Toki Wright on Rap, Radio, and Minnesota's Place in the World

The north Minneapolis hip-hop artist's new show on The Current explores the genre's vast history—from James Brown to Kendrick Lamar


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Toki Wright, host of "Wright About Now" on 89.3 The Current/Photo by Mamuda, Courtesy of The Current

On a recent episode of The Current’s new hip-hop radio show “Wright About Now,” host and north Minneapolis rapper Toki Wright took his listeners from the top of their Twitter feed to the back of their grandma’s closet within minutes.

He played “All the Stars,” the Kendrick Lamar thumper and slice of the explosively popular Black Panther soundtrack. Moments later, he explained that many early hip-hop artists sampled funky breaks from James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield—and still do. Then he put on the infectiously danceable James Brown classic “Get on the Good Foot.”

Those minutes summed up Wright’s mission: to impart a wide-ranging, rigorous sense of hip-hop—officially the nation’s most popular kind of music, according to Nielsen data this year—every Wednesday at 10 p.m.

And there’s no better person to do it. Wright is a bona fide authority on the 40-plus-year-old genre. From his early years rapping at metro talent shows to his three-LP, four-EP deep body of work today, Wright has founded a Minneapolis label, Soul Tools; coordinated the country’s first accredited hip-hop program at McNally Smith College in St. Paul (going on a decade until the school’s recent close); and nurtured the Twin Cities scene by organizing festivals and aiding youth programs—to say nothing of his ambassador work with the U.S. State Department, fostering hip-hop communities in such countries as Sierra Leone, Uganda, Croatia, and China.

For about a month, Wright has used “Wright About Now” to examine hip-hop’s beginnings. He reaches farther back, to its influences (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, plus artists in dancehall, reggae, lo-fi, and other genres). And he looks forward, too (Dessa’s Chime, even Jaden Smith). For an hour, he’s an easygoing guide. If you didn’t know he was an educator, his voice—soft, firm enough to evince that student-tempered type of confidence—would immediately recommend him. With his new platform, he plans to interview artists, too, and highlight indie releases.

But behind the warmth, Wright's mission has a serious political bent: Yes, Kendrick Lamar is exemplary, but Wright also wants to put voices on public radio that have gone ignored—especially in Minnesota.

Coming to You from North Minneapolis...

Wright remembers the moment he first realized that what he was listening to was hip-hop. In the mid-’80s, he was a kid living in then-rural Lakeville, Minnesota. His mom brought home a new tape: Crushin’, by The Fat Boys. Raised in Chicago, she had come into her love of music as a fly on the wall of practice sessions with artists like Chaka Khan and Curtis Mayfield—thanks to her cousin, who performed with The Pharaohs and the original Earth, Wind & Fire. “She would bring home vinyl and tapes,” Wright says—everything from The Gap Band and James Brown to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper—“and that was our internet.” But something made him listen a little more intently to The Fat Boys. “I was hearing something different,” he says, “something more edgy.”

Wright moved to north Minneapolis in the early ’90s, where he began digging into hip-hop. The unexpected result: He felt a sense of belonging. “As a black kid in the suburbs in the ’80s, with parents from Chicago, and my mom raised us all in Buddhism, we were kind of oddballs,” he says. He delved into gritty East Coast rap—“underground, or just above ground”—including Boot Camp Clik, Wu-Tang Clan, Onyx, and Redman.

But, now living in the inner city, Wright noticed that his life, and the lives of those he knew, weren't the ones he heard on air. “I turn on the radio in Minneapolis back in the day, and I may not hear any hip-hop,” he says, “and if I did, it was that one song that reaches the top five,” often pop-sounding, sometimes sensationalizing violence, “that only represents a sliver of the community.” Those tracks didn't explore the everyday legacy of racism or dissect the rankling complications of love—not like songs Wright himself would record as an artist later on.

Wright, in his career, would find air time on The Current. But Minnesota still has a representation problem. And it is, in large part, the same one.

Toki Wright/Photo by Mamuda, Courtesy of The Current

“Indie rock and folk pretty much hold the lion’s share of radio play, the lion’s share of record sales” in Minnesota, Wright says, “and if you have indie rock-leaning qualities [as a hip-hop artist], the likelihood of your getting played is higher.”

Folk doesn’t exactly jive with the north Minneapolis Wright knows. “People think if I’m talking about hard-core street issues and I have an aggressive beat, that that is somehow inauthentic to the Minnesotan experience, when the problem is that a lot of the people in charge of entertainment in the state live inside of a box.” That box, he says, does not include north Minneapolis. It doesn't include the east side of St. Paul, or other urban areas where many of the state’s people of color live.

Inner-city hip-hop has a largely coastal reputation, but urban kids are making careers here, too, he says. “We have one of the biggest urban Native American populations,” Wright points out. “Why isn’t Tall Paul being played on the radio every day?” The Minneapolis-based Native American artist raps about growing up indigenous—as well as school, friends, and seeking out role models. “He might have more views on YouTube than the top five people being played in hip-hop in Minnesota,” Wright says.

It could be that radio DJs balk at the content. (Wright describes the inner city as a place of “intrigue around things that may not be good for you.”) Still, Wright argues that penning “deep rap” doesn’t mean divorcing it from issues that court censorship. He remembers when his brother introduced him to artists like N.W.A. and Slick Rick. They had the same edge as The Fat Boys—even more so, because they swore and talked explicitly about sex (which, granted, The Fat Boys did, too, stressing the importance of wearing a condom in “Protect Yourself,” followed by “My Nutz,” which Wright could listen to only when his mom wasn’t home). “It’s that rebel mentality,” Wright says—“I wasn’t supposed to say that, but I said it anyway.”

Wright’s music might have gone the more conscientious route of Common or A Tribe Called Quest, but he still commends N.W.A. as the first act to “bluntly criticize the police,” and Slick Rick for laying into both sex and relationships as topics for hip-hop.

DJs who ignore music because it’s “outside the box,” as Wright describes it, or “hard-core” impose de facto censorship. “There’s a good 15 years of hip-hop in Minnesota that really didn’t get any radio play,” he says. “And it’s great stuff, but nobody ever played it because they couldn’t see the value in it.”

Beyond the Four-Mile Radius

Wright wants to extend play time to lesser-heard voices, but his sights don’t stop at city limits.

A few weeks ago, “Wright About Now” focused on international artists, from countries including Iran, Sri Lanka, and Ghana. Growing up with friends from Saudi Arabia and the West Indies, Wright embraced world sounds early on, including from dancehall artists Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks.

When he took on his ambassadorship with the U.S. State Department—going from non-profit youth guidance in north Minneapolis to hip-hop community-building overseas—Wright had to put aside what he knew about the genre to understand why it developed differently elsewhere.

“Maybe there’s a reason why this Iranian artist I’m hearing makes really aggressive music,” he noted. “Maybe there’s a reason why some of the music I hear from South Korea might sound like pop—lighthearted.”

In war-affected countries, scarcity determined sound. Wright helped an artist in Uganda record while his grandma sat on his bedroom floor nearby. In Sierra Leone, Wright had to use two-decade-old production programs. But such limitations, he says, actually get to the core of hip-hop: “You find great musicianship and artistry when people have less and create more, which is essentially the hip-hop aesthetic anyway,” he says. “We breakdanced because we couldn’t join formal dance classes. We DJ’d because we couldn’t take formal instrument lessons. We MC’d because we couldn’t get formal vocal training…And that’s why hip-hop is an anomaly—because all of these poor kids that were told they’re the scum of the earth ended up becoming superstars and millionaires and shifting culture and making people dress different.”

"People think if I’m talking about hard-core street issues and I have an aggressive beat, that that is somehow inauthentic to the Minnesotan experience."

On the show, Wright played a Paraguayan artist he met in Toronto, an Iranian-American artist in Minneapolis, a group from Croatia, another from Paris. He wanted to react against what he sees as U.S. self-absorption, using Ghana-based artist M.anifest as an example. The Macalester College alum, who moved from the Twin Cities back to Africa, has collaborated with big names including Erykah Badu and Bono—“and he’s not on the radio in Minnesota,” Wright says in disbelief. “Like, why?!”

Actually, he knows why, he says: We're musically incestuous. “Some people from Minnesota are like, if it’s not from Rhymesayers or Doomtree, we’re not supporting it. Or, that’s real hip-hop, and everything else isn’t…I might invite you for diversity day, but I’m not going to integrate you into the center.”

Ghana, Wright suggests, feels too “over there.” But as a kid who moved from the sticks to the suburbs to inner-city Chicago to inner-city Minneapolis, he came to “see beyond the four-block radius around [his] house.” He says it made him a better person—in that difficult-to-describe sense of understanding yourself by understanding others. His empathetic curiosity took hold as early as childhood: “I was interested in hearing other people’s stories,” he says. “What is it like to live in Staten Island? What is it like to live in Paris?”

Convincing The Current

Despite Minnesota’s indie-folk box, Wright says The Current warmed to his mission when he pitched it.

He described his show’s potential: “What do those personal conversations sound like that I and another hip-hop artist are having in my basement at 3 a.m. on a Sunday after a session? What are those conversations that are happening at these conferences and symposiums all around the world on hip-hop and gender? How do we get out of our bubble and join the world community?”

Of course, he also assured them, “I grew up on Soundgarden and Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, too. I grew up listening to Guns N’ Roses”—and even references them in his music. Wright concedes that hip-hop has long sampled rock and other guitar-centered, white-dominant genres. But hip-hop also draws from classical, jazz, country—and all those sounds his mom introduced him to.

Today, artists such as Bruno Mars blend hip-hop into an unplaceable pop hybrid. Knowing your stuff has become the difference between being a fan and being into the Top 40. (In the Twin Cities, do you know I.R.M. Crew, Next, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, even MC Skat Kat?)

More than educating, though, Wright hopes his show opens minds. “Hip-hop is everywhere—it’s kind of like white noise,” he says. “If I don’t listen to the room, I don’t hear it. But if I take a second, and I stop, and I just listen to the tone of the room, I realize that I’m not alone, that the house makes sounds, that there’s creaks—there’s water running through pipes.” Hip-hop is in fast-food commercials, at basketball games during halftime, in shoe stores. But there’s a story behind each song, a person behind each lyric, and an entire history behind every beat.

"Wright About Now" airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on 89.3 The Current.

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Online birds of prey December 4th 1. How to identify hawks 2. how to identify owls 3. Birds of prey that are unique and awesome 4. how to identify birds of prey by their basic description and...

Cost: $43.00 per adult, $10.00 per child and $60.00 for family or a group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm An essential part of enacting justice is the acknowledgment of historic abuses. The power of bearing witness to trauma, to omitted histories, and to personal...

Cost: $20

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

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

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Join us for a special evening designed to reduce food waste. TASTE THE WASTE will feature Chef Zach Marquardt from Tiny Diner, Shannel Winkel from The Bird Rocks, Lachelle Cunningham, and St....

Cost: $35

Where:
Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Red Stag Supperclub
Contact Name: Kia PeKarna
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Online birds of prey December 4th 1. How to identify hawks 2. how to identify owls 3. Birds of prey that are unique and awesome 4. how to identify birds of prey by their basic description and...

Cost: $43.00 per adult, $10.00 per child and $60.00 for family or a group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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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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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Website »

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Glensheen is once again collaborating with our University of Minnesota friends at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center to make wreaths!  All the materials are...

