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The Great Alexander

Lower-back pain is among the most-common medical complaints. Could a decades-old technique used by dancers, actors, and musicians offer relief?



If you believe in evolution, two of the greatest advances in human history have been upright posture and opposable thumbs. Standing upright left our hands free to do other things, while opposable thumbs have made possible the culminating human achievement: text-messaging your pizza-delivery order.

Yet our upright posture has also helped make low-back pain the second most common complaint in the physician’s office. A whopping 80 percent of adults will experience at least one episode during which they feel as if their back is so tight it could shatter; or—in the case of a pinched nerve—that a bug zapper has inhabited their back and is pulsing down into their legs.

While stem-cell therapy research moves slowly forward, the promise of replacing one’s worn-out aching back with a new model (the Nimbus 2000, perhaps?) remains a long way off. For most, treatment will include patience, pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) or acetaminophen (Tylenol), more patience, and physical therapy. Some will find relief through chiropractic care. Some will require steroid injections, or—as a last ditch effort—surgery.

Despite the ubiquitous and agonizing nature of low-back pain, there have been no major breakthroughs in its treatment, and it rarely grabs headlines in medical journals. Which is why I was surprised to see the topic splashed across the cover of a recent edition of the highly respected British Medical Journal. The issue included the details of a study in which a group of low-back pain sufferers received normal care, massage therapy, or lessons in something called the “Alexander Technique.”

Before I describe how to locate your Alexander, and how to manipulate it, let me tell you what the study’s authors found. After one year, 24 lessons in the Alexander Technique reduced disability scores by 42 percent. The lessons also decreased the monthly number of days with low-back pain from 23 to 3. Adding an exercise regimen to those 24 lessons didn’t change things much, but adding exercise to six Alexander Technique lessons reduced disability scores by 31 percent and dropped the number of painful days in a month from 23 to 10. Okay, so it’s just one study, but those are some pretty impressive numbers.

The obvious questions for physicians like myself are: What exactly is the Alexander Technique—and how can we bill for it?

I’m kidding (sort of). According to the BMJ article, the technique was developed by an Australian actor named F. M. Alexander in the late 1800s as “an individualized approach designed to develop lifelong skills for self care that help people recognize, understand, and avoid poor habits affecting postural tone and neuromuscular coordination.” It takes three years of full-time training to become a certified Alexander Technique instructor. There are eight such practitioners in Minnesota, and I recently met with two of them.

Lauren Hill teaches the Alexander Technique in a Summit Avenue studio in St. Paul. Brian McCullough has a private studio near the University of Minnesota, where he also teaches Alexander Technique classes for music majors, actors, and dancers. A poster on the wall of McCullough’s studio shows an egg perched on a fingertip beneath the word “POISE,” and both studios have similar furnishings: several wooden chairs, a body-work table, and a ceiling-to-floor wall mirror.

Both Hill and McCullough worked through an initial session with me. Though every Alexander Technique instructor has his or her own style, there are some points that are consistent.

Typically, the instructor asks you to do some basic movements, such as walking or rising from a chair, while he or she guides and shapes the movement with his or her hands. It is definitely a hands-on experience, but not in the way going to the chiropractor is a hands-on experience. Tactile feedback from the instructor seems to help reawaken some long-forgotten kinesthetic sense in your body, and establishes new, more coordinated patterns of movement.
An Alexander Technique lesson also includes frequent verbal guidance, which reinforces the instructor’s tactile directions: “A place of lightening and ease,” “Head leading, body following,” “Sending things away from other things, a lengthening of muscle.”

The goal, Hill tells me, is not the relaxation of muscles so much as striking a balance between opposing muscle groups. She also reminds me that the Alexander Technique is not a class in posture per se, but that bad posture typically results from bad habits and the misuse of muscles. When those are addressed, a healthy posture returns. In that regard, many of us don’t know what a healthy posture looks like. When I find myself slumped over in front of a computer and say to myself “Sit up!” my “correct” posture is hyperbolic and dysfunctional, and requires far more effort than a balanced posture.

