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Foshay Deck View

Among the benefits of living on the prairie is that you don’t have to climb very high to see where you stand in the world. All you need is the 400-foot perch of the reopened 31st-floor observation deck at the W Minneapolis–The Foshay. It’s one of only six open-air viewing decks in the country. And with its vintage telescopes you can glimpse what the politician who dedicated the tower in 1929 dubbed “the new Canaan”: Minnetonka, St. Paul, and beyond. Of course, you can also see into the buildings right around you (are they necking in that office?). But you aren’t here to spy (are you?). You’re here to be inspired. Grab a martini from the bar below and wander into the wind, to see where you are and where you want to go.

821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis
Deck open daily, noon to 9 p.m., $8.


Package Delivery

How does your severance stack up?  

BY SARA GLASSMAN

With staff reductions announced seemingly every day, the severance package has become the new bonus: Everybody’s getting one! Indeed, though such payouts were once reserved for a company’s most senior employees, that’s no longer the case. “It has become far more common now because companies understand the importance of maintaining a positive image,” says Jane Salmen of Blueprint, a firm that helps companies manage layoffs. How do the severance packages from the biggest names in local biz compare? Take a look: 

  BEST BUY 3M TARGET AMERIPRISE
Market Condition The electronics retailer saw a 77 percent decline
in third-quarter profits.
The Maplewood-based behemoth reported an 11.7 decline in fourth-quarter  sales versus the
previous year.
The retailer’s profits were down 41 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.  The financial services
company reported a net loss of $369 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. 
Workforce Reduction 500 from buyouts,
250 from layoffs
2,400 layoffs
worldwide
600 layoffs  300 layoffs
Severance Non-management buyout recipients were given an average
of 7.5 months’ pay in severance. Senior management received up to three years’ worth.
 
One week of pay for each year of employment, for the first 10 years of service; 1.5 weeks for each year beyond 10 years  Laid-off employees received at least nine weeks of full pay; additional severance awarded based on years of service.  All laid-off employees received severance, but amount was dependent on years of service
Health Insurance One year of continued coverage  Six months subsidized COBRA  One year of continued coverage; eligible for an additional 12 months of COBRA. Length of coverage based on years of service 
Outplacement $4,000 in services to help find a new job  An outside firm provides job-placement assistance Assistance with job search, resumé, and interview prep  An outside firm provides job-placement assistance 
Extras One year of life insurance; 210 new jobs, for which former employees can apply All laid-off employees have the opportunity to apply for open positions within the company   Employee assistance program offers counseling, childcare referrals, and support Access to Lifeworks, a 24-hour phone line providing counseling services  

 


Life Down Under

A new book reveals the underbelly of the Twin Cities

Chances are, if you ask someone to name a contemporary Minnesota explorer, they won’t mention Greg Brick. But over the past two decades, as the 46-year-old St. Paul native recounts in his new book, Subterranean Twin Cities, Brick has embarked on some of the most harrowing expeditions imaginable—all within the city limits of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Or, to be precise, below city limits.

Entering through manholes, storm drains and natural openings, Brick has squeezed himself into the Twin Cities’ most out-of-the way spots: a cave below a mill ruin on the Mississippi, a buried stream that runs beneath north Minneapolis, a vast utility tunnel maze under downtown St. Paul.

To satisfy his curiosity about all things subterranean, Brick has even ventured into the sewers. He spent much of one long, lonely summer thigh-high in the gross stuff, as he investigated the Fort Road Labyrinth, a 30-mile network of hand-carved sewers below St. Paul, accompanied only by “the whiskered gauntlet”—Brick’s droll name for the plentiful sewer rats.

Brick is aware of the “ick factor” inherent in his pursuit, sometimes playing it for laughs in his book. But unlike many of his fellow urban explorers, Brick, a PhD candidate in geology, is also a serious researcher with literary ambitions. “I loved Walden,” he says. “I always thought it would be great if I could write a subterranean Walden.”

