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Will the Center Hold?

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May 25, 2006: General Tommy Franks is wrapping up a relatively rote speech before a crowd of 950 of Minnesota’s conservative champions, a talk in which—even at this late date—the retired Army commander once again conflates Saddam Hussein and 9/11. “Saddam had been sittin’ in Iraq, plottin’ and plannin’ and shootin’ up our troops for a decade,” the Texan drawls, “just as bin Laden had been sittin’ in Afghanistan, doin’…the…same…thing.”

Franks is the headliner at the annual fundraising dinner for the Center of the American Experiment (CAE), Minnesota’s first conservative think tank. Even among this crowd of Bush backers, though, the general’s message seems to fall a bit flat, failing to uniformly rouse the ranks. Still, he sprinkles in a couple of laugh lines and some fun anecdotes about riding around the Crawford ranch in the president’s pickup, and once he leaves the stage and the dinner is a wrap, a kind of warm glow prevails.

Into that glow marches Mitch Pearlstein, the founder and newly reinstated president of the 16-year-old CAE. He makes the rounds of those still loitering among the tables at St. Paul’s RiverCentre, pressing the flesh and talking smart with a cadre of friends, colleagues, and potential donors. After about 20 minutes, he stops to sit and chat with a waiting writer. Pearlstein, 58, is graying and stout—and, at the moment, sweaty, winded, and a bit dazed-looking, as though several months’ worth of pent-up anxiety is being spontaneously released.

Part of this, no doubt, is the result of having pulled off a major fundraising event—albeit one that drew less than half of the attendees, and brought in less money, than previous CAE dinners featuring such speakers as Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. Still, tonight’s $150,000 haul is nothing to sneeze at. Particularly now, when the Center of the American Experiment is in such deep trouble.

Recent months have been tumultuous at the organization that is Pearlstein’s brainchild. This past spring, the CAE board of directors stunned Minnesota political observers when it abruptly fired most of the center’s staff, including president and CEO Annette Meeks. Her ouster prompted the resignation of a key longtime supporter and board member, former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber; in the wake of his departure, several high-profile conservatives who had been poised to sign on as directors begged off to avoid the chaos. As CAE struggles to maintain its base of donors in the midst of mounting long-term debt, its very mission, which had lurched rightward during Meeks’s tenure, is now in question. Many observers wonder if the Experiment can even continue.

“There is a very definite threat to [CAE’s] future,” says Weber, who credits the organization with establishing the “intellectual infrastructure” of Minnesota’s conservative movement. “They’ve lost a majority of their employees, they’ve lost their president—people have taken sides. The supportive community of activists and donors is divided now. They are going to have a hard time bouncing back.”

Asked at the RiverCentre dinner whether, given all the turmoil, Tommy Franks’s appearance represents a “big moment” for CAE, Pearlstein responds, “Sure—but I don’t want to overstate that.” Already, at CAE’s first major post-purge public event, Pearlstein is practicing the art of spin. It’s something he’s prone to; another is quoting himself (he frequently begins sentences with “As I’m fond of saying...”).

But set these typical politico quirks aside, and grant the man this: it would be hard to overstate the role Pearlstein has played in bringing conservative ideas into the mainstream in the traditionally liberal bastion of Minnesota. Coincidentally or not—and many think it is not purely coincidence—the emergence and ascendance of the Center of the American Experiment occurred just as Minnesotans began showing their conservative stripes.

“Whether [Pearlstein] sensed it or not, the reality was that, in America, people were moving from left of center to center,” says former U.S. Senator David Durenberger, one of CAE’s earliest supporters. “And they were looking for better and newer ideas on how to change government and government systems and policies. They sure weren’t getting it from Democrats, and they weren’t getting it from the Star Tribune.” Pearlstein and his think tank stepped into that void, says University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs, who is collaborating with Pearlstein on a proposed Humphrey Institute journal that would be called Civil Left, Right & Center. He dubs CAE a conservative “explanation factory”—an enterprise that “generates explanations for conservative politicians to use.”

A Timely Idea

A think tank. It sounds like a place where brains go to bathe, and maybe there is something to that. In some sense, a think tank is a free-floating academic department, untethered to a university. Think tanks raise money by direct solicitation and by having dinners featuring celebrity speakers. They hire writers to pen newspaper editorials. Their leaders work hard to land high-priority slots on the Rolodexes of editors, reporters, and business leaders. Whenever possible, they trot their spokespeople around the political-talk-show circuit. They produce policy papers and scholarly journals that, quite frankly, the public ignores—which is okay, as long as elected officials, legislative aides, and politically connected donors pay attention.

Mitch Pearlstein spawned the idea for this think tank at a time when his brain was awash in the bureaucratic frustrations of Washington, D.C. It was 1988. Pearlstein was an official in the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary William Bennett, having already served as a speechwriter for Minnesota Governor Al Quie, an editorial writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and a speechwriter for University of Minnesota president C. Peter Magrath. But his experience in Washington wasn’t wholly satisfying. Shortly after he arrived, he wanted to leave. But he also needed an income. He had his PhD, he was a proficient writer and a decent speaker, and he knew his way around a political debate. Moreover, he had seen what the conservative Heritage Foundation had achieved for Republicans nationally. Adding it all up, Pearlstein decided to form his own conservative Minnesota think tank.

