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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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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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Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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The annual Christmas Tour features four privately owned homes and the historic Octagon House, all decorated in their Christmas finery.Tickets will go on sale in October 2017.

Cost: 23-35

Where:
Hudson
, WI


Sponsor: Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce
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Amy and Dave Freeman will be signing copies of their book, A Year in the Wilderness. Profits from books sold that day will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.

Cost: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
General Store of Minnetonka
14401 MN-7
Minnetonka , MN  55345
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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

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Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
Website »

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Theatre Coup d’Etat presents Moby Dick, an original adaptation Performing November 3 - 20, 7:30pm at Fallout Arts Initiative Co-op Studio 3 in Minneapolis (see the trailer here). Tickets...

Cost: $18-$40

Where:
Fallout Urban Arts Initiative, Studio 3
2601 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Theatre Coup d'Etat
Telephone: 1-800-838-3006
Contact Name: James Napoleon Stone
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Raw Sugar and Theatre Corrobora present a two play event exploring the personal, real life stories of three local female artists. The narratives are connected by a common thread: What does it mean...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: The Southern Theater
Contact Name: Hailey Colwell
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Late Nights Minneapolis is Minneapolis’ only, fully-staged late-night style talk show and comedy experience. Each month will feature local guests, live music, and original never before seen...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Late Nights Minneapolis
Contact Name: Lauren Schwein
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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
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Bittercube and Can Can Wonderland present Cocktail Variety Show! Join us for our first ever Vaudeville Cocktail Theater Performance! We will be combining Can Can's Variety Show with five...

Cost: 25

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

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

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

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Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

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

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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Amy and Dave Freeman will be signing copies of their book, A Year in the Wilderness. Profits from books sold that day will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.

Cost: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
General Store of Minnetonka
14401 MN-7
Minnetonka , MN  55345
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Since Inauguration Day in January 2017, PEN America has recorded more than one hundred specific threats to press freedom—from journalist arrests to violence against members of the press to the...

Cost: FREE BUT REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED.

Where:
Open Book, Target Performance Hall, 2nd Floor
1011 South Washington Avenue
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
Telephone: (612) 332-3192
Contact Name: Milkweed Editions
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Treat that special someone (or anyone really!) to a delicious night out in Downtown Minneapolis. Each Monday night (6pm - 9pm), Day Block Brewing hosts Date Night- a happy hour special where $35...

Cost: $35

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Amy and Dave Freeman will be signing copies of their book, A Year in the Wilderness. Profits from books sold that day will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.

Cost: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
General Store of Minnetonka
14401 MN-7
Minnetonka , MN  55345
View map »

More information

Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

More information

Theatre Coup d’Etat presents Moby Dick, an original adaptation Performing November 3 - 20, 7:30pm at Fallout Arts Initiative Co-op Studio 3 in Minneapolis (see the trailer here). Tickets...

Cost: $18-$40

Where:
Fallout Urban Arts Initiative, Studio 3
2601 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Coup d'Etat
Telephone: 1-800-838-3006
Contact Name: James Napoleon Stone
Website »

More information

Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
View map »


Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Tuesday, November 21st // 4pm – 8pm // Mercado Calling all canines! Beg your owners to come to Mercado for their Yappy Hour event! + Treats for dogs + Food and Drink specials for humans + Lots...

Cost: 0

Where:
Mercado by Earl Giles
2904 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Mercado by Earl Giles
Contact Name: Jodie
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This is a 2-part class (participants must attend both weeks to complete their books), taking place on Tuesday, 11/21, and Tuesday, 11/28, 6-8PM on both nights. Tickets available...

Cost: $56

Where:
Junket: Tossed & Found
4049 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Website »

More information

Amy and Dave Freeman will be signing copies of their book, A Year in the Wilderness. Profits from books sold that day will go toward the Save the Boundary Waters campaign.

Cost: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Where:
General Store of Minnetonka
14401 MN-7
Minnetonka , MN  55345
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55415
View map »


Website »

More information

Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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

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

Cost: $7

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

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Lonny Kocina, CEO of Media Relations Agency and author of  “The CEO’s Guide to Marketing” (available at www.Amazon.com). Kocina is a visionary who is passionate about marketing. He believes...

