Calendar of Events
Choose from hundreds of Minneapolis & Saint Paul events each month and attend your favorites to make new memories.
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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.
May 24, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.
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.
August 22, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Skip to send the whole situation spinning. The ’60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering! See it now before if heads to Broadway in 2016.
Weekly on Mondays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Open Mic is a FREE show, so we do not take reservations or sell tickets for Monday nights. The doors open for seating at 7:30pm, and you seat yourself. Once the room is full, you'll have to wait until someone leaves, and there is an open chair to sit and watch the show. There is no standing room. Being a free show, Open Mic is used as a starting ground for many comics, as well as a place to practice new material for the veteran comedians. Some jokes may kill, others may bomb; but it's always a good time. Be sure to support those appearing on stage; it's not as easy as you think!
Looking to sign-up?
Sign-up is in the bar between 6-7pm. You MUST be present to sign-up. If it is your first time at Acme, please read the sheet prior to signing up! We try our hardest to get first-timers up. The list of who gets stage time that evening is posted at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. First timers get 3 minutes on stage. Be sure to watch the red light! If you go over your time, you will not get time again. Respect the time, audience, and other comedians. If you're not picked to perform, don't be discouraged. We have a lot of people sign-up every week, and we do note who's coming down regularly. Your time will come!
Weekly on Wednesdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Every Wendesday is open mic night! Come out and see the Twin Cities’ best and brightest comedians, professionals, amateurs, and first-timers. Always FREE! You’ll see professionals working on new jokes, amateurs working towards becoming professionals, and the occasional train wreck. See the area’s best and brightest comedians.
Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Making You Laugh Every Friday and Saturday Night!
This is NOT your typical Chanhassen show! The Playhouse doors open one hour prior to show time. The show begins at 8:00 pm every Friday and Saturday night. Arrive early and order something before or during the show from our Menu or the Playhouse bar. Delicious desserts and cocktails are also available. The Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe performs a comedy variety show of improv, sketches, and music. Improv is comedy based on audience suggestions, similar to the hit television show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The show is fast-paced, clean, and very funny. And if you are celebrating a birthday, company party, or other special events, just give the hostess a note when you arrive and the troupe will do something special during the show. They might even bring a member of your party on stage to join in an improv and be a star in the show.
Tickets | All seats are $25
Playhouse menu and cocktails are available throughout the evening.
Performed by The Stevie Ray's Comedy Troupe
Making it up as we go since 1989!
The Weekends on Fridays and Saturdays
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
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!