What Really Happens on a Minnesota Orchestra Tour?

We chat with Sam Bergman, MnOrch violist and blogger, about the goings-on behind the scenes as he chronicles the European tour starting today.


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Sam Bergman, who plays viola for the Minnesota Orchestra and hosts (with conductor Sarah Hicks) the orchestra’s chatty Inside the Classics series, first chronicled a Minnesota Orchestra tour in 2004, for the ArtsJournal.com. The blog became an immediate hit, garnering write-ups in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times and an interview on the BBC.

Starting August 24, when the orchestra ships off for a week-long European tour, including two performances at the BBC Proms—the Super Bowl of classical music—Bergman will once again be chronicling all the behind-the-scenes moments, from airport shenanigans to string-breaking to the official Minnesota Orchestra airplane cheer.
 

MM: Sam, this will be the fifth tour you’ve chronicled. Did you expect such a big reaction to your first blog?
SB: Not at all. I thought, “I’ll write when I can and no one will read it.” Instead, there I was on the front page of the Washington Post style section. I was getting 50 emails a day from readers.
 

MM: Did you write pretty much everything you wanted to?
SB: The orchestra never complained, public relations was reading it but never asked for changes. They were really great about it. And I was trying not to self-censor at all. I like to look for the little things, like the day Osmo dropped the metronome that he always has us rehearse with and everybody clapped.
 

MM: There was a lot of drama on that trip—it was music director Osmo Vänskä’s first tour with the Minnesota Orchestra.
SB: And his return to Lahti, Finland, where he’d previously conducted. And we almost didn’t get there. Our plane broke down in Glasgow, there was a blizzard in Helsinki, we had no dinner and no rehearsal. Yet we made it, and I think we did six encores for that concert.

To add to the drama, it was also Osmo’s birthday, so we played Happy Birthday and, because it was being broadcast, we ended up getting fined—who knew that Happy Birthday was copyrighted and every time it’s played on the air some little old ladies collect a check?
 

MM: What are you guys doing to get ready for this trip?
SB: It’s a massive operation—there are nearly 120 of us, after all, and I forget how many tons of equipment. There are four to five of us per wardrobe trunk for clothing and stuff. And we have the option of trunking our instrument, specially built trunks that can be flown in climate-controlled environments.

Most people probably trunk their instruments, just because flying with an instrument is such a pain these days. The airlines are all over the place with their policies. And frequently it comes down to, do you run into an employee who wants to throw their weight around at the gate. There’s no law that says they have to let you on with a violin or viola, and often they like to argue that it won’t fit in the overhead—which it does.
 

MM: Has this always been going on?
SB: It got significantly worse after 9/11, but then, everything about flying did. The musicians union has been lobbying Congress for years about this. British Airways famously has a policy regarding instruments, and Northwest finally did. But then they got eaten and Delta is notoriously one of the airlines that gives people the most trouble—I think there was even an unofficial boycott by musicians of Delta a few years back.
 

MM: Do you travel with a different viola than you usually play?
SB: Most people, on a tour like this, want the best sound possible so you bring the one you always use. And that’s how it usually is anywhere—only for some outdoor shows, where the weather might damage it, do people bring out a different instrument.

My viola is actually made of wood salvaged from an old Ontario barn. It’s even got a little of that weathered barn look.
 

MM: The orchestra will be playing at the BBC Proms again in London, which is a tremendous honor. What’s that like?
SB: These concerts are events, there are nine newspapers just in England that send critics and it’s frequently front-page news. There are 5,500 people attending each concert, it’s incredible. A line forms at 7 a.m. to get what they call Prommer tickets. This is standing-room at the front of the hall, and these people stand there the whole time and they’re in charge of the hall, like they shout things in unison, they shout things at the audience that they’ve all got written on cards. They’ll shout things at the orchestra—when the Dallas orchestra played they shouted, “Who shot J.R.?” During our last Proms concert, when the stage manager came out to lift the piano lid, they shouted, “Heave ho!”
 

MM: You also host the orchestra’s Inside the Classics series conducted by Sarah Hicks. How did that come together?
SB: When this started, it was supposed to be me hosting with whatever staff conductor was available. And the first time out, Sarah was the available conductor and I told her what I was going to do and just before we came out I said, is it all right if I interview you when you first come out? And she said sure, and she was so comfortable with the microphone and so engaging with the audience that I went back to our management team and said it’s got to be her. People love to hear her talk. And I think it helps that she’s not a stereotypical conductor: she’s young, she’s a woman, she doesn’t have a big shock of grey hair.
 

