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Winter in the Wild: Ely, Minnesota


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Photos by Ackerman + Gruber

We are Gods in winter.

Walking on water, gliding through forests—reversing land and lake, and getting away with it. This is every Minnesotan’s birthright. So on one of those blue-sky, slanted-sun mornings in the woods east of Ely, when even the wind seems frozen in place, my wife and I strap on snowshoes and stroll across South Farm Lake, following a red fox.  

We are window-shopping the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Perusing the perimeter marked by yellow plastic posts: “National forest wilderness. Closed to motor vehicles, motorized equipment, bicycles, and hang gliders.” Testing our powers.

Charles Kuralt, the late CBS broadcaster, came to Ely for his popular On the Road series in the 1990s and declared it the best place in America to spend July. He didn’t say anything about February. Dawn and Mark Otto, our hosts at the Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast on the edge of the BWCA, didn’t know what to make of winter here after buying the venerable home in the fall of 2013. They arrived from Le Mars, Iowa, which might as well have been le planète rouge. They had to look up woodpeckers in a bird book. They were excited by deer. They got in late that first night—late for Ely, that is—and had to toast their new lives with Hot Pockets from the gas station. “We didn’t even do wine,” Mark says. “We didn’t know what went with Hot Pockets.”

Ely, Minnesota sled dogs
 

Visitors to Ely can tour the wilderness via Wintergreen dogsleds then retire to the Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast for sweating in the sauna and refueling in the dining room.

Now Mark has a beard and a flannel shirt. He stacks cords of wood like ammunition for an epic battle. He knows the pine grosbeaks (the plump reddish birds) and the evening grosbeaks (the plump yellowish ones) that only live this far north. He seems to
relish winter.

At night, he lights a fire in the big sauna by the lake and leaves two buckets of water for me, hot and cold, the ablutions of winter. I pour the cold water on the crackling rocks, and the allure begins to register in the reflexive opening of my pores, the exotic and paradoxical pleasure of being the warmest I’ve ever been in the coldest place I’ve ever been. Like walking on water, an otherworldly thing.

Lucy is being massaged—something involving hot stones and honey—so I meet **Iron Mike myself at the Front Porch cafe. He’s surprisingly easy to meet for someone without internet or phone (he chucked the latter in protest when AT&T stuck a 450-foot blinking tower on the edge of the Boundary Waters). He’s here every day he isn’t in the woods.

Iron Mike Hillman (or Iron Mike, or just Iron, as he sometimes signs the emails he sends from the public library), is wearing tall mukluks laced up like gladiator sandals, which isn’t so strange around Ely. He has a red Nordic jacket with embroidered trim, a red pointy hat, and a snow-white beard. It’s hard to imagine him in summer.

Iron Mike is Ely’s unofficial storyteller, a good job for a guy with a bad back. He tells stories of the sort that have made Ely out to be a Jack London fantasy, the one about the twin orphaned moose that pulled a sleigh around town (true) or the boy who slept inside a moose he shot (probably not). But the best stories around town these days are often about him. How on Groundhog Day in 1996 he camped outside with nothing but a tent, a sleeping bag, and polar explorer Will Steger’s underwear. “Charles Kuralt noted that it was colder than both poles that night,” he says. It was 72 below.

He greets nearly every other person walking through the door. Old-timers, generally, who remember “old town” Ely—“That wonderful, imagined place!” he says sardonically. The town before the Boundary Waters wilderness formed at Ely’s doorstep and changed everything. Before the iron ore ran out.

Iron Mike was a miner, drilling and blasting for taconite. He saw the last train car of iron ore leave Ely in 1967—the richest square mile of iron in the country had been right outside town. Someone put an American flag on the car, and then it was
pulled away.

A new town grew up around tourism. There had always been tourism, of course, but now there was not much else. Iron Mike remembers Bill Rom, the “canoe king of Ely”—a lot of people do. Rom had 500 canoes. In the 1960s, he was the biggest canoe outfitter in the world, touring Hubert Humphrey and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and anthropologist Margaret Mead. “It was a circus,” Iron Mike says.

