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The Man from Fortune Bay


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KEVIN LEECY KNOWS something about deals gone bad. Since 2004, he’s been tribal chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, whose reservation on the border of Minnesota’s Arrowhead region was so chopped up by government take-backs and lumberjacks and gold prospectors that it emerged from the 19th century in far-flung pieces, like a deer ravaged by wolves. After the tribe was pressured to sign a treaty ceding lands to the U.S. government in the 1850s, band members had to regularly hike some 200 miles to Grand Portage to collect the payments and provisions that, by all accounts, were hardly worth the trek. In the 20th century, Indian children literally had their heritage beaten out of them in government-mandated boarding schools, where they were punished if they spoke or dressed like Indians. Bois Forte was so neglected that even until a few years ago, the state highway running through the reservation was paved right up to the border, turned to gravel inside the rez, and went back to pavement on the other side—the last gravel highway in Minnesota.

Leecy pretty much thought he’d heard it all when he got wind of Governor Tim Pawlenty’s state-tribal casino plan last year. Pawlenty had long been trying to get the state a cut of the billion-dollar casino revenues generated by tribes. It wouldn’t be easy—gaming compacts signed in the 1980s can be renegotiated only if both sides agree to do so. Past legislative efforts to squeeze payments from tribes or legalize competing non-Indian gaming have mostly failed. Tapping the only economic development tool that’s made any difference in conditions on Indian reservations wouldn’t exactly be politically correct. Nevertheless, with a budget crunch looming, Pawlenty was hoping to finally hit the jackpot.

The governor’s plan was for Indian bands to ante up $200 million to participate in a new casino located near the metro area, with the state receiving one-third of the revenues. Pawlenty reached out specifically to bands like Bois Forte, whose relatively isolated casinos generate only a fraction of the money pulled in by bands closer to the Twin Cities. But there was a catch, as far as Leecy was concerned: the plan would open the door to off-reservation casinos (busting the de-facto Indian monopoly) while competing with Mystic Lake and other metro-area casinos, pitting Indian against Indian. Pawlenty called his plan “a more fair deal.” Right, Leecy thought. Fair like Columbus.

Leecy immediately spoke out. In a press release, he said the proposed deal did not pass the “smell test.” In his 2005 State of the Band address, Leecy noted, “Whether it was our timber, wild rice, or our land, Indian people have had a bad experience in these types of deals.” He even testified before Congress: “As we know from experience, the end result will be simply another example of tribes being separated from their resources.”

Although three tribes—the Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth bands, which together make up nearly 80 percent of Minnesota’s native population—were tentatively behind the proposal, Leecy couldn’t be swayed. “It is a sad day in Indian country when our fellow tribes seek action that is intended to divide us,” he said.

Suddenly, the 40-year-old former public relations official for Bois Forte’s Fortune Bay Resort Casino was making headlines for a band few people outside the Arrowhead region had ever heard of. A year later, Leecy was elected vice chair of the National Indian Gaming Association, which represents 184 indigenous nations across America, and was hailed by the lobbying group’s leader as “a great example of the new generation of bright, articulate, young Indian leaders.” If Pawlenty presumed Leecy would eagerly sign on to his casino deal—which eventually died in the Legislature—he was sorely mistaken. So how could Bois Forte, with 29 percent of its population living under the poverty line and a casino closer to the Canadian wilderness than the megabucks of Minneapolis, afford to turn down the state’s offer? Leecy and the band had something better in mind.

IN THE BEGINNING, there was Gitchie Manitou, the Great Spirit. And after creating the woods and the waters and everything in them, he made the Anishinabe—the “original people”—who lived on the East Coast of North America and spoke an Algonquin tongue. It is from this tribe that the Bois Forte band was formed. Many hundreds of years ago, before Columbus arrived, the Anishinabe were told in a dream to move inland or risk being destroyed by newcomers from the east. Those who voyaged up the St. Lawrence River on a 500-year migration became known as the Chippewa—or Ojibwe, as they prefer to be called. They stopped when they found the turtle-shaped island foretold in the dream—Madeline Island in Lake Superior—and manoomin, or wild rice, the “food that grows on water.” From there, they dispersed, until the newcomers from the East—the French, at first—caught up to them anyway.

