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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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3675 Arboretum Dr.
Chaska , MN  55318
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Sponsor: Daffodil Society of Minnesota
Telephone: 612-581-3426
Contact Name: Margaret Macneale

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Minnesota's Largest County Fair with over 450 vendors with food, commercial, arts, and crafts.  Gold Star Amusements Carnival on the midway with 40 rides.  Free entertainment on 3 stages,...

Cost: Free Admission - Parking $5

Where:
Steele County Fairgrounds
1525 South Cedar
Owatonna, MN  55060
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Telephone: 507-451-5305
Contact Name: Jim Gleason
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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
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Always Lucy Strong Ice Bucket Challenge World Record Breaking Attempt   Cool off and do good, all at the same time! Be one of 1,000 people in an attempt to set a world record for the “Most...

Cost: $10

Where:
Levee Park
20 Ramsey Street
Hastings, MN  55033
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Sponsor: Always Lucy Strong
Telephone: 651-442-9283
Contact Name: Colleen Paynter
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Go All-Grain! 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 class will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer- Minneapolis
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer- Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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Learn the step-by step process to make great beer at home from our own Midwest Extract Kits. One of our knowledgeable brewers will walk you through the entire process from the boil to bottling,...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Midwest Supplies
Saint Louis Park , MN

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Stop by and visit Conductor Bud and his charming railroad garden. The railroad garden, located in Eagan, has free public open houses on the third Sunday of the month (June - September) from 1 - 4...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lutz Railroad Garden
2960 Egan Ave
Eagan, MN  55121
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Telephone: 651-454-3534
Contact Name: Bud Lutz
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Young Artist Recital, featuring talented young musicians from Southern Minnesota in a variety of solo and chamber music works.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skifter Hall, St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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This is America’s Dairyland. This class will go over everything you need to make your first batch of delicious cheese. Learn how easy, fun, and rewarding making cheese can be.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer- St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St.Paul , MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer- St. Paul
Telephone: 651-223-6114
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Republican candidates converge on a small agrarian town in middle America. Real Estate tycoon Donald Giovanni and his campaign staff have left a trail of broken hearts and broken promises in their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Rd
Eagan, MN  55123
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Sponsor: Caponi Art Park
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An orphan girl in Ancient Greece takes a harrowing and hilarious journey to the Underworld to save her guardian, Homer.  This musical premiere (Book & lyrics by Christopher Dimond, music by...

Cost: Free (Donations requested)

Where:
Backyard of Donley residence
1829 Burr St
Maplewood, MN  55117
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Sponsor: Front Porch Theatre
Telephone: 952/454-7344
Contact Name: Joy Donley
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
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A sweeping saga of the mythic west and the pursuit of the American Dream, Lerner & Lowe’s Paint Your Wagon is filled with some of the greatest songs ever written for the musical stage:...

Cost: $34-$101, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN   55102
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Sponsor: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Telephone: 651-224-4222
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Marah in the Mainsail will be performing at The Bedlam Theatre in Saint Paul with MISCH. MISCH is a Minneapolis-based indie-pop, folk artist with love for all the peoples. Rooted in the musically...

Cost: $8

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 4th St E
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 218-370-0937
Contact Name: Christian

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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Midwest Home invites you to tour some of the area’s top remodeling projects with budgets ranging from $300,000 and up across the Twin Cities. Find inspiration, meet with...

Where:
, MN

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For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

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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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet performs a dynamic program including Alberto Ginastera’s Quartet #1, “Ainsi la nuit” by Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ravel’s spectacular String...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Urness Recital Hal, St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

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

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Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

More information

Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

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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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
View map »


Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

More information

Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

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

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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

More information

.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

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

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of A Year in the Life: Clary Illian, a film by Atom Burke Productions. Clary Illian has been an active potter for 40+ years, starting as an...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 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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Cruise into the sunset on the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka while enjoying a full dinner buffet.   Fajita Bar Includes: Tri-Color trip chips with salsa Fiesta Salad Grilled Flank Steak...

