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Through Feb. 3

Ice Castles

Ice Castles

Stillwater will once again host this manmade fortress of ice and snow, featuring frozen waterfalls, ice caves, tunnels and towering archways.

When: Jan. 5Feb. 3

Where: Lowell Park, Stillwater

Cost: Online tickets will be $9.95–$13.95 for ages 12 and older, $6.95–$8.95 for ages 4 to 11, and free for ages 3 and younger; standby tickets will cost $10­–$18 at the door.


Through Feb. 4

Ishmael - Jungle Theater


Drawing from Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick, Twin Cities-based actor-singer-songwriter Jack Weston plays all 12 characters with the help from the local bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone.

When: Jan. 13–Feb. 4

Where: Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $37–$47

Jan. 13, 27 and Feb. 3

African-Americans in Science, Science Museum of Minnesota

Scientific Americans

Discover the inspiring careers and contributions of local scientists from three important groups with three different days of exhibits and activities — African Americans in Science on Jan. 13, American Indians in Science on Jan. 27, and Asian Americans in Science on Feb. 3.

When: Jan. 13, 27 and Feb. 3

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: $12.95–$18.95; kids can attend for free with a paid adult admission.


Jan. 16 and Feb. 17

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Invite more joy, play and wellbeing into your life with instruction from Katy Taylor, a certified Laughter Yoga leader and Holistic Life Coach. This type of yoga doesn’t include any physical postures and can be practiced by anyone who’s willing to be a little silly.

When: Jan. 16 (Rice Street Library), Feb. 17 (Hayden Heights Library)

Where: St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Jan. 18–Feb. 4

The Underpants

The Underpants

In comedy legend Steve Martin’s adaptation of a time-honored German play, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it’s the end of his career. (This production is recommended ages 13 and older.)

When: Jan. 18–Feb. 4

Where: Lakeshore Players Theatre, White Bear Lake

Cost: $19–$25

Jan. 19

Denis Johnson

A Tribute to Denis Johnson

Authors and musicians will gather to read from his work and musically laud Denis Johnson, who died May 24, 2017. Best known for his 1992 work of fiction Jesus’ Son and his 2007 National Book Award-winning novel Tree of Smoke, Johnson was also the author many other works of fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. This event celebrates the January 16 release of Johnson’s posthumous book of stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Random House), which the author finished shortly before his death.

When: Jan. 19

Where: Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE



Jan. 19-21

Carmina Burana ballet Cowles Center

Carmina Burana

Under the direction of Lise Houlton, Loyce Houlton’s masterpiece Carmina Burana channels the earthly rumblings of love and lust, mixed with the pangs of fortune and fate, in a hedonistic romp of bodies, music, and movement.

When: Jan. 19-21

Where: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $26-$45


Jan. 20–Apr. 8

CraftBowl at American Swedish Institute

CraftBOWL Exhibition Launches Year of The Handmade

CraftBOWL is a multi-part exhibition of vessels and objects made by Swedish master craftspeople that launches the American Swedish Institute’s 2018 The Handmade, a year-long exploration of the handmade form showcasing three major, international exhibitions.

When: Jan. 20–Apr. 8

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

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

Jan. 21

Bakken Trio Arado Family

The Bakken Trio: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Violinist Stephanie Arado of The Bakken Trio explores the musical world of her Czech family, folk violinists that drank beer around the kitchen table listening to Dvorak.

When: 4 p.m. Jan. 21

Where: MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis

Cost: $15–$25

Jan. 21, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11, April 15

Urban Expedition Landmark Center St. Paul

Urban Expedition

Experience cultures from around the world, including music, dance, food, pets, crafts and more at this annual international event series.

When: 1 p.m. Jan. 21 (Bulgaria), Feb. 11 (Japan) and 25 (Iceland), March 11 (Bolivia), April 15 (France)

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Jan. 24 and Feb. 15


Tea 101

Explore the many different types of teas — black, oolong, yellow, green and white tea, among others — with instruction and samples provided by TeaSource, a local tea importer.

When: Jan. 24 (Dayton’s Bluff Library) and Feb. 15 (St. Anthony Park Library)

Where: St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Jan. 25 and Feb. 11



Learn simple, powerful meditation techniques to reduce stress and relax in this presentation by Arvind Naik, a Twin Cities professional who has been studying a practical form of meditation for more than 12 years.