Cost: $20

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen & Boulder Lake
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Commune Wednesdays at Turf Club Join us for a night of celebrating local music on December 12 [Minneapolis/St.Paul, Dec 2018]​​ - Commune is a movement of artists, designers, musicians,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Commune
Telephone: 407-432-1239
Contact Name: Sarah Schwartz
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Nothing rings in the Holidays quite like the timeless tones of Streisand.  Join us on Wed. Dec 12 and Thurs. Dec 13 for for an intimate celebration of memorable holiday classics, Christmas...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Nicollet Island Inn
Telephone: 612-465-0637
Contact Name: Sarah Kudlek
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

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

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

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

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

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


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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

Cost: $20-$39

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

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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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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Time: December 13, 2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am Level: IntermediateTrack: Global DiversityPresenter: Florence Chan, Community Business Cost: Free According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Asian...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
Minneapolis, MN  55403


Sponsor: AON
Telephone: 651-962-4377
Contact Name: Austin Crossman
Website »

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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The inaugural showcasing of the Infidelic Art Collective! This will be the first public show for almost every member and we will be showing everything from canvas, to jewelry. Live performances by...

Cost: 0

Where:
400 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55313
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Sponsor: INFAC
Telephone: 612-210-9522
Contact Name: Sam Quiring
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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WHAT:                                 2018 Annual Minnesota Keystone Awards Luncheon WHO:                                  ...

Cost: . Admission is $75 per person. Sponsored tables of 10 are available for $1,000.

Where:
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9116
Contact Name: Christine Levens
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

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Join us for our happy hour with a purpose! Engage with change-makers around our state who are inspiring us this holiday season. Come meet food justice advocates, environmental eateries,...

Cost: 0

Where:
TPT - Street Space
172 E Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Milkweed Editions and Rain Taxi present the launch of Brian Laidlaw’s The Mirrormaker, his new poetry collection and its accompanying album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Park Rapids, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Park Rapids High School on Thursday,...

Cost: $30

Where:
Park Rapids High School
401 Huntsinger Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

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

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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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Nothing rings in the Holidays quite like the timeless tones of Streisand.  Join us on Wed. Dec 12 and Thurs. Dec 13 for for an intimate celebration of memorable holiday classics, Christmas...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Nicollet Island Inn
Telephone: 612-465-0637
Contact Name: Sarah Kudlek
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

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


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

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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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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 holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a double jewelry trunk show December 14-15 with special collections by TAP by Todd Pownell and Danish artist Lene Vibe. Shoppers will also be...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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The inaugural showcasing of the Infidelic Art Collective! This will be the first public show for almost every member and we will be showing everything from canvas, to jewelry. Live performances by...

Cost: 0

Where:
400 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55313
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Sponsor: INFAC
Telephone: 612-210-9522
Contact Name: Sam Quiring
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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“Miracle on 34th Street” Dinner Theater   Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center   Produced by Director Viva Anderson Scenic design Artist Tim Anderson Centerstage Productions  ...

Cost: 37.98 per person

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN 56353, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Head north to celebrate some of the nation’s darkest skies on Dec. 14-15. The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arrowhead Region
Grand Marais, MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Linda Jurek
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Minnesota Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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  Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Detroit Lakes, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Detroit Lakes Middle School on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Detroit Lakes Middle School
510 11th Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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The new ballet company in the Twin Cities, Ballet Co.Laboratory, presents Nutcracker in Wonderland December 14th-16th at The Huss Center for Performing Arts at the St. Paul Academy and Summit...

Cost: $22/$27/$35

Where:
The Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

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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Ballet Minnesota’s 31st annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, Dec. 14 – 16,...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6700
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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The Backseat Boogie Band rock and roll road show has performed Vintage Rock and Roll throughout the Midwest. Regulars at the Taste of Minnesota, they rocked out crowds for 7 years and shared stage...