“Generally, the response I got was, ‘You want to start a what? Where?’” he says. “But in my view, no state is the cliché it is made out to be, and I simply assumed there were a significant number of people here who liked to read the kinds of things I liked to read and hear from the kinds of speakers I liked to listen to. I thought we could make a go of it.”

Durenberger was one of the first to hear Pearlstein’s pitch, and he was so amused that he called in his press spokesman, Steve Moore, as a witness. “‘You’ve got to listen to this—this is really great!’” Durenberger recalls saying. “And so Steve came in, and Mitch gives him the pitch. I just sort of sat back and roared, ‘Can you imagine a thing like this is possible?’” But Durenberger, in fact, was soon won over; he provided a critical link to big-name donors and eventually served on CAE’s board of advisers.

Pearlstein made 17 trips from Washington to Minnesota, mostly at his own expense, before he raised enough money to quit his government job and throw his energy into the think-tank project. Among the important initial donors was Marvin Schwan, founder of the Schwan Food Company, who wrote checks totaling $250,000 within CAE’s first three years of operation. Dean Riesen, the former head of Carlson Real Estate, provided free office space. Other wealthy Republicans soon opened their checkbooks. The Center of the American Experiment finally opened in 1990.

By then, Pearlstein had two key collaborators: Peter Bell and Katherine Kersten. Bell, cofounder of the Institute on Black Chemical Abuse and one of the state’s few high-profile African American Republicans, met Pearlstein at a two-day conference on conservatism in the late 1980s. It was the start of a long, productive friendship. In addition to their shared Vietnam-era antiwar activism—Pearlstein takes care to describe himself as a moderate protester—the men share the belief that government often does more harm than good when attacking social problems such as preventing out-of-wedlock births, strengthening families, and promoting education for the disadvantaged.

With those concepts in mind, Bell and Pearlstein staged CAE’s first public forum, which they called “The New War On Poverty: Advancing Forward This Time.” The daylong program was the first step toward “an expansion of what we mean by conservatism” in Minnesota, Pearlstein says. “[At] our very first event…the objective was not to beat up on welfare mothers, and not just to save money, but rather to save a whole generation of kids,” he says. That event established a template for the programs that followed. “It was a structure people could hang their hats on,” says Bell, who later became CAE board chairman. “The Center was the rational right…. It provided a vehicle for conservative ideas to get heard and tested.”

Kersten (who declined to be interviewed for this article), an erstwhile Chicago financial analyst, university budget planner, and attorney, helped Pearlstein start CAE and later served as its chairwoman and senior fellow. Her role often was to provide the intellectual underpinnings for CAE’s positions. Perhaps her most notable achievement in this regard was marshaling the arguments that, in June 2003, helped kill off the Profile of Learning, Minnesota’s first attempt at statewide education standards. According to Pearlstein, her research skills also proved instrumental in winning the debate that derailed a 1994 school desegregation plan the Center argued was untenable.

As a writer and activist, Kersten would parlay the exposure CAE afforded her into dozens of local and national media appearances. She also found an unlikely soapbox from which to rail at liberals: the op-ed page of the Star Tribune, where she had a weekly column from 1995 to 2003. The paper offered her a community columnist position in 2005—something of a media coup both for Kersten and her cause. “The Star Tribune was browbeaten into acknowledging the legitimacy of conservative thought and the conservative movement in Minnesota,” says Jacobs.

Despite the stars in his midst, however, Pearlstein remained the Center’s focal point, standing at the helm as the loquacious, quotable explainer of all things conservative. In public, he has always played the jovial, insistently civil, erudite conservative, possessing a rare talent for making a center-right message palatable for Minnesotans, many of whom had never before confronted their inner Republican.

Pearlstein and his nascent Center immediately drew plaudits from most corners, including favorable early press from the Star Tribune. But the good vibes extended beyond the newspaper pages. “In the mid-1990s, I used to teach a class in welfare policy at Minneapolis Community College, and there was no question, of the 50 students in my class, 49 were on welfare,” says David Schultz, now a professor in the Hamline University Graduate School of Management. One day, Pearlstein addressed that class. “This would have been a hostile audience for anybody,” Schultz says. “But he was gracious, and even though my students disagreed with him, they felt he listened to them.”

Schultz, a former president of the liberal group Common Cause Minnesota, believes the seeds of CAE’s success rest with Pearlstein. “I don’t really agree with him on everything,” he says, “but the success of the Center is largely attributable to him because he is an engaging, decent person.”

Seeing Red

Whether CAE played the role of chicken or egg in repainting Minnesota from a liberal blue to a decidedly-in-play purple, many people consider its impact vital. “What the Center did was to serve more as an accelerant than anything else,” says Norm Ornstein, the Minnesota-reared resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. “They were bringing in speakers. They were establishing ties and networks, nationally and internationally, for political figures in Minnesota, which gave them a kind of brain trust. It showed that conservatives were onto something, that this was not just some fringe movement anymore.”

