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April 19, 2018, Thursday - "St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift" Blacklock Exhibit Opening Reception at Mill City Museum

Time:6 PM - 9 PM

Location:Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd Street

"St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift" Blacklock Exhibit Opening Reception

The grand opening and reception for renowned nature photographer Craig Blacklock's new book, “St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift,” will be on April 19th at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.

Guests are invited to browse the photo exhibit showcasing prints from this incredible new book while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6 PM. At 7 PM Craig will lead a short program with people that were instrumental in crafting this work of art. The evening will end with music by Peter Mayer. The book includes a foreword by Vice President Walter F. Mondale, who has been invited to participate as our special guest.

The St. Croix River Association is a proud partner in the creation of this beautiful tribute to the nation’s first wild and scenic river national park. This photo exhibition will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons from April 12 through June 24, 2018. To pre-order your book now visit:

If you are interested in shuttle service departing from Marine on St. Croix or the Stillwater area, please email


April 16, 2018, Monday - Paint Nite at 508 Bar

Time: 7:00pm

Location: 508 Bar and Restaurant, 508 1st Avenue N 

Paint Nite is invading bars and restaurants near you with everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We’ll guide you and your friends through two lively hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time.

April 15, 2018, Sunday - 7th Annual Graze 4 Good at Aria

Time: V.I.P. Grazing 5 – 6 p.m., General Grazing 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Aria, 105 North 1st Street

Graze 4 Good

Graze 4 Good’s 7th annual celebration of Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s rich culinary community will be held at Aria on April 15. This unique fundraiser supports Fourth Generation, with all proceeds supporting the group’s grantmaking around this year’s issue: Affordable housing.

It is an intimate food adventure featuring gourmet food, a silent auction + prize drawing, and the chance to rub shoulders with some of the Twin Cities’ most in-demand chefs. Featured chefs include Doug Flicker & Amy Greeley of Bull's Horn Food And Drink, Alex Roberts of Alma: Cafe, Hotel and Restaurant and BrasaZen Box Izakaya's John Ng & Lina Goh, The Grand Cafe's Jamie Malone, Fat Chance Sandwich Shop's Renay & Ben Dossman, and more to be announced! Enjoy a variety of bites prepared by each chef while you sip on a craft beer or cocktail by Marco Zappia.

Presented by Fourth Generation, a program of The Minneapolis Foundation 


April 14, 2018, Saturday - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k at Boom Island

Start times: 5k - 8:10am and 15k - 8:55am

Location: Boom Island Park

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

Join the movement that's taken over the racing world. Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is returning to Minneapolis on April 14, 2018! Start and finish in Boom Island Park amongst the biggest chocolate aficionados in Minneapolis.


April 14, 2018, Saturday - MacPhail Spotlight Series: Troubled Souls

Time: 8:00pm (7:00pm Pre-concert conversation discussing the musical direction)

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

MacPhail Spotlight Series: Troubled Souls

This Spotlight concert features the foreboding sensibilities of three very different composers.

Nebojsa Zivkovic wrote Uneven Souls, a Marimba concerto complete with percussion and chorus effects. Based on Balkan culture, it’s a tribute to what the composer sees as the Slavic people’s uneven, “non-dogmatic” way of life, free of “ultimatums” or “strict rules.”

Liszt’s Totentanz (Dance of Death) evokes the terrifying sounds of Judgment Day, with its extended quote from the famous medieval chant “Dies Irae.”

Stravinsky’s masterpiece, The Soldier’s Tale, is a classic cautionary tale, complete with a Faustian bargain.

Zivkovic: Uneven Souls
Jenny Klukken, marimba; Erik Schee, David Birrow and Bob Adney, percussion; Voices of Experience directed by Jerry Rubino
Liszt: Totentanz
(arr. for two pianos, percussion and chorus by Mischa Santora)
Irina and Julia Elkina, piano; Erik Schee and David Birrow, percussion; Voices of Experience
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale
Francesca Anderegg, violin; Rolf Erdahl, bass; Nina Olsen, clarinet; Jonathan Brandt, trumpet; Karl Wiederwohl, trombone; Bob Adney, percussion; Tyson Forbes, narration; Mischa Santora, conductor


April 14, 2018, Saturday - 4th Annual The RED Affair To Benefit Avenues For Homeless Youth at the Lumber Exchange

Time: 7 PM - 11:59 PM

Location: Lumber Exchange Event Center, 10 S 5th Street, 5th Floor

4th Annual The RED Affair To Benefit Avenues For Homeless Youth

Join us in our 4th official year helping to battle youth homelessness at Jungle Red Salon Spa Gallery's annual fundraiser to benefit local non-profit AVENUES For Homeless Youth!

Jungle Red is honored to have worked with AVENUES for 15 years. Avenues provides transitional housing and support services to homeless youth in our community providing stability and addressing crisis needs and long-term goals. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help these youth make a successful transition into young adulthood.

