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The New Classics

The Twin Cities are full of ageless wonders: Some have simply endured (think Al’s Breakfast); others have evolved—historic icons turned suddenly hip (the W–Foshay). From upscale eateries to classy characters, here’s a hand-picked list of places, people, ideas, objects, and items that, in our humble estimation, have stood the test of time yet are completely aucourant.


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1. OLD DUTCH POTATO CHIPS

There are two sorts of Old Dutch consumer: There is the taking-Old-Dutch-for-granted consumer, who grew up with those twin packs of OD at every family picnic and thinks that their parents purchased them out of thriftiness; and then there is the new-convert Old Dutch consumer, who thinks the brand is an unheralded regional treasure. I am one of the latter. “Don’t you know Esquire magazine named Old Dutch one of the greatest chips in America?” I demand. “Don’t you know that these rank with other great chips like those from Utz and Zapp’s? Don’t you know that Old Dutch was founded in St. Paul in 1934 and has held its own against corporate giants like Lays because they’re great! And for no other reason! These aren’t a thrift chip! These are a cult chip!” Then I take my bag of Dutch Crunch salt-and-vinegar kettle chips into the corner and eat the whole bag by myself, never offering to share a single crunchy curl. Why? Because Old Dutch chips are simply too good to share with people who take them for granted.
—Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
 

2. W MINNEAPOLIS-THE FOSHAY

Wilbur Foshay never moved into the three-bedroom, three-bath suite he installed for himself in the upper stories of his eponymous office tower/ego trip, the Foshay Tower. Instead, he was bunking in Leavenworth not long after his Minneapolis skyscraper opened with unprecedented fanfare in 1929. Yet the real punishment must have been watching his art-deco darling fill up over the next 80 years with the kind of humdrum, low-rent businesses that could’ve pushed paper in any old office space. It was akin to storing budget reports in the Washington Monument. But now that the W Hotel has moved in, the fallen Foshay has finally been restored to his over-the-top aerie. Night after night, sleek autos pull up beside the behemoth and the dark, gleaming lobby throbs with expectation, the chatter of big-shouldered majordomos on their headsets, and the clink of plates from Manny’s Steakhouse. The place is chockablock with rock stars (AC/DC recently rested their shaggy heads there), movers and shakers, and young entrepreneurs with dreams so big and bloated that they rival Foshay’s.
—Tim Gihring
 

3. THE PARKWAY THEATER

There’s reviving an old movie theater, and then there’s what Joe Minjares has done with the Parkway in south Minneapolis. Minjares is the longtime owner of Pepito’s Mexican restaurant. He’s also a local actor with bit roles in NYPD Blue, The Truman Show, and Untamed Heart (as the boss of Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei). So, he knows how to entertain. Since taking over the Parkway last year, Minjares has hosted Lizz Winstead’s comedy show during the GOP convention, an Elvis tribute night, concerts by such local thrushes as Regina Marie Williams, and, of course, movies, including the area premieres of Love in the Time of Cholera, John Sayles’s Honeydripper, and Cinematic Titanic, the latest from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang. Best of all, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the price: Admission is still just $5.
—Tim Gihring
 

4. GOPHER FOOTBALL

By the time I arrived at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1990, the Gophers had been playing football at the Metrodome for eight years. The school was in what might now be called its “feedlot” era. These were the days of 400-student psychology classes taught by video in a room that expanded on test days to accommodate students who hadn’t bothered to show up all quarter. Get ’em in, get ’em out. Many dorm-dwellers returned home to their parents’ place on weekends, and hiking to the Metrodome to see a game only underscored the commuter-school feel. You could have distilled all of the U’s school spirit into a single can of Old Milwaukee.

Admittedly, I was too absorbed by Proust and Kerouac and the patchouli-drenched girls who loved them to notice that, during my five years at the U, the Gophers were getting shot down worse than I was. I went to exactly as many games as the number of coeds I went home with. So why would I give a ski-u-mah about the pending return of football to campus after 27 years?

It has to do with academics. Really. No one who knows football believes the new stadium and the sport’s return to campus will improve the Gophers’ record. But it may improve the U’s fiscal outlook. As at most universities, the football program helps subsidize the school’s other sports, which leaves more money in the coffers for other uses.

But revenue at the Metrodome was pretty paltry, leaving the U scrambling to find dollars. Until last season, when budget cuts changed the picture, the U’s athletics program had hemorrhaged money, often running a multi-million-dollar deficit. Compare that with the $20.4 million in profit the University of Michigan athletics program made last year. If wealthy alumni pack the skyboxes at TCF Bank Stadium, that’s more money to retain professors, fund seminars, and prop up the humanities.

But my support is also about bringing back everything the U wasn’t when I attended. If the U is going to become, as President Robert Bruininks hopes, one of the world’s top three research schools, it needs to start feeling like one—which actually means resembling some of the country’s perennial sports powerhouses: UCLA, Michigan, Texas. These schools have proven that jocks and geniuses get along just fine, drawing top students and faculty because of, not in spite of, their investments in campus life.

