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Who Stole the Ruby Slippers?

Suspicious Munchkins, Hollywood hucksters, and lunatic fans (oh, my): Inside the very weird and not so wonderful search for an American icon


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Todd Buchanan

Because he was carrying valuables, Michael Shaw always preferred to drive—in a long white car, a Lincoln as far as anyone can remember—the 2,100 miles from his home in California to the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids. There, in a conference room, a crowd of 60 or 70 people would assemble, and Shaw would set his brushed-aluminum case on a table. Then he would begin to reminisce, in the melodramatic voice of the child actor that he once was.

Often wearing a gold medallion over a turtleneck and blazer, his beard close-cropped, his long bangs unnaturally dark, he would relate his romps through Hollywood’s Golden Age—how he sat on Judy Garland’s lap to watch movies, how she acted as a kindly den mother to him and the other kids running around the MGM lot. His listeners would ooh and ahh as though he were resurrecting the dead.

And then he would open the case. The ruby slippers—one of four pairs known to remain from the filming of The Wizard of Oz—glittered inside. He would slip on a pair of thin white gloves and gently lift his prize possession out of the case. The crowd would lean forward and gasp.

A gifted storyteller, Shaw had been giving this presentation since the 1980s, when he started taking the slippers on the road—to malls, charity events, and Oz festivals all over the country. Among fans, the pair became known as the Traveling Shoes. Shaw purchased them in 1970, shortly after Garland’s death, and he fancied himself their impresario and protector, the self-appointed ambassador of Garland’s legacy. “I have been given the responsibility of taking care of this pair of shoes,” Shaw told me in 2004. “And I’d like to think that Judy is looking down, smiling, knowing that her famous pumps are being used for such good causes.”

In his presentations, Shaw saved the most touching anecdote for last, a tale that presumed to demonstrate the slippers’ power. In the early 1980s, he would say, he brought the slippers to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where a friend, an ardent Judy Garland fan, lay dying, one of the first casualties of AIDS. In a voice verging on tears, Shaw would describe setting the slippers on the man’s skeletal chest, how his friend’s face, once contorted in pain, lit up with joy. A few hours later, the friend was dead.

Shaw had been making this trip to northern Minnesota since 1989. After his presentations, he would secure the shoes in a simple Plexiglas case on the museum floor. In the summer of 2005, however, Shaw loaned the slippers to the Judy Garland Museum for an extended exhibition, just as he had the previous summer. But on the morning of August 28, a week before the exhibit was to close, Shaw received a call at his home in Los Angeles. It was the museum director, John Kelsch, calling from Minnesota.

“We have an emergency,” he told Shaw.

Shortly after 2 o’clock that morning, the window in the rear emergency door of the museum had been shattered, the door opened from outside. The Plexiglas cube housing the slippers was smashed. Missing, of course, were the most valuable shoes in the world—size 5½, burgundy, with an inscription inside: “JUDY GARLAND.” There were no fingerprints, no witnesses. Police believed the thief had entered and left in less than two minutes, like a tornado.

Shortly after the robbery, Shaw created a website to raise awareness and solicit tips about the slippers’ disappearance. Even so, he expressed little doubt about what had happened to the shoes—or where they had gone. As he explained at a press conference in Los Angeles not long after the incident: “Some fanatic has paid to have the slippers stolen,” he said. “People are obsessed with these shoes.”

I arrive at the scene of the crime in the middle of summer, as the annual Judy Garland Festival is getting underway once again. The streets of downtown Grand Rapids are filled with fans adorned in Judy Garland pins and Judy Garland T-shirts, declaring “I haven’t been the same since a house fell on my sister.” The Judy Garland Museum at the edge of town is buzzing with Wizard of Oz memorabilia sellers, who peddle action figures, clocks, banks, books, bobbleheads, even a Toto doorstop. A couple of Munchkins—living totems of Old Hollywood (only six of the original 124 survive)—are throwing down meat and potatoes next door, in the basement banquet room of the Sawmill Inn, where they will later sign and sell reproduction stills from The Wizard of Oz for $10 a pop. As Garland fans skip arm-in-arm along the yellow-brick sidewalk outside the old Central School, construction workers watch with bemusement.

The cult of Judy Garland has always sat a bit strangely in Grand Rapids, a timber town of 7,700 founded as a humble place to haul and slice wood before it’s sent down the Mississippi River. The region’s rough edges are scarcely sanded away: The Blandin paper mill looms large in the center of the city, straddling the rapids, and hotels have signs near their entrances admonishing, “No hockey sticks allowed in the building.”

These days, locals are less likely to talk about Garland than they are to tout their connection to big-time hockey players for the old Minnesota North Stars, the Minnesota Wild, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the St. Louis Blues. Grand Rapids may have raised Judy Garland to age 4, when her family split for California—many older residents still affectionately refer to her as Judy Gumm, a curious amalgamation of her birth name, Frances Ethel Gumm, and her stage one—but the familiarity with which Garland is spoken is like that reserved for a landmark, something that’s just always been around.

The Judy Garland Festival began 34 years ago, established by a Grand Rapids historian as a civic event. Garland hadn’t actually appeared in town since 1938, when she stopped in as a 15-year-old celebrity, her only return home. Yet the Hollywood connection was a good enough excuse for a party. Locals competed to appear in an annual staging of The Wizard of Oz. They crowded downtown streets for parades led by Mickey Rooney and other Garland cohorts. As word of the festival spread, hundreds of fans from around the world descended on the town, and memorabilia merchants set up booths along the parade route. In 1994, sensing the potential for year-round tourism, the city moved the white clapboard home in which Garland was raised to the edge of town and restored it. In 2003, the Judy Garland Museum was built next door. The museum now contains the world’s largest collection of Garland memorabilia: gold records, the carriage (once owned by Abraham Lincoln) that ferried Dorothy and friends into Oz, even the coroner’s note listing Garland’s death as an “incautious self-overdose.”

