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Although we still find ourselves deep in the frigid Minnesota winter, our diverse Twin Cities give us many reasons to leave home and enjoy cultural events, particularly in the spirit of African American History Month. We’ve collected a sampling of events for a range of ages to enjoy:

Black history honored here! African American men and women shaped not just Minnesota, but the entire nation. Kids & All Ages:

Cultural Center. These productions feature

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dramatic reenactments of major figures in

Hennepin County Libraries, collaboration with

Black history, including Frederick McKinley

The Minnesota African American Museum and

Jones and Jackie Robinson. These events are an hour long and found at a number of locations in Hennepin County, ranging from January 28th through February 11th.

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African American History Month, presented by the Mill J. Hill House in Saint Paul February 2 nd at 7pm; and at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Minnetonka February 5th at 3pm. The Mill City String Quartet performance will be featuring pieces written by a series of African American composers. More information at

(Bonus!) Adults: For those looking for something a little more special, there is

Black History Month “Evening of the Arts”, hailed as “the 3rd annual Twin Cities Black History Month the

Networking Soirée.” This event is held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on February 16 . Tours of the Black art exhibitions will be th

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It was an arctic purple Thursday night in Chanhassen

at once obvious that Munro had installed his piece

as we pulled towards the lines of cars waiting to have

Chindi into the ceiling there but once you do you would

their tickets checked at the gates of the Minnesota

see the installation’s clean and motion-filled lines

Landscape Arboretum. Each tail light glowed as if to

joining together, one of Munro’s calling cards, it’s clear

imitate an exhibition at this very same event. Eventually

that Munro intentionally placed Chindi above us to

we made our way to a congested and bustling parking

remind us that we are now entering Munro’s very own

lot full of winter-clad families donning their warmest

immersive mind.

plaid jackets, fleece mittens, and wool earmuffs. I immediately regretted underdressing. If you do choose to attend Bruce Munro’s Winter Light Show, which is absolutely worth a visit, err on the side of caution and dress for a walk in the cold.

The Good Seed

My personal favorite is his work Reflections. It was calming and entrancing. Once I walked in I was hooked immediately, drawn to a table that resembles a giant kaleidoscope. The room containing Reflections was entirely barren save for nine perfectly placed round tables.

We entered the Great Hall to scan our tickets and

Nine projectors on the ceiling illuminated each tabletop

receive our wristbands. It was impossible to tell if the

to create a kinetic gallery of morphing light shows set to

families clamoring about determined to stay warm

earthy and cultural tones. This is how a master of light

were at the beginning or the end of their tour, but it

displays photography, with an eye for skirting convention

was clear they were fed up with being chilly. It is not

in favor of creating an absorbing whole.

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In contrast to the less conventional indoor pieces,

the cold journey down the path past the popular color-

the outdoor exhibits invoke a more classic winter

changing Water Towers and Oreum exhibits quickly

wonderland sense. First, you are greeted by The Good

- and don’t forget your layers! If, like me, you did, you

Seed, a conglomerate of Victorian-era lampposts

can view Oreum from above from inside the cafe. From

welded together to create a huge, industrial yet elegant

there you will get a much better look at Munro’s intent

version of a dandelion. When standing at The Good

to capture the essence of the wind howling along the

Seed (or driving down Highway 5), you can see the

exterior corridors by utilizing small, expansive and

Rhadamanthine Club exhibit. Bales of hay purposefully

multi-lighted posts.

wrapped in vinyl and lit with lights to resemble owl eyes, with moon cycles placed to form one full circle.

Once you’ve ventured back indoors into the old Snyder building, you can watch some, or all, of a biographical

Water Towers

Beyond that, tucked deep in a plot of sugar maples I

video that gives some background and context on

found Minnesota Gathering, a dazzling tribute to the

Bruce Munro and his work. Here you will learn about

trees that hide it. This may be the show’s best kept

the construction of such a massive installation and

Bruce Munro’s Winter Light Show

secret, as this particular light installation was inspired

see some of the influences he’s pulled from. A very

runs every Thurs-Sun until March

from the very plot of forested land that it sits on. I

educational end to a beautiful and sensory filled

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found it to be one of the most interesting installations

journey. I would expect nothing less from an exhibit at

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because it merges the wooded landscape with mixed

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Now that the holidays have ended and our lives have returned to their normal routines, we begin to realize that it’s truly winter now--a Minnesota winter. It’s going to be here for a while. And while it would be so nice to hibernate all the way through, we know better than that--Minnesota is ripe with outdoor winter activities for the whole family. Whether you’re an avid skier, a thrill-seeking sledder, or a semi-graceful ice skater, these winter spots are the perfect afternoon or weekend getaway. Keep in mind: pretty much every downhill destination will offer ski, snowboard, and tube rentals, and these are separate from the lift ticket cost. If you’re already feeling the hole in your pocket, there are some free activities here too, just for you. Buck Hill

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In the opposite direction, Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls is beautifully placed along the St. Croix river. A little less than an hour’s drive will bring you to 100 acres and 26 runs of serene winter exhilaration. If you prefer to stay closer to ground as you whip down the hill, their Wild Chutes Snow Tubing is a blast--they even have a conveyor lift to bring you back up the slopes. Wild Mountain offers a great variety of coupons on lift passes and rentals, so make sure you visit their website for deals as well as winter weather updates.

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Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing Lutsen is more than a downhill experience--it’s a cultural one. With local art and wares available in the nearby shops and galleries, the beautiful setting of Lake Superior, and just enough distance between you and work, your trip to Lutsen will be worth every penny. Since it’s a healthy four hour drive from Minneapolis, you might as well stay the weekend. There’s an active nightlife if you’re into that sort of thing, and enough shopping and dining to satisfy even those opposed to a downhill adventure. With a tradition of over 130 years of hospitality, there are 5+ local resorts available

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Green Acres Tubing

A family-owned business since 1974, Green Acres Recreation is located in charming Lake Elmo and is a perfect spot for an afternoon of family tubing. With one main hill open all season and another that opens mid-January, the hills are groomed to not have any lanes, which makes for a fun and exhilarating downhill experience. The chalet offers concessions and an arcade if you need a warm-up.

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They provide all the tubes, and you are encouraged to look at their website to review the rules and guidelines before arriving. They offer group discounts, but make sure you call to make reservations.

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Snowshoeing? Snowshoeing! This mode of winter transportation has its roots in American Indian history--now, it’s a serene and invigorating activity that allows you to get a little exercise while appreciating the beautiful winter scenery. There are 26 Minnesota State Parks that offer snowshoe rentals for only $6 a day, as well as designated snowshoe

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Minneapolis Sledding Hills With so many sledding hills to choose from, these hills are scattered throughout the metro area and have one or two highlights that make them stand out. Even if you have “your” sledding hill, try something new this year! You just might discover your new favorite spot.

Theodore Wirth Park - Tired

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over again? This hill has a tube tow rope! They also offer tube rentals.

Sunset Hill - Located in Valley View Park, Sunset Hill is one of the highest points of elevation in Minneapolis parks, which makes for a thrilling ride down.

Columbia Park & Golf Club - Known as one of the most intense sledding hills around, the beautiful course is transformed into a wintery haven for thrill-seekers

St. Anthony Park - Location in NE Minneapolis, this park has a

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Como Park - Three words: 200 ft. hills! French Park in Plymouth -

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sledding experience: no tubes or snowboards are allowed. Remember to dress appropriately, bring a couple of hand-warmers and a thermos of cocoa, and wear a winter sports helmet if you have one. Winter has just begun, so let’s make the most of it by getting outside and enjoying the great winter activities that this season has to offer.

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THE HIKE One of the cool things about a fresh quilt of snow in the woods is trackin’. I always like to find the wayward course of a free spirit chickadee, or tiny dots left behind by a mouse sprinting to the cover of a cattail clump, or so many tracks from deer on the exact same path it looks busy enough for stoplights. Those trails all tell a


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story, of a search for food, becoming food, building a home, leaving a home. Making my own footprints out there with the wild things is frosty icing on the snowball. We are altogether a spoiled bunch here in the Twin Cities, with so many inspiring, peaceful, lively, soothing, teaching places to go in our hometown outdoors. The belle of my ball for winter hikes in the city is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and connecting network of trails along the Minnesota River in Bloomington. With


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LET'S SKATE! Ice Carvings (Rice Park, All day) Ice does more than dam roofs and preserve mammoths. It’s also the ideal medium to fashion into extravagant, ephemeral statues with chainsaws. Rice Park becomes the carnival’s home to a variety of creative visions, all translucent and solid as granite or delicate as crystal. The intricacy bestowed on these forms is awe inspiring, a testament to man’s will to create in a changing and destructive universe. Or maybe they’re just pretty statues.

Frozen Film Festival (Landmark Center, Feb 1 @ 5 PM - Feb 4 @ 1 PM) The Frozen Film Festival is a patent of the Midwest’s place at the pinnacle of the world’s film scene. There you can see independent movies made by local and international filmmakers all in one place.


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City of Lakes Loppet (Theodore Wirth Park & Uptown, Feb 3 - Feb 5) Scandinavian culture is primarily based around finding things to do with snow other than die in it. In this tradition the City of Lakes Loppet will feature a 25K speed skating race (I looked it up -- 25K is equal to 55 lbs in American measurement), fireworks, a snow sculpture contest, Captain Ken’s Kubb Tournament (think Swedish lawn darts), myriad cross-country skiing events, skijoring (that’s where you put on


skis and reevaluate your life while your dog pulls you around like he’s a miniature, meat-powered sleigh horse), and even a fat tire bike race. Beer will be served. This only scratches the surface of the fun that The Great Northern festival offers. There are also three parades, the Beer Dabbler, the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, the Securian Winter Run, the giant snow slide (over 110 feet long!), the snow sculpting competition, and much, much more! Go there to keep the festive holiday spirit alive and bubbling -- or go to see the prettiest cat in Minnesota. There are no bad

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Saving Money on

Your Wedding

- How Not to Break the Bank on Your Big Day by Rachelle Gordon Getting married is one of the happiest and most exciting events in your life. It may also be one of the most expensive. According to the bridal website The Knot, the average price of a wedding in the United States is just over $31,000. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to help trim the budget for your wedding. From DIY-ing your favors to consigning your dress, opportunities to save are all around you. Read on for some tips on keeping costs for your nuptials low - besides, you still have that dream honeymoon to plan!

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Be Flexible

One of the main ways that couples save money on their wedding is by holding it on a day other than Saturday and/or during an off-peak season. Venues, caterers, and DJs want full schedule books, and may even offer a significant discount if you hold your event on a Friday or Sunday. And remember that planning a wedding is a lot like buying a car - it’s okay to haggle for a better price!

Buy Used and Save the Difference

Lots of people buy used furniture, clothing, and housewares - why not buy gently loved items for your wedding? The event will only last one day and no one has to know the stuff is used. Consignment stores and online retailers are great places to find bridal attire and accessories while sites like eBay and Craigslist are perfect for decor (think LED candles, vases, etc.). If you aren’t comfortable using secondhand items in your ceremony, remember that other people could be - list your used items after the wedding and get some of that money back! 24  |

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Getting crafty is a wonderful way to save big bucks on your wedding, but remember that it takes a lot of work. For every Pinterest-perfect wedding, there are two where the bride was scrambling to finish the centerpieces an hour before she was due at the altar. Pick areas you’re comfortable with, whether it’s reception favors or felt boutonnieres and



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It’s not tacky or cheap to use some faux elements throughout your ceremony and reception. Replacing fresh flowers with silk or fabric look-alikes in the centerpieces will bother no one (and is also more sustainable). You can also cut corners on your wedding cake - have your baker create a fake cardboard and decorated cake with the top layer (and smallest) real for cutting and photos. Then have basic sheet cakes


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Super Snackin’ (Super Bowl Snacks) by Cynthia Sowden Super Bowl Sunday is February 5, but now’s the time to plan your party menu. These recipes can be prepared ahead of time, so you can relax and enjoy the party (and you won’t miss any of the commercials!). Nachos and dip are a natural. This recipe is courtesy of Rev. Jan Redman, First United Methodist Church,





Redwood Falls, Minnesota. A big hit with youth groups, staff, and friends, it’s a perfect make-and-forget dish for a football party. Leftovers (if any) are great for enchiladas.

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Red Dragon Chili

Honey-Garlic Chicken Wings

Chili is a Super Bowl favorite. My daughter, Elizabeth, devised this recipe for a chili contest. This award-winning chili puts an Asian spin on the food. Like all chilies, the flavor is better the day after you make it. You can purchase the more “exotic” ingredients at Shuang Hur Oriental Market, 2710 Nicollet


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2 Tbsp

vegetable oil (if frying)


medium onion, diced


cloves minced garlic


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chopped garlic

remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

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freshly grated ginger root

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Peel the casing from the sausages and fry the meat. Fry the ground pork. Add

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Super Bowl 2017 Preview by Sam Stinogel

February is here and that means the time has come for the grand finale of the NFL season - the Super Bowl. After 17 grueling weeks and a month of hard fought playoffs, a new champion will be crowned. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the most-watched televised sporting event in America. This year the big game will be held in Houston, Texas, but for many it will really be held in the living room.

