Can’t-Miss Calendar

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Through July 29

Jeeves Intervenes
Photo by Ron Ravensborg

Jeeves in Bloom

Wealthy, witty playboy Bertie has once again gotten himself in an awful mess. Only one man can set everything straight – the stalwart Jeeves!

When: July 6–29

Where: Theater in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22. Senior citizens (age 62+) pay $18 (not valid on Saturdays).

Infotheatreintheround.org


Through Aug. 5

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Frank Loesser’s brassy and immortal musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway involves the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler with a puritanical missionary, as well as a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but.

When: July 13–Aug. 5

Where: Lyric Arts of Anoka

Cost: $30–$34

Infolyricarts.org


Through July 24

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Carmen

One of the greatest operas of all time, the epochal Carmen is set in 19th century Spain and deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaela by the cigar factory-girl Carmen. The Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard provides the perfect setting for the richness and sensuality of Carmen, as the stone walls and river vistas serve as the backdrop to the inevitable challenge between Carmen and Don José at the bullring. 

When: July 13–24

Where: Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard, Minneapolis

Cost: $50-$125; Opening Night $200-$250

Info: millcitysummeropera.org


July 19

Cantus

Cantus: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Across generations, the songs are passed down from parents to children, between friends, and among communities, giving definition to a shared history. Inspired by Dvořák’s composition of the same name and anchored with the timeless cycle of folk songs set by Aaron Copland, Old American Songs, the program couples each singer’s unique individual sound and virtuosity with Cantus’ usual ensemble fare.

When: July 19

Where: The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis

Cost: $20 for adults; $10 for children

Infocantussings.org


Through Aug. 5

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia!

Sixty million people around the world have had the night of their lives experiencing writer Catherine Johnson’s light-hearted tale of family and friendship, told through ABBA’s timeless songs, such as “Take a Chance on Me,” “Dancing Queen,” and “SOS.”

When: July 17–Aug. 5

Where: Ordway Theater, St. Paul

Cost: $34–$124

Infoordway.org


July 20, 24, 27, 31; August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, Sep. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25

Senior Exercise

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors Free Exercise Program

Enjoy fun, gentle exercises for adults, led by a qualified instructor.

When: July 20, 24, 27, 31; August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, Sep. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25

Where: Saint Anthony Park Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.bibliocommons.com


July 19–22

O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Summer Nationals

O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Summer Nationals

This event features all makes and models of two-wheeled street machines, as well as feature cars. Over 100 awards will be handed out to outstanding cars and trucks. 

When: July 19–22

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Cost: Adult: $13 Gate: Adult: $15; Children 9 and under are free with a paid adult

InfoStreetMachineNationals.net


July 19, Aug. 9

Jason Moran. Photo by Galen Fletcher, courtesy Walker Art Center

Sound Horizon: Curated by Jason Moran

The spaces between live sound and visual art merge and activate the galleries during Sound Horizon. Jazz pianist, composer, and visual artist Jason Moran curates this year’s lineup of new and returning musicians. Intended for both close listeners and those browsing the galleries, this free, aurally eclectic series will feature each artist performing live in Moran’s mixed-media set installations. July 19: Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits), August 9: Dave King/George Cartwright/Josh Granowski

When: July 19, Aug. 9

Where: Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infowalkerart.org


July 20–21

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival

The Friday night lineup includes the Ohio Players, High & Mighty, and Free and Easy. Saturday’s blues lineup includes Marcia Ball, Chubby Carrier, Toronzo Cannon, Crow, Scottie Miller Band, and Mae Simpson Band on the Main Stage. A second stage, the Juke Joint Stage, will also feature the Big George Jackson and Everett Smithson Band. A limited amount of preferred seating in front of the stage is available for purchase.

