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Kidney for Sale

Despite campaıgns to promote organ donation, thousands of Minnesotans are awaiting kidney transplants. What would it take to convince you to part wıth one of your internal organs? How about $95,000?



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Full of nerves,that’s how Aaron Ziegler felt as he walked into the Fergus Falls McDonald’s that hot summer day. The Elk River man took his time ordering a bag of French fries before joining his wife at a table. Across from them sat a man with whom Ziegler had exchanged letters, but the two men had never met. They were perfect strangers, except for one surprisingly intimate link: A year and a half earlier, doctors at the University of Minnesota had transplanted one of Ziegler’s kidneys in the other man’s lower abdomen. ¶ “It’s an odd thing,” says Ziegler, 37. “We had shared so much.” But what was he supposed to say to the stranger whose life he had helped save? ¶ The beneficiary of Ziegler’s generosity, Brett Bodway, from Fargo, also felt awkward. “I just didn’t know how to act,” the 44-year-old says. “It’s nerve-wracking.” ¶ For maybe half an hour, the men talked about the day of the surgery, when they lay unconscious in adjacent hospital rooms, never laying eyes on each other. They chatted about music and movies and Bodway’s desire to write a children’s book. And then, they went their separate ways. “It sort of brought closure,” Ziegler says. “I met this person, and he’s okay.”

“It takes a pretty special person” to give an organ away, Bodway says. “I don’t know if I would be able to do it myself.”

It can be hard to imagine making such a sacrifice. But Ziegler is not the only one who’s done it: Over the past decade, dozens of others have donated kidneys to complete strangers through a pioneering program established by the U of M’s Transplant Center in 1999. The success of the U’s nondirected donor program, the first of its kind in the United States, has led many hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, to launch similar programs.

But the need for donors is quickly outstripping the supply. More than 75,000 individuals are awaiting transplants, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), which oversees all organ placements in the United States. Public campaigns to promote organ donation have had some success—surgeons performed more than 17,000 kidney transplants in 2006, the last year for which figures are available—but the average wait for a kidney still tops five years.

Sixty-two percent of transplants involve kidneys from deceased donors. The remaining 38 percent come from living donors. But if you can’t find a suitable match among friends or family, you’re probably out of luck: Nondirected donations accounted for less than 1 percent of all living donations in 2006.

That’s a huge problem, says Dr. Arthur Matas, director of the kidney-transplant program at the U of M and past president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. But it’s not without solutions. “There are lots of little steps you could take,” he explains. “My personal opinion is that we need to take a big step.”

His proposal? Let people to donate kidneys for money.

Sporting corduroys, loafers, small spectacles, and a salt-and-pepper beard, Matas looks and acts like an unassuming academic as he greets a visitor to his office. The Winnipeg native spends most of his days on the 11th floor of the Phillips-Wangensteen Building on the East Bank of the U’s Minneapolis campus. Piles of papers and journal articles spill across two desks, a table, and the floor, along with bottles of empty Diet Coke and a jar of aspirin. A dozen cactuses line the windowsill. A Led Zeppelin CD plays in the background.

Matas used to work primarily as a surgeon. Now, he mostly does research, writing papers that focus on the long-term health outcomes of organ-transplant donors and recipients. Since his arrival at the U, as a medical intern in 1972, Matas has witnessed dramatic changes in what physicians consider acceptable in transplantation. And he has championed many of those changes. “I tend to be a devil’s advocate,” he says with a smile. “I don’t know what my reputation is. I prefer to think of myself as a seeker of truth.”

The first kidney transplant was performed by surgeons on a Chicago woman in 1950. Ruth Tucker’s new kidney came from a cadaver, and the organ worked for roughly three months before her immune system rejected it. Astonishingly, however, one of her kidneys began functioning again during that interval, and she lived another five years before dying of an unrelated illness.

Over the next few years, doctors had more success with kidney transplants on identical twins: An exact biological match seemed the only way to ensure that the recipient’s immune system didn’t reject the transplant, attacking the organ as it might any other foreign object, like a tumor or virus. Later, doctors figured out how to test blood and tissue types for matches that, if not identical, were suitable enough for transplantation. Drugs became available that suppressed the immune response and prevented rejection. Doctors began transplanting kidneys not only from deceased donors and identical twins, but also from living, genetically related donors, including, siblings, parents, and adult children.

