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Rejects d' Art

Why won't the art world embrace the state's Classical Realist artists?


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In Stephen Gjertson’s gray bungalow, a 20-square-foot painting showing the scene of Samson’s undoing—meticulously composed and dramatically lit by the Philistines’ torches—dominates the living room. Many other canvases that Gjertson has painted fill the walls of his north Minneapolis home: portraits of his wife and children, still-life paintings that carry the realism of photographs, and vivid scenes of other episodes from the Bible. But he has given prominence and position to The Folly of Samson, which looks like a 19th-century master could have painted it.

The work tells the story of Samson, the Israelite strongman who falls in love with the beautiful Delilah. The Philistines want to know how to sap Samson’s might, and they bribe Delilah to solve the mystery. At first Samson resists Delilah’s questions, but eventually he spills his secret: cutting his hair will drain him of his strength. Soon after, as Samson sleeps, Philistine soldiers shave his head. They take him captive and gouge out his eyes.

The Folly of Samson serves as a metaphor for significant events in Gjertson’s professional life. He has devoted his career to the pursuit of classical realism, a style of painting that a century ago wielded power and reigned supreme in the art world. But like Samson, classical realism fell to a hostile army: the modern art movement that arose in the early 20th century. Gjertson hopes that in his lifetime he will see the return of classical realism to its old prominence, just as the biblical hero ultimately triumphed over his foe.

Gjertson completed The Folly of Samson in 2005. Friends and relatives modeled for the painting. He doubts he will ever sell it; he would feel inadequately compensated for the countless hours he spent creating it. And at any price, few would buy it.

Stephen Gjertson -
Photo by David Bowman

Lean and intense, with a smoldering gaze, Gjertson has felt passionate about painting ever since he was a child growing up in south Minneapolis and saw reproductions of the works of Michelangelo, Wyeth, and Remington. In 1971 he became one of the first students to attend Atelier Lack, a Twin Cities school founded by Richard Lack and devoted to the training principles and artistic ideals identified with 19th-century French academic painters.

Gjertson later spent 16 years teaching at Atelier Lack and has exhibited in more than 50 museums and galleries. His portrait of Governor Arne Carlson hangs in the state capitol. Although devotees of classical realism know his name, major museums and collectors have ignored his work. Star Tribune art critic Mary Abbe once called him “a master of exquisite drawing and modeling,” and then went on to criticize an altar triptych he painted as “simply kitsch, the holy figures resembling B-movie gangsters dressed in biblical robes.”

In 1982, Lack coined the term classical realism to define the interests and goals of a small group of realist painters who rejected abstractionism and other modernist styles. Classical realists create pictures that combine composition, fine drawing, lighting, color, and skilled craftsmanship to express truths about the beauty of everyday life. “It’s not the content of art that makes people interested,” insists Lack, the undisputed elder of the movement, now 78 and living in Glen Lake. “It’s the language. From the Renaissance to the 20th century, paintings spoke a certain kind of language.” A clear language, he maintains. “But since then, the language has changed. I think it is a specious argument to claim that people expect something different from art now than they did in the past.” Modern art, Lack believes, leaves many people confused and intimidated.

Gjertson’s and Lack’s other students claim an artistic lineage that connects them to Jacques-Louis David, Paul Dela­roche, and Jean-Léon Gérôme of France, in addition to Americans William McGregor Paxton, R. H. Ives Gammell, and Gjertson’s mentor Lack. (Lineage is important to classical realists because they believe that the essence of their tradition moves from master to apprentice, from teacher to student.) Gjertson characterizes classical realism as a tradition that reveres the time-tested conventions of Western art and strives to make canvases come to life. Its attraction to beauty and harmony makes it classical; its vocabulary, based on the representation of nature, brands it realism. “The people producing classical realism are serious artists; they’ve all wanted to do it since they were kids,” Gjertson says. “We’re not reactionaries—we’re not reacting against modernism. It’s just that modernism has no appeal to us. It’s not interesting. We try to make a living as best as we can, and our work is very good when judged against the work of the past.... We have one foot in this world and one in the past.”

