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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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Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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The bustling commercial district surrounding East Hennepin Avenue has hosted many names throughout the years, but everyone knows its unforgettable landmarks . . . Surdyk's, Kramarczuk's, Historic...

Cost: $10

Where:
Riverplace-Corner of Main Street and East Hennepin
East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-588-1671
Contact Name: Katy Epler
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Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis , MN  55406
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Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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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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This annual, self-guided home tour showcases the highest-quality architect-design homes across the Twin Cities metro area. On the 2017 tour, you will see 17 new and remodeled projects representing...

Cost: $10-40

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: The American Institute of Architects Minnesota
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Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
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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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Known for producing the world’s best bridal events, The Wedding Guys® bring you UNVEILED, a bridal show unlike anything you have seen before. Each event brings the latest ideas and trends...

Cost: $15-20

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
, MN


Sponsor: The Wedding Guys
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The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
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Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Calling all country music fans! A Tribute to the Legendary Ladies of Country Music! Dolly, Loretta, Reba and More! Troupe America pays tribute to current and legendary country greats at the...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Telephone: 612-716-0556
Contact Name: Jennifer Weismann
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Stop by and visit Conductor Bud and his charming railroad garden. The railroad garden, located in Eagan, has free public open houses on the third Sunday of the month (June - September) from 1 - 4...

Cost: free

Where:
Lutz Railroad Garden
2960 Egan Avenue
Eagan, MN  55121
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Telephone: 651-454-3534
Contact Name: Bud Lutz
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Inclusivi-Tee, a quarterly subscription-based t-shirt club pledging to promote equality, conservation and social justice through the sale of wearable art, is hosting a fundraiser for Ubuntu...

Cost: None

Where:
Costa Rica Ballroom
816 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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A day of family-friendly art-making and performance at the M, in partnership with Hmong Museum, Indigenous Roots Cultural Center, St. Paul Public Library, and artists Vanghoua Anthony Vue and Ryan...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third 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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Vin de Blanc Harvest Dinner in the Vineyard POP -UP Party A lovely afternoon of Music and Wine. Guests are asked to dress in all white attire. Buffet Dinner includes a ticket for one glass of...

Cost: 55

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery

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Take a journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They’re “Off To See the Wizard” in this delightful adaptation of a beloved...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Best of the Wurst is the Twin Cities' premiere foodie event, featuring unique sausage creations from the most popular Twin Cities restaurants, delicious drinks from Sociable Cider Werks, live...

Cost: GA $35, All you can drink: $50, VIP:$125, Children 11+: $15

Where:
Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55423
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Sponsor: FairVote Minnesota
Telephone: 612-850-6897
Contact Name: Jeanne Massey
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Weekend Salvage brings you uncommon Antique, Industrial and Vintage goods on the second and third full weekends of every month. Come and scoop up MCM furniture, Industrial patio items, medical wall...

Cost: 0

Where:
42nd and Grand Av S
4159 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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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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BOOTS ON THE GROUND MOTORCYCLE FUN RUN

Cost: FREE WILL DONATION

Where:
Fergus Falls Veterans Home
420 East Washington Ave
Fergus Falls, MN  56585
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Sponsor: Boots On The Ground
Telephone: 218-731-8246
Contact Name: Darcy
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Join us for a wonderful evening celebrating youth. Investing in youth mentoring is a meaningful and effective way to build character and competence in youth and sets them on a path for success in...

Cost: $45 per ticket, or eight tickets for the price of seven.

Where:
Brackett's Crossing
17976 Judicial Road
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Kids 'n Kinship
Telephone: 651-686-0990
Contact Name: Rita Younger
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Come raise money to fight childhood cancer. From 11am-1pm we have: the "The Crawlers" band live, fire truck, mounted patrol, squad car, balloon twister, face painting, photo booth and kids...