When: Jan. 25 (Arlington Hills Library) and Feb. 11 (George Latimer Central Library)

Where: St. Paul libraries

Cost: FREE


Jan. 25–Feb. 10

Winter Carnival St. Paul Landmark Center

St. Paul Winter Carnival

This multi-faceted festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 75 events and nearly 1,000 volunteers. Check out ice carving, snow sculpting, skiing, dogsledding, a torchlight parade and more.

When: Jan. 25

Where: St. Paul

Cost: Most events are FREE.


Jan. 26–Feb. 4

Snow Globe at Super Bowl
Life-size snow globes will be part of the Super Bowl celebration.

Super Bowl LIVE

You don’t have to go to the game to get in on Super Bowl LII festivities, thanks to this 10-day festival, which is free and open to the public, including live concerts by local and national acts. Check out food vendors, explore photo opportunities with larger-than-life snow globes, ice sculptures and more, and get a glimpse of national broadcasts, including ESPN in the IDS Center’s Crystal Court. Each night, a Drum Down the Sun ceremony will honor American Indian culture in Minnesota.

On Jan. 26, Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel will perform Let It Go, from the Disney movie Frozen. On Jan. 29 (Prince Night) acts will include The Revolution, Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time, plus a community sing-along of Prince’s legendary song, Purple Rain.

Other acts will include Bob Mould, Cobi, Dessa, Esera Tuaolo (The Voice), The Jayhawks, The Jets, Mint Condition and Stokley, New Power Generation, New Power Soul, Soul Asylum, Sounds of Blackness, The Steeles, Stokley Williams, The Suburbs and VocalEssence, among others.

When: Jan. 26–Feb. 4

Where: Nicollet Mall — from South 12th Street to South 6th Street — in downtown Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


Jan. 28

St. Paul Civic Symphony at Landmark Center

Civic Symphony: Winter Carnival Concert

The Saint Paul Civic Symphony will play “Hot and ‘Cool’ Classics!” celebrating the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  Come hear which classics they will perform in this year’s line-up!

When: 2 p.m. Jan. 28

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Feb. 2–18

Jackie Robinson

MVP, the Jackie Robinson Story

Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 and showed a segregated country that the talent of the player – not the color of his skin – are what make him a valuable member of a team. Join us for this inspirational story of one of American’s true heroes. Recommended for 3rd grade & up

When: Feb. 2–18

Where: Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $12–$15


Feb. 3

Luminary Loppet

Luminary Loppet

The Luminary Loppet is returning to Lake of the Isles with a slew of new artworks and other frozen features. Walk, snowshoe, or ski along
candlelit trails – with plenty of hot cocoa stops along the way – right in the heart of Minneapolis. The evening’s entertainment includes an ice forest, luminary pyramid, ice concert, Ice-Cropolis, fire dancers, Ice Henge, enchanted forest, and ICEster Island.

Starting at 7 pm, grownup participants are invited down to the Lagoon for the REI Luminary Party. This party kicks off and heats up with an outdoor concert, dancing, Surly beer, ski boots moving to the beat, great prizes, sweepstakes, and special gifts for REI Members.

When: Feb. 3

Where: Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis

Cost: $26-$30; $12-$20 kids. Party is free for registered participants, $10
everyone else


Feb. 5–Apr. 11

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Free Tax Filing Assistance

The AARP Tax Aide Program provides free income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 50 and older. Trained and certified AARP Tax Aide volunteers will work with taxpayers to prepare and electronically file federal and state income tax returns.

When: Appointments will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from February 5 to April 11. Call 651-439-7434 between 9 am and 4 pm.

Where: Community Thread, 2300 West Orleans Street, Stillwater

Cost: FREE, but you must have an appointment


Feb. 6

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Creative Memory Cafe: Music

The Creative Memory Café provides arts access and creatively engagement to those who are impacted by a dementia diagnosis and their caregivers. February’s theme is to listen and move to music to feel joy and have fun.

