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The Man Who Slew The U

It was cheap and easy to get into, the school with the doors wide open, the birthright of every Minnesotan. But to save the U, Bob Bruininks had to destroy it.


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Ackerman Gruber

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The statue is wooden and roughly hewn, standing about five-foot-six—the size of a small man or a gigantic rodent. In this case, it’s both, depicting Goldy the Gopher, the U’s bucktoothed mascot. It was sent to Bob Bruininks as a gift. And because he didn’t know what to do with it, and still doesn’t, the statue has remained where the delivery person left it, beside Bruininks’s big oak President-of-the-University-of-Minnesota desk, peering over his shoulder.

“Isn’t that amazing?” Bruininks says with genuine awe.

Bruininks is awash in parting gifts—after nine years of leading the nation’s fourth-largest university, the city-within-a-city that is the U, he is stepping down at the end of this month. In the fall, he’ll return to teaching, just across campus in the education building, where he began his career 43 years ago. He’ll spend more time with his wife, Susan Hagstrum. He’ll fix up his cabin near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He’ll get back in the saddle: since undergoing surgery for prostate cancer last year, he’s hardly ridden the horses he owns. A couple decades ago, he landed the second-largest walleye ever caught in Minnesota—hauled it ashore by the gills. He’d like to go for the record. At 69, he’s looking forward to relaxing.

He offers me a seat near the statue and gets out a notebook full of hand-written talking points. But he doesn’t need a cheat sheet to recount one of the most astonishing turnarounds of any university in the country. The U’s four-year graduation rate has doubled in a decade. Grants awarded to U researchers are up by 41 percent, the third-largest growth among the country’s top universities. Scholarship drives have pulled in a third of a billion dollars. The Gophers have a new football stadium in which to lose. Researchers have new facilities in which to battle cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and mortality itself.

Bruininks modestly calls his tenure “a period of some transformation.” His supporters are more aggrandizing: “He will go down as the greatest president in the modern history of the U,” predicts Mary Jo Kane, a U kinesiology professor.

Certainly no leader of the U since the first few—men like Cyrus Northrop and Lotus Coffman—have changed this place so profoundly. Several tried and failed. None faced the kind of budget cuts—hundreds of millions of dollars—that should have sent Bruininks reeling. Moreover, to change direction is to battle inertia, and the U has 160 years of the stuff. The U was here before the state itself. It’s the fifth-largest employer in Minnesota and, by its own measure, accounts for one of every 43 jobs in the state. It has some 68,000 students on five campuses and 400,000 graduates who care, to varying degrees, what becomes of it. And those are just the living alumni. This place has a past. And Bruininks has dared to confront it.

Maybe that’s why he’s feeling a bit self-conscious. He pauses our conversation to look at Goldy—because the statue seems to be looking at him. “Sometimes I feel like its eyes are moving,” he says. “Like it’s watching me, keeping me honest.”

When Bruininks arrived at the U in 1968, as a 26-year-old assistant professor of educational psychology, the place was in its laidback heyday. Credits were cheap, roughly the cost of a couple of Beatles records. The bar to entry was low. Some students wouldn’t even bother to register before the first day of classes; they’d simply show up and hope for the best, as invested in their education as they might be in a night at the movies.

Then, and for most of the next 35 years, as Bruininks was promoted and promoted again and finally installed as president in 2002, the student body remained largely monolithic: white, Minnesotan, smart but not especially bright. (In 2002, there were only 38 National Merit Scholars among the 5,300 or so freshmen at the U; by 2009, there were 112, the most in the Big 10.) Once enrolled, they entered a sort of time warp, a gopher hole in which the years seemed to pass unnoticed and students matriculated with the frequency of comets. The four-year graduation rate in 1992 was just 15.2 percent, the historic low. As recently as 2001, the U’s six-year graduation rate of 51 percent was good for dead last among the top 50 public universities in the country. Students worked. They dropped in, they dropped out. Knowledge settled on them gradually, like a gentle Minnesota snow.
 