The festival, however, is not what it once was. AIDS took an outsize bite out of Garland’s fan base. And as gay culture, once closely associated with the cult of Garland, is increasingly assimilated with the mainstream, fewer young gay men are picking up the torch. Internet sites such as eBay have reduced demand for onsite memorabilia dealers. And although the museum has benefited from the generosity of Garland’s Hollywood admirers—Debbie Reynolds, Bob Hope, Barbara Streisand—there’s no getting around the fact that Garland’s friends are dying off. The festival has become less of a community event, say locals, and more of a fundraiser. Gone are the parades, the plays, and Mickey Rooney (not that anyone misses him; Rooney was notoriously stingy with free autographs). What remains are $40 dinners and lectures appealing mostly to hardcore fans. Some locals now feel left out. “It was phenomenal how people once got involved,” says a former resident. “But after the house moved out to the highway, it’s like it wasn’t about us anymore.”

By the time the slippers were stolen, in fact, locals were beginning to wonder how the Judy Garland Museum was keeping its doors open. Attendance had been falling for years before the theft—nearly 19 percent between 2004 and 2005 alone. The humble Plexiglas display of the slippers only added to the impression of destitution. When another pair of ruby slippers, owned by a retired New York printer named Anthony Landini, were displayed at Disney World in the 1990s, they were afforded security worthy of the Hope Diamond: Set on a large revolving pedestal in a locked, climate-controlled case, they were watched 24 hours a day by guards and security cameras. “You couldn’t put your hands on that case without alarms going off,” says Landini.

When the slippers disappeared from the Judy Garland Museum, by contrast, police discovered that the facility featured an almost-comical lack of security. The alarm for the door that was broken open had been disabled, the security camera overlooking the shoes turned off.

Even the Munchkins—though they’re eating and drinking on the museum’s dime when I talk to them—suspect that the museum itself was complicit in the heist. “Inside job,” one of them tells me in a voice straight out of Oz. “No question.”

I saw Shaw’s slippers the year before they were stolen, when I visited the festival out of sheer curiosity. I decided they were the kind of shoes no woman would wear who didn’t need them to leave a land of kindly midgets. They were both gaudier and plainer than I expected, rather squat and completely covered in sequins, like Elvis in his later years. Only the marvel of Technicolor made them dazzle. Without the devotion of their fans, they would fetch no more than $20 at a thrift store.

But much about the ruby slippers has been deceptive, right from their origins in the Hollywood fantasy machine. Dorothy’s shoes were actually silver in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the 1939 movie. In a later version of the screenplay, you can see where a writer crossed out “silver” and wrote “ruby,” supposedly to take advantage of the new wonders of color film.

The movie was a massive hit, of course, but props like the ruby slippers meant no more to anyone at the time than the plywood sets. When a Tennessee girl named Roberta Bauman won a magazine contest regarding the top movies of 1939, MGM studios packed up the ruby slippers in a cardboard box and mailed them to her as a prize. It would be 30 years before anyone realized they weren’t the only pair around. The studio made multiple pairs for stand-ins and close-ups. It’s just that no one knew what had become of them. No one gave a lion’s whisker, really, until a 1970 auction at MGM that marked the collapse of Old Hollywood.

By then, the studio system that created such glamorous stars as Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and, well, Judy Garland had become obsolete. The MGM auction was intended simply to liquidate the vast warehouses of costumes and props on the studio’s lot in Culver City, California. But the sale became a spectacle, a “giant 18-day wake for Hollywood” in the definitive account of the event, the 1989 book The Ruby Slippers of Oz. This was due to the salesmanship of the man that had been hired to sort and display the items for auction, a young costumer named Kent Warner.

Warner had worked with MGM before, and was eager to salvage what history he could from Hollywood’s Golden Age, lest the props be hauled to the dump. He knew where all the best costumes were hiding, too—he’d been helping himself to them for years.

Warner had moved to Hollywood after a troubled childhood in New York. In Los Angeles, he hit the party scene hard with Ron Wind, his partner in life, costuming, and crime. To finance their escapades, Warner and Wind allegedly took old costumes from the studios where they worked and sold them under the table to movie buffs. Warner kept a few of them, however, as tokens of his affection for the fading glamour of Old Hollywood. He especially loved anything related to Judy Garland.

Throughout her famously up-and-down career, which ended Elvis-style in 1969—an accidental overdose of sleeping pills, rigor mortis in a London bathroom—Garland was particularly admired by gay men. She was less guarded than most stars, and they were drawn to this brassy candor. After all, being unguarded wasn’t an option for gay men in Garland’s day; they could only long, like Dorothy, to live in Technicolor. They secretly referred to themselves as “Friends of Dorothy,” and took solace in Garland’s apparent sympathy—not least, perhaps, because two of her five husbands turned out to be gay. “If you’re afraid to love, if you’re afraid to feel emotion, you can’t know Judy Garland,” one fan tells me.

Warner and Wind were more like stalkers than friends, though. They once finagled their way into a party that Garland attended after the 1965 Academy Awards ceremony, then hired a photographer to shoot them standing behind Garland to make it appear as though they were dining at her table. Warner saw the auction as a chance to search for the ruby slippers, the ultimate Garland memento. He was convinced they were somewhere at MGM.

In fact, Warner found at least four pairs of the old pumps, amid a pile of shoes in a rotting, rat-infested warehouse, 20 feet up on a rickety shelf, where the aging wardrobe ladies preferred not to go. At the auction, after sales of a wedding gown worn by Elizabeth Taylor, a trench coat worn by Clark Gable, and black lace underpants worn by Gina Lollobrigida, Warner stepped onto the podium with a little velvet pillow bearing a pair of ruby slippers.

They were sold to an anonymous buyer for $15,000—far more than any other item at the sale. Even memorabilia collectors were shocked; they had never imagined that there was a market—a potentially lucrative one—for celebrity doodads. It was a greater shock, however, to Roberta Bauman in Tennessee, who believed that she possessed the only pair of ruby slippers. Warner had given everyone involved with the auction—including the buyer—the impression that the slippers on the auction block were the only pair in existence.

The other pairs found by Warner went underground, and it was years before anyone—namely Rhys Thomas, author of The Ruby Slippers of Oz—pieced together what happened to them. “It’s a twisted, sordid thing,” says Thomas. “Warner gave one pair to the auction. He stole the rest.” Thomas calls Warner the Robin Hood of the saga, a liberating thief. “He was really the first to understand that Hollywood didn’t care at all about its history. He decided to be proactive.”

