The Kushner Effect

Will a world premiere from America’s most celebrated playwright change local theater?


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THE GUTHRIE THEATER OPENED in 1963 with Hamlet, directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie himself—a strong statement on the kind of playwrights the new company intended to feature: mostly foreign, almost certainly male, and dead if at all possible.

Over the next three decades, new plays were seen on the famous thrust stage somewhat less regularly than the ghost said to stroll the aisles after hours. “The Guthrie,” wrote a New York drama critic after the theater’s first five seasons, “has tended to confine its experiments to startling productions of an unstartling repertoire.” Garland Wright, the Guthrie’s artistic director from 1986 to 1995, once said his ideal season would be “Molière, Molière, and more Molière.” The French playwright has been dead some 300 years.

By 2003, however, when ground was broken for the new Guthrie Theater, artistic director Joe Dowling had decided on a new course. And he knew exactly how he wanted to announce it. Like everyone else, he had marveled at Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Angels in America, an epic about religion, homosexuality, and AIDS. He was astounded by Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, in which the native New Yorker tackled religious fundamentalism abroad with uncommon command and depth, establishing himself as the nation’s preeminent dramatist, the Arthur Miller of his time. To open the new Guthrie, Dowling wanted to stage a new play by Kushner.

It didn’t happen; the timing didn’t work for Kushner. But this month, Dowling’s dream will be realized on an even larger scale as Kushner’s work is produced on all three stages of the new Guthrie, including the premiere of a play commissioned by Dowling: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures. The month-long celebration, which will also include productions at other local theaters, talks by Kushner, and a seminar at the University of Minnesota, will immerse the Twin Cities in Kushner’s provocative ideas while attempting to determine his place in the pantheon of playwrights.

The art world will be watching. Not since Miller’s Resurrection Blues premiered at the Guthrie in 2002 has the theater been the site of such national attention. The play could hit or miss—“that will be in the lap of the gods,” Dowling has said. But no matter what happens, he says, the occasion will mark a turning point for the region’s most influential theater.

Joe, what struck you about Tony Kushner’s work the first time you saw it? I was blown away by the quality and depth of the writing, the sheer poise of this very young writer at the time, and his ability to create these extraordinary characters. I like writers that are provocative and political, who treat theater as not simply a bland thing we do from time to time to pass the hours between supper and bedtime. He relates to the world in which we live.

Why do you feel Kushner’s plays are not just good but important? It’s their capacity to last, to speak to their own time and yet move beyond that. Like [George Bernard] Shaw before him, Tony is a polemical writer. He stands on political issues and articulates them. Great theater does not usually generate political change by itself, but it is sometimes the harbinger of change. Angels in America, for instance, changed people’s thinking on AIDS, arguably the greatest health issue of our time. Homebody/Kabul, a play that Tony wrote before 9/11, deals with the effect of the Taliban on Afghanistan—he was interested in those issues before the rest of us took notice.

What does this showcase of a contemporary playwright, on such a massive scale, say about the Guthrie? The Guthrie has not had a great history of developing new work. But one of the reasons for building the new theater with three spaces was so that we could do just this—take individual writers and themes and work our way through them. This is the first time we will be making that happen. The reason we chose Tony is that he is a remarkable writer—the writer of his generation in many ways. And we are making quite a statement in saying that one of the great writers in America is on not just one of our stages but all three.

Is this event a one-time deal, or is the Guthrie now committed to new work? It’s definitely not a one-time thing. Look, we’re very fortunate in this community to have as much new work being staged as we do—at Penumbra Theatre, the Illusion Theater, the Playwrights’ Center. But what we want to do in the next few years is not just produce new work, but bring major playwrights here so that you have the combination of smaller theaters doing new work and the Guthrie doing new work that wider audiences will enjoy. We hope to have an ongoing relationship with many contemporary writers, using this event as a template.

Couldn’t you have staged new works in the old Guthrie space? The problem with doing new plays at the old space was that when you only have a thrust stage it’s difficult to get someone to write for it. They want the play to have a life beyond the premiere and there are few major theaters with a thrust stage on which to do it. We didn’t encourage or engage writers as much for that reason.

What risks are involved for the Guthrie? What’s the worst-case scenario? Doing any play is a risk. We put up our shingle and people choose to come or not to come. I’m not overly worried about people not coming to see it; we have a strong and loyal audience. And I’m hoping that [Kushner’s musical] Caroline, or Change will be of particular interest to the African American community, that the new play will interest the gay community, and that the short plays [on the Dowling Stage] will attract people who like adventurous theater. If we can do the plays well and get the right energy behind them, I think we’ll do all right.

Conventional wisdom once had it that the Twin Cities were a safe bet for premieres, as Minnesotans were kinder than New Yorkers, and a flop wouldn’t make a big splash. Any truth to this anymore? No, we’ve grown up and joined the world. Audiences here will be just as critical as anywhere.