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Cost: Free

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View map »


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Pine Harbor Christian Academy
11125 W Point Douglas Rd
Hastings, MN  55033
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Glowga is all about fun loving yogis coming together for a night of yoga, music, and creative expressions that make your body and soul GLOW! One hour Glowga yoga followed by 15 minutes of guided...

Cost: 19.99

Where:
Mall Of America Park View event center
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Now in its fifth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant...

Cost: $30

Where:
TPT Street Space
172 4th St E,
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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Black Label Movement (BLM) announces its 11th Minnesota season BLM 11 : TEAMWORK  for a two week season at the Ritz Theater in the heart of northeast Minneapolis January 12-21, 2018. The season...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Ritz Theater
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
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For 29 years, our game dinner has fed hundreds of men each year with awesome wild game from around the country and beyond, venison, bear, elk, wild boar, turkey, alligator, walleye, salmon, you...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Maranatha Church
24799 Forest Boulevard
Forest Lake, MN  55025
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A formal and artistic pole dance competition that includes amateur and professional divisions. Competitors can choose between different divisions and categories such as Artistic Dance and...

Cost: $20-60

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N.
Saint Paul , MN  55104
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Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
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How it works:Come to the Logan Recreation Center on January 19th from 5pm-8pm to browse our collection of 110 original artworks. Once you find one that you love, we will check it out for you. Then...

Cost: Free

Where:
Logan Recreation Center
690 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Art Lending Library
Contact Name: Amelia Foster
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Stream Capture explores the role and position of the landscape and natural environment within a world shaped by technology and digital media. The exhibition opens at MCAD’s main gallery on...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: MCAD

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Join the American Swedish Institute for the opening night preview party for CraftBOWL, a new multi-part exhibition of work by three Swedish master craftspeople that launches the American Swedish...

Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily Krumm
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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Sanctuary explores the music of immigrants to Minnesota- from early Scandinavian immigrants, to African Americans arriving through the Underground Railroad, and more recent music of Hmong, Mexican...

Cost: 30-50

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: One Voice Mixed Chorus
Telephone: 651-298-1954
Contact Name: Alicia Pedersen
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Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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

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The intense human-bob-sled race is back at the capital for yet another speed run up and down icy slopes set under the Cathedral of St.Paul. Will new mayor Melvin Carter lace up his skates and give...

Where:
St. Paul
, MN


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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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  MacPhail Faculty, Nina Olsen, Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Katrina Mundinger and Paul Schimming make up the Minnesota Clarinet Quartet. Join this family of Clarinets as they underscore classic tales like...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music's Antonello Hall
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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2017 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows Mic Stowell (Minneapolis) and Xilam Balam Ybarra (St. Paul) will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

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

More information

A formal and artistic pole dance competition that includes amateur and professional divisions. Competitors can choose between different divisions and categories such as Artistic Dance and...

Cost: $20-60

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N.
Saint Paul , MN  55104
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Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

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Local, internationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Art Kistler and the EP Boulevard Show Band are once again hosting a dinner show, this time to benefit the Fisher House Foundation!  The Fisher...

Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door

Where:
Bloomington VFW, Everett McClay VFW Post 1296
311 W 84th Street
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Art Kistler & the EP Boulevard Show Band
Telephone: 651-206-4292
Contact Name: Jean Kistler
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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

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


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

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It’s all supply and demand: With below-freezing temps, ice cream from LEO’S MALT SHOP goes for free during Stillwater’s annual Winter Ice Cream Social. As for the chili?...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stillwater
Stillwater, MN

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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

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On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


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The intense human-bob-sled race is back at the capital for yet another speed run up and down icy slopes set under the Cathedral of St.Paul. Will new mayor Melvin Carter lace up his skates and give...

Where:
St. Paul
, MN


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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