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Child’s Play

Play is more than just having fun—and innovative Minnesota playmakers are finding new ways to make the most of it


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AT THE SHIRLEY G. MOORE LAB SCHOOL ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CAMPUS, KIDS CREATE THEIR OWN FUN IN A MINI-RIVER.

Sarah Rubinstein

 

The preschoolers at the Shirley G. Moore Lab School on the University of Minnesota campus are working furiously to stop a flood. “I got an idea! Guys, I got an idea!” says a boy in a red striped T-shirt as he hops over a pump-fed mini-river that runs through one corner of the fenced-in play area. “I throwed a brick in there and it splashed everywhere!” Another little girl leaps into a muddy puddle with a shovel half her size and an announcement: “Here I go!" Even as the kids put away their tools and line up for the next activity, the singing and hopping continue. “Let’s play robots,” one boy says to another. “Let’s play fairies,” a girl whispers to her friend.

“It’s universal and irrepressible,” says Stephanie Carlson, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, who has studied play in Amish Mennonites, urban China, and at the Lab school in Minneapolis, where toddlers learn, play, and serve as mini-research subjects in studies of early childhood education. “Even when adults in society try to prevent children from playing or fantasizing, they do it anyway.”

Visiting the Lab School got me thinking about my own childhood—and my own kids. Back in the ’80s, my friends and I spent weekends exploring the woods behind our homes. We ran around the grounds of a nearby school for hours on long summer nights, climbing trees and playing kick-the-can until the sky grew dark. We had neither adult supervision nor cell phones. Our parents just figured we’d come home eventually, and we always did.

Today, kids have less freedom, between their electronic tethers and schedules packed with camps, lessons, and sports. Even school recess periods are dwindling. Despite accumulating research that points to adequate playtime as essential for a vast diversity of life skills, from memory to empathy, today’s children don’t have nearly as much free time or independence as their parents remember having.

With two little boys of my own, I want to maximize their playtime without being too controlling about it. Emboldened by a recent article in The Atlantic that described British “adventure playgrounds,” where unsupervised kids light fires in tin drums and ride abandoned tires down hills, I regularly send my 6-year-old across the street to play with whichever neighbor kids he can find. But when I think about the parents in Washington, D.C. who were arrested for neglect after letting their school-age kids wander the neighborhood, I wonder: Is my son’s leash too short or too long? What’s the best way for him to play?

Other Minnesotans have been wrestling with the same kinds of questions and leading a variety of efforts to put play back into kids’ lives, both at home and at school. To understand the latest perspectives on play, I visited playgrounds and talked with educators, toymakers, museum designers, and recess consultants. These innovative playmakers hope to give young people the tools they need not only to develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills, but also to grow into adults who know how to share, respect others, and dream up new ideas—characteristics essential for our future leaders. Turns out fun is more serious than it seems.

 

 

Photo by Sarah Rubinstein

Somewhere along the way, our culture seems to have lost trust

in kids and their ability to dream up new ideas, says Jeff Freeland Nelson, who left his job as a lobbyist for Minneapolis Public Radio in 2012 to start Play from Scratch, which sells open-ended and recyclable kits called YOXO (“yock-so”) full of things like cardboard tubes, boxes, and connectable parts.

Nelson is 42, and like me, he cherishes childhood memories of exploring outside for hours with no grownup supervision (in his case on his grandparents’ farm). But he started to feel disillusioned when he saw the toys his own kids were accumulating, including a plastic truck that spun at the push of a button. “It really wasn’t functional as a truck in a sandbox. As a matter of fact, if you put it in a sandbox, it would break because the electronics didn’t like the sand,” he says. “It was a button-pushing exercise.”

With Play from Scratch, Nelson hopes to shake up the way kids approach free time. Instead of a playroom, his own house now has a “make room” that’s filled with paper, LEGOs, markers, tape, and other supplies—including YOXO, of course. His kids, ages 3 and 6, disappear in there and come out with creations they’re proud of, he says. That never happened with the family’s old toys, which no one seems to miss.

The concept has struck a chord, and sales have been growing quickly. The company sold out its entire stock last December after Nelson appeared on the Today show and the front page of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Something is happening here where people are realizing it’s not about putting a pile of plastic and batteries in kids’ hands and entertaining them,” Nelson says. “Successful play comes with engaging them, and they actually learn.”