When: July 20–21

Where: Mears Park, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infolowertownbluesfestival.com


July 20–22

Bob Stromberg: Comedy Café at the Barn

Bob Stromberg:  Comedy Café at the Barn

The evening will begin with appetizers and Minnesota-crafted wines, beers and sodas served on the lush grounds of the Bruentrup Heritage Farm, just east of Maplewood Mall. Audiences can stroll through the historical exhibits, participate in a scavenger hunt and listen to jazz piano entertainment before local comedian Bob Stromberg takes the stage to give audiences a full evening of hilarious comedy in the rustic red barn. Stromberg, from Hugo, has traveled the world performing his very unique blend of standup, story and shtick. He’s the co-author and an original star of Minneapolis’s megahit theatrical comedy, Triple Espresso–A Highly Caffeinated Comedy, which has been seen by over two million people from San Diego to the West End of London.

When: July 20–22

Where: Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood

Cost: $35–$45

Info: maplewoodhistoricalsociety.org


July 20–22

Stillwater Lumberjack Days

Stillwater Lumberjack Days

Live music concerts, parade, medallion hunt, vendors, lumberjack competitions, contests and river fun.

When: July 20–22

Where: Lowell Park, Stillwater

Cost: FREE

Info: lumberjackdays.com


July 20

Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival
Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival

The Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival includes an arts showcase featuring works created by older adults, make-and-take art activities, live music and entertainment, wellness opportunities, food, games and more. Admission is free and food and activities are priced for affordable fun.

When: July 20

Where: Lyngblomsten campus, 1415 Almond Ave., St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infolyngblomsten.org


July 21

Rondo Day

Rondo Day

This festival has grown since its inception in 1982 to become the largest African-American-sponsored festival in Minnesota. Events include the Frank Adams 5k Walk and Run, a parade that starts at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, a festival that includes live entertainment, food, service and merchandise vendors plus a Drill & Dance Team Competition. People come from near and far to celebrate the Rondo community.

When: July 21

Where: Rondo Learning Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: rondoavenueinc.org


July 21

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

Bayfront Reggae & World Music Festival

Enjoy the 13th annual festival showcasing internationally touring performers while you enjoy ethnic foods, beverages and a variety of artisans displaying their wares. See Lake Superior views from this beautiful open-air venue.

When: July 21

Where: Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth

Cost: Adults 18+ $55; seniors 62 and older $50 – must present a valid photo ID
Youth 12-17 $25; children 11 and under free with paid adult

Info: bayfrontreggae.com


July 21

Rolling River Music Festival

10th Annual Rolling River Music Festival

The lineup features three national acts and local openers, spanning genres like country, pop, soul, Americana and indie folk. National sensations Eric Hutchinson & The Believers and The Lone Bellow co-headline the festival, with Natalie Stovall returning by popular demand on Saturday July 21.

When: July 21

Where: Central Park, Red Wing

Cost: FREE

Infosheldontheatre.org


Through July 21

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Exhibitions of Artists Regan Golden and Paula McCartney

SooVAC opens the summer season with two exhibitions by artists, Paula McCartney and Regan Golden, whose work presents an exploration of nature as resilient, foreboding and optimistic, much like their human counterparts.

When: June 14–July 21. Opening Reception is Thursday, June 14th, 6-9pm

Where: Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infosoovac.org


July 21–22, Aug. 25–26, Sept. 29–30

Stillwater Flea & Crafter's Market

Stillwater Flea and Crafter’s Market

Make a day of it in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley and check out over 100 unique vendors, local crafters, food trucks, music and more.

When: July 21–22, Aug. 25–26, Sept. 29–30

Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, Stillwater

Cost: FREE

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July 22

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

French for “Competition of Elegance,” the Concours d’Elegance will showcase automobiles selected from a field of applicants for their authenticity, beauty and style. From the pre-1924 Brass/Antique Era to pre-1974 Foreign Cars; Treasured Classics and Popular Collectables from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, to American Production cars from the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s; more than 100 collectible autos will grace the Excelsior Commons.

When: July 22

Where: Excelsior Commons, Exclesior

Cost: Tickets for adults are $25 per person and available at the entry to the event. Admission for children 12 and younger as well as active military members (with ID) is free.

