The Dark, Masterful Poems of Hieu Minh Nguyen

Raised in East St. Paul, Hieu Minh Nguyen has emerged as a leading U.S. poet, with a prestigious new fellowship and one of 2018's best works of poetry in "Not Here"


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Hieu Minh Nguyen's 2018 poetry collection, Not Here, was recently named one of the best works of poetry in 2018 by the New York Public Library.

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It wasn’t high school, really, that set East St. Paul native Hieu Minh Nguyen up for national acclaim as a poet. More like a high school epiphany.

A kid born in the early ’90s, Nguyen loved the escape of TV and movies, so he joined the theater community for students of color at Central High School. Members performed what they wrote onstage, and Nguyen wanted to ham it up.

But the laughs could feel cheap. “People are listening to you, and you’re saying things that you don’t really care about,” he remembers thinking. He thought of the women in his family, of his mother in particular, forced to immigrate from Vietnam. “Everybody has a story, but not everybody gets listened to. So, what are you gonna do?” He poses the question to his past self. “Are you gonna say something worth saying?”

His first book of poetry, This Way to the Sugar, came out years later, in 2014—a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Minnesota Book Award. In the confessional style he is known for, Nguyen pries into personal sticking points, from body image and internet-age sex to growing up gay in an unsympathetic home. His second book, Not Here, continues unpacking memories of abuse and loss, confronting cultural barriers in sex and love, and staging painful, compromising mother-son dynamics. He is working on new stuff, so far inspired by the Twin Cities and assisted by a prestigious Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, one of five given annually by the Poetry Foundation.

“[It is] just one of those books you can’t stop reading,” poet Victoria Chang gushed of Not Here.

The New York Public Library recently named it one of the best poetic works of 2018, at a time when more and more people are reading poetry, according to the National Endowment for the Arts. “Nguyen’s irrepressible warmth is fueled by honesty, longing, and curiosity,” raved National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes.

Hard to imagine—given many other accolades touting Nguyen’s precocious mastery—that he barely graduated high school.

Back then, teachers hounded him on his cell phone while he skipped class. He devoured Def Poetry Jam DVDs from the library. He loved Patricia Smith. He started writing slam—that firebrand genre of spoken word where writers dig into the hardest parts of their past.

Although Nguyen, who now lives in Minneapolis, quit his haberdashery gig about four years ago to work full time as a poet, he still writes at night. He has ever since forgoing undergrad to slog through “soul-sucking customer-service jobs” during the day. He went to bed at 8 this morning, rose at 11, and got to Hen House Eatery downtown for an interview at 1.

“During human hours, there are errands to run and responsibilities to do.” He wears a mustard-yellow beanie, a gray Champs T-shirt, and black-framed glasses, reasoning over an avocado tuna melt. “But at 2 a.m., it all goes away.”

Nguyen sometimes detours, visibly, into his thoughts. Returning, he is charming and a little diffident. His curiosity shows in debate, as when, about halfway through the interview, we discuss whether art should ever lead audiences into despair. “Maybe there’s a way where you are in the dark, but you aren’t alone in the dark,” he suggests. “You are there with the work. You are there with the poem, right?”

His spark might surprise those who know where his poems tend to live. Nguyen does lead readers into darkness—writes about trauma, about abuse at the hands of should-be mentors, about dehumanizing interactions.

In “Mercy,” from Not Here, the speaker describes repugnant racism encountered mid-hookup. “Once, while lying in his bed/a man asked me to quiet/his dog by speaking to it/in Vietnamese...” Then, there’s that spark: “I really should get a sense of humor,” he writes, “but that requires enduring/the labor of forgetting.”

Surprising, fantastical metaphors compel multiple reads. Referring to the “white boy time machine,” who recurs in Not Here, the speaker illustrates the strange way relationships conjure up his ancestors, their scars opening into his present: “the machine/has a machine family/who assumes i’ve rigged their boy/to do what i want/by feeding him/a coin/fashioned with a string/a yo-yo organ/is what the doctors called it/when my grandmother’s heart fell out of place.”

