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A Tangled History



When Kimberly Morgan was a sophomore in college, she cut off all her hair. Chopped it to within a half-inch of her skull. Watched it fall to the floor like a cast-off burden. She is what’s known in the African American community as “tenderheaded”—sensitive to the special chemicals and heated combs used to tame the tight curls of black hair into something straighter. To get that look, she’d endured headaches that lasted for days, suffered sores the size and shape of her pinkie finger. This haircut would be the end of all that. She went back into the world transformed, feeling healthy and light. And that’s when her real troubles began.

As Morgan tells it in her award-winning one-woman show, Hot Comb: Brandin’ One Mark of Oppression, which she’s remounting at Pillsbury House Theatre this month, the rituals of black hairstyling are as politically, culturally, and emotionally loaded as any other racial issue. Mythologized and misunderstood. Divisive even among African Americans. Morgan discovered just how much is wrapped up in hair on the day she chopped hers off. Stepping back onto campus at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, freshly shorn, she was labeled a lesbian, a militant, and ugly. Guys who had wanted to date her the day before were now uninterested. On the flip side, African American men and women who fancied themselves protectors of racial pride—and who had scorned her former ’do (a perm) as an affront to natural black beauty—were now praising her for supposedly rediscovering her African roots. But all she’d intended to do was save her scalp.

The incident led Morgan to create Hot Comb while she was still in college. The show, which looks at the lives of a dozen female characters through the prism (or prison) of their hairstyles, is named after the iconic hair-straightening implement used for decades in African American homes and beauty salons. The device resembles a curling iron with a metal comb fastened to the end, as if a classic “unbreakable” dime-store comb had been bronzed and affixed to a super-heated wand. A girl’s first hair-straightening with a hot comb was once a rite of passage, and Morgan’s play evokes this common bond, churning up more than a century’s worth of recollections that range from infuriating to fond, funny to philosophical. Anyone—of any race—who’s ever sat at her mother’s feet for a combing or put herself through pain for vanity’s sake will understand.

After college, Morgan put her theatrical ambitions on the back burner while she worked as a consultant with the accounting firm Ernst & Young in Atlanta. But within a few years she was acting again, this time in Seattle, where she moved with her husband, Marcus. The couple settled in the Twin Cities a little more than two years ago, and Morgan first performed locally in Diva Daughters DuPree at Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul. “I told her I was going to discover her,” jokes Penumbra founder and artistic director Lou Bellamy, who has since cast her in the theater’s upcoming summer show I Just Stopped By to See the Man. “Your eye goes to her. And that’s stage presence, star quality—hell, I don’t know what you want to call it—something that some people have that just makes you interested in what they’re doing.”

Last year, Morgan staged Hot Comb at Pillsbury House and was awarded the highest honor in the Twin Cities theater community—an Ivey Award—for her performance. Bellamy calls Morgan’s playwriting “fearless” and “honest” in its characterization of black culture, and says the 29-year-old actress is emotionally open enough on stage to reveal the tremendous depths of a show like Hot Comb. “Audiences want to see actors think, want to see them wrestle with dilemmas. That ability to see, to open up and expose that process, is a gift. And this girl has it.” Morgan says she’s simply sympathetic, relating to her characters as though they were real. “I connect in a deep way—I don’t distance myself,” she says. “I try not to think so much about me.” Offstage, she’s equally sensitive. She cries at plays. At news stories. Commercials, too. “My husband,” she confesses, “always says I’m going to dehydrate.”

Hot Comb showcases Morgan’s ability to immerse herself in multiple perspectives. And the play may be even more insightful this year. Morgan received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to research black hair, in order to add more realism and background to her characters. She interviewed 35 people about their hairstyling experiences and spent a week studying slave narratives and other texts at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a renowned repository of African American historical documents in New York City. She discovered that in pre-colonial Africa, hairstyle denoted everything from class to age to marital status to what family people came from. Hair was communication. And then it was silenced: in America, slaves’ heads were shaved to keep tribes from identifying each other. This submission to shaving, Morgan believes, was the beginning of “a long history of self-loathing in the African American slave population.”