Warner secretly kept the best pair for himself. He built an elaborate case for the slippers in his living room, where he and his friends discreetly admired them. He then sold another pair to the actress Debbie Reynolds (Reynolds’s slippers were never used in the movie, and are known as the Arabian test pair, for their flamboyant design). By all accounts, Warner intended for yet another set to go to Reynolds, who dreamed of creating a museum of Hollywood memorabilia. But Reynolds’s assistant, hired to curate the project, had other ideas. The man reportedly gave Warner $2,500 for the slippers, whereupon Warner handed them over, assuming they were bound for the museum. They weren’t. It was the man’s own money, and he kept the shoes for himself.

That man was Michael Shaw.

The entrance to the Grand Rapids Police station is marked by an old-fashioned, round glass light that says “POLICE,” like in a Charlie Chaplin film. Gene Bennett, one of two investigators on the force, leads me to a conference room to talk, then turns around: “Got a lot of dope in there, that’s not good,” he says. He’s wearing a polo shirt and a handgun, and he leans far back in his chair to summon details of the investigation.

Before he was assigned to find the ruby slippers, Bennett didn’t give them much thought. Men who carry guns rarely do. It didn’t matter that Bennett, a three-decade veteran of the force with sledgehammer arms and a push-broom mustache, has always lived and worked in Garland’s hometown. He just didn’t care for the movie. In fact, if Bennett ever thought about the ruby slippers it was only because his wife enjoyed playing The Wizard of Oz slot machine at the local casino.

As word of the heist spread, Bennett quickly learned that quite a few people did have thoughts about the ruby slippers. His phone wouldn’t stop ringing. I know who has the slippers, the callers would say, I’ve seen so-and-so with them. They were the Garland fanatics Shaw had spoken of—dozens, from around the world—eager to expose each other’s covetousness. “One fan would blame another fan who would blame another fan,” Bennett says. “Someone will say, ‘This guy wants them, he’s obsessed.’ I’ll say, ‘Sounds like you’re obsessed.’ And they’ll say, ‘Well, I am…but he’s really obsessed.’ It’s like a dozen people fighting over the same woman.”

It’s estimated that more than a billion people have seen The Wizard of Oz, making it the most-watched movie in history. Perhaps more than any other film it combines the fantasy sequences, big production numbers, and star power that defined Hollywood’s Golden Age. “It was different back then,” says Hollywood memorabilia collector Greg Schreiner of Los Angeles. “The magic of the slippers, the magic of the movies then—it was more special.”

For many Oz fans, the ruby slippers simply harken to this glamorous if whitewashed era of escapism. Anthony Landini, who paid $165,000 for his pair of slippers in 1988 (he sold them in 2000), saw Judy Garland in concert 35 times and even attended her funeral in New York City. Owning the slippers was the culmination of his childhood fantasy. “They just represented the beauty of the film and the innocence of Dorothy,” he told me. “You know, when you become a fan of something, you just become crazy. You just have to have something.”

For others, however, the movie offers much more—an alternate universe with a hopeful credo: That the qualities we most desire—courage, wisdom, love—can be found in our own backyard, indeed inside ourselves. “It’s a message they don’t hear frequently enough in the modern media, it’s loud movies with filthy language and a dark pessimism that frightens them,” a reporter wrote recently from the deck of a Munchkin cruise, in which fans can sail the Caribbean with a handful of surviving Munchkin actors. Salman Rushdie, in his short story At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers, imagined the 1970 MGM liquidation as a mecca for obsessed seekers: exiles, tramps, and other displaced persons. For them, he wrote, the slippers affirm “a lost state of normalcy in which we have almost ceased to believe and to which the slippers promise us we can return.”

The longing for Oz has sometimes darkened into obsession. More than a few disciples have convinced themselves that the slippers’ power is real, able to transport them figuratively if not literally to a better place. Rushdie refers to such delusions as “damaged reality.” “In fiction’s grip,” he writes, “we may mortgage our homes, sell our children, to have whatever it is we crave.” Steve Jarrett, who designed a pair of replica shoes for the upcoming sequel to Night at the Museum, runs the online Ruby Slipper Fan Club from his home in North Carolina. He calls the pumps “the talisman” for movie-memorabilia buffs and Garland fans in particular, among them “some strange people, some very quirky people.” Jarrett says he has had to boot people off the website “left and right…because something’s just not right with them mentally.”

In Grand Rapids, the slippers were seen as sitting ducks for the obsessed fans always passing through town. At Madden’s Dutch Room, a steel-sided box of a bar squatting in the shadow of the paper mill, the late-afternoon patrons sip Leinenkugel’s and make mild cracks about the festival-goers down at the Sawmill Inn. They’re an outgoing bunch, mustachioed men in camouflage hats holding down red-topped stools around the bar, and they banter about the slippers the way you might expect, fingering the likely culprit as a diminutive friend, a guy who requires a tackle-box stool to fish from a boat.

In fact, they doubt a local is behind the theft. What would anyone in Grand Rapids do with the ruby slippers? Use them for bait? “Nothing against the town,” one guy says, leaning in. “But we’re rubes. Nobody here is smart enough to steal the ruby slippers.”

Nor is any Grand Rapidian, these men believe, savvy enough to recover them. As a TV above the bar flashes reports of a tornado just a few miles away, I’m filled in by locals on the alleged shortcomings of the Grand Rapids police. In the town’s most prominent investigation before the slippers theft, the accidental shooting of a young woman in 2002 by a state senator’s son, the local cops provided plenty of fuel for such critics. The patrolman who drove the defendant to the station admitted to drinking while driving earlier in the day; he was later disciplined by the department. Officer Bennett was judged to have neglected interview protocol, including the reading of Miranda rights, when taking the defendant’s initial confession; as a result, the confession was thrown out.

Whoever did steal the slippers, the bar patrons suggest, was counting on this guilelessness. Look around, one of them offers, at all the trucks in the bar parking lot: unlocked. Their homes: unlocked. The slippers: unprotected. “They figure we’re rubes, and then afterwards it’s like the Keystone Kops,” he says. Then he dances in a goofy impression of the silent-movie bumblers.