For the lucky few that escape winter and make the long trip to Texas, the

leading up to the 5th. The city has opened an audition process for local

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evated level to upwards of $20,000 for seats on the 50-yard line. This is,

are predicted to come into town. Many of the events will take place

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BMW, Victoria’s Secret, Mexican Avocados, GNC, and Kia all also have featured ads during the game. With all the talk and expectation surrounding Super Bowl LI one cannot help but dream of what is to come in 2018 when once again Minneapolis will become host for the Super Bowl. Before US Bank stadium was finished, the NFL agreed to let Minneapolis host in 2018.

The welcoming committee was formed shortly after and has feverishly begun planning our fine city’s big day. The committee is focused on local business involvement and offers a wide variety of way for local business to partner with NFL. They are also offering a plethora of volunteer opportunities to the local community as well. The most recent economic impact studies show that this game could bring between $380 and $400 million dollars to the Twin Cities area - in addition to many folks who


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The Fabergé family was French, but fled to Estonia during the reign of Louis XIV to escape religious persecution against Huguenots, a Protestant sect. Eventually, they settled in Russia, and Gustav Fabergé started a jewelry business in St. Petersburg in 1842. His son, Peter Carl, studied goldsmithing in Italy, Germany, London and Paris before returning to the family business. He also studied the new subject of business administration.

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he went out and persuaded the St. Petersburg wealthy to commission original pieces of jewelry. He brought back the orders and the artists






went to work. By the time of the Russian revolution in 1917, his operations included five workshops, three stores and 500 employees. Business really took off when he began receiving commissions from the Russian Emperor, Alexander III. Alexander’s son, who became Nicholas II, was so thrilled with a pair of Fabergé cufflinks he received as a birthday gift, that he painted a watercolor “portrait” of them. He continued to paint pictures of his Fabergé gifts until the end of his life.

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Fabergé became a rockstar in the jewelry world when Alexander commissioned an egg to present to his wife, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, for Easter 1885. The simple, white enameled egg opened to reveal a solid gold “yolk” that opened to reveal a golden hen. The hen opened to reveal a tiny, diamond-encrusted crown and an even tinier ruby egg. The gift was a hit, and the imperial family ordered a new egg every year for 50 years.

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The exhibit at TMORA doesn’t include any of the exquisite eggs, but you can see other examples of fabulous Fabergé workmanship. The pieces in the exhibit have never been gathered in one place before. Some left Russia during the revolution and come from private collections; others were found hidden in the Kremlin Armory. All are truly wonderful. The pieces range from a gold-and-diamond pendant with a ¼-inch-high portrait of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna to a silver automaton of a rhinoceros that moves forward, raises its head and switches its tail at the turn of a silver key. There are “everyday” items from the imperial household such as enameled inkwells, cigarette cases and a menu holder with a menu in French (upper-class Russians spoke French. Their native tongue was


considered “coarse”.) The desk clocks look very contemporary, despite their gold hands and detailed frames. Detail is a hallmark of Fabergé. A silver bramble branch is so realistic you could feel the tiny thorns and the veins in the leaves (if you could get your hands through the display case). The star of the show is a tiny sedan chair about the size of a salt shaker. It has a delicate, iridescent peach/orange enamel exterior painted with flowers and bows so tiny the painter must have used a microscope to complete the work. Its windows are lined with tiny diamonds. The exhibit concludes February 26. The Museum of Russian Art is located at 5500 Stevens Ave., just off the Diamond Lake Rd. exit on 35W. Parking is free in the Mayflower Church lot across the street. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 65-plus; $5 for college students with ID and kids up to 14; children under 13 are free. Check for hours.   |  31

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Roots Music Showcase 7:00pm The Underground Music Café, St. Paul

Battle of the Blues Bands 7:00pm Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Uptown, Mpls

Potash Twins 7:00pm Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Mpls

Phox 7:00pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

Vinyl Tap 7:00pm Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., St. Paul

Fancy Nancy: The Musical 10:00am Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins

Free Thursday Nights 6:00pm-9:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

8:00pm Turf Club, St. Paul

Ladysmith Black Mambazo 8:00pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