Cost: $0 15 & under, $10 16 & up

Where:
Lake Palen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Drive
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: CureSearch for children's cancer
Telephone: 240-235-2272
Contact Name: Erin Richey
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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Contact Name: Patty
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The Skatalites Bandw/ NATTY NATION, DJ I RoachTurf ClubSunday, September 17, 2017Doors: 7PM21+$20 advance | $22 door   The Skatalites are Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964 who backed...

Cost: $20 adv/$22 DOS

Where:
The Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

Cost: check options

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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String by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Sean Byrd Sep. 15 – Oct. 15 This hilarious romantic comedy chronicles the unlikely courtship between a poet and a pizza delivery boy. Don't miss out...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Moldovan immigrant Nadia has a work visa identifying her as an “alien with extraordinary skills” – she is a clown. When she receives a deportation order, she goes into hiding in New York City.

Cost: $18-22

Where:
Gremlin Theatre
2400 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Anne Bertram
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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 N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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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Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by a world-wide network of licensed Avatar Masters. According to many graduates, Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development...

Cost: $295.00 to $2,295.00

Where:
Doubletree-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Avatar Regional Courses
Telephone: 575-779-4518
Contact Name: Brandon Santos
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RSVP Join the James J. Hill Center and The International Institute Of Minnesota as they kick off Welcoming Week with a open to the public free panel conversation that will explore the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center & The International Institute of Minnesota
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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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Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis , MN  55406
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
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Make the most of your lunch hour at Encourage Her Network. Network with the Twin Cities' most encouraging women who are founders, creators, connectors, and women who mean business. Smart women...

Cost: $30 for Members

Where:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
3200 East 81st Street
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-697-5218
Contact Name: Shannon Johnson
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
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Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
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Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
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
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third 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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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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Treat that special someone (or anyone really!) to a delicious night out in Downtown Minneapolis. Each Monday night (6pm - 9pm), Day Block Brewing hosts Date Night- a happy hour special where $35...

Cost: $35

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Join best-selling Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder (Sophie's World) and Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota and major voice in the...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave. S
Suite 107
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Books
Contact Name: Daley Farr
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Camille Laurens is a famous French author who received the Prix Femina, Prix Renaudot des Lycéens, and Le Prix Bourgogne de Littérature  Join the Alliance Francaise on Monday Sept 18 for a...

Cost: 15

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First Street
MINNEAPOLIS, MN  55415
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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Contact Name: Patty
Website »

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Shine On: A Benefit for Uprising Theatre Company   September 18 from 7pm to 10pm at honey (205 E Hennepin Ave  Minneapolis, MN 55414)   This event will feature a silent auction, scenes...

Cost: 15

Where:
Honey Minneapolis
, MN

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Cost: check options

Where:
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN


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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

Cost: check options

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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Day Block Brewing's weekly Open Mic night! Every Monday, Open Mic will be hosted in the dining area accompanied by our $3 Select Pint of the day! Sign up opens up: 8 PMOpen Mic: 9 - 11 PM Hosted...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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...
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by a world-wide network of licensed Avatar Masters. According to many graduates, Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development...

Cost: $295.00 to $2,295.00

Where:
Doubletree-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: Avatar Regional Courses
Telephone: 575-779-4518
Contact Name: Brandon Santos
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Telephone: 218-388-9915
Contact Name: Bonnie Schudy
Website »

More information

Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

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

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
Website »

More information

Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
Website »

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


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

More information

Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Finding the Balance, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. In March of this year, Maakestad received an Artist...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
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Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
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Swirling Currents, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of woodcut prints by Jean Gumpper, opens September 9th at Groveland Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Gumpper’s work has been exhibited nationally and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third 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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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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  The Promega Fall Art Showcase presents ‘African Connections: A Common Thread’ featuring three artists who present their unique work in painting and sculpture, showing how their use of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center
5445 E Cheryl Pkwy
Fitchburg, WI  53711
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Please join us for the second annual Taste of Generosity: Cocktails & Nosh on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion! Come by yourself, bring a friend, or reserve a table in...

