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Two of a Kind: Wendy Lehr and Barbara Kingsley — both longtime Minnesota actresses — will join forces on stage in a Shakespearean show at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Photos by Tracy Ann Walsh tracywalshphoto.com

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March Good Start From the Editor 8 I admire this month's Cover Stars for their wit, charm and vitality. My Turn 10 Traveling to see polar bears in the wild was awe-inspiring for my friends. Memories 12 'Catechization' in 1952 was an agonizing path to confirmation. This Month in MN History 14 Dred and Harriet Scott's road to freedom started at Fort Snelling.

Good Health House Call 16 Stop getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Caregiving 18 Minnesota caregivers deserve paid leave through public-run programs.

Good Living Housing 26 Starting plants from seed can help you save money this spring. Finance 28 Think strategically when planning — and saving — for travel in retirement. In the Kitchen 29 Create a tasty pasta dish in a single pan with this ingenious recipe.

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Shining stars I know I say this in almost every issue of Minnesota Good Age, but I just have to say it again: I love our Cover Stars this month! If you’re a consistent theatergoer, you may already know them. If not, meet longtime local actresses Barbara Kingsley, 63, and Wendy Lehr, 73, our featured profile for this issue, a duo! Though they’ve walked innumerable local stages in myriad roles over the years, this month they’re finally appearing in the same production — an all-female interpretation of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the

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Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. It seemed like the perfect time to check in with them and ask them how they stay so vital in one of the toughest careers around for older adults. After reading all about them, I’ve decided: They’re who I want to be when I grow up. No, I don’t plan on taking up acting. But I do hope I can be as energetic, positive and brilliant as they are when I move into my 60s and 70s. Their wit, determination and confidence are an inspiration to me, as are their many accomplishments and plans to further conquer the world: Kingsley recently completed a role in an independent film directed by Russian actress Alicia Casanova, scheduled to be released next year. Also experienced as a playwright, she has a full-length play that two theaters in town are considering. Lehr has a busy spring and summer ahead, too, including “an interesting and risky assignment” for Nautilus Music-Theater in a reimagined production of The Fantasticks. She’s also taking on the role of Letitia Primrose in Skylark Opera’s upcoming production of On the Twentieth Century.

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Then, in July, Lehr and her husband, Gary Briggle, will appear in a remounting of the dark-humored musical Glensheen at the History Theatre. Lehr will reprise her lively and colorful role as Marjorie Congdon’s defense attorney. If you missed Glensheen this past fall, I highly recommend it. Lehr’s performance — in the remarkably physical, dark comedy — is not to be missed! Sarah Jackson, Editor

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Good Start / My Turn / By Dave Nimmer Boys and girls were situated in separate rooms. “It was kind of like a college dorm,” Jere said. “I slept on the bottom bunk, and the beds were good.” Dick’s first night in the dormitory included a trip down a dark hallway to the toilet and back. “Everything was fine,” he said, “until I opened the door to the room, looked down and saw someone sleeping in my bunk. Well, of course, I was in the girls’ room.” He backed out — quickly and quietly — and no one noticed.

Into the wild →→My friends’ polar bear-watching trip proved awe-inspiring, educational

Dick and Jere Wasko, who live in Evergreen Townhomes in Woodbury, are travel veterans. Over the years, the pair — both in their 80s — have sailed oceans, cruised rivers and

Animal experiences Jere got a chance to see the bears the next evening, outside their quarters. A mother bear and her two cubs were ambling along as Jere and a few other onlookers stood on a balcony. The bears eventually moved out of sight, and the onlookers left. Jere stayed. “The bears came back and there

crossed continents. They’ve been to Rio, seen the Panama Canal and explored the

were just the four of us,” she said. “It

good, old USA — from Hawaii to Alaska.

was a special moment. They are beau-

This past fall they took a Road Scholar trip (roadscholar.org, formerly Elder Hostel) that began and ended in Winnipeg. They went to see the polar bears just outside of Churchill, Manitoba, on the shores of the Hudson Bay. They slept in bunk beds, used community showers and washrooms, made their own lunches, never left the building without an escort and spent hours staring into space. They had a wonderful time and a memorable adventure. The brochure promised they would “journey onto the tundra aboard specially fitted vehicles to see these majestic creatures (polar bears) in their natural habitat.”

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tiful, and the mother bear was huge.” They got to see another big bear from the tundra buggy with 32 of their fellow travelers. “This bear was about 30 yards away, eating kelp,” Dick said. “At one point, he walked in front of the buggy and just looked at us. Everyone was quiet. I was impressed with his walk — such certainty. He was a little more

After a three-hour plane ride from Winnipeg to Churchill — and before they took

cautious when he walked on the ice of

their first buggy ride on the tundra — the Waskos settled into their quarters at the

a nearby pond.”

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The ice was just beginning to form

▲▲Dick and Jere Wasko of Woodbury saw polar bears in the wild on the Hudson Bay in remote Manitoba and at the Assiniboine Park & Zoo in Winnipeg (pictured).

on the edge of Hudson Bay when the Waskos were there. As our climate warms, the lack of ice is becoming a problem because the bears depend on seals as their main food source. And they can’t get at the seals until ice covers the bay.

Gaining knowledge, too As with all Road Scholar trips, learning goes along with looking. The polar bear expert on the tundra buggy lived 800 miles north of Churchill. He was working on getting his Ph.D. from York University in Toronto. “We learned so much about the bears, their habits and habitat,” Jere said. “This trip made me more aware of ecological threats. They become more personal.” Of the 34 people on the tundra trip, only one was still working. The rest were retired, from all over the U.S., including New York, Alabama — and Edina. They interacted with each other on the bus, in the tundra buggy and at the dinner table. They were, according to the Waskos, lively, curious, friendly and eager to get along with each other. That’s an asset when you’re sleeping in bunk beds alongside strangers. While Churchill, more than halfway to the North Pole, might not be appropriate for the cruise crowd, it’s just right for the curious crowd, including the Waskos. They got to see the big bears, the real McCoy. It was an honor, they said. That’s something I ought to remember since I’m not a natural traveler. Sometimes you have to take a little gamble, put up with a little discomfort to see a sight you’ll never forget. Dave Nimmer has had a long career as a reporter, editor and professor. Send comments or questions to dnimmer@mngoodage.com.

