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The Lady and Her Tramps

Janelle Dixon helped nearly 20,000 pets find new homes last year as head of the Animal Humane Society. So why is a growing cadre of fellow animal lovers making her life difficult?


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On a Saturday afternoon, Janelle Dixon stands in the auditorium at the headquarters of the Animal Humane Society, in Golden Valley, with a laptop and a projector, awaiting an audience. The room, typically used for pet training, is tiled and gym-like and echoes with the faint barking of distant dogs. Dixon, in tall black boots and spiky hair, pays the noise no heed. As president and CEO of the Animal Humane Society, or AHS, Dixon is used to the racket, if she still notices it at all.

Last year, Dixon was charged with the care of some 25,600 dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, birds, pigs (guinea and otherwise)—companion animals, as they’re known in the shelter trade, in need of a companion. About 70 animals arrive every day at the five Twin Cities shelters run by the AHS, making it one of the largest animal-welfare organizations in the country.

“We’d like a lifetime commitment between people and their pets,” Dixon tells me, “but it doesn’t happen all the time, and that’s why animals end up here.” They come from all over: from people who found them, from people who can no longer care for them, from people who no longer want to care for them. Some are strays. Some have simply become too much to handle. Last year, a man who owned four dogs brought two of them into the AHS shelter in Woodbury; he had returned from combat in Iraq too injured to still take care of all of them.

The animals are “surrendered,” in shelter speak. And then, more often than not, they’re put up for adoption. Others are euthanized. The reasons vary. The owner requested it. They were deemed, after a health and behavior exam, to be too sick or fierce for adoption. In the majority of cases, they had chronic illnesses or complicated conditions and, after a thorough search, no adopter could be found. “Manageable/treatable,” the AHS categorizes this latter group, “no placement options available in community.” When the time comes, they are brought downstairs to an operating room and placed on a table. The veterinary technician on duty will usually pet it, speak quietly to it, then hold it close while injecting a lethal dose of sodium pentobarbital, a sedative known informally in the shelter trade as the “blue juice,” referring to its dark blue color.

Dixon’s guests begin to arrive: women mostly, in sweatshirts and jeans bearing the telltale fuzz of pet ownership. They’re the shelter’s most dedicated volunteers, and Dixon holds a town hall like this every so often to hear their perspective. The discussion has rarely been dramatic. In 2009 and 2010, the AHS took in roughly the same number of animals and sent about the same number home with adopters, which means it euthanized about the same number, too: about a third of all the animals that came in, fewer than many similar-sized shelters though not extraordinary. But last year, all that changed. When the volunteers are settled, Dixon flashes a Powerpoint page of remarkable statistics.

Last year, she proudly announces, the AHS took in roughly 9,000 fewer animals, cutting its intake by more than a quarter. It raised its placement of animals (mostly to new homes, some were returned to owners) from 67 to 81 percent, finding adoptive owners for 15,472 pets. Its euthanasia rate fell by nearly half, to 19 percent—while 4,428 animals were put down, that’s 5,750 fewer than the year before. It may well be the lowest euthanasia rate among comparable shelters in the country. (National averages of shelter euthanasia are hard to come by, but hover around 56 percent. The similar-sized Michigan Humane Society has routinely euthanized 70 percent of its animals.)

The volunteers are stunned. “This is huge,” says one. Many of them clap.

Then a volunteer speaks up. Has the AHS simply been turning away thousands of animals, she asks, saving fewer pets in favor of bettering its percentages? “It seems like you’re playing the numbers,” she says. Dixon, nonplussed, replies, “I’m sorry you feel that way.” Then she explains, as carefully as she can, what happened to all those animals that are no longer coming through the door.
 

The headquarters of the ahs stretches across a pretty, tree-lined hill at the edge of an industrial park. From the outside, it looks like any other office building, and a visitor may wonder if the animals inside are in kennels or cubicles. There is an old wing dating to the 1950s and a new wing, connected by labyrinthine corridors and a quirky HVAC system, such that the place can smell like cats where there are no cats, and dogs where there are no dogs, as though it were housing ghosts.

