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The One That Got Away

They’re breaking jaws. They’re spawning lawsuits. They’re pitting states against states. Now, as Asian carp invade Minnesota, they’re even worrying the president.


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Thomas Strand

THAD COOK HAD BEEN WORKING as a biologist on the Illinois River, a few hours south of Chicago, for nearly a decade when his boat began to fall apart. The depth finder busted first, followed by the radio, the generator, and finally the fuel tank.

He wondered if this was related to the stories he’d been hearing from downriver. Weird tales of boats with no drivers, spinning wildly in the water. Men hauled ashore with lacerations. Anglers covered in blood.

Then it hit him: a 25-pounder, right in the gut. “It was like a cannonball,” he says. A few weeks later, he was struck again. Then again and again. Now just about every time he and his colleagues with the Illinois Natural History Survey go out on the water, they get pummeled. “Like we’re in a cage match with these things,” he says.

One morning, I meet the scientists at their field station in tiny Havana, Illinois, where chicken gizzards are bar food and the Illinois River, a tributary of the Mississippi, lazes past clanging industrial apparatuses. We drop a big flat-bottom boat into a backwater lake, and Cook shows me the netting he’s rigged alongside the captain’s chair like a fence—to keep things out, not in. “They’ve ripped through it anyway,” he says. He shows me the Plexiglas windshield they cracked a few weeks ago. Then he shows me how to drive the boat. “Because if you’re the last one standing...” he says. There are four of us on board.

Some boaters around here defend themselves with garbage-can lids. But Cook hasn’t stooped to that. And so he gets hit. He’s been hit in the face, the back, the crotch—everywhere you can imagine. He’s been hit so hard that an imprint, right down to the fins, was left on his chest.

“See those wakes?” he says, pointing to the water. “They’re under each one.” The wakes are everywhere.

And suddenly the lake erupts. “Incoming!” Cook yells. Even with the motor off, we’ve spooked them: Hundreds of long, silvery fish—Asian carp—are rocketing out of the water all around us, as high as seven feet in the air. They leap in great sheets, as though several football fields had been blown up.

We’re hit in the face, the back, the crotch—everywhere you can imagine.

In 30 seconds, a dozen carp are flopping around in the boat. By the time we head in, we’ll have shoveled out three boatloads of fishy missiles. In the station, we’ll wring their blood, scales, and excrement from our clothes and Cook will say he’s never seen anything like today’s bombardment—this from a guy who’s seen something similar almost every day for a decade. “I wouldn’t wish this upon anybody up in Minnesota,” he says.
 
Asian carp should not be confused with common carp, their bottom-feeding cousins—ubiquitous in Midwestern lakes—which were spread around the ancient Roman Empire as portable protein for soldiers before arriving in the New World in the 19th century. Asian carp were brought over in the late 1970s, from China, to do a job no American fish would or could do: clean algae from commercial catfish ponds in Arkansas. Presumably, flooding allowed them to escape into the Mississippi River, and they’ve been instinctively heading upstream ever since. Fanning out via tributaries, they’ve moved into Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, and elsewhere. “There’s no reason to think,” one scientist told me, “that they won’t make it to Canada.”

Of the handful of Asian-carp species in the United States, silver carp (the jumpers) and bighead carp (their larger, more phlegmatic followers, which can grow to a hundred pounds) are the most worrisome. For wherever they go—and they go just about wherever they please—they act as though we’re the ones in their way. They knock boaters unconscious. They break anglers’ jaws. They knocked a kayaker out of a race last year in Iowa. Like many invasive species—what biologists call plants or animals that have spread into non-native habitats—they upset the natural balance. They have no real predators in America: They grow so big so fast that any sensible fish won’t tangle with them. And so they predominate, vacuuming up so much phytoplankton that there’s little left for other creatures. In one study, native fish living around Asian carp were far less fatty than usual, which may affect the wildlife that dine on these fish, and so on down the food chain. We tinkered with the natural order by importing the carp, and now, Thad Cook says, “It’s like Jurassic Park out there.”

The lawless nature of the invasion has inspired a similar, vigilante-like response. One band of Midwesterners, called the Carpbusters (they ain’t afraid of no fish), proclaims on their website that “we live in a broken world” and organizes posses of bow fishers near stricken waters to shoot as many carp as they can. Fishing with a bow and arrow has become kosher—and increasingly popular—in many states, including Minnesota, partly in response to the carp invasion. Skewering three or four silvers with one shot, like a fish kebab, is not uncommon. In the Cedar River running through downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, within sniffing distance of the Quaker Oats plant and just 250 miles from Minneapolis, an archer broke the state carp record in 2009 by shooting a bighead the size of a middle-schooler.

Near Havana, locals launched the Redneck Fishing Tournament a couple of years ago, partly for fun, partly for vengeance. The only rule: no poles. Instead, mullet-headed men in hockey masks go at the silvers with tennis rackets and baseball bats, swatting the buggers like a rival gang in a literal incarnation of Rumble Fish.

