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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.)
Get crafty and learn how to make a neat bracelet at one of these free workshops. Space is limited and they often fill up quickly so don’t delay in registering.
For adults. Learn how to do kumihimo, a Japanese 8-stranded braid with intricate patterns that look complicated, but are easy to master. Finish it off with a clasp and you have a colorful braided bracelet with subtle shimmer. Materials provided.
St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, June 20, 7–9 p.m.
Registration required, begins May 23. Register online or call 612-543-6125.
Sincerest apologies for the late notice on this hot deal! New Bohemia is celebrating craft beer week through May 19th and is hosting the following specials:
10 cent beers from 5:00-5:30
$3 select drafts ALL DAY
Pitcher and Beer cocktail specials
Appearance by Brian Zepp from KQRS, 8-10pm
Beer specials and chances to win Cruise tickets!
Sausage eating contest 7pm
MMA fight showing 8pm
233 E. Hennepin Ave.
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.
Dust off your hiking boots and explore the park with a naturalist while looking for the latest blooming flowers and plants.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Fort Snelling State Park
Take the Post Road exit off Highway 5 and follow the signs.
This even is free but you will need a park permit to park your vehicle at Ft. Snelling
With this Twin Cities daily deal, receive one mens haircut, cappacino, T-shirt, scalp and shoulder massage, hot towel mini-facial, post haircut rinse and product application at the swanky Mens SPA. for $19 (reg. $40). This is one of my husband’s favorite places to get his haircut. I think it’s pretty hard to get creative with conservative mens styles but they seem to be able to add a little extra style with their cuts, without going wild. New customers only.
At the MENS SPA a Men’s Haircut is designed to the unique nuances of every head shape and hair type. This MENS SPA package begins with a complimentary cappacino during your brief wait for your appointment. To take customer service one step further, we offer our clients a t-shirt to change into to ensure their shirt will stay hair-free. The service begins with a scalp and shoulder massage, hot towel mini-facial followed by your designer haircut. To wrap-up, you will receive a post haircut rinse and product application/styling.
930 Washington Ave.
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
Once again, Sailing Lake Calhoun is offering free sailboat rides this summer!
Participating is 100% free and they have nothing to sell or promote, other than meeting new people, sharing experiences and having a good time. I took advantage of this offer a few times in the past and had a blast learning to sail and enjoying the lake. It’s a great activity for out of town guests.
You really have to love the Twin Cities and the awesome people here!
To participate, first print/fill out out a waiver.
Weather and health permitting, rides are offered 7 days a week from afternoon until sunset, May through mid October. Just come to the public sailing dock, at Lake Calhoun … which is at the north-east corner of the Lake: 3000 Calhoun Parkway East, Minneapolis, MN. You might have to wait 15 minutes or so if they are out on the lake but they’ll be by soon enough to pick you up!
Try over 80 wines from over ten vendors at Zipp’s Liquor store. Everyone over 21 is invited to sip their way through their semi-annual in house extravaganza! You’re sure to find a few varieties you like at this FREE tasting.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Zipp’s Liquor Store
2618 E. Franklin Ave.