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Fundamentally Great

St. Paul’s Meritage gets back to the absolute basics: New York–French



The Big Questions come out in times of tragedy: Why are we here? What are we doing? Are we doomed to keep doing it? In Minnesota, restaurant tragedies have been legion lately. When I close my eyes at night, I can picture a mass grave with a big granite fork over it, commemorating the peacefully slumbering Five, À Rebours, Auriga, Margaux, Willie’s Wine Bar, Fhima’s, Zander Café, Temple, et al.

At this point, there is hardly anyone in a Minnesota restaurant kitchen who doesn’t know someone who has either expected a paycheck but found a locked door; put a cook on extra shifts to keep them from losing their house; had a farmer come to them desperate to unload bespoke pheasants that no longer had a chef to go to; or otherwise looked into the abyss. And so the big questions echo through the town: Are chefs essentially poets, called by a muse and a higher art—artists we visit to be inspired and touched? Or are restaurants actually just high-class convenience stores, offering up the culinary motor oil, coffee, and chips that people need on the road of life—and sure to stumble if they presume to do more?

For Russell Klein, chef and owner of Meritage (rhymes with heritage), the bistro that took over the former À Rebours spot, these big questions have loomed particularly large. Klein, a New York native, already survived one apocalypse: The restaurant he was cooking at on 9/11, David Bouley’s upscale Austrian restaurant Danube, was a short walk from Ground Zero. When the Towers came down, Klein’s restaurant closed and he volunteered in the ad-hoc kitchens assembled to feed rescue and recovery workers. A few months later, Klein’s landlord informed him that good works might be the road to heaven, but they were also the road to eviction. So Klein relocated and took a job at W. A. Frost & Company in St. Paul. (Shortly after he moved here, I asked Klein how things were going at Frost: “Well, it’s a learning curve,” he told me. “We didn’t have fried fish sandwiches at Danube.”) However, like anyone with any sense, Klein soon fell in love with St. Paul, married a girl who also loved St. Paul, and the two made the last city of the East their home.

So you see, the Big Questions had been sitting with Klein for a long, long time when he decided to open his own restaurant. His Big Answer? Return to the absolute basics, the fundamentals, the culinary bible: New York–French—Paris via New York City.

What’s so fundamental about Paris and New York? Well, turn-of-the-century Paris was the crucible that modern restaurant culture was forged in. We owe everything—menus, appetizers, wine pairing, the kitchen hierarchy of hot-and-cold stations, the works—to that time and place. And New York City? Well, it’s hard to put in perspective the importance of New York City’s French restaurants like Le Pavillon, Lutéce, and La Caravelle. They were literally the alpha and omega of American fine dining in the years between World War II and Watergate. Even the people who democratized ambitious cooking in the United States—people like Julia Child and Craig Claiborne—used those great New York–French restaurants as their reference point.

Klein’s new Meritage is Minnesota’s closest connection to that world. Klein cooked at the now-defunct La Caravelle for two years (the La Caravelle team was trained by the Le Pavillon team). To understand what this means, try the Billi Bi soup from Meritage’s amusements menu: It’s a classic bit of high-French cooking involving lots of saffron, mussels, white wine, infusing, cleaning, straining, and cream. The bright yellow soup that emerges tastes like nothing so much as a glimmering spoonful of sunbeam, ocean, and ice cream. It’s rich, captivating, and perfect.

Klein has been told the version of Billi Bi he learned descended from Maxim’s of Paris, and whether that’s true or not, the soup made me realize one thing: When it comes to surgeons, hairdressers, and plumbers, we always pay more for the work of the person who has trained with masters and has 20,000 hours of practice under their belt. But not in restaurants. In restaurants we pay $8 for the salad and $18 for the roast chicken whether it’s cooked by a master chef, or the temp who showed up to cover the shift at the mall chain.

Terry Brennan

Meritage’s $18 roast chicken, by the way, is fantastic: The skin is crisp as bacon, the meat so tender it might as well have been poached, the accompanying gold-and-bronze-hued roast potatoes and garlic so rich and country-good you’ll have a hard time venturing into the rest of the menu once you try them. You should venture, though. A Wild Acres duck breast achieves that state local cooks so often try for but so seldom achieve: rare as berries, crisp as potato chips, tender as an omelet. The spicy duck sausage, braised red cabbage, and delicate spaetzle that came with the duck on one of my visits overwhelmed me with the sort of elegiac melancholy that too much great cooking can inspire. I can never finish you, I thought, looking sadly down at my plump little commas of spaetzle—and it breaks my heart.

