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The Search for Mandan Bride

Cornmeal, commerce, and one woman’s quixotic quest for the perfect ingredient



UNTIL A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I thought that all cornmeal came in a yellow and blue canister, if I thought about cornmeal at all. Like most Americans, I kept it in the back of the cupboard and pulled it out every once in a while to dust the bottom of a pizza crust or make a pan of cornbread, using the recipe on the container. There was no reason for me to think that cornmeal could—or should—be anything different or better.

And then, last spring, we got a Ziploc bag of coarse, blue-gray meal in the first box of vegetables from our community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm share. It was a variety called Mandan Bride, prized among people who enjoy and think about cornmeal. Our farmer, David Van Eeckhout of Hog’s Back Farm in Arkansaw, Wisconsin, included a note warning us to use it quickly and to savor it. There would be no more. “I shelled it and ground it last weekend so it’s probably the freshest stone-ground cornmeal you’ve ever had, unless you grind your own,” he wrote. “Use it anywhere that calls for cornmeal and you will find that it makes the best version of that dish you’ve ever had.”

He was absolutely right. I used ours for polenta, a simple dish with three ingredients—cornmeal, salt, and water—plus a handful of Parmesan thrown in at the very end. The magic happens in the cooking. High heat, plenty of exposed surface area on top, and lots of stirring develop the corn flavor and turn the starch and fat in the grains into a creamy mass. A single ingredient couldn’t ask for a better showcase.

After dipping my spoon into the Mandan Bride polenta, I decided to skip the Parmesan entirely. It was richer, nuttier, and more flavorful than anything I had ever made out of the smiling Quaker’s canister. I eyed the empty Ziploc bag with sadness. I had to find more Mandan Bride.

Don’t try to tell a good American consumer there is something she can’t have, particularly when it comes to food. Abundance, availability, and affordability in the supermarket aisles are our birthright, yes? Seasons are no excuse. We throw hothouse tomatoes in the grocery cart year round. We pay good money for Chilean blackberries in March. Somebody, somewhere, is always growing broccoli and shipping it to us. If it’s out there in the food world, we expect to be able to buy it when we want it.

But here was something I couldn’t buy. Believe me, I tried. I Googled. I asked every natural foods co-op in the Twin Cities whether they carried local cornmeal.

Some co-ops did stock a brand made from organic corn grown and milled in Welcome, Minnesota, at Whole Grain Milling. It’s good stuff—the finely ground high-lysine yellow corn is more nutritious because it is a complete protein. The same mill also produces blue cornmeal, some of which is used in blue corn chips.

But many co-ops, erstwhile champions of the local food ethos, don’t carry any local cornmeal. “Cornmeal?” was the usual response at the other end of the line, as if I’d asked about some obscure foodstuff—and this from folks who regularly field questions about quinoa. A helpful staffer would scamper off and return to report that there was a variety or two in stock, but it was shipped in from elsewhere, usually California. No one knew the name of the variety of corn they carried. That shows how much thought we give to corn these days.

We’re still eating plenty of it though, as Michael Pollan notes in his new book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. According to Pollan, more than a quarter of the products on grocery-store shelves typically contain corn syrup, corn oil, and other corn derivatives. But cornmeal? It’s disappearing from our diet. The average American eats 114 pounds of wheat flour every year, but only 11 pounds of corn flour. (Most of which is probably consumed in the form of tortilla chips.)

CAST IRON PANS of hearty cornbread may be part of our American culinary heritage, but it’s no longer part of our daily diet. Grits and hush puppies survive in the South; polenta comes in and out of favor in haute cuisine; but we’ve forgotten old classics like cornmeal mush, spoonbread (a cornmeal soufflé), and anadama bread (heavy loaves of cornmeal and molasses).

The average home cook making an occasional pan of cornbread to go with chili may be perfectly content with the familiar canister. But after I’d discovered the nuanced flavor of high-quality cornmeal, I was no longer average. I couldn’t go back to the bland commercial stuff. So I called David Van Eeckhout, my CSA farmer, to find out why Mandan Bride tasted so much better—and why it was so hard to get.

One key factor in the variety’s delicious flavor, Van Eeckhout told me, was that the corn was freshly ground. But even more importantly, it was ground whole. Most commercial cornmeal is made from yellow dent corn, or field corn, which has much tougher outer hulls on each kernel than the sweet corn we eat as a vegetable. Those fiber-rich outer hulls and the protein- and fat-rich core of each kernel—called the germ—are removed before grinding, robbing the cornmeal of nutrients—and flavor. Mandan Bride ears contain a combination of flint kernels (which are enclosed in hard shells) and flour kernels (made entirely of soft starch), adding interest and substance.

But what really sets this cornmeal apart is that it was bred for flavor and nutrition (by the Mandan Indian tribes of North Dakota, according to most experts), not for its ability to produce the most kernels of corn on an acre, like commercial hybrids. Hybrid seeds don’t “breed true,” meaning you can’t plant the seeds from last year’s crop and expect them to resemble the parent plant. But Mandan Bride is an open-pollinated cultivar, and many growers reserve the seed from their own fields for the next year’s planting, making each farm’s variety unique—and uniquely suited to their own land.