Jeff Freeland Nelson started a toy company called Play from Scratch to give his kids more opportunity
for open-ended fun that engages, not just entertains.
Photo by Sarah Rubinstein

Very young children are prodigious at coming up with ideas for using ordinary objects in innovative ways, says product-design expert Barry Kudrowitz, who teaches a wildly popular class on toy design at the University of Minnesota (which ends each semester with a theatrical show with skits and costumes). But despite rising IQ and SAT scores, performance on creativity tests has dropped among American children during the past 25 years, with the biggest dip among kids in kindergarten through third grade. That’s a fact worth worrying about, as a growing body of research now links creative thinking to whole-brain changes and future ingenuity. In other words, encouraging kids to be imaginative early in life makes them more likely to be forward thinking later on.

Squelching imagination, on the other hand, is bad for everyone, including grownups. In a recent study, Kudrowitz asked adults to come up with alternative uses for a paper clip. Those who took the test with a playful attitude came up with an average of twice as many ideas as those who approached the test like a work task. “When we’re playing, we’re less inhibited in our thinking, and that’s what leads to discovery,” he says. “The imaginative state of mind is acceptable. There are no wrong answers, and anything is okay. We kind of beat that out of children as they go through an academic education looking for the right or best answer.”

Hoping to inspire both children and their parents to be more playful, the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul is planning a major overhaul and expansion that will emphasize open-ended experiences that have no intended outcome, says Nichole Polifka, the museum’s director of learning & impact. The museum is currently trying out prototypes of potential new exhibits such as the “Creativity Jam” test room, a place where kids hammer real nails into real wood—not the safe plastic versions—or decorate a chainlink fence with shiny textured strips of paper tagged with their answers to questions such as, “What makes you laugh?”

The museum’s redesign team has identified seven skills it wants to nurture, including critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, and every exhibit will attempt to facilitate those goals. “We’re planning on a 100-percent new experience,” Polifka says. “We are hoping to get adults, parents, and children to see creative thinking as a way of being.”

 

 

Some have called Playworks founder Jill Vialet a "recess fascist", but studies have shown schools that use Playworks to provide structured, guided playground activities have seen significantly less bullying.
Photo by Sarah Rubinstein

While parents can have heavy influence on playtime 

at home, school is another story. From the time they’re 5 or 6 years old, many kids spend the majority of their waking hours at the mercy of schedules and curriculum. And in the United States, many schools have either cut recess time or carried on as usual: doing their best to ignore what happens during breaks from class.

In Beijing, by contrast, elementary schools have recess several times a day, and each time it’s the same. Loud music blares throughout the yard as teachers lead students through a series of calisthenics. Then, they all march around in a figure eight pattern before returning to class. The routine is as joyful as it is regimented, and it may also give kids a leg up: Chinese preschoolers develop an all-encompassing cognitive ability called executive function (the master controller in the brain that governs, among other things, learning, decision-making, and self-control) a full six months earlier than American kids do.

Using recess as an opportunity to learn societal rules through structured playtime similarly guides Playworks, a nonprofit that organizes school recesses in dozens of American cities. The inspiration for Playworks came to its founder and CEO Jill Vialet in 1995, when she was talking to an elementary-school principal about an arts program she was running. “It’s after lunchtime, and she’s with three little boys,” Vialet recalls. “They look miserable. She’s cranky. She ushers me out and starts going off about all the reasons recess is hell at her school. I’m there to talk about an artist-in-residence program. She says, ‘Can’t you do something about recess?’”

Vialet started her play program in two Berkeley, California, elementary schools, installing trained coaches whose full-time jobs were to get all kids engaged in playing instead of gossiping, excluding, and fighting. It didn’t take long for Vialet’s phone to start ringing with inquiries from around the country. “No one called about art the way they called about recess,” she says. “I had tapped a nerve.”

Critics have called Vialet a “recess fascist” for imposing structure on the one free period of the school day. But schools that have instituted Playworks, including 14 in the Twin Cities, are thrilled with the results, which include less pressure on teachers to manage recess and fewer schoolyard fights.

To see how a Playworks recess plays out, I stop by the Heights Community School in east St. Paul to see a gaggle of third graders come barreling down a hill toward the playground. The kids are boisterous after a morning cooped up inside, but before they disperse, they line up behind a few orange cones and listen as Playworks Coach Heather announces their options: cone knockdown soccer, basketball, jump ropes, Hula-Hoops and kickball. “Please play a lot; I know you’ve been sitting all morning doing your testing,” she says. “Get out of here!”

Before long, a dozen students are red-faced, running around the field with soccer balls. A handful hop around the basketball court with Craig, a fifth-grader who serves as a “junior coach.” Playtime ends when three whistles blow, and the kids dutifully line up and head back to class.

