Kick Start: Minnesota Soccer Stars on the Cusp of Greatness


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Minnesota Thunder Academy goalie Duncan Werling blocks a shot by teammate Jackson Yueill

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The Somali men who had gathered at Powderhorn Park one summer day several years ago were not happy with the man from Camaroon sitting in the middle of their soccer field. But there is only so much a kid can learn dribbling the ball up and down the block and around tables and chairs in the living room. And so Ralph Akale brought his three 13-year-old protégés—his son Mukwelle and Mukwelle’s friends Jackson Yueill and Jack Miler—and asked if they could join the pickup game. When the men scoffed at his request, he plunked down midfield and waited until they relented.

“In the beginning,” recalls Jackson’s father, Mark, “they were yelling ‘Get off our field!’ But by the end, they were arguing over who got to have the boys on their team.”

Today, the teenagers get to settle that argument for themselves. After years playing side-by-side for the Minnesota Thunder Academy, one of a national network of youth development teams sponsored by U.S. Soccer (the sport’s national governing body) in its quest to develop world-class stars, the three have chosen squads of their own.

Last year, while a junior at Bloomington Jefferson high school, Jackson became the first player ever out of Minnesota to be recruited to play for the Division I powerhouse UCLA. Come fall, Academy of Holy Angels senior Jack will lace his cleats for the Harvard Crimson. And Mukwelle, well, after scoring 38 goals as a freshman for DeLaSalle High School, moving at age 14 to Florida to become one of the youngest players in the National Team residency program for players under 17 years old, then returning to Minnesota as a junior to play alongside Jackson  and Jack on the MTA development team, he went pro. Yep, that’s right. This spring, Kwelle, as he’s known to friends, moved to Spain to join the well-respected European team Villarreal.


Left: In April, Jackson and Mukwelle traveled to Bosnia to play with the National Team, photo by Mark Yueill.
Right: The Minnesota Thunder Academy team after winning the 2013 USA Cup U16 Super Elite Division title, photo by Mark Yueill.

He is, by many accounts, the No. 1 player of his age in the country and one of the best in the world—an explosively fast play-making forward whose close-touch ball skills and ability to read the field have garnered comparisons to his idol (and arguably the best player on the planet), Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

“There is no other Mukwelle,” says Dave Golan, a locally based scout for U.S. Soccer who recalls a jaw-dropping moment during a game between MTA and a rival development academy team last year: “Mukwelle was under pressure from three [opposing] players. He had nowhere to go. And he flicked the ball up to himself and juggled it over two of them and got out of an impossible situation in a tight space. There was just a gasp of awe from people watching—coaches, fans, players. Everybody knew they had just witnessed something special.”

In the words of Mukwelle’s former coach and MTA executive director Rob Zahl: “It’s pretty darn neat.”


Jackson Yueill shows off a scissor kick.

WHAT’S IN THEIR GATORADE?

Mukwelle, Jackson, and Jack are just the beginning of the Thunder story.

The truth is, there is no sensible reason the No. 1 soccer player in the nation should come out of Minnesota. We are not, after all, a soccer state. California is a soccer state. In California, it’s warm and sunny all year. Plus there are 38 million of them. There are just over five million of us. And even if the math weren’t working against us, even if our fields weren’t snow-covered or soggy seven (scratch that, ten) months a year, let’s be frank: On the whole, we prefer our athletes on ice.

That’s not a dis; it’s just a fact. It doesn’t matter that 70,000 kids signed up to play club soccer in Minnesota this summer. (That’s about 15,000 more than organized hockey drew this winter from youth and adult players combined.) It doesn’t matter that Minnesota boasts the largest soccer complex on earth (the National Sports Center in Blaine) or that each summer it draws more than 15,000 soccer players from 17 countries to compete in the largest international youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere (Schwan’s USA Cup). It doesn’t even matter that by 2018 Minnesota is on schedule to finally, finally have a top tier Major League Soccer team (if someone can finance a stadium).

Yes, about a billion people watched Germany best Argentina in the World Cup finale in Brazil last summer. But here in the Land of 10,000 Preferably Frozen Lakes, we secretly think of soccer as cross-training for real athletes.

“That’s a given,” says John Curtis, who, as the longtime director of coach and player development for the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, has overseen the training of hundreds of thousands of Minnesota’s aspiring soccer stars—a task that can be maddeningly difficult. “My son just finished Mighty Mites [beginning hockey] and he had four team coaches. Parents are beating down the door to get on the ice. In soccer I can’t get one to step up and work with five year olds,” he complains with a laugh. “We’re just a hockey town.”

