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Modest Modernist

Duluth architect David Salmela has brought brash, contemporary design to the cabins and lake houses of the North Shore. But his modernism has a distinctly Minnesotan twist.


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Like any good Minnesotan, David Salmela keeps a fire pit out back. But his isn’t a ring of stone or a wrought-iron cage. It’s a minimalist totem pole: a 12-foot-tall concrete shaft, stark white and rectangular. On first approach, it’s as alien as the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. A narrow trough slices down its front, and when the sun dips low, Salmela packs the base with logs, sets them aflame, and watches the smoke climb through the open-faced pillar. He calls it an “un-chimney.” When most people have a fire, they’re left with only a mess of char. When Salmela and his wife, Gladys, have one, they get a piece of art to go with it. Today, the “un-chimney” is empty of wood. But a ghostly black smear creeps up the interior walls.

“The idea is that you have the fire at night, and then the next day you have the memory of the fire,” the architect explains. Then, perhaps concerned he’s come off as too poetic, he adds, “Because most of the time with a campfire, you get up in the morning, and it’s kind of ugly.”

Salmela, who just turned 60, is leery of pretension. It’s his hallmark. Unlike some of his contemporaries, whose open, glass-walled rooms communicate an urbane, gallery-like refinement, Salmela keeps it woodsy. He takes distinctly modernist traits—the cantilevered floors of Frank Lloyd Wright, the austere functionality of the Bauhaus, the strong horizontal lines of the Futurists—and stews them in the regional flavors of the North Shore. Some unfinished basswood slats here. A little native prairie grass there. His own home, a stack of pitch-black boxes wedged into a hillside overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth, even incorporates pieces of the Canadian Shield into its design. Existing boulders, which form the house’s foundation, hide Salmela’s house from the street. A glacier of granite spills into the garage. Long balconies, made from unfinished wood the same color of the hillside brush, provide further camouflage.

This reverence for the region, a counterpoint to the daring design, has made Salmela Minnesota’s most famous living architect. (Just this May, his national prize total climbed to 28. No other single Minnesota architect has won as many.) It’s also made him a beguiling contradiction.

“I’m always struck by how David manages to be regionally sensitive, culturally appropriate, and yet totally modern at the same time,” says Tom Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. In May, Fisher published The Invisible Element of Place, a detailed look at Salmela’s 50 most recent projects, the vast majority of them cabins and country homes.

Modern architecture was once meant to be universal, a style to be dropped into any metropolis worldwide and instantly signal progress. But Salmela’s buildings, unusual as they are, could only ever exist in the Upper Midwest. In fact, minus a handful of rare outliers—projects in the works include a retreat on the coast of Ireland; an equestrian community in Dutchess County, New York; a Wyoming ranch; and a Virginia farm—they do only exist in the Upper Midwest.

In other words, Salmela’s un-chimney may smack of white-cube artiness, but, singed by fire, it smells unmistakably of Minnesota.
 

Salmela has recently grown a moustache. Right now he’s playing with it, pinching a few well-trimmed white hairs at the corner. It’s a great everyman gesture: the farmer chewing the blade of grass. “I wanted to be an architect,” he begins. “But, how would I say it? I’m Finnish. I’m also Minnesotan. We tend to underrate ourselves. ‘Are we really good enough to do this?’” We’re sitting in the Salmelas’ dining room, which isn’t a dining room at all, just a table placed at the center of their open-plan living space—a skybox of blond wood and clean sunlight. Three walls of windows offer a cockpit view of the water below. Park Point’s ribbon of island stretches off into Superior Bay.

Salmela is tracing his career trajectory and, perhaps, burnishing his mystique. As many design students know, Salmela is famously self-trained. He dropped out of the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities after only one semester, not even setting foot in the school of architecture (though it would later grant him an honorary doctorate). In 1985, when he won his first award from the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a project in Cohasset, Minnesota, it was the first time in 25 years that a practitioner from outside the Twin Cities had been so highly honored. Consider also that Salmela builds mostly on a small scale—his residential projects average only around 3,000 to 5,000 square feet—and for an Upper Midwest clientele whose wealth pales in comparison to most big-city design consumers, and it’s easy to see him as a folk hero, the rural Robin Hood bringing modernism to the north woods. Fisher calls him “the architectural equivalent of Garrison Keillor.”

