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What can a precarious arts scene learn from the oldest continuously operating theater company in the country?


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IN THE SUMMER OF 1941, Don Stolz arrived on the shores of Lake Minnetonka to direct a play. He was a graduate student of theater at Northwestern University, near Chicago, and one of his professors had invited him to lead the second season of the Minnetonka Players, a summer-stock troupe he’d helped assemble in what was then a resort area for summering Twin Citians. The actors performed in a dirt-floor stable, a different play every week. ¶ Stolz has been there ever since, save for a brief intermission serving in World War II, at what is today the Old Log Theater in tiny, tony Greenwood. “I didn’t have enough money to get out of town,” he jokes. Now 91, he has operated the theater and its adjoining restaurant since 1946, for the last couple of decades with the help of his sons Tom, Tim, Dony, and Jon. The Old Log, by its own account, has continuously operated as a professional theater company (not simply a venue) longer than any other theater in the country, playing to some six million patrons. With its multi-month shows and generous employee benefits, the theater has helped sustain several generations of local actors—including, in the ’60s, Nick Nolte and Loni Anderson.

In all that time, the theater’s business philosophy hasn’t changed. “Upon you, our audience, depends largely whether this theatre will succeed or fail” read the announcement of the Players’ first show. The Old Log was, and remains, a commercial theater, surviving on ticket sales, along with revenue from its restaurant. It’s a rare distinction: Of the estimated hundred or so theater companies in the Twin Cities, all but a handful are nonprofit. And while many struggle to stay afloat, the Old Log keeps rolling along—despite the fact that, in 70 seasons, it has never taken a dime of public money.

WHEN THE OLD LOG BEGAN, there were no nonprofit theaters—the tax distinction had yet to be created. In fact, other than traveling shows, there were no other professional theater companies at all in the Twin Cities. What had been a thriving theater district in Minneapolis had died out in the Great Depression, and it would be another 23 years before the Guthrie Theater opened.

By 1960, the Old Log was regularly selling out. Stolz decided to stage a year-round season and build the current 655-seat theater—more than four times larger than the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis and only slightly smaller than the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the new Guthrie. The Old Log dining room was also enlarged, to 350 seats. At least half of all attendees come for dinner and, at $24 a person, restaurant sales are a crucial revenue stream. Over the years, the Stolzes have also built up a group-sales trade that brings in bus-fulls of patrons from as far away as Winnipeg. Such moves have paid off: While other theaters cut back, attendance at the Old Log remains steady and its children’s show have been packed.

But for-profit doesn’t always mean profitable—the Stolzes have been to the bank for loans more times than they care to remember. For them, operating commercially is as much a philosophical choice as a business strategy. “We wouldn’t be too comfortable spending other people’s money,” says Tom Stolz. Instead, the family courts patrons the way other businesses pursue customers. Nearly every aspect of the operation serves to endear audiences to the theater, from Don himself working the ticket counter to his famous pre-show speeches from the stage, pointing out birthdays and prominent patrons. Where other theaters might display a particularly good review, the Old Log features a plaque declaring, “Don Stolz, Small-Business Man of the Year.”

Don is quick to clarify that embracing ticketbuyers is not the same as pandering. “We built our reputation on serious plays,” he says. Waiting for Godot, even Eugene Ionesco’s obfuscating Rhinoceros. Tyrone Guthrie himself took in the occasional Old Log show. Of course, to remember this era you may have to be nearly as old as Don.

By the time the Old Log expanded, it was clear what customers wanted: laughs. So the theater staged two comedies for every drama. When the Guthrie began to dominate the drama market, the Old Log focused even more narrowly, on the farces that now dominate its stage, with slamming doors and enough PG-13 innuendo fill a season of Two and a Half Men. Now, Don says, they risk losing their loyal audience if they change: “People are disappointed if they come and they don’t laugh.”

THE STOLZES AREN’T OPPOSED to publicly funding some theaters in order to push the art form and still keep tickets affordable. But they also believe that relying heavily on ticket sales has helped them focus on their audience’s interests. Too often, they say, public funding allows troupes to lose track of who they’re creating their art for. “They get a grant and say, ‘Now we can do whatever play we want to do,’ ” Don says. “Well, the plays they should do are the plays the audience wants to see.” The audience may not always know what they’ll enjoy, he says, but their perspective should be foremost. “Otherwise,” Tom says, “that’s getting your cake and eating it, too. And that’s not what theater is about. If it isn’t for the audience, then why are you doing it?”

Whether the Old Log’s practices could translate to other theaters—or even should—is debatable. As public funding for theaters recedes, many nonprofits have indeed turned to audiences to make up the difference—not through higher prices, per se, but through donations. Such contributions now account for more than 40 percent of the average nonprofit theater’s funding, according to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts. But catering to this audience—typically wealthy, older individuals—has inherent risks, say critics of the model.

“Where the money is coming from has an effect on the product,” says Alan Berks, a Minneapolis playwright and co-editor of MinnesotaPlaylist.com, which chronicles the local theater scene. How can you reach a broad audience, he asks, or produce edgy work, if you’re focused on catering to your most generous patrons? “It’s a big disconnect.”

In general, the goals of commercial theaters aren’t compatible with those of nonprofits, says Teresa Eyring, executive director of the Theatre Communications Group in Washington, D.C., which lobbies for nonprofit theaters. Most commercial producers, she says, try to make as much money as possible off one show at a time. Nonprofits, while staging the occasional blockbuster to pay the bills, typically commit to full seasons and learning opportunities for as broad an audience as possible.

Not that the Old Log acts like a typical commercial theater. Eyring, who spent more than a decade in the Twin Cities theater scene, allows that the Old Log combines profitability with almost nonprofit-level accessibility. Its average ticket price—from $19.50 to $32—is on par with that of most midsize theaters.

Much about the Old Log, of course, has uniquely positioned it for success, from its headstart in the theater scene to its family operation, which has allowed for a rare continuity. In fact, its success may have as much to do with who’s running the place as how they’re doing it. Don became beloved for his work on the landmark WCCO-TV children’s show Axel and His Dog that ran in the 1950s and early ’60s (he was the dog and the cat). And during the off-season, he made money scripting corporate conference shows—at least 100, he figures—for the likes of Honeywell and Hamm Brewing. “It was vulgar what I’d do to make a buck,” he has said.

“It’s really a tribute to Don to have made it on ticket sales for so many years,” says Ron Peluso, the artistic director of the History Theatre in St. Paul, which once produced a play about Stolz’s TV work. “Don pretty much lives at the theater. Nobody does it like he does.”

Don himself isn’t sure anyone could start a theater like the Old Log nowadays. Peluso, for one, isn’t sure he’d want to try. “Managing a theater is hard enough much less a restaurant—those guys are running two very volatile operations at once.” He laughs at the thought. “I wouldn’t do it.”

Tim Gihring is the senior writer and arts editor of Minnesota Monthly.

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Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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The DAI launches an Artist Reading Group! The February book selection will be announced

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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This exhibition, guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, reveals a vision of the attractions of the roadside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Textile Center presents Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince   As the first anniversary nears of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, Textile Center...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Estuary, an exhibition of work by Simon Levin (Gresham, WI) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE), is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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Laugh till you Learn Something The Theater of Public Policy unpacks serious policy issues every Monday this spring. In a world of “fake news” and “alternative facts” who can you trust to...

Cost: Tickets: $12 in advance, or at the door with a Fringe Button $15 at the door wi

Where:
The Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: The Theater of Public Policy
Telephone: 651-338-9551
Contact Name: Teresa Lombard
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Composer Nights are an opportunity for composers to present their work, chat with the audience, receive feedback, and connect with others with a passion for musical adventure. These events are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Studio Z
275 East 4th Street, Suite 200
St Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
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Lúnasa World acclaimed International Celtic Music Live at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul March 27th, 2017 7:30pm Music is one of Ireland’s most celebrated...