The session is less organized than phy-ed class, yet it’s more active and more controlled than my own blurred memories of school recesses, which included a combination of friendship-bracelet making, gossiping about which boys we hoped would and definitely would not talk about us, and occasional games of kill-the-carrier that always ended with someone getting hurt.

It’s also a dramatic contrast from the pre-Playworks recesses that school principal Jayne Ropella used to oversee at her previous school, where too little supervision created Lord of the Flies–tinged scenarios: “Bullying, fighting, pushing, shoving,” she says. “A lot of bullying. A lot of bullying.” She now deals with maybe three recess issues a month instead of three or four a day.

What’s happening at the Heights Community School is echoed at Playworks schools across the country. A study published last year that randomly assigned 29 schools to implement Playworks or to operate as usual found that schools using the program reported 43 percent less bullying. Kids were more physically active and reported feeling safer at school. And teachers said they spent less time resolving conflicts in the classroom that used to spill over from recess. The benefits are particularly powerful for students from low-income families, who may not have access to safe parks or sports leagues.

“Schools are striving to address education issues in terms of the achievement gap and testing performance, but they are missing one of the most critical components of elementary schools: They are filled with children,” says Tom Evers, executive director of Playworks Minnesota. “Children are compelled to play. That’s the essence of what they are. But schools are not designed to teach play. We have to create environments where kids have the space to play and basic rules for solving conflicts. Play is serious business.”

At first it may seem like a paradox: guided play at recess rising in popularity alongside the resurgence of free-range kids traversing hazard-filled “adventure playgrounds.” But perhaps both philosophies can coexist in today’s environment for bringing up kids. At home, when playing with siblings or a small group of peers, kids thrive on having latitude to explore within terrain that encourages creativity. At school, where groups are larger and include a broader mix of personalities, more structure can reduce bullying and enable kids to develop lifelong play skills—all while having a whole lot of fun.

Read more: 9 Best Places with Play with Your Kids in the Twin Cities

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Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

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Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER We are looking forward seeing you at the Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul (FGI-MSP) Night of Networking. This is a perfect night to mingle, talk and...

Cost: Tickets are $10 for FGI-MSP members, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for students.

Where:
McCormick's pub and restaurant
331 Broadway Avenue South
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Fashion Group Internationsl Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter
Telephone: 612.548.4583
Contact Name: Oscar Stuttgen
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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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Join Day Block Brewing Company for a special Mardi Gras Masquerade Party with themed cocktails and a live music from New Orleans style jazz band, Patty and the Buttons! Cocktail hour begins at...

Cost: $11.54

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Website »

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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

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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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

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

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

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

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Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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

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Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

More information

This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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When we think of community, we usually think of the physical space: a city, a neighborhood and the people who make up that space, which create unique enclaves like Frogtown or Lake Street. In...

Cost: $10 general, $5 students with student ID

Where:
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Citizens League, 89.3 The Current, Target
Telephone: 651-289-1077
Contact Name: Jacob Taintor
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Formerly known as the American Composers Forum’s Tuesday Salon, Composer Nights are an opportunity for composers to present their work, chat with the audience, receive feedback, and connect with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
Website »

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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Welcome to the Hump Day Chronicles, hosted by Manny Duke brought to you by Galactic Pizza. Every Wednesday Open Mic starting on 10/21 Come listen to some of the Twin Cities hidden gems as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Galactic Pizza
2917 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Galactic Pizza
Telephone: 708-704-7742
Contact Name: Manny
Website »

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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

More information

Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
View map »


Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

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This webinar introduces business owners to GrowthWheel®, a visual curriculum offered by the Women’s Business Development Center. After participating in this free orientation session, business...

Cost: Free

Where:
online
online
online, MN  online
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Sponsor: Women's Business Development Center
Telephone: 312-853-3477
Contact Name: Karen Goldner
Website »

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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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February’s Lowertown Listening Session will feature Heather Barringer leading a performance and discussion of Morton Feldman's solo percussion work The King of Denmark. The King of Denmark is a...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Zeitgeist
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Dating meets fundraising at this fun, feel-good event featuring the Twin Cities' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes! Date for Life benefits Children's Cancer Research...

Cost: $40-500

Where:
ARIA
105 1st St N
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Date for Life
Website »

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

More information

Dating meets fundraising at this fun, feel-good event featuring the Twin Cities' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes! Date for Life benefits Children's Cancer Research Fund as singles...