Many 20th-century artists made it their mission to overturn the grand old legacy that classical realists venerate, and in the process they marginalized the painters and training system that had once dominated Western art. Barbizon, impressionist, and Ashcan painters all got in their licks, and finally the ascent of abstract painting elbowed the academic tradition into obscurity. Artists took on the mission of shocking and outraging their audiences as their work reflected more overt social and political meaning. A near-complete overthrow of representational art occurred in universities, museums, and galleries during the 1940s and ’50s. “You didn’t have to be good, but it mattered whether you followed the right socio-political agenda,” Gjertson says. “What we create was not even considered worth thinking about.”

Nobody could look at one of Gjertson’s canvases and deny his skills as an artist. You could almost eat the fruit in his still-life paintings; the hair of his portrait subjects looks strokable. At times you have to strain to find a brush mark. Yet he and his classical realist peers have won little acclaim. “Modernist art has been established in power since the 1930s and ’40s,” he explains. “They’re running the show and calling the shots. Their point of view is that this kind of art is no longer new and valid. We can’t get in shows and can’t break into periodicals, except those for avocational artists.”

Some members of the artistic establishment regard such claims as mere conspiracy theorizing. “The art world is so big and inclusive; to be left out, you have to want to be left out,” says Vince Leo, vice president of academic affairs at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an admirer of some classical-realist artists. He points out that many great abstract painters—Kandinsky, Miró, and Mondrian among them—drew inspiration from academic classicism, demonstrating that traditions can influence artists in varying ways. “Art is expansive and diverse, and brings together a lot of people who don’t necessarily agree on everything,” Leo explains. “That’s the whole point. For us, classical realists are a part of our culture. They belong there, like other groups. It’s not as if we don’t subscribe to any forms of classical training, but we have a broader idea of our culture. You can argue whether that’s good or bad, but we’ve already been through that, and we’ve decided it is good.”

To Leo, the survival of the classical realists proves that artistic diversity is thriving. “What’s interesting is that they’re still here, in spite of everything; in spite of iPods,” he says. “They do something that nobody else does. They provide a sense of community and a sense of cultural unity that is difficult to come by nowadays because our culture is so diverse. But it’s not for everyone, and it shouldn’t be for everyone.”

In Minnesota, few art collectors seem to await the reincarnation of Rubens or Rembrandt.

But in 1986, Rachael and Kraig Lungstrom of Plymouth bought a landscape by Mike Coyle—a student of Richard Lack—followed by a fairy-tale interior by Gjertson. The works of many other classical realist artists now fill their walls. “I collect them because they’re phenomenal, and I happen to love them,” says Rachael, who holds an undergraduate degree in fine-arts illustration from the University of Texas. “They were very affordable. If you’re an artist, it helps to really study them. It’s an honor to collect them.” But her taste in art does not generate much comment from her friends. “We’ve rarely had anyone say anything about them.” The most attention they get from others, she says, is when “our son tells his friends not to throw balls against the paintings.”

Lungstrom opens her mouth as well as her wallet in support of classical realism. In 2004, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) announced plans to sell The Bohemian girl—a painting that had turned into a popular draw during more than 30 years in the permanent collection, and had generated healthy sales of postcards and posters. Its creator was classical realist idol William-Adolphe Bouguereau, perhaps the most revered painter that nobody hears about in art-history class. When she learned the news, Lungstrom jumped to protest and was soon leading demonstrations past the museum’s classical columns. Hers was often the loudest voice, chanting, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, please don’t sell our Bouguereau” and “One, two, three, four, they’re sending our Bouguereau out the door! Five, six, seven, eight, save it now before it’s too late!”

The career of Bouguereau, a French academic painter who lived from 1825 to 1905, activates the hot buttons of many of today’s classical realists. His 826 paintings capture moving moments of genuine emotion with subtlety and astounding craftsmanship. Many contemporaries considered him the leading painter of the 19th century, and a generation of wealthy Europeans and Americans collected his work. But by opposing impressionism and any movement away from the academic tradition, he drew the scorn of some younger artists. Starting around 1920 his reputation plunged into a free fall from which it is only beginning to recover. Classical realists prize Bouguereau’s work and denounce the apathetic treatment he received from modern-art historians.