When: 1:30–3 p.m. Feb. 6

Where: Shoreview Library

Cost: FREE


Feb. 8–24

Tovah Feldshuh

Dancing with Giants

In the years leading up to World War II, three very different men – New York wheeler-dealer boxing manager Joe “Yussel the Muscle” Jacobs, German Boxing Champion Max Schmeling and American World Champion Boxing Great Joe Louis – form a singular bond. For this friendship to survive, they must battle the ruthless manipulation of the truth by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and Enlightenment. Starring Broadway/TV/film star Tovah Feldshuh (pictured).

When: Feb. 8–Feb. 24

Where: Illusion Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $25–$48; Sunday shows are pay-what-you-want

Feb. 8, 15 and 22

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AARP Tax Assistance

Trained volunteer tax counselors will help seniors and individuals with low- to moderate-income with routine forms. No appointment necessary, but be sure to bring all relevant documents.

When: 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22

Where: Golden Valley Library

Cost: FREE


Feb. 9


Aging with Gusto: Igniting More Positive Views of Aging

This program, provided by the Vital Aging Network, will focus on the impact that attitudes about aging have on quality of life, health and longevity. During this interactive session, participants will examine their personal views on aging and listen to the views of others. They will learn to understand the influence of their personal views, examine widespread biases and misconceptions about aging, and learn to integrate a new, more positive narrative about aging into their own life.

When: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Feb. 9

Where: Community Thread, 2300 West Orleans Street, Stillwater

Cost: FREE, but please register


Feb. 9 and 10

Broadway Boys, photo by Suzanne Fiore

Broadway Boys

By adding elements of pop/funk/gospel/jazz to traditional show tunes, The Broadway Boys have redefined the musical theater genre through their dynamic vocal prowess and re-imagined arrangements. Performing in groups of six, the Boys are able to explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers.

When: Feb. 9 and 10

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $36

Feb. 9-15


Second Annual Hygge Festival

The second annual festival will feature hygge themed menus, bonfires with live music, mukluk ball, fat tire biking demonstrations, knitting lessons, a cross-country skiing tour at twilight, and a fireplace tour featuring some of the most historic fireplaces in Cook County.

When: Feb. 9-15

Where: Grand Marais and surrounding Cook County communities

Cost: Many events are FREE

Feb. 10

"The Lost Negroes of North America" With Filmmaker Ralph Crowder

“The Lost Negroes of North America” With Filmmaker Ralph Crowder

Independent media journalist/filmmaker Ralph L. Crowder III will share an examination of northern Black family and community life with rare video footage captured circa 1945-1955 in South Minneapolis. The community’s dialogue will assist in the shaping of the final film project “The Lost Negroes of North America.”

When: 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Feb. 10

Where: Hosmer Library, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE



Feb. 10, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Mar. 24

Author Judy McConnell
Author Judy McConnell

Reading and Discussion with Local Author Judy O’Connell

Judy McConnell of St. Louis Park, Minn., has been involved in the women’s rights movement since the 1960s. In her debut novel, Dreamhouse, she writes about events she personally experienced in the 1960s and 70s as seen through the eyes of Radley Gallagher, a young mother caught up in the challenges of raising two young children. McConnell began writing at age 73 and has published three books.

When: Feb. 10, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Mar. 24

Where: Feb. 10: Walker Library, Minneapolis; Feb. 21: Common Good Books, St. Paul, Mar. 7: Subtext Bookstore, St. Paul, Mar. 24: Rosemount Writer’s Festival

Cost: FREE

Feb. 10

Gale Family Library at Minnesota History Center

Introduction to DNA for Family Historians

This class is targeted to DNA beginners: those who are thinking about testing DNA of or have recently done testing and want to understand the results. Instructor J. H. Fonkert is a board-certified genealogist, lecturer, researcher and has his own research service, Four Generations Genealogy.

When: 10–11:30 a.m. Feb. 10

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: $32/MNHS members save 20%

Feb. 10–Mar. 4

A Crack in the Sky History Theatre

A Crack in the Sky

In this world premiere drama, a young shepherd boy has had enough of the nomadic life, of herding goats and sheep, and is leaving to seek out a better life. With that, he sets off on an adventure that takes him on the road less traveled from Somalia to Minnesota.

