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Fire and Nice

Tim McKee is the state’s most accomplished chef. So why isn’t he more of a jerk?



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Great chefs, almost invariably, are a piece of work. For instance, I’ve had the privilege of talking to Thomas Keller a few times, but I can’t say I’m any good at it. You see, Thomas Keller is generally thought to be the best American chef in the history of time—the impresario behind French Laundry and Per Se—and he has a grave, stately, and rather irritated Zen-master air about him, and he doesn’t talk much. So I find myself fluttering and flabbering and nervously filling up all the empty space. Imagine Lucille Ball chasing a flock of chickens around an angry Mount Rushmore head.

I’ve also been lucky enough to interview Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s greatest French chefs, the force behind New York City’s Jean-Georges and Minneapolis’s Chambers Kitchen (among others). He is a man of such dark-star, superhuman intensity that you get the sense that he could just press his arms to his sides and rocket off to another city.

And I’ve been fortunate enough to talk to Eric Ripert a few times. He’s the French chef behind the Western world’s greatest seafood restaurant, Le Bernardin.

Yet, I’ve always gotten the sense that while he’s talking to me, he’s also reading e-mails, signing checks, and being photographed by Annie Leibovitz while sitting on a chestnut mare.

But then there’s Tim McKee, the chef behind most of the Twin Cities most-acclaimed, mind-blowing haute cuisine of the past decade. If you know anything about dining, you know McKee as the chef and originator of the state’s finest white-tablecloth restaurant, La Belle Vie. But he’s also the force behind Solera, one of the country’s finest tapas bars; Smalley’s, the first Jamaican barbecue restaurant in America to use real pimento wood; and Barrio, the new downtown Minneapolis tequila bar that’s hotter than a sun flare. Yup, that’s all McKee and his business partner Josh Thoma.

So you’d think he’d have earned the right to be as peculiar. And yet, I’ve talked to him dozens of times, and while I’d argue that his cooking is in a league with any of those great chefs—it’s delicate, thoughtful, bold and nuanced, surprising and satisfying all at once—Tim McKee isn’t a piece of work. He’s not brooding. He’s not fierce. He’s not tormented. He doesn’t shriek, scream, or terrorize. He’s just a nice guy. He really is. He’s just good old Tim! Our own Tim!

It’s not that he didn’t know screaming was an option. “I remember one place we worked where, when something went wrong, we could count on a pan of mashed potatoes flying across the room and exploding on the wall,” says Thoma. “But Tim’s never been like that. It’s hard for someone to understand who hasn’t been in his kitchen, but the cooks who work for him, they truly work for him. The work they are doing is to please him, and because they want to please him, he doesn’t need to get excited for someone to get the message. Just him getting very quiet says, This isn’t right, or he isn’t happy.”

This may be good for those who work for him, but it makes my life difficult. Initially, writing a story on McKee seemed like a no-brainer. After all, he’s the most accomplished chef in the history of Minneapolis. In 1997, while helming D’Amico Cucina, he was named one of America’s best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine. When La Belle Vie opened in Stillwater in 1998, it was one of the best restaurants in Minnesota, and it got even better when it moved to Minneapolis in 2005, eventually earning a place on Gourmet magazine’s list of the best 50 restaurants in the country, a James Beard–award nomination, and general recognition as the best restaurant between Chicago and the Rockies. And that’s to say nothing of Solera, or Smalley’s, or this year’s sensation, Barrio.

So why, why, why hadn’t anyone written much about McKee?

Now I know. What would you call it? “Nice Guy Works Hard, Does Well”? “Talented Man Esteemed in His Community”? In journalism, we talk about a “man-bites-dog” story—a story that shocks or upends conventional wisdom, and is, therefore, news. Tim McKee’s isn’t even a dog-bites-man story—he’s a man-walks-dog story. Or worse: man walks dog, checks e-mail, sets alarm, checks on kids, turns in.

But this is a Minnesota magazine, and sometimes the most Minnesotan of stories don’t involve men biting dogs, pans of mashed potatoes flying across a room, or irritated Zen masters. In fact, if you can find a great-chef story that’s more Minnesotan than this, I’ll eat my hat—earflaps first.

So how Minnesotan of a story is it? Get ready. McKee was the oldest of eight children born to an Irish-Catholic family in St. Paul, and grew up in the leafy, bungalow-lined streets between William Mitchell College of Law and Interstate 94. His father owns a neon-sign company. “You know that Pillsbury’s Best Flour sign,” across the Mississippi from the Guthrie, McKee asks? “I spent summers painting that damn thing.”

