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I, Robot: A Northfield Novelist Goes Cyborg


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Photo courtesy of Benjamin Percy. Photo illustration by Jeremy Nelson.

Luddite is a strong word. So is technophobe, dinosaur, fogey. But people call me these things regularly and maybe for good reason. I have, after all, never read an e-book. I buy all of my music on CDs that I feed into a Pioneer 25-disc player that was the cutting edge of technology in 1989. Until a few years ago, I had an AOL email address, which I finally cancelled, because I got sick of people saying, “My grandma has an AOL address.”

I am 36 years old, but I may as well be 85, given the fist-shaking futility of my complaints. I gripe daily about our reliance on gizmos, our culture of distraction, everyone’s need to stay constantly connected. The other day I inadvertently repeated one of my grandfather’s favorite sayings, “I’m glad I was a kid when I was a kid,” before clapping my hand over my mouth.

This was the man who batted away my Walkman, saying that vinyl was purer and my music sounded like garbage cans falling down a staircase. This was the man who wore a colostomy bag, and for 30 years refused to update to the latest technology, so that by the end of his life, it appeared almost medieval, patched together with wire and duct tape, causing frequent infections.

I don’t want to end up like that, stubbornly lost in the past. So many years ago I rolled my eyes at him, and now my children are rolling their eyes at me, since I don’t know how to subscribe to the kiddy science channels on YouTube or build a castle with a moat on Minecraft.

This is a specifically weird moment, an in-between time when tech companies have figured out that everyone who will buy a smartphone has bought a smartphone and most of the leading apps are worthless unless you’re 23 and trying to solve 23-year-old problems, like who will drive me to brunch and who can I hook up with when I’m doing E and clubbing with my homies. Everyone is waiting for The Next Big Thing, and in the meantime, they’re betting on wearables to bridge the gap.

And I’m the guy they want. The guy who put off buying a smartphone, but finally caved (when the numbers wore off the keypad of my Nokia flip). The guy who works too much. The guy who could lose a few pounds. The guy with disposable income to burn on junk that might change my life…or might collect dust on a shelf.

So I decide, as an experiment, to be that guy, to crawl out of my cave and suppress my caveman ways. For one month, I will plug in, gear up.

The packages arrive almost daily, dumped on my porch by FedEx, soon followed by a flurry of nervous emails and chirpy phone calls from PR squads, wondering how I like their products, whether I need any help setting them up or exploring their features.

"You do understand that I’m not a tech reviewer, right?” I say, and they say, “Then what are you?” and I say, “A technophobic novelist who lives in the sticks so he can run around naked, howl at the moon, and fire arrows into hay-bale targets without complaint.” At which time they get very, very quiet.

Among the goodies I receive, there are smartphones, glasses, watches, and a comic assortment of “wearables” that you might find in the dollar bin at a Jetsons’ garage sale. Consider the Muse, a brain-sensing headband that promises to calm you down, avert stress, help you “do more with your mind and more with your life.” The online video tells me that “this is what calmness looks like,” showing the headband floating through a sky full of puffy clouds, and I would agree completely, if they replaced the word “calmness” with “ridonkulous.”
I think most sane adults would rather hit the yoga studio or take a stroll through the woods than stare at yet another screen while wearing a doohickey on their head, but who knows.

I miss watches. These days, everyone I know is bare-wristed, digging their phones from their pockets to check the time—and hey, since their phones are out, they might as well fire off a text, answer an email, and “like” some cat videos on Facebook. I figure this is a good way for me to get into the tech game—start small—with something that feels familiar, even nostalgic. But the Samsung Gear S smart watch is no silver-banded Omega.

It’s bulky and black and looks like something a leather-jacketed biker with a teardrop tattoo should be wearing around his ankle to make sure he doesn’t leave the county. It pings every time I get an email or text, records voice memos, makes calls. Essentially it’s my phone’s annoying little cousin, yet another way to pull me out of the moment. I have my share of pet peeves—people who do the double-kiss cheek thing, people who whistle in public restrooms, people who fuss endlessly over their stupid lawns, people who eat garlic-and-Limburger sandwiches on planes—but people constantly glancing at their phones is at the top of the heap as you announce to the person you’re sharing that dinner/walk/classroom with that something else is more important.

