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Midwest Scuba Diving

You can learn to scuba dive in the dead of winter, without having to break any ice. But don’t even think about peeing in the pool.


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Illustration by Kevin Canon

What fresh hell is this?” the wit Dorothy Parker is supposed to have muttered when her doorbell rang. That’s the line that walked through my mind when I heard the terrible “BOOOSH!” of high-pressure air escaping from my scuba tank much, much faster than it was supposed to.

I was disassembling my equipment beside the indoor swimming pool after my final training session at Northland Scuba in Eden Prairie. I had performed the task correctly at least twice before, and it took a moment to realize that this time I had started with the wrong valve. This meant that all of the air pressure I hadn’t consumed in the pool was still right there, scratching at the door, seeking a quick way out. Which I had just helpfully provided. 

“BOOOSH!” The sound echoed around the pool enclosure like a rifle shot.

My five classmates, also breaking down their gear on the edge of the pool, looked alarmed, then pitying when they realized that the old guy had just made a fool of himself.
(At 60-plus, I was the senior student by a good 15 years.)

I wanted to explain to my instructor, Todd, that I knew which valve I was supposed to turn, and it was just that my brain had momentarily vapor-locked—but he already was shaking his head sadly.

I construed his casual disdain as payback for an earlier, ill-received jest about how much I looked forward to peeing in his pool. But, hey, he was the one who raised the subject of urinating in wet suits in the first place. It turns out that this is a routine part of the curriculum in introductory scuba training. Everybody does it, Todd explained, and sooner or later we would do it, too. If you’re 50 or 60 feet down, and the water pressure is compressing your bladder, what’s your alternative? Just not in the swimming pool, though, he warned.



Adventure Dive and Photo Center in Maple Grove. Photo by Steve Philbrook

“Scuba diving school” is not a phrase one typically associates with February in Minnesota, but in fact certification programs are easy to find. At least half a dozen scuba schools operate in the Twin Cities, with more scattered elsewhere around the state. Some have their own indoor swimming pools. Others use pools belonging to schools, YMCAs, or other parties.

This is where the plot thickens. No matter where you are—in Minneapolis or Micronesia—the process of becoming a certified diver begins with background reading and classroom work (or an online course), then moves to a swimming pool. Only after you pass a multiple-choice test and perform a number of required skills in a pool (flood and clear your mask, lose and recover your regulator, share air with a buddy, etc.) are you allowed to pass on to the open-water part of open-water diving certification. That’s where you perform the same skills and more in a lake or ocean during a minimum of four dives, spaced over at least two days.

In other words, if you are planning a winter getaway to the Caribbean, say, and you want to try scuba diving, but you wish to proceed straight to a dive boat instead of wasting valuable vacation time trying to achieve neutral buoyancy in a hotel swimming pool, there is no reason not to do the class-and-pool stuff right here in the frozen north. It is mainly this kind of thinking that keeps Minnesota scuba schools in business over the winter. Of the six people in my Eden Prairie class, two were headed for Australia, three for the Caribbean, and me for Hawaii.

Do you know how to tell if somebody has peed in his suit? The suit turns black.

Programs typically cost about $250 and might run for two evenings and a Saturday (not counting background study). You also must supply your own mask, snorkel, fins, and probably scuba boots, which easily can add up to another $200. Assuming you pass your test, the school will give you a referral letter that will be recognized by just about any dive operator anywhere, stating that you are prepared for your four open-water dives. Just present the letter to your new certifying instructor on the boat at your vacation destination. The open-water dives will cost whatever the local market will bear. I’m told that the $350 I paid for two days of diving with an instructor on Oahu was above average, globally speaking.

In the summer, of course, you can complete the entire certification process in Minnesota, without switching instructors, performing your open-water dives in fresh water (see below).



St. Albans Shipwreck in Lake Michigan. Photo by Steve Philbrook

If you are a decent swimmer, comfortable in the water, and especially if you are an experienced snorkeler, you probably won’t have much trouble with the swimming-pool end of scuba training. You aren’t deep enough to get into any serious trouble. Indeed, learning your way around the equipment and practicing those skills are what keep the swimming pool interesting. I mean, yes, it’s fascinating to realize that you really are breathing underwater and that you sound just like Darth Vader doing it but, truth be told, scuba diving in a swimming pool would get dull very quickly if you didn’t have some tasks to perform. Nobody learns to scuba out of a desire to do it in pools.  

