NEWSIES The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen – Reader Giveaway

It’s not so easy to get to a Broadway show here in Minnesota, especially with the original Broadway cast members, but Fathom Events and Disney Theatrical Productions are teaming up to make that a bit easier! They are bringing the Tony Award-winning musical NEWSIES to theaters throughout the country on Feb. 16, 18, and 22! This family friendly show is no longer on Broadway or touring, so this will be the last chance to see NEWSIES, and many original Broadway cast members are returning for this performance! Order tickets HERE.

Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as “Jack Kelly,” Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie”. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” and Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les” along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before.

 

 

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.

Reader Giveaway: Two (2) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each win a family four-pack of tickets to see NEWSIES at AMC Coon Rapids on Saturday, February 18! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/14/17. Good luck!

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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.

Franconia Valentine’s Sculpture Pour

The Franconia Sculpture Park located near Shafer MN is hosting a Valentine’s Sculpture Pour.  It takes place this coming Saturday, February 11th from noon to 5pm. There is no admission fee to attend.  A unique event, you’ll be able to witness the process of art taking shape.

Join Minnesota iron artists for a real fire and ice event for 2017! Each winter, Minnesota artists crawl out of hibernation and join Franconia for an outdoor iron pour. Bring your sweetheart, potential sweetheart, or the whole family for this free event. Warm yourself by the bonfire and witness the drama of experienced artists pouring molten iron into prepared molds. It’s the perfect antidote for the winter blahs!

Come to the park on February 11th with your loved ones and some hot cocoa for a special event totally worth braving the cold for. You can warm your hands by the fire or on your freshly poured sculpture! We will offer two behind the scenes tours so you can understand the process of casting iron on a deeper level as well as a Q & A booth with participating iron artists!

NEW this year– Nordic Waffles will be attending the event to serve up their delicious hot waffles, coffee, and hot chocolate! Keeping you warm and alert in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth! Follow this link to their website to see more nordicwaffles.com

 

Victorian Poetry Slam at the James J. Hill House

A Victorian Poetry Slam?  Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?  It takes place at the historic James J. Hill house next Tuesday, February 14th.  It begins at 7pm and you can purchase tickets on their website. Most of the events at the Hill house do fill up, so I suggest you make your reservations soon if you plan to attend.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the James J. Hill House drawing room. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.

 

Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park

We keep hoping for a little more snow in the metro area, hopefully the forecast is correct that some is on the way.  More snow means the Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park will be a great event to participate in.  It takes place this coming Friday, February 10th.  Hours are from 6:30-8.   You can use your own snowshoes if you have them, or reserve a pair from the park.

 

 

Trails by Candlelight

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this even has been canceled:

“At this time, trail conditions park-wide have deteriorated further after the precipitation received Monday and Tuesday this week. Currently, all trails are rated as: icy to dangerously icy in most places, and are not safe for use for the Trails By Candlelight event. In addition to unsafe event trail conditions, local weather predictions anticipate rain all day and into the evening on Saturday, February 11, which will further deteriorate trail conditions and disintegrate and extinguish luminaries.

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There’s something about being outdoors at night, with the white snow beneath you.  Something magical and something mysterious. The Trails by Candlelight event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a a great event to enjoy a magical winter evening.  It takes place Saturday Feburary 11th from 6-9pm.  There is an admission of $10 per person, cash preferred at the time of arrival.

Trails by Candlelight

More than 1,500 luminaries will line more than 2 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails and nearly 4 miles of cross-country ski trails at the Trails by Candlelight event in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Enjoy candlelight hiking, snowshoeing, sledding a lit hill, ice skating, kicksledding, bonfires and food trucks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Admission: $10/person. Tickets at the door only. Ages 5 and younger are free.

Cash payment is preferred, checks and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) will be accepted.

Plan ahead to fast-track the admissions line. Bring cash for ticket payment and a signed Event Waiver for each person attending.

Parking
Free parking is available onsite or at Woodcrest Church (525 Cliff Road) with a free shuttle to and from the event. Shuttle rides will start at 5:45 p.m.  The last shuttle ride back to the Woodcrest Church leaves the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 9:45 p.m.

Food
Hot concessions will be available to purchase from Xstream Cuisine and Kabomelette.

What to bring
Bring your own sled, skis and snowshoes. Snowshoe and ski rental will also be available for an additional fee. The last rental of the night goes out at 8 p.m. Dogs, except for assistance and guide dogs, are not permitted at the event.

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!

 

Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake

Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake Minnesota

One of my favorite winter events begins this weekend, the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake.  Apparently it’s been happening for several years.  Our girls and I decided to check it out last year, to see just what “Art Shanty” actually meant.  What we discovered is something that’s hard to explain in just a few sentences.  We found art, music, adventures, exercise, fun, and laughter all on the ice of White Bear Lake.  There were several art shanties, each one truly had an identity all it’s own, and each one welcomed us with a very individual style.  We played music on the ice, we tasted some very unique MN tea, we created art, we listened to stories, we rode in a giant bear with at least 10 other people and much much more.  We had a magical day on the ice and I hope all of you can check out the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake.   It begins this weekend and as long as the weather cooperates it will take place every Saturday and Sunday, February 4-26, 10am-4pm.

