"ALL IN ST. PAUL" OCTOBER EVENT CALENDAR

While out on a shoe-shopping venture on Saturday, we stopped at the Cheeky Monkey (525 Selby) for a bite. They have table service after five, the fireplace was lit and cozy, and the $4.50 house merlot was a generous enough serving to put us in R&R mode. And the sandwiches - oh my! It was Natalie's first visit, and she was not only sold on the Pot Roast, horseradish cream, arugula, and pickled onion on ciabatta ($7), but declared it "the best sandwich I have ever eaten". I went for the ham and brie on ciabatta pressed sandwich ($5) and we shared the homemade salt and pepper chips ($1.25). If you are on the run, it has to be the best picnic food ever, or on a diet, they will prepare any sandwich combo as a salad. Zero reasons to not put it into your regular repertoire.

Thursday, October 1

Arabian Horse Show, State Fairgrounds thru October 4th

The Pearl Fishers, Minnesota Opera at Ordway Center, 7:30pm.  A love triangle turns deadly in exotic Ceylon with Tony award-winner Jesus Garcia and Bizet’s shimmering score.

Swing Dance, Wabasha Street Caves, 6:15 lesson, 7-10 music, $7 cover. http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/ Moonlight Serenaders

Live music, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 7-9pm.  Music series featuring award-winning vocalist and songwriter Tom Robinson, Tony Moreno on percussion, Tom Church on saxophone, and others, including guest appearances from established local musicians. (651) 298-9200 for more information.

Radio Golf opens, Penumbra Theatre, thru October 25th. Harmond Wilks volleys to become Pittsburgh's first black mayor.

Friday, October 2

First Friday Happy Hour, Wild Tymes Sports Bar and Grill (33 W. 7th Place) 4-6pm. Sponsored by the Downtown Community Council. Prizes!

Wilco, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 7:30pm The band has recently released its seventh studio album, receiving a four-star review in Rolling Stone. http://www.theroy.org/

CD Release Concert, “IL POVERELLO”, The Rose Ensemble, Nativity of Our Lord Church, 1900 Wellesley Ave, 8pm. Through music that ranges from transcendent medieval polyphony to rousing Umbrian folk melodies, they tell of Saint Francis of Assisi’s humble and human beginnings, his miraculous deeds, and his love of all the earth’s creatures. Special Milanese guest artist Isacco Colombo—a sensational virtuoso on Italian bagpipes, shawm, fife and tabor—joins The Rose Ensemble’s own consort of instrumentalists on harp, vielle, hurdy-gurdy, psaltery and percussion. http://www.roseesemble.org/

Haydyn String Quartet, SPCO, The Music Room, 8pm. Kick-off of the 09-10 Chamber Music Series. Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

Saturday, October 3

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theater

Fall College Art Tour, 5-8pm. The curators and gallery directors from Augsburg College, Bethel University, the College of Visual Arts, Concordia University, Macalester College, Northwestern College, St. Catherine University, University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas invite you annually to a free “neighborhood” gallery crawl including exhibition receptions, refreshments, music and free shuttle buses. Details at http://www.stkate.edu/

Paddleford Oktoberfest Lunch Cruise, 11-3. Lunch and lock cruise with German-themed menu $40.98, save $2 at http://www.riverrides.com/

The Pearl Fishers, Minnesota Opera at Ordway Center, 7:30pm A love triangle turns deadly in exotic Ceylon with Tony award-winner Jesus Garcia and Bizet’s shimmering score.

Antique Spectacular, State Fairgrounds

Oktoberfest, Glockenspiel Restaurant, 605 W. 7th St., fun starts at noon! http://www.glockenspielrestaurant.com/

The Buddy Holly Story, MN History Theatre, thru 11/1 http://www.historytheatre.com/ Tap your toes along with this musical retelling of the life and times of Buddy Holly, from his meteoric rise to stardom to the unforgettable Clear Lake, Iowa concert. Musical hits include: Peggy Sue, Chantilly Lace, La Bamba, That’ll Be the Day, and more.