Bois Forte means “people of the thick woods” or “people of the hard woods” or “hardy people of the woods”—the French intention is unclear, though the import is obvious enough: these were some tough Indians who could thrive in the fir forests around what is now Voyageurs National Park. The band arrived in the area after moving north from the Iron Range. A group of warriors had tracked a wounded moose for several days to a lake filled with wild rice; when the Indians said they saw a spirit rise from the lake—a man in clothing that resembled a net—they knew this was where they should live. Today, the lake (as well as the village where the Bois Forte tribal government is based) is called Nett Lake, and it is believed to contain the largest chain of natural wild rice beds in the world. When, in 1854, the U.S. government forced the Bois Forte band to choose a reservation, this is where they settled.

Some 675 Bois Forte band members now live on the reservation, mostly in Nett Lake. The village of Vermilion, the reservation’s other major settlement, sits on the shore of the state’s fifth-largest lake, ringed with resorts. Vermilion has a smaller population than Nett Lake but contains the band’s Fortune Bay Resort Casino—easily the largest employer in the area—and its popular golf course, the Wilderness at Fortune Bay, which was named “America’s best new upscale public course” last year by Golf Digest. The villages are an hour’s drive apart, through woods that give you some idea of what the French were talking about: the underbrush forms a thorny wall between the trees and in spring the mayflies swarm out of the swamps, pelting windshields like a heavy rain.

The village of Nett Lake, located 40 miles from Canada, is laid out in a circle with a few interlacing roads fanning out from the middle, like a dreamcatcher, with modest houses and trailer homes scattered on the outskirts. In the center sit the offices of the Reservation Tribal Council (RTC), the Nett Lake School, the Native Hearts Fitness Center, and a home for seniors (called elders here) affectionately dubbed the Wrinkle Ranch. The K–6 school is the pride of the reservation; murals of native life cover the walls, and students learn about traditional Ojibwe culture. Recently, the school was awarded $10.7 million from the state Legislature for an expansion that will attach a health clinic to the school building, an effort to encourage positive lifestyles in a culture where it’s not uncommon for people to die in their forties from the effects of poor diet, smoking, and alcoholism. Before Bois Forte gaming began with a bingo parlor in 1986, the village more closely resembled a Third World country, with shack-like homes, outhouses for bathrooms, and very little employment—“a place you didn’t want to direct people to,” according to Tom Klein, a long-time editor of the Daily Journal in International Falls who now is news editor for the Timberjay newspaper in Cook. However, in the past 10 years or so, a miracle worthy of Gitchie Manitou has transformed the reservation.

In an economically challenged part of the state that’s used to people moving out, not in, band members are flocking to the reservation. There’s a waiting list for housing; in fact, one transplant, a dentist, lived with his family in the Fortune Bay hotel for a year until their house could be built. This would be easier to believe if Bois Forte distributed casino profits to individual band members, a practice that’s enriched members of the band behind Mystic Lake (a band, frankly, that can afford to do this and still donate millions to other tribes). But Bois Forte doesn’t give per-capita payments. Instead, the band has poured money into infrastructure: clinics, housing, education, and enterprise (last year, the band purchased WELY, a radio station in Ely as famed for its previous owner—CBS broadcaster Charles Kuralt—as its quirky programming) in order to diversify its economy, 31 percent of which is now driven by non-casino revenues. “They’re doing it right, in my opinion,” says Bill Hanna, editor of the Mesabi Daily News, based in Virginia. Klein agrees: “They’re investing in a lot of things you’d like to see state government investing in.”

But band members aren’t just moving back for the jobs, or the full college-tuition reimbursement, or the laptops the band hopes to give to every fifth- and sixth-grader. They’re returning for their health. Many were raised in Twin Cities neighborhoods infested with drugs and crime. On the rez, in the strong woods, band members feel safer and breathe easier and take comfort in their Ojibwe culture. “It’s a good place to raise a family” is not something one hears about a reservation very often, but it’s said all the time at Bois Forte.