So let’s encourage investment in student scholarships and prize-winning profs. But let’s also go a step further: We’d like to see the pom-poms shaking on the field and hear the roar of the crowd seeping into the library stacks. Maybe then the U, whose abbreviated nickname once seemed to symbolize everything it lacked, will begin to feel like a university.
—Tim Gihring

5. COTTAGE VIEW DRIVE-IN THEATER

Most drive-ins exist today only in the flicker of memories, but in the 1950s Minnesota was home to more than 80 places where you could catch the latest Hollywood release without having to leave the comforts of your Buick—except to fetch popcorn, of course. The state’s largest remaining drive-in, the Cottage View on Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove, recalls that magical era, right down to the twinkling marquee that still greets moviegoers and the $7.50 price of admission—for a double feature, no less. It’s a small price to pay for a starlit evening filled with comedy, drama, action, and adventure. Fans, by the carload, seem to agree: In 2007, they rallied to save the theater from demolition. In mid-April when it opens for business after the winter thaw, you too can pack a cooler with sodas, pile people into the SUV, and pick your spot in the gravel lot. Necking highly encouraged.
—Elizabeth Dehn
 

6. CARGILL

Say what you will about high food prices and weak financial forecasts, Cargill, the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant, is thriving: Revenues at the privately held company topped $120 billion in 2008, causing some critics to cry foul. The chief complaint? That the company’s reach extends around the globe, from seed to plate, giving Cargill too much influence over the world’s food supply. Yet for many of us, it’s the mystery of Cargill’s influence that most intrigues, the fact that, for better or worse, it pulls the strings at flour mills, salt mines, slaughterhouses, and grain auction houses around the world—and it does it all from a faux chateau on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.
—Tim Gihring
 

7. ROLLER GARDEN

It’s 1988 and Rusty the DJ has just declared “Snowball!” at the Roller Garden on Lake Street in St. Louis Park. Pressed up against the wall with the other girls, I’m feeling confident in my favorite lavender cords and long, crimped hair. I’m trying to look aloof yet available. Surely, this time someone will ask me to skate. He’ll take me by the hand—it will be clammy—and we’ll go fast, stealing glances at each other but not talking. I’ll have to concentrate to keep from tripping when I do cross-overs. Oh please, God, let it not be the redhead with the really chapped lips….

Twenty years have passed, but the Roller Garden is largely unchanged today: a giant, red-brick dome that boasts a dinosaur as its mascot. What’s different is the crowd. Bill Staley, whose family has owned the rink since 1969, says that while attendance by kids and teenagers has waned, grown-ups have taken up roller-skating in droves. An adults-only skate on a recent night drew more than a hundred people. There were couples, jocks, punks, prepsters, a girl covered in tattoos, two sisters synchronize-skating, the cool guy (there’s always one) gliding around the rink backwards. The Roller Girls, Minnesota’s roller-derby team, practice here on a regular basis. On the weekend, the place is often packed with families during the day, and with adults in the evening, reliving their bygone youth or perhaps still fantasizing about finding the perfect Snowball romance. Anything seems possible, of course, when “Eye of the Tiger” is playing.
—Elizabeth Dehn

8. ST. PAUL FARMERS' MARKET

There are plenty of farmers’ markets in the Twin Cities, but only St. Paul can brag about having the state’s oldest and longest-running one—it opened in 1852. What’s more, it’s the first market in the area to require that everything on sale come from local farmsteads. The weekly event, located at the corner of Wall and Fifth streets, runs year round and can draw a crowd even in the depths of winter: Families and single shoppers alike pick up prime cuts of meat and root vegetables and even Christmas trees. The mood is always cheery, and there’s an added bonus: free parking spaces. Good luck finding that near Nicollet Mall.
—Courtney Lewis
 

9. WALTER MONDALE

Walter Mondale turned 81 in January. That’s important only in that the man started his political career when he was 20, when he helped Hubert H. Humphrey win his seat in the U.S. Senate. That’s more than 60 years in the public eye, during which time, of course, he has served as the state attorney general, a U.S. Senator, the vice president of the United States, ambassador to Japan, and a U.S. Senate candidate. Along the way, of course, Fritz has had his share of notable achievements. As a member of the Church committee, he helped expose widespread abuses among the country’s intelligence services. As Jimmy Carter’s No. 2, he redefined the role of the vice president. And as a nominee for president in 1984, his pick of Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate put one rather sizeable crack in that glass ceiling that got so much publicity last year. More recently, as a high-profile Democratic Party superdelegate, he let Senator Hillary Clinton know that the time had come for her to give up her primary fight. “I was for Hillary—I wasn’t against Obama,” he said upon announcing that he was switching his support to the Illinois senator. It was a classic Mondale move, done with class and clarity. Hillary was out the next day.

And yet, Mondale is just as important for how behaved as much as what he accomplished. During those six decades in public life, he never gloated about his wins and he never sulked over his losses (at least not publicly). He never embarrassed us or betrayed our trust. In short, he taught us what it means to be a public servant.
—Andrew Putz
 

10. HEXAGON BAR

There are two kinds of hipster bars in Minnesota. First, there’s the kind with $14 martinis garnished with allspice-scented star fruit. Those come and go. The more important kind of hipster bar is the one where women with tattoos of World War II bomber pin-up paintings stand hip to hip with regulars who have been living in the same neighborhood since VJ Day. The Hexagon is one of those. ¶ This family-owned bar opened in 1934 in the Seward neighborhood and was originally named for a six-sided stand-alone bar which bar-patrons are said to have waltzed around while being serenaded by fiddle and accordion players. The Hexagon trucked along happily, if reasonably quietly, through the rest of the 20th century, when suddenly, in the 21st, it was discovered by the new generation of rock ’n’ roll–loving, nose-ring-wearing, iPhone-toting kids who were making Seward their home. The place quickly became known for its lovably crotchety old-school staff and the house policy of hosting new young bands and (almost) never charging a cover. Now the Hex has joined the ranks of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s most vaunted old-school hipster bars, like the Turf Club and the C.C. Club, and anytime a band plays, you can find the cutest girls in town sharing lighters in the cold night with men whose only use for an allspice-scented star fruit martini would probably be to kill squirrels.
—Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
 

11. THE LEXINGTON

Some love the Lexington for its peerless political people-watching. Some love the Lexington for its light, fluffy, standard-bearing chicken pot pie or gratifyingly theatrical Châteaubriand for two. Some love the Lexington for its completely serious yet campy Versailles-meets-Mount Vernon décor. But we love the Lexington because it is classic St. Paul, open since 1935 and host to generations of celebrations surrounding engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, and even wakes.
—Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
 

