Q&A: Country-music legend Bob Wootton

The legendary Johnny Cash guitarist makes his Minnesota State Fair debut with Six Mile Grove


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It’s one thing to say you’re going to be famous. It’s another to actually pull it off. In 1968, Bob Wootton heard Johnny Cash was playing a show in Arkansas. An aspiring singer and guitar player (and die-hard Cash fan) from Oklahoma, Wootton quit his job, hitched a ride, and ended up not only meeting Johnny Cash, but stepping in as his guitarist for the show—and the next 30 years.

From that night on, Wootton and Cash were a team. They did everything together: made movies (Wootton was Cash’s stunt double), appeared on talk shows, met royalty, and fished—a lot. In 2004, months after Cash passed away, Wootton was convinced by Minnesota-based Americana band Six Mile Grove to play in a weekend-long Cash tribute concert at the Cabooze. The sold-out show proved to be wildly popular, and the men have been playing, recording, and touring together ever since.

On Thursday, August 25, and Friday, August 26, Six Mile Grove and Wootton take their show to the Minnesota State Fair, promoting their soon-to-be-released record, “Guaranteed Cash,” and proving that even though Cash is no longer alive, his spirit and unique sound live on.

To find out more about his journey from guitar-star hopeful to country-music legend, Minnesota Monthly spoke with Wootton about his career, his relationship with Cash, and how he got connected with Six Mile Grove.

MM: How’d you first learn to play guitar?
Bob Wootton: My dad played mandolin and he didn’t have anybody to play with him, so when I got old enough he taught me. I got my start singing gospel songs in church with him.

MM: Were you always a Johnny Cash fan?
BW: Oh, yes. I loved that sound that they made. It was different than everybody else. I started buying his records when he first started making them in 1954. Heck, I had 10 Johnny Cash records before I had anything to play them on.

MM: How did you go from being a fan to playing with Cash, eventually becoming his right-hand man for 30 years?
BW: It was September 1968. I lived in Oklahoma and heard that John was doing a concert at a Governor Rockefeller rally in Arkansas. A guy at the club I was playing told me he was a bus driver and asked if I wanted to ride with him and a bunch of delegates up there. “Boy, do I!” I said, and that night I quit my job. My boss asked me what I was doing, and I told him I was going to work for Johnny Cash.

MM: How were you so certain you’d even get to meet Johnny, let alone play with him?
BW: His guitar player had died three months earlier; he had nobody to play guitar for him. But I had learned all their songs. Before the show, June (Cash) happened to be talking with this girl I was with and she told her all about me. So June called Johnny from on stage, told him about me, and he told me to grab my guitar and get up with him.

MM: Weren’t you nervous?
BW: I’ve never gotten nervous. Not even that first time I played with him. I think it’s because I knew I could do it. He told June later that he knew I could do it, too.

MM: Sounds like you had quite the connection.
BW: We were like brothers. When I first went to work for him, he wouldn’t go anywhere unless I went with him.

MM: Did you ever think your life would turn out like it has?
BW: I never dreamed of this. I was his stuntman in movies. I’ve met the Queen and Presidents Carter, George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr. I’ve been on David Letterman twice. Every time John was asked to do something, he’d say, “I ain’t going on without this guy.”

MM: What did you guys do when you weren’t on tour?
BW: Fish. We went deep-sea fishing in the Bahamas and Honolulu, but my favorite place to fish was in this big old pond behind his house that was full of catfish. We’d spend a lot of time out there; we’d talk for hours.

MM: Any good stories?
BW: Well, there is one I like to tell. One day, I went over to John’s house and decided to fish while he finished a few things up. About 10 minutes later, this guy comes walking down the stairs carrying a fishing pole. I say hi, tell him there’s a good spot a ways down, and keep fishing. After about an hour, we hadn't caught anything and decided to go out on the boat. The whole time we’re out, we never talked. When we still hadn’t caught anything a couple hours later, we headed in.

When I got back to the house, John asked how I did. I told him we didn’t catch anything. “We? Who’s we?” he asks. So I describe the guy I’d been fishing with, and he looked at me and goes, “You don’t know who that is?” I said no, and he says, “That’s Bob Dylan.” I had no idea I was out fishing all day with Bob Dylan.

A couple minutes later we went downstairs and cut an album with him.

MM: Can you slip by people? Or do you constantly get stopped?
BW: Everyone says I sound just like John, and I look just like John. People come up to me at airports a lot and ask, “Has anyone ever told you how much you look like Johnny Cash?” I used to egg them on and make them really get into it, but I don’t do that anymore.

MM: This September marks the eighth anniversary of Johnny’s death. What’s it been like for you not to have him around?
BW: I miss him terribly. There are certain times when I can do a song just fine, but then there’s always that one time when I get up on stage and it’s all I can do to keep from crying. When you’re with somebody for 30 years, it’s hard to let go.

MM: Do you have a favorite song of his you like to perform?
BW: One of my favorites is “I Just Thought You’d Like to Know.” It’s a little love song with a tack piano on it. It’s just really nice. And for a while I’d always want to do “A Boy Named Sue.” Johnny, though, he hated it—thought it was the dumbest thing he’d ever heard. It was his biggest-selling record, though.

MM: You’re playing with Six Mile Grove at the State Fair this year, and just cut the soon-to-be-released record “Guaranteed Cash” with them. How did you all get connected?
BW: I met their friend, Jeff Braegelmann, a while back. When John died, Jeff and Brandon came to the funeral. In 2007, they called me and tried to get me to come to Minnesota and be part of their “Cash Only” Johnny Cash tribute show. At first I didn’t want to, but eventually I agreed. I got such a great response from the crowd that I thought, “Man, maybe this is what I’m gonna do.” A while later, we went in their basement, cut an album, took a couple pictures, and started touring.

MM: What’s it like playing with them?
BW: We have a good time—they’re like family to me. They’re just good all-American boys. There’s nothing fancy about them and they don’t try to be something they’re not. And that’s what I like about them, because that’s how I am. I try not to act like somebody, because I’m not. I’m just lucky I get to do what I do.

Six Mile Grove and Bob Wootton
Minnesota State Fair: Leine Lodge Bandshell
Thursday, August 25, and Friday, August 26, 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
mnstatefair.org/entertainment/stages/

  Click here to listen to an advanced track of "Big River" off the Bob Wootton and Six Mile Grove album Guaranteed Cash, due out before their tour.

For more on Six Mile Grove, visit their website: sixmilegrove.com

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Cost: $14.00 per adult $3.00 per child and $28.00 per 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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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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Local photographer David Husom depicts the upper Mississippi River Valley from a new and unique perspective. For the past two years Husom has been photographing the area with a UAV (drone). These...

Cost: free

Where:
The Anderson Center
163 Tower View Drive
Red Wing, MN  55066
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Sponsor: The Anderson Center
Telephone: 651-388-2009
Contact Name: Stephanie Rogers
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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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Opening reception Friday, October 5, 7-9pm Local photographer David Husom depicts the upper Mississippi River Valley from a new and unique perspective. For the past two years Husom has been...

Cost: free

Where:
The Anderson Center Main Gallery
163 Tower View Drive
Red Wing, MN  55066
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Sponsor: The Anderson Center
Telephone: 651-388-2009
Contact Name: Stephanie Rogers
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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

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

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

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $32-$42

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

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
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Online Mediation class Nov 15th 1. How to Meditate 2.WHY LEARN TO MEDITATE 3.MEDITATION POSTURE 4.BREATHING MEDITATIONS 5.LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION 6. TRANSFORMING MEDITATIONS 7.Mindfulness...

Cost: $14.00 per adult $3.00 per child and $28.00 per 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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Secrets of Glensheen is BACK by popular demand! Glensheen Collections Manager, Milissa Brooks Ojibway, will showcase various objects from the Glensheen collection that have been hidden out of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

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

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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The Walk to End Hunger is back for the 11th year at the Mall of America® on Thanksgiving, November 22nd, 7 to 10 am. The event, which has raised more than $2.5 million to date, is expected to draw...

Cost: $25

Where:
Mall of America
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Hunger Solutions
Telephone: 612-247-8123
Contact Name: Gary Young
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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Cost: $30-60

Where:
Chanhassen High School
2200 Lyman Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN  55317
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: All Community Events
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

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

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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

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

Cost: $32-$42

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

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Online Mediation class Nov 15th 1. How to Meditate 2.WHY LEARN TO MEDITATE 3.MEDITATION POSTURE 4.BREATHING MEDITATIONS 5.LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION 6. TRANSFORMING MEDITATIONS 7.Mindfulness...

Cost: $14.00 per adult $3.00 per child and $28.00 per 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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CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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

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

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

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A new creation from The Moving Company A hotel. A year.  Quality linens and room service. Vivaldi and Chekov.  Piazzolla as well. A change of weather. A change of heart. A get away, a hideaway....

Cost: $20-38

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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

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

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Both of Minneapolis’ local Shane Co. stores will host Santa Claus in stores from Friday Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25, offering families, couples, and friends free holiday pictures with Santa....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shane Co.
8404 Tamarack Village
Woodbury, MN  55125
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Sponsor: Shane Co.
Contact Name: Mary
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Local artists are bringing their talents to the historic Schmidt Brewery for the annual holiday market. 900 West 7thStreet St. Paul.  The market will run November 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., November...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Schmidt Brewery
900 West 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

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


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

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
Website »

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

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

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

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


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

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

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Sawyer's Dream is all-original 70s vibe rock with amazing female vocals and harmonies. A modern take on a classic sound. Tight grooves, interesting guitar work and soaring vocals. The Change Ups...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Suite 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

A new creation from The Moving Company A hotel. A year.  Quality linens and room service. Vivaldi and Chekov.  Piazzolla as well. A change of weather. A change of heart. A get away, a hideaway....

Cost: $20-38

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

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

Cost: free

Where:
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: (952) 583-1930
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

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

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Story Artists Donate Day of Storytelling at Open Book Tellabration!, an annual event promoted by The National Storytelling Network and hosted in over 300 venues around the world, will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Cheap Theater, Story Arts of MN, and Northlands Storytelling Network
Telephone: 651-649-1757
Contact Name: Richard Rousseau
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Local artists are bringing their talents to the historic Schmidt Brewery for the annual holiday market. 900 West 7thStreet St. Paul.  The market will run November 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., November...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Schmidt Brewery
900 West 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Both of Minneapolis’ local Shane Co. stores will host Santa Claus in stores from Friday Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25, offering families, couples, and friends free holiday pictures with Santa....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shane Co.
8404 Tamarack Village
Woodbury, MN  55125
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Sponsor: Shane Co.
Contact Name: Mary
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Join us at Milkweed Books for our third-annual Small Business Saturday! As part of a growing retail community in our part of downtown, we are excited to celebrate the value of small and independent...

Cost: Free

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 South Washington Avenue
Open Book | 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

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


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

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Come to taste the chili, stay to eat the food and listen to LIVE music from The Low Down while supporting your community and great cause. Wicked Wort Brewing Co. and 2018 Twin Cities Finest...

Cost: $15-25

Where:
Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
4165 West Broadway Ave.
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Jen Abel and Wicked Wort Brewing Co.
Telephone: 954-593-9770
Contact Name: Jen Abel, Amanda Carlyle
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Come join us at Can Can Wonderland on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 from 11AM to 3PM! $2 Entry Fee Create cardboard masks - head armor, tiaras and crowns, animal faces and all...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ­­­­­Along the Shoreline, an exhibit of new paintings by Kit Wilson. A Minneapolis...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 20, 2-5 pm The Edge of Water, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of new paintings by Holly Swift, opens October 20th at Groveland Gallery. A native of Illinois, Swift...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Groveland Gallery
Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sarah Johnson
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Spring Park, MN – Back Channel Brewing Collective will host its second-annual Soviet Slayer Saturday bash on November 24, which also happens to be Small Business Saturday. The event celebrates...

Cost: Free

Where:
Back Channel Brewing Co
4787 Shoreline Drive
Spring Park, MN  55384
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Sponsor: Back Channel Brewing Co
Telephone: (612) 327-0911
Contact Name: Melissa Leddy
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

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

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Join in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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CO.STARTERS at the Hill is a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action. Over the nine weeks, groups of 10-15...

Cost: $500

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Join the University of Minnesota Marching Band, directed by Betsy McCann, for performances that showcase music, tradition, and entertainment for the whole family. Fresh off their Super Bowl LII...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Telephone: 161-262-42345
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

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

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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We start our season with our holiday extravaganza, A VERY ASIAN XMAS – THE NOT-CRACKER. The night will include live performances, comedic drama, and holiday skits. You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $40

Where:
North Garden Theater
929 7th W
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Theater Mu
Telephone: 651-789-1012
Contact Name: Theater Mu
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Sawyer's Dream is all-original 70s vibe rock with amazing female vocals and harmonies. A modern take on a classic sound. Tight grooves, interesting guitar work and soaring vocals. The Change Ups...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Suite 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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A new creation from The Moving Company A hotel. A year.  Quality linens and room service. Vivaldi and Chekov.  Piazzolla as well. A change of weather. A change of heart. A get away, a hideaway....

Cost: $20-38

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