Get on the Bus

In St. Paul’s vast and diverse school district, Valeria Silva, a Chilean-immigrant-turned-superintendent, is making
major changes


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It’s a bright morning just a few weeks into the new school year, and St. Paul Public Schools superintendent Valeria Silva is standing at a microphone. A smallish woman with long brown hair falling loose and past her shoulders, she wears a blue campaign T-shirt neatly pulled over a pair of trim black work slacks. She has a bright, animated smile, Sarah Palin-esqe glasses, and a notable accent.

Today, Silva’s task is to announce the launch of “One Thing I Love,” a public-relations campaign designed to boost enrollment in her district, the second largest in the state. The event is a skillfully presented public-schools pep fest, with a rainbow of schoolchildren singing songs and pounding drums, and testimonials from politicians, parents, and school administrators. The backdrop is a brightly painted school bus that will soon travel the city. Students, parents, and community members will be encouraged to write one thing they love about St. Paul Public Schools on the outside, eventually filling the vehicle with messages of support and good will. A small group of journalists has gathered to record the event, with cameras on and notebooks at the ready. Silva, who oversees 69 schools that educate nearly 39,000 students and employ some 6,000 staff, emphasizes the good news: St. Paul Public Schools boast 19 National Merit semifinalists, test scores are up four percent, and enrollment is up for the first time in 10 years.

In an era marked by budget cuts and belt-tightening, Silva has set out to tackle a challenge that has stymied administrators even in prosperous times: to narrow St. Paul’s significant achievement gap — the difference between how well students of color do when compared to white students. To do this, she has implemented a plan that aims to increase the proficiency rates of students, boost enrollment in the city’s schools, and move the district from its expensive, bus-reliant, magnet-school model to a design focused on community-based neighborhood schools.

She’s also had to make some tough choices, including changes to busing, start-time overhauls, radical adjustments to popular programs, redrawn enrollment boundaries, and the closing of Arlington High School.

“Decisions have to be made that are going to make some people unhappy,” says Grant Abbott, co-chair of the district’s Achievement Gap Action Team. “Valeria understands that she is going to get some blowback on this. She’s going into a field of thistles.”

“Making big changes in schools is difficult,” says Silva’s friend and former colleague, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “You can’t bulldoze change.”
 

Two years ago, when the St. Paul School Board announced its decision to offer Silva the district’s top spot, many interpreted the move in part as a response to the relatively hasty departures of her predecessors: Meria Carstarphen, who after a controversy-filled three years, left the district to head the schools in Austin, Texas; and Patricia Harvey, the superintendent before Carstarphen, who left the position after six years.

The public wanted a superintendent who was willing to stick around, and outside candidates appeared to be using the district as a steppingstone on their way to choicer assignments. By selecting the ultimate insider, a 20-plus-year-veteran who had worked as a teacher, principal, and administrator in the district, the board seemed to be signaling its preference for stability even if it meant fewer risks—the kind of bold initiatives only outsiders could imagine.

Silva had a track record, however. After being picked to head the district’s English Language Learners (ELL) programs in 1999, she overhauled the system, garnering national recognition for championing the innovative approach of having ELL students learn alongside their English-speaking peers, rather than being pulled from their regular classrooms to focus exclusively on developing language skills.

“Many of the experts challenged me at that time,” Silva recalls with a stubborn thrust of her chin. “They said I was doing the wrong thing. But I knew it was the right thing, and I kept going.”

In 2009, the Council of Great City Schools recognized St. Paul Public Schools as having made among some of the best gains in its membership in closing the achievement gap between ELL and non-ELL students.

But it wasn’t just Silva’s success that caught the attention of the school board. She has a compelling story to boot. In 1985, Silva came to Minnesota from her native Chile, not speaking a word of English. She lived with her older sister, then an instructor at St. Cloud State University. To make ends meet, she worked in a nursing home and a Taco Bell. She fell in love with her English tutor. The two married, and Silva, who had worked as an elementary-school teacher in Chile, eventually earned a degree from St. Cloud State. In 1987, she began her long career in the St. Paul schools.