But the renegade streak is there. You can see it in his eyes. Or rather, his eyewear—dark, elegantly rounded frames, the same kind worn by Le Corbusier. And sure enough, even growing up on a farm, a second-generation Finn in tiny Sebeka, Minnesota, the seeds of a design career were incubating. “Nobody was professing to be artistic,” he says of his childhood. But his dad was a good dresser, and his mother prided herself on her immaculate gardens. “But there was certainly a refined elegance.”
 

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Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Session 5: Circus Stars Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 May 3 – May 31 Cost: $75Instructor: Aaron Fiskradatz Come, one and all, to the Lakeshore big top!  You’ll see sights to astound you, in an...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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The Advocates for Human Rights' Awards Dinner showcases the ways in which The Advocates, its volunteers, and other human rights defenders change the world for good. This year's featured speaker is...

Cost: $175 per person

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The Advocates for Human Rights
Telephone: 612-746-4677
Contact Name: Ann Ulring
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Please join JB Hudson Jewelers in welcoming Marco Bicego, Italian jewelry designer as he presents his latest collections with complimentary cocktails and light bites. Since the launch of his...

Cost: FREE

Where:
JB Hudson Jewelers
901 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Marco Bicego
Contact Name: Sean Barnett

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The Maze, a Big Brother-type “reality” television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family – who insists that they aren’t...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries worth of music, from J.S. Bach to world premieres written by...

Cost: $30

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 4th St E
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: The Schubert Club
Contact Name: Quinn Shadko
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Everything's Free! by Sam Graber, directed by Anneliese Stuht Everything’s Free! follows a young couple facing financial ruin. They receive a strange and mysterious offer: a credit card which...

Cost: 10-30

Where:
SPACE
550 Vandalia Street
Suite 306
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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It's Six Elements' sixth year with Human Combat Chess! This year, we're presenting a mid-season all-star game with representatives from each team in the Midwest Combat Chess League as they band...

Cost: $5-$18

Where:
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Constellations by Nick Payne Directed by Gary Gisselman Featuring Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg April 15-May 29 Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m. "A singular astonishment!" -...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-278-0145
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By Joshua Harmon Directed by Hayley Finn "the best comedy of the season" - New York Times Conflicts over family, faith and identity explode in this edgy, new comedy. Crammed in a Manhattan...

Cost: $20-$32

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
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“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
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Hot beverages, cool paintings & socializing every Wednesday at Watch Me Draw is just the ticket for “hump” day!  Everything you need to add some creative personal time to look forward to each...

Cost: $25.00 per person

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

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
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Norwegian-American photographer, Eliesa Johnson, spotlights contemporary Norway, sharing her view of the natural grandeur of the Nordic landscape and the culture's elegant simplicity. Norway...

Cost: $6 Adults; $5 Seniors (65+) and Students; $4 Ages 2-18

Where:
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612.871.2211
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Listen to songs, chants and hulas from Hawaii played on the ukulele and lap steel guitar. Learn about Hawaiian traditions as youplay the ipu and ipu heke (gourd drums), ‘ili’ili...

Cost: $5

Where:
Schubert Club Museum (2nd Fl. of Landmark Center)
75 W 5th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: The Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3268
Contact Name: Quinn Shadko
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In this solo exhibition of contemporary Swedish watercolor master Lars Lerin (b. 1954), 40+ large-scale, monumental works (194 original watercolors assembled together) – depict both natural and...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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We all know diversity is important as a concept in the abstract. But what exactly does it have to do with you, as an entrepreneur, business owner, or corporate visionary, on a practical level in...