Recently, politicians have joined the scrum, organizing committees, sub-committees, and study groups to address the invasion. The Mafia itself never faced such an alphabet soup: There’s the ACRRT (Asian Carp Rapid Response Team), the ACRCC (Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee), various DNRs, and dozens of environmental organizations, all pulling the strings of the official Asian-carp dragnet.

Predictably, the strings sometimes get snarled. Last July, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, along with the attorneys general of Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, sued to close a Chicago-area shipping canal that seems to have allowed Asian carp to slip into Lake Michigan and endanger the Great Lakes’ $7 billion-a-year commercial fishing industry—despite electric barriers in the canal meant to keep the fish at bay. Among the defendants in the suit is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an ally in the fight against carp but also beholden to shipping interests.

Last August, President Barack Obama appointed an Asian-carp czar to bring order to the chaos and, in December, authorized $47 million for the fight against Asian carp—on top of the $78 million granted by Congress earlier last year. Much of it will fund ongoing studies of the problem. Closing the controversial shipping canal in Obama’s home base of Chicago does not appear to be on the czar’s agenda. “The more politicized things become,” complains one scientist, “the less that experts are asked for their thoughts.”

Through the tangled tentacles of bureaucracy, the carp swim on. In parts of the Mississippi, the Missouri, and the Illinois, they’ve doubled their numbers nearly every year since settling in. In some stretches, they now account for up to 90 percent of the biomass—everything, plant or animal, that’s alive in the water. They aren’t just in America’s greatest rivers, they are the rivers.

The farthest north that Asian carp have been reported in North America, albeit in small numbers, is Minnesota, specifically Lake Pepin, the scenic bulge in the Mississippi River where water skiing—not a recommended activity around Asian carp—was reputedly invented.

But some scientists told me the fish could easily be as far north as the Twin Cities. No one knows for certain, as there’s little if any routine fish monitoring in the Mississippi north of Red Wing. But that’s no reason to assume the fish aren’t there, says Steven Gutreuter, a research statistician with the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. “I would not be surprised,” he says, “if some Asian carp have already made it up to St. Anthony Falls”—swimming within sight of the Guthrie Theater.

That wouldn’t surprise Peter Sorensen either. The University of Minnesota scientist has studied carp of all kinds for about six years. “These are the only Asian carp legally in Minnesota,” he says wryly as we peer into giant, well-sealed tanks in a St. Paul building he’d prefer I not identify. Pranksters might release the carp into the wild, and “the last thing I need,” Sorensen says, “is to be known as the guy who ruined everything.”

The fish look almost innocent. They’re juveniles, no more than three inches long, used by Sorensen’s students for experiments with carp barriers and carp physiology. The mouth of an Asian carp is at the top of the head, the eyes at the bottom, the better to feed at the water’s surface. The fish look slightly out of whack, pathetic even, like they’d be bullied down at the local sandbar—like a minnow.

Which is technically what they are: the largest, most annoying members of the minnow family. Sorensen has come to admire carp, the way Holmes admired Moriarty. They learn to avoid nets. They thrive in polluted waters. They have terrific hearing, are strong swimmers, and are some of the most fecund animals on earth: Bighead females can produce more than a million eggs at a time. “They’re really impressive,” Sorensen says.

All the same, he’d prefer them dead. Asian carp are wired to spawn whenever the water rises around them—as during a flood—up to several times a year. Their populations tend to remain low after they invade new territory, until a few good, consecutive years of spawning. Then, as biologists put it, their numbers “pop” and you get something like the scenario in Havana. In the last couple of years, they’ve popped in Kansas City and on the Wabash River in central Indiana. A few good spawns in Minnesota, starting with protracted flooding this spring from all the snow in the Upper Midwest, and they could pop here any year now.

If left unchecked, Asian carp could fan out into any Minnesota river long and straight enough to suit their spawning. They could invade any lake with an outlet to such a river, including some of the best walleye fishing spots. They could permanently change the way we view our state—especially from an unprotected boat.

Sorensen doesn’t foresee us stopping them. Not because we couldn’t develop the tools (“It’s a fish, okay?” he says. “We put a man on the moon!”), but because we haven’t. And we’ve had more than 30 years to do so. Only now are Sorensen and other scientists across the country getting grants to experiment with gizmos like underwater barriers that would limit the carp’s spread, and they’re still years—and a lot more money—from implementation. “This is a four-alarm fire,” Sorensen says. “And we’ve got nothing to put it out with.” Instead, he bemoans, the state of Illinois is arguing against closing the Chicago shipping canal by vaguely suggesting that there might not be enough plankton in the Great Lakes to sustain the invading carp. “Might not?” Sorenson asks. “As a biologist, I don’t think that’s a satisfactory risk we should take.

“Think of it this way,” he says. “If your neighbor had cholera—if it was a human disease we were talking about—we wouldn’t be reacting like this. Invasive species are like a cancer on the environment. And, as we did with cancer, we need to be focused in attacking them. It would help if people looked at it that way.”