To immerse myself in the subject matter of Hot Comb, I arrange to meet Morgan at Vasuda Salon in south Minneapolis, which is run by Emmett Henley, a stylist Morgan has interviewed previously. Henley specializes in what the barbering trade calls “ethnic” hair: the kinky, coarser locks generally found among African Americans and other non-Caucasians. Self magazine, in fact, named him “the best stylist for curly and highly textured hair” in 1998. He’s had a lot of practice—he began cutting hair at age 11 in his grandmother’s beauty parlor in Chicago.

We arrive at Vasuda on a busy Friday afternoon. There’s R & B cranked up on the sound system, a lot of ooh babys floating around the room. A female assistant wearing a shirt that says “Fabulous” jokes with the customers. One woman is getting her hair relaxed—that is, prepped with chemicals that loosen tight curls, allowing for straighter styles. Though Henley uses safe, organic hair treatments whenever possible, the basis for most relaxers is what it has always been: lye. “Like Drano”—if much less potent—he says.

Straight hair, and the lengths to which some African American women will go to get it, may be mostly about fashion nowadays. But its roots are firmly in the “good hair” versus “bad hair” dichotomy, a distinction used to describe the various hair textures that emerged from slave-era miscegenation. African Americans born with straighter, more Caucasian-looking hair were long said, by blacks and whites alike, to have good hair, while those with tightly curled (“nappy”) locks were deemed to have bad hair. If your hair wasn’t straight, you were, at best, improperly groomed; at worst, you were making a sociopolitical statement. The hot comb was like a hammer for pounding in nails that otherwise refused to go down; it wasn’t subtle, but it gave hope to anyone with “bad hair.”

Invented in the 1880s, hot combs were initially marketed to white women. But Madame C. J. Walker, who had become the country’s first black female tycoon by selling African American hair care kits, quickly customized the comb for use with her own products. Within a few decades, the device was synonymous with black hairstyles. That’s no longer the case. Chemical relaxers have largely sent the hot comb the way of the corset. At Vasuda Salon, you’d sooner hear polka music than spot a hot comb, though Henley says he does get the occasional customer who expects him to use the old metal standby. Still, Morgan and Henley agree, most African American girls today are familiar enough with hot combs to have some impression of them, whether positive or negative, fascinated or fearful.

Morgan, who grew up in Connecticut and North Carolina, has early memories of wanting her hair to resemble that of her white friends. And actually, all her friends were white. Morgan attended private school—her father was one of the FBI’s first black agents—and she dreamed of the day she would finally be old enough to undergo the hot-comb ritual. At age 9, she was ready. Every week or two, she underwent the two-hour ordeal: wash, blow-dry, hot combing. Then came the comb burns—on the neck, the ears, and the scalp.

In crafting Hot Comb, Morgan was careful not to take sides with respect to the politics of black hair. The show’s 12 characters, all African American females, range in age and social status. A corporate climber must decide whether to straighten her hair in order to gain approval in business circles. A girl blessed with tresses straight and true is eventually objectified for her beauty; she reappears later in the show as a drug-addicted prostitute. African American hair, Morgan shows, is hardly a black-and-white issue. Never was. Never could be, given slavery’s legacy. As Henley puts it, black hair is simultaneously “an area of pride and also of shame.”

Morgan herself admits that, until she undertook her artistic investigation, she was “just as guilty as the next person of stereotyping a black woman by the way she wears her hair.” Long, straight hair? A beauty who’s got a leg up, so to speak, on her sisters—and may be smug about it. Weave? Insecure. Gold digger. Man hunter. Writing Hot Comb, Morgan says, helped her focus on inner beauty—especially after her own hairy run-in with stereotypes.

Morgan hasn’t cut her hair since that day she chopped it all off in college. She trained her new growth into dreadlocks and now, eight years later, they run in funky ropes down to her waist. She still gets pegged wrong: at Henley’s salon, a man assumes she’s a Rastafarian. She’s not, but she understands. People need to make sense of the world. And it’s impossible to get it all straight.

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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to St. Paul. The Aha Moment Tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raspberry Island
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha

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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

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Austin, MN  55912
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Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Cost: Free

Where:
Raspberry Island
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha

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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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As Urban Homeworks celebrates 20 years of People Oriented Development, we want to invite you to participate in some of the deep-rooted, heart-changing, narrative shifting conversations that have...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Capri Theater
2027 W Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Urban Homeworks
Telephone: 712-830-7826
Contact Name: Emily Halstead
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
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Cost: $300-$800

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
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Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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Cost: Free

Where:
Patagonia St. Paul
1648 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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Consumers are rejecting traditional marketing at an alarming rate. By fast-forwarding past commercials using DVR and reading publications online, therefore never seeing your print ads,...