—Mike Mosedale
 


How to be a Better Minnesotan

Catching a Walleye

This month marks the start of walleye season, which seems like a good time to learn a little something about landing Minnesota’s most sought-after beast (or at least how to talk about it). The first thing to know is where to fish. About 80 percent of all walleye caught in Minnesota come from 250 of our 11,842 lakes, and a sizeable chunk of that harvest is from just six bodies of water: Mille Lacs, Leech Lake, Lake of the Woods, Winnibigoshish, Vermilion, and Rainy Lake. This time of year, the key to hooking our state fish once you hit the lake, says Bob Carlson, owner and operator of Mille Lacs Lake Guide Service, is to head for shallow, warmer water—and to use a Lindy Rig with live bait, specifically leeches. Carlson should know. He’s been fishing Mille Lacs for 45 years, though he’s kindly left plenty of walleye for you.

—EMILY STICKLER
 


Photo by Aaron Day

Masters of Puppets

After 35 years, the May Day Parade has become the unlikeliest of things: a tradition

BY TIM GIHRING

AMONG THE PROUD CIVIC traditions of Minneapolis—the Aquatennial, Sommerfest—only one has featured ants on stilts, a disrobing Uncle Sam, and semi-naked people draped in kale. And yet this cavalcade of social commentary known as the Minneapolis May Day Parade and Festival has somehow become one of the city’s most prominent events. This year, on its 35th anniversary, the parade is expected to draw some 35,000 people to Powderhorn Park, including Mayor R.T. Rybak.

It began innocently enough: a Vietnam War protest as envisioned by progressive puppeteers, who deemed the arrival of spring a fine occasion to invite a divided citizenry into the park for a little mingling and Maypole-dancing. But the war ended two weeks before the date, so a general celebration of life was held instead, featuring about 200 people, three puppets, and two accordions. Since then, the community has been invited to slap props together and brainstorm annual themes, a tradition so endearing to participants that some have arranged for their ashes to be spread on the spot where the Tree of Life puppet is raised in the park.

The George W. Bush years offered particularly inspired spectacles, says Sandy Spieler, the artistic director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, which sponsors the event. She still marvels at the Uncle Sam puppet from 2005. He was riding in a papier-mâché Humvee when, Spieler says, “his patriotic suit cracked open, the car fell apart, and he stood there, just a man—naked.”
This year, it seemed the tradition might end; the cash-strapped theater closed for seven winter weeks. But it’s on, with a theme of sustainability—a rehearsal, Spieler suggests, for real life: “If you can’t envision where you want to be, how will you get there?” 
 


KEEPING TRACK

On a Roll

St. Paul-based Pearson’s Candy Company, maker of the Nut Goodie, the Salted Nut Roll, and the oft-overlooked Mint Pattie, turns 100 this month. Some numbers on their sweet success.

3 Number of brothers who founded Pearson’s in 1909
1912 Year the company created the Nut Goodie bar
5 cents Retail price of the Nut Goodie when it first hit the market
$1.05 Price today
1933 Year that Pearson’s created the Salted Nut Roll
2 Number of cases of Salted Nut Rolls that St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman bet on the Minnesota Wild to win a Stanley Cup playoff series, in 2007
470 Calories in a King Size Salted Nut Roll
10,800 Calories in a five-pound Salted Nut Roll
225,000 Number of Salted Nut Rolls produced by Pearson’s per day
35,000 Number of Nut Goodie bars produced per day
52 Number of weeks the Salted Nut Roll outsold Snickers last year in, of all places, Salt Lake City
 


GIVING A HOOT

The return of the hootenanny, with a twist

Forty years ago, hootenannies—those impromptu ingatherings of folkies singing together—were as common as, well, folksingers. And then they went the way of be-ins. But music critic/singer-songwriter Jim Walsh recently revived the concept at the Beat Coffeehouse in Minneapolis with his Mad Ripple Thursday Night Hootenanny, a pass-the-hat party of acoustic thrushes and unplugged rockers, such as the Grammy-winning Dan Wilson and Jayhawks bassist Marc Perlman. And now the Cedar in Minneapolis is putting its own hip spin on the concept, with its monthly 416 Club—for a $5 to $8 cover, you can hear up to seven local artists, chosen by a different musical act each time (curators have included Current darlings Aviette and Roma di Luna). Though the first few lineups stuck to the roots-music tradition, going forward you’re as likely to hear an avant-garde jazz quartet as a folkie. “The hosts have free rein to choose any artists they want,” says Michael Rossetto, the Cedar’s marketing coordinator. “Anything can happen.”

