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A Question of Balance


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Over the last decade or two, few subjects have interested wine aficionados in this country more than Zinfandel. The subject of endless fascination and mystery, Zin, as it is affectionately known, has been close to the hearts of wine drinkers in part because it is known as “America’s grape.” Firmly rooted for over a century in the diverse soils of California, from Paso Robles to the Russian River to the Sierra Foothills, Zin was our one great wine grape whose origin couldn’t be traced back to Europe. Until it was.

Zin, as it turned out, had been living amongst us as an amnesiac with no memory of its past. A few years ago, though, DNA testing discovered that in fact Zinfandel was the alter ego of Primitivo, grown for centuries in Southern Italy. And then it turned out that the true identity of both Zin and Primitivo was a grape that went by the name of Crljenak Kastelanski, from an island off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Still, it never seemed to truly thrive until it kicked off the dust of its Old World roots and made a new life for itself in California.

While all this attention has been a boon to Zinfandel’s growth and reach (between 1993 and 2003, Zinfandel acreage in California grew by 48%), it hasn’t actually done a lot to improve Zin’s social standing. It’s often characterized as better suited for a picnic than for a fine restaurant, and many winemakers have taken this image to heart, reinforcing the stereotype by making big, overripe, high-alcohol, jammy fruit bombs—wines fit for little more than burgers or pizza, if that.

This is unfortunate, as Zinfandel is actually a grape with all the elevated features of any of the classic French grapes: It is able to demonstrate terroir (that is, communicate a unique sense of where it was grown), to show complexity, elegance, and restraint, and to go exquisitely with all manner of food, both high and low. In fact, Zin need never be a fruit bomb. As a wine it naturally shows exuberant fruit, but also much more—spice, bramble, herbs, and pepper. The good news is that there are several producers making Zinfandel in what could almost be called a European style, and their number is growing.

“We taste a lot of Zinfandels,” says Paul Draper, longtime winemaker for the California’s venerable Ridge Vineyards, “and we’re delighted when we taste something that complements food.” Ridge specializes in Zinfandel, and Draper has been making exquisite, food-friendly Zins for more than 30 years. The qualities that constitute compatibility with food, he says, are good acidity, balance, and moderate alcohol—three things not found in many of today’s Zins. “People say that a high alcohol level is the necessary byproduct of getting the Zinfandel grapes ripe,” Draper asserts, “but if your levels are above 15 or 16 degrees, you’re choosing to do that. No Zin needs to be that ripe.”

Ridge’s famous Lytton Springs Zinfandel from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley is a good example of a well-balanced Zin. The 2004 is a dense and full-bodied wine, displaying all of the luscious fruit character we expect from Zinfandel, but the alcohol level is 14.5%. And with aromas of spices, pepper, and forest leaves to go along with its ample black raspberry core, it is as much savory as it is plump. Another 2004 Dry Creek Zin, from Nalle, features typical Dry Creek red-fruit sweetness, but also has a lip-smacking acidity that makes it gorgeous with food. Its alcohol is a mere 13.9 percent.

The Dry Creek Valley is also the origin of a wonderfully savory and balanced Zin from Dashe Cellars, a winery that truly tries to make food-friendly wines. Run by the husband and wife team of Mike and Anne Dashe, the winery is located in Oakland, but sources grapes from northern Sonoma.“We try for a house style of intensity of fruit but also texture and complexity,” says Mike Dashe. “Anne and I drink a lot of French wines, and our tastes were honed around wines meant for the table. Too much fruit, too much tannin, too much alcohol, too much anything can spoil that.” Not only do Mike and Anne (who is French) drink a lot of French wine, but both have extensive experience working in Bordeaux, which clearly influences their Zinfandels. In addition, Mike worked at Ridge under Paul Draper for nine years. All this experience is apparent when you taste their 2003 Louvau Vineyard Dry Creek Zinfandel, which has summery aromas of bright red fruit, herbs, brambles, and dust, and a great structure that begs for grilled steak or pork.

So how does one make a savory, balanced Zinfandel? As is so often the case with wine, it starts in the vineyard. Paul Draper of Ridge says that Zinfandel grapes can be loaded with natural complexity—flavors beyond the fruit and the jam—but they have to be cultivated, harvested, and vinified with a notion toward preserving and encouraging these qualities.

Draper believes that vines need to hit the half-century mark before they can deliver truly ripe flavors and tannins at moderate alcohol levels. But even so, he asserts, old vines alone are not the answer: Site and farming techniques are critical. “I’ve tried 50 different Zinfandel vineyards and we only work with 12 or 14. Even if the vines were 50 to 100 years of age, we rejected many of them because they didn’t produce a consistency of flavor that we liked.”