Red Bull Crashed Ice 2017: Saint Paul Cathedral of Saint Paul

City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Healthy Life Expo Minneapolis Convention Center

9th Annual Chili Cook-Off

5:00pm Triple Rock Social Club, Mpls

Less Than Jake and Pepper 6:00pm First Avenue, Mpls

The Roe Family Singers 8:00pm 331 Club, Mpls

McNally Smith Mondays: Open Jam 8:30pm Golden’s Café and Deli, St. Paul

FEB 7 Inline Skating 5:00pm-8:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

Fat Chance Jug Band and Friends 6:00pm Driftwood Char Bar, Mpls

Beasley’s Big Band 7:00pm O’Gara’s Bar and Grill, St. Paul

Dean McGraw and Davu Seru 7:00pm Black Dog Café, St. Paul

New Primitives 8:30pm Shaws Bar and Grill, Mpls

Eden Prairie, 1971 7:00pm The Playwrights’ Center, Mpls

Button Poetry Live 8:00pm Camp Bar Twin Cities, St. Paul

House of Dosh 9:00pm Icehouse, Mpls

4:00pm Mainstreet Bar & Grill, Hopkins

Bruce Munro: Winter Light At The Arboretum

The S.O.B.s

5:00pm-8:00pm U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Solomon’s Sessions

Author Jonathan Ferrara

City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

6:00pm Venue 13, Burnsville 7:00pm Bedlam Theatre Lowertown, St. Paul

Meat Wave 7:30pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

Vinnie Rose 8:00pm Adagio’s Pizza Factory, Moundsview

Chris Lawrence Band 9:30pm Dog House Bar and Grill, Maplewood

The Highwaymen 10:00am & 7:30pm History Theatre, St. Paul

FEB 10 Cornbread Harris 6:00pm-9:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

Dead Man Winter 7:00pm First Avenue, Mpls

Firehouse and Winger 7:30pm Medina Entertainment Center, Hamel

Datsik 8:00pm Myth, Maplewood

‘Til Death: A Marriage Musical 7:30pm Art House North, St. Paul

FEB 11 New Hope Community Farmers Market 8:00am-1:00pm New Hope Farmers Market, Mpls

Sweeping Through The City: A Celebration of Gospel Music 7:00pm Capri Theater, Mpls

7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

8:00pm MacPhail Center for Music, Mpls

FEB 8 Kari Arnett

GRRRL Scout: Queer Dance Night

7:00pm Fine Line Music Café, Mpls

5:00pm-7:00pm The Southern Theater, Mpls

7:00pm Harriet Brewing, Mpls

MacPhail Spotlight Series Presents: Schubert - A Love Letter to Music

FEB 5 Country Doctors Mouldy Figs

FEB 9 Jake Ilika

Mamma Mia

1:00pm-5:00pm Northern Clay Center

2:00pm Eagles Club #34, Mpls

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FEB 6 Expire

6:00pm Vieux Carre, St. Paul

Art & Eating Disorders: Building Community Awareness 2017

6:30pm Moon Palace Books, Mpls

7:00pm Hexagon Bar, Mpls

Safetysuit Rockabilly and Swing Night

9:30pm Nomad World Pub, Mpls

Rhett Miller 8:00pm Turf Club, St. Paul

Lacey Sturm 5:00pm Cabooze, Mpls


FEB 12 Danish String Quartet

10:00pm Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse, Mpls

4:00pm St. Anthony Park United Church, St. Paul


Blues Jam

1:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

7:00pm Schooner Tavern, Mpls

8:00pm Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Mpls

Elvis Lives 7:30pm Ordway Center, St. Paul Hot Black Funky 8:30pm Whiskey Junction, Mpls

Camelot 6:30pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

FEB 13 JT’s Jazz Implosion 9:00pm Icehouse, Mpls

Punk Rock Bowling 10:00pm Memory Lanes, Mpls

Massive Mondays 10:00pm Northeast Palace, Mpls

Lady J & Her Root Doctors 8:00pm Minnesota Music Café, St. Paul

Nosleep Podcast 7:00pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

FEB 14 Dan Newton’s Accordion Orchestra 6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

Run the Jewels

FEB 17 Born of Osiris 5:00pm Cabooze, Mpls

Lily & Madeleine 6:00pm Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Mpls

Shawn McDonald 7:00pm Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul

Shen Yun 7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

I Never Saw Another Butterfly 7:00pm Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park