When: Feb. 10–Mar. 4

Where: History Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $15–$40


Feb. 14


Remembering When: Fall and Fire Prevention for Seniors

Older adults are at high risk of fire and falls. The Remembering When program teaches older adults through trivia, humor and nostalgia how to protect themselves from fire and falls. The focus is on fun, but the safety messages are serious. The presentation will include a hands-on smoke alarm demonstration. Presented by the Roseville Fire Department.

When: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: Roseville Library

Cost: FREE


Feb. 14

The Love Show Kevin Kling

The Love Show

Set sail with trusted and able crew Kevin Kling with Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt, Dane Stauffer and special guest percussionist Marc Anderson for a brand new episode of The Love Show.

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul

Cost: $29 with discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR, TPT and groups.


Feb. 14

Victorian couple

Victorian Poetry Slam

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th-century poetry in the elegant drawing room of the James J. Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson, and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning, and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports, and war—even poems about James J. Hill!

Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening. Light refreshments and tours of the Hill House will follow the program.

When: 7–8 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $12


Through Feb. 15

Triple Espresso

Triple Espresso

This highly caffeinated comedy tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ends in four minutes of magnificent failure on national television.

When: Through Feb. 15

Where: Ames Center, Burnsville

Cost: $41–$48

Through Feb. 17


Life Could Be a Dream

See an award-winning musical about a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest with a dream of making it to the big time. Show songs will include Fools Fall in Love, Tears on My Pillow, Runaround Sue, Earth Angel, Stay, Unchained Melody, Lonely Teardrops and, of course, Life Could Be a Dream.

When: Oct. 6–Feb. 17

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40


Feb. 18

Carpathian Festival Landmark Center

Carpathian Festival

The Carpathian region of Central and Eastern Europe is home to Czech, Slovak, Carpatho-Rusyn, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romanian and Serbian people. All have vibrant cultural traditions that will be on display in this celebration of music, dance, and crafts. Appropriate for all ages.

When: 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Feb. 18

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: $4-$6



Feb. 22–25

Home and Patio Show

39th Annual Home & Patio Show

The show features hundreds of exhibitors from across the country displaying and demonstrating the latest in home improvement, remodeling, decorating, gardening, landscaping, lawn care and more.

When: Feb. 22–25

Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre

Cost: Adults: $9.00, children 6-12: $2.50, children 5 and under: Free

Feb. 22


Act Out for Adults: Intro to Shakespeare

Delve into Shakespeare with an experienced Guthrie teaching artist! Learn about his plays, speak his language and comprehend the poetry. No experience necessary.

When: 6–7:30 p.m. Feb. 22

Where: Southeast Library, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


Feb. 23

Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood

For more than five decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in Rock ‘n’ Roll. His solo hits include “Roll With It” and “Higher Love,” and was elected to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Traffic.

When: Feb. 23

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $63.50–$104


Feb. 23

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over 50 years, 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.

When: Feb. 23

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $22–$58

Feb. 24

Classic Albums Live Pink Floyd

Classic Albums Live presents Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

For the first time in popular music, the greatest albums from the 60s and 70s are recreated live on stage, note for note — cut for cut.

When: Feb. 24

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $27–$48

 Through Feb. 24

Night Trains

Night Trains

See dozens of model railroads dusted with snow and decorated with holiday lights.

When: 6–9 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 4–Feb. 24

Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, St. Paul

Cost: Admission is $15 for ages 5 and older with discounts for groups of three or more (free for ages 4 and younger).



Feb. 24

Friends Gala 2018: A Whale of a Tale Ramsey County Library

Friends Gala 2018: A Whale of a Tale

The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries are throwing a celebration of literary adventures on oceans, lakes, rivers, and ponds. The gala will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and feature a live music, a silent auction; a live auction; complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and craft beer; prizes, a costume contest, a photo booth, and more! All proceeds benefit the seven branch locations of the Ramsey County Library.

When: 6:30–9:30 p.m. Feb. 24

Where: Roseville Library

Cost: FREE


Through March 1

Rocky Mountain Express

Omnifest 2018

This annual giant-screen film festival will feature five films running in rotation on a 90-foot domed screen, including Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, a Science Museum of Minnesota original production; Journey Into Amazing Caves; Wolves; The Magic of Flight; and Rocky Mountain Express.