Cost: $85 - $2000

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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The Fall Festival of Hope Restaurant Extravaganza is coming up on September 19 at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, the Depot. Experience the finest cuisine - served by executive chefs from the...

Cost: $200

Where:
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel - The Depot
225 South 3rd Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Is it biased? It is incomplete? Is there just too much of it? How is it we get totally different views of the same news stories, and it seems like some stories we really don’t hear at all? And...

Cost: $15 for Citizens League members | $20 for non-members

Where:
Minneapolis Event Center
212 2nd Street Southeast
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Citizens League
Telephone: 651-293-0575
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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Contact Name: Patty
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Cost: check options

Where:
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN


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Hey, neighbor! Do you live in the 55401, 55454, or 55415? Stop in after 7:00pm every Tuesday night, show your ID (or proof of mailing address) and receive 15% off your tab! Spread the word to all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

Cost: check options

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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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Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by a world-wide network of licensed Avatar Masters. According to many graduates, Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development...

Cost: $295.00 to $2,295.00

Where:
Doubletree-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Avatar Regional Courses
Telephone: 575-779-4518
Contact Name: Brandon Santos
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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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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Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis , MN  55406
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Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
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The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
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Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
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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
Website »

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Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
Website »

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Swirling Currents, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of woodcut prints by Jean Gumpper, opens September 9th at Groveland Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Gumpper’s work has been exhibited nationally and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Finding the Balance, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. In March of this year, Maakestad received an Artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Calling all country music fans! A Tribute to the Legendary Ladies of Country Music! Dolly, Loretta, Reba and More! Troupe America pays tribute to current and legendary country greats at the...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Telephone: 612-716-0556
Contact Name: Jennifer Weismann
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third 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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reacHIRE is offering this complimentary workshop to women looking to return to the workforce in a Software Developer Engineer role. Attendees will leave with a refreshed resume and a clear...

Cost: Free

Where:
Eden Prairie Library
565 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: reacHIRE Twin Cities

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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
Website »

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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Contact Name: Patty
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Cheap Trick will join headliner The Gene Simmons Band with The Jayhawks as the opening act of The Children Matter benefit concert September 20th at CHS Field in St. Paul.   Ticket buyers have...

Cost: $60-250

Where:
CHS Field
360 N Broadway St
St Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: MATTER
Telephone: 952-500-8652
Contact Name: Gates Lindquist
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Cost: check options

Where:
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN


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Gene Simmons & Minnesota based nonprofit MATTER have announced The Children Matter Benefit Concert presented by POPP Communications will now benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Headlining the...

Cost: 60-250

Where:
CHS Field
360 N Broadway St
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: MATTER
Telephone: 952-500-8652
Contact Name: Gates Lindquist
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LEARN WHY NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO OPEN A TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE AT OUR EXCLUSIVE EVENT. People in the Twin Cities are eating healthier and making exercise a priority. So it’s no wonder that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
8140 MN-7
Suite 310
St. Louis Park, FL  55426
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Sponsor: Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Telephone: 954-893-9150
Contact Name: Courtney Whelan

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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

Cost: check options

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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≈ [almost equal to] - ASI Night at Pillsbury House + Theatre ABOUT THE PLAY: ≈[almost equal to] | September 15 – October 22, 2017 By Jonas Hassen Khemiri Directed by Noël Raymond From a...

Cost: $25

Where:
Pillsbury House
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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String by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Sean Byrd Sep. 15 – Oct. 15 This hilarious romantic comedy chronicles the unlikely courtship between a poet and a pizza delivery boy. Don't miss out...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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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Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

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Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by a world-wide network of licensed Avatar Masters. According to many graduates, Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development...

