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Talk to the Animals

On a farm just west of the Twin Cities, animals and counselors work together to build trust with troubled kids and help them recover from abuse, neglect, and violence. It’s part of a growing trend throughout the country to integrate horses, dogs, cats, sheep, chickens, pigs, and even reptiles into therapeutic practice.


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There’s no definitive explanation for why animals are so good at soothing people and motivating them to talk and work. There might be something deeply primal going on, suggests R. K. Anderson. “The sounds of howling coyotes, roaring lions, and crying wolves send shivers up our spine,” he says. “We still have a part of our brain that is very primitive.”

It’s hard to get much information out of Dominique Johnson. The 17-year-old is lean, athletic, and baby-face handsome, but his gaze bores into the ground beneath his feet. His hunched shoulders graze his ears. The hood of his sweatshirt covers his head and hides the sides of his dark-skinned face. Dom responds to questions about himself, but his answers are short, and his voice is barely loud enough to hear.

Where does he live? St. Louis Park.

Does he have any pets? Two dogs. Three cats.

When social worker Kay Neznik asks Dom if he’s had abuse in his life, he nods. “Neglect?” she asks softly. He nods again. He’s adopted now, though, so things are better. Still, getting more than a word or two out of him at a time seems impossible. Until he gets near a Norwegian Fjord horse named Viola.

“She’s calm and laid-back,” Dom says, gently petting a flank of the 900-pound creature that he first met two years ago. They’re standing in the middle of a pasture near Minnetrista. “She’s stubborn a lot when you ride her,” Dom adds. “When you lead her, you need to keep her away from food. She doesn’t like people to touch her feet.” As the young man talks, his back straightens. His chin lifts. For the first time, he looks straight into the eyes of the adults with him. “She’s fun to be around,” he says. The tan horse stands quietly by his side.

To Dom, Viola is more than an animal or even a friend. She’s a therapist. The horse lives on an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) farm run by a nonprofit organization called Minnesota Linking Individuals, Nature, and Critters, Inc. (MN LINC). Staffed by psychologists and social workers, and populated by dogs, horses, and chickens, MN LINC’s 30-acre spread is a haven for kids and adults with emotional issues, behavioral problems, and histories of trauma and abuse.

AAT is a growing field, and MN LINC is one of its pioneers. Instead of talking with their clients in quiet rooms, MN LINC staff members work with animal “colleagues” to facilitate self-growth. And while data is scarce for the strategy’s effectiveness, anecdotal evidence is so striking that experts who incorporate AAT into their practice firmly believe that animals can help nurture compassion, communication, self-control, self-esteem, patience, and more, in ways that traditional talk therapy can’t.

“Kids will say, ‘I’m not going to see a therapist, but I’ll go for a walk with the dog lady,’” says Molly DePrekel, a licensed psychologist and clinical director of MN LINC. Having animals around is usually enough of an icebreaker to open them up, she says. “When people are around animals, they start to talk about their pasts.”

 

Boon Companions

The idea of using animals to facilitate therapy was first proposed by Canadian child psychologist Boris Levinson in the early 1960s. Levinson had brought his dog into several sessions with his young patients and found that the hound served as a communication link, giving children an increased sense of security and quickening the therapy process. He published his research in an article titled “The Dog as Co-Therapist” that appeared in Mental Hygiene in 1962.

AAT didn’t gain much traction among practicing therapists until the 1970s, however, says R. K. Anderson, veterinarian, animal behaviorist, retired public health professor, and director of the Center to Study Human Animal Relationships and Environments (CENSHARE) at the University of Minnesota. Until the middle of the 20th century, a household’s decision to keep animals was largely a practical one: horses helped farmers with their work, dogs herded sheep and cattle, and cats cleared buildings of unwanted mice. Only in the 1970s did pet ownership become widespread in America. The boom happened fast, though. In 1975, a survey of pet lovers at the Minnesota State Fair revealed that 70 percent of respondents had pets that slept in their beds or bedrooms. Anderson believes that today’s figure is closer to 85 percent.

Humans’ affection for creatures great and small was already apparent to people who worked with the elderly, however. An informal survey of nursing homes in Minnesota in the mid-1970s found that about half were allowing animals in to visit with residents on a regular basis. Elderly people loved the companionship, but the practice was illegal. So CENSHARE and several other groups lobbied the Legislature to pass a law that allowed pets in nursing homes. It found support, and today, animals are generally welcome in residential facilities for the elderly and major hospitals—not only in Minnesota, but throughout the country.

Over the years, studies have shown that simply interacting with animals can improve quality of life for cardiac patients, prison inmates, hospitalized psychiatric patients, and the elderly, among other groups. In many situations, human contact with animals lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, pain, and anxiety. Animals can enhance physical health, as well, by motivating people to do physical therapy, says Carol Ouhl, a dog trainer, instructor, and animal-therapy-curriculum writer in Cottage Grove. When there’s an animal involved, Ouhl says, “we find people come to therapy more regularly. We either get better results or we get results faster.” And horseback riding can help handicapped people improve muscle tone, balance, and posture.

Working with animals to help treat mental illnesses and behavioral problems is a much more recent practice. Because AAT is so new, practitioners are still developing uniform standards, methods, definitions, and outcome measurement tools. Nonetheless, seminars on AAT, offered by MN LINC, CENSHARE, and other organizations nationwide, have begun to draw increasing interest from social workers, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, and even motivational business speakers. No academic degrees or official certifications are yet available in the fledgling field, though. And even among proponents, there are multiple, conflicting theories about how best to integrate AAT with conventional therapy practices.

For now, AAT remains a science of examples. “There is a lot of storytelling in this field,” DePrekel says. There are stories about victims of sexual abuse who refuse to talk at school but who open up when they work with animals. There are rowdy troublemakers who miraculously cooperate when horses are around. There are parents who say their kids suddenly take more risks or talk about their feelings after petting a sheep, cradling a piglet, or stroking a lizard. And there is the Minnesota judge who recently ordered equine therapy for a girl who had been sexually abused because spending time with horses helped her so much. The stories are powerful, and they are accumulating. Even the federal government has taken notice: last January, the National Institutes of Health launched a study examining the effectiveness of AAT in reducing oncology patients’ pain.

 

Stable Conditions

Though located just 25 miles west of the Twin Cities, MN LINC’s Game Farm Stables seems worlds away from the chaos of urban life. Horses graze in roomy pens. Tail-wagging dogs sit when told. Chickens squawk and cluck and move toward fingers that tap the ground near them. On a late-September morning, a chilly wind blows, and a group of a dozen or so bundled-up teenagers, teachers, and social workers tour the grounds with MN LINC staff.

The kids in this group come from District 287, an alternative school system in Hennepin County for students who require a different approach than traditional schools can offer, accommodating learning difficulties and behavioral or emotional problems. Many of them have been abused. Many have suffered loss or trauma. “They’re trying to be square pegs in round holes in a school system that doesn’t accommodate square pegs,” says Tanya Welsch, a social worker and administrator at MN LINC.

Here, Welsch says, the kids get to be outside. They learn by doing. And unlike most therapy situations, their interactions give them a chance to talk without feeling confined or judged. Animals, after all, can’t ask them questions about their painful pasts. “These kids are used to overt, in-your-face, tell-me-how-you-feel therapy,” Welsch says, and they hate it. “They say, ‘I’ll tell you how I feel. F—k you!’”

The AAT approach is more subtle. When DePrekel introduces the group to the female horses, she calls Ellie the “herd mare,” or the matriarch. She tells the kids to watch the horses’ ears. “They’re like your mom’s eyebrows,” she says. They tell you a lot about how the animals are feeling. Near the male horse pen, DePrekel points out a big horse named Hero and urges the kids to watch how other horses react to him. When Hero approaches the fence and lowers his head, the others get out of his way. Seventy percent of communication is body language, she observes aloud, and learning how to read those cues is an important way to connect with other people.