I recently traveled to L.A. on business, where phone addiction seems to be at its height. Everyone’s pockets and purses chime with the enthusiasm of a Christmas bell choir, and no one makes eye contact except glancingly because they’re so busy studying their screens as they say, “Uh huh, uh huh,” their expressions blank and lit blue, like the faces of the drowned. I’ll admit I fantasized more than once about bludgeoning a certain producer to death with my smart watch or at least dropping his iPhone into a glass of the sparkling water everyone out there seems so fond of.

Maybe no one needs a smart-anything if the gadget will only serve as another excuse to go still and put your head down. Heads up, everyone. Quit the digital daydreams. Go climb a mountain or catch a butterfly, suck some air, flood the veins, engage with a world that isn’t built from 1s and 0s before we all end up like those screen-addicted blob people in Wall-E. That’s why the exercise program strikes me as the most promising feature of the smart watch, manifested more simply in its sister product, the Samsung Gear Fit.

I abide by the most elementary approach to staying healthy: move more and put less in your mouth. I run three or four times every week, but I’m not the kind of fitness dork who checks my pulse or even my time. I’ve never monitored calories or studied graphs to better understand my splits. I just hammer my way through the miles, and if I run out of breath,
I know I’m running too fast. But I’m not a serious athlete, and the Gear Fit (or its more cutely named competitor, Fitbit) could serve those who are genuinely motivated to shave away seconds. Just as it could serve fitness slugs, who rely exclusively on pee breaks and snack attacks to get them off the couch. For them especially, “life tracking,” as the companies like to call it, could be life-changing.

We’re all at our desks too much, succumbing slowly to heart disease and ass cancer, and the Gear Fit can help you understand that plainly. As I write this, it’s nearly noon. My bpm has dropped to a corpsey 63. I’ve only walked 961 steps, the equivalent of .42 miles, and burned a whopping 44 calories. You bet I’m going to hit the trails this afternoon after logging such sluggish numbers. There’s something about the naked particulars that make you realize things you understood previously only in the abstract.

When I’m checking out at the grocery store, when I’m browsing at the bookstore, when I’m borrowing a table saw from my neighbor, I get the same comment: “Nice.” The Gear Fit looks sharp, I’ll give it that. Slim and glossy and comfortable. And I guess that’s the litmus test for a lot of this tech. People want useful, but maybe more so they want fashionable. That’s what Apple excels at beyond functionality. The iPhone exploded not only because it was so sleekly designed, but because it was an accessory. Nobody asks me how well the Gear Fit works—but everybody wants to try it on.

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I’ve got big ears, like a human bat, but they’re worthless: I can’t hear worth a damn. I grew up in a family that hunted, so I spent a lot of time blasting off guns in the woods and gravel pits, not wearing plugs, so that to this day my hearing is tinged with a mosquito whine and voices on the phone often come across at an underwater mumble.

That’s why Soundhawk excited me. It comes in a little gray coffin—both its charger and carrier—that you can slip into your pocket. Hearing aids are always trying to hide, but Soundhawk looks like a Bluetooth headset and overcomes stigma by announcing itself as tech novelty. It wirelessly tethers to your phone and alters its settings as you move through different environments—driving, outdoors, indoors, dining.

I try it out at a restaurant here in Northfield called the Ole Store. Though the almond-crusted walleye is delicious, the ceiling is tin and the floors are hardwood, amplifying every sound, so that the knives screeching and babies burbling and ladies laughing and old men chatting rise into a deafening roar. Normally, when the waiter lists off the specials, he sounds like the parents in Charlie Brown: wah-waw, wah-waw-waw-wah. But tonight I can hear him perfectly—risotto this, balsamic that—and when he finishes, I put up my hands triumphantly and say, “You’ve been Soundhawked!”

Not only can you home in on a conversation across the room with a tilt of your head, Soundhawk comes with a wireless mic you could easily drop in a purse, set on a bureau, clip to a wig and get all kinds of dirt about political assassinations or neighborhood gossip. I go CIA operative on my kids—listening downstairs while they play upstairs—but the worst I get out of them is, “Stay away from my Ewok Lego Fortress, you dumb butt.”