Kevin Leecy is a transplant himself. His grandmother was born in a native village in what is now Voyageurs National Park. He grew up in Little Earth, the Indian housing complex in south Minneapolis. After joining the Army, going to college, and working in Leech Lake’s casino, he arrived at Bois Forte in 1996 and soon became the public- relations director for Fortune Bay. Indians speak of “walking in two worlds”—their own society and that of the dominant culture—and, as someone who has lived both in the big city and on the reservation, Leecy understands this dynamic better than most. But another advantage is what he doesn’t know: his generation is the first to have no personal experience with the government-run boarding schools. He grew up with Red Power, the cultural and political movement that began in the late 1960s as Indians reclaimed their heritage, and he has ascended as Indian casinos—which raked in some $20 billion nationally last year—are flourishing. His generation of leaders may be judged on how they cultivate the fruit of both eras, using today’s financial windfalls to keep the old ways alive—while ensuring that all this progress doesn’t crash when the Indian casino monopoly does.

If anyone is in a position to balance these priorities, it might be Leecy. He may not be the most powerful Indian leader in the state, his band being neither the richest nor the largest. But he is likely the best-connected, having never really taken off his public-relations hat. He helped found the Minnesota American Indian Tourism Association, now a division of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. He’s chair of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the official liaison between the state’s 11 tribes and government. His national reputation, boosted by the stand against Pawlenty and calls for coalition-building, is formidable enough to have won him the position of vice-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association. That said, his mission is more than financial or even cultural. In the end, it is spiritual. Many Indians believe that when their spirituality is healthy, they too will prosper. And Leecy wants very much to see that the dark days of even a few decades ago never return. This is why he was so proud this past summer when the Vermilion Family Wellness Center, with a fitness center, computer facilities, and a Boys & Girls Club, opened right across the road from the ruins of Bois Forte’s old boarding school.

“Life is a circle,” he says. “We were down and now we’re coming up.”

“NO ONE UNDERSTANDS the reservation,” says a woman who’s worked on and off it for years, meaning that for many non-Indians, contemporary tribal life is a mystery as impenetrable as the Bois Forte woods. In fact, it may be impossible for outsiders to untangle the threads that pull this place along (and sometimes hold it back): a mix of family loyalties, ancient traditions, and modern realities. A good place to start learning is at a powwow, which, at Bois Forte, is like a family reunion with better food, dancing, and door prizes.

Hand-painted signs mark the way to the Sah gii bah gah (“Moon of the Bursting Buds”) powwow, a celebration of spring held beside Nett Lake. The grounds consist of a circle of bleachers surrounding a grass ring for dancing, with a gazebo in the middle sheltering several drumming groups. All day and night, the groups take turns playing; anyone who wants to dance can do so.

A silver-haired man in traditional finery—headdress, buckskin, bells—dances beside a girl of about 12 wearing a T-shirt that says “You’re cute enough for tonight.” Dozens of women and girls wear jingle dresses, also called healing dresses, a traditional outfit adorned with tiny metal cones (the lids of Copenhagen snuff cans are the preferred do-it-yourself material). The jingles clink against each other with the slightest shake so that a constant ringing emanates from the powwow grounds, like the sound of sleigh bells or the murmur of prayer.

Booths selling dreamcatchers and Indian tacos—ground beef, lettuce, and tomatoes stuffed into frybread—stand beside a vintage camper trailer marked “Egg Rolls.” A sacred campfire, kept alight throughout the powwow, burns beside a Mary Kay cosmetics outpost.
 

a photograph of the Bois Forte's land
Photo By Thomas Strand

“We come to share our culture—our way is all about sharing,” announces a spiritual leader visiting from Grand Portage. “We’re not trying to change anyone’s way—the elders teach us to respect other people. …We come here for guidance and the wisdom of our elderly people. For healing. And we come here for a good time.” The emcee speaks in the flat, matter-of-fact manner sometimes called “Indian brogue,” memorably employed by several characters in the old TV series Northern Exposure. The dialect has often led outsiders to believe Indians are stoic or even humorless, but generally the opposite is true. For instance, Kevin Leecy and his wife have six children, five girls and a boy, the youngest; Leecy jokingly calls him “Finally.”