Over the next 12 weeks, during biweekly, two-hour-long sessions, the kids will gradually interact more and more with the horses. Some kids, like Dom, come year after year. They start by touching the horses. Then, over the course of their visits, they enter the animal pens. They groom the horses. They learn to relax the animals with a soothing type of bodywork called Tellington Touch, or T-touch. And finally, they ride as a team, with leaders and side-walkers, with a saddle and without. In the process, DePrekel says, the kids learn how to get out of their heads and into their bodies. Horses can tell right away if you are uncomfortable or scared, she says, and they’ll mirror those emotions back at you. The only way to get close to one is to be calm and confident and to send clear messages about where you are and what you’re going to do. There is one horse at the farm that actually follows people without a lead rope if she feels comfortable with them.

“Horses rely heavily on body language,” DePrekel says. “Their eyes are on the sides of their heads. They are really aware of their environment and really vigilant. They live with the feeling, ‘If I’m scared, I’m going to run.’ People who have had trauma can relate to that really well.”

 

Primal Instinct

Once kids recognize how much they have in common with animals, trained therapists can get them talking about themselves in indirect ways. DePrekel is currently working with horses to help survivors of sexual abuse establish limits with others regarding acceptable behaviors. First she teaches them when it’s okay to stare at or approach a horse. Then they start talking about how to set their own boundaries.

Horses aren’t the only animals that can bring people out of their shells, Neznik says. She has been working for more than a year with an 11-year-old boy in foster care who comes from a family with a history of incest. At first, talking about the abuse made the boy so anxious, he couldn’t sit still. Then he mentioned that he missed his cats, and Neznik had an idea. She took her young patient to Feline Rescue, a shelter for abused and abandoned cats in St. Paul.

The boy loved to pet the cute, furry animals, and cat sessions quickly became a weekly ritual for him. He learned that cats would only come to him if he calmed down, so he taught himself how to relax. Now he talks with his social worker while petting cats, usually a different one every week, brought in by a volunteer. He even teaches other kids in Neznik’s practice how to do what they call “cat calm.”

There’s no definitive explanation for why animals are so good at soothing people and motivating them to talk and work. There might be something deeply primal going on, suggests Anderson. “The sounds of howling coyotes, roaring lions, and crying wolves send shivers up our spine,” he says. “We still have a part of our brain that is very primitive. Just like we love the beauty of the moon, we like to be with our pets.”

For people like Jean del Santo, the human-animal bond has a spiritual element. “The word animal comes from the Latin animus, which means ‘spirit,’” says del Santo, a U of M music professor and a cancer survivor. During three years of intense treatment for leukemia, del Santo visited her horse Calypso every time her white blood cell count was high enough to make it possible. Just seeing him made her feel grounded, she says. “When you’re around an animal as large and powerful as a horse, you have to be totally present at all times,” she says. “I remember going up and just feeling this incredible energy force. It was almost overwhelming, I was in such a weakened state.”

The biggest challenge for the field of AAT at this point is to find a way to help people take home the lessons they learn from animals that can’t go home with them. To that end, every visit to MN LINC ends with a ritual called the “closure circle.” The group sits in a circle, and everyone takes a turn rating their day on a scale from 1 to 5 and sharing something they learned and enjoyed. Dom gives the day a 3, because it was a little cold.

As the group reflects, the horses go back to grazing. The chickens peck at their seeds. The dogs lie down to nap. Life at the farm goes on at its own pace, determined by the rhythm of eating, sleeping, and breathing. Everyone, somehow, seems more content.

Emily Sohn is a regular contributor to Minnesota Monthly.

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Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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 American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

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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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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Spring Farm Sanctuary is opening it's doors to abused and neglected farm animals this June in Long Lake, Mn.  We are hosting a film screening of "What the Health" to raise awareness of a plant...