Around midnight, in a fan’s room beside the pool at the Sawmill Inn, several dozen Garland devotees gather for drinks. They sing along to the “Trolley Song” and dish about past festival guests, agreeing that the Munchkins have been the best, Mickey Rooney the worst. “He was a mean son-of-a-bitch,” a fan says.

In the wake of the slippers’ disappearance, scenes such as this feel distinctly fin-de-siècle. The festival—its star attraction gone, its audience eroding—would appear doomed to dwindle until the legacy of Garland in Grand Rapids holds no more currency than that of Lawrence Welk in Strasburg, North Dakota. Pop culture, with few exceptions, is not known for preserving its dead.

After a few whiskey and Cokes, the fans begin dissecting the leading theories about the theft, a crude act whose dry legalities sound depressingly earthbound among a cohort united by a song about rainbows. Yet the acrimony over the heist has revealed the world of Oz—far from innocent—to be as rife with human frailty as any other.

The inside-job theory turns on this notion of corruption, a notion that doesn’t exactly jibe with the facts. In interviews with police, the museum staff has been forthcoming, and Bennett believes director John Kelsch’s explanation that the disabled security device on the rear emergency door was simply an unfortunate consequence of the museum’s slim budget. So many visitors would unwittingly exit that door and set off the alarm—resulting in fines the museum could scarcely afford—that Kelsch says he had it disarmed. Also, the security camera that was off was apparently always turned off at night. “Everyone knew we didn’t have any security staff,” Kelsch says. “[Michael Shaw] knew that. It’s just sad that it happened here.”

Instead, Bennett’s lead suspect all along has been a Grand Rapids punk, a career criminal who may have gotten in over his head. “Here’s a guy,” Bennett says, “obviously not a pillar of the community, who steals the ruby slippers to say, ‘I stole the ruby slippers,’ not really realizing that what you’re going to do with them? Take them down to the pawn shop?” The suspect, however, refused to take a polygraph test, and not enough evidence exists to arrest him.

Yet the local yokel theory feels so anticlimactic, so dull, that when Bennett says, “It’s a shame—there’s obviously thousands of fans out there; they deserve better than to have some punk kid throw ’em in the river,” one imagines he could be condemning the lack of drama as much as the theft. Where’s a flying monkey when you want one?

There is another theory, say the fans, one that offers a level of intrigue that the situation would seem to require. But it implicates someone who presumably wasn’t in the market for a pair of ruby slippers: Michael Shaw.

When something as valuable as the slippers disappears without a trace, “the first thing you think of is insurance fraud,” says Bennett, who admits that Shaw’s behavior during the investigation has been “eccentric.” Shortly after the theft, Shaw called the investigator and demanded that he check in with him every day until he found the shoes. When, after some time, Bennett didn’t bother, Shaw phoned him. “I thought I told you to call me!” he yelled. At the Los Angeles press conference, too, Shaw seemed to protest too much. He revealed that he had insured the shoes for $1 million. But then exclaimed: “But I don’t want the money! I want the shoes!”

It hasn’t helped that Shaw has a penchant for exaggeration, one that—in most circumstances—would seem harmless if curious. When I first met him in 2004, he arrived for our interview in a threadbare Oz T-shirt and a faux-leather jacket imprinted with the logo of the old Knight Rider television show. He often claims to have been the voice of the show’s KITT car. In fact, he was the voice of KITT, not on the show, but on the Universal Studios tour.

Over the years, experts on the ruby slippers also cast doubt on Shaw’s moving tale of taking the slippers to his dying friend’s bedside. The friend was, of course, Kent Warner, and by all accounts, he remained furious with Shaw right up to his death—because he’d intended for the slippers to go to Debbie Reynolds. “If Michael Shaw was actually at his deathbed with the shoes,” says one insider, “well, then I’m a flying monkey.”

Before the slippers were stolen, Shaw admitted that he’d grown tired of the scrutiny of fans and historians. “In recent years I’ve been so angry,” he told me back in 2004, “because they’ve made those of us who were the earlier collectors sound like we worked for the Mafia. This is something that’s infuriating.” People needed to understand, he said, how different things were 40 years ago when Warner was making daily trips to the MGM warehouse, walking in with empty duffel bags and leaving with full ones. He’d received a wink and a nod from the guards—and nothing more. “I used to avoid telling people how I got [the ruby slippers],” he told me, “because, first of all, it’s a pretty dull story. I tell people, ‘What difference does it make how I got them? I got them for you to see.’”

Some fans now question Shaw’s motives. Steve Jarrett, who runs the Ruby Slipper Fan Club, publicized the website that Shaw authorized to presumably solicit tips. But Jarrett became disillusioned when the site morphed into a store peddling T-shirts and bracelets asking, “Who stole the ruby slippers?”

About a year after the theft, Shaw reached a settlement with his insurance agency, a figure not publicly disclosed by mutual agreement between Shaw and the company. Shaw says that he had the shoes appraised at a minimum of $1.5 million—and that he received much more than the $666,000 figure most observers have assumed, the amount last paid for a pair of slippers at auction. A private investigator hired by the insurance agency apparently found no reason not to pay.

By the time of the settlement, however, some fans wondered if Shaw had lost interest in reaching out to them—and in recovering the shoes. His phone calls to Bennett had ceased. He had stopped making the rounds of Oz festivals. His website closed down altogether. As for the Judy Garland Museum, his stamping grounds for so many years, Shaw ended the relationship right after learning of the theft. “We haven’t spoken,” says director Kelsch with a shrug. “He got his money.”

Upon returning from Grand Rapids this summer, I phone Shaw at his home. When I explain why I’m calling, he seems taken aback. “Are you kidding me?” he says coolly. There’s a long pause.

In the world of celebrity memorabilia, the failure to recover the ruby slippers has conjured no little trepidation—a fear that people aren’t taking the icon’s disappearance seriously. Fear that the magic is finally wearing off. If the slippers lose their hold on the American imagination, what other cultural mementos might we deem disposable? “It’s an American national treasure that’s been stolen and no one gives a damn!” cries Brian Cummings, a New York appraiser of celebrity memorabilia. “It blows my mind to know that they’re still out there.”

