Free Advance Screening of SECOND ACT with Jennifer Lopez

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Charlyne Yi, Alan Aisenberg, Jennifer Lopez, and Annaleigh Ashford star in SECOND ACT.

You’re invited to an advance screening of Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming movie, SECOND ACT, coming to theaters everywhere December 21st.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a big JLo fan. From singing to dancing to movies to TV, she has done it all and excelled. Not to mention, she’s a Puerto Rican from the Bronx just like my hubby. I feel like that kinda sorta makes her like at least a step sister-in-law. (I wish!)

Leah Remini and Jennifer Lopez star in SECOND ACT.


About the movie:

SECOND ACT is a heartfelt comedy that will inspire audiences. Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen in an empowering, signature role that proves your dreams are always within reach. By using street smarts, real-world experience and determination, you too, can break down superficial barriers opening opportunities to succeed in any situation.

Second Act poster

Second Act Advance Screening:

While the movie won’t be in theaters for over a month yet, you can see it THIS WEEK! You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of SECOND ACT, starring Jennifer Lopez, this Thursday, November 8, at Showplace ICON at 7:00pm. To download a pair of passes click on the link below (while supplies last). Seating is based on first come, first served. It is recommended to arrive early.

Pinstripes Edina: Bowl A Turkey, Give A Turkey, Get A Turkey

Have you been to Pinstripes Edina? They have amazing food and a fun atmosphere where you can both bowl and play bocce!

This month they are hosting their annual Bowl A Turkey, Give A Turkey, Get A Turkey promotion to help raise money and awareness for No Kid Hungry and its mission to end childhood hunger. As the holiday season approaches, Pinstripes invites you to visit and enjoy a fun-filled game of bowling to help ensure our local community has a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you bowl a turkey (three strikes in a row), you win a turkey, and a donation equivalent to a turkey will be given to our local No Kid Hungry chapter.

No Kid Hungry works to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to healthy food in the community where they live, where they learn, and where they play.

Pinstripes Edina will be open for Thanksgiving, closing at 5 p.m. Gather and celebrate the holiday with family and friends while enjoying Pinstripes’ made-from-scratch creations.

To learn more about your local No Kid Hungry chapter, visit To make a reservation for Thanksgiving, call 952-835-6440.

BOY ERASED Advance Screening Monday

Boy Erased Movie Poster

Boy Erased” is coming to theaters next week, but we have a chance to see a special advances screening on Monday! It looks like a powerful film with amazing actors.

“Boy Erased” tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe). His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs.



Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader (Edgerton) and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.


Boy Erased” opens in theaters November 9th but I’ve got special advance screening passes to share with you! The screening is Monday, November 5th at AMC Southdale. Follow this link to download a screening pass while supplies last:
*Guests are advised to arrive early as seating is first come, first served.

Twin Cities Nutcracker Performances – Discount Tickets

It’s that time of year again – time to see the Nutcracker! I remember as a kid going to see the Nutcracker at Northrup Auditorium with my family. It was a special way to celebrate the season.

There are several versions of the Nutcracker that you can see in the Twin Cities this year and three in particular with discount ticket offers. They are:

St. Paul Ballet: A Nutcracker Story at The O’Shaughnessy – December 1 and 2: $38.50 – $38.75 for two tickets

Ballet Co. Laboratory: Nutcracker in Wonderland at Huss Center for the Performing Arts – December 14 to 16: $25 for two tickets

Minnesota Dance Theatre: Holiday Fave Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy at State Theatre – December 14 to 23: $18 – $37.50

Metropolitan Ballet: The Nutcracker With Full Symphony at Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center – December 15 and 16: $15 – $29.50

Discount tickets are all limited to a certain number for each performance, so you’ll want to grab them sooner rather than later. Once they are gone, they are GONE!