Brilliant Brass; Meet the Brass Family, SPCO, The Music Room 10:15 & 11:15am FREE.  Designed for families with children 3-6, Start the Music is an engaging and exciting way to introduce the young listener to classical music.  Performance, hands-on activities, crafts and instrument exploration.  http://www.thespco.org/

Saturday Live! Central Library 11:15am-12 Loki Players present the Poetry of Puppetry, The Library’s puppets will present a variety show of favorite poems (with a little help from Central Library Youth Services staff) on our historic Jemne puppet stage in this all ages show.

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22.  We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

KTIS Anniversary Celebration, Xcel Energy Center, 6pm, Michael W. Smith and guests Matthew West and Phil Stacey and 1000 member chorus assembled from 100 area churches.

Sunday, October 4

Twin Cities Marathon

Antique Spectacular, State Fairgrounds

French Conversation Group, Black Dog Café, 11:30am New-comers of any level of fluency welcome every Sunday!

Haydyn String Quartet, SPCO, The Music Room, 2pm. Kick-off of the 09-10 Chamber Music Series. Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

Barbara W. Sommer: Hard Work and a Good Deal, Central Library 2-3pm, Minnesota category winner Barbara W. Sommer discusses her book about the CCC program born out of FDR’s New Deal which supplied jobs to more than 77,000 Minnesotans.

The Pearl Fishers, Minnesota Opera at Ordway Center, 2pm A love triangle turns deadly in exotic Ceylon with Tony award-winner Jesus Garcia and Bizet’s shimmering score.

Monday, October 5

St. Paul Almanac Reading Series, Black Dog Café, 7-8:30pm. Diego Vazquez

1st Mondays at the Commodore, 79 Western Ave, 4-8pm. Cash bar, music, and conversation in the historic Art Deco Bar with unique, exotic treasures from world travelers, artists, designers, collectors and antique aficionados.

Tuesday, October 6

Trivia Night, POP!! Restaurant, 6 W. 6th St. Live music, American and Latin-American cuisine, creative desserts and cocktails. http://www.poprestaurant.com/

Chinese Oolong Tea Ceremony, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 5-6pm. A relaxing tea-tasting and cultural seminar on the art and attributes of tea in traditional Chinese culture.

Wednesday, October 7

Sampler nite Live, Minnesota History Theatre. Preview a dozen performing arts events. Act One 7pm, G-rated; Act Two 8:15, unrated $20, $5 off a full-price ticket by typing the code word “members” when you order tickets online. You can also get up to four free tickets by reserving online using your St. Paul Public Library card number. http://www.samplenightlive.com/

Thursday, October 8

Swing Dance, Wabasha Street Caves, 6:15 lesson, 7-10 music, $7 cover. http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/ Minnesota Jazz Orchestra

Live music, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 7-9pm. Music series featuring award-winning vocalist and songwriter Tom Robinson, Tony Moreno on percussion, Tom Church on saxophone, and others, including guest appearances from established local musicians. (651) 298-9200 for more information.

Talking Volumes with James Ellroy, Fitzgerald Theater, 7pm, $20. Crime novelist James Ellroy discusses his new book, Blood's A River.

Friday, October 9

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, 6-10pm. 20% off dining at POP, 6 W. 6th St., for Crawl patrons

Shostakovich Piano Concerto, SPCO at the Ordway, 10:30am and 8pm. Conductor Hans Graf returns to the SPCO with this all-Russian program. http://www.ordway.org/ Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8pm, $18 http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Saturday, October 10

Saint Paul Oktoberfest, North Rice St. (Rose & Geranium), noon-11pm, FREE. Beer, live music and dancing, local and ethnic food, Winter Carnival Royalty, kids games, bed races and more! http://www.saintpauloktoberfest.org/

Shostakovich Piano Concerto, SPCO at the Ordway, 8pm. Conductor Hans Graf returns to the SPCO with this all-Russian program. http://www.ordway.org/ Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, noon-8pm. 20% off dining at POP, 6 W. 6th St., for Crawl patrons

The Children's EcoArts Festival, Mears Park (Sibley & 5th), 12:30-4:30pm. A celebration of creativity, culture and conservation.  Performance schedule http://www.artstart.org/

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8 & 10pm, $18  http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Opening of the Fall Flower Show at the Como Conservatory

La Familia Latino Festival, Rivercentre, 10am-5pm, FREE. The Midwest's largest Hispanic heritage event featuring local and national entertainment, cuisine, and more than 100 life and culture exhibits.