I admire the Soundhawk. It’s useful, it’s kind of cool-looking, but most importantly, unlike the rest of this junk, it creates intimacy instead of destroying it, bringing the room into focus, enhancing conversation, music, your engagement with the here and now. 

Google HQ                     

Google Car

The author visits Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, for a ride in the company’s self-driving car.

When I repeated my grandpa’s favorite saying—“I’m glad I was a kid when I was a kid”—I was standing in my driveway, looking for stars I couldn’t see. My son asked me a story about Draco the Dragon, and I hustled him outside to see if we could see beyond the light pollution, find the constellation. That’s what my father used to do for me. On moonless nights, with the frogs drumming and the bats fluttering all around us, we would crawl out on the roof and stare up at the big black bowl of sky and I would follow his finger as he pointed out the constellations. Nothing makes you feel so small and awestruck as a night sky—and it’s vanishing.

You know you’ve said it before, when camping in the Boundary Waters or staying at a lodge in Rocky Mountain National Park:“I’ve forgotten about the stars.” What has this absence done to us existentially? If you’re never (or rarely) exposed to the infinite, then you believe this is it. You are the star. And we stare at our screens the way Narcissus stared at his reflection in the pool, updating, updating, updating, a cycle of constant self-appraisal.

This sort of cynicism infects me every time I strap on one of these wearables. I’m getting tired, and—aside from the Soundhawk—my experiment is not going well. If anything, I feel convinced more than ever that I need to retreat to the woods and spend the rest of my years foraging for mushrooms and building booby traps and writing stories with quills on birchbark and clothing myself in the skins of the animals I have slain.

So I decide to reach out to Google. Or, as I like to think of them, The Oracle. I consult them for every other pressing question in my life, like when is The Avengers: Age of Ultron playing at the multiplex or what’s on the sushi menu at Tokyo Grill or how much do flights to Portland cost or what was the deadliest Civil War battle or is Steve Buscemi related to Don Knotts? From bar trivia to novel research to medical queries to sexual curiosity, I ask Google everything every day. It is my most trusted and intimate guide.

They started with something simple and useful—Search—and became much more. An idea factory. Frontline innovators who want to map the world and feed you whatever information you need, all the while living up to their motto: “Don’t be evil.” If anyone can help me overcome my slack-jawed, nose-picking techno deficiencies, it’s them. They also happen to make the best known and most widely ridiculed wearable to date. Google invites me to visit—and they send me Glass as my travel companion.

Google Glass is the flashiest techno bling on the market, the digital equivalent of diamond-studded grills. Wherever I go, people stare. “You’re not recording my schlong, are you?” a guy asks me at the bank of urinals. Several strangers give me funny looks and say, “I bet that’s so distracting to wear,” and they are right only because strangers keep giving me funny looks and saying, “I bet that’s so distracting to wear.”

I expect it to be a distraction—a screen floating like a virtual moon out of the corner of my eye—but Glass doesn’t buzz to life unless I tilt my head back, which can happen unexpectedly if you’re prone to uproarious laughter or epic sneezing fits. At first I can’t think of what to do with the device. I squeeze the button at the stem and snap a few photos of strangers staring at me with puzzled expressions. I use voice commands to call up the map and guide me to the post office. “Okay, Glass,” I say, activating Search. “Google: porn.”

My phone buzzes, but I don’t need to pull it out, because the text pops up on Glass and I see it’s my wife asking me to pick up milk. “1%,” she writes, “because the kids think 2% is too creamy and skim is not creamy enough.” I read it in the blink of an eye, and I’m still here, still present, running through a park, reaching down to pet an approaching dog.

I discover an app, 94Fifty Basketball, that coaches my game as I play it, studying my shot arc, shot speed, and backspin, helping me suck a little less. And another one—Allthecooks—that allows for a hands-free cooking experience and lets me record video recipes, so that my hands and my voice and my kitchen might be passed down through the generations, an archive with a little more whiz-bang to it than Grandma’s spidery script on a mottled 3x5 card labeled “Hamburger Hot Dish.”

But Field Trip is my favorite. If you walk by something interesting, it will tell you more about it. A history lesson on the Tower of London, local lore about a Paul Bunyan statue, the Zagat rating on a BBQ joint, an art lesson about the Titian hanging in the Louvre. Wherever you’re wandering, it’s your tour guide.

