Chicken Ship at Open Eye Figure Theatre

We love to attend local theatre shows.  One of the best parts about living in MN is that there is an abundance of great options. 

If you want to save up for a bucket list show you can do that but there are some great hidden gem theaters offering amazing live talent as well. 

One of our favorites is the the Open Eye Figure Theatre which I have mentioned before.  Kevin Kling is also a favorite local storyteller.  He brings laughter and wit and local humor to the stage.  The upcoming show Chicken Ship is next weekend September 20-23 at Open Eye.

Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents
September 20 – 23
Created and performed by Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy

High-flying storytellers Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy create a mythic allegory for our times, as told by farmyard animals! A chicken wakes up in 2018 to the sky falling down. As she runs along a dangerous road littered with foxes and falsehoods, she encounters fables, myths, and history that illuminate and obfuscate her path. What will become of her and the ship she sailed in on?

Kevin Kling has been a regular on the Open Eye stage for many years and for this show he’s bringing back Irish storyteller Clare Murphy, first seen at Open Eye in FOUR DIRECTIONS. These talented artists captivate audiences with surprising, hilarious, and profound storytelling! Only four performances!


Lantern Lighting Celebration at Lakewood

Photo Credit: Kingfield Neighborhood Association

The Lantern Lighting Celebration at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis is time and place for you to honor, celebrate and remember a loved one.  It takes place the evening of September 15th from 4:30-8.  The cost is very reasonable, only $5. *The $5 donation (ticket fee) covers the use of one lantern, lantern sleeve and decorating supplies. It will also help fund the Lakewood Heritage Foundation.

You can purchase tickets in advance here on their website.   You will also find the schedule as well as suggestions on what to bring.

There are many ways to honor loved ones who have passed. This is an opportunity to gather with family, friends and others on Lakewood’s lovely grounds for a moving and meaningful experience.

Join us at Lakewood on Saturday, September 15th from 4:30–8:00 p.m. for Lakewood’s fourth annual Lantern Lighting Celebration, a unique evening of creativity, beauty and remembrance.

Art supplies will be provided for you to decorate your own floating lantern with words of love and remembrance. Local musicians will perform while you create, and food vendors will be on hand with a variety of food and refreshments (for purchase). At dusk we will light our lanterns and release them on to Lakewood’s lake, Jo Pond, in a beautiful ceremony. The effect is breathtaking and magical—connecting us to our loved ones and to each other.

Parkway Theater Reopens

One of our favorite spots to watch a movie is the Riverview in south Minneapolis.  So we are super excited that another south Minneapolis Theater is also making a come back, more great options for entertainment  The Parkway Theater reopens on September 13th. Check out the some of their upcoming events here on their website.

Originally built in 1931. Reimagined and restored in


Throughout its 87-year history, The Parkway Theater has brought generations together to experience everything from first-run features, to classic cinema, to live music.

Soon, following major restoration, The Parkway will not only showcase classic 35mm films and live events—but become a regional cultural hub featuring world-class performing arts, comedy, and engaging speaker series.

Babies at the Castle – American Swedish Institute

With school back in session you might be looking for things to do with the younger kids.  Bring them to the Babies at the Castle event, taking place at the American Swedish Institute Friday, September 28, from 10-11.

The event is designed for babies from newborn to 18 months and their caregivers. If you can’t make it September 7th then mark the 28th on the calendar. There’s also Babies at the Castle events on October 5th and 26th.  Cost: $15 for Caregiver and Child and you can register in advance here. 

Event details:

Explore our newest exhibition, “Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe,” a fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself and your young one in bright patterns, colors and textures.

Each tour is approximately 30 minutes long followed by an additional 15 minutes of sensory play. Participants will receive a wooden teether for each baby.

Leave your strollers at the door as you use your favorite sling or Baby Björn to carry your child through the Mansion before it opens to the general public!

Minnesota Dentists to Provide Free Care – September 7th and 8th

Courtesy of the Minnesota Dental Association

Going to the dentist is often something people put off when it comes to figuring out important bills and things they need to purchase. Many times it goes on the “someday” list.

However, it’s so important to make sure kids go to the dentist, just as important as their well check-ups with the doctor. But it’s not just kids who need dental care. It’s a health necessity to everyone, but many face barriers to care.

On September 7th-8th, hundreds of volunteers, including dentists, will provide dental care to as many as 2,000 patients who face barriers to care. The event will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

Courtesy of the Minnesota Dental Association

Dental care will be offered to adults and children of all ages. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Early arrival is encouraged as patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is reached each day. Those seeking treatment should be prepared to spend the entire day at the event.

Full dentures, root canals on molars, crowns, extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth and dental implants will not be provided. Patients will be given a registration and release form to complete, however they will not be checking IDs or any other personal documentation.

Free bus rides are available on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis and to and from the Minneapolis Convention Center. The free service on selected routes between Grant Street and Washington Avenue is offered on buses marked “Free Ride.” Other buses on Nicollet – and all within the Downtown Zone – charge 50¢. Free-ride buses leave every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 to 30 minutes on weekends. Buses on Nicollet stop every other block between 5th and 13th Streets.

More specific details can be found here.

Wizard of Oz Movie Sing-Along at the Lake Harriet Band Shell

Photo Credit to Vocal Essence

Do you love the Wizard of Oz movie?  It’s a classic that you can watch over and over and just maybe you like to sing along with the songs?  Now’s your chance to gather with others for the Vocal Essence Wizard of Oz Sing Along event.

Join the fun Friday, August 31st at the Lake Harriet Band Shell.  The event is free and fun for the whole family.  Get your costumes ready and your singing voices rested.  The fun begins at 7:30pm, just follow the yellow brick road!

About the event: There’s no place like home, and VocalEssence is proud to kick off the 50th season in our hometown in true VocalEssence fashion—using our outdoor voices! Bring the family, grab some popcorn, and settle in for an evening of fun. Led by Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III and special guests Jerry Rubino (piano), Alex Maiers (guitar), and Becky Gaunt (fiddle and mandolin), join us as we sing familiar and favorite songs—from movies, to Broadway, to folk, to popular—along with a few surprises.

After sunset, stay for a sing-along of one of the greatest films in cinema history, The Wizard of Oz. Prizes for the best costumes. You can even bring your little dog, too!

Cub Uptown 50th Birthday Party

Cub is my closest grocery store and it’s one of the regular places I shop.  They carry so many of our favorite things.  This Saturday (August 18th) is the Cub Uptown 50th Birthday Party.  Taking place from 10-2 the location on Lagoon Ave in the uptown area of Minneapolis will be ready and waiting for you to join in the fun.  Event attractions include:

Chester Cheetah Mascot
Pepsi Ring Toss
Pirate’s Booty Craft Station
Reddi Whip Fun with Fruit
GT’s Living Food Kombucha and Henna Tattoo Artist
Red Bull Wings Team

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we want YOU to come celebrate with us!

Join us at Cub Uptown for family-friendly games, activities, and giveaways. Enjoy birthday cake and special edition Cub 50th ice cream from KempsCows Plus, pick up a free Gedney pickle hat – Minnesota’s favorite pickle!



Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha


One of my favorite events happens this Sunday.  The Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha takes place from 11-7pm on Sunday July 22nd.  The street is shut down to cars and open to bikes, walking, and fun.  We attended this one last year and walked the entire length of the event.  We enjoyed live music, good food, games, and activities along the route.  You don’t have to live in the neighborhood to enjoy it.

More Than a Street Festival!

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.    Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment.

Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space. Open Streets Minneapolis is a unique opportunity to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and civic pride in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day 2018

Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

This Sunday Minneapolis will celebrate over 40 years of participating in the sister city program.  To celebrate they are hosting a free ice cream social and gathering on Nicolett Island Pavilion.  The Sister Cities Day event will take place from 1-5pm on July 22nd.  Some of the activities include:

  • Music
  • Speakers
  • Performances
  • Dancers
  • Children’s Activities

You can find more information as well as the full schedule here on the event website.


Discount Tickets for Evenings at The Bakken: Wine Demystified

Now’s your chance to check out The Bakken Museum! We found a great deal on discount tickets for their upcoming event: Wine Demystified on Thursday, July 26th from 5:30 – 9 pm.

The Bakken is a hidden gem, located in a mostly residential area in South Minneapolis. On occasion they offer adult-only events like this one, a time to learn about science without the kids. There are half-price tickets available through Goldstar which will get you in for $6 (reg. $12), plus service fees.

Evenings at The Bakken Museum uncorks the secrets of wine and flavor pairings with Wine Demystified. Learn “The Science of Wine” with sommelier Karina Roe, explore cheese pairings from The Cheese Shop, grab some delicious treats available for purchase, and tap your toes to the bluegrass stylings of Stringdingers. Evenings at The Bakken Museum is a great way to experience the museum after-hours, enjoy a cocktail or drink, and experiment with STEM activities in a unique environment at a truly one-of-a-kind South Minneapolis institution.

Get your discount tickets HERE!