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Sunday
Apr232017

April 23, 2017, Sunday - 13th Annual Hotdish Revolution!

Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Solar Arts Building, 711 15th Avenue NE

13th Annual Hotdish Revolution

Start your ovens! Chill your molds! Join us for the 13th Annual Hotdish Revolution - Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Solar Arts (15th and Quincy NE). Whose tater tots will be the crispiest? Whose jell-o sculpture will astound and amaze? As always, we hope you'll try your hand at entering and bring your friends to vote for you. See you there!

Saturday
Apr222017

April 22, 2017, Saturday - Bee Run Earth Day 5K Run/Walk/River Cleanup

Saturday
Apr222017

April 22, 2017, Saturday - Clean Up The North Loop Day!

Time: 9:45 AM - 12 PM

Location: Downtown Resource Group, 700 Washington Ave N, Ste 101

Clean Up The North Loop Day!

Join us and our friends with Green Stick Army on Earth Day weekend to help clean up the North Loop!

We all take so much from this wonderful neighborhod we call home, where we work or play - now it's time to give back! Last year, we threw on our green shirts and together we collected an entire dumpster full of trash - that's about 5,000lbs of trash in 90 minutes!

This is a great family outing and an awesome way to get kids involved in their community - we hope to see you ALL there!

*Stay tuned for a fun Happy Hour from Noon to 2pm!

Saturday
Apr222017

April 22, 2017, Saturday - Mill City Farmers Market in Mill City Museum

The Mill City Farmers Market boasts the best indoor winter market in town from November to April. Shop from over 40 local farmers, food vendors, and artists from 10:00am to 1:00pm inside the Mill City Museum.

April 22 is the final 2017 Winter Market!

Saturday
Apr222017

April 22, 2017, Saturday - Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm

Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

The Historic Northeast Walking Food Tour takes place in the Minneapolis neighborhood known as Northeast, or Nordeast to locals! You’ll savor favorites from 6 locations including sausages also served at Twins Stadium, authentic Neaopolitan Pizza, traditional Greek desserts and gourmet cheeses, to name a few. You’ll also learn how these local establishments came to be, who owns them and some fun and interesting stories they have to share. The food sampled on the tour is included in the price of your ticket and is enough for a satisfying lunch.

Saturday
Apr222017

April 22, 2017, Saturday - Earth Clean up Day

Tme: 9:30 am-noon

Earth Clean up Day

Help Improve Minneapolis Parks!

The goal of Earth Day Cleanup is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River. Since the inception of the Earth Day cleanup we have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks.

Click here for park locations and more info.

Saturday
Apr222017

April 22, 2017, Saturday - Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Location: A-Mill Artist Lofts, 415 Main Street SE

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck and the basement waterpower facilities. Visitors will explore parts of the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis (with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft); discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.

The Pillsbury A Mill was the flagship mill of the Pillsbury Flour Milling Company. The A Mill was not only the largest flour mill in the world when it opened in 1881, it was one of the few architect-designed mills in Minneapolis, designed by Leroy S. Buffington. As such it was an industrial show piece and tourist attraction from the start. The Pillsbury A Mill ceased operation in 2003, and in 2015, the complex was redeveloped as affordable lofts for working artists by Dominium, a Minneapolis-based developer.

Please meet at the gray door on Third Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the A-Mill Artist Loft main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.

This tour is presented in partnership with Dominium, A-Mill Artist Lofts.

Friday
Apr212017

April 21, 2017, Friday - Envision Spring 2017

Time: 8 PM - 11 PM 

Location: Machine Shop, 300 Second Street NE

Envision Spring 2017

Envision, one of the largest and most highly anticipated events celebrating fashion in the Twin Cities, will bring its Spring 2017 season to Machine Shop on Friday, April 21. Dubbed “best fashion show” by Star Tribune, Envision has been a bright light in the landscape of Minnesota fashion for over a decade. The event’s 21st season will showcase current collections from the area’s top designers including ACG, Cliché, Emily Trevor, Form Over Function, George Moskal, Idle Child, Kindred Folk, Kyra Deva, Reiner Vigoa and Sarah Furnae. Tricia Heuring of Public Functionary and John Mark, Arts Editor at Lavender Magazine and local dance choreographer,... return to co-host Envision Spring 2017. This season’s runway looks will be curated by stylist, Paige Frandsen, with hair by HAUS Salon and makeup led by Andrea Holton.