Cost: $9.00

Where:
Emagine Willow Creek Theatre
9900 Shelard Parkway
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Spring Farm Sanctuary
Contact Name: Robin Johnson
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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
Website »

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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 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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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

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

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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Instituted
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
Website »

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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

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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
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Instituted
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Acting the Song Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30May 2 – 30 Cost: $75Instructor: Jackie Olson Is there any greater joy for a musically-inclined actor than belting out a song?  Is there any greater...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Musical MayhemTuesdays, 4:45-5:45May 2 – 30 Cost: $75Instructor: Jackie Olson What if your life was a musical, and people just burst into song at a moment’s notice?  In this class, they do!...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

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

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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 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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1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Maggie Smith
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
Website »

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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
Website »

More information

Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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

More information

All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

More information

      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
Website »

More information

"Rape Culture" - the idea that rape occurs because women ask for it or fail to prevent it - is real. How did women become the ones to blame and men become blameless? How do we change this attitude...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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Strictly Social is a fun, low-key social networking event for women of all ages and stages of life. Enjoy hosted hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar, followed by a presentation by Crystal...

Cost: $30

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-813-5300
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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

Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 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

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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Experience more of Minneapolis on the first Thursday of every month at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet as we showcase local artists and their merchandise, local organizations and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet
505 Nicollet Mall, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-767-8042
Contact Name: PR & Communications Intern
Website »

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Twin Cities Professional Career Event - Sales & Management Specific...

Cost: Free to Attend

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: HireLive
Contact Name: Christina Toth
Website »

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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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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 Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Join us to celebrate a successful second year for the Minnesota Capitol Pathways internship program for college students of color. For the 2017 Legislative Session, 34 interns are being hosted by a...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Ave.
St. Paul , MN  55105
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Sponsor: Citizens League
Telephone: 651-289-1075
Contact Name: Kalia Xiong
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Giants Ridge presents the Burnt Onion Music series featuring the following Minnesota-based artist:   May 25, 2017: Chris Herriges from 5-8 pm at Burnt Onion June 1, 2017: Jud Hailey from 5-8...

Cost: Free

Where:
Giants Ridge
6329 Wynne Creek Dr
Biwabik, MN  55708
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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"To create an empowering space for women to embrace the journey of life, the power of story, and the beauty of oneself through poetry, creative self-expression, knowledge & sisterhood." As women,...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Cambria Gallery on 7th
625 2nd Ave S #101
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Fashion Meets Poetry
Telephone: 612-968-0316
Contact Name: Amber Rose Bjerke
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Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss will be doing a reading and signing event at the Galleria Barnes & Noble in Edina on Thursday, June 1st at 6:00PM for their new novel B.S.,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Galleria Barnes & Noble
3230 Galleria
Edina, MN  55435
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Cost: N/A

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Milkweed Books presents poet Tyler Flynn Dorholt, in celebration of his first full-length collection, AMERICAN FLOWERS (Dock Street Press). Join us for a homecoming and book launch party in the...

Cost: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 South Washington Ave
Open Book, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Milkweed Books
Telephone: 612 215 2540
Contact Name: Daley Farr

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How can meditation help us find inner peace and contentment? In this public talk, Tibetan meditation master Mingyur Rinpoche will show us how the practice of meditation can put us in touch with a...

Cost: $12 - $25

Where:
University of St. Thomas, OEC Auditorium
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Tergar Meditation Community
Telephone: (612) 460-8837
Contact Name: Beth Korczynski
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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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
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

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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13th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Short attention span theatre at its best! JUNE 1-11, 2017 Each year, Lakeshore Players’ highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest attracts entries...

Cost: $17-$21

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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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Can Can Wonderland’s Variety Show is a wild ride along the rocky edge of entertainment! Four curiosity-piquing acts each night, woven together through music and song by our house band and local...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays...

