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Bitter Harvest

Ethanol is often touted as a boon to the rural economy and a “green” solution to our dependence on Mideast oil. But is King Corn wrecking havoc on Minnesota’s wildlife and water?


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FOR NEARLY THREE decades, Tom Kalahar, a conservation technician for the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District, has driven the dirt roads and blue highways of Renville County, a sea of cropland along the north side of the Minnesota River. The county consistently ranks first in the state in production of corn, and near the top in soybeans and sugar beets. It is one of the most thoroughly drained and plowed areas of the state.

Kalahar’s mission: To sell farmers on various federal and state conservation programs that turn farmland into wildlife habitat. A field becomes a seasonal pond for nesting ducks, or a strip of grass along a creek bank goes untilled, reducing erosion and filtering runoff.

In a landscape devoted to agriculture—almost always at the expense of wildlife—Kalahar has been thankful for small victories. Farmers have enrolled thousands of acres—much of it marginal cropland at best—in federal and state conservation programs and planted it in grass and other natural cover. As a result, Kalahar says, a young generation sees pheasants and jackrabbits where, 20 years ago, there were none at all.

“We were gradually making inroads,” he says. “The water actually was getting cleaner. And wildlife—we had pheasants back in Renville County—there hadn’t been pheasants since the ’60s. It’s simply because of those grasslands.”

But in the last couple of years, Kalahar has watched in alarm as production of ethanol—a so-called green fuel—has driven up demand for corn. Farmers are plowing up conservation grasslands to raise corn and cash in on rising prices.

“We turn those grasslands into ethanol and corn acres—poof, there goes the pheasants. Poof, there goes the water quality. It’s unavoidable,” says Kalahar. “This is the biggest threat to water quality and wildlife in my career. ”

LARGE-SCALE ETHANOL production in Minnesota began as a way to boost demand for corn and raise persistently low prices for the commodity, says Ralph Groschen, an agricultural marketing specialist for the state Department of Agriculture. Only later did ethanol producers begin promoting it as a way to reinvigorate the rural economy, reduce air pollution from cars and trucks, and liberate America from its dependence on imported oil.

On the basis of such claims, both Minnesota and the federal government have become big boosters of ethanol. The federal government pays fuel blenders 51 cents for every gallon of ethanol they buy. The government also requires that 4 billion gallons of the gas consumed by Americans come from renewable sources such as ethanol—a figure that is scheduled to rise to 7.5 billion gallons by 2012. Meanwhile, Minnesota mandates that fuel sold at the pump contain 10 percent ethanol.

But is corn ethanol really good for the environment? Can it really help wean us from foreign oil? “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if farmers could grow corn and we could tell the Middle East to go to hell, and we could just pull our SUV up to Cenex, pull the hose out, and fill it up with good old green corn?” Kalahar marvels. But he’s not a believer: “It ain’t going to happen.”

Why not? First, corn ethanol as currently produced contains only 25 percent more energy than it takes to make, according to a recent University of Minnesota study. Fossil fuels supply most of that energy (and they’re used in petroleum-based fertilizers, too). In short, we produce ethanol to replace the fossil fuel we use in making ethanol.

Second, farmers can’t grow enough corn to fuel the nation’s vehicles. U researchers deduced that diverting the entirety of the current crop to ethanol production would cut total gas use by less than 3 percent. We’d have to devote a lot more land to corn production before we could come close to meeting our fuel needs.

Another problem: Corn is hard on the environment. It sucks up high-nitrogen fertilizers. It drinks more water than most crops. It demands pesticides. In fact, corn requires more chemical “inputs” than just about any crop in the region.

The results are toxic. Pesticide runoff kills smallmouth bass and other fish. Runoff of excess fertilizers causes local lakes to bloom with algae, and causes the oxygen-depleted “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Excess nitrogen in drinking water can also be a threat to infants.

Corn production is equally tough on farmland wildlife, such as pheasants, songbirds, and deer. “Row crops such as corn are among the poorest habitats out there,” says David Sample, a research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. During the last half-century, as farm fields have grown bigger and temporary wetlands and cattail sloughs have been drained, many prairie species, especially birds, have disappeared. According to the National Audubon Society, in the last 40 years, the population of northern pintails, which need both wetlands and grassy uplands to thrive, has dropped 77 percent. The eastern meadowlark, once an emblem of grasslands and open woodlands, has declined 72 percent. Northern bobwhite, loggerhead shrike, and grasshopper and lark sparrows are in similar trouble.

Over the years, conservationists and lawmakers have attempted to blunt some of the worst environmental damage caused by agriculture. One of the most widespread and successful programs is the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which rents land from farmers and pays them to keep it in grass. Another is the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), also developed in the mid-1980s, which targeted high-priority areas for wildlife habitat and prevention of soil erosion. “That was one time government really got it right,” says Kalahar. “They offered programs that made a lot of sense: Farm the best; buffer the rest.”

Such conservation measures have had considerable success in bringing back populations of grassland birds, such as bobolinks and dickcissel. A study by Al Berner, a retired wildlife researcher from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, found that the number of pheasants increased roughly 13-fold when land was put into CRP. Deer, jackrabbits, and other wildlife have also benefited from the programs, Kalahar says.

Now, however, subsidies for ethanol and grain production are reversing the progress wrought by subsidies for conservation. As corn prices rise and production increases (U.S. crop yields jumped nearly 20 percent this fall, according to some estimates), farmers are choosing to let conservation contracts expire and plant crops instead. Just this fall, Minnesota lost about 80,000 acres of CRP land, North Dakota 250,000 acres, South Dakota 300,000 acres, and Iowa 128,000 acres. “What are we getting out of our tax dollars?” asks Kalahar. “We subsidize the corn crop. We subsidize the ethanol. We subsidize, we subsidize, we subsidize, and we’re looking at a tremendous loss [of habitat] across this nation.”

ON A WINDY PRAIRIE near the town of Donnelly, in west-central Minnesota, DNR wildlife manager Kevin Kotts strides across newly mown prairie, identifying the plants lying in windrows: “Big bluestem, Indian grass, Canada wild rye, wheat grasses, yarrow, black-eyed Susan.”

The next day, this prairie hay, cut from 50 acres of the 300-acre Eldorado Wildlife Management Area, will be baled and trucked to the University of Minnesota–Morris. Next spring, when a new gasifier is completed, the U will process the dried grass—as well as other biomass such as corn stalk and leaves—into carbon monoxide and hydrogen, which can be burned in the campus heating system. “We think we can get these at a good price and replace our natural gas,” says Joel Tallaksen, an assistant scientist and manager of the project.

If the collaboration between Kotts and the U is successful, it could serve as a model for energy production from renewable resources. According to U of M ecologist David Tilman, co-author of the U’s ethanol study, native grasses produce annual crops that require little—or no—use of fertilizers or pesticides. What’s more, a field planted with diverse species can produce more than twice as much usable energy as a plot containing a single species, such as switch grass. And the energy equation is potentially profitable as well: Grass-derived ethanol could produce eight times the energy required to make it.

The possibilities of deriving fuels from prairie—for gasification or ethanol—appeal to a lot of conservationists and scientists. They imagine private prairies on marginal farmland that farmers are now tempted to plant in corn. “It makes a whole lot more sense than corn,” says Kalahar. “It could be wonderful for ground-nesting birds, such as duck, pheasants, Hungarian partridge, and meadowlarks.”

Still, there are potential problems. First, we don’t know how make prairie-grass ethanol economically feasible: Several experimental and pilot plants operate in North America, but none have gone commercial. Second, if grasslands are devoted first and foremost to maximizing biofuel production, farmland wildlife might face the same threats as they do now.

“If we would just quit farming the marginal acres in this country, planted them to native prairie, and harvested that grass, we’d have all the ethanol we’d need,” says Kalahar.