Pearlstein credits his Center with helping pave the way for Governor Arne Carlson to win tax credits for low-income families who send their children to private schools (the credits apply to ancillary educational expenses, not tuition—a sort of “voucher lite” program). Carlson acknowledges the importance of CAE’s support, both for that tax break and for his welfare reform initiative.

In the late 1990s, CAE launched its biggest effort yet, the $400,000 Minnesota Policy Blueprint project, which in 1998 produced a 400-page playbook for a conservative, free-market government. Based on the work of 19 committees, it offered 250 policy recommendations to state agency heads and lawmakers, urging the state to strengthen some gubernatorial powers, eliminate the lieutenant governor’s position, undo HMOs’ monopoly power over health care, and replace state employees’ defined-benefit retirement plans with defined-contribution plans, among many others.

It was released with the expectation that a new Republican governor would be elected in 1998, but its arrival actually coincided with the beginning of Jesse Ventura’s single term. In 2002, 60 copies of the Blueprint were hand-delivered to governor-elect Tim Pawlenty’s transition team. While few would contend that the Blueprint has served as a template for the Pawlenty years, the Star Tribune has reported that a half-dozen of its ideas helped shape such Pawlenty policies as tax-rate reductions and cuts in Local Government Aid.

Chris Georgacas, who spearheaded the Blueprint project, suggests that the manual actually wielded more legislative clout during the year following its release. “There was no systematic effort by the leadership to push…the Blueprint,” he says. “But I think it actually had more of an impact on some of the bills and agenda items that were introduced in the House.”

Perhaps CAE’s most quantifiable influence, however, has been in populating the Metropolitan Council, the governor-appointed body that manages transit, water resources, sewage treatment, and land use in the seven-county metropolitan region. Two members of Pawlenty’s 2002 transition team—Georgacas and Meeks—were appointed to the council; Bell became its chairman. All had ties to the Center. CAE staff members also recommended Cheri Pierson Yecke to Pawlenty; he named her his state education commissioner. She led the charge for new academic standards until the DFL-led Senate declined to confirm her appointment—after she’d already served 15 months, unconfirmed, in the position. Yecke, whose promotion of social studies and history standards with a strongly conservative bent largely led to her downfall, went on to work briefly at CAE before moving on to a state education post in Florida.

Not surprisingly, CAE’s ties reach deep into the heart of the Minnesota GOP. Republican John Kline, now the state’s Second District congressman, was hired in 2001 as CAE’s executive vice president to help straighten out its flagging finances. Meeks once worked as deputy chief of staff to Newt Gingrich. Georgacas chaired the state GOP. Nearly every major Minnesota Republican, from Norm Coleman to Vin Weber, has some association with CAE. More than 400 people—the overwhelming majority of them Republicans—have either participated in the Center’s events or written for its publications.

For some, those GOP ties are a source of contention. Chief among the critics is Rob Levine, publisher of the liberal media watchdog website Cursor.org, who has challenged CAE’s tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) “charity” status—as have some Democratic legislators and activists. “I think they have been effective on the political scene, which is their intent and which, being a [public] charity, should be illegal,” Levine says. “From all their actions and activities, you can tell their intent is political. It’s a charade that they’re tax-exempt—they’re basically an arm of the state Republican Party, and part of the national Republican Party.”

Pearlstein still bristles at this attack, half a decade after Levine first published his views in Minnesota Law & Politics. IRS rules permit limited lobbying by a public charity, he says, “and we’ve never come close to the line.” The regulations also allow a charitable organization to push policy positions—provided its published research includes enough balance that readers can make up their own minds. The only ban is on direct participation in electoral politics—supporting candidates—and that’s something CAE avoids. “Levine is just wrong,” Pearlstein says.

Mayday in March

For all its political success, CAE has been in a financial hole since at least 1998, according to its annual IRS filings. In 1999, the organization seemed to have turned a corner, garnering more than $1 million in public contributions and shrinking its accrued debt to $11,534. But it was downhill from there, particularly after 9/11. Matters reached a head in 2004, when CAE brought in $813,000 but spent almost $992,000. Its total accumulated debt that year grew to $312,000.

In 2001, as noted above, the board acquiesced to Pearlstein’s long-standing request for an executive vice president and hired Kline. The new arrangement was meant to allow Pearlstein to focus more on public outreach, writing, and fundraising, while Kline took care of administration and finance. After just a year, though, Kline left CAE to run for Congress, and the Center’s fiscal operations ended up back in Pearlstein’s purview. That’s when things started going awry. “Hindsight suggests that, after [Kline] left, I did not adequately re-seize the reins of management,” Pearlstein concedes.

By this time, Pearlstein says, he probably was spread too thin—and the pressures of running CAE were magnified by several years’ worth of family health problems. After 2002, he says, he was approaching burnout.