Atelier founder Richard Lack -
Photo by David Bowman

The chants of Lungstrom and her fellow protesters ultimately had little effect. The Bohemian sold at auction to a private collector for $650,000. The sum represented a nice profit on the painting’s original purchase price of $3,500 from the Minneapolis Public Library, but fell considerably short of what the museum hoped to realize. (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts still owns another choice Bouguereau: the frequently exhibited Temptation.)

An earlier controversy had preceded the Bouguereau debate at the MIA. In November 1989, a brawl erupted in an auditorium in the museum during the annual meeting of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP), an artist-run department of the museum that showcases the work of Minnesotans. Several hundred people had gathered to elect the panelists who would pick the themes and artists for future exhibitions. Classical realist painters, feeling marginalized and ill-treated by the MAEP in previous years, had packed the crowd.

Advocates of contemporary art of all kinds aligned against the classical realists. Perhaps never had local supporters of abstractionism, expressionism, primitive art, and cubism found so much to agree to oppose. The result was a highly contentious meeting and a fiery display of artistic invective. Shouts and catcalls filled the auditorium. Artists in attendance were called hacks, dinosaurs, reactionaries, censors, snobs, oppressors, and bigots. Everyone present felt the raw hostility. The classical realists were voted down in their bid for seats on the MAEP curatorial panel, but later won approval to mount an exhibition showcasing the work of 15 painters.

The intensity of the Bouguereau and MAEP conflicts must have surprised MIA officials. Representational art showing interiors, human figures, or landscapes are “comprehensible to a society that doesn’t view itself as an artistic elite,” says Brad Shinkle, president and director of the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, which owns and frequently exhibits realist paintings. People who like realist art “look at it as a disciplined approach to art, lighting, and painting. But academic art has acquired a negative connotation, and you’d have to ask why,” he adds.

Many scholars have long held those same negative perceptions. For years, art historians neglected Bouguereau and his peers—not to mention contemporary Minnesota artists and others trying to reinvigorate the old traditions. “Few of us in the field have been interested in trying to understand the academic tradition in painting—most have been more interested in impressionism,” says Gabriel Weisberg, a professor of art history at the University of Minnesota who studies 19th-century art. But gradually classical realists are receiving more attention from art historians. Weisberg, who focuses his research on some of these artists, says he finds modern classical realist painters intriguing for the connection they maintain with the old ways of teaching that emphasize working from a model, capturing what they see, keeping in mind the approaches of past masters, and upholding high standards of craftsmanship. So if classical realism is to have a future in Minnesota and elsewhere, the essence of the tradition—training—needs to thrive.

At the Atelier (a French term for an artist’s workshop or studio, where students learn from a master) in northeast Minneapolis, four students work on charcoal sketches of plaster-cast faces using cylinders of charcoal, wooden easels, and cream-colored paper. The teacher consults with each apprentice—asking questions, pointing out shadows and features on the plaster faces, and suggesting changes. In another room, students sketch a nude model. There is no computer on the premises except in the small administrative office. Bouguereau would have found the scene very familiar.

The school, a warren of classrooms and small spaces for advanced students in an old warehouse, is the direct descendant of the groundbreaking Atelier Lack, established in 1969, where such prominent classical realists as Gjertson, Peter Bougie, James Childs, and Charles Cecil learned their craft. Richard Lack, the dean of Minnesota classical realists, retired from teaching in 1992. Cyd Wicker and Dale Redpath, both former students, now run the operation. (There are several similar schools in the region, some of them also managed by such former Lackites as Annette LeSueur and James Ostlund.)

Wicker and Redpath, established classical realist painters with active careers, both felt a sense of urgency to take over the school when Lack stepped down. “It only takes a generational hiccup to lose a tradition,” Redpath says. Their 18 full-time students (dozens of part-timers also take classes) study at the Atelier seven hours a day, nine months a year, for four years. Admitted on the basis of portfolios, they range in age from 18 to 60 and come from around the country. Students start by working in charcoal and black-and-white painting, then they move to pastels and color oil painting. Along the way they learn about composition, color, lighting, symmetry, and artistic focal points. They study masters of centuries past and today. “Within six months we know what their artistic strengths and weaknesses are,” Wicker says of her students.

While many other institutions, including the studio art departments of colleges and universities and specialized schools such as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, offer art instruction within a curriculum that embraces many traditions and artistic styles, Atelier Lack focuses exclusively on teaching representational drawing and painting. Students who want to paint like Jasper Johns or Jackson Pollock must go elsewhere. Those who aspire to paint like Rembrandt are in luck. “We teach students that language, and then it’s up to them to decide what to do with it,” says Wicker.

The point, Wicker and Redpath maintain, is to establish a master-apprentice relationship with students building careers that honor the 19th-century values of beauty, accomplished technique, and the representation of everyday life. “Realism is coming back in vogue,” Redpath says. “We know there’s horrible realism out there, paintings that have poor drawing and poor values. We tell our students when their [artistic] goals are or aren’t being met. We want to show them how to put a good, solid picture together. As more things are mass-produced, painting has become even more precious. It can satisfy the heart.”

All roads in classical realism today seem to lead back to Lack: founder, teacher, creator, and agitator. For decades Lack and his Hungarian-born wife, Katherine, have lived in Glen Lake in a secluded cottage surrounded by oak trees. A gallery of his favorite pictures—paintings of friends, family members, fantasy scenes, and serene landscapes—climb the two-story-high walls of the living room. Above is a walkway that leads to his studio. Lack, who no longer paints, uses a walker and a stairway chairlift to move about the house. He speaks in a gravelly voice, slowed by age, and radiates an unruffled, kingly manner.

“I’m the kind of painter who won’t have recognition until I’m dead, maybe 50 years from now,” he says. “Like Vermeer. As time goes by, things will clear and people will say, ‘Lack—he was kind of eccentric.’ But in the future, Lack will have a place.”

Lack places his hopes for glory in the future because he believes his artistic aspirations have been treated unkindly in the past. Born in Minneapolis, he developed an interest in art as a young child and first showed promise working with pen and ink. He attended the Minneapolis School of Art where, he remembers, “I was a radical spokesman of a group of rebels who wanted to paint in an old-fashioned sense. I’d look at an old painting and think, ‘how did the artist do this?’ My teachers said that was all dead. So I left school.”

The 20-year-old announced to his parents that he was moving to the art capital of America to make his name. Lack discovered, however, that the teachers at the Art Students League of New York regarded his goals just as unfavorably as their Minneapolis counterparts. Deflated, he resolved to return to Minnesota to study chemistry. But before he left, he took his easel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy a painting by the 17th-century Spanish master Diego Velázquez.

There, in the Met’s quiet galleries, the course of Lack’s life changed. “A young man came up and said, ‘I like your copy,’” he remembers. “He told me he was studying with an artist named Ives Gammell in Boston. We went out and had a beer.”

A former student of American painter William McGregor Paxton, Gammell was an outspoken critic of the downward path he believed American art had followed since the 1920s. Independently wealthy, he had the means and the determination to fight back. He published a book, The Twilight of Painting, and established a studio school for academic realists that remained the only such center of training for painters during the years of modernism’s rise. On the last day of 1949, Lack took a bus to Boston and found a place under Gammell’s wing.

The five-year-long master-apprentice relationship Lack formed with Gammell permanently influenced the young painter. Lack went on to travel and study in Europe, rent a studio in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and meet and marry Katherine. In 1957 they moved to Minnesota. Lack built his studio and began a succession of paintings exemplifying the principles of craft and beauty that he later braided into the tradition he called classical realism.

Private collectors sought his work—and Lack, like Gjertson, contributed to the governors gallery at the Minnesota State Capitol—but museums spurned his paintings. “I often had doubts because I was so isolated in my thinking,” he says. “I was like someone speaking Dutch in Somalia. But then I’d go back to my studio and look at old masters, and I knew that what I was doing was right for me. I stuck to my guns and took on students.” Of the 90 students he guided at Atelier Lack, to whom he passed his knowledge of technique, color, lighting, and composition, about a dozen have succeeded in establishing careers as professional artists. His influence lives on in their work and in the students many of them have taught.

Once a firebrand who tirelessly taught, debated, and engaged with other artists, Lack now leaves his home only rarely. He believes classical realism has a future, even in its home territory of Minnesota, where artists and collectors often strive to out-do the avant-garde of the East Coast. “The ateliers are like an underground. They’re like an avant-garde,” he says. “I can’t say classical realism will burst open, but I don’t know if it needs to. Holland is a small country, and it created great art in the past with just a hundred painters involved. It didn’t take many people. All it took was knowledge and the sharing of knowledge.”