A survivalist spirit is woven into the culture. Mary Strong, a diminutive grandmother, grew up with a spartan, traditional lifestyle, eating lake weeds and scouring the forest for food and medicinal plants. She operated heavy machinery in the Iron Range mines and drove a truck for the state highway department for 21 years. “People think we get everything for free,” she says. (The idea that Indians don’t pay taxes is as false as it is widely believed. For the record, all Indians are subject to federal taxes, and all Indians are subject to state taxes unless they both live and work on a reservation.) Strong admires Kevin Leecy for standing up to Pawlenty and for encouraging traditional culture. She still hand-harvests wild rice and, during breaks in the powwow dancing, sells it out of the back of her minivan.

Of course, it will take more than dancing and ricing to address some of the entrenched issues on reservations. Bois Forte’s unemployment rate hovers around 30 percent. Rez politics, complicated by small-town gossip and family feuds in which certain families are perceived as getting the better government jobs, are brutally divisive (Leecy has already survived, rather easily, one petition to oust him). And, perhaps most importantly, not all the wounds of colonialism have healed. “Have you heard of historical trauma?” asks a Bois Forte man at the powwow. The terms refers to the cumulative psychological damage inflicted by the boarding schools and other tools of assimilation, the hole where a culture was. “A lot of people want to paint a rosy picture of the reservation,” he says. “But it’s not.”

“We’re trying to change that mistrust [of outsiders] instilled in our parents and grandparents,” says a man about Leecy’s age. “We’re still fighting it.”

IN VERMILION, near Fortune Bay, the Bois Forte Heritage Center & Cultural Museum sits a short distance from a gouge in the earth made by gold prospectors, who invaded Indian lands to seek their own fortunes in 1866. The museum describes the gold rush and many other events in Bois Forte history while communicating the traditions of Ojibwe life to golfers, gamblers, schoolchildren, and other visitors. And there are a lot of them: last year, band officials say, Fortune Bay turned away 10,000 potential guests who couldn’t be accommodated at the resort, which is now being expanded to 175 rooms. Non-Indians (“chimooks,” to use the local slang for white folks) are more integrated in rez life now, making up the vast majority of resort employees, and it’s Leecy’s hope that tourism will spawn a new kind of interaction between Indians and the wider world, one that leads to cultural understanding, not culture clashes. To confront the past as a modern-day Indian leader, he explains, “I think you have to say, ‘Don’t feel sorry for me’ [as well as] ‘What can I do today to make sure that doesn’t happen to us again?’”

Casino money has raised the profile of Indian tribes in general. Banks that once refused to loan money to bands now court their business. Politicians who ignored the native vote now seek its blessing. But Leecy believes the Indian casino stronghold will inevitably be breached—someone will succeed where Pawlenty failed. He just hopes that a new model for Indian reservations will be in place by then. One with a more diverse economy. One that welcomes business and visitors. One, in other words, that resembles the rest of society. But also a model that emphasizes why the rez must always be different; without an appreciation for Indian sovereignty—the right of Indian tribes to govern themselves and deal with the U.S. government much like a state or even a foreign nation—there can be no understanding of Indians, just as there would be no casinos. Sovereignty, properly respected, Leecy believes, may be the best way to ensure that the past isn’t repeated. And now that tribes are being listened to more closely, it may be the best time in a long while to get that message across.

Recently, as chair of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Leecy insisted on meeting directly with legislators or the governor instead of lower officials. “It’s like a muscle,” Leecy says. “If you don’t flex that sovereignty—and we haven’t as much in the past—then you lose it.”

Leecy’s approach seems to fit with the recently articulated doctrine of “responsible sovereignty,” which, according to David Wilkins, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, advises Indian leaders to strike a pragmatic balance between upholding Indian integrity and the knowledge that inherent sovereignty can be “snuffed out” at the whim of government officials. If Leecy is unafraid of conflict, it’s only because he’s confident he can find practical solutions. “There are certain people who need to step up at these higher levels and say something—and I’m willing to do that,” he says. “Someone needs to come in and help mediate and educate.”

Leecy has less than two years left as Bois Forte chairman before he must fight for re-election, but even a 20-year tenure probably wouldn’t be enough to address some of the band’s larger issues. “It took us a long time—200, 300 years—to lose the life that was given us,” says Gene Goodsky, one of Bois Forte’s spiritual advisors, implying it may also take the Indians a long time to get it all back. After all, one of the lessons lost, he says, was likely the most important: patience.

In the cultural museum stands a large photographic collage, representing all the families living at Bois Forte. Many of the pictures are black and white, grainy, signifying a history that stretches far back in time. Nearby, a sign in Ojibwe says “Geyabi oma endayamin.” In English, it means “We’re still here.” MM

Tim Gihring is senior writer for Minnesota Monthly.

 

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Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
Website »

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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

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Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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The Hill House Chamber Players perform at the historic James J. Hill House. The series is cosponsored by The Schubert Club and the Minnesota Historical Society.  February 1 &...

Cost: $12-$22

Where:
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: The Schubert Club
Contact Name: Quinn Shadko
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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

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

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

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

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

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

More information

June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

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Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER We are looking forward seeing you at the Fashion Group International of Minneapolis-St. Paul (FGI-MSP) Night of Networking. This is a perfect night to mingle, talk and...

Cost: Tickets are $10 for FGI-MSP members, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for students.

Where:
McCormick's pub and restaurant
331 Broadway Avenue South
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Fashion Group Internationsl Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter
Telephone: 612.548.4583
Contact Name: Oscar Stuttgen
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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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Join Day Block Brewing Company for a special Mardi Gras Masquerade Party with themed cocktails and a live music from New Orleans style jazz band, Patty and the Buttons! Cocktail hour begins at...

Cost: $11.54

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

More information

Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
View map »


Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

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

Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

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

June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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When we think of community, we usually think of the physical space: a city, a neighborhood and the people who make up that space, which create unique enclaves like Frogtown or Lake Street. In...

Cost: $10 general, $5 students with student ID

Where:
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 W 6th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Citizens League, 89.3 The Current, Target
Telephone: 651-289-1077
Contact Name: Jacob Taintor
Website »

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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Formerly known as the American Composers Forum’s Tuesday Salon, Composer Nights are an opportunity for composers to present their work, chat with the audience, receive feedback, and connect with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
Website »

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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

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

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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Welcome to the Hump Day Chronicles, hosted by Manny Duke brought to you by Galactic Pizza. Every Wednesday Open Mic starting on 10/21 Come listen to some of the Twin Cities hidden gems as...

Cost: Free

Where:
Galactic Pizza
2917 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Galactic Pizza
Telephone: 708-704-7742
Contact Name: Manny
Website »

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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

More information

Show More...
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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

More information

We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
View map »


Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

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

This webinar introduces business owners to GrowthWheel®, a visual curriculum offered by the Women’s Business Development Center. After participating in this free orientation session, business...

Cost: Free

Where:
online
online
online, MN  online
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Sponsor: Women's Business Development Center
Telephone: 312-853-3477
Contact Name: Karen Goldner
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

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

June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

More information

New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

More information

Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
View map »


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

More information

This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

More information

Dating meets fundraising at this fun, feel-good event featuring the Twin Cities' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes! Date for Life benefits Children's Cancer Research...

Cost: $40-500

Where:
ARIA
105 1st St N
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: Date for Life
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Dating meets fundraising at this fun, feel-good event featuring the Twin Cities' most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes! Date for Life benefits Children's Cancer Research Fund as singles...

Cost: $40-500

Where:
ARIA
105 1st St. N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Children's Cancer Research Fund
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February’s Lowertown Listening Session will feature Heather Barringer leading a performance and discussion of Morton Feldman's solo percussion work The King of Denmark. The King of Denmark is a...

Cost: $10

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Zeitgeist
Telephone: 651-755-1600
Website »

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  menu CART | MY ACCOUNT       Manage Event     Pregnancy & Postpartum Support MN- Winter fundraiser at Cowboy Jacks! February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30...

Cost: 20.00

Where:
Cowboy Jacks
2801 Southtown Dr.
Bloomington , MN  55431
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Sponsor: Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota
Telephone: 612/548-4266
Contact Name: Crystal Clancy
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Cloud Cult’s music is imbued with spirituality and hope. They explore loss, grief, and love through family and community. Join Krista Tippett and the creative force behind the band, Craig Minowa,...

Cost: Free, must RSVP

Where:
On Being studios
1619 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: On Being
Telephone: 612-584-3858
Contact Name: Lily Percy
Website »

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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
View map »


Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »

More information

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
View map »

More information

We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: (612) 339-8007
Website »

More information

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

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


Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
Website »

More information

Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

The Venture Bank Minnesota Golf Show, the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest, will be held February 12 - 14, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. So., Hall B). Golfers...

Cost: $13 for adults (18 and older) and free for those 17 years and younger.

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
View map »


Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

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Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

Where:
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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Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

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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Honoring the women of Kolman & Pryor Gallery, "No Boys Allowed," will be held in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. "No Boys Allowed" showcases ceramics and paintings by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
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Minneapolis photographer, Christopher Atkins, opens Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s 2016 exhibition schedule with a collection of images that explore the relationship between light and dark,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Studio 395, Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis , MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kolman & Pryor Gallery
Telephone: 612-385-4239
Contact Name: Anita Sue Kolman
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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
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Come and enjoy Bridgeview's art studio at our first sip and paint!     Local artist, Jill Ness, will guide the group through the steps to paint an original piece of art- Love Blossoms. Your...

Cost: $40 per person

Where:
Bridgeview's Art Studio
7920 University Ave
Fridley, MN  55432
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Sponsor: Lee Carlson Center
Telephone: 763-780-3036
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Join us for an old-school style night celebrating the joys of friendship! Play Mario Kart, make friendship bracelets and cootie catchers, all while enjoying drinks and refreshments. This is a 21+...

Cost: $15/person or $50/group of four

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 4th Street E
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651 797 2571
Contact Name: Samantha Grangaard
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Eagan Theater Company will perform the audience participation murder mystery play 'Audition for Murder' Feb 12-14 at Brianno's Royal Cliff Center, 2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan The plot revolves a...

Cost: $42 avail at www.etc-mn.org

Where:
Brianno's Royal Cliff Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Theater Company
Telephone: 651-454-6755
Contact Name: Kay Brown
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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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The Kronick Quintet plays jazz in all its colors -- 40s swing, Bebop, Latin, and funk.  NOLA is the Twin Cities best Cajun restaurant.

Cost: $10 cover charge

Where:
NOLA Bistro and Bar
204 Central Ave.
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: NOLA
Telephone: 612-849-1605
Contact Name: Richard Kronick
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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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You already know the love story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version “unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt.” Or...

Cost: $27-$40

Where:
Park Square Theater
20 West 7th Place
St Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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February 12, 13, 20, 23~, 24+, 25, 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM ABOUT THE SHOW Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we...

Cost: $0 - $24; ARTshare members: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Savage Umbrella
Telephone: 952-454-6777
Contact Name: Hannah Holman
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The Kronick Quintet plays jazz in all its colors -- 40s swing, Bebop, Latin, and funk.

Cost: $10 cover charge

Where:
Golden's Deli
275 E 4th St,
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 612-849-1605
Contact Name: Richard Kronick
Website »

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The hottest way to celebrate Valentine's Day is back! The City Pages have named us the Spoken Word Event of the Year and they know what they are talkin' about!Join us for our 22nd year of the...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kieran's Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Word Sprout
Telephone: 612-339-4499
Contact Name: Allison Broeren
Website »

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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
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 “Cupid’s Mystery” Valentine's Dance with Lesson, Dinner, Live Band.  Art Handt/Kudja  4901 Chowen Ave. S. Mpls. 6:30-lesson; 7:30-Catered dinner, 8:30-10:30pm dancing. Please see website...

Cost: $72 per couple for Dinner Lesson and Dance

Where:
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
4901 Chowen Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Linden Hills Dancing Club
Telephone: 612-455-0448
Contact Name: Noelle Follen
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The Twin Cities Second Saturday workshop will address the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. With the guidance of trained professionals,...

Cost: $25.00 (Proceeds donated to a community nonprofit)

Where:
Minnetonka Community Center - Shady Oak Room
14600 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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Telephone: 612-371-4010
Contact Name: Lisa Byrne
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September 26, 2015 – March 13, 2016 The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WWI drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s...

Cost: $9: Adults, $7: Seniors 65+, $5 Students

Where:
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary this month with three beloved and long-time sales gallery artists. Jim Grittner is creating a body of work specifically for this show, while Eric...