But maybe it’s the voice command—also available on any Droid, powered by Search—that’s most striking of all. I can speak to Glass as I speak in conversation. Instead of moving through a series of stilted commands—maps, directions, etc.—or opening up a bunch of different apps, I can simply say, “How far is it to Chicago?” No need to specify where I am. Then, “What are the best restaurants?” No need to repeat Chicago—it remembers. Then, “Compare the Italian to Chinese.” No need to repeat restaurants—again, it remembers the thread of the conversation—and from there it will pull up price and rating comparisons.

Would I ever wear Glass outside of an experiment? Hell no. Does it invite ridicule and make you look like a giant tool? Hell yes. Does it have any real applicability? Maybe. I can imagine a surgeon, for instance, wearing Glass during a difficult procedure and patching in a specialist five states away.

But the rest of the world is not going to unplug, no matter how loudly I gripe, and I admire the way Google is trying to integrate technology into life instead of pulling us out of it. Heads up, not down: that’s their goal.

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No one is driving the car, and we’re accelerating down the hill toward an intersection clogged with traffic. A truck beeps its horn. A teenager on the sidewalk snaps a photo with his smartphone. An old woman crossing the street sees us coming and puts her hand over her heart and mutters what might be a prayer. Like a miracle, the brakes depress and the car rolls to a perfect stop and we wait for the signal to flash green. If it weren’t for the people gaping all around us—from crosswalks, sidewalks, other cars—I might forget I was in a self-driving vehicle.

Because the tricked-out Lexus doesn’t poke along or turn at perfect 45-degree angles like you’d expect. It revs its engine, feathers its brakes, stutters forward when a bush blocks its view of oncoming traffic. It has a personality soaked up by its surroundings. That’s due to the monitoring system—what looks like a lunar module anchored on its roof—a combination of cameras and lasers that read stoplights and curbs and trees and traffic and even the drunk dude on the bike who wobbles across two lanes and heads straight for us before veering away and thudding onto the sidewalk.

“That’s never happened before,” says the engineer in the passenger seat. A smile cuts through his red beard and he taps his laptop, logging the encounter and the car’s response, a pulse of the brakes. On the screen, I see a digital replication of our surroundings, a glowing grid crowded with blocky, purple cars and cubist buildings that make it look like he’s streaming TRON. The engineer explains that every time a cat darts across the street or a pickup cuts us off or a rainstorm makes the pavement slick, the car’s mechanical brain gets a little bit smarter, a little more human.

I am so relaxed in the vehicle, so trusting of the technology, so far from the distrusting Luddite I was a month ago, that I forget to snap my seatbelt into place—until 10 minutes into our drive, when we nose toward a highway and a bus blasts by, throwing a gritty wind that rocks the car and ticks the window. “I can’t believe you weren’t buckled,” the engineer says and gestures at the phantom movement of the steering wheel as if to say, Don’t you realize how crazy this shit is?

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It’s a moonless night, but a long way from natural dark. The Twin Cities bothers the sky with a green haze. Crickets call. Fireflies glow. Bats swoop. I call up an app called Explore the Stars, and I fit Glass over my son’s eyes so that wherever he looks, no matter how terrible the light pollution, the constellations glow and a voice tells you their name and story.

Arthur C. Clarke said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and with people uttering voice-commands like incantations and with information streaming through the air like spells, we all live in Hogwarts. My son turns his head one way and spies Orion, turns another way and studies the Great Bear and the Seven Stars. His face is bright with wonder. “What do you think?” I ask, and he says, “It’s like magic.”


I, Robot's Gadget Guide

Samsung Gear
Samsung Gear S
Looks like an ankle bracelet and acts like your phone’s annoying little cousin.

Samsung
Samsung Gear fit
Nobody asks how well it works—but everybody wants to try it on.

Soundhawk
Soundhawk
The hipster’s hearing aid is especially useful for going CIA operative on your kids.

Google Glass
Google Glass
The digital equivalent of a diamond-studded grill is best at integrating tech into life.