The Boundary Waters, once just another working forest, eventually became a wilderness. Things quieted down. No motors, no circuses. Ely went from being a center of extraction to the middle of nowhere, which as it turns out is exactly where a lot of people today want to be.

Ely, Minnesota Iron Mike, sled dogs
 

The regal residents of Ely's International Wolf Center; the Timber Trail Lodge; and Ely’s unofficial storyteller, Iron Mike Hillman, a man hard to imagine in summer. (Iron Mike photo-submitted)

At dusk, Lucy comes into the cafe, red-cheeked and sleepy. “You were in good hands,” Iron Mike observes. He’s had a few treatments himself at the Pebble Spa Co., a big antique house on Ely’s main drag with hardwood floors, a lot of sunlight, and several fireplaces. The owner makes her own scrubs with wild rice and spices. She launched a makeup line, too, and sells many of these things, along with Anthropologie-style clothing, in the store’s front room. North Country cool, and unabashedly so: In their headshots on the spa website, several employees wear winter hats.

Lucy’s experience sounds like dinner: a caramel-apple foot treatment and a sweet- cream scrub, with a soak in an enamelware roasting pan. Hot water with pebbles. She had honey brushed on her feet and a bath bomb dropped in to fizz. Then she had a hot stone massage, upstairs in the Arctic Twilight Room, the sky flickering out as the heat seeped in from the half-dozen stones aligned on her spine like tiny warm turtles.

Something like that. Look, Ely is not Sedona; in the 1980s, several thousand New Agers did not descend upon the Boundary Waters and wait for a spaceship to rise out of Lake Shagawa. No one cares to read your aura. As recently as 1999, the Ely Speed Wash a block from Pebble Spa still had a machine marked “Mining Cloths Only.”

But once the wilderness opened at its doorstep, in the 1960s, Ely was no longer just a town. It was a portal, and a lot of larger-than-life personalities arrived to pass into the boreal forest whenever they pleased: Will Steger; Lynn Rogers, the bear guy; L. David Mech, the wolf guy; Charles Kuralt, who bought the local radio station (on the condition that Iron Mike manage it); and many less pragmatic types with Into the Wild aspirations. They’re still coming.

“This is the last stop for a lot of people on the fringe of reality,” Iron Mike tells me with a wink. “People thinking about Alaska.” People, he’d be the first to admit, like him.

Ely, Minnesota steakhouse and ice fishing

The Ely Steakhouse is beloved for its retro vibe and snow sculptures at the Ely Winter Festival are a favorite annual tradition, but plunging through the ice offers a full immersion in the Ely experience.

There are two wolf packs around Ely. One to the east, one to the west, like rival gangs. But there’s a third near downtown, in the snow-covered outskirts where you might expect a mini-golf course or a mega-church: the four “ambassador” wolves inhabiting the International Wolf Center, lounging in a woodsy pen behind the lodge-like facility like the comfortable diplomats they are. We show up for dinner.

Most of the center is a kind of a museum explaining what wolves are (the fanged linchpin of northern ecosystems) and aren’t (Satan’s hellhounds). And then we get to the theater in back, the size of a mega-mansion living room with a cathedral-ceiling glass wall. A few dozen families are kicked back on carpeted steps facing the big window and the darkness behind it, listening to a young naturalist in a polo shirt parse the uncomfortable Darwinism of wolf dining. “Should we feel bad for the prey?” she asks rhetorically. Probably not. Snowshoe hares, for instance, “have pretty awesome hearing.” She holds a disembodied leg aloft. “Anyone know whose this is?” Moose? someone guesses. The only ungulate that can kick to the side? “Yeah, totally.”

Elyites are close to their wildlife, as their wildlife is close to them. I’ve heard stories of moose wandering the streets, one peering into the Moose Lodge fraternity downtown in an Ely meta-moment. The wolf center opened in the 1980s with the help of L. David Mech, who’s been tracking wolves here since the ’60s, and now local families show up for these dinners like other people go to the park to feed ducks. You get the feeling that civilization in Ely is just a necessary evil—that if tents held up like homes, there wouldn’t be any city here at all.

