Minneapolis RiverCurrent – December 29, 2015

*****Events and Activities*****

New Year’s Eve Soiree at the Guthrie

Thursday, December 31, 8 pm – 12 midnight

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Ring in the New Year with a live DJ, Guthrie artists and Artistic Director Joseph Haj at the Guthrie’s New Year’s Eve Soiree! Take in the hottest views of Minneapolis from the Guthrie’s “amber box” (Level Nine). This exclusive location is sure to set the mood for a perfect evening downtown. $125 per-person (includes open bar and hors d’oeuvres). For tickets and information: https://www.facebook.com/events/472561252915714/.

New Year’s Eve at Spoonriver

Thursday, December 31

Spoonriver Restaurant, 750 Second Street South

Join Brenda, Tim and the staff at Spoonriver to celebrate the New Year! For information on their special menu offerings: http://spoonriver.com/2015/12/26/celebrate-the-new-year-with-spoonriver/.

Women’s Christmas

Sunday, January 3, 12 noon – 4 pm

Keegan’s Pub, 16 University Avenue NE

On Sunday, January 3, Christmas celebrations will be over for most of the Twin Cities. But not at Keegan’s Pub. On that day, Keegan’s will host one last holiday bash exclusively for women to celebrate the Irish tradition of “Women’s Christmas.” Prize drawings for women and special food offerings will be featured, and local Celtic band Locklin Road will perform from 1 to 4 pm. Keegan’s Pub started the celebration in 2008 after learning from Locklin Road that Women’s Christmas is a popular event in Ireland—particularly in Cork. On Women’s Christmas—celebrated on the feast of the Epiphany, the traditional end of Christmas season (aka the twelfth day of Christmas)—the custom is for Irish women to take the day off, and for men to take on the household duties. Women fill the pubs and go out and celebrate with their girlfriends. Gifts are given to women. In keeping with the tradition of Women’s Christmas (also known as Little Christmas or Little Women’s Christmas), women are encouraged to bring small gifts to the pub to exchange with their friends. For more information, contact Keegan’s Pub, 612-252-0880 or go tohttp://www.keeganspub.com

Mpls Photo Center

Mpls Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street

For information on classes and other events: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/

Brian Peterson: A State of Wonders

On exhibit: January 8February 28

Opening reception: 
Friday, January 15, 6:30 – 9 pm

This exhibit is free and open to the public. For information: http://www.mplsphotocenter.com.

Mill City Farmers Market

Saturday, January 9, 10 am – 1 pm

Mill City Museum, 704 Second Street South

The Mill City Farmers Market has moved inside the Mill City Museum every second Saturday. Visitors can stroll inside the cozy and lively marketplace and choose from an abundance of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, freshly baked bread, pastured meats and cheeses, meatless meat, expertly crafted ceramics, kitchenware, jewelry and much more. Stop by the Info Booth for free, seasonal recipes to inspire your winter meal planning. Each Winter Market brings a unique celebration of seasonal offerings. The January market will highlight many of the market’s local artisans and value-added products. Winter markets are a great opportunity to stock up on storage crops like squash, potatoes, garlic, onions and apples and nonperishable goods like wild rice, maple syrup, pickles and preserves to help you eat locally all winter long. Make sure to check out the Recipe Archive for seasonal meal ideas. For information:

Mississippi Park Connection presents:

Winter Trails Day/4 Play

Saturday, January 9, 11 am – 4 pm

Fort Snelling

Minnesota’s four seasons offer plenty of opportunities 4Play. Join us for the first official day of play as we heat up winter in a way only Minnesota can – Winter Trails Day! 4Play provides a safe space where experimentation is encouraged. Try a new winter activity or stick with a trusty favorite that works for you, whether that’s ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, geocaching, a naturalist-guided hike or a good ol’ romp in the snow – all that’s required is you and an open mind! Get outside of your comfort zone with thousands of friends as we show the world how to do winter right. Free. For information and to register: http://parkconnection.org/event/4play-kickoffwinter-trails-day-fort-snelling-3/.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/. For programs that require reservations, call763-559-6700 or register on-line: https://threeriversparks.org.

Big River, Small Fry: Nature for Curious Kids – Winter

Thursday, January 14, 9 am – 12 noon

Make a playdate with nature and your little one. Participate in sensory learning, science activities, hikes, ideas for home and more. Stay for an hour or all morning. Cost is $5, and reservations are required by the Tuesday prior to the program; reference activity number #116901-00. This program is for ages 0-6; both adult and child pay.

Dream Catchers

Saturday, January 16, 1 – 3 pm

Discover the history of dream catchers, and then create your own using natural and provided materials. Cost is $5, and reservations are required; reference activity number #116945-00. This program is open to all ages, and children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Free Family Fun Day: Snow and Ice Art

Sunday, January 17, 1 – 3 pm, ongoing

Drop in anytime! Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. This program is free and open to all ages, but children younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult.


On exhibit: January 14 – 31

Gallery One OST, 800 Washington Ave N, Suite 514

Opening artists’ reception: Thursday, January 14, 4 – 7 pm

MINNEscapes will feature contemporary landscapes by Minnesota artists Raelee Edgar, Krista Lee Johnson, JuliAnne Jonker and Patricia Gilmer Reinert. Raelee paints memories. Krista’s color and her remarkable use of light and shadow are both defining characteristics of her work. Patricia creates atmospheric landscapes. And, JuliAnne captures her initial inspiration and vision of a landscape. From oil to cold wax, encaustics and mixed media, these artists depict the beautiful natural world that surrounds us. For information: http://artleadershipprogram.tumblr.com/

ILLUSTRATORS’ STUDIO — the art of illustration

January 14 – February 20 (gallery hours Thursday to Saturday, 12 noon – 6 pm, and by appointment)

Opening reception: Saturday, January 23, 6 – 8 pm

Form+Content Gallery, 210 North Second Street, Suite 104

Form+Content Gallery presents ILLUSTRATORS’ STUDIO, the art of illustration, an exhibition of seven prominent illustrators who all have ties to the Twin Cities. Focusing less on commissioned illustrations and more on their personal work, the exhibit will feature original works of art created in their studios with a variety of media. Using an array of materials and techniques, these seven artists draw upon a broad range of influences to address issues that span everyday occurrences to cosmic themes. The exhibit features: Mary Bergherr, Linda Frichtel, Tom Garrett, Eric Hanson, James O’Brien, Anne Vagt and Ulana Zahajkewycz, and is curated by Form+Content members Jim Dryden and Jody Williams. For information: 612-436-1151 or http://www.formandcontent.org

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.

Faculty Performance: Some Like It Hot

Friday, January 15, 7:30 pm

Antonello Hall

Join us for a fantastic performance by MacPhail Center for Music faculty. “Some Like it Hot” will spice up the cold winter months by playing a fantastic array of Latin-flavored music. Free admission. For information:http://www.macphail.org/events/faculty-performance-some-like-it-hot/.

Samples of Classes and Activities at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1011 Washington Avenue South, 612-215-2520, http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Hours: Monday 10 am — 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am — 9 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm

Class details, instructor biographies, registration details and online registration are all available at above web site. You may also register by calling 612-215-2520. Note: This is only a sampling of classes, focusing on those that are less expensive and that don’t require experience.

Book Arts for Parents/Caregivers of 2-5 Year Olds

with Ellen Ferrari

Saturday, January 16, 10 am – 3 pm

Educational, affordable and fun! This hands-on class offers a wealth of information and inspiration for planning bookbinding and printmaking activities for the youngest book artists among us. This class will focus on: Creating an art space; books and story time; working with materials you already have; introductory skills and skill progressions; games and playtime. $85 ($76.50 members) + $6 supply fee. For information and to register:http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=939.

Wee Book Series II: Advanced Structures with Hard Covers

Sunday, January 17, 1 – 3 pm

For adults and ages 9 and up

Love miniature books? In this new series of playful, hands-on classes, learn how to make a bunch of them in no time at all! Four sessions will be offered, with different binding styles at each. This class will focus on Mini Hard Cover Meander with Sewn Slipcase. Great for families with kids or for kids-at-heart! Adult/child pair: $30 ($27 members) + $7 supply fee; additional child participants: $15 ($13 members) + $4 supply fee. Individual adult participants: $20 ($18 members) + $4 supply fee. Register for the full four-class series at a reduced rate. For information and to register: http://www.mnbookarts.org/event-registration/?ee=825.

Mill City Museum Programs and Events

704 Second Street South

For more information about Mill City Museum events call 612-341-7555, or visit http://www.millcitymuseum.org.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Saturday, January 16, 1 pm

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building’s many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its non-public spaces. The tour includes admission to the museum gallery, Baking Lab, Water Lab and Flour Tower show. Fee: $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 children ages 6-17 and MHS members. Tour includes museum admission. Reservations recommended; call 612-341-7555 or register online.

*****Planning Ahead*****

Bitter Boy Productions (Steven Meerdink) and Minneapolis Musical Theatre present:

Silence! The Musical

February 12March 6

The Lab Theater, 700 First Street North

SILENCE! The Musical is a hilarious ‘unauthorized’ parody based on the Academy Award winning film, The Silence of the Lambs. Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Emily Jabas) matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Tim Keuhl) in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill (Ryan London Levin). Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter’s clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned. This laugh-out-loud naughty satire features a singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin (Amanda Weis). Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he’d like to lead someday outside the prison walls. Fueled by a rabid cult following since the songs debuted online in 2002, SILENCE! was expanded into a live stage show and shattered every box-office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival. Winner of the FringeNYC Festival’s Best Musical Award, SILENCE! The Musical combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs that’s sure to be popular with seasoned fans of the movie and FBI rookies alike. For tickets:http://www.thelabtheater.org/#!silencethemusical/nnnkn.

*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Wine Night at Aster Café

First Thursday of each month, 6 – 7 pm

Aster Café, 125 Main Street SE

Join Bill Coy, wine writer for Mpls St Paul magazine. $15. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating; call 612-338-0062. Must be at least 21.

Live Jazz

Wednesdays, 9 pm – 12 midnight

The Tangiers, 116 First Avenue NE

Located in the trendy and historic North Loop neighborhood of downtown Minneapolis sits The Tangiers, housed in one of the city’s most historic buildings from 1884, The Hennepin Steam Building. Eat – drink – lounge – and now enjoy live jazz on Wednesdays along with DJed music other evenings. For information:http://www.thetangiersmpls.com.

Paint Nite at the Depot

Most Sundays, 3 pm

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Enjoy Paint Nite at the The Depot on Sundays! Come early or stay late to enjoy great food and cocktails at Stone Arch Bar located within the hotel. Experience the enjoyment of traveling to downtown Minneapolis to one of the cities’ most distinctive landmarks; a historic train depot complete with all the modern touches you will experience from full service Renaissance hotels in Minneapolis. Built as a railroad station over 100 years ago, the Depot is now a beautifully restored, upscale hotel in Minneapolis. For schedule and reservations: https://www.paintnite.com/pages/venueevents/view/minneapolis/108456.

Guthrie Theater Architectural Tours

First Saturday of each month, 9 am, plus by appointment for groups of five or more

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Influenced by the Mississippi River’s proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel’s vision for “theaters in the sky” made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Architecture tours are scheduled the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.and last approximately 75 minutes in length. $20 for adults; $15 for students. Call the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or order online at http://secure.guthrietheater.org/tickets/calendar/?q=whats_happening/calendar. Private architecture tours may be scheduled for groups of five or more; advance reservations are required by calling 612-225-6390.

Star Tribune Heritage Printing Plant Tour

Daily, 9 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm (latest time is best chance to see presses in action)

Star Tribune Heritage Center, 800 First Street North

If you like BIG, this is the place to see. The presses are 100 feet high, rolls of newsprint paper weigh 2,500 pounds, and the building is the size of nine football fields. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, is free to the public and is by appointment only. Tour visitors must be 10 years of age or older with adult supervision. Exceptions may be made for children under 10 as long as each child is chaperoned by an adult. Tour groups of us to 20 people may be accommodated; groups of fewer than 10 people may be combined with another group. For more information, including how to schedule a tour: http://www.startribunecompany.com/153.

Birthday Parties at the Depot Rink

The Depot, 225 Third Avenue South

Birthday party packages include: skate admission, skate rental, balloons, soda and choice of a hot dog with chips or a slice of pizza, vanilla ice cream cup and cake. Cost is $19.95 per person. Minimum of 8 people; reservations required. Contact Hannah Johnson at hjjohnson@thedepotminneapolis.com. For additional info, visithttp://www.thedepotrink.com.

Musical Performances on the U of M West Bank

The School of Music, located in Ferguson Hall on the University of Minnesota West Bank, offers a range of musical performances throughout the year, many of which are free. For more information, go tohttps://music.umn.edu/events.

*****Informational Resources*****

River Trip Planner

Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! www.rivertripplanner.org will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site

The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visithttp://www.stanthonyfalls.org.

Above the Falls Destinations Map

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage:http://www.minnehahamedia.com/gw/missriver_mpls_upper/index.html.

Mississippi River Field Guide

Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information:http://fieldguide.fmr.org

Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps

The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visithttp://www.mnmississippiriver.com.

Minneapolis Bicycling Map

The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.

*****Riverfront News Articles*****

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