Info10000lakesconcours.com


July 24, 31; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25

Senior Stroll Como Zoo and Conservatory

Senior Strolls

Senior Strolls take place from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside for just 55-and-up people. Each month will feature an opportunity to visit a part of the Zoo or Conservatory for a leisurely walk before the crowds as well as special activities and guests.

When: 9 a.m., Tuesdays through August: July 24, 31; Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: comozooconservatory.org


July 25; Aug. 8, 22

Lakewood Cemetery

Summer Walking Tours

Summer evenings are a wonderful time to stroll through Lakewood and take in its beautiful gardens and long vistas—all while learning a bit of fun, local history. Tickets are available now for up to six different walking tours at Lakewood, where visitors can visit the graves and hear the stories of Minnesota’s leaders, entertainers and influencers. June 27: Minnesota Sports Legends, July 11: Minnesota Inventors, July 25: Lakewood Founders, Aug. 8: Notable Women, Aug. 22: Early Minneapolis Leaders

When: July 25; Aug. 8, 22

Where: Lakewood Cemetery

Cost: $5

Infolakewoodcemetery.org


July 26

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Cocktails in the Parlour

Have a drink at the Ramsey House and discover the story behind a classic cocktail. Back by popular demand, join Jesse Held, bar manager at Parlour and Coup d’ Etat in Minneapolis and founder of the North Star Bartenders Guild, as he prepares a special handcrafted cocktail. Learn about the cocktail’s history, the resurgence it’s had in recent years, and the art of creating this elegant classic. This program is offered at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and is for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.

When: July 26

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $26/MNHS members save 20%

Infomnhs.org


July 26

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library: Summer Lending Event

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library: Summer Lending Event

Browse a collection of over 100 original artworks and choose one to take home with you, free of charge, for the next three months. This is also your last chance to see MALL’s exhibit “Art Needs People,” on display in Cargill Hall June 7–July 26.

When: July 26

Where: Minneapolis Central Library

Cost: FREE

Infohclib.bibliocommons.com


July 26–Oct. 28

Gudrun Sjödén — A Colourful Universe

Gudrun Sjödén — A Colourful Universe

Gudrun Sjödén, who has been called the “godmother of Swedish fashion,” is a renowned textile designer and entrepreneurial force whose boldly feminine collections are inspired by nature and Swedish folk motifs. This American Swedish Institute collaboration with Sjödén examines her career and inspirations through a visually striking exhibition that shares her original watercolors and archival constructed catalogs.

When: July 26–Oct. 28

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $10 adults, $7 ages 62 and above, $5 children and students

Infoasimn.org


July 27

Angels and Madams illustration

Angels & Madams

In 1881, residents of St. Paul’s fashionable Irvine Park neighborhood formed a committee to rid their district of vice. St. Paul’s not-so-hidden red-light district was a source of concern for residents, reformers and city officials alike. This program uses newspaper accounts and court records to explore the secrets of the capital city. Were madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse simply running businesses or, as reformers claimed, ruining lives and the soul of a city? This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.

When: July 27

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%

Infomnhs.org


July 28–29

Loring Park Art Festival

Loring Park Art Festival

Wildflowers and formal gardens make this an idyllic setting for art, music, food and entertainment. The work of 140 juried fine artists and fine craftspeople will circle the large pond in Loring Park.

When: July 28–29

Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infoloringparkartfestival.com


July 28, Aug. 25, Sep. 29

CARS AND CAVES FOR CHARITY SHOW

Cars and Caves for Charity Show

View some of the coolest cars from classics and muscle to antiques, street rods and exotics. Tour some mind blowing luxury man cave garages. Take your family pic by a replica Batmobile or Scooby Doo van! Free admission, charity donations encouraged.

When: July 28, Aug. 25, Sep. 29

Where: Chanhassen Autoplex

Cost: FREE

Infochanhassenautoplex.com


Through July 29

Glensheen

Glensheen

1977. An heiress, kind and generous, is found dead in her bed. Her night nurse is lying lifeless on the staircase. A robbery? A clumsy break-in? A conspiracy? A scandal! The Congdon family tragedy splashed across the headlines of every newspaper in Minnesota. But what really happened on that fateful night at the Glensheen Mansion? Whodunit? Witness this dark musical that tackles the tale with wicked dialogue and evocative music.