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Good Start / Memories / By Carol Hall This ritual, officially called “catechization,” was dubbed Question Night, because it took place the Friday night before confirmation Sunday. It was pure agony! Witnessing our answers in the pews in front of us on this warm May evening was the entire congregation. Blanking out or giving the wrong answer before this crowd would be humiliating. And then there was our inquisitor — our minister himself. His piercing brown eyes and black mustache were intimidating to we pale Scandinavian adolescents. During our Saturday morning instructional classes, he’d given us a dose of the no-nonsense fire and brimstone school of religion he practiced. Each and every one of us was scared spitless of the man. Indeed, the whole ordeal was fraught with dread. Earlier, in the church basement, waiting to go upstairs and meet our fate, the boys displayed none of their usual cocki-

Confirmation: 1952 →→The Lutheran ritual, full of stressful questions, was a night to remember

Question Night had just begun. “A: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “B: Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.” “C: Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give ye rest.” One by one, my fellow confirmands were nervously reciting the Bible

ness. Suffocating in Old Spice and squirming in dark suits — purchased specially for this occasion — they resembled pallbearers about to assume their grim task. We girls — being girls — struggled valiantly to appear nonchalant, but to no avail as evidenced by nervous giggling. I had a special problem. Each of us wore a new — white — outfit. Because I was 15, and debuting my first pair of high heels, I’d wanted a tailored suit, but my mother made me

Alphabet. Next, we’d be quizzed about key points of Lutheran catechism, or

a dress. It was patterned organdy with

asked to recite verses of certain hymns — all things learned during the past two

a Peter Pan collar. I hated it. It itched. I

years of confirmation instruction.

had to force myself not to scratch!

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Good Start / This Month in Minnesota History / By Lauren Peck ⊳⊳ Dred and Harriet Scott were pictured in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper on June 27, 1857, not long after they were officially freed from slavery. Images courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

the region that would become Minnesota. Yet that law wasn’t always enforced, including at Fort Snelling where officers were known to keep slaves.

Precedent denied

Dred and Harriet Scott →→Their long journey to freedom started at Fort Snelling, where they lived until 1840

On March 6, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered one of its most

In 1846 in St. Louis, the Scotts sued Emerson’s widow, Irene, arguing that since they’d lived in free territories, like Fort Snelling, they and their two daughters should be freed. The idea of “once free, always free” had legal precedent in Missouri courts, and many people — including a woman named Rachel who had also

fateful decisions in history in the Dred Scott case: Eleven years after Dred and

lived at Fort Snelling — had previ-

Harriet Scott first sued for their freedom from slavery, the Court determined that

ously secured their freedom based on

slaves were not citizens and “had no rights which the white man was bound to

similar arguments.

respect,” according to Chief Justice Roger Taney’s written opinion. Tense debate and polarization were already brewing between slaveholders and

But by the time Dred and Harriet filed, strong pro-slavery feelings had

abolitionists, and the Court’s decision only added fuel to the fire. Within four

taken hold in Missouri, and the Scotts

years, the U.S. was embroiled in a bitter civil war with slavery as one of the main

found themselves in various courts

points of conflict.

Minnesota residents

→→Learn more

What many might not know is Minnesota’s important role in the Scotts’ lives

The story of Dred and Harriet Scott is one of many that converge at Historic Fort Snelling. Since 1820, the fort has been at the forefront of Minnesota history, including military, Dakota and JapaneseAmerican histories. The Minnesota Historical Society is currently working to revitalize the fort with a new visitor center and updated exhibits for its bicentennial in 2020. Learn more by visiting mnhs.org/rememberfortsnelling.

and Supreme Court case. Dred Scott arrived in Minnesota in 1836 when his owner, military surgeon Dr. John Emerson, was transferred to a post at Fort Snelling. Dred soon met Harriet Robinson, an enslaved woman owned by Lawrence Taliaferro, an officer and Indian agent at the fort. The two were married, and Harriet was either given or sold to Emerson. The couple lived at Fort Snelling until 1840. The Scotts’ seemingly unremarkable time at Fort Snelling formed the backbone of their freedom lawsuits: According to the Missouri Compromise of 1820, slavery was illegal anywhere north of the 36° 30´ latitude line, including 14 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age


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Good Health / House Call / By Dr. Michael Spilane

Knock out nocturia

→→Are you waking up repeatedly to use the bathroom? Here’s what's going on — and what to do

Getting up at night to pass urine is called nocturia, and the problem

Leg swelling from any cause will lead to nocturia. Upright posture during the day assures that any excess fluid stays in the legs; supine posture at night eliminates the effect of gravity and allows the fluid to re-enter the circulation and be presented to the

is common among older adults. Having to pass urine three times each night is trouble

kidneys for excretion. Even small

enough, but things are even worse if you get back to bed and can’t fall asleep.

amounts of fluid that accumulate in

Nocturia has many causes, but aging itself is usually at least partially to blame. While younger adults normally produce only 25 percent of their daily urine volume during sleeping hours, older folks produce 50 percent or more at night. Despite having searched for the cause of this diurnal change with aging, medical scientists remain perplexed.

the legs during the day can fill the bladder at least once at night. An enlarged prostate gland is a very common cause of nocturia in men. The squeezing of the bladder

An even bigger aging-related problem is bladder hyperactivity. As we get into our

outlet by the enlarged gland results

70s and 80s, our bladders lose some of the ability to remain relaxed during filling, so

in reflex nerve messages being sent

the urge to pass urine is prompted by a smaller volume of urine in the bladder. Medical

to the bladder muscle, exciting it to

scientists are less perplexed here — they believe the hyperactive bladder muscle is

work harder and quicker. The result is

caused by aging-related diminution of brain signals that promote bladder relaxation.

urinary urgency, daytime frequency

So older adults are victims of the double whammy — more urine produced at night and a bladder that won’t relax and hold it.

and nocturia.

The brain’s role

Things to avoid

The brain controls the bladder, and

Lots of things can cause or contribute to nocturia, and one or more are usually at

particularly the filling of the bladder

work if the nighttime urine frequency is more than twice.

— it tells the bladder muscle to relax

The most obvious cause is drinking too much fluid in the hours before bedtime.

and allow filling. Any generalized

Some people believe — despite any convincing evidence of benefit — that drinking lots

disease of the brain (for example

of fluid is good for their health.

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or stroke)

Fluid that goes in is going to have to get out. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages (coffee and many varieties of carbonated drinks) will make it get out even quicker. Another obvious cause of nocturia is use of diuretic medication (water pills) late in the day. These medications should almost always be taken once a day in the morning, and should not be used later in the day.

