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Remembering Hassler

Decades ago, Minnesota writer Jon Hassler taught a fellow novelist that what matters most is what’s on the page—and in the heart



When Jon Hassler and I were neighbors back in the 1980s—he the established novelist at St. John’s University in Collegeville, I the newly published novelist in St. Cloud—we were discussing an ambitious writer we both disapproved of. This young man had taken a writing class from me, and he was one of those students who, uninvited, insist on helping the instructor teach the class. Jon noted that this same fellow was just then presuming to “help” the head of the English department at St. John’s. “I think I’ll send him a Black Spot,” Jon said.

The line was typical of Jon: a wry literary violence that depended on your knowledge of popular books or old movies in which the traitor discovers a bit of paper slipped into his pocket. Grimy fingers unfold the scrap, which bears a single large ink blot. It’s pirate language for: We know, and you’re done for.

Jon wasn’t entirely joking. A sometime pirate himself, he knew how to insinuate oneself into a position at a small college—he’d used such tactics to get on the faculty at Bemidji State in the 1960s, when he was running the local drive-in theater on summer nights, drinking heavily, and supporting his family by teaching high school English. He let those years of despair serve as the world of his first novel, Staggerford. Though the English-teacher protagonist meets a tragic end, Jon himself understood self-preservation. The ways of the world struck him as ripe material for comedy—though first you had to survive them. Then tell the story your way.

He learned those skills early. His mother taught him the tricks of close observation. Growing up, Jon helped in the grocery store she and his father owned and ran in Staples. “I learned to see the world with her eyes.” The tricks included a respectful face for the public, while staying tuned for the eccentric and telling detail—the gap between words and actions—and finding a worthy audience for the fun.

I loved being Jon’s audience. Everyone did. As for the writer we joked about, Jon sent him a Black Spot, along with a clarifying scrawl: “Collegeville isn’t big enough for both of us.” I don’t imagine he signed it. That wasn’t part of the pirate code.

He was far more generous to me when I met him in 1982. My copy of his third novel, The Love Hunter, bears this inscription: “Rebecca: How fortunate that you should be the other writer in this part of the world. Jon Hassler.” This was a concise description of who we were to one another, and a significant departure from the way he told me a writer ought to sign books. “Write ‘Best Wishes,’ and your name,” was his adamantine instruction.

He specialized in defending against the many traps for a writer’s energies. Adjacent to the desk in his office at St. John’s stood a cafeteria table stacked with papers, piled in the order he meant to attend to them. Some were his manuscripts. Others were student papers or correspondence or car-insurance quotes. The table angled away from his desk, a barrier to the man behind it. The first time I dared survey the stack, he made a slow introductory flourish with his large hand. Gravely: “This is my life, Rebecca.”

When I met him, he was living in a dormitory at the college. He thrived among the academic and monastic Benedictines, since women and children were, for him, two of the traps writers faced. He had obtained an annulment from his long marriage, and saw raising kids as burdensome. What I, with two small children, most needed to know was how to be productive amid the traps—how he, in his hard-won priestly refuge, had hammered it out for himself.

As we crossed the wooded acres at St. John’s, speaking of writers and literature and life, anyone who recognized Jon would have the benefit of his humorous patience. But after we were out of earshot, I’d have the benefit of his ironic reduction: “The man has been hobnobbing with Minneapolis literary types. Those people think life is some kind of fable. If they ever ask you what I think of them, Rebecca, tell them I think they’re fabulous.”

The writers he favored back then were John Cheever, for his dark suburban comedies of manners; Graham Greene, for his guilt-driven narratives rimed with Catholic retribution; William Trevor, for his laser eye. “Think story,” Jon wrote to me on a postcard, when I complained about revisions I contemplated. He rightly deduced that I’d been keeping company with ideas. He claimed he didn’t have any. He was concrete, instinctual. When his novel Grand Opening was twice rejected by Harvey Ginsberg, his editor at William Morrow, Jon buried it—here we’re talking a shovel, brogans—in his yard. He found his own impulses as amusing as any of his characters, but he unswervingly did what peace of mind required. He said if the novel could sprout a few shoots on its own, it might be worth rescuing. It must have done so. He dug up the novel a year later, pruned it, and Harvey published it.