When: July 5–29

Where: History Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $15–$58

Infohistorytheatre.com


Through July 30

Songs of Hope Concert

Songs of Hope Concert

Every summer, youngsters aged 9-16 come to Minnesota from countries around the world to perform in the award-winning Songs of Hope concert. With performers this year from China, Vietnam, Turkey, Italy, Poland, England, France, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and USA, Songs of Hope is more than a choir. With lively movements, imaginative sets, rich cultural dress, and a hot band of musicians, the Songs of Hope show showcases songs from all the countries of the performers – plus more – and with some beloved show tunes from U.S. musicals specially featured. Lively and upbeat, Songs of Hope is a show for audiences of all ages.

When: July 4–30

Where: Throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota

Cost: FREE

Infosoundsofhope.org/concert_calendar.html


Aug. 2, 16

Yarn

Yarn Nights

All ages are welcome at Yarn Night! They can help beginners get started with crocheting, knitting, or patterns. They also have yarn and needles to use. Bring your own projects, or come learn about Tunisian crochet and looms and many other interesting techniques.

When: Aug. 2, 16

Where: Highland Park Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 3, Sep. 7

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SHH! (Seniors at Hayden Heights)

Older adults are welcome to drop in to play games, have conversation, and watch a movie. No registration required.

When: Aug. 3, Sep. 7

Where: Hayden Heights Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 4

Plein Air SmackDown

Plein Air SmackDown

This year, 20 gallery and guest artists will be painting en plein air on and around the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam. The public is encouraged to visit and observe. Artists and observers are invited to return to the gallery for a party and sale on the front porch at the end of the day.

When: Aug. 4

Where: Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infogrovelandgallery.com


Aug. 5

Rice Park Reader's Theater

Life’s Ages, Life’s Stages

A one-hour program by Rice Park Reader’s Theater of skits, monologues, and little plays centering on the (mostly) humorous situations we encounter over a lifetime.

When: Aug. 5

Where: George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.bibliocommons.com


Through Aug. 5

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Gathering Light featuring artist Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin

Artistry is pleased to present Gathering Light, an exhibition featuring the work of Long Lake, Minnesota artist, Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin. As a photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin searches for visual metaphors in the landscapes she photographs. She uses black and white infrared film because it captures both the visible spectrum and the infrared light that lies beyond what the human eye can comprehend. This medium also accentuates the contrast between light and shadow, enhancing a sense of the obscure and mysterious, therefore underscoring our limited perception. The resulting images are strikingly beautiful.

When: June 14–Aug. 5

Where: Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington

Cost: FREE

Infoartistrymn.org


Aug. 6

Saint Paul-itics Ice Cream Social

Saint Paul-itics Ice Cream Social

Celebrate your community, meet your neighbors and elected officials, and enjoy free music and ice cream. League of Women Voters will be on hand to help you register to vote in the upcoming elections and will host mock voting and other fun activities. Live jazz music performed by Tres Mundos.

When: Aug. 6

Where: Dayton’s Bluff Library, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Infosppl.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 6

Bluegrass and Appalachian Music

Bluegrass and Appalachian Music

Join MacPhail Teaching Artist Andrea Leap as we trace the evolution of bluegrass music from its beginnings as Scotch-Irish folk tunes to Bill Monroe. We’ll unwrap how the geography and culture of Appalachia shaped the development of a unique sound and how the music of Americana continues to musically influence modern musicians such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Chris Thiele and others.

When: Aug. 6

Where: Rockford Road Library, Crystal

Cost: FREE, but registration required

Infohclib.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 7

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Summer on Summit

A Hill House Party

Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month.

When: Aug. 7

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: FREE, reservation required

Infomnhs.org/event/5083


Aug. 8

Dunkirk

The Magnet Film Club: Dunkirk

Together we’ll watch the 2017 award-winning film Dunkirk starring Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Aneurin Barnard and Tom Hardy. The Magnet Film Club watches a variety of films with occasional discussions to follow. All are welcome.

