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Beset by red ink and management squabbles, Theatre de la Jeune Lune reinvents itself


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IN 1985, AFTER SEVERAL years of shuttling between France and Minnesota, Theatre de la Jeune Lune settled in Minneapolis—and nearly folded before the year was out.

“It was either ‘Close our doors’ or ‘Do a show that will make some money,’” recalls Barbra Berlovitz, one of Jeune Lune’s four co-founders.

So the company went for broke, because it literally was. What helped save the players was the completely self-invented Yang Zen Froggs in Moon Over a Hong Kong Sweatshop. The production was a marvel of inspired outlandishness—that is, everything the company did well: circus-like clowning, poetic physicality, and engaging staging. Patrons couldn’t get enough. The troupe’s reputation as a group of visionaries was solidified, and over the next 23 years they would accumulate national kudos and a Tony Award while remaining in the vanguard of Twin Cities theater.

Today, however, Jeune Lune is struggling again. And it will take more than one big show for the theater to return to profitability. Its deficit is reportedly topping $900,000. Staff have been cut. The number of shows per season has been reduced from four or five to just two.

It hasn’t helped that in 2006, Jeune Lune’s leadership team fell apart, in what Berlovitz calls an “explosion.” Personal and artistic tensions within the troupe’s inner circle—including founders Dominique Serrand, Berlovitz, Robert Rosen, and Vincent Gracieux, as well as longtime company member Steven Epp—boiled over, exacerbated by decades of pent-up exhaustion. When the dust settled, Serrand emerged as the sole artistic director, with Epp at his side. Gracieux has returned to acting in Europe. Rosen and Berlovitz have been teaching and directing largely outside of Jeune Lune. Rosen, officially on a leave of absence, says the leadership split is “a big can of worms” still too squirm-inducing to discuss. But he also suggests that something needed to give in order for the troupe to grow—“We’ve worked together for so long, at some point you have to break the shell.”

What’s clear is that things couldn’t—and can’t—continue as before. This month, Jeune Lune presents the second, and final, production of its season. Until the budget begins growing again, Serrand says, this will be the norm. How did Jeune Lune, what one high-profile theater director calls a “national treasure,” come to this?


THEATRE DE LA Jeune Lune, which means “theater of the new moon,” was founded in Paris in 1978 by students of the world’s leading school of buffoonery—in the best sense of the word. Ecole Jacques Lecoq teaches a unique mix of physical theater, mime, and clowning, with an emphasis on commedia dell’arte, a theatrical tradition of blowing into town and commenting on current events through improvised drama. Unlike most theaters, Jeune Lune does not buy scripts and then enact plays more or less as the playwright intended. It asks actors to create scenes through improv, so that the characters and action are as original and organic as possible.

“I don’t know why you’d do theater any other way,” says Berlovitz. “That is theater to me.” Such a singular vision has ensured that a Jeune Lune show rarely looks like anyone else’s, even when it is: Its popular Mozart operas, for instance, featured performers singing while riding bicycles and lying prone on the stage. The Jeune Lune principals are artists, first and foremost—at the expense, some say, of the finances.

“Jeune Lune has always paid a tremendous amount of attention to the art that they produce,” says St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola. “But they haven’t paid as much attention to the bottom line. To survive as a midsize theater, you have to do both things equally well.”

Large theaters can often shrug off a poorly attended show or two, says Papatola. And small theaters, generally working without a home of their own, can shift to cheaper venues or push back future productions. But midsize theaters can be swamped with debt after just one bad show. Considering that Jeune Lune owns a large converted warehouse space in Minneapolis, never flinches at filling its stage with gorgeous sets and dozens of top-notch actors at a time, and has rarely—if ever—cut a show from a season, the company practically needs every show to be a Yang Zen Froggs­–style success. In fact, for years, it seemed to expect as much: Overly optimistic attendance estimates, now reportedly reined in, sometimes left both the seats and coffers emptier than expected.

Even when the company had a dud, it insisted the show go on: In 2004, it closed The Ballroom mid-run, retooled it, and reopened within a couple weeks. The move, which boosted attendance, was unconventional yet indicative of a troupe that exists almost solely to perfect its art.