Cost: $29.00 and $45.00

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Student Recital: Marc Hill, percussion Monday, March 27, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall FREE

Cost: 0

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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Starting Tuesday, February 14th anyone who purchases a Classic Tour ticket for a Tuesday will receive a considerable discount. The Classic Tour will be $5, all day on Tuesdays instead of the...

Cost: $5

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Looking to return to work after a career break? A polished resumé is the key to a successful job search. Come dust off your resumé and learn how to make it shine! reacHIRE is offering this...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Club
729 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Reachire
Contact Name: Jennifer Voss
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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

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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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

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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

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Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-332-0436
Website »

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Take your Spring Break to new heights with a flight on FlyOver America. With wind, scents and mist you’ll feel like you’re truly flying! Soar over some of the USA’s most spectacular...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $16.95 Children (12 and under): $12.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Members of the multi-talented ASI Staff offer their own artistic interpretations of the 2017 theme Migration, Identity and Belonging. Works represent mediums including photographs, sculpture,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
Website »

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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
View map »


Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

Where:
Duluth Art Institute
506 West Michigan St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Scene Study Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30March 21 – April 18 Cost: $75Instructor: Tamara Koltes We may think about acting one play, movie, or show at a time, but most of your time as an actor will be...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Cartoon CapersTuesdays, 4:45-5:45March 21 – April 18 Cost: $75Instructor: Tamara Koltes If you’ve ever wished you could whack someone with a frying pan, or wanted to order something from...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Zeitgeist presents a performance and discussion of masterworks by 20th century composer Lou Harrison. ​Singers from Aliro Voices will perform an excerpt from Harrison's vocal work La Koro Sutro,...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 East 4th Street, Suite 200
St Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Zeitgeist
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Estuary, an exhibition of work by Simon Levin (Gresham, WI) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE), is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

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

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This exhibition, guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, reveals a vision of the attractions of the roadside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
Website »

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Textile Center presents Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince   As the first anniversary nears of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, Textile Center...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Tue, Mar 28, 6:30 pm Best Buy Theater FREE and open to the public   When Liz Jeppesen, the Sylphide of our time, in diaphanous white costume and with shining wings, dances for...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northrop
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Northrop
Telephone: 612.624.2345
Contact Name: Marika Kelly
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Please join us for an inside look into Heilicher on Tuesday, March 28 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Barry Family Campus, 4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park. Learn more about our kindergarten...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sabes Barry Family Campus JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Heilicher Minneapolis Jew Day School
Telephone: 952-381-3500
Contact Name: Louise Schoenberger
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“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?” The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
Historic Wesley Center
101 E Grant St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This series is in partnership with Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Larkin Hoffman and Limb Lab to highlight this unique community and its active transformation by business, creativity, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Larkin Hoffman & Limb Lab
Telephone: 507-282-8629
Contact Name: Rochester Art Center
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1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover...

Cost: FREE

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Maggie Smith
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

More information

Members of the multi-talented ASI Staff offer their own artistic interpretations of the 2017 theme Migration, Identity and Belonging. Works represent mediums including photographs, sculpture,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Telephone: 161-287-14907
Website »

More information

Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-0436
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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


Website »

More information

Take your Spring Break to new heights with a flight on FlyOver America. With wind, scents and mist you’ll feel like you’re truly flying! Soar over some of the USA’s most spectacular...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $16.95 Children (12 and under): $12.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
Website »

More information

Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
View map »


Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
Website »

More information

Estuary, an exhibition of work by Simon Levin (Gresham, WI) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE), is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
Website »

More information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

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


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

More information

This exhibition, guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, reveals a vision of the attractions of the roadside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko...

Cost: free

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


Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
Website »

More information

Textile Center presents Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince   As the first anniversary nears of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, Textile Center...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

It is a well-known fact that Finnish migration to Minnesota inspired the cooperative movement, arguably a permanent fixture of Minnesota’s social identity. Over time the cooperative movement in...