When: Aug. 8

Where: Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE, reservation required

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 9–12

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival - Main Stage

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival

Attendees of the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival can enjoy more than 30 hours of concerts on the Main Stage, Minnesota bluegrass favorites at the Underground Stage, daily jam sessions at the Gathering Place, nightly dances with dance instruction and callers, contests, crafts, and games in the Family Area, small group hands-on instrument instruction, a variety of food and merchant booths and late night fun at Ranch House Live.

When: Aug. 9–12

Where: El Rancho Mañana Campground, Richmond

Cost: FREE

Info: minnesotabluegrass.org


Aug. 9–16

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS PRESENTS Forced From Home

Forced From Home Exhibition

Forced From Home is a free, interactive exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) free, interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis. With an MSF aid worker as their guide, Forced From Home visitors navigate an immersive 10,000-square-foot outdoor space designed to simulate the journey of a person forced to flee. The exhibition features six virtual reality films, a 360-degree video dome, and interactive activities to transport visitors to refugee camps and communities where they will confront and consider the formidable decisions that those on the run face daily.

When: Aug. 9–16

Where: The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infoforcedfromhome.com


Aug. 9–Sep. 23

Roadside Attractions featuring artist Patty Voje

Roadside Attractions featuring artist Patty Voje

As a transplant city dweller yearning for the open spaces and nostalgic moments of a childhood spent on a farm, Patty Voje enjoys driving through the ever depleting countryside in search of rolling hills, farm animals and woodlands. Here she finds and revels in the subject matter for her lush paintings done in the alla prima style — a painterly approach that uses large brushes loaded in with paint.

When: Aug. 9–Sep. 23

Where: Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington

Cost: FREE

Infoartistrymn.org


Aug. 10–12

Irish Fair of Minnesota

Irish Fair of Minnesota

The nation’s largest free Irish fair is held outdoors at St. Paul’s Harriet Island. Multiple stages dedicated to dance and music performances are a big draw for all ages, and the children’s area offers kid-friendly activities for every level of rambunctiousness. An art tent features face painting and arts and crafts, while the fair’s activity tent includes dance lessons, games, races, musical performances and visits from native dogs.

When: Aug. 10–12

Where: Harriet Island, St. Paul

Cost: FREE. Bring money for parking.

Info: irishfair.com


Aug. 10–12

Polish Fest

Twin Cities Polish Festival

Learn about Polish culture and traditions at this family-friendly event, featuring folk-dance exhibitions, live music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, cultural exhibits and a petting area filled with cuddly Polish sheepdogs.

When: Aug. 10–12

Where: Along the Mississippi River on Old Main Street in northeast Minneapolis, across from St. Anthony Main

Cost: FREE

Info: tcpolishfestival.org


Aug. 14

Intro to Improv

Intro to Improv

Learn to apply improv skills to real-life situations in work and life from an experienced Guthrie teaching artist. Learn to think on your feet, be more adaptable to change, and become a creative problem-solver. No experience necessary, but be ready to participate!

When: Aug. 14

Where: Golden Valley Library

Cost: FREE, reservation required

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 18

Daniel Craft

Inside the Criminal Mind: Mass Murder

Daniel Craft is a forensic trainer and worked for 31 years as an FBI agent. Listen to what his experience has taught him about the ways mass murders occur, who typically commits these types of crimes, and what society can do to help prevent them.

When: Aug. 18

Where: Rogers Library

Cost: FREE, reservation required

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 18

IndiaFest

IndiaFest 

Organized by the India Association of Minnesota, this 43rd-annual event includes parades, cultural exhibits, Indian cuisine from local restaurants, a bazaar, internationally acclaimed classical dance groups based in Minnesota, as well as live Bollywood music. Other family-friendly activities include henna, face painting, inflatables, kite flying, chess, cricket and yoga.

When: Aug. 18

Where: State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: iamn.org


Aug. 18–19

World War I Centennial Weekend

World War I Centennial Weekend

During World War I Weekend, explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota’s role in the war. Visit with costumed interpreters and reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.

