"ALL IN ST. PAUL" NOVEMBER EVENT CALENDAR

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Sunday, November 1

Skylark Opera Presents “Gilbert and Sullivan a la Carte”, Landmark Musser Cortile; 2pm; FREE. A tribute filled to the brim with favorite melodies and lyrics from the masters of Victorian Operetta.

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

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

Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Nativity of Our Lord, Stanford and Prior, 2pm. Minnesota Choral Artists, The Singers, were founded in 2004 and dedicated to giving world-class performances of the finest choral literature. http://www.singersmca.org/

Monday, November 2

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.

St. Paul Almanac Reading Series, Black Dog Café, 7-8:30pm. May Lee-Yang

Wednesday, November 4

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/

Coffee Concert Series Premier, St. Paul Conservatory of Music, noon, FREE

Thursday, November 5

Fabulous Fiction Blowout, Central Library, 10am-5pm  All hardcover and paperback books will be 50 cents each! http://www.sppl.org/

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.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Science Museum of Minnesota, 7pm. Fred Stonehouse, Maritime Historian, will take a closer look at the historic causes of shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. Included in this talk will be Lake Superior's own Titanic, the 729-foot ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald.

Southern Fried Chicks, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 8pm. Three very different women, all from the South, and their hilarious take on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

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

Mambo Italiano: Supper & Song, MN History Center, 7-9:30pm, A classic Italian-American meal accompanied by accordion, followed by a program of songs made famous by Dean Martin and Connie Francis, performed by Dan Chouinard with Prudence Johnson, Jordan Sramek and Jim TenBensel. The show will also highlight stories from the Minnesota Historical Society’s archive of oral histories by Italian-Americans. $55 dinner and performance included. Reservations required www.mnhs.org/mambo  or 651-259-3015.

The Ultimate X-Girl Finale, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 6:30pm. Hardcore rockers Papa Roach, JET, Kill Hannah and Aranda.

Friday, November 6

Fabulous Fiction Blowout, Central Library, 10am-5pm All hardcover and paperback books will be 50 cents each! http://www.sppl.org/

Meet Miss Rosa from PBS Kids!, Central Library, 10:30-11:30am, Stories, songs, and activities with Miss Rosa. Reservations required 651-266-7034.

Art Open House, Northern Warehouse, Tilsner and Jax buildings, 6-8pm.

First Friday Happy Hour, Artists' Quarter, 4-6pm. This casual and fun happy hour event is open to all, so spread the word and bring your friends! This month, the Artists’ Quarter will open early just for us Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live jazz music from McNally Smith College of Music students and free pizza compliments of Wild Tymes.

Playing For Change, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 8pm. Playing For Change has been one of 2009's most unlikely and startling cultural phenomenons - a story of hope, struggle, perseverance and joy.

Opening Reception, AZ Gallery, 7pm. Painter Derek Davis and photographer John Smaby.

Paramore, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 7:30pm. Moved from the Myth.

Ballet Minnesota Fall Concert, Fitzgerald Theater, 7:30 pm. This year’s concert showcases original choreography works by Artistic Director Andrew Rist to Master Composers, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Mozart's "Symphony No. 40.”

Saturday, November 7

Hollywood Undead, Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 7pm. Moved from the Myth.

Schultz is in Stitches Holiday Boutique (now Peggy’s Holiday Boutique), Roseville Skating Center, thru Nov. 15th, M-F 10-9, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4. 150 fine artists and craftsmen showing their original work gallery-style - glorious jewelry, clothing, hand-dyed scarves, woven baskets, pottery, dolls, leaded glass, rosemaling, watercolors, pastels, handmade paper, books, cards, silk floral arrangements, seasonal decorations, pillows, and toys. I never miss it! http://www.schultzisinstitches.com/

Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre presents “Coyote Stories”, Central Library, 11:15am. Nimese the Clown will tell some favorite Native American trickster tales of that lovable but often foolhardy character, Coyote

Ballet Minnesota Fall Concert, Fitzgerald Theater, 2 and 7:30 pm. This year’s concert showcases original choreography works by Artistic Director Andrew Rist to Master Composers, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Mozart's "Symphony No. 40.”

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

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, MN History Center 2pm, Donal Fixco, Native scholar and historical advisor to the recent PBS series We Shall Remain, speaks on how Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull inspired their people to resist U.S. government tyranny and defied America to live up its promises of sovereignty and freedom for all. $14, reservations required www.mnhs.org/forum  or 651-259-3015.

Canta Dawn Upshaw, SPCO, Ordway, 8pm. Program exploring Spanish and Latin American influences including Alberto Iglasias and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2. 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, November 8

Saint Martin’s Day Celebration, Landmark Musser Cortile; 4pm-6pm; FREE, Rice Park is transformed into a flickering early winter wonderland during this celebration of German traditions and treats. Celebrate with spirit of giving and commemorate the generous spirit of St. Martin through lantern-making and a parade through Rice Park at dusk, led by St. Martin and his trusty horse. Please bring items to donate to Joseph’s Coat.

Global Guitar: Viva la Guitarra, Central Library 3rd floor magazine room, 2pm. Daniel Volovets performs classical guitar from Russia including works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

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

In The Mood, Fitzgerald Theatre, 5pm.  Toe-tapping 1940's big band, swing dance musical. http://www.inthemoodlive.com/

Wedding Showcase, Como Zoo and Conservatory

Tuesday, November 10

FREE Ballet Tuesday - "Air and Simple Gifts", Landmark Musser Cortile; 12pm; FREE The Chamber Dancers of Saint Paul City Ballet present "Air and Simple Gifts," choreography by Jennifer Rockwell Edwards and music by John Williams.

Kao Kalia Yang, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2400 Randolph Ave. 7pm. Yang discusses her first book: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir – a tribute to all the homes not founded in place or time. The book is the winner of two 2009 MN Book Awards - for creative nonfiction/memoir and the Reader’s Choice Book of the Year, Skipping Stones Book in Intercultural Writing, the Gustavus Center’s Center for the Study of Human Right’s Notable Book and Honorable Mention for Asian Award in Literature. $10

Wednesday, November 11

The 1950’s Sitcom – Guide to American Life, MN History Center History Lounge, 7pm, Share a dessert, sip a glass of wine and join a smart, thought-provoking conversation about how 1950s sitcoms influenced “the Greatest Generation” and continue to influence 21st-century ideals with pop culture historian Mellissa Williams. FREE www.mnhs/lounge

Evergreen Sting Quartet, Landmark Center, noon. FREE. Experienced professional musicians who specialize in providing high quality live music for special occasions in the Twin Cities area.


November 12-14

MSHSL Girls’ Volleyball Tournament, Xcel Energy Center

Thursday, November 12

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.

W7, the Pilney Building, 1032 W 7th Street, 11am-5pm. An edgy collaboration of remarkable talents in one hip space. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety (and changing every month), intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works. The space is open only the second weekend of the month - making it a real "event" - with live music on Friday nights and cupcakes!  

Friday, November 13

W7, the Pilney Building, 1032 W 7th Street, 11am-9pm. An edgy collaboration of remarkable talents in one hip space. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety (and changing every month), intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works. The space is open only the second weekend of the month - making it a real "event" - with live music on Friday nights and cupcakes!

Saturday, November 14

Orangutan Celebration, Como Zoo

Magician Matt Dunn, Central Library, 11:15am. An action-packed comedy magic show with a live rabbit, audience participation and out-of-this-world magic.

W7, the Pilney Building, 1032 W 7th Street, 11am-5pm. An edgy collaboration of remarkable talents in one hip space. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety (and changing every month), intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works. The space is open only the second weekend of the month - making it a real "event" - with live music on Friday nights and cupcakes!

Casanova’s Homecoming opens, MN Opera, Ordway, 7:30pm. After years in exile, the aging Casanova returns to Venice where old rivals trick him into seducing a castrato, who Casanova discovers is actually a woman in disguise. Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity. Inspired by Casanova's own memoirs, Minnesota composer Dominick Argento composed this warm-hearted comedy for the Ordway's opening season in 1985. http://www.mnopera.org/

Sunday, November 15

Rose Ensemble Performance “The Last Queen of Hawai'i: Music from the Soul of the Hawaiian Saga”, Landmark Musser Cortile;1pm; FREE. Through music, movement and narration, Hawai'i Revealed honors the Hawaiians' struggle to keep alive the rich musical traditions nearly eradicated by the arrival of Captain Cook and American missionaries.

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

Orangutan Celebration, Como Zoo

Tuesday, November 17

Casanova’s Homecoming, MN Opera, Ordway, 7:30pm. After years in exile, the aging Casanova returns to Venice where old rivals trick him into seducing a castrato, who Casanova discovers is actually a woman in disguise. Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity. Inspired by Casanova's own memoirs, Minnesota composer Dominick Argento composed this warm-hearted comedy for the Ordway's opening season in 1985. http://www.mnopera.org/

Organ Restoration Benefit Concert, Cathedral of St. Paul, 7:30pm.  Cathedral organist James Biery explores the sounds of the Cathedral's two pipe organs, built in 1927 and 1963.  Proceeds benefit the Organ Restoration fund.

Wednesday, November 18

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

Stephen King and Audrey Niffenegger, Fitzgerald Theater, 7:00pm. SOLD OUT (but still good to know about) Two writers and friends, Stephen King and Audrey Niffenegger, join Kerri Miller to discuss their new novels, King’s Under the Dome and Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry. Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our time and has sold over 300 million books. Niffenegger’s first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, was a bestseller and her new novel has been eagerly anticipated. Niffenegger is also an artist and graphic novelist.



Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold opens, Ordway, 7:30pm. In this latest addition to the LATE NITE CATECHISM series, Sister employs techniques from her favorite TV show, Forensic Files, to discover the whereabouts of the Magi's Gold. Sister creates a living nativity using audience members dressed as the Holy Family, magi, shepherds, sheep, cattle…and of course, an ass. $35, Matinee performances also available thru Dec. 27th. http://www.ordway.org/

Thursday, November 19

Of Mice and Men, Park Square Theatre, 7:30pm A poignant story about the American Dream told through the friendship of two migrant workers as they struggle to make a living. Matinee dates also available thru Dec.18th.

Casanova’s Homecoming, MN Opera, Ordway, 7:30pm. After years in exile, the aging Casanova returns to Venice where old rivals trick him into seducing a castrato, who Casanova discovers is actually a woman in disguise. Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity. Inspired by Casanova's own memoirs, Minnesota composer Dominick Argento composed this warm-hearted comedy for the Ordway's opening season in 1985. http://www.mnopera.org/

What Really Sank the Titanic?, Science Museum of Minnesota, 7pm. Dr. Bill Gerberich, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences, University of Minnesota answers your questions about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Dr. Gerberich will explore the structural and mechanical properties of metals recovered from the wreck and discuss the "rivet theory," which was originated by Dr. Tim Foecke, one of his former graduate students

Friday, November 20

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

The Hellbilly Deluxe II World Tour, starring Rob Zombie, Roy Wilkins Audiorium, 7:30pm

Super Liquidation Sale, Rivercentre, noon-10pm, $8. Stereos, computers, brand name clothes and shoes, perfumes and jewelry up to 70% off retail price.

Schubert Club Museum Grand Opening, Landmark Center. The Schubert Club will celebrate with a weekend full of events. For a complete event listing please visit http://www.schubert.org/museum/openingweekend

TU Dance, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 8pm. Contemporary ballet, traditional West African, and hip-hop influences collide into a new frontier of dance expression and language.

Healtheast Foundation Festival of Trees, Rivercentre, http://www.healtheast.org/

2402 Open Studio, 2402 University Ave. W., noon-9pm. The imposing seven-story building houses more than 50 painters, sculptors, and potters and opens its doors to Twin City art lovers.

Saturday, November 21

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

Schubert Club Museum Grand Opening, Landmark Center. The Schubert Club will celebrate with a weekend full of events. For a complete event listing please visit http://www.schubert.org/museum/openingweekend

Xplorchestra, SPCO, The Music Room, 10:30am. A fast-paced and energetic musical journey geared for families with listeners 6-12. http://www.thespco.org/

TU Dance, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 8pm. Contemporary ballet, traditional West African, and hip-hop influences collide into a new frontier of dance expression and language.

Holiday Open House, Grand Hand Gallery, 619 Grand Ave., 4-8pm. Grand Hand celebrates its 5th Anniversary with wine, live Jazz, and unique gifts.  A portion of sales will be donated to CERF in support of working craft artists.

A Touch of Magic Entertainment presents “Treasure Beyond Measure”, Central Library, 11:15am. Join this silly pirate on an adventure filled with physical comedy and uproarious audience participation.

Healtheast Foundation Festival of Trees, Rivercentre, http://www.healtheast.org/

Super Liquidation Sale, Rivercentre, 10am-10pm, $8. Stereos, computers, brand name clothes and shoes, perfumes and jewelry up to 70% off retail price.

Sisters of Swing opens, MN History Theatre thru December 20th, The Andrews Sisters – LaVerne, Maxene, and Patricia – were born and raised in Minneapolis, with their sights set on making a career in music. Little did they know when they left Minnesota, that they would become the all-time leader in the recording world with more records than The Beatles and Elvis! Revisit the American experience during World War II through the finger-snapping, Big Band music of the Andrew Sisters, including Don’t Sit Under Apple Tree, Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum and Coca Cola and many more. http://www.historytheatre.com/

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

Of Mice and Men opens, Park Square Theatre, 7:30pm A poignant story about the American Dream told through the friendship of two migrant workers as they struggle to make a living. Matinee dates also available thru Dec.18th.

Casanova’s Homecoming, MN Opera, Ordway, 7:30pm. After years in exile, the aging Casanova returns to Venice where old rivals trick him into seducing a castrato, who Casanova discovers is actually a woman in disguise. Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity. Inspired by Casanova's own memoirs, Minnesota composer Dominick Argento composed this warm-hearted comedy for the Ordway's opening season in 1985. http://www.mnopera.org/

2402 Open Studio, 2402 University Ave. W., noon-7pm. The imposing seven-story building houses more than 50 painters, sculptors, and potters and opens its doors to Twin City art lovers.


Sunday, November 22

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

Between Friends: Poetry and Music, Central Library 3rd floor magazine room, 2pm. Join poets Deborah Keenan and Georgia Greeley and flautist Linda Chatterton for an hour of poetry and music designed to ward off the winter chill.

TU Dance, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2pm. Contemporary ballet, traditional West African, and hip-hop influences collide into a new frontier of dance expression and language.

Super Liquidation Sale, Rivercentre, 11am-7pm, $8. Stereos, computers, brand name clothes and shoes, perfumes and jewelry up to 70% off retail price.

Schubert Club Museum Grand Opening, Landmark Center. The Schubert Club will celebrate with a weekend full of events. For a complete event listing please visit http://www.schubert.org/museum/openingweekend

Casanova’s Homecoming, MN Opera, Ordway, 7:30pm. After years in exile, the aging Casanova returns to Venice where old rivals trick him into seducing a castrato, who Casanova discovers is actually a woman in disguise. Together they hatch their own hilarious scheme to save his reputation and protect her identity. Inspired by Casanova's own memoirs, Minnesota composer Dominick Argento composed this warm-hearted comedy for the Ordway's opening season in 1985. http://www.mnopera.org/

Monday, Nov 23

Thanksgiving Pie Sale, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave. (Lexington and Summit), 8am-6pm. 651-222-6220.
Tuesday, November 24

Thanksgiving Pie Sale, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1111 Summit Ave. (Lexington and Summit), 8am-6pm. 651-222-6220.

Wednesday, November 25

DON’T FORGET-SPECIAL Thanksgiving Shopping Day at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market, 11am-4pm. Even if your menu is set, it’s a great place to pick up hostess gifts for the holidays. I love the Mexican hot fudge sauce (hint!) Christmas trees go on sale November 27th. Tree coupon available at http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com/

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

Thursday, Novemer 26 Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 27

MN WILD vs. Avalanche, 1pm, Xcel Energy Center

Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World Exhibit opening, Minnesota History Center, On noted family days (11/27, 11/28, 11/29), meet the real Ben Franklin in this exhibit featuring 18th-century artifacts, experiments and other activities.

Saint Paul’s Wild Winter Wonderland, Rivercentre, 11am-7pm, $5. Family-friendly activities, delicious eats, a holiday store and an opportunity to view and bid on the breathtaking artist-decorated trees and wreaths from HealthEast Foundation's Festival of Trees.

Holy Bells, a Deer Camp Christmas opens, Lowry Theater, thru Jan. 3rd. Christmas time means the “boys” head up north to the deer shack to cut fresh trees for the Elmwood all-church Christmas Eve nativity scene and combined choir service. To them, it's a great beer-drinking weekend (they buy the trees from a Hackensack tree lot) but this year things are different. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) steps in and threatens to shut it down, "because it's on public property." Now they're on a mission to save both their nativity service and their beer-enhanced weekends.

Welcoming Christian Zacharias, SPCO, Ordway, 10:30am & 8pm Acclaimed pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias begins his SPCO Artistic Partnership with a French-themed program. 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

Hmong New Year, Saint Paul RiverCentre, thru Nov. 29

Saturday, November 28

Annual tree lighting ceremony in Rice Park and the opening of the Wells Fargo WinterSkate 4-5:15pm. Exhibition skating, tree-lighting, fireworks and more! 

Welcoming Christian Zacharias, SPCO, Ordway, 8pm. Acclaimed pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias begins his SPCO Artistic Partnership with a French-themed program. 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

Dakota Children, Central Library, 11:15am. Minnesota History Center presents stories about Dakota children learning, working, and playing in the 1800’s.

Saint Paul’s Wild Winter Wonderland, Rivercentre, 11am-8pm, $5. Family friendly activities, delicious eats, a holiday store and an opportunity to view and bid on the breathtaking artist-decorated trees and wreaths from HealthEast Foundation's Festival of Trees.

Sunday, November 29

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

Saint Paul’s Wild Winter Wonderland, Rivercentre, 11am-5pm, $5. Family friendly activities, delicious eats, a holiday store and an opportunity to view and bid on the breathtaking artist-decorated trees and wreaths from HealthEast Foundation's Festival of Trees.

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