And so the fact that MTA has produced two of the nation’s top players (Mukwelle and Jackson have been ranked as high as 1st and 6th, respectively) might be considered a cool fluke—not unlike the success of homegrown phenoms Tony Sanneh (a star of the 2002 U.S. World Cup team) and Manny Lagos (now the Minnesota United pro team coach), or, a generation later, a couple of recent metro high school stars who now play pro in England and Canada. Except for this What’s-in-Their-Gatorade fact: These boys are just the beginning of the Thunder story.

Shortly after Jackson made history by committing to UCLA, the University signed his MTA teammate Duncan Werling to be the second Minnesotan ever to join its ranks. Other players were quickly snapped up—often with scholarship offers—by Loyola, Davidson, Western Illinois. And the list goes on.


Mukwelle Akale, above, has been playing soccer at a high level since he was a kid. Photos by Randy Kirihara.

Of the 13 seniors on the MTA team, 11 have Division I offers. Three have played with the Youth National Team, representing the U.S. in international tournaments. And in the network of nearly 80 development academy teams across the country whose members (ages 15-17) forgo high school teams and instead play together five days a week, 10 months a year in pursuit of spots on Olympic, National, and even World Cup teams, only the Thunder received “Outstanding Style of Play” marks this year from all the organization’s scouts and national coaches.

“We’re the little engine that could,” jokes Mark Yueill, a coaching director at MTA who, along with Mukwelle’s dad, Ralph, is an assistant coach on his son’s team. “We just keep on chugging.”

Not in a choo-choo train, but a team bus carrying them to St. Louis, say, or Cleveland or Chicago to play development academy rivals. It’s the persistent “I-think-I-can-I-think-I-can” refrain that drums out the din of exhaustion, stress, homework due, and dances missed. Certainly there are moments of longing for a weekend when, instead of training late on a Friday night before boarding a bus at dawn, you do something really radical and oh, see a movie with your friends.     

“Until this year I had no social life,” says Jackson, who is known as one of the best play-making passers in the nation. “I didn’t party. I didn’t stay out late.” Instead, he spent downtime dribbling or juggling or passing against a basement wall one of a dozen balls scattered around his Bloomington house. “A thousand touches a day,” he says. Plus cardio. And strength training. “And yoga to keep me flexible.”

Goalie Duncan Werling gets up at 5 a.m. every weekday to fit in an hour’s cross-training at a local gym before school. He uses two free periods during the day for homework, then grabs a post-school nap before heading off to train for a few more hours. “I love it, more than some people think is sane,” he admits. “But it makes me happy. I want to see how far I can get.”

So do the rest of his teammates. The son of Ecuadorian immigrants, defensive back Walter Alvarado is proud of the 3.6 GPA he has earned at DeLaSalle while taking three AP classes and working an after school job. There are times, he admits, when he feels “overloaded with work. And I think maybe I have to miss practice.” But he never does. Instead, “I just work harder and sleep less.” As Harvard-bound midfielder Jack Miler notes, “If you want to be the best, if you want to prove you’re really as good as you think you are, you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot. ”

And that goes for the coaches, too; all three left corporate jobs to focus on soccer. Unlike Jackson and Mukwelle’s fathers, Zahl does not have a child in the program—though he and his wife did take in a player with a troubled home life to live with their own kids for a year. “It comes down to passion,” Zahl says. “If you have a passion, you would do just about anything for it. You gotta pursue your dreams. You gotta pursue that happiness—and you gotta do it the right way.”

Meaning, to be clear: You gotta do it their way. As scout Dave Golan notes, “They are extremely committed to how they want their product to look on the field.”


Jack Miler does a header.

DEATH BY 2,000 PASSES

The secret to MTA’s success

How it looks, for starters, is a lot less white than an average team looked a generation ago. The MTA teams include players whose parents immigrated from Mexico, Laos, Ecuador, Liberia, Somalia, and more—a mix similar to many other teams in the state. By all accounts, the influx is good for the game. “Each culture has its nuance in soccer,” says former World Cup star Tony Sanneh. “Think of it like dance: There’s a ballet twist, a samba twist, a hip-hop twist. Watching different people express themselves differently creates new ways of thinking and reacting. The result is you’re seeing a new type of player emerge, with more flair and creativity.”

This is exactly the skill set the MTA coaches knew they needed in order to break with the direct route style of play Minnesota is generally known for, which is less about technical finesse with the ball and more about pure athletic strength and speed. The problem? The strategy only works if your team always has the physical advantage over its competition, explains Zahl. “So if we play a direct route, and they play a direct route, and they’re bigger and faster, who’s going to win that battle?”

Instead, he favors a strategy opponents sometimes call “Death by 2,000 Passes,” says Zahl. “Our idea is not to punt. Our idea is to keep the ball so long that the other team just collapses.” Of course, keeping the ball while the top players in the nation are trying to take it away is no small feat. Zahl, Yueill, and Akale developed a style of training for all MTA teams that best mimics—and hence prepares for—actual play. Outside observers often walk away shaking their heads at practices that look like a messy, madcap game of pick-up. But there is a method to the madness, says Akale: “I bring chaos to the training because I believe the game itself is chaotic dynamism.”

Akale is a local Soccer Whisperer who runs summer camps and clinics and has little patience for what he calls “cliché coaches” and the traditional, well-organized, replicable drills preferred by many coaches—and parents. “I teach kids, ‘Ignore your parents,’” he says with a laugh. In this scenario, kids perform drills without knowing how the drill fits into the game, Akale explains. Instead, he gets kids right into actual game play, even though, at first, he must make frequent interruptions to get players to reflect on their decisions. “I stop the game and ask the kid to give me his frame of mind when he did what he did,” says Akale.

The asking is key, as the coaches teach not just how to handle a ball but how to think, says Yueill: “We’re teaching players to be dependent on themselves, their intuition, their game sense, their teammates. It’s like playing chess. They have to be able to read the game many steps out.” And the coaches are willing to lose games while their young athletes take risks, make mistakes, learn the game.

“They’re more concerned with developing players than with results,” says scout Dave Golan. “They believe that if they can play the brand of soccer that they want, and make players better every day in practices, then they’re going to get results.”

For the Thunder leadership, those results go beyond their win-loss record, beyond the six bumper stickers declaring “State Champion” that are plastered across the decade-old gold Toyota minivan Yueill has used to cart players back and forth across the city and nation—300,000 miles worth of wins and losses and lessons learned over and over: Read the game. Trust yourself. Do not fear failure.

Thousands of miles away from his former MTA teammates, in a residency dorm at the Villarreal training complex, Mukwelle must remember those lessons as he begins his pro career on Villarreal’s under-19 squad. “The dream isn’t even close to being reached yet,” he says. Every day, along with remotely finishing coursework to graduate from high school, he battles with his peers to break into the team’s first squad. From there, the starting line-up. Then the top scorer. And on and on.

While Mukwelle pursues ever-higher goals, so do his old coaches. “We want people to say, ‘Hey, Minnesota, you can go there and get players for your college or pro team year in, year out,’” says Yueill. “The nation is paying attention to us now,” says Zahl. “We’re not just some frozen pond anymore.” 

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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Conversation Circles are a volunteer program which promotes intercultural exchange and provides people learning English with opportunities to practice English in an informal, casual setting. In...

Cost: Free

Where:
Columbia Heights Public Library
3939 Central Ave. NE
Room 132
Columbia Heights, MN  55421
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Sponsor: Columbia Heights Public Library
Telephone: (763) 706-3690
Contact Name: Cortni O’Brien
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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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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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Website »

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Join us Attend a Free Event to learn more about U.S. Bank and the home buying process! - Learn about our innovative mortgage and banking products - Understand some of the important factors to...

Cost: 0

Where:
U.S. Bank
300 Prairie Center Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: U.S. Bank
Telephone: 952-942-2847
Contact Name: Cynthia Theisen

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Town Hall Brewery will host its annual holiday Festivus gathering, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, December 18. Enjoy complimentary mulled wine and spiked hot cider around our outdoor bonfire and the...

Cost: 0

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-339-8696
Contact Name: Town Hall Brewery

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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2pm and 7:30pm The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday...

Cost: $73 VIP* Ticket, $48, $38

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
Website »

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Join Steven C for his joyous 4th annual Christmas concert at the Cathedral of Saint Paul! St. Paul-based multi-platinum pianist and composer Steven C will fill the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul...

Cost: FREE; $10 suggested donation

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Steven C
Contact Name: Steven C
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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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Why celebrate your success? Burnout can halt your success just as fast as a bad marketing, sales, or any other element of your business plan. You need to be serious about filling your cup - and...

Cost: Tickets: $54 ($34 for members of MN Women in Networking)

Where:
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 W 7th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Giving, fun, and networking meet at this celebratory lunch event! Bring 5 or more gently-used, business-appropriate accessories (think jewelry, purses, watches, shoes, belts, and winter items) to...

