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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

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

Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s

Minnesota History Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

Beyond nostalgic associations, toys of the past offer fascinating cultural insights, as evidenced by the Minnesota History Center's newest exhibit, "Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s." Toys are cleverly arrayed in three era-specific living rooms and a garage, and each space serves as a time... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Beaverdance: A Marxist Holiday Fur Trade Musical

Bedlam Theatre Lowertown : 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat., Sun. until December 21; 7:00 p.m. every Thu. from December 4 until December 21

Back in 2009, when Bedlam was on the West Bank, they put on a magical, absurdist little pile of laughs called Foxy Tann's Beaverdance. The show was a mix of burlesque, Marxist philosophy, and goofiness, complete with Tann directing the hilarious antics, which included a sexy brigade of... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater, Holiday

Make Garden

Instinct Art Gallery : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 10

How lovely, a remembrance abstracted and remade from our warmer weather during a time when we're replete with sun, fresh vegetables, and flowering perennials. That's the intent of "Make Garden," which includes artists Judy Onofrio (who creates magnificent, mythic sculptures), Sean Connaughty... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Star Trek: The Exhibition

Mall of America : Daily

May has been a spectacularly geeky month in the Twin Cities, with Wizard World Comic Con, Free Comic Book Day, SpringCon, and a sci-fi burlesque night from Toil & Trouble. Now, there's a Star Trek-themed show at the Mall of America. The exhibition opened about a week ago, and features a variety... More >>

Bloomington Arts, Art - Galleries

Zenon Dance Company: Coming Home

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 30; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from November 30 until November 30

The overall theme of Zenon's fall concert boils down to some fairly abstract ideas given vibrantly concrete form by the superb Zenon dancers. Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado's "Coming Home" mines baseball metaphors and gestures to find common ground between cultures through the rhythms and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Dance, Arts

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Orpheum Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until November 30; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. from November 29 until November 30; 6:30 p.m. every Sun. from November 30 until November 30

Adapted from the revered 1954 film, Irving Berlin's White Christmas follows two ex-servicemen who have found success as Broadway performers. When an old Army friend introduces the duo to his sisters, who are also stage performers, romance leads the four to a Vermont inn. As it turns out, this... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Holiday, Christmas

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

Minneapolis Institute of Arts : Daily until January 4

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has proven that fashion is a tremendous draw with its blockbuster Alexander McQueen and Chanel shows, and the recent record-setting Charles James exhibition. So it's no wonder the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, always game for new and nontraditional programming,... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Fashion and Style, Arts, Art - Museums

Mrs. Darwin's Garden

Form + Content Gallery : Every Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 20

While at her visiting-artist studio at Cambridge University in 2009, Vesna Kittelson observed many commemorations honoring the 150th anniversary of Darwin's On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of his birth. She began to wonder about Mrs. Darwin, a.k.a. Emma Wedgwood. At the same... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

thinking making living

Katherine E. Nash Gallery : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 13

In the past decade, the Twin Cities has become especially fertile ground for socially engaged art and its practitioners. Think Rebecca Krinke, Kate Casanova, Marcus Young, and Amanda Lovelee, for starters. Or how about the women of Low Tech High Joy (Karen Kasel, Marlaine Cox), and the team... More >>

University Arts, Art - Galleries

Witness for the Prosecution

Theatre In the Round : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until December 14; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 14

Over the last several seasons, fans of murder mysteries have lined up for Theatre in the Round Players' well-honed annual adaptations of Agatha Christie classics. The troupe's latest production, Witness for the Prosecution, carries on the tradition with one of Christie's most inscrutable tales.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Untitled 11

Soo Visual Arts Center : Daily until December 27

Soo Visual Art Center's 11th annual juried exhibition comes with quite the imprimatur this time around. Caroline Kent, co-founder of the Bindery Projects, and Tom Rassieur, curator of prints and drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, have co-curated the show, which includes pieces by 18... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Arts, Art - Galleries

Grupo Soap del Corazon: Espirtus

801 Washington Lofts : Daily until January 31

In this exhibition, four eminent Twin Cities artists investigate the spirits and energies thought to walk along the fine line between another reality and our own. Xavier Tavera creates work reflecting his belief that spirits move out from within us. Jim Denomie's portraits come from his... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Perspectives: An Exhibition of 2012-2014 Photography Grantees

Park Square Court : Daily until March 20

The 48 photographers who've been awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants in 2012, 2013, and 2014 are a lauded bunch. During this exhibition, which includes one iconic image from each artist, works produced by the likes of Chris Faust, Areca Roe, and Vance Gellert will be... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Walker Art Center : Daily until January 4

Compiling a stirring legacy of expression indicative of the African-American experience, "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" is a landmark exhibition of works as varied and complex as the world they represent. Curated by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

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

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

Twerking Around the Christmas Tree

Brave New Workshop Downtown Stage : 10:00 p.m. every Fri. until January 31; 10:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 31; 7:30 p.m. every Thu. from December 4 until January 31

Though promoted as a breezily irreverent comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop's annual holiday show can also be counted upon to provide a suitably absurd chronicle of our fleeting cultural obsessions. One needn't possess a sociology degree, for example, to surmise the farcical inspiration... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater, Holiday, Christmas

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

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

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

Weekday Happy Hours

Spill the Wine : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sun.

Although there's plenty of great dining to be had in the Lyn-Lake region of south Minneapolis, the neighborhood was missing a bar specializing in wine. This omission has been corrected with Spill the Wine Bar + Table, which recently moved from its near-the-Guthrie location on Washington Avenue... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping

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
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