FEB 18 Farmers Market Folk

Reggae Happy Hour

Art Shanty Projects

10:00pm Red Sea, Mpls

10:00am-4:00pm White Bear Lake

The Death Comedy Jam 9:30pm Grumpy’s Bar & Grill Downtown, Mpls

Transmission 10:00pm Clubhouse Jager, Mpls

90-Second Newbery Film Festival

1:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

3:00pm-5:00pm Minneapolis Central Library

28th Annual Minnesota AIDS Walk

Overtones Jazz Trio

3:00pm-7:00pm Boom Island Park, Mpls

7:30pm Riverview Café & Wine Bar, Mpls

FEB 26 The Musical Offering: Emigres and Mentors

We Are Proud To Present 7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

9:00am-12:00pm Golden’s Café & Deli, St. Paul

Roots Cellar Music Series: Sara Thomsen

Free Thursday Nights

5:00pm-8:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

7:00pm University Baptist Church, Mpls

6:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

Pert Near Sandstone’s Winter String Band Gathering

7:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers

7:00pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

The Royal Family


7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

8:00pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

Jugg Slugger

Lisa Lampanelli

11:00am-1:00pm Aster Café, Mpls


FEB 23 Inline Skating

7:00pm Myth, Maplewood

Bluegrass Brunch Featuring the High 48’s

Author Kathleen Vellenga Peter and The Starcatcher 7:30pm The Ritz Theater, Mpls

Liquid Thursdays – Dance Night 9:00pm The Pourhouse, Mpls

3:00pm Sundin Music Hall, St. Paul

Choral Concert: From Silences Into Light 7:30pm St. Olaf Catholic Church, Mpls

Open Blues Jam with Moses Oakland 7:00pm Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Uptown, Mpls

Ana Popovic 7:00pm Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Mpls

The Price Is Right Live 4:00pm Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake

7:30pm Riverview Café & Wine Bar, Mpls

6:30pm Skyway Theatre, Mpl

Cadillac Kolstad

Bad Dates

FEB 19 Swing Brunch w/ Patty & The Buttons

6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

FEB 27 Inline Skating

You Blew It!

5:00pm-8:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

7:30pm Bloomington Arts Center, Bloomington

Hedwig and The Angry Inch 8:00pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

Camelot 8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

Valentine’s Day Dinner With MN Opera A Taste of ‘Dinner at Eight’ 6:00pm Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

FEB 15 Threads 7:00pm Honey, Mpls

Wind Ensemble Concert 7:30pm Ted Mann Concert Hall, Mpls

Transmission 10:00pm Clubhouse Jager, Mpls

Karaoke 10:00pm James Ballentine VFW Post 246, Mpls

MN Children’s Museum Presents: The Amazing Castle 10:00am-8:00pm Mall of America, Bloomington

Tove Lo 6:00pm First Avenue, Mpls

FEB 16 Courtroom Concert 12:00pm Landmark Center, St. Paul

Tribute to Gospel Music 7:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

11:00am Aster Café, Mpls

Sunday School Comedy & Karaoke 8:00pm Marin Restaurant & Bar, Mpls

Zacc Harris Trio 7:00pm Riverview Café & Wine Bar, Mpls

Shen Yun 1:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

The Importance of Being Earnest 7:30pm The Southern Theater, Mpls

FEB 20 Square Dancing

Grace 7:30pm Yellow Tree Theatre, Osseo

8:00pm Day Block Brewing Co., Mpls

7:30pm The Crane Theater, Mpls

The Japanese House

Live Karaoke with Bill the Thrill

8:00pm Triple Rock Social Club, Mpls

10:00pm Hexagon Bar, Mpls

FEB 24 Live Music Fest

Count Backwards From 10: 2017-2007 All Day – The Gallery @ Fox Tax, Mpls

6:00pm-9:00pm Intermedia Arts, Mpls

FEB 28 Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches

Poken Sword

7:00pm Children’s Theatre Co., Mpls 7:30pm Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Bloomington

7:00pm George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul

Ventanas 7:30pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls


Jaybee & The Routine

9:00pm Kitty Cat Klub, Mpls

9:30pm Minnesota Music Café, St. Paul


WWE Smackdown Live

7:30pm Yellow Tree Theatre, Osseo

6:45pm Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

One Woman Sex and the City

The Vagina Monologues

5:00pm-8:00pm US Bank Stadium, Mpls

7:30pm Ames Center, Burnsville

7:00pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

Author Kevin Kuhn

The Importance of Being Earnest

Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa 7:30pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

The Monday Night Comedy Show 7:30pm Club Underground, Mpls

Trivia Night 8:00pm Nomad World Pub, Mpls

FEB 21 Inline Skating

6:00pm Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls

7:30pm The Southern Theater, Mpls

Anna In The Tropics

Montgomery Gentry

7:30pm Jungle Theater, Mpls

7:30pm Medina Entertainment Center, Hamel

International Reggae All-Stars

FEB 25 Sinatra and Company: Music from the Rat Pack Era

9:00pm Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill, Mpls

MVP Quartet FEB 22 Rise Up, O Men

7:00pm International Market Square, Mpls

Trivia Night

As You Like It

Triple Threat Tuesdays

7:30pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

Ready or Hot

7:30pm Acme Comedy Co., Mpls

7:30pm Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park

Loud At The Library: Jillian Rae and Adam Levy

7:30pm Eagles Club #34, Mpls

7:00pm Vieux Carre, St. Paul

8:30pm Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar, Mpls

Open Mic Night

Sephardic Music

6:30pm 2001 A Space, Mpls

Martina McBride Cuba Vida

7:00pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

7:00pm Ames Center, Burnsville

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt 8:00pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

1:00pm Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth


Nina Simone: Four Women

8:00pm First Avenue, Mpls

7:30pm Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

King Lear

8:30pm Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins

7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

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Local CHEESE is Sure to Please by Anita Dualeh

About 9.5 billion pounds of milk are produced each year in Minnesota, according to the State Department of Agriculture, and a fairly high percentage of that milk gets turned into cheese. In fact, cheese is big business here, with Minnesota ranking sixth in the nation for cheese production. Large companies such as Land O’Lakes in Arden Hills, Associated Milk Producers of New Ulm and Davisco Foods in Le Sueur, Minnesota manufacture the bulk of the cheese.



But even mid-sized companies are turning out cheese

Sometimes cheese gets dismissed as unhealthy,

in staggering quantities. For example, 65 miles west

and there are people who advocate for avoiding it

of Minneapolis, the First District Dairy Association

completely. But cheese eaten in moderation can be

Dairy Cooperative in Litchfield, Minnesota ships out

part of a healthy diet. (Full disclosure: I tried giving up

about 176 million pounds of cheese annually, much

cheese for a month when my husband and I attempted

of it in the form of half-ton blocks of cheddar and

to eat vegan and I missed it quite a bit.)

Monterey Jack.

The University of California Berkeley School of Public

Minnesota also has an increasing number of small-

Health recommends we think of cheese as a flavor

scale cheese producers, which have been cropping

enhancer rather than a major portion of your meal.

up in recent years at least in part due to the

By choosing a strong or savory cheese you’ll only need

growing interest in locally-produced foods. Though

a little bit. A dash of grated parmesan or a sprinkling

Wisconsin, our neighbor to the east, may have a long-

of feta crumbles, for example, adds a welcome burst

standing reputation as a top artisan cheese producer,

of flavor to soups, salads or vegetables dishes. Rather

of local milk, beef and garden

Minnesota artisan cheesemakers have been gaining

than mixing cheese in with other ingredients, it often

vegetables before local food was

more attention as of late. They offer a variety of tasty

works well to add a little on top for maximum flavor.

trendy. She interprets the term

options for the cheese connoisseur who is concerned

Growing up on a dairy farm, Anita Dualeh consumed plenty

locavore liberally, using it to refer to an individual who commits to eating food produced in our state or region as much as possible.

about sustainable farming practices and who wants to buy locally.

Or end your meal with a bit of cheese. A small slice of cheese paired with fresh fruit is a great alternative to an overly sweet dessert. Common cheeses to serve

The Lone Grazer, an “urban creamery,” produces

at the end of a meal include camembert and gouda.

cheese right here in Northeast Minneapolis. They get

They go great with fresh fruit such as apple or pear

their milk from grass-fed cows on farms located in

slices, grapes or kiwi - or dried fruits such as apricots

In this column she encourages

Cokato and Litchfield, Minnesota.

or cranberries. Another dessert combination worth a

readers to become more aware of

By bringing a creamery to the city, they claim they

their food’s origins and to choose

can share cheesemaking with a much larger audience.

Baking cheese can enhance its flavor. These single-

seasonal foods in order to enjoy

To this end, they offer self-guided tours if you’d like

ingredient cheese crisps offer a welcome change from

to see where and how the cheese is made. Other

cookies and chips. Make sure you use a firm cheese

Minnesota cheese makers include Eichten’s Hidden

so they crisp up properly. Softer cheeses such as

Acres in Center City, Redhead Creamery in Brooten,

mozzarella tend to become rubbery and just don’t

Alemar Cheese Company in Mankato, Caves of

yield the desired results. Even cheddar can be hit or

Faribault, Metz’s Hart-land Creamery in Rushford and

miss. Trust me - I’ve tried it. Parmesan crisps are a fun

Shepherd’s Way Farms in Northfield. All have websites

snack and also work well as a garnish for salad or soup.

for online sales and some of these cheesemongers’

Or add them to just about any appetizer spread. The

products are sold at local supermarkets and/or

parchment paper here is essential so you don’t end up

farmer’s markets.

chiseling the cheese off the baking sheet.

optimal flavor and freshness.

try is chevre with dark chocolate.

Parmesan Crisps 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese Heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a level tablespoon of parmesan on the lined baking sheet. Spread it out into a thin circle with the back of the spoon. (It’s okay if there are some small spaces in the circles you create as that enhances the lacy texture of the finished crisps.) Repeat with the remaining cheese, spacing the spoonfuls at least a half an inch apart. Bake for 3 to 6 minutes or until golden and crisp. Cool on a wire rack. Store cheese crisps (if there are any left) in an airtight container. 34  | 

sav·vy /'savE-/ shrewd and knowledgeable in the realities of life

Welcome to the Savvy Dweller's Guide. Each month, features this special section that is designed to share tips and information that will make our readers “shrewd and knowledgeable” about their dwelling choices. The Savvy Dwellers Guide will cover a wide range of topics, which include: apartment hunting, DIY room decorating, babies, moving, noisy neighbors, organic living, pets, roomies, and much, much more. Please let us know if there are any other topics that interest you.

Pet Well ess LaSalle A P A R T M E N T S


Having a pet is a rewarding experience, with most four-legged friends becoming another member of the family. And just like the humans in your brood, you want to make sure your pet is happy and healthy. If you’re thinking of adding to your brood, make sure to do your research. There are many ways to promote pet wellness aside from the annual veterinary visit - read on for some of our tips and tricks to keep Fido feeling great!

Ensure Proper Nutrition Not all dog foods are created equal, and table scraps are a big no-no. So how do you find a quality food that is


both delicious to your pet and also nutritious? The first step is to talk to your vet - they may have recommendations based on breed or certain health concerns. When shopping for kibble, check the ingredient list. You want to see a lot of natural proteins and less grain. Make sure to keep dog treats to a minimum; dog obesity is a real concern among the veterinary community and should be taken seriously.

Keep Dental Care in Check C O N V E N I E N C E

Oral health in pets is often overlooked but is critical untreated dental problems can lead to serious illness or infection. Make sure to brush your dog’s teeth regularly - your vet can recommend the right products. Some animals do not like this, but wiping the teeth and gums with gauze works well too. There are also special dental chews designed to remove plaque and freshen breath. It’s not a bad idea to include a teeth cleaning at the annual vet visit or trip to the groomer - let the pros handle it.

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Tips and Tricks on Keeping Fido Feeling Great


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Exercise is Key We aren’t talking about your 6 AM spin class; your dog needs both physical and mental stimulation in order to stay happy and healthy. Regular walks and trips

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to get into things, remove the temptation contain garbage, cleaning supplies, or other materials away from Fluffy’s reach. Promoting your pet’s health is easy to do and will ensure a long and happy life. Don’t forget that humans can also benefit greatly in the wellness department - get outside and get active alongside your pooch! You’ll both be glad you did.

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Botanical Candles Dress up a simple candle arrangement with a little greenery to take it from simple to simply elegant. Wrap plain candles in greenery and secure with ribbon or burlap. You can use for an aromatic alternative. A set of three candles is enough to make a statement but not be too busy.

Winter Branches A few cylindrical glass vases are perfect for displaying a nice assortment of pine or birch branches. Don’t worry too much about trimming or cutting the branches to be the same length if you don’t want to--the differing heights will add visual interest. Tie each bundle of branches together with ribbon or twine. If you want to add a little color, add some greenery or tie a bow around the vase.

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