Taylor Swift, Xcell Energy Center, 7:30pm

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theater

Paddleford Oktoberfest Lunch Cruise, 11-3. Lunch and lock cruise with German-themed menu $40.98, save $2 at http://www.riverrides.com/

Saturday Live! Ten Penny Tunes, Central Library 11:15am-12, Ten Penny Tunes introduces young audiences to the world of folk music - Appalachian Mountain to Zydeco with a few stops in between. Discover a variety of instruments including bagpipe, accordion, saxophone, clarinet and the ever-popular "library washboard."

Wolf Awareness Weekend, Como Zoo

Sunday, October 11

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, noon-5pm.

French Conversation Group, Black Dog Café, 11:30am New-comers of any level of fluency welcome every Sunday!

Rob Thomas, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm “Cradlesong Tour ‘09” with guests OneRepublic and Carolina Liar

St. Paul City Ballet, Landmark Musser Cortile; 1pm; FREE.  A Tribute to the 100th Anniversary of Les Ballets Russes: Excerpts from La Boutique Fantasque and Les Sylphides, premieres in Paris, 1909. Performed by both the Chamber dancers and the students of Saint Paul City Ballet.

Dave Kenney: Twin Cities Picture Show, Central Library, 2-3pm Dave Kenney discusses his new book, Twin Cities Picture Show

Wolf Awareness Weekend, Como Zoo

Tuesday, October 13

FREE Ballet Tuesday - Les Ballets Russes, Landmark Musser Cortile; 12pm; FREE.  A Tribute to the 100th Anniversary of Les Ballets Russes: Excerpts from La Boutique Fantasque, premiere in Paris, 1909, and performed by the Chamber dancers of Saint Paul City Ballet.

Little House on the Prairie The Musical opens, Ordway, 7:30pm, Thru Oct. 25th, the inspirational Little House stories take on a brand new frontier in the uplifting musical. Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura for 10 years in the much loved television series, continues her legacy by starring as Ma. $39.50-$80.50 http://www.ordway.org/

Trivia Night, POP!! Restaurant, 6 W. 6th St. Live music, American and Latin-American cuisine, creative desserts and cocktails. http://www.poprestaurant.com/

American Composer's  Salon Series, Studio Z, 7pm. This monthly salon series, located in the Northwestern Building, will feature a lineup of performers, composers and sound artists of all stripes, and will include a special duet between poet Todd Boss and flutist and composer Julie Johnson. A great opportunity for any music aficionado to get up close and personal with local composers, ask pressing questions, hear new live music and to simply hang out in a creative and intimate environment with other like-minded folk. http://www.newmusicmn.com/

Chinese Oolong Tea Ceremony, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 5-6pm. A relaxing tea-tasting and cultural seminar on the art and attributes of tea in traditional Chinese culture.

Bruce Feiler, Fitzgerald Theater, 7pm, $20. Best-selling history author Bruce Feiler
talks about his latest book, America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story.

Wednesday, October 14

Health and Wellness Fair - "Healthy People Make Healthy Communities", Landmark Musser Cortile; 11am-2pm; FREE.  Health, well-being and social service resources, including mental health, hospitals, massage, nutrition, personal training, social service agencies, faith communities, creative arts, dentistry, and supportive senior care services. Attendees will receive guidance to understand the food and mood connection, address parent adoption issues, and learn about counseling resources in downtown Saint Paul.

October 15-18 MEA Weekend

Thursday, October 15

PLUG IN TO SAINT PAUL, Wild Tymes Sports Bar & Grill (33 W 7th Place), 6-8 pm. The Small Business Committee of CapitolRiver Council invites you to attend this event designed for new downtown Saint Paul residents or those who live and work here but would like to feel a bit more plugged in to the community and make connections. Come to purposefully network and learn more about businesses and organizations downtown. Visit the event’s facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=157122195489.
 