Minnesotans could be forgiven for still thinking of Asian carp as a “downriver” problem, like hurricanes, nutria rats, and voodoo. Compared to the carp’s invasion of Lake Michigan, its voyage into the upper reaches of the Mississippi River has been relatively unheralded.

For years, the fish were more or less contained by the dam crossing the Mississippi at Keokuk, Iowa, near the Missouri border. It’s a huge span, some 4,620 feet long; when it became operational, in 1913, it was second only in length to the Aswan Dam straddling the Nile in Egypt. More important, it’s tall—there’s a 38-foot difference between the pool above it and the river below—making it a formidable fish barrier. Even today, the Keokuk dam is considered the front line in the Asian-carp invasion of the Mississippi: Above it, the carp are numerous but not abundant; below it, they’re predominant, as inevitable as pigeons on a statue.

But enough carp have breached the fortress now to sustain the northward invasion, and, on a recent visit to the dam, I can see why. For one thing, there’s a lock. And although Asian carp are bothered by motor noise (thus all the jumping around boats), they’re capable of locking through when boats do. Also, there’s simply a lot of carp on the southern side of the dam.

“There’s shitloads of ’em,” a man fishing near the lock informs me. “This river is thick with ’em.” And since the carp are dead ringers for gizzard shad, a fish that anglers like this old-timer net from the river to use as catfish bait, it’s easy to accidentally net some juvenile Asian carp, throw them in a bait bucket, and never notice the difference. “I’ve seen guys fishing with ’em over there,” the old-timer tells me, pointing to the north side of the dam. When they’re done fishing, he says, they simply toss the bait fish in the water. And upstream go the carp.

Once beyond Keokuk, the carp can swim around or even over smaller dams during floods—the Corps of Engineers raises dam gates out of the water whenever the water levels above and below a dam equal out, as the dam isn’t serving any navigational purpose then (it’s said to be “out of control”), creating a clear passage. The record flooding of 2008 seems to have given the carp a big push; they’ve turned up in Iowa far west of the Mississippi, and in great numbers, like sand deposited by a wave.

If Minnesotans are largely unaware of the invasion happening right beneath their boats, it may be a result of how Asian-carp sightings are reported here. If a commercial fisherman working the river finds an Asian carp among his catch, he might or might not call the local DNR office, which might or might not care, depending on whether the fish was caught where they would expect to find it. The fisherman might or might not have kept the carp to show them. The DNR might or might not write a press release. The local newspaper might or might not publish it. In the last five years, only a handful of Asian-carp catches in Minnesota waters have made the news, giving the impression of isolated fish arrested like terrorists before they could do any harm.

To gauge how many Asian carp are actually here, I drive to Lake Pepin one fall afternoon, curious if there are already enough there to make an impression on the people living around them. I ask the employees working at the area’s largest marina, in Lake City, if they’ve seen any Asian carp. None of them say they have. Same with the men in shorts and deck shoes walking out to their sailboats. “If they were out there,” one guy says while wrenching apart the huge twin propellers of his speedboat, “I’d know it.”

But on my way out of town, I notice a handful of men standing beside a doublewide in a trailer park. They’re old-timers, greybeards—the kind of men who would notice something different in the water—and they’re cleaning fish. The oldest one is wearing a sweatshirt that just says “Fishing” on it. “Yep,” his buddy tells me. “Seen two.”

“Silver or bighead?”

“Silver. An’ uglier than heck. Jumped like crazy.”

Another guy points at the lake with the can of Natural Ice beer in his hand and says that a commercial fisherman, working the lake’s backwaters near Stockholm, Wisconsin, found a half-dozen Asian carp in his catch just that morning.

“They’re here,” he says. And as I walk away, he shouts, “Give ’em hell!”
 

Bringing the fight to unwanted fish is officially the job of the government. Invasive species take an estimated $100 billion bite out of the American economy every year, largely in crop and timber losses. So the government secures our natural borders against alien invasion, as it were, just as it patrols our national boundaries. Over the last hundred years, we’ve dumped chemicals in the water, released wasps to control beetles, released beetles to control plants, and even created sterile sea lampreys to lure virile ones to their doom—all in a delicate effort to manage nature without making it too, well, unnatural.

In Minnesota, such management is the work of the Department of Natural Resources—the DNR, which is headquartered on the east side of St. Paul in a glass-and-steel office building, nondescript except for the taxidermied deer in the entryway. In the building’s cafeteria, I meet with Jay Rendall, the state’s invasive-species prevention coordinator. He’s middle-aged, wearing a fleece vest of the sort you might bring on a hike, and has the methodical manner of one accustomed to forces beyond his control, like nature and politics.

“What’s an invasive species?” he asks rhetorically. “Anything that comes from somewhere else.” He reads from a list of Minnesota invaders: “Zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, faucet snails, spiny waterfleas, round gobies, earthworms….” It’s a long list.