When: Aug. 18–19

Where: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

Cost: Included with site admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, Native Americans, and MNHS members free

Info: mnhs.org/event/5377


Through Aug. 18

The Summer of Stitch, Stitch, Stitch

The Summer of Stitch Stitch Stitch

Whether it is about passing a thread or filament through a material to join pieces together, or used in the act of mending or repair, or added to an object or material for embellishment and decoration, the stitch has long been an essential and fundamental element of textile and fiber arts practice. Three artists, each with extensive experience in using the stitch in the act of art making, come together at Textile Center this summer to share their work through three unique exhibitions and special guest teaching artist workshops to share their talents with you: Susan Brandeis, Lost Language, Tom Lundberg, Life Lines, and Susan Moss, Improvisation: Restraint.

When: June 4–Aug. 18

Where: Textile Center, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Infotextilecentermn.org


Aug. 19

Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

Bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and other aspects of Japanese culture will take center stage at the 20th annual Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. The day will culminate at dusk with the main event: the lantern lighting. Stone lanterns as well as hundreds of floating paper lanterns throughout the Japanese Garden pond and the Frog Pond will create a vision of peacefulness and harmony.

When: 3–9 p.m. Aug. 19

Where: Outside the main entrance to Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3–12 and seniors above 65 and over, free for ages 2 and younger

Info: comozooconservatory.org


Aug. 21

Sojourn Great Days performance

The Fairest of Them All

Written and directed by Minneapolis playwright and veteran TV personality J.B. Eckert, The Fairest of Them All is a loving homage to the role Minnesota’s state fair has played in the lives of Minnesotans for decades. Performed in five vignettes with a chorus and wind ensemble, the one-hour production is carried by a story line of three generations of Minnesotans—one on the brink of a wedding proposal. The production’s actors, singers and chamber musicians are all participants in Sojourn Adult Day Services, a Mound-based provider of artistic and therapeutic activities for seniors and adults with special needs.

When: Aug. 21

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: FREE

Infosojourngreatdays.com


Aug. 23

Elvis Presley

The Music of Elvis

Join MacPhail Teaching Artist Mandi Verstegen for an afternoon of Elvis. We’ll bring back the hits, learn about this American icon and the way his music shaped rock and roll, and have a great time singing favorite tunes, playing instruments and sharing our favorite Elvis hits and moments. Participants of all musical backgrounds from absolute beginner to lifelong musician are welcome!

When: Aug. 23

Where: Minnetonka Library

Cost: FREE, reservation required

Info: hclib.bibliocommons.com


Aug. 23–Sep. 3

Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair

Also known as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the Minnesota State Fair features 12 days of food on a stick, agricultural exhibits, parades, entertainment, rides, animals and more. Look for new foods in addition to perennial favorites like mini donuts, deep-fried pickles and giant tubs of chocolate chip cookies.

When: Aug. 23–Sep. 3

Where: State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Cost: Adults (13-64) $14; Seniors (65 and over) $12; Kids (5-12) $12; Children (under 5) Free

Info: mnstatefair.org


Aug. 24–25

Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind

Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind

Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved one’s illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey’s brother, Justus, and son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. In this guided tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters and journals, and discover how an influential family handled a very human reality. This program is intended for ages 18 and up and is offered at 7 and 8:30 pm.

When: Aug. 24–25

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%

Infomnhs.org/event/5721


Aug. 31

Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour

Famed band Jethro Tull, with Ian Anderson on the flute, is one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time and their immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock.  The anniversary concert will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focusing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue.

When: Aug. 31

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $63.50–$104

Info: hennepintheatretrust.org


Aug. 31

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The Wizard of Oz Movie Sing-Along

VocalEssence associate conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III and a few special guests will be leading parents, kids, and lovers of the land of Oz in a community sing featuring kid-pleasing hits from every genre, so families can expect to hear favorites from Broadway musicals, folk classics, movie melodies, and more. Before sunset, prizes will be awarded for best costume—so polish up those ruby slippers. When the stars come out, it’s time to watch a magical movie in a magical location, with a special twist: the audience will be singing along with the four friends as they seek out the Wizard and run from the Witch.

When: Aug. 31

Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE

Info: vocalessence.org/event/family-event-the-wizard-of-oz-movie-sing-along/


Sep. 12–Feb. 14

The Church Basement Ladies

The Church Basement Ladies: You Smell Barn

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, You Smell Barn celebrates rural life in the 1950’s.

When: Sep. 12–Feb. 14

Where: Ames Center Black Box Theatre, Burnsville

Cost: $32 -$42

Info: ames-center.com/church-basement-ladies.html


Sept. 1617

AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour

AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour

This self-guided tour will showcase 16 newly constructed and remodeled residences located throughout the Twin Cities and metro area. Tours are held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

When: Sept. 1617

Where: 16 new homes in the Twin Cities

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 full ticket

Website: homesbyarchitects.org


Through Sept. 29

Newsies

Newsies

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly hawks the headlines day-in and day-out with countless other newsboys trying to save enough to make his dreams a reality. Content Statement: Disney’s Newsies will be enjoyed best by children age 7 and above. The production contains some minor adult language and short fight sequences similar to a PG film.

When: Through Sept. 29

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Main Stage

Cost: $51–$91

Infochanhassendt.com


Through Oct. 13

Beehive, the '60s Musical

Beehive, the ’60s Musical

Seven young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade look back on a host of issues, ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation, through a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era.

When: June 29–Oct. 13

Where: The Old Log Theater, Excelsior

Cost: $35

Infooldlog.com



Oct. 27

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The Great Duel Between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica’s Sake

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul (ICC) presents The Great Duel Between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica’s Sake by the famed Italian theater company Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio. This is a rare opportunity to see a performance of the Sicilian Opera dei Pupi, led by master puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio, outside of Italy. An understanding of the Italian language is not required to enjoy this amazing show.

When: Oct. 27

Where: Illusion Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE (with suggested donation)

Infoillusiontheater.org


Nov. 8–11

Cirque du Soleil's Corteo

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo

This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then, the show has been a great success and has amazed eight million people in 64 cities in 19 countries on four continents. Corteo, which means procession in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

When: Nov. 8–11

Where: Target Center

Cost: Starting at $45

Infocirquedusoleil.com/corteo


Ongoing

"Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography" Exhibit

“Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography” Exhibit

This exhibit in the Irvine Gallery showcases the work of young Native American artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The photography exhibit will be on display through September 3.

When: Ongoing

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Info: minnesotahistorycenter.org


Ongoing

Somalis + Minnesota

“Somalis + Minnesota” Exhibit

Minnesota is home to the largest population of Somalis in the United States. A relatively recent immigrant group, arriving in large numbers following the outbreak of civil war in Somalia in 1991, they have made significant advances in a short amount of time. This new exhibit tells the story of Somali immigrants, their arrival in their newly adopted home of Minnesota, and the successes and struggles they faced.

When: Ongoing

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Infominnesotahistorycenter.org


Ongoing

Magnet Senior Center

Magnet Senior Center

Minneapolis Central Library and Westminster Presbyterian Church have joined forces to expand the hours and programming of the Magnet Senior Center, which opened last summer in response to the closing of the Skyway Senior Center in downtown Minneapolis. Individuals 50 and older of all faiths are welcome at both locations.

When/Where: 9 a.m.–noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Westminster Presbyterian Church (Heller Commons, 1200 Marquette Ave.) and 9 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and Thursdays Minneapolis Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall)

Cost: FREE

Info: westminstermpls.org


Tuesdays 4:30–6 p.m. and Saturdays 1–3 p.m.

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Seed Library

The Growing West Side Seed Library is a depository of seeds available to the community at no cost. A grower visits the Riverview Library and “checks out” the seeds of their choice. The grower plants and tends to their garden and, if possible, saves some of the seed, then returns a portion to the library for others to use the following year.

Where: Riverview Library, St. Paul

When: Tuesdays 4:30–6 p.m. and Saturdays 1–3 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Info: sppl.org


Ongoing

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Deep Roots: Plants as Medicine

Examine the history and future of plant-based medicine around the world in this exhibit sponsored by Minnesota’s LeafLine Labs.

Where: The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis

When: Opening June 22

Cost: Included with museum admission of $10–$5 (free for ages 4 and younger)

Info: thebakken.org


Ongoing

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Sportsology

In this new addition to the museum’s exhibit galleries, visitors are invited to run, kick, swing and jump to explore the science of bodies in motion

When: Ongoing

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: This exhibit is included in regular museum admission, which now costs $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older.

Info: smm.org


Ongoing

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Fly Over America

Go on a small-plane ride across America (and now Canada) at this movie-theater-style ride. Music and special effects — such as mist, wind, sounds and scents — make you feel like you’re truly flying through the scenes displayed before your eyes.

When: 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sundays

Where: Mall of America, Bloomington

Cost: Tickets for adults (13 and older) are $18.95 + tax and children (12 and under) are $14.95 + tax. (*Pricing subject to change)

Info: flyover-america.com


Ongoing

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Yoga at Union Depot

Get your Om on at beautiful Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.  Free classes are offered Monday nights, Tuesday midday, and Saturday mornings. All classes are offered for a variety of skill levels and are taught by the talented instructors from Studio 925.

When: Ongoing; see website for details

Where: Union Depot, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: Reservations are not required for attendance. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, water, and towel if needed. uniondepot.org/events/eventcalendar/


Ongoing 

Capitol Tours 

After more than three years of restoration work, the Minnesota State Capitol reopens this month with free tours.Guides will provide an overview of Capitol history, art, architecture and state government, and will highlight the massive restoration efforts, including murals and paintings returned to their original 1905 patterns and colors, cleaned and repaired exterior marble work and new public spaces in the basement, featuring exposed limestonefoundation walls.

When: Public guided tours — 45 minutes long — will return January 3 on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: mnhs.org/capitol


Ongoing

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Tours of the Cathedral of St. Paul 

The Cathedral of Saint Paul was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland, who secured the site in 1904. Situated on the highest point in St. Paul, this magnificent building welcomed waves of immigrants that flooded into Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The building houses its own museum and gift shop and the tours are given by their knowledgeable network of volunteers.

When: Every Tuesday through Friday; 1:00 p.m.

Where: 239 Selby Ave, Saint Paul 55102

Cost: FREE; though donations are gratefully received. Tours are suspended on Holy Days and civil holidays.

Info: cathedralsaintpaul.org


Ongoing

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Alexander Ramsey House Tours

Take a guided tour of Minnesota’s first territorial governor’s historic home — one of the best-preserved Victorian-era homes in the country, offering a glimpse into life in the 1870s.

When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 2

Where: St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: mnhs.org/ramseyhouse


Ongoing

Daisy Camp

Daisy Camp

Getting divorced? Get educated and empowered with a day of lectures and question-and-answer sessions with local legal, financial, real-estate and mental-health professionals, including attorneys trained in collaborative law.

When: Ongoing

Where: 3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 550, Edina

Cost: $60 (includes refreshments and lunch); scholarships are available.

Info: See daisycamp.org for updates.


Ongoing

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Journey to the South Pacific

Go on epic adventure through the tropical islands of West Papua, New Guinea, to experience one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, featuring Jawi Mayor, a 13-year-old boy.

When: Through September

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: Tickets are $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for ages 4 to 12 and 65 and older.

Info: smm.org


Ongoing

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

This event is geared toward women who are contemplating divorce, who are in the process of getting divorced or who have already filed for divorce. Explore the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce. Discover what resources are available to help you. Talk with others experiencing similar life changes. Learn from experts who have guided others through divorce.

When: 9 a.m.–noon on the second Saturday of every month

Where: Minnetonka Community Center, Shady Oak Room, Minnetonka

Cost: $25 (Men are encouraged to attend Mondays for Men from 5 to 8 p.m. on select Mondays in St. Louis Park. Cost is $25.)

Info: secondsaturdaytwincities.com