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Farm in the City

Urban farms are popping up all over the metro, from abandoned city lots to restaurant rooftops, bringing a fresh twist to local food.


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The New Urban Farmers

Right outside my door, I pick berries for breakfast. At noon, I harvest a simple salad, along with herbs and eggs from the chicken coop that I whip into a frittata. In the golden light of late afternoon, I pluck a veritable cornucopia of vegetables and set them straight onto the grill for a dinner I eat right in the garden, surrounded by softly clucking birds and a dense forest of trees, shrubs, and knee-high plants laden with blooms and fruits.

At least that was my vision when I bought a little Cape Cod fixer-upper in south Minneapolis last year. I’ve started breaking up the concrete that surrounds the house, stripping sod and planting edible perennials. Still, I have a ways to go to turn this place into the lush Garden of Eden-style urban homestead of my dreams.

“Maybe you need to pull out a rib and make a man to do all the work,” my friend Tom, a landscape contractor who has helped me get started, said when he heard me describe my vision. My mother, who grew up on a North Dakota farm and knows all about the labor that goes into growing food, thinks I am rather, shall we say, idealistic. But I’m on a mission. Living in a place where I can grow my own food feels like part of my genetic encoding. My body craves it. And in the long run, it will save me money, which these days seems like a good plan.

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land,” Abraham Lincoln once predicted. I’m hoping to at least supplement my living—with lower grocery and doctor bills—from my small piece of land.

Although I’ve gardened before, I don’t quite have all the skills I need to take things to this level. So I looked around and found there are people all over the Twin Cities who can help remedy the situation, like permaculture designer Dan Halsey of SouthWoods Forest Gardens in Prior Lake who teaches homestead and landscape design, and Krista Leraas and Dina Kountoupes of Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, who design, plant, tend, and harvest gardens for people who don’t want to or can’t do the work themselves. They also act as gardening coaches for people like me who do.

When Krista and Dina walked around my yard with me, I asked for advice about how to grow as much food as possible on my 1/8-acre lot. As we passed the silver maple that spits seeds and attracts box elder bugs, I said I was thinking about cutting it down.

Dina nodded. “Or,” she said, “you could tap it for maple syrup.”

I considered slapping my own forehead. Right! The maple tree is a food source!

We found good spots for asparagus and garlic, a plum tree and a cherry tree, mint, chives, and daylilies (whose unopened buds are delicious sautéed in a little tamari). And just about everywhere seemed like a good place for berries: elderberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants.

When Krista pointed out a spot at the front of the house where more berries could grow, I felt an I-don’t-want-to-go-and-get-all-excessive panic arise.

“I don’t want to get too berry-heavy,” I said.

Krista turned and looked at me square in the eyes. “You don’t?” she asked. “You have a freezer don’t you?”

Now I felt silly. I remembered a winter weekend I spent on a farm in North Dakota, home to one couple and five deep freezers. Except for wine and a little oil, everything we ate for three days—and the food was mouth-wateringly good—had been grown and raised on the farm, most of it right in the family garden. Oh, the garlic and potatoes; the kale and blackberries!

“Yes!” I said, finally beginning to grasp the whole point of what I was trying to do. “I do! I do want to get berry-heavy!”
 


THE GROWER CHEF

Nick Schneider spent years cooking at Cafe Brenda. Now he shares his love of cooking and growing food all over the Twin Cities.

“I really never saw myself becoming a chef. But I’m someone who loves to work with my senses and I fell in love with cooking. I apprenticed in an Italian restaurant, where I saw things I’d never seen before: fresh tarragon, fresh sage, and fresh beets—nothing out of the can. I started growing a couple years after that and it snowballed really fast. It became an addictive habit. My garden helps me cope with my cooking addiction and vice versa. They are almost inseparable activities.”


 

Nick Schneider
Portrait by David Bowman

 

In the last few years, I’ve spent time on farms and I’ve grown food in gardens, but I thought I ought to see how an urban homestead actually worked before I started digging. So, I visited Aimee and Jeremy McAdams, who have an old-school homestead near Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis.

When the economy interrupted their careers in library science and architecture, the McAdams decided to put some of their do-it-yourself interests to work. Jeremy started growing and selling mushrooms. Aimee began sewing. Together, they dug up, reshaped, and planted their yard with as many edibles as possible. They have strawberries, celeriac, and basil. They have two scrappy cherry trees that produced 18 pounds of fruit last year. The tomatoes did well, too.

“I think it’s the rabbit poop,” says Aimee, referring to manure they found for free through a local listserv. The chicken poop—from the hens that lay delicious eggs in their stylish coop—doesn’t hurt either.

Aimee and Jeremy make urban homesteading look rather idyllic, just as I’d hoped. But I had to ask: “Isn’t homesteading hard?”

Jeremy, in his quiet, reflective way, thought for a while. “We only do things that are easy,” he said.

I didn’t believe him. “But you’ve tried difficult things, right? You’ve had some disasters?”