The book-learning part is arguably more interesting than the swimming-pool part. There is plenty of spine-tingling information about the effects of increasing pressure as you go deeper underwater, and about why it is a terrible mistake to pop up to the surface too quickly. Then there’s the catalog of embolisms and assorted horrors that can befall you if your body absorbs too much nitrogen in the depths and you fail to decompress.


Square Lake. Photo by Jim Matzke

You’d have to behave pretty foolishly for those things to happen, however. And even if you don’t obsess about them, or crank yourself up by imagining an encounter with the shark from Jaws, there is nothing dull about scuba diving in the ocean—at least not in the places where dive operators are likely to take you.


On a dive boat in Hawaii three weeks later, when I was completing the actual open-water part of my Open Water Diver certification program, my new instructor, Matt, demonstrated yet again that wetting one’s wet suit is a recurring topic in dive training. He did this while we were changing tanks after our first dive by subjecting me to what I assume is an old gag in the scuba world. It goes like this: If the novice diver’s wet suit is black, for instance, you say, “Do you know how to tell if somebody has peed in his suit? The suit turns black.”


The Man-Made Lake Ore-Be-Gone near Gilbert, MN. Photo by Steve Philbrook

Not in a league with Dorothy Parker’s doorbell witticism, maybe, but I didn’t care because even the first taste of ocean diving had proven that the experience is every bit as cool as you might expect. True, moving around on a boat’s deck in swim fins with a 30-plus-pound air tank strapped to your back is at least as awkward and cumbersome as doing the same thing on the side of a swimming pool. But as the pool had demonstrated, once you’re in the water, the weight of the tank vanishes. You don’t so much swim as hover, like an underwater blimp, weightless, using only your fins to move around.

Unlike the pool, however, the ocean contains a whole lot of interesting things to discover. In the course of four dives, I got up close and personal with three small reef sharks, two eels, a big sea turtle, and a bright-orange octopus with a body nearly the size of a baseball and tentacles maybe a foot long. Matt held the octopus while it slowly wrapped a few tentacles around my fingers. Its mildly sticky, bumpy grip was as close an encounter as I’d ever had with any ocean creature—and well worth all those hours in the pool.


Midwest Scuba Spots

Minnesotans don’t have to travel to a salty ocean to find interesting places to scuba dive. “We have an active local diving community right here,” says John Avery, manager of the Eagan location of Scuba Center, which bills itself as Minnesota’s largest scuba diving school.

He means all year round, too. For instance, Avery notes, people ice-dive routinely in Lake Minnetonka, which contains plenty of sunken boats to view.

In warm months, scuba divers can pop up almost anywhere in the state, including even Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun. Here are a few of the best local and regional dive spots recommended by Twin Cities experts:

Square Lake, near Stillwater, is where most dive schools take students for open-water certification. Visibility can be iffy, depending on weather and diver traffic, but Avery notes that the lake is convenient, has a fair number of fish, and offers sunken training platforms, as well as an aircraft tail section.

The Sea Life Aquarium at Mall of America hosts a “Swim with Sharks” program that lets certified divers do exactly that, provided they have their own scuba equipment (except for air tanks) and about $200.

Things get more interesting for Twin Cities divers willing to drive two or three hours. Steve Philbrook, owner of Aquaventure Dive and Photo Center of Maple Grove, swears by the excellent visibility in Lake Wazee, a flooded former ore mine near Black River Falls, Wis., advertised as Wisconsin’s deepest and clearest lake.

Even better, Philbrook says, is Lake Ore-be-gone, on the Iron Range in Gilbert, Minn. Each August Aquaventure hosts an event called Scubapalooza, in which 100 or so divers explore sunken military helicopters and other artifacts in Ore-be-gone’s clear depths.

The water gets a little nippy, but the gold standard of regional scuba diving is, of course, Lake Superior, says Myron Hayes, an instructor for Northland Scuba of Eden Prairie. On the lake’s North Shore, even novice divers can poke around the easy-to-reach, century-old wrecks of big ore boats including the Madeira, near Split Rock Lighthouse; the Hesper in Silver Bay; and the Ely in Two Harbors.

For more advanced divers, the best wreck diving in Lake Superior is in the vicinity of Isle Royale, experts agree. Hayes recommends three days or so on one of the live-aboard dive charters that run out of Grand Portage, Minn. Avery’s Scuba Center hosts an annual five-day trip operated by Isle Royale Charters, based in the Grand Portage marina.

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Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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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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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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The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
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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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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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
Website »

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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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
Website »

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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Join us for a presentation by Elizabeth Coleman, as she discusses her explorations with glass and porcelain. A 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient, Elizabeth will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments....

Cost: $76-24

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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 »

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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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

The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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

Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
View map »


Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
Website »

More information

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments....

Cost: $76-24

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
Website »

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Loving your work starts when you make yourself a priority - but how do you really put your own happiness first? At this conversational luncheon, we'll talk about how you can change your internal...

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

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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High School Open House at The International School of Minnesota We believe that education can change the world.  Join us on February 21 from 4-6 pm for an open house for grades 9-12! Learn more...

Cost: Free

Where:
The International School of Minnesota
6385 Beach Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: ISM
Telephone: 952-918-1800
Contact Name: Joelle Charbel
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55805
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Sponsor: Glensheen Mansion
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Website »

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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


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

The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

More information

Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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

Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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

Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
View map »


Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
Website »

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Whether you’re in a family business or not, you’ll take away useful communication tips from stories shared by this experienced panel. Each of the panelists has had multiple courageous...

Cost: $25 member/$45 non-member

Where:
Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Website »

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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Listen to WCCO Radio's Afternoon Drive Time with Jordana Green and Paul Douglas to learn more about food and philanthropy with Sue Zelickson. Tune in the last Thursday of every month at 4:45...

Cost: $0

Where:
WCCO Radio
, MN


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Join us for happy hour on February 22, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sisyphus Brewing. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to OneVillage Partners.OneVillage Partners works as a catalyst to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: OneVillage Partners
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Join us for happy hour on February 22, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sisyphus Brewing. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to OneVillage Partners.OneVillage Partners works as a catalyst to...

Cost: 0

Where:
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: OneVillage Partners
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Join Como Friends for a festive fundraiser Bouquets, a wine, beer and food experience in the stunning Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Visitor Center. Sample more than 100...

Cost: $65 General Event and $125 for VIP

Where:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Friends
Telephone: 651-487-8229
Contact Name: Kaitlyn Huntington
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Please join us for an inside look at Heilicher, an accredited K-8 independent school. Learn more about academic, Hebrew, and Judaic Studies offerings, and hear from a panel of alumni, parents, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Heilicher Day School
Telephone: 952-381-3500
Contact Name: Louise Schoenberger
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Website »

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Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood is a fashion show, fundraiser and party all thrown into one! Featuring local community models, show-stopping fashion and one-of-a-kind...

Cost: $30-$3,000

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market St
Minneapolis , MN  55405
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Sponsor: Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD
Telephone: 612-821-6106
Contact Name: Sarah Harris
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Join us as we announce the tenth anniversary season of the Lakes Are Music Festival!  Members of the Minnesota Orchestra come together for an invigorating program, including a LAMF favorite:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Women's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Lakes Area Music Festival
Telephone: 218-820-6193
Contact Name: Bethany Rohr
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
Website »

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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

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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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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 »

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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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The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
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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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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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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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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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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 February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 first quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 raymond avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
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Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Telephone: 612-721-2535
Contact Name: Kat George
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Music with a Mission is a night of music at the Fine Line Music Cafe supporting the Music Therapy Program at HCMC. Dance the night away while providing the gift of music for patients receiving care...

Cost: $20 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 N 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Hennepin Health Foundation
Telephone: 612-872-9250
Contact Name: Amy Carlson
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

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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South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter for over 50 years. They...

Cost: Starting at $32, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

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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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Marriage is funny. And fraught with drama. And therefore lends itself well to musical comedy. Thus... 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical! Presented by Bucket Brigade: February 2nd-24th, 2018 Fridays...

Cost: $22-$27 ($3 Discount for students, seniors 65+, and groups of 10+, $5 off groups

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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Legendary Ladies of Country: Heart Songs from the Heartland is a joyous celebration of the power and resilience women discover as they travel down life’s highway of young love, marriage,...

Cost: $24-$29

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Table Salt Productions
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Kara Witt
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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle Craze...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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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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A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
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Nearly everyone has heard Beethoven’s last symphony, among the most performed in
the world—but have you seen it danced? The COWLES CENTER presents this choreographer’s take on...

Where:
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55043
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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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When you participate in a Fight For Air Climb, you are stepping up to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission - to...

Cost: $15-$145

Where:
U.S. Bank Plaza
200 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: American Lung Association
Telephone: 651-268-2146
Contact Name: Abby Slick
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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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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Get ready to dive into the world of technology and engineering at The Works Museum’s annual Tech Fest family event. With dozens of hands-on activities led by real scientists, engineers, and...

Cost: $9 Pre-registered/$12 at the door; members free.

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 952-888-4262
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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
Website »

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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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Chaotic Playground-Youth Art FestivalFREE EVENTOpen to PublicExperience Dance, Theater, Media Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Poetry, Performance, Photography, and more from dozens...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Hwy.
Golden Valley, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Telephone: 763-279-4168
Contact Name: Betsy Anderson
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Start thinking camp!   Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer?   Join Minnesota Parent magazine at its 12th Annual Camp Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m....

Cost: Free!

Where:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St Paul, MN  55103
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Telephone: 612-436-4392
Contact Name: Owen Davis
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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 first quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 raymond avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to host a book release event for PARTS, a new book by gallery artist Michael Kareken. For the past three years, Kareken has been visiting auto salvage yards and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Of course Minnesota’s largest outdoor beer festival takes place
in winter. The Mighty Midway at the STATE FAIRGROUNDS becomes a big, brisk taproom sampling more than 150 breweries and...

Where:
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave N
St.Paul, MN  55108
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Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Telephone: 612-721-2535
Contact Name: Kat George
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Gala4Goals 2018: So Much More Than Soccer! The Sanneh Foundation is deeply rooted in soccer, but we do so much more than free soccer camps. Therefore, the focus of this year's 8th...

Cost: $150.00

Where:
Saint Paul River Centre
175 Kellog Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Atomic Data & Thor Companies

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Get out of the cold and step into the warmth of giving at our Sunset Soiree! Show off your bronze glow, wear your most glamorous Beach or Ball Wear and join us for an evening of games on the...

Cost: General Tickets -$200 VIP Tickets - $250

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Telephone: 763-502-1500
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble
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The US Ice Cross Association (USIX) is excited to host the United States 2018 Rider’s Cup! We will be racing at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington, Minnesota! WHEN: February 24, 2018...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hyland Hills Ski Area
8800 Chalet Rd
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: US Ice Cross Association
Contact Name: Maria Balogh
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Killswitch Engage are an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock. Killswitch Engage’s current lineup consists...

Cost: $33

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Website »

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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
View map »


Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Website »

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In conjunction with our annual "A Toast to George Washington" event, Minnesota Masonic Charities and the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center is proud to present a show that highlights the Great...

Cost: $10 to $17

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Minnesota Masonic Charities
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Kara Witt
Website »

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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
Website »

More information

Marriage is funny. And fraught with drama. And therefore lends itself well to musical comedy. Thus... 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical! Presented by Bucket Brigade: February 2nd-24th, 2018 Fridays...

Cost: $22-$27 ($3 Discount for students, seniors 65+, and groups of 10+, $5 off groups

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
Website »

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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
View map »

More information

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
Website »

More information

If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle Craze...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Website »

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Brohug the DJ/producer trio from Sweden and the masterminds behind ‘brohouse’ are ready to take the EDM scene and shake it up. Tired of the commercial side of the EDM world, Brohug is on a...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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