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The Comedy Corner Open Mic Night

The Corner Bar : 10:00 p.m. every Fri.

In 2009, a quirk of the Minneapolis liquor code that required special licensing to perform standup comedy temporarily put a halt to the Comedy Corner Underground's Friday night open mic and threatened other comedy shows around town. After local comedians worked with the city government to amend... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Open Mic, Comedy

Vegas Lounge Karaoke

Vegas Lounge : 9:00 p.m. every Tue., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.

If you were to guess the vibe of the Vegas Lounge based solely on the name, you might expect to find a bar with a retro "Rat Pack" style. But you would be wrong. This is not what you will actually find at the Vegas Lounge in Northeast, though, oddly enough, one night I did see a dead ringer for... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

Happy Hour at Sushi Tango

Sushi Tango : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed.; 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat.; 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every Sun.

Finding a happy hour on the weeknights is pretty easy, and even Sunday brunch can be cheap and boozy if you Google the right place. Saturday-afternoon happy hour, on the other hand, is a slightly rarer thing. Sushi Tango actually has one, and it happens during the desirable hours of noon to 6... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping

Acadia Cafe's Beer-tastic Happy Hour

Acadia Cafe : 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.

For reasons I will never understand, the number of places around the city that offer wi-fi and beer are sparse. However, the ones that do are spectacular. Acadia Café is certainly an example of a great place where you can check your email, write a school paper, and talk politics with... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Barhopping

Cornbread Harris

Loring Pasta Bar : 6:00 p.m. every Fri.

You might've heard of his son -- a man named Jimmy who teamed up with another man named Terry, the rest being R&B history -- but Cornbread Harris is a Twin Cities legend in his own right. Harris is a WWII vet who joined Augie Garcia to record the area's first rock'n'roll record (1955's "Hi Yo... More >>

University Music

Behind Mad Men: Corporate America in the Sixties

Heights Theater : 7:30 p.m. every Thu. until October 23

Much has been written about why a television show like Mad Men, set in the advertising world of the 1960s, resonates so strongly with contemporary viewers. Even if three-martini lunches are no longer a standard business practice, the overwhelming social changes driving the show could be said to... More >>

Columbia Heights Film, Festivals, Arts

Seedfolks

Children's Theatre Company : 7:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until November 16; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until November 16; 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 16

Sonja Parks will play nearly a dozen characters in Children's Theatre Company's Seedfolks, an adaptation of Paul Fleishman's Newbery Medal-winning book. For Parks, the show offers a tremendous number of challenges, especially when crafting characters from diverse backgrounds. "I want to do... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

1984

Intermedia Arts : 7:30 p.m. every Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until October 26; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. from October 26 until October 26

The setting for George Orwell's novel is 30 years in our past, but his message about state control and constant surveillance is as important today as it was when he wrote the novel in 1948. Theatre Pro Rata tackles the story of Big Brother, Winston Smith, and "2+2=5" through Michael Gene... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

Eating Raoul

New Century Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 26; 2:30 p.m. every Sun. until October 26

On the surface, the macabre comic musical Eating Raoul would seem to share numerous similarities with Little Shop of Horrors, another work filled with gruesome humor. Both are adapted from a cult film featuring mild-mannered characters who resort to grisly actions out of financial desperation.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Halloween

John Berryman at 100: A Centenary Conference

Elmer L. Andersen Library : 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. October 24; 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. October 25; 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. October 26

A century after his birth, John Berryman's harrowing, funny, multi-voiced poetry continues to enjoy relative popularity, and, as poet and critic Stephen Burt noted, his influence on younger poets sharply rose in the '90s and '00s. Berryman taught at the University of Minnesota during his most... More >>

University Literary Events, Festivals, Arts

Sever's Corn Maze & Fall Festival

Sever's Corn Maze : 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Fri. until October 26; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Sat. until October 26; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26

Now in its 18th year, Sever's Corn Maze offers a variety of fun, including the chance to get lost in a field of corn for hours. For the 2014 festival, guests will make their way through a locomotive-shaped maze, complete with fun facts and puzzles to solve along the way. Before or after the... More >>

Shakopee Festivals, Family Events

Romeo & Juliet

Open Book : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 26; 4:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26

Ten Thousand Things' decision to launch its latest season with Romeo & Juliet is worthy of excitement. For a group dedicated to introducing theater to non-traditional audiences, the work provides a universally accessible springboard, stirring ardent responses while touching upon still relevant... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Busytown: The Musical

Children's Theatre Company : 7:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until October 26; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until October 26; 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 26; 11:00 a.m. every Sat. until October 26

For generations, the adventures of the inhabitants in Richard Scarry's Busytown have entertained children of all stripes with their antics. This world will come to the Children's Theatre Company this month via a new musical. Beloved storyteller and performer Kevin Kling adapts Scarry's What Do... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

Victorian Ghost Stories

James J. Hill House : 6:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until October 26

In honor of the Halloween season, the Minnesota Historical Society is continuing its tradition of hosting Victorian Ghost Stories in the stately former home of railway magnate James J. Hill. Visitors can expect to be ushered into a dimly lit parlor by costumed actors for an hour of... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Literary Events, Halloween, Arts

The Wolf of Walmart

Brave New Workshop Downtown Stage : 7:30 p.m. every Thu. until November 1; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1; 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until November 1

Any fears that Brave New Workshop would lose something essential in the 2011 move from its longtime and somewhat grungy digs Uptown to the new, far more slick downtown location have been calmed by the company's continued high quality. The troupe — whose history stretches back to founder... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

2014 Trail of Terror

Trail of Terror : 7:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 1; 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 1

Haunted houses are a lot of fun, but generally the thrill is brief. For those looking to make an evening of the Halloween spirit, the Trail of Terror is your best bet. Head out to the Renaissance Festival site in Shakopee, and you will find a comprehensive experience offering a wide variety of... More >>

Shakopee Haunted Houses, Halloween, Festivals

33 Variations

Park Square Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 2; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 2

TheaterAn encounter with mortality tends to prompt a speeding of the clock. Persons dealing with a degenerative illness, for example, might feel an urgency to make the most of their remaining time, whether that means embarking on a journey, completing a project, or simply making peace with... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater

Karaoke Night

Otter's Saloon : 9:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Sun.; 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.

The outside of Otter's Saloon features a mural of a dapper otter decked out in a top hat, suit, and bow tie, his googly eyes and martini glass saluting patrons knowingly. Step inside and you will find a long bar filled with disco balls, giant football helmets, and electric rodents drinking... More >>

University Music, Barhopping

Master Class

MacPhail Center for Music : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 9; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 9

Sally Wingert's impressive 2014 continues with Theatre Latte Da's production of Terrance McNally's award-winning play. The piece is exactly what the title promises: a master class. In this case it is led by Maria Callas, the famed mid-20th century opera singer. As the character leads a class of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Next to Normal

Bloomington Civic Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until November 16; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until November 16

Five years since its Broadway debut, Next to Normal, an original work by composer Tom Kitt and lyricist/writer Brian Yorkey, continues to provocatively speak to the anxieties of our age. Set in a suburban community, the narrative follows a family in which the mom is struggling with debilitating... More >>

Bloomington Theater

The Bungalow

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

Friday night gets all the love, Wednesday night has its nudge-wink "hump day" cachet and everyone hates Mondays so much that there's no choice but to go out and wash that start-of-the-week ennui away. But what about Thursday, the day of the week where people are most likely to put... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Firkin Fridays

Grumpy's Bar & Grill : 4:00 p.m. every Fri.

Folks looking to start the weekend a little early may want to check in with Grumpy's Firkin Fridays. Each week, the bar sets up snack food and a cask-conditioned beer to be enjoyed by all until it's gone. What kind of beer? That varies, as the brew is usually announced the day of the event via... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

Balls

The Southern Theater : Every Sat.

Barring things like the Minnesota State Fair and the St. Paul Winter Carnival, not many events here in town make it past the 20-year mark. Balls, the beloved Saturday-night open-mic cabaret, is an exception to that rule. Over the decades a variety of performers — from very green, to... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Spoken Word, Performing Arts, Open Mic, Arts

Minnesota's Greatest Generation: the Depression, the War, the Boom

Minnesota History Center : 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue.; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun.

If the hardest of minerals can only be created under the most extreme of pressure, perhaps our Greatest Generation could only be forged in the toughest of times. In a project that the National Endowment for the Humanities suggested "may establish a model for history museums throughout the... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Weekly Happy Hour

Blackbird : 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.

Although many restaurants close over the years, few are forced to do so because of fire. This is what happened at Blackbird's original 50th and Bryant location in 2010. A benefit party and a new lease later, the pleasant little restaurant has flourished in its new digs at 38th and Nicollet. The... More >>

Kingfield Food and Drink, Barhopping
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