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

Cost: $20-$39

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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Hopkins Farmers Winter Market is indoors! Produce, farmstead products, fresh-baked & homemade goods and handcrafted arts with live music. Free coffee while you shop. ATM on-site, easy parking. We...

Cost: free

Where:
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: (952) 583-1930
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Anelace Coffee is hosting a series of Holiday Pop-Ups this December! Amazing local makers will be joining us each weekend—selling ceramics, art, baked goods and more! We’ll be slinging coffee...

Cost: Free

Where:
Anelace Coffee
2402 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Anelace Coffee
Telephone: 612-236-4870
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Santa Claus is coming to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in BLAINE on Saturday, December 8th for a special Santa Breakfast!  Bring the whole family for a morning full of food and drinks, games, face...

Cost: Kids 2 & under: free, ages 3-12: $15, ages 13+: $20

Where:
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant - Blaine
9360 Baltimore St NE #160
Blaine, MN  55449
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Telephone: 763-502-1500
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a double jewelry trunk show December 14-15 with special collections by TAP by Todd Pownell and Danish artist Lene Vibe. Shoppers will also be...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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Family Arts Day is a day of fun, free activities for all generations. Join us in the studios and BCA lobby where families can make take-home projects, participate in an interactive arts activity,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8575
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

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

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

Cost: $32-$42

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

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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a new grain-to-glass distillery in Minneapolis, is hosting Cookies and Cocktails with Santa on two separate Saturdays this December. The event will take place 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Tickets are $20 for children & $10 for adults. Children 3 and under are free.

Where:
Royal Foundry Craft Spirits
241 Fremont Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Get ready for the holidays with us at Sawdust Savvy!  Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone. ...

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 in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Brass Apocalypse features trumpet, trombone, sax, tuba and percussion, playing Christmas favorites with a twist from New Orleans and points beyond. A show that’s great for all ages! Saturday,...

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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350 Members of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir Celebrate Recovery During Annual Christmas Concert Event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15 WHO: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (MnTC) is...

Cost: $10 – Balcony $15 – Terrace Reserved Seats $20 – Main Center $25 – Main Front

Where:
Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
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Sponsor: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Website »

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“Miracle on 34th Street” Dinner Theater   Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center   Produced by Director Viva Anderson Scenic design Artist Tim Anderson Centerstage Productions  ...

Cost: 37.98 per person

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN 56353, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
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Head north to celebrate some of the nation’s darkest skies on Dec. 14-15. The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arrowhead Region
Grand Marais, MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Linda Jurek
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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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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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »

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Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Minnesota Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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Merrill Community Arts Center and the East Metro Symphony Orchestra present Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long, in Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loft Stage in East Ridge High School,...

Cost: $0-$22

Where:
East Ridge High School
4200 Pioneer Drive
Woodbury, MN  55129
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Sponsor: EMSO
Contact Name: EMSO
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

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

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The new ballet company in the Twin Cities, Ballet Co.Laboratory, presents Nutcracker in Wonderland December 14th-16th at The Huss Center for Performing Arts at the St. Paul Academy and Summit...

Cost: $22/$27/$35

Where:
The Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Ballet Minnesota’s 31st annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, Dec. 14 – 16,...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6700
Website »

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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Alexandria, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Lake Geneva Christian Center on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Lake Geneva Christian Center
605 Birch Avenue
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
Website »

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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
View map »


Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

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 Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Join Acadia Pub faves Southern Resident Killer Whales and new friends Geyser for a night of alt-rock, indie-pop songcraft.   9:30: Southern Resident Killer Whales Minneapolis singer songwriter...

Cost: $5

Where:
Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454


Sponsor: Acadia Cafe
Telephone: (612) 874-8702
Contact Name: Larry Sahagian
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The Backseat Boogie Band rock and roll road show has performed Vintage Rock and Roll throughout the Midwest. Regulars at the Taste of Minnesota, they rocked out crowds for 7 years and shared stage...

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

Cost: $20-$39

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