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Dispatches from the Drifts

Slipping into the World of North Woods Snowmobiling


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Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes (or DL, as it’s known to locals) is billed as a “no zhirt, no zhoes, no problemz” kind of place. It’s a nondescript roadhouse, remarkable from the exterior only for its exzorbatant amount of colorful plastic banners, neon lights, and other alcohol-promoting schlock. Zorbaz is a family-owned, Cheers-feeling, softball team–sponsoring restaurant and bar that’s been serving motorcycle-riding, boat-towing, IROC-driving Minnesotans for the past 36 years. And when the snow falls, snowmobiles line up out front.

Inside, a crowd is gathered around a giant-screen TV, watching a NASCAR race. Ski pants hang on coat hooks and snowmobile helmets share tabletops with empty bottles. A sign near the bar reads, “Beer drinkers make better lovers.”

The Zorbaz staff encourages patrons to “Have zome fun.” And while the need to mentally substitute s’s for z’s quickly becomez annoying, the wholesome raunchiness of Zorbaz’s PG-13 nature is all just part of its charm. You can order a drink called Sex with the Bartender (“garnish with phone number”)—but you can also bring your kids.

Zorbaz is something of a snowmobiler scratching post, a perfect place for me to talk to a few real “beelin’” aficionados. But once inside, I feel a little like Luke Skywalker in the alien cantina scene in Star Wars—is it obvious that I’m not from around these parts? If I look out of place, no one seems to notice; most eyes are focused on the televisions, the repetitive zooming of cars circling the track.

I approach a crowd of middle-aged, sweatshirt-clad folks with a heap of winter outerwear piled next to their table and strike up a conversation with a woman whose long brown hair is covered with a skull-and-crossbones bandana. (“Helmet head,” she explains.) She tells me how she got started snowmobiling.

“If you live in Minnesota, you get into it,” she replies, “because there’s not much else to do.” She says that she and her friends snowmobile mostly as a social thing; today they’re out riding to a few different bars. I try to ask about sled types and brand names, but she quickly blows me off. “That, you’ve got to talk to men about.”

I invite myself into a booth where a husband and wife, Dan and Laura, have just finished lunch with their friend John, a lanky guy wearing a Minnesota Wild jacket and cap. Laura is rather wholesome looking, with plain, short brown hair; Dan, by contrast, looks almost thuggish with his shaved head and tobacco-stained teeth. Dan and Laura say they’ve been out since 9 a.m. and will end up riding about 50 miles today. I ask them what they like about snowmobiling.

“It’s an escape,” Laura says, handing Dan a tin of Skoal. “To be able to get away from everything.”

“No cars, no phones,” Dan adds.

All three say they are impressed by the state’s network of groomed trails—more than 20,000 miles’ worth. “I’m not shittin’ ya,” John says. “You get up to Isabella, northwest of Duluth, up in that area, and the snowmobile trails, my God, you can go on them forever. If you wanted to, you could ride from here to Duluth.”

“They’re all linked to a bar somewhere,” Dan adds, then spits tobacco juice from the side of his mouth into an empty Pabst Blue Ribbon bottle.

Snowmobiling has always had something of a macho image. Billboards and brochures feature shiny machines leaping from the snow, frozen in a spray of white powder, each thrashing like a just-hooked muskie. The riders lean into turns, half-standing, knees bent, covered in black-and-white checkered-flag patterns and bright-colored flames. These icons of snow-borne speed are all about intensity, danger, and thrills—bad and badass, Hummer and Harley, daredevil and bat-outta-hell.

It seems so unpredictable, so reckless. Which is probably why I’ve never really liked snowmobiles on the few occasions when I’ve encountered them, driving on rural roads at night, wishing I could swat the headlights that dance in the ditches like so many buzzing gnats.

But one cold winter morning last January, I started to reconsider my bias. Stuck in heavy traffic, I pulled up next to a Ford F-250 trailering a couple of snowmobiles. Two guys sat in the cab, laughing, talking, drinking Mountain Dew from plastic bottles. I watched through the glass; the guys looked excited. Hell, they looked totally stoked. It was a Friday, big snow had fallen up north the night before, and they were probably skipping work. Maybe snowmobiling is fun, I thought, as I inched my aging Volvo forward. Would I like it? What is the appeal?

For many, the allure is sheer velocity. At least, that’s what the crowd at Zorbaz seems to think on the night I visit. John and Dan are engaged in a discussion of the differences between 440 cc sleds and 600 cc sleds, which I gather has something do to with the engine’s combustion chamber. I turn to ask Laura, “What about speed? Do you like riding fast?”

“If my snowmobile didn’t go over 45, I probably wouldn’t care,” she says. “I go 20 on the trails.” Dan shakes his head. I say Dan looks like he cares about speed.

“Cuz he’s a man,” John says. “Why would you want a regular Mustang car compared to a GT?”

I give John a blank look.

“More horse!” he says. “Braggin’ rights.”

“God forbid I’d have a faster snowmobile than my husband,” Laura says.

I realize that snowmobiling culture is still home to the type of rider that Skiing magazine once dubbed “Sledneckis americanus, the ham-faced, beaconless rube stuffed into a visored helmet, keg belly testing the seams of an oil-stained snowmobile suit.” The stereotype is far from extinct. But John, Dan, and Laura have piqued my curiosity; I want to find out the rest of snowmobiling’s story.

IT’S A SUNNY FEBRUARY MORNING, and I’ve just arrived in Grand Rapids for the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association’s (MnUSA) state-stamped, governor-approved Winter Rendezvous at Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge. It could be considered a sanitized Sturgis of snowmobiles, as it’s a rally for riders and legislative types, similar to the governor’s fishing opener. This will be my chance to meet a wide variety of snowmobilers—and I’ll get to ride.

Snowmobiling is big business in Minnesota—thus all the politicos. Two of the four major snowmobile manufacturers have their headquarters here: Polaris has been building sleds in a factory in Roseau since 1956; Arctic Cat, in Thief River Falls, since 1963. The state earmarks about $5 million in grants each year for local snowmobile clubs to build and maintain trails, with another $5 million going to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for trail enforcement and management. The return on those investments is impressive. According to MnUSA, the typical Minnesota snowmobiler spends an average of almost $5,000 each season on equipment and gear (not including travel costs), and the activity generates $150 million in tourism dollars for the state. MnUSA estimates the overall economic impact of snowmobiling in Minnesota to be $1 billion each year.

As I make my way toward Ruttger’s main entrance, I notice a few vintage snowmobiles on display outside the door. The sleds remind me of classic Vespa scooters with their solid colors and simple, timeless styling. A few men inspect them, like farmers examining combines on Machinery Hill.

Snowmobiling has come a long way since the first “snow machines” were built in the 1930s, originally conceived to help with logging and emergency health care. After a few decades of development, smaller gasoline engines made personal sleds possible, and designs evolved to have front skis and a track system in back. In 1959, a Canadian named Joseph-Armand Bombardier introduced the first mass-produced snowmobile. He called it a Ski-Doo, and it essentially launched snowmobiling as a recreational activity.

As the industry has expanded, so has snowmobile ridership. Snocross drivers (using snowmobiles for motocross) may ride airborne sleds Superman-style, flying horizontally from the handlebars, but the average snowmobiler looks more like a soccer dad than Evel Knievel. According to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, he’s 41 years old, married, and has 0.8 children living in his home. But with more than 250,000 registered sleds in Minnesota—only Michigan has more—there’s certainly room for diversity.

My growing sense that snowmobilers come in all shapes and sizes is confirmed as I walk into a meeting room at Ruttger’s, where the governor is slated to speak. There are older folks who favor flannel shirts and Carhartt work pants, such as the 79-year-old man bundled in a stocking cap and leather snow pants who tells me he’s on his 31st sled. But there are also a number of families with young children, including an entire clan wearing matching neon jackets. For every man, there’s his woman; for every grandma, there’s a kid; and for every speed demon, there’s a cream puff puttering along in the snow-lane.

C. J. Ramstad, longtime snowmobiler and publisher of the guide Minnesota Snowmobiling Destinations, tells me that almost anyone can ride. “An older person can do it. It’s not like dirt bikes, for example, where you need a lot of fitness,” he says. “You can learn 75 percent of snowmobiling in a single weekend.” But the remaining 25 percent, the subtleties of reading the terrain and the nuances of different snow conditions, is another matter altogether. Those skills, Ramstad opines, can take years to master. Years? I’m a little skeptical—snow is snow, isn’t it?

I take a seat next to an elderly couple from Sauk Centre, and the crowd quiets as Governor Tim Pawlenty steps to the podium. Pawlenty keeps things brief, and then it’s time to begin. The snowmobilers zip up their jackets and head outside to their sleds. They will follow Pawlenty like motorized lemmings, guided by his fluorescent green Polaris jacket. (The governor switches jackets regularly, between Polaris and Arctic Cat, so as not to show favoritism.)