“Her personal narrative gives Valeria an authentic connection with people,” says St. Paul School Board chair Elona Street-Stewart. “It polishes her sense of purpose.”
 

Welcoming visitors to her fifth-floor office at district headquarters on Colborne Street, Silva is lively, warm, and engaging. She’s keen on listening, but she’s also busy and confident in her decision-making abilities. You can never make everyone happy, she knows.

“It’s like when you build a building and in the first few years the weather changes and the earth shifts and the building settles,” she says. “In my leadership I am willing to do that shifting. It’s not compromising. It’s about listening to what would better serve the majority of the kids, and then making those tough decisions.”

At a school-board meeting in mid October, Silva, dressed in a conservative lavender suit, presents a more subdued version of herself. She’s quiet, even taciturn, consistently respectful to board members and soberly attentive to parents. On this evening, a large group has come to protest changes that her signature initiative, dubbed the “Strong Schools, Strong Communities” plan, will make to enrollment boundaries for the city’s popular L’Etoile du Nord French immersion school. They dominate the meeting’s public-comment period, as parents present heartfelt testimony about how the changes will affect their families.

Silva has heard similar complaints before: nearly every major change that has been implemented as part of her plan has been met with resistance. But she is convinced that in order to make lasting gains, larger, sometimes painful systemic changes must be made. Some have complained that Silva’s focused “eyes on the prize” approach to leadership ranks the happiness of the individual below the success of the group, but others say this is what has to happen in a large, diverse district. Some programs will close, others will condense or expand, citywide busing will be eliminated—all in the name of the larger good.

“What I’d say about Valeria is, ‘So far, so good,’” says Tom Clark, a former public-school teacher who is now a stay-at-home dad. He lives with his family in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul, where his three children attend Randolph Heights Elementary. “The much tougher question is, ‘Can Valeria get the follow-through that’s needed to strengthen education in the entire city?’ Closing the achievement gap comes down to getting every community behind the idea that every child, no matter where they live, deserves a good education. I think that is achievable, but because this means that we all will be impacted in one way or another, it will take some convincing.”

These big changes have to be made with little money. The St. Paul Public Schools have had to make deep cuts to survive the current fiscal crisis. Silva considers herself a master at making more with less, and her plan directly addresses the issue, she insists.

“This year alone we cut $25 million out of our budget,” she says, “and still we managed it so our schools got more money this year than they did in the last two years. You wonder what happened. We made major cuts in the central office. We took big hits in that area and then we put all our resources—or as much as we could—in schools because that’s where the miracles happen.”

Charles Kyte, an education consultant and former executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, believes Silva breathes new life into the role of leading the 156-year-old district. “Valeria is outgoing, expressive, fun to be with,” he says. “She’s smart and also a little bit dramatic. She’s not a gray, blah person. Valeria does her job well—very well—but there’s also a little pizzazz and excitement there.”

“Valeria has a lot of ideas and a lot of energy,” Cassillus adds. “But sometimes I worry that this little Energizer bunny will run out.”

Silva is now married to Paul Stine, an engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. (She and her first husband divorced after 11 years.) She loves to cook, to entertain friends, and spend time with her college-age son and stepson.

“When I get home in the evenings, my husband and I have a deal,” Silva says. “We don’t talk about work.”
 

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Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
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Labelled "marvelously eclectic" by the LA Times, Paris Combo are returning to the US for their 20th tour in January 2019.   The musically devious Parisians will be showcasing songs from their...

Cost: $30

Where:
Dakota
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Make valuable connections by attending our upcoming Power Networking Breakfast at Midpointe Event Center! Come join fellow NAWBO members and TeamWomen members for our speed networking-style...

Cost: $20-40

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: TeamWomen
Contact Name: Briana Galbraith
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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EVERYONE WELCOME!Our next $3 Community Dinner is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5–7 p.m., as part of our Opening Celebration. Enjoy a chili and cornbread dinner with all the fixings, and...

Cost: $3.00

Where:
13750 County Road 11
13750 County Road 11
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Valley Natural Foods
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If you are a business owner then Pinterest should form an essential part of your marketing strategy. It's more than just DIY or Recipes! Learn how to set up and use Pinterest while generating an...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Rogers Activity Center
21080 141st Avenue North
rogers, MN  55374
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Sponsor: Laura Rike
Telephone: 763-276-7524
Contact Name: Laura Rike
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Learn more about Perpich Arts High School and how you can apply for the 2019-2020 school year at an upcoming Information Session. The Saturday session is 90 minutes and includes a tour of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Telephone: 763-279-4168
Contact Name: Betsy Anderson
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Open mic night hosted by The Nighthowlers at Can Can Wonderland every third Thursday of the month!! All entertainers welcomed and encouraged! Show starts at 9pm. Sign up starts at 8pm. $2 artist...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Sutie 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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WHAT:                                                 DRIVE Roundtable: 2019 NCAA® Men's Final Four® Preview – College Hoops & More!...

Cost: Admission is $20 and pre-registration is required.

Where:
the Local
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9117
Contact Name: Shannon Lukes Hauser
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
Website »

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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

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The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Despite the negative stigma pole dance gets from the media, this movement art has evolved to become a powerful tool for self-esteem, fitness, and body positivity.  Feel empowered, inspired, and...

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

More information

by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first “Featured Artist”, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble...

Cost: $29 - $68

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Pau, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651.292.3268
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A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
Website »

More information

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four will be reigniting Beatlemania for local Beatle fans at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Friday, January 18th. Spend the evening...

Cost: $39.00

Where:
Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Mayo Civic Center
Telephone: 507-328-2220
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Ever wanted to play Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, Family Feud, $50 Pyramid, or the Price is Right? Maybe you never wanted to play but wish you could have been in the audience. Retro Game Night...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
Website »

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Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Sawdust Savvy
Website »

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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


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

More information

The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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Jam with The Bazillions, a kid-friendly indie rock band. The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. A free, family event for...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Shop from over 40 local farmers, food makers and artists for your weekly groceries, unique handmade gifts and holiday meals. The Mill City Farmers Market inside the historic and beautiful Mill City...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 2nd St. S.
Ste. 510
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Mill City Farmers Market
Telephone: 612-341-7580
Contact Name: Jenny Heck
Website »

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
View map »


Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Allison Mann & Michael Brodkorb will be at Once Upon A Crime Bookstore on January 19th from 12-2PM to chat about their true crime book: The Girls Are Gone.   The Girls Are Gone was...

Cost: 0

Where:
Once Upon A Crime Bookstore
Edit 604 W 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

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Mounting plaques are a wonderful way to display indoor plants. They are easy to care for and make beautiful additions to any home.   Join Tangletown staff at our January workshop where you’ll...

Cost: $49 per person

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Tangletown Gardens
Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Tangletown Gardens
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ZRS WINTER HEALING EXPO! FREE EVENT & EXPO BUFFET   Enjoy the sweet harmonies of Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas JohnsonZRS Fossils and Gifts - 3018 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis FOR...

Cost: FREE

Where:
ZRS Fossils and Gifts
3018 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: ZRS Fossils and Gifts
Telephone: 612-824-1068
Contact Name: ZRS
Website »

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Despite the negative stigma pole dance gets from the media, this movement art has evolved to become a powerful tool for self-esteem, fitness, and body positivity.  Feel empowered, inspired, and...

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

More information

Play Bingo for fun prizes and to support the Germanic-American Institute. Held at Summit Brewing Ratskeller in St. Paul. Summit beer will be on tap and Gerhard’s Würstelstand food truck on site....

Cost: $1 per sheet

Where:
Summit Brewing Ratskeller
910 Montreal Circle
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Germanic-American Institute
Telephone: 651-222-7027
Contact Name: Office
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

More information

Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

More information

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

More information

by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
Website »

More information

Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four will be reigniting Beatlemania for local Beatle fans at State Theatre - Minneapolis on Saturday, January 19th. Spend the evening twisting and...

Cost: $35.00 - $60.00 +

Where:
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: State Theatre - Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-373-5600
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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