"ALL IN ST. PAUL" SEPTEMBER EVENT CALENDAR

Can't get through the week without a plan for the weekend?  Looking for something to do today?  In a panic because the relatives are visiting in a week?  This Event Calendar has it All in St. Paul -  Educator book sale at the Red Balloon to a five-course cigar dinner at the St. Paul Hotel. Note that many of the events are FREE!  

Last night a friend and I went to Becky's New Car at The Park Square Theatre (see Sept. 11th or www.parksquaretheatre.org ) - very funny lines, one after the other, and a perfect escape for us mid-lifers. Hurry, it's only on 'til Oct. 4th! We stopped for some small plates at Meritage first. They honored our theatre timetable beautifully and artfully split our menu choices. The food was fabulous, as usual (try the sweet corn Veloute with crab salad and coriander, $7), and we got to fit in one more warm patio nite in September.


"ALL IN ST. PAUL" SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, September 1

‘Lil Wayne, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm. Hip-hop superstar with guests Young Jeezy, Soulja and Pleasure P

Wednesday, September 2

Sampler nite Live, Minnesota History Theatre, Preview a dozen performing arts events. Act One 7pm, G-rated; Act Two 8:15, unrated $20 http://www.samplenightlive.com/

Thursday, September 3

Laugh Lines Comedy Showcase, MN History Theatre, 7pm $10 (proceeds to Second Harvest) Five stand-up comics to preview for your next event. http://www.historytheatre.com/

Saturday, September 5

First Saturday’s Gospel Brunch, POP, 10:30am experience the NEW Gospel Brunch, featuring inspiring gospel performances and amazing food to feed the body and the soul. http://www.poprestaurant.com/

World Wrestling Entertainment, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30pm Championship match John Cena vs. Randy Orton and RAW Tag Team Match

Monday, September 7 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

Especially for Educators, Red Balloon Bookshop, 9am-noon, Bring your school ID for a 20% educator’s discount. Freebies, food and fun. 10am Doug Wood, 11am New book review session.

Friday, September 11

Concrete and Grass Music Festival. Mears Park, FREE three days of music on two stages, rain or shine. Local bars will pick up each night at 10 when the outdoor music stops. Complete schedule at http://www.concreteandgrass.com/

Rose Ensemble Showcase Concert, Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St., 8pm The opening concert of their 2009-10 Season is FREE! This special full-length performance features the most popular music from The Rose Ensemble’s celebrated international concert tours. In one thrifty night out, hear this renowned professional ensemble perform music from ancient Hawai‘i, Renaissance Europe, early America, the medieval Mediterranean and more! http://www.roseesemble.org/

Becky’s New Car opening, Park Square Theatre. Playful, wacky and wistful, this story maps out a road trip that lets the audience ride shotgun in a way most plays don’t dare. In this life-affirming story about the road not taken, Becky – without really planning to – takes a chance to test drive another life. Thru October 4th

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Center, 10:30am and 8pm. The Chamber Orchestra’s season opener. http://www.thespco.org/

Saturday, Sept. 12

Concrete and Grass Music Festival. Mears Park, FREE three days of music on two stages, rain or shine. Local bars will pick up each night at 10 when the outdoor music stops. Complete schedule at http://www.concreteandgrass.com/

Downtown Beat Classics Car Show, Kellogg Blvd. 5-9pm http://www.downtwonbeatclassics.com/

Chestnut Brass Company, Ordway, 8pm The Grammy Award-Winning Chestnut Brass Company explores the beauty of American music, past and present. With a museum quality collection of brass instruments, they recreate the sounds of America’s roots, and continue with folk songs, Broadway & American popular tunes, and new music written especially for the Chestnut Brass Company.

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

Grand Play Date, Minnesota Children’s Museum, 6-8:30 A special after-hours grandparent-grandchild play date. Enjoy a delicious dinner, explore the Museum's seven galleries, participate in special activities and dance to music from the Okee Dokee Brothers.Grandparent tickets start at $25. Child tickets are $10. Call 651-225-6039 to RSVP

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Center, 8pm. The Chamber Orchestra’s season opener. http://www.thespco.org/

Woodland Puppets presents Ollie’s Garden, Saturday Live! Central Library, 11:15am-12, Ollie, a dog, explores his backyard, guards his garden from a pesky rabbit, and dreams of . . . well, come to help Ollie protect the garden and find out!