Dave Phinney, winemaker for Napa’s Howell Mountain Vineyards as well as his own Orin Swift label, agrees. For the former, he makes two dazzling single-vineyard Zins—Black Sears and Beatty Ranch—from Napa’s famous Howell Mountain. Both are impeccably balanced and complex. “You walk up to those vineyards, and it’s a no-brainer,” he says. “Black Sears has 40-year-old vines, head-trained, in an alluvial bowl. Beatty Ranch, you just look down at the soil and it’s the red, rocky, iron, alkaline. Some vineyards you taste the fruit and it’s exceptional, and sometimes it just tastes like ripe grapes. Beatty vineyard tastes exceptional—the grapes themselves have complexity.”

Site selection is only the beginning, however. After that comes the real work. “People say Pinot Noir’s hard to grow, but I’d put Zin up against it,” Phinney asserts. “People have to know how to grow it, when to thin it, how to thin it, when to pull leaves, how to harvest—the list goes on and on.”

One of the hallmarks of the Zinfandel grapevine is its tendency to ripen unevenly. While some grapes on a vine might be ripe, others might lag behind. If a less-than-fastidious farmer waits for the laggards to ripen, the ripe grapes will be overripe by the time of harvest. And if he lazily harvests them all together, the raisined grapes will contribute to the jamminess, high alcohol levels, and washed-out flavors that have come to plague so many modern Zinfandels. “You can really combat uneven ripening by having balanced vines,” says Anne Dashe. “We take off a lot of fruit that’s lagging behind other clusters. It’s more work, but you have to do it if you want to make sound wines.”

“I think Zin requires a lot of attention, more than is commensurate for what it sells for,” says Jay Heminway of Napa’s Green and Red Vineyard, a highly-regarded producer of balanced Zinfandel. There’s an awful lot of crop thinning, it tends to want to mildew, and it has very thin skin so it’s susceptible to rain. It also ripens very unevenly and requires a great deal of attention at harvest. We sort judiciously in the vineyard, try to drop a lot of fruit, keep clusters from touching each other. It ends up being a lot of hours.”

The Dashes also sort through the grapes in the winery, taking out anything that shows the pinkness of under-ripeness and the raisining of over-ripeness. Many winemakers use open-top fermenters, which allow some of the excess alcohol in Zinfandel to blow off during fermentation. And finally, almost all top producers of savory Zinfandel unanimously agree that the barrel regime must be restrained. “Zin just can’t take much new oak,” Phinney insists. The Dashes say they use hardly any.

Paul Draper sums is up: “Good Zinfandel takes a lot of effort. You’re putting in more time than most wineries in the vineyard and, if you’re going to make it in a traditional way, more time in the winery. Youa bottle of Zinfandel next to two half-filled glasses have to monitor it so closely from the fermenting tank through the barrel aging, tasting it all the time, watching it. It’s almost a labor of love.”

But their labor is our love. A balanced, complex Zinfandel is an irresistible thing, with all the elegance and savory qualities of a great French wine. It just takes a lot of hard work—and what could be more American than that?

7 Heavenly Zins


Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2004
Bright and zippy, this wine has moderate alcohol, great acidity, and bright fruit. Try it slightly chilled with strongly flavored food.

Hartford Court Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2004

From vineyards averaging 80 years in age, this bargain has a Pinot-like fineness, but also all the deep, rich, berry fruit typical of the Russian River.

Howell Mountain Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2004

Bright cherry and raspberry meld with notes of anise and white pepper in this exuberant wine. Fine tannins make for a juicy, long finish.

Green and Red Vineyard Zinfandel Chiles Mill Vineyard Napa Valley 2003
Subtle flavors of pepper, earth, and dried herbs intermingle with lovely, pure raspberry and blackberry. An impeccably balanced wine meant for the table.

Nalle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2004
Impossibly bright berry flavors are sharpened with juicy acidity and a medium-bodied suppleness. Lovely with charred chicken or grilled ribeye.

Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2004
Powerful yet elegant, this wine has a lovely purple hue and a mélange of spices and herbs to go with its sweet berry core.

Storybook Mountain Zinfandel Mayacamas Range Napa Valley 2004

From the benchmark Zinfandel producer comes a magnificent Zinfandel, uniquely complex and savory with mineral, violets, blackberry, and waves of flavor.
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Join us for the first Twin Cities Women in Digital meetup in 2018! During this event, we will learn how the Super Bowl Anti-Sex Trafficking Committee will be leveraging digital channels for...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Women in Digital
Telephone: 763-229-1561
Contact Name: Carolyn Lane
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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Black Label Movement (BLM) announces its 11th Minnesota season BLM 11 : TEAMWORK  for a two week season at the Ritz Theater in the heart of northeast Minneapolis January 12-21, 2018. The season...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Ritz Theater
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612.339.8007
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Take a journey back in time to 1921 and get an inside look at Mr. Hill’s most significant gift to the city of Saint Paul. Learn the stories, mysteries and intrigue behind the stone walls of the...

