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Park Square Theatre Broadens its Perspective

Park Square Theatre is expanding its space and broadening its perspective—will diversity and risk-taking be the theater’s path to failure or success?


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Front Row (left to right): Julia Carlis, Theatre Pro Rata, Artistic Associate; James A. Williams, Park Square Theatre, Artistic Associate; Ricardo Vazquez, Park Square Theatre, Artistic Associate; Carin Bratlie, Theatre Pro Rata, Artistic Director Middle Row (seated, left to right): Amber Bjork, Theatre Pro Rata, Artistic Associate; Richard Cook, Park Square Theatre, Artistic Director; Barb Davis, Park Square Theatre Board Member and Andy Boss Thrust Stage Campaign Co-Chair; Kirby Bennett, Girl Friday Productions, Artistic Director; Pahoua Yang Hoffman, Girl Friday Productions, Board Member Back Row (far left to right): Megan Campbell Lagas, Sandbox Theatre Company, Ensemble Member; Heather Stone, Sandbox Theatre Company, Founding Member; Matthew Glover (seated on high stool) Sandbox Theatre Company, Marketing Director; Linda Boss, Andy Boss Thrust Stage Capital Campaign Steering Committee; Michael-jon Pease, Park Square Theatre, Executive Director; Robyn Hansen, Andy Boss Thrust Stage Campaign Co-Chair; Linda Kelsey, Actress, Andy Boss Thrust Stage Campaign Co-Chair; Derek Lee Miller, Sandbox Theatre Company, Artistic Director.

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This year’s americans for the arts convention in Nashville hosted a buzzy panel with a provocative title: Agree or Disagree: We Should Let Arts Organizations That Don’t Adapt Die. And while the phrasing could have been more elegant, the sentiment was worth considering—does our community have an obligation to prop up theaters, museums, or venues that don’t change with the times and reflect the range of perspectives represented by their audiences?

It can be fun to play the provocateur, and perhaps there’s a degree of self-flattery in asking the question—who gets to define who’s sufficiently “adapted”? But the idea is also an expression of frustration for many theatergoers, who hear talk of broadening the range of styles and voices as common currency but in practice see results that are often mere half-measures.

The prevailing counter response: We could program unexpected plays, and bring in new and diverse artists, but we would risk losing the base that pays for season tickets or attends multiple times a year, alienating its anodyne expectations and conservative tastes. Nonprofit theaters are nearly always at risk of hitting financial icebergs, and a couple of ill-attended seasons can potentially represent a crippling blow.

We could adapt, goes the argument in some circles. But it would kill us.

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This fall, St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre opens its second stage, the Andy Boss Thrust (after years of delays amid the economic fallout of the Great Recession)—a 200-seat venue in the basement of its Hamm Building headquarters that will effectively see the theater double its programming overnight. It’s an ambitious undertaking, and one that has been launched with a model of incorporating a range of voices and a spirit of collaboration.

Behind the scenes at many theaters, an unspoken philosophy infuses decisions small and large: If we aren’t expanding, we’re effectively failing. But there are a number of roads to that destination—and simply adding seats doesn’t guarantee that there will be anyone to fill them. Park Square has brought in three local partner companies—American classics specialists Girl Friday Productions, the ensemble-oriented Sandbox Theatre, and the intellectually eclectic Theatre Pro Rata—who will each stage a show apiece over the next three seasons.

The hope is that the companies will grow together rather than treat the relationship as a series of one-off enterprises (a frequent description of guest-company arrangements in recent years in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio).

“You’re not the flavor of the month; you’re a full partner, and you’re both seeking to learn something,” says Park Square executive director Michael-jon Pease. “The first year will be to figure it all out, and by the third year we’ll go out with a bang—then they’ll go on their way, and we’ll look for new partners.”

“We want to learn from our work together,” adds artistic director Richard Cook. “And with a three-year cycle, if we don’t have a marriage, we don’t have to get a divorce.”

Pro Rata artistic director Carin Bratlie describes the relationship as “symbiotic,” with the hopes of her company’s generally younger audience finding a middle ground with Park Square’s older-skewing crowd. Mutual benefit between theaters and audience is the primary goal. “One of the first things Richard said was that he wants to do no harm,” she adds.

The first season on the Boss Stage will also include guest companies appearing on a one-time basis, and Cook speaks of managing the increase in productions with a mix of anticipation and caution. “None of us have the same jobs we had a few years ago,” he says. “It’s a very risky place, and I’m concerned about not running so hard that we stumble.”

The fruition of the plan to partner with itinerant theater companies builds on the goals of another Park Square initiative. In 2011, Cook launched the “artistic associate” model that brought in four locally based theater artists with backgrounds in writing, acting, producing, teaching, and directing, aiming to broaden the theater’s possibilities of what could take place on its stages.

In addition to being a remarkably accomplished group, the associates represent a mix of gender and ethnicity clearly aimed at promoting diversity—this during a time when two of the Twin Cities’ largest theater institutions came under criticism within quarters of the arts community (the Guthrie after announcing a slate of plays almost devoid of writers or directors who were women or people of color, the Ordway for staging Miss Saigon amid arguments that the play’s contents have become racially offensive in the new century).

Artistic associate Carson Kreitzer, a playwright, remembers looking around the room during the first meeting of the group that included a range of skin tones and backgrounds. “I think we all thought, OK, this is a diversity committee. This is very nice—I’m sure nothing is going to happen, but this is a good gesture,” she says. “Then when Richard put together the next season, he actually used three of our suggestions, projects we were very passionate about. We were all just floored. Richard wasn’t kidding—he really wanted to hear from different quarters.”