During the 1980s, immunosuppressants and tissue-testing improved considerably. Risks associated with surgery shrank, and doctors began recommending transplants for patients once considered too old or too sick to survive the operation. As a result, the waiting list for kidneys ballooned: People with kidney failure can live for years with the aid of dialysis machines, which remove waste and extra fluid from the blood—the kidney’s natural function. Dialysis is cumbersome and costly, says Matas, but it keeps people alive.

Still, even as the waiting list grew, the number of kidneys available from deceased and related donors remained limited. To meet the new demand for transplants, doctors expanded the donor pool, experimenting with kidneys taken from individuals who were suitable matches but genetically unrelated, such as spouses. “People said to us, ‘Goddammit, why are you making my loved one wait when I can be a donor?’” Matas says. “They pushed us to do it, and lo and behold, the results were as good as with living related donors.” By the 1990s, transplant centers were accepting living donations from recipients’ friends, coworkers, and even fellow church members.

For years, people had been calling the transplant center at the University of Minnesota–Fairview, offering to give kidneys anonymously to those on the waiting list. They had seen handmade requests for organs posted in parking ramps, church bulletins, and even a Perkins restaurant. The answer from the U’s transplant center, though, was always no. “You worry, ‘Why are these people offering to do this? Are they nuts?’” explains Catherine Garvey, a transplant coordinator at the center.

In 1997, however, the U’s transplant specialists got a note from a Texas man that led them to change their policy. The man, Roger, had received a letter from a Minnesotan named Bob, asking for a kidney. Both men were graduates of Boys Town, a Nebraska–based nonprofit that serves at-risk youth, and Bob had sent Christmas letters to every graduate whose address he could find. Even though Bob and Roger had never met, the Texan was moved by the other man’s appeal, and he wanted to help. Could he fly up for a donor evaluation?

Per policy, the center’s staff denied the request and, soon after, they got a livid phone call. “Who are you,” Roger demanded, “to tell me who my family is?”

Matas and his team decided to consider the idea. Reviewing the medical research on the subject, they could find only one published account of a nondirected kidney donation, done in the 1970s. In fact, the mere idea proved so controversial, that Matas and his peers assembled a panel of U surgeons, nurses, bioethicists, nephrologists, psychologists, and lawyers to examine the subject from every angle. The panel met every few weeks for nearly a year.

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Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
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Rochester Civic Theatre
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Rochester, MN  55904
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

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Cost: $2,295

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Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
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Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

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Cost: Free

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Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
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Cost: $7.50

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Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
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20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told...

Cost: Tickets $25 | Discounts: $2 off for Students / Seniors 65+

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
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Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
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Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


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Cost: Free

Where:
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29836 St. Croix Trail
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View map »


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Cost: free

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View map »


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Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

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Groveland Gallery
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View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

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Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

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Cost: $7.50

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Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Attend the Changing World of Retirement Planning™ Seminar The rules for a retiring generation of baby boomers have changed. Learn how those changes affect you as you prepare to live a...

Cost: $49

Where:
Bethany Global University
6820 Auto Club Road
Bloomington, MN  55438
View map »


Sponsor: Hanson Wealth Management
Telephone: 612-246-3008
Contact Name: Brian Hanson
Website »

More information

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Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

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Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told...

Cost: Tickets $25 | Discounts: $2 off for Students / Seniors 65+

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 second quarter exhibition: Juxtaposition Paintings and Pots Bruce Nygren & Matthew Krousey Friday, May 15 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651.644.9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Attend the Changing World of Retirement Planning™ Seminar The rules for a retiring generation of baby boomers have changed. Learn how those changes affect you as you prepare to live a...

Cost: $49

Where:
Bethany Global University
6820 Auto Club Road
Bloomington, MN  55438
View map »


Sponsor: Hanson Wealth Management
Telephone: 612-246-3008
Contact Name: Brian Hanson
Website »

More information

Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told...

Cost: Tickets $25 | Discounts: $2 off for Students / Seniors 65+

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

By day, George is a brilliant linguist, devoted to recording the disappearing languages of disappearing cultures. By night, he can’t find the words to stop his wife from leaving him. His...

Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 second quarter exhibition: Juxtaposition Paintings and Pots Bruce Nygren & Matthew Krousey Friday, May 15 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651.644.9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Support Headwaters Foundation for Justice by attending the Change Makers Gala! We are excited to launch our new strategic plan and brand identity. More than 300 donors, activists, and grantees will...

Cost: Early Bird Tickets - $125, Regular Tickets - $150

Where:
Dowling Theatre, Guthrie
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN   55415
View map »


Sponsor: Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Telephone: 612.879.0602, ext. 1
Contact Name: Christina Weiberg
Website »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

June-October, 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. discussion Learn from the artists-in-residency and enjoy a delicious meal. Franconia serves up to 40 artists each year...

Cost: Free, or $10 to join for dinner

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Attend the Changing World of Retirement Planning™ Seminar The rules for a retiring generation of baby boomers have changed. Learn how those changes affect you as you prepare to live a...

Cost: $49

Where:
Bethany Global University
6820 Auto Club Road
Bloomington, MN  55438
View map »


Sponsor: Hanson Wealth Management
Telephone: 612-246-3008
Contact Name: Brian Hanson
Website »

More information

This month, Story Club is featuring performance artists Nica Carrillo and Kristi Meyer. Carrillo hasn't written a bio in eight years, so doesn't really know who she is anymore.  She...

Cost: $6 - $12 sliding scale

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Story Club Minneapolis
Telephone: 515-344-5327
Contact Name: Sam Ferree
Website »

More information

A timeless examination of a soul in crisis ... seeking connection ... seeking answers ... seeking peace. Shakespeare's classic ghost story told with an all-female cast.

Cost: $20

Where:
JSB Tek Box at the Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Stacey Poirier
Website »

More information

Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told...

Cost: Tickets $25 | Discounts: $2 off for Students / Seniors 65+

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

By day, George is a brilliant linguist, devoted to recording the disappearing languages of disappearing cultures. By night, he can’t find the words to stop his wife from leaving him. His...

Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
Website »

More information

C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2015 second quarter exhibition: Juxtaposition Paintings and Pots Bruce Nygren & Matthew Krousey Friday, May 15 – Friday,...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
ST. PAUL, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651.644.9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown

More information

ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Northeast Residence Goes Hollywood! Enjoy "Hollywood" while joining us for an elegant evening of delicious dinner, live music, Live and Silent Auctions, Wine Pull, and Photo Booth with...

Cost: $75 per person/$145 per couple

Where:
Lake Elmo Inn Event Center
3712 Layton Avenue N
Lake Elmo, MN  55042
View map »


Telephone: 651-303-7982
Contact Name: Linda
Website »

More information

Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council is proud to present this special Hip Hop edition of Live Music Fest from 6-9PM on Friday, May 29. The Youth Leadership Council, a group of...

Cost: $3 cover at the door

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Michael Hay
Website »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

The Auction at MCAD features select works from alumni, faculty, and friends of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Proceeds from the event benefit the MCAD Scholarship Fund.

Cost: Tickets are $150 per person ($100 tax-deductible)

Where:
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 612-874-3793
Contact Name: Ann Benrud
Website »

More information

By day, George is a brilliant linguist, devoted to recording the disappearing languages of disappearing cultures. By night, he can’t find the words to stop his wife from leaving him. His...

Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

Forces acting within the Earth, generally unseen by humans, manifest themselves in awesome displays of fiery power. Vulcão is Contempo Physical Dance’s latest collaboration...

Cost: $15-25

Where:
Macalester College, Janet Wallace Mainstage Theate
1600 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Contempo Physical Dance
Telephone: 612-619-4116
Contact Name: Jenny Pennaz, Managing Director
Website »

More information

Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told...

Cost: Tickets $25 | Discounts: $2 off for Students / Seniors 65+

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


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

More information

A timeless examination of a soul in crisis ... seeking connection ... seeking answers ... seeking peace. Shakespeare's classic ghost story told with an all-female cast.

Cost: $20

Where:
JSB Tek Box at the Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Stacey Poirier
Website »

More information

Contempo Physical Dance will premiere their latest Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance, Vulcão, and perform excerpts from their 2013 work, Batuque, at Macalester College’s...

Cost: $15 and $25

Where:
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Macalester College
130 S Macalester Street
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Contempo Physical Dance
Telephone: 612-619-4116
Contact Name: Jenny Pennaz
Website »

More information

Contempo Physical Dance will premiere their latest Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance, Vulcão, and perform excerpts from their 2013 work, Batuque, at Macalester College’s...

Cost: $15 and $25

Where:
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Macalester College
130 S Macalester Street
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Contempo Physical Dance
Telephone: 612-619-4116
Contact Name: Jenny Pennaz
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This is not your English teacher’s No Exit. Colliding Surrealism with physical comedy, this all-female cast blows the dust off Sartre’s classic and transforms it into a...

Cost: 15

Where:
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: The Amber Bastards
Telephone: 612-807-0300
Contact Name: Lee Conrads

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Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
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In Kira Obolensky's new comedy, a soldier returns from a long war and must navigate a new, changed world. Directed by Michelle Hensley Featuring Ron...

Cost: $30 (Pay What You Can for audiences under age 30. Please present ID at door.)

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
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The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
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“On Golden Pond” at Rochester Civic Theatre By Ernest Thompson May 15 – 31 The heartwarming story of aging Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on...

Cost: Adult $24, Senior $19, Student $17

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
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Come experience Minnesota's premiere stage combat training opportunity. The Brawl of America is a weekend-long stage combat workshop sanctioned by the Society of American Fight Directors and...

Cost: $200 | http://brawlofamerica.weebly.com/registration.html

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Telephone: 612-524-8886
Contact Name: Mike Lubke
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Plant trees, shrubs, and grasses along the brook as we continue the transformation of this neglected former railroad site into a 42-acre nature sanctuary! Once completed, Trout Brook Nature...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary
169 E Jenks Ave
St. Paul, MN  55117
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-665-9500
Contact Name: Jen Kader
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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
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We walk to end drunk driving.  Will you take up the fight by joining us at Walk Like MADD – Twin Cities?  WALK LIKE MADD is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our...

Cost: Adult ticket is $20 until 4/30/15, then $25. Dog ticket is $10

Where:
Como Park Midway Picnic Pavilion
1199 Midway Parkway
St. Paul, MN   55108
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Summer Saturdays 9:30am-3:30pm May 30th – Weed Identification & Management July 11th – Insect Identification & Management August 8th – Plant Disease Identification...

Cost: $100/ 3 classes

Where:
Women's Environmental Institute
15715 River Road
North Branch, MN  55056
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Sponsor: Women's Environmental Institute
Telephone: 651-583-0705
Contact Name: Elly
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April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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The two-day fest offers many reasons for art enthusiasts, day-trippers, treasure hunters and festival goers to attend. Nestled along the scenic Saint Croix River, with the historic Stillwater...

Cost: FREE

Where:
North Lowell Park
Water Street & Myrtle
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 651-439-4001
Contact Name: Pam Hoye
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The 15th annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the biggest and longest-running festivals of its kind in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Flint Hills Resources
Telephone: 651-282-3113
Contact Name: Jessica Petrie
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Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ultimate place for family fun. There are games appropriate for all ages, musical entertainment, rides and a variety of food options. Plus, there’s plenty of...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese's
7505 France Ave S
Edina, MN  55435
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A FUNdraiser for the Wildlife Science Center celebrating all things dog!  Canine service providers, rescues, merchandise vendors, demonstrations featuring the working and playing dogs of the...

Cost: $8 adults/$6 kids

Where:
Wildlife Science Center
5463 W Broadway Ave
Columbus , MN  55025
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Sponsor: Wildlife Science Center
Contact Name: Kenzie
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"A Water Wonderland" is the theme of this year's 16th annual WaterFest—a free celebration of our clean lakes offering fun and an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Park
1600 Phalen Dr
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Telephone: 651-968-7130
Contact Name: Debbie Meister
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​This is America’s Dairyland. This class will go over everything you need to make your first batch of delicious cheese. Learn how easy, fun, and rewarding making cheese can...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Calling all DIY Brides… this workshop is for YOU!   Spend the afternoon with me, Katie Driver, from The Uncommon Creative Studio LLC, a designer, prop stylist and self-proclaimed...

Cost: $70 | To REGISTER visit: www.uncommoncs.com

Where:
Creative Studio- Pacific Building
3104 N. Pacific Street
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: The Uncommon Creative Studio LLC
Telephone: 612-804-9250
Contact Name: Katie Driver
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At Poster and Pints, you can peruse and purchase beer-themed, limited-edition posters from award-winning designers, try exclusive beers from top-rated local breweries, all while funding a good...

Cost: $25

Where:
Uppercut Boxing Gym
1324 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Posters and Pints
Telephone: 612-208-6868
Contact Name: Nate O'Brien
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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
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The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. The immensely popular shows are set in the present day, which means unlike...

Cost: $69.95 plus tax/fees

Where:
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
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A timeless examination of a soul in crisis ... seeking connection ... seeking answers ... seeking peace. Shakespeare's classic ghost story told with an all-female cast.

Cost: $20

Where:
JSB Tek Box at the Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Stacey Poirier
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Sandbox Theatre brings rich, visual storytelling to an all new ensemble-created exploration of Karel Čapek’s 1936 sociopolitical sci-fi tale of corruption, selfishness and absurdism. Told...

Cost: Tickets $25 | Discounts: $2 off for Students / Seniors 65+

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Forces acting within the Earth, generally unseen by humans, manifest themselves in awesome displays of fiery power. Vulcão is Contempo Physical Dance’s latest collaboration...

Cost: $15-25

Where:
Macalester College, Janet Wallace Mainstage Theate
1600 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Contempo Physical Dance
Telephone: 612-619-4116
Contact Name: Jenny Pennaz, Managing Director
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This is not your English teacher’s No Exit. Colliding Surrealism with physical comedy, this all-female cast blows the dust off Sartre’s classic and transforms it into a...

Cost: $15

Where:
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: The Amber Bastards
Telephone: 612-807-0300
Contact Name: Lee Conrads

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Contempo Physical Dance will premiere their latest Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance, Vulcão, and perform excerpts from their 2013 work, Batuque, at Macalester College’s...

Cost: $15 and $25

Where:
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Macalester College
130 S Macalester Street
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Contempo Physical Dance
Telephone: 612-619-4116
Contact Name: Jenny Pennaz
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By day, George is a brilliant linguist, devoted to recording the disappearing languages of disappearing cultures. By night, he can’t find the words to stop his wife from leaving him. His...

Cost: Preview tickets: $25-$35; General admission: $38- 58; 30 & under: $19; Seniors 6

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 W. Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Show dates are May 29th, 30th & 31st and June 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets or $15 at the door ($12 with a Fringe Button or...

Cost: $15/door $12 @ Brown paper tickets or with a FRINGE Button or CONvergence badge.

Where:
Black Forest Event Center
1 E 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Fearless Comedy Productions
Telephone: 612 827 3145
Contact Name: Keith Dalluhn
Website »

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In Kira Obolensky's new comedy, a soldier returns from a long war and must navigate a new, changed world. Directed by Michelle Hensley Featuring Ron...

Cost: $30 (Pay What You Can for audiences under age 30. Please present ID at door.)

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Website »

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“On Golden Pond” at Rochester Civic Theatre By Ernest Thompson May 15 – 31 The heartwarming story of aging Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on...

Cost: Adult $24, Senior $19, Student $17

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN  55904
View map »


Telephone: 507-282-8481
Website »

More information

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
Website »

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The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014 is a new exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN. The solo exhibition features 40 water color paintings created over the past 40...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: Tweed Museum of Art
Telephone: 218-726-7823
Contact Name: Christine Strom
Website »

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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

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Celebrate your child’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s! Guests will enjoy pizza, games, a special birthday show with Chuck E. and take home awesome souvenirs. There are party...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese's
7505 France Ave S
Edina, MN  55435
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

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Gladiator Assault Challenge is the Midwest’s premier test of endurance, speed, agility, strength and mental stamina. The challenging course includes running, climbing, jumping, crawling and...

Cost: Price varies from $49 - $129 depending on time of registration

Where:
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Lake Geneva
, WI
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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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