Other causes Diseases of the bladder and its outlet commonly contribute to nocturia, and often in a big way. Anything that causes bladder irritation will lead to urinary frequency, urgency and nocturia. The most common irritant is a bladder infection. But bladder stones and tumors, previous irradiation to the pelvis, and dozens of other ailments that produce bladder inflammation can be the source of the trouble. Certain medications can also affect the bladder or its outlet obstruction and lead to urgency and nocturia. 16 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

will interrupt the relaxation messages to the bladder and result in urinary urgency and frequency. If you suffer from nocturia, sorting it all out can be a challenge for your doctor, so make sure this complaint isn’t at the end of a long list. Dr. Michael Spilane, now retired, spent more than four decades practicing and teaching geriatric medicine in St. Paul. Send comments or questions to drspilane@ mngoodage.com.

Good Health / Caregiving / By Lisa Stratton

It’s time to value family →→Minnesota caregivers deserve paid leave

The U.S. is one of only a handful of wealthy countries that doesn’t require paid leave for workers with family caregiving responsibilities. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is the only national legislation that addresses leave for caregiving — and various eligibility requirements leave 40 to 45 percent of the workforce out. In addition, leave under FMLA is unpaid, making it inaccessible to many more: Few people can afford to take the leave without any wage replacement. Meanwhile, several demographic and economic trends are converging to create an

an older relative. Six in 10 caregivers report having to make a workplace accommodation as a result of caregiving, such as cutting back on their working hours, taking a leave of absence, receiving warnings about performance or attendance, or other such impacts. Twelve percent of caregivers who work more than part time report giving up work entirely, and another 8 percent retire early.

unprecedented collision between growing care needs and shrinking unpaid care-

Recognition, solutions

giving capacity.

There’s growing recognition of the

According to the state demographer, the number of Minnesotans turning 65 in this decade will be greater than the past four decades combined. Consequently, the

public value of unpaid care. According to AARP, this often-

ratio of elderly to working-age people is expected to nearly double from 1990 to 2050.

invisible contribution to the economy

And the elderly can’t go it alone: Research presented at the White House Confer-

has an estimated value of $7.8 billion

ence on Aging reports that 25 percent of elderly people have difficulty with at least one activity of daily living; most (86 percent) have at least one chronic condition; and the majority (61 percent) have two or more.

Shifting the burden

per year in Minnesota alone. Without family-provided help, the cost to the U.S. health and long-term services and support systems would sky rocket, according to AARP.

At the same time, as researcher Evelyn Nakano Glenn points out, family caregivers

While the U.S. federal govern-

are caught in the middle when it comes to post-hospital care: “One of the most note-

ment has not yet addressed these

worthy trends in recent decades has been the off-loading of medical treatment for

trends and the challenges, five U.S.

both acute and chronic conditions from hospitals to homes,” she said.

states and many countries around

Affordable Care Act provisions — which have significantly reduced complications and re-hospitalizations by increasing home care following hospitalization — have shifted these costs to families. Glenn and others argue that the deinstitutionalization of care has been driven in

the world have nevertheless developed solutions. Most run public-insurance programs funded by payments made

part by attempts to reduce costs. But the movement makes the assumption that all or

into a state insurance fund, often

most of the care will be provided for free by family and friends.

through small payroll taxes of less

Working simultaneously

than 1 percent. Workers become eligible based

Those who traditionally perform unpaid care are increasingly working in the

on their earnings histories. When

paid labor force. Indeed, working caregivers are a rapidly growing segment of the

caregiving events occur that require


workers to take leave from their

An AARP report, Caregiving in the US 2015, documents this trend and the challenges

jobs, they can make claims on the

it creates. Over the course of a year, approximately one-third of households have

fund and receive some form of wage

someone (typically a woman in her 50s) who is providing care to someone else, usually


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MN leading the charge These insurance programs have not only helped workers tremendously, but the vast majority of employers — especially small ones, in both California and New Jersey — have also reported positive or neutral experiences. In the absence of federal action, President Obama and the U.S. Secretary of Labor have called upon states to “Lead on Leave.” A growing Minnesota coalition, Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave, has heeded that call and is working with legislators to improve leave laws. In fact, a bill was introduced last year — HF 580 — and an updated version is being re-introduced this session. (See tinyurl.com/hf-580-mn.) Voters across the political spectrum express strong support for government

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action to help ensure that workers will not have to make an impossible choice between putting bread on the table and caring for their families. Ninety percent of individuals receiving long-term care in their communities rely on unpaid care from family members. Access to leave has a positive impact on the likelihood that these caregivers can remain employed. Passage of a Minnesota program should be a slam-dunk, but it will happen only if caregivers share their stories and needs with policymakers and ask Minnesota to “Lead on Leave.” Lisa Stratton is the co-founder of Gender Justice, a co-founder of the Minnesota Coalition for Women’s Economic Security and an executive committee member of the Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave Coalition. She can be reached at lisa.stratton@genderjustice.us. Covenant Village MNP 0216 S3.indd 1

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Good Living / Travel

Escape to By Carla Waldemar

Bask in the sun, visit historic sites (like the Alamo) and enjoy fine dining, history and art in this vibrant city

San Antonio's 13-mile River Walk winds through balmy promenades sheltered by palm and cypress trees.

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The Alamo, a limestone churchturned-fort, was the site of a battle in 1836, when Texans, outnumbered 10 to one, were defeated and slain.

Minnesota, it could be argued, isn’t at its worst during frigid January and February. No, the worst is the uncertainty of Mother Nature’s spring whims: Should she put us out of our icy misery in March (none too soon) or April or May or — just to mix things up — June?

Poised to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, the city has recently landed on a variety of top travel lists, including Lonely Planet’s Best of the U.S. List for 2016, Budget Travel’s Where to Go in 2016 and Travel + Leisure’s Best Travel Destinations on the Planet for 2016. San Antonio’s laid-back vibe is more Mexican than King Ranch, starting with the River Walk. At 13 miles long — with more to come — it’s the lifeline of this colorful city.

