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Patriot Acts

Recalling the country’s most notorious, and least likely, draft raiders


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In January 1970, several of the Eight took part in a raid, dubbed the Beaver 55, that went beyond anything Berrigan had done. It was the largest draft raid of the war. The group broke into a St. Paul post office, where draft cards were stored, and left a pile of destroyed materials a foot deep. They made off with about 1,200 draft stamps, which, when affixed to draft cards implied that one’s service had already been completed. After the break-in, says Kroncke, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover dispatched 100 agents to Minnesota.

Other break-ins followed, culminating on July 10 in the Minnesota Eight’s raids on draft offices in rural Minnesota, where security was presumed to be lighter. Two men went to Little Falls, three to Alexandria, three more to Winona.

Around midnight, Olson, Simmons, and Beneke scrambled onto the roof of a Winona garage and through the unlocked window of a government building they’d previously cased. After cutting an interior window with an acetylene torch, the men proceeded toward the Selective Service System office, where the area’s draft cards were kept. They never got that far. Men in suits, guns in hand, emerged from an adjoining room. “Don’t move or you’re dead!” they declared. “It’s the FBI.”

At the jail in Minneapolis, the men were soon joined by the rest of the Eight. They had all been set up.

For three days after the men’s arrest, large rallies were held in downtown Minneapolis. Police crashed through the crowds, making arrests. The federal government, having recently endured the Chicago Seven case that made celebrities of Abbie Hoffman and other antiwar personalities, was determined to prevent the Eight from becoming heroes. Their charges were reduced from sabotage to burglary, ensuring that any questions or evidence regarding the war would be irrelevant or inadmissible.

The prosecutor denounced the men, recalls Kroncke, as “part of the international Catholic conspiracy started by Father Berrigan and funded by Castro.” In their defense, the men claimed a “higher allegiance” and summoned historians, political economists, and four theologians to testify regarding the concept of a moral high ground—and the immorality of the war. One of the Eight told the judge, “As American society is constructed today, it forces all responsible Americans to be criminals. You are either a peace criminal or a war criminal.”

Daniel Ellsberg, the government official who would eventually leak the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, asked to testify, seeking a forum to release the secrets. But the judge shut him down, sustaining prosecutors’ objections to any and all criticism of the government.

Andrew Glass, an editor at the National Journal, testified that 88 percent of all soldiers sent to Vietnam were draftees, and that their chances of survival were far slimmer than that of enlistees. In response, the head of Minnesota’s Selective Service agency simply replied, “Mankind has always been at war.”

“The violence has to stop somewhere,” Kroncke asserted in his final statement of the trial. “It stops with me.”

But of course it didn’t. The men were sentenced to five years in prison, and U.S. involvement in Vietnam continued until 1975. Disillusioned, Kroncke returned to society as a salesman.


TWO YEARS AGO, Kroncke came back to Minnesota. He gave the History Theatre in St. Paul a memoir he’d written in prison, Patriotism Means Resistance, and the theater commissioned a Los Angeles playwright to create Peace Crimes based on Kroncke’s reflections on his activism and trial. Though he remains convinced of the military’s willingness to draft young men into war—Don’t fool yourself, he declares on his website, You are a key part of the Military Selective Service System—he now takes a more philosophical tack toward resistance.

He’s launched a new initiative, called Peace and War in the Heartland, that is sponsoring discussions and exhibits to be held during the play’s run. One of his exhibits, created with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis, is a virtual draft lottery that asks young people to consider how they’d act if drafted into a conflict they considered immoral. Would they resist and go to prison? Flee the country? Or train to kill and be killed?

Back at Tilton’s house, the Eight recall their own naiveté. “We were up in Little Falls, crawling through windows, thinking we were ending the war,” Kroncke muses. But the bigger war, they now believe, is still going on. The fight was never just about Vietnam but America:How do we settle conflicts—with violence or without? The war on terrorism is just another battle. “I wish this was a play about old farts reminiscing,” says Kroncke. “But it’s the same war, culturally.”

As the government becomes savvier, resistance is painted as unpatriotic, and it’s more difficult to dissent. “The times are so much more serious now,” asserts Beneke. “Vietnam—that was nothing.”

They are glad, then, that they stood up when they did. And so are others. “Guys thank us today for getting them out of Vietnam,” says Simmons. “It really was saving lives.”

Tim Gihring is Minnesota Monthly’s senior writer.

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Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: $15- 25

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

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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

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

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

Where:
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Citizens League, 89.3 The Current, Target
Telephone: 651-289-1077
Contact Name: Jacob Taintor
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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

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

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Formerly known as the American Composers Forum’s Tuesday Salon, Composer Nights are an opportunity for composers to present their work, chat with the audience, receive feedback, and connect with...

Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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Welcome to the Hump Day Chronicles, hosted by Manny Duke brought to you by Galactic Pizza. Every Wednesday Open Mic starting on 10/21 Come listen to some of the Twin Cities hidden gems as...

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: TBD

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $7.95

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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

More information

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

Cost: free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $15- 25

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


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

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

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  menu CART | MY ACCOUNT       Manage Event     Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN- Winter fundraiser at Cowboy Jacks! February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Cowboy Jacks
2801 Southtown Dr.
Bloomington , MN  55431
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Sponsor: Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota
Telephone: 612/548-4266
Contact Name: Crystal Clancy
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Dating meets fundraising at this fun, feel-good event featuring the Twin Cities' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes! Date for Life benefits Children's Cancer Research Fund as singles...

Cost: $40-500

Where:
ARIA
105 1st St. N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Children's Cancer Research Fund
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February’s Lowertown Listening Session will feature Heather Barringer leading a performance and discussion of Morton Feldman's solo percussion work The King of Denmark. The King of Denmark is a...

Cost: $10

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

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

Cost: $40-500

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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Cloud Cult’s music is imbued with spirituality and hope. They explore loss, grief, and love through family and community. Join Krista Tippett and the creative force behind the band, Craig Minowa,...

Cost: Free, must RSVP

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

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $18-$25

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


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

More information

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

Cost: TBD

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


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $7.95

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


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $15- 25

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

Cost: $30.00

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

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

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

Where:
Brianno's Royal Cliff Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Theater Company
Telephone: 651-454-6755
Contact Name: Kay Brown
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Come and enjoy Bridgeview's art studio at our first sip and paint!     Local artist, Jill Ness, will guide the group through the steps to paint an original piece of art- Love Blossoms. Your...

Cost: $40 per person

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

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The Kronick Quintet plays jazz in all its colors -- 40s swing, Bebop, Latin, and funk.  NOLA is the Twin Cities best Cajun restaurant.

Cost: $10 cover charge

Where:
NOLA Bistro and Bar
204 Central Ave.
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: NOLA
Telephone: 612-849-1605
Contact Name: Richard Kronick
Website »

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

Cost: $18-$25

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


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

More information

February 12, 13, 20, 23~, 24+, 25, 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM ABOUT THE SHOW Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we...

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

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Savage Umbrella
Telephone: 952-454-6777
Contact Name: Hannah Holman
Website »

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You already know the love story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version “unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt.” Or...

Cost: $27-$40

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

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

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

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

More information

The Kronick Quintet plays jazz in all its colors -- 40s swing, Bebop, Latin, and funk.

Cost: $10 cover charge

Where:
Golden's Deli
275 E 4th St,
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 612-849-1605
Contact Name: Richard Kronick
Website »

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The hottest way to celebrate Valentine's Day is back! The City Pages have named us the Spoken Word Event of the Year and they know what they are talkin' about!Join us for our 22nd year of the...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kieran's Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Word Sprout
Telephone: 612-339-4499
Contact Name: Allison Broeren
Website »

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

Cost: TBD

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


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

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 “Cupid’s Mystery” Valentine's Dance with Lesson, Dinner, Live Band.  Art Handt/Kudja  4901 Chowen Ave. S. Mpls. 6:30-lesson; 7:30-Catered dinner, 8:30-10:30pm dancing. Please see website...

Cost: $72 per couple for Dinner Lesson and Dance

Where:
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
4901 Chowen Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Linden Hills Dancing Club
Telephone: 612-455-0448
Contact Name: Noelle Follen
Website »

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The Twin Cities Second Saturday workshop will address the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals,...

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

Where:
Minnetonka Community Center - Shady Oak Room
14600 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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Telephone: 612-371-4010
Contact Name: Lisa Byrne
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

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


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

More information

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

Cost: N/A

Where:
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4120 W Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Twin Cities In Motion
Website »

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

Cost: $7.95

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


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: (612) 339-8007
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand will host “Breakfast at Max’s:  Baubles, Bites and Bubbly” on Saturday, February 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Valentine’s Day. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
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This Valentine’s Day weekend, come put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumor...

Cost: $35-$55

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Valley View Middle School Edina
6750 Valley View Rd
Edina, MN  55439
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Sponsor: Edina Chinese Association
Telephone: 612-206-6055
Contact Name: Lina Lin
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Learn how to make weather instruments that determine wind speed, wind direction, and rainfall.  All activities are included with your $8 Museum admission and free to members....

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

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

Cost: $5 General Admission

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

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

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

Cost: $15- 25

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

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Prixe fixe or a la carte

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sugarbush Trail
Tofte, MN


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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
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Cook County is home to the largest cross-country trail network in North America, totaling over 400 km (250 miles).  On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the annual Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sugarbush Trail
Tofte, MN


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

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Looking for a creative twist to Date Night? Watch Me Draw Art Studio has created the perfect evening out with your partner that will be sure to impress! You take all the credit, we'll set the...

Cost: $55.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-468-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Eagan Theater Company will perform the audience participation murder mystery play 'Audition for Murder' Feb 12-14 at Brianno's Royal Cliff Center, 2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan The plot revolves a...

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

Where:
Brianno's Royal Cliff Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Theater Company
Telephone: 651-454-6755
Contact Name: Kay Brown
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Minneapolis acoustic indie rocker and songwriter Dan Hylton presents his newest effort, Craft Pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales. With one foot in the singer-songwriter “storyteller”...

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

Where:
Sidhe Brewing Company
652 Jenks Ave
St Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Sidhe Brewing
Telephone: (612) 424-1534
Contact Name: Liz Hare
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Pinstripes is hosting a one of a kind four-course wine dinner with Milbrandt Vineyards. Each course will feature a specially prepared dish with a wine that is its best complement. A Milbrandt...

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

Where:
Pinstripes
3849 Gallagher Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Pinstripes
Telephone: (952) 835-6440
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February 12, 13, 20, 23~, 24+, 25, 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM ABOUT THE SHOW Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we...

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

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Savage Umbrella
Telephone: 952-454-6777
Contact Name: Hannah Holman
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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

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

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Cost: FREE

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Dr
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: UMD Music Box Office
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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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You already know the love story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version “unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt.” Or...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Escape the cold Minnesota winter and enter the warmth and allure of Brazilian music and culture. This Valentine’s concert captures Brazil’s sensuous melodies, evoking sun drenched...

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

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

Cost: $28 - $36

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

Cost: $10-$15

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

Cost: small cover

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

Cost: TBD

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