Make the most out of your trip to the fair by planning ahead. The free entertainment schedule was just released. See Hanson, Blue Oyster Cult (if only for the cowbell), Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Tonic Sol-fa and others for FREE with your fair admission.
Click here to see the schedule.
Memorial Day Weekend = The Memory Lanes annual Block Party! This free, outdoor event is perfect for celebrating the start of summer. Click here for a detailed performance schedule. Music runs 3pm-2am daily.
You’ve got a relief map of Westeros in your cubicle at work, House of Stark’s grey direwolf is tattooed on your inner thigh, and you refer to your toilet as the Iron Throne. The televised works of George R. R. Martin have taken over your life, but now you’ve got a way to put your fantasy obsession to good use. Fire Cannot Kill A Quizmaster, Geeks Who Drink’s 1st all-Game of Thrones Quiz, is coming to venues all across the country on Saturday, June 8th.
Form your raiding party of six warriors and be sure to remember the $5 admission fee. Winners will bring home a cash prize of anywhere between $200 and $500 (depending on number of players), which ought to help cover your lawyer’s retainer when they nail your BitTorrenting ass.
Important note: this quiz will primarily cover every episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones up through the end of Season 3, but we will draw some — not a lot, but some — material from George R. R. Martin’s long, long, long books. Also, none of the material will spoil anything past Season 3.
Feel free to dress for the occasion– several locations will have a costume contest, though if you bring George W. Bush’s head on a spike you ought to prepare for a visit from the Secret Service.
Please review our FAQs below if you’re unsure how these quizzes are run.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The Cardinal Restaurant & Bar
2920 E 38th St.
$5 entry per person
photo by Scott Suchman
I gladly accepted an invitation to attend Rock of Ages last night at the Orpehum Theater in Minneapolis. My husband reluctantly joined me as my guest. He wasn’t thrilled about going and would have much preferred to put on a tie and attend the symphony. That said, at the end of the performance, he was whistling and had two rock fists up in the air. He had a blast (and so did I). Rock of Ages is more than polished Broadway voices singing and dancing to classic 80s rock songs.
Rock of Ages is pure entertainment. It’s loud, fun, flashy and comedic. The plot isn’t particularly novel or noteworthy but it doesn’t matter. Rock of Ages is cheesy and hokey but it succeeds in entertaining because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The writing and acting acknowledges and pokes fun at these potential shortcomings, thus allowing cynics like me to just sit back and enjoy instead of picking it apart in my head. The show is littered with jokes and the characters are very funny. The Rock of Ages playlist is a celebration of 80s rock ‘n roll. I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of 80s music but the songs are so classic that they are easy to enjoy. Some of the songs are merely referenced with short snippets that compliment the story. To its benefit, Rock of Ages doesn’t simply feel like a concert (as did the disappointing American Idiot). You may want to bring earplugs though, they really aim to blow the roof off and last night there was more energy in the Orpheum than I’ve ever experienced at that venue.
In conclusion, I recommend Rock of Ages if you are looking to have some lighthearted fun. If you are an 80s music fan, however, it’s probably a must see show!
Rock of Ages will be performed at The Orpheum Theatre through May 19, 2013.
Tickets start at $34 but student/educator rush are available for all performances (2 tickets per valid ID; $25 per ticket; cash only; available only at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office beginning 2 hours prior to showtime; rush line forms outside of theater; resale of rush tickets is strictly prohibited and all tickets are subject to availability.)
Goldstar is offering a limited number of tickets for $0 + $8.50 service fee (Reg. $36) to Fierce/Feminine: Dance by Women Choreographers at the Cowles Center. This is a great opportunity to see professional dance on a “movie ticket budget.”