Cost: Tickets: $54 ($34 for members of MN Women in Networking)

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Glensheen is once again collaborating with our University of Minnesota friends at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center to make wreaths!  All the materials are...

Cost: $20

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen & Boulder Lake
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Come hear young saxophonist, Jerome Treadwell, as he performs a plethora of holiday music at Can Can Wonderland, with a surprise of other musicians! Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and bring...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. 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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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

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

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

More information

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2pm and 7:30pm The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday...

Cost: $73 VIP* Ticket, $48, $38

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
Website »

More information

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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
View map »

More information

There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

More information

To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Website »

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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: $60-$79

Where:
Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company
Telephone: (888) 643-2583
Contact Name: Alexis Marsh
Website »

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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

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Open mic night hosted by The Nighthowlers at Can Can Wonderland every third Thursday of the month!! All entertainers welcomed and encouraged! Show starts at 9pm. Sign up starts at 8pm. $2 artist...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Sutie 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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More information

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

Show More...
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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
View map »

More information

There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Mark the moment when the earth’s tilt causes the shortest day and longest night of the year. The American Swedish Institute celebrates the Winter Solstice with fun, festivity and performance...

Cost: Included in museum admission.

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily
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  Shot Put Santa Takes Over St. Paul on 12/21 Family holiday event offers unique experience, charitable twist   ST. PAUL, MN — Looking for an active spin on family fun this holiday season?...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hamline University - Walker Fieldhouse
1561 Hewitt Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Velaasa Track & Field
Telephone: 612.209.6513
Contact Name: Lynden Reder

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The 10th Annual Dave Cofell Christmas Show! An evening to celebrate the season with his combination of traditional songs, stories and poems, modern adaptations, a selection of originals, jokes, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Local Blend
19 W Minnesota Street
Saint Joseph, MN  56374
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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

Cost: All advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Youth 18 years and younger are free.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Fergus Falls, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Fergus Falls Center for the Arts on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts
124 W. Lincoln Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN  56537
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Friday, December 21st at 8pm Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin on Friday, December 21st at the Ames Center. Chicago sensation Evan...

Cost: $60

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
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Melodic punk rock meets the aggression of metal with Ithomiid. Introspective lyrics backed with a progressive hybrid of fast paced punk and dark heavy hitting metal music. $2 entry for 3 bands!...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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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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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
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Shop from over 40 local farmers, food makers and artists for your weekly groceries, unique handmade gifts and holiday meals. The Mill City Farmers Market inside the historic and beautiful Mill City...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 2nd St. S.
Ste. 510
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Mill City Farmers Market
Telephone: 612-341-7580
Contact Name: Jenny Heck
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

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 COOL SLOPES OF AFTON ALPS ARE A HOLIDAY HOTSPOT! Make lasting memories of winter fun at Afton Alps Ski with Santa and New Year’s Eve celebrations WHAT: Families on the hunt for holiday...

Cost: 0

Where:
Afton Alps
, MN

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Get crafty with the designer of mini golf hole #15, Gramma's Living Room, Sarah Stone! Come sift through Sarah's curious collection of vintage photos, retro ads, old books and recycled record...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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Kids of all ages will be excited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Free photo opportunity for your holiday photo album. Saturday, December 22, 2018 1PM-3PM, $2 Entry Fee *Please be sure to visit our...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. 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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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

Cost: All advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Youth 18 years and younger are free.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
Website »

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Medora’s hit Christmas show is coming to Bloomington! A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the MN Masonic Heritage Center on Saturday, December 22 with two...

Cost: $30

Where:
MN Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Telephone: 952-948-6500
Contact Name: Keir
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Join in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Website »

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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Incorporating elements of cabaret, various genres of music, and encouraging audience participation, Sun and Moon performances are like nothing else. Performers/songwriters Jesse Goin and Sarah Joy...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. 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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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »

More information

by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

More information

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

Cost: All advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Youth 18 years and younger are free.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
Website »

More information

Medora’s hit Christmas show is coming to Bloomington! A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the MN Masonic Heritage Center on Saturday, December 22 with two shows at...

Cost: $30

Where:
MN Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Drive
Bloomiington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
Website »

More information

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
Website »

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

Melodic punk rock meets the aggression of metal with Ithomiid. Introspective lyrics backed with a progressive hybrid of fast paced punk and dark heavy hitting metal music. $2 entry for 3 bands!...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

More information

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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