Yet in their new status as stolen property, the slippers feel more real than they have in years. They are mere objects again, to be lost or found, and perhaps this is for the best. The old movie studios, we know now, were never in the business of making magic so much as illusions. Stars like Garland were fed pills and cigarettes by their studio bosses (and stage moms) to control their weight. They were products, as manufactured as the props, from their stage names to their public lives, created for them by studio publicity departments. To treasure Hollywood memorabilia is to value fantasy over this harsh reality, to ignore the man behind the curtain.

In his later years, Kent Warner seemed to recognize the ruby slippers for what they were. By the time he died in 1984, he had long since sold the pumps he’d taken for himself. “He realized they were consuming all the attention of his friends—more than he was,” says Thomas, the book author. “He really began then to understand their power. What people invest in them is the enduring power of belief. They are magic shoes because we believe they are magic shoes.”

Shaw, on the other hand, seemed to have remained enamored. “I believe he invested his heart and soul in those shoes,” says Thomas. Shaw had told him, “If I never owned another possession, I’d be happy.” If Shaw was reluctant to explain how he acquired the shoes, it seemed partly because this might spoil the illusion of their magic. “Why chop off the Easter Bunny’s ears?” Shaw asked Thomas when the journalist began asking questions.

Now 72, Shaw sounds weary of magic, disillusioned. He says that the loss has devastated him, not least because of the fans’ reaction. “It was like having a piece of my gut yanked out of me. I’m the one who was violated. I was the only collector who allowed my ruby slippers to be used for festivals and museums and charities.” Among the fans, he says, were “jerks” who had it in for him, “who were rather pleased that they were stolen…I generously made the slippers available for these people and this is the way my generosity is repaid!”

Shaw then tells me that just before the slippers were stolen he had made up his mind to cease their travels. One way or another, they would have disappeared.

The diminishing fan base, Shaw says, had been getting him down—“I was seeing the same people state after state.” Soon, it seemed, only the delusional would be left, seeking refuge in Oz, missing the real point of the slippers: To go home to reality, away from dangerous fantasylands. Shaw says he just didn’t get out soon enough, that one of these fanatics is probably the thief. “He knows he can’t openly show them,” Shaw says, “but he’s got to have them. Right now he may well be putting them on, along with his size 11 gingham dress and fake braids.”

In three years, police haven’t been able to verify this or any other theory. The search has all but ended. Last year, the statute of limitations expired—the perpetrator of the theft, with few exceptions, can now only be prosecuted for possession. The police have largely moved on. The mystery is now worthy of Hollywood itself: They are the most coveted shoes in the world, and they could be anywhere.
 

Tim Gihring is senior writer and arts editor for Minnesota Monthly.

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Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Exhibiting Artist: Lindsy Halleckson January 5 – February 26, 2017 In Lindsy Halleckson’s solo exhibition mindfulness and the connection with nature are the two basic themes. Halleckson...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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**We are excited to be teaming up with The American Legion Post #2 in Shakopee, MN to bring you a monthly craft/ vendor event. Where you can shop, and get to know our crafters and vendors. ***No...

Cost: Free

Where:
Shakopee American Legion
1266 1st Ave E
Shakopee, MN  55379
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Sponsor: The Cats Meow Events and Promotions
Telephone: 651.274.5103
Contact Name: Marcie Freeman
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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Prom is your time to shine, and Wedding Shoppe, Inc. wants to help you make that happen! Join in on the fun Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26, for the exclusive Prom Party to find...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Prom store
1205 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN
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Is it spring yet, Minnesota? The un-official kick-off to spring, the 2017 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show is back for two full weekends Friday, Feb. 24 - Sunday, Feb. 26 and Friday, March 3 –...

Cost: $14 at the door; $4 for children ages six – 12; children five and under are free

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of racialized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Bring a few bottle of your homebrew to our St. Louis Park location to swap with other local home-brewers. Bottle by bottle, discover what other passionate brewers are making, and get some...

Cost: Free

Where:
5825 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
, MN


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Presented by and in partnership with the World Bird Sanctuary from St. Louis, Missouri. Come and learn about the fascinating world of raptors. Meet seven of the World Bird Sanctuary’s traveling...

Cost: $10/ $7

Where:
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN  55033
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Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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 Learn to make wine from varietal concentrates from all over the world. You can learn to make excellent wines at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them. One of our wine makers will walk...

Cost: FREE

Where:
5825 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
, MN


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MEET YOUR MAKER With a rotating selection of makers, Minneapolis Craft Market is the best place to discover emerging artists and new design talent of the North.Join us on Sunday, February 26 at...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Craft Market
Contact Name: Hayley Matthews-Jones
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Are you curious about the Swedish language, but not ready yet to commit to a multi-date class?  Are you looking for a quick and low-pressure way to get excited and prepare for an upcoming visit to...

Cost: $15-18

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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ASI’s Spelmanslag fiddling group is joined by Swedish guest artists Jon Holmén and Jonas Holmén from Dalarnas Spelmansförbund for a special Midwinter Folk Music Concert. The ASI Spelmanslag,...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Dr. Mikyoung Park (lyric soprano), Zachary Peterson (violin), and Luke Swanger (piano) offer a concert for the whole community on Sunday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. A free will offering will be...

Cost: Free Will Offering

Where:
Living Spirit
4501 Bloomington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Living Spirit
Telephone: 612-721-5025
Contact Name: Alice Worden
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The Mississippi Valley Orchestra under the baton of Artistic Director Brian Dowdy, presents a concert with 2 large choral groups, a phenomenal young pianist, and cultural works - some inspired by...

Cost: Free - donations accepted

Where:
First Lutheran Church
1555 40th Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN  55421
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Sponsor: Mississippi Valley Orchestra
Telephone: 651-964-0651
Contact Name: Brian Jewell
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A complex, international thriller where the efforts of diverse individuals could lead to a massive, worldwide scandal. Book and discussion in English.  Instructor: Jean Hanslin Cost:  $15 ASI...

Cost: $15-18

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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UMD Choirs Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 3:00 pm Weber Music Hall Adult $11 | Senior $9 | UMD Faculty/Staff $6 | Student $6 | UMD Student $4

Cost: $4-$11

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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Join us at the James J. Hill Center for stories from the classic old-time radio vault, complete with historical notes and trivia. The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society restages the great...

Cost: $15

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 West 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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The Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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One World Consort and guest Laura MacKenzie perform special arrangements of Celtic-inspired music, drawing upon traditions from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Cape Breton, and beyond along...

