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On the Powwow Trail

Colorful summer celebrations bring Native Americans and non-Indians together across Minnesota and the Midwest


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Dennis Mosher hangs out in the shade of the bleachers. A beaded medallion rests on his forehead above his steel-rimmed glasses. He’s a grass dancer, with bright yarn trimming his buckskins. “The fringes represent the grass on the prairie,” he says.

Mosher, a member of the Manitou Rapids First Nation in Ontario, has come to Grand Portage for the annual powwow, one of several Ojibwe festivals he visits each year. “It’s just like a social event,” he says. “You meet people. You dance with other dancers.”

Lots of non-Indians in the crowd, I say. “White people—they like the way our regalia is,” Mosher says. “See, it’s colorful. And to them it’s really something to see. That’s okay! We invite people to see our traditional powwows. White people, they’re curious. They have a lot of curiosity about our way of life.”

This summer folks will be heading to Indian casinos and reservations around the country. They’ll be out on the powwow trail. A lot of them will be Native Americans, but a lot won’t. They’ll go for the festive atmosphere and the big crowds that gather for weekend displays of dancing and drumming, with plenty to eat—a combination county fair, ethnic festival, and street dance, with a smidgen of religious sensibility.

Of the dozens of powwows in Minnesota, one of the best is the Grand Portage powwow, held the second full weekend in August. It’s not the biggest, but it’s appealing for other reasons. Grand Portage, on Lake Superior at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, is surely one of the prettiest settings in Minnesota. It is also one of the most historically significant. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, Grand Portage was the lively crossroads of a fur trade that stretched from Europe to the farthest reaches of the Canadian frontier; a place where French Canadian voyageurs, Scottish agents of the North West Company, independent traders, and Ojibwe Indians all rubbed shoulders.

They’re still here, the fur traders and Indians. For decades, the Grand Portage community has held its powwow in conjunction with Rendezvous Days at nearby Grand Portage National Monument. If you have been under the delusion that powwows are reenactments of years gone by, the pairing of Rendezvous Days and the powwow will quickly disabuse you. The voyageurs are fake; the Indians are not.

Down the hill at the reconstructed fort, more than 300 re-enactors in period linen, cotton, and wool set white-canvas tents, tend cooking fires, and lug water in pails or wooden buckets. There’s a preternatural hush over the grounds, as though a loud noise might break the illusion that the year is 1797.

Up the hill at the powwow grounds the mood is festive. Cars jam the parking lots and line the road. Tents and teepees of every color fill the camping area. At several booths, short-order cooks serve up Indian tacos on spongy saucers of fry bread. Cradling plates from World’s Greatest Frybread, my wife, Susan, and I share a picnic table with a couple from Des Moines who are vacationing in Grand Marais. They had heard about the event and decided to stop by.

In anticipation of the 1 p.m. grand entry, dancers mill about in traditional regalia: feathered headdresses, bone breastplates, hair roaches. But others hang out in jeans, shorts, athletic shoes, Twins caps, and sunglasses. In other words, despite the touchstones to the past—the regalia, dancing, singing, and drumming—the powwow is not a re-enactment or indigenous Renaissance festival, but a contemporary community get-together.

Spectators straggle into the bleachers. The emcee, Murphy Thomas, maintains an easy-going patter of corny jokes and politically incorrect jabs at Seminoles, Navajos, and Hopis, as well as occasional remarks in his native Ojibwe. Thomas takes note of the nonnatives in the crowd—“the white salt on the burned mooseburger,” he jokes.

As the time for the grand entry draws closer, Thomas turns more serious. The powwow grounds are the “sacred circle where we all become one family,” he declares. By now the crowd has grown to more than 1,500, and people continue to stream in. Thomas calls out the names of the drums—more than 30 groups of drummers and singers in the center of the grounds: Leech Lake. Chicago Bay. Eagle Boys. Black Water. Thunder Cats. Each group answers with a thump on a drum. The organizers still need a veteran to carry the MIA-POW flag during the grand entry, so Thomas asks for a volunteer—Indian or non-Indian. In minutes, a bearded man who looks old enough to have served in Vietnam has the flag pole in hand.

Thomas provides commentary for newcomers. “There is a story, there is a legend behind everything you see here,” he says over the loudspeaker. “Our staff carriers, our drums, our songs—they are very sacred to us, very powerful to us. We use them for healing and ceremonies. Those eagle staffs, we highly regard those feathers. When we say our prayers and use our tobacco and pipes, that is the winged one that takes our prayers to our creator, God, whatever you want to call him.”

With that, Thomas exhorts us to stand for the grand entry. Drums pound. The edgy voices of the singers rise. Dancers, led by the eagle-staff carriers, pour into the stadium, followed by flag carriers with colors for the United States, Grand Portage band, and POWs. And then come ranks and ranks of several hundred dancers, filling the circle in a swirling, foot-stomping storm of noise and color.

After a flag-raising ceremony honoring military veterans, the drums, singing, and dancing begin again. “Don’t be afraid, ladies and gentlemen,” Thomas shouts out. “Come in and dance, come in and dance!”
 

Hundreds of native communities in the United States and Canada sponsor powwows. Over time, the styles of dancing and singing have blended so that the festivals share many characteristics. But not all. “You gotta know a lot,” Thomas tells me later. “People think we’re just up there talking, but you have to know their ceremonies. If I go to Canada, I find out what their way is there. I talk to the elders about it so I don’t overstep anything.”

Thomas, a retired high-school teacher and mental-health counselor from the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota, first filled in as a powwow emcee about 20 years ago. He realized his talent a few days later when powwow organizers began calling from all over the region. “I was kind of afraid and nervous. This is a gift from the creator that was given to me. And I didn’t know anything about it, you know?”
 

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Cost: $8

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Lindsey Dyer
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
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Pine Harbor Christian Academy is inviting the community to our Snowy Sneak Peek winter carnival on January 18th, 2018 at 5:00-7:00 pm. Admission is free. Activities for all ages. All are welcome...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine Harbor Christian Academy
11125 W Point Douglas Rd
Hastings, MN  55033
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Now in its fifth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant...

Cost: $30

Where:
TPT Street Space
172 4th St E,
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
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Glowga is all about fun loving yogis coming together for a night of yoga, music, and creative expressions that make your body and soul GLOW! One hour Glowga yoga followed by 15 minutes of guided...

Cost: 19.99

Where:
Mall Of America Park View event center
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

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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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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Black Label Movement (BLM) announces its 11th Minnesota season BLM 11 : TEAMWORK  for a two week season at the Ritz Theater in the heart of northeast Minneapolis January 12-21, 2018. The season...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Ritz Theater
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

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For 29 years, our game dinner has fed hundreds of men each year with awesome wild game from around the country and beyond, venison, bear, elk, wild boar, turkey, alligator, walleye, salmon, you...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Maranatha Church
24799 Forest Boulevard
Forest Lake, MN  55025
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A formal and artistic pole dance competition that includes amateur and professional divisions. Competitors can choose between different divisions and categories such as Artistic Dance and...

Cost: $20-60

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N.
Saint Paul , MN  55104
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Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
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How it works:Come to the Logan Recreation Center on January 19th from 5pm-8pm to browse our collection of 110 original artworks. Once you find one that you love, we will check it out for you. Then...

Cost: Free

Where:
Logan Recreation Center
690 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Art Lending Library
Contact Name: Amelia Foster
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Stream Capture explores the role and position of the landscape and natural environment within a world shaped by technology and digital media. The exhibition opens at MCAD’s main gallery on...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: MCAD

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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Join the American Swedish Institute for the opening night preview party for CraftBOWL, a new multi-part exhibition of work by three Swedish master craftspeople that launches the American Swedish...

Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily Krumm
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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

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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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Sanctuary explores the music of immigrants to Minnesota- from early Scandinavian immigrants, to African Americans arriving through the Underground Railroad, and more recent music of Hmong, Mexican...

Cost: 30-50

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: One Voice Mixed Chorus
Telephone: 651-298-1954
Contact Name: Alicia Pedersen
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"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

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
Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

The intense human-bob-sled race is back at the capital for yet another speed run up and down icy slopes set under the Cathedral of St.Paul. Will new mayor Melvin Carter lace up his skates and give...

Where:
St. Paul
, MN


Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

  MacPhail Faculty, Nina Olsen, Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Katrina Mundinger and Paul Schimming make up the Minnesota Clarinet Quartet. Join this family of Clarinets as they underscore classic tales like...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music's Antonello Hall
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Website »

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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

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2017 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows Mic Stowell (Minneapolis) and Xilam Balam Ybarra (St. Paul) will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

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

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

A formal and artistic pole dance competition that includes amateur and professional divisions. Competitors can choose between different divisions and categories such as Artistic Dance and...

Cost: $20-60

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N.
Saint Paul , MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

More information

Local, internationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Art Kistler and the EP Boulevard Show Band are once again hosting a dinner show, this time to benefit the Fisher House Foundation!  The Fisher...

Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door

Where:
Bloomington VFW, Everett McClay VFW Post 1296
311 W 84th Street
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Art Kistler & the EP Boulevard Show Band
Telephone: 651-206-4292
Contact Name: Jean Kistler
Website »

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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

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

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

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

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

It’s all supply and demand: With below-freezing temps, ice cream from LEO’S MALT SHOP goes for free during Stillwater’s annual Winter Ice Cream Social. As for the chili?...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stillwater
Stillwater, MN

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The intense human-bob-sled race is back at the capital for yet another speed run up and down icy slopes set under the Cathedral of St.Paul. Will new mayor Melvin Carter lace up his skates and give...

Where:
St. Paul
, MN


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


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