The intimate and industrial setting of new venue, Machine Shop, will bring Envision’s modern approach to runway production to life. Located in the heart of Minneapolis’ historic Saint Anthony district, this magical venue has been carefully restored, keeping the original 1916 architectural details intact while introducing contemporary luxury.

Consistent with Envision’s longstanding vision of supporting art and artists, a portion of the event proceeds and $1 of every pre-sale ticket will benefit Public Functionary, an organization that focuses on cultivating creative collaborations and social interaction around art and culture. The Public Functionary Satellite space will feature guest performances throughout the evening with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Limited $25 GA, $60 VIP and $80 Front Row VIP tickets are available now. The VIP ticket includes seating with a swag bag, early entry (VIP doors open at 7 pm) and access to the VIP hour from 7-8pm, which will include complimentary food tastings from local restaurants along with special guest music performances. Tickets can be purchased at envisionmpls.com, or in person at Cliché, Ignite Models, Infinite Vapor (Uptown location only).

Following the show, join us for the official Envision Afterparty from 11pm - 2am. Details to come.

Thursday
Apr202017

April 20, 2017, Thursday - Ann Bancroft Foundation 20th Anniversary Celebration at Minneapolis Event Center

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Minneapolis Event Center, 212 Second Street SE

Ann Bancroft Foundation 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Ann Bancroft Foundation invites you to join them for an exciting evening as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. They’ll reflect on the past twenty years and look forward to the next as they hear stories of past leaders, supporters and grantees. There will be an entrée food station, cash bar, live and silent auction, alumnae stories and the opportunity to spark a girl’s potential.

The Ann Bancroft Foundation empowers girls to imagine something bigger and helps them reach their full potential. $

25 (youth) to $125 (adult).

Saturday
Apr152017

April 15, 2017, Saturday - Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

Times: 5k: 8:10am / 15k: 8:50am

Starting Location: Boom Island Park

Hot Chocolate 15/5k Minneapolis

Saturday
Apr152017

April 15, 2017, Saturday - Here Comes Jesus: A Video Series by Joshua McGarvey at the Soap Factory

Time:  6:00pm-Midnight

Location: The Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

Here Comes Jesus: A Video Series by Joshua McGarvey

The Soap Factory Presents: Here Comes Jesus: A Video Series by Joshua McGarvey. The artist will be releasing the video series overtime on the Soap Factory’s blog leading up to the final video which will be screened in the Soap Factory’s lower level on April 15th at 7:30PM.

Here Comes Jesus is a video series that probes the westernization of the religious figure Jesus. Absurdity ensues as narrative and metaphor are conformed to relate to my own experiences.

Jesus is a crinkled mirror. Jesus is Play-Doh. Jesus invented a table. Stemming from one scene in Mel Gibson’s film about the crucifixion of Jesus in which the Christian messiah is shown building a table for chairs, the series embraces the ambiguous identit...y of god’s only son. Here Comes Jesus is a video series that probes the westernization of the religious figure Jesus. Absurdity ensues as narrative and metaphor are conformed to relate to my own experience

 

 

Saturday
Apr152017

April 15, 2017, Saturday - Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

Times: 1:00pm

Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

The Historic Northeast Walking Food Tour takes place in the Minneapolis neighborhood known as Northeast, or Nordeast to locals! You’ll savor favorites from 6 locations including sausages also served at Twins Stadium, authentic Neaopolitan Pizza, traditional Greek desserts and gourmet cheeses, to name a few. You’ll also learn how these local establishments came to be, who owns them and some fun and interesting stories they have to share. The food sampled on the tour is included in the price of your ticket and is enough for a satisfying lunch.

Saturday
Apr152017

April 15, 2017, Saturday - Washburn A Mill Tour at the Mill City Museum

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street

Washburn A Mill Tour 

$16 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members, includes museum admission

Reservations: required, call 612-341-7555

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.

Thursday
Apr132017

April 13, 2017, Thursday - National Poetry Month Party at Milkweed Editions

Time: 5:30 PM - 8 PM

Location: Milkweed Editions at Open Book, Suite 300, 1011 Washington Ave S

National Poetry Month Party

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Milkweed Editions at Open Book!

Join us for an evening honoring poets, their vital place in our culture, and their unique capacity to imagine, enliven, connect, and delight.

At 5:30 p.m. join poets and poetry fans for a party in the Milkweed Editions office suite featuring poetry-themed drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
(Ticketed reception: $25 General Admission | $10 Student Ticket | FREE for Poets)

At 7:00 p.m. the party continues with a reading in the Target Performance Hall featuring the finalists for this year’s $10,000 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry—the largest regional poetry prize.
(Free and open to the public.)

Thursday
Apr132017

April 13, 2017, Thursday - Thursday Morning Artist Series at MacPhail

Time: 9:30am reception, 10:30am concert

Location: MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 2nd Street South

Thursday Mornings' Thursday, April 13 concert:

Shreya Narayan, flute - Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2016
Rolf Haas, violin
Libby Laufers, flute
Mishler-Allen Piano Duo: Ann Mishler, piano and Monica Allen, piano

Wednesday
Apr122017

April 12, 2017, Wednesday - Talk of the Stacks at Central Library

Time: Doors open at 6:15:00pm; program begins at 7:00pm

Location: Central Library, Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall

Andrew McCarthy
Hollywood actor, director and travel writer will discuss his debut YA novel, Just Fly Away

Andrew McCarthy is an award-winning travel writer, author, director and actor. He has appeared in dozens of films including the 80s cult classics Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo's Fire. He is an acclaimed TV director, having helmed Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, and
Grace and Frankie among others. An award-winning travel writer and an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, his travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, was a New York Times. His debut novel, Just Fly Away, tells the story of one girl's discovery of family secrets, first love, and finding one's way in the world.

Events are free and open to the public.

Sunday
Apr092017

April 9, 2017, Sunday - Goldy's Run at TCF Stadium

Goldy's Run

Starting Location: Starts and finishes at TCF Stadium  

8:00 am: 10 Mile & 10 Mile Relay Start

Weave your way through campus, take a jaunt along the mighty Mississippi, and return to campus for an epic finish inside TCF Bank Stadium. As you cross the finish line, don’t forget to look up and see yourself as you cross the line on the second largest scoreboard in college football.

Races:
- 10 Mile Run (certified and chip timed) - Map
- 2 Person (10 Mile) Relay – info
- 5K (certified and chip timed) - Map
- Goldy’s Gallop Kids Run (recommended age 10 & under) – info

 

Sunday
Apr092017

April 9, 2017, Sunday - Cheesetopia at Aria


Time: 12 PM - 4 PM

Location: Aria, 105 North First Street

Cheesetopia

On Sunday, April 9, Cheesetopia comes to Minneapolis. This traveling cheese festival brings the best artisan and farmstead cheeses to the heart of a different American city every year. Attendees meet, greet, sample and purchase cheese and artisan foods from 40 of the best producers in the Midwest.

Hosted in Aria, one of the most beautiful structures in the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District, this event compliments the structure's soaring original brick walls, cavernous ceilings, crystal chandeliers, whimsical artwork, and decadent furniture. Aria is indeed the perfect backdrop to Cheesetopia, one of the largest gatherings of artisan cheesemakers in the United States.

General Admission and VIP Tickets go on sale to the public at 8 am on March 1.

Tickets: $75, includes all cheese samples, butlered appetizers and open bar with wine, beer & soda. VIP Tickets: $125, includes access to four Balcony Lounges.

Sunday
Apr092017

April 9, 2017, Sunday - Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour at Mill City Museum

Times: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 2nd Street South

Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour

The story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum.

The tour includes about two blocks of moderately-paced walking.

Saturday
Apr082017

April 8, 2017, Saturday - Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

Times: 1:00pm

Twin Cities Food Tours' Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tour

The Historic Northeast Walking Food Tour takes place in the Minneapolis neighborhood known as Northeast, or Nordeast to locals! You’ll savor favorites from 6 locations including sausages also served at Twins Stadium, authentic Neaopolitan Pizza, traditional Greek desserts and gourmet cheeses, to name a few. You’ll also learn how these local establishments came to be, who owns them and some fun and interesting stories they have to share. The food sampled on the tour is included in the price of your ticket and is enough for a satisfying lunch.