The theater darkens as the naturalist dims the lights, and the scene behind the glass becomes clear. A wheelbarrow full of glimmering flesh is dumped into the pen near the window: beavers, skinned. Usually the trappers who supply this feast keep the tails for their own dinner, but this time it’s the whole naked critter. Wolves emerge from the trees and tear into the mass, ripping and flinging before dragging pieces to privacy. There’s no frenzy, just un-self-conscious, blood-on-the-face butchery. This will go on all weekend. By Monday, the naturalist assures us, it’ll be down to spinal cords.

Ely, Minnesota mukluks and cabin

The local footwear of choice, Steger mukluks, are great for snowshoeing and dogsledding, but you won’t need them inside Wintergreen’s sauna.

The ambassador wolves, like snowbirds, mostly take winters off. But every February, when the Netflix queue has bottomed out, the whole town says, Screw it, we are gods in winter, and opens for the Ely Winter Festival: 10 days of candle-lit skiing, professional snow carving in the park, Iron Mike’s storytelling, and other excuses to show off new mukluks. As with everything Ely, the line between stunt and seriousness is blurred. This is a town that has pulled some elaborate April Fool’s jokes, including a (failed) bid for the 2016 Olympics and last year’s press release announcing the Ely Channel, a cable network featuring Sauna Wars and Real Wives of St. Louis County, which at least one editor (briefly) fell for—the one at the top of this magazine’s masthead. Understandably so: Because nothing about Ely seems inconceivable.

At the festival’s opening ceremony, held in the vast auditorium of the city’s historic elementary school, the mayor of Ely hands a two-foot canoe paddle to the grand marshal, Trudy, a surgical nurse and longtime festival helper who recalls prepping for a colonoscopy when she realized she forgot to order the porta-potties. There is a lot of room to stretch out in the auditorium, which is peppered with folks from the older generation who came here in the 1980s and ’90s, after the protests of the wilderness restrictions had simmered down. They created much of this tourism culture—the new town—which by now is so endemic it doesn’t feel like the activism it once was.

We leave for dinner at the Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant, one of the newer joints on the main drag, and find the younger generation drinking blueberry blonde beer with all-you-can-eat fish fry. They’re listening to a folk band and taking home growlers, like their counterparts everywhere, but in mukluks and down coveralls and beards as practical as long johns. The place is packed.

For a town divided over a potential return to mining—a proposed sulfide operation far more hazardous than the old iron mines, requiring 500 years of cleanup, or worse if something goes wrong—the evening feels like Ely has already moved on. In the old days, Ely’s miners prided themselves on being technical specialists, underground badasses (“They had a swagger,” Iron Mike tells me), uninterested in slogging through open-pit scars like the mines around Hibbing or the sulfide proposal. That pride remains. Ely, at work or play, favors the epic.

In winter, when the cabins around ely empty out, you can see the town for the tourists. The people who came and never left, never made it to Alaska. You see them on snowmobiles, sometimes more numerous than cars, cruising alleys as though in a parallel universe, a secret snowbound city. You see them at Zup’s, the über-local grocery with the moose head peering over the soda machines. You see them at the Ely Steakhouse, with its red walls, its giant fish tank, its one fireplace and one television displaying a fireplace.

You didn’t think you came to the wilderness to be around people, but of course you did. Sigurd Olson, the bard of Burntside Lake, knew this: “I must never write of the earth as being beautiful in itself,” he admonished himself. “Without the civilizing influence of man, without the warmth of godliness and spirit, the earth is merely a cold and brutish planet.” You go to the forest for solitude; you come to Ely for perspective, to see the forest for the trees.

On our last day, Lucy and I go where everyone here eventually winds up: Steger Mukluks and Moccasins, a kind of DSW of moose hide, run by Will’s ex-wife. The mukluks are reportedly made from Scandinavian moose, which don’t look much like Minnesota moose and apparently aren’t as threatened. Lined with thick felt, they’re
incredibly warm. Last year, as the polar vortex swirled over the state, Steger sold 128 pairs of mukluks in 36 hours.