That was never clearer than during a board retreat in May 2004. “We [met] to talk about refocusing,” Pearlstein says. “I got up to start the program, and I got halfway through what I was saying, and the words didn’t come out any longer. It was very strange.” He reckons his mental whiteout lasted 20 or 30 seconds, and says that he was fine immediately afterward. But something was obviously wrong. “It was clear from the board that I should no longer have responsibility for the whole package,” he says, “so the managerial stuff went over to Annette [Meeks].”

Meeks, hired in 1997 as the Center’s director of governmental affairs and public programs, was promoted to CEO. But tensions quickly surfaced as she took over Pearlstein’s operational responsibilities. According to current board chairman Tom Stauber, Meeks began encroaching on what was understood to be Pearlstein’s turf by involving herself deeply in CAE’s programming. Meanwhile, Pearlstein, who had long prided himself on the Center’s civil tone, became chagrined, Stauber says, as the Center’s public presentations under Meeks began taking on a more strident tenor.

While introducing Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer during a January 2006 event, Meeks struck a chord right out of the Ann Coulter songbook.

For example, while introducing Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer during a January 2006 event, Meeks struck a chord right out of the Ann Coulter songbook. “Peter does a great job of pointing out not only the great hypocrisy of the left,” Meeks said during her brief speech, “but also what will be its inevitable demise—the fact that to survive, liberals have to tell us, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ And this hypocrisy will ultimately doom liberals to what the great president Ronald Reagan called the ‘great ash heap of history.’” It was a very un-Pearlsteinian performance.

“Mitch is a thoughtful, provocative thinker,” says Joel Kramer, the former Star Tribune publisher who now serves as executive director of the liberal Growth & Justice think tank. “Under Annette Meeks, the Center was far more partisan than under Mitch, when it was much more about what a think tank should be—a debate over how to run the government.”

According to board chair Stauber, one indication that CAE might have been sailing off course was its undertaking a “media bias study” earlier this year. Staffers counter that the board had twice approved the project. But Stauber says that approval was reconsidered after the Center started getting “pushback” from supporters, who complained that the money could be better spent studying more relevant issues, such as health care.

Meeks says she thought she was doing what the board had asked her to do when it promoted her—make the Center more politically engaged. “They wanted less pontification and thinking lofty thoughts,” she says. “They wanted us to engage in the debate, not just put out books.”

It’s unclear exactly what happened next, but in late February, to her surprise, Meeks was given her walking papers by the CAE board. Pearlstein took back the president’s chair, with Tom Kordonowy standing in as interim CEO. Several days later, five program officers—who led some of the institution’s most important ongoing initiatives, including public relations, development, and the media bias study—also departed. All five had signed an angry letter supporting Meeks and declaring that “the board’s decision to let Annette go and replace her with Mitch is beyond comprehension.”

Written by Corey Miltimore, a former executive director of the Minnesota GOP and the CAE staffer who had been in charge of the media study, the letter says, “It is unfathomable to those of us who have watched Annette rebuild the American Experiment why such a decision could even be seriously entertained, much less acted upon.” (Other staffers say that Pearlstein himself had become an issue, alienating employees and some key contributors with his arrogant demeanor. For his part, Pearlstein calls those allegations “ridiculous.”)

Despite the turmoil, Meeks’s term had its successes. Under her leadership, CAE conducted three high-profile programs. The Kersten-inspired “Intellectual Takeout” Internet project gave conservative college students arguments with which to challenge liberal professors, while “Minnesota Votes” was a nonpartisan program that tracked politicians’ votes during the legislative session; finally, there was a legislative reform study led by Georgacas and former DFL Senate majority leader Roger Moe; it was so carefully bipartisan, in Pearlstein’s view, that he jokingly calls it the “Kumbaya Report.”

If it seems ironic to hear Pearlstein, that champion of the civil tone, making a crack about bipartisanship, well, it may just be a sign of the times. Brian Sullivan, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate who recently declined a spot on the CAE board, says times have changed, and the Center’s traditional coalition-building approach may no longer appeal to today’s conservative base. “What’s happened is that the parties’ differences have sharpened,” he says. “It is not as easy to find those issues that really bridge the gap.”

Programming is one thing; keeping the ship afloat financially is quite another. And in this respect, Meeks’s term was more problematic. According to figures provided by CAE, Meeks brought in $969,000 in donations in 2005—about $150,000 more than the previous year. But the Center spent more than $1 million that year, bulking its cumulative debt up to $360,000—$50,000 deeper into the red than in 2004.

That’s being addressed, Stauber says, adding, “The whole situation is not much different than a corporate setting that overextends itself.” Stauber also maintains that CAE is planning to rediscover its more civil-tongued roots. “The intention is that the Center will return to a more intellectual basis, where we will offer up different sides to existing arguments,” he says.

Pearlstein now faces perhaps the biggest hurdle of his professional life. He has a new, young, unseasoned staff. His organization is saddled with a large amount of long-term debt. And CAE is competing for money and mindshare with a host of other locally grown conservative groups, including the media-savvy Taxpayers League. Meanwhile, the appeal of CAE’s traditional center-right platform may be on the wane among today’s Republicans. “The conservative movement is being sliced up,” Bell says.