When young Tim wasn’t pressed into service painting signs, he was sitting down with his family, all eight kids and both parents, at the dinner table, every night. “My mom was a big cook, but not in the way that most people mean it,” notes McKee. “Feeding 10 people a few times a day is a big endeavor. Now it seems people tend to eat when they eat, but we all sat down at the same table, at the same time, everyday.”

McKee worked at a Domino’s in high school, but food was far from the focus of his life. He went off to college, at the University of Minnesota (of course), and got an apartment in Uptown. “I knew the basics from my mom, but I didn’t start cooking until I moved out of the house,” says McKee. “I had to make the decision: I could either eat all right, or eat crappily. One of my friends bought me my first cookbook, James Beard’s American Cookery. I worked my way through quite a bit of that, and then I got 365 Ways to Make Pasta. I would recommend that book to anyone who doesn’t have much money and wants to eat well.”
 

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Lucky Brand and Universal Music Group’s Bravado invite you to join them for a VIP in-store experience to celebrate the launch of their limited edition Rolling...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lucky Brand at Mall of America
170 South Avenue
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Town Hall Brewery, the award-winning Minneapolis brewpub, has announced the event calendar for Minneapolis Cider Week, June 1–6, with activities planned at Town Hall Brewery, the Town Hall...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

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

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

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

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Minnesota’s exports rose to a record $21.4 billion last year. Did your business benefit from this growth? “This is the age of the entrepreneur in China,” confirms Asia Direct...

Cost: N/A

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Sponsor: Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) MN & U.S. China Business Connections
Website »

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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Summer Saturdays 9:30am-3:30pm May 30th – Weed Identification & Management July 11th – Insect Identification & Management August 8th – Plant Disease Identification...

Cost: $100/ 3 classes

Where:
Women's Environmental Institute
15715 River Road
North Branch, MN  55056
View map »


Sponsor: Women's Environmental Institute
Telephone: 651-583-0705
Contact Name: Elly
Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 second quarter exhibition: Juxtaposition Paintings and Pots Bruce Nygren & Matthew Krousey Friday, May 15 – Friday,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651.644.9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at 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 an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at 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 The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

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

On the first Wednesday of each month, Minneapolis brewpub Day Block Brewing holds an exclusive beer tasting event- Pilot Batch Wednesday.  Each month brings a new lineup of beers for guests to...

Cost: 0

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Day Block Brewing
Telephone: 612-617-7793
Website »

More information

Town Hall Brewery, the award-winning Minneapolis brewpub, has announced the event calendar for Minneapolis Cider Week, June 1–6, with activities planned at Town Hall Brewery, the Town Hall...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
Website »

More information

Skyway Theatre Presents: Juicy J on June 3, 2015  18+ // 21 to drink GENERAL ADMISSION, MEET & GREET PACKAGES, AND VIP PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE NOW...

Cost: $30-125

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-333-6100
Website »

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

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

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

Summer Saturdays 9:30am-3:30pm May 30th – Weed Identification & Management July 11th – Insect Identification & Management August 8th – Plant Disease Identification...

Cost: $100/ 3 classes

Where:
Women's Environmental Institute
15715 River Road
North Branch, MN  55056
View map »


Sponsor: Women's Environmental Institute
Telephone: 651-583-0705
Contact Name: Elly
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 second quarter exhibition: Juxtaposition Paintings and Pots Bruce Nygren & Matthew Krousey Friday, May 15 – Friday,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651.644.9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft, and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peace Plaza
1st Ave SW & 1st St SW
Rochester, MN  55902
View map »


Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at 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 The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

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

FIRST THURSDAYS UPCOMING SCHEDULE: This spring Gather by D’Amico has the pleasure of featuring highly lauded local guest chefs each month. Join us every first Thursday to sample their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gather by D'Amico
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Gather by D'Amico
Telephone: 612-253-3410
Website »

More information

Headline:  You deserve a Ladies’ Night Out! Tell your sister, mother, and girlfriends it’s time to spend an evening dedicated to their health – while having fun! Join us...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave.
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Sponsor: Fairview
Website »

More information

You deserve a Ladies’ Night Out! Tell your sister, mother and girlfriends it’s time to spend an evening dedicated to their health – while having fun! Join us for this free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Sponsor: Fairview
Website »

More information

Town Hall Brewery, the award-winning Minneapolis brewpub, has announced the event calendar for Minneapolis Cider Week, June 1–6, with activities planned at Town Hall Brewery, the Town Hall...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Champps in Eden Prairie is teaming up with Wiggle Your Toes to support victims of limb loss. Champps will host a celebration to benefit Wiggle Your Toes on Thursday, June 4, 2015....

Cost: Free

Where:
Champps
8010 Glen Ln
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »

More information

Raw Sugar presents The Funny! funny. feminist. performance.   Where: Bedlam Lowertown, 213 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101   When: 7:30PM June 4th, 5th,...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Raw Sugar
Telephone: 707-338-6546
Contact Name: Rebekah Rentzel
Website »

More information

Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
Website »

More information

Skyway Theatre Presents: Juicy J on June 3, 2015  18+ // 21 to drink GENERAL ADMISSION, MEET & GREET PACKAGES, AND VIP PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE NOW...

Cost: $30-125

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-333-6100
Website »

More information

++ JUST ANNOUNCED: OLIVER June 4th in The Loft!! ++ Oliver has found the beating heart inside the dance machine. Whether moving bodies at the world's biggest electronic festivals, or...

Cost: $10//$15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
, MN

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

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

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Summer Saturdays 9:30am-3:30pm May 30th – Weed Identification & Management July 11th – Insect Identification & Management August 8th – Plant Disease Identification...

Cost: $100/ 3 classes

Where:
Women's Environmental Institute
15715 River Road
North Branch, MN  55056
View map »


Sponsor: Women's Environmental Institute
Telephone: 651-583-0705
Contact Name: Elly
Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 second quarter exhibition: Juxtaposition Paintings and Pots Bruce Nygren & Matthew Krousey Friday, May 15 – Friday,...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651.644.9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Join us for the 79th Pine Island Cheese Festival as we celebrate our agricultural and cheese heritage.  Fun events for the whole family including: Carnival Rides and Great Food Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trail Head Park and Butter Factory
County Road 11
Pine Island, MN  55963
View map »


Sponsor: Pine Island Cheese Festival Committee
Telephone: 507-356-3378
Contact Name: Jeanne
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at 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 an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at 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 The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

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

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Join us for the first Night on the Vine wine tasting this season on Friday, June 5. This exclusive wine tasting event features 9 wines from various regions around the world, along...

Cost: $30 per person

Where:
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI  53147
View map »


Sponsor: Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
Telephone: 800-558-3417
Website »

More information

Town Hall Brewery, the award-winning Minneapolis brewpub, has announced the event calendar for Minneapolis Cider Week, June 1–6, with activities planned at Town Hall Brewery, the Town Hall...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Pushing Chain will be performing at Sidhe Brewing Company on the East Side of St Paul!  Pushing Chain was formed in 2012 by Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe. The duo, which has been performing...

Cost: Donation to the band

Where:
Sidhe Brewing Company
652 Jenks Ave
St Paul, MN  55106
View map »

More information

Is it summer yet? Cantus shows off a completely different side with Covers. In collaboration with some of the Twin Cities’ most talented musicians, Cantus arranges and performs the...

Cost: $10 Student/Child; $25-35 Adult/Senior

Where:
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-435-0046
Contact Name: Cantus Box Office
Website »

More information

Raw Sugar presents The Funny! funny. feminist. performance.   Where: Bedlam Lowertown, 213 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101   When: 7:30PM June 4th, 5th,...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Raw Sugar
Telephone: 707-338-6546
Contact Name: Rebekah Rentzel
Website »

More information

Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
Website »

More information

CHILDREN 18:3 New Album Available Here: http://www.toothandnail.com/artists/11/Children_183/ With... Through Love And Lies • Let Yourself Go The Everyday Characters • Strongly...

Cost: $10//$12

Where:
Studio B
, MN

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Friday, June 5th 2015 Skyway Theatre is excited to announce.... Son of Kick w/ BottleRokitz Son Of Kick is coming to The Loft 6/5/15 with not just one stage, but TWO STAGES of dub and...

Cost: $15 ADV // $20 DOOR

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
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A running start to the 11th Annual Rhubarb Festival in Lanesboro, Official Rhubarb Capital of MN. Register online to make race day easy or Day-of Registration begins at 8 a.m. for both 5-K and...

Cost: See website

Where:
Park at Bass Pond, starting line at Ball Field
Cty Rd 8, one block west of downtown
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Lanesboro Public Library
Contact Name: Race Director
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Step up and run or walk at the Team Hope Walk | 5K.  The event will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 8 - 11AM at Mount Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington, MN.  This event...