Sorry, I can’t wait to find out: I’m off to stunning,

The San Antonio River saunters through balmy prom-

sunny San Antonio, where the skies are an impossible

enades sheltered by palm and cypress trees, roses and ivy.

shade of blue and the air is a cozy 70 degrees. Let the blizzards continue, Minnesota. I say trade your snow boots for sandals, and let’s go! You can get to this seventh-largest U.S. city on a three-hour nonstop Delta flight from MSP. 22 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

Punctuated by waterfalls, mosaics and imaginative bridges, this pastoral escape contrasts with downtown’s livelier color guard of bars (margaritas to go), bistros and retail ops.

Jump off the River Walk at Houston Street and into a slice of Texas history, starting, as it all did, at The Alamo. The white limestone church-cum-fort of 1724 is best remembered for the battle of 1836, when Texans, outnumbered 10 to one by the Mexican troops of Gen. Santa Anna, were defeated and slain. Free tours of the church and barracks allow you to view Santa Anna’s sword and the wallet and firearm of David Crockett, killed here after the brave 13-day siege. Follow Houston Street to San Fernando Cathedral — the oldest in Texas — where the remains of Crockett, Jim Bowie and James Travis are honored. Linger for a free sound-and-light show tracing Texas history through artful projections on the cathedral’s facade, amid frequent gasps of “Ooooh!” Just behind the cathedral sits the Spanish Governor’s Palace — a fancy word for the eight-room adobe structure of 1722, when the land belonged to Spain. Its handcarved doors, detailing the conquistadors’ story, open onto “the most beautiful building in San Antonio,” according to the National Geographic Society.

Market cuisine, arts Next follow strains of mariachi music to Market Square, the Mexican Mercado started by the Chili Queens in 1820. Today the market extends for three riotous blocks of color, illuminating over a hundred shops selling crafts, folk art, pinatas and pottery, alongside cafes like the legendary Mi Tierra, serving

women’s weekend out

The Alamo and beyond

Relax. P lay. Stay.

Tex-Mex icons 24/7 365 days a year since 1941. Sated with tamales, retrace your steps to the River Walk, which meanders close to the amazing Central Library, an eyestopper of enchilada-red

▲▲The former Pearl Brewery silo is a retro fixture in San Antonio's revitalized Pearl neighborhood, which features dozens of restaurants and retailers and a farmers market.

stucco, housing, among the books, artworks such as the waving tendrils of a glass sculpture by the world-famous artist Dale Chihuly. Across the street, the Southwest School of Art occupies the former Ursuline Convent and Academy, established in 1851 as the first school for girls in the city. The priest’s house now is home to 50 looms, part of the weaving program;

friday, saturday & sunday april 1-3, 2016 Decorah, Iowa

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another building holds the ceramics studio; and a oncedormitory contains a small history center. Its docent glanced about, then whispered to me: “As long as we’re here alone, I can say this: These nuns were feminists!”

Mission country Head south along the San Antonio River (drive or rent a bike) to explore the historic Mission Trail, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting with The Alamo, Franciscan friars built missions a day’s journey apart, aimed at converting the hunter-gatherer Indians to Catholicism and farming life. It’s smart to start with Mission San Jose, “the Queen of the Missions,” which boasts a visitors center with a film intro and free tours by the park rangers who run these sites. We eavesdropped on Ranger Tom Castanos, educating grade-schoolers in indigenous ways: “What did they wear? Well, go into your room, shut the door and take off your clothes. Now you’re like them, wearing nothing.” “Eeeewww!” the kids cried. Castanos trained them in throwing the javelin-like adl-adl to hunt for dinner. We, meanwhile, admired the turmoil of sculpture surrounding the church’s entrance — cherubs, crosses and saints who told a story to those who couldn’t read. The rose window is highly treasured, too. Continue to the others, such as Mission San Juan Capistrano, a blindingwhite facade clasping a sweet, wood-beamed chapel with a gleaming gilt altar.

Museums, fine dining

mummies, Indian Buddhas, Roman emperors and contemporary paintings. But the don’t-miss highlight is the Nelson Rockefeller

Pursue history along the northern slice of the River Walk at

collection of Latin-American art, rescued and donated by

the Witte Museum, whose focus is “unapologetically South

Rockefeller, including mesmerizing works from the Mayans

Texas history,” declared a docent as we ogled its collection of

of 800 B.C. to a 1996 Brazilian print titled St. Peter Receiving

spurs, branding irons and a climb-on saddle (selfie alert).

a Prostitute into Heaven. You’ll also find paintings by Diego

Interactive exhibits trace “what it was like to settle South Texas” via the “voices” of a hotel maid and a German miller.

Rivera as well as a life-size cement bull.

A pinball machine challenges you to ride the range, avoiding

The Pearl

hazards ranging from hailstorms to stampeding cattle.

Nearby, The Pearl

Exhibits include a formidable longhorn and a portable jail.

District represents

→→Head south now!

a much more recent

See visitsanantonio.com or call 800-447-3372.

The San Antonio Museum of Art, also on the River Walk, captures beauty worldwide, including Egyptian 24 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

save — the rehab of an

▲▲Fiesta Noche del Rio — an outdoor performance that runs May 15 to Aug. 15 on San Antonio’s River Walk — features songs and dances from Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. ⊳⊳ San Antonio’s Buckhorn Saloon & Museum features wildlife trophies from all over the world.

appealing menu of coastal Texas comfort food. The Pearl enclave sports 15 restaurants, including La Gloria, a shrine to Mexican street food; Bakery Lorraine (handmade treats by Thomas Keller-trained chefs); and Cured, famed for pork-cheek poutine, ham hocks with abandoned industrial area into the hippest enclave in the city, anchored by the former Pearl Brewery turned into the new swanky Hotel Emma. Hotel Emma boasts a happening hotel bar (Sternewirth), an in-house library, a rooftop swimming pool and a swell cafe called Supper — helmed by Chef John Brand, a Midwest transplant with a mantra of “simple food, done well.” “Vegetables are the new meat,” Brand argues, demonstrating with a lemon-dill risotto, a Honeycrisp apple-parsnip soup, salt-and-vinegar Brussels sprouts, smoked quail, venison loin and roast chicken. His breakfast stars a chorizo Scotch egg with green-chili cornbread and a spiced waffle slathered with duck confit. Southerleigh, Supper's in-house ally, crafts 14 beers (including the Saison-style Don’t Call Me Nancy) and an

hominy, cured foie gras and flatiron steak. Augie’s — a divine dive that’s just a 15-minute walk away — offers Texas barbecue and homemade sides.

Culinary bonuses Why all this primo kitchen talent? Well, blame it on the CIA. The Culinary Institute of America was lured to launch a branch of its famed chefs’ school in The Pearl, highlighting Latin-American cuisine. Its student-run restaurant, Nao, tweaks classics such as Peruvian ceviche, Cuban sandwiches and Mexican flan, and possibly the best guac on the planet. Carla Waldemar is an award-winning food/travel/arts writer. She edits the annual Zagat Survey of Twin Cities restaurants and writes food and travel articles for publications around the world. Minnesota Good Age / March 2016 / 25

Good Living / Housing / By Lori Pelkowski


sizes and colors available are so mindboggling you’ll want to grow them all. They’re also perfect bouquet flowers

→→You can grow gorgeous flowers from a few inexpensive packets

with long, straight stems and colorful

If you’ve grown plants from seed, then you already

Part Sun (six hours of sun)

know what a joy it is!

Do you like tall, stately flowers?

Let the garden centers grow the inexpensive petunias and impatiens. You,

flowers that last for a long time in a vase.

Foxgloves are just that. Flower spikes —

meanwhile, can use seeds to grow unique varieties you won’t find at the ware-

white, pink, purple and fuchsia — grow

house stores, or even at roadside plant stands. Choose what to grow based on

up to 3 feet tall. The name comes from

how much sun your garden or patio gets.

Sun (eight hours of direct sun per day)


Sunflowers are a must for the novice (and experienced) seed sower. They grow so

American Meadows americanmeadows.com

easily, and the heights and colors assure that there’s a sunflower for everyone. Italian White is a variety with brown centers and creamy, not yellow, petals, while Teddy Bear is a big orange fluff ball. Cover sown seeds with netting so the birds can’t snatch them before they sprout. Zinnias (pictured, above) are inexpensive, but the different heights, flower 26 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

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the tubular flowers that could glove the

nial with the equally fabulous perennial

paw of a fox.

rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan) with its

Foxgloves are biennial. Biennials

yellow petals and dark-brown eyes.

don’t flower the first year, but will

Check the catalogs or backs of seed

flower and set seed the second year.

packets for the ideal planting times and

These, however, are worth the wait: They’re very showy, and you can let some

places for each variety. For instance, some can be started

of flowers go to seed for a lovely display

indoors and transplanted into the garden

each spring.

as seedlings. Some plants resent having

Nasturtium is an easy-to-grow vine that works equally well hanging out of a basket or trailing along the ground. Nasturtium will ramble to cover the

their roots disturbed, so plant these seeds right where you want them to grow.

Provide the right stuff

ground with their big leaves and bright

Successful outdoor seed starting

flowers — a perfect disguise to cover

requires good soil, the proper amount

fading tulip or daffodil foliage in spring.

of sunlight and consistent moisture.

Plant the big seeds with children, either in the garden or in a container. They’ll marvel at how quickly they go from seed to seedling — and from foliage to flower. The lily-pad-like leaves and colorful

Garden soil will benefit from the addition of compost. For containers, use good-quality potting soil formulated for outdoor use. Whether in containers or in a garden, be sure the location you

flowers are both edible and lovely (and

choose to start seeds outdoors gets

tangy) in salads and sandwiches.

the right amount of sunlight each

Part Shade (four hours of sun) Although it will flower better in a

day based on the flower variety you choose. Put plants that like similar amounts

sunnier spot, the perennial Shasta daisy

of sun together; don’t try to grow a sun

will grow and flower nicely in part shade.

lover with a shade lover — one plant

Hardy and beautiful, Shasta daisies can be tall or short, with single or double, large or small flowers. Some have short, rounded petals;

will be unhappy. And keep seeds, seedlings and plants evenly moist. While away a gray day with seed

others boast long frilly petals; some

catalogs. Then go ahead and order some

have tiny eyes, others produce eyes as

seeds to plant this spring.

big as egg yolks. Plant this all-around fabulous peren-

It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and best of all, it’s fun.

Lori Pelkowski is a Temple University-certified Master Home Gardener. She picked up the name The Midnight Gardener when her children were young and she gardened at night by floodlight as the kids slept. Her children are grown now, but she still gardens after dark. “The soil, the flowers, the leaves — they are different at night,” she says. “So are the insects and other critters.” Minnesota Good Age / March 2016 / 27

Good Living / Finance / By Skip Johnson


→→Pre- and post-retirement strategies can help you afford travel during your golden years

the week, not on the weekend. Also, sign up for email sale notifications with hotels or resorts in or near the city you want to visit. There are hundreds of websites that cater to last-minute deals such as priceline.com/promo/lastminute. ⊲⊲ Admit your age

Paris ... Rome ... Costa Rica! Traveling the world is the stuff retirement dreams are made of. But it’s a dream that will take some planning and preparation, both before and after retirement.

PRE-RETIREMENT ⊲⊲ Talk it over It sounds simple, but this is a step many couples overlook. Before you start making plans to take trips to France, Thailand or Antarctica, make sure your spouse is thinking the same thing. (His or her idea of travel may be road trips to the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore.) How much you need to save will depend a lot on the types of trips you want to take, so it’s important for both of you to be on the same page early on. ⊲⊲ Set a budget Once you know what type of travel you want, you can get a more realistic picture of how much it will cost. It may cost more than you think: A travel budget of $10,000 per year may fund only one major trip. I encourage my clients to factor in vacations when they’re planning for retirement and to save for it just as they would save for housing costs and health care.

POST-RETIREMENT ⊲⊲ Hop on the tour wagon You can save money by joining the crowd. Trips arranged by tour companies, alumni associations, church groups and retirement communities are often cheaper because you’re getting group discounts on everything from entrance fees to hotel rooms. Often times, everything is included, except for your travel to and from the destination. That makes it much easier to stick to a budget when you’re on your trip. Another benefit is that trip insurance, a cost that often goes up with increasing age, is usually included in the price. ⊲⊲ Book last minute One of the benefits of retirement is a flexible schedule. If you can be patient and take a trip on a moment’s notice, last-minute deals are out there. Look for some of the best pricing for hotels and airfares during the middle of 28 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

Many of us don’t like to own up to our advancing age, but getting older does have some perks. You may be surprised at how many places have senior discounts. Most U.S. airlines offer senior discounts of 10 percent or more. If you’re a member of AARP or AAA, you may get discounts on car rentals, lodging, cruises, vacation packages and attractions. Show your card at every stop on vacation: It never hurts to ask if you can save some money. ⊲⊲ Eat for less Dining out can be a big part of a vacation budget, but there are ways to trim these expenses. If the place you’re staying includes a kitchen in the room, you can cook some simple meals there and save a significant amount of money. I suggest to my clients that they make a meal budget before every trip. So, bon voyage ... viaggio sicuro ... and buen viaje! Skip Johnson is an advisor and partner at Great Waters Financial, a financialplanning firm and Minnesota insurance agency. Skip also offers investment advisory services through AdvisorNet Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor.