They’re real enough, though: cats in stacked cages, dogs in a room marked “hearing protection recommended,” louder than any rock concert and laden with the funk of a touring van too long on the road. Whenever one is plucked from the adoption floor, an announcement is made on the shelter’s public-address system: a puppy/cat/what-have-you has been adopted and is going to its “forever home.” The staffers interrupt their duties to shout, “Yay!”

The AHS is a non-profit, with a $12 million annual budget largely supported by donations and adoption fees. When it was founded, in 1891, it focused on the draft horses literally working their tails off in 19th-century Minneapolis. Protecting pets, as we know them in their dog booties and cat castles, was a concept nearly as foreign as automobiles.

These days, there are myriad Minnesotans devoted to helping pets: rescuers taking them in, shelters putting them up for adoption, municipal animal-control centers nabbing them when they’re amok. Every sizable community has at least one shelter and there are rescue groups for almost every breed, from Airedales to whippets. They share certain beliefs: that animals deserve the best possible life, and, if nothing more can be done for them, the best possible death (euthanasia is Greek for “good death”). They often cooperate, sending animals to whichever place can best help them. The AHS employs a driver whose job is to move animals from one shelter to another. But it’s a decentralized network. Everyone, it seems, has a different idea of how life and death should be administered.

Tracie Popma, the public-affairs manager for the AHS, gives me a tour of the headquarters. The shelter has always been open admission, meaning it takes every animal that walks, crawls, or is carried through the door, no matter how unlikely its prospects for adoption. It’s a rare policy, Popma notes, that typically only the largest humane societies can live up to. Over the years, however, it has led to the misperception that the AHS is a government agency, a centralized place for people to drop off animals, like a recycling center. And for decades, the AHS did little to dispel the notion.

Popma points out the former after-hours drop-off room. Until last year, anyone could leave animals here in the middle of the night, no questions asked. There were cameras mounted nearby, and Popma noticed the same people leaving animals night after night—boxes full. “Serial surrenderers,” she calls them. Hoarders, perhaps. Self-styled rescuers. No one knew where the animals were coming from, unless the surrenderers bothered to fill out the forms near the entryway. “We even had petting zoos dropping them off,” Popma says.

Many of the animals were too sick, feral, or fierce to be companion animals. Others were simply a mystery, which made them harder to advertise and to adopt: medical or behavior problems sometimes presented themselves only after someone took the animal home. “We’d get phone calls from the new owners saying they didn’t realize some issue beforehand,” Popma says. “Well, neither did we.”

The animals piled up. In the 1990s, overcrowding led directly to death—if kittens were on the adoption floor more than five days, Dixon says, they were euthanized. This practice reportedly ended in 1994, but not because the tide had turned. Animals were still flooding in. “It’s our own fault,” Popma says. “We had established this no-questions-asked reputation. We shot ourselves in the foot.”

When Dixon took over the AHS, in 2007, it was still admitting more than 36,000 animals into its shelters every year and euthanizing more than 14,000 of them, about 40 percent of the total intake.
 

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

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

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Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

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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The Bayside Grille’s commitment to fresh, all natural and minimally processed ingredients. Our Poultry: All natural, antibiotic free, no sodium nitrate, no MSG, vegetable fed, free range, no...

Cost: None

Where:
Bayside Grille
687 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Bayside Grille
Telephone: 952-470-8439
Contact Name: Bob Ziton
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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
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Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

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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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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The Black Woods Blizzard Tour is a 3-day snowmobile ride and fundraiser for The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter.   The Tour's motto is to 'Never...

Cost: $200 deposit, with minimum $1,500 donations raised

Where:
Black Woods Grill & Bar
195 Highway 2
Proctor, MN  55810
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Sponsor: ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter
Telephone: 612-455-8322
Contact Name: Sandy Judge
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As a boy, Pip meets an escaped convict, a reclusive widow, and a feisty orphan, and the encounters will change his life in ways he can’t imagine. When he comes into unexpected riches, Pip...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Welcome to the Hump Day Chronicles, hosted by Manny Duke brought to you by Galactic Pizza. Every Wednesday Open Mic starting on 10/21 Come listen to some of the Twin Cities hidden gems as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Galactic Pizza
2917 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Galactic Pizza
Telephone: 708-704-7742
Contact Name: Manny
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The Jackson Leadership Lecture Series features key executives from the business community speaking about a range of leadership topics. It is a breakfast lecture series held the first Thursday of...