Since I’ve never ridden a snowmobile, I’ve arranged to pair up with Lieutenant Shelly Patten, a DNR conservation officer, who will show me how to make tracks. Most adult riders typically get started by borrowing sleds from family or friends who ride, often with little more instruction than “pull the throttle ’n’ go.” There are a few other options for new riders, however: some snowmobile dealerships offer rentals, and the DNR occasionally offers learn-to-snowmobile classes through its “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program.

I’m happy to have a chaperone, as snowmobiling is not without risks: more than 500 snowmobile-related deaths have occurred in Minnesota in the past 35 years. In 2002, the DNR instituted new measures to educate snowmobile operators: those born after December 31, 1976, are required to pass a safety training course before they may legally drive a snowmobile anywhere in Minnesota, even on private land. Youth ages 12 to 15 must take an 11-hour course; drivers 16 and older may choose to attend a four-hour class or study safety information via a free CD-ROM, take a test, and mail in the results to receive certification.

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The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Force of Nature works by Mary Olson January 12 - February 19 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: January 12, 6-8pm  

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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Exhibiting Artists: Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury January 13 – February 17, 2017   Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 31, 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Join us at the James J. Hill Center for speaker Jimmy Fritz, CEO of Wedding Shoppe and Kennedy Blue, for a presentation on how to increase your sales from digital marketing. There will be no...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-265-5500
Website »

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Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

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

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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

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The Women's Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM) invites you to join us at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, MN for our newest exhibit-Zoetic: Our cumulative Legacy. The artists involved in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel. Chakra symbols represent the circular centers of energy, and they correspond to the nerve plexuses and organs in the physical nervous system. By focusing on...

Cost: $128 full course pre-pay, $18 single pre-pay, $20 single drop in

Where:
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 612-930-2662
Contact Name: Jeremiah Rangel
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Whether the concussion was many years ago or recent, Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries can be life changing and debilitating. Either way, there is help available. Join us for this...

Cost: 0

Where:
Carondelet Center- Room 102
1890 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: O'Keefe Matz Functional Health Clinic
Telephone: 651-292-8072
Contact Name: LC
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield. Directed by Daniel McLaughlin January 12-14, 18-21, 2017 at 7:30p.m. January 14, 21, 2017 at 2:30p.m. In this gut-busting bash on the bard, three...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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The St. Paul JCC celebrates the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival with the Forever Funny gallery exhibit, which consists of jokes and cartoons featured in renowned author and humorist William...

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
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Force of Nature works by Mary Olson January 12 - February 19 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: January 12, 6-8pm  

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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Exhibiting Artists: Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury January 13 – February 17, 2017   Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 31, 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

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Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET . Set on  December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins...

Cost: $29

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Did you know that just 8% of people reach their New Year’s goals, according to Forbes Magazine? Wouldn’t you love to set yourself up in 2017 to beat those odds? Join us for this interactive and...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $54 for Non-Members; Plated lunch included

Where:
he Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Sponsor: Cari Liemandt
Telephone: 612-708-6001
Contact Name: Deborah Gleason
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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

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

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Andy Sturdevant, an artist and writer living in Minneapolis, has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites, including a weekly column on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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The Women's Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM) invites you to join us at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, MN for our newest exhibit-Zoetic: Our cumulative Legacy. The artists involved in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
View map »


Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
Website »

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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
Website »

More information

Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

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

More information

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield. Directed by Daniel McLaughlin January 12-14, 18-21, 2017 at 7:30p.m. January 14, 21, 2017 at 2:30p.m. In this gut-busting bash on the bard, three...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
View map »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The St. Paul JCC celebrates the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival with the Forever Funny gallery exhibit, which consists of jokes and cartoons featured in renowned author and humorist William...

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
Website »

More information

The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Force of Nature works by Mary Olson January 12 - February 19 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: January 12, 6-8pm  

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury January 13 – February 17, 2017   Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 31, 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Join us at Wedding Shoppe, Inc. for this very exciting in-store event, Thursday, January 19 - Sunday, January 22. View the Spring 2017 Calla Blanche bridal gown collection during this event and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wedding Shoppe, Inc.
1196 Grand Ave St Paul
St Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
View map »

More information

Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

More information

Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of racialized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with research...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

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


Website »

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Starkweather-Nelson’s works explore the intricacies of natural forms she studies in various environments.  Taking time to pause and investigate these forms closely she then builds her images...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services & Gallery
2836 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Service & Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

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The Women's Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM) invites you to join us at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, MN for our newest exhibit-Zoetic: Our cumulative Legacy. The artists involved in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
View map »


Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
Website »

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ALYSSA BAGUSS: WISH YOU WERE HERE Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 6 - 8 PM Artist Talk with Alyssa Baguss and Executive Director, Megan Johnston, PhD at 6:30 PM Second Floor,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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HAVE YOU EVER SAID, "I WANT [HEALTH, A PARTNER, A RAISE, TO BE FIT] ....BUT....[IT'S HARD, I LIKE MY FREEDOM, I'LL NEVER GET IT, I CAN'T STOP EATING SWEETS]"Inner conflict is something that is very...