Jeune Lune’s desire to reflect the times in its work asks that audiences change with them. Many have, but some patrons familiar with Jeune Lune’s early madcap shows may have been disappointed by recent, deeper reflections on greed, sadism, and alienation. “People look for more humor from Jeune Lune,” Berlovitz says. “But we live in very dark times. What you create out of that is going to be very different.”

Jeune Lune can take heart, says Papatola, that another local midsize theater—Penumbra in St. Paul—recently recovered from years of red ink. Like Jeune Lune, Penumbra built its reputation by focusing on repertoire, rather than business. “Their chickens came home to roost,” says Papatola. A massive overhaul, including layoffs, a change in funding structures, and a decision to cut shows from an already publicized season, brought some balance. Penumbra’s last four years have been profitable, eliminating $600,000 in debt.

Of course, Penumbra’s blueprint may not work for Jeune Lune, as their strengths and audiences are different. Jeune Lune’s chief asset may be its reputation for originality—a reputation that plays especially well outside the Twin Cities. For years, Jeune Lune has taken its shows to such cities as Boston and Berkeley and won widespread approval, including “best production” honors in multiple locales. So, hoping to boost its fortunes, Serrand is planning to take more productions on the road.

He also intends to expand the company’s collaborations with larger theaters in other cities, which can afford to foot most of the bill for Jeune Lune’s lavish productions. Eventually, Serrand envisions using Jeune Lune’s Minneapolis space as an anchor—an actor training and production center, where pieces are created and then moved around the country.

The risk is that Jeune Lune will need to work harder to remind local audiences of its presence. “If we’re touring a show, it takes us out of the local theater eye,” admits Scot Covey, Jeune Lune’s marketing director. “That’s the marketing and development challenge for us.”

ON A BACKSTAGE wall at Jeune Lune’s warehouse theater, a series of note cards contain enigmatic words: mishaps, naked, tub, spa. They were scribbled during brainstorming sessions for this month’s new play, which the company is dreaming up through improv. It’s the kind of originality Jeune Lune is known for, yet the company hasn’t created a show like this in years. For several recent seasons, Jeune Lune re-staged some of its most popular productions.

“It’s like re-exercising a muscle,” says Serrand of the new play, called Fishtank. It’s a poetic exploration of how we find our place in the world and what’s lost along the way. And as much as it’s a return to form, it may be exactly what the theater needs.

“You need good administrative leadership, good board leadership, and good community support,” says Papatola. But you also need to remain true to your artistic approach. “By and large, [Penumbra] didn’t compromise the integrity and mission of the theater to get out of trouble,” Papatola says. “What got them into trouble is what got them out of it.”

Jeune Lune’s artistic aims seem to remain intact, even though its creative core has largely dispersed. In fact, there are more opportunities than ever to enjoy the troupe’s singular style. Rosen has directed high-profile shows for the University of Minnesota theater program (The Pope and the Witch) and for Live Action Set (Desiderare). And he’s opening a studio to train performers and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. Berlovitz is teaching theater at the University of Minnesota, at Carleton College, and at Jeune Lune. She’s hopeful that the Jeune Lune founders’ current explorations will ultimately enrich their work together, whenever that resumes in earnest. “I think the explosion will be very fruitful,” she says.

Meanwhile, Serrand and Steve Epp had a hit with The Deception, Jeune Lune’s fall show. Convinced that younger audiences would have a natural affinity for Jeune Lune’s visceral approach, the theater began offering $9 tickets this season to folks 25 years old or younger—and it’s worked. Youthful patrons propelled The Deception to sellout performances and an extended run.

Can such strategies sustain the Twin Cities troupe? Last fall, in an article on Jeune Lune’s future, the Star Tribune quoted Serrand as saying he’d consider moving the company if necessary. Serrand says his comments were taken out of context and insists that audience development in the Twin Cities remains the theater’s “No. 1” priority. “It’s your own community that decides if you’re going to be strong,” he says. “There is support; [yet] it needs to be much greater. I wasn’t saying, ‘If you don’t like us enough, we’ll leave.’ … This is our home.”