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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Let your Inner Dino Roar! The dinosaurs are BACK! See what the roaring reviews are all about as you maneuver through a swampy bog, buzz around a fiery volcano and get up close and personal with a...

Cost: $7.95

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum @ MOA
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Opening Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6 - 8 pm Knitting, felting, screen printing, dyeing, mixed media — this show has it all!  More than 100 artists come together in this annual exhibition...

Cost: Free

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

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Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story...

Cost: Free

Where:
Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Weisman Art Museum
Telephone: 612-625-9494
Contact Name: Erin Lauderman
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Time to get your heart racing! Join us at Lake Harriet for the 32nd annual Valentine's Day race, presented by Fleet Feet Marathon Sports!

Cost: N/A

Where:
Lake Harriet Bandshell
4120 W Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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Sponsor: Twin Cities In Motion
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Henderson Area Arts Presents The 4th Annual All Fine Arts and Craft Fair Saturday, February 13, 2016 10-3 Henderson Event Center 514 Main Street Henderson Mn 56044 50 Crafters, Several Fine...

Cost: Free for Craft Show/$10.00 for Bands

Where:
Henderson Event Center
514 Main Street
Henderson , MN  56044
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Sponsor: Henderson Area Arts
Telephone: 952-200-5684
Contact Name: Susan Byrne

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The Venture Bank Minnesota Golf Show, the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest, will be held February 12 - 14, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. So., Hall B). Golfers...

Cost: $13 for adults (18 and older) and free for those 17 years and younger.

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand will host “Breakfast at Max’s:  Baubles, Bites and Bubbly” on Saturday, February 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Valentine’s Day. ...

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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This Valentine’s Day weekend, come put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumor...

Cost: $35-$55

Where:
The Pourhouse
10 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 e. 4th St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Telephone: 651-797-2571
Website »

More information

Hinterlands, an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Wykes, opens Saturday, January 23 at Groveland Gallery. A transplant from the United Kingdom, Wykes was born just outside of London and studied...

Cost: free

Where:
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 an exhibition of plein air paintings by four Minnesota artists. Plein air painting – paintings made outdoors – became popular in the...

Cost: free

Where:
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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An Authentic Experience of Chinese New Year Celebration in the NeighborhoodAuspicious colors, cheerful faces, joyous music, warm wishes, exotic food and games. . . and a festival atmosphere which...

Cost: Free

Where:
Valley View Middle School Edina
6750 Valley View Rd
Edina, MN  55439
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Sponsor: Edina Chinese Association
Telephone: 612-206-6055
Contact Name: Lina Lin
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Learn how to make weather instruments that determine wind speed, wind direction, and rainfall.  All activities are included with your $8 Museum admission and free to members....

Cost: All activities are included with your $8 Museum admission and free to members.

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave. S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm...

Cost: $5 General Admission

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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A Carnival celebration to rival a night in Rio! Brazilian superstar Badi Assad headlines this year’s events with additional performances on three stages by Beira Mar Brasil (led by Robert...

Cost: $20-40 (Matinee: $10-15)

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Hosted by the UMD Department of Music, the 3rd Annual Flute Day is an event geared towards advanced middle school and high school students.  This event will feature a flute choir and a masterclass...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Dr
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: UMD Music Box Office
Website »

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June 8th, 2015: The Bakken Trio The Bakken Trio announces the line-up for its concept-driven chamber music series to be held November 22, 2015, January 24, 2016 and April 3rd at MacPhail...

Cost: $15- 25

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Bakken Trio
Telephone: 612 374 3175
Contact Name: Bakken Trio
Website »

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New Abstract Paintings by Kirk Sklar Opens on December 19th

Cost: Free

Where:
Ambiente Gallerie
505 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Kirk Sklar
Telephone: 651-323-7026
Contact Name: Kirk Sklar
Website »

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Everyone needs a little fire in their life, and FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar is offering just that this Valentine’s Day. With cuisine that is kissed by the flame, both FireLake Grill House...

Cost: Prixe fixe or a la carte

Where:
Mall of America and Minneapolis Downtown
, MN

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Eagan Theater Company will perform the audience participation murder mystery play 'Audition for Murder' Feb 12-14 at Brianno's Royal Cliff Center, 2280 Cliff Rd., Eagan The plot revolves a...

Cost: $42 avail at www.etc-mn.org

Where:
Brianno's Royal Cliff Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Eagan Theater Company
Telephone: 651-454-6755
Contact Name: Kay Brown
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Looking for a creative twist to Date Night? Watch Me Draw Art Studio has created the perfect evening out with your partner that will be sure to impress! You take all the credit, we'll set the...

Cost: $55.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-468-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
Website »

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This year the Artist Mercantile will have an art opening on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm. It will feature works by multiple artists all with art based on the various themes of Love, luscious...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artist Mercantile
24 West 7th Place
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-222-0053
Website »

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Cook County is home to the largest cross-country trail network in North America, totaling over 400 km (250 miles).  On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the annual Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sugarbush Trail
Tofte, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick

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Cook County is home to the largest cross-country trail network in North America, totaling over 400 km (250 miles).  On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the annual Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Hike will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sugarbush Trail
Tofte, MN


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Kjesti Vick

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Minneapolis acoustic indie rocker and songwriter Dan Hylton presents his newest effort, Craft Pop quartet Southern Resident Killer Whales. With one foot in the singer-songwriter “storyteller”...

Cost: Free, but donations to the artists are strongly encouraged.

Where:
Sidhe Brewing Company
652 Jenks Ave
St Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Sidhe Brewing
Telephone: (612) 424-1534
Contact Name: Liz Hare
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Pinstripes is hosting a one of a kind four-course wine dinner with Milbrandt Vineyards. Each course will feature a specially prepared dish with a wine that is its best complement. A Milbrandt...

Cost: $45 per person, pre-registration is required

Where:
Pinstripes
3849 Gallagher Drive
Edina, MN  55435
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Sponsor: Pinstripes
Telephone: (952) 835-6440
Website »

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Local comedian/writer, Joey Hamburger, and local actor/director, Michael Hugh Torsch, are reassembling their company as Sheep Theater to premiere their seventh original comedy this February at...

Cost: $ 10, $9 with Fringe Button, $8 with Bedlam Membership

Where:
Bedlam Lowertown
213 East Fourth St.
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »

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February 12, 13, 20, 23~, 24+, 25, 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM February 13, 14, 20, 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM ABOUT THE SHOW Set in pre-Stonewall America, June explores the roles we play and the secrets we...

Cost: $0 - $24; ARTshare members: Free

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Savage Umbrella
Telephone: 952-454-6777
Contact Name: Hannah Holman
Website »

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Cost: FREE

Where:
Weber Music Hall
1151 University Dr
Duluth, MN  55812
View map »


Sponsor: School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8877
Contact Name: UMD Music Box Office
Website »

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You already know the love story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version “unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt.” Or...

Cost: $27-$40

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Contact Name: Connie Shaver
Website »

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CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Craig Johnson YELLOW TREE THEATRE 320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369 Feb. 5 – March 6, 2016 This February, Craig Johnson directs Yellow Tree...

Cost: $18-$25

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

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Escape the cold Minnesota winter and enter the warmth and allure of Brazilian music and culture. This Valentine’s concert captures Brazil’s sensuous melodies, evoking sun drenched...

Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors (ages 55 and older) and youth (ages 6 through 18)

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 612.767.5250
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In our latest sketch comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop cast will rise again from the frozen depths of Minnesota winter to ignite your not-so-nice workplace aggression…or should we say passive...

Cost: $28 - $36

Where:
The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The hottest way to celebrate Valentine's Day is back! The City Pages have named us the Spoken Word Event of the Year and they know what they are talkin' about!Join us for our 22nd year of the...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kieran's Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: Word Sprout
Telephone: 612-339-4499
Contact Name: Allison Broeren
Website »

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Join High Brow and the Shades at Mainstreet Bar and Grill in Hopkins, MN on February 13th.  Celebrate Valentine's on Saturday Night. Great Music.  Great Food & Drink.  Great Fun.  It all...

Cost: small cover

Where:
Mainstreet Bar & Grill
814 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Mainstreet Bar & Grill
Telephone: (952) 938-2400
Website »

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They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score...

Cost: TBD

Where:
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hennepin Theatre Trust
Telephone: 1.800.859.7469
Website »

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