On the other hand, if you don’t know or care about the illustrious history of New-York French food, Meritage succeeds as a contemporary restaurant with no particular French accent (the buttery rabbit-schnitzel pancakes with sweet-and-sour squash, for example, are a dream); and as a business lunch, the niçoise salad is the best that I know of, despite the fact that it strays from the classic formula and pairs lemon-marinated grilled shrimp with tender haricots vert and the most harmonious, mellow, oil-cured olives. It also succeeds as a place for a glass of wine and beautiful, twisty, hand-cut French fries before a show at the Fitzgerald. The wine list, mostly French, rivals the best French wine list in Minneapolis (that would be the one at Vincent), and is similarly food and wallet-friendly, geographically diverse, and studded with enough obscure-but-delicious options to keep anyone who cares about wine in a state of excitement and intrigue. The cheese cart that is brought to the table after the main courses offers a small handful of options, all, in my experience, in beautiful condition: A Robiola Tre Latte—a young, fresh three-milk cheese from Piedmont, Italy—was served at just the moment when it was young and fresh enough to have an inner line of chalky tang, but just old enough to be turning creamy and sweet.

Pastry chef Teresa Kohlhoff waltzes gracefully in this classically French idiom. I particularly loved her intense espresso mousse from the restaurant’s dessert menu, and her buttery apple-frangipane tart with salty caramel ice cream. Service at Meritage was efficient, knowledgeable, and attentive enough to keep things humming smoothly—but distant enough to allow for privacy, which is how I like it.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the best thing about Meritage: You don’t need to know a thing about New York–French food to appreciate it. For most diners, it simply feels right. Is that why the place is nearly booked solid for the Republican National Convention? I can’t imagine it’s the deep New York–French roots. Or it might just be that some Republicans think as I do: Many of the most pleasant people in the world are those who have answered life’s big questions to their own satisfaction, and don’t need to tell you about it.

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is a senior editor at Minnesota Monthly.

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Focus Group on Food Products. This study will take place the week of August 3rd at various times in Minneapolis. Participants will be compensated $75 for 2 hours of their time. All interested...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Are you making these 5 mistakes? 5 Common Financial Planning Mistakes People Make and How You Might Avoid Them This Complimentary Ladies Only workshop with Lunch provided, will focus on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse
11900 Main Street
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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Sponsor: J Alan Financial
Telephone: 763-657-1828
Contact Name: Jim Bear
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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Local KFAI radio DJ JahnyD brings his band, the JahnyD Occurrence, to the Driftwood Char Bar in support of their new cd Agouti (Ah goo tee) Groove.   Agouti...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Driftwood Char Bar
4415 Nicollet Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: The JahnyD Occurrence
Telephone: 651-221-0871
Contact Name: Paul Anderson
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In an effort to keep the waters of Lake Superior shark free, join us every Wednesday night in August, to keep post while enjoying a bonfire on the shore of Lake Superior.  Glensheen is the...

Cost: Free

Where:
3300
3300 London Rd
Duluth , MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jane Pederson
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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
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Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games, and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Focus Group on Consumer Products. This study will take place the week of August 3rd at various times in Minneapolis. Participants will be compensated $75 for 90 minutes of their time. All...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

More information

The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

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


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

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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

More information

Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
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Join us for a dog-friendly fundraiser to provide free dog obedience training classes to low-income disabled people who have adopted a dog to assist them. Vendors - Samples - Raffle - Crafts -...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waterbury Building
1121 Van Buren St NE, Room 106A
Door 1121C
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 414-232-5660
Contact Name: Melinda Weir
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Join AM950 for an evening of politically-charged comedy brought to you by the GOP presidential hopefuls! Watch live as the candidates pine for that sweet, sweet nomination during their first...

Cost: $17

Where:
The Joke Joint
801 Sibley Memorial Hwy
St Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: AM950: The Progressive Voice of Minnesota
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Enjoy performances from North Ballet Youth Company, Rince Nua Irish Dance, Ivy Asian Dance Theater, and more!  

Cost: $5 for ages 11 up, free for children under 10

Where:
St. Michael Middle School West
11343 50th St NE
Albertville, MN  55301
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Sponsor: North Ballet Youth Company
Telephone: 763-220-0570
Contact Name: Cassie Berg
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

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This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
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Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
Website »

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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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More information

Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
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All Originals Jazz Series presents Graydon Peterson Quartet: Graydon Peterson, bass; Adam Meckler, trumpet; Adrian Suarez, drums; Joseph Strachan, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert...

Cost: $10

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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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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Looking for something for your kids to do? Send them to Vacation Bible School at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. They will learn about how much God loves them, do fun crafts, eat good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint James Lutheran Church
460 W Annapolis St
West Saint Paul, MN  55118
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Sponsor: Saint James Lutheran Church
Telephone: (651) 457-9232
Contact Name: Terese Thune
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

More information

Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
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Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Dance the night away with friends and family! Forty-five minute Swing dance lesson followed by an open, social dance for all. Swing Dance Lesson: Includes swing lesson, entry to the dance, and...

Cost: Lesson & Dance: $30 per couple. | Dance only: $10 per person.

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
Website »

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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

More information

This year the circus comes to Prairie Town, but will the citizens of Prairie Town be up to the challenge?  Come and see how the Henshaws and the Prairie Town Lady’s Benevolence...

Cost: $12/each

Where:
Plainview Community Presbyterian Church
505 West Broadway
Plainview, MN  55964
View map »


Sponsor: Plainview Community Theater
Telephone: 507-261-1227
Contact Name: Vicki Schmidt
Website »

More information

Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
Website »

More information

A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
Website »

More information

Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
Website »

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GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering is bringing back a weekend of 18th Century...

Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Where:
National Monument Heritage Center
170 Mill Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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The Macker tournament is back on the streets of downtown Rochester, MN August 8-9, 2015. Get your game faces on and get a team together to compete in our annual 3-on-3 basketball...

Cost: $140

Where:
Rochester YMCA
709 1st Avenue SW
Rochester , MN  55902
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Sponsor: Rochester YMCA
Telephone: 507-287-2260
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The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is a free, half-day program designed to equip teens and young adults with the skills to handle the challenges associated with driving on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Road Shakopee, MN 55379
Shakopee, MN  55379
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Sponsor: Bridgestone

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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Witness hot metal artist cast large-scale iron molds. Each July and August Franconia hosts a group of Iron Artists from around the world through a unique artist residency.  We help realize...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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Beauty and creativity abound in the 66 acre pastoral Powderhorn Park where artists from across the country circle around the tree-lined, picturesque Powderhorn Lake. The Powderhorn Art Fair is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Powderhorn Park
3400 15 Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Contact Name: Sabrina
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One of our bigger events of the year, join us for a Brew-run-ery of a time. Live music on the expansive patio, along with yard games, food truck, and SIX in your hand after a nice run through...

Cost: $30

Where:
612 Brew
45 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
Contact Name: Mark Portz
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Elephante, with support from Gianni Blu, will be performing at The Loft at Skyway Theatre on August 8th. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the door. This is an 18+ event.

Cost: $10

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Bollywood Dance Scene, the creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography....

Cost: $14 with $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
Website »

More information

Franklin Arts Center | Resident Artists Gallery will host a new body of work by Minneapolis artist Sara Suppan. Suppan’s paintings explore the relationship between the home and its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franklin Art Center Resident Artists Gallery
1001 Kingwood St
Brainerd, MN  56401
View map »


Sponsor: Franklin Art Center
Website »

More information

Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

More information

This face-off between local food trucks will provide guests with great food, craft beer, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will go to support YouthLink's life-changing work with...

Cost: $5

Where:
Canterbury Park
Shakopee, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Monthly

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

More information

Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

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A proud presenting company with The Southern Theater’s ARTshare program, this ironically dark comedy and cautionary tale of The Carpenters explores insecurities through the dancers’ sly...

Cost: $27

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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A band of swashbuckling pirates set hearts aflutter with their high seas hijinks. This cheeky farce by Gilbert & Sullivan explodes across the stage with damsels in distress, a sexy pirate king,...

Cost: $36-$110, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

No Time for Poverty (NTFP)  presents Eric Gutman in “ From Broadway to Obscurity," a show about one man's struggle to get to the top of his game, and then the struggle to find...

Cost: $70, $50, $25

Where:
O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: No Time For Poverty
Telephone: 651-714-6346
Contact Name: Sue Grundhoffer
Website »

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Nationally known storyteller Kevin Kling returns to Open Eye with musicians Jacqueline Ultan and Michelle Kinney, with direction by Michael Sommers, for an evening of story, song, and imagery....

Cost: $25-$15

Where:
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506E 24th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 612-874-6338
Contact Name: Peter Rusk
Website »

More information

Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and a forerunner in the public art movement. Throughout his career Kinji has examined the relationship between art and community and the philosophical roots of...

Cost: Price varies. See link

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
View map »


Sponsor: Grand Marais Art Colony
Telephone: 218-387-2737
Website »

More information

July 13, 2015 – White Bear Lake, Minn. – White Bear Lake is an extraordinarily picturesque Minnesota city that has maintained its small-town character over the past 150 years. It is...

Cost: Free

Where:
White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Telephone: 612-990-0126
Contact Name: Lynn Nelson
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GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. (July 14, 2015) – The 2015 Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days Program and Pow-Wow, The Traditional Gathering is bringing back a weekend of 18th Century...

Cost: FREE, donations accepted

Where:
National Monument Heritage Center
170 Mill Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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