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. 

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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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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Join Winter McKnight Artist Resident Alessandro Gallo for a free image presentation on Tuesday, January 22, at 6 pm in NCC’s library. You may remember Alessandro Gallo’s work from the 2017...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

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

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Gloria Perez, President & CEO of Jeremiah Program Gloria Perez is President & CEO of Jeremiah Program, a leading national nonprofit whose proven, holistic approach transforms families from poverty...

Cost: $25-45

Where:
Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Rd
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Sponsor: TeamWomen
Contact Name: Briana Galbraith
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

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

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Meet the local authors - Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss - of this satirical novel on Wednesday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. "Operation Clusterpuck" tells the funny, cynical but heartfelt story of...

Cost: 0

Where:
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Boneshaker Books
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Join us for a moonlight hike on the 12-acre, lakeside estate at Glensheen with Day Tripper of Duluth as your guide.Kicking off 2019’s Wednesday night series, you will have the chance to explore...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Confused about what type of loans you have, the difference between each loan, or how to manage them all? Leave this free education session with an understanding of the different types of student...

Cost: Free

Where:
Firefly Credit Union Corporate Office
1400 Riverwood Drive
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Mighty Earth is launching a sustainable agriculture campaign right now in the Twin Cities to ask Cargill, a huge agribusiness company based in Minnesota, to stand strong on their sustainability...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Pryes Brewing Company, Mill Room
1401 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Mighty Earth Twin Cities
Telephone: 919-536-9994
Contact Name: Stephanie Prufer
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

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

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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* Stepping out on the first tour of the 2019 year with the trio to make links and start waves. The Change in Me is the Change in You - tour - is about the potentials and kinetics of possibility...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

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

Cost: $18/$25/$350

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

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


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

More information

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

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

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
View map »


Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will feature dozens of free events, both...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellogg Mall Park
62 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

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Join us for Festa Fiesta, a night of live music on both stages with drink specials too! On one stage, enjoy the amazing Samba Meu from 7pm-10pm. Brazilian country music!? YES! Forró is a dance...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Comedian Jeff Dunham has announced the spring leg of his “PASSIVELY AGGRESSIVE” Tour, with his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the...

Cost: $48.50

Where:
Target Center
600 1st Ave, N.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Personal Publicity

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Jeff Dunham is a global entertainment phenomenon with more than 46 years on stage and countless performances, making him one the world's most recognizable and inventive entertainers. Dunham along...

Cost: $18.00

Where:
Target Center
600 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: SoundChronicle
Telephone: 802-255-1826
Contact Name: Emily Carter
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

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The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises back to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 24-27, 2019 with four days of summer fun to help beat the winter blues. The...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-1811
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

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

Cost: $18/$25/$350

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


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

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The third annual Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show will be held Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27 on the field of U.S. Bank Stadium.  The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show is sure to...

Cost: Tickets available for $10 online, $12 at the door.

Where:
US Bank Stadium
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


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

More information

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

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

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
View map »


Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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Friday 1.25.19 // 1pm-7pm Saturday 1.26.19 // 10am-5pm Rock What You Got presented by Twin Cities Women's Expo is coming! With a one of a kind marketplace, live music, fitness classes, a live...

Cost: $15-70

Where:
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Minneapolis, MN  55430
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Telephone: 612-351-8181
Contact Name: Rock What You Got
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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Simon Huelsbeck: Chase DevilOpening Reception Friday, January 25 | 6:00pmJoin us for an opening reception for Simon Huelsbeck : Chase Devil. Huelsbeck is a much loved art professor at RCTC and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8629
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The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will feature dozens of free events, both...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellogg Mall Park
62 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Main and Concourse Galleries Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Tuesday, February...

Cost: Free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

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


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

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Get an advance look at new exhibitions and meet artist Erik Johansson during the First Look: Imagine preview party. The evening will be full of interactive activities such as in-the-moment...

Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

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

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

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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MPLS (imPulse) and The Bearded Company improv comedy troupe are joining forces to create two improvised musical murder mystery events entitled And Then There Were Beards: A Murder Mystery. The...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Lundstrum Performing Arts Center
1617 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 319.830.3021
Contact Name: Samuel Grace
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

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


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

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

Cost: $2 Cover

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

More information

The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises back to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 24-27, 2019 with four days of summer fun to help beat the winter blues. The...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-1811
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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The 4th annual Jefferson Band Booster Club (JBBC) "Bandcake Breakfast” will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 8am-noon in the Jefferson High School Cafeteria.  This is the JBBC’s biggest...

Cost: $7 in advance, $8 at the door

Where:
Bloomington Jefferson High School Cafeteria
4001 West 102nd Street
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Jefferson Band Booster Club
Telephone: 962-806-7759
Contact Name: Lisa Gauper
Website »

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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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It’s cold outside, which can mean only one thing – it’s race time! Gather up your thermal underwear and neck warmers and start training today for the 34th running of this Half Marathon, 10K,...