12. BYERLY'S

If you want to be centered, live deeply in the moment, and appreciate every dollop of existence with a Zen master’s attention, then I figure you have two options: You can meditate and work on your breathing, or you can shop at Byerly’s. Why? Because Byerly’s was founded, in 1968 in Golden Valley, on the revolutionary premise that women’s housework, like grocery shopping, should not be drudgery. And to back it up, Don Byerly put carpets in the aisles and hung chandeliers over the frozen foods. To this day, that idea that time spent food-shopping should be deemed valuable and respected persists: The prepared foods at Byerly’s seem more deluxe, the produce seems prettier, the cashiers seem nicer and happier, the little impulse items of chocolates or exotic pickles seem more carefully chosen than those at other grocers. Then you go sailing out the door, unencumbered by carts or bags, not unlike, say, Jackie Onassis in her prime, to fetch your car so that strong, happy Byerly’s employees can load the groceries into your trunk. Is that inner peace? On a Wednesday night, between leaving work and putting dinner on the table, yes, that’s inner peace.
—Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

13. FALLON MINNEAPOLIS

As budding copywriters, my college friends and I would debate our favorite Fallon McElligott ads—“Perception/Reality” for Rolling Stone; “Where the women you hate have their hair done” for Horst salons—like they were Talmud. And when Tom Mc-Elligott disappeared from the ad biz (a second time), we awaited his return with the devotion of disciples. More recently, however, we’ve wondered what happened to his former agency. In recent years, Fallon Minneapolis lost the accounts for United Airlines and Citigroup, bids for Volvo and Microsoft, and even Pat Fallon (to its parent company). ¶ But now the makings of a comeback are being assembled. The creative directors behind Fallon’s award-winning BMW films have returned. A new, youthful CEO has taken the gilded reins with Pat Fallon’s endorsement: “He will see to it that we regain our rightful place of prominence.” In fact, it’s already happening: Fallon won Best in Show from the Advertising Federation of Minnesota and gold at the London International Awards. We still don’t know where McElligott went, but that’s as it should be: Fallon is once again ascendant.
—Tim Gihring
 

14. THE JUICY LUCY

Whenever I’ve got bigwig food editors from the coasts in town, I block out an afternoon for old-school Jucy Lucy spelunking. First, I explain to them that it’s not spelled “Juicy” (not at Matt’s anyway), and that it refers to two beef patties pressed together to create a little envelope around cheese. Then, I explain to them the great rivalry between Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club, both on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, and each convinced that it originated the concept and that it has the best Jucy Lucy. Sometimes my guests ask me why on earth anyone would want to put the cheese of a cheeseburger inside the burger, but I make it a policy of answering them only with riddles: Why must Chicago deep-dish pizzas be so deep? Why must layer cakes be so layered? Ours is not to question why.

First we go to Matt’s: “Look at them cook that thing!” I order, as we sit on Matt’s barstools and admire the vinyl wallpaper and wood paneling. Cook it does, sizzling on the griddle behind the bar, and then it cooks and cooks and cooks some more, until the exterior of the thin beef patties is slick and crisp with a beefy char. The bartender presents the burger, and I warn my guests that the interior is as hot as lava, and we better just sip our Grain Belts for a while. While waiting, we absently munch frozen-tasting, unremarkable fries, as is the local custom. Finally, the moment of truth! The very taste of south Minneapolis—ultra-crisp beef, liquid cheese—the essence of grilling in a bar brought to life.

Then I take the out-of-towners to the 5-8. We sit on newer barstools, we soak in the family-roadhouse atmosphere, and we wait for Juicy Lucy’s—the ones branded with the correct spelling. When they arrive, they’re meatier, the bun is sweeter and fresher-tasting, there’s less char but more cheese than at Matt’s. “Now,” I tell the visitors, “to be a true Minnesotan you must choose your favorite.” Usually they hem and haw, one is meatier, one has that transcendent char…. If they waffle for too long I take them to Adrian’s, at 48th and Chicago, for a third Juicy Lucy and let that be the tie-breaker.

At this point, they see the light: “Oh, this is your cheesesteak, your po’boy, your pizza,” they say. “There is no right answer.”

“You are right,” I say sagely. “There is no right answer, only a glorious life of comparisons, partisanship, and the accompanying Grain Belt. Now, Grasshopper, ask me whether ice cream or frozen custard is better.”
—Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
 

15. STONE ARCH BRIDGE

Over the past century and a quarter, lots of spans over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis have come and gone (including, tragically, the original I-35W bridge). But the Stone Arch, built by railroad magnate J. J. Hill, endures. A newspaper article announcing its completion in 1883 praised its sturdiness: “Firmer than the earth which supports it, it is constructed to stand the test of time until the golden age shall arrive when the problem of aerial navigation shall have been solved, and railroads and railroad bridges will be useless works of engineering.” ¶ Fortunately, neither the advent of aerial navigation nor the demise of passenger rail travel to and from Minneapolis could topple the majestic monument. The last train traversed its 21 arches three decades ago (there were originally 23 arches, but two were replaced by a steel truss when the St. Anthony Falls Upper Lock was built), but in 1994 the bridge reopened to cyclists, strollers, joggers, and others traveling under their own steam. ¶ The view from the bridge encompasses not only lots of Minneapolis real estate but the entire sweep of the city’s history, from St. Anthony Falls and the mills that fed off it to the gleaming Guthrie Theater and the swank condos ushered in by riverfront revitalization. With the recent addition of atmospheric lighting to the bridge’s arches, the Stone Arch Bridge has literally entered a golden age.
—David Mahoney

16. Betty Crocker 
17. Al’s Breakfast 
18. Philanthropy 
19. Electric Fetus
20. Monte Carlo 
21. Haskell’s 

22. Gluek’s
23. Cruising Lake Minnetonka
24. The Heights
25. Grain Belt 
26. First Avenue

27. NYE'S POLONAISE

Pure camp only gets you so far. At some point, you have to pull your tongue out of your cheek if you want a taste of authenticity. That’s why would-be hipsters who can only savor Nye’s Polonaise seasoned with a liberal sprinkling of irony are missing out on the true flavor of this northeast Minneapolis institution.