Lucy is fitted by a 19-year-old forestry student also working on her taxidermy certification. Summers here, she says, are too warm. Winter is when she thrives. When anything seems possible. When Minnesota seems most Minnesotan. She’s planning to move to Alaska.

**"Iron" Mike Hillman died of an apparent heart attack shortly after this issue of Minnesota Monthly went to press. He was 62, the bard of Ely, one of its great myth-makers and great truth-tellers.

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WHERE TO STAY

Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast is a homey perch on the BWCA just outside town. blueheronbnb.com • For wilderness luxury, rent the Eagle Point cabin on White Iron Lake. elylodging.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant is a craft-beer hot spot serving walleye three ways and a knockout blueberry blonde. boathousebrewpub.com • The perennially popular Chocolate Moose re-opens for the Ely Winter Festival with the best desserts in town. Find them on Facebook. • The Ely Steakhouse is the local retro favorite, with Christmas lights and antlers over the bar. Try the Steer Beer steak, marinated in oatmeal stout from Duluth and served with a gravy boat of horseradish. elysteakhouse.com

WHAT TO DO

The 2015 Ely Winter Festival runs February 5–15 with outdoor activities, snowcarving downtown, and special events at the International Wolf Center, North American Bear Center, and Dorothy Molter Museum. elywinterfestival.comThe Pebble Spa Co. runs the massage gamut from hot stone to his/hers, with locally made scrubs. pebblespaco.com • Ely has enough dogsleds to haul everyone out of town if need be. Stay at Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge (dogsledding.com) for the full adventure, or try Chilly Dogs for a quick and easy pull (elydogsledtrips.com). • Stop into Zup’s Food Market for fresh apple and walnut potica, pasties, and zinks (beef, ham, Polish sausage, and onion, ground up and fried). zups.com

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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11....

Cost: 0

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Detroit Lakes Area Chamber
Telephone: 218-847-9202
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The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Telephone: 218-850-1413
Contact Name: Carmen McCullough
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Wonder, adventure and discovery for all at our winter family weekend! Activities you can enjoy include: indoor climbing wall, high ropes course, ice climbing, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing,...

Cost: $135 - $315

Where:
Audubon Center of the North Woods
Sandstone, MN


Sponsor: Audubon Center of the North Woods
Telephone: 888-404-7743
Contact Name: http://audubon-center.org/event/winter-family-2018
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Dig Into The PastDo you think Indiana Jones has a cool job? Do you know the difference between Archaeology and Paleontology? Come in for an adventure at the Runestone Museum where you will learn...

Cost: $9.00

Where:
Runestone Museum Foudnation
206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Alexandria Public Schools Community Education
Telephone: 320-762-3310
Contact Name: Amy Skarka
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Come out for a night of Surly beer & entertainment by Minnesota's own BEN KYLE of Romantica, a nationally-recognized singer/songwriter who will not let you down! Raffles and a silent auction...

Cost: $25

Where:
Surly Brewing company
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Cultivate International
Telephone: (612)229-8206
Contact Name: Elaine Tymchack
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Come out for a night of Surly beer & entertainment by Minnesota's own BEN KYLE of Romantica, a nationally-recognized singer/songwriter who will not let you down! Raffles and a silent auction...

Cost: $25

Where:
Surly Brewing company
520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneaolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Cultivate International
Telephone: (612)229-8206
Contact Name: Elaine Tymyack
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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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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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

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

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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Join us for a presentation by Elizabeth Coleman, as she discusses her explorations with glass and porcelain. A 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient, Elizabeth will...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments....

Cost: $76-24

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
Website »

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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

More information

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 »

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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
View map »


Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
Website »

More information

Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments....

Cost: $76-24

Where:
Ordway Concert Hall
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
Website »

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Loving your work starts when you make yourself a priority - but how do you really put your own happiness first? At this conversational luncheon, we'll talk about how you can change your internal...

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

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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High School Open House at The International School of Minnesota We believe that education can change the world.  Join us on February 21 from 4-6 pm for an open house for grades 9-12! Learn more...

Cost: Free

Where:
The International School of Minnesota
6385 Beach Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: ISM
Telephone: 952-918-1800
Contact Name: Joelle Charbel
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Every Wednesday in February Glensheen presents Zenith City On Tap, a series of talks on the history of Duluth by author and historian Tony Dierckins, publisher of Duluth’s Zenith City Press. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55805
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Sponsor: Glensheen Mansion
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
Website »

More information

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

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

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
Website »

More information

Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
Website »

More information

The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-339-8007
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
View map »


Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
Website »

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Whether you’re in a family business or not, you’ll take away useful communication tips from stories shared by this experienced panel. Each of the panelists has had multiple courageous...

Cost: $25 member/$45 non-member

Where:
Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN  55427
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Website »

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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN

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Listen to WCCO Radio's Afternoon Drive Time with Jordana Green and Paul Douglas to learn more about food and philanthropy with Sue Zelickson. Tune in the last Thursday of every month at 4:45...

Cost: $0

Where:
WCCO Radio
, MN


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Join us for happy hour on February 22, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sisyphus Brewing. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to OneVillage Partners.OneVillage Partners works as a catalyst to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: OneVillage Partners
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Join us for happy hour on February 22, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Sisyphus Brewing. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to OneVillage Partners.OneVillage Partners works as a catalyst to...

Cost: 0

Where:
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: OneVillage Partners
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Join Como Friends for a festive fundraiser Bouquets, a wine, beer and food experience in the stunning Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Visitor Center. Sample more than 100...

Cost: $65 General Event and $125 for VIP

Where:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook
Saint Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Friends
Telephone: 651-487-8229
Contact Name: Kaitlyn Huntington
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Please join us for an inside look at Heilicher, an accredited K-8 independent school. Learn more about academic, Hebrew, and Judaic Studies offerings, and hear from a panel of alumni, parents, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Heilicher Day School
Telephone: 952-381-3500
Contact Name: Louise Schoenberger
Website »

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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Website »

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Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood is a fashion show, fundraiser and party all thrown into one! Featuring local community models, show-stopping fashion and one-of-a-kind...

Cost: $30-$3,000

Where:
International Market Square
275 Market St
Minneapolis , MN  55405
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Sponsor: Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD
Telephone: 612-821-6106
Contact Name: Sarah Harris
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Join us as we announce the tenth anniversary season of the Lakes Are Music Festival!  Members of the Minnesota Orchestra come together for an invigorating program, including a LAMF favorite:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Women's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Lakes Area Music Festival
Telephone: 218-820-6193
Contact Name: Bethany Rohr
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

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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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

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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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The Minnesota Health Action Group's 8th annual Employer Benefits Survey will be open to all Minnesota employers February 5-23. The Action Group survey is by employers and for employers. It...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: Minnesota Health Action Group
Telephone: 952-896-5186
Contact Name: Deb Krause
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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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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The University of Minnesota Libraries to open a major two venue exhibition entitled Eye, Hand, Gesture: Forming with Black Label Movement at its Wilson Library (January 9 – March 9, 2018) and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilson Library
309 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Libraries
Telephone: 612-624-1638
Contact Name: Deborah Ultan
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 first quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 raymond avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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Shipt, a membership grocery marketplace, is looking to hire 1,000 people immediately in the Twin Cities area, in partnership with Snagajob, the hourly hiring experts.   Candidates interested in...

Cost: Free

Where:
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Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Telephone: 612-721-2535
Contact Name: Kat George
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Music with a Mission is a night of music at the Fine Line Music Cafe supporting the Music Therapy Program at HCMC. Dance the night away while providing the gift of music for patients receiving care...

Cost: $20 online, $30 at the door

Where:
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 N 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Hennepin Health Foundation
Telephone: 612-872-9250
Contact Name: Amy Carlson
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

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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South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter for over 50 years. They...

Cost: Starting at $32, subject to change

Where:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-224-4222
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

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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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Marriage is funny. And fraught with drama. And therefore lends itself well to musical comedy. Thus... 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical! Presented by Bucket Brigade: February 2nd-24th, 2018 Fridays...

Cost: $22-$27 ($3 Discount for students, seniors 65+, and groups of 10+, $5 off groups

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
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Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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Legendary Ladies of Country: Heart Songs from the Heartland is a joyous celebration of the power and resilience women discover as they travel down life’s highway of young love, marriage,...

Cost: $24-$29

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Table Salt Productions
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Kara Witt
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  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle Craze...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

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


Telephone: (888) 407-4054
Website »

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
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Nearly everyone has heard Beethoven’s last symphony, among the most performed in
the world—but have you seen it danced? The COWLES CENTER presents this choreographer’s take on...

Where:
The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55043
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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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When you participate in a Fight For Air Climb, you are stepping up to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission - to...

Cost: $15-$145

Where:
U.S. Bank Plaza
200 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: American Lung Association
Telephone: 651-268-2146
Contact Name: Abby Slick
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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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Curated by Dr. Viki D. Thompson Wylder // Sponsored by The Friends of The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 pm Panel Discussion: March 7, 7 pm "Everything Was...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Curated by Jess Larson // Co-sponsored by the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Artists: Amber Cobb, Orly Corgan, Susan Gilbert, Mari Hernandez, Jess Larson, Tracy Otten, Jennifer Pettus,...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
Visual Arts Building, 2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Script from Within is a collaborative visual art project that incorporates authentic handwritings of women who are incarcerated in Minnesota, confronting viewers with the humanity behind the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Gallery
875 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Get ready to dive into the world of technology and engineering at The Works Museum’s annual Tech Fest family event. With dozens of hands-on activities led by real scientists, engineers, and...

Cost: $9 Pre-registered/$12 at the door; members free.

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Telephone: 952-888-4262
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In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Families try a fun activity,...

Cost: Ages 1-101: $12.95, Members: Free, Children Under Age 1: Free

Where:
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 W 7th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Minnesota Children's Museum
Telephone: 651-225-6000
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A Common Thread 2018 showcases the breadth and talent of Textile Center members. 120 artworks will adorn the walls of Textile Center's galleries in an exhibition that is as diverse in technique as...

Cost: Free!

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

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Art Works Eagan is proud to host American Conversations: Looking Forward in conjunction with Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).  WARM is an organization that empowers and supports all...

Cost: free

Where:
Art Works Eagan
3795 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN  55122
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Sponsor: Art Works Eagan
Telephone: 651-330-4242
Contact Name: Robin Cerio
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Chaotic Playground-Youth Art FestivalFREE EVENTOpen to PublicExperience Dance, Theater, Media Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Poetry, Performance, Photography, and more from dozens...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Hwy.
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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Start thinking camp!   Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer?   Join Minnesota Parent magazine at its 12th Annual Camp Fair from 10 a.m.–2 p.m....

Cost: Free!

Where:
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St Paul, MN  55103
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Telephone: 612-436-4392
Contact Name: Owen Davis
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The February featured artists’ show opens February 3 (the day before the National Football League’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis) with our Annual Chili Cook-off! What better way to celebrate...

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 2, 2018   Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its 2018 first quarter exhibition:...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 raymond avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Groveland Gallery is pleased to host a book release event for PARTS, a new book by gallery artist Michael Kareken. For the past three years, Kareken has been visiting auto salvage yards and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Of course Minnesota’s largest outdoor beer festival takes place
in winter. The Mighty Midway at the STATE FAIRGROUNDS becomes a big, brisk taproom sampling more than 150 breweries and...

Where:
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave N
St.Paul, MN  55108
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Make Believe Neighborhood celebrates Mr. Rogers and the neighborhood helpers he told us to look for – the ordinary people who do extra-ordinary work to make our own South Minneapolis neighborhood...

Cost: $10-20

Where:
In the Heart of the Beast's Avalon Theatre
1500 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Telephone: 612-721-2535
Contact Name: Kat George
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Gala4Goals 2018: So Much More Than Soccer! The Sanneh Foundation is deeply rooted in soccer, but we do so much more than free soccer camps. Therefore, the focus of this year's 8th...