Cost: $10 - $40

Where:
Normandale Lake Bandshell
5901 West 84th Street
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: Minnesota Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)
Telephone: 612-232-5238
Contact Name: David Stage
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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
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Help plant 23 boulevard rain gardens in the Highland neighborhood in Saint Paul! Great River Greening staff and volunteers will assist residents in planting boulevard rain gardens to improve water...

Cost: Free, but register at http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/

Where:
Highland Neighborhood
St. Paul, MN  55105


Sponsor: Great River Greening
Contact Name: Jen Kader
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Help plant 23 boulevard rain gardens in the Highland neighborhood in Saint Paul! Great River Greening staff and volunteers will assist residents in planting boulevard rain gardens to improve water...

Cost: Free, but register at http://www.greatrivergreening.org/vol-events/

Where:
Highland Neighborhood
St. Paul, MN  55105


Sponsor: Great River Greening
Contact Name: Jen Kader
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Summer Saturdays 9:30am-3:30pm May 30th – Weed Identification & Management July 11th – Insect Identification & Management August 8th – Plant Disease Identification...

Cost: $100/ 3 classes

Where:
Women's Environmental Institute
15715 River Road
North Branch, MN  55056
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Sponsor: Women's Environmental Institute
Telephone: 651-583-0705
Contact Name: Elly
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April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the 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
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ultimate place for family fun. There are games appropriate for all ages, musical entertainment, rides and a variety of food options. Plus, there’s plenty of...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese's
7505 France Ave S
Edina, MN  55435
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Join us for the 79th Pine Island Cheese Festival as we celebrate our agricultural and cheese heritage.  Fun events for the whole family including: Carnival Rides and Great Food Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trail Head Park and Butter Factory
County Road 11
Pine Island, MN  55963
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Sponsor: Pine Island Cheese Festival Committee
Telephone: 507-356-3378
Contact Name: Jeanne
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at 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 The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

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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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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June 6: The Rochester Art Center June 7: Pedestrian Bridge to Government Center June 8: Mayo Clinic, Plummer Building, Plummer Doors June 9: Peace Plaza, Kahler Grand Awning, Near...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
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Brad Robinson and author Linda Tedford will be signing copies of Brad’s just-released book, The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation, at Brightwater Clothing & Gear in...

Cost: Signing is free to attend; books for sale at $35 and $50

Where:
Brightwater Clothing & Gear
256 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Victory by Design
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Join us as we celebrate the opening of the new Ely Folk School in beautiful Ely, MN. Our mission is to build community by providing learning experiences that celebrate the wilderness heritage, art,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ely Folk School
209 E. Sheridan St
Ely, MN  55731
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Sponsor: Ely Folk School
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Hot Indian Foods and Bollywood Dance Scene present the Hot Indian Dance Off! A dance challenge has never been such Bolly-good-fun. Join the live audience and watch talented and creative dancers...

Cost: Free for audience

Where:
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene and Hot Indian Foods
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Champps Richfield is teaming up with Wiggle Your Toes to support victims of limb loss. Champps will host a celebration to benefit Wiggle Your Toes on Saturday, June 6, 2015. ...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Champps
790 W 66th St, Minneapolis, MN 55423
Minneapolis, MN  55423
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Sponsor: Champps
Telephone: 612-861-3333
Contact Name: Scott Larson

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Town Hall Brewery, the award-winning Minneapolis brewpub, has announced the event calendar for Minneapolis Cider Week, June 1–6, with activities planned at Town Hall Brewery, the Town Hall...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
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The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. The immensely popular shows are set in the present day, which means unlike...

Cost: $69.95 plus tax/fees

Where:
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
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Raw Sugar presents The Funny! funny. feminist. performance.   Where: Bedlam Lowertown, 213 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101   When: 7:30PM June 4th, 5th,...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Raw Sugar
Telephone: 707-338-6546
Contact Name: Rebekah Rentzel
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Is it summer yet? Cantus shows off a completely different side with Covers. In collaboration with some of the Twin Cities’ most talented musicians, Cantus arranges and performs the...

Cost: $10 Student/Child; $25-35 Adult/Senior

Where:
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-435-0046
Contact Name: Cantus Box Office
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Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
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The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

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

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Look back at 100 years of wedding traditions, fashions, and celebrations at this special exhibit celebrating the Cathedral of Saint Paul’s century-long role as host to more than 2,000...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

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Celebrate your child’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s! Guests will enjoy pizza, games, a special birthday show with Chuck E. and take home awesome souvenirs. There are party...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese's
7505 France Ave S
Edina, MN  55435
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