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A More Perfect Union

Therapist Bill Doherty says marriage is threatened—by his own profession


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BILL DOHERTY, the marriage therapist, was meeting with divorce lawyers. Not, for the record, to end his own marriage of 36 years. Nor was he there to lecture them about the damage their work wreaks on families. Doherty, a wirey 63-year-old with fair skin and white hair, was moderating a discussion among a small group of attorneys in Edina. The lawyers were wrestling: Should they suggest other options to their clients? Did their professional code of ethics allow them to caution couples against divorce?

Good therapist that he is, Doherty listened carefully for most of the session and then, finally, offered his own vision: What about providing an “exit ramp” for couples on the road to divorce—such as reconciliation resources for interested couples? By the time the meeting was over, Doherty had “buy-in from every single person in the room,” says Linda Wray, one of the attorneys in attendance. In other words, he’d talked a bunch of divorce lawyers into counseling the virtues of not using their services.

William “Bill” Doherty is the director of the marriage and family therapy program in the department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. A practicing therapist, respected professor, and seasoned researcher, he has been widely quoted on the subject of marriage in the national media. He is the author of 13 books, including Take Back Your Marriage, and the producer of a number of video series, among them, one for engaged couples, featuring his daughter, Elizabeth Doherty Thomas. He may also be, judging by his resumé, the nation’s most zealous advocate for healthy marriages.

Marriage is “good for couples, their kids, and society,” says Doherty. But the institution has also taken a beating since the 1970s, when Doherty first began counseling couples. The stigma associated with divorce has largely disappeared; and expectations regarding wedded bliss have expanded considerably. “Marriage has weakened as an institution while the ideals for what it should accomplish have gone through the roof,” he says.

Doherty doesn’t blame divorce lawyers or any specific group for the erosion of marriage. He points the finger at a number of factors, chief among them a “consumer culture” that surrounds marriage and his colleagues, therapists themselves.

THE DIVORCE RATE among American couples reached roughly 50 percent in the 1980s, after climbing dramatically for two decades. And it hasn’t budged much since then.

Part of the problem, as Doherty sees it, is the influence of consumerism on views of marriage: “Consumer culture tells us that we never have enough of anything we want, that the new is always better than the old,” he writes in his book Take Back Your Marriage. “It teaches us not be loyal to anything or anyone that does not continue to meet our needs at the right price.”

The notion of spousal duty—sticking by your mate even in the most trying times—seems to have disappeared from the marriage contract altogether. “The traditional marriage vows in some parts of the country,” Doherty noted in a 1999 speech, “are changed to ‘as long as we both shall love,’ instead of ‘as long as we both shall live.’ I think people now are beginning to see themselves as ‘leasing’ a marriage…. [It’s] like saying, ‘I’m not sure if this car will last long, so I’ll lease.’”

Consumer attitudes have also heightened expectations about getting hitched. Doherty worries that newlyweds may have unrealistic ideas about what marital relations can actually offer. “Couples expect great sex and great communications and equal-gendered partnerships,” he says. “There is maybe one couple who has achieved it, and they live in Indiana.”

Such problems are exacerbated, Doherty maintains, when couples seek counseling. Most therapists are trained to stay “values neutral,” he says. Professionally, they’re expected to refrain from inserting their opinions into their clients’ decisions. If a client says her problem is her marriage, the thinking goes, the solution is a divorce. Rather then fight the seeming inevitability of a split, many therapists focus their energies on supporting the individual in her decision-making.

But Doherty isn’t willing to give up on marriage quite that quickly. The benefits of marriage are too numerous: Research shows that married couples are generally better off financially than singles and even unmarried couples. Married women are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than single women, and married men report more satisfying sexual relationships than their bachelor counterparts. Children born to married parents are less likely to experience poverty, abuse, and behavioral and emotional problems than children born out of wedlock.

So Doherty is hustling to keep couples together—and sometimes even get them married. It’s consuming work that has Doherty delivering keynote speeches at conferences around the world and leading talks and groups here at home. Minnesota has a long history of support for couples and families, he says. But that doesn’t mean there’s always unanimous support for the kind of marriage-boosting initiatives Doherty would like to see funded. The state’s “many liberals and progressives identify a marriage-positive stance as a conservative value,” he says. (Lest you think he sounds like a right-wing patsy: He’s pro–gay marriage. Communities are healthier, he says, when same-sex couples are in committed, socially sanctioned relationships.)

IT’S DINNERTIME on a Thursday night and Danyelle and Davis Draheim are eating Subway sandwiches with other couples in the basement of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. They’re here to participate in a talk led by Doherty on “Men and Women: How Are We Different?” The event is part of the Minnesota Family Formation Project, a Doherty-led effort for unwed parents interested in marriage—to keep fathers involved in their kids lives and reduce the strain on mothers who are often financially and emotionally strapped.