Cook doesn’t criticize other local theaters’ choices, and is quick to acknowledge the range of economic considerations and unique histories under which each operates. For Park Square, he sees including more women directors and writers, and more writers and directors of color as essential to the organization’s survival. “I’m interested in the tributaries rather than the mainstream,” Cook adds. “These are the feeders that open my head.”

The plays that have surfaced through the artistic associate process have included the musical Johnny Baseball, which revolves around an interracial romance in 1919 America; the heralded Stick Fly, about the complicated contemporary intersection of class and race; and Or, a bawdy story of sexual license set in Restoration England.

“In the early meetings with the artistic associates, I had them tell me what kind of shows they wanted me to get serious about understanding and considering,” explains Cook. “When they did, I said, Oh my God, you think Park Square could do that? It was so liberating, and it broadened my mind.”

Park Square executive director Pease cites a 45-percent growth in the theater’s audience over the past five years, which suggests that the timing for this new phase is auspicious: The base of attendance and donors is as strong as it’s ever been, which in turn engenders trust based on positive experience and, hopefully, a willingness to come along for the ride on stylistic stretches and unfamiliar works. “Part of their smartness and my assumption for them,” Cook says, “is that they don’t have to love everything equally.”

“We’ve learned that age doesn’t dictate taste,” Pease adds—noting that, like every theater, Park Square would like to lure a younger audience but that demographic doesn’t necessarily hunger for edgier work. A younger person might be drawn to a classic, for instance, that a more seasoned theatergoer might be familiar with from decades in the past.

How this will play out remains to be seen, and Cook cites challenges—days scheduled with multiple performances, when the two stages will have as many as 1,300 seats to fill—that give him pause. Still, if the question is one between adaptation and death, Park Square has landed firmly in the former camp, with a model that may point to one version of the way ahead for regional theaters.

Or else it’s something more humble. “It’s the 21st century,” says Cook. “Let’s just catch up.”

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Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Phil Thompson is an internationally acclaimed pop-pianist and vocalist. In his spare time Phil believes in giving back to his community. Emmy award-winning guitarist Billy McLaughlin is the leader...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Milkweed Books and the The Shop at MCBA are pleased to present Shop Open Book!, a series of lively literary shopping events in the Open Book building. Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Open Book, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Hey, neighbor! Do you live in the 55401, 55454, or 55415? Stop in after 7:00pm every Tuesday night, show your ID (or proof of mailing address) and receive 15% off your tab! Spread the word to all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55415
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Phil Thompson is an internationally acclaimed pop-pianist and vocalist. In his spare time Phil believes in giving back to his community. Emmy award-winning guitarist Billy McLaughlin is the...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Join us on Wednesday, December 13th for an exclusive Tequila Dinner feauring Don Julio Tequila. Cocktail service begins at 7:00 p.m. Four-course dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Each course will be...

Cost: $59.99/person

Where:
Cantina Laredo Mall of America
300 West Market
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-406-8311
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

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


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

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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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You don't have to go it alone! Receive real help and feedback brainstormed especially for you by a group of smart, supportive women in business at this professionally-facilitated, mastermind-style...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $54 for Non-Members; Plated lunch included

Where:
The Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Take some time to savor the engaging close-harmony singing of Minnesota’s own Andrews Sisters. In this Raymond Berg production, local singers Lisa Pallen, Aimee Lee and Kathy Mueller will...

Cost: $25-$30

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Mark the Winter Solstice at American Swedish Institute! This is the special moment and global turning point when the earth's tilt brings the shortest day and longest night of the year. Dress...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

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REGISTER NOW Join us for the Hill Center’s annual holiday celebration of giving with AN ANDY AND BING CHRISTMAS starring Super Bowl Champion and University of Minnesota Alumni, Ben...

Cost: $60

Where:
James J. Hill Center
80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Center
Telephone: 165-126-55430
Contact Name: Lily Shaw
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

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

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

Cost: $30-$40

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


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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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FREE Little Yogi Classes Bring your little yogi in for a FREE mommy and child yoga session at Charlie & Violet Photography's studio located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN....

Cost: FREE!!!

Where:
Charlie & Violet Photography
2075 Ford Pkwy
Suite 1
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Charlie & Violet Photography
Contact Name: Kelly O'Donnell
Website »

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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

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


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Last Call!   Did you sleep on your holiday shopping list or were you just waiting for our party? Either way, get over to FOOD BUILDING for some shopping, eating, drinking and making...

Cost: Free

Where:
Food Building
1401 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: The Bitter Buffalo
Telephone: 651 261 2826
Contact Name: gillian mclaughlin
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Join tap dance instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for FREE group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
Website »

More information

Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
Website »

More information

Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
View map »


Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

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, MN


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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Karaoke is something Can Can was built to do well, and the cast of characters who have already crossed our stage is a testament to this. If you like Karaoke, and live within a 100 miles of St....

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Last Call!   Did you sleep on your holiday shopping list or were you just waiting for our party? Either way, get over to FOOD BUILDING for some shopping, eating, drinking and making...

Cost: Free

Where:
Food Building
1401 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: The Bitter Buffalo
Telephone: 651 261 2826
Contact Name: gillian mclaughlin
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! To celebrate the exciting launch of their second Twin Cities location, they will be hosting two weeks of free...

Cost: Free!

Where:
881 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN  55391


Sponsor: Fly Feet Running
Telephone: 651-412-8273
Contact Name: Fly Feet Running
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

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


Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Enjoy some jazz from the 1920s through the 1950s along with some holiday classics!

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

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