Cost: Advance tickets $16, $20 at the door.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Telephone: 612-874-8892
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Cello and Bassoon Chamber Concert Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall Faculty and students perform. Adult $11 | Senior $9 | UMD Faculty/Staff $6 | Student $6 | UMD Student $4

Cost: $4-$11

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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This is war! Cultures clash, expletives fly, knives are thrown, crockery is broken: War zones aren’t called theaters for nothing. Arnold Wesker’s 1959 slice-of-life drama draws battle lines...

Cost: $6 - $16

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Grace by Craig Wright Directed by Terry Hempleman FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 5, 2017 A wide-eyed young Minnesota couple have just begun a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida with big plans to open...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Back by popular demand – now with added music! Writing “Mississippi Goddam” in a bombed Birmingham church, Simone meets three strong women bound by tragic circumstance. Together, they sing...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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A father struggles to maintain his religious and cultural traditions under the persecution of a tsar. Performed in TTT's hallmark style with a diverse cast and a two-man band! Directed by Michelle...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
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TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AT 12 PMLotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all...

Cost: 22

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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February’s featured artists illustrate diversity in functional ceramics. Karin Kraemer brings focus to surface decoration and illustration, creating a menagerie of pots. Monica Rudquist alters...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Written by Theresa Rebeck Directed by Mel Day "Rebeck cares enough about Haley to give her confidence, competence, homor and introspection, all while battling insecurity, incompetence, black...

Cost: $21 - $30

Where:
Black Box - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Women's Art Institute Art Sale for ScholarshipsExhibition & On-line Auction: February 27-March 15, 2017Closing Reception & Celebration: Wednesday, March 15, 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6642
Contact Name: Patricia Olson
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St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 26 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: February 28, 4-6pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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This FREE event sponsored by 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten will include coffee and treats, a brief presentation on our new life enrichment centers for older adults, and prizes. Participate in a guided...

Cost: Free

Where:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
3770 Bellaire Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lyngblomsten
Telephone: (651) 632-5377
Contact Name: Christina Rhein
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Carve in the Scandinavian style using the instructor’s original work as a basis for projects. These 13-session classes meet starting the week of February 27. Six class periods are offered and are...

Cost: $145-160 + $65 materials fee

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Don't let your PR strategy go into hibernation presented by Media Relations, Inc. Partner and Vice President of Media Production, Heather Champine Professional women from all across the Twin...

Cost: Members: $30, Guests: $50. Non registered walk in rate: $60

Where:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 East 81st Street
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Professional women from all across the Twin Cities are coming together on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 11:30am-1pm for our women's networking luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bloomington,...

Cost: Members: $30, Guests: $50. Non registered walk in rate: $60

Where:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 East 81st Street
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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The DAI launches an Artist Reading Group! The February book selection will be announced.

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Women's Art Institute Art Sale for ScholarshipsExhibition & On-line Auction: February 27-March 15, 2017Closing Reception & Celebration: Wednesday, March 15, 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6642
Contact Name: Patricia Olson
Website »

More information

St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

More information

Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 26 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: February 28, 4-6pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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Starting Tuesday, February 14th anyone who purchases a Classic Tour ticket for a Tuesday will receive a considerable discount. The Classic Tour will be $5, all day on Tuesdays instead of the...

Cost: $5

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

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Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

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Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in Minneapolis, established in 1907, was America’s first public wildflower garden. The garden is the inspiration for Florilegia—a collection of botanical...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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Slapstick Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 February 7 – March 7 Cost: $75Instructor: Rudd Rayfield Take a fall, slap your friend, make ’em laugh!  Study the time-honored art of slapstick and become a...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Middle School Honor Band Concert Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 4:00 pm Marshall Performing Arts Center FREE

Cost: 0

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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Wizarding World Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 February 7 – March 7 Cost: $75Instructor: Rudd Rayfield Spells!  Potions!  Defend yourself against the dark arts in this play creation class where the...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Schedule a one-night lesson with an instructor, then contribute your bowl to Empty Bowl, a benefit for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.  $35 (fee includes instruction, supplies, and ticket...

Cost: $35

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W 2nd St
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Insitute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel. Chakra symbols represent the circular centers of energy, and they correspond to the nerve plexuses and organs in the physical nervous system. By focusing on...

Cost: $128 full course pre-pay, $18 single pre-pay, $20 single drop in

Where:
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 612-930-2662
Contact Name: Jeremiah Rangel
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 26 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: February 28, 4-6pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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The Women's Art Institute Art Sale for ScholarshipsExhibition & On-line Auction: February 27-March 15, 2017Closing Reception & Celebration: Wednesday, March 15, 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6642
Contact Name: Patricia Olson
Website »

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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

More information

MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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On Wednesday, March 1, half of all fundraiser sales at all Minnesota Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will benefit the United Heroes League (UHL). Formerly known as Defending the Blue Line, the...

Cost: Depends on the order

Where:
Chipotle Mexican Grill
2600 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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WHAT IS MODERATE DRINKING? NO REHAB NECESSARY  Come and hear the national and international leader in alcohol and substance abuse who decided it was time to take 50 years of research off the...

Cost: $15

Where:
1st National Bank Building
corner of 5th and Minnesota Streets
1st Floor
St Paul , MN  55116
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-332-0436
Website »

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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
View map »


Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

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Over the last decade, scientists made huge strides in boosting our ability to synthesize large fragments of DNA (i.e. genes) and use them to program living organisms. We can now design new genes on...

Cost: $5-$10

Where:
Camp Bar
490 Robert St N
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences
Telephone: 612-624-8723
Contact Name: Stephanie Xenos
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This class meets for 3 Wednesdays, Mar. 1, 8, 15 from 6:30-8:30pm Is it time to retire that worn, tape-repaired wallet? Does your journal need a sturdy, protective case? In this class you will...

Cost: $80-90 + $75 materials fee

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Art After Hours  Visit Rochester Art Center during Art After Hours and enjoy RACtalk lecture series, Open Mic nights, adult classes and workshops, professional artist development series and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America Clash of the Super Beers  FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Mall of America is teaming up with six major Twin Cities craft breweries for an...