MM: How did they pick you?
SB: I’ve never asked. But a while back, on Saturday nights we started a thing where someone would speak from the stage. And you’d usually just thank the audience and introduce the piece and sit down. And when I looked up the story for this ballet we were doing, Daphnis et Chloé, I realized it was the stupidest story I’ve ever read in my life—seriously, look it up, it’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever read, nothing makes sense, non sequiturs all over the place. And I’m thinking, what am I going to say about this idiotic story. And I thought, you know what, I’m just going to make fun of it. And I think because people weren’t expecting someone to stand up and crack jokes about Ravel and Greek myths, people really went nuts for it.
 

MM: Did you tell the orchestra what you were going to do?
SB: No. And I deliberately didn’t tell anyone in my section and specifically my stand partner, and I asked her, while we were warming up, what do you think would happen if I just walked up there and grabbed the mic and started talking, do you think I’d get fired? She’s like, no but you’d probably be in a lot of trouble. I said, hell, I’m going for it. She started to reach for me and then realized I was holding a script.
 

MM: Good luck on the tour. Are you going to have some fun, as well?
SB: Well, we’re pretty much on our own, we just have to get to the concert on time. So I’ve got a couple friends in London I’m looking forward to seeing. I think we’re going to go to a Chelsea Club [soccer] match. And it’s festival season in Edinburgh when we get there—it’s like midtown Manhattan during festival season, and if you can’t enjoy a concert like that….
 

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Make valuable connections by attending our upcoming Power Networking Breakfast at Midpointe Event Center! Come join fellow NAWBO members and TeamWomen members for our speed networking-style...

Cost: $20-40

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: TeamWomen
Contact Name: Briana Galbraith
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Website »

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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

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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EVERYONE WELCOME!Our next $3 Community Dinner is coming up on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5–7 p.m., as part of our Opening Celebration. Enjoy a chili and cornbread dinner with all the fixings, and...

Cost: $3.00

Where:
13750 County Road 11
13750 County Road 11
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Valley Natural Foods
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If you are a business owner then Pinterest should form an essential part of your marketing strategy. It's more than just DIY or Recipes! Learn how to set up and use Pinterest while generating an...

Cost: 35.00

Where:
Rogers Activity Center
21080 141st Avenue North
rogers, MN  55374
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Sponsor: Laura Rike
Telephone: 763-276-7524
Contact Name: Laura Rike
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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
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Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
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Learn more about Perpich Arts High School and how you can apply for the 2019-2020 school year at an upcoming Information Session. The Saturday session is 90 minutes and includes a tour of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Telephone: 763-279-4168
Contact Name: Betsy Anderson
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by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
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Open mic night hosted by The Nighthowlers at Can Can Wonderland every third Thursday of the month!! All entertainers welcomed and encouraged! Show starts at 9pm. Sign up starts at 8pm. $2 artist...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Sutie 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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WHAT:                                                 DRIVE Roundtable: 2019 NCAA® Men's Final Four® Preview – College Hoops & More!...

Cost: Admission is $20 and pre-registration is required.

Where:
the Local
931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9117
Contact Name: Shannon Lukes Hauser
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
Website »

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The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

Despite the negative stigma pole dance gets from the media, this movement art has evolved to become a powerful tool for self-esteem, fitness, and body positivity.  Feel empowered, inspired, and...

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


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

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Kolman & Pryor Gallery continues its adventurous foray into the artist’s color palette with the second exhibition in The Color Series with, The Color Series: Part 2, Red....

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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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

More information

by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four will be reigniting Beatlemania for local Beatle fans at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Friday, January 18th. Spend the evening...

Cost: $39.00

Where:
Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Sponsor: Mayo Civic Center
Telephone: 507-328-2220
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Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
Website »

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The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first “Featured Artist”, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble...

Cost: $29 - $68

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington St
St. Pau, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651.292.3268
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Ever wanted to play Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, Family Feud, $50 Pyramid, or the Price is Right? Maybe you never wanted to play but wish you could have been in the audience. Retro Game Night...