It’s also, according to Van Eeckhout, “a real pain in the butt” to grow. Mandan Bride is simply not a commercially viable crop. The weak stalks tip over before the corn has dried, making it difficult to combine. You can’t harvest it with a corn picker, because the cobs are soft and would get crushed. So it must be picked by hand—never mind the laborious process of shucking, drying, and grinding. Also, because it’s an open-pollinated variety, rather than a hybrid, stalks can’t be planted as tightly together as conventionally grown corn. So the yield is about 20 bushels per acre, compared to 100 to 150 bushels—or even 200—in large conventional-farming operations.

As if this weren’t enough, the raccoons love it. And they don’t just eat a few ears, like deer do. They rampage through the rows, taking a bite here and there. They’re capable of ruining 50 to 100 stalks in a night.

Once you get through with all that, as Van Eeckhout says, “Nobody wants to pay the $10 a pound or whatever it would cost.” He hasn’t actually done the math, but the price would be high. “Maybe if I wanted to wrap it up in little one-pound packs and sell it in specialty stores…or if it came from Italy, they might buy it,” he muses. As he sees it, “in the Midwest, everybody is only a couple of generations removed from the farm, so they don’t want to pay for anything that, you know, just grows in the ground.”

Because of its challenges, nobody is growing this remarkable corn commercially. But ambitious gardeners and small farmers like Van Eeckhout are taking notice. Seeds are available from purveyors like Seed Savers, which specialize in old varieties. Mandan Bride is listed on Slow Food USA’s RAFT (Renewing America’s Food Traditions) Coalition compilation of America’s endangered foods—more than 700 distinct indigenous foods, dubbed “the culinary mainstays of the last three millennia.” Mandan Bride is labeled a “recovering rare food,” meaning it is in the midst of a revival but its long-term survival is not assured.

I figured at least one of those ambitious growers must want to sell me some more cornmeal, so I asked Van Eeckhout for a recommendation. He came up with only one possibility: Greg Reynolds, who grows Mandan Bride along with dozens of other crops on Riverbend Farm, a 30-acre spread outside Delano. As it turns out, he sells lettuce, peas, squash, tomatoes, and such to co-ops and restaurants. But the cornmeal, sadly, he keeps mostly for himself.

I visited him on a Sunday morning in early June, just before he headed out to the fields to plant this year’s corn, along with 1,500 heads of cabbage, kohlrabi, and cauliflower. A pan of cornbread was cooling on the massive butcher-block table in the center of his worn, spotless, and very comfortable farmhouse kitchen. The bread isn’t much to look at, if you’re used to cake-like bright yellow Yankee cornbread. It is coarse and dense and an unfamiliar shade of blue-black. But when you split the bread for butter, the generous crumb grabs the butter and holds it while it melts. And it has a pleasant, mysterious crunch. “When I eat cornbread somewhere else,” Reynolds laments, “it’s not like cornbread anymore.”

Reynolds explains his gardener’s sensibility when it comes to farming: “I grow enough of the mundane stuff to support [my growing] the funny kinds of eggplant,” he says. “Once I get through picking the Mandan Bride by hand and shucking it and cobbing and grinding, it’s not worth selling it.”

Reynolds and Van Eeckhout have been friends for years and used to farm together. Although the two differ on the best way to show off the flavor of Mandan Bride (Van Eeckhout says it’s polenta, while Reynolds prefers cornbread) the two have a lot in common.

“For people like David and me, it’s about finding things that taste good,” Reynolds says. He cites Van Eeckhout’s mission to grow a certain variety of melon so it won’t split before it’s ripe, a characteristic that would force him to pick it before the melon’s flavor was at its prime. “It’s about that extra little bit that makes food taste good,” Reynolds says.

Commercial cornmeal may be abundant and easily available, but to me, it’s no longer what cornmeal is supposed to taste like. Reynolds generously gave me a bag of Riverbend cornmeal that I’ve got stashed in a cupboard, and I’m pinning my hopes on four rows of Mandan Bride that were planted at Hog’s Back last spring. If the raccoons didn’t eat all of it, if the rain and sun came at the right time, and if Van Eeckhout has enough to spare for his CSA members, then, and only then, will we have a couple meals of sublime polenta next year. Nobody said eating well was easy.

Tricia Cornell, editor of Minnesota Parent and Good Age, wrote about Land O’Lakes taste panelists in our May issue.
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Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Twin Cities Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms provides moms with a much-needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
, MN


Contact Name: Ashley Moses

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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Cost: Free to the public

Where:
Kirby Garden Room UMD
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

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The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a...

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.455.9501
Website »

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Textile Center presents: Creepy Crawly: An entomological investigation of textile pattern By Artist Jennifer Angus March 6 - May 16, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 - 8 pm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Designed to spark creativity and imagination, Creativity Jam engages visitors in a multi-sensory landscape of lights, materials, and media. Children and adults can immerse themselves in...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Carmen Georges Bizet The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both...

Cost: $25 - $200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-2700
Contact Name: Eric Broker
Website »

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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

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During the last weeks of the spring semester, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum Plaza
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
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Website »

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Through the work of some of the most influential artists of the last century, as well as rising stars of our time, Feast exposes the richly varied meanings that can be sparked when...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Mommy and Me 1 (age walk-20 months) provides a comfortable atmosphere with a participating adult, where the child can begin to express their individual movement and musical abilities | Tuesday...

Cost: $140.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive, Ste 400
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Show More...
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

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April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

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ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of quality...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
Website »

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Twin Cities Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms provides moms with a much-needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
, MN


Contact Name: Ashley Moses

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

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The Association of Licensed Architects Minnesota Presents Mall of America Expansion Tour + Social Tickets...