Cost: Free

Where:
Thursdays on First & 3rd
1st Ave SW/Peace Plaza
Rochester, MN  55901
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Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Telephone: 507-216-9882
Contact Name: Abby Slick
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 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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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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Court Returns to the Historic CourtroomFriday, June 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closed to official county and court business since 1975, official court proceedings will once again be held in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Telephone: 651-275-7075
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Since its start in 1966, the Edina Art Fair has since grown to feature over 300 artists from around the world and host 200,000 visitors. Notoriously the first art fair of the year, the event is...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France Avenue
Edina, MN  55424

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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #3, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera – an...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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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 Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Join instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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When the going gets tough, art has a way of helping us reconnect our outside activities with our inner lives. Art is also a powerful metaphor for intentional living -- in that if you don't like...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Coming Friday, June 2nd we will be hosting a community night celebrating fun and fellowship in the Twin Cities. Come, play, maybe meet a neighbor or make a new friend! All proceeds will go to a...

Cost: $10

Where:
Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour
550 Vandalia St. Suite 218
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour
Telephone: 612-787-7855
Contact Name: Jeff Trinh-Sy
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••• 6:00 pm pre-class happy hour •••••• 7:00 pm class begins •••Join us as our Master Mixologist Henry Fischer shares his knowledge of the art of preparing mixed drinks....

Cost: $40 inclusive of tax and service

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-813-5300
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC's original Clay for Couples. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/store/ to learn more and to...

Cost: $65.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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SubText Books is proud to host Courtney Maum (author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You) for an event for her new novel, "Touch," (Putnam; on sale 5/30) on Friday, June 2nd at 7:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
SubText Books
6 West 5th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: SubText Books
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13th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Short attention span theatre at its best! JUNE 1-11, 2017 Each year, Lakeshore Players’ highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest attracts entries...

Cost: $17-$21

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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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

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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The Legendary NYE’S Polonaise Lounge may be gone, by NYE’S house band is still kickin’ EVERY FRIDAY from now on, as Can Can Wonderland’s house polka band! Come visit The World’s Most...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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MacPhail’s Sonomento, The Premier Adult Choral Ensemble, presents one of Rossini’s delightful  “Sins of my Old Age” Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE (a chamber mass that is neither...

Cost: Tickets at door: $15 for adults and youth are free.

Where:
Hamline Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: MacPhail Center for Music
Telephone: 612-321-0100
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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You think you know the story of two star-crossed lovers who took their lives… but there is so much more than the title characters and teens in love. There is something bright, attractive, and...

Cost: $15-40

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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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: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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The Girls on the Run Spring 5k is an event unlike any other. Join us on Saturday, June 3rd along with 2,000 3rd-8th grade girls as they complete their celebratory season ending 5k fun run....

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Alerus Mortgage
Contact Name: Mary Uran
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 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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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and PROSHRED® Security (“Proshred”) will host their third annual, nationwide “Shred Cancer” event on Saturday, June 3rd at their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Proshred Security
14451 MN-7
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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Sponsor: AICS
Telephone: 612-293-9420
Contact Name: Katie Ressie
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 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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Join Great River Greening at the second public event in our ongoing partnership with Westwood Hills Nature Center! Once a golf course, this 160-acre site is now a beautiful natural area comprised...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W Franklin Ave
Saint Louis Park, MN  55426
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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Court Returns to the Historic CourtroomFriday, June 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closed to official county and court business since 1975, official court proceedings will once again be held in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Telephone: 651-275-7075
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Since its start in 1966, the Edina Art Fair has since grown to feature over 300 artists from around the world and host 200,000 visitors. Notoriously the first art fair of the year, the event is...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France Avenue
Edina, MN  55424

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The 48th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a free one day celebration of fine arts and community, to be held on Saturday, June 3rd, from 10 am to 5 pm at the intersection of Como and Carter...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como and Carter Avenues
2245 Como Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association
Telephone: 612-564-2787
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The snow may be long gone, but the commitment to mountainside fun never lets up at Afton Alps. We're ready to welcome mountain biking season with an opening bash. Our soon-to-open mountain bike...