—TIM GIHRING
 


The Curtain

Who’s up, who’s down in local arts and culture

RISING

Ron Menzel
The actor scores a top role in the Guthrie’s new Tony Kushner play

Park Square Theatre

The rejuvenated playhouse announces a season of stars: Stacia Rice, James Williams, etc.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Its big new season will open with…Little House on the Prairie

Penumbra Theatre
Budget cuts force the postponement of its next August Wilson play

Perpich Center for Arts Education

Governor Pawlenty proposes remaking the institution as a charter school

FALLING
 


Seats for a Song

The best bargains in local arts 

BY TIM GIHRING

Got less to spend on going out? Don’t stay home—a great night can be had for practically nothing if you know where to go and when.
 

» Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
The local dance community always turns out on the last Wednesday of each month for the 9x22 dance showcase—a steal (for the $6 to $10 sliding ticket scale) considering the acts have included such dancers as Eiko and Koma, the acclaimed Japanese duo who previously performed at the Walker Art Center. bryantlakebowl.com

» The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
For as little as $10 a ticket, the ensemble’s Neighborhood Series allows you to see the same concert that the same virtuosic musicians perform at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, just at a suburban venue instead. thespco.org

» Guthrie Theater
You know about the rush line, but consider this: Tickets for preview nights (generally Thursdays) are up to 30-percent cheaper than for regular shows, and every show is up to 25 percent cheaper on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. guthrietheater.com

» Nautilus Music-Theater
The best-kept arts secret in town, Nautilus’s $5 Rough Cuts series offers the area’s top singer-actors (Bradley Greenwald, Norah Long, the Baldwin sisters) previewing opera and musical productions currently in development. (Plus free milk and cookies.) nautilusmusictheater.org

» The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant
For the puny $5 cover, it’s always worth seeing who shows up at the Dakota late-night series, which starts at 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Recently, some lucky patrons caught Wynton Marsalis jamming there after a performance at nearby Orchestra Hall. dakotacooks.com

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July 2015

Speed Horse Expo is coming to the MN State Fairground July 23-26th with FREE admission! Over 100 vendors! Come watch the best barrel racers in the Midwest compete for over $100,000 dollars in prize...

Cost: Professional Bull Riding $15 12+, $8 Kids in advance

Where:
Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum MN State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave
St. Paul, MN  55108
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Sponsor: Rice Bull Riding Company
Telephone: 763-389-1399
Contact Name: Dave Rice
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Rib lovers rejoice! A major new special event is coming this summer to the Minneapolis area. The Great Midwest Rib Fest will feature ten of the country’s top-rib cookers, an art...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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The Scott County Fair has something for everyone! • Miracle of Birth Center and exhibits • World-class draft horse show • Motocross & tractor pull • Bigger carnival...

Cost: $10 per vehicle, $5 per motorcycle

Where:
Scott County Fairgrounds
7151 W. 190th St.
Jordan, MN  55352
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Sponsor: Scott County Fair
Telephone: 952-492-2436
Contact Name: Scott County Fair
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Come and join North Star Gay Rodeo Association as we present the North Star Regional Rodeo, an IGRA sanctioned rodeo. We are hosting two days of horse speed events, rough stock, roping, and some...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Dead Broke Arena
5676 170th St N
Hugo, MN  55038
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Sponsor: North Star Gay Rodeo Association
Telephone: 763 444 4068
Contact Name: Dan Van Wyk
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with the knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. You’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Telephone: 612-843-4444
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Red Hot Art & Music Festival will be marking its 14th year of showcasing local artists and musicians July 25th and 26th in historic Stevens Square Park. Presented by Stevens Square...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55403
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Sponsor: Stevens Square Community Organization
Telephone: 612-743-6882
Contact Name: John Louis
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The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) and the disability community are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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This summer, MCBA is increasing its reach with its 4th Biennial celebration inviting artists, educators, curators, and scholars from the area, nation, and world — as well as the...