Cost: $20

Where:
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 612-930-2662
Contact Name: Jeremiah Rangel
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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
Website »

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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
Website »

More information

Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of racialized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with research...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of racialized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with research...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
Website »

More information

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield. Directed by Daniel McLaughlin January 12-14, 18-21, 2017 at 7:30p.m. January 14, 21, 2017 at 2:30p.m. In this gut-busting bash on the bard, three...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
View map »

More information

Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

More information

Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $10

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

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Kill OGJordan Graham was hooked from his first experience of the EDM scene at the ripe, young age of 14. Getting led to his first rave opened his eyes to his true dream and destiny. Growing up as a...

Cost: 5 - 10

Where:
The Loft
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55103
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The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19 – 22, 2017 with four days of summer fun for the whole family. The annual winter...

Cost: Adults (16 and older): $14.00 Youth (15 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612.332.8330
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The St. Paul JCC celebrates the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival with the Forever Funny gallery exhibit, which consists of jokes and cartoons featured in renowned author and humorist William...

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
Website »

More information

Force of Nature works by Mary Olson January 12 - February 19 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: January 12, 6-8pm  

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury January 13 – February 17, 2017   Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 31, 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Join us at Wedding Shoppe, Inc. for this very exciting in-store event, Thursday, January 19 - Sunday, January 22. View the Spring 2017 Calla Blanche bridal gown collection during this event and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wedding Shoppe, Inc.
1196 Grand Ave St Paul
St Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

More information

The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of racialized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with research...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Women's Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM) invites you to join us at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, MN for our newest exhibit-Zoetic: Our cumulative Legacy. The artists involved in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
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In addition to our exhibit "Zoetic- Our Cummulative Legacy" , on January 20th at 6:30 pm, a panel of community leaders will join us at the Robbin Gallery for the a discussion titled “The Trump...

Cost: free

Where:
The Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave. North
Robbinsdale, MN   55422
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Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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"A Night in The American Revolution  - Book Signing with Tony Williams" Join us for a unique "turn in history" on January 20th, as we explore new historical topics at the historic Jackson Street...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55130
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Sponsor: Minnesota Transportation Museum
Telephone: 612-584-9888
Contact Name: Kate McDonald
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Get a “First Look” at five new ASI exhibitions that explore ASI’s 2017 theme of “Migration, Identity and Belonging” including Where the Children Sleep, a series of moving photographs by...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Mobsters Inc." Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands of...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Mobsters Inc." Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands of...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
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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All in the Timing A “tour de force” of six hilarious plays by David Ives, one of America’s great comic playwrights. JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 5, 2017 Directors:Ben RatkowskiBrian JoyceBrian...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield. Directed by Daniel McLaughlin January 12-14, 18-21, 2017 at 7:30p.m. January 14, 21, 2017 at 2:30p.m. In this gut-busting bash on the bard, three...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Kill OGJordan Graham was hooked from his first experience of the EDM scene at the ripe, young age of 14. Getting led to his first rave opened his eyes to his true dream and destiny. Growing up as a...

Cost: 5 - 10

Where:
The Loft
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55103
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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live, interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and Stillwater, MN. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious...

Cost: 60

Where:
The Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis
Telephone: 888-643-2583
Contact Name: Tom
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Skyway Theatre Presents...DeorroOver the past two years, Los Angeles native Deorro has become one of the most sought after young producer/DJs in the business. The young house prodigy has amassed an...

Cost: $30.66

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19 – 22, 2017 with four days of summer fun for the whole family. The annual winter...

Cost: Adults (16 and older): $14.00 Youth (15 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.332.8330
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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The St. Paul JCC celebrates the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival with the Forever Funny gallery exhibit, which consists of jokes and cartoons featured in renowned author and humorist William...

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
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Kicking off Friday night with a high school race, the Rennet Festival features two days of racing on world-class trails with 5K of guaranteed snow, challenging climbs, and scenic views of Hyland...