Cost: 7 for a day pass

Where:
Afton Alps
6600 Peller Ave S
Hastings, MN  55033
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Meet the challenge on the ropes course this summer! Travel from tower to tower over wires and wooden boards to reach the zip-line and enjoy the best view of SE Minnesota! This confidence building...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
28097 Goodview Drive
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Telephone: 507-467-2437
Contact Name: Bridget Tonne
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Visit...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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The event will be held at The Commons WP at 540 Lake St. in Excelsior from 10:00am-2:00pm. 26 other Proshred locations throughout the country will be joining this great cause. Join the community in...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Commons WP
540 Lake St
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: PROSHRED and The American Institute for Cancer Research
Telephone: 952-212-9731
Contact Name: Mark Lindgren
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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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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“Make Waves” at WaterFest 2017. This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Park
1600 Phalen Dr
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651-647-6816
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #3, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera – an...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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 Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
MInneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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The Buffalo, MN Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 Noon from the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October, rain or shine. Our market provides a wide variety of fresh...

Cost: $0

Where:
Corner of 1st St NE and 1st Ave NE, Buffalo MN
100 1st Ave NE (Accross the Street from the Movie Theater)
Buffalo, MN  55313
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Sponsor: Buffalo Farmers Market
Telephone: 763-229-2161
Contact Name: Geri Gulstad
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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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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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Visit...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Great awakenings begin with the perfect morning mug. Be inspired by the beginning of spring and the start of your morning when you make a set of mugs guaranteed to brighten your day. Visit...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Rock Island, IL – May 3, 2017 – The 6th Annual Laura’s Legacy ALS Benefit Concert is set to take place on Saturday, June 3rd at Schwiebert Park. From 3:30pm – 8:30pm, attendees of all ages...

Cost: $10, free for children 12 & under

Where:
Schwiebert Park
101 17th St, Rock Island, IL 61201
Rock Island, IL  61201
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First Big Minnesota Musical Event Of The Summer 13th Annual Ride For Wishes™ delivers up to 9 regional and local acts performing on two stages. There are both indoor and outdoor stages so this...

Cost: 10.00 adults under 6 free

Where:
South St. Paul VFW -Gallagher-Hansen Post 295
111 Concord Exchange S,
South Saint Paul, MN  55075
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Sponsor: Numerous Sponsors
Telephone: 651-457-8324
Contact Name: Jeff Green
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Presented by:Frank & Ernest FoodsJunket: Tossed & FoundMinneapolis Craft MarketFounded in 2015, the Minne-Mile NightMarket is a community festival in the Longfellow neighborhood on the...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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 2nd annual Natur Ball is hosted by Tylwyth Natur, a collective of fairies and fae who can be found at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We have planned a night full of fantasy and nature art...

Cost: free

Where:
Minneapolis
901 18 1/2 ave ne
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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Cost: N/A

Where:
Main Street School of Performing Arts
1320 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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MacPhail’s Sonomento, The Premier Adult Choral Ensemble, presents one of Rossini’s delightful  “Sins of my Old Age” Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE (a chamber mass that is...

Cost: Tickets at door: $15 for adults and youth are free.

Where:
Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: MacPhail Center for Music
Telephone: 612-321-0100
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13th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Short attention span theatre at its best! JUNE 1-11, 2017 Each year, Lakeshore Players’ highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest attracts entries...

Cost: $17-$21

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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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

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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You think you know the story of two star-crossed lovers who took their lives… but there is so much more than the title characters and teens in love. There is something bright, attractive, and...

Cost: $15-40

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a...

Cost: http://z.umn.edu/1b78

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Is it thick? Why yes, yes it is. Is it groovy? Always. What about heavy riffs? Absolutely. Buffalo Fuzz will be kicking off a summer of hard rock at the Arcadia Cafe along with some support from MN...

Cost: Free

Where:
Arcadia Cafe
329 Cedar Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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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: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Mill City Farmers Market is Minneapolis’ trusted source for healthy, local and organic groceries, bringing fresh food, cooking education and live entertainment to one beautiful place.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Farmer Market
704 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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