Other performances include:

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow at Ordway Theater – November 20 to 21

St. Croix Ballet: Stillwater Nutcracker at Stillwater Area High School – November 23 to 25

Moscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker at Orpheum Theatre – November 30 and December 1

Continental Ballet Company: Nutcracker Ballet at Schneider Theater, Bloomington Center for the Arts – December 1 to 9

Minnesota Ballet: The Nutcracker at DECC Symphony Hall – December 7 to 9

North Ballet Youth Company: The Nutcracker at Zabee Auditorium, Elk River High School – December 7 to 9

Twin Cities Ballet: A Minnesota Nutcracker at Ames Center – December 7 to 9

James Sewell Ballet: Nutcracker (not so) Suite at The Cowles Center – December 7 to 22

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy: The Nutcracker at Ives Theatre at the Masonic Heritage Center – December 14 to 16

Ballet Minnesota: The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy – December 14 to 16

Get a Massage for Only $30! Lots of Local Locations Available

Groupon Massage Day

You work hard, so you deserve a massage, right? Whether you want to get a massage for yourself or give one to a deserving friend or family member, today is the day to buy the gift!

It’s $30 Massage Day at Groupon, which means you can buy a massage at many different locations for only $30! This offer is valid TODAY ONLY, but you don’t have to buy the massage today. Each offer has different details, but most of the Groupons can be used within 90 days or, in some cases, 120 days.

Treat yourself! Find all massage offers HERE.

Punch $3 Dead Pizzas – Wednesday Night!

This awesome annual event is back again at Punch Pizza on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018, after 5pm ONLY! You can get your favorite Dead Pizza for only $3. Don’t know what a “dead pizza” is? Dead pizzas are the pizzas that once were on the Punch menu but no longer are.

You can see the Punch Pizza Dead Pizza menu here (click on the little pizza mummy at the top) to check out all your options. I’m a big fan of the Tripoli with prosciutto, onion and rosemary. Yum!

This offer is limited to one per customer with no substitutions or additions. No takeout at the Highland location. Dead pizzas only.


Nutcracker Four Realms

We’re so excited about Disney’s THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS opening in theatres everywhere on November 2nd! What I’m extra excited about is that I’ll be in LA for the red carpet premiere next week (I’ll be sharing more as it happens) and all of you Thrifty Minnesota readers can also get a sneak peak with an advance screening at Southdale!




All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets.

Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.

Mackenzie Foy is Clara and Keira Knightley is the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Advance Screening Tickets:

You and your family are invited to an advance screening of THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS on October 30 at AMC Southdale at 7:00pm. Click on the link below to download your 4-pack of passes. Seating is based on first come, first served and is not guaranteed. It is recommended to arrive early. Download:


Disney Nutcracker Four Realms Poster


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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS opens in theatres everywhere on November 2nd!


I Come From Arizona at Children’s Theatre Company

All Photos by Dan Norman

Head to Children’s Theatre Company before November 25 to see the world premiere production of “I Come From Arizona”. This thought-provoking work tells the story of Gabi Castillo, a bright, 14-year-old Mexican-American girl living on the South Side of Chicago. Gabi attends an elite high school where her Global Perspectives class brings her to learn secrets about her parents and her past. Through the experience, Gabi comes to understand the uncertainty and fear that comes from her family situation but also discovers her own strength.

About I Come From Arizona from Its Creative Team:

Director Lisa Portes says, “It seems nearly every day now we hear stories of ICE picking up folks—fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles—and deporting them back to their country of origin. Just the other day I heard a story on NPR about a mother holed up in a sanctuary church, getting her kids ready for school, and walking them to the door of the church, unable to step outside for fear of the ICE agents waiting outside. The kids don’t fully understand what’s happening. I Come From Arizona tells the story of a U.S. born Mexican-American teenager coming to understand exactly what’s happening. Gabi Castillo, like so many American schoolkids, must face the complexities of immigration in this country and how they directly affect her, her little brother, Jesús, and her parents, Reymundo, and Dolores.”