And may be sliced even thinner. Meeks is telling people she intends to form her own conservative think tank. If her tenure at the head of CAE is any indication, the new organization is likely to strike a more polemical, partisan posture than a Pearlstein operation ever would.

Vin Weber insists that a conservative think tank—whether run by Pearlstein, Meeks, or someone else—is imperative for Minnesota’s conservative movement. “The Republican Party is not going to be as competitive long-term without an intellectual infrastructure, and the Center represented an important part of that,” he says. But with the Center’s future up in the air, he adds, “we don’t know the future of the intellectual wing of the conservative movement of Minnesota.”

Still, even Pearlstein’s harshest critic, Cursor.org’s Rob Levine, thinks his nemesis has at least one more comeback left in him. “[CAE has] a pretty empty den now,” Levine says. “But they’ve always been able to find some local rich guy to bail them out. I very much doubt they’d go out of business.” MM

Kevin Featherly and Frank Jossi are freelance writers based in Bloomington and St. Paul, respectively.
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Landmark Plaza
379 Saint Peter Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: MetroDemic
Telephone: (347) 850-7609
Contact Name: Kris Neese
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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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Jeff Carver is an experienced and multi-talented performer. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn and also sings soothing traditional ballads and popular music.  Jeff is always a hit and is a bi-weekly...

Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

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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Join TPT’s Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team and Wings of the North Air Museum for an afternoon of storytelling on aviation during the Vietnam War. Decorated Minnesota veterans Bob Jasperson...

Cost: $8-10

Where:
Twin Cities PBS - Street Space
172 East 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale musical masterpiece combines some of your favorite tales: Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and others and explores what happens AFTER they...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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If April showers bring May flowers, what do April blizzards bring? Hopefully lots of tasty plants for the local forager to enjoy! Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging as we hike through...

Cost: Sliding scale $10-$40. Scholarships are available.

Where:
Theodore Wirth Beach House
3200 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Four Season Foraging
Telephone: 612-440-5958
Contact Name: Maria Wesserle
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A devout monk seeks to convert Thaïs, a ravishingly beautiful courtesan, but realizes too late that his pious obsession is rooted in lust, not religion. Minnesota Opera produces Massenet’s...

Cost: $25 - $200, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul , MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-6669
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Everyone is invited to attend our free Youth & Teen Open House on Sunday, May 20th! Is your student interested in improv or performance? Do they want to make new friends and get out of their...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theater
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop Student Union
Telephone: 651-300-6281
Contact Name: Marty Wessels
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The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) will present Svensk musik och dans (Swedish Music and Dance), a cultural celebration of Swedish classical and folk music, featuring the Twin Cities...

Cost: $0

Where:
Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 South Robert Street
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: EMSO
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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Members of the Minnesota Boychoir will perform sacred and secular music in a variety of styles, representing many cultures and languages. Repertoire highlights Minnesota composers J. David Moore,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave W
Roseville, MN  55113
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Sponsor: Minnesota Boychoir
Telephone: 651-292-3219
Contact Name: Anna Keyes
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Eat for Equity is partnering with Urban Roots at St. Paul’s Flat Earth Brewing Company for craft brews and a picnic feast featuring a menu inspired by the Urban Roots' Cook Fresh program and...

Cost: meaningful donation

Where:
St. Paul's Flat Earth Brewing Co
688 Minnehaha Ave E
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Telephone: 651-228-7073
Contact Name: Lori Arnold
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FREAK OUT, all you hunks and foxy ladies, flower children and doves! On May 20th the Eagan Women of Note are presenting a concert of sounds from your favorite decade: 1960s: The Music & the...

Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5

Where:
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
3930 Rahn Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Women of Note
Contact Name: Rozanne Witter
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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Join us for the 23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl!Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, and it takes place all over...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Throughout NE MPLS
, MN


Sponsor: Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)
Telephone: 612.788.1679
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Indeed Brewing presents Whirlygig 2018Friday May 18th 5pm-11pmSaturday May 19th 12pm-11pmSunday May 20th 12pm-8pmWhirlygig is back and this year we’re whirling harder than ever. If you’re...

Cost: Free Entry

Where:
Indeed Brewing
711 15th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Freddy Cole, the 86-year-old younger brother of jazz icon Nat King Cole, is a standout vocalist in his own right. An accomplished pianist and singer who had to wait for recognition until the...

Cost: $45

Where:
Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
6161 Highway 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN  55432
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Online Owl Watching will start May 17th 1. what owls are unique 2. How to identify owls 3. What kind habitats to owls live in4. Conservation Status of owls 5. Courtship and Behavior of owls 6....

Cost: $ 30.00 per adult $10.00 per child $50.00 per group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis minesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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In Dissonance and Repair, painters Barbara Kreft and Kimberly Benson explore abstraction through similar channels, investigating ideas such as ideal beauty and cultural representations of nature....

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Trivia Mafia is old-school, team-based, pen-and-paper trivia. (None of this touchscreen nonsense.) We ask questions about everything under the sun (and, in certain astronomy-themed rounds, stuff...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Penumbra Theatre Presents Harrison David Rivers’ THIS BITTER EARTH Protest, poetry, and the politics of love Directed by Talvin Wilks Neil is a handsome, wealthy white man who is a...

Cost: Adult $25; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270
North Kent St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis
2742 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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When Brooklyn record store owner Rob finds himself unexpectedly dumped, his life takes a music-filled turn toward the introspective. Based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity follows...

Cost: 30.00

Where:
Electric Fetus
2000 4th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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    The 44th Annual Linden Hills Festival Promises Fun and Food For All Ages Annual Event returns with both old favorites and new events   The 44th Annual Linden Hills Festival will be held...

Cost: Free

Where:
Linden Hills Park
3100 W 43rd St.
Minneapolils, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Linden Hills Neighborhood Council
Telephone: 646-339-4071
Contact Name: Wendy Ponte
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Website »

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Join us for a fun filled weekend in Preston! This annual town celebration celebrates everything trout and beyond. You can participate in the adult fishing contest, kids fishing contest,...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
City of Preston
Preston, MN  55965


Sponsor: Get Hooked on Preston
Telephone: 507-765-2153
Contact Name: Gabby Kinneberg
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
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The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
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Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
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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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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
View map »


Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
Website »

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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
Website »

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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Online Owl Watching will start May 17th 1. what owls are unique 2. How to identify owls 3. What kind habitats to owls live in4. Conservation Status of owls 5. Courtship and Behavior of owls 6....

Cost: $ 30.00 per adult $10.00 per child $50.00 per group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis minesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Website »

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Join us at the beautiful 7 Vines Winery in Dellwood, MN for an Open Air Workshop! Weather permitting, we will open the beautiful sliding doors to reveal the vineyard and grounds Experience a...

Cost: $59-$99

Where:
7 Vines Vineyard & Winery.
101 Hwy 96 E.
Dellwood, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira, explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public. We will have...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities PBS - Street Space
172 East 4th Street
St. Paul , MN  55101
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

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
Website »

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The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
View map »


Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
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 »

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Toyota-Lift of Minnesota will hold a Forklift Certification course that’s free to veterans on Tuesday, May 22nd at its location off of Xylon Court North in Minneapolis. The 5-hour class will...

Cost: Free to veterans

Where:
Toyota-Lift of Minnesota
8601 Xylon Court North
Minneapolis, MN  55445
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Sponsor: Toyota-Lift of Minnesota
Telephone: (800) 523-0611
Contact Name: Kyle Thill
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

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


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Website »

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

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


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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For Dani Roach, painting is more than the art of representation, it is the art of storytelling. As poetry employs rhythm, Roach uses color and form to punctuate her compositions. The artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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Quick and decisive strokes fill Susan Horn’s canvas. She writes, “As I am painting, I am looking for a resonance – a rhythm that physically hits you like a deep chord. This is the sensation I...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
Website »

More information

1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
View map »


Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
Website »

More information

Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
Website »

More information

Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
View map »


Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

More information

The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
View map »

More information

Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

Online Owl Watching will start May 17th 1. what owls are unique 2. How to identify owls 3. What kind habitats to owls live in4. Conservation Status of owls 5. Courtship and Behavior of owls 6....

Cost: $ 30.00 per adult $10.00 per child $50.00 per group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis minesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
View map »


Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Come see TPT’s newest national production, Going to War, at our Lowertown Studios before its release on PBS this Memorial Day. We’ll provide a panel discussion after the film.

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities PBS
172 East 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
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The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
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WHAT:                                 mspWellness: Diabetes Prevention Programs for Worksites...

Cost: . Admission is free but pre-registration is appreciated.

Where:
YMCA of Greater Twin Cities
651 Nicollet Mall
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Telephone: 612-370-9160
Contact Name: Cheri Gengler

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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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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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WHAT:                                 Executive Women’s Council: Women in Media WHO:                                   Hosted by...

Cost: This event is open to all and pre-registration is required. Admission is $30 for

Where:
Minneapolis Club
729 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Telephone: 612-370-9123
Contact Name: Anna Stinson

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Quick and decisive strokes fill Susan Horn’s canvas. She writes, “As I am painting, I am looking for a resonance – a rhythm that physically hits you like a deep chord. This is the sensation I...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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For Dani Roach, painting is more than the art of representation, it is the art of storytelling. As poetry employs rhythm, Roach uses color and form to punctuate her compositions. The artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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Created by Brian Pekol, and produced by Sidekick Theatre. We know the voice, but we never got to know the man. To do that, we have to start at the beginning... In this full-length dramatic...

Cost: $30-$34

Where:
Ives Auditorium
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Karen Mohsenian
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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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Online Owl Watching will start May 17th 1. what owls are unique 2. How to identify owls 3. What kind habitats to owls live in4. Conservation Status of owls 5. Courtship and Behavior of owls 6....