Cost: Adults: $35.95 Children (Ages 3-9): $20.95 Infants: FREE

Where:
Port of Excelsior
2 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: BayView Event Center
Telephone: 952-767-3101
Contact Name: Lexi Zawatzke
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Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

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The Artaria String Quartet performs works by Gershwin and Villa-Lobos, the promising young cellist/vocalist Parker Ousley performs classic jazz standards, and the Glider Trio performs Brazilian jazz.

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Grand Events Center
316 Washington St.
Northfleid, MN  55057
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
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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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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
View map »

More information

Show More...
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For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

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The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, MAVA, the only membership organization that inspires excellence in the leadership of volunteers to impact communities, invites you to listen...

Cost: Free

Where:
Junior Achievement Building
1800 White Bear Avenue North
Door C
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Hot beverages, cool paintings & socializing every Wednesday at Watch Me Draw is just the ticket for “hump” day!  Everything you need to add some creative personal time to look forward to each...

Cost: $25.00 per person

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Avenue
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 612-968-0899
Contact Name: Tracy Giza
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The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
Website »

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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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FlyOver America – a new attraction at the Mall of America – is a can’t miss experience for individuals of all ages. During the Ultimate Flying Ride, visitors will experience a breathtaking...

Cost: $16.95 (13+), $12.95 (up to 12 years old)

Where:
FlyOver America - Nickelodeon Universe
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 612-342-9652
Contact Name: Cristin Kieser

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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET . Set on  December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins...

Cost: $29

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Dance. Move. Weave. Share art. Tell stories.   Experience the artistic intersections that connect and differentiate Asian and Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) cultural expression in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Telephone: 651.282.3017
Contact Name: Jenea Rewertz-Targui
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Join us for some carnival fun before "Planes: Fire and Rescue" is shown in the park. There will be a dunk tank, baseball pitch, speed test, carnival games, and a chance for you to show off your...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Wakefield Park
1590 Frost Avenue
Maplewod, MN  55109
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Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

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

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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
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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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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
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Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

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

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

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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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

More information

Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery presents Stranger, featuring new paintings by local emerging artist Hilary Greenstein. Greenstein’s paintings address thresholds, particularly the line between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
Contact Name: Sam Levin
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minnesota artists Ute Bertog and Betsy Ruth Byers. In Still the night Bertog continues to explore language and communication through...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE
#195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Rosalux Gallery
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

More information

Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

More information

The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

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

More information

Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

More information

Engage your kids in science and engineering summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 11 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camp at The Works is...

Cost: $66 - $173

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »

More information

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
Website »

More information

Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
Website »

More information

Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 28, 2016   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2016 third quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
Website »

More information

  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
View map »


Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
Website »

More information

Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

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

More information

Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
View map »


Telephone: 888-642-2787
Website »

More information

.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Great food · Fresh pastries · Music & dancing · Late night taverna · Hellenic culture · Church tours   A late summer tradition that seems to get better with age. This year marks the 53rd...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds
703 West Center Street
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: Greek Fest Committee
Telephone: 507-282-1529
Contact Name: Andy Franqueira
Website »

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The Paul Whitney Larson Gallery presents Stranger, featuring new paintings by local emerging artist Hilary Greenstein. Greenstein’s paintings address thresholds, particularly the line between...

Cost: Free

Where:
Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
2017 Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN  55108
View map »


Sponsor: Paul Whitney Larson Gallery
Contact Name: Sam Levin
Website »

More information

Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

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

More information

Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

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Join Dave Cofell as he performs the music from his third CD. Titled, 'A Thousand Shades of Blue', Dave will be joined onstage by Jeff and Tommy Vee, Paul Drinkwine, Randy Mickelberg, Dennis Kennedy...

Cost: $8 advance/$10 door/$25 VIP

Where:
Dino's Eden Lakeside Club
15445 Co Rd 9
Eden Valley, MN  55329
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Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble presents Rakkas Minneapolis, a weekend of dance workshops and a gala show.  The dance workshops will be taught by international dance experts Reyhan Tuzsuz of...