Cost: $0

Where:
COCO Coworking and Collaborative Space - Uptown
1010 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: COCO
Telephone: 612-345-4201
Contact Name: Laurie Healy
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Shakespeare in the Spring Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 May 4 – June 1 Cost: $75Instructor: Rachel Ratkowski While the weather warms up, Shakespeare is in the air.  Study his famous and beloved...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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The Advocates for Human Rights' Awards Dinner showcases the ways in which The Advocates, its volunteers, and other human rights defenders change the world for good. This year's featured speaker is...

Cost: $175 per person

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The Advocates for Human Rights
Telephone: 612-746-4677
Contact Name: Ann Ulring
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About this event Toy Product Design PLAYsentations Wednesday, May 4 6:00 – 7:30 PM Coffman Memorial Union Theatre This event is free and open to the public, but registration is strongly...

Cost: Free

Where:
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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***Tickets on sale 3/18*** Tickets are $12.50 advance | $15 day of show.Password pre-sale begins Wednesday, 3/16 at 10AM EST and concludes Thursday, 3/17 at 11:59PM EST. Pre-sale password:...

Cost: $12.50 advance | $15 day of show.

Where:
Turf Club
, MN


Sponsor: Emporium Presents
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries worth of music, from J.S. Bach to world premieres written by...

Cost: $30

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 4th St E
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: The Schubert Club
Contact Name: Quinn Shadko
Website »

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The Maze, a Big Brother-type “reality” television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family – who insists that they aren’t...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Join us as we celebrate the launch of Amanda Nadelberg's new collection of poetry, SONGS FROM A MOUNTAIN. Dubbed "a dizzying achievement that rings out loud and precise and clear” by John Ashbery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Honey mpls
205 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Coffee House Press

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Closing out Mixed Blood Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season: a beguiling comic drama, CHARM by Philip Dawkins Philip Dawkins’ CHARM is a beguiling comic drama revolving around Mama Darleena,...

Cost: $0-$20

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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It's Six Elements' sixth year with Human Combat Chess! This year, we're presenting a mid-season all-star game with representatives from each team in the Midwest Combat Chess League as they band...

Cost: $5-$18

Where:
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Everything's Free! by Sam Graber, directed by Anneliese Stuht Everything’s Free! follows a young couple facing financial ruin. They receive a strange and mysterious offer: a credit card which...

Cost: 10-30

Where:
SPACE
550 Vandalia Street
Suite 306
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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Welcome to the Hump Day Chronicles, hosted by Manny Duke brought to you by Galactic Pizza. Every Wednesday Open Mic starting on 10/21 Come listen to some of the Twin Cities hidden gems as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Galactic Pizza
2917 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Galactic Pizza
Telephone: 708-704-7742
Contact Name: Manny
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By Joshua Harmon Directed by Hayley Finn "the best comedy of the season" - New York Times Conflicts over family, faith and identity explode in this edgy, new comedy. Crammed in a Manhattan...

Cost: $20-$32

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
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Constellations by Nick Payne Directed by Gary Gisselman Featuring Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg April 15-May 29 Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m. "A singular astonishment!" -...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-278-0145
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This innovative program is meant to address issues associated with stigma and understanding of psychiatric illness.  This course will aim to improve understanding of the individual cost and...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Mayo Clinic
Telephone: 1-800-462-9633
Contact Name: Valerie Fernandez
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Examine how businesses are evolving and changing the way we think about the world around us at the 2016 International Forum on Consciousness. This year, a diverse group of presenters will consider...

Cost: 240

Where:
BioPharmaceutical Technology Center
5445 East Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg, WI  53711
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Sponsor: BTC Institute
Telephone: (608) 277-2508
Contact Name: Karin Borgh
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“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
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Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

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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Florilegium artist, Joan Bruneau will join us for a day-long demonstration of her pottery techniques on Thursday, May 5. Not free for the whole day? Come at 1 pm for an artist talk in NCC’s...

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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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
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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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Norwegian-American photographer, Eliesa Johnson, spotlights contemporary Norway, sharing her view of the natural grandeur of the Nordic landscape and the culture's elegant simplicity. Norway...