Cost: $ 30.00 per adult $10.00 per child $50.00 per group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis minesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in May, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.  Glensheen is one of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55805
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Join us for our weekly Trivia Night, with “THE WORLD’S BEST BAR TRIVIA” presented by Trivia Mafia. Come have a pint and stretch your brain! Featuring $1 off all beers. Prizes 1st Place:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Big Wood Brewery
2222 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm for a reading with Cary J. Griffith!  Griffith will read and discuss his latest work,"Gunflint Burning," which is a comprehensive...

Cost: Free

Where:
SubText Books
6 West 5th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) will present a special encore performance of Svensk musik och dans (Swedish Music and Dance), a cultural celebration of Swedish classical and folk music,...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: EMSO
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
Website »

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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Website »

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
Website »

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
Website »

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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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On Thursday, May 24th Glensheen will host a day of free of Classic Tours to all visitors.  Various attractions in partnership with Visit Duluth and the city of Duluth, are offering a series of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jaron
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

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

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

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


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Website »

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

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


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour highlights a collaboration of the different art galleries throughout Cook County. Six galleries will host different events Thursday, May 24 -Sunday, May...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Grand Marais Arts Colony
120 3rd Ave. W.
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
Website »

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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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You’re a smart and savvy expert who helps people every day. But breaking into the corporate market where there is unlimited opportunity to charge higher fees and connect with bigger audiences can...

Cost: Board Member - Registration Code Required Guest of WeMN Member - $25 plus Regist

Where:
NISM
9220 Bass Lake Road
New Hope, MN  55428
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Contact Name: Jenn Pollard

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Quick and decisive strokes fill Susan Horn’s canvas. She writes, “As I am painting, I am looking for a resonance – a rhythm that physically hits you like a deep chord. This is the sensation I...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-207-7810
Website »

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For Dani Roach, painting is more than the art of representation, it is the art of storytelling. As poetry employs rhythm, Roach uses color and form to punctuate her compositions. The artist...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-207-7810
Website »

More information

Created by Brian Pekol, and produced by Sidekick Theatre. We know the voice, but we never got to know the man. To do that, we have to start at the beginning... In this full-length dramatic...

Cost: $30-$34

Where:
Ives Auditorium
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Karen Mohsenian
Website »

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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
View map »


Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
Website »

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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
Website »

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
View map »


Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

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Online Owl Watching will start May 17th 1. what owls are unique 2. How to identify owls 3. What kind habitats to owls live in4. Conservation Status of owls 5. Courtship and Behavior of owls 6....

Cost: $ 30.00 per adult $10.00 per child $50.00 per group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis minesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Website »

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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

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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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis
2742 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »


Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
Website »

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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Website »

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
View map »


Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
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 »

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Allied Academies Ltd Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “10th World Congress on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” Slated during May 25-26,2018 at New...

Cost: 99$

Where:
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel
144-02 135th Avenue | Jamaica, New York 11436 | USA
Jamaica, NY  11436
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Sponsor: Allied Academies
Telephone: 800-858-2189
Contact Name: jennifer morris
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Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour highlights a collaboration of the different art galleries throughout Cook County. Six galleries will host different events Thursday, May 24 -Sunday, May...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Grand Marais Arts Colony
120 3rd Ave. W.
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
Website »

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

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


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

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


Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Jewelry designer George Sawyer is retiring!  All jewelry drastically reduced! Award winning designs in mokume gane are George's trademark. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique.  This...

Cost: 0

Where:
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE
Studio 125
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: George Sawyer Designs
Telephone: 612-375-1799
Contact Name: Mona

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Quick and decisive strokes fill Susan Horn’s canvas. She writes, “As I am painting, I am looking for a resonance – a rhythm that physically hits you like a deep chord. This is the sensation I...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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For Dani Roach, painting is more than the art of representation, it is the art of storytelling. As poetry employs rhythm, Roach uses color and form to punctuate her compositions. The artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-207-7810
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1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis
2742 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
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With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being...

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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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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Ci Ci has be wowing audiences throughout the Midwest for years with her comedic antics about love, hate and everything in between. One of the things she loves about comedy is seeing people laugh...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Minneapolis and representatives from Tours, France, a Minneapolis Sister City, are proud to present “The Americans in Tours: 1917-1919.” Thousands of Americans, including Minnesotans, were...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hennepin County Government Center
Hennepin Gallery A-level
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN   55487
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Sister Cities / Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8118
Contact Name: Kim Insley
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The Le Grand Du Nord bicycling event on Saturday, May 26, represents one of the most amazing gravel courses in the United States. This year Heck of the North productions will introduce a new...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Coast Guard Parking Lot
S., 315 Broadway
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
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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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Allied Academies Ltd Conferences invites all the participants from all over the world to attend “10th World Congress on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” Slated during May 25-26,2018 at New...

Cost: 99$

Where:
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel
144-02 135th Avenue | Jamaica, New York 11436 | USA
Jamaica, NY  11436
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Sponsor: Allied Academies
Telephone: 800-858-2189
Contact Name: jennifer morris
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Sawdust Savvy is Minnesota's ORIGINAL DIY studio located in downtown Stillwater. We invite you to come experience one of our 3 hour instructor led workshops where you will leave with a masterpiece...