Good Living / In the Kitchen

SKILLET LASAGNA 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes Water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped fine Salt and pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 pound meatloaf mix 10 curly edged lasagna noodles, broken into 2-inch lengths 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup), plus 2 tablespoons, grated 1 cup (8 ounces) whole-milk ricotta cheese 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

⊲⊲Place tomatoes and their juice in 4-cup liquid measuring cup.

Serves 4 to 6

⊲⊲Sprinkle with basil and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan and serve.

⊲⊲Add water until mixture measures 4 cups. ⊲⊲Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. ⊲⊲Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. ⊲⊲Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. ⊲⊲Add meatloaf mix and cook, breaking up meat into small pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. ⊲⊲Scatter noodles over meat, but don’t stir. Pour tomato mixture and tomato sauce over noodles, cover and bring to simmer. ⊲⊲Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, about 20 minutes. If the noodles seem especially dry, you may need to add extra water to the skillet while the pasta cooks. ⊲⊲Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan (off the heat) and season with salt and pepper to taste. ⊲⊲Dollop heaping tablespoons of ricotta over top, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

Tips ⊲⊲Don’t use no-boil noodles in this recipe. ⊲⊲You can substitute part-skim ricotta in this recipe, but don’t use nonfat ricotta, which has a very dry texture and bland flavor. ⊲⊲If meatloaf mix isn’t available, use 8 ounces each of ground pork and 85 percent lean ground beef.

Source: 100 Recipes: The Absolute Best Ways to Make the True Essentials from America’s Test Kitchen features classic, everyday recipes, updated with innovative, kitchen-tested techniques.

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Together again for the first time Wendy Lehr and Barbara Kingsley — both longtime Minnesota actresses — will finally join forces in a Shakespearean show at the Jungle Theater Story by Julie Kendrick Photos by Tracy Ann Walsh

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“I was on my way to New York when I got interrupted by meeting Stephen,”


t’s 5 p.m. on a Friday and the conclusion of the first week of rehearsals for the Jungle Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. ¶ Weary-looking cast members are saying goodbye, searching for car keys and heading toward the door, clearly ready for a restorative weekend. ¶ At the end of a long rehearsal table sit the two oldest members of the cast, Barbara Kingsley, 63, and Wendy Lehr, 73. ¶ These pillars of the local theater scene seem not a bit tired. They’re animated and enthusiastic as they discuss a production that features an all-female cast, sumptuous costumes and a pastel-pink Valentine of a set.

she says. “He told me, ‘You don’t want to raise a family in New York,’ and brought me to Minneapolis. I realized he was right.” A graduate of the Goodman School of Drama, she taught advanced acting at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. After a recent move to New York, she finds that she’s returning back home often and quite happily. “I’m still a Minnesota girl,” she says. Every year, during Minnesota’s growing season, she asks her Twin Cities friends to give her a few plants for a “ninja” garden plot she tends near her apartment in the Astoria neighborhood

“I’m falling in love with this cast,” Kingsley says. “And this production will shake up your notions of what you thought love is.” Lehr agrees: “It’s not a museum rendition, but a living, breathing experience. It feels discovered.” The show is one in a long line of stage successes for these

of Queens. “I really need to keep my hands in the dirt,” Kingsley says. “And it’s fun to see how those Minnesota plants are thriving in the city.”

Lehr, the walking actress

two accomplished women. But it does mark one “first” in their

Lehr lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, actor and

careers: While the two have long admired each other’s work,

director Gary Briggle. She’s a recipient of numerous theater

they’ve never appeared in a play together.

awards, including the McKnight Foundation Distinguished

“We get confused with each other all the time, though,” Kingsley laughs. “Someone recently told me he loved me in Gertrude Stein and a Companion,” Lehr adds, referring to Kingsley’s role as Alice B. Toklas in the Jungle’s iconic production. “Of course,” she adds with exquisite timing, “I think he was pretty drunk at the time.” In The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lehr will play Eglamour, a gentleman at court in Milan, as well as Speed, a comical

Artist award and Ivey Lifetime Achievement award. She’s also the namesake of the Lehr Theater at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, which she helped found. “I gave the commencement speech there last summer,” she says. “I quoted playwright John Guare’s commencement speech at Columbia University: ‘Beware of the itty bitty shitty committee in your head.’ The kids loved hearing such raw talk from the likes of me.” One of the many perks of being in a show at the Jungle

servant of Valentine, Proteus’s best friend. Kingsley will play

Theater for Lehr is that her home is not even half a mile away,

Lucetta, Julia’s woman in waiting. (Interestingly enough, the

so she walks to and from rehearsals and performances.

two women won’t appear in a scene together.)

Kingsley, the ‘Minnesota girl’ Both women have deep connections to the Twin Cities. Kingsley lived in St. Paul Park for more than 35 years, raising two children with her husband, actor Stephen D’Ambrose. 32 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

“I don’t drive any more; I’m just not enamored of it,” she says. “Walking home is not a problem, because I’m always near a restaurant.” Hearing this, Kingsley observes, “Wendy, I think you’re actually a New Yorker.”

Longtime Twin Cities actresses Wendy Lehr (bottom) and Barbara Kingsley both have roles in the Jungle Theater’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, which features a playful pink set.

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⊳⊳ Wendy Lehr will take on many roles in 2016 productions, including The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Jungle Theater), The Fantasticks (Nautilus MusicTheater), On the Twentieth Century (Skylark Opera) and Glensheen (History Theatre).

Keeping fit Kingsley, who began her career as a dancer — and who says, “I

to ups and downs. “After an audition that’s not great, I think, ‘Well, that didn’t

still look like a 12-year-old boy from behind” — describes a daily

go well, but maybe I know what not to do next time,’” Kingsley

exercise routine that includes weights, cardio and Pilates.

says. “It’s not about getting a job, it’s about that moment of

“I work out every single day. There’s a tendency toward osteoporosis in my family, so I feel I’m running ahead of the devil,” she says. Lehr, meanwhile, takes a more low-key approach: “I used to

sharing, even if it’s just in the audition room.” Working with young people has provided an opportunity for the two theater veterans to offer some hard-won advice. “I’ve heard some of their nightmare stories from auditions,

work out and do yoga, tai chi and dance, but it’s been a while.

and I tell them, ‘Don’t allow yourself to be ill-used,’” Lehr says.