Z' Puppets Rosenschnoz, Saturday Live! Central Library, 3-3:30pm, presents The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus (formerly Circus Minimus Puppetry) return with those amazing ping pong balls in this one of a kind glow in the dark circus for all ages!

"Tribute to the Titanic" Themed Tea, St. Paul Hotel, 3pm $27, 651-228-3860

Selby Jazzfest, Selby and Milton, 11am-7pm. A major event on the local jazz calendar. Saxaphonist/composer Kim Waters, guitarist/vocalist Hagas Berthane, and vocalist Patty Aiken from Sounds of Blackness.  http://www.selbyavenuejazzfest.com/

Sunday, September 13

Concrete and Grass Music Festival. Mears Park, FREE three days of music on two stages, rain or shine. Local bars will pick up each night at 10 when the outdoor music stops. Complete schedule at http://www.concreteandgrass.com/

Farmer’s Market Dinner, Black Dog Café, 6pm Innovative Chef Shelagh Connolly (former Mildred Pierce Restaurant) will prepare a meal with fresh ingredients from the Farmer’s Market, $40 includes dinner and wine. Check out the sample menu at http://www.blackdogstpaul.com/  – yum!

St. Paul Classic Bike Tour, check-in begins at 7:15 at Summit and Cretin for 15-, 30-, 45-mile routes.  Beautiful views, great live music and refreshments to match.  Adults $25, Children 5-16 $10, under 5 free http://www.bikeclassic.org/

Monday, September 14

The Schubert Club- Signature Songs: Johannes Brahms Recital, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE Seth Keeton, bass-baritone • Timothy Lovelace, piano A week long series of recitals exploring music by composers whose letters and manuscripts are part of The Schubert Club Museum. Recitals by some of the finest Twin Cities musicians are featured in these noon-time concerts.

Tuesday, September 15

The Schubert Club- Signature Songs: Franz Joseph Haydn Recital, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano • Timothy Lovelace, piano, A week long series of recitals exploring music by composers whose letters and manuscripts are part of The Schubert Club Museum. Recitals by some of the finest Twin Cities musicians are featured in these noon-time concerts.

Potluck Paradise, MN History Center, 10:30-11:30am. Meet food historians Rae Katherine Eighmay and Debbie Miller, who compiled from church and community group cookbooks from the Society’s library. They’ll share recipes, hilarious stories and tasty samples. FREE programs for 55 and over. Registration by 9/8 651-259-3015 or www.mnhs/seniorsinmind

Wednesday, September 16

The Schubert Club- Signature Songs: Claude Debussy & Gabriel Fauré Recital, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE Brad Benoit, tenor • Sonja Thompson, piano A week long series of recitals exploring music by composers whose letters and manuscripts are part of The Schubert Club Museum. Recitals by some of the finest Twin Cities musicians are featured in these noon-time concerts.

Thursday, September 17

St. Paul Almanac Publication Release Party, Black Dog Café, 7pm. The almanac highlights events in the city and essays and poems by local writers, including Kellogg Square’s own Karen Karsten.

Umbrella! St. Paul Union Depot, 6:30pm. Grand Central-themed party hosted by Forecast Public Art with a silent auction where guests can bid on one-of-a-kind umbrellas painted by local and national artists, high-tech light projections, live music, stilt walkers and speed painting by artist JAO. $50 http://www.forecastpublicart.org/

The Schubert Club - Signature Songs: Franz Schubert Recital, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE Maria Jette, soprano • Sonja Thompson, piano A week long series of recitals exploring music by composers whose letters and manuscripts are part of The Schubert Club Museum. Recitals by some of the finest Twin Cities musicians are featured in these noon-time concerts.

Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Center, 8pm. Collaboration with Dale Warland’s SPCO Chorale telling the story of Christ’s birth and the holy family’s journey across Egypt. http://www.thespco.org/

Friday, September 18

Nativity County Fair Wellesley and Prior, thru 9/20. The best family oriented church festival in St. Paul! Fri 5-10, Sat 10-5, Sun outdoor Mass 10:30, fair 11:30-5

The Schubert Club- Signature Songs: Wolfgang Amadé Mozart Recital, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE Karin Wolverton, soprano • Timothy Lovelace, piano A week long series of recitals exploring music by composers whose letters and manuscripts are part of The Schubert Club Museum. Recitals by some of the finest Twin Cities musicians are featured in these noon-time concerts.

Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Center, 8pm. Collaboration with Dale Warland’s SPCO Chorale telling the story of Christ’s birth and the holy family’s journey across Egypt. http://www.thespco.org/

The Schubert Club- Master Class with Joan Logue (soprano), Landmark Courtroom 317; 2pm; FREE “Contemporary Vocality” Ms. Logue, a Schubert Club Competition Scholarship recipient, went on to complete her musical studies at the Universities of Minnesota and Washington, and subsequently received a Fullbright Scholarship to Itlay, where she pursued an illustrious solo career, performing major operatic roles and appearing with leading orchestras in Europe and America. Ms. Logue, a long time resident of Rome, was Professor of Voice at the State Conservatory of Music of Frosinone until her retirement. She continues to teach privately and frequently gives lectures and master classes with a focus on 20th century repertoire.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Rascal Flatts, Xcel Energy Center, 8pm, Multi-platinum country music’s “American Living Unstoppable Tour” with guests Darius Rucker and Cledus T. Judd

Lowertown Pub Crawl celebrating MN RollerGirls hosting the Brawl of America.  The Station4 shuttle will shuttle to various lowertown bars after the game. http://www.lowertowned.com/

Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival “Pirate Adventure”, open Saturdays and Sundays 11-6 thru November 1st, Not in St. Paul but worth the trip! http://www.severscornmaze.com/

The Schubert Club- Signature Songs: Abbie Betinis, Jeffrey Van, Edie Hill Recital, Landmark Courtroom 317; 12pm; FREE Maria Jette, soprano • Sonja Thompson, piano • Peter Halverson, baritone • Jeffrey Van, guitar A week long series of recitals exploring music by composers whose letters and manuscripts are part of The Schubert Club Museum. Recitals by some of the finest Twin Cities musicians are featured in these noon-time concerts.

Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway Center, 8pm. Collaboration with Dale Warland’s SPCO Chorale telling the story of Christ’s birth and the holy family’s journey across Egypt. http://www.thespco.org/

Saturday Live! Central Library 11:15am-12 Safari Greg plays acoustic guitar in his children's show filled with action songs, jokes and a story told by the fun-loving puppet "Eddie the Monkey". All with a jungle theme!

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

The Fitzgerald Theater kicks off its fall season with RISE! hosted by T Mychael Rambo on Saturday, September 19th at 8:00. With “bold dreams and big victories” as his theme, this special performance will incorporate readings from Langston Hughes and excerpts of speeches by W.E.B. DuBois and Martin Luther King Jr. The evening will also include the music of Billie Holliday and Nat King Cole - a centennial journey of African American culture, literature and civil rights activism. Tickets $29.00 and $25.00 http://www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/

"Tribute to the Titanic" Themed Tea, St. Paul Hotel, 3pm $27, 651-228-3860


Sunday, Sept. 20

Czech and Slovac Festival, 11-4, Historic C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan Street. Ethnic sweet shop, beer and wine garden, gifts, music and costumes.

MPR and The Red Balloon Bookshop present Kate DiCamillo’s The Magician’s Elephant at the Fitzgerald Theater at 2:00pm. The event will feature Newbury medalist and Minnesotan Kate DiCamillo reading excerpts from the book, followed by an interview and book signing, with a performance by Michael Battle Magic and music from Michael Grandchamp and The Fitzgerald Theater Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ.  The Magician’s Elephant tells the tale of a young orphan Peter, who embarks on a journey after a fortune teller tells him he must search for an elephant to find out if his sister still lives. His search becomes an adventure that ends up impacting many more lives than just his own. The story that DiCamillo creates is an enchanting one about hope and belonging. $15, $7.50 under 16 available at the Red Balloon Bookshop or MPR. http://www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/

Monday, September 21

The 2009 Ivey Awards, State Theatre, Mpls. Celebrating professional theater (fingers crossed for St. Paul!), $35

Cigar Dinner, St. Paul Grill 6pm. Five courses expertly prepared by Executive Chef Doug Tigges and two cigars to keep or smoke in Rice Park following dinner. There will be a special tent set up in rice park where cocktails will be served. $125 including tax and gratuity.

Wednesday, September 23

Brandi Carlile, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 7:30

Thursday, September 24

Western Saddle Club Horse Show, State Fairgrounds, thru 9/28

Deer Camp The Musical reopens, Lowry Theater, thru Nov. 22nd.

Brandi Carlile, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 7:30


An Evening with Zandra Rhodes, Minnesota Opera at Ordway Center, 6pm. An evening with British fashion icon Zandra Rhodes who will share her passion for creating theatrical costumes and exotic ready-to-wear apparel. Showcased will be Zandra's costumes from The Pearl Fishers and her pieces from the Goldstein Collection, $35 http://www.mnopera.org/

ADORN MN Fashion Week on Grand Avenue, 5-9pm. Special offers at participating businesses all week. http://www.grandave.com/

Friday, September 25

Qwest Tour, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm Team USA (The 2009-10 U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team) vs. the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women’s All-Stars.

Garrison Keillor, Common Good Books, Selby and Western Ave., 1pm.  Garrison will read from his new Lake Wobegon novel, "Pilgrims"

Saturday, September 26th

A Prairie Home Companion's Annual Supper and Street Dance, Exchange Street in front of The Fitzgerald Theater, 6:00pm. Join Garrison and the gang for Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, live music The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and contests for valuable prizes. Come at 5:00 p.m. grab a seat on the street and listen to the live broadcast from inside Fitzgerald. A $5.00 meatloaf supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. and there will be music and dancing in the street from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Prairie Home Companion announces their fall season of shows at The Fitzgerald Theater on September 26th; October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 4:45 p.m. Join Garrison Keillor, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Tom Keith, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for two hours of live radio fun. A limited number of Rush Seats will be available at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the show. Saturday broadcast tickets are available for $48.00, $38.00, and $32.00. Tickets are available to the general public in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office or Ticketmaster. http://www.fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org/

Boyd and the Lark Ascending, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, 8pm, Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave. SPCO Soloists and selections of English music. http://www.thespco.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

The Pearl Fishers, Minnesota Opera at Ordway Center, 8pm. A love triangle turns deadly in exotic Ceylon with Tony award-winner Jesus Garcia and Bizet’s shimmering score.www.mnopera.org

"Tribute to the Titanic" Themed Tea, St. Paul Hotel, 3pm $27, 651-228-3860

Model Railroad Show, State Fairgrounds

Saturday Live! Central Library 11:15am-12 Leo and Kathy Lara present an exciting program of Latin American folkloric music from the Andes Mountains, using a wide variety of authentic instruments, including the charango, cuatro, bombo, quena, and panpipes.

Minnesota Feis 2009 Irish Dance, Music and Arts Competition, Rivercentre, 9am-4pm

Sunday, September 27

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, Landmark Musser Cortile; 4pm-6 pm; FREE Highlights of the most popular Asian family holiday include cultural harvesting and lantern dances performed by the Hoang Anh dance group, traditional holiday display and silent auction to benefit the Circle of Giving. Learn about the moon tales from the Asian Tellers, make a storybook, participate in a lantern making contest, play twilight games, enjoy a taste of moon cake, and join in the lantern parade through Rice Park.

Curtis Dahlin – The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History, Central Library, 2-3pm Curtis Dahlin discusses his new book, The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History.

Tuesday, September 29

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. http://www.mnopera.org/

2 comments:

  1. Great List!

    There are some SPCO and MN Opera events at the Ordway in September that aren't listed here.

    www.ordway.org/calendar

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  2. Thanks, Ryan! I've added them!

    ReplyDelete