Cost: $59-$99

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
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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Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour highlights a collaboration of the different art galleries throughout Cook County. Six galleries will host different events Thursday, May 24 -Sunday, May...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Grand Marais Arts Colony
120 3rd Ave. W.
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
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Kick off Spring Time and prep your garden at the Wedge's annual Plant Sale. Stop into our Lydnale South Parking lot green house for the cities best selection of plants from some of Minnesota's...

Cost: Free (plant prices vary)

Where:
Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Ave So.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Website »

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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 9 , 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

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

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On view from April 21 – July 15 at the American Swedish Institute Sculptor Kim Simonsson of Fiskars, Finland, crafts innocent, yet beguiling, life-sized figures of children and animals in...

Cost: Included in museum admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors 62+; $5 students; free for

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Contact Name: Emily
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We are the Minnesota Brewery Running Series and we run for beer! Join us at Finnegans Brew Co on Saturday, May 26th  @ 11AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at Finnegans brand new...

Cost: $30

Where:
Finnegans Brew Co
501 8th St S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Minnesota Brewery Running Series
Contact Name: Megan Boyle
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Come join us every Saturday from May-October 2018! Minnesota Brewery Running Series hosts a 5K at a different Minneapolis Brewery every weekend. All events include 5K-ish fun run, free beer, free...

Cost: 30

Where:
Minneapolis Breweries
, MN


Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
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Making the move to All-Grain Brewing is a rite of passage to be celebrated! But a little trepidation is only natural. Our expert All Grain gurus will show you how to ditch the dread and learn how...

Cost: 0

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 651-223-6114
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For Dani Roach, painting is more than the art of representation, it is the art of storytelling. As poetry employs rhythm, Roach uses color and form to punctuate her compositions. The artist...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-207-7810
Website »

More information

Quick and decisive strokes fill Susan Horn’s canvas. She writes, “As I am painting, I am looking for a resonance – a rhythm that physically hits you like a deep chord. This is the sensation I...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-207-7810
Website »

More information

1st Annual 'Move 4 Heroes' Fundraising Event for The Hero Habit FoundationThis year is our first annual event and we wanted to start with a BIG BANG by hosting a Wellness Fair, Zumba Dance-athon...

Cost: $0 - $75

Where:
TBD
SW Metro
Twin Cities, MN  55379
View map »


Sponsor: Hadassah Health
Telephone: 612-470-8828
Contact Name: Coach, Nicole Maggio
Website »

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Things are getting hairy at Glensheen. For the month of May, two favorite Duluth attractions are teaming up, or should we say herding together?Every Saturday in May from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm,...

Cost: Free w/ Tour

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910

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Sawdust Savvy is Minnesota's ORIGINAL DIY studio located in downtown Stillwater. We invite you to come experience one of our 3 hour instructor led workshops where you will leave with a masterpiece...

Cost: $59-$99

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
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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Location: Tek Box-2nd floor of Cowles Center The effects of inevitable events seem to hold us back from what we truly want to do. Twin City dance choreographers (and Nritya Kalakshetra) reflect on...

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Cowles Center
528 Henepin Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-735-7906
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Come help paint the Wright’s Lake Park Community Mural! The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Throughout Bloomington, see description
Bloomington, MN


Sponsor: City of Bloomington and Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8744
Contact Name: Alejandra Pelinka
Website »

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
View map »


Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

May 24th online family recreation class 1. Build Up Rather Than Tear Down 2. Engage in the Best Recreation 3.Balance Is Crucial 4. Time Together 5. Ideas for family recreation 6. Wholesome...

Cost: Adults $10.00 $2.00 for Children $25.00 group or family

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: google class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


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

More information

WORLD PREMIERE OF BECK LEE’S DARK COMEDY “SUBPRIME” DEBUTS AT MIXED BLOOD IN MAY ​CAST AND DESIGN TEAM FEATURES POPULAR TWIN CITIES ARTISTS.  PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 4.            ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »


Sponsor: VimLab PR
Telephone: 161-222-98522
Contact Name: Natalie Auger
Website »

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A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis
2742 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Website »

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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

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
Website »

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Ci Ci has be wowing audiences throughout the Midwest for years with her comedic antics about love, hate and everything in between. One of the things she loves about comedy is seeing people laugh...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55317
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

The folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, MN nearly 77 years ago -- and now, every year, the entire city celebrates his music and success with local...

Cost: Free, some events require a purchased ticket

Where:
Downtown Duluth and select locations in
Duluth, MN


Sponsor: Duluth Dylan Fest Committee
Website »

More information

Zoinks, the Vigilantease Collective is at it again! Come on down to Bryant-Lake Bowl for a really big show! Tune in to see us take on your favorite classic television shows and cartoons! That's...

Cost: $10

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater
810 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Sweet Soiree Events
Website »

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Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Set in a...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Maureen Kvam
Website »

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