Cost: Free to the public

Where:
Edinburgh Golf Course
8700 Edinbrook Crossing
Brooklyn Park, MN  55443
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Sponsor: Brooklyn Park Rotary Club
Telephone: 952-697-5261
Contact Name: Abby Sell
Website »

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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Returning for another round in Nerdy November, Secrets of Glensheen is back! Glensheen Collections Manager, Milissa Brooks Ojibway, will showcase various artifacts not usually seen by the public...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
View map »


Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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 »

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In this inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog and sets...

Cost: Free, or $25 guaranteed donation

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Mixed Blood Theatre
Telephone: 612-338-6131
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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

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We are celebrating the life of Michael Jackson! If you are a fan of the King of Pop Michael Jackson or his childhood era of music with the Jackson 5. This event is for you. We are going to...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Chanhassen - are you ready to run? Join us for the Turkey Trot 5K starting at Chanhassen High School. Each participant gets a comfy fleece pullover and is greeted at the finish line with warm,...

Cost: $30-60

Where:
Chanhassen High School
2200 Lyman Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN  55317
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: All Community Events
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

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

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Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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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...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Experience a gourmet all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving cornucopia of Thanksgiving favorites and standout dishes prepared by the award-winning chefs at Mystic Lake Thursday, November 23 from 11 am to 3...

Cost: $49.95

Where:
Mystic Lake
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »

More information

Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

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

More information

We are celebrating the life of Michael Jackson! If you are a fan of the King of Pop Michael Jackson or his childhood era of music with the Jackson 5. This event is for you. We are going to...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7

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

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Join us Friday, November 24th from 8AM - 5PM, and Saturday, November 25th from 9AM - 2PM, for 50-80% off retail pricing on our high-quality apparel and outerwear! FREE and open to the public. No...

Cost: 0

Where:
Storm Creek Warehouse Hastings
624 Spiral Blvd
Hastings, MN  55033
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Sponsor: Storm Creek
Telephone: 651-480-3000
Contact Name: Derek Walters
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November is here, and before we know it we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends and staying up late or waking up early to shop the best Black Friday deals. After hours of...

Cost: None

Where:
Red Cow North Loop
208 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

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Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612.377.7800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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...

Cost: $5

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

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Join in the festivities at Fort Alexandria on Friday November 24. This free event celebrates history and the holiday season and is open to all. There will be Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Lighting of...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Runestone Museum
206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Telephone: 320-763-3160
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Join tap dance instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for FREE group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
Website »

More information

Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
View map »


Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

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Everyone is encouraged to come and see the quirky small town Scandinavian heritage holiday parade, with a tree-lighting ceremony, caroling and fireworks over the harbor to follow.  The parade will...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Grand Marais and Lutsen
Grand Marais and Lutsen , MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Katie Krantz

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Improv comedy inspired by local music.Every month, a different local musician performs their original music. Having listened closely, the comedians from local improv group The Local Music...

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at door

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
, MN


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Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »

More information

In this inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog and sets...

Cost: Free, or $25 guaranteed admission

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


Sponsor: Mixed Blood Theatre
Telephone: 612-338-6131
Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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 »

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Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
Website »

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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
Website »

More information

Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Karaoke is something Can Can was built to do well, and the cast of characters who have already crossed our stage is a testament to this. If you like Karaoke, and live within a 100 miles of St....

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $7

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

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Cost: $30-60

Where:
Kingston Park
9195 75th St S
Cottage Grove, MN  55016
View map »


Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: All Community Events
Website »

More information

Join us Friday, November 24th from 8AM - 5PM, and Saturday, November 25th from 9AM - 2PM, for 50-80% off retail pricing on our high-quality apparel and outerwear! FREE and open to the public. No...

Cost: 0

Where:
Storm Creek Warehouse Hastings
624 Spiral Blvd
Hastings, MN  55033
View map »


Sponsor: Storm Creek
Telephone: 651-480-3000
Contact Name: Derek Walters
Website »

More information

Join The Middle Sister, Urban Moon Shop, Belle Junque, and Mama's Happy for our Small Business Saturday Holiday Vintage Crawl! Pick up your passport at any of the stores. Visit all four shops (two...

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
Website »

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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

Device Pitstop is encouraging residents to visit their five store locations during the entire month of November to donate their used cell phones, laptops or tablets. All donations will be given to...

Cost: Any donations accepted

Where:
Device Pitstop - Multiple Locations
13732 83rd Way N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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...

Cost: $5

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

More information

Artists at the DAI ceramics studio are an eclectic bunch that range from college students to artists in their 70s. This is an opportunity to shop local, support area artisans and find unique...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Linconl Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
Website »

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Join Wanderlust Vintage Market on Small Business Saturday for the anti-Black-Friday, anti-big-box-store, alternative shopping experience. Celebrate your local community and the shops and artists...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wanderlust Vintage Market
349 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Wanderlust Vintage Market
Telephone: 612-466-0785
Contact Name: Lindsay Jones
Website »

More information

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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November 25 @ 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.   Light up Lutsen will feature Special holiday offerings and Murray the Moose sightings through-out the day Photos with Santa at Lockport Store 1-3 pm Pour at 4...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Downtown Lutsen
Hwy 61
Lutsen, MN  55612
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Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Katie Krantz
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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the CityPages Best Bookstore of 2017! Join Milkweed Books for a full day of literary festivities, including an evening reading with Alex Lemon presenting...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Telephone: (612) 332-3192
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45+ Visual Artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 15th annual GSR Fine Art Festival.  Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, glass,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Verizon Center
1 Civic Center Place
Mankato, MN  56001
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Sponsor: GSR Fine Art Festival
Telephone: 507-351-5008
Contact Name: Tom Bliese
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November 25th from 11 AM – 5 PM Interact will be having annual Great Big Holiday Sale on Small Business Saturday! Original works from all 50+ visual artists in the studio will be on sale for...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Interact Center
1860 West Minnehaha Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Graham is known for his intimate, postcard-sized paintings which depict everyday events and ordinary places with charm and humor. These miniature paintings, created with model train enamel, are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
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Rod Massey is a part of a group of contemporary Midwestern artists dedicated to continuing and re-examining the tradition of American Realist scene painting. Massey’s subject matter has changed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612.377.7800
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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

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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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...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Join Jasmine and Mu's amazing musical theater artists as they recount A Christmas Carol with a little Asian flare and Jasmine sparkle! We're looking forward to a festive evening full of...

Cost: $35

Where:
North Garden Theater
929 7th St West
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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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: $15.00

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Milkweed Books caps off Small Business Saturday with a reading from Alex Lemon, author of Feverland, which the Star Tribune called "moving, unpredictable and sometimes digressive—in that,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Open Book
Target Performance Hall, 2nd Floor
1011 Washington Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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Milkweed Books caps off Small Business Saturday with a reading from Alex Lemon, author of Feverland, which the Star Tribune called "moving, unpredictable and sometimes digressive—in that,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Open Book
Target Performance Hall, 2nd Floor
1011 Washington Avenue S
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Join Jasmine and Mu's amazing musical theater artists as they recount A Christmas Carol with a little Asian flare and Jasmine sparkle! We're looking forward to a festive evening full of...

Cost: $35

Where:
North Garden Theater
929 7th St West
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Evil kings, wise fools, starving villagers, and fortune-telling outcasts… Interact Theater’s 40+ actors with and without disabilities brew this wild harvest into the Medieval Feast of Fools....

Cost: $22.00

Where:
The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze will celebrate the season with matinee and evening performances in the Mystic Showroom November 25 through December 3.   In its 10th season, the critically-acclaimed...

Cost: $20, $25 and $35 for tickets

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Mirroring the grotesque creature of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, scenes of gothic horror are cobbled together with Green T’s signature physical style.  An eerie parade of misshapen...

Cost: $12-22

Where:
The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Green T Productions
Telephone: 715-246-3285
Contact Name: Kathy Welch
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
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In this inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, Christopher Boone, a young man on the autism spectrum, sets out to investigate the bizarre death of a neighbor’s dog and sets...

Cost: Free, or $25 guaranteed admission

Where:
Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Mixed Blood Theatre
Telephone: 612-338-6131
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In its 10th season, the critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical and family show all in one. It’s filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20...

Cost: $20, $25 & $30

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez Co-presented by Tlalnepantla Arts and Intermedia Arts Festival de las Calaveras Arts Exhibition: Day of the Dead is a multimedia, multidisciplinary arts...

Cost: $7

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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