He had told me earlier that while they didn’t have their own cows or goats, they did buy farmer’s milk to make cheese (self-sufficiency is an urban homesteading myth—you become more connected to others when you’re building a resilient ecosystem rather than less). Certainly, I thought, making cheese was hard. “Wasn’t it hard?”

“We made microwavable mozzarella,” he said. “It was easy.”

Curried cucumber pickles are easy, too, and Aimee and Jeremy make them every year. But the canned cauliflower experiment? “Easy, but I didn’t care for it,” said Jeremy. “So I didn’t do it again.”

Easy and tasty are matters of perspective, I realized.

Aimee, creator of the Adventures in Urban Homesteading blog, agreed. “The first year we had chickens, we had to spend a lot of time figuring it out. Then they just became part of how we live.”

Sometimes, Aimee says, she feels like a homesteading fraud. “Our life feels so normal and natural. But then neighbors come by and say, ‘Hey, milking the cows?’ And I realize we’re doing something different.”
 

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January 2018

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
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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 »

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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 2018 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® cruises to its home port at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 11 – 14 for four days of summer fun. The annual extravaganza offers...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $14.00 Youth (12 and under): FREE with paid adult Active

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.332.8330
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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
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
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
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

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The Superbowl is almost here!...The excitement is in the air...Grab your favorite teams jersey (& your human). Come get your pre-superbowl party on! There will be special prize drawings for those...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bent Brewstillery
744 Terrace Dr
Roseville, MN  55113
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Sponsor: No Dog Left Behind
Telephone: 701-570-9593
Contact Name: Jenna Yockim
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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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Seaberg is a hip-hop, alt-jazz, and neo-soul band featuring multi-instrumentalist Taylor Seaberg, bassist Justin Halverson, and drummer Jay Weiler. Under their former name of “People Will...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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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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
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

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

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
Website »

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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
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

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
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
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
View map »


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
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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Three-time Grammy Award winning pop star Gwen Stefani will close out Super Week at Mystic Lake on February 4. See the former “Voice” coach and No Doubt member deliver an...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Club NOMADIC at Mystic Lake
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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This year, Florida Georgia Line has played to sold-out crowds as part of its Smooth tour presented by Old Camp Whiskey. Don’t miss the American pop country duo as the headline act at Mystic...

Cost: TBA

Where:
Club NOMADIC at Mystic Lake
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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EDM sensation Kygo at Mystic Lake on February 2.

Cost: TBA

Where:
Club NOMADIC at Mystic Lake
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Save the date for this full day of training hosted by Pediatric Home Service, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, and University of Northwestern. As children with medical complexities...

Cost: Student: $50 Regular: $125 Walk in/day of: $150

Where:
Nazareth Room at University of Northwestern
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Sponsor: Pediatric Home Service
Telephone: 651-789-3270
Contact Name: Dana
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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

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 »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

In just a few short weeks, one of the largest sporting events in the world comes to Minnesota. Super Bowl LII brings not only a football game to U.S. Bank Stadium, but it promises to bring economic...

Cost: $10 for Citizens League Members

Where:
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 W 7th St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Citizens League
Telephone: 651-293-0575
Contact Name: Citizens League
Website »

More information

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

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
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
Website »

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
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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
View map »


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
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

Derek Au will deliver three free presentations at NCC about his work. The first will encompass an overview of his career as part of his McKnight Artist Residency on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

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

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 »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

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

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
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
Website »

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
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

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
View map »


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...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
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
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

How do you know when it's time to make a change - and then, how do you actually DO it? Join us for a luncheon at a new location in our WINspired Conversation format, where you're invited to share...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $54 for Non-Members; Lunch included

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Dr; Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Local agency Rocket55 will host the first ever MNSearch Trivia Night brought to you by the Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association at its office location in Northeast Minneapolis. This...

Cost: $35

Where:
Rocket55
807 Broadway St NE
Suite 170
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association
Website »

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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

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
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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 »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Join us for the first Twin Cities Women in Digital meetup in 2018! During this event, we will learn how the Super Bowl Anti-Sex Trafficking Committee will be leveraging digital channels for...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Women in Digital
Telephone: 763-229-1561
Contact Name: Carolyn Lane
Website »

More information

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

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
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
Website »

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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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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Take a journey back in time to 1921 and get an inside look at Mr. Hill’s most significant gift to the city of Saint Paul. Learn the stories, mysteries and intrigue behind the stone walls of the...

Cost: $8

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Lindsey Dyer
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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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Pine Harbor Christian Academy is inviting the community to our Snowy Sneak Peek winter carnival on January 18th, 2018 at 5:00-7:00 pm. Admission is free. Activities for all ages. All are welcome...

Cost: Free

Where:
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
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 »

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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
Website »

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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
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
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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

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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 »

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 »

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 »

More information

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 »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

  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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Website »

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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
View map »


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
View map »


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
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

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
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

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
View map »


Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

More information

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
Website »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

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


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


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 »

More information

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