Cost: Free for students, $20 for others

Where:
Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

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Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

The Bayside Grille’s commitment to fresh, all natural and minimally processed ingredients. Our Poultry: All natural, antibiotic free, no sodium nitrate, no MSG, vegetable fed, free range, no...

Cost: None

Where:
Bayside Grille
687 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Sponsor: Bayside Grille
Telephone: 952-470-8439
Contact Name: Bob Ziton
Website »

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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

The Black Woods Blizzard Tour is a 3-day snowmobile ride and fundraiser for The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter.   The Tour's motto is to 'Never...

Cost: $200 deposit, with minimum $1,500 donations raised

Where:
Black Woods Grill & Bar
195 Highway 2
Proctor, MN  55810
View map »


Sponsor: ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter
Telephone: 612-455-8322
Contact Name: Sandy Judge
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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Learn how your student can have a truly international education. St. Paul Preparatory School, a private college preparatory high school, is having their Fall Open House on Thursday, February 4th,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
St. Paul Preparatory School
380 Jackson Street
Suite 100
St. Paul, MN  55101
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St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP) is holding an admissions open house on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at their campus in downtown St. Paul. SPP is a private international college...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cray Plaza
380 Jackson Street
Suite 100
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-288-4610
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Social Science: The Science of Sex Explore the ins and outs of sex and attraction in the natural world through hands-on activities with a playful twist. Let's talk birds and bees; because nerdy is...

Cost: $12-$17

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Dear World Guest directed by Sarah Rasmussen Music direction by Peter Vitale Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sheena Janson, JuCoby Johnson, Kris Nelson, Janet Paone, Thomasina Petrus, Shawn...

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things Theater
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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As a boy, Pip meets an escaped convict, a reclusive widow, and a feisty orphan, and the encounters will change his life in ways he can’t imagine. When he comes into unexpected riches, Pip...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
Website »

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Don't miss the Twin Cities premiere of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a new film celebrating the breadth and depth of the life of one of the most prodigious poets and activists of the past century. Sonia...

Cost: $7 in advance and for students and seniors; $9 at the door

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

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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
View map »


Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand February 5-6 during regular store hours to meet British jewelry artist Jo Hayes Ward who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her...

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
Website »

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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Tickets are now available for City of Lakes Waldorf School's 24th Annual Circus, taking place on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theatre. This...

Cost: $5-10

Where:
Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theater
407 West 15th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: City of Lakes Waldorf School
Contact Name: Kitty O'Brien
Website »

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The Bayside Grille’s commitment to fresh, all natural and minimally processed ingredients. Our Poultry: All natural, antibiotic free, no sodium nitrate, no MSG, vegetable fed, free range, no...

Cost: None

Where:
Bayside Grille
687 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Sponsor: Bayside Grille
Telephone: 952-470-8439
Contact Name: Bob Ziton
Website »

More information

June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

More information

The Black Woods Blizzard Tour is a 3-day snowmobile ride and fundraiser for The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter.   The Tour's motto is to 'Never...

Cost: $200 deposit, with minimum $1,500 donations raised

Where:
Black Woods Grill & Bar
195 Highway 2
Proctor, MN  55810
View map »


Sponsor: ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter
Telephone: 612-455-8322
Contact Name: Sandy Judge
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

  WHAT:         Celebrate Chinese New Year at Midtown Global Market with a free, open to the public celebration featuring live music, a traditional lion dance by Ha Family Lion Dancers,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St #G10
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Midtown Global Market
Contact Name: Abby Brownell

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

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

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Enjoy great wine and food during this special weekend at Grand View. The annual winter wine and culinary experience offers a variety of flavorful fun, education, and of course, more than...

Cost: $255+

Where:
Grand View Lodge
23521 Nokomis Ave.
Nisswa, MN  56468
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Telephone: 866-801-2951
Website »

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Dear World Guest directed by Sarah Rasmussen Music direction by Peter Vitale Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sheena Janson, JuCoby Johnson, Kris Nelson, Janet Paone, Thomasina Petrus, Shawn...

