9-March 30, 2019 | Opening Reception: February 9, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition by two Minnesota artists: ceramicist Monica Rudquist and her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Gallery Director
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Jazba 2019 is the fifth-annual, Bollywood-Fusion dance competition hosted by Jazba Entertainment in Minneapolis. Now in its fifth year, teams will be competing for a bid to attend North...

Cost: $60 (VIP), $15, $5 (U of M students)

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Telephone: 612-624-2345
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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DISCOVER GENEROSITY! The Great King is seeking a Queen worthy of the realm. Mufaro journeys to the King with his two daughters, certain that one of them will be chosen. Discover that beauty is not...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
Telephone: 515-520-7428
Contact Name: Kivan Kirk
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Flashlight Tours are back… with a twist. First, you will need to be 21 or older to be on the tour. This is not a tour for kids. As part of your cost for admission, guests will receive a branded...

Cost: 30

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: MacKenzie McCullum
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The musical comedy that's “touchingly beautiful… heartrending and hilarious” (Say Entirely) has become a Twin Cities Valentine's tradition and is returning for a 5th season at Art House North...

Cost: Tickets: $20-$27 (Discounts available)

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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  Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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Directed by Marcela Lorca Featuring Brian Bose, Aimee Bryant, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson Kelley, Rajané Katurah, Jim Lichtscheidl, Ben Lohrberg, Elizabeth Reese, and Austene Van This...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, this theatrical masterpiece by Thornton Wilder is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit. Meet the Antrobus family of contemporary and...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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The story begins with a motionless tableau, the actors frozen in mid-action, their faces conjuring an ancient frieze. At the snap of fingers, the spell is broken and the statues spring to...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Inspired by the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, where experiences are simply figments in a disembodied brain, Proxy leaves the repetitious, unexamined world, to discover what lies behind...

Cost: $15-30

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Crash.Dance.Productions
Telephone: 763-607-3077
Contact Name: Erin Blanton
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Join us at Can Can Wonderland for the trifecta of mixtape glory! Opening will be Sexy Delicious, the Old Kings of that bad, new-fashioned R&B. Nitedrive will soothe your soul with synth-driven...

Cost: $2 cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Can Can Wonderland presents "Proximity Effect" 3 unique bands/performance artists on one bill. Story aerobics is 1.) Radio drama, 2.) Choreographed to an aerobic exercise, 3.) And performed with a...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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artists on one bill. Story aerobics is 1.) Radio drama, 2.) Choreographed to an aerobic exercise, 3.) And performed with a live audience. Lev Snowe is Psych Pop, Electronic, Dream Pop, Shoegaze,...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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