“I Come From Arizona is a play written by Carlos Murillo who began this project a number of years ago by interviewing people in the Latino community of Chicago,” states Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius. “He was very interested in where the question of immigration in this nation was sitting with them. Out of these interviews came this story of an extremely intelligent young woman who has been accepted into a school for the best and brightest of Chicago, which means leaving the comfort and safety of her neighborhood school, to one where she may be one of the few, if any, Latinos from the Southside. This causes all kinds of tension in her family for reasons she doesn’t fully understand. We learn that it has to do with the secret immigration status of her family. This play throws us right into the middle of the debate that is currently wrenching our nation. And we see it all through the lives of these kids who are wrestling with a terribly uncertain future over which they have no control. It’s a lyrical, moving, quite funny piece that provokes us and challenges us to see this complex situation with new eyes.”

I Come From Arizona is written by Carlos Murillo and directed by Lisa Portes. The cast includes Ayssette Muñoz as Gabi, Ricardo Vázquez as Reymundo, Nora Montañez as Dolores, Sha Cage as Ms. Chan, Luca La Hoz Calassara as Jesús, Madison Neal as Fiona, Antonio De La Vega as Ricardo and Ananda Cordova Stuart, Enzo La Hoz, and Sara Magnuson in the ensemble.

Our Review:

My sister, an immigration attorney, and my 10-year-old nephew saw I Come from Arizona opening weekend. My nephew (a usually HARSH critic), enjoyed the performance, felt it was interesting and said he would recommend it to other kids. From an adult perspective, my sister felt the play really personalizes the current debate about immigration. It paints a realistic picture of what it’s like to be an undocumented immigrant in the US today. I Come from Arizona also portrays how the US citizen children of these immigrants are harmed by current immigration policies.

Resource Guide:

If you’re planning to see I Come from Arizona with your kids, CTC offers an extensive resource guide to help you prepare to see the show and also to discuss and continue the learning afterward. Find the resource guide here.

The Ticket Office is accessible by phone two hours prior to most performances. These posted hours are subject to change.
Email: [email protected] (inquiries only, no ticket processing)
Phone: 612.874.0400
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LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal!

LuceLine Orchard Discount Tickets

LuceLine Orchard, about 45 minutes west of the Twin Cities Metro in Watertown, MN, has lots of fall fun for kids and adults alike! Keep reading below to find out about a GREAT LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal!

At LuceLine, you can explore the orchard’s trails by foot, bike, horse, or hovercraft, and take along binoculars for bird-watching stops. In the “Mess Hall” you can feast on Minnesota-made brats, burgers, hot and dogs cut in apple cider, as well as house-made apple slaw. And be sure to pick up a pumpkin pie to take with you when you go. There is also a corn maze, petting zoo, kiddie train rides, and hay mountain. Before you leave, explore the tornado trail to see trees that have been twisted 180 degrees from the tornado that hit in July 2015.


With this LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal you can pay only $22 for a hayride, corn maze AND meal for two! Or, you can pay $40 and get the same deal for 4 people ($56 value). Bringing 5 people? You’ll pay $50.00 ($70 value). Enjoy a hayride drive through the orchard and a corn maze for kids. For the meal, customers choose from an apple burger, a bratwurst, or a quarter-pound hot dog and pair it with a drink and a bag of chips.

Get your LuceLine Orchard Discount Deal HERE!

Instant Family Advance Screening

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Ever since I first saw the trailer for Instant Family (in theaters November 16th) I’ve been looking forward to it. It looks so funny! If you’re also excited to see it, come join us for an advance screening next week!

About Instant Family:

When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight.

Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.



Instant Family Advance Screening:

You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of INSTANT FAMILY on Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm at Emagine Willow Creek in Plymouth. Click the link below for your chance to download passes (while supplies last). Seating is based on first come, first served and it’s recommended to arrive early!
Download passes here: