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Tony Benshoof loves to win—almost as much as he loves to zoom, lying feet-first on a tiny sled, down an icy track.


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It was February 2006, the Turin Winter Olympics. The Italian sun had already faded into pitch-black night when Tony Benshoof, a burly, 30-year-old bartender from White Bear Lake, settled onto his sled. He was ready—ready to launch himself down an ice-lined track going 98 miles per hour, face-up, feet-first, shoulders down, his back on a 50-pound slab of fiberglass with sharp steel runners beneath it.

The medal he had long sought was so close to his grasp he could almost feel its weight around his neck. He’d soldiered through the disappointing games in Salt Lake City four years earlier, where he’d finished in 17th place, but this time he was ready. He knew every one of the 19 curves, every bump and nuance of the course at Cesana Pariol, just west of Turin. On this night of promise, he had no need to see where he was going—so it didn’t matter that he had no time to look as he sped down the course.

The rest is history…but not the stuff Olympic legends are made of. Benshoof finished fourth in the luge finals near Turin, just .153 seconds behind the third-place guy from Latvia. That’s a total of .153 seconds from four separate runs over two days down a 1,435-meter course, an average differential per slide between him and the bronze medalist of .04 seconds. “The blink of an eye,” Benshoof says, though he knows fourth might as well be 400th when only three colors matter: gold, silver, and bronze.

Even so, his obsession with the sport and his drive to compete have led him, once again, to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He’s ready to reach again for the five Olympic rings and—this time—bring home one of those medals.
 

Tony Benshoof’s life and identity are enmeshed in the dangerous and some would say goofy sport of luge. He has spent 20 years zipping feet first down the side of an Alp or a Rocky or an Adirondack. Wrapped in Lycra, his head in a projective helmet, his face behind a necessary windshield, he’s learned to use the slightest tilt of his torso to steer into and out of harrowing twists and turns, and to maintain his balance in the face of G-forces that can exceed 4 Gs. After thousands of training runs and hundreds of competitions, Benshoof admits, “Walls with ice, going 90, they scare the hell out of me. But those are the tracks I like the best because I know they scare the hell out of everyone else, too.”

Luge—pronounced, lewzh—is a bipolar sport. It demands nearly simultaneous strength and relaxation, push and stillness. “At the start, he has to be very aggressive, very strong,” says U.S. luge coach Wolfgang Schädler. That’s the only part of a run the athlete controls; after that, it’s all about finesse. “In the next split second, he must be calm, without any emotion. He must feel the track,” says Schädler. “Everything has to be round and smooth. There can be no resistance.”

To this sport of fearlessness and physics, of zoom and Zen, add pain. Just three months after Benshoof’s disappointing fourth-place finish at Turin, the years of flexing like a rubber band to jump-start his sled at the beginning of races caught up with him: Two discs in his back became herniated. He sought treatment and, as world-class athletes do, continued competing through the pain in 2007 and 2008.

But the Turin fourth-place still tasted bitter. In a series of heart-to-hearts with Schädler, Benshoof told his coach he was thinking of quitting. “I said, ‘No, Tony, you can’t do that to me,’” Schädler remembers. “For him, the magic wasn’t there.” Benshoof’s performances on the World Cup tour suffered, as did his bank account, which relied on international prize money to provide him with a reasonable living.

He supplemented his income through a jobs program sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee and funded by Home Depot—Benshoof worked the paint and lumber departments in Maplewood until Home Depot pulled its support in 2007. He scrambled to get out from under a burdensome mortgage on a house he shared with friends in White Bear Lake. He returned to his tried-and-true source of income: bartending in a not-so-upscale restaurant in Hugo.
At the same time, the steel blades on his sled, beloved companions with miles of victories on them, dulled. He had to acquire new ones and fine-tune them. For a luger, that’s akin to housebreaking a new dog.

By the end of 2008, after a competition in Germany, his back was screaming. He couldn’t stand up. On his way home from Europe for emergency surgery, he was compelled to get down on all fours on the moving walkway in the airport. It was that bad.

But his surgery was a success. Pain-free for the first time in three years, he moved to Lake Placid, New York, for rehabilitation. He stretched for an hour or more a day. He worked on his core muscles to strengthen the back. He lifted weights that didn’t stress his back. Within six weeks, Benshoof had returned to competition. That was when he looked at himself in the mirror and decided he’d come too close to stop. With the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in his backyard, he would be there.

There’s no Little League for luge, but there is something called the “Slider Search.” USA Luge, the sport’s national governing body, has sponsored this traveling audition show for 25 years. In 1990, Benshoof, a 14-year-old who’d been getting out his adolescent energy by boxing, decided to give luge a try. He was introduced to the sport near the Mississippi River, his sled on wheels rolling down an asphalt hill near the Franklin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. A luge scout determined Benshoof had potential, and the kid determined he’d found his passion. “Just going downhill, the thrill of going fast, I felt at home,” Benshoof says. The sport took him away from home, to Calgary for his first real ice sliding and then around the globe representing the United States.

It took him five seasons to figure out the Zen of luge, the science and art of balancing physical speed with the need to slow everything down mentally as he whooshed down a track. “That whole thrill of going 90 miles per hour, you want that to wear off and replace it with a more methodical approach,” he says. He spent more than a decade rising among the world’s best competitors in a sport that rewards longevity; 34 might seem old for a luger in the United States, but it’s when Austrians and Germans reach their peak. Benshoof is the most decorated U.S. male luger ever, with 37 medals in various international events and seven U.S. titles. He finished third in the overall World Cup standings in 2005-06 before his back acted up.

He was even beginning to make a living at it. When he was winning World Cup races and finishing strong in season-long standings, his income was nothing to sneeze at. Now, after the back surgery, a shortened 2009 season, and poor results heading down the home stretch to the Vancouver Games, Benshoof has been living on a $1,000-a-month U.S. Olympic Committee stipend.

But it’s not about the money. It never has been. It’s about the love of the sport. It’s about that darned .153 second margin four years ago. It’s about battling for supremacy with the all-stars of international luge—people like Italy’s Armin Zöggeler, a four-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion. It’s about bringing home an Olympic medal, despite all the setbacks, including the recent return of his back pain. “It’s an Olympic year; it’s in Canada. I have every reason to keep going,” says Benshoof. It’s what he knows best, and, slider through and through, he can’t stop himself.

St. Paul-based Jay Weiner will be covering his eighth Winter Olympics in Vancouver; he’s covered seven Summer Games, too. This time he’ll be working as a reporter and researcher for NBC.

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ST. PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

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The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery presents Stranger, featuring new paintings by local emerging artist Hilary Greenstein. Greenstein’s paintings address thresholds, particularly the line between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
Contact Name: Sam Levin
Website »

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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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A Different Way of Seeing spans more than a century of distinctively Swedish art from 1877 to 1990, highlighting paintings, mixed media and additional works from artists including modernists Lena...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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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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Cruise into the sunset on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka while enjoying a full dinner buffet.   Fajita Bar Includes: Tri-Color trip chips with salsa Fiesta Salad Grilled Flank Steak...

Cost: Adults: $35.95 Children (Ages 3-9): $20.95 Infants: FREE

Where:
Port of Excelsior
2 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: BayView Event Center
Telephone: 952-767-3101
Contact Name: Lexi Zawatzke
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

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 »

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Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

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A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

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The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

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 Ferris
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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
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 612-968-0899
Contact Name: Tracy Giza
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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
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

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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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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FlyOver America – a new attraction at the Mall of America – is a can’t miss experience for individuals of all ages. During the Ultimate Flying Ride, visitors will experience a breathtaking...

Cost: $16.95 (13+), $12.95 (up to 12 years old)

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

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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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET . Set on  December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins...

Cost: $29

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

More information

.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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More information

The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery presents Stranger, featuring new paintings by local emerging artist Hilary Greenstein. Greenstein’s paintings address thresholds, particularly the line between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
Contact Name: Sam Levin
Website »

More information

A Different Way of Seeing spans more than a century of distinctively Swedish art from 1877 to 1990, highlighting paintings, mixed media and additional works from artists including modernists Lena...