Photos courtesy of Samsung, Soundhawk, Google
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Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

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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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Unconventional, interactive, absurd. A trivia night like none other. Join host Sam Spadino & special guests as they bring you the newest game night in the Twin Cities. Points for your knowledge of...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Unconventional, interactive, absurd. A trivia night like none other. Join host Sam Spadino & special guests as they bring you the newest game night in the Twin Cities. Points for your knowledge of...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Join us for OUR last fun filled night along with beautiful women and well-dressed men, to dance the night away in style! What more can you ask for but a glass of your finest/favorite drink to fully...

Cost: $10 in advance / $15 at the door

Where:
The Dylan Room (Lumber Exchange Building)
Saturday, May 27th in the Dylan Room
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The DL Brand
Contact Name: Inga Flider
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Spring Farm Sanctuary is opening it's doors to abused and neglected farm animals this June in Long Lake, Mn.  We are hosting a film screening of "What the Health" to raise awareness of a plant...

Cost: $9.00

Where:
Emagine Willow Creek Theatre
9900 Shelard Parkway
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Spring Farm Sanctuary
Contact Name: Robin Johnson
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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

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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Instituted
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »

More information

The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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

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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

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

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The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
View map »


Sponsor: Duluth Art Instituted
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
Website »

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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Acting the Song Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30May 2 – 30 Cost: $75Instructor: Jackie Olson Is there any greater joy for a musically-inclined actor than belting out a song?  Is there any greater...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Musical MayhemTuesdays, 4:45-5:45May 2 – 30 Cost: $75Instructor: Jackie Olson What if your life was a musical, and people just burst into song at a moment’s notice?  In this class, they do!...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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


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

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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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


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

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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
Website »

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1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Maggie Smith
Website »

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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
Website »

More information

Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »

More information

All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »

More information

The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

More information

Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

More information

Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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"Rape Culture" - the idea that rape occurs because women ask for it or fail to prevent it - is real. How did women become the ones to blame and men become blameless? How do we change this attitude...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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Strictly Social is a fun, low-key social networking event for women of all ages and stages of life. Enjoy hosted hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar, followed by a presentation by Crystal...

Cost: $30

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-813-5300
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Experience more of Minneapolis on the first Thursday of every month at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet as we showcase local artists and their merchandise, local organizations and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet
505 Nicollet Mall, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8042
Contact Name: PR & Communications Intern
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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Twin Cities Professional Career Event - Sales & Management Specific...

Cost: Free to Attend

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: HireLive
Contact Name: Christina Toth
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Giants Ridge presents the Burnt Onion Music series featuring the following Minnesota-based artist:   May 25, 2017: Chris Herriges from 5-8 pm at Burnt Onion June 1, 2017: Jud Hailey from 5-8...

Cost: Free

Where:
Giants Ridge
6329 Wynne Creek Dr
Biwabik, MN  55708
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Join us to celebrate a successful second year for the Minnesota Capitol Pathways internship program for college students of color. For the 2017 Legislative Session, 34 interns are being hosted by a...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave.
St. Paul , MN  55105
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Sponsor: Citizens League
Telephone: 651-289-1075
Contact Name: Kalia Xiong
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Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss will be doing a reading and signing event at the Galleria Barnes & Noble in Edina on Thursday, June 1st at 6:00PM for their new novel B.S.,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Galleria Barnes & Noble
3230 Galleria
Edina, MN  55435
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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"To create an empowering space for women to embrace the journey of life, the power of story, and the beauty of oneself through poetry, creative self-expression, knowledge & sisterhood." As women,...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Cambria Gallery on 7th
625 2nd Ave S #101
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Fashion Meets Poetry
Telephone: 612-968-0316
Contact Name: Amber Rose Bjerke
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Cost: N/A

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Milkweed Books presents poet Tyler Flynn Dorholt, in celebration of his first full-length collection, AMERICAN FLOWERS (Dock Street Press). Join us for a homecoming and book launch party in the...

Cost: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 South Washington Ave
Open Book, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Milkweed Books
Telephone: 612 215 2540
Contact Name: Daley Farr

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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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How can meditation help us find inner peace and contentment? In this public talk, Tibetan meditation master Mingyur Rinpoche will show us how the practice of meditation can put us in touch with a...