Cost: $30 members | $40 nonmembers

Where:
Mall Of America Mortenson Trailers
60 East Broadway
North Side of Lindau Lane
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Association of Licensed Architects Minnesota
Telephone: 847.382.0630
Contact Name: Joanne Sullivan
Website »

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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

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The Saint Paul Foundation will celebrate racial equity leaders at the ninth annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards on April 28. The Facing Race Ambassador Awards program was created in 2007 to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront
11 E. Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Saint Paul Foundation
Telephone: 651.224.5463
Website »

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Gain insight into the performance at an in-depth conversation about the company and the evening’s program.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Northrop
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Cari Hatcher
Website »

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The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a...

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.455.9501
Website »

More information

Cost: TBA

Where:
Northrop
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Telephone: 612-625-6600
Website »

More information

Mommy and Me 1 (age walk-20 months) provides a comfortable atmosphere with a participating adult, where the child can begin to express their individual movement and musical abilities | Tuesday...

Cost: $140.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive, Ste 400
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

Textile Center presents: Creepy Crawly: An entomological investigation of textile pattern By Artist Jennifer Angus March 6 - May 16, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 - 8 pm...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

During the last weeks of the spring semester, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum Plaza
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
Website »

More information

Through the work of some of the most influential artists of the last century, as well as rising stars of our time, Feast exposes the richly varied meanings that can be sparked when...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

Designed to spark creativity and imagination, Creativity Jam engages visitors in a multi-sensory landscape of lights, materials, and media. Children and adults can immerse themselves in...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons:...

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
Website »

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Carmen Georges Bizet The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both...

Cost: $25 - $200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-2700
Contact Name: Eric Broker
Website »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
Website »

More information

April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
View map »


Website »

More information

  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of quality...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
View map »


Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
Website »

More information

ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

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

More information

Twin Cities Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms provides moms with a much-needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
, MN


Contact Name: Ashley Moses

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

The Noon-Time Talkers toastmasters club will hold an open-house at the Hopkins Library on Wednesday, April 29th. Kevin Burkart will speak about “Doing things others say you cannot...

Cost: No admission cost

Where:
Hopkins Library
22 11th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Noontime Talkers Toastmasters
Telephone: 763-257-7093
Contact Name: Marge
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

More information

Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
View map »

More information

Continental Diamond will be hosting a trunk show event with renowned jewelry designer Charles Krypell. The New York-based jewelry designer is known for his high-end sterling silver jewelry set with...

Cost: Open to the public.

Where:
Continental Diamond
116 Utica Ave. So. #130
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Continental Diamond
Telephone: 952-593-5602
Contact Name: Paul Holewa
Website »

More information

The Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists,...

Cost: $105-$135

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Autism Society of MN
Telephone: 651.647.1083
Contact Name: Autism Society of MN
Website »

More information

Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
Website »

More information

Gain insight into the performance at an in-depth conversation about the company and the evening’s program.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Northrop
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Cari Hatcher
Website »

More information

LUNAFEST: Minneapolis Second Annual Film Festival Fundraiser!  Join the fun and inspiration of an evening of short films by, for and about women.  Men love the films too! ...

Cost: $25

Where:
Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Telephone: 612-377-4660
Contact Name: Donna Minter
Website »

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Margaret Regan, author of the award-winning THE DEATH OF JOSSELINE, will speak about her new book, DETAINED AND DEPORTED, in which she takes an inside look at the detention and deportation system...

Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
Unity Church-Unitarian
733 Portland Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Unity Church-Unitarian
Telephone: 651-283-5139
Contact Name: Shelley Butler
Website »

More information

Denis Evstuhin has earned international acclaim for his vibrant artistry, remarkable sound quality and brilliant virtuosity by audiences and critics alike. His “sonorous, dark sound, clear...

Cost: Adults $20, UMD Fac/Staff $10, Seniors $15, Students $5

Where:
Weber Music Hall UMD
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Diana Goodman has the perfect suburban life complete with a loving husband, son and daughter.  But her struggle with bipolar disorder threatens to destroy it all and as her medical treatments...

Cost: $18-$25

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

More information

Carousel has captivated audiences around the world with the powerful love story of innocent young millworker Julie Jordan and swaggering carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Billy meets a tragic end...

Cost: Adult: $34 Senior: $31 25 & Under: $27 $3 off Wednesday show

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
Bloomington, MN  55431


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Cost: TBA

Where:
Northrop
84 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Telephone: 612-625-6600
Website »

More information

The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a...

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.455.9501
Website »

More information

Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

Carmen Georges Bizet The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both...

Cost: $25 - $200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-2700
Contact Name: Eric Broker
Website »

More information

They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

More information

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
Website »

More information

C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Mommy and Me 1 (age walk-20 months) provides a comfortable atmosphere with a participating adult, where the child can begin to express their individual movement and musical abilities | Tuesday...

Cost: $140.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive, Ste 400
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
View map »


Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
Website »

More information

Textile Center presents: Creepy Crawly: An entomological investigation of textile pattern By Artist Jennifer Angus March 6 - May 16, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 - 8 pm...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
Website »

More information

This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 651-228-1766
Website »

More information

Through the work of some of the most influential artists of the last century, as well as rising stars of our time, Feast exposes the richly varied meanings that can be sparked when...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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Designed to spark creativity and imagination, Creativity Jam engages visitors in a multi-sensory landscape of lights, materials, and media. Children and adults can immerse themselves in...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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During the last weeks of the spring semester, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum Plaza
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is excited to present the beloved musical Oliver! with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.   Performances run April 17-19, April 23-26 and May 1-2...

Cost: Adults $18.00 Students/Seniors $13.00

Where:
Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 W 3rd St
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Carleton College and Neuger Communications Group
Telephone: 507-645-8877

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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
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April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Website »

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Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of quality...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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Lily and Violet, a Minneapolis women's boutique, will be hosting their Spring Event from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. The jam-packed shopping soiree with feature prosecco and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lily and Violet
3413 West 44th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Inventors showcase new products and make connections. Manufacturers shop for products to produce. The public experiences products before they hit the marketplace. General Admission: $10.00; 6-12...

Cost: General Admission: $10.00; 6-12 $5.00; under 6 Free.

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
, MN


Telephone: 507.627.2344/800.468.3681
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ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Twin Cities Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms provides moms with a much-needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
, MN


Contact Name: Ashley Moses

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A special exhibition recognizing the artistic talent of students within the Saint Paul Public Schools. Featuring the art of 60 high school students plus the work of elementary students in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Continental Diamond will be hosting a trunk show event with renowned jewelry designer Charles Krypell. The New York-based jewelry designer is known for his high-end sterling silver jewelry set with...

Cost: Open to the public.

Where:
Continental Diamond
116 Utica Ave. So. #130
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Continental Diamond
Telephone: 952-593-5602
Contact Name: Paul Holewa
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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The Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists,...

Cost: $105-$135

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Autism Society of MN
Telephone: 651.647.1083
Contact Name: Autism Society of MN
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You’re invited to Ladies’ Night Out! Grab your girlfriends and treat yourselves to a special night devoted to health, wellness and fun. Join us for Ladies’ Night Out presented...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairview Northland Medical Center
911 Northland Dr.
Princeton, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Fairview Northland Medical Center
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Join us for the 12th annual Dish: Cuisine for Change. Enjoy gourmet food from 20 local restaurants, hundreds of auction items, wine and cocktail samples, and entertainment from comedian and actor,...

Cost: $175

Where:
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 Kellogg Blvd. W.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Second Harvest
Telephone: 651.209.7994
Contact Name: Heidi Yankovec
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Now in its 12th year, Dish: Cuisine for Change has evolved into a notable Twin Cities event, this year featuring comedian Paul Reiser. Your Support will help provide hope and stability to working...

Cost: $175

Where:
St. Paul River Centre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Second Harvest Heartland
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Mission Statement:  A Christian community providing housing and meaningful employment, trusting God to transform prisoners’ lives through Bible study,...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
7401 County Road 101
Maple Grove, MN  55311
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Telephone: 952-212-9731
Contact Name: Kalsey Beach
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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
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This month, we are very glad to feature performance artists Christopher Lear and Allison Broeren. A Minnesota native, Chris is a storyteller, writer, and zen clown. He is happy to share his stories...

Cost: $6 - $12, sliding scale

Where:
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minnapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Story Club
Telephone: 515-344-5327
Contact Name: Sam Ferree
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Diana Goodman has the perfect suburban life complete with a loving husband, son and daughter.  But her struggle with bipolar disorder threatens to destroy it all and as her medical treatments...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Kurt Weill brings colorful characterizations and sweeping melodies to his Broadway opera-musical Street Scene! 1940s New York City tenement families experience joy, anger, longing and...

Cost: Adults $19, Seniors $14, UMD Fac/Staff $14, Student $8, UMD Student $6

Where:
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a...

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.455.9501
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Carousel has captivated audiences around the world with the powerful love story of innocent young millworker Julie Jordan and swaggering carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Billy meets a tragic end...

Cost: Adult: $34 Senior: $31 25 & Under: $27 $3 off Wednesday show

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
Bloomington, MN  55431


Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Following the steps of Jesus from the entry to Jerusalem to the resurrection, the National Lutheran Choir will portray the events of those seven days in the rich and moving texts of the Orthodox...

Cost: $25

Where:
Basilica of Saint Mary
88 North 17th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: National Lutheran Choir
Telephone: 612-722-2301
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Designed to spark creativity and imagination, Creativity Jam engages visitors in a multi-sensory landscape of lights, materials, and media. Children and adults can immerse themselves in...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Textile Center presents: Creepy Crawly: An entomological investigation of textile pattern By Artist Jennifer Angus March 6 - May 16, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 - 8 pm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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NEXT: New Musicals in the Making—is Theater Latté Da’s new work series that showcases three new musicals in various stages of development. Each of the three workshops will...

Cost: $31-$45

Where:
The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Theater Latté Da
Telephone: 612-339-3003
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Through the work of some of the most influential artists of the last century, as well as rising stars of our time, Feast exposes the richly varied meanings that can be sparked when...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Mommy and Me 1 (age walk-20 months) provides a comfortable atmosphere with a participating adult, where the child can begin to express their individual movement and musical abilities | Tuesday...

Cost: $140.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive, Ste 400
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
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During the last weeks of the spring semester, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum Plaza
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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The Aliveness Project is a local nonprofit organization that provides on-site meals, food shelf & other supportive services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. On April 30,...

Where:
Participating restaurants around the Twin Cities
, MN


Sponsor: The Aliveness Project
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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Carmen Georges Bizet The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both...

