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2013 Insiders Guide

A guide to the best in arts and entertainment, travel, retail, professional services, health and wellness, and education.

2013 Insiders Guide

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Arts & Entertainment

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 W 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 • 952-934-1525 or 800-362-3515 • ChanhassenDT.com

» What’s new: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres celebrates its 45th anniversary year in 2013! 2013 Entertainment: “Put on a Happy Face” with Bye Bye Birdie on the Main Stage through March 30, 2013. Main Stage musicals to follow include the return of Chanhassen’s No. 1 audience favorite, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from April 5 through August 30 followed by the Broadway blockbuster, Hello, Dolly! from September 4 through January 2014. Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret is offered in the Playhouse every Friday and Saturday night. And don’t miss the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres 2013 Concert Series—including tributes to The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Greatest Women of Country, Gene Pitney, and The Beatles. Also Power Balladz—an 80s Sing-a-Long, When A Man Loves A Diva, and many more!

» Our greatest strengths: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the perfect one-stop entertainment destination with multiple theatres under one roof, complete restaurant and bar service, and complimentary parking on-site.

» Our productions are … recognized for excellence. All elements—from costumes to scenery—are Minnesota-created and developed on-site by local theatre artisans and designers.

» Our audiences have been … attending Chanhassen and celebrating special occasions since 1968! During that time, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre has entertained over 10 million guests.

» Other highlights: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is a terrific, unique place to hold weddings, receptions, and business events with facilities to accommodate up to 300 guests for private receptions. Also check out the new Brindisi’s Pub for lunch, dinner, happy hours and Sunday brunch. It’s one of the Twin Cities’ best-kept secrets!

Minnesota Opera

Ticket Office – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • 612-333-6669 • mnopera.org

» Who we are: Minnesota Opera combines a culture of creativity and fiscal responsibility to produce opera and opera education programs that expand the art form, nurture artists, enrich audiences and contribute to the vitality of the community.

» Our audiences are … a cross-section of the community. We see high school students dressing up and going on dates, young professionals gathering on Tempo opening nights (our group for opera-goers age 21-39), young parents who have hired a sitter so they can have a night out, middle-aged empty nesters, and older adults enjoying their retirement.

» We take pride in … creating new operas. In 1963, a world premiere sparked the creation of a small opera company spotlighting the rare and avant-garde. In the following five decades, nurtured by the supportive and adventurous culture of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Opera created and produced new operas. These efforts began to define the company’s artistic identity as an incubator for new work. Following the overwhelming success of its commission of The Grapes of Wrath in 2007, Minnesota Opera launched the New Works Initiative (NWI), a landmark commitment to invigorate the operatic repertoire. The program’s first commission, Silent Night, earned its composer the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. The second commission, Doubt, with music by Douglas J. Cuomo and libretto by John Patrick Shanley, makes its world premiere in January 2013.

The NWI has also produced the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio and revivals of Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming and Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights. The Dream of Valentino, newly revised by Dominick Argento, is slated for March 2014, and The Manchurian Candidate, composed by Kevin Puts with libretto by Mark Campbell, will make its world premiere in the 2014–2015 season.

» You might not realize: Though some people think opera is elitist and hard to comprehend, opera’s origins were populist. It was the Broadway of its time, written for the purpose of entertaining and delighting both kings and commoners. Today, with translations projected above the stage, audiences won’t miss a word. And although opera is an expensive art form to produce, Minnesota Opera tickets start at just $20.

» Other highlights: Visit the Opera on Facebook (facebook.com/MinnesotaOpera), Twitter (@mnopera), YouTube (youtube.com/minnesotaopera), Pinterest (pinterest.com/mnopera) and Instagram (mnopera). Minnesota Opera also has a fantastic blog (blog.mnopera.org).

If you blog or tweet, email dzillmann@mnopera.org or contact Minnesota Opera via Twitter @mnopera for an invitation to a social media preview night, held at the final dress rehearsal of each production.

Shooting Star Casino

777 Casino Rd. Mahnomen, MN 56557 • 1-800-453-7827 (STAR) • Tickets: 800-313-7469 • starcasino.com

» We are: a casino, hotel, and event center offering Las Vegas-style gaming in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.  We are located in the gentle, rolling prairies of “wild rice country” of Mahnomen, 240 miles from the Twin Cities (35 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59). We are proudly owned and operated by the White Earth Nation.

» Shooting Star Casino: In our casino there is a poker room, 1,100 state-of-the-art slot machines, 12 blackjack tables, and four high-stakes tables with two and six deck shoes, and limits up to $1,000.

» Shooting Star Event Center: Catch a national act like country star Sara Evans in the 15,000-square-foot Event Center.

» Restaurants: Shooting Star’s four restaurants cater to your appetite, from casual at Whispering Winds to fine dining at 2 ONE 8 Restaurant.

» Shooting Star Hotel: Stay in one of our 386 well-appointed deluxe rooms or 24 suites—including an Executive Suite and the Stardust King suites complete with a jet tub. Best of all, you’ll be a short distance from the casino, restaurants, event center, and a glass-enclosed heated indoor pool and hot tub.

» Sereniitee Spa: Located in the Stardust hotel wing, the Sereniitee Spa features signature services like hot river stones used to help penetrate heat deep into the muscles.

» Mustang Lounge: Enjoy regional entertainment on an elevated stage next to the casino floor, providing a fun, lively ambiance to enjoy happy hour drink specials and live music while you play. 

» You might not realize: We have been voted the top Native American casino in Minnesota in several categories each year, beating out the larger metro-area casinos in service and facility-related areas. We have also been voted “Best Cash-Back” for a Players’ Club. We are able to offer a superior experience on a more personal level with our guests—focusing on individual service, big gaming options, and big entertainment.

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