Cost: $40-500

Where:
ARIA
105 1st St. N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Children's Cancer Research Fund
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  menu CART | MY ACCOUNT       Manage Event     Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN- Winter fundraiser at Cowboy Jacks! February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Cowboy Jacks
2801 Southtown Dr.
Bloomington , MN  55431
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Sponsor: Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota
Telephone: 612/548-4266
Contact Name: Crystal Clancy
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Cloud Cult’s music is imbued with spirituality and hope. They explore loss, grief, and love through family and community. Join Krista Tippett and the creative force behind the band, Craig Minowa,...

Cost: Free, must RSVP

Where:
On Being studios
1619 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: On Being
Telephone: 612-584-3858
Contact Name: Lily Percy
Website »

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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

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


Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »

More information

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
View map »


Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

More information

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

More information

The Venture Bank Minnesota Golf Show, the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest, will be held February 12 - 14, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. So., Hall B). Golfers...

Cost: $13 for adults (18 and older) and free for those 17 years and younger.

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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More information

We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

More information

Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Come and enjoy Bridgeview's art studio at our first sip and paint!     Local artist, Jill Ness, will guide the group through the steps to paint an original piece of art- Love Blossoms. Your...

Cost: $40 per person

Where:
Bridgeview's Art Studio
7920 University Ave
Fridley, MN  55432
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Sponsor: Lee Carlson Center
Telephone: 763-780-3036
Website »

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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »


Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

More information

This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

More information

Join us for an old-school style night celebrating the joys of friendship! Play Mario Kart, make friendship bracelets and cootie catchers, all while enjoying drinks and refreshments. This is a 21+...

Cost: $15/person or $50/group of four

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 4th Street E
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651 797 2571
Contact Name: Samantha Grangaard
Website »

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Eagan Theater Company will perform the audience participation murder mystery play 'Audition for Murder' Feb 12-14 at Brianno's Royal Cliff Center, 2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan The plot revolves a...

Cost: $42 avail at www.etc-mn.org

Where:
Brianno's Royal Cliff Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Theater Company
Telephone: 651-454-6755
Contact Name: Kay Brown
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The Kronick Quintet plays jazz in all its colors -- 40s swing, Bebop, Latin, and funk.  NOLA is the Twin Cities best Cajun restaurant.

Cost: $10 cover charge

Where:
NOLA Bistro and Bar
204 Central Ave.
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: NOLA
Telephone: 612-849-1605
Contact Name: Richard Kronick
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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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February 12, 13, 20, 23~, 24+, 25, 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM ABOUT THE SHOW Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we...

Cost: $0 - $24; ARTshare members: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Savage Umbrella
Telephone: 952-454-6777
Contact Name: Hannah Holman
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You already know the love story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version “unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt.” Or...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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The Kronick Quintet plays jazz in all its colors -- 40s swing, Bebop, Latin, and funk.

Cost: $10 cover charge

Where:
Golden's Deli
275 E 4th St,
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 612-849-1605
Contact Name: Richard Kronick
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The hottest way to celebrate Valentine's Day is back! The City Pages have named us the Spoken Word Event of the Year and they know what they are talkin' about!Join us for our 22nd year of the...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kieran's Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Word Sprout
Telephone: 612-339-4499
Contact Name: Allison Broeren
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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
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 “Cupid’s Mystery” Valentine's Dance with Lesson, Dinner, Live Band.  Art Handt/Kudja  4901 Chowen Ave. S. Mpls. 6:30-lesson; 7:30-Catered dinner, 8:30-10:30pm dancing. Please see website...

Cost: $72 per couple for Dinner Lesson and Dance

Where:
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
4901 Chowen Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Linden Hills Dancing Club
Telephone: 612-455-0448
Contact Name: Noelle Follen
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The Twin Cities Second Saturday workshop will address the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals,...

Cost: $25.00 (Proceeds donated to a community nonprofit)

Where:
Minnetonka Community Center - Shady Oak Room
14600 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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Telephone: 612-371-4010
Contact Name: Lisa Byrne
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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

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 Venture Bank Minnesota Golf Show, the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest, will be held February 12 - 14, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. So., Hall B). Golfers...

Cost: $13 for adults (18 and older) and free for those 17 years and younger.

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

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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Time to get your heart racing! Join us at Lake Harriet for the 32nd annual Valentine's Day race, presented by Fleet Feet Marathon Sports!