Cost: $10

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

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

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Come drink for a good cause at NorthGate Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis on Wednes, Aug 31 from 6 to 10PM. $1 from every pint and $.50 from every half pint will go towards benefiting Wags and...

Cost: N/A

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

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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

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

Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

More information

Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

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

More information

A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

More information

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

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 Ferris
Website »

More information

Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

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

Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

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

Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

More information

.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery presents Stranger, featuring new paintings by local emerging artist Hilary Greenstein. Greenstein’s paintings address thresholds, particularly the line between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN  55108
View map »


Sponsor: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
Contact Name: Sam Levin
Website »

More information

Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

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

More information

A Different Way of Seeing spans more than a century of distinctively Swedish art from 1877 to 1990, highlighting paintings, mixed media and additional works from artists including modernists Lena...

Cost: $10

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

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

As part of the Minneapolis Music & Movies in the Park series, Matthew Inkala & the Hostages will play at the Minnehaha Park Pavilion, Thursday September 1st at 7pm. Event is free and open to all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnehaha Park Pavillion
4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Parks & Recreation with Comcast
Telephone: 612-230-6400
Contact Name: Minneapolis Parks & Recreation
Website »

More information

Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

More information

The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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More information

Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

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

Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

More information

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
View map »


Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
Website »

More information

Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

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

Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

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

Minneapolis is among the Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America. To celebrate, Wahl will be at the Minnesota State Fair September 2-4, 2016.  A 30-foot mobile barbershop will be parked at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota State Fair
1265 Snelling Ave
Wright Ave, & Cooper St.
Saint Paul, MN  55108
View map »


Sponsor: Wahl Clipper Corporation
Telephone: 414.225.9520
Contact Name: Robyn
Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

More information

Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

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

More information

.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery presents Stranger, featuring new paintings by local emerging artist Hilary Greenstein. Greenstein’s paintings address thresholds, particularly the line between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN  55108
View map »


Sponsor: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
Contact Name: Sam Levin
Website »

More information

A Different Way of Seeing spans more than a century of distinctively Swedish art from 1877 to 1990, highlighting paintings, mixed media and additional works from artists including modernists Lena...

Cost: $10

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

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

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
View map »


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

More information

Come create your own French masterpiece at Peinture & Vin Night at the Alliance Française Friday, September 2. Local artist Jacie Vonada will lead the class with step-by-step instructions to...

Cost: $20 for AF members, $25 for non-AF members, and $5 off for sign up before Aug 28

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
Telephone: 612-332-0436
Contact Name: Christina Selandar Bouzouina
Website »

More information

Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

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 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Friday September 2nd, 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents..Dr. Ozi Laboratory Tour w/ Twofold •Dr. OziIn its earliest stages, Dr. Ozi was an imaginary friend; the figment of a child’s imagination....

Cost: $10-15

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Contact Name: Skyway Theatre
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A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
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Marah in the Mainsail will be performing an acoustic set at Lakes and Legends. Rooted in the musically fertile soil of Minneapolis, Marah In The Mainsail blazes a trail through the indie music...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lakes and Legends Brewing Company
1368 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
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The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

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 Ferris
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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

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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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The public is invited to attend the tenth annual Blue Moon Art Tour on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, of Labor Day weekend 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.             Visit artists...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
artists studios along Blue Moon Road
Blue Moon Road
Drummond, WI  54832
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Sponsor: Blue Moon Road artists
Telephone: 800-533-7454
Contact Name: Cable Area Chamber of Commerce
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Event Description Go All-Grain! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Northern Brewer
Minneapolis, MN

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A Different Way of Seeing spans more than a century of distinctively Swedish art from 1877 to 1990, highlighting paintings, mixed media and additional works from artists including modernists Lena...

Cost: $10

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

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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

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 »

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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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September 3rd, 2016 Skyway Theatre PresentsRiot Ten Hype or Die Headbangerz Tour w/ Space Race & More!Riot TenBorn and raised in El Paso, Texas, Riot Ten (Chris Wilson) is exploding into the world...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Contact Name: Skyway Theatre
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A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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