Cost: $8

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 651 265 5500
Contact Name: Lindsey Dyer
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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Pine Harbor Christian Academy is inviting the community to our Snowy Sneak Peek winter carnival on January 18th, 2018 at 5:00-7:00 pm. Admission is free. Activities for all ages. All are welcome...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine Harbor Christian Academy
11125 W Point Douglas Rd
Hastings, MN  55033
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Glowga is all about fun loving yogis coming together for a night of yoga, music, and creative expressions that make your body and soul GLOW! One hour Glowga yoga followed by 15 minutes of guided...

Cost: 19.99

Where:
Mall Of America Park View event center
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Now in its fifth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant...

Cost: $30

Where:
TPT Street Space
172 4th St E,
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

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Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $30-$40

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

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
Website »

More information

Black Label Movement (BLM) announces its 11th Minnesota season BLM 11 : TEAMWORK  for a two week season at the Ritz Theater in the heart of northeast Minneapolis January 12-21, 2018. The season...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Ritz Theater
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Black Label Movement
Telephone: 612-812-3260
Contact Name: Carl Flink
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

For 29 years, our game dinner has fed hundreds of men each year with awesome wild game from around the country and beyond, venison, bear, elk, wild boar, turkey, alligator, walleye, salmon, you...

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Maranatha Church
24799 Forest Boulevard
Forest Lake, MN  55025
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A formal and artistic pole dance competition that includes amateur and professional divisions. Competitors can choose between different divisions and categories such as Artistic Dance and...

Cost: $20-60

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N.
Saint Paul , MN  55104
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Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
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How it works:Come to the Logan Recreation Center on January 19th from 5pm-8pm to browse our collection of 110 original artworks. Once you find one that you love, we will check it out for you. Then...

Cost: Free

Where:
Logan Recreation Center
690 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Art Lending Library
Contact Name: Amelia Foster
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Stream Capture explores the role and position of the landscape and natural environment within a world shaped by technology and digital media. The exhibition opens at MCAD’s main gallery on...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: MCAD

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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Join the American Swedish Institute for the opening night preview party for CraftBOWL, a new multi-part exhibition of work by three Swedish master craftspeople that launches the American Swedish...

Cost: $15 ASI members / $20 non-members

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: American Swedish Institute
Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily Krumm
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Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

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Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

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

More information

"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Sanctuary explores the music of immigrants to Minnesota- from early Scandinavian immigrants, to African Americans arriving through the Underground Railroad, and more recent music of Hmong, Mexican...

Cost: 30-50

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: One Voice Mixed Chorus
Telephone: 651-298-1954
Contact Name: Alicia Pedersen
Website »

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Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $30-$40

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


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

More information

The intense human-bob-sled race is back at the capital for yet another speed run up and down icy slopes set under the Cathedral of St.Paul. Will new mayor Melvin Carter lace up his skates and give...

Where:
St. Paul
, MN


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
View map »

More information

A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612.339.8007
Website »

More information

  MacPhail Faculty, Nina Olsen, Sarah Porwoll-Lee, Katrina Mundinger and Paul Schimming make up the Minnesota Clarinet Quartet. Join this family of Clarinets as they underscore classic tales like...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music's Antonello Hall
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Website »

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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
Website »

More information

The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
View map »


Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
Website »

More information

2017 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows Mic Stowell (Minneapolis) and Xilam Balam Ybarra (St. Paul) will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

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


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

A formal and artistic pole dance competition that includes amateur and professional divisions. Competitors can choose between different divisions and categories such as Artistic Dance and...

Cost: $20-60

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N.
Saint Paul , MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Pole and Performing Art
Telephone: 651-347-0412
Contact Name: Myss Angie
Website »

More information

Local, internationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Art Kistler and the EP Boulevard Show Band are once again hosting a dinner show, this time to benefit the Fisher House Foundation!  The Fisher...

Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door

Where:
Bloomington VFW, Everett McClay VFW Post 1296
311 W 84th Street
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Sponsor: Art Kistler & the EP Boulevard Show Band
Telephone: 651-206-4292
Contact Name: Jean Kistler
Website »

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A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.   In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a...

Cost: Children: $8.00 / Adults: $20.00 / Lap children: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
View map »

More information

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

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


Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
Website »

More information

"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production...

Cost: $20.00

Where:
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

Following humorist Tim Northern’s appearance as a finalist on the nationally televised “Star Search”, Naomi Judd raved about his performance. “He’s the only one that could be a member of...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
Website »

More information

It’s all supply and demand: With below-freezing temps, ice cream from LEO’S MALT SHOP goes for free during Stillwater’s annual Winter Ice Cream Social. As for the chili?...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Stillwater
Stillwater, MN

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

Cost: $30-$40

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


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

More information

The intense human-bob-sled race is back at the capital for yet another speed run up and down icy slopes set under the Cathedral of St.Paul. Will new mayor Melvin Carter lace up his skates and give...

Where:
St. Paul
, MN


Website »

More information

On the frozen Lake Harriet sits a whale-shaped icehouse that emanates long, searching calls. The "Lonely Whale" is part of this year's Art Shanty Projects, where local artists turn...

Where:
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Website »

More information

The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

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