Cost: $25 - $200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-2700
Contact Name: Eric Broker
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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is excited to present the beloved musical Oliver! with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.   Performances run April 17-19, April 23-26 and May 1-2...

Cost: Adults $18.00 Students/Seniors $13.00

Where:
Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 W 3rd St
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Carleton College and Neuger Communications Group
Telephone: 507-645-8877

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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
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April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Website »

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Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Website »

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Inventors showcase new products and make connections. Manufacturers shop for products to produce. The public experiences products before they hit the marketplace. General Admission: $10.00; 6-12...

Cost: General Admission: $10.00; 6-12 $5.00; under 6 Free.

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
, MN


Telephone: 507.627.2344/800.468.3681
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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of quality...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand will host award-winning fine jewelry artist Sara Freedenfeld for a trunk showing of her Amali jewelry collections May 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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ME(me) is a multidisciplinary art exhibition featuring work by artists age 12-20, curated by Intermedia Arts' Youth Leadership Council. Opening April 9, ME(me), a play on the internet...

Cost: Sliding Scale; $3 per person suggested

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Lily and Violet, a Minneapolis women's boutique, will be hosting their Spring Event from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. The jam-packed shopping soiree with feature prosecco and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lily and Violet
3413 West 44th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Twin Cities Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms provides moms with a much-needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
, MN


Contact Name: Ashley Moses

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Karl Urban, Katie Cassidy, Gillian Anderson, Morena Baccarin, WWE® Divas The Bella Twins™, Christian Serratos, Giancarlo Esposito are among the celebrities and industry professionals at...

Cost: $35.00 (plus $4.87) and up, kids 10 and under free with paid adult

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave South Minneapolis,
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Wizard World Inc.
Telephone: 646-512-5022
Contact Name: Jerry Milani
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The Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists,...

Cost: $105-$135

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Autism Society of MN
Telephone: 651.647.1083
Contact Name: Autism Society of MN
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Festival of Nations, the largest multi-cultural event in Minnesota, brings together people from a vast array of backgrounds to celebrate their ethnic heritage. Through world-class entertainment...

Cost: Advance: $11 Adults, $8 Youth (6 to 16) At the Door: $13.50 Adults, $8 Youth 5

Where:
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: International Institute of Minnesota
Telephone: 651-647-0191
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For the 17th year, bass anglers from across the Midwest will come together with their fundraising dollars and fish in the annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic in the Wabasha Municipal Harbor....

Cost: Different Entry Levels

Where:
, MN


Telephone: (952) 893-0442
Contact Name: Melissa Bargmann
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Join the Autism Society of MN for an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true...

Cost: $75

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Autism Society of MN
Telephone: 651.647.1083
Contact Name: Autism Society of MN
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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
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One out of every three people in extreme poverty lives in India. With the caste system offering little hope for the future, many families feel despair, unable to dream. But amid this darkness,...

Cost: $30

Where:
Crystal Lake Golf Club
16725 Innsbrook Drive
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 651.447.5499
Contact Name: Hanna Ruth
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In the early years of the 20th century, traveling vaudeville shows offered a little taste of home for newly-arrived immigrants from Sweden, Norway and other Scandinavian countries. Peter...

Cost: $18 General Admission

Where:
Maple Grove Jr. HS Theatre
7000 Hemlock Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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Join us for Tom Stoppard's 1988 spy thriller Hapgood, directed by Justin Alexander. With his characteristic intelligence and sharp characterization, Stoppard "spins an end-of-the-cold-war...

Cost: $18 | sixespies.brownpapertickets.com

Where:
Nimbus Theatre
1517 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Telephone: 612-524-8886
Contact Name: Skot Rieffer
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War is an ever-present part of human society, but how we deal with it varies based on the smallest details. Even the victors do not come out unscathed. Mission Theatre Company sheds light on...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
Minneapolis Theatre Garage
711 W Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Mission Theatre Company
Telephone: 612-234-7168
Contact Name: Andrea Tonsfeldt
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The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a...

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.455.9501
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Carousel has captivated audiences around the world with the powerful love story of innocent young millworker Julie Jordan and swaggering carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Billy meets a tragic end...

Cost: Adult: $34 Senior: $31 25 & Under: $27 $3 off Wednesday show

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
Bloomington, MN  55431


Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Experimental new works from local queer-identified artists and performing groups exploring themes of race, gender identity, sexuality, family, class, HIV, sex trafficking, and more, using live...

Cost: $5 - $25 Sliding Scale

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: 20% Theater Company and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Theresa Sweetland
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Cost: Free to the public

Where:
Weber Music Hall UMD
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Diana Goodman has the perfect suburban life complete with a loving husband, son and daughter.  But her struggle with bipolar disorder threatens to destroy it all and as her medical treatments...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Skyway Theatre is glad to welcome back MELVIN SEALS & JERRY GARCIA BAND plus special guests GOD JOHNSON Friday May 1st, 2015 $20 advance, $25 day of show Doors open at 8pm Tickets...

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Skyway Venue
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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May 1st, 2015 Skyway Theatre Presents: BRENNAN HEART Brennan Heart (real name: Fabian Bohn) has an impressive track record as a DJ and producer with over 100 releases. He's known for his...

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Skyway Venue
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Carmen Georges Bizet The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both...

Cost: $25 - $200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-2700
Contact Name: Eric Broker
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Mommy and Me 1 (age walk-20 months) provides a comfortable atmosphere with a participating adult, where the child can begin to express their individual movement and musical abilities | Tuesday...

