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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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Where:
Linden Hills Park
3100 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Linden Hills Neighborhood Council
Telephone: 617-304-6488
Contact Name: Becky Allen
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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Weekend Salvage opens their doors at their new Grand Ave location on Friday, May 19 to bring you vintage, industrial and antique goods. Find industrial patio furniture and plant stands,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Grand Ave and 42nd St
4159 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Sponsor: Weekend Salvage
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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Weekend Salvage opens their doors at their new Grand Ave location on Friday, May 19 to bring you vintage, industrial and antique goods. Find industrial patio furniture and plant stands,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Grand Ave and 42nd St
4159 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Sponsor: Weekend Salvage
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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Twin Cities Premium Outlets is hosting six princesses on Sunday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a magical princess party to remember. The day will be filled with games, prizes, dancing,...

Cost: $0

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
3965 Eagan Outlets Parkway
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Premium Outlets

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Calling all foodies, families and festival lovers! Kick off the Twin Cities’ festival season in Linden Hills on May 21. Come to Linden Hills Park from 11am-5pm to partake in the food, music and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Linden Hills Park
3100 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Linden Hills Neighborhood Council
Telephone: 612-926-2906
Contact Name: Becky Allen
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Bring a few bottle of your homebrew to our St. Louis Park location to swap with other local home-brewers. Bottle by bottle, discover what other passionate brewers are making, and get some...

Cost: Free

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


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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
6021 Lyndale Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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CodeDay Minneapolis   Saturday, May 20, at 12 p.m. - Sunday, May 21, at 12 p.m.   The Commons 540 Lake St., Excelsior, MN 55331    CodeDay is a 24-hour event in which the brightest minds...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Commons
540 Lake St.
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: LexisNexis
Telephone: 678-686-7840
Contact Name: Christopher McGee

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Learn to make wine from varietal concentrates from all over the world. You can learn to make excellent wines at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them. One of our wine makers will walk you...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  5416
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Arts North - Selections from the 22nd Annual, Arts in Harmony-Arts North-Show, the 2017 International Juried Art Traveling Exhibition The Arts North exhibition on display at the American Swedish...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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WalkTalkConnect is dedicated to raising awareness of rare brain & spinal cord tumors.    This non-profit was starting by an incredible and inspirational spinal cord tumor survivor. Working to...

Cost: 0

Where:
Excelsior Brewing Company
421 3rd Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
1150 Grand Ave
St.Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 651-223-6114
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Join us for the 29th Annual Dandelion Day Celebration at the historc Ard Godfrey House, Minneapolis' oldest surviving wood frame house!OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!Dandelion Day celebrates Harriet Godfrey's...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Ard Godfrey House
28 SE University Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-813-5300
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Puccini’s poetic masterpiece has made its mark as one of the most popular operas in the world. Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, this compelling tale of love among impoverished young...

Cost: $25-$200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul , MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-6669
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Principal Cello Anthony Ross joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988, and assumed the principal cello post in 1991. He has been a featured soloist many times with the Orchestra, performing concertos...

Cost: $12 to $28

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr.
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Telephone: 952-948-6508
Contact Name: Diane Riggs
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Minneapolis Ballet Dancers will perform in the art galleries at Art-A-Whirl in collaboration with Borealis Dance Company.Minneapolis Ballet Dancers brings their latest work to the Art-a-Whirl....

Cost: Free

Where:
Grain Belt Bottling House
71 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 612-743-0614
Contact Name: Katherine Hesterberg
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The 10th annual Greg Jennings Foundation Golf Classic will be held Sunday and Monday, May 21-22 at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins, Minn. Join retired NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and Super Bowl...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oak Ridge Country Club
700 Oak Ridge Rd
Hopkins, MN  55305
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Sponsor: Greg Jennings Foundation
Telephone: 612-803-3350
Contact Name: David Hlavac
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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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Audition for ALL FOUR of our Summer Melodrama Productions at the Mantorville Theatre Company on Sunday, May 21 or Monday, May 22 at 6:30 pm! We welcome actors of all ages and experience levels to...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public!

Where:
Mantorville Opera House
5 5th Street West
Mantorville, MN  55955
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Sponsor: Mantorville Theatre Company
Telephone: 507-635-5420
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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It’s France, 1940. Tensions are high. The booze is flowing. War is coming. Written by Steven Carl McCasland, Little Wars features Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Agatha Christie,...

