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April 8–Sept. 4

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WW1 America

Experience the extraordinary stories of Americans (both the legendary and the unsung) during this turbulent time. After its opening run, the exhibit — including original artifacts, images, voices, music, hands-on exploration and multimedia presentations — will begin a three-year tour to premier historical museums around the country.

When: Opening April 8, on the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the first world war, showing through Sept. 4

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Included with regular admission of $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and older and college students, $6 for ages 5 to 17; and free age 4 and younger; admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.

Info: mnhs.org


March 3–Oct. 28

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Grease

This hugely popular Broadway-style production, also featuring tunes made popular from the 1978 film, is back for the first time in more than a decade. The show, first staged at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 2006, became the venue’s best-selling show of all time and it has remained so since.

When: March 3–Oct. 28

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

Cost: $65–$89

Info: chanhassendt.com


Feb. 18–July 30

In 2014, Penumbra staged The Ballad of Emmett Till, a play based on the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old boy in Mississippi who was accused of flirting with a white woman. Photo courtesy Penumbra Theatre Company / Photo by Allen Weeks
In 2014, Penumbra staged The Ballad of Emmett Till, a play based on the 1955 murder of a 14-year-old boy in Mississippi who was accused of flirting with a white woman. Photo courtesy Penumbra Theatre Company / Photo by Allen Weeks

Penumbra Theatre at 40

Penumbra Theatre Company is Minnesota’s only professional African-American theater, and is one of only three professional African-American theaters in the nation to offer a full season of performances. Timed to open during Black History Month, this exhibit — subtitled Art, Race and a Nation on Stage — aims to help visitors gain a greater understanding of African-American artistic expression. Through firsthand accounts, artifacts and immersive settings, visitors will get an introduction to Penumbra Theatre’s efforts to inspire, educate and reflect the pride and perseverance of the communities whose stories it tells.

When: Feb. 18–July 30

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul 

Cost: Included with regular admission of $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and older and college students, $6 for ages 5 to 17; and free age 4 and younger; admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.

Info: mnhs.org


Ongoing 

MN State Capital / Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project
MN State Capital / Photo courtesy of Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project

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


May 12–June 4

Amy’s View

David Hare’s acclaimed romantic drama chronicles the lifelong tension between a strong mother and her loving daughter, mixing the concepts of love, mortality and the theater to show how even the smallest events can set in motion chain reactions that dramatically change lives forever.

When: May 12–June 4

Where: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

Cost: $27–$60 ($5 discount for ages 62 and older)

Info: parksquaretheatre.org


Ongoing

A Beautiful Planet 1

A Beautiful Planet

Made in cooperation with NASA, this Omnitheater film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers and narrated by actress Jennifer Lawrence.

When: Ongoing

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: Film tickets cost $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older. 

Info: smm.org


Ongoing

Race: Are We So Different?

Since its premiere at the science museum in 2007, this powerful, interactive exhibit has been seen by more than 4 million people at more than 50 museums around the country. Artifacts, historic and contemporary photography, multimedia components and interactive activities help visitors explore the science, history and contemporary experiences of race and racism.

When: Ongoing

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: Free with museum admission ($13 for adults and $10 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older)

Info: smm.org


Ongoing

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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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

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


May 27–Sept. 4

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Kangaroo Crossing

Live kangaroos, emus and wallabies will be at the heart of this new, walk-through Australian-themed exhibit.

When: May 27–Sept. 4

Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3–12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13–64

Info: mnzoo.org


June 2–3, 8–10

Covers: A Pop Concert

The local Cantus vocal ensemble shows off a different side of its repertoire with its annual pops concert, featuring The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in its entirety. The four-time Grammy Award-winning album turns 50 this year.

When: 7:30 p.m. June 2–3, 8–10

Where: Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts, Minneapolis

Cost: $25–35

Info: cantussings.org


June 2–4

Edina Art Fair

More than 300 fine artists and crafters from around Minnesota, the U.S. and Canada will share and sell their work alongside local and regional musicians, fashion shows, cooking and lifestyle demonstrations, food and a kid zone.

When: June 2–4

Where: 50th & France neighborhood of Edina

Cost: FREE

Info: edinaartfair.com


The Whale's Tale 1 (photo by DWV Photography)

June 3–4

Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

Local, regional and international professional artists will represent more than 25 countries on various stages, indoors and out at this popular annual event.

When: Family weekend is June 3–4.

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

Cost: All outdoor performances and activities are free. This year, tickets to all indoor shows will be “pay what you can,” with tickets available the day of the performances on a first-come, first-served basis; $8 tickets can be purchased online for guaranteed admission.

Info: ordway.org/festival


June 6

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Spark! 

This sensory-based tour — offered on the first Tuesday of every month with a different theme each time — is geared toward people with memory loss and their caregivers.

When: 10–11 a.m. June 6 (April and May dates are sold out.)

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: FREE. Registration is required. 

Info: mnhs.org


COMING UP

Musical Theater Series

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017-2018 musical series will feature three Ordway-produced shows and one Broadway tour (Kinky Boots) to illuminate a variety of diverse musical styles and universal themes.

When: Jesus Christ Superstar (July 18–23), In the Heights (Sept. 12–17), Annie (Dec. 7–31) and Kinky Boots (April 3–8, 2018)

Where: The Ordway, St. Paul

Cost: Subscription packages for the series start at $130.

Info: ordway.org