Minnesota, Rendall points out, has the mixed blessing of being connected to the two biggest water systems in North America: the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, which bring ships to our shores from across the world—along with some undesirable hitchhikers. Rendall shows me a graph depicting the number of invasive species introduced into the Great Lakes in the last 150 years. There’s a huge spike after 1960 that never really goes back down: The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959. Minnesota is also believed to harbor more boats per capita than any other state—which would be fine if people didn’t drag them from lake to lake, spreading pests and, ironically, destroying the environment they bought the boats to enjoy.

The DNR couldn’t begin to subdue every alien species, Rendall says, so it prioritizes. Some species are relatively harmless. Others have become so ubiquitous, like pigeons, that the cost of eradication would be unreasonable. Right now, Rendall says, the DNR’s public enemy No. 1 is probably the zebra mussel, a fingernail-size native of Russia that, among other iniquities, clogs boat motors and starves out competing species.

Asian carp are a ways down the list. “They’re not in Minnesota yet—officially,” Rendall says. “We’re in the prevention, not management, stage for them.” And much of the prevention effort has been thwarted by a lack of cash.

“We thought at first that we’d get a barrier erected on the Mississippi down in Iowa,” Rendall says. “When the money for that didn’t come through, we thought we’d get one on the border.” That didn’t happen either. Nor did a barrier proposed for a spot even farther upriver. A barrier wouldn’t be that expensive: $4 million—about what Matt Entenza spent of his own money running for governor last year. The problem, Rendall says, is that anything built on the Mississippi River, a federal waterway, must involve the Corps of Engineers, which necessitates federal funding. Since a fish barrier would be a localized project, that essentially means earmark funding—suddenly the scourge of Congress.

“We’ve talked to the Congressional delegation I don’t know how many times,” Rendall says with a smile of exasperation. “Is helping Minnesota a federal priority? If that’s not what politicians and society want then I don’t know what else we can do.”

The DNR’s latest thought is to retrofit the decommissioned Coon Rapids Dam, north of Minneapolis, as a fish barrier. That, I point out, would mean conceding the Mississippi to carp all the way to the Twin Cities.

“Look,” Rendall says, his equanimity beginning to waver, “I wish we could do more.” He throws up his hands. “But I’ve got 10,000 people yelling at me to do something about zebra mussels.”

In the absence of law and order, vigilantes have always risen up: Doc Holliday, Bernie Goetz, the Carpbusters. And guys like Reggie McLeod, who just wants to eat the carp. McLeod lives in Winona and is the editor and publisher of Big River magazine, which covers life along the Mississippi. He’s observed the carp invasion from the beginning, and he thinks the problem isn’t the fish—it’s us.

McLeod is tall, graying, and as laidback as the river he’s reported on for decades. And every time he eats at a restaurant, he asks for carp. He hasn’t found a restaurant yet that serves it—not even Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp Café in La Crosse—but he asks anyway, just to make a point. “What, you took it off the menu?” he jokes. He thinks we should all be eating Asian carp, which are bony but mild-tasting, at least as good as whatever is in fish sticks. And then, because humans have a remarkable ability to eat other species to the point of extinction, problem solved.

But no one’s hungry for carp. For the past two years, Big River has sponsored a carp recipe contest, challenging restaurants to come up with dishes. No one has bit, even as the state of Illinois signed a deal last year to export nearly 30 million pounds of Asian carp to Chinese supermarkets.

“It mystifies me,” McLeod says. “Our tastes are so culturally prejudiced. Lobsters and shrimp—they’re basically bugs. Oysters are slugs with shells. Heck, the Flying Carp Café serves alligator—that’s a lizard. We eat bugs, slugs, and lizards, but not carp? I hold the chefs of the Midwest responsible for that.”

Could it really be that simple? I ask Peter Sorensen one day in his office if he thinks we can eat our way out of the carp invasion, and he says, “Of course. If we all wanted to eat carp, we wouldn’t be talking about them now.” But, he predicts, we’ll become accustomed to living with Asian carp before we ever decide to eat them, just as we’ve grown accustomed to common carp.

“Look at this,” Sorensen says and shows me a government flier sent out shortly after common carp were brought to America in the late 19th century. The government imported the carp from Europe to help immigrants feel more at home. It raised them, improbably, in the reflecting pool near the Washington Monument, then shipped them out in boxcars. In about 10 years, the immigrants wanted them gone, as the carp began to turn lakes turbid. As recently as the 1980s, the DNRs of many states spent a great deal of time netting carp. Then, with costs rising, they gave up.

The antique government flier implores citizens to round up the carp: Catch the Carp! Eat the carp! Smoke the carp!—much like anti-carp activists are pushing today. “It’s exactly the same thing—exactly!” Sorenson says. “History is repeating itself.”

But for now there’s a carp czar. And there’s $47 million in new money to wage war against the carp and labs across the country eager for the ammunition, including the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse. Within its bunker-like complex beside the Mississippi, dozens of scientists buzz about. In the basement are tanks where up to 15 species of fish are kept at any one time—the place can replicate any kind of water chemistry that exists in nature. One scientist is testing the DNA and RNA of Asian carp and similar rough fish, to see if poisons can be developed to specifically attack their unique physiologies. Others are studying whether chemicals used to manage fish have lingering effects on animals and people.

They are tinkering—because of a fish, but mostly because of us. Because we tinker with nature every day, managing it, fouling it, moving it around. And now we must keep tinkering, or nature—the nature we’d like to keep—will collapse. We’ve unleashed too many monsters.
“Have you heard of the snakehead?” one of the scientists asks me.

It’s a kind of fish, he says, but it looks like a python with fins. It can survive up to four days out of water. It can even portage, waddling for short distances across land. It came from China, eats anything it can wrap its teeth around, and has no known enemies in America. It’s on the East Coast now. But it’s coming.
 

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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Sunday, November 27, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m. SIGN UP FOR 11/27 Learn to make wine from varietal concentrates from all over the world. You can learn to make excellent wines at home for a fraction of the...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Midwest Supplies
Saint Louis Park , MN

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Julglädje- A kickoff to Making Traditions at the American Swedish institute Songs, stories and smiles are the hallmarks of Julglädje; the word translates as “Christmas joy,” and the entire...

Cost: $6

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

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

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

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

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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

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

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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

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

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

Cost: $34

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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This clinic will cover the basics of kegging; get your draft questions answered. Kiss bottling goodbye! Get 10% off used or new keg systems. Questions encouraged.

Cost: Free

Where:
1150 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105


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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

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

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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$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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Skyway Theatre Presents... Two Door Cinema Club Mixing electronic polish with guitar-driven hooks à la Phoenix and the Postal Service, Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland's Two Door...

Cost: $32.50

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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BadNraD will be performing at Bedlam Lowertown with Graveyard Club and Meinong's Jungle! If you’ve been paying attention this summer you know that BadNraD has been ‘Tryna Keep Cool’ with...

Cost: $7

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 4th St E
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Contact Name: Christian

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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

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

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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

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

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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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

Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

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


Website »

More information

As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
Website »

More information

Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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The Health Law Institute is pleased to present “Hot Topics in Food Labeling and Safety” featuring two panels of inside and outside counsel experienced in food law, as well as others from the...

Cost: $0-$75

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Auditorium
875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Telephone: 651-695-7675
Contact Name: Kari McMartin
Website »

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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
Website »

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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live, interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and Stillwater, MN. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious...

Cost: 60

Where:
The Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis
Telephone: 888-643-2583
Contact Name: Tom
Website »

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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 952-853-6000
Website »

More information

This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Grades 6-12 Theatre arts education integrates life and learning through experience. Comprehensive classes are led by professional teaching artists to enhance creative expression while developing...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

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Grades K-5 Theatre arts education integrates life and learning through experience. Comprehensive classes are led by professional teaching artists to enhance creative expression while developing...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
View map »


Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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

Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

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


Website »

More information

As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
Website »

More information

Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$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
Website »

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

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by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jack Reuler Luminous new play ORANGE marks Aditi Brennan Kapil’s seventh World Premiere at Mixed Blood. November 11 - December 4, 2016 at Mixed Blood...

Cost: $0-$25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »


Telephone: 612-338-6131
Website »

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET . Set on  December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins...

Cost: $29

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

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

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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

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

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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

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

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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

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

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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

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

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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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“Raise a Glass – A Toast to PACER,” a fun evening that supports PACER’s projects, will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Surly Brewing Co., 520 Malcolm Ave. S.E., Minneapolis....

Cost: $20 or $35, or $15 for non-drinkers

Where:
Surly Brewing
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: PACER Center
Telephone: 952-838-9000
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Students will be immersed in authentic Swedish baking while learning several baking tips for perfecting their baking at home. Eva will share several of her favorite sweets to make around the...

Cost: $60-65

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$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 Jaztronauts, the group with the strong vocal harmonies, solid jazz chops and cool vintage suits are returning to the stage where it all began! Named the 2001-2002 Acoustic Jazz Artist of the...

Cost: $5

Where:
Lee's Liquor Lounge
101 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jack Reuler Luminous new play ORANGE marks Aditi Brennan Kapil’s seventh World Premiere at Mixed Blood. November 11 - December 4, 2016 at Mixed Blood...

Cost: $0-$25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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ART+BUSINESS=INNOVATION Thursday December 1, 2016 at Rochester Art Center 7:30-9:00 AM Program 8 AM A Series Presented by Rochester Art Center in partnership with Larkin Hoffman and Limb Lab to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

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

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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

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

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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

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

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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
Website »

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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar is the perfect place for holiday shoppers to find gifts for everyone on their list. The Saint Paul tradition hosts more than 70 artisans, each offering...

Cost: $5

Where:
Landmark Center
75 5th St W
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Landmark Center
Telephone: 651.292.7632
Contact Name: Krissy Schoenfelder
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand December 1-4 to meet award-winning jewelry designer Suzy Landa who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her extensive everyday gemstone,...

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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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

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


Website »

More information

The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

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

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What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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Shoppers are invited to capture fetching photo moments with your faithful companions during Northtown Mall’s Pet Photos with Santa in the Burlington Court. A portion of the proceeds from each pet...

Cost: Photo package prices vary

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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Join us for Ladies Night Out at Belle Junque on December 1 from 5:30-8pm. We are honored to be hosting Jin Kim, a renowned violinist who specialized in baroque music. She will be performing as you...

Cost: $0

Where:
Belle Junque
474 Cleveland Avenue South
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Belle Junque
Telephone: 612-670-7645
Contact Name: Rachelle Roeckeman
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Join Cedar + Stone Urban Table's Executive Chef Everton Clarke and Sous Chef Laura Bartholomew, along with Chef Tammy Wong of Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar, Chef Jamie Malone of Brut, and...

Cost: $120-150

Where:
JW Marriott, Mall of America
2141 Lindau Lane
Bloomington, MN  55425
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We will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” on Thursday, December 1st at the Roseville Skating Center Banquet Facility and would love to have you join us. The Grateful Table restaurant in Roseville is...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Roseville Skating Center
2661 Civic Center Drive
Roseville, MN  55113
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Sponsor: Friends of Roseville Parks
Telephone: (651) 484-8980
Contact Name: Leslie Norsted
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The world of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" comes to life in this special holiday program. With the Ramsey House as the setting, discover how Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March celebrated Christmas in...

Cost: $13 adults, $11 senior and college students, $9 ages 5-17

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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We will be “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” on Thursday, December 1st at the Roseville Skating Center Banquet Facility and would love to have you join us. The Grateful Table restaurant in Roseville is...

Cost: $60.00

Where:
Roseville Skating Center
2661 Civic Center Drive
Roseville, MN  55113
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Sponsor: Friends of Roseville Parks
Telephone: (651) 484-8980
Contact Name: Leslie Norsted
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SHELTERBELT STUDIO 3RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND BAZAAR * Thursday, December 1st and Friday, December 2nd * 6 PM - 10 PM * Free admission * Driving directions available by googling Shelterbelt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Shelterbelt Studio
1101 Stinson Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN   55413
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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
Website »

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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

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


Website »

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Best of the Twin Cities Join us in toasting the Twin Cities at an evening of celebration and culinary delights! When: Thursday, December 1 7-10 p.m. Where: Machine Shop (Map)...

Cost: 60

Where:
Machine Shop
300 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Minnesota Monthly
Telephone: 612-371-5853
Contact Name: Sara Soli
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Art After Hours  Visit Rochester Art Center during Art After Hours and enjoy RACtalk lecture series, Open Mic nights, adult classes and workshops, professional artist development series and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

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

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

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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113 Composers Collective presents a concert of new works for percussionists Bill Solomon and Mike Truesdell.

Cost: $15 / $5 students / children free

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101


Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$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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Royal Comedy Showcase Host: Bryan Miller renounced all seriousness and quit his job as a newspaper editor to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and try standup comedy in 2008. In his first year he was...

Cost: $10-$15

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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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jack Reuler Luminous new play ORANGE marks Aditi Brennan Kapil’s seventh World Premiere at Mixed Blood. November 11 - December 4, 2016 at Mixed Blood...

Cost: $0-$25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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iPads and tablets provide a wealth of possibilities for people with varying needs, including those with autism. Learn about and have an opportunity to try many apps that make a difference for youth...

Cost: $55-95

Where:
Royal Cliff Banquet and Conference Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Autism Society of Minnesota
Telephone: 651-647-1083
Contact Name: Kelly Knack
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand December 1-4 to meet award-winning jewelry designer Suzy Landa who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her extensive everyday gemstone,...

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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Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar is the perfect place for holiday shoppers to find gifts for everyone on their list. The Saint Paul tradition hosts more than 70 artisans, each offering...

Cost: $5

Where:
Landmark Center
75 5th St W
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Landmark Center
Telephone: 651.292.7632
Contact Name: Krissy Schoenfelder
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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More than 40 visual artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 14th annual GSR Fine Art Festival.  Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Verizon Wireless Center Ballroom
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN  56001
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Sponsor: GSR Fine Art Festival
Telephone: 507-934-5655
Contact Name: Patty Conlin
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Don't miss our Hello Kittty Pop Up Shop! Everything is priced between $1 and $10! Just in time for the holidays! Hoodies, stuffed animals, sunglasses and more!   See more on Facebook...

Cost: 0

Where:
VStar Entertainment Group warehouse
504 Malcolm Ave. SE
Dock 10
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: VStar Entertainment Group
Contact Name: Chris
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What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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SHELTERBELT STUDIO 3RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND BAZAAR * Thursday, December 1st and Friday, December 2nd * 6 PM - 10 PM * Free admission * Driving directions available by googling Shelterbelt...