In fact, the idea of turning prairie grass in to biofuels may have legs. This fall, Congress began debate on the latest incarnation of the federal farm bill, which includes payments for conservation and crops. Some conservationists have argued that conservation payments should be raised to keep pace with crop prices. Others have fought for a provision to pay farmers to grow prairie grasses and other potential ethanol feedstocks. Closer to home, the U of M’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment has funded research into new biofuels that offer the hope of reducing dependence on corn and perhaps even restoring a nearly vanished ecosystem of prairies in the state.

Kalahar, for one, sees a brighter future as mostly a matter of willpower. “We can do anything we want,” he says. “We can have the kind of planet that we want. We can have the kind of air we want. We can have the kind of water quality that we want. But, as of this point, we haven’t quite wanted it enough.”

Greg Breining wrote about caver John Ackerman in the October issue.

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
Website »

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

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

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

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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Join us for a presentation by Elizabeth Coleman, as she discusses her explorations with glass and porcelain. A 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient, Elizabeth will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments....

Cost: $76-24

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Website »

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

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

More information

Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
View map »


Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
Website »

More information

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments....

Cost: $76-24

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
Website »

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Loving your work starts when you make yourself a priority - but how do you really put your own happiness first? At this conversational luncheon, we'll talk about how you can change your internal...

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

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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High School Open House at The International School of Minnesota We believe that education can change the world.  Join us on February 21 from 4-6 pm for an open house for grades 9-12! Learn more...

Cost: Free

Where:
The International School of Minnesota
6385 Beach Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: ISM
Telephone: 952-918-1800
Contact Name: Joelle Charbel
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Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55805
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Sponsor: Glensheen Mansion
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
View map »


Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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Whether you’re in a family business or not, you’ll take away useful communication tips from stories shared by this experienced panel. Each of the panelists has had multiple courageous...

Cost: $25 member/$45 non-member

Where:
Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Listen to WCCO Radio's Afternoon Drive Time with Jordana Green and Paul Douglas to learn more about food and philanthropy with Sue Zelickson. Tune in the last Thursday of every month at 4:45...

Cost: $0

Where:
WCCO Radio
, MN


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Join us for happy hour on February 22, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sisyphus Brewing. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to OneVillage Partners.OneVillage Partners works as a catalyst to...

Cost: 0

Where:
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: OneVillage Partners
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Join us for happy hour on February 22, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sisyphus Brewing. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to OneVillage Partners.OneVillage Partners works as a catalyst to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: OneVillage Partners
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Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood is a fashion show, fundraiser and party all thrown into one! Featuring local community models, show-stopping fashion and one-of-a-kind...

Cost: $30-$3,000

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market St
Minneapolis , MN  55405
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Sponsor: Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD
Telephone: 612-821-6106
Contact Name: Sarah Harris
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Join Como Friends for a festive fundraiser Bouquets, a wine, beer and food experience in the stunning Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Visitor Center. Sample more than 100...

Cost: $65 General Event and $125 for VIP

Where:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Friends
Telephone: 651-487-8229
Contact Name: Kaitlyn Huntington
Website »

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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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Please join us for an inside look at Heilicher, an accredited K-8 independent school. Learn more about academic, Hebrew, and Judaic Studies offerings, and hear from a panel of alumni, parents, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Heilicher Day School
Telephone: 952-381-3500
Contact Name: Louise Schoenberger
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Join us as we announce the tenth anniversary season of the Lakes Are Music Festival!  Members of the Minnesota Orchestra come together for an invigorating program, including a LAMF favorite:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Women's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Lakes Area Music Festival
Telephone: 218-820-6193
Contact Name: Bethany Rohr
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
View map »


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

More information

  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 first quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 raymond avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Telephone: 612-721-2535
Contact Name: Kat George
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Music with a Mission is a night of music at the Fine Line Music Cafe supporting the Music Therapy Program at HCMC. Dance the night away while providing the gift of music for patients receiving care...

Cost: $20 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 N 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Hennepin Health Foundation
Telephone: 612-872-9250
Contact Name: Amy Carlson
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Legendary Ladies of Country: Heart Songs from the Heartland is a joyous celebration of the power and resilience women discover as they travel down life’s highway of young love, marriage,...

Cost: $24-$29

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Table Salt Productions
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Kara Witt
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Marriage is funny. And fraught with drama. And therefore lends itself well to musical comedy. Thus... 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical! Presented by Bucket Brigade: February 2nd-24th, 2018 Fridays...

Cost: $22-$27 ($3 Discount for students, seniors 65+, and groups of 10+, $5 off groups

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter for over 50 years. They...

Cost: Starting at $32, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle Craze...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
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Nearly everyone has heard Beethoven’s last symphony, among the most performed in
the world—but have you seen it danced? The COWLES CENTER presents this choreographer’s take on...

Where:
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55043
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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When you participate in a Fight For Air Climb, you are stepping up to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission - to...

Cost: $15-$145

Where:
U.S. Bank Plaza
200 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: American Lung Association
Telephone: 651-268-2146
Contact Name: Abby Slick
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Get ready to dive into the world of technology and engineering at The Works Museum’s annual Tech Fest family event. With dozens of hands-on activities led by real scientists, engineers, and...

Cost: $9 Pre-registered/$12 at the door; members free.

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 952-888-4262
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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
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Start thinking camp!   Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer?   Join Minnesota Parent magazine at its 12th Annual Camp Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m....

Cost: Free!

Where:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St Paul, MN  55103
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Telephone: 612-436-4392
Contact Name: Owen Davis
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Chaotic Playground-Youth Art FestivalFREE EVENTOpen to PublicExperience Dance, Theater, Media Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Poetry, Performance, Photography, and more from dozens...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Hwy.
Golden Valley, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Telephone: 763-279-4168
Contact Name: Betsy Anderson
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 first quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 raymond avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to host a book release event for PARTS, a new book by gallery artist Michael Kareken. For the past three years, Kareken has been visiting auto salvage yards and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Of course Minnesota’s largest outdoor beer festival takes place
in winter. The Mighty Midway at the STATE FAIRGROUNDS becomes a big, brisk taproom sampling more than 150 breweries and...

Where:
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave N
St.Paul, MN  55108
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Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Telephone: 612-721-2535
Contact Name: Kat George
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Get out of the cold and step into the warmth of giving at our Sunset Soiree! Show off your bronze glow, wear your most glamorous Beach or Ball Wear and join us for an evening of games on the...

Cost: General Tickets -$200 VIP Tickets - $250

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Telephone: 763-502-1500
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble
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Gala4Goals 2018: So Much More Than Soccer! The Sanneh Foundation is deeply rooted in soccer, but we do so much more than free soccer camps. Therefore, the focus of this year's 8th...

Cost: $150.00

Where:
Saint Paul River Centre
175 Kellog Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Atomic Data & Thor Companies

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The US Ice Cross Association (USIX) is excited to host the United States 2018 Rider’s Cup! We will be racing at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington, Minnesota! WHEN: February 24, 2018...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hyland Hills Ski Area
8800 Chalet Rd
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: US Ice Cross Association
Contact Name: Maria Balogh
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Killswitch Engage are an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock. Killswitch Engage’s current lineup consists...

Cost: $33

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
Website »

More information

St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
View map »

More information

  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Website »

More information

Marriage is funny. And fraught with drama. And therefore lends itself well to musical comedy. Thus... 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical! Presented by Bucket Brigade: February 2nd-24th, 2018 Fridays...

Cost: $22-$27 ($3 Discount for students, seniors 65+, and groups of 10+, $5 off groups

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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In conjunction with our annual "A Toast to George Washington" event, Minnesota Masonic Charities and the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center is proud to present a show that highlights the Great...

Cost: $10 to $17

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Minnesota Masonic Charities
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Kara Witt
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
View map »


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

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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
Website »

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If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle Craze...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Brohug the DJ/producer trio from Sweden and the masterminds behind ‘brohouse’ are ready to take the EDM scene and shake it up. Tired of the commercial side of the EDM world, Brohug is on a...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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