Sure, it’s easy to train a sardonic eye on the Rat Pack­­­–era lounge décor, the sauerkraut-heavy dinner menu, or even the framed photograph of founder Al Nye hanging by the entrance. Yes, it looks like nothing much has changed at Nye’s over the last half century or so. But more important, what remains the same is the genuine good feeling that envelops all Nye’s patrons, whether they’ve come to sing along with Sweet Lou Snider at the piano, hop around to the bouncy tunes of Ruth Adams’s polka band, tuck into a cabbage roll and some pirogies, or just sip an honest cocktail at the bar.

It all started humbly enough back in 1950, when Al Nye bought an old blue-collar bar on the corner of Hennepin and Prince. In what’s now a storeroom, Nye cooked up sauerkraut and Polish sausage for the mill workers who would come in for a hearty lunch and a cold beer.

Nye built the more upscale Polonaise Room in 1964, adding two more dining rooms—named for Chopin and Pulaski (a heroic Polish-American general in the Revolutionary War)—within the next decade. He sold the business in 1994 and died in 2004, a couple years before Esquire magazine named Nye’s “The Best Bar in America.” But the welcoming spirit Nye instilled still permeates every room. And even though it’s only in that photo by the door, Al—like everyone else in the place—is still smiling.
—David Mahoney
 

28. SEVEN CORNERS HARDWARE

Some places make you nostalgic for an experience you may never have had. Seven Corners Hardware in St. Paul is one of those places. Even if you never wandered the aisles of an old-time hardware store looking for a router bit or a socket wrench, you’ll still feel like you’ve come home when you walk through the door on West Seventh Street. ¶ The store opened in 1933, when the country was tooling up for the New Deal. Its well-trod floor boards groan as customers pass through the warren of bins, pegboards, and display cases stacked with every imaginable whatchamacallit and thingamajiggy. How much stuff does Seven Corners carry? Well, its catalog contains more than 700 tightly packed pages. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Just ask one of the guys in blue shirts for help—they’ll be happy to explain the characteristics of a perfect hammer or tape measure. That’s the kind of classic expertise that doesn’t exist at Home Depot.
—David Mahoney
 

29. ELSIE'S BOWLING CENTER

We know. We know. There’s a lot of “change” in the air these days. Real change. Change we need. Change you can believe in. But what about things that don’t need changing? What about things that are sorta perfect the way they are? What about places like Elsie’s, which hasn’t changed all that much since Elsie Nelson opened the Nordeast landmark in 1956. Sure, over the years, more lanes (there are now 16) and a restaurant have been added (the place serves enough deep-fried goodness to satisfy any self-respecting Midwesterner). And every couple of years, a new batch of twentysomething ironists show up to discover that—wouldn’t you know it?—bowling is actually pretty damn fun. But the thing that makes people come back to Elsie’s year after year hasn’t changed. It’s still a microcosm of all the best stuff about Northeast, a place where factory guys, nurses, hipsters, and grad students don’t just get along—they belong. And today, that spirit—that vibe—isn’t any different than it’s always been. And God willing, it never will. That, to put it in terms the kids might understand, is unchange you can believe in.
—Andrew Putz

30. The Basilica—
particularly during the Block Party 
31. Convention Grill
32. Schuler Shoes
33. Freezing at the
St. Paul Carnival 

34. Jax Café
35. The restored State, Orpheum, and Pantages
36. O’Gara’s
37. Picnicking
at Minnehaha Falls

38. MINNESOTA STATE FAIR

There is only one real reason to love—truly love—the Minnesota State Fair. And it’s not because it’s so kitschy (though surely it’s the only place in the universe where both Spam burgers and seed art are so highly venerated). And it’s not because it’s so successful (even though, after 150 years, it’s one of the biggest, best-run, and most popular fairs in the country, drawing 1.7 million visitors last year). No, the reason to love the state fair is that, in an age of cheap accolades and unearned hype, it is that rarest of things—everything it promises to be: a place where cows and kids, hicks and hipsters, politicians and Pronto Pups all come together, reminding us all just how weird and wonderful a summer night in Minnesota can really be.
—Andrew Putz
 

39. VARSITY THEATER

You know you’re in for a damn good time long before the lights go down at the Varsity. It starts when you catch sight of the blazing marquee, its wattage seemingly illuminating all of Dinkytown. The seven letters of the venue’s name, stacked like alphabet blocks, tower over an all-caps notice for the evening’s usually eclectic entertainment (a Ting Tings concert? A Policy and a Pint discussion?). Stepping into the lobby, you’re instantly charmed: It’s as if you’ve stumbled into a Parisian café, all velvet sofas and soft lighting and hissing espresso machines and Sure, if you’d like white wine, a micro beer, or even a pair of ear plugs, we’ve got that, too. But you can tell that it’s not the Left Bank because the posters on the wall aren’t Degas or Renoir, but rather bills for acts that have come and sung and gone on to find fame and greatness and even Grammy nominations (Amy Winehouse, Suzanne Vega).

