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There's no shortage of things to do in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area; explore our calendar for hundreds of area events each month. Here you'll find upcoming concerts, exhibits, performances, festivals, races, sports schedules, community events and more.
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February 14, 2014 - December 31, 2015
Featuring the world’s most famous fashion icon, this exhibition brings the iconic Barbie® Dreamhouse® to life for Barbie® fans of all ages! Focusing on fun interactivity, the exhibition is a one-of-a-kind experience allowing visitors to become a living doll in the Barbie® Dreamhouse®! Become a part of the fabulous Barbie® lifestyle and discover each room of her amazing Malibu Dreamhouse™. Dress up in the Barbie® dream closet, be a star in the Barbie® fashion show, virtually bake in the Barbie® kitchen and more.
The Barbie™ Dreamhouse Experience™ will Feature:
- A dream kitchen including colorful appliances, interactive cupcake stations and more
- The Dreamhouse™ living room includes a library, fireplace and even more interactive stations
- An endless closet and shoe room where guests can virtually try on Barbie doll’s® outfits
- Virtual elevators that transport guests from room to room
- A glamorous make-up studio where guests are prepped for their own Barbie™ experience
- A 6,500 square foot entertainment area where guests are the stars of the show. This area features costumes, The Pop Star Stage, The Fashion Runway, choreographer and more!
Monday - Thursday | Noon – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Hours change seasonally
General Admission - $23.99 (Adults receive $4 off general admission purchase when accompanied by a child 12 and under)
Senior - $16.99
2 and under Free
Military discount available with valid military ID
March 13, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Can you solve the crime? Based on the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, you’ll be the latest recruit to the world of forensic science. Guided by videos featuring cast members and real-life forensic scientists, you’ll examine bullet casings, match DNA to potential suspects and identify the source of a single strand of hair. Complete with forensic crime labs, autopsy rooms and reporting stations, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge you deep into the role of a crime scene investigator.
CSI: The Experience® will Feature:
- Special investigation cards, on which guests will record evidence from one of three different crime scenes.
- Scientific Inquiry in the following fields: DNA identification, toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic entomology, forensic pathology, forensic art, firearm and toolmark identification, information technology, latent prints and blood spatter analysis.
- Access to a variety of tools and technologies, from chemistry equipment and UV light sources, to ballistics identification systems and bullet trap.
- Highly interactive lab areas where the exhibit’s “investigators” can perform evidence testing at multiple stations.
- A recreation of the office of Gil Grissom, in which guests will present their findings through the completion of a series of questions.
June 28, 2014 - February 15, 2015
IMAGE / Transition is a collaboration between the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration and the Art Department at the University of Minnesota.
The photographs on display are from the Beijing Collaborative Exchange from the last three years.
The collaboration began in the academic year 2006-07 with a simple exchange of digital images shared between the Beijing Film Academy, School of Photography and the University of Minnesota, Art Department. This modest beginning initiated a series of forums with students and faculty from both institutions, leading up to the first formal exchange.
The first program year (2010-11) titled, “WEIJI” or “crisis=opportunity” brought together students to share and discuss their photographic images exploring the issue of change in a broad sense. Subsequent exchanges also visualized the concept of change in programs titled “Transition” (2011-12) and “Mirror/Window” (2013-14). This overarching theme of change has given form to the work done by the students selected by the faculty of both institutions and is the basis for the images seen here in this exhibition.
These photographic images represent student work from all three years of this creative collaboration. The program enabled learning through the creation of art by developing a mechanism for a sustaining partnership between Minnesota and Chinese students. Both institutions have hosted student exchanges. The collaborations have been two fold, sharing experiences in each country and capturing images that speak to the theme and the shared experiences. Each student was encouraged to work on her or his own to interpret the theme and then share their photographs with other students through dialog.
Be part of the exhibition and add an image of what change means to you. Use #wamchange on Instagram and Twitter to contribute to a collage displayed in the gallery.
August 8, 2014 - February 8, 2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mid-twentieth century Brooklyn-native, O. Winston Link was a commercial photographer and engineer who became well known for his complex images of factory and industrial plant interiors. For Link, the steam railroad was a vital ingredient to “the good life” in America, an essential part of the fabric of our lives.