Cost: $5-10

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


Website »

More information

“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?” The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
Historic Wesley Center
101 E Grant St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
Website »

More information

Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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REGISTER TODAY Effective communication techniques to maximize productivity!$25 per personCoffee & light breakfast includedBack by popular demand! Join speaker and entrepreneur Scott Schwefel for...

Cost: $25

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651-265-5500
Contact Name: Danielle Faribault Parish
Website »

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Cityview is hosting a Free French Hour geared for children ages 3-6 years old.  This event will include an introductory lesson in French immersion with games and songs and a finish with a make and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cityview School of Innovation and French Immersion
3350 North 4th Street
Miinneapolis, MN  55412
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Telephone: 612 668 2270
Contact Name: Michele Chalmeau

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Cityview is hosting a Free French Hour geared for children ages 3-6 years old.  This event will include an introductory lesson in French immersion with games and songs and finish with a make and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cityview School of Innovation and French Immersion
3350 North 4th Street
Miinneapolis, MN  55412
View map »


Telephone: 612 668 2270
Contact Name: Michele Chalmeau

More information

MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of radicalized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-332-0436
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Members of the multi-talented ASI Staff offer their own artistic interpretations of the 2017 theme Migration, Identity and Belonging. Works represent mediums including photographs, sculpture,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Take your Spring Break to new heights with a flight on FlyOver America. With wind, scents and mist you’ll feel like you’re truly flying! Soar over some of the USA’s most spectacular...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $16.95 Children (12 and under): $12.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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Spend an evening with the Famiglia! Enjoy a multi-course fabulous Argentine dinner crafted by talented chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard artfully paired with Famiglia Meschini wines. Prepare for a night...

Cost: $85

Where:
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Famiglia Meschini Wines
Telephone: 612 735-6275
Contact Name: Teresa Meschini
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Una Noche Argentina - A Night in Argentina Enjoy a multi-course fabulous Argentine dinner crafted by talented chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard artfully paired with Famiglia Meschini Wines. Prepare for...

Cost: $85

Where:
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Famiglia Meschini Wines
Telephone: 612-735-6275
Contact Name: Teresa Meschini
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Estuary, an exhibition of work by Simon Levin (Gresham, WI) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE), is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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This exhibition, guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, reveals a vision of the attractions of the roadside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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Reception from 6 – 8 pmArtist talk begin at 6:30 pmFree admission, light refreshments providedJoin us for a special event celebrating the talent of a Minnesota artist currently exhibiting work at...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8629
Contact Name: Rochester Art Center
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Join FINNEGANS and the Twin Cities Hottest Chefs as they raise money for the FINNEGANS Community Fund and enjoy a Chef Food Fight - Live!  Chefs will be competing with a FINNEGANS inspired...

Cost: $50-$100

Where:
The Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
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Sponsor: Finnegans Brew Co.
Telephone: 621-454-0615
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Borough is hosting an Beer Dinner with Forager Brewery on March 30th.       Chef DeCamp is creating a delicious 4 course pairing with a selection of beers from Forager Brewery.          ...

Cost: $60 (exclusive of tax & tip, pre-purchase required)

Where:
Borough
730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Textile Center presents Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince   As the first anniversary nears of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, Textile Center...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
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“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?” The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
Historic Wesley Center
101 E Grant St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Presented by Animal Engine March 30 - April 1 Tickets and more information: https://southern.ticketworks.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=79 "Peter Pan," from the parents' point of view. Darlings...

Cost: $0-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Animal Engine Theatre Company
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What if the home you were familiar with was suddenly torn from you and you were sent drifting? Hundreds of teens in Minnesota  are currently set adrift in group and foster homes, waiting for a...