Lack sits on his sofa and looks at the private gallery of paintings that surrounds him. He coughs, then clears his throat and sips water. “As long as people love to paint and draw, and love beauty, all this will go on,” he says.

But 25 miles away in north Minneapolis, Gjertson is not always as confident. He had the distinction of serving as the last-ever president of the American Society of Classical Realism, an organization founded by several local artists in 1989. The society had big ambitions at first: the establishment of a museum and studio-school, symposia and educational projects around the country, and a variety of handsomely produced publications, including the Classical Realism Journal. Low membership and financial constraints eventually curtailed those plans, although the society maintained an office in Minneapolis and sponsored several exhibitions over the years. When membership dropped to fewer than 400 in 2005, the organization went out of business.

Many trendsetting Twin Cities collectors continue to focus on Asian and modernist art. “They won’t look at classical realism until museums legitimize it. That’s why I live in a neighborhood where my children aren’t safe,” Gjertson says, hinting at his dim economic prospects. It’s also why only visitors to Gjertson’s diminutive living room can take in the spectacle of The Folly of Samson.

Jack El-Hai is a frequent contributor to Minnesota Monthly.
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Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Skyway Theatre Presents...BoomBox Saturday Jan 21st @ Skyway TheatreTickets On Sale Now >> http://bit.ly/BoomBoxSkywayTheatreBoomBox is two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters,...

Cost: $15.00 - $18.00

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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BoomBox is two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and longtime friends Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux. Together they develop an electronic blend of vintage Rock and...

Cost: 0

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Good Morning Bedlam and Nomad will be hitting the stage at Day Block Brewing Company. Nomad is a Minneapolis-based Americana band led by South Dakota native Hunter Baugh. In a time where family,...

Cost: $7

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

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

Cost: $29 - $41

Where:
Schneider Theater - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19 – 22, 2017 with four days of summer fun for the whole family. The annual winter...

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

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

Cost: $29 and up

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

Cost: 0

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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This FREE event sponsored by 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten will include coffee and treats, a brief presentation on our new life enrichment centers for older adults, and prizes. Participate in a guided...

Cost: Free

Where:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
3770 Bellaire Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lyngblomsten
Telephone: (651) 632-5377
Contact Name: Christina Rhein
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

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

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Explore how to bring the Entrepreneurial mindset to work & life with Elaine Wyatt, Executive Director at WomenVenture! Professional women from all across the Twin Cities are coming together on...

Cost: Members: $30, Guests: $50. Non registered walk in rate: $60

Where:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 East 81st Street
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Professional women from all across the Twin Cities are coming together on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 11:30am-1pm for our women's networking luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington,...

Cost: Members: $30, Guests: $50. Non registered walk in rate: $60

Where:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 East 81st Street
Bloomington, MN  55425
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This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Music, beer, and friends! What more could you ask for? Join us for Surly beer, a showcase of local musicians, and a great night of fun as you show your support for Cultivate’s work in veloping...

Cost: $20 in advance

Where:
Surly Brewery
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Cultivate International
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The Women's Art Resource of Minnesota (WARM) invites you to join us at the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, MN for our newest exhibit-Zoetic: Our cumulative Legacy. The artists involved in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
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Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have...

Cost: $95-105 + materials fee

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Travel with us through time as we explore the ways White Bear has celebrated winter from ice palaces to fishing contests to hot air balloons. FREE event but donations are welcome.  Presented by...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Lake Library
2150 - 2nd Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Telephone: 651-407-5327
Contact Name: Sara Hanson
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

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


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

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

Cost: $29 - $41

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

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

Cost: $29 and up

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

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Join us for an overview on a wide range of resources available at the James J. Hill Center, from our large collection of books to online resources like A to Z Databases, IBISWorld, SimplyMap, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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For experienced potters who wish to contribute to Empty Bowl (benefitting the food bank).

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
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For experienced potters who wish to contribute to Empty Bowl (benefitting the food bank).

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

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

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

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


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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $0-10

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
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
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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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 Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have...