Cost: $30-$35

Where:
FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar - Mall of Am
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN, MN   55425
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Grace by Craig Wright Directed by Terry Hempleman FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 5, 2017 A wide-eyed young Minnesota couple have just begun a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida with big plans to open...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 26 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: February 28, 4-6pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

The Women's Art Institute Art Sale for ScholarshipsExhibition & On-line Auction: February 27-March 15, 2017Closing Reception & Celebration: Wednesday, March 15, 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6642
Contact Name: Patricia Olson
Website »

More information

St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

More information

Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

More information

MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of radicalized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-0436
Website »

More information

"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
View map »


Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
Website »

More information

Bring your supplies and connect with other creative people, experimenting with your medium of choice. Each session will include time to create and optional end-of-session group critiques.

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center
Website »

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Youth Art Month recognizes the artistic achievements of our region’s K-12 youth and applauds the devoted educators who encourage and guide young artists. The individuality expressed in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods Co-op Denfeld
4426 Grand Ave
Duluth, MN  55807
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
Website »

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To kick off Women’s History Month, the Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN) will host its 11th Annual Celebration of Success at the University of Minnesota in...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Minnesota
200 Oak Street Southeast
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Women's Business Development Center
Telephone: 1-612-481-7715
Contact Name: Natasha Fedorova
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Youth Art Month recognizes the artistic achievements of our region’s K-12 youth and applauds the devoted educators who encourage and guide young artists. The individuality expressed in this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods Co-op Denfeld
4426 Grand Ave
Duluth, MN  55807
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
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Cost: N/A

Where:
LAB Theater
700 N 1st St
, MN  55401
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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This is war! Cultures clash, expletives fly, knives are thrown, crockery is broken: War zones aren’t called theaters for nothing. Arnold Wesker’s 1959 slice-of-life drama draws battle lines...

Cost: $6 - $16

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Resident Artists Concert: Quey Percussion Duo ( Koshinski/Broscious) Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall Percussionists Eugene Koshinski & Timothy Broscious Adult $11 | Senior $9...

Cost: $4-$11

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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A father struggles to maintain his religious and cultural traditions under the persecution of a tsar. Performed in TTT's hallmark style with a diverse cast and a two-man band! Directed by Michelle...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
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Grace by Craig Wright Directed by Terry Hempleman FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 5, 2017 A wide-eyed young Minnesota couple have just begun a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida with big plans to open...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin ExperienceThe Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin experience since the real thing. For Zoso,...

Cost: $24.85

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

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Skyway Theatre Presents...Granger SmithTickets on sale Friday, January 13th at 11am!🎟➡ http://bit.ly/GrangerSmithSkywayCountry music trailblazer, Granger Smith, is the flagship artist on BBR...

Cost: 20

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.333.6100
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The Women's Art Institute Art Sale for ScholarshipsExhibition & On-line Auction: February 27-March 15, 2017Closing Reception & Celebration: Wednesday, March 15, 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6642
Contact Name: Patricia Olson
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St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 26 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: February 28, 4-6pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of radicalized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
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Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-332-0436
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This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
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Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Downtown Lift Bridge Beer Dinner On Friday, March 3, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Downtown presents a night of beer and BBQ...

Cost: $45

Where:
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Minneapolis Do
Nicollet Mall
31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Cost: N/A

Where:
LAB Theater
700 N 1st St
, MN  55401
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Flash is a dance theater duet written, choreographed, and performed by dance gurus Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, combining their dual approaches to manifesting...

Cost: $15 Adv/$18 Door/$10 Group

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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The Mantorville Theatre Company presents, "HONK! The Musical" February 17 through March 12, 2017. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Winner of multiple...

Cost: Adults: $20; Reduced Rate (Children, Seniors, Students, etc) $17. SPECIAL OFFER:

Where:
Mantorville Opera House
5th Street West
Mantorville, MN  55955
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Sponsor: Mantorville Theatre Company
Telephone: 507-635-5420
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
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This is war! Cultures clash, expletives fly, knives are thrown, crockery is broken: War zones aren’t called theaters for nothing. Arnold Wesker’s 1959 slice-of-life drama draws battle lines...

Cost: $6 - $16

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

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A father struggles to maintain his religious and cultural traditions under the persecution of a tsar. Performed in TTT's hallmark style with a diverse cast and a two-man band! Directed by Michelle...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
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Grace by Craig Wright Directed by Terry Hempleman FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 5, 2017 A wide-eyed young Minnesota couple have just begun a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida with big plans to open...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Joel McHale recently wrapped up his twelfth and final season of The Soup, where he mocked the surreal world of reality TV and celebrities. He also starred in five seasons of the hit series,...

Cost: $39

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Joel McHale recently wrapped up his twelfth and final season of The Soup, where he mocked the surreal world of reality TV and celebrities. He also starred in five seasons of the hit series,...

Cost: 39

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Join us for our MNUFC Season Opener Viewing Party as the Loons take on the Portland Timbers in their first-ever MLS match. Thirsty? We’ll be pouring select Town Hall Brewery pints for $3...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Town Hall Brewery
Telephone: 612-339-8696
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Skyway Theatre Presents...Granger SmithTickets on sale Friday, January 13th at 11am!🎟➡ http://bit.ly/GrangerSmithSkywayCountry music trailblazer, Granger Smith, is the flagship artist on BBR...

Cost: 20

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.333.6100
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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Hopkins School District K-12 Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 26 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: February 28, 4-6pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Women's Art Institute Art Sale for ScholarshipsExhibition & On-line Auction: February 27-March 15, 2017Closing Reception & Celebration: Wednesday, March 15, 6-8...

Cost: free

Where:
Visual Arts Building, St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6642
Contact Name: Patricia Olson
Website »

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St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens the winter season with Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition, which runs January 30–March 17. Curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University’s Catherine G. Murphy Gal
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

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Minnesota Youth Art Month Show February 23 - March 25 Lobby Gallery Closing reception: March 25, 3-5pm Mirror Mirror, Ellie Hultgren Best of Show 2016 Presented by the Art Educators of Minnesota

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Brave fundraisers will jump in frozen Lake Waconia to raise a goal of $70,000 to fund an entire grief camp for families through the Children’s Grief Connection (CGC) Hearts of Hope Family Grief...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lola's Lakehouse
318 East Lake St.
Waconia, MN  55387
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2nd Annual Frosted Fatty Snow Bike Race Weekend Spirit Mountain, Northeast Minnesota’s only lift access fat bike ski area and title sponsor Frost River, will host the Second Annual Frosted...

Cost: Pre-registration deadline is Feb. 24, 2017. Add $10 per race after

Where:
Spirit Mountain
9500 Spirit Mountain Place
Duluth, MN  55810
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Sponsor: Spirit Mountain
Telephone: 800-642-6377
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Free Workshop Shows How To Buy A Home Of Your Own - Come Learn The 15 Critical Home Buying Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make Plus The 5 Secrets To A Successful Outcome In A Competitive Market...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Pinstripes
3849 Gallagher Dr
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Joe Allen with RE/MAX Results
Telephone: 952-297-6636
Contact Name: Joe
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

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Unlock the ancient secrets of Kombucha at home! Whether you’re planning to harness the health benefits often attributed to Kombucha, or simply a fan of the tea itself, we’ll show you the best...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
1150 Grand Avenue
St.Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 651-223-6114
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Flat plane figure carving, capturing many folkloric personalities in wood, is a Nordic art medium embodying a range of social, societal and cultural narratives. The Stories They Told is an...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-0436
Website »

More information

Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

"Swede Hollow" is a ravine on the east side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, it is like a haunting former industrial site overtaken by nature with a bike path running through it. But in the 1800s...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

Through a collaboration with Green Card Voices, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, ASI has created an exhibition that uses video storytelling to present seven experiences of contemporary...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Telephone: 612-871-4907
Website »

More information

The 2017 Winter Film Series highlights the work of Swedish filmmakers Kristina Lindström, Fredrik Gertten, John O. Olsson, Dvorit Shargal, Karin af Klintberg and Anders Helgeson and a compilation...

Cost: $0-10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

This internationally acclaimed exhibition is a moving series of photographs by Sweden's award-winning photojournalist Marcus Wennman about refugee children who fled Syria, leaving everything...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
View map »


Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
Website »

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Our very own, in-house Cheesemonger will teach you the best way to design the perfect cheese plate for your next party. Vien spent 2 years in the Surdyk’s cheese shop learning from some of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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An exciting event of watching wedding videos! Roll out the red carpet, we are bringing to you the top 10 wedding videos in Minnesota. This is an event where you get to meet the video producers and...

Cost: $20

Where:
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington , MN  55437
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Wedding Association
Telephone: 763-529-1900
Contact Name: Nikki Houser
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A solo show of new drawings and sculptures by Russ White. Showing: March 4 - 19 Reception: March 4, 6-10pm Artist Talk: March 11, 4pm Closing Reception: March 19, 12-5pm All other times by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Truckstop Gallery
20 Grove St, #72
Nicollet Island
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Contact Name: Peter Geyen
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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The Emily Program Foundation Our mission is to save lives, change minds, and work to eliminate eating disorders. You can help advance that mission by joining us for the unmaskED Gala – an...

Cost: $135 early bird; $150 regular

Where:
Metropolitan Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN  55416
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Sponsor: The Emily Program Foundation
Telephone: 651-379-6123
Contact Name: Darcy Berus
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One in 10 Minnesotans does not know where their next meal is coming from – but Second Harvest Heartland believes no one should go hungry. Help them end hunger in our community by attending the...

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Second Harvest Heartland
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Cost: N/A

Where:
LAB Theater
700 N 1st St
, MN  55401
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Enjoy an eventful evening. Sip and savor more than 100 wines from the best regions in the world. All wines have been hand-selected by our Presenting Sponsor, Kowalski’s. Enjoy unique food tastes...

Cost: - $150 each (Includes one ticket and one Riedel stem to use and take home) or $1

Where:
Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN  55435
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 "A Clock of Curious Times" is a story of our world gone colorless and dull, heading to complete darkness. It is a tale revolving around a young girl, the only remaining human being who is able to...

Cost: $17 adults/$13 students and seniors

Where:
Eden Prairie High School Performing Art Center
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Ladansefatale.org
Telephone: 952-334-7199
Contact Name: Stacy Natal
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Caprice Saxophone Quartet presents a varied program of music from France and America, including works by French neoclassical composers Eugene Bozza and Pierre Max Dubois, modern French composer...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 East 4th Street, Suite 200
St Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
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This is war! Cultures clash, expletives fly, knives are thrown, crockery is broken: War zones aren’t called theaters for nothing. Arnold Wesker’s 1959 slice-of-life drama draws battle lines...

Cost: $6 - $16

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Flash is a dance theater duet written, choreographed, and performed by dance gurus Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, combining their dual approaches to manifesting...

Cost: $15 Adv/$18 Door/$10 Group

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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In honor of the 100th anniversary of Pulitzer-winner Susan Glaspell’s haunting classic “Trifles,” we present it as part of an evening of one-acts about women as both victims and perpetrators...

Cost: $18-22

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 North Victoria Street
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Stacey Poirier
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A father struggles to maintain his religious and cultural traditions under the persecution of a tsar. Performed in TTT's hallmark style with a diverse cast and a two-man band! Directed by Michelle...

Cost: $30, Pay What You Can for those under 30

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Amy Tang
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Grace by Craig Wright Directed by Terry Hempleman FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 5, 2017 A wide-eyed young Minnesota couple have just begun a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida with big plans to open...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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The Mantorville Theatre Company presents, "HONK! The Musical" February 17 through March 12, 2017. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Winner of multiple...

Cost: Adults: $20; Reduced Rate (Children, Seniors, Students, etc) $17. SPECIAL OFFER:

Where:
Mantorville Opera House
5th Street West
Mantorville, MN  55955
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Sponsor: Mantorville Theatre Company
Telephone: 507-635-5420
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Celebrate carnival with an intimate Masquerade Ball at the 15th annual Carnaval Brasileiro. Beira Mar Brasil, a ten-piece band led by Robert Everest, hosts the event, bringing an authentic...

Cost: $20 in advance; $30 at the door

Where:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: BrazilFest
Contact Name: Robert Everest
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its winter exhibition season featuring the work of nine alumnae of the studio art program at St. Kate’s. Using a variety of...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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