Free Wednesdays at ASI in February

Have you ever been to the American Swedish Institute?  I was just there for the first time recently and it should be on everyone’s list as a must see.  First the architecture itself is something to notice, with the very well orchestrated blend of old and new.  I especially enjoyed, the Cows Can Dream exhibit that is currently on display.

Typically there’s an admission fee to go through the museum and exhibits, the next two Wednesdays you can get in free.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 –10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 –10:00am to 8:00pm

The American Swedish Institute is offering FREE admission on four Wednesdays throughout February from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting February 1 and continuing February 8, 15 and 22, 2017.  The ASI hopes to increase public and neighborhood access to its new 2017 Migration, Identity and Belonging exhibitions.

Among these is Where the Children Sleep, an exhibition of haunting photographs and stories of Syrian refugee children by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman on view through March 5.

Other related exhibitions currently on display include Swede Hollow, an installation based on prize-winning author Ola Larsmo’s best-selling Swedish novel that imagines immigrant life at this St. Paul site; The Stories They Toldwhich animates the narrative of figure wood carving; and Green Card Voices, sharing contemporary Nordic immigrant stories. Cows Can Dream, the ASI’s new imaginative Youth and Family Gallery exhibition/installation inspired by Sam the cow in Maria Bajt and Jason Diakité’s children’s book, encourages creativity and discovery.


Showing of The 2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

One of my favorite events is back again.  The 2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries are showing at the Riverview Theater in south Minneapolis.  Each year, for just a brief time the Riverview shows the Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries.  The select showings for 2017 started yesterday, and continue through Thursday February 16th.  Only one showing per day beginning at 4:20.  There’re five nominations, all shown in succession, bringing the viewing to around 3 hours.  Some years I have gone, not knowing anything about the nominations and decided to just be surprised.  This year I decided to read up a bit and have more of a background of what I would see.  I have to admit, I think I prefer to not know anything about them, just my preference though.  One of the friends that I was with, had done some lengthy research prior to the viewing.  Whatever you decide, I can promise you that these nominations will bring a wide array of emotions.  If you choose to read about the nominations you can do that here.

2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries

Friday (Feb 10th): 4:20PM
Saturday (Feb 11th): 4:20PM
Sunday (Feb 12th): 4:20PM
Monday (Feb 13th): 4:20PM
Tuesday (Feb 14th): 4:20PM
Wednesday (Feb 15th): 4:20PM
Thursday (Feb 16th): 4:20PM
2017 Oscar® Nominated Short Documentaries will start on Friday, February 10.

Admission is $7 or $5 for Students/Seniors



Project Opera Performs The Nightingale

It’s not often that we hear of kids singing an opera.  Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers.  Each year the group performs an opera that’s for kids, a great way to introduce kids to what an opera is.  This year they’re performing The Nightingale.  Performances are February 10th and 11th, at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.  There’s four show times to choose from and you can purchase tickets on their website.

The Nightingale, based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, is the story of a Chinese emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. When the mechanical bird breaks, the real nightingale sings to the emperor on his deathbed, saving his life while teaching him the values of truth and humility. A parable of our time, this opera celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death.

Imant Raminsh is a Latvia-born, Canadian composer known for beautiful choral and other vocal works. This opera is unique in that it includes performers ranging from ages 8-18, including a student orchestra.

Project Opera is an important component of Minnesota Opera’s award-winning education department. The program features two ensembles – Ragazzi and Giovani. In addition to their own concert schedule, participants perform in the Ordway lobby prior to Minnesota Opera Sunday matinee performances and other locations around the Twin Cities. Led by Music Director Matthew Abernathy, students learn healthy vocal technique, perform repertoire in the major operatic languages, and study the fundamentals of acting. Over its impressive twelve year history, Project Opera has performed two world premiere commissions, The Giver, by Susan Kander and based on the novel by Lois Lowry, and Memory Boy with music by Reinaldo Moya and libretto by Mark Campbell.

Evenings at the Bakken

The upcoming Evenings @ the Bakken Museum event is for those 21 and over.  A time to try various experiments, and enjoy some food and beverages without the sounds of little feet and tiny voices around.  The theme for the event is Hot + Cold, for cool science and hot drinks.  It takes place this Thursday, February 9th from 5:30-9pm.  You can read more about this fabulous museum and also purchase tickets for the event on the website.

What better way to stay warm in these cold winter months than with good friends, cool science, and warm drinks! Join us for “Hot + Cold” on Thursday, February 9th as we explore what makes our hearts warm up or our heads cool off in this season of love and chills.

  • Get your blood moving as you use BEAP to make music with your body
  • Make interactive Thermochromic art
  • Uncover the beautiful unique details in snowflakes under a microscope, and see some early history of the micro world from The Bakken’s vault
  • Try your luck with the Crackle Box Love Meter
  • Create your own batik wax heart with Becka Rahn
  • Bust a move with Oscar the Robot
  • Chill out with some dry ice experiments

With Pizza by the Slice from Hello Pizza, lovely sweets from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe, and a selection of beer, wine, or a signature warm cocktail, you won’t want to miss this event!


ReStore Annual 50% OFF Everything Sale

Will you be remodeling, redoing or perhaps redecorating in the upcoming months?  Making changes to our home, no matter if we own, or rent can be way easier on the budget if we can find deals. ReStore carries everything from: appliances, furniture, windows, doors, lighting, tools and much more.  A great place to find new and gently used home improvement products and building materials.

ReStore is having a great sale on Saturday, January 28th everything will be 50%.  It’s a one day sale and the hours are 9am-4pm. ReStore is located in New Brighton and also a new location in Minneapolis.

On the day of the sale, there are some special things to keep in mind, as it will be a busy day for shoppers and staff alike:

  • This is a one-day only sale, with special store hours.
  • It’s Pay and Carry Only: We take Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and cash. No Checks. No product holds.
  • Parking: If it’s busy, look for one of the parking attendants, and please follow their instructions. We have limited parking space and appreciate your patience.
  • Carts: We may not have carts available for everyone. Stay near your item, or talk to a volunteers, they will have tags to mark your item while waiting for a cart.
  • No Other Coupons or Discounts: No other offers are accepted during the sale.
  • Checkout: The lines may be long- we only have 3 registers. We will have volunteers helping to tally each sale before getting to the checkout register. If there are not enough attendants, you may be asked to help tally your items. Please be patient.
  • The Twin Cities ReStores are located at:

TwinsFest – Target Field January 27 – 29

Although tickets for TwinsFest went on sale several months back, we know some of you of more spur of the moment or need to budget for things.  We are here to tell you, TwinsFest tickets can still be purchased and there’s still an opportunity to attend this great annual event. The brunch with T.C. is the only portion that’s sold out, however there’s still plenty of fun to be had if you decide to attend.  You can go here to the website to: purchase tickets, find the daily schedule, as well as the list of players that plan to attend.

Friday, January 27, Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29

  • Player Autographs
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Sports Memorabilia and Card Show
  • Special Panel Discussions
  • T.C. Digital Clubhouse in the Twins Clubhouse
  • White Glove Tour of the Twins Archive Room
  • Twins Yard Sale
  • Cuts in the Cage and T-shirt Cannon Challenge in Twins Batting Cages
  • Interactive Activities including BINGO, human foosball, reading with Twins mascot T.C., Fan Feud, velocity testing in the speed pitch cage
  • Kid’s Day Sunday with more activities and opportunities geared towards children

TwinsFest will feature numerous new interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field.

New to this year’s event, the Metropolitan Club will host TwinsFest’s first-ever beer garden. An engaging and energetic space for families and friends to connect at TwinsFest, this new attraction will feature a selection of craft beers, yard games, pub games, a radio stage hosted by Go Media, classic arcade games and many other interactive activities for families.

As in years past, more than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend.

Free Advance Screening: 20th Century Women

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How about fighting this cold by escaping to a great movie?? You have the opportunity to see the movie 20th Century Women, staring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning.  The movie comes out on January 13th, but there will be a preview showing on Thursday January 12th, at the Landmark Lagoon Theatre. You can download passes here (while supplies last).  Be aware that you should arrive a little early as these events tend to fill up and it’s first come first serve seating.


With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®- winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.



Snowshoeing at Minneapolis Parks


Winter brings some interesting challenges for getting exercise  One great way to take in the scenery while getting exercise is to try snowshoeing.  The Minneapolis Park and Recreation, offers some great options.  Tomorrow December 24th they will have a free, self guided time, open to all ages event located at the Kroening Interpretive Center.  Other upcoming snowshoe events include: Family snow shoe adventure, Full moon snowshoeing, Night owl snowshoeing and more.  Check out the different options here.  Some of the events are free, while other are low cost of $5-$10 a person.


Macy’s Santaland


With news of the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s store closing in 2017, it means there’s just a couple opportunities to take in the Macy’s Santaland.  The 8th floor exhibit is free and great for families.  We have done for many years and always try to time it so we can have a meal in the very bottom level of the store.  The wraps and smoothies are sooo delicious.  Of course then we also stop by for some chocolate at the candy/chocolate area in the same lower level.  Great traditions, so we are sad to hear that it will all be ending.  You have until Saturday afternoon to take it all in.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Everybody’s favorite holiday tradition is back! Drop by our Magical Elf Village and tell jolly Old Saint Nick what’s on your wish list, then have your picture taken with him and have a memory that will last forever! Remember, he’s only here for a limited time, so catch him while you can!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Have your picture taken with the man himself! Before you go, make a stop at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery and Santa’s Toy Shop! Photo packages are available.

Date & Time

December 22, 2016 TODAY 8:00am-10:00pm
December 23, 2016 Friday 8:00am-10:00pm
December 24, 2016 Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm

Macy's Santa Land, A Day in the Life of an Elf,

Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday Play


Traditions are a huge part of the holidays.  The Santa and Albert Play at Bachman’s in Minneapolis, has been a tradition for 30 years.  It takes place at the Bachman’s flagship store on Lyndale in Minneapolis.  This weekend (Dec 17-18) is the last one of the season to catch this great free event.

Albert the Elf is “All Shook Up” with excitement when he receives a letter – he’s won a chance to meet his musical hero, Elfus! As his #1 fan, Albert can’t wait. But Rudolph has a problem and “It’s Now or Never”, and the only person who can fix it is Albert! But that might mean missing out on meeting his hero… Will Albert have a “Blue Christmas” or a “Happy Ending” at the North Pole?

This annual all-new holiday play has been a Bachman’s tradition for 30 years. It’s free to attend and great fun for families. All ages are welcome. Guests are encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long of holiday carols at the end, and stay to take pictures with Santa and Albert. (Bring your own camera. Play lasts approximately 20 minutes. Seating is first come, first serve.)

Saturdays | 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sundays | 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

November 19-December 18, 2016