When: Through March 1

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: $8.95–$9.95


March 1–3

Twin Cities Ballet The Wall Brianne Bland

Pink Floyd’s The Wall: A Rock Ballet

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota performs the world premiere of its all-new original full-length rock ballet, The Wall, with live music by the band Run Like Hell! This event—a Minnesota first—features a collaboration of local artists­: choreographers, dancers, painter, and musicians. Twin Cities Ballet interprets the original Pink Floyd rock opera’s music, themes, and lyrics through the prism of contemporary events, societal fears, and social media.

When: March 1–3

Where: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $30–$38

March 9

Gaelic Storm

Gaelic Storm

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — returns with their latest release, Go Climb a Tree. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.

When: March 9

Where: Fitzgerald Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $37.50


March 29

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan’s Wellbeing Lecture

Using his own kitchen adventures as the thread, Pollan makes a compelling case that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health and wellbeing, build community, and help fix our broken food system.

When: March 29

Where: Northrup Theater, University of Minnesota Campus, Minneapolis

Cost: $25


March 30, 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

Minneapolis Home and Garden Show

Special guests include Paige Davis of TLC’s Trading Spaces, Sarah Bendrick of DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard, Jason Cameron of Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer, and more.

When: March 30, 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $4–$14


Through March 31

Sights, Sounds, Soul photographer Charles Chamblis

Sights, Sounds, Soul

This new exhibit features icons of the Minneapolis Sound and the African American community in the 1970s and ’80s — including Prince, Jimmy Jam and more — as captured by photographer Charles Chamblis.

When: Nov. 15–March 31

Where: Mill Commons, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


April 14

Lovett or Leave It

Lovett Or Leave It

The Lovett Or Leave It podcast will be live on stage, featuring Jon Lovett, former speechwriter for the Obama White House and co-host of the popular podcast Pod Save America.

When: April 14

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $25–$49.50


Through April 22


AMVETS Post #5: Photographs by Xavier Tavera

Artist, Xavier Tavera, pairs photos of Mexican and Mexican-American veterans with their stories of returning from the battlefields to their homes in West St. Paul. The exhibit will serve as a reminder of their contributions as soldiers but also, recognize their struggles with racism and apathy after returning home.

When: Sept. 23 – April 22

Where: MN History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free for members; Admission fees apply for non-members; Active military and veterans receive free admission on opening day, Sept. 23


Through April 22


Renewing what they gave us: Native American artists in residence

This exhibit will feature artwork by five contemporary American Indian artists who participated in the Minnesota Historical Society’s Artist-in-Residence program. The program was designed to revive the study of technique, knowledge, and lifeways associated with traditional forms of Native artistry. Works from Jessica Gokey, Pat Kruse, Denise Lajimodiere, Gwen Westerman, and Holly Young will be exhibited alongside the MNHS collections objects that the artists studied during their residencies.

When: Sept. 23 – April 22

Where: MN History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free for members; Admission fees apply for non-members; Active military and veterans receive free admission on opening day, Sept. 23


Through April 26

Thursday Morning Artist Series at MacPhail

Thursday Morning Artist Series

Presented since 1892, this annual series features some of the best local musicians, performing a variety of works by classical composers on select Thursdays in the intimate recital setting of MacPhail’s Antonello Hall.

When: Upcoming performances include Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22, March 8 and 22, April 12 and 26. Music begins at 10:30 a.m. Arrive at 10 a.m. for free coffee and donuts.

Where: MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets, all sold at the door, are $15 ($10 for groups or eight of more and $6 for students).


May 10

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

The 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician whose music spaces over six decades will be at the historic State Theatre for one night only. Bennett’s daughter, Antonia Bennett, will be performing as a special guest.

When: May 10

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $74.50–$130



May 12

Jennifer Hudson

PACER’s Annual Benefit, Starring Jennifer Hudson

Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson will headline PACER’s Annual Benefit. Hudson, who currently stars as a coach on “The Voice,” first rose to fame as a contestant on American Idol more than 13 years ago. She went on to win the Academy Award for her role in “Dreamgirls,” and has since won the Golden Globe, NAACP Image Award, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others.

When: May 12

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Cost: $75–$600



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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)





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.



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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)



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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.


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 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Cost: FREE



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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.




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



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 for updates.


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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.



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.)