Cost: $295.00 to $2,295.00

Where:
Doubletree-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Avatar Regional Courses
Telephone: 575-779-4518
Contact Name: Brandon Santos
Website »

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Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
Website »

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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
Website »

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
Website »

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Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
View map »


Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
Website »

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


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

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


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

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Finding the Balance, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. In March of this year, Maakestad received an Artist...

Cost: Free

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

More information

The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
View map »


Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
Website »

More information

Swirling Currents, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of woodcut prints by Jean Gumpper, opens September 9th at Groveland Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Gumpper’s work has been exhibited nationally and...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Calling all country music fans! A Tribute to the Legendary Ladies of Country Music! Dolly, Loretta, Reba and More! Troupe America pays tribute to current and legendary country greats at the...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Telephone: 612-716-0556
Contact Name: Jennifer Weismann
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
View map »


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

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Cost: Free The Iraqi and American Time: Workshop: 4:30-6pm; Film: 7-8pm Reconciliation Project (IARP) creates bridges of communication, understanding and support between Americans and Iraqis. The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Renegade Theater
222 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
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Now in its seventh year of providing housing, employment, education and wellness resources for youth ages 16-24 facing homelessness in the suburbs, Oasis for Youth invites the public to its...

Cost: $100

Where:
Edina Country Club
5100 Wooddale Ave
Edina, MN  55424
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Sponsor: Oasis for Youth
Contact Name: Elyse Arvin
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NCC welcomes Adriel Tong as one of our visiting artists in conjunction with the Tempered Beasts exhibition. Tong visits NCC September 15 – 23 for an intensive residency, during which time he...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis , MN  55406
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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
View map »


Contact Name: Patty
Website »

More information

Cost: check options

Where:
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN


Website »

More information

String by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Sean Byrd Sep. 15 – Oct. 15 This hilarious romantic comedy chronicles the unlikely courtship between a poet and a pizza delivery boy. Don't miss out...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Moldovan immigrant Nadia has a work visa identifying her as an “alien with extraordinary skills” – she is a clown. When she receives a deportation order, she goes into hiding in New York City.

Cost: $18-22

Where:
Gremlin Theatre
2400 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Anne Bertram
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Take a journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They’re “Off To See the Wizard” in this delightful adaptation of a beloved...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

Cost: check options

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Locals may recognize Mack’s voice from the KQ Morning Show, KFAN sports radio, or The Bob & Tom show. She’s been heard on Fox and Cartoon Network animations, and podcasts such as Marc...

Cost: $20

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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In a time when facts may be flimsy and arch-rivals are formed on social media every day, society has turned to a band of super-comedians to make us laugh with some non-stop, live-action...

Cost: $25-$36

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Featuring Twin Cities Cabaret Artist and Chanteuse: Nichole Carey. You can take the girl out of the country, but can you ever really take the country out of the girl?. The Twin Cities preview of...

Cost: $10

Where:
Jazz Central Studios
407 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 651-399-9602
Contact Name: N. Carey
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by a world-wide network of licensed Avatar Masters. According to many graduates, Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development...

Cost: $295.00 to $2,295.00

Where:
Doubletree-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Avatar Regional Courses
Telephone: 575-779-4518
Contact Name: Brandon Santos
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Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

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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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is offering shoppers a Thousand Reasons to Stack at the Sarah Graham Jewelry Trunk Show, Ring Stacking Party and $1,000 Instagram Jewelry Giveaway Contest...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
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The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
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Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Finding the Balance, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. In March of this year, Maakestad received an Artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Swirling Currents, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of woodcut prints by Jean Gumpper, opens September 9th at Groveland Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Gumpper’s work has been exhibited nationally and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third 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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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 tap dance instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for FREE group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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PLEASE JOIN US in celebrating our passion for saving lives. Together we will light a beacon of hope for patient families everywhere—making a pledge to achieve “A Match for Every Patient.”...

Cost: $200

Where:
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Be The Match
Telephone: 763-406-8338
Contact Name: Lauren Mueller
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The annual Night of Light event is the Aim Higher Foundation’s primary fundraising event of the year. Through this celebration, more than 900 children receive scholarships to attend Catholic...

Cost: $150

Where:
JW Marriott at the Mall of America
141 Lindau Lane
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Aim Higher Foundation
Telephone: 612•819•6711
Contact Name: Ricky Austin
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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Contact Name: Patty
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Cost: check options

Where:
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN


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Minnesota’s Most Iconic Foods to be Featured in National Television Series “State Plate” Taylor Hicks Discovers Delectable Minnesota Dishes   Click the photo above to see the trailer...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: INSP
Telephone: 803-578-1430
Contact Name: Kenya Hooker
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Take a journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They’re “Off To See the Wizard” in this delightful adaptation of a beloved...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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String by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Sean Byrd Sep. 15 – Oct. 15 This hilarious romantic comedy chronicles the unlikely courtship between a poet and a pizza delivery boy. Don't miss out...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

Cost: check options

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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Moldovan immigrant Nadia has a work visa identifying her as an “alien with extraordinary skills” – she is a clown. When she receives a deportation order, she goes into hiding in New York City.

Cost: $18-22

Where:
Gremlin Theatre
2400 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Sponsor: Theatre Unbound
Telephone: 612-721-1186
Contact Name: Anne Bertram
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Alison Perkins & Nicolas Brown in concert on Sept 22 on uilleann pipes and flute! Together, they research forgotten settings of obscure tunes and bring them to listeners with a style that is at...

Cost: Advance $12, $15 at door

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: CJAC
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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In a time when facts may be flimsy and arch-rivals are formed on social media every day, society has turned to a band of super-comedians to make us laugh with some non-stop, live-action...

Cost: $25-$36

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Locals may recognize Mack’s voice from the KQ Morning Show, KFAN sports radio, or The Bob & Tom show. She’s been heard on Fox and Cartoon Network animations, and podcasts such as Marc...

Cost: $20

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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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: Jennifer Pennington
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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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Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Join hundreds of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge supporters in the Twin Cities for a day filled with entertainment, food, fellowship, prizes, and so much more! Individuals, teams, churches,...

Cost: Fundraiser

Where:
Harriet Island
200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
Telephone: 612-238-6130
Contact Name: Megan Mattson
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The Congenital Heart Walk is a national fundraising event series benefitting the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF). We walk to honor and remember...

Cost: $0

Where:
Elm Creek Park
12400 James Deane Pkwy
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Congenital Heart Walk
Telephone: 855-243-9255
Contact Name: Sarah Shuff
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Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by a world-wide network of licensed Avatar Masters. According to many graduates, Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development...

Cost: $295.00 to $2,295.00

Where:
Doubletree-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Avatar Regional Courses
Telephone: 575-779-4518
Contact Name: Brandon Santos
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Join in the fun at Girl Time, our annual family event all about girls and engineering. Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn about engineering from women engineers Explore hands-on...

Cost: 12

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN  55420
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 At nearly 20 acres, Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze boasts Minnesota’s largest corn maze. This year’s maze offers visitors a chance to honor our hardworking Minnesota Vikings, who will...

Cost: $10 per person online or $12 at the gate.

Where:
Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
8001 109th Avenue N.
Brooklyn Park, MN  55445
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
Telephone: 952-992-9326
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Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) presents We the People, inviting four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of...

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th Street
Suite 101
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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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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Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis , MN  55406
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is offering shoppers a Thousand Reasons to Stack at the Sarah Graham Jewelry Trunk Show, Ring Stacking Party and $1,000 Instagram Jewelry Giveaway Contest...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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PACER’s Simon Technology Center will provide an exciting opportunity to try out the latest in assistive technology, including adapted toys, 3D printers, robots, and more, and see firsthand how...

Cost: Free

Where:
PACER Center
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: PACER Center
Telephone: 952-838-9000
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Nicollet Island developed as a microcosm of early Minneapolis, with water-powered factories, storefronts, block-long rowhouses, a mansion district, and a neighborhood that still stands as a sampler...

Cost: $10

Where:
Corner of East Island Avenue & Merriam Street
Nicollet Island
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-588-1671
Contact Name: Katy Epler
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Registration for Children's Minnesota's annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference is now live. Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.  & Friday, October...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Ave South
Education Center
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Children's MN
Telephone: 612-813-6395
Contact Name: Dex Tuttle
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“We Don’t Fest Like the Rest.” Learn it. Know it. Live it.   Surly doesn’t brew to style. We’re stubborn. Our SurlyFest beer is a crisp rye lager, not a malt bomb. As for our SurlyFest...

Cost: Free

Where:
Surly Brewing Company
520 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Surly Brewing Company
Telephone: 763-762-6065
Contact Name: Andrea Graham
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Rain or Shine! Early registration open until September 22nd $10, or $15 after September 22nd Registration day of event begins at 11:00 am Showcase 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Award Presentation 3:00...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Grand Portage Lodge and Casino
70 Casino Dr
Grand Portage, MN  55605
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Sponsor: Grand Portage Lodge and Casino

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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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More than 4,500 people from around the state are expected to join in NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to raise awareness about mental illnesses and celebrate hope on Sept. 23 at 1:00 p.m., at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnehaha Park
4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: NAMI Minnesota
Telephone: 651-645-2948
Contact Name: Events Coordinator
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Join Great River Greening with our initiative to collect one million native milkweed seeds and play a major part in the future of butterflies, which among other pollinators have been declining in...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Great River Greening
35 West Water Street Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Great River Greening
Telephone: 651-272-3993
Contact Name: May Yang
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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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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly opens its fall exhibition season with a show by Minnesota artist and apparel designer Anupama Pasricha. Pasricha, who was born...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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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
Website »

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Swirling Currents, a SPOTLIGHT exhibition of woodcut prints by Jean Gumpper, opens September 9th at Groveland Gallery. Over the past 25 years, Gumpper’s work has been exhibited nationally and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The Hackensack Chainsaw event is a weekend filled with chainsaw carvers that turn ordinary logs into master pieces of art. These carvings go on auction Saturday and Sunday during the event and then...

Cost: 5.00 adults Children 12 years and younger FREE

Where:
Hackensack Minnesota
100 Fleisher Ave S
Hackensack, MN  56452
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Sponsor: Hackensack City
Telephone: 218-675-6135
Contact Name: Nalrah Hicks
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University proudly presents an exhibition by Minnesota native Lizzie Wortham. Wortham’s oil paintings are abstracted representations of girls...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Finding the Balance, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. In March of this year, Maakestad received an Artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Calling all country music fans! A Tribute to the Legendary Ladies of Country Music! Dolly, Loretta, Reba and More! Troupe America pays tribute to current and legendary country greats at the...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Telephone: 612-716-0556
Contact Name: Jennifer Weismann
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 30, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 third 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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Take a journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They’re “Off To See the Wizard” in this delightful adaptation of a beloved...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Enjoy a cool summer beverage and the tastes of our local eating establishments in the comfort of our backyard along the Gandy Dancer Trail. Visit http://tasteofthetrail.org/ for further details....

Cost: $25.00

Where:
In a New Light Gallery
7417 N Bass Lake Road
Webster, WI  54893
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Sponsor: Northwest Passage
Telephone: 715-309-4254
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Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN) presents its 2nd Annual Cabaret Fest at Minneapolis’ Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater on September 23 and 24, 2017. TCCAN will host two exciting days of...

Cost: Single Event = $15, Day Pass = $25

Where:
Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network
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We're ready. We're open. And, it's time to celebrate! Join us for a joyful night of art, friendship and new beginnings as we celebrate the opening of our new gallery space on North Fifth Street,...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Veronique Wantz Gallery
901 N 5th St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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ARTBASH is Rochester Art Center’s premier fundraiser and southeast Minnesota’s best art party. This year will feature a Locavore, farm-to-table atmosphere to coincide with LOCAVORE and...

Cost: $150

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: (507) 282-8629
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September is open membership month for the Eagan Women of Note. Women in the south-metro area who love to sing and may be interested in joining the non-audition choir are invited to visit Monday...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Falcon Ridge Middle School
12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
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Contact Name: Patty
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WE'RE BACK and just as magical (& FREE) as ever!  Brooms & Brews is thrilled to announce that The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named will take place on Saturday, September...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Minneapolis
, MN


Sponsor: Brooms & Brews
Contact Name: Maria Balogh
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Where:
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN


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Join us for a “Night at the M,” to benefit the Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) For one magical night, the M's home in the Historic Pioneer Endicott will be remade into a creative...

Cost: $90

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art | The Historic Pi
141 E. 4th Street
Entrance at the corner of 4th and Robert Streets
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: The M
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Susannah Schouweiler
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On Saturday September 23, 2017 Educación Popular En Salud (EPES) is celebrating their 35th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring musicians Holly Near and John McCutcheon. The concert will...

Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Where:
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
9185 Lexington Avenue North
Circle Pines, MN  55014
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Sponsor: Educación Popular En Salud (EPES) and Action for Health in the Americas (AHA)
Telephone: 651-483-3862
Contact Name: Roberta Dale
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Dreaming Under a Cedar TreeA contemporary dance performance/visual art installation, food and conversation with a Middle Eastern flavor Concept, direction and performance by Sharon Mansur  ...

Cost: Free, with performance reservations requested: sharonmansur@gmail.com

Where:
Outpost Winona
119 E. 3rd Street
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Art of the Rural
Telephone: 301-254-6930
Contact Name: Matthew Fluharty & Sharon Mansur
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The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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String by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Sean Byrd Sep. 15 – Oct. 15 This hilarious romantic comedy chronicles the unlikely courtship between a poet and a pizza delivery boy. Don't miss out...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Aladdin The Disney Musical  

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Where:
Orpheum Theatre
, MN


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Locals may recognize Mack’s voice from the KQ Morning Show, KFAN sports radio, or The Bob & Tom show. She’s been heard on Fox and Cartoon Network animations, and podcasts such as Marc...

Cost: $20

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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In a time when facts may be flimsy and arch-rivals are formed on social media every day, society has turned to a band of super-comedians to make us laugh with some non-stop, live-action...

Cost: $25-$36

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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Hollywood clairvoyant Tyler Henry will showcase his amazing abilities live in the Mystic Showroom at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 23.      Tyler Henry was born with a unique gift that enables...

Cost: $30, $40 & $55

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 MYSTIC LAKE BOULEVARD
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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The 1st JPSMB was formed in 1970 by a group of graduating Edina High School band members with the purchase of 50 used band uniforms and $30.00 worth of marches. The Band was brought into the...

Cost: $10–$15

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Telephone: 952-948-6506
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Tyler Henry is the star of E! Entertainment’s hit television show, Hollywood Medium, and for the first time audiences will be treated to his new live show entitled “6 Lessons I Have Learned...

Cost: $30, $40 & $55

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Saturday, September 23, 2017 9PM – 12AM MIDNIGHT $35 http://rochesterartcenter.org/artbash-2017/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1584666778251986 AFTERBASH is happening on the brand new...

Cost: $35

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: (507) 282-8629
Contact Name: Rochester Art Center
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Exhibiting Artist: Katie Adkins August 3 – September 24, 2017 “Midway explores the fusion of disparate relationships that occur in the chaotic environment of a carnival. Perhaps the most...

Cost: Free

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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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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Exhibiting Artist: Charles Matson Lume August 18 – September 28, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. “Physicists...

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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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

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