If Jon woke with a sentence in his mind, he trusted it. Used it verbatim. A writer’s job was to sit at the desk every day to catch the scent of story “should one happen to waft by.” Preparation for that job was to spend quiet evenings without society, so the next day found one fresh for the task of sitting at the desk. He apportioned his time. “No” came easily. He didn’t sulk if he’d given a “Yes,” but on one occasion, he was noticeably quiet. I asked why. “After teaching all these years, I begin to think it’s not worth my time to open my mouth unless at least 33 people are listening,” he said.
I began to assume that he’d remain a bachelor, walking the woods at St. John’s, forever. But men who are intriguing and talented and gentlemanly and recalcitrant and say “No” have deadly magnetism for women. In 1986, he got married—having twice cancelled within 24 hours of the wedding day—to the writer Elizabeth Anderson, 23 years his junior. The marriage lasted less than a year, and ended in agony for both. His dread of marriage did not abate, but Jon did later marry and live in contentment with Gretchen Kreml.

He and I were never again as close. Life intervened, as it will do. I moved to Georgia, then Colorado; he left St. John’s for Minneapolis and Florida.

It may be that he meant to disinter the friendship one day. Indeed, after some years I wrote to him. We exchanged letters, forthright and personal in the old manner. He never failed to mention having twice eluded the death-grip of intimate connection to the wrong woman. Perhaps the failure of love haunted him, as it haunts us all. Plainly, he wanted me to collaborate in his version of the story.

In 1994, he was diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease, a near cousin to Parkinson’s called supranuclear palsy. Thus arrived Jon’s own Black Spot, which he referred to as simply “My Parkinson’s.” He wrote and published five more novels, at nearly his usual pace. “If you don’t get a book out every two years, the public forgets you,” he said.

As the disease progressed and affected his limbs, he kept a running count of the number of times he had fallen. Jon had a practical, let’s-stick-to-the-facts reliance on numbers. In our progress reports to one another, he led with a page number. “I’m on page 179, Rebecca. Yesterday, it was 182, but I hit a snag.” He required the same of me: the page number in the manuscript I was working on. A writerly palaver on how you were feeling might be all very well, but from Jon I learned that a page number said it all. It said you were working. Only when you were finished working could the stack of pages on your cafeteria table be called anything as grand as a novel. In the meantime, requiring the page number was Jon’s own brand of kindness, meant to keep me in fighting trim alongside himself. A writer wrote, that’s all. Unless of course the writer painted—as we both came to do as we grew older. He favored landscapes, colors dashed on boards with a palette knife. The knife was more expressive, easier to clean, quicker. Even painting must not become a trap for the writer’s energy.

In 2006, typing in all-caps to reduce the number of small hand motions now awkward for him, he wrote: “PARKINSONS IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION. IN 12 YEARS I HAVE FALLEN 743 TIMES.” His last letter arrived with my address typed, then roughly scissored out, with that scrap of paper Scotch-taped to the envelope—a labor of love from my endlessly stubborn, endlessly hard-working and beloved friend. I considered it a valentine.

Rebecca Hill is the author of the novels Blue Rise, Among Birches, and, with co-author Judith Guest, Killing Time in St. Cloud.
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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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A national marketing research firm seeks Men and Women, ages 18+, for an upcoming Paid Focus Group on Shopping. This study will take place the week of July 27th at various times in Minneapolis....

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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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
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

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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The tool set for communicating with your customers has changed for the better. Social media plays a large role in customer service, sales, and marketing – and it is growing faster than any...

Cost: Free

Where:
Checkerboard Strategic Web Development, Inc.
350 W Burnsville Parkway
Suite 350
Burnsville, MN  55337
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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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Bollywood Dance Scene, 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 a $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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All Originals Jazz Series presents dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā: Kevin Daley, guitar; Dave Brattain, saxophones; "Pooch" Heinie, bass; Dave Stanoch, drums. All Originals is a weekly jazz...

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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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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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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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
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THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2015 Skyway Theatre: ARCH ENEMY BORN OF OSIRIS VEIL OF MAYA THE ACACIA STRAIN OBSCURA AFTER THE BURIAL CATTLE DECAPITATION BEYOND CREATION  IMMORALIS...

Cost: $25

Where:
Skyway Theatre
, MN

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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
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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

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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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Princeton Speedway is a 1/4 mile clay banked oval located in Princeton, Minnesota inside the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds. The dirt flies here on Friday nights throughout the summer months. On...

Cost: prices are adults $12, Senior and military are $10, and 7-17 year olds are $5

Where:
Princeton Speedway
1400 3rd St. N
Princeton, MN
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Hydrive Shows and Skyway Theatre present: BOOMBOX CARTEL ARYAY MicDaddy Rare Kandy THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Friday, July 31st The Loft @ Skyway Theatre 9pm 18+ $15...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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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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Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile(ish) obstacle course run for women and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud...

Cost: $55-$65

Where:
Pinehaven Pumpkin Farms
28186 Kettle River Blvd. North
Wyoming, MN  55092
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Sponsor: Human Movement Management
Contact Name: Carson Morford
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Enjoy this unique riding experience on the Mesabi Trail, NE Minnesota's premier paved bicycle trail. The tour is designed for serious riders and families alike, choose from four different...

Cost: $45 individuals / $90 families (kids ride FREE)

Where:
Mesabi Trail - Coleraine to Eveleth
P.O. Box 139
Virginia , MN  55792
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Sponsor: Great River Energy, Mesabi Trail, Ampers
Telephone: 877-637-2241
Contact Name: Ardy Wilberg
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Learn how to make smarter investment decisions and take control of your financial future   Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Online Trading Academy
Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Tires Plus will welcome customers and guests for an exciting community event including:   •Fun activities with Boys & Girls Club kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tires Plus
580 W 79Th St.
Chanhassen, MN  55317-9530
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In a Reiki II session, the student is given the first three Reiki symbols. Students will learn about: • the Power symbol • the Mental/Emotional symbol • the Distance symbol...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Rising Sun Reiki Studio
4180 West Broadway
Suite B3
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Rising Sun Reiki Studio
Telephone: 612-940-5851
Contact Name: Cyndi Stavrou
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Come experience a day full of diverse brass music from mariachi to swing! This year's festival features twelve phenomenal bands from the region. Audiences of all ages will get to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bridge Square
Intersection of E 4th St. and Division St.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Vintage Band Festival
Telephone: 507-645-7554
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Dash for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join the World’s Largest Running Series as a St. Jude Warrior! Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for the thrill-seeking...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Johnson Creek
Johnson Creek, WI  53038


Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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Do you like a morning run or a leisurely walk? Looking for a great reason to be active? Participate in the 3rd Annual BBBS 5K Run/Walk! Enjoy the views and natural beauty that Fort Snelling...

Cost: $30 Individual $45 Match Rate

Where:
Fort Snelling State Park - Beach Area
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN  55111
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Sponsor: SNAP Fitness

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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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Artist from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in this unique art-making process! Witness artist working a furnace that...

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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HazelFest, presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a day-long chemical-free community festival that features bands, recovery speakers, exhibitors, food trucks, and family...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Hazelden Campus
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN  55012
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Sponsor: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Telephone: 763-300-1218
Contact Name: Jeannette Cleland
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Nershfest. It’s music. It’s friends. It’s a Minnesota summer day. It’s also the name of the Minneapolis-based music festival featuring local live music, craft beer and great...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harriet Brewing Company
3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Nershfest
Telephone: 336-402-2439
Contact Name: Griffin
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Captain Terry will hold a public cruise this Saturday August 1, 2015. 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Cost: $14

Where:
Lady of the Lake Docks
8 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Lady of the Lake
Telephone: 952-929-1209
Contact Name: Terry Jungers
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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
View map »


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

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The fourth Kräftskiva! festival will bring The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar out onto the streets of Minneapolis for the evening – shutting down 2nd Ave North alongside The...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Bachelor Farmer
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: The Bachelor Farmer
Telephone: 612-206-3920
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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
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
Website »

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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce the concert GREAT OPERA CHORUSES, which will be presented by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, and a...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Oratorio Society
Telephone: 612-432-7398
Contact Name: Matthew Mehaffey
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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
View map »

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Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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