Doherty relaxes as he talks, his scholarly locution replaced by the East Coast accent of his working-class childhood. He grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family in Philadelphia, where, he says, “marriage was forever.” He met his wife, Leah, in 1970, and perhaps not unexpectedly, the union has become a lab for Doherty’s ideas on how to get couples to connect: He often tells groups how he and his wife used to shoo their children away from the table after dinner so they could talk for a few minutes—one on one—over a cup of coffee. Their rituals also include a nightly dip in the hot tub outside their Roseville home.

As the crowd polishes off the sandwiches, Doherty talks about expectations in marriages. “We expect our spouse to act like our very best same-sex friend,” he says. Heads nod with recognition. “It’s not going to happen,” he adds. The group laughs.

The Draheims are here because they saw a flyer in a packet of new-baby literature shortly after their first son was born. If they signed up to participate in a new program for unmarried couples, the flyer indicated, they could avail themselves of the services offered by a relationship coach, meet with a married mentor couple, participate in the “Couples Connection” classes Doherty leads, and get a yearly stipend. “It was 70 bucks,” says Davis. “What did we have to lose?” Within a year of receiving the flyer, they were married.

It isn’t the first time Doherty has used financial incentives to encourage people to think about getting married or about nurturing their marriage. In 2001, Doherty worked with state senator Steve Dille, of Dassel, to secure what is now a $70 discount on marriage licenses for couples who complete 12 hours’ worth of premarital classes. (Nearly 40 percent of newlyweds take advantage of the marriage-license discount, which couples can obtain if they provide proof that they’ve completed a pre-marriage education program.) In 2004, Doherty and Dille worked together again to secure a $5 marriage-license surcharge to augment $1 million in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for the Family Formation Project.

Is there a return on the investment in marriage that Doherty—and taxpayers—have made? Nationally, the divorce rate for college-educated women has dropped by one third in the last decade, and Doherty says young people have a different view of divorce than their parents: 45 percent of 18 to 29 year olds say divorce should be avoided except in extreme cases. Doherty’s own research on premarital education has found that premarital couples programs strengthens unions: A majority of the couples he surveyed said pre-wedding conversations with a therapist, minister, or other professional had improved their communication and conflict management skills.

Doherty also believes he’s changing the “neutral” stance of some of his peers. When he offered a workshop on “Couples on the Brink: Stopping the Marriage-Go-Round” at a conference for marriage and family therapists, his session was swamped by nearly 400 attendees. The ensuing dialogue touched repeatedly on psychotherapists’ contribution to their clients’ divorces.

But some believe Doherty is going too far. Barry McCarthy, a therapist and professor at American University in Washington, D.C., thinks some marriages are “fatally flawed” by abuse, deception, or serious incompatibility. In such cases, McCarthy believes therapists should keep their personal values out of couples’ decisions. Still, even McCarthy counts himself among Doherty’s many fans.

“Bill is one of the most well-respected people in the marriage and family industry,” says McCarthy. Diane Sollee, the director and founder of the Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education, says Doherty has a unique ability “to work with very different groups all within their goals and help them reach consensus.”

Like marriage, Doherty’s work takes plenty of commitment. “Couples work at marriage together,” he says. “They take responsibilities. They don’t give up hope.” And neither, Bill Doherty adds, will he.

Andrea Grazzini Walstrom is a freelance writer who lives in Burnsville.

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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
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More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
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KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
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Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

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“Dance with American Girl Dolls” Ballet Camp June 13-16 Bring your favorite American Girl Doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! Camp...

Cost: $120.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

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Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

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Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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

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

Cost: Free

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


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

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

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

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


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

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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

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

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

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

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

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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

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Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

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

Cost: $15-$35

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

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Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
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Join us as we unveil and celebrate the 2016 Ivey Awards creative. Be the first to hear who will be hosting and entertaining us at this year's show on September 19!Complimentary appetizers and...

Cost: Free

Where:
martinpatrick3
212 3rd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Ivey Awards

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Cruise into the sunset on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka while enjoying a full dinner buffet.   Fajita Bar Includes: Tri-Color trip chips with salsa Fiesta Salad Grilled Flank Steak...

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

Where:
Port of Excelsior
2 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: BayView Event Center
Telephone: 952-767-3101
Contact Name: Lexi Zawatzke
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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
Website »

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

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


Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

More information

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

More information

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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

More information

KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

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

Cost: $25.00 per person

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Avenue
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 612-968-0899
Contact Name: Tracy Giza
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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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“Dance with American Girl Dolls” Ballet Camp June 13-16 Bring your favorite American Girl Doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! Camp...