Cost: $45-$55

Where:
Securian Financial Center
400 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation
Telephone: 651-223-7405
Contact Name: Abby Soderholm
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The third annual Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show will be held Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27 on the field of U.S. Bank Stadium.  The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show is sure to...

Cost: Tickets available for $10 online, $12 at the door.

Where:
US Bank Stadium
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Windows into Waldorf: a hands on experience for parents! 10 am -12:30 pm Saturday, January 26 The Waldorf approach to teaching is more relevant than ever, with more and more current research...

Cost: FREE

Where:
MN Waldorf School
70 East County Road B
Maplewood, MN  55117
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Sponsor: MN Waldorf School
Telephone: 651-487-6700
Contact Name: Vanessa
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Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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During the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, all things cold are celebrated. One event stands out and gives attendees a way to escape to the tropics without even getting on a plane; the Winter Carnival...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Orchid Society of Minnesota
Telephone: 612-223-4059
Contact Name: Michael Dyda
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Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: 651-705-6614
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

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

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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BACK FOR ANOTHER HELPING: HOT DISH RAIL JAM RETURNS TO AFTON ALPS! Twin tippers and boarders of all ages are invited for an old-fashioned rail jam — Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019   WHAT: Afton...

Cost: 0

Where:
Afton Alps
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Get crafty with the designer of mini golf hole #15, Gramma's Living Room, Sarah Stone! Come sift through Sarah's curious collection of vintage photos, retro ads, old books and recycled record...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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Friday 1.25.19 // 1pm-7pm Saturday 1.26.19 // 10am-5pm Rock What You Got presented by Twin Cities Women's Expo is coming! With a one of a kind marketplace, live music, fitness classes, a live...

Cost: $15-70

Where:
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Minneapolis, MN  55430
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Telephone: 612-351-8181
Contact Name: Rock What You Got
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A deeply impressive film that contains archival footage and eye-witness interviews about the "Miracle Healer“, Bruno Groening, and the thousands of healings that occurred in 1950’s Germany...

Cost: FREE, donations appreciated.

Where:
SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 West 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Bruno Groening Circle of Friends
Telephone: 952-649-1978
Contact Name: Tina Starjash
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

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

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Sawdust Savvy
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Allison Mann & Michael Brodkorb will be at Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud on January 26th from 2-3PM to chat about their true crime book: The Girls Are Gone.  The Girls Are Gone was released in...

Cost: 0

Where:
Barnes & Noble
3940 Division Street
St. Cloud, MN  56301
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Support local artists and small businesses at BlackStack Brewing. The last Saturday of every month we bring you a wonderful selection of local artists, crafters, and makers all loosely curated...

Cost: free

Where:
BlackStack Brewing
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Prior Affair
Contact Name: Prior Affair
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Ta-coumba Aiken 'RHYTHM AND PATTERNS Conversation With the Artist Saturday, Jan. 26th: 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Lite Refreshments Served   Come and enjoy an afternoon in front the fire, in the...

Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13 / Aloft Minneapolis
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A Minnesota native from rural Isanti County, Cunningham currently lives and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Sip to stay warm this winter with whiskey! Enjoy the taste, tunes and experience to create a new memory in your mind. It’s just the right time to connect with like minds and share in flavors of a...

Cost: $20 - $320

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 S 5th St #11
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Be Social Scene
Telephone: 312-600-9035
Contact Name: William Holderman

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The 133rd Saint Paul Winter Carnival will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Saint Paul, Minn. The “Coolest Celebration on Earth™” will feature dozens of free events, both...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellogg Mall Park
62 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Join Us as We Explore the Color, Red, and Celebrate the Artists of The Color Series: Part 2, Red Betsy Ruth ByersKate CasanovaJil EvansPatrick K. PryorJodi ReebCameron Zebrun Saturday, January...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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MPLS (imPulse) and The Bearded Company improv comedy troupe are joining forces to create two improvised musical murder mystery events entitled And Then There Were Beards: A Murder Mystery. The...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Lundstrum Performing Arts Center
1617 N 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: MPLS (imPulse)
Telephone: 319.830.3021
Contact Name: Samuel Grace
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Brimming with laughs. An uproarious comedy by the composer best known for The Godfather film scores. After seeing this 1950s madcap romp, you’ll never look at a hat—or a night at the...

Cost: $25-$215

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St.Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-6669
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Awaken your inner ROCKSTAR with Live Band Karaoke. Join our live band on stage where you become the lead singer. With over 200+ song choices, there is truly something for everyone. Join us on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Ian Valor & The Vendettas are a rock band based in the Twin Cities. The band was formed in 2017 and consists of Ian Valor (guitar/vocals), Jeremy “Mel” Melzer (bass) and Sara Horishnyk (drums)....

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises back to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 24-27, 2019 with four days of summer fun to help beat the winter blues. The...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-1811
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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