Cost: $150.00

Where:
Saint Paul River Centre
175 Kellog Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Atomic Data & Thor Companies

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Get out of the cold and step into the warmth of giving at our Sunset Soiree! Show off your bronze glow, wear your most glamorous Beach or Ball Wear and join us for an evening of games on the...

Cost: General Tickets -$200 VIP Tickets - $250

Where:
Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh St
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Telephone: 763-502-1500
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble
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The US Ice Cross Association (USIX) is excited to host the United States 2018 Rider’s Cup! We will be racing at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington, Minnesota! WHEN: February 24, 2018...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hyland Hills Ski Area
8800 Chalet Rd
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: US Ice Cross Association
Contact Name: Maria Balogh
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Killswitch Engage are an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock. Killswitch Engage’s current lineup consists...

Cost: $33

Where:
Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by local artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. http://rosaluxgallery.com/3619-2/#.Wmo514pG1PN In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Rosalux Gallery
1400 Van Buren Street NE #195
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Website »

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The Royale by Marco Ramirez directed by Austene Van Yellow Tree Theatre February 2 – March 4 Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But...

Cost: $23-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55339
View map »


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

More information

  Ayden, a transgender man, and Jess, a plus sized woman, have been dating and now Jess has invited Ayden to come to her place. Tension (of all sorts!) is high for both of them as they navigate...

Cost: $5-$50

Where:
Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120
Minneapolis, MN  55413
View map »


Website »

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In conjunction with our annual "A Toast to George Washington" event, Minnesota Masonic Charities and the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center is proud to present a show that highlights the Great...

Cost: $10 to $17

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Minnesota Masonic Charities
Telephone: 952-948-6506
Contact Name: Kara Witt
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Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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The highly-acclaimed national touring production of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is coming home to the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Based on the best-selling book by Mitch Albom and adapted for the stage...

Cost: $20

Where:
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Sabes JCC
Telephone: 952.381.3400
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Marriage is funny. And fraught with drama. And therefore lends itself well to musical comedy. Thus... 'Til Death: A Marriage Musical! Presented by Bucket Brigade: February 2nd-24th, 2018 Fridays...

Cost: $22-$27 ($3 Discount for students, seniors 65+, and groups of 10+, $5 off groups

Where:
Art House North
793 Armstrong Ave.
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Bucket Brigade
Telephone: 612-547-9839
Contact Name: Jeremiah Gamble
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Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately,...

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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St. Mark's Drama Ministry is proud to present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!"Spend a couple of days in the lives of Charlie Brown and his pint-sized philosopher friends - from bright, uncertain...

Cost: $8-$10

Where:
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
2499 Helen Street North
North Saint Paul, MN  55109
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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” By William Shakespeare Directed by Barbra Berlovitz Presented on the Stoll Thrust Stage Performance dates: February 22, 2018 – March 4, 2018   A world...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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If the first thing you know about Craze is that he’s the only solo DJ to win the DMC World Championships 3 times over, prepare to get yourself schooled. From day one, every uphill battle Craze...

Cost: $20

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Brohug the DJ/producer trio from Sweden and the masterminds behind ‘brohouse’ are ready to take the EDM scene and shake it up. Tired of the commercial side of the EDM world, Brohug is on a...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Loft @ Skyway Theatre
711 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Skyway Theatre
Telephone: 612-333-6100
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  Six Elements Theatre presents a new, collaboratively devised work based on ancient Irish legends. Directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case, script by Brian Watson-Jones   The greatest warrior in...

Cost: $18-pwyc

Where:
The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Six Elements Theatre
Contact Name: Johanna Gorman-Baer
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The tremendous, icicle- formed, vaguely gothic castle—with tunnels, archways, ice slides, water fountains, and 20-foot walls—returns to Stillwater, a reason to celebrate for those...

Where:
474-498 Myrtle St E
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Telephone: (888) 407-4054
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a world steeped in fairy magic—what is real and what is imagined? Is it a dream or a nightmare? “Contagious fogs” fall on the land, rivers overflow, the...

Cost: $17 General public $12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees $7 Students (any col

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Amy Esposito
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We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and relevant material from the recent (and...

Cost: $20-$34

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