Cost: $120.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

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


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

More information

Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

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FlyOver America – a new attraction at the Mall of America – is a can’t miss experience for individuals of all ages. During the Ultimate Flying Ride, visitors will experience a breathtaking...

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

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

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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

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


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

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

Cost: $29

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

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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
Website »

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CONCERTS ON THE PIER | Charlie ParrJoin us for an evening of Minnesota music on the shores of Lake Superior!GATES 6 | MUSIC 7 | FREE | ALL AGESLOCAL BREWS & BEVS | FOOD...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Glensheen Staff
Website »

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Sign up to get your play on during our summer season! This 4 week play group is available to those who are taking Everyday 1 and 2 currently (during May-July)! This is a great chance to keep...

Cost: $105 until 7/6/16 and then $125 after

Where:
Brave New Workshop's Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
View map »


Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
Website »

More information

Sign up to get your play on during our summer season! This 4 week play group is available to those who are taking Everyday 3 currently (during May-July)) and up! That means this class is also...

Cost: $105 until 7/6/16 and then $125 after

Where:
Brave New Workshop's Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

This is a class that is designated for people who've never tried Improv before and are looking for a taste of the basics! This is a 4 week class from 7/20/16-8/10/16 which will focus on getting...

Cost: $125 until 7/6/16 and then $150 after

Where:
Brave New Workshop's Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

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


Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

BOYS NOIZE / MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS / SLOSLYLOVE CURATED BY TOTALLY GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT  

Cost: $3 with RSVP

Where:
ICEHOUSE MPLS
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

More information

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

More information

KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

More information

“Dance with American Girl Dolls” Ballet Camp June 13-16 Bring your favorite American Girl Doll (or another favorite doll) and enjoy a summer camp that is perfect for doll-loving girls! Camp...

Cost: $120.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
Website »

More information

Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2582
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

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


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

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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present This Is Our City A highly-interactive exhibition telling the complex story of Creative CityMaking...

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612.871.4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

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


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minnesota artists Ute Bertog and Betsy Ruth Byers. In Still the night Bertog continues to explore language and communication through...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE
#195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Rosalux Gallery
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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 28-30 2016. Stop by the Plymouth Ave Block Party Thursday July 28th or make the rounds on the evening of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
Penn ave to Mississippi river
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
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Artists: We’ll be taking sign-ups via e-mail for our Thursday open mic night. In order to sign-up please emaillivewhollytour@fasthorseinc.com to participate for the evening. You will receive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Riverview Cafe
3745 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Wholly Guacamole
Telephone: 218-370-0937
Contact Name: Christian

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

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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BOYS NOIZE / MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS / SLOSLYLOVE CURATED BY TOTALLY GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT  

Cost: $3 with RSVP

Where:
ICEHOUSE MPLS
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
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Where:
Minneapolis Event Centers
, MN

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More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
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KIDS ART CAMP - Ages 6-14 - One Week Session Date/Time: Mon, 7/25/2016, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N, Stillwater, Minnesota 55082 Price Per...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater , MN  55082
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Sponsor: Artful Indulgence
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
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Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
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Each Class will be a different topic and art piece.   Your child will be educated on Art in a FUN hands on experience. They will Learn while Creating pieces of Art they will be proud of.  ...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Stillwater, MN
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
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Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

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

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Our Improv Camps are perfect for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Students will learn how to work with their scene partners, play with confidence, and listen. Each camp concludes...

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

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


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

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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

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

Cost: Sliding Scale: $3-10

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


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

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

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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The Brave New Workshop Student Union's Advanced Teen Improv Camp is perfect for the student that is looking to go deeper into improv and learn some new tips and tricks for creating better scenes....

Cost: $195 until 1 month before camp cost and then $220 after.

Where:
Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-2582
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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 28-30 2016. Stop by the Plymouth Ave Block Party Thursday July 28th or make the rounds on the evening of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
Penn ave to Mississippi river
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »

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Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

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Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
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The Rochester Civic Theatre is delighted to announce the return of its Summer @ The Civic Patio Concert Series.  On select Friday nights in June and July, enjoy free live music and fresh food...

Cost: Free, food and drink available for purchase

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa
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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Paint Your Pet (LIMITED SPACE!!) Send your pet's photo 3 days in advance! with Rhonda Date/Time: Fri, 7/29/2016, 6:30 - 9:00 PM Location: Artful Indulgence - 13999 60th Street N,...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
Paint Sip Nosh
13999 60th St N
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Paint Sip Nosh
Telephone: 651-998-9844
Contact Name: Stephanie Weber
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The Rochester Honkers enter their 23rd season as a member of the Northwoods League, the country’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Every summer, top collegiate players move to Rochester...