I did the splits in Cinderella years ago, and someone recently

Kingsley cautions against mourning inevitable changes.

asked me if I could still do them. But I didn’t take the dare.”

“I tell them, ‘Stop grieving in advance for the looks you

And when she was in Mercy Watson to the Rescue in 2011,

haven’t even lost yet,’” Kingsley says. “Honey, five years from

she was pleased to see she could still do a chase scene and

today, you’ll look back at a picture of yourself from this year

crawl under a hedge.

and think, ‘Oh, I looked fabulous then!”

“These days, I walk everywhere, at least a couple miles a day,” Lehr says. “I go to the Wedge Co-op and back every day, and to

What’s ahead

the Jungle when I’m in a show, so I get in enough steps.”

Kingsley will head back to New York in April, but she hopes

‘Stop grieving in advance’ Asked if they’ve gained any wisdom, career or otherwise, with their advancing years, Lehr offers this thought: “I have an actress friend who told me she used to be laid low by a bad review, but now she can get over it in about 15 minutes,” Lehr

for more opportunities to work in the Twin Cities. She recently completed a role in an independent film directed by Russian actress Alicia Casanova, scheduled to be released next year. “I played someone the script described as ‘age 90, or possibly ageless,’” she says. Kingsley, who received two grants for playwriting from the

says. “The great thing about acting is it keeps you young and

Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota Regional Arts

keeps your mental acuity going. You are always contemplating

Council, also wants to focus her attention on a play she’s writing.

somebody else, populating an imaginary world.” Kingsley uses similar coping skills when it comes 34 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

“I already have a full-length play that two theaters in town are considering. I also wrote a one-woman Emily Dickinson

⊲⊲Barbara Kingsley, a fixture of the local theater community, recently relocated to New York. But she’ll continue to act — and write her own plays — in the Twin Cities in 2016. Her latest role is Lucetta, Julia’s woman in waiting, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, showing through March 27 at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.

play, I Am Proof of Me,” she says. “I’ve done it in readings and it’s

→→The Two Gentlemen of Verona

been very well-received.”

Sarah Rasmussen — the Jungle Theater’s new artistic director — will open the company’s 26th season with a Shakespearean comedy that bucks the Elizabethan tradition of all-male casts with an all-female cast, plus a modern take on Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre with 24 seats placed on stage to create a dynamic connection between the actors and the audience.

Lehr has a busy spring and summer ahead. After wrapping up Two Gents March 27, she’ll be taking on what she describes as “an interesting and risky assignment” for Nautilus Music-Theater, in a reimagined production of The Fantasticks. “My husband and I are playing the young lovers, Matt and Luisa, and the Baldwin sisters, Christina and Jennifer, are playing the fathers,” Lehr says. In June, she’ll play Letitia Primrose in Skylark Opera’s production of On the Twentieth Century. Then, in July, she’ll be appearing with her husband in a remounting of the darkhumored Glensheen at the History Theatre, reprising her lively role as Marjorie Congdon’s colorful defense attorney.

Walking home

Synopsis: Is all really fair in love? Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But on a trip to Milan, he gets one look at the lovely Silvia — and dumps Julia in a heartbeat. Two problems: Silvia is his best friend’s girl, and Julia won’t be dumped that easily. When: Through March 27 Where: The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis Cost: $25–$48 ($20 on stage); senior discounts are available for ages 55 and older ($5 off); rush tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the performance for $10 off the regular ticket price. Info: jungletheater.com or 612-822-7063

By now, the bustling lobby has emptied out, and snow’s begun to drift among the white-lit trees that front the Jungle’s marquee. At the end of a long week, it’s time for these two women to take their leave. Kingsley goes searching for her coat, and Lehr heads to the door. Lehr, when offered a lift home, refuses. “Heavens, no,” she says briskly. “I need to get in my steps for the day!” She turns up her collar, pats her hat more firmly on her

head, and steps out onto the street, flakes swirling around her tiny form as she disappears into the lights along Lyndale Avenue. One of the Twin Cities’ artistic treasures is ready to call it a night and walk home. Julie Kendrick is a Minneapolis-based writer who covers arts, food, health and business. She blogs on life, work and punctuation at blogspot.kendrickworks.com. Minnesota Good Age / March 2016 / 35


Can’t-Miss Calendar ONGOING

Only One Sophie →→This world-premiere musical explores a boy’s longing to understand his place in the world as he remembers his beloved grandmother through colorful stories and heartfelt songs, all steeped in Jewish immigrant history. When: Through March 5 Where: Illusion Theater at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis Cost: $25–$42 Info: illusiontheater.org or 612-339-4944

Richard III →→This Shakespearean masterpiece features one of theatre’s most entertaining villains — the deformed yet charismatic Richard, Duke of Gloucester. When: Through March 6 Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis Cost: $22 Info: theatreintheround.org

Gypsy ⊳⊳ Christiana Clark plays Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which is being performed by an all-female cast. Photo by Jenny Graham

The Two Gentlemen of Verona →→Sarah Rasmussen — the Jungle Theater’s new artistic director — will open the company’s 26th season with a Shakespearean comedy that bucks the Elizabethan tradition of all-male casts with an all-female cast, plus a modern take on Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre with 24 seats placed on stage to create a dynamic connection between the actors and the audience. When: Through March 27 / Where: The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis  Cost: $25–$48 ($20 on stage) / Info: jungletheater.com or 612-822-7063

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→→The Tony Award-winning story follows Mama Rose, the mother of all stage mothers, and her driving ambition to raise two daughters in show business. When: Through March 13 Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: $31.50–$56.50 Info: hennepintheatretrust.org

Suburbia →→Discover the sometimes quirky, always fascinating history of the seemingly commonplace suburban environments of Minnesota, including cars, cul-de-sacs, ranch houses, redlining, malls and millennials. When: Through March 20 Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul Cost: $10–$12, free Tuesdays from 5–8 p.m. Info: minnesotahistorycenter.org