Cost: $6 Adults; $5 Seniors (65+) and Students; $4 Ages 2-18

Where:
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612.871.2211
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Calling all environmental and science professionals! Do you want to share your store with young people? Do you want to help introduce today’s youth to careers in the environmental and scientific...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary
169 E Jenks Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55117
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3989
Contact Name: Katie McCann
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In this solo exhibition of contemporary Swedish watercolor master Lars Lerin (b. 1954), 40+ large-scale, monumental works (194 original watercolors assembled together) – depict both natural and...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

Cost: free

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

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The Advocates for Human Rights' Awards Dinner showcases the ways in which The Advocates, its volunteers, and other human rights defenders change the world for good. This year's featured speaker is...

Cost: $175 per person

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The Advocates for Human Rights
Telephone: 612-746-4677
Contact Name: Ann Ulring
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Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul 20th Anniversary Gala “Celebrate with Style” in Golden Valley, MN, -- Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a...

Cost: $125

Where:
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Sponsor: Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Telephone: 612-805-7421
Contact Name: Linda Tell
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Relationship dynamics when loved ones start to experience age-related issues can be challenging not only for them, but also for the entire family – emotionally, physically and financially. A...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: JNBA Financial Advisors
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Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul 20th Anniversary Gala “Celebrate with Style” in Golden Valley, MN, -- Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a...

Cost: $125

Where:
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Sponsor: Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Telephone: 612-805-7421
Contact Name: Linda Tell
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Memorial Blood Centers’ 12th Annual What’s Your Type? is a fundraising benefit celebrating our vital, life-saving connection with the community. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, unique...

Cost: $90

Where:
TCF Bank Stadium
420 SE 23rd Street
DQ Club Room
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Memorial Blood Centers
Telephone: 651-332-7225
Contact Name: Larry Silber
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New Location. New Restaurants. New Wineries. New breweries. Join the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) as we kick off our 40th anniversary celebration, as well as Lupus Awareness Month, at the...

Cost: $75 per person or $125 per pair/couple

Where:
The Great Hall
180 East Fifth Street, Suite 160
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-746-5151
Contact Name: Sara Otto, Vice President
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Receive valuable training for youth-centered social change! Learn how to create positive intergenerational connections! Join us in creating a youth-centric space in which youth voices are...

Cost: Free!

Where:
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: St. Paul Youth Services
Telephone: 651-771-1301
Contact Name: Sarah Busch
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Taste of the North is an annual fundraiser where you can sample gourmet food from many North Shore restaurants, bid on silent auction items, enjoy a cash bar and live music, and support a great...

Cost: $30 in advance $35 at the door

Where:
Superior Shores Resort and Conference Center
1521 Superior Shores Drive
Two Harbors, MN  55616
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Sponsor: North Shore Horizons
Telephone: 218-834-5924
Contact Name: Steph Coffey
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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OPENING RECEPTION:  THURSDAY, MAY 5 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM ARTIST TALK WITH MELISSA BORMAN AND CURATOR SUSANNAH MAGERS, 7:30 PM Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce the second exhibition in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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By air, sky or ground, each piece on the program is inspired by a different, delightful species. Fly high alongside the strings in Franz Joseph Haydn’s most popular quartet nicknamed “The...

Cost: Free

Where:
University Club of St. Paul
420 Summit Ave W.
st. paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: University Club and Lakes Area Music Festival
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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The Maze, a Big Brother-type “reality” television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family – who insists that they aren’t...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre A charismatic con man learns about the power of love in this area premiere of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Leap of Faith. Featuring Twin Cities...

Cost: $25.00-$30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Telephone: 612.455.9501
Contact Name: Box Office
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In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

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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This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries worth of music, from J.S. Bach to world premieres written by...

Cost: $30

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 4th St E
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: The Schubert Club
Contact Name: Quinn Shadko
Website »

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Closing out Mixed Blood Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season: a beguiling comic drama, CHARM by Philip Dawkins Philip Dawkins’ CHARM is a beguiling comic drama revolving around Mama Darleena,...