Tim Gihring is senior writer at Minnesota Monthly.

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Treat that special someone (or anyone really!) to a delicious night out in Downtown Minneapolis. Each Monday night (6pm - 9pm), Day Block Brewing hosts Date Night- a happy hour special where $35...

Cost: $35

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Join the JazzMN Orchestra and guest vocalist Connie Evingson at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for an evening of holiday favorites.  Included will be hits by Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Nat...

Cost: $10-35

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
501 W 78th St
Chanhassen, MN  55317
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Sponsor: JazzMN Orchestra
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Day Block Brewing's weekly Open Mic night! Every Monday, Open Mic will be hosted in the dining area accompanied by our $3 Select Pint of the day! Sign up opens up: 8 PMOpen Mic: 9 - 11 PM Hosted...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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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 holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Phil Thompson is an internationally acclaimed pop-pianist and vocalist. In his spare time Phil believes in giving back to his community. Emmy award-winning guitarist Billy McLaughlin is the leader...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Milkweed Books and the The Shop at MCBA are pleased to present Shop Open Book!, a series of lively literary shopping events in the Open Book building. Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Open Book, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Hey, neighbor! Do you live in the 55401, 55454, or 55415? Stop in after 7:00pm every Tuesday night, show your ID (or proof of mailing address) and receive 15% off your tab! Spread the word to all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Phil Thompson is an internationally acclaimed pop-pianist and vocalist. In his spare time Phil believes in giving back to his community. Emmy award-winning guitarist Billy McLaughlin is the...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Join us on Wednesday, December 13th for an exclusive Tequila Dinner feauring Don Julio Tequila. Cocktail service begins at 7:00 p.m. Four-course dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Each course will be...

Cost: $59.99/person

Where:
Cantina Laredo Mall of America
300 West Market
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-406-8311
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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

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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You don't have to go it alone! Receive real help and feedback brainstormed especially for you by a group of smart, supportive women in business at this professionally-facilitated, mastermind-style...

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

Where:
The Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Take some time to savor the engaging close-harmony singing of Minnesota’s own Andrews Sisters. In this Raymond Berg production, local singers Lisa Pallen, Aimee Lee and Kathy Mueller will...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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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 holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

More information

Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Mark the Winter Solstice at American Swedish Institute! This is the special moment and global turning point when the earth's tilt brings the shortest day and longest night of the year. Dress...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

REGISTER NOW Join us for the Hill Center’s annual holiday celebration of giving with AN ANDY AND BING CHRISTMAS starring Super Bowl Champion and University of Minnesota Alumni, Ben...

Cost: $60

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 165-126-55430
Contact Name: Lily Shaw
Website »

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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

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

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

FREE Little Yogi Classes Bring your little yogi in for a FREE mommy and child yoga session at Charlie & Violet Photography's studio located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN....

Cost: FREE!!!

Where:
Charlie & Violet Photography
2075 Ford Pkwy
Suite 1
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Charlie & Violet Photography
Contact Name: Kelly O'Donnell
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Last Call!   Did you sleep on your holiday shopping list or were you just waiting for our party? Either way, get over to FOOD BUILDING for some shopping, eating, drinking and making...

Cost: Free

Where:
Food Building
1401 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: The Bitter Buffalo
Telephone: 651 261 2826
Contact Name: gillian mclaughlin
Website »

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Join tap dance instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for FREE group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
Website »

More information

Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

More information

Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

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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This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Karaoke is something Can Can was built to do well, and the cast of characters who have already crossed our stage is a testament to this. If you like Karaoke, and live within a 100 miles of St....

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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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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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Last Call!   Did you sleep on your holiday shopping list or were you just waiting for our party? Either way, get over to FOOD BUILDING for some shopping, eating, drinking and making...

Cost: Free

Where:
Food Building
1401 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: The Bitter Buffalo
Telephone: 651 261 2826
Contact Name: gillian mclaughlin
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
View map »


Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Enjoy some jazz from the 1920s through the 1950s along with some holiday classics!

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

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