Cost: $140.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive, Ste 400
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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This Land is Your Land, Bound for Glory, Hard Travelin’… songs about the open road, fighting for one's rights, and the awesome majesty of our country.  We know them, we've...

Cost: General admission ticket price is $35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Designed to spark creativity and imagination, Creativity Jam engages visitors in a multi-sensory landscape of lights, materials, and media. Children and adults can immerse themselves in...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
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Through the work of some of the most influential artists of the last century, as well as rising stars of our time, Feast exposes the richly varied meanings that can be sparked when...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Textile Center presents: Creepy Crawly: An entomological investigation of textile pattern By Artist Jennifer Angus March 6 - May 16, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 - 8 pm...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Contact Name: Jenny Jones
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Ballet Minnesota presents the iconic ballet Giselle during their 27th Annual Minnesota Dance Festival, May 1 & 2 at The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004...

Cost: $14 - $30

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Ballet Minnesota
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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NEXT: New Musicals in the Making—is Theater Latté Da’s new work series that showcases three new musicals in various stages of development. Each of the three workshops will...

Cost: $31-$45

Where:
The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Theater Latté Da
Telephone: 612-339-3003
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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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During the last weeks of the spring semester, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum Plaza
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
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  47th Annual Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest May 2nd – Lake Minnetonka   This spring it’s official – the ice IS out! Lake Minnetonka’s original Crappie...

Cost: $5 pre-event; $10 day of event

Where:
Lord Fletcher's Lake Minnetonka
Minnetonka, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Bound
Telephone: 763-233-0720
Contact Name: Kelly Jo McDonnell
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Following a very popular Smithsonian exhibit model, archivists have selected 25 objects to display throughout the expansive Cathedral of Saint Paul to tell the building’s story. Beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Cathedral of Saint Paul
Telephone: 651-228-1766
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The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is excited to present the beloved musical Oliver! with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.   Performances run April 17-19, April 23-26 and May 1-2...

Cost: Adults $18.00 Students/Seniors $13.00

Where:
Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 W 3rd St
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Carleton College and Neuger Communications Group
Telephone: 507-645-8877

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Annual city-wide event featuring home rummage sales as well as special sales and events at various businesses and organizations.  Check the Austin Daily Herald for a map and detailed...

Cost: free to browse

Where:
Various
Austin, MN  55912


Sponsor: Austin Daily Herald
Telephone: 507-434-2214

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Leaders of the New Millennium (LNM) for Latinas, brings together Latina women to build on their leadership competencies and enhance their leadership voice in their workplace, community, and...

Cost: $2,295

Where:
Saint Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Leadership Insitute
Telephone: 651-690-6819
Contact Name: Collin Gulling
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New Event in Lowertown! 4 Intuitive practitioners will be present to work with you on a variety of topics,  including, reiki, intuitive readings, nutrition coaching and more! To view the...

Cost: $40

Where:
Studio-OneSixty
308 Prince St
Suite 160
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio-OneSixty
Telephone: (612) 564.3160
Contact Name: Amy Vastering
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April 22st-November 8th Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture. Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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Please join us for the first annual SPRING show at beautiful Lake Nokomis! Over 48 Local Indie Crafters & Artists Handmade Gifts • Art Woodworking • Textiles Jewelry •...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN  55417
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Sponsor: Lake Nokomis Community Center
Telephone: (612) 370-4923
Contact Name: Maggie Mercil
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Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence. Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through our artist...

Cost: Free

Where:
Franconia Sculpture Park
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN  55074
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  ART AT ST. KATE’S the exciting 8th annual ART FAIR of local artists presented by Artists’ Circle and Textile Center Art at St. Kate’s, a juried art fair of quality...

Cost: free

Where:
St. Catherine University
Randolph and Cleveland
Saint Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Artists' Circle
Telephone: 651-222-2483
Contact Name: Marit Lee Kucera
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The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. Literally from their first day on the job at Kenny School in Minneapolis, the...

Cost: Free

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand will host award-winning fine jewelry artist Sara Freedenfeld for a trunk showing of her Amali jewelry collections May 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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Lily and Violet, a Minneapolis women's boutique, will be hosting their Spring Event from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. The jam-packed shopping soiree with feature prosecco and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lily and Violet
3413 West 44th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Named one of the Midwest’s best races by Competitor and Active.com, participants enjoy a closed, USATF-certified road course in Peninsula State Park. Post-race party with food, beer, and...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Peninsula State Park
, WI


Telephone: 920-421-1518
Contact Name: Brian Fitzgerald
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A group of artists around Lake Minnetonka will be opening their home studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2015. It is a perfect time of year for people to enjoy a springtime...

Cost: Free

Where:
28 artists Eleven locations, see website for map
, MN


Sponsor: Lake Minnetonka Artists
Telephone: 952-473-2344
Contact Name: Karen Stombaugh
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Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ultimate place for family fun. There are games appropriate for all ages, musical entertainment, rides and a variety of food options. Plus, there’s plenty of...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese's
7505 France Ave S
Edina, MN  55435
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Twin Cities Premium Outlets invites moms to celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying a day that focuses on fashion and fun. Indulge, Fashion + Fun for Moms provides moms with a much-needed...

Cost: Free

Where:
Twin Cities Premium Outlets
, MN


Contact Name: Ashley Moses

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A special exhibition recognizing the artistic talent of students within the Saint Paul Public Schools. Featuring the art of 60 high school students plus the work of elementary students in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
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THE JOY RIDE - a smorgasbord of bike fun. We've planned a full day for you! Hop on wherever or ride from open to close. May 2, 2015 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Minneapolis & St. Paul...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis- St. Paul
PO Box 580201
Minneapolis- St. Paul , MN  55458
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Sponsor: Anelace Coffee, Recovery Bike Shop, KIND and The Current
Contact Name: Katie
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Come check on Verretta's "First Release" Party at Studio B on April 2nd at 6 PM! This event will be FREE. You are FREE. We are truly proud of almost four years of work, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Studio B
711 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Long View, an exhibition of new work by Minnesota artist, Tom Maakestad. Raised in rural Northfield in a family of artists among a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Northfield artist, Wendell Arneson. Arneson, who is approaching his retirement from St. Olaf College, has been a professor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Annex at Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Contact Name: Sally Johnson, Director
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature. We are open on the weekends to the public for guided tours...

Cost: $7.50

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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LOCAL ARTISTS. CRAFT BEER & SPIRITS. LIVE MUSIC. FOOD TRUCKS. Come join us at the inaugural Arts & Crafts, a COMPAS fundraiser! Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m....

Cost: $40 Regular Ticket / $75 VIP Ticket

Where:
Upper Cut Boxing Gym
1324 Quincy Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: COMPAS
Telephone: 651-292-4313
Contact Name: Juliana Anderson Wilkins
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LOCAL ARTISTS. CRAFT BEER & SPIRITS. LIVE MUSIC FROM COMMUNIST DAUGHTER & THE JACK BRASS BAND. FOOD TRUCKS. Come join us at the inaugural Arts & Crafts, a COMPAS fundraiser!...

Cost: $40 Regular Ticket / $75 VIP Ticket

Where:
Upper Cut Boxing Gym
1324 Quincy Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: COMPAS
Telephone: 651-292-4313
Contact Name: Juliana Anderson Wilkins
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The Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists,...

Cost: $105-$135

Where:
DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Autism Society of MN
Telephone: 651.647.1083
Contact Name: Autism Society of MN
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Festival of Nations, the largest multi-cultural event in Minnesota, brings together people from a vast array of backgrounds to celebrate their ethnic heritage. Through world-class entertainment...

Cost: Advance: $11 Adults, $8 Youth (6 to 16) At the Door: $13.50 Adults, $8 Youth 5

Where:
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: International Institute of Minnesota
Telephone: 651-647-0191
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Featuring works by Eleanor McGough, Minneapolis, Painter & Hortense La Tour, Paris, Author of Jewelry. Saturday May 2nd, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join us for a rare opportunity to meet...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Veronique Wantz Gallery
125 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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For the 17th year, bass anglers from across the Midwest will come together with their fundraising dollars and fish in the annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic in the Wabasha Municipal Harbor....

Cost: Different Entry Levels

Where:
, MN


Telephone: (952) 893-0442
Contact Name: Melissa Bargmann
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More than four decades since Crosby, Stills & Nash first harmonized in Southern California, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in...

Cost: Tickets start at $70

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN


Telephone: 952-838-9000
Contact Name: PACER Center
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Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area! We also have a centrally located...

Cost: $35.00

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Wine & Canvas
Telephone: 612-597-1885
Contact Name: Erik Swenson
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The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. The immensely popular shows are set in the present day, which means unlike...

Cost: $69.95 plus tax/fees

Where:
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Ave South
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
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VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Don Shelby, actor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor Jon Cranney, director Two performances: 3:30 p.m. Matinee and 7 p.m. Evening Step into the past to...

Cost: $100 ($50 is a tax-deductible donation)

Where:
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
Harriet Island Rd
Saint Paul, MN  55107
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Following the steps of Jesus from the entry to Jerusalem to the resurrection, the National Lutheran Choir will portray the events of those seven days in the rich and moving texts of the Orthodox...

Cost: $25

Where:
Zumbro Lutheran Church
624 3rd Avenue Southwest
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: National Lutheran Choir
Telephone: 612-722-2301
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Cost: Free to the public

Where:
Weber Music Hall UMD
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN  55812
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Join us for Tom Stoppard's 1988 spy thriller Hapgood, directed by Justin Alexander. With his characteristic intelligence and sharp characterization, Stoppard "spins an end-of-the-cold-war...

Cost: $18 | sixespies.brownpapertickets.com

Where:
Nimbus Theatre
1517 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Telephone: 612-524-8886
Contact Name: Skot Rieffer
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In the early years of the 20th century, traveling vaudeville shows offered a little taste of home for newly-arrived immigrants from Sweden, Norway and other Scandinavian countries. Peter...

Cost: $18 General Admission

Where:
Maple Grove Jr. HS Theatre
7000 Hemlock Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN  55369
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The New York Daily News wrote "If you like Grease you will love Happy Days. A power house, rock and roll trip down memory lane, Happy Days is not to be missed!" Take a...

Cost: $25.00 - $30.00

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 612.455.9501
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Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has announced an array of activity surrounding the release of their much-anticipated eighth studio album, including the first leg of their upcoming...

Cost: $38.50

Where:
Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Telephone: 612-624-2345
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"A long time ago in a castle far, far away The vision of Ghosty Wan Kenobi embarks young Hamluke onto a tragic tale of betrayal and revenge in this hilarious, acclaimed, "Star Wars"...

Cost: $18.00

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Dana's Boys
Telephone: 952-270-9434
Contact Name: Michael Maykethttps://www.facebook.com/events/1438

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Experimental new works from local queer-identified artists and performing groups exploring themes of race, gender identity, sexuality, family, class, HIV, sex trafficking, and more, using live...

Cost: $5 - $25 Sliding Scale

Where:
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: 20% Theater Company and Intermedia Arts
Telephone: 612-871-4444
Contact Name: Theresa Sweetland
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Spitting Image Collective, a dynamic group of up-and-coming composers formed in 2013, presents its second round of commissions and concerts, featuring new works by Twin Cities composers Scott...

Cost: $15, $10 students

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Spitting Image Collective
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Diana Goodman has the perfect suburban life complete with a loving husband, son and daughter.  But her struggle with bipolar disorder threatens to destroy it all and as her medical treatments...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Carousel has captivated audiences around the world with the powerful love story of innocent young millworker Julie Jordan and swaggering carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Billy meets a tragic end...

Cost: Adult: $34 Senior: $31 25 & Under: $27 $3 off Wednesday show

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
Bloomington, MN  55431


Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Skyway Theatre is glad to welcome back MELVIN SEALS & JERRY GARCIA BAND plus special guests GOD JOHNSON Friday May 1st, 2015 $20 advance, $25 day of show Doors open at 8pm Tickets...

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Skyway Venue
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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May 1st, 2015 Skyway Theatre Presents: BRENNAN HEART Brennan Heart (real name: Fabian Bohn) has an impressive track record as a DJ and producer with over 100 releases. He's known for his...

Cost: $20-25

Where:
Skyway Venue
711 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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2-Day Expo Celebrates and Empowers Moms with Celebrity Keynotes, Real-Talk Panels, and Access to Great Local Resources Minnesota moms will have access to information, resources, and camaraderie...

Cost: http://www.momsrockexpo.com/

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 651-206-9852
Contact Name: Kelly Plummer
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Ballet Minnesota presents the iconic ballet Giselle during their 27th Annual Minnesota Dance Festival, May 1 & 2 at The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004...

Cost: $14 - $30

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Ballet Minnesota
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During the last weeks of the spring semester, the Weisman Art Museum's student group, WAM Collective, will turn the museum's front plaza into a temporary park. Inspired by the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum Plaza
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
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They are emblems of achievement and passage to the other side. Big bridges have been making their mark on cityscapes through the ages. In the Twin Cities, our unique location on the gorge of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Lillian (Babe) and Julius E. Davis, the namesake donors of a WAM collection gallery, were supporters of the Weisman on many levels. In addition to contributing the funds for the gallery...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »

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DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS-The Musical based on the Steve Martin/Michael Caine movie takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity.  Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of...

Cost: $24-$35

Where:
OLD LOG THEATRE
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Sponsor: Sponsored by MAGENIC
Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Muareen Kvam
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NEXT: New Musicals in the Making—is Theater Latté Da’s new work series that showcases three new musicals in various stages of development. Each of the three workshops will...

Cost: $31-$45

Where:
The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Sponsor: Theater Latté Da
Telephone: 612-339-3003
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Wine & Canvas is the painting class with cocktails! Join us for an evening filled with food, wine, and painting! Wine and Canvas brings art class to some of the best restaurants in the...

Cost: $35 | sign up at www.wineandcanvas.com

Where:
Everywhere - Twin Cities Metro
, MN


Telephone: 612-597-1885
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Mommy and Me 1 (age walk-20 months) provides a comfortable atmosphere with a participating adult, where the child can begin to express their individual movement and musical abilities | Tuesday...

Cost: $140.00

Where:
Academy of Russian Ballet
14675 Martin Drive, Ste 400
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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This visual history of the Cathedral of St. Paul includes very early black-and-white photographs and descriptions of key events leading up to the completion of the Cathedral’s construction....

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-228-1766
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All Ages Doors 6 p.m. $8 adv/&10 Doors  Tickets available online or at the door

Cost: $8 adv/&10 Doors

Where:
Mankato Brewery
1119 Center Street
Mankato, MN  56003
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Through the work of some of the most influential artists of the last century, as well as rising stars of our time, Feast exposes the richly varied meanings that can be sparked when...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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C’mon, scientists! Get hands-on in the Super Fab Lab with Sid and friends as you discover the extraordinary scientific secrets hidden in our ordinary world. This exciting, new traveling...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55403
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Designed to spark creativity and imagination, Creativity Jam engages visitors in a multi-sensory landscape of lights, materials, and media. Children and adults can immerse themselves in...

Cost: $9.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Donaldson Filtration Solutions
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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This Land is Your Land, Bound for Glory, Hard Travelin’… songs about the open road, fighting for one's rights, and the awesome majesty of our country.  We know them, we've...

Cost: General admission ticket price is $35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Carmen Georges Bizet The smoldering femme fatale, Carmen, is one of the most captivating heroines in all of opera. Obsession turns deadly when her gypsy seductions ensnare both...

Cost: $25 - $200

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Opera
Telephone: 612-333-2700
Contact Name: Eric Broker
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Celebrate your child’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s! Guests will enjoy pizza, games, a special birthday show with Chuck E. and take home awesome souvenirs. There are party...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Chuck E. Cheese's
7505 France Ave S
Edina, MN  55435
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