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things Theater
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
Website »

More information

Don't miss the Twin Cities premiere of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a new film celebrating the breadth and depth of the life of one of the most prodigious poets and activists of the past century. Sonia...

Cost: $7 in advance and for students and seniors; $9 at the door

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


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

More information

Come see art brought to life! Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s “Art in Motion” is a unique artistic performance featuring dances choreographed by the inspiration and influence of local...

Cost: $16

Where:
Lakeville Area Arts Center
20965 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-452-3163
Contact Name: Rick Vogt
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The second-annual imPulse Happy Hour comes to Flat Earth Brewing (Feb. 5) and Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery (Feb 6) for two nights of great music and libations. This year's event, subtitled...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
​Flat Earth Brewing Company
688 Minnehaha Ave E St
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Contact Name: Sam Grace

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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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As a boy, Pip meets an escaped convict, a reclusive widow, and a feisty orphan, and the encounters will change his life in ways he can’t imagine. When he comes into unexpected riches, Pip...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
Website »

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Taking hockey back to the pond with a 4-on-4 hockey tournament on Kangaroo Lake featuring 6 divisions – Open A (Pro, college, or junior level players), Open B (high school, organized, or...

Cost: $290 per team

Where:
Kangaroo Lake
Baileys Harbor, WI  54202


Sponsor: Door County Brewing Co.
Telephone: 920-915-9880
Contact Name: Myles Dannhausen Jr.
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This informative workshop gives instructors the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes that are founded on flow yet grounded in the safety of exercise science. The learning includes...

Cost: Early-bird: $399

Where:
YogaFit Studios Northeast Minneapolis
520 1st Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: YogaFit Studios and YogaFit Training Worldwide
Telephone: 612-444-2151
Contact Name: Megan Murphy
Website »

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WHAT:                       Big Climb MPLS EVENT:...

Cost: 25

Where:
Capella Tower
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Minnesota Chapter
Telephone: 612-259-4502
Contact Name: Michele Asmussen
Website »

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Join us for an exciting Medtronic TC Kids Marathon culminating event designed just for kids at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse!

Cost: N/A

Where:
University of Minnesota Fieldhouse
1800 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Twin Cities In Motion
Website »

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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

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We EXPANDED this show to be our LARGEST EVER! Nutrition, Fitness, and Longevity - It's all here! Explore up to 200+ exhibitors offering everything for health, balance and success in all...

Cost: $6 or FREE with food shelf donation

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: MediaMAX Events
Telephone: 952-238-1700
Contact Name: Rick Martinek
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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: (612) 339-8007
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Whistler Bottling, located in Forest Lake, is an old-fashioned soda company, bottling over 50 flavors of craft soda--in an 8 oz returnable glass bottle.   Join us on Saturday, February 6th and...

Cost: Free entry

Where:
Whistler Bottling
1520 9th av sw
forest lake, MN  55025
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Sponsor: Whistler Bottling
Telephone: 715-410-0083
Contact Name: Jesse Hopkins
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand February 5-6 during regular store hours to meet British jewelry artist Jo Hayes Ward who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her...

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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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
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Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Tickets are now available for City of Lakes Waldorf School's 24th Annual Circus, taking place on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6 at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theatre. This...

Cost: $5-10

Where:
Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theater
407 West 15th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: City of Lakes Waldorf School
Contact Name: Kitty O'Brien
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Twin Cities Women's Choir presents Our Fair Ladies. A musical feast in courses celebrating female composers and chefs. We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to musical and culinary...

Cost: Advance $20, Door $22

Where:
St Paul’s United Church of Christ
900 Summit Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Women's Choir
Telephone: 612-333-8292
Contact Name: Erica Mauter
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The biggest outdoor winter party in Minnesota is back for a 7th year. The Beer Dabbler, in partnership with The Saint Paul Winter Carnival will host The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival on Saturday,...

Cost: $40-$99

Where:
The Midway at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55108
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The biggest outdoor winter party in Minnesota is back for a 7th year. The Beer Dabbler, in partnership with The Saint Paul Winter Carnival will host The Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival...