Cost: varies

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble
Telephone: 763-537-8106
Contact Name: Amina Beres
Website »

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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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The Dave Hagedorn Trio with special guest J. C. Sanford, trombone perform a dynamic concert of standards and original works.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Urness Recital Hal, St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Website »

More information

The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

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

More information

Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
Website »

More information

Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

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Friday August 26th, 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents...Filth Files: RMT Takeover w/ Creation Walter Wilde Subceptron & NeonixRMT - Riddle Me This is a label committed to breaking barriers in...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: SKyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
Contact Name: Skyway Theatre
Website »

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All Originals Jazz Series presents Davu Seru and the No Territory Band. All Originals is a jazz concert series at Studio Z featuring select outstanding local jazz ensembles playing their original...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
Website »

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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

For artist Kat Corrigan, painting dogs is a joy.  She believes that dogs are true embodiments of celebration: their entire bodies are capable of communicating “the extremes of ecstasy and love,...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Atrium Gallery, Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Contact Name: Rachel Daly
Website »

More information

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about....

Cost: Free

Where:
East Silver Lake Park
705 E Silver Lake Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55906
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Sponsor: The ALS Association MN/ND/SD
Telephone: 612-672-0484
Contact Name: Ashley
Website »

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The Rochester Civic Theatre Company announces auditions for the play "WIT" by Margaret Edson, by appointment, from August 21st through September 8th.   Please email your resume and headshot to...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Rochester Civic Theatre
Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Melisa Ferris
Website »

More information

We hope you'll join us for our Open House Weekend, August 27-28. These events are FREE and open to the public so invite your neighbors, family and friends! Guests will enjoy onsite soccer demos and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Twin Cities Indoor Sports
900 6th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Lil' Kickers Twin Cities
Telephone: 855.366.3866
Website »

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This is a car show and the fee is $5 per person and kids 12 and under free with paid adult. All proceeds go to charities. Car Show is from 9-3 Shopping from 9-2, we will have 2 barns full and some...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Dakota County Fairgrounds
4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN 55024
Farmington, MN  55024
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Sponsor: Gypsy Dreams
Telephone: 651.335.7309
Contact Name: Cathy
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Artists in this special edition featured artists show will include Donna Flannery, Ruth Martin, Grace Sheese, and Sean Scott.  Watch this space for more details as plans progress.

Cost: free and Open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Experience dramatic views of the falls this summer at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. The National Park Service will provide free access and tours daily from 9:30am-5:00pm with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Cente
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: National Park Service
Telephone: 952-303-2706
Contact Name: John Anfinson
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Using nature as muse, Norway House brings together three women who have been influential artists in the local Twin Cities and regional arts scene for decades.  Curators Claire Selkurt and Helen...

Cost: The admission fee is $6, $5 for seniors, and is free for members.

Where:
Norway House
913 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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On Monday, July 11, 2016, all 30 Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will host a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ six annual donation drives to benefit local foster...

Cost: Contingent upon amount of school supplies donated

Where:
Mattress Firm Stores (all stores in Minneapolis)
Minneapolis, MN


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Telephone: 214-296-4984
Contact Name: Claire Butterworth
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Textile Center Presents: The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry July 7 – August 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 6–8 pm  By the Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en...

Cost: free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Come pick some apples, make a scarecrow, arm wrestle a farmer or get a free charcoal portrait, all while benefitting Children’s Minnesota. Deardorff Orchards, Parley Lake Winery and the The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Deardorff Orchards
8282 Parley Lake Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Deardorff Orchards
Telephone: 612-834-3032
Contact Name: Lin Deardorff
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  Celebrating the lore of the hauntings of the Banfill-Locke building, this open call exhibition features more than 100 works of art by 67 artists from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
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Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55404
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Telephone: 888-642-2787
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With funding from The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Autism Society of Minnesota and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz present a sensory friendly performance of Monkey Mind Pirates “the world's only puppet,...