As I worked my way through my lessons with Hill and McCullough, I struggled to wrap my mind around what the technique really entails. There is a paucity of language to describe movement, which may be why there’s a wealth of literature trying to explain exactly what the Alexander Technique is. Here’s my attempt: Remember trying to walk the rails of a train tracks as a kid? Sometimes it was simple, nearly effortless: Your weight fell right down through your spine, hips, and legs; your arms sat loosely at your side, rather than flailing at the air. Balance was an afterthought.

That’s what the Alexander Technique seems to aspire to—getting to a place where your daily motions are smooth, balanced, effortless, easy. Too many of us spend too much time like we’re flailing on the rail: hunched over laptops, slouched into car seats, a bundle of conflicting muscle movements draped over contorted postures.

Two distracted lessons, where I was concentrating more on how to write about the Alexander Technique than on how to implement it, weren’t enough to transform me. But I did get glimpses of a better way of standing, of holding myself, all with a sense of ease—and those glimpses return to me still. They make me think F. M. Alexander was onto something. And that even though his technique won’t be the end of low-back pain, it could be a way out for many.


Craig Bowron is a Twin Cities internist.

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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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July 7 – July 18 Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills development. For four...

Cost: $300-$800

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Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to St. Paul. The Aha Moment Tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’...

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Raspberry Island
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

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Bloomington, MN  55420
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Cost: $650.00-$850.00

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Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Cost: Free

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Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Cost: $300-$800

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

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Cost: $125

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Bloomington, MN  55420
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Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Academy of Russian Ballet
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Cost: Free

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Cost: FREE

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I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
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Bryant Lake Bowl
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Telephone: 320-493-0769
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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All Originals Jazz Series presents the James Buckley Trio: James Buckley, bass; JT Bates, drums; Bryan Nichols, piano. All Originals is a weekly jazz concert series at Studio Z featuring select...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-755-1600
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The Instinct Gallery presents: An evening of performance and video on Nicollet Mall with: The BodyCartography Project and Sean Smuda 8 PM Please join the BodyCartography Project as they...

Cost: Free

Where:
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Celebrate the importance of clean water with this free, family-friendly event.  Discover how water works, what lives in it, how much we all need it, and how we can take care of it.  Enjoy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN  55912
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Where:
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Kennedy Senior High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »


Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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WCCO’s “Goin’ to the Lake” live radio and TV broadcasts are coming to Big Sandy Lake on July 9 & 10 (Thursday-Friday). Join the team as they discover all the summer fun...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
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Cost: $12 at the door, $10 if purchased in advance or with fringe button

Where:
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Twin Cities are very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
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711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Cost: Free

Where:
Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
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Sponsor: Jay C, Hormel Nature Center
Telephone: 507-437-7519
Contact Name: Larry Dolphin
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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COOK COUNTY, Minn., (June 16, 2015) – Northwest of the Coolest Small Town in America of Grand Marais, Tour de Fox, a program of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, is inviting teams to climb Eagle...

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The 81st Annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival® will take place the third week of July in various locations throughout the City of Hopkins. Events are family-friendly and include: Royalty...

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Where:
Hopkins, MN  55343

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On July 11, we'll hike up to the top of Eagle Mountain in northern Minnesota as part of the High Hopes Challenge, a summer-long quest to reach the high point in every state! Proceeds from this...

Cost: $50

Where:
Eagle Mountain, Minnesota
, MN


Sponsor: Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania
Telephone: 612-790-4549
Contact Name: Matea Wasend
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  The St. Paul Gus Macker 3on3 Basketball Event (StpMacker15) is ready for the second year back in St. Paul. American Royalty Group (ARG) & The Gus Macker Planning Committees (GM...

Cost: $160.00

Where:
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Dr. Rev Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: American Royalty Group
Telephone: 651-200-5708
Contact Name: Orlando Walker
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Swim, bike, and run in the Lifetime Tri Minneapolis to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Participate as an individual or compete in the St. Jude Corporate Team Challenge for the...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Lake Nokomis
Lake Nokomis
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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July 6 – July 17, 9am-4pm Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Dance Programs offer comprehensive training in Russian classical ballet technique (Vaganova syllabus) and skills...

Cost: $650.00-$850.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council and Friends of LeDuc will be sponsoring a home and garden show, "Sanctuaries - Homes, Churches, & Gardens." This event will feature 4...

Cost: Tickets are available at local businesses and online at www.hpaac.org

Where:
Hastings
, MN


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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center   Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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Groove to live jazz music with the vineyard as the backdrop of our first annual Jazz in July Festival. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax among the dragonflies, enjoying wine, beer,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
2013 120th Avenue
St. Croix Falls, WI  54024
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Telephone: 715-483-9463
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. You’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Arts | Music | Food | Games A community arts festival celebrating arts for all ages! The community is invited together for an intergenerational day of art performances, artist...

Cost: FREE admission

Where:
Lyngblomsten
1415 Almond Avenue
St. Paul , MN  55108
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Saturday, July 11, 2015 12 – 5 PM    The Shops at West End 1621 West End Boulevard St. Louis Park, MN   Come and discover the rapidly growing MN wine...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Shops at West End
1621 West End Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Celebrate Bastille Day with the French! On Saturday the 11th, from 2 to 8 pm, Alliance Française and the Dakota will host an outdoor Bastille Day celebration. Stroll the West 7th Place...

Cost: $10, free for children under 12

Where:
West 7th Place Pedestrian Mall
Wabasha St N & 7th Place W
St Paul , MN  55101
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Sponsor: Alliance Française
Telephone: 612-332-0436
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THE BIG EPIC SHOW presents our BIG EPIC SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT ARTS CAMP, where you will learn the fundamentals of writing and performing sketch comedy, live hip-hop, and professionally choreographed...

Cost: $125

Where:
Bloomington Kennedy High School
9701 Nicollet Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: THE BIG EPIC SHOW
Telephone: 952-913-8412
Contact Name: Cherice Mahal
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International Festival Burnsville! Burnsville is a city that truly values & celebrates cultural diversity! Join us at the eighth annual International Festival of Burnsville in...

Cost: Admission is Free!

Where:
Nicollet Commons Park
12550 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Dodge of Burnsville
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Saturday July 11th, 2015 Skyway Theatre is Excited to announce the 711 Festival Feat: **TROYBOI** (London) One of South East London's most closely guarded secrets...

Cost: $15/$20

Where:
The Loft
Minneapolis, MN

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Yee haw! Pull on your boots and dust off your hat! The 35th Annual Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza stampedes into Cocoran Lions Park July 9-12.  It’s bronc...

Cost: ranges from $9 to $18

Where:
Corcoran Lions Park
19101 County Road 10
Corcoran, MN  55340
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Sponsor: Farmers State Bank of Hamel
Telephone: 763.478.6611
Contact Name: Shorty Dorweiler
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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TC is very excited for the return of... Eptic [Belgium] https://soundcloud.com/eptic https://www.facebook.com/eptic & Bear Grillz https://soundcloud.com/itsbeargrillz...

Cost: $15/ $20 @ door

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy a free movie under the night sky! Big Sandy Lodge and Resort will be showing a film on their sand beach volleyball court at dusk on Saturday, July 11th (weather permitting). Bring a lawn...

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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Over 70 local and regional artists set up by the glistening shores of Lake Superior for two days during the peak of summer to showcase their unique fine art and provide insight into their artistic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: 55604
Telephone: 218-387-2737
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Beer aficionados can sample flavorful pours from the best regional brewers and watch live entertainment by a local Duluth band, Big Dave and the Ripples.  Lodging and beer fest packages are...

Cost: $29/advance, $40/door

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick
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