Cost: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

Where:
MN State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: The Beer Dabbler
Telephone: 651-260-4184
Contact Name: Kevin Stocks
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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
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Join us for NCC’s favorite winter gathering — make your own chili bowl, meet and greet our featured artists. Compete in our Chili Cook-off or vote for your favorite chili...

Cost: $5

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: (612) 339-8007
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The Bayside Grille’s commitment to fresh, all natural and minimally processed ingredients. Our Poultry: All natural, antibiotic free, no sodium nitrate, no MSG, vegetable fed, free range, no...

Cost: None

Where:
Bayside Grille
687 Excelsior Blvd
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Bayside Grille
Telephone: 952-470-8439
Contact Name: Bob Ziton
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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
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The Black Woods Blizzard Tour is a 3-day snowmobile ride and fundraiser for The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter.   The Tour's motto is to 'Never...

Cost: $200 deposit, with minimum $1,500 donations raised

Where:
Black Woods Grill & Bar
195 Highway 2
Proctor, MN  55810
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Sponsor: ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter
Telephone: 612-455-8322
Contact Name: Sandy Judge
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BUY TICKETS / MORE INFORMATION:  fashionshow.design.umn.eduDiscovering one’s IDENTITY is a continuous evolution, an attempt to strike a balance between self-exploration and finding one’s...

Cost: $12-55

Where:
Ralph Rapson Hall
89 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Join more than 500 community leaders, volunteers and friends of The Arc Greater Twin Cities for a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, dinner and music by Sonny Knight & the Lakers as...

Cost: $175/person

Where:
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 S. 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55114
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Sponsor: The Arc Greater Twin Cities
Telephone: 952-915-3634
Contact Name: Pam Carlson
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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
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Robert Adanto's The F Word explores radical “fourth-wave” feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists who use their bodies as subject matter. Because...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue
Auditorium 150
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Telephone: 612-874-3793
Contact Name: Ann Benrud
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The second-annual imPulse Happy Hour comes to Flat Earth Brewing (Feb. 5) and Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery (Feb. 6) for two nights of great music and libations. This year's event, subtitled...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
1179 E Pearl St
Kasota, MN  56050
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Contact Name: Sam Grace
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Enjoy great wine and food during this special weekend at Grand View. The annual winter wine and culinary experience offers a variety of flavorful fun, education, and of course, more than...

Cost: $255+

Where:
Grand View Lodge
23521 Nokomis Ave.
Nisswa, MN  56468
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Telephone: 866-801-2951
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Minneapolis, MN. Saturday, February 6th at 7pm – Come celebrate the release of Today Means Amen, Sierra DeMulder's newest collection of poetry, published by Andrews McMeel, publisher of Calvin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Honey
205 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 612-859-4734
Contact Name: Sierra DeMulder
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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Don't miss the Twin Cities premiere of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a new film celebrating the breadth and depth of the life of one of the most prodigious poets and activists of the past century. Sonia...

Cost: $7 in advance and for students and seniors; $9 at the door

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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As a boy, Pip meets an escaped convict, a reclusive widow, and a feisty orphan, and the encounters will change his life in ways he can’t imagine. When he comes into unexpected riches, Pip...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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High Brow and The Shades salutes our veterans at the American Legion on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 pm in Savage.  Come on out and join us. 

Cost: N/A

Where:
American Legion
12375 Princeton Ave
Savage, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Legion
Telephone: 952 894 6940
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Dear World Guest directed by Sarah Rasmussen Music direction by Peter Vitale Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sheena Janson, JuCoby Johnson, Kris Nelson, Janet Paone, Thomasina Petrus, Shawn...

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things Theater
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Higdon blue cathedral Liszt Les Préludes Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) This concert is dedicated to composers who truly changed music. We’ll feature the greatest musical revolutionary,...

Cost: $5.00 - $30.00

Where:
Lourdes High School
2800 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN  55901
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Sponsor: Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
Telephone: 507-286-8742
Contact Name: Sarah Phelan
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn:   How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The two...

Cost: free

Where:
Online Trading Academy Minneapolis
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Online Trading Academy Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 814-4410
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