When Arthur Miller premiered Resurrection Blues at the Guthrie in 2002, he did so with the lament that Broadway was not taking risks anymore. Does that sentiment still hang over this premiere? I think Broadway just wasn’t taking Arthur’s plays seriously. If you look at the recent season on Broadway, one of the major events was August: Osage County, which is an extraordinary piece of writing. Granted, it came out of Steppenwolf Theatre Company [in Chicago]—a lot of plays on Broadway do come out of nonprofit theater, but they make it to Broadway eventually.

What do you hope the local impact of this full immersion in Kushner’s ideas will be? As people absorb them, I hope they simply begin to feel less intimidated by the concept of ideas in plays at all—that theater doesn’t always have to be Little House on the Prairie. Not that there weren’t some very good ideas in that, but this is a different kind of entertainment, something of value that makes you think as well as feel. That’s where Tony is at his best—he always does make you think.

The Tony Kushner celebration at the Guthrie Theater begins with Caroline, or Change, opening April 18. The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures opens May 9. And tiny KUSHNER: An Evening of Short Plays opens May 16. For tickets, see guthrietheater.org.

Tim Gihring is the senior writer and arts editor of Minnesota Monthly.

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Cost: $20-40

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: TeamWomen
Contact Name: Briana Galbraith
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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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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

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 Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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EVERYONE WELCOME!Our next $3 Community Dinner is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5–7 p.m., as part of our Opening Celebration. Enjoy a chili and cornbread dinner with all the fixings, and...

Cost: $3.00

Where:
13750 County Road 11
13750 County Road 11
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Valley Natural Foods
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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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If you are a business owner then Pinterest should form an essential part of your marketing strategy. It's more than just DIY or Recipes! Learn how to set up and use Pinterest while generating an...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Rogers Activity Center
21080 141st Avenue North
rogers, MN  55374
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Sponsor: Laura Rike
Telephone: 763-276-7524
Contact Name: Laura Rike
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Learn more about Perpich Arts High School and how you can apply for the 2019-2020 school year at an upcoming Information Session. The Saturday session is 90 minutes and includes a tour of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Telephone: 763-279-4168
Contact Name: Betsy Anderson
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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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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
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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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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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WHAT:                                                 DRIVE Roundtable: 2019 NCAA® Men's Final Four® Preview – College Hoops & More!...

Cost: Admission is $20 and pre-registration is required.

Where:
the Local
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9117
Contact Name: Shannon Lukes Hauser
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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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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
Website »

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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

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
Website »

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The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Despite the negative stigma pole dance gets from the media, this movement art has evolved to become a powerful tool for self-esteem, fitness, and body positivity.  Feel empowered, inspired, and...

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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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
Website »

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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first “Featured Artist”, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble...

Cost: $29 - $68

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Pau, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651.292.3268
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Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four will be reigniting Beatlemania for local Beatle fans at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Friday, January 18th. Spend the evening...

Cost: $39.00

Where:
Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Mayo Civic Center
Telephone: 507-328-2220
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A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
Website »

More information

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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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

Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
Website »

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Shop from over 40 local farmers, food makers and artists for your weekly groceries, unique handmade gifts and holiday meals. The Mill City Farmers Market inside the historic and beautiful Mill City...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 2nd St. S.
Ste. 510
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Mill City Farmers Market
Telephone: 612-341-7580
Contact Name: Jenny Heck
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The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

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: Sawdust Savvy
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

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
Website »

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Jam with The Bazillions, a kid-friendly indie rock band. The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. A free, family event for...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Website »

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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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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Allison Mann & Michael Brodkorb will be at Once Upon A Crime Bookstore on January 19th from 12-2PM to chat about their true crime book: The Girls Are Gone.   The Girls Are Gone was...

Cost: 0

Where:
Once Upon A Crime Bookstore
Edit 604 W 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Despite the negative stigma pole dance gets from the media, this movement art has evolved to become a powerful tool for self-esteem, fitness, and body positivity.  Feel empowered, inspired, and...

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

More information

Mounting plaques are a wonderful way to display indoor plants. They are easy to care for and make beautiful additions to any home.   Join Tangletown staff at our January workshop where you’ll...

Cost: $49 per person

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Tangletown Gardens
Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Tangletown Gardens
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ZRS WINTER HEALING EXPO! FREE EVENT & EXPO BUFFET   Enjoy the sweet harmonies of Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas JohnsonZRS Fossils and Gifts - 3018 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis FOR...

Cost: FREE

Where:
ZRS Fossils and Gifts
3018 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: ZRS Fossils and Gifts
Telephone: 612-824-1068
Contact Name: ZRS
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Play Bingo for fun prizes and to support the Germanic-American Institute. Held at Summit Brewing Ratskeller in St. Paul. Summit beer will be on tap and Gerhard’s Würstelstand food truck on site....

Cost: $1 per sheet

Where:
Summit Brewing Ratskeller
910 Montreal Circle
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Germanic-American Institute
Telephone: 651-222-7027
Contact Name: Office
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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
Website »

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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
View map »


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

More information

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

More information

by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
Website »

More information

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four will be reigniting Beatlemania for local Beatle fans at State Theatre - Minneapolis on Saturday, January 19th. Spend the evening twisting and...

Cost: $35.00 - $60.00 +

Where:
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: State Theatre - Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-373-5600
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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