Cost: $0-$20

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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It's Six Elements' sixth year with Human Combat Chess! This year, we're presenting a mid-season all-star game with representatives from each team in the Midwest Combat Chess League as they band...

Cost: $5-$18

Where:
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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In our latest sketch comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop cast will rise again from the frozen depths of Minnesota winter to ignite your not-so-nice workplace aggression…or should we say passive...

Cost: $28 - $36

Where:
The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Everything's Free! by Sam Graber, directed by Anneliese Stuht Everything’s Free! follows a young couple facing financial ruin. They receive a strange and mysterious offer: a credit card which...

Cost: 10-30

Where:
SPACE
550 Vandalia Street
Suite 306
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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By Joshua Harmon Directed by Hayley Finn "the best comedy of the season" - New York Times Conflicts over family, faith and identity explode in this edgy, new comedy. Crammed in a Manhattan...

Cost: $20-$32

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
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Constellations by Nick Payne Directed by Gary Gisselman Featuring Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg April 15-May 29 Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m. "A singular astonishment!" -...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-278-0145
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This innovative program is meant to address issues associated with stigma and understanding of psychiatric illness.  This course will aim to improve understanding of the individual cost and...

Cost: 50.00

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Mayo Clinic
Telephone: 1-800-462-9633
Contact Name: Valerie Fernandez
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Examine how businesses are evolving and changing the way we think about the world around us at the 2016 International Forum on Consciousness. This year, a diverse group of presenters will consider...

Cost: 240

Where:
BioPharmaceutical Technology Center
5445 East Cheryl Parkway
Fitchburg, WI  53711
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Sponsor: BTC Institute
Telephone: (608) 277-2508
Contact Name: Karin Borgh
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“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
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Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

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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Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Held Mother's Day Weekend, May 6 - 8, 2016, the St Croix Valley Pottery Tour is a nationally recognized gathering of exceptional potters offering an intriguing array of handmade ceramics for sale....

Cost: free

Where:
Shafer to Stark, MN
41421 Ferry Road, Sunrise
Harris, MN  55032
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Telephone: 651-674-4555
Contact Name: Will Swanson
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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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Norwegian-American photographer, Eliesa Johnson, spotlights contemporary Norway, sharing her view of the natural grandeur of the Nordic landscape and the culture's elegant simplicity. Norway...

Cost: $6 Adults; $5 Seniors (65+) and Students; $4 Ages 2-18

Where:
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612.871.2211
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Cost: Free

Where:
Pilot Knob Historic Site
Mendota Heights, MN  55105


Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3989
Contact Name: Katie McCann
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For 84 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-647-0191 Ext. 30
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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In this solo exhibition of contemporary Swedish watercolor master Lars Lerin (b. 1954), 40+ large-scale, monumental works (194 original watercolors assembled together) – depict both natural and...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Advocates for Human Rights' Awards Dinner showcases the ways in which The Advocates, its volunteers, and other human rights defenders change the world for good. This year's featured speaker is...

Cost: $175 per person

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The Advocates for Human Rights
Telephone: 612-746-4677
Contact Name: Ann Ulring
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We look forward to seeing you May 6 & 7, 2016 for WineFest No. 21! Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot   FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wine Symposium...

Where:
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FOUNDATION
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Join us for the opening reception of Florilegium and HomeWork: Jennifer Rogers

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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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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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Sara Suppan lives and works in Minneapolis, where she received her BFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Suppan has exhibited at Soo Visual Arts Center, Waiting Room...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stochastic Gallery
904 1/2 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Stochastic Art
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Nouveau Duo, a young Eastern European cello-piano duo, is pleased to announce their first series of concerts in Minnessota. Their diverse program features the music of Beethoven, Schumann,...

Cost: Free of admission, donations accepted.

Where:
Schubert Club Museum
75 5th St
Saint Paul , MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-242-070
Contact Name: Mark Prihodko
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An exciting retelling of the classic story! Set in England during WWII, this is an original story inspired by the classic tale written specifically for TCB, and features an original musical...

Cost: $18 - $34

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-452-3163
Contact Name: Rick Vogt
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Join us on Friday night and make some bling!  Our jewelry instructor will demonstrate and teach you how to design and create your own one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry of your very own.  From...

Cost: $35.00

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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Cocktails at the Castle: Light Up the Night celebrates the return of light and spring. In what has become one of the Twin Cities’ hottest events, Cocktails takes over the ASI Courtyard and...

Cost: $17-55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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A clever servant connives to win his freedom in Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Set in ancient Rome, this madcap show combines 2000-year-old...

Cost: Tickets: $23 Regular / $21 Senior / $18 Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Intermedia Arts presents UNDERBELLY Experimental, Multidisciplinary Pieces Featuring Emerging Artists and Ideas Featuring Deja Stowers & BLAQ, Zainab Musa, and Adlyn Carreas & Pedro R. Bayon...

Cost: $12 advance, student, senior; $15 at the door; $10/ticket for groups of 8+

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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Closing out Mixed Blood Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season: a beguiling comic drama, CHARM by Philip Dawkins Philip Dawkins’ CHARM is a beguiling comic drama revolving around Mama Darleena,...

Cost: $0-$20

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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113 Composers Collective presents a concert of new works, featuring Strains New Music Ensemble (James DeVoll, Kyle Hutchins, Jeremy Johnston, and Carlynn Savot). May 6, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. May 8,...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre A charismatic con man learns about the power of love in this area premiere of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Leap of Faith. Featuring Twin Cities...

Cost: $25.00-$30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Telephone: 612.455.9501
Contact Name: Box Office
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The Maze, a Big Brother-type “reality” television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family – who insists that they aren’t...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

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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In our latest sketch comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop cast will rise again from the frozen depths of Minnesota winter to ignite your not-so-nice workplace aggression…or should we say passive...

Cost: $28 - $36

Where:
The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Everything's Free! by Sam Graber, directed by Anneliese Stuht Everything’s Free! follows a young couple facing financial ruin. They receive a strange and mysterious offer: a credit card which...

Cost: 10-30

Where:
SPACE
550 Vandalia Street
Suite 306
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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It's Six Elements' sixth year with Human Combat Chess! This year, we're presenting a mid-season all-star game with representatives from each team in the Midwest Combat Chess League as they band...

Cost: $5-$18

Where:
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Pop artist Jon Storm is returning to the Twin Cities for the release of his first solo album Brand New Day.   This album release show will be at the Fine Line Music Café on Friday, May 6, 2016....

Cost: $15 at the door, $10 advance tickets

Where:
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55401
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  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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By Joshua Harmon Directed by Hayley Finn "the best comedy of the season" - New York Times Conflicts over family, faith and identity explode in this edgy, new comedy. Crammed in a Manhattan...

Cost: $20-$32

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
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Constellations by Nick Payne Directed by Gary Gisselman Featuring Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg April 15-May 29 Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m. "A singular astonishment!" -...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-278-0145
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“COACH ME. As my parent, MOTIVATE me to succeed. TOGETHER, let's conquer 104.8 miles through Marathon Kids at Home!”   It's time to ditch the screens and get up and running with your family...

Cost: $15 per family member

Where:
At your home!
4801 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Marathon Kids
Telephone: 512-477-1259
Contact Name: Christine Hanna
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A family-friendly 5K fun run to raise money for the suicide prevention phone and text lines. Register on your own to run on the beautiful USATF certified course, or form a team and raise money to...

Cost: $25

Where:
Long Lake Regional Park
1500 Old Highway 8
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Canvas Health
Telephone: (651) 275-4303
Contact Name: Lisa Iverson
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You are invited to celebrate five years of "Dancing for Life, Love & Hope" at the 5th Annual Powwow for Hope on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Powwow for Hope "Dancing for Life, Love & Hope" is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Base Camp Fort Snelling
201 Bloomington Rd
Fort Snelling, MN  55111
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Sponsor: American Indian Cancer Foundation
Telephone: 612-314-4851
Contact Name: Leah O'Fallon
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Saint Paul, Minn. (April 25, 2016) --- The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation will present the 34th Annual Cinco de Mayo West Side Saint Paul Fiesta on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 6...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cesar Chavez Street
Cesar Chavez Street
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation
Contact Name: Rosanne Bump
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Alongside the opening of Florilegium in our exhibition space, May’s featured artists provide a body of work that pairs naturally with spring flora. Butch Holden uses his ceramic work to express...

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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The MacPhail Free Family Music Series is a fun and free musical open-house for kids 10 and under! Centered around a live performance, families have the opportunity to explore various...

Cost: Free

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: MacPhail Center for Music
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 April 30 – May 21 Cost: $60 That tricky pigeon!  We’ll use this beloved picture book series to create acting and artwork of our...

Cost: $60

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Held Mother's Day Weekend, May 6 - 8, 2016, the St Croix Valley Pottery Tour is a nationally recognized gathering of exceptional potters offering an intriguing array of handmade ceramics for sale....

Cost: free

Where:
Shafer to Stark, MN
41421 Ferry Road, Sunrise
Harris, MN  55032
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Telephone: 651-674-4555
Contact Name: Will Swanson
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Get behind our Diaper Drive. For the month of May, Totally Kids is partnering with Tubman, a local family crisis and support center. Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced...

Cost: Free

Where:
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
7876 Portland Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys
Telephone: 952-881-2425
Contact Name: Josh Howes
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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 Door County Half Marathon has been hailed by Runner's World, Competitor Magazine, and Active.com as one of the best half marathons in the Midwest. Run along the Lake Michigan shore, past...

Cost: $60 - $85

Where:
Peninsula State Park
PO Box 95
Fish Creek, WI  54212
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Sponsor: Peninsula Pulse
Telephone: 920-915-9880
Contact Name: Myles Dannhausen
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Norwegian-American photographer, Eliesa Johnson, spotlights contemporary Norway, sharing her view of the natural grandeur of the Nordic landscape and the culture's elegant simplicity. Norway...

Cost: $6 Adults; $5 Seniors (65+) and Students; $4 Ages 2-18

Where:
Norway House
913 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612.871.2211
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Home décor, vintage furniture, and gift retailer Mama’s Happy celebrates the new location of its St. Louis Park store with a grand opening at the store on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 10 a.m.–6...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mama's Happy - St. Louis Park
5630 West 36th Street
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Mama's Happy
Telephone: 952-529-0821
Contact Name: Amy Herbert
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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Meet Designer André Assous at Von Mauer on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eden Prairie Center
8251 Flying Cloud Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Hopkins Hosting Day of Fashion, Friends & Pampering The 11th Girls on The Town Brings Together Businesses to Celebrate Woman   Hopkins, Minn.  April 15, 2016 – The City of Hopkins is hosting...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Mainstreet Hopkins
111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
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Sponsor: Girls on the Town
Telephone: 651-303-6777
Contact Name: McKenzie Gernes
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For 84 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the...

Cost: $8-$18

Where:
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-647-0191 Ext. 30
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to present a unique exhibition of new sculpture and prints by northern Minnesota artists Dan and Lee Ross. The artists met in 1972 as college students at the University...

Cost: free

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

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In this solo exhibition of contemporary Swedish watercolor master Lars Lerin (b. 1954), 40+ large-scale, monumental works (194 original watercolors assembled together) – depict both natural and...

Cost: $0-10

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

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle is a native Minnesotan and currently maintains a studio in...

Cost: free

Where:
Groveland Annex
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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You are invited to celebrate five years of "Dancing for Life, Love & Hope" at the 5th Annual Powwow for Hope on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Powwow for Hope "Dancing for Life, Love & Hope" is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Base Camp Fort Snelling
201 Bloomington Rd
Fort Snelling, MN  55111
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Sponsor: American Indian Cancer Foundation
Telephone: 612-314-4851
Contact Name: Leah O'Fallon
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
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Join in unparalleled pageantry and excitement of The Derby Day Affair, a celebration of the 142nd Kentucky Derby. Expect the finest fare, fantastic fashions at our endless extravaganza. You will be...

Cost: $50-$100

Where:
Nicolette Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Polo For Philanthropy
Telephone: 651 283 9930
Contact Name: Craig Robbins
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The Advocates for Human Rights' Awards Dinner showcases the ways in which The Advocates, its volunteers, and other human rights defenders change the world for good. This year's featured speaker is...

Cost: $175 per person

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 S. 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The Advocates for Human Rights
Telephone: 612-746-4677
Contact Name: Ann Ulring
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We look forward to seeing you May 6 & 7, 2016 for WineFest No. 21! Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot   FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wine Symposium...

Where:
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FOUNDATION
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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An exciting retelling of the classic story! Set in England during WWII, this is an original story inspired by the classic tale written specifically for TCB, and features an original musical...

Cost: $18 - $34

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-452-3163
Contact Name: Rick Vogt
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Jazz at Studio Z is proud to present Phillip Greenlief in concert at Studio Z with Nathan Hanson, Chris Bates and Davu Seru. Concert at 7, preceded by 6 pm masterclass on composition strategies for...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
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A clever servant connives to win his freedom in Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Set in ancient Rome, this madcap show combines 2000-year-old...

Cost: Tickets: $23 Regular / $21 Senior / $18 Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Violet Music by Jeanine Tesori | Libretto by Brian Crawley Directed by Sean Byrd | Musical Direction by Kyle Picha April 8—May 8, 2016 Violet (Yellow Tree co-founder Jessica Lind Peterson) is...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre A charismatic con man learns about the power of love in this area premiere of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Leap of Faith. Featuring Twin Cities...

Cost: $25.00-$30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Suite 140
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Telephone: 612.455.9501
Contact Name: Box Office
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In a new adaptation full of sparkling wit and cynical humor by Jeffrey Hatcher, this political comedy follows the meteoric rise of ambitious young Stensgaard, an office-seeker who’s willing to...

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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Closing out Mixed Blood Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season: a beguiling comic drama, CHARM by Philip Dawkins Philip Dawkins’ CHARM is a beguiling comic drama revolving around Mama Darleena,...

Cost: $0-$20

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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The Maze, a Big Brother-type “reality” television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family – who insists that they aren’t...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Intermedia Arts presents UNDERBELLY Experimental, Multidisciplinary Pieces Featuring Emerging Artists and Ideas Featuring Deja Stowers & BLAQ, Zainab Musa, and Adlyn Carreas & Pedro R. Bayon...

Cost: $12 advance, student, senior; $15 at the door; $10/ticket for groups of 8+

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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It's Six Elements' sixth year with Human Combat Chess! This year, we're presenting a mid-season all-star game with representatives from each team in the Midwest Combat Chess League as they band...

Cost: $5-$18

Where:
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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In our latest sketch comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop cast will rise again from the frozen depths of Minnesota winter to ignite your not-so-nice workplace aggression…or should we say passive...

Cost: $28 - $36

Where:
The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Everything's Free! by Sam Graber, directed by Anneliese Stuht Everything’s Free! follows a young couple facing financial ruin. They receive a strange and mysterious offer: a credit card which...

Cost: 10-30

Where:
SPACE
550 Vandalia Street
Suite 306
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn:   How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The two...

Cost: free

Where:
Online Trading Academy Minneapolis
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Online Trading Academy Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 814-4410
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By Joshua Harmon Directed by Hayley Finn "the best comedy of the season" - New York Times Conflicts over family, faith and identity explode in this edgy, new comedy. Crammed in a Manhattan...

Cost: $20-$32

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
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  The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 second quarter exhibition:   HARMONY REIGNS Samuel Johnson, potter  Erik R. Pearson, painter   Friday, May 6 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Constellations by Nick Payne Directed by Gary Gisselman Featuring Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg April 15-May 29 Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sun 2 & 7:30 p.m. "A singular astonishment!" -...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-278-0145
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