You funnel into the auditorium with high expectations, and you’re not disappointed: The Varsity—built as a vaudeville house in 1915, transformed into a cinema, briefly abandoned, and then opened again four years ago as a music/theater/event spot by Jason McLean, the bohemian businessman who runs the nearby Loring Pasta Bar—is very much alive. Red drapes mask the walls, and half-a-dozen disco balls and strings of blinking white lights hang from the ceiling. Concertgoers are crowded around tiny cocktail tables lit by tiny lamps that cast tiny pools of light. The effect is romantic and Old World and electric and new all at the same time. (Oh, my god, are those actual, living ferns over there?!) By the time the opening act arrives on stage, you’re buzzed and happy and pretty much already satisfied with the evening. And you’re the first—the very first—to applaud.
—Joel Hoekstra

40. Paul Bunyan 
41. Mancini’s
42. William O’Brien State Park

43. Kramarczuk’s
44. White winters 
45. Bowling at BLB

46. KELLER GOLF COURSE

Like old people, old golf courses usually have at least one obvious quirk. At Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, it’s the par-3 fourth hole, where a sizeable oak stands directly in front of the green. That oak has gotten the best of more than one of the many scratch golfers that have tried their luck at Keller. Gene Sarazen, one of the game’s greatest, reportedly walked off the course after shooting a 10 on the hole and never returned.

Starting the year after the course opened in 1929, the event that drew the biggest names in golf to Keller for nearly four decades was the St. Paul Open, an annual stop on the PGA tour. Sam Snead won it in 1937, and finished on top of the leaderboard again when the Western Open came to Keller in 1949. Two PGA Championships were also held here, in 1932 and 1954, as well as the LPGA’s Patty Berg Open from 1973 to 1980.

The tour doesn’t stop at Keller anymore, though its memories live on in the numerous black-and-white photos of Snead, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, and other legendary pros that cover the walls of the WPA-built clubhouse. Mature trees now fill in what was originally a more open layout, and what used to be the back nine is now the front (and vice versa). But the course is still a clear winner to the legions of local golfers who flock there each year to stroll the same well-maintained fairways trod by Slammin’ Sam and Arnie’s Army.
—David Mahoney
 

47. ST. PAUL HOTEL

When the St. Paul Hotel opened in 1910, it was one of the largest and most expensive projects of its kind in the state, costing $1 million to construct. The opening ceremony drew 500 guests, including some of the most notable people in town (Lucius Ordway, James J. Hill, Archbishop John Ireland), the stately old building, equipped with telephones in every room and typewriters for crafting correspondence, quickly became a home-away-from-home for weary travelers. Over the years, the St. Paul Hotel has hosted wealthy entrepreneurs, presidents (Teddy Roosevelt was a prominent guest), and a multitude of celebrities. (When the film version of A Prairie Home Companion was filming at the Fitzgerald Theatre, all the cast members kept rooms there.)

The hotel has become the hub of St. Paul. But this is not just a place for paying guests: The St. Paul Grill remains a popular spot for business lunches and champagne brunches and romantic dinners. The hotel regularly hosts theatrical and musical performances, too, and there are classes on etiquette and afternoon teas—all open to the public. If St. Paul seems more civil than most places, the hotel might just be the reason why.
—Courtney Lewis
 

48. SCOTCH TAPE

Last fall, scientists in California confirmed what some had long suspected: Scotch tape, made by 3M, is Minnesota’s greatest gift to humankind. Not only does it seal birthday packages and bind up tattered book pages. It also emits x-rays. Not constantly, of course. But in a vacuum, unpeeled at a rate of about 1.2 inches per second, the tape generates an electrical current—sending out electron bursts that are roughly a billionth of a second long and emitting some 300,000 x-ray photons per flash. That’s bright enough to take an x-ray of a finger. Pretty cool, eh? ¶ Researchers hope to use that knowledge to develop lighter, cheaper, more moveable x-ray machines that, we’re guessing, will exist in every dental office by 2034, but we actually believe Scotch tape is worth extolling for altogether different reasons. See, the sticky clear film was invented in the 1930s, a time when people didn’t have a lot of stuff and needed to keep the stuff they did have in working order. If socks got holes, you darned ’em. If the toaster broke, you had it rewired. And if the pages of a textbook ripped or the corners on the Monopoly box got torn or the hinges on your spectacles went kaput, you got out the Scotch tape and fixed everything up again. (You’re beginning to see where this is going, right?) Everything, it seemed, could be made as good as new. And we’re not just talking paper dolls and plaster figurines. Even dog-earred dollar bills could be taped—and saved.
—Joel Hoekstra
 

49. LYN-LAKE

Coolness used to hang out in Uptown. It smoked at Café Wyrd, drank at the Rainbow Bar, bought CDs at Cheapo, and breakfasted on Denver omelettes and bloody marys at the Uptown Bar and Grill. Coolness thumbed novels at Orr Books and wardrobed itself exclusively at Ragstock. It occasionally panhandled—just for kicks—at the corner of Lake and Hennepin.

But coolness, as anyone who has tried to chase it knows, is fleeting. And so, it departed the Uptown neighborhood years ago, decamping to Nordeast and then, briefly, Seward. Flickers of cutting-edgeness began to surface in other corners of the city, along Washington Avenue, at 48th and Chicago, but coolness was never there for long. Meanwhile, Uptown still managed to draw gawkers and drinkers from Woodbury and Maple Grove, but the locals knew the gig was up. The last bit of cool had vamoosed from Uptown long before retail chains like Victoria’s Secret and the North Face arrived.