Link’s photographs featured in the Carlson Gallery exhibition, Trains that Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link, showcase the final years of steam railroading on the Norfolk & Western Railway, the last major railroad in America to operate exclusively with steam power. They are regarded as one of the best records of this long vanished type of locomotion, yet the broad appeal of Link’s photographs is derived not only from the images of the steam locomotives themselves, but also from the way in which their inclusion expresses the photographer’s deeply felt respect for the quality of life that the steam railroad reflected and supported for so many years in the United States.
September 24, 2014 - February 21, 2015
Dolly Levi is a delightfully scheming busybody who makes her living as a matchmaker in glamorous New York City. She's out to make a match for Horace Vandergelder, the "well-known half-a-millionaire," with the charming hat maker, Irene Molloy - but in the process, Dolly snares a groom for herself. Dolly masterfully orchestrates romance and adventure in a glittering mixed up night on the town.
HELLO, DOLLY! has garnered universal praise receiving ten Tony Awards, including "Best Musical." Audiences will love hits such as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes A Moment," "Before The Parade Passes By," "Elegance," "Ribbons Down My Back," "It Takes A Woman" and the show's rousing title tune hailed as one of the greatest production numbers in American musical theatre history, "Hello, Dolly!"
November 15, 2014 - January 31, 2015
The Brave New Workshop's holiday show is a cherished annual event for those most likely to wind up on the 'naughty' list. With "Twerking Around the Christmas Tree," the BNW sticks out its tongue at tradition with a hilarious take on the delights and dilemmas of the holiday season.
"Twerking Around the Christmas Tree" will feature cast members Lauren Anderson, Matt Erkel, Bobby Gardner, Andy Hilbrands, and Melanie Wehrmacher Directed by Katy McEwen, with Musical Direction by Peter Guertin and Technical Direction by Matthew Vichlach.
Tickets | $18- $36
November 29, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Experience Wells Fargo WinterSkate, downtown Saint Paul’s free, outdoor, artificially-chilled ice skating rink. Skaters are invited to experience the unique urban setting of downtown Saint Paul. Located in the heart of the city, Wells Fargo WinterSkate creates a fun, winter experience for visitors of all ages. The historic Landmark Center creates a beautiful backdrop for the outdoor rink, showcasing Saint Paul’s charming European architecture and old-world ambiance.
Winter Skate November 30th- February 1st:
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Skate Rental Skate rental is $4 per person. Receive free skate rental for you and your immediate family by showing your Wells Fargo check card or credit card. (Other Wells Fargo accounts, documentation, or correspondence are not accepted for free skate rental.) Figure skates and hockey skates are available from little tyke one-size-fits-all up to adults’ size 13.
The Weekends on Fridays and Saturdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015
Using only suggestions from the audience and pure, unbridled imagination, the cast of the BNW delivers an all-improvised 45-60 minute performance without a script. Featuring the ‘genius of improvisation’ that has made the BNW famous since 1958, the performances are a rite of passage for any Twin Cities comedy lover. Come for the show, stay for the improv!
Late Night Improv is FREE with admission to our mainstage Saturday shows - or just $5 if you drop in for the improv set only (which you’re always welcome to do!). Tickets are available at the ticket window night of show only, cash only, first come, first served.
The performance schedule does vary somewhat, so check the calendar for complete info on dates and times!
Weekly on Sundays
December 28, 2014 - March 1, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.
See website for specific performance information
Location: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
The Second Saturday of the Month
November 8, 2014 - April 11, 2015
No need to be sad the outdoor farmers market season is nearly over -Mill City Farmers Market will be having monthly Indoor Markets every SECOND SATURDAY from November to April, 10 am to 1 pm inside the Mill City Museum!
Shop for local produce, free range meats, flowers, cheese, eggs, fish, grains, coffee, baked goods, and works from local artists.
NOTE: March 7th Farmers Market will be inside the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum!! (3675 Arboretum Dr, Chanhassen, MN 55318)