Cost: See website for details.

Where:
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Girl Friday Productions presents THE MATCHMAKER by Thornton Wilder, July 10-26, on the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre. Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and...

Cost: $25 with discounts for MPR members, students, seniors, group, fringe buttons

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
Historic Hamm Building
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Girl Friday Productions
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Kirby Bennett
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Check out a night of live music at Day Block Brewing, featuring: • Sadlord Mold rock band from Minneapolis • Savage Noble | Minneapolis indie rock band • Wyatt Overman |...

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Experience this fully supported, three- or five-day cycling vacation in northern Minnesota with festive overnights and activities along the route. For more...

Cost: ---

Where:
Proctor, MN


Sponsor: National MS Society
Telephone: 855-372-1331
Contact Name: Bike MS Team, National MS Society
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If you are a pottery collector, casual buyer or just interested in pots then this is a must stop for you. At the 4th annual MN Pottery Festival this July 25-26, 2016 you...

Cost: Free admission

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Minnesota Pottery Festival
17614 240th St.
Hutchinson, MN  55350
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Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off and...

Cost: varies

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Erik's Retreat
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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The Canvas Health Golf Classic has everything you need for a great day of golf: lunch, a cart, challenging contests, a fantastic silent auction, a delicious dinner, and an important cause! Gather...

Cost: $75

Where:
Dellwood Country Club
29 East Highway 96
Dellwood, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Canvas Health
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Wildwood Park boomed on the southwest shore of White Bear Lake during the first part of the twentieth century. Join us as we set the scene with images and stories from the park’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake
2150 - 2nd Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Telephone: 651-407-5327
Contact Name: Sara Hanson
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Cost: FREE

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The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
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The Upstage Players are excited to present Disney and Cameron Mackinstosh's Mary Poppins (presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International). July 24, 25,...

Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $8 children (1-18)

Where:
Upsala High School Auditorium
415 S. Main St.
Upsala, MN  56384
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Telephone: 320-293-6645
Contact Name: Leonice
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Cost: ---

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Proctor, MN


Sponsor: National MS Society
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Cost: Free

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Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
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View map »

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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

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Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a...

Cost: $49.00 - $109.00

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.339.7007
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Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Experience this fully supported, three- or five-day cycling vacation in northern Minnesota with festive overnights and activities along the route. For more...

Cost: ---

Where:
Proctor, MN


Sponsor: National MS Society
Telephone: 855-372-1331
Contact Name: Bike MS Team, National MS Society
Website »

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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off and...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

More information

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Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
View map »


Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
Website »

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Cost: Free

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Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
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Lake Calhoun Thomas Beach
3700 Thomas Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 651.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Glensheen is excited to again offer this free concert series in the summer of 2015. Every Wednesday night in July, local musicians play in Duluth’s most unique location: right on a pier over...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: US Bank
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jane Pederson
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Ensemble Dal Niente presents new music by 113 composers Joey Crane, Jason Cress, Michael Duffy, Sam Krahn, and Tiffany M. Skidmore. Performed by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Ammie Brod, Andrew Nogal,...

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Prepare for an extreme camp experience! Campers will spend mornings riding Segways, playing relay games and learning safety skills and techniques. In the afternoon, campers will get to cool off and...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Is your child a budding geologist, an animal lover or the next Picasso? Our exploratory day camp features a week of exciting activities including a visit to the Enchanted Rock Garden, spending time...

Cost: varies

Where:
Erik's Retreat
3420 Heritage Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Erik's Ranch & Retreats
Telephone: 612-401-3080
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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A national marketing research firm seeks Men and Women, ages 18+, for an upcoming Paid Focus Group on Shopping. This study will take place the week of July 27th at various times in Minneapolis....

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Focus Pointe Global

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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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July 25 & 26th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. July 29 & 30th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture. Each summer Iron Artists from...