. . . SAVE THE DATE . . .
Saturday April 14th, 2018
7pm Cocktail Reception & Hors d'oeuvres
The Lumber Exchange Event Center
10 South 5th Street, 3rd Floor, Minneapolis

All Ticket Holders Will Enjoy
- Hors d'oeuvres
- Live & Silent Auctions
- Raffle & Gift Card Grab
- Musical Entertainment
> Performance by Members from the Grammy-Award winning group The Sounds of Blackness
> Full Performance by H$B, awarded the Minneapolis Music Award for Best Cover Band countless times

Upgrade to the VIP Experience
- Private Bar & VIP Lounge
- The Best Butler Passed Hors d'oeuvres Sponsored By D'Amico
- Complimentary Signature Cocktails
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Flights

Follow this page to stay updated as more details are added! Purchase your tickets now:
All proceeds from ticket sales & activities during the night provide funding directly to Avenues for Homeless Youth. For more info on AVENUES visit


April 14, 2018, Saturday - Mill City Farmers Market at the Mill City Museum

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Winter Markets are held inside the Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd Street

Additional Mill City Farmers Market 2017-2018 Winter Market dates:

The final indoor Winter Market will be April 28.


April 14, 2018, Saturday - Pillsbury A Mill Tour

Time: 10:30 am - Noon

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.

Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era, see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings, and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex. This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts.

The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE). 


April 14, 2018, Saturday - Minnesota Craft Beer Festival at the Mpls Convention Center


Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South

The Minnesota Craft Beer Festival will feature limited-release beers, world-class breweries, unlimited pours, and live music in Minneapolis-St. Paul on April 14, 2018, from 1:00-5:00 PM. Proceeds will be donated to Twin Cities Habitat For Humanity.

What is the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival? The Minnesota Craft Beer Festival is an epic tasting session at the Minneapolis Convention Center, where more than 90+ breweries will participate in pouring some of their best brews. Each brewery has been asked to bring a taproom-only beer and/or a rare limited-release option.

What do you get? Tasting tickets include access to Minnesota Craft Beer Festival and all the tasty pours you can responsibly enjoy. Early Entry Tasting tickets grant guests access to the event one hour early (1:00 PM). The event will end at 5:00 PM sharp.

Who will be pouring? There will be more than 90 breweries pouring 300+ beers from Minnesota and beyond. Click on the above link to see a list of those pouring.


April 14, 2018, Saturday - Monster Energy AMA Supercross at US Bank Stadium

Time: 6:30pm

Location: US Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Avenue

Monster Energy AMA Supercross 

Ages Two and Older Must Have A Ticket. Do not miss your chance to experience Supercross, the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world. Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is comprised of 17 races of heart-stopping racing action in in North Americas premier venues. Every week, the greatest athletes from across the globe seek to outrace each other on the sports most challenging tracks as they rack up the points leading up to the world championship. Featuring tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections, triple jumps, and whoops sections, these tracks pack excitement into every inch of dirt. Note: Costumes not permitted for guests 14 years & older.


April 14, 2018, Saturday - History of the Grain Belt Brewery Author Talk 

Hennepin County Library sponsored presentation on the history of the Grain Belt Brewery, Saturday, April 14, 3:00pm-4:00pm. The event will be held in the Event Space in the Grain Belt Apartments across from the brewery on Marshall Street NE.


April 12, 2018, Thursday - “Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal That Shook Minneapolis” Author Event at Mill City Museum

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 South 2nd Street

Erik Rivenes Celebrates His New MNHS Press Book, “Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal That Shook Minneapolis”

Join author Erik Rivenes for a presentation and signing for his new MNHS Press book, Dirty Doc Ames and the Scandal That Shook Minneapolis. Rivenes is a writer, historian, founder of the Saint Paul Gangster Tours, and producer of the Most Notorious podcast. A cash bar with be available starting at 6 pm, and the presentation will begin at 7 pm.

The story of Albert Alonzo “Doc” Ames is perhaps the greatest political scandal in Minnesota history. As mayor of Minneapolis, Ames exposed the city to national humiliation—and helped jumpstart an era of reform. At the turn of the 20th century, Minneapolis was moving away from a time of political rings, frontier justice, and old boys’ clubs to a more civic-minded way of governing. But in 1901, the affable, degenerate Doc Ames, a former Minneapolis mayor well past his political prime, duped his way back into the office. Ames appointed his brother as chief of police, and together they assembled a rogues’ gallery of thieves to squeeze as much money out of the city as quickly as they could.

Under Ames’s leadership, criminals walked beats wearing policeman’s uniforms. City detectives robbed prominent citizens. Police maintained arrangements with madams and saloonkeepers, extracting pay for the privilege of openly ignoring the law. With a card game gone bad and a complaint to a newspaper, it all fell apart. Ames fled Minneapolis in mid-term to avoid prosecution. And at Doc Ames’s spectacular downfall, the citizens of Minneapolis finally woke up and took their city back.


April 8, 2018, Sunday - Goldy's 10 Mile, 5K and Kids Run

Goldy's 10 Mile, 5K and Kids Run

Join thousands of runners on the beautiful 5K route through campus or the 10 mile that runs along the Mississippi River. All races start at TCF Bank Stadium and finish on the 50-yard line. The race benefits the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. 


April 8, 2018, Sunday - Dame It! at Solar Arts by Chow Girls

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Solar Arts by Chow Girls, 711 15th Avenue NE, 3rd Floor

Dame It!

The Minnesota Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is throwing a spotlight on Minnesota’s women chefs. Some of the Twin Cities’ most creative kitchens are led by women chefs. The taste-around lets you mingle and chat with the chefs as you sample a delicious array of small plates, wine tastings, craft cocktails/mocktails and sweets.

• Wall of Wine – Pick a cork and win a bottle of wine!
• Spin the Dame It! Wheel – Turn the wheel for a chance to win a culinary gift!
• Cake Walk – Try your luck and take home a cake baked by a top pastry chef!
• The Silent Auction is back offering culinary experiences, restaurant meals, trips, classes and more!

Proceeds from Dame It! support:
• Academic Culinary Scholarships for Women
Three scholarships were awarded in 2017 to deserving local women.
• Urban Roots: Enriching City Youth Through Food and Ecology
Several thousand dollars were given to Urban Roots of St. Paul, MN last year for internships and other philanthropic needs.
• Dame It! Dollars: Micro-Grants for Food Professionals.
Seven micro-grants were awarded to worthy local candidates in the past year.


April 8, 2018, Sunday - Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour at Mill City Museum

Time: 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.


April 7, 2018, Saturday - Washburn A Mill Tour at the Mill City Museum

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Mill City Museum, 704 South 2nd Street

Washburn A Mill Tour

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.

Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus," a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928 and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.


April 7, 2018, Saturday - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner open at Guthrie Theater

Time: 7:30p

Location: Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street S

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with Dr. John Prentice, an African American doctor 14 years her senior. They’re in love and they want the Draytons’ blessing for their marriage – today. The Draytons have prided themselves on their liberal-mindedness, but now they are forced to put their values to the test. Based on the iconic film, this classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.


April 6, 2018, Friday - Sip, Snack, Shop (and Save)! at Look + See Eye Care

Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Look + See Eye Care, 225 Main St SE



April 5, 2018, Thursday - Pints & Paints: Pet Painting at Sociable Cider Werks

Time: 6 PM - 9 PM

Location: Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore Street NE

Pints & Paints: Pet Painting

Join Maddy & Sociable Cider Werks for a fun paint class & amazing cider. We will be painting our pets! Yes, you can paint your cat, fish, parrot, dog, bunny, snake, etc. Anything goes!

Your pet photo will be turned into a paint by number where you can chose to just fill in the sections (like painting above), or add some shading/style to it. You can paint your pet with funky colors, natural colors, or a mix of both. You will start with a tracer of your paint by number photo and a totally blank canvas, so have countless options!

1. Use the Eventbrite to pay for your ticket.
2. Send Maddy an email with "Pet Painting" in the subject line with a handful of photos of your pet. Please include that you're coming to the April 5th event. For best results: Your photos should be only your pet, no one is holding the pet, your pet isn't jumping, and your pet IS looking at the camera, or you can at least see its eyes. As always, natural light is best. Think of a school photo, you want mostly your pet's face in the photo. Please send Maddy 3+ photos of your pet, so there is plenty to work with. If you have a ton of photos of your pet, Maddy will gladly look though as many as you like to make sure you get an awesome end product. Even if you signed up you and your ten friends, please only one pet per email, so there is no confusion.
Unfortunately, only one pet per painting works best. But... you can come to more pet painting classes with Maddy, paint the backgrounds the same, and they will look beautiful next to each other!

Email: Maddy will confirm with you once you sign up on Eventbrite AND submit your photos via email.
No art/design/painting experience necessary. Whether you held a paint brush yesterday or thirty years ago, you are more than welcome to attend! I promise, you CAN do it & you are creative!

All supplies are included in the class. Canvas size: 12x16

Do not wear your favorite shirt of all time. This is not a super messy activity, but there is always a risk of getting a little paint on your shirt. There is limited space, so pre-registration is required. Cider is sold seperately.


April 5, 2018, Thursday - Twins Home Opener!

Twins Home Opener!

Watch the Twins take on the Mariners on April 5th at Target Field! Gates open at 1:10pm. The first 30,000 fans will receive a Twins Hoodie Sweatshirt. Presented by Your Local Northland Ford Dealers.