Cost: $7.00

Where:
Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Autism Society of MN
Telephone: 651-647-108319
Contact Name: Kelly Knack
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Learn how to take the next step in home cheesemaking from our expert Larry Janke. He will demonstrate techniques in making hard cheeses such as cheddar, gouda and parmesan. Hard cheeses require...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Midwest Supplies
Saint Louis Park , MN

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You are invited to join the 11th annual festival at St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Get the full experience by grabbing delicious, authentic Egyptian cuisine and...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
St. Mary's Coptic Church
501 6th Avenue South
South Saint Paul, MN  55075
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Sponsor: St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church
Telephone: 651-455-8947
Contact Name: Hany Yacoub
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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....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer- Minneapolis
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer- Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Great food · Fresh pastries · Music & dancing · Late night taverna · Hellenic culture · Church tours   A late summer tradition that seems to get better with age. This year marks the 53rd...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds
703 West Center Street
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: Greek Fest Committee
Telephone: 507-282-1529
Contact Name: Andy Franqueira
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This class will cover in depth the process of making wine from grapes or fruit.  Best practices will be discussed, along with a complete overview, essential chemicals, introductory chemistry, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer- St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul , MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer- St. Paul
Telephone: 651-223-6114
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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ARB is pleased to offer youth of the Twin Cities an opportunity to participate in the most well-known and beloved story ballet of all time, the Nutcracker. Auditions are open to children ages 10...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Aadmy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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A Different Way of Seeing spans more than a century of distinctively Swedish art from 1877 to 1990, highlighting paintings, mixed media and additional works from artists including modernists Lena...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  MN 55407
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Visit our 1879 lakeside cottage ... A true example of life during the resort era in White Bear Lake.  The Fillebrown family occupied the house for most of its years as a residence and donated the...

Cost: $5 Adults, $3 12 and under, WBLAHS members FREE

Where:
The Fillebrown House
4735 Lake Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Telephone: 651--407-5327
Contact Name: Sara Hanson
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Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing.” And oh, did she sing — often and loudly, but...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Music@Franconia Saturdays June 25, July 16, August 27, 2pm-6pm Toe-tapping family fun in Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheater Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and...

Cost: $5 per vehicle

Where:
Franconia Scupture Park
29836 St Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble presents Rakkas Minneapolis, a weekend of dance workshops and a gala show.  The dance workshops will be taught by international dance experts Reyhan Tuzsuz of...

Cost: varies

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble
Telephone: 763-537-8106
Contact Name: Amina Beres
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Jazz at Studio Z presents Chicago-based flautist & composer Nicole Mitchell with Bryan Nichols, Jeff Bailey, & Davu Seru.  7 p.m. concert, 6 p.m. free workshop

Cost: $15/$10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Jarring and complex, DAI (enough) is the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award–winning play by Israeli-American performance artist Iris Bahr. The play shares a glimpse into the private lives and thoughts of...

Cost: $34

Where:
Highland Park Community Center
1978 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Telephone: 651-647-4315
Contact Name: Erika Levy
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Travel back in time through Saint Paul’s colorful past with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum’s bold new production. Part enchanting history tour, part splashy dance party, Passing Through...

Cost: $28 – 20 plus discounts

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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The 2016 campaign for president is well underway, but so many unknowns remain - which candidates will stay in the race, who the parties will nominate, and what controversial revelations will come...

Cost: $18-$32

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Action! Comedy! Romance! Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling classic remains timeless in this delightful adaptation that has been called “two hours of pure awesomeness.” You won’t want to miss...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Stone Arch Brass Quintet performs a selection of works from the Renaissance to the late Romantic eras; violinist Sonja Harasim, pianist Esther Wang and cellist David Carter perform Brahms’...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Urness Recital Hal, St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN  55057
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A National New Play Network Rolling World PremiereBy Idris Goodwin Directed by Marion McClinton Featuring Ansa Akyea, Darius Dotch, Taous Khazem, and Maxwell Collyard A beautiful journey through...

Cost: $35-$48

Where:
The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: The Jungle Theater
Telephone: (612) 822-7063
Contact Name: Box Office
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Expertly performed melodrama and musical olios aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the final season. Board this floating palace, as thousands have for decades, to enjoy traditional painted...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd.
St. Paul, MN  55107
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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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Night Time 5K 

Cost: TBD

Where:
8500 Normandale Lake Blvd
8500 Normandale Lake Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
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Saturday August 6th 2016 Skyway Theatre Presents.. BAILO w/ Jsquared, Que$o & MORE!•BailoBailo (Gennaro Bailo) was born August 7, 1991 in Brooklyn, but raised in Queens, NY. He spent much...

Cost: $10

Where:
THE LOFT
711 Hennepine Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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