Cost: N/A

Where:
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4120 W Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Twin Cities In Motion
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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand will host “Breakfast at Max’s:  Baubles, Bites and Bubbly” on Saturday, February 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Valentine’s Day. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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This Valentine’s Day weekend, come put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumor...

Cost: $35-$55

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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An Authentic Experience of Chinese New Year Celebration in the NeighborhoodAuspicious colors, cheerful faces, joyous music, warm wishes, exotic food and games. . . and a festival atmosphere which...

Cost: Free

Where:
Valley View Middle School Edina
6750 Valley View Rd
Edina, MN  55439
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Sponsor: Edina Chinese Association
Telephone: 612-206-6055
Contact Name: Lina Lin
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Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Learn how to make weather instruments that determine wind speed, wind direction, and rainfall.  All activities are included with your $8 Museum admission and free to members....

Cost: All activities are included with your $8 Museum admission and free to members.

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave. S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm...

Cost: $5 General Admission

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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A Carnival celebration to rival a night in Rio! Brazilian superstar Badi Assad headlines this year’s events with additional performances on three stages by Beira Mar Brasil (led by Robert...

Cost: $20-40 (Matinee: $10-15)

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
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Hosted by the UMD Department of Music, the 3rd Annual Flute Day is an event geared towards advanced middle school and high school students.  This event will feature a flute choir and a masterclass...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Dr
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: UMD Music Box Office
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Everyone needs a little fire in their life, and FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar is offering just that this Valentine’s Day. With cuisine that is kissed by the flame, both FireLake Grill House...

Cost: Prixe fixe or a la carte

Where:
Mall of America and Minneapolis Downtown
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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
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Cook County is home to the largest cross-country trail network in North America, totaling over 400 km (250 miles).  On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the annual Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sugarbush Trail
Tofte, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
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Eagan Theater Company will perform the audience participation murder mystery play 'Audition for Murder' Feb 12-14 at Brianno's Royal Cliff Center, 2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan The plot revolves a...

Cost: $42 avail at www.etc-mn.org

Where:
Brianno's Royal Cliff Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Theater Company
Telephone: 651-454-6755
Contact Name: Kay Brown
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Looking for a creative twist to Date Night? Watch Me Draw Art Studio has created the perfect evening out with your partner that will be sure to impress! You take all the credit, we'll set the...

Cost: $55.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-468-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Cook County is home to the largest cross-country trail network in North America, totaling over 400 km (250 miles).  On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the annual Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sugarbush Trail
Tofte, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick

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Pinstripes is hosting a one of a kind four-course wine dinner with Milbrandt Vineyards. Each course will feature a specially prepared dish with a wine that is its best complement. A Milbrandt...

Cost: $45 per person, pre-registration is required

Where:
Pinstripes
3849 Gallagher Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Pinstripes
Telephone: (952) 835-6440
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Minneapolis acoustic indie rocker and songwriter Dan Hylton presents his newest effort, Craft Pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales. With one foot in the singer-songwriter “storyteller”...

Cost: Free, but donations to the artists are strongly encouraged.

Where:
Sidhe Brewing Company
652 Jenks Ave
St Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Sidhe Brewing
Telephone: (612) 424-1534
Contact Name: Liz Hare
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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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February 12, 13, 20, 23~, 24+, 25, 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM ABOUT THE SHOW Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we...

Cost: $0 - $24; ARTshare members: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Savage Umbrella
Telephone: 952-454-6777
Contact Name: Hannah Holman
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You already know the love story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version “unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt.” Or...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Cost: FREE

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Dr
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: UMD Music Box Office
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Escape the cold Minnesota winter and enter the warmth and allure of Brazilian music and culture. This Valentine’s concert captures Brazil’s sensuous melodies, evoking sun drenched...

Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 6 through 18)

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612.767.5250
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In our latest sketch comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop cast will rise again from the frozen depths of Minnesota winter to ignite your not-so-nice workplace aggression…or should we say passive...

Cost: $28 - $36

Where:
The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The hottest way to celebrate Valentine's Day is back! The City Pages have named us the Spoken Word Event of the Year and they know what they are talkin' about!Join us for our 22nd year of the...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kieran's Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Word Sprout
Telephone: 612-339-4499
Contact Name: Allison Broeren
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Join High Brow and the Shades at Mainstreet Bar and Grill in Hopkins, MN on February 13th.  Celebrate Valentine's on Saturday Night. Great Music.  Great Food & Drink.  Great Fun.  It all...

Cost: small cover

Where:
Mainstreet Bar & Grill
814 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Mainstreet Bar & Grill
Telephone: (952) 938-2400
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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
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