Q&A with Playwright May Lee-Yang

A chat with the creator of A Korean Drama Addicts Guide to Losing Your Virginity, which plays at Park Square Theatre through Aug. 19


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May Lee-Yang (center) with the world-premiere cast of A Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity.

Photo by Dan Norman

A Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity is one of the more straight-forward titles to hit the Twin Cities’ theater scene this year. This world premiere by local playwright May Lee-Yang has all the best (or worst, depending) tropes of the genre: a hard-working protagonist, the CEO love interest, a character literally called “Evil Mom” … even some magic. With her play beginning previews with Theater Mu on July 27 and running through Aug. 19 at Park Square Theater, Lee-Yang still found time to chat with us about how it all got started, cultural representation and respect, and Korean drama recommendations.

 

What gave you the idea that started it all? 

I started watching Korean dramas in about 2012, and it's one of those things where you don't want to get started—it's an obsessive habit to get into. I felt a little guilty spending so much time watching them, and so this happened. A couple years ago, I was doing some outreach with some young people at Theater Mu of all places. I think my job was to provide context for Twelfth Night to mostly refugee and immigrant to help them understand Shakespeare before seeing Theater Mu's version, and I ended up using a Korean drama as an example. They're like, “You get it”—it's exactly like To the Beautiful You with gender bending. Then the teenagers started joking, “You could do your own Korean drama play,” and when I had the opportunity to work on a new show, this is what I proposed to Theater Mu. It was part passion project and part of just feeling guilty about spending a lot of my life on Korean dramas and wanting to put it to good use.

 

When your play debuted (as a read through) at Theater Mu’s New Eyes festival in 2017, it had a different name, The Moon Embraces the Song. What led to the title change?

It was a play [on words] off a Korean drama, but then I realized that's really something that only something folks into Korean dramas would get, insider jokes I suppose, and I wanted and needed a title much more accessible accessible to people, regardless of who watched Korean dramas or not.

 

A Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, playing at Park Square Theatre through Aug. 19. Courtesy Rich Ryan.
Courtesy Rich Ryan

So reading the description of the play, it hints at some magic. Yes? No? 

I didn't know how much we wanted to talk about the supernatural element [in the description], but a part of the show is a Hmong woman with a Korean drama addiction and a ghost problem and what happens when she meets a real life Korean guy. She starts to see ghosts in her regular life, and we end up learning why, and you know, when we were talking in introduction meetings, people were asking—there's reality, what I call Korean Drama Land sequences, and then we go into Hmong Drama Land, so these fantasy sequences are juxtaposed to reality—“What about the ghost part sequences?” They're actually just part of reality. They're not a fantasy. They're part of her reality.

 

What do you mean by reality versus Korean Drama Land or Hmong Drama Land?

So reality is just this world that happens to be. It's set in the Twin Cities, so it's very much here today, in Minnesota, in the cities. … She uses Korean dramas to understand the world in some ways, and in that sense we go into Korean drama and sequences. … Parts of the real world start looking like Korean dramas, not necessarily because she's manipulating it, but because I thought I can't do a Korean drama play without doing scenes from Korean dramas, the soundtrack, or some iconic images or whatever, so we play around with all of that. 

One of my pet peeves is when people write about a cultural topic but haven’t respected it. I'm talking about Korean dramas, but there is for me a love and respect for it as well. Then there is a Hmong Drama Land sequence because I know people who come and see the show will say, “May, you're a Hmong woman; why are you writing about Korean dramas? What bout your own culture?” 

 

Do you often find yourself deliberately trying to balance your own culture and your plays’ stories? 

A lot of my shows in the past have been centered around Hmong stories. Some of them are literally my stories, so I don't feel like I answer to anyone although people sometimes call me out anyway. I definitely didn't want to seem like I am appropriating anything. Even though I'm Asian, I'm not Korean, definitely not from Korea, and I thought a lot about the pieces of it. How do I make it unique so I'm not regurgitating Korean dramas that already exist? How do I approach this story without appropriating a mother culture?  For me answer was to write about it from my lens, a very Hmong, Minnesotan sense, and so we integrate all that.

 

A Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity at Park Square Theatre through Aug. 19. Courtesy Rich Ryan
Courtesy Rich Ryan

Is there anything else you want to say about the play?

I always wonder about who would wonder and see a show like this. I hope people will see the title or hear about it and think it will be fun. The writing process is fun, the rehearsal process, promoting it, but I think one of my fears is that there's always going to be that person who says, “I'm not Hmong,” or, “I don't watch Korean dramas; should I come see this play?” At the end of the day, it's a romantic comedy, but I think if you want to dig deeper, there's a lot of deeper elements. We can talk about cross-cultural conflicts or there's a lot of stuff about gender in here and a lot of commentary about the ways Asian Americans live versus Asians in Asia. There's an interesting dichotomy. I don't know if any of that stuff is interesting to everyone, but I think this play is good for fan girls and good for scholars.

 

So, do you have any Korean dramas you would recommend to first-timers?

I think that My Love from the Stars is one that’s good for people just beginning a Korean drama. It's about a 400-year-old alien with a ditzy international movie star. I really like the Master’s Sun, and it actually has the best correlation to my play because it's about a ghost-seeing heroine, and when she touches the hero, the ghosts disappear. It’s a great vehicle for touching each other a lot in a culture that doesn't touch. And I'll throw one that's current that I really like. It's called Are You Human, Too? and it's about a robot who looks exactly like a Korean heir, but the robot's more human than people.

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

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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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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 »

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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
View map »


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

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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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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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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
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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
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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 »

More information

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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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
View map »


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

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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
View map »

More information

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
Website »

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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 »

More information

  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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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
View map »

More information

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
View map »

More information

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

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
View map »


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