Where did it go? Not far, it turns out. Coolness, we recently discovered, has settled in just down the street from its old digs, at the intersection of Lyndale and Lake. Once home to a dozen auto-body shops and garages, this south Minneapolis crossroads now features a new sake bar and a tapas joint. It’s a place where a woodworking shop shares the same block with a store selling leather pants, and where a dusty old rock shop doesn’t look out of sorts standing alongside an upscale sex-toy boutique. Here you can find a global menu of sushi and moussaka, California burgers and sangria. You can partake in shiatsu massage and salsa-dancing, buy the latest in gaming software, or gear up for snowboarding. Need cashews or olive oil in bulk? There’s Bill’s Foods. More interested in a meat raffle? Try the VFW. Denise Arambadjis, owner of the restaurant It’s Greek to Me, says the neighborhood has come a long way since she moved in 26 years ago, an era when most visitors dropped by to visit the local porn shop (now long gone). The arts are more visible. And there’s more parking. But some things remain the same: “I’ve watched all manner of kids come in and out of Tatters over the years,” Arambadjis says. Coolness, we’re guessing, may stay for a while.
—Joel Hoekstra
 

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MN Events Calendar

May 2016

“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
Website »

More information

What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Kick off your Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. yoga class and stay for our bottomless brunch! Includes a complimentary mimosa or glass of wine and $5 off brunch. Tickets available online or at...

Cost: $5

Where:
Pinstripes Edina
3849 Gallagher Drive
Edina , MN  55435
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Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »


Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
Website »

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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Audition for our July comedy "The 39 Steps" on Saturday, May 28 2 pm or Sunday May 29 at 7 pm sharp at the Rochester Civic Theatre! We are looking for 1 male actor (to play a...

Cost: free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa
Website »

More information

                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
View map »

More information

Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
Website »

More information

Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
Website »

More information

The Changelings is set in Threadsville, where the women all work in a rope factory and the men spend their time in betting parlors. The plums are ripe outside and the radio reports a record year...

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

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
Website »

More information

In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks festival presents four weekends of dance, theater, and music – must-see brave new work by Twin Cities up-and-coming artists. Featuring Pedro Lander, Stephanie...

Cost: $8-$15. Thursdays pay-as-able.

Where:
Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Red Eye Theater
Telephone: 612-870-0309
Contact Name: Hannah Geil-Neufeld
Website »

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A classic British farce by Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit follows Charles, a novelist gathering material for his next book, as he invites a medium to conduct a seance in his home. Charles and his...

Cost: $17 - $27

Where:
Black Box Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Katie Campbell
Website »

More information

Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

More information

  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

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

More information

Constellations by Nick Payne Directed by Gary Gisselman Featuring Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg April 15-May 29 Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m. "A singular astonishment!" -...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-278-0145
Website »

More information

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What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
Website »

More information

Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »


Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
Website »

More information

Minnesota's newest $20 million high-flying attraction, FlyOver America will offer complimentary rides to anyone with a military ID on Memorial Day. FlyOver America is a virtual flight ride that...

Cost: Free

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 612-342-9652
Contact Name: Cristin Kieser
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
View map »

More information

Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
Website »

More information

Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

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


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

More information

  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
View map »


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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
Website »

More information

What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »


Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

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

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
View map »

More information

Session 5: Circus Stars Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 May 3 – May 31 Cost: $75Instructor: Aaron Fiskradatz Come, one and all, to the Lakeshore big top!  You’ll see sights to astound you, in an...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

More information

Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
Website »

More information

Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

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


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

More information

  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
View map »


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

More information

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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform one's self. ...

Cost: $379-$975

Where:
Doubletree Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: YogaFit Training Worldwide
Telephone: 888.786.3111
Website »

More information

What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
Website »

More information

Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

Hot beverages, cool paintings & socializing every Wednesday at Watch Me Draw is just the ticket for “hump” day!  Everything you need to add some creative personal time to look forward to each...

Cost: $25.00 per person

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Avenue
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »


Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 612-968-0899
Contact Name: Tracy Giza
Website »

More information

Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »


Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

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

Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

The Lake Minnetonka Event Planner EXPO 2016 is now scheduled! Event, wedding, party planners, and corporate decision makers! Join us at BayView Event Center & Charter Cruises on June 1st. Get up...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
BayView Event Center & Charter Cruises
687 Excelsior Blvd.
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Minnesota Meetings & Events

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Event, wedding, party planners, and corporate decision makers! Join us at BayView Event Center & Charter Cruises on June 1st. Get up to date with the latest trends for your next event!...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
BayView Event Center
687 Excelsior Blvd.
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: MN Meetings & Events
Telephone: 952.767.3115
Contact Name: Ann Erhard
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Shakespeare in the Spring Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 May 4 – June 1 Cost: $75Instructor: Rachel Ratkowski While the weather warms up, Shakespeare is in the air.  Study his famous and beloved...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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Join us for an evening of exceptional Alaska Seafood complemented bu fine Jackson Family wines, featuring a special guest from the Copper River Watershed Project

Cost: $85

Where:
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
50 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Telephone: 612-333-2277

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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: General Admission: $8, Grandstand Reserved: $9, Box Seat Reserved: $12, Sports D

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
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Exhibit preview party with special guest, Magnus Nilsson! Featuring handcrafted sprit/libation samples by regional distilleries Far North Spirits, Du Nord Craft Spirits, Gamle Ode, and breweries...

Cost: $30 members / $35 non-members.

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
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A classic British farce by Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit follows Charles, a novelist gathering material for his next book, as he invites a medium to conduct a seance in his home. Charles and his...

Cost: $17 - $27

Where:
Black Box Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Katie Campbell
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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
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Now in its second year, MN NICE is designed to respond to the changing needs of students and to give non-traditional students the same quality of information and critique found in a university...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform one's self. ...

Cost: $379-$975

Where:
Doubletree Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: YogaFit Training Worldwide
Telephone: 888.786.3111
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Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

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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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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Calling all wanderlusters and textile lovers! Khazana is hosting Caracol Trading Co. for the launch of its first pop-up collection of goods sourced from the souks and artisans of Morocco. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Khazana Imported Arts and Textiles
2225 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
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Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
Website »

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Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
Website »

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Each year, novice and published writers from around the world enter Lakeshore’s highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest. Lakeshore gathers directors and actors from across the Twin Cities...

Cost: Tickets: $19 Regular / $17 Senior / $15 Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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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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Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks festival presents four weekends of dance, theater, and music – must-see brave new work by Twin Cities up-and-coming artists. Featuring Pedro Lander, Stephanie...

Cost: $8-$15. Thursdays pay-as-able.

Where:
Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Red Eye Theater
Telephone: 612-870-0309
Contact Name: Hannah Geil-Neufeld
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A classic British farce by Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit follows Charles, a novelist gathering material for his next book, as he invites a medium to conduct a seance in his home. Charles and his...

Cost: $17 - $27

Where:
Black Box Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Katie Campbell
Website »

More information

  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

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

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What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
Website »

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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform one's self. ...

Cost: $379-$975

Where:
Doubletree Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: YogaFit Training Worldwide
Telephone: 888.786.3111
Website »

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Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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The Edina Art Fair, the first art fair of the season and most acclaimed in the state, will mark its 50th anniversary during this year’s event to be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 in...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France neighborhood
3911 West 50th St
Edina , MN  55424
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Sponsor: 50th & France Business and Professional Association

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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

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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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Make plans now to head to Pine Island for the 80th anniversary of the Pine Island Cheese Festival.  June 3, 4, 5 Pine Island will be abuzz as we celebrate all things cheese!  Start the weekend...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine Island Trailhead Park and Creamery
Center St.
Pine Island, MN  55963
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Sponsor: Pine Island Cheese Festival Committee
Telephone: 507-356-3378
Contact Name: Janet Hanke
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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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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Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
Website »

More information

Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

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


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

More information

In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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Consortium Carissimi offers many different genre (or kinds) of music over the years such as Motets, Cantatas and Oratorios. This season includes yet another genre: The Opera. Written in 1672, this...

Cost: 25.00 / $20 Seniors / $10 students / under 18 free w/adult

Where:
The Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Consortium Carissimi
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The Changelings is set in Threadsville, where the women all work in a rope factory and the men spend their time in betting parlors. The plums are ripe outside and the radio reports a record year...

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

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
Website »

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Each year, novice and published writers from around the world enter Lakeshore’s highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest. Lakeshore gathers directors and actors from across the Twin Cities...

Cost: Tickets: $19 Regular / $17 Senior / $15 Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »

More information

Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks festival presents four weekends of dance, theater, and music – must-see brave new work by Twin Cities up-and-coming artists. Featuring Pedro Lander, Stephanie...

Cost: $8-$15. Thursdays pay-as-able.

Where:
Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Red Eye Theater
Telephone: 612-870-0309
Contact Name: Hannah Geil-Neufeld
Website »

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Sweet, sticky, good!. Bears love Honey and we love Ameet! Is he a bear who sings? Come hear him LIVE!. Ameet Kamath & The 45s are back at Honey. It's going to be sticky and sweet and fun with a mix...

Cost: Free

Where:
honey mpls
205 Hennepin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Contact Name: Grant Road Records
Website »

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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
View map »

More information

A classic British farce by Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit follows Charles, a novelist gathering material for his next book, as he invites a medium to conduct a seance in his home. Charles and his...

Cost: $17 - $27

Where:
Black Box Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Katie Campbell
Website »

More information

  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

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

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This self-guided tour will give you access to some of the most magnificent million-dollar-plus homes across the Twin Cities, built by some of the best custom builders in the market. These...

Where:
, MN

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WHAT:                          The American Diabetes Association is excited to announce the Twin Cities Tour de Cure’s newest route option: a 2.5 mile walk/run. This...

Cost: Registration Fee: $35 Fundraising Minimum: $200

Where:
Minnehaha Falls
4901 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Sponsor: American Diabetes Association
Telephone: 952-567-9601
Contact Name: Janeece Oatman
Website »

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“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
Website »

More information

The 43rd annual Grand Old Days, Saint Paul’s first rite of summer, will be double the fun this year taking place on two days: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Avenue - from Dale Street to Prior Avenue
Grand Avenue
St. Paul , MN  55105
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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform one's self. ...

Cost: $379-$975

Where:
Doubletree Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: YogaFit Training Worldwide
Telephone: 888.786.3111
Website »

More information

What do you visualize when you think of the smell of earth after rain? The artwork featured in Petrichor invites viewers to think about nature on many different levels. As a certified Master...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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Volunteers at this event will get a chance to enjoy lush prairie and the breeze off rolling hills as they plant wildflowers and shrubs in this restored section of the South Washington Conservation...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Washington Conservation Corridor
5900 Woodbury Drive
Woodbury, MN  55129
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3989
Contact Name: Katie McCann
Website »

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Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

The Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 12 local growers and to learn from area conservation...

Cost: free

Where:
Cub Foods Pavilion
1201 Larpenteur Avenue W.
Roseville, MN  55118
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Sponsor: St. Paul Audubon, Capitol Region Watershed District, Wild Ones, Blue Thumb
Contact Name: Leslie Pilgrim

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The 47th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a one day celebration of fine arts and community, to be held on Saturday, June 4th, between 10 am and 5 pm at the intersection of Como Avenue and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Ave and Carter Ave
2245 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: St. Anthony Park Library Association
Telephone: 612-564-2787
Contact Name: Patty Stolpman
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GLUTEN FREE EXPO!  June 4th - 5th 10:00am - 4:00pm.  Over 75 exhibitors will be there!  Discover new foods, try free samples and interact with people who understand about gluten and food...

Cost: 1-day $15 Adults; 2-days $25 Adults; Kids 0-5 free; Kids 6-12 $5; Seniors $12

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Contact Name: Laura McMann
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HAMMS Event is a one day Market supporting local Entrepreneurs and their wares.   Join us for One Day Only, and make it a Grand 'Ol Weekend  Saturday,  June 4th,  2016 10am - 6pm Sip |...

Cost: $15

Where:
Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia Street
Saint Paul, MN   55114
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The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival is one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country. The festival features local, regional and international professional...

Cost: Free outdoor performances; Indoor performance tickets: $5

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
Website »

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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts presentTHIS IS OUR CITY! Featuring work by Ariah Fine, D.A. Bullock, E.G. Bailey, Shá Cage, Mankwe Ndosi,...

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

The Edina Art Fair, the first art fair of the season and most acclaimed in the state, will mark its 50th anniversary during this year’s event to be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 in...

Cost: Free

Where:
50th & France neighborhood
3911 West 50th St
Edina , MN  55424
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Sponsor: 50th & France Business and Professional Association

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The 47th annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a one day celebration of fine arts and community, to be held on Saturday, June 4th, between 10 am and 5 pm at the intersection of Como Avenue and...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Anthony Park Branch Library
2245 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: St. Anthony Park Library Association
Telephone: 612-564-2787
Contact Name: Patty Stolpman
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“Make a Splash” at WaterFest 2016. This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Park
1600 Phalen Dr
S, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651-647-6816
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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  Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the Northern Brewer-Minneapolis knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndal Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Contact Name: Natalie Conrad
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“Make a Splash” at WaterFest 2016. This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Park
1600 Phalen Dr
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651-647-6816
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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Go All-Grain! Learn how to brew with the Northern Brewer knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer- St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul , MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Contact Name: Natalie Conrad
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“Make a Splash” at WaterFest 2016. This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes offers fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Park
1600 Phalen Dr
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651-647-6816
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

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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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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Make plans now to head to Pine Island for the 80th anniversary of the Pine Island Cheese Festival.  June 3, 4, 5 Pine Island will be abuzz as we celebrate all things cheese!  Start the weekend...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine Island Trailhead Park and Creamery
Center St.
Pine Island, MN  55963
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Sponsor: Pine Island Cheese Festival Committee
Telephone: 507-356-3378
Contact Name: Janet Hanke
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Kick off Summer with Rock the Block at Coup d'etat!ROCK THE BLOCK! Saturday, June 4th | 2pm-9pm 2923 Girard Ave S - Coup d'etat UptownGreat Food. Drinks. Live Music. TICKETS $10 in advance |...

Cost: 10

Where:
Coup d'etat Uptown
2923 Girard Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Coup d'etat
Telephone: (612) 354-3575
Contact Name: Jodie Heyerdahl
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Theatre Club Adults & TeensSaturdays, 4:00-5:00 (plus attending Saturday evening performances) May 14 – June 4 Cost: $105 Think of it like your book club for plays!  Starting with a...

Cost: $105

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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                     WHAT: Northtown Mall, Anoka County’s enclosed family friendly shopping venue, will send thrill-seekers spinning when Gopher State Expositions comes to...

Cost: 1 - 20

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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Come join les Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques June 4 at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis for a empowering and invigorating vinyasa yoga session with instructor Cheri Hannagan that will build your strength,...

Cost: $15 for AFMSP members, $20 for general public

Where:
The Yoga Center of Minneapolis
212 3rd Ave North
Suite 205
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
Telephone: 612-332-0436
Contact Name: Christina Selandar Bouzouina
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Tequila Sangria Margarita Tasting Tour!   Enjoy up to 30 Tequilas, Sangrias, Margaritas & introduce yourself to new brands, music, entertainment & tasting glass at many Minneapolis Venues!  ...

Cost: $20-$50

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 S 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: My Drink On
Telephone: 312-600-9035
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Tequila Sangria Margarita Tasting Tour!Enjoy up to 30 Tequilas, Sangrias, Margaritas & introduce yourself to new brands, music & entertainment and a tasting glass at many Minneapolis Venues!...

Cost: $30-$50

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 S 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: My Drink On
Telephone: 312-600-9035
Contact Name: My Drink On
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Scapegoat is a sweeping drama inspired by true events. Scapegoat is an electrifying story in two acts that juxtaposes the tragic events of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas massacre with two modern-day...

Cost: 25.00 or pick your price

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-787-3622
Contact Name: Chris Harrison
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Each year, novice and published writers from around the world enter Lakeshore’s highly regarded ten-minute play writing contest. Lakeshore gathers directors and actors from across the Twin Cities...

Cost: Tickets: $19 Regular / $17 Senior / $15 Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Consortium Carissimi offers many different genre (or kinds) of music over the years such as Motets, Cantatas and Oratorios. This season includes yet another genre: The Opera. Written in 1672, this...

Cost: 25.00 / $20 Seniors / $10 students / under 18 free w/adult

Where:
The Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Consortium Carissimi
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Joseph Douaihy isn’t doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that’s just a typical day....

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Changelings is set in Threadsville, where the women all work in a rope factory and the men spend their time in betting parlors. The plums are ripe outside and the radio reports a record year...

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

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
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Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks festival presents four weekends of dance, theater, and music – must-see brave new work by Twin Cities up-and-coming artists. Featuring Pedro Lander, Stephanie...

Cost: $8-$15. Thursdays pay-as-able.

Where:
Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Red Eye Theater
Telephone: 612-870-0309
Contact Name: Hannah Geil-Neufeld
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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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A classic British farce by Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit follows Charles, a novelist gathering material for his next book, as he invites a medium to conduct a seance in his home. Charles and his...

Cost: $17 - $27

Where:
Black Box Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Katie Campbell
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This self-guided tour will give you access to some of the most magnificent million-dollar-plus homes across the Twin Cities, built by some of the best custom builders in the market. These...

Where:
, MN

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