Cost: $12 - $25

Where:
University of St. Thomas, OEC Auditorium
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Tergar Meditation Community
Telephone: (612) 460-8837
Contact Name: Beth Korczynski
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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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13th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Short attention span theatre at its best! JUNE 1-11, 2017 Each year, Lakeshore Players’ highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest attracts entries...

Cost: $17-$21

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Can Can Wonderland’s Variety Show is a wild ride along the rocky edge of entertainment! Four curiosity-piquing acts each night, woven together through music and song by our house band and local...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thursdays on First & 3rd
1st Ave SW/Peace Plaza
Rochester, MN  55901
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Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Telephone: 507-216-9882
Contact Name: Abby Slick
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Court Returns to the Historic CourtroomFriday, June 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closed to official county and court business since 1975, official court proceedings will once again be held in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Telephone: 651-275-7075
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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Since its start in 1966, the Edina Art Fair has since grown to feature over 300 artists from around the world and host 200,000 visitors. Notoriously the first art fair of the year, the event is...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France Avenue
Edina, MN  55424

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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #3, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera – an...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

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

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Join instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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When the going gets tough, art has a way of helping us reconnect our outside activities with our inner lives. Art is also a powerful metaphor for intentional living -- in that if you don't like...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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••• 6:00 pm pre-class happy hour •••••• 7:00 pm class begins •••Join us as our Master Mixologist Henry Fischer shares his knowledge of the art of preparing mixed drinks....

Cost: $40 inclusive of tax and service

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-813-5300
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Coming Friday, June 2nd we will be hosting a community night celebrating fun and fellowship in the Twin Cities. Come, play, maybe meet a neighbor or make a new friend! All proceeds will go to a...

Cost: $10

Where:
Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour
550 Vandalia St. Suite 218
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour
Telephone: 612-787-7855
Contact Name: Jeff Trinh-Sy
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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SubText Books is proud to host Courtney Maum (author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You) for an event for her new novel, "Touch," (Putnam; on sale 5/30) on Friday, June 2nd at 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
SubText Books
6 West 5th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: SubText Books
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Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clay for Couples. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/store/ to learn more and to...

Cost: $65.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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13th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Short attention span theatre at its best! JUNE 1-11, 2017 Each year, Lakeshore Players’ highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest attracts entries...

Cost: $17-$21

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

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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MacPhail’s Sonomento, The Premier Adult Choral Ensemble, presents one of Rossini’s delightful  “Sins of my Old Age” Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE (a chamber mass that is neither...

Cost: Tickets at door: $15 for adults and youth are free.

Where:
Hamline Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: MacPhail Center for Music
Telephone: 612-321-0100
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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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The Legendary NYE’S Polonaise Lounge may be gone, by NYE’S house band is still kickin’ EVERY FRIDAY from now on, as Can Can Wonderland’s house polka band! Come visit The World’s Most...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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You think you know the story of two star-crossed lovers who took their lives… but there is so much more than the title characters and teens in love. There is something bright, attractive, and...

Cost: $15-40

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The Girls on the Run Spring 5k is an event unlike any other. Join us on Saturday, June 3rd along with 2,000 3rd-8th grade girls as they complete their celebratory season ending 5k fun run....

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Alerus Mortgage
Contact Name: Mary Uran
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and PROSHRED® Security (“Proshred”) will host their third annual, nationwide “Shred Cancer” event on Saturday, June 3rd at their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Proshred Security
14451 MN-7
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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Sponsor: AICS
Telephone: 612-293-9420
Contact Name: Katie Ressie
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Join Great River Greening at the second public event in our ongoing partnership with Westwood Hills Nature Center! Once a golf course, this 160-acre site is now a beautiful natural area comprised...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W Franklin Ave
Saint Louis Park, MN  55426
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Court Returns to the Historic CourtroomFriday, June 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closed to official county and court business since 1975, official court proceedings will once again be held in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Telephone: 651-275-7075
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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The event will be held at The Commons WP at 540 Lake St. in Excelsior from 10:00am-2:00pm. 26 other Proshred locations throughout the country will be joining this great cause. Join the community in...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Commons WP
540 Lake St
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: PROSHRED and The American Institute for Cancer Research
Telephone: 952-212-9731
Contact Name: Mark Lindgren
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Meet the challenge on the ropes course this summer! Travel from tower to tower over wires and wooden boards to reach the zip-line and enjoy the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
28097 Goodview Drive
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Telephone: 507-467-2437
Contact Name: Bridget Tonne
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The snow may be long gone, but the commitment to mountainside fun never lets up at Afton Alps. We're ready to welcome mountain biking season with an opening bash. Our soon-to-open mountain bike...