Cost: $8-30

Where:
Mayo Field
403 E. Center Street
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Honkers Baseball
Telephone: 507-289-1170
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Artists: We’ll be taking sign-ups via e-mail for our Thursday open mic night. In order to sign-up please emaillivewhollytour@fasthorseinc.com to participate for the evening. You will receive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Riverview Cafe
3745 42nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Wholly Guacamole
Telephone: 218-370-0937
Contact Name: Christian

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

Cost: $18-$32

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

More information

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $34-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

More information

Summer Youth Players The Trials of Robin Hood July 22-31 Tickets on sale soon! Robin Hood: hero, slave to love, or bumbling buffoon?  You decide! In The Trials of Robin Hood, Maid Marian,...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

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A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

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


Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
Website »

More information

More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 800-859-7469
Website »

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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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One of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17 Flying Fortress, will be on public exhibition at the Premier Jet Center ramp located at Flying Cloud Airport. The visiting B-17 Flying Fortress...

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Where:
Flying Cloud Airport
14801 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
View map »


Sponsor: Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona
Telephone: 602-448-9415
Contact Name: Ride Coordinator
Website »

More information

Jeff Oestreich, Jo Severson, and Zac Spates will be NCC's featured artists for July.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

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


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

More information

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

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

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Sliding scale: $3-10 per person

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


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

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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 28-30 2016. Stop by the Plymouth Ave Block Party Thursday July 28th or make the rounds on the evening of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis
Penn ave to Mississippi river
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »

More information

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

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

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

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Simon Says Give®, a 501(c)3 founded by an Eagan girl is conducting a back-to-school backpack drive named “High Five for Supplies.” With the help of local businesses and children, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
All MN TCF Bank locations
, MN


Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers! 3M Art and Technology Competition now open  Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) break...

Cost: FREE

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Institute of Art and 3M
Website »

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Hot Metal Mold-Making Workshops July 30 & 31 and August 3, 4, & 6, 1pm-4pm Learn about the process of metal casting by making your own iron relief sculpture! Each summer, Iron Artists from...

Cost: $30/small $45/medium $75/large

Where:
Franconia Scupture Park
29836 St Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

Where's Waldo in South Minneapolis? At Parkway Pizza, of course! This July, the famous book character will be visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout south Minneapolis, and Parkway Pizza...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parkway Pizza
4359 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Sponsor: Moon Palace Books
Website »

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The documentary film (Blockade) is about the inspiring story of how a group of people in Delaware Valley area (Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington DC), irrespective of their nationality or...

Cost: $10

Where:
University of Minnesota - Coffman Memorial Union
Coffman Memorial Union - 300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bangladesh Students Association (BDSA) of University of Minnesota
Telephone: 763-232-2026
Contact Name: Golam Sayeed
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This exclusive event featuring local winemaker, Negret Wine Co., will benefit Worldwide Fistula Fund, a nonprofit that heals and empowers women and girls with devastating childbirth injuries in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bluff Stone Vineyard
30409 670th St.
Lake City, MN  55041
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Telephone: 847-264-5946
Contact Name: Casey
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NorthGate Brewing will be hosting an HP-themed taproom party on July 30th, 2016 to coincide with the theatrical release of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. Activities will include a Quidditch Beer...

Cost: N/A

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

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Summer Youth Players The Trials of Robin Hood July 22-31 Tickets on sale soon! Robin Hood: hero, slave to love, or bumbling buffoon?  You decide! In The Trials of Robin Hood, Maid Marian,...

Cost: $10-$12

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


Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

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See Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society under the stars on the KS95 Stage at the Mystic Amphitheater! Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and...

Cost: $29, $39, $55 and $65

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Sponsor: KS95
Telephone: 952-403-5555
Website »

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

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Marah in the Mainsail is performing an acoustic set at Aster Cafe with Clocks & Clouds! Clocks & Clouds is a Minneapolis-based instrumental trio formed in 2010. Consisting of Stephanie Shogren...

Cost: $7

Where:
Aster Cafe
125 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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A new play by Philip Dawkins Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen Featuring Patrick Bailey, Nathan Barlow, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Kasey Mahaffy, and Michael Wieser Marriage equality finally reaches...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Associations North 60th Anniversary Celebration Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Aria, 105 No. First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 This is a celebration of 60 years of service to...

Cost: $0

Where:
Aria
105 N. First Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Associations North (formerly MSAE)
Telephone: 651-647-6388
Contact Name: Angela Kisskeys
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More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis’ best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum...

Cost: TBD

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