Celebrate the Holidays with Bells On

If you’re visiting us during the Holidays, here are some fun events that might tickle your fancy.

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1. Ole and Lena’s Family Christmas

“Christmas and the holidays has always been Lena’s absolute favorite time of the year, even if, as Ole says “it makes her more than a little loopy.”

“As usual, Lena has invited her whole family, to include her snooty cousin Mildred who’s, in the past has been off on to many exotic vacations too to attend. Ole really wants nothing to do with the whole thing, especially the part when Lena dresses him dress up in the old ratty Santa suit to hand out presents. But, he may have hope if Sven can come up with a scheme to get him out of playing Santa? Will Lena be able to keep it all together while she prepares for the family Christmas? And will Sven come through with a plan? Find out in this hilarious holiday comedy about life, love, family and growing old together.”

Thu, Dec 15, 2016
2:00 PM

Burnsville Performing Arts Center
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337

Prices: $20.00  Reserved Seating

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2. St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Choir – Russian Christmas Nativity Concert

“St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir will present a concert of hymns from the Orthodox Church’s Vigil and Divine Liturgy for Christmas. Hymns will be sung in Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox Church, and in English. The concert will end with traditional hymns and carols from Eastern Slavic countries and regions.”

Sun, Dec 18, 2016
5:30-6:30 PM

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

$15 – Members
$20 – General Admission

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3. Holiday Follies with Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque Show!

“LCR celebrates its 14th annual Holiday Follies variety show, and continues a long tradition of irreverent, sexy, top-rated musical performances! Known for their vaudevillian comedy, and song and dance since 2003, features their critically acclaimed live jazz band, and world-class, triple-threat singers, dancers, and performance artists!”

Sat, Dec 17, 2016
7:00 PM doors open
8:00 PM show starts

Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 West 6th Street (6th & Wabasha)
Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 General Admission Advance
$25 General Admission Door
$65 Table for 2
$125 Table for 4

21 and over

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4. Holiday at the Dunsmore Lodge with Connie Evingson

“Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is known for taking divergent musical paths. Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CD’s ranging from jazz and Broadway standards to the music of Peggy Lee, the Beatles, Django Reinhardt, Dave Frishberg, Norman Gimbel and more reflects an adventurous spirit that knows no boundaries. She has been a guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein and Vince Giordano, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto Symphony conducted by Doc Severinsen, the JazzMN Orchestra and Vocalessence, among others. Her ten CD’s on Minnehaha Music have all charted in the Top 50 in the U.S. and Canada and can be heard on radio stations around the world. All the Cats Join In, her third CD in the “jazz manouche” style popularized by Django Reinhardt, features John Jorgenson and his Quintet and was released in Oct., 2014.

“Whether singing bebop, bossa nova, big band swing or a ballad, Connie’s voice is readily identifiable – sure in pitch, a tad smoky in places, razor sharp in articulation and exhibiting an inherent sense of swing that’s dead-center in the pocket. Nominated as JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in 2005 alongside Stacey Kent, Madeleine Peyroux, Tierney Sutton and Curtis Stigers, Connie has been featured on the Smithsonian’s Jazz Singers radio series, NPR’s Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, and is included on numerous compilations discs in the U.S., China and Japan. She is a two-time recipient of both the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist’s Initiative Grant.”

Dec 28th & 29th, 2016
7:00 PM

Crooners Lounge and Supper Club
161 Highway 65 Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55432
(763) 571-9020

Show:  $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)

Dinner & Show:  $40.00 ($42.39 w/service fee)

Choice of Side Salad & Entrée (Peppercorn Grilled Sirloin, Pan-Seared Chicken, Eggplant Parmesan) Upgrades: (Salmon or Pork Chop, $5; Walleye or NY Strip, $8; Crab Cakes, Ribeye or Tenderloin, $12.)