Cost: 7 for a day pass

Where:
Afton Alps
6600 Peller Ave S
Hastings, MN  55033
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Visit...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Since its start in 1966, the Edina Art Fair has since grown to feature over 300 artists from around the world and host 200,000 visitors. Notoriously the first art fair of the year, the event is...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France Avenue
Edina, MN  55424

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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The 48th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a free one day celebration of fine arts and community, to be held on Saturday, June 3rd, from 10 am to 5 pm at the intersection of Como and Carter...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como and Carter Avenues
2245 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association
Telephone: 612-564-2787
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“Make Waves” at WaterFest 2017. This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Park
1600 Phalen Dr
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651-647-6816
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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 Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
MInneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #3, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera – an...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Learn the step-by step process to make great beer at home from our own Midwest Extract Kits. One of our knowledgeable brewers will walk you through the entire process from the boil to bottling,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Buffalo, MN Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 Noon from the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October, rain or shine. Our market provides a wide variety of fresh...

Cost: $0

Where:
Corner of 1st St NE and 1st Ave NE, Buffalo MN
100 1st Ave NE (Accross the Street from the Movie Theater)
Buffalo, MN  55313
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Sponsor: Buffalo Farmers Market
Telephone: 763-229-2161
Contact Name: Geri Gulstad
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Visit...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Visit...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Rock Island, IL – May 3, 2017 – The 6th Annual Laura’s Legacy ALS Benefit Concert is set to take place on Saturday, June 3rd at Schwiebert Park. From 3:30pm – 8:30pm, attendees of all ages...

Cost: $10, free for children 12 & under

Where:
Schwiebert Park
101 17th St, Rock Island, IL 61201
Rock Island, IL  61201
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First Big Minnesota Musical Event Of The Summer 13th Annual Ride For Wishes™ delivers up to 9 regional and local acts performing on two stages. There are both indoor and outdoor stages so this...

Cost: 10.00 adults under 6 free

Where:
South St. Paul VFW -Gallagher-Hansen Post 295
111 Concord Exchange S,
South Saint Paul, MN  55075
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Sponsor: Numerous Sponsors
Telephone: 651-457-8324
Contact Name: Jeff Green
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Presented by:Frank & Ernest FoodsJunket: Tossed & FoundMinneapolis Craft MarketFounded in 2015, the Minne-Mile NightMarket is a community festival in the Longfellow neighborhood on the...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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The 2nd annual Natur Ball is hosted by Tylwyth Natur, a collective of fairies and fae who can be found at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We have planned a night full of fantasy and nature art...

Cost: free

Where:
Minneapolis
901 18 1/2 ave ne
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Cost: N/A

Where:
Main Street School of Performing Arts
1320 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

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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MacPhail’s Sonomento, The Premier Adult Choral Ensemble, presents one of Rossini’s delightful  “Sins of my Old Age” Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE (a chamber mass that is...

Cost: Tickets at door: $15 for adults and youth are free.

Where:
Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: MacPhail Center for Music
Telephone: 612-321-0100
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
Website »

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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

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


Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
Website »

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You think you know the story of two star-crossed lovers who took their lives… but there is so much more than the title characters and teens in love. There is something bright, attractive, and...

Cost: $15-40

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
Website »

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13th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Short attention span theatre at its best! JUNE 1-11, 2017 Each year, Lakeshore Players’ highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest attracts entries...

Cost: $17-$21

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a...

Cost: http://z.umn.edu/1b78

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Is it thick? Why yes, yes it is. Is it groovy? Always. What about heavy riffs? Absolutely. Buffalo Fuzz will be kicking off a summer of hard rock at the Arcadia Cafe along with some support from MN...

Cost: Free

Where:
Arcadia Cafe
329 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Mill City Farmers Market is Minneapolis’ trusted source for healthy, local and organic groceries, bringing fresh food, cooking education and live entertainment to one beautiful place.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Farmer Market
704 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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