Minnesota Dance Theatre shines the spotlight on a trio of female choreographers with a program of bold, breathtaking works entitled Fierce/Feminine: Dance by Women Choreographers. Rising star Emery LeCrone returns to MDT for her second choreographic commission. Nuanced, ingenious and fresh from the stage at just 26, LeCrone contributes several works to the show, including a world premiere. Joanie Smith, 2012 Sage Award recipient for Outstanding Choreography, brings her international reputation for “virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment” to the repertory performance. And Minnesota Dance Theatre founder Loyce Houlton, after 34 years of creating, teaching and producing dance, is renowned for her Nutcracker Fantasy. She’s also one of the first American women to gain international recognition through her distinct aesthetic and a lasting legacy of trademark repertory. Featured in the show is Knoxville, Summer of 1915, one of Houlton’s own personal favorites.
Explore the night sky with a short talk of approximately 20 minutes followed by a Q&A at the University of St. Thomas. Afterward, visitors are welcome to tour the observatory and, if weather permits, there will be observing.
Wednesday, March 15, 2013
University of St. Thomas -Owens Science Hall
2115 Summit Ave.
Free and open to the public
Join Mayor Chris Coleman and the City of Saint Paul at an outdoor musical concert Tuesday evening immediately following Governor Dayton’s signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill at approximately 6 p.m. In celebration of this historic legislation, Ecolab Plaza will become a venue for the “Love is Law” concert, featuring some of Minnesota’s best local music Tuesday evening. The Minnesota Freedom Band will lead a procession from the Capitol lawn to downtown Saint Paul. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Musical guests include: Minnesota Freedom Band, Jack Brass Band, DJ Jake Rudh, H$B, Zoo Animal, P.O.S, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, Chan Poling and Friends (The Suburbs)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
6 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. (Immediately following the signing of the Freedom to Marry Bill)
375 Wabash Street North
Bring your children, bring your mom! Come see the Daffodil Society of Minnesota’s Spring Show with over 600 daffodil blooms in all sizes, shapes and colors. Yes, daffodils come in combinations of white, yellow, pink, orange and almost red. It is a judged competitive show of cut blooms, and daffodil photography will also be displayed. Non-members are invited to exhibit—bring some daffodil blooms from your yard. Special opportunities for kids to enter. Family friendly.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bachman’s on Lyndale - The Heritage Room
6010 Lyndale Avenue South
Free to attend
A party for bikers and non-bikers alike!
The Brave New Workshop is a big supporter of green transportation, so this May they’re throwing a party to celebrate all things bike-related. Celebrate the arrival of spring (finally!) with some outdoor fun, along with some hilarious comedy with a performance of “Lance Armstrong’s Steroid-Pumped Comedy Revue: A Cheater’s Guide to Winning“!
Along with the show, they’ll have games, races, and secure bike parking for your two-wheeled ride. Not into biking? No problem! Grab a signature cocktail or local beer from the full bar while you watch vintage racing footage on the big screen in their ETC event space. Plus prizes and surprises for everyone!
Nice Ride MN and the Commuter Connection will also be there to join in the fun and get you excited about biking in the Twin Cities!
DEAL ALERT: Plus, as an added bonus, tickets to this event are half-priced ($12.50 instead of $25)*! Just use the code GEAR when you click here to buy online or call the box office at 612-332-6620
Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:30 pm: Pre-show party, with games, prizes and more!
7:30 pm: Performance of “Lance Armstrong’s Steroid-Pumped Comedy Revue: A Cheater’s Guide to Winning”
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave.
Celebrate Spring with RAW Minneapolis at the May 16 EXPRESSIONS Showcase! With 5 live musicians, a hilarious comedian, 2 runways shows, 15 visual artists, gruesome costume makeup and much more, you are guaranteed an eventful THREE Hours!
Once again, RAW Minneapolis continues to show some of the best Indie art in the Twin Cities, ALL are hand picked to create unique monthly collaborative and interactive showcases!
Featuring DJ Robert James, Photos by Marc Jame Photography and Videography by Bryan Blumenshein!
Cocktail Attire Encouraged, Have fun & Dress Up!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
8 pm – 11 pm
Fine Line Music Cafe
Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door
To buy tickets, support a local artist here: http://www.rawartists.org/minneapolis/expressions
RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a multiple musical performances, fashion shows, an art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylists, makeup artists and models. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW.