Go & Do: Jan 11-Jan 17, 2017

This week’s list of recommended events.


Heydey- Celebrating 35 years of Music in Minneapolis- Mill City Museum- Runs through April 30

“Heyday” is the companion exhibition to the new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text by Danny Sigelman. Daniel Corrigan has been the photographer on the Minneapolis music scene since 1981 working as a freelancer and the official house photographer for First Avenue which has given him an unparalleled access and opportunity to see some amazing moments in local music history.  The exhibit of framed photographs and a slideshow including many unpublished Corrigan photos will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.   Cost:  Free for exhibit $6-$12 for the rest of the museum

DO:  Music, Museum, Free


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare- Abridged – Patsy Miller Studio Theater- Weekends Jan 12- Jan 21

Even if you don’t like Shakespeare, this show is for you.  Three actors perform all thirty seven of his plays in one crazy and hillarios performance.  See how much you remember from your high school English class and prepare for laughs at the Patsy Miller Studio at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.   Cost:  $10-$15

DO:  Theater, Silly, Frugal


Happy Hour with Sasquatch- Indeed Brewery- Jan 12  4:30-8:30

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky mythical man beast, Sasquatch does Happy Hour  in the Ox on Thurs, 1/12 from 4:30-8:30pm. Selfies with Sasquatch anyone?  All are welcome and there will be giveaways.   Donations will benefit Leukemia & Lymphma Society  Cost:  Free

DO:  Good, Silly, Brew


Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration -Jan 16  3-4:30pm

Come and celebrate the life and movement of Dr. King. This event will be open to the public with recitals, choirs, music, dance, a guest speaker, and an old fashion soul food dinner.  Cost:  Free for celebration, Dinner is extra

DO:  Learn, Family


Lazer Light Tubing -Powder Ridge (Kimball MN) – Jan 13  8pm-Midnight

Powder Ridge is bringing back Lazer Light Tubing.  Jan 13ths is the first one of the season.  There will be a D, neon lights, bonfire, food and a ton of neon fun.  Free glowstick given to all.  Advance online ticket purchase is requiredCost:  $20

DO:  Active, Outdoors


Sweet Science Ice Cream Tasting- Urban Growler- Jan 15  2pm-5pm

Ice Cream and Beer!  Sweet Science is a local fantastic ice cream without a regular retail space.  They rely on fun tasting events to sell their creamy goodness.  These are a great opportunity to try some fun and traditional flavored ice cream, have a beer (or three- no judgement here) and then pick up a couple pints for the road (ice cream- not the beer- always be safe and smart). 

DO:  Ice Cream, Brew


Winter Lights-Bruce Munro Installment-  MN Landscape Arboretum – Nov- March

Having Christmas lights withdrawal?  Check out the Arboretum.  Always a beautiful environment and a wonderful place for hiking or snowshoeing or even just a drive, this winter the Arboretum is hositing a light installment which makes the place come alive after dark.  There are 5 outdoor and 2 indoor self-guided tours and more information about Munro’s time at the arboretum and other installations.  Cost: $12

DO: Arboretum, Night


Craft Brewery Expo- Mankato Verizon Wireless Center- Jan 14th 3-6pm

Mankato’s 5th Annual Craft Beer Expo features MN brew and samples from over 40 of our local breweries.  There will be live music, food vendors and opportunities to learn about our favorite beverages.  Cost:  $35-$45

DO:  Brew, Adult 


Traditional Jazz Karaoke- Eagles 34- Jan 12   8pm-11pm

Channel your inner jazz era celeb and do some karaoke in the south ballroom of the Eagles.   There is a song list- for more information or to set up a song ahead of time- look at the FB invite for information.  Raffly prizes from Hymie’s!   Cost:  $5 cover

DO:  Music, Jazz, Karaoke


“Jaws the Revenge” -Trivia Mafia- Como Dockside – Jan 12  6:15 Trivia 6:45 Movie 

3rd floor of Como Dockside on Thursdays is doing some of the best movies of 1986- 1987.  This one is the “Jaws” sequal- same big fish, same menacing music.   Cost:  Free admittance- food & bev are extra

DO:  Movie, Trivia


Happy Birthday Janis:  A Tribute to the Life & Music of Janis Joplin – First Avenue- Jan16  7pm

This ninth annual First Avenue extravaganza is celebrating all things Janis.  There will be musicians from 10 local bands all paying tribute to this Pearl of the 60’s.   Come here renditions of all her big hits and see how Janis changed our musical landscape.  This is an 18 + event.  Cost:  $13-$15

DO:  Music, Adult

Hogwarts & Hashbrowns:  A Wizardly Drag Brunch- Union Restaurant -Jan 14 10am-3pm

Join our favorite wizard and other characters from the series for a drag hosted event.  You’ll be assigned to a brunch house and work with your housemates to earn points.  Wear your best wizard gear as there will be a contest. Brunch items are ordered a la carte and bottomless mimosas are available.   Look here for more info on seating times/ reservations.   NOTE: The brunch is all ages, but there will be loud music, inappropriate language, and scantily clad costumes. You have been warned!  Cost:  $8 cover (food and beverages extra)

DO:  Silly, Brunch, Geek


Arctic Fever Fat Tire Race – Excelsior Brewing Company – Jan 14  2pm-10pm

Erik’s Bike – Board – Ski and Excelsior Brewing Company are hosting their 5th annual Arctic Fever Fat Tire Bike Race. Ride the lake, the islands, the trails and the roads….Fun for all!  Registration is limited to 200 people.  Proceeds goto CycleHealth   Cost:  $10 and you get a free pint glass.

DO:  Outdoors, Active, Brew, Good, Winter


Fire & Ice Family Skate Night- Windom Park -Every Friday in Jan & Feb   6-8pm

Bring the whole family for a fun night of skating & sledding, We will have a fire pit to keep warm and make s’mores, Hot Cocoa and popcorn will be served as well. We will hold these family skate nights every Friday in January & February during 2017 rink dates.  Cost:  Free

DO:  Free, Family, Outdoors


Sportsology – Science Museum of MN- Indefinite

This is the latest addition to the regular exhibit galleries.  Learn about kinesiology and the body in motion through your favorite sports and even from some of your favorite athletes and mascots.  You’ll have the opportunity to analyze your movements and compare them to professional athletes.  Cost:  $19-$25

DO:  Museum, Family, Kids, Active


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I’m an easy going adventurer, explorer, avid music -lover, and enthusiastic photographer who loves trying new things -often the more obscure, the better.
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