Cost: $19-$24

Where:
Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: SPARK theater + dance
Telephone: 952/454-7344
Contact Name: Joy Donley
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Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Vocal Jazz Ensembles Concert Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall Adult $11 | Senior $9 | UMD Faculty/Staff $6 | Student $6 | UMD Student $4

Cost: $4-$11

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Borough is hosting an Beer Dinner with Forager Brewery on March 30th!    Chef DeCamp is creating a delicious 4 course pairing with a selection of beers from Forager Brewery.            ...

Cost: $60 (exclusive of tax & tip, pre-purchase required)

Where:
Borough
730 Washington Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Can Can Wonderland’s Variety Show is a wild ride along the rocky edge of entertainment! We don’t promise talent, but we do promise VARIETY. Four curiosity-piquing acts each night, woven...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Inez Greenberg Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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DON'T MISS THE ANIMALS! FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $16.00/Participant Ages 6-9: Minnesota Wildlife (wild and domestic animals you might find in our state with some...

Cost: $16

Where:
Base Camp
201 Bloomington Road
Fort Snelling, MN  55111
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Sponsor: Northern Star Council
Telephone: 612-767-0055
Contact Name: Alexander Monette
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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Cost: Free

Where:
Bill's Gun Shop & Range
4080 W. Broadway
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Bill's Gun Shop & Range
Telephone: 763-406-7200 Ext.144
Contact Name: Jeremy Kasik
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Ken Gonzales-Day's award-winning photographs and research are helping transform understanding of the history of radicalized violence in the United States. He supplements photographs with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
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Come experience West Africa without leaving the Twin Cities! Join Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul this March in celebration of Senegal as part of our annual Mois de la Francophonie...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N First St, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612-332-0436
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Take your Spring Break to new heights with a flight on FlyOver America. With wind, scents and mist you’ll feel like you’re truly flying! Soar over some of the USA’s most spectacular...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $16.95 Children (12 and under): $12.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
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Members of the multi-talented ASI Staff offer their own artistic interpretations of the 2017 theme Migration, Identity and Belonging. Works represent mediums including photographs, sculpture,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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


Website »

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

Cost: $10, with discounts available

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

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

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Betsy Ruth Byers introduces a new body of work titled, Sensitive Indicators, that is influenced by how glacial landscapes are radically changing due to global warming. Byers insists her work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

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

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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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Join instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO! Day: Friday Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cost: Free

Cost: FREE

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Estuary, an exhibition of work by Simon Levin (Gresham, WI) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE), is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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Textile Center presents Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince   As the first anniversary nears of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, Textile Center...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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This exhibition, guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, reveals a vision of the attractions of the roadside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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The Legendary NYE’S Polonaise Lounge may be gone, by NYE’S house band is still kickin’ EVERY FRIDAY from now on, as Can Can Wonderland’s house polka band! Come visit The World’s Most...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Vocal Jazz Cabaret Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall Adult $16 | Senior $11 | UMD Faculty/Staff $9 | Student $8 | UMD Student $6

Cost: $6-$16

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems...

Cost: $60 - 21

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
Website »

More information

“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?” The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
Historic Wesley Center
101 E Grant St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

What if the home you were familiar with was suddenly torn from you and you were sent drifting? Hundreds of teens in Minnesota  are currently set adrift in group and foster homes, waiting for a...

Cost: $19-$24

Where:
Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: SPARK theater + dance
Telephone: 952/454-7344
Contact Name: Joy Donley
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Wayward and Mission Theatre Companies are thrilled to team up to bring The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley to the Minnesota Transportation Museum! This sometimes spooky and often hilarious tale...

Cost: $12-65

Where:
Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Street E.
St Paul, MN  55130
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Sponsor: Mission & Wayward Theatre Companies
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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Presented by Animal Engine March 30 - April 1 Tickets and more information: https://southern.ticketworks.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=79 "Peter Pan," from the parents' point of view. Darlings...

Cost: $0-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Animal Engine Theatre Company
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Brave New Workshop
Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Taylor
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Join award-winning authors, Kate DiCamillo and Dave Eggers for an exciting once-in-a-lifetime discussion. The two authors will keep you entertained as they discuss writing, current events,...