Chanhassen Concert Series →→Experience a variety of tribute bands paying homage to the Eagles (March 3–5), Ray Charles (March 12), U2 (March 18–19), Glen Campbell (April 1–2), Van Morrison (April 16), The Carpenters (May 6–8), the Everly Brothers (June 17–18), James Brown (June 25) and many more. When: Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by concerts at 8 p.m., except for Sunday events, which start earlier. Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen Cost: $40 per person and $15 more for dinner Info: chanhassendt.com and 800-362-3515

Opening March 4

National Parks Adventure →→The U.S. National Park Service is turning 100 in 2016, and this Omnitheater film, narrated by Robert Redford, features stunning footage from 30 well-known parks such as Yellowstone and Glacier, as well as lesser-known parks such as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Bryce Canyon. When: Opens March 4 Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul Cost: Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for ages 4 to 12 and 60 and older. Info: smm.org

Beauty and the Beast →→A prince harshly turns a beggar woman away from his castle. But she’s secretly an enchantress, who, angered by the prince’s lack of compassion, changes the prince into a hideous beast. Before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, the prince must find true love or all will remain forever altered. When: March 4–Sept. 3 Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen Cost: $49–$85; ages 5 and older are allowed in the theater. Info: chanhassendt.com or 800-355-6273

March 8–13

If / Then →→This highly acclaimed contemporary musical traces the life of a young woman as she faces an intersection of choice and chance. When: March 8–13 Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $39 Info: hennepintheatertrust.org

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration →→Mark the holiday with the Irish Music and Dance Association, offering live music and dancing, plus workshops, seminars and a tea room with refreshments for sale. Kids activities include a children’s craft area with a free project, and a children’s stage with age-appropriate live music, dancing and games. When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. March 17 Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for age 5–12. Info: landmarkcenter.org

March 8–29

March 13

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→→Presented by Pat Owen, this COMPAS class covers basic art skills using pencil, markers and watercolors. Each participant will create a colorful illustration.

→→The Saint Paul Civic Symphony performs the final works — “last words” — from a variety of composers including Wagner, Britten and Shostakovich.

When: 2–4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29 Where: Shakopee Library, Shakopee Cost: FREE. Advance registration is required. Please call 952-233-9590. Info: compas.org

March 12–13

David Cross →→The Arrested Development and Mr. Show star comedian brings his Making America Great Again stand-up tour to two Twin Cities venues. When and where: Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis (March 12) Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul (March 13) Cost: $32.50–$39.50 Info: etix.com

When: 3 p.m. March 13 Where: Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville Cost: FREE Info: spcsmusic.org

March 18

Adult Nights Out →→Imagine going to the zoo without the distraction of so many children: That’s the joy of the Minnesota Zoo’s new grown-up, kid-free nights, held Minnesota Good Age / March 2016 / 37

Can’t-Miss Calendar Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis Cost: $22 ($18 for ages 62 and older on Friday and Sundays) Info: theatreintheround.org.

March 19

The Mavericks →→The eclectic, Grammy-winning sensation, featuring lead vocalist Raul Malo, bring its rollicking mix of pop, rock, Latin lounge music and post-modern country to town. When: 8 p.m. March 19 Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: $47–$59 Info: hennepintheatretrust.org

Masters of Percussion →→Zakir Hussain, the acclaimed Indian percussionist and global tabla superstar is one of the most acclaimed Indian musicians of his generation and one of the world’s leading percussionists. ▲▲Scientists believe these two mummies are a brother and sister who died in childhood in 300 B.C. Photo by John Weinstein / Courtesy of The Field Museum

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs →→Scientific findings once bound in ancient Egyptian and Peruvian remains will be revealed in this first-of-its-kind traveling exhibit from the world-renowned Field Museum in Chicago. Real mummies and coffins will be on display, including one of the oldest mummies in the world, plus animal mummies, stone-coffin fragments, mummified heads and trophy skulls. When: Feb. 19–Sept. 5 Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul Cost: Exhibit admission is $24 for adults and $15 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older. Ticket prices include admission to the museum’s permanent exhibit galleries. Visitors must choose a specific date and time for their Mummies visit when they purchase tickets. Info: smm.org

after normal zoo hours. Participants must be 18 to attend. Attendees can stay (with advanced registration) for the Our World Speaker Series, held on select nights. When: March 18, April 22, May 27 and June 16 Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Cost: Admission is reduced to $10 and food and beverages are available for purchase. Info: RSVP at mnzoo.org/adultnights.

March 18–April 17

The Secret Garden →→After her parents pass away, Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle and cousin. Exploring their gloomy old estate, she discovers a strange walled garden — that has been locked up for years — and sets about to uncover its mystery. When: March 18–April 17 38 / March 2016 / Minnesota Good Age

When: 8 p.m. March 19 Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: $32.50–$48.50 Info: hennepintheatretrust.org

March 19 and 20

Four Saints in Three Acts →→The VocalEssence choral ensemble performs a 1934 opera that defies traditional opera form. Set in 16thcentury Spain, this production traces the earthly lives of saints, including St. Ignatius and St. Teresa. When: 8 p.m. March 19 (with a 7 p.m. pre-concert conversation) and 4 p.m. March 20 (with a 3 p.m. pre-concert conversation) Where: Goodale Theater at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis at The Cowles Center, Minneapolis Cost: $20–$30 Info: vocalessence.org

March 20

Day of Irish Dance →→More than 700 dancers from 10 Irish dance schools and performance groups from around the Twin Cities will perform. When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. March 20 Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for age 5–12. Info: landmarkcenter.org

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→→Storytelling is often thought of as fairytales, fables and oral history, but it’s also commonly used to foster peace and understanding, community building, healing andSouth St Paul HRA GA 0216 12.indd 1 1/22/16 8:49 AM Stay in the home you love! advocacy. In honor of World Storytelling Day, women from a variety of peacemaking, veteran and women’s groups will share their stories. Don’t let stairs keep When: 7 p.m. March 22 Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul Cost: A suggested donation of $10 will support the Veteran Resilience Project. Info: landmarkcenter.org

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March 25–26

Harlem Globetrotters →→The world’s most famous basketball stars will bring their unrivaled show to town to celebrate 90 years of smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide. When: 7 p.m. March 25 and 1 p.m. March 26 Where: Target Center, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $20. Info: harlemglobetrotters.com

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat →→Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this hit show returns to the Twin Cities for a six-day run. When: March 29–April 3 Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $39 Info: hennepintheatertrust.org


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