Cost: $95-105 + materials fee

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Robbin Gallery
4915 42nd Ave., North,
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: The WARM (Women's Art Resources
Telephone: 612-781-6409
Contact Name: Layl McDill
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Please join us for a special evening with Pauline Boss, author of Ambiguous Loss. The evening's topic will be "Coping with Losing Someone One Memory at a Time." Dr. Pauline Boss provides a name...

Cost: $20.00 for early bird tickets.

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Rakhma Homes
Telephone: 612-824-2345
Contact Name: Lindsey Fossum
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Cure the winter blues with a delicious dining experience at Borough with an Oskar Blues beer dinner.  Chef Mike DeCamp is creating a 5 course dinner that will be paired with Oskar Blues Brewery...

Cost: 75

Where:
Borough
730 North Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Borough
Telephone: 612-354-3135
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The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel. Chakra symbols represent the circular centers of energy, and they correspond to the nerve plexuses and organs in the physical nervous system. By focusing on...

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

Where:
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 612-930-2662
Contact Name: Jeremiah Rangel
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Jim Walsh will be at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30pm for a launch event for his new book, "Gold Experience: Following Prince in the '90s." Presented by SubText Books....

Cost: Free, please RSVP

Where:
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 West 6th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: SubText Books
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Take Five Tuesday Rogue Valley Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 6:00pm 6:00pm Social Hour | 7:00pm Concert Rogue Valley Rogue Valley is an Americana group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose music is...

Cost: Tickets $25

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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Batsheva Dance Company Tue, Jan 24, 7:30 pm Carlson Family Stage   Decadance 2017 The 18 dancers of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company flood the stage with such energy and intensity that...

Cost: $42, $52, $62

Where:
Northrop
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Northrop
Telephone: 612.624.2345
Contact Name: Marika Kelly
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $29 and up

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


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $29 - $41

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

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

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

For experienced potters who wish to contribute to Empty Bowl (benefitting the food bank).

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
View map »


Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $0-10

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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 »

More information

Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have...

Cost: $95-105 + materials fee

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: free

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


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

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

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
Website »

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

Cost: $60 - 21

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

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

Cost: $60 - 21

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

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

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

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

Cost: $29 - $41

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

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

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
Website »

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The University of Okoboji Winter Games has events on and off the Iowa Great Lakes. Events on the lakes include Broomball, Flag Football, Softball, Keg Toss, Polar Plunge and much more. Live...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
Okoboji
243 W. Broadway
Arnolds Park, IA  51331
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Sponsor: The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 712 332 2107
Contact Name: Kara Matheson
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The Invention of Certainty works by Hilary Greenstein January 12 - February 19 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: January 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

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

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

For experienced potters who wish to contribute to Empty Bowl (benefitting the food bank).

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
View map »


Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $0-10

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


Website »

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

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Join the Duluth Art Institute for the biggest “show and tell” event of the arts calendar. DAI members share one piece of art made in 2016. This is a wonderful expression of what regional art is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Insitute
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
Website »

More information

Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have...

Cost: $95-105 + materials fee

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $33-$38

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $60 - 21

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $60 - 21

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $25-$200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-6669
Website »

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Thanks to its inherently upbeat and singable material, Josh Abbott Band has become one of the leading acts in Texas music, winning four trophies in the inaugural Texas Regional Radio Awards. But...

Cost: 18

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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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: $10

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

More information

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

Cost: $29 and up

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


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $29 - $41

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: 0

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


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

More information

The University of Okoboji Winter Games has events on and off the Iowa Great Lakes. Events on the lakes include Broomball, Flag Football, Softball, Keg Toss, Polar Plunge and much more. Live...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
Okoboji
243 W. Broadway
Arnolds Park, IA  51331
View map »


Sponsor: The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 712 332 2107
Contact Name: Kara Matheson
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

For experienced potters who wish to contribute to Empty Bowl (benefitting the food bank).

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
View map »


Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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

More information

Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

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

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Marketplace Events, producers of the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show and Holiday Boutique, is launching a new event that will cater to home improvement enthusiasts. The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling...

Cost: $12 at the door; $4 for children ages six – 12; children five and under are free

Where:
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $0-10

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


Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
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

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have...

Cost: $95-105 + materials fee

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Every 4th Friday of the month beginning January 27th, The Lounge at Victor’s brings you Victor’s on Vinyl: the merging of an exclusive listening club with a dining experience. Each event...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Victor's on Water
205 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Victor's on Water
Telephone: 952-474-8879
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  From January 27 through Feb 5, 2017 Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre present Cellula.  An innovative production from Minneapolis performers Z Puppets...

Cost: Children $8/ Adults $15

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast
1500 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
Telephone: 612-724-1435
Contact Name: Kathleen Conroy
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake , MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Mobsters Inc." Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands of...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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All in the Timing A “tour de force” of six hilarious plays by David Ives, one of America’s great comic playwrights. JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 5, 2017 Directors:Ben RatkowskiBrian JoyceBrian...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Rachel Platten shot to fame with 2015’s uplifting smash hit “Fight Song,” which rose to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified triple Platinum by the RIAA. Platten won a...

Cost: $39 & $54

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Thanks to its inherently upbeat and singable material, Josh Abbott Band has become one of the leading acts in Texas music, winning four trophies in the inaugural Texas Regional Radio Awards. But...

Cost: 18

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Directed by Joe Chvala "This horticultural horror will have you screaming with laughter..." – New York Post In this zany musical comedy,...

Cost: $29 - $41

Where:
Schneider Theater - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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The University of Okoboji Winter Games has events on and off the Iowa Great Lakes. Events on the lakes include Broomball, Flag Football, Softball, Keg Toss, Polar Plunge and much more. Live...

Cost: $0.00

Where:
Okoboji
243 W. Broadway
Arnolds Park, IA  51331
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Sponsor: The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 712 332 2107
Contact Name: Kara Matheson
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The St. Paul JCC celebrates the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival with the Forever Funny gallery exhibit, which consists of jokes and cartoons featured in renowned author and humorist William...

Cost: 0

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: St. Paul JCC
Telephone: 651-255-4757
Contact Name: Marley Richman
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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Nothing is better than wearing a warm pair of slipper boots on a cold winter day. Felt your own custom pair by making a pattern from your foot, layering wool over the pattern, saturating with warm...

Cost: $95-105 + $20 materials fee

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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For experienced potters who wish to contribute to Empty Bowl (benefitting the food bank).

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
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Kirsten Aune uses a unique painting technique to create large-scale quilts and wearable elements. See her studio and process in this free artist demo.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Magic Smelt Parade Shop
128 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

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

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Now in its 43rd year, the Winter Carnival Orchid Show has become the premier winter event for orchid lovers throughout the Midwest, attended by nearly 5,000 orchid enthusiasts. Perhaps in response...

Cost: Cost $5 for adults $1.00 off with Winter Carnival Button

Where:
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Orchid Society of Minnesota
Telephone: 612-223-4059
Contact Name: Michael Dyda
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Start the new year with the luscious, deep colors and rich surface treatments from this month’s featured artists. From the crackled landscapes in Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti’s work, to...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket...

Cost: Included with $6-10 site admission

Where:
James. J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-297-2555
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Marketplace Events, producers of the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show and Holiday Boutique, is launching a new event that will cater to home improvement enthusiasts. The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling...

Cost: $12 at the door; $4 for children ages six – 12; children five and under are free

Where:
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Experience the adventures of Minnesota's hardy ice harvesters. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with a vintage ice saw and pull an antique ice plow. Weigh blocks of ice, use chipping tools, and...

Cost: $5

Where:
Richardson Nature Center
8737 E Bush Lake Road
Bloomington, MN  55438
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We will get you started on making cheese at home by showing you a variety of techniques including cutting the curd, separating the curds and whey, and using a cheese press and waxing hard cheese....

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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We're FOUR now and we can't wait to celebrate with you!On Saturday, January 28th from 12pm-8pm we will be celebrating our 4th year of business and it's all because of YOU!Special Release: $15 for a...

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing
783 harding street ne
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 612-749-4203
Contact Name: Matty B
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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"Worlding" is curated by Kate Casanova and Patrick K. Pryor and features artwork by: Andrea Carlson Preston Drum Andy DuCett Nicole Gordon Sarah Faye McPherson Lamar Peterson "Worlding" is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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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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This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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As winter sets in, the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce hopes to help get people outside. This January, they will host the 14th annual Ice Golf on frozen Prior Lake outside of Charlie’s on Prior....

Cost: $30

Where:
Charlie's on Prior
3950 Green Heights Trail SW
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Sponsor: Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 619-206-0685
Contact Name: Dara Levine
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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Work, a Spotlight exhibition of new paintings by Joshua Huyser, opens January 28th at Groveland Gallery.  Simple objects, such as vintage packaging and household ephemera, have long been favorite...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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We will get you started on making cheese at home by showing you a variety of techniques including cutting the curd, separating the curds and whey, and using a cheese press and waxing hard cheese....

Cost: Free

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Website »

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Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket...

Cost: Included with $6-10 site admission

Where:
James. J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-297-2555
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When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm Where: St. Louis Park Roller Garden, 5622 W Lake St, St Louis Park Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at the door​ Join us at the Roller Garden...

Cost: $10 in advance or $15 at the door

Where:
St. Louis Park Roller Garden
5622 W Lake St
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Reach for Resources, Inc.
Telephone: 952-200-3030
Contact Name: Andrea Paulet
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Presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union, Winter Jazz Festival features some of the best local and nationally-known jazz musicians for two days in downtown Saint Paul. The 2017 Winter Jazz Festival...

Cost: $25 for Saturday, $35 for Sunday, $50 for both days

Where:
Downtown Saint Paul
St. Paul, MN  55102


Sponsor: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
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Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have...

Cost: $95-105 + materials fee

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Our annual Salon fundraiser will bring a ray of sunshine into your life during the cold, dark days of winter and remind you of New Beginnings. The event features bright, lively background music...

Cost: $20 in advance or $30 at the door

Where:
Minneapolis Photo Center
2400 N Second Street
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra
Contact Name: Joe Burling
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Skyway Theatre presents...Stone Arch IslesStone Arch Isles began performing in September of 2016, and since then the group has played numerous venues around the Twin Cities. Their rise to...

Cost: 10 - 15

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

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

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake , MN  55304
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

More information

  From January 27 through Feb 5, 2017 Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre present Cellula.  An innovative production from Minneapolis performers Z Puppets...

Cost: Children $8/ Adults $15

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast
1500 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Z Puppets Rosenschnoz
Telephone: 612-724-1435
Contact Name: Kathleen Conroy
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Minnesota Opera brings a rediscovered musical gem from Mozart’s era to the stage. Diana, the goddess of chastity, is the target of Cupid’s interference as he brings unwelcome love and passion...

Cost: $25-$200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul , MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-6669
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“To create something new, we must first love what is old.” Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to...

Cost: $60 - 21

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


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

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

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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The Lonely Knees are coming to Chatfield! They're playing the Legion Room as part of the 13th Annual Chill Fest, presented by the Chosen Valley Community Foundation. Spend a day in Chatfield,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Chatfield Center for the Arts
405 Main St S
Chatfield, MN  55923
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Telephone: 507-884-7676
Contact Name: Jenni Petersen-Brant
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Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” Created by...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Join us for the 9th annual Finding a CURE Gala on January 28th, 2017 at MUSE Event Center, located in the North Loop, Minneapolis, Minnesota. CURE is the American Cancer Society’s primary young...

Cost: 80.00

Where:
Muse Event Center
107 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: American Cancer Society
Telephone: 651-491-8045
Contact Name: Maggie Hooley
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Skyway Theatre Presents....NIGHTOWLSHailing from the underground of Los Angeles, CA, NIGHTOWLS have become a force to be reckoned with in the global dance music scene with an impressive 2015...

Cost: 18.00

Where:
The Loft
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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CAAM Chinese Dance Theater presents the world premiere, "Keepsakes: A Chinese Love Story" Critically acclaimed choreographer Lili Teng has created some of the most graceful, intricate and...

Cost: $15 advance, $20 at door + fees

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
Telephone: (651) 774-0806
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Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman Music by Alan Menken Directed by Joe Chvala "This horticultural horror will have you screaming with laughter..." – New York Post In this zany musical comedy,...

Cost: $29 - $41

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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