Cost: https://www.threeriversparks.org/signature-race-series/rennet.aspx

Where:
Hyland Lake Park Preserve
10145 Bush Lake Road
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Force of Nature works by Mary Olson January 12 - February 19 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: January 12, 6-8pm  

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Exhibiting Artists: Katayoun Amjadi and Ellie Kingsbury January 13 – February 17, 2017   Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, January 31, 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Calling all potters! Come for an hour, come for a day … either way, please join us at the ceramic studio as we prepare for Empty Bowl. Drop in. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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oin us for a FREE musical open house for children 8 and under! At a MacPhail Free Family Music Series event, you can enjoy sample music classes for children, instrument exploration, arts and crafts...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music Antonello Hall
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Join us at Wedding Shoppe, Inc. for this very exciting in-store event, Thursday, January 19 - Sunday, January 22. View the Spring 2017 Calla Blanche bridal gown collection during this event and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wedding Shoppe, Inc.
1196 Grand Ave St Paul
St Paul, MN  55105
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Cows Can Dream in the ASI Family Gallery.  The whole family can explore the importance of story time throughout the day with author and artist workshops,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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This annual tradition is a day of fun, free* winter activities. Partners from the National Park Service, REI, Minnesota DNR, U.S. Forest Service, and others will come together to provide a range of...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
Saint Paul, MN  55111
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Sponsor: Mississippi Park Connection
Telephone: 651-291-8164
Contact Name: Alora K. Jones
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Learn the step-by-step process to make great beer at home from our own Midwest Extract Kits. One of our knowledgeable brewers will walk you through the entire process from the boil to bottling,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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"Worlding" is curated by Kate Casanova and Patrick K. Pryor and features artwork by: Andrea Carlson Preston Drum Andy DuCett Nicole Gordon Sarah Faye McPherson Lamar Peterson "Worlding" is a...

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
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"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Cost: NA

Where:
Afton Alps
, MN

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Learn to make wine from varietal concentrates from all over the world. You can learn to make excellent wines at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them. One of our wine makers will walk you...

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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The Women's Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM) invites you to join us at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, MN for our newest exhibit-Zoetic: Our cumulative Legacy. The artists involved in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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St. Paul, MN, January 4, 2017– The world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, is coming to St. Paul! They will appear in concert on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Lutheran...

Cost: $30 for adults and $10 for students. A discount for groups of 10 or more is avai

Where:
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
285 North Dale Street
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Telephone: 651-227-8295
Contact Name: James Erlandson
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

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

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Please Join Us for an Evening of Artful Conversation! We have some surprises planned for you! "Worlding" is curated by Kate Casanova and Patrick K. Pryor and features artwork by: Andrea Carlson...

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
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield. Directed by Daniel McLaughlin January 12-14, 18-21, 2017 at 7:30p.m. January 14, 21, 2017 at 2:30p.m. In this gut-busting bash on the bard, three...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

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

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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

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Minnesota Opera brings a rediscovered musical gem from Mozart’s era to the stage. Diana, the goddess of chastity, is the target of Cupid’s interference as he brings unwelcome love and passion...

Cost: $25-$200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul , MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-6669
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All in the Timing A “tour de force” of six hilarious plays by David Ives, one of America’s great comic playwrights. JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 5, 2017 Directors:Ben RatkowskiBrian JoyceBrian...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Website »

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BoomBox is two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and longtime friends Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux. Together they develop an electronic blend of vintage Rock and...

Cost: 0

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Skyway Theatre Presents...BoomBox Saturday Jan 21st @ Skyway TheatreTickets On Sale Now >> http://bit.ly/BoomBoxSkywayTheatreBoomBox is two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters,...

Cost: $15.00 - $18.00

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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Skyway Theatre Presents...DeorroOver the past two years, Los Angeles native Deorro has become one of the most sought after young producer/DJs in the business. The young house prodigy has amassed an...

Cost: $30.66

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Good Morning Bedlam and Nomad will be hitting the stage at Day Block Brewing Company. Nomad is a Minneapolis-based Americana band led by South Dakota native Hunter Baugh. In a time where family,...

Cost: $7

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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Contact Name: Christian

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The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19 – 22, 2017 with four days of summer fun for the whole family. The annual winter...

Cost: Adults (16 and older): $14.00 Youth (15 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.332.8330
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

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Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Directed by Joe Chvala "This horticultural horror will have you screaming with laughter..." – New York Post In this zany musical comedy,...

Cost: $29 - $41

Where:
Schneider Theater - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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