Cost: Free to attend, continental breakfast provided

Where:
Dakota Jazz Club
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-204-1919

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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

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Cost: $125

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Cost: Free

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McGregor, MN  55760
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

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In space, no one can hear you scream. But, can they hear you laugh? Probably not, which is unfortunate because you will be doing a lot of it during this show. So set your phasers to hilarity and...

Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Comedy Fiends
Telephone: 320-493-0769
Contact Name: William Sommers
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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The Instinct Gallery presents: An evening of performance and video on Nicollet Mall with: The BodyCartography Project and Sean Smuda 8 PM Please join the BodyCartography Project as they...

Cost: Free

Where:
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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All Originals Jazz Series presents the James Buckley Trio: James Buckley, bass; JT Bates, drums; Bryan Nichols, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert series at Studio Z featuring select...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
View map »


Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
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Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

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Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Twin Cities are very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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COOK COUNTY, Minn., (June 16, 2015) – Northwest of the Coolest Small Town in America of Grand Marais, Tour de Fox, a program of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, is inviting teams to climb Eagle...

Cost: Donation

Where:
Grand Marais, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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Swim, bike, and run in the Lifetime Tri Minneapolis to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Participate as an individual or compete in the St. Jude Corporate Team Challenge for the...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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  The St. Paul Gus Macker 3on3 Basketball Event (StpMacker15) is ready for the second year back in St. Paul. American Royalty Group (ARG) & The Gus Macker Planning Committees (GM...

Cost: $160.00

Where:
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Dr. Rev Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: American Royalty Group
Telephone: 651-200-5708
Contact Name: Orlando Walker
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The 81st Annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival® will take place the third week of July in various locations throughout the City of Hopkins. Events are family-friendly and include: Royalty...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Hopkins, MN  55343

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On July 11, we'll hike up to the top of Eagle Mountain in northern Minnesota as part of the High Hopes Challenge, a summer-long quest to reach the high point in every state! Proceeds from this...

Cost: $50

Where:
Eagle Mountain, Minnesota
, MN


Sponsor: Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania
Telephone: 612-790-4549
Contact Name: Matea Wasend
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center   Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and Friends of LeDuc will be sponsoring a home and garden show, "Sanctuaries - Homes, Churches, & Gardens." This event will feature 4...

Cost: Tickets are available at local businesses and online at www.hpaac.org

Where:
Hastings
, MN


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Groove to live jazz music with the vineyard as the backdrop of our first annual Jazz in July Festival. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax among the dragonflies, enjoying wine, beer,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
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Arts | Music | Food | Games A community arts festival celebrating arts for all ages! The community is invited together for an intergenerational day of art performances, artist...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Lyngblomsten
1415 Almond Avenue
St. Paul , MN  55108
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. You’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Saturday, July 11, 2015 12 – 5 PM    The Shops at West End 1621 West End Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN   Come and discover the rapidly growing MN wine...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Shops at West End
1621 West End Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Celebrate Bastille Day with the French! On Saturday the 11th, from 2 to 8 pm, Alliance Française and the Dakota will host an outdoor Bastille Day celebration. Stroll the West 7th Place...

Cost: $10, free for children under 12

Where:
West 7th Place Pedestrian Mall
Wabasha St N & 7th Place W
St Paul , MN  55101
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Sponsor: Alliance Française
Telephone: 612-332-0436
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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International Festival Burnsville! Burnsville is a city that truly values & celebrates cultural diversity! Join us at the eighth annual International Festival of Burnsville in...

Cost: Admission is Free!

Where:
Nicollet Commons Park
12550 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Dodge of Burnsville
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Saturday July 11th, 2015 Skyway Theatre is Excited to announce the 711 Festival Feat: **TROYBOI** (London) One of South East London's most closely guarded secrets...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
The Loft
Minneapolis, MN

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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
View map »


Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
Website »

More information

Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
Website »

More information

TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy a free movie under the night sky! Big Sandy Lodge and Resort will be showing a film on their sand beach volleyball court at dusk on Saturday, July 11th (weather permitting). Bring a lawn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
Website »

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Over 70 local and regional artists set up by the glistening shores of Lake Superior for two days during the peak of summer to showcase their unique fine art and provide insight into their artistic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: 55604
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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