Cost: Free

Where:
Shelterbelt Studio
1101 Stinson Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN   55413
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Light Up the Night is Hennepin Health Foundation's annual gala benefiting the mission of HCMC. This year, a special moment will focus on our Comprehensive Cancer Center to raise support for a new...

Cost: $300 a ticket, $3,000 table for ten. Save $50 a ticket before Oct. 1

Where:
U.S. Bank Stadium
Delta Sky360 Club and Stadium Field
511 11th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Hennepin Health Foundation
Telephone: 612-873-6090
Contact Name: Amy Carlson
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The world of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" comes to life in this special holiday program. With the Ramsey House as the setting, discover how Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March celebrated Christmas in...

Cost: $13 adults, $11 senior and college students, $9 ages 5-17

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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Holiday on 44th brings a winter community-building celebration to the Camden neighborhood in North Minneapolis. The event promotes a positive image of our neighborhoods, fosters understanding...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis
Penn Ave N and 44th Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55412
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Telephone: 612-599-9845
Contact Name: Tammy Rose
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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake , MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Join us for "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by The Civic's Artistic Director, Greg Miller, Dec 2 - 18, 2016. A holiday classic for all. Gather for this beloved...

Cost: Adult $31; Senior $26; Student $21

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Box Office
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$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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Nashville recording artist Mark Smeby will be performing songs from his new Christmas album "Hope for the Holidays" at Solomon's Porch this Friday, December 2nd at 7:30pm. Mark has appeared on the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Solomon's Porch
100 W 46th St
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Solomon's Porch
Telephone: 218-296-1175
Contact Name: Ryan
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Percussionist Patti Cudd celebrates the CD release of a collection of percussion and electronic pieces she commissioned and recorded over the past five years, including works by Cort Lippe, Brett...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Australian native Iggy Azalea has been making waves on the hip-hop scene since 2011, with the release of her first full-length mix-tape project “Ignorant Art.” In 2014, she released her debut...

Cost: $49, $65 & $79

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Royal Comedy Showcase Host: Bryan Miller renounced all seriousness and quit his job as a newspaper editor to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and try standup comedy in 2008. In his first year he was...

Cost: $10-$15

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 the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

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

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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
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by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Jack Reuler Luminous new play ORANGE marks Aditi Brennan Kapil’s seventh World Premiere at Mixed Blood. November 11 - December 4, 2016 at Mixed Blood...

Cost: $0-$25

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-338-6131
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Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Don't miss our Hello Kittty Pop Up Shop! Everything is priced between $1 and $10! Just in time for the holidays! Hoodies, stuffed animals, sunglasses and more!   See more on Facebook...

Cost: 0

Where:
VStar Entertainment Group warehouse
504 Malcolm Ave. SE
Dock 10
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: VStar Entertainment Group
Contact Name: Chris
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue will host its Grand Meander on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  A beloved tradition, Grand Meander captures the charm of historic Grand Avenue and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Avenue
, MN

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  Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue will host its Grand Meander on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  A beloved tradition, Grand Meander captures the charm of historic Grand Avenue and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Grand Avenue
, MN

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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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About the Clinic:  This Saturday, December 3, girls in grades 4 through 12 will have fun learning the basics of playing the wooden box drum, called the cajon, in a special girls-only clinic.  No...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Drum Loft
601 Taft Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: The Drum Loft
Telephone: 763-229-7155
Contact Name: Pat
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The 13th annual Holiday Craft Fair will be December 3-4, 2016, at Roseville City Hall. Spread out over two levels, more than 60 local crafters and artists will be selling their all-handmade wares....

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Roseville City Hall
2660 Civic Center Drive
Roseville, MN  55113
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Telephone: 651-792-7006
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ART AT RAMSEY is a juried holiday art fair of quality fine crafts and fine art.  This event is sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle, a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramsey Middle School
1700 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-238-9187
Contact Name: Tracy McMan
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LEARN THE #1 STRATEGY TO THRIVE MENTALLY & EMOTIONALLY DURING THE HOLIDAY'STips and tricks about "Surviving The Holidays" have been around for a while. We want to move past the concepts and take a...

Cost: $20

Where:
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 612-930-2662
Contact Name: Jeremiah Rangel
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Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar is the perfect place for holiday shoppers to find gifts for everyone on their list. The Saint Paul tradition hosts more than 70 artisans, each offering...

Cost: $5

Where:
Landmark Center
75 5th St W
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Landmark Center
Telephone: 651.292.7632
Contact Name: Krissy Schoenfelder
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand December 1-4 to meet award-winning jewelry designer Suzy Landa who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her extensive everyday gemstone,...

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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More than 40 visual artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 14th annual GSR Fine Art Festival.  Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Verizon Wireless Center Ballroom
1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN  56001
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Sponsor: GSR Fine Art Festival
Telephone: 507-934-5655
Contact Name: Patty Conlin
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Shop for all the geeks on your holiday list. There will be everything from jewelry to dragons, comics to action figures, shirts to books. Some authors and artists will be in attendance so come...

Cost: Free

Where:
Doubletree Hotel South
7800 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55439
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Sponsor: Mohr Creations
Telephone: 612-251-0153
Contact Name: Jules Mohr
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Julmarknad, ASI’s Christmas Market, is the largest holiday weekend at the historic Turnblad Mansion!  This magical festival features performances by Nordic music and dance groups, exceptional...

Cost: $12

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Join St. Paul’s United Church of Christ as we celebrate the season with our community. We are a proud Saint Paul Grand Meander event! • Shop handcrafted jewelry, pottery, food items and more...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Paul's UCC
900 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: St. Paul's UCC
Telephone: 651-224-5809
Contact Name: Eric Nelson
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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Our Local Holiday Gift Market has something for everyone. Come do your local holiday shopping that supports Minnesota and Wisconsin artists and producers, bring the kids out for some holiday...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Wedge Table
2412 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Telephone: 623-465-8850
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Come grab some lunch and listen to some sweet tunes!  Good Morning Bedlam is a quartet from Minneapolis, MN. Although they are classified as a folk band, Good Morning Bedlam’s music is...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Icehouse Restaurant & Bar
2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Contact Name: Christian

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American Craft Council | Holiday Craft Sale and Open House What | Eighteen local artists and artisans will be showcasing their handmade creations for a Holiday Craft Sale and Open House at American...

Cost: FREE

Where:
American Craft Council Library
1224 Marshall Street NE
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: American Craft Council
Telephone: 612-206-3100
Contact Name: Pamela Diamond

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The Holiday Sampler is a fun, festive sampling and gift fair showcasing Mississippi Market's gift selection and delicious cheeses, meats, and chocolate.  At the Holiday Sampler, shoppers will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mississippi Market
740 East 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55106
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Telephone: 651-310-9499
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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  Julia Moss Designs is hosting a pop-up Saturday, December 3 from noon-5pm. This home decor retail store transforms into an art gallery as it features a dozen framed pieces of Barbie-inspired...

Cost: Free

Where:
Julia Moss Designs
2508 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Julia Moss Designs
Telephone: 612.361.7050
Contact Name: Julia Moss
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

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

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Traditional Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and MSSPA Choirs.​

Cost: Free

Where:
Eden Prairie Center
8251 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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AN ENCHANTING HOLIDAY MUSICAL FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY A funny, heart-warming tale about a troupe of elves who help restore a poor cobbler to prosperity by making a pair of the most fantastic and...

Cost: $18

Where:
The Assembly at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
407 West 15th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Sidekick Theatre
Telephone: 612-440-7529
Contact Name: Tim Stolz
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for kids ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and under.

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Water Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
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The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill...

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17

Where:
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Houes
Telephone: 651-297-2555
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Fred Anderson – New Work.  Minnesota native, Anderson has been represented by Groveland Gallery since 1993. For nearly thirty years...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Shorelines, an exhibition of new paintings by Kit Wilson, opens December 3rd at Groveland Gallery. A Minneapolis native and full-time artist, Wilson has exhibited her work at Groveland since 2002...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas (A Special Holiday Event) A rowdy fun holiday treat! DECEMBER 3-17, 2016 What do you get when you mix Sex and the City with the holidays? You get a fun, flirty,...

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Box Office
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Shorelines, an exhibition of new paintings by Kit Wilson, opens December 3rd at Groveland Gallery. A Minneapolis native and full-time artist, Wilson has exhibited her work at Groveland since 2002...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Shorelines, an exhibition of new paintings by Kit Wilson, opens December 3rd at Groveland Gallery. A Minneapolis native and full-time artist, Wilson has exhibited her work at Groveland since 2002...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

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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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake , MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Jazz at Studio Z presents Javi Santiago Trio playing the music of jazz pianist/composer Ahmad Jamal. 

Cost: $15/$10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Join us for "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by The Civic's Artistic Director, Greg Miller, Dec 2 - 18, 2016. A holiday classic for all. Gather for this beloved...

Cost: Adult $31; Senior $26; Student $21

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Box Office
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$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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Come hang out with Arin and Danny for a live episode of Game Grumps!! The two will be playing games, making jokes and having a blast in front of a live audience; ending the night with a super...

Cost: $25-$70

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church St SE
Carlson Family Stage
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Jaztronauts, the group with the strong vocal harmonies, solid jazz chops and cool vintage suits are helping you swing into the  holiday season!  Buckle up as these four wise men take you for...

Cost: $9 or $12

Where:
301 on Main
301 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona, United States in 1993. They are associated with an array of genres including emo, alternative rock, indie rock and pop punk. Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins and...

Cost: $30.00

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

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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Royal Comedy Showcase Host: Bryan Miller renounced all seriousness and quit his job as a newspaper editor to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and try standup comedy in 2008. In his first year he was...

Cost: $10-$15

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 the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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