Cost: $2 Cover

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Need a winter boost? Little Box Sauna is heating things up in January at Parallel/Hennepin Made in Minneapolis—come sauna with us!   Reserve a Sauna Thursdays, 7am-10:30pm (3-6pm happy...

Cost: $18/$25/$350

Where:
Parallel Cafe
145 Holden Street North
Minneapolis, MN  55405
View map »


Sponsor: Little Box Sauna
Contact Name: Andrea Johnson
Website »

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Jam with The Bazillions, a kid-friendly indie rock band. The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities’ parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. A free, family event for...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MacPhail Center for Music
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Join us for a DIY workshop at Sawdust Savvy. Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone.  Assemble...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Sawdust Savvy
Website »

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Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current...

Cost: Free and open to the public

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


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

The Max’s winter Semi-Annual Sale is happening December 26-January 19 with discounts of 30 to 80 percent off a wide array of select items from the shop’s fine jewelry, gourmet chocolate and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
View map »


Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364

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Shop from over 40 local farmers, food makers and artists for your weekly groceries, unique handmade gifts and holiday meals. The Mill City Farmers Market inside the historic and beautiful Mill City...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 2nd St. S.
Ste. 510
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Mill City Farmers Market
Telephone: 612-341-7580
Contact Name: Jenny Heck
Website »

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The Fly Feet 28 Day January Challenge kicks off January 5 and runs through February 2. The challenge is about embracing a holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle — not a diet or a quick fix....

Cost: Members: Free! Non-members: $100

Where:
Fly Feet Fitness (Minneapolis & Wayzata locations)
15 S 5th St #100
Minneapolis , MN  55402
View map »


Telephone: 612.333.1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera - an ancient...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Allison Mann & Michael Brodkorb will be at Once Upon A Crime Bookstore on January 19th from 12-2PM to chat about their true crime book: The Girls Are Gone.   The Girls Are Gone was...

Cost: 0

Where:
Once Upon A Crime Bookstore
Edit 604 W 26th St
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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ZRS WINTER HEALING EXPO! FREE EVENT & EXPO BUFFET   Enjoy the sweet harmonies of Siama Matuzungidi & Dallas JohnsonZRS Fossils and Gifts - 3018 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis FOR...

Cost: FREE

Where:
ZRS Fossils and Gifts
3018 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: ZRS Fossils and Gifts
Telephone: 612-824-1068
Contact Name: ZRS
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Mounting plaques are a wonderful way to display indoor plants. They are easy to care for and make beautiful additions to any home.   Join Tangletown staff at our January workshop where you’ll...

Cost: $49 per person

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Tangletown Gardens
Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Tangletown Gardens
Website »

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Despite the negative stigma pole dance gets from the media, this movement art has evolved to become a powerful tool for self-esteem, fitness, and body positivity.  Feel empowered, inspired, and...

Cost: $15-65

Where:
Midpointe Event Center
415 Pascal Street
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


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

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Play Bingo for fun prizes and to support the Germanic-American Institute. Held at Summit Brewing Ratskeller in St. Paul. Summit beer will be on tap and Gerhard’s Würstelstand food truck on site....

Cost: $1 per sheet

Where:
Summit Brewing Ratskeller
910 Montreal Circle
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Germanic-American Institute
Telephone: 651-222-7027
Contact Name: Office
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Ta-coumba Aiken Opening Event 'RYTHM AND PATTERNS   “Ta-coumba Aiken makes art to heal the hearts and souls of communities. Anyone who views his work will see the complex layers, lines,...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Aloft Minneapolis Hotel
900 S. Washington Ave.
(612) 455-8400
Minneapolis , MN   55415
View map »


Sponsor: Gallery13
Telephone: 651-582-5503
Contact Name: Stephen Sugarman
Website »

More information

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

More information

by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Casey Stangl On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal...

Cost: $0-$35

Where:
Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Theatre Elision
Telephone: 714-342-0539
Contact Name: Cindy Polich
Website »

More information

A new play by Shannon Elliott Director: Larisa Netterlund Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-2285
Contact Name: Phoenix Theater
Website »

More information

Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band The Fab Four will be reigniting Beatlemania for local Beatle fans at State Theatre - Minneapolis on Saturday, January 19th. Spend the evening twisting and...

Cost: $35.00 - $60.00 +

Where:
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: State Theatre - Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-373-5600
Website »

More information

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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