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5. Holiday’s Salsa Explosion “Extravaganza” 2016 (Twin Cities Salsa Asssocation)

“MUSIC Guest DJs
Sala~Bachata~Merengue~Cumbia~Timba~Cha Cha & More …

Best In the City … T…BALLROOM

* Nice Ballroom and Dance floor
* 6 hours of Dancing Music
* Dress to impress
* Free Parking”

Sat, Dec 17th, 2016
7 PM – 1 AM
Complimentary Dance Lesson 7:15 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis – Park Place
1500 Park Place Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416

$10.00 in Advance
$15.00 At the Door

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6. New Year’s Eve 2017 w/ the TIM Sigler Band

“The NYE tradition lives on!! Celebrate the arrival of 2017 w/ the Tim Sigler Band on Saturday, December 31st in downtown St. Paul @ the Eagle Street Grille (Right across the street from the Xcel Energy Center.)

“Shows at the Eagle Street Grille generally sell out fast, especially when the MN Wild are in town, so we highly encourage you to reserve your spot online ASAP.

“Admission to this year’s NYE event includes complimentary domestic tap & rail drinks from 8-9PM, plus there will also be a complimentary champagne toast at Midnight to ring in the new year. Live music with the Tim Sigler Band will start at 9:30PM and go until 1:30AM.

A limited number of hotel rooms are also available across the street at the Holiday Inn if needed @ http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/st-paul/mspal/hoteldetail

Sat, Dec 31, 2016
9:30 PM

Eagle Street Grille
174 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

$17.50 – $25.00

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7. The Brave New Workshop’s 2016 Holiday Revue: What the Elf?!

“Our blockbuster holiday shows are well known at the Brave New Workshop, and this year we have more material than ever to draw upon.

““The 2016 Holiday Show” will feature BNW cast members Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Ryan Nelson, Taj Ruler and Tom Reed. The show will be directed by Caleb McEwen. Josie Just will be the music director, and Matthew Vichlach will provide technical direction.

“The Brave New Workshop has been crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis since 1958 – longer than any other theatre in the U.S. Founded by the legendary Dudley Riggs, the Brave New Workshop is a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play.”

Nov 11, 2016 – Jan 28, 2017

Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

$33 – $38 (with discounts for students, seniors, AAA members, and more)

Bringing a group? Planning a party? Family in Town? Awesome! Give the box office a call for a special offer just for you and your group: 612-332-6620

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8. New Year’s Eve 2016 at Psycho Suzi’s

“The best tropical vacation in Minneapolis that money can buy! Go island hopping at Psycho Suzi’s and say goodbye to 2016.

“This New Year’s Eve, purchase a Polynesian Passport, which is your ticket for tasty appetizers, four island cocktails of your choosing, music provided by DJ Shane Kramer of Transmission Music, unlimited photo booth usage and obligatory champagne toast while we ring in 2017.”

Sat, Dec 31 – Sun, Jan 1, 2017
8:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
2519 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-788-9069

Advance tickets:  $56.00 ($58.95 w/service fee)

Beer, Wine, Spirits
Hip Hop & Rap, Pop & Top 40

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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9. LaDanza New Years Eve Ballroom Gala

“Break out your dancing shoes and party attire and join us for a special evening. Dinner, ballroom dancing to live music with the Rod Cerar Orchestra, casino games & prizes, fun DIY photo zone. Come join us!

“Dinner options include Braised Short Ribs, Chicken Inwood, Thai Ginger Glazed Salmon and vegetarian option Butternut Tortellacia. Dessert is optional for a small additional fee. A cash bar will be available all evening.

“We feature live ballroom music including the Waltz, Tango, ChaCha, Foxtrot, Rumba, East & West Coast Swing, Mambo, Samba and Nightclub 2-step.

“For more information and a flyer email: ladanzastillwater@hotmail.com or call Mary Pat Cumming 651-248-0752. LaDanza is a non-profit registered 501(c)(7) social club.”

Sat, Dec 31, 2016 – Sun, Jan 1, 2017
6:00 PM – 12:30 AM

Envision Event Center
484 Inwood Ave N.
Saint Paul, MN 55128

$95/per person 12/02/16 – 12/17/16

Enjoy, and have fun!

 

 

 

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Good Eats for the Irish in Us All

You’ll need food to support any St. Patrick’s Day celebrating you might do. Here are some ideas.

O’Gara’s Bar & Grill

Shamrock Glasses

O’Gara’s is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year with a St. Paddy’s tent party blowout. You can get corned beef and cabbage, a Shamrock burger, or other Irish goodies. Accompany it with some beer or a good whisky.

This week they’re serving music with their food. Check their website for additional events, but here’s their schedule for the day itself.

  • Noon – 4 pm: Hang out with Ben and Dana for the Go 96.3 Morning Show and test your luck on the Irish prize wheel for a chance to win some cool prizes.
  • O’Gara’s 25th Annual World’s Shortest Parade Led by the Brian Boru Pipe Band 3:30
  • Shamrock Room:  The Whiskies 4 – 8 pm & Two Hicks and a Chick 9 pm – 1 am
  • Tent:  The Todd Douglas Band 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

164 N Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Great Waters Brewing Company

Green Beer

This downtown restaurant will be opening at 10:00 am on the 17th for the convenience of parade-goers, and offering a limited St. Patrick’s Day menu including corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches, salmon, and clam chowder.

426 Saint Peter St., Saint Paul, MN

Tavern on Grand

Green Hat

This iconic eatery goes just a bit Irish on the 17th with a traditional corned beef and cabbage, but your luck is also almost certain to be good with their scrumptious walleye dishes.

656 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN

St. Paul Grill

Green Hair

The St. Paul Grill (the restaurant at the St. Paul Hotel) will have a stand on 5th & Market for the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 10:30 am. They’ll be serving Reuben sliders with sweet potato chips, Guinness, Jameson Ginger, and Bailey’s & Coffee. They’ll be serving their regular menu inside.

Shamrock’s: The Irish Nook

Shamrocks Three

Shamrock’s has a full day of events planned for St. Patrick’s day, extending into the weekend, including a special menu, a tent party, movies, and “all things green.” You can find more information on their Facebook page.

995 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN
Free Busing

Metro Transit is offering free rides from 6 pm to 3 am, so be safe.

Have a delicious time!

 

 

 

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Downtown Dining

So, you’re visiting beautiful St. Paul and you’re downtown, at the Winter Carnival, say. It’s about noon, and you want a nosh. Where should you go? Here are some ideas.

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Right on Rice Park is the St. Paul Hotel, which has a couple of fabulous restaurants. The St. Paul Grill is the fancier (and more expensive) option, with a full bar, while the M Street Cafe downstairs is also very tasty, with the choice to order the buffet or off the menu. We highly recommend the scrumptious fried egg sandwich.

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Anita’s Cafe, also on Rice Park in the Landmark Center, serves breakfast and lunch, and has a daily lunch special. Their food is fresh and delicious (they’re also a catering company), and served cafeteria style so it’s quick. They’re also very reasonably priced. Yelp labels them as a Mexican restaurant, and they do serve some Mexican dishes, but their menu has a much wider range.

Pazzaluna-Exterior

Pazzaluna is a bit off Rice Park to the east, and a little expensive, but serves really good Italian food. We recommend going for happy hour if you want to enjoy the bar and sample their food offerings for a little less money. They recommend reservations.

Sakura

Sakura is a Japanese restaurant that serves excellent sushi, as well as other Japanese favorites like bento boxes (a personal favorite). It has a full bar as well as the sushi bar, and is open for lunch and dinner.

Meritage

Meritage, a fine French and seasonal restaurant, is also really close to Rice Park in the historic Hamm Building, and recommends reservations. Their food is as beautiful as it is delicious, and worth every penny. They have an outdoor terrace and an oyster bar, in addition to their lovely dining room.

Mickey's Diner

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Mickey’s Diner has been offering diner food in an art deco dining car since 1939. It’s a St. Paul institution. Stop in for a malt or a meal and soak up the ambiance.

This is, of course, a mere sampling of the great dining options in downtown St. Paul, so you should explore on your own, but it’s a place to start.

 

 

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