This month, Nguyen proved his high school teachers right, in a sense. They saw something in him, enough to call while he ditched. Now, Nguyen has earned a Master of Fine Arts from North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College.

“At first, I just needed to be onstage, right?” he recalls.

It’s maybe refreshing, in what’s seen as poetry’s lofty sphere, that Nguyen remembers where he came from—a St. Paul neighborhood of limited chances, where he sought escape through acting, then writing.

“There’s so many people in my life and in my family who don’t get listened to, who have a lot to say—a lot more important things to say than me. But no one will listen to them,” he says.

Not Here opens on a quote by poet Jason Shinder: “Let me keep on describing things to be sure they happened.” By the end, the reflective power of writing seems to have guided the speaker to a higher place from which to view his rich relationship with his mother. 

“It’s not my job to speak for them, but it’s weird, like—” Nguyen detours for a moment. “I wonder why people are listening to me, you know?”

Courtesy Hieu Minh Nguyen


Slam in the Cities

By coincidence, that impactful Central High School theater community counted acclaimed St. Paul poet Danez Smith among its members at the same time as Nguyen. Now, both have won Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships (Smith in 2014), both have been published by BuzzFeed, both represent Twin Cities poetry, and both are good friends.

“Sad,” Smith says, describing Nguyen’s poetry deadpan before breaking into a laugh. “Dark. But I think it’s really brave. Probing the darker feelings, and even the darker humors, of love and relationships and family.”

Also like Smith, Nguyen coinhabits the wide-armed slam community at the same time as the cloistered publishing world. (Not Here came out of Minneapolis’ Coffee House Press.)

It’s clear where Nguyen’s loyalty is stronger. “I think it’s the job of these circles that position themselves as part of academia, or these elite circles, to open up and make space for these young people, who are often better than them,” he laughs. “Like, no lie. Some of these young people are some of the best writers I’ve ever met in my life.”

For Nguyen, slam took hold through Be Heard MN. The youth poetry series is part of Twin Cities nonprofit TruArtSpeaks, teaching social justice through spoken word. At 17, Nguyen made the team competing at the Brave New Voices festival in D.C., after not passing the qualifying rounds the year before.

“I discovered that there’s this whole world of poetry out there,” he says. “It wasn’t just kids in Minneapolis; it was a festival of young people from all over the world.”

One of Nguyen’s coaches, Minneapolis hip-hop artist and two-time National Poetry Slam champ Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, helped Nguyen matriculate into the adult slam scene.

“I don't think I was ever much of a ‘coach’ in the sense of imparting any deep poetic lessons; Hieu's always been a better writer than me,” Tran Myhre said in an email. “His work is so well-crafted and thoughtful on a line-by-line level, while I still hear the kind of tension-and-release, setup-punchline, structural tactics that make the best performance poetry so memorable.”

Examples of Nguyen’s prowess span YouTube. At a public reading hosted by St. Paul’s Button Poetry in 2017, Nguyen, wearing a black T-shirt and a black cap, is almost swallowed by the darkness onstage. His spotlighted face shines out: “All my life, I’ve watched my mother contemplate an exit.”

He looks into the audience as he might the eyes of a friend. “If joy is what tethers us to this life, then most days, my mother & I float above the pavement, tied together by the fraying threads of her nightgown.” The best slam works on a relatable wavelength, and we understand the flickering eye roll at the end when he says, “I feel most like her son when I am lonely—a child again, dragged by her to a party I enjoyed, then stopped enjoying.”

But Nguyen knows how to blend spoken word—raw, direct—with complex imagery, the kind we typically tolerate only if it’s sitting on the page: “In our future, there are two cabs idling in the driveway, which is a cowardly way of saying, I cannot kill myself until my mother dies.”

This poem, “Notes on Staying,” closes Not Here, and, performed, it ends with Nguyen storming offstage after a pithy burst: “…since there was no key, I guess I’ll swallow the door.”

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In new work, Nguyen has been examining where he got started.

“When I graduated high school, I had a desire, like every kid has, to leave where they come from,” he says. Poetry granted the means to travel, to visit the country’s bigger cities, but no matter where he went, he could tie it to the Twin Cities.

Not Here parses that dilemma—whether to leave or stay.

As in the poem “Monica West Is Moving to Omaha, Nebraska,” on a local drag queen’s departure: “If sanctuary is not a place, but the people we love all under the same impossible & temporary light, how can we convince anyone to stay?” In “Punish,” on forsaking memories: “I’m trying to understand that memory/is not a technology, a full charge/will get you nowhere, if you’re stuck/tracing the perimeters of your dull nostalgia/for an exit.”

But traveling has taught Nguyen value in sticking around—here, at least. “I know how to navigate the Twin Cities. I know how to navigate the white people in the Twin Cities. They’re not surprising to me, you know? I grew up with them.”

Plus, the Twin Cities stew in their own purgatorial dilemma. “It wants to be everything,” he explains. “It wants to be a big metropolis. It also wants to be residential and historic, right? It’s surrounded by farmland, so there’s that influence on it, too. And then there’s a huge immigrant population here. So that’s also clashing with how white the Midwest is, too, right? There are all these identities that—I wouldn’t say clash, but try to navigate around each other.”

Truth Telling

We pause, to eat our sandwiches—and a confession about Nguyen’s avocado tuna melt:

After he came into Hen House Eatery from the cold afternoon and greeted me warmly, Nguyen asked what I had ordered at this diner before. I recalled a sandwich with avocado, spotted “avocado” on the menu, claimed it, realized I was wrong, but, instead of admitting this, deflected, offhandedly calling the sandwich “bourgie.”

“I think tuna could be potentially bourgie,” Nguyen says, game for semantics. “But I don’t know if tuna melt is bourgie.”

He orders it anyway, and it feels like an in-joke not 10 minutes into our meeting. He’s so personable, and his poetry so forthcoming, that it’s easy to imagine how readers might feel comfortable accosting Nguyen with nosy questions.

“There’s this thing that happens where people who know my work get curious for more and more information about my life,” he says.

When The New York Times reviewed Not Here in June, it read almost as if the critic knew Nguyen personally, stating, “Nguyen kept the abuse, along with his same-sex desires, his crushes on boys, secret into adulthood, in part to protect his mother.”

It was both an honor and a jolt. “Seeing someone tell me back my life on that platform was wild.” He adds, in what feels lifted from his work, “I was uncomfortable in the way I’m uncomfortable looking into a mirror. You know, when you realize that your face looks like that?”

Commended for openness, Nguyen speaks candidly of the impulse to misdirect. Before he came out around age 19, he addressed love poems to girls. “Using poetry as a way to mask who I was allowed me to discover how cathartic it is to tell the truth, or how heavy it is to be lying all the time.”

But when time comes to return to the cold—for Nguyen to resume navigating the Cities—he makes this distinction clear: between Nguyen, the affable, bright Minneapolis resident, and Nguyen, the composite that strangers create, made of vulnerable poems.

“The thing about writing poems is, like, I’m going to give you everything I want to give you,” he says. “You’re gonna take this, and I’m not gonna give you any more. What I am offering you is enough.”

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Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

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

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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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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With over 5 million streams, Ashley DuBose’s single Intoxicated is burning up play-lists in the US and Europe. Come eat, drink, dance and liven up Hump Days in February with Ashley DuBose at...

Cost: $13

Where:
IceHouse
2528 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Ashley DuBose Entertainment
Contact Name: Ben Obi
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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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February’s featured artists invite you to consider the surface. Regardless of the form, how does the surface impact your perception of the work? Gossman offers subtle references to the loose...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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  Town Hall Brewery is getting ready to roll out the barrels! The brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week is February 18-24, and will include a big roster of boozy barrel-aged beers, limited release...

Cost: $10

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Developing a marketing plan is the first step many take to grow their business. Step two? Tracking and measuring the success of that plan. At this Focus Luncheon, experts from Skol Marketing will...

Cost: Admission is $20. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Where:
Normandale Lake Office Park
8000 Normandale Lake Blvd.
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber in partnership with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
Telephone: 612-370-9160
Contact Name: Cheri Gengler
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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25-$32

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: free

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

Cost: free and open to the public

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

Cost: 0

Where:
Glensheen
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
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By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

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

Cost: $71

Where:
Target Center
, PA


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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is proud to present the Spring 2019 MCAD Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Proposal Presentations.   Spring 2019 graduate candidates will each...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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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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  Town Hall Brewery is getting ready to roll out the barrels! The brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week is February 18-24, and will include a big roster of boozy barrel-aged beers, limited release...

Cost: $10

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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January 26 - March 2, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Circling Back, an exhibit of new paintings by Joshua Cunningham. A...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $25-$32

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Northrop
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Katie
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Are you ready for our February Frenzy?  Each time we have a fully booked workshop in February, participants in that workshop will be eligible to win some fabulous giveaways! Prizes may include...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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February 9-March 30, 2019 | Opening Reception: February 9, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition by two Minnesota artists: ceramicist Monica Rudquist and her...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Gallery Director
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Meet a handful of inspiring local leaders who are improving food access and working to build a healthy community in Minneapolis. Provision Community Restaurant, TC Food Justice, and Green Garden...

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free to Attend, $1 to Play

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

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: 60

Where:
The Old Spahgetti Factory
233 Park Ave
# 100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis
Telephone: 888-643-2583
Contact Name: Skyler
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Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood is back for its 6th year with a high-fashion runway show featuring the hottest looks from Twin Cities retailers modeled by dedicated...

Cost: $30 - $2000

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market St
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Telephone: 612-821-6132
Contact Name: Sarah Harris
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By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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  Now in its sixth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant...

Cost: $30

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

Cost: $23-$27

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


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

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

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

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

Cost: $10-$40

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

Cost: $15-30

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

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, this theatrical masterpiece by Thornton Wilder is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit. Meet the Antrobus family of contemporary and...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with exquisitely delicious ensemble music of Lully, Moulinié, de Visée and others presented by Ladyslipper Ensemble at the New Lute Café. Come experience joy, bliss,...

Cost: $15 suggested donation at the door

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

Cost: 2

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

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

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

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

Cost: Tickets starting at $12

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Imagine a place where fish are islands, landscapes become waterfalls, and the moon is hung from a ladder. Find these impossible worlds in the work of Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer/visual...

Cost: Included in the cost of museum admission

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is proud to present the Spring 2019 MCAD Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Proposal Presentations.   Spring 2019 graduate candidates will each...

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: $10

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

More information

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

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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

Cost: $15.00

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free and open to the public

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


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

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DISCOVER GENEROSITY! The Great King is seeking a Queen worthy of the realm. Mufaro journeys to the King with his two daughters, certain that one of them will be chosen. Discover that beauty is not...

Cost: $12 - $18

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

Cost: 30

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Child of Mine -- A Place in the Choir  -- River -- The Roseville Fair   Folk legend Bill Staines returns bringing his songs and story-telling to an intimate concert in the beautiful...

Cost: requested donation $15.

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

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

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

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


Telephone: 651-224-4222
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $20 - $60

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $20 - $60

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

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Inspired by the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, where experiences are simply figments in a disembodied brain, Proxy leaves the repetitious, unexamined world, to discover what lies behind...

Cost: $15-30

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Crash.Dance.Productions
Telephone: 763-607-3077
Contact Name: Erin Blanton
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Directed by Marcela Lorca Featuring Brian Bose, Aimee Bryant, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson Kelley, Rajané Katurah, Jim Lichtscheidl, Ben Lohrberg, Elizabeth Reese, and Austene Van This...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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By Ifa Bayeza A world premiere Directed by Talvin Wilks A small, segregated town is about to be turned upside down as fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money,...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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The musical comedy that's “touchingly beautiful… heartrending and hilarious” (Say Entirely) has become a Twin Cities Valentine's tradition and is returning for a 5th season at Art House North...

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

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: MacKenzie McCullum
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  Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cost: $12-$18

Where:
Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Ever wanted to play Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, Family Feud, $50 Pyramid, or the Price is Right? Maybe you never wanted to play but wish you could have been in the audience. Retro Game Night...

Cost: $2 Cover

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

Cost: $2 Cover

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

Cost: $2 Cover

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

Cost: $115 or more

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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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The un-official kick-off to spring, the 2019 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show will return for two full weekends Friday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 24 and Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 at...

Cost: Tickets starting at $12

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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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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Are you ready for our February Frenzy?  Each time we have a fully booked workshop in February, participants in that workshop will be eligible to win some fabulous giveaways! Prizes may include...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Join us at Tangletown Gardens to explore the fascinating world of Tillandsias, or Air Plants. They are beautiful, unique and require much less attention than other house plants.   Step into...

Cost: No ticket required.

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Erin Kjar
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FREE Theater Workshop & Children's Show!* Everyone will be able to afford the admission price to SPARK theater + dance’s latest production—one simply has to bring a playful spirit and a big...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Plymouth Creek Center
14800 - 34th Avenue
Plymouth, MN  55447
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Sponsor: SPARK theater + dance
Telephone: 952-454-7344
Contact Name: Joy Donley
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February’s featured artists invite you to consider the surface. Regardless of the form, how does the surface impact your perception of the work? Gossman offers subtle references to the loose...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Nirmala Rajasekar, world-renowned vocal and veena virtuoso, presents South Indian melodies & rhythms in a Sensory-Friendly format. Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive...

Cost: $0-$5

Where:
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
270 N Kent St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3268
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For the past decade Penumbra’s RACE Workshops have opened transformative dialogue among thousands of participants. Join our skilled facilitators and artists as we demonstrate the power of theatre...

Cost: $20

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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  Town Hall Brewery is getting ready to roll out the barrels! The brewery’s annual Barrel-Aged Week is February 18-24, and will include a big roster of boozy barrel-aged beers, limited release...

Cost: $10

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

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

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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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2018 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows Brett Freund (Minneapolis) & Donovan Palmquist (Farmington) will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Brass Apocalypse returns to Can Can Wonderland to set a Mardi Gras vibe! All ages will enjoy traditional New Orleans street jazz, plus funk, disco, and whatever else it takes to feel like you are...

Cost: $2 Cover

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $35

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

Cost: 35

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

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

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

Cost: Varies

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

Cost: free

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

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

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

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Flashlight Tours are back… with a twist. First, you will need to be 21 or older to be on the tour. This is not a tour for kids. As part of your cost for admission, guests will receive a branded...

Cost: 30

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

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
Telephone: 515-520-7428
Contact Name: Kivan Kirk
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Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, this theatrical masterpiece by Thornton Wilder is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit. Meet the Antrobus family of contemporary and...

Cost: $20 - $60

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

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St.
St Paul, MN  55102
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Directed by Marcela Lorca Featuring Brian Bose, Aimee Bryant, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson Kelley, Rajané Katurah, Jim Lichtscheidl, Ben Lohrberg, Elizabeth Reese, and Austene Van This...

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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FLOWERS FOR THE ROOM | a new musical book by Jessica Lind Peterson lyrics by Blake Thomas music by Blake Thomas and Matt Riehle directed by Jason Peterson musical direction by Matt Riele...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: MacKenzie McCullum
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Love makes a family. Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and...

Cost: $117-34, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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Inspired by the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, where experiences are simply figments in a disembodied brain, Proxy leaves the repetitious, unexamined world, to discover what lies behind...

Cost: $15-30

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


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

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The musical comedy that's “touchingly beautiful… heartrending and hilarious” (Say Entirely) has become a Twin Cities Valentine's tradition and is returning for a 5th season at Art House North...

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

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
Website »

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

Cost: $12-$18

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

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

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Join us at Can Can Wonderland for the trifecta of mixtape glory! Opening will be Sexy Delicious, the Old Kings of that bad, new-fashioned R&B. Nitedrive will soothe your soul with synth-driven...

Cost: $2 cover

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

Cost: $2 Cover

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

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Can Can Wonderland presents "Proximity Effect" 3 unique bands/performance artists on one bill. Story aerobics is 1.) Radio drama, 2.) Choreographed to an aerobic exercise, 3.) And performed with a...

Cost: $2 Cover

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