The Schubert Club Courtroom Concert, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE.  The Courtroom Concert Series features local performing artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and surrounding metropolitan area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. The audience is welcome to bring a lunch or purchase a sandwich at Anita's Cafe on the ground floor of Landmark Center. Complimentary coffee is served.

The Full Monty opens, McKnight Theatre, Ordway, 7:30pm thru Nov. 8th. Based on the hit film, The Full Monty is the hilarious musical about a group of unemployed steelworkers who take drastic measures to earn some extra cash. Presented by Theater Latte Da. http://www.ordway.org/

Swing Dance, Wabasha Street Caves, 6:15 lesson, 7-10 music, $7 cover. http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/ Beasley's Big Band

Live music, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 7-9pm. Music series featuring award-winning vocalist and songwriter Tom Robinson, Tony Moreno on percussion, Tom Church on saxophone, and others, including guest appearances from established local musicians. (651) 298-9200 for more information.

Friday, October 16

Othello opens, Park Square Theatre. Shakespeare shines a fierce spotlight on the desirous heart and the insecurities of even the strongest men. Full of terror and beauty, Othello is a gripping story – relevant to both its own time and ours. Thru Nov. 8th

Ruthie Foster, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2400 Randolph Ave., 8pm. The Truth According to Ruthie Foster with uplifting lyric and electrifying vocals, backed by a band of world-class players bristling with soul. $32, students $10.

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8pm, $18  http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Women of Faith Tour. Xcel Energy Center, Oct. 16-17 Musical artists, speakers and special guests www.womenoffaith.com/stpaul

Saturday, October 17

Chief Justice John Marshall, MN History Center, 2pm. Constitutional legal scholar R. Kent Newmeyer, author of John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court, speaks on Supreme Court Justice Marshall who aged a lifelong ballet against divisive regional politics and asserted the primacy of the U.S. Constitution and the unifying power of the law. $14, reservations required www.mnhs.org/forum  or 651-259-3015.

Minnesota Rollergirls All-Stars vs. Carolina Rollergirls, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 7:30pm, $15.

Paddleford Oktoberfest Lunch Cruise, 11-3 Lunch and lock cruise with German-themed menu $40.98, save $2 at http://www.riverrides.com/

Saturday Live! Brodini Comedy Magic Show, 11:15am-12 Join us for this ever popular magic show with the master of illusion. Great for the whole family.

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun!  Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8 &10pm, $18 http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm A non-scary Halloween festival for families. Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun - over 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. $7, $6 presale at Cub Foods

Tango Nite, Black Dog Cafe & Wine Bar, Broadway and Prince. Third Saturday of every month is the Black Dog Milonga! Lois Donnay teaches, performs and promotes partner dancing in Minnesota, and has been specializing in teaching Argentine Tango for 10 years. 7:30pm lesson. Dance 8:00-12:00pm. Lots of fun! Great food, wine and dancing. $6 cover

Venetian Baroque, SPCO, Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, 8pm. Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Verdi, Rossini, Gabrieli, Liszt and Malipiero. Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

Sunday, October 18

Saint Paul Civic Symphony Concert, Landmark Musser Cortile; 1pm; FREE.  The Saint Paul Civic Symphony presents their annual fall concert highlighting the beautiful and stirring music from Italy featuring soloists Sarah Kwak and William Schrickel of the Minnesota Orchestra

Larry Millett: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota, Central Library, 2-3pm Larry Millett, a local expert on architecture and history in Minnesota, presents: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota.This is your chance to warm up for the new Sherlock Holmes movie featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Disney Live!, Xcel Energy Center, 12:30 & 3:30pm, Join Mickey and friends on their latest musical adventure – Toy Story’s Buzz and Woody, Cinderella, Tigger and more!

Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm A non-scary Halloween festival for families. Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun - over 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. $7, $6 presale at Cub Foods

French Conversation Group, Black Dog Café, 11:30am New-comers of any level of fluency welcome every Sunday!