Cost: Fees for sand mold: $30/small, $45/medium, $75/large

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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The tool set for communicating with your customers has changed for the better. Social media plays a large role in customer service, sales, and marketing – and it is growing faster than any...

Cost: Free

Where:
Checkerboard Strategic Web Development, Inc.
350 W Burnsville Parkway
Suite 350
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Bollywood Dance Scene, creators of 2014's best selling MN Fringe show, return with a bigger, bolder Bollywood dance drama of original storytelling and choreography. Packed with exciting...

Cost: $14 with a $4 Fringe button

Where:
Rarig Proscenium Theater
330 21st Ave South, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Bollywood Dance Scene
Telephone: 612-782-9836
Contact Name: Carillon RoseMeadows
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All Originals Jazz Series presents dā-kə-bro̵̅o̅-dā: Kevin Daley, guitar; Dave Brattain, saxophones; "Pooch" Heinie, bass; Dave Stanoch, drums. All Originals is a weekly jazz...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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The St. Catherine Choral Society invites area singers to audition for membership in preparation for their 2015 – 2016 season.  Auditions will be held at St. Catherine University,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Summer Group Show 2015 Featuring the artists of the Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Betsy Ruth Byers: Painting Kate Casanova: Mixed Media and Sculpture Jim Dryden: Painting Jil Evans: Painting...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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THE SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR 2015 Skyway Theatre: ARCH ENEMY BORN OF OSIRIS VEIL OF MAYA THE ACACIA STRAIN OBSCURA AFTER THE BURIAL CATTLE DECAPITATION BEYOND CREATION  IMMORALIS...

Cost: $25

Where:
Skyway Theatre
, MN

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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
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Summer at the Civic: Free Friday Concerts Patio and Grill open at 4pm, Happy Hour 4 – 6pm, Music at 5:30 – 9pm Free admission.  Rain or shine. Fresh food & cold drinks....

Cost: Free

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: 507 Magazine
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

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Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
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Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
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Princeton Speedway is a 1/4 mile clay banked oval located in Princeton, Minnesota inside the Mille Lacs County Fairgrounds. The dirt flies here on Friday nights throughout the summer months. On...

Cost: prices are adults $12, Senior and military are $10, and 7-17 year olds are $5

Where:
Princeton Speedway
1400 3rd St. N
Princeton, MN
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Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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Hydrive Shows and Skyway Theatre present: BOOMBOX CARTEL ARYAY MicDaddy Rare Kandy THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Friday, July 31st The Loft @ Skyway Theatre 9pm 18+ $15...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Enjoy this unique riding experience on the Mesabi Trail, NE Minnesota's premier paved bicycle trail. The tour is designed for serious riders and families alike, choose from four different...

Cost: $45 individuals / $90 families (kids ride FREE)

Where:
Mesabi Trail - Coleraine to Eveleth
P.O. Box 139
Virginia , MN  55792
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Sponsor: Great River Energy, Mesabi Trail, Ampers
Telephone: 877-637-2241
Contact Name: Ardy Wilberg
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The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile(ish) obstacle course run for women and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud...

Cost: $55-$65

Where:
Pinehaven Pumpkin Farms
28186 Kettle River Blvd. North
Wyoming, MN  55092
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Sponsor: Human Movement Management
Contact Name: Carson Morford
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Dash for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join the World’s Largest Running Series as a St. Jude Warrior! Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for the thrill-seeking...

Cost: Multiple Entry Point Levels

Where:
Johnson Creek
Johnson Creek, WI  53038


Telephone: 952-893-0442
Contact Name: Matthew O'Shea
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Tires Plus will welcome customers and guests for an exciting community event including:   •Fun activities with Boys & Girls Club kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tires Plus
580 W 79Th St.
Chanhassen, MN  55317-9530
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Come experience a day full of diverse brass music from mariachi to swing! This year's festival features twelve phenomenal bands from the region. Audiences of all ages will get to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bridge Square
Intersection of E 4th St. and Division St.
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Vintage Band Festival
Telephone: 507-645-7554
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In a Reiki II session, the student is given the first three Reiki symbols. Students will learn about: • the Power symbol • the Mental/Emotional symbol • the Distance symbol...

Cost: $175.00

Where:
Rising Sun Reiki Studio
4180 West Broadway
Suite B3
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Rising Sun Reiki Studio
Telephone: 612-940-5851
Contact Name: Cyndi Stavrou
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Learn how to make smarter investment decisions and take control of your financial future   Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you’ll learn:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Online Trading Academy
Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Do you like a morning run or a leisurely walk? Looking for a great reason to be active? Participate in the 3rd Annual BBBS 5K Run/Walk! Enjoy the views and natural beauty that Fort Snelling...

Cost: $30 Individual $45 Match Rate

Where:
Fort Snelling State Park - Beach Area
101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN  55111
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Sponsor: SNAP Fitness

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Artist from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in this unique art-making process! Witness artist working a furnace that...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Sponsor: Franconia Sculpture Park
Telephone: 651-257-6668
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Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, August 16, 6 - 8 pm St. Croix Valley-based fiber artist Mary Giles works with metal and linen to create organic sculptural forms evocative of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Textile Center
Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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HazelFest, presented by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a day-long chemical-free community festival that features bands, recovery speakers, exhibitors, food trucks, and family...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Hazelden Campus
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Center City, MN  55012
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Sponsor: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Telephone: 763-300-1218
Contact Name: Jeannette Cleland
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Nershfest. It’s music. It’s friends. It’s a Minnesota summer day. It’s also the name of the Minneapolis-based music festival featuring local live music, craft beer and great...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harriet Brewing Company
3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Nershfest
Telephone: 336-402-2439
Contact Name: Griffin
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Captain Terry will hold a public cruise this Saturday August 1, 2015. 12:30pm - 2:30 pm

Cost: $14

Where:
Lady of the Lake Docks
8 Water Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Lady of the Lake
Telephone: 952-929-1209
Contact Name: Terry Jungers
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Come join the battle July 31-August 2! Somerset Amphitheater will host the Border Battle Weekend on its newly improved festival grounds. The event is an extension of the popular Border...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Somerset Amphitheater
715 Spring Street
Somerset, WI  54025
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Website »

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The fourth Kräftskiva! festival will bring The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar out onto the streets of Minneapolis for the evening – shutting down 2nd Ave North alongside The...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Bachelor Farmer
50 2nd Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: The Bachelor Farmer
Telephone: 612-206-3920
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Minnesota Fringe Festival is proud to present our 174 acts, performed by both local and international touring artists. Our artists perform at 11 different theaters and 9 site-specific locations....

Cost: $14/single ticket + one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button

Where:
, MN

More information

Summer Faire Announces Its 2015 Season! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes’ popular summer concert series is back- better than ever! Don’t miss FREE live music from talented local...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Shoppes Central Courtyard
I-94/I-694 at Hemlock Lane
Maple Grove, MN
View map »


Sponsor: The Shoppes
Telephone: 763-488-9965
Contact Name:
Website »

More information

Join love-struck Aladdin on a treacherous journey to find a lamp like no other.  Jewels come to life in a deadly display of balanced precision, a whirlwind of demonic Jinns practice their...

Cost: $15.00 - $40.00 on sale Monday, June 29

Where:
Circus Juventas Big Top
1270 Montreal Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Circus Juventas
Telephone: 651-699-8229
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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce the concert GREAT OPERA CHORUSES, which will be presented by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, and a...

Cost: $10-15

Where:
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Oratorio Society
Telephone: 612-432-7398
Contact Name: Matthew Mehaffey
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Death can be scary. So can clowns. But what if they weren't? Clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango mourn the loss of their mother by daring to find joy. It’s OK to laugh at this...

Cost: $14

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave, 8th Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Stop in to Day Block Brewing on Friday July 31st for an evening of live music from local artists Fairfax, AK and Bre Lewis Band.  Music starts at 10pm and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Cost: $5

Where:
Day Block Brewing
1105 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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