A few tips if you decide to visit the Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake:

  1. Dress warm, layers if possible.  You’ll be on a lake and sometimes the wind is very different than what you think it will be.
  2. Wear comfortable but yet warm boots.  Again you will be on the ice, but also walking around.  This is MN, this is winter. 🙂
  3. There was a food truck last year, but I suggest also having some snacks with just in case there is a line.  Or if you are like us,   we sort of lost track of time going in and out of the Shanty’s so the snacks came in handy.
  4. Be prepared to wait for parking, there’s is a large parking lot but it still might take a bit.
  5. Keep an open mind.  There’s a list of the Shanty’s and it gives a description for each one.  We decided to be surprised with some of them and did not read anything, just walked up and opened the door.  Sort of like “What’s behind door #1”.
  6. GO and HAVE FUN.  It really is something everyone in MN needs to experience.

2017 ON-ICE PROGRAM

The 2017 On-Ice Program will once again be located in White Bear Lake, MN, where the frozen surface acts as host and backdrop to a wide range of actions, interventions, happenings, stories, songs, games and more. Shanty village is free and open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, February 4-26, 10am-4pm. Explore shanties, interact with performing artists, and complete the scene as Art Shanty Projects repurposes the area’s best amenity to reimagines traditional cultural practices to transform the landscape in expansive and exciting ways.

Minneapolis Home + Garden Show Discount Tickets – Save 50%!

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The Minneapolis Home + Garden Show is coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center Feb. 24-26 & Mar. 3-5, 2017. Order your Minneapolis Home and Garden Show discount tickets now and you can get them for half price! You pay $14 for TWO Single-Day Tickets ($28 Value). I’m most excited to see Hilary Farr from “Love It or List It” on Saturday. We love that show (and always hope the couple will decide to love it).

About the show:

  • Find fresh ideas: from more than 700 companies in remodeling, kitchen & bath, windows, flooring and more!
  • Learn to love the home you’re in: with design tips from Hilary Farr, co-host of HGTV’s “Love It or List It” on Saturday, March 4.
  • Get insider design secrets: from Jeff Lewis of Bravo’s “Flipping Out” on Saturday, February 25.
  • Tour the coastal contemporary Idea Home: and get 1,300 square feet of modern design ideas.
  • Find inspiration: from gardens from around the world when you stroll through the 2017 Feature Gardens presented by the Star Tribune.

Order your discount Minneapolis Home and Garden Show tickets HERE.

Hudson Hot Air Affair

Near the top of my bucket list is riding in a hot air balloon.  It will remain on my list for a while, it’s just in not quite in my budget. However, watching them is almost just as fun right?  Floating so carefree in the sky, especially when there’s a whole bunch of them at the same time. The Hudson Hot Air Affair, just on the Minnesota border, is an event where we can all enjoy watching hot air balloons.  The event takes place this weekend, February 3-5th.   You can find the complete schedule here on their website.

Hudson Hot Air Affair “Gone with the Windz”

Mark your calendar for the 28th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair on February 3-5. This year, with a bow to mother nature, we will celebrate the theme of “Gone with the Windz.” Hot air ballooning is dependent on favorable weather conditions and Mother Nature calls the shots, deciding if the balloons can go up in the air or they stay on the ground.

“Gone with the Windz” also brings to mind Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara against the backdrop of the American Civil War. This era shares rich history of early aviation with gas balloons, a predecessor to hot air balloons.

Hot Air Affair could not happen without the support of its eight year corporate sponsor WESTconsin Credit Union, as well as over 100 local balloon and event sponsors. For a complete listing of sponsors, please visit www.hudsonhotairaffair.com.

Hot Air Affair is the premier hot air balloon rally and winter festival in the Midwest and while the balloon launches are the main feature, there are many activities offered throughout the weekend, as well as several fun pre-events.

The pre-events include a photo contest throughout Hot Air Affair. On Jan. 21st there is a breakfast and kids crafts at Dicks Bar, and a countdown event at Family Fresh Market. On Jan. 23rd join the hot air balloon canvas party painting class at Belle Vinez (pre-register at birchbarkcreations@hotmail.com). County Market will celebrate Hot Air Affair on Jan. 28th with a pre-event, and on Jan. 29th Hot Air Affair will be at the Ice Castles in Stillwater, MN.

Hot Air Affair will kick-off with the “Gone with the Windz” Torchlight Parade at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3rd, which will be followed by a fireworks display at Lakefront Park sponsored by Andersen Windows. Friday also begins the Super Sale and Button instant prizes at participating Hudson businesses; geocaching; and live music at Urban Olive & Vine, Smilin’ Moose, Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94 and Dick’s Bar & Grill.

Saturday Feb. 4th events include: a 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. balloon launch (weather permitting); a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Temple; the Marketplace and Craft Fair; a geocaching demonstration; Up, Up and Away 5K Fun Run/Walk; the Science of Weather presentation; Octagon House Museum tours; crafts for kids with Veggie Races; smoosh boarding competition; and a pet costume contest at Angel’s Pet World. In the evening there is a Balloon Moon Glow or Field of Fire; a Hudson Boosters bingo fundraiser; Taste of Hot Air Affair “Gone with the Windz” fundraiser for Operation Help; live music; and more.

Sunday, Feb. 5th begins with a 7:30 balloon launch; at 1 p.m. Carpenter Nature Center presents “Soaring with the Windz;” and from 2-4 p.m. the Hudson Rod, Gun & Archery Club and St. Croix County Sportsmans Alliance will hold a free kids ice fishing derby on Lake Mallalieu.

All Hot Air Affair spectator events are free to attend. Some participation events require admission fees, tickets or pre-registration. For event details visit www.hudsonhotairaffair.com. For lodging or questions please contact the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau at 715-386-8411or visit www.DiscoverHudsonWI.com. Hudson Hot Air Affair is also on Facebook.