Can’t-Miss Calendar

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March 25–April 30

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Farm Babies

Take the grandkids to meet animal babies of all kinds — chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies — at the Wells Fargo Family Farm at the zoo.

When: March 25–April 30

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


March 3–May 20

The Savannah Sipping Society

From the writers behind episodes of Dixie Swim Club and Golden Girls, comes a new comedy that follows four Southern women, drawn together by fate — and weekly happy hours — and into a mission to renew their lost enthusiasm for life.

When: March 3–May 20

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $25–$35

Info: oldlog.com


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


March 5–May 7

Bob DeFlores Classic Film Series

See rare film compilations and hear stories of their origin from a renowned local film historian and archivist.

When: Remaining events, held in the afternoon, include The Great Tap Dancers (1929–1970s) on March 5, Vaudeville of Yesteryear (1922–1950s) on April 2 and The Big Bands (1923-1950s) on May 7.

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

Cost: $12 per show. Dinner, offered after the film, can be added for an additional $15.

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


Nov. 12–April 9

Winter Light

Winter Light 

Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro brings his first large-scale light installation to Minnesota with a series of outdoor and indoor exhibits, including thousands of radiant lights, pulsating animations and sounds. 

When: Nov. 12–April 9

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Cost: $12–$17

Info: munrowinterlightmn.org


Feb. 1–April 19

MovementWise

MovementWise 

Dance, explore your creativity, engage your mind and socialize with like-minded people in this community-oriented dance class for ages 50 and older who want to explore a wide variety of dance forms, including social, modern, ballet and percussive styles. No experience is required. 

When: Winter classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 to April 19.

Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing ArtsMinneapolis

Cost: Fees are $10 per class or $80 for a MovementWise membership, which includes 12 classes, a free ticket to a select Cowles Center performance, discounted show tickets and invites to exclusive membership events.

Info: Register by contacting Jessi Fett at jfett@thecowlescenter.org or 612-206-3640.


Ongoing

WinterSkate
WinterSkate

Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Skate for free through early February, weather permitting.

When: Ongoing

Where: Loring Park in Minneapolis and Landmark Plaza in St. Paul

Cost: FREE. Skate rentals are $4 per person in St. Paul and complimentary in Minneapolis

Info: downtownmpls.com/winterskate, tinyurl.com/winterskate-stpaul


March 24–April 16

The Three Musketeers

In 1625, d’Artagnan sets off for Paris accompanied by his sister, Sabine, posing as his young male servant. They encounter the famous musketeers — and join forces to defend the Queen against the most dangerous man in all of Europe.

When: March 24–April 16

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22 with senior discounts on Fridays and Sundays ($18)

Info: theatreintheround.org


Jan. 5–April 8

Rise Up, O Men
Rise Up, O Men

Rise Up, O Men

This brand-new musical comedy — the sixth production in the locally developed Church Basement Ladies series — features the men of the church and the women who serve them. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and the benefits of weld versus solder, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. 

When: Jan. 5–April 8

Where: Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth

Cost: $29–$40

Info: plymouthplayhouse.com


Nov. 16–April 30

Prince / Photo by Daniel Corrigan
Prince / Photo by Daniel Corrigan

Heyday

Billed as “35 Years of Music in Minneapolis,” this new exhibit — featuring the work of First Avenue photographer Daniel Corrigan — chronicles the history of the Minneapolis music scene from vintage Prince to the indie hip-hop collective, Doomtree.

When: Nov. 16–April 30

Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE. Admission to the rest of the museum is $12 adults, $10 ages 65 and older and $6 for ages 5-17.

Info: millcitymuseum.org


Oct. 23–May 14

Sundays at Landmark

This annual fall-to-spring series of mostly free cultural and arts events is designed to entertain, enrich and educate all ages. 

When: Events start at 1 p.m. and are free, except where noted: Jan. 8 (Minnesota Boychoir); 3 p.m. Jan. 29 (Saint Paul Civic Symphony); Feb. 19 (Carpathian Celebration, $4–$6); 11 a.m. March 19 (Day of Dance, $6); 11 a.m. April 1 (Scottish Ramble, $6); 3 p.m. May 7 (Rose Ensemble); May 14 (Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert).

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: Except where noted, admission is free.

Info: landmarkcenter.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

Talking Threads

This exhibition features the art of Truly Unruly, a collective of fiber artists whose work incorporates traditional and modern quilting stitchery with unique fabric treatments such as fiber dying, mono-printing, screen printing, painting and improvisational piecing and stitching.

When: Through March 26

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: landmarkcenter.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


Coming up

Urban Expedition

Experience cultures from around the world — including music, dance, food, pets, crafts and more — at the Landmark Center’s international event series, returning for its 13th season as part of its Sundays at Landmark events. 

When: 1 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 5, April 9 and 23

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE

Info: landmarkcenter.org


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


April 8–May 7

Lone Star Spirits

This off-Broadway comedy hit, tells the story of Marley, who brings her new fiance to her childhood home in small-town Texas. Hoping for a quick visit to her estranged father’s liquor store, she’s soon forced to deal with her football-hero ex-boyfriend, a single mom insistent on a girls’ night out and the ghost of the town’s bear-wrestling pioneer founder.

Where: The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

When: April 8–May 7

Cost: $35–$45

Info: jungletheater.com


 April 21–23

Zorongo
Photo by Bill Cameron

And the Beat Goes On

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and the Flying Foot Forum present a program that merges Zorongo’s signature Spanish flamenco with Flying Foot’s bold percussive dance.

When: April 21–23

Where: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis

Cost: $30

Info: thecowlescenter.org