Cost: $25 - 12

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: PRIME Productions
Telephone: 612-405-3065
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

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

Where:
MN Opera Center
620 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

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

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Unconventional, interactive, absurd. A trivia night like none other. Join host Sam Spadino & special guests as they bring you the newest game night in the Twin Cities. Points for your knowledge of...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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On Sunday, May 21st the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN presents the 2016 Just for Laughs’ Stand Up Comedian of the Year Sebastian Maniscalco with his new hit show SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO: WHY...

Cost: $43.75 - $63.75

Where:
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Personal Publicity

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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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


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

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

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May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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UROC Critical Conversation -- Sanctuary Through the Eyes of Women and Girls: A community conversation about immigration and the impact of deportation and racialized surveillance on families of...

Cost: Free

Where:
University of Minnesota
Robert J. Jones Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Telephone: 612-626-8762
Contact Name: Nicolas Demm
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Every now and again vintage lighters come through the shop, and with them we've gotten questions on how to refill and repair the torches. Now, with a brand new-to-us selection of Zippo and butane...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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The 10th annual Greg Jennings Foundation Golf Classic will be held Sunday and Monday, May 21-22 at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins, Minn. Join retired NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and Super Bowl...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oak Ridge Country Club
700 Oak Ridge Rd
Hopkins, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: Greg Jennings Foundation
Telephone: 612-803-3350
Contact Name: David Hlavac
Website »

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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Audition for ALL FOUR of our Summer Melodrama Productions at the Mantorville Theatre Company on Sunday, May 21 or Monday, May 22 at 6:30 pm! We welcome actors of all ages and experience levels to...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public!

Where:
Mantorville Opera House
5 5th Street West
Mantorville, MN  55955
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Sponsor: Mantorville Theatre Company
Telephone: 507-635-5420
Website »

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Join Milkweed Editions for the launch of Dalia Rosenfeld's debut collection of stories, The Worlds We Think We Know, which Bustle calls “funny and sorrowful, strange and grounded, human and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Book | Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
Website »

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Key Features 4 days of Project Management Classroom PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition Copy PMP® Mock Exams Access to Project Management Webinars Industry based case studies to enhance learning...

Cost: 1799.00

Where:
Regus
100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Telephone: 408-878-3078
Contact Name: Alex Matthew
Website »

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

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Instituted
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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

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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

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

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular open studio session at the Depot. No matter what your medium or ability, come and join a weekly art group for practice and camaraderie. Bring your own...

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Instituted
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Acting the Song Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30May 2 – 30 Cost: $75Instructor: Jackie Olson Is there any greater joy for a musically-inclined actor than belting out a song?  Is there any greater...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Musical MayhemTuesdays, 4:45-5:45May 2 – 30 Cost: $75Instructor: Jackie Olson What if your life was a musical, and people just burst into song at a moment’s notice?  In this class, they do!...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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
Website »

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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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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Cost: N/A

Where:
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
715 Minnetonka Mills Rd
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Maggie Smith
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Key Features 4 days of Project Management Classroom PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition Copy PMP® Mock Exams Access to Project Management Webinars Industry based case studies to enhance learning...

Cost: 1799.00

Where:
Regus
100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Telephone: 408-878-3078
Contact Name: Alex Matthew
Website »

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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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

More information

The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

More information

      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

More information

May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
Website »

More information

From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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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Discussion and signing with author Lori Rader-Day at Once Upon a Crime Books about her newest book The Day I Died. Hosted by author Kristi Belcamino.

Cost: Free

Where:
Once Upon a Crime Books
604 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Once Upon A Crime Books
Telephone: 612.870.3785
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Come be a part of the studio audience for Minnesota Tonight, the show that keeps you up to date on your state! In a style similar to The Daily Show, Minnesota Tonight takes on politics,...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
Brave New Workshop ETC Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

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

More information

April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Key Features 4 days of Project Management Classroom PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition Copy PMP® Mock Exams Access to Project Management Webinars Industry based case studies to enhance learning...

Cost: 1799.00

Where:
Regus
100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
View map »


Telephone: 408-878-3078
Contact Name: Alex Matthew
Website »

More information

      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
View map »


Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
Website »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »

More information

The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
View map »


Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
Website »

More information

Join FlyOver America in giving back to the community! We've partnered with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare to host give back nights throughout the entire month of May. Each Thursday...

Cost: Adults(13+) $16.95 Children: $12.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
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Giants Ridge presents the Burnt Onion Music series featuring the following Minnesota-based artist:   May 25, 2017: Chris Herriges from 5-8 pm at Burnt Onion June 1, 2017: Jud Hailey from 5-8...

Cost: Free

Where:
Giants Ridge
6329 Wynne Creek Dr
Biwabik, MN  55708
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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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


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

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The Duluth Art Institute presents a series of three Thursday evening conversations, “Earth: Clay + Science,” that explores interconnections in ceramics and earth science. The series is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Building
2229 W. 2nd Street
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Building
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Building
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Life Drawing Rochester will meet regularly on Thursday evenings in the Rochester Art Center with a variety of models. Feel free to bring your own charcoals, water colors or any other materials...

Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Rochester Art Center
Telephone: 507-282-8629
Contact Name: Rochester Art Center
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Join authors Lori Rader-Day, The Day I Died, and Kristi Belcamino, City of Angels, for a book signing and discussion on their newest releases at Subtext Books!

Cost: Free

Where:
Subtext Books
6 West Fifth Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Subtext Books
Telephone: 651.493.2791
Contact Name: Sarah Cassavant
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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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Cost: N/A

Where:
Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Can Can Wonderland’s Variety Show is a wild ride along the rocky edge of entertainment! Four curiosity-piquing acts each night, woven together through music and song by our house band and local...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Key Features 4 days of Project Management Classroom PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition Copy PMP® Mock Exams Access to Project Management Webinars Industry based case studies to enhance learning...

Cost: 1799.00

Where:
Regus
100 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Telephone: 408-878-3078
Contact Name: Alex Matthew
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 13, 2017   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 second quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Applications are due today for the McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/calendar to learn more and to apply! 

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Applications for the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists are due today. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/calendar to apply and to learn more! 

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: $60 General Admission

Where:
The Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company
Telephone: 888-643-2583
Contact Name: The Murder Mystery Company
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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Join instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO! Day: Friday Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm Cost: FREE!  

Cost: FREE

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Join instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: FREE

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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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Cost: N/A

Where:
Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: $60 General Admission

Where:
The Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company
Telephone: 888-643-2583
Contact Name: The Murder Mystery Company
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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  About the show: The Local Music Scene is a monthly show at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater. Each month a different local musician or group performs their original music and The Local Music Scene...

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at door

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN
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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

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

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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The Legendary NYE’S Polonaise Lounge may be gone, by NYE’S house band is still kickin’ EVERY FRIDAY from now on, as Can Can Wonderland’s house polka band! Come visit The World’s Most...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Karaoke is something Can Can was built to do well, and the cast of characters who have already crossed our stage is a testament to this. If you like Karaoke, and live within a 100 miles of St....

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The gravel will start flying at Le Grand Du Nord’s second annual gravel cycling event on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 8 a.m. in downtown Grand Marais, Minn.  Registration opened in mid-January,...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Grand Marais
Grand Marais, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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In One Place works by Carson Giblette and Jerry Allen Gilmore May 11 - July 9 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Under the Microscope works by Lauren Bina May 11 - July 9 Lobby Gallery Opening reception: May 12, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Get rid of that pile of denial and turn your old electronics into jobs at Tech Dump and Tech Discounts, the nonprofit social enterprise e-waste recycler and retailer. Cables,...

Cost: free; small fee for some items may apply

Where:
Tech Dump Golden Valley
825 Boone Ave N
# 100
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Sponsor: Tech Dump
Telephone: 267-251-7428
Contact Name: Christine Weeks
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      FORT SNELLING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 UPPER POST TOURS       The Fort Snelling Foundation, a volunteer-based organization       dedicated to preserving the culture and...

Cost: Free, registration required

Where:
Historic Fort Snelling Upper Post
200 Tower Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Fort Snelling Foundation
Telephone: 651.964.9682
Contact Name: Todd Adler
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Get rid of that pile of denial and turn your old electronics into jobs at Tech Dump and Tech Discounts, the nonprofit social enterprise e-waste recycler and retailer. Cables,...

Cost: free; some fees may apply

Where:
Tech Dump St. Paul
628 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Tech Dump
Telephone: 267-251-7428
Contact Name: Christine Weeks
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All 37 Mattress Firm stores in the Minneapolis area are hosting a Clothing Drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through Sunday, June 18, 2017 during normal store hours, Mattress Firm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 New Brighton Blvd,
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

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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Bring your family and come create small fairy garden houses for your garden. Create custom castles and cottages from slabs with lots of details to make them fun for the garden. Ages 6+ and all...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Open for the Season Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is open for the eighth season This year's temporary exhibit will be on the tenth anniversary of...

Cost: $4/adult, $2/youth 5-18, Free under 5

Where:
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais, MN  55604
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Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
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May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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We are gong to go through the buch kit and walk through the basics of making the buch. We can touch on health trends and natural probiotics or just looking for a naturally fermented non-alcoholic...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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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
1150 Grand Ave
St.Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 651-223-6114 o
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Unlock the ancient secrets of Kombucha at home! Whether you’re planning to harness the health benefits often attributed to Kombucha, or simply a fan of the tea itself, we’ll show you the best...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art Professional Outreach Program is pleased to announce its 2017 annual international exhibition, The Sphere-Second Round. Now in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gallery of Wood Art at Landmark Center (Second Flo
75 W 5th St
St. Paul, MN  55378
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Sponsor: American Association of Woodturners
Telephone: 651-444-1205
Contact Name: Tib Shaw, Curator
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Every 4th Saturday of the month we’re bringing together a variety of small and local businesses for a one of a kind shopping experience!

Cost: Free

Where:
Northside Economic Opportunity Network
1007 West Broadway Ave N.
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: NEON
Telephone: 612-302-1505
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The Buffalo, MN Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 Noon from the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October, rain or shine. Our market provides a wide variety of fresh...

Cost: $0

Where:
Corner of 1st St NE and 1st Ave NE, Buffalo MN
100 1st Ave NE (Accross the Street from the Movie Theater)
Buffalo, MN  55313
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Sponsor: Buffalo Farmers Market
Telephone: 763-229-2161
Contact Name: Geri Gulstad
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

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      These paintings are about colors we’ve all seen. Often we don’t register or remark on the beauty of colors but our eyes have taken them in. Color affects everything and is everywhere....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408
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Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-840-3258
Contact Name: Marco C. Suemnick
Website »

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. In the past decade, Michael Banning’s career has taken him from Minneapolis, to Milwaukee and Chicago. With...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Light Grey Art Lab – Iceland’s Huldufólk Minneapolis’ Light Grey Art Lab’s Huldufólk exhibition celebrates the hidden folk, trolls and fairies, and the faces in the rocks, pools, smoking...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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On View: April 29 - June 3, 2017 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2-5 p.m. Charles Lyon continues to be inspired by the delicacy and the intensity of flowers, specifically peonies, dahlias...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

May 6 – 28, 2017 Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Benjamin McGovern "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times "I was dismayed to discover...

Cost: $9 - $30

Where:
Artistry - Black Box Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

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
6021 Lyndale Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »


Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
Website »

More information

Bring your family and come create small fairy garden houses for your garden. Create custom castles and cottages from slabs with lots of details to make them fun for the garden. Ages 6+ and all...

Cost: $45.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Abbott Northwestern Foundation hopes Medicine Ball raises $1 million for mental health and addiction services.  One in five adults and one in five children in America live with a...

Cost: $500

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Abbott Northwestern Foundation
Telephone: 612-863-4612
Contact Name: Anne Langaard
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New Sound Underground is performing at Surly Brewing Company!Marked by their high-energy, all-instrumental performances, New Sound Underground has become a must-see band in the Minneapolis music...

Cost: Free

Where:
Surly Brewing Company
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Contact Name: Christian

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Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University...

Cost: free

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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From May 12 to June 25, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition....

Cost: free

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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Cost: N/A

Where:
Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. A mix-up in afterlife scheduling is the set up for this poignant modern comedy, which has seen great success on stage and in film....

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 Civic Centre Drive NE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507 282 8481
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MAY 26-JUNE 11 2017 Co-directed by Rick Shiomi & Martha B. Johnson; James Austin Williams, Artistic and Cultural Consultant: This production presents 46 short plays selected from Parks' 365...

Cost: $25

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Full Circle Theater Company
Contact Name: Rick Shiomi
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Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a...

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

Where:
Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Ten Thousand Things
Telephone: 612-203-9502
Contact Name: Ten Thousand Things
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Come enjoy some vintage jazz, swing, and blues music from Miss Myra and the Moonshiners with musical guests, Dirt Road Ramblers! FREE!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Chris Pennington
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BOSTON announces their HYPER SPACE TOUR, launch date: April 14, 2017. The tour will make a stop at Mystic Lake for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Have you ever wondered how the...

Cost: $56, $76, $91 for tickets

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Join us for OUR last fun filled night along with beautiful women and well-dressed men, to dance the night away in style! What more can you ask for but a glass of your finest/favorite drink to fully...

Cost: $10 in advance / $15 at the door

Where:
The Dylan Room (Lumber Exchange Building)
Saturday, May 27th in the Dylan Room
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: The DL Brand
Contact Name: Inga Flider
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Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth May 18 – June 23, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m. Unravel: (1) to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry - Inez Greenberg Gallery
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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April 27 – May 28, 2017 Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  –Pablo...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Mill City Farmers Market is Minneapolis’ trusted source for healthy, local and organic groceries, bringing fresh food, cooking education and live entertainment to one beautiful place.

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Farmer Market
704 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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