Victorian Ghost Stories, James J. Hill House, 6 and 7:30pm, $10

Monday, October 19

Innovators Series with Tim Flannery, Fitzgerald Theater, 7pm, $20.  One of the world's leading scientists and thinkers about sustainability, Tim Flannery discusses his new book, Now or Never.

Tuesday, October 20

Lincoln’s Impact and Legacy in Minnesota, MN History Center History Lounge, 7pm, Share a dessert, sip a glass of wine and join a smart, thought-provoking conversation about Abraham Lincoln’s impact on Minnesota’s African American and Dakota Communities with historian Bill Green, Dakota educator and elder David Larson, and University of Minnesota historian Hy Berman. FREE www.mnhs/lounge

Trivia Night, POP!! Restaurant, 6 W. 6th St. Live music, American and Latin-American cuisine, creative desserts and cocktails. http://www.poprestaurant.com/

Spooky Woods, Minnesota Children's Museum, 9-5pm, thru Nov. 1st.  MCM transforms the Earthly World Gallery into Spooky Woods with an eerie anthill, swampy bog, and glow-in-the-dark costumes to try out life as a bat. http://www.mcm.org/

Chinese Oolong Tea Ceremony, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 5-6pm. A relaxing tea-tasting and cultural seminar on the art and attributes of tea in traditional Chinese culture.

Thursday, October 22

The Schubert Club Courtroom Concert, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE.  The Courtroom Concert Series features local performing artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and surrounding metropolitan area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. The audience is welcome to bring a lunch or purchase a sandwich at Anita's Cafe on the ground floor of Landmark Center. Complimentary coffee is served.

James Sewell Ballet: Moving Works, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2400 Randolph Ave., Thru Oct. 25th. Moving Works brings to the stage a program created to challenge the boundaries of contemporary ballet with an explosion of expression through music and motion. Dancer Sally Rousse always promises an edgy and compelling evening of dance.

Swing Dance, Wabasha Street Caves, 6:15 lesson, 7-10 music, $7 cover. http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/ Swing Beat

Live music, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 7-9pm. Music series featuring award-winning vocalist and songwriter Tom Robinson, Tony Moreno on percussion, Tom Church on saxophone, and others, including guest appearances from established local musicians. (651) 298-9200 for more information.

St. Paul Scrapbook Convention, Rivercentre, vendors and over 100 classes to choose from. http://www.rivercentre.com/

Friday, October 23

Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm A non-scary Halloween festival for families. Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun - over 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. $7, $6 presale at Cub Foods

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8pm, $18 http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

A Spirit of Halloween: A One Man Circus Sideshow, Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre, 7:30pm. World Premier of A Spirit of Halloween by Lloyd Brant from Theatre of Fools - a one-man circus sideshow of creepy conjuring. http://www.twincitiesmagic.com/

St. Paul Scrapbook Convention, Rivercentre, vendors and over 100 classes to choose from. http://www.rivercentre.com/

SPCO Winds, The Music Room, 8pm.  Hear the winds of the SPCO in a kaleidoscopic variety of instumental combinations and music.  Part of the season's Chamber Music Series. Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

Hanuman and the Girl Prince, SteppingStone Theater, 7pm, $11-$9. Bollywood comedy of mistaken identity, intrigue, and great heroism. http://www.steppingstonetheater.org/

Judy Garland: Born in a Trunk, Camp Bar, 7:30pm. Alicia Renee has assembled some of Judy Garland’s best-loved songs and will bring them to the Cabaret Theater. Show runs Friday and Saturdays thru November 15th.

Saturday, October 24

Paddleford Oktoberfest Lunch Cruise, 11-3.  Lunch and lock cruise with German-themed menu $40.98, save $2 at http://www.riverrides.com/

MN Wild vs. Hurricanes, 7pm, Xcel Energy Center Center

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theater

St. Paul Whiskey Fest, The Happy Gnome, 12-8pm. Sample over 300 different selections!

A Spirit of Halloween: A One Man Circus Sideshow, Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre, 7:30pm. World Premier of A Spirit of Halloween by Lloyd Brant from Theatre of Fools - a one-man circus sideshow of creepy conjuring. http://www.twincitiesmagic.com/

Brilliant Brass; Meet the Brass Family, SPCO, The Music Room 10:15 & 11:15am FREE. Designed for families with children 3-6, Start the Music is an engaging and exciting way to introduce the young listener to classical music. Performance, hands-on activities, crafts and instrument exploration. http://www.thespco.org/

Saturday Live! Three Rivers Park District presents Ways of the White-tail Deer 11:15am-12, Learn about the natural history of this modern day wildlife wonder in this interactive nature program.

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8 & 10pm, $18 http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

St. Paul Scrapbook Convention, Rivercentre, vendors and over 100 classes to choose from. http://www.rivercentre.com/


Central MiniCon, Central Library 11:15am-3:30pm Interested in robots, monster origami, and other fantasy and horror–related fun? Join us for a fantasy/horror MiniCon! To complete the experience, we’ll also be showing the movie Coraline and serving movie-style treats.

Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm A non-scary Halloween festival for families. Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun - over 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. $7, $6 presale at Cub Foods

Sunday, October 25

Great Pumpkin Festival, Landmark, Musser Cortile; 1pm; FREE Among Landmark Center’s most popular family-friendly programs, the Great Pumpkin Festival delivers all things Halloween, including storytelling, music, art projects, a costume parade and more! Dress up and join in the fun, free of charge!

Opus and Olives, Crowne Plaza, 5pm The premier literary party in the Twin Cities. Cocktail reception, dinner and noted authors speaking about their books and the art of writing – Mike Walsh, Julia Glass, Jeffrey Toobin, Ron Cotton, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Michael Connelly. Contact The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library 651-222-3242.

Dia de los Muertos Family Fiesta, MN History Center, noon-4pm This joyful Mexican holiday translates across cultures to celebrate and honor the lives, spirits and legacies of loved ones who have died. Mexican dance, music and activities. FREE with museum admission. www.mnhs.org/dia

Zoo Boo, Como Zoo, 4:30-7:30pm A non-scary Halloween festival for families. Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun - over 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. $7, $6 presale at Cub Foods

Boo Bash on Grand, Grand Avenue, noon-4pm. Kids can trick-or-treat along Grand Avenue and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities hosted by local businesses. Costume contest and petting zoo are just some of the planned highlights.

SPCO Winds, The Music Room, 2pm. Hear the winds of the SPCO in a kaleidoscopic variety of instumental combinations and music. Part of the season's Chamber Music Series. Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

Victorian Ghost Stories, James J. Hill House, 6 and 7:30pm, $10

Comics Day, Central Library, 1:30-4:30pm Third annual Comics Day will feature a panel of local comics artists and writers talking about what they do and answering your questions in our Library Store area. Then we’ll have a new animé film viewing complete with Pocky upstairs in the 4th Floor Meeting Room.

Chad Lewis: Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations, Central Library, 2-3pm This presentation takes the audience on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in Minnesota -from Wandering Ghosts in the North Woods to the Haunted B&B in Wabasha. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions located in your own backyard, no place in MN is without its own haunting. Complete with photos, case history, eyewitness accounts, ghost lore, and directions, this unique presentation encourages you to visit these places for your own ghost story.

French Conversation Group, Black Dog Café, 11:30am New-comers of any level of fluency welcome every Sunday!

Monday, October 26

Leonidas Kavakos, Schubert Club at the Ordway, 8pm. International Artist Series opens with this stunning Greek violinist performing Bach, Schumann and George Enescu. $45-$22 http://www.schubert.org/

Tuesday, October 27

Trivia Night, POP!! Restaurant, 6 W. 6th St. Live music, American and Latin-American cuisine, creative desserts and cocktails. http://www.poprestaurant.com/

Chinese Oolong Tea Ceremony, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 5-6pm. A relaxing tea-tasting and cultural seminar on the art and attributes of tea in traditional Chinese culture.

Wednesday, October 28

MN Wils vs. The Predators, 7pm, Xcel Energy Center

Thursday, October 29

The Schubert Club Courtroom Concert, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE.  The Courtroom Concert Series features local performing artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and surrounding metropolitan area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. The audience is welcome to bring a lunch or purchase a sandwich at Anita's Cafe on the ground floor of Landmark Center. Complimentary coffee is served.

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8pm, $18 http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Swing Dance, Wabasha Street Caves, 6:15 lesson, 7-10 music, $7 cover. http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/ Jerry O'Hagan Orchestra

Live music, Global Village (508 Jackson St, between 9th & 10th), 7-9pm. Music series featuring award-winning vocalist and songwriter Tom Robinson, Tony Moreno on percussion, Tom Church on saxophone, and others, including guest appearances from established local musicians. (651) 298-9200 for more information.

Friday, October 30

MN WILD vs. The Rangers, 7pm Xcel Energy Center

Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance, Ordway, 7:30pm. Led by international ballet star Rasta Thomas, this company redefines classical ballet by fusing classic strength and form with hip hop, jazz dance, rock music and gymnastics.$25-$30 http://www.ordway.org/

An Evening of Bharatanyam, O”Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2400 Randolph Ave., Legendary dance/choreographer Alarmél Valli is acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry.

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! Ghosts & Graves Tour, 8 &10pm, $18 http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Tortured Cinema: The Great Works of Lon Chaney, Fitzgerald Theater, 7pm, $12, $6 kids. Extended excerpts of Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ.

A Spirit of Halloween: A One Man Circus Sideshow, Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre, 7:30pm. World Premier of A Spirit of Halloween by Lloyd Brant from Theatre of Fools - a one-man circus sideshow of creepy conjuring. http://www.twincitiesmagic.com/ /

Saturday, October 31 Halloween

Saturday Live! Central Library, 11:15am-12, Raptor Center, Meet some of our feathered friends and learn about the life of a raptor in this live animal presentation.

Lowertown Boos Crawl, Lowertown Entertainment District, 6-12pm.  Purchase your $10 "passport" and receive a FREE DRINK at each participatin location.  http://www.lowertowned.com/

Halloween Spooktacular, Minnesota Children's Museum, Dinner 5:15-6pm, Party 6-8:30pm.  Carnival games like pumpkin bowling and slimy chemisty experiments. $10-$12 http://www.mcm.org/

Boo-ology, Science Museum, 1-4pm. Spooky hand-on science activities with a Halloween spin! Kids in costume will receive free admission to the permanent exhibit hall.

A Spirit of Halloween: A One Man Circus Sideshow, Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre, 7:30pm. World Premier of A Spirit of Halloween by Lloyd Brant from Theatre of Fools - a one-man circus sideshow of creepy conjuring. http://www.twincitiesmagic.com/  

Ghosts, Graves & Caves Tour, Wabasha Street Caves, 5:30pm, $22. We enjoyed this last year - a bus, graveyard and cave tour narrated by costumed characters - fun! http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Hardenberger and Frankenstein, SPCO at the Ordway, 8pm. Conductor H.K. Gruber directs the U.S. premiere of his new trumpet concerto, Busking, complete with banjo and accordion, performed by world-renowned trumpet player Hakan Hardenberger, as well as his famous madcap composition Frankenstein. Do you know about the 2030 Club? You can get $10 tickets to the SPCO if you are in your 20s or 30s – sign up free at www.thespco.org/club2030

“Uncle Sam Worked Here: Conversations in Local History” lecture series returns to Landmark Center. The fall series is focused on the notable history of the Federal Courts and the court system that produced three Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Warren Burger, Associate Justice Pierce Butler, and Associate Justice Harry Blackmun. The October 31 conversation will be facilitated by Professor Jeffrey Morris from Touro Law Center in New York. The programs are free but require a reservation by calling 651-292-3063 or by email to: kthompson@landmarkcenter.org

2 comments:

  1. Love your blog, Karen. Best complilation of events that I have found for Saint Paul, but why don't you include the Wild games?!

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  2. Busted! Thanks for the feedback. I figured the Wild followers had those dates memorized, but you are right, they are still an important St. Paul event! They have been added accordingly.

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