Cost: $60

Where:
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Pollen Midwest

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Minnesota’s first stand-up comedy showcase style club opened May 7, 2016. Royal Comedy Theatre is located on Mainstreet in Hopkins, a suburb ten minutes west of Minneapolis with small town charm....

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The Local Music Scene is a monthly show at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater. Each month a different local musician or group performs their original music and The Local Music Scene performers use the lyrics...

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at door

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
, MN


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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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Exhibiting Artists: Kyle Osvog, Donovan Palmquist, Elizabeth Pechacek, Lee Persell, Monica Rudquist, Audra Smith, Will Swanson, and Jason Trebs Curated by Ernest Miller February 24 – March 31,...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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We are devoted to promoting family exercise, nutrition, and overall wellness! Family Fitness Expo - MN Newest Health and Fitness Expo - April 1, 2017 - Anoka Armory - Free Admission! Family...

Cost: Free

Where:
Anoka Armory
408 E Main St
Anoka, MN  55303
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Sponsor: Cahill Marketing Group
Telephone: (612)695-0512
Contact Name: Ryan Cahill
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Spend the depths of winter with a Saturday morning art film. There will be time for discussion after each screening.

Cost: Free

Where:
Zinema 2
222 East Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55802
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-733-7560
Contact Name: Duluth Art Institute
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Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

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


Telephone: 651-259-3015
Website »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Bill's Gun Shop & Range
4080 W. Broadway
Robbinsdale, MN  55422
View map »


Sponsor: Bill's Gun Shop & Range
Telephone: 763-406-7200 Ext.144
Contact Name: Jeremy Kasik
Website »

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Do you or someone you know have a debilitating fear or true phobia that is causing great limitations and suffering? Join us on Saturday, April 1st and receive the chance work one-on-one with Master...

Cost: pre-sale $18/At the door $22

Where:
GT Artistry
2433 Grand St NE
Minneapolis , MN  55418
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 920-217-1249
Contact Name: Leah Somerville
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MINNEAPOLIS, JANUARY 17, 2016 -  FOOR Folx, the next exhibition opening at Intermedia Arts on February 16, uses interviews, photography, film, the written word, and more to explore often-taboo...

Cost: Siding scale $3-10

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Jessie Roelofs
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Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $7.95; Museum Members: Free; Children under age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum's MOA "pop-up"
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Northern Brewer
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Northern Brewer
Telephone: 612-843-4444
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  After garnering significant interest across the United States, collage artist Kristi Abbott announces the launch of her upcoming series, “I Am”. The Grand Opening show is on Friday, March...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Show Gallery
346 N. Sibley Street
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Learn the tricks to making great fruit wines from your backyard harvest. Our experts will walk you through all the steps to make a great batch of wine from fruit preparation through bottling....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Did you know cows can dream? ASI’s Family Gallery becomes an immersive play environment that explores the story of Sam - a cow who dreams and sometimes wanders through Sweden's Wanås sculpture...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 161-287-14907
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Innovation In Tradition: Exploring Swedish Folk Costumes Swedish Folkdräkter, or folk costumes, traditionally worn by rural peasants, over time developed distinct regional styles. Around 1850,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Arlee Park is opening their brick and mortar store in the Keewaydin neighborhood of Minneapolis on April 1st! Stop by between 12pm and 5pm to shop for vintage and modern goods and threads. What...

Cost: Free

Where:
Arlee Park
3000 E 50th St
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Members of the multi-talented ASI Staff offer their own artistic interpretations of the 2017 theme Migration, Identity and Belonging. Works represent mediums including photographs, sculpture,...

Cost: $10 with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Rosalux Gallery, Mpls Reception: April 8th, 7-10pm Show runs: April 1-30 /Sat&Sun 12-4pm Rosalux Gallery is pleased to announce Time/Keep, an exhibition of new work by Rebecca Krinke and David...

Cost: free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE
#195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Rosalux Gallery
Telephone: 612-801-6629
Contact Name: Rebecca Krinke
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The Weather Diaries - Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands: An Artistic Investigation Into Identity From The North Preview Party – Friday, March 24 Exhibition – Saturday, March 25 -...

Cost: $10, with discounts available

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Take your Spring Break to new heights with a flight on FlyOver America. With wind, scents and mist you’ll feel like you’re truly flying! Soar over some of the USA’s most spectacular...

Cost: Adults (13 and older): $16.95 Children (12 and under): $12.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Courtney Plante
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Squire House Gardens Announces Free, Saturday Winter Afternoon Garden “Talk & Tea” Series The popular annual winter “Talk and Tea” series featuring informal and lively discussions on...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Squire House Gardens
3390 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN  55001
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Sponsor: Squire House Gardens
Telephone: 651-436-8080
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Need a good laugh? Come to the Maplewood Community Center YMCA on April 1st from 4:00-6:00 pm for the free KID CITY Laugh In, a fun-filled open house of creative activities, entertainment and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Maplewood Community Center YMCA
2100 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Telephone: 651-249-2111
Contact Name: Gaosong Heu
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Estuary, an exhibition of work by Simon Levin (Gresham, WI) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE), is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 1, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 first quarter exhibition: CURRENT...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Textile Center presents Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince   As the first anniversary nears of the death of one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, Textile Center...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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This exhibition, guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, reveals a vision of the attractions of the roadside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko...

Cost: free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern clay Center
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TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 10 AM CSTOriginally from Dallas, Iliza moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of...

Cost: 29.50

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Twin Cities Master’s Chorale (TCMC) is pleased to announce their twenty-fourth annual spring concert with orchestra, four free performances of the Easter Section of Handel’s Messiah. Four free...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bloomington Covenant Church
10150 Xerxes Avenue South
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Master's Chorale
Telephone: 651-402-3899
Contact Name: Kevin Norberg
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Presented by Animal Engine March 30 - April 1 Tickets and more information: https://southern.ticketworks.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=79 "Peter Pan," from the parents' point of view. Darlings...

Cost: $0-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Animal Engine Theatre Company
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Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Vocal Jazz Cabaret Friday, March 31 & Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm Weber Music Hall Adult $16 | Senior $11 | UMD Faculty/Staff $9 | Student $8 | UMD Student $6

Cost: $6-$16

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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The Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious come together at the historic Potter Auditorium to recreate the magical songs we all know as the premier band of California Rock in the 70’s,...

Cost: $30 in advance ($35 at the door)

Where:
Chatfield Center for the Arts
405 Main St S
Chatfield, MN  55923
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Telephone: 507-884-7676
Contact Name: Jenni Petersen-Brant
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What if the home you were familiar with was suddenly torn from you and you were sent drifting? Hundreds of teens in Minnesota  are currently set adrift in group and foster homes, waiting for a...

Cost: $19-$24

Where:
Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: SPARK theater + dance
Telephone: 952/454-7344
Contact Name: Joy Donley
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Wayward and Mission Theatre Companies are thrilled to team up to bring The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley to the Minnesota Transportation Museum! This sometimes spooky and often hilarious tale...

Cost: $12-65

Where:
Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Street E.
St Paul, MN  55130
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Sponsor: Mission & Wayward Theatre Companies
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?” The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
Historic Wesley Center
101 E Grant St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Searching for your Prince Not-Alarming? Wondering why your work spouse keeps texting you eggplant emojis? Then do we have a show for you! Relationships of all kinds are the focus of this sketch...

Cost: $25 - $34

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

Cost: $20 / $15 Early Bird

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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March 2 – April 23, 2017 Exhibiting Artist: Amy Rice For artist Amy Rice, artistic inspiration comes as much from childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as it does the urban...

Cost: Free

Where:
Atrium Gallery - Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Sponsor: Plymouth Playhouse
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