JANUARY "ALL IN ST. PAUL" EVENT CALENDAR

Complete St. Paul Winter Carnival Event Calendar at http://www.winter-carnival.com/.

Winterskate is happening in Rice Park with $2 skate rentals!  For information about snowboard, cross country and downhill ski lessons, equipment rental,trail conditions and chalet rentals, visit stpaul.gov/parks (winter activities) or 651-266-6143.  Did you know there is a Como Park Ski Center Chalet?!

Friday, January 1

Schwan Cup Hockey Tournament, Xcel Energy Center

Saturday, January 2

MN Rollergirls

Wild vs. New Jersey Devils, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

Sunday, January 3

Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Holiday Concert, Landmark Center, 1 & 3:30pm; FREE. Over 100 talented boys aged 7-18 years old perform their annual Winter Concert.

Calef Brown and Clementown, Central Library, 3pm.

Monday, January 4

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

Winter Carnival Juried Art Show opens, Black Dog Cafe, thru January 29th.  Artist asked to envision the Winter Carnival in all of its fun and frivolity.

Wednesday, January 6

Wild vs. Calgary Flames, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

Dances, Fantasies and Duets, Noon Recital, Saint Paul Concervatory of Music.Vocalists Sahar Hassan and Maria Jette present songs and arias from the Baroque era, ranging from Merula and Dowland through Purcell and Bach. After a new composition by harpsichordist Asako Hirabayashi , they'll close with Handel's extended duet for two sopranos, HWV 192 (Quel fior che l'alba ride), the bubbly chamber music which became His yoke is easy in MESSIAH!

Sample Night Live, Minnesota History Theatre, 30 10th St. E., 7pm.  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/ .  Theater, dance, music, puppetry, improv, and poetry slammers.

Thursday, January 7th

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.

Raw Stages, MN History Theatre, 7:30pm. Brave Heart / Noble Soul Written by Donald Orwald, directed by Sarah Gioia. Raw Stages is an opportunity for patrons to experience a first view of four original plays-in-progress from some of the most talented local and national writers working today. http://www.historytheatre.com/

Friday, January 8

First Friday, Loto Restaurant, 4-6pm. Downtown residents getting aquainted sponsored by CapitolRiverCouncil/District17.

Stravinsky Festival Kickoff, SPCO, Ordway, 10:30 and 8pm. Beginning of three week festival with works by Lourie, Stavinsky, Prokofiev and Mozart. http://www.thespco.org/

Land O’Lakes Kennel Dog Show, Rivercentre, Over 2,000 dogs are expected to compete for American Kennel Club honors when Land O'Lakes Kennel Club presents its annual winter dog shows. Shows on Saturday and Sunday are for all AKC-recognized breeds, while Friday's program features 10 popular breeds plus Working, Herding and Toy breeds group shows.

Pizza Friday Nights, Children's Museum. Beginning Friday, the Children's Museum will be your Friday night family fun destination. Your family can enjoy Papa John's pizza, carrots, lemonade and a cookie for only $1.99 per person when you come to the Museum. Each Friday night in January will have a special theme, so it's always a new experience. Reservations are required and space is limited. http://www.mcm.org/

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark opens, Minnesota SHakepeare Company, Lowry Lab Theatre, 7pm, thru January 31st. http://www.minnesotashakes.blogspot.com/ or 651-786-9102.

Lowertown First Fridays, 6-9pm. This new monthly event will feature open studios with some of the best artists in the area, in one of the most exciting and vibrant neighborhoods. Studios will be open in the artists' buildings, both working and living/work spaces. Several Lowertown bars and restaurants will be featuring food specials and entertainment.

Raw Stages, MN History Theatre, 7:30pm. Nellie Written by Kim Hines, directed by Richard D. Thompson. Raw Stages is an opportunity for patrons to experience a first view of four original plays-in-progress from some of the most talented local and national writers working today. http://www.historytheatre.com/


Saturday, January 9

Stravinsky Festival Kickoff, SPCO, Ordway, 8pm. Beginning of three-week festival with works by Lourie, Stavinsky, Prokofiev and Mozart. http://www.thespco.org/

Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam, Central Library, 11:15am-noon.

Raw Stages, MN History Theatre, 7:30pm. Tale of Two Cities Written by Kevin Kling, directed by Suzy Messerole. Raw Stages is an opportunity for patrons to experience a first view of four original plays-in-progress from some of the most talented local and national writers working today. http://www.historytheatre.com/


Land O’Lakes Kennel Dog Show, Rivercentre, Over 2,000 dogs are expected to compete for American Kennel Club honors when Land O'Lakes Kennel Club presents its annual winter dog shows. Shows on Saturday and Sunday are for all AKC-recognized breeds, while Friday's program features 10 popular breeds plus Working, Herding and Toy breeds group shows.

Sunday, January 10

Land O’Lakes Kennel Dog Show, Rivercentre, Over 2,000 dogs are expected to compete for American Kennel Club honors when Land O'Lakes Kennel Club presents its annual winter dog shows. Shows on Saturday and Sunday are for all AKC-recognized breeds, while Friday's program features 10 popular breeds plus Working, Herding and Toy breeds group shows.

Mighty Ducks, Central Library, 2pm. FREE Family movie event.

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

Raw Stages, MN History Theatre, 7:30pm. Coco's Diary Adapted by Bob Beverage and Ron Peluso,
directed by Suzy Messerole, muscial Direction by Andrew Cook. Raw Stages is an opportunity for patrons to experience a first view of four original plays-in-progress from some of the most talented local and national writers working today. http://www.historytheatre.com/

Monday, January 11

Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

Tuesday, January 12

FREE Ballet Tuesday, Landmark Center,12pm. Join Saint Paul City Ballet as they perform over the lunch hour.

Takacs Quartet, Schubert Club, Ordway, 8pm.

Wednesday, January 13

Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Xcel Energy Center, 6pm.

40th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show, Rivercentre, noon-9pm.

Thursday, January 14

40th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show, Rivercentre, noon-9pm.

The Rake’s Progress, SPCO Stravinsky Festival, Ordway, 7:30pm. Conducted by Edo de Waart. http://www.thespco.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.

Jazz After Work, St. Paul Hotel, 4-6:30pm. Hosted by Jazz88 - an opportunity for the Twin Cities Business and Arts Community to refresh, connect and enjoy live jazz once a month on the 2nd Thursday. This month’s edition will feature jazz pianist/vocalist JoAnn Funk and bassist Jeff Brueske. Admission is FREE but bring your business cards for networking!


Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad! opens, Lowry Theatre thru April 26th.  Romantic comedy about two lonely, single parents who meet and fall in love while watching their kids play hockey.  651-227-2464.

Friday, January 15

40th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show, Rivercentre, noon-9pm.

Swarm vs. Calgary Roughnecks, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30pm.

Rock 'n Roll opens, Park Square Theatre, thru Feb. 7th. Jan never thought of himself in political terms, until the government reached into his living room to steal his music. Spanning two countries and three generations, the music of revolution, protest, liberation and emotional survival proves that in the end love remains - and so does rock 'n' roll.

Pizza Friday Nights, Children's Museum. Your family can enjoy Papa John's pizza, carrots, lemonade and a cookie for only $1.99 per person when you come to the Museum. Each Friday night in January will have a special theme, so it's always a new experience. Reservations are required and space is limited. http://www.mcm.org/

Saturday, January 16

40th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show, Rivercentre, 10am- 9pm.

The Rake’s Progress, SPCO Stravinsky Festival, Ordway, 7:30pm. Conducted by Edo de Waart. http://www.thespco.org/

Brad Paisley, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30. Country music superstar.

Underwater Adventures Aquarium, Central Library, 11:15am-noon.

Winter Carnival Memorabilia Display opens, Central Library, thru January 30.

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

Sunday, January 17

25th Anniversary Public Open House, Ordway, 11am. Have you ever imagined yourself on centerstage in the magnificent Main Hall at the Ordway? During the 25th Anniversary Open House you’ll have the opportunity to sing, dance, tell a story, or perform your unique talent to the accompaniment of a piano, as the stage will be yours for your 25 seconds (or so) of fame. They’ll even capture your performance on video so your centerstage moment lives forever!

40th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show, Rivercentre, 10am-6pm.

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

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21-31 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Tuesday, January 19

Spring Open House, St. Paul Conservatory of Music, 5-7pm.

Thursday, January 21

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-1pm, Media Addicts

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.

Winter Carnival Ice Block carving competition begins, Rice Park

Winter Carnival Royal Coronation and Reception, Rivercentre, 6pm. http://www.winter-carnival.com/

Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

Friday, January 22

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-1pm, Instant Pleasure.

Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Competition begins, State Fairgrounds

Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Coronation, Wellstone School, 3pm.

Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade, 5:30 pm. Join neighbors, business and consulates as they wander up John Ireland Boulevard from the James J. Hill House to State Capitol with luminaries where they will be greeted with tethered hot air balloons. 

Klondike Kate Cabaret, Hilton Garden, 7:30pm. http://www.winter-carnival.com/

Pizza Friday Nights, Children's Museum.  Your family can enjoy Papa John's pizza, carrots, lemonade and a cookie for only $1.99 per person when you come to the Museum. Each Friday night in January will have a special theme, so it's always a new experience. Reservations are required and space is limited. http://www.mcm.org/

Swarm vs. Colorado Mammoth, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30.

Saturday, January 23

Securian 5K Half Marathon

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-12pm, Beth’s Canadian Band; 12–12:10 pm, Nicholas Twishard  Beatboxing; 12:45–2 pm, Hillbilly Mafia.

Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Xcel Energy Center, 8pm.

Bill the Juggler, Central Library, 11:15am-noon.

The King Boreas Grande Day Parade, starting at 5th & Wacouta, 2 pm.

Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler, 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Mears Park. 40 different beers to sample at this inaugural event. Embrace the winter and enjoy a cold one outside.
Stravinsky Festival, MN Orchestra and SPCO, Ordway, 8pm. Pulcinella and The Firebird. http://www.thespco.org/

Orchid Society of Minnesota Winter Carnival Orchid Show, Como Conservatory, 10am-4pm.

A Festival of Piano and Chamber Duets, St. Paul Conservatory of Music, 9am-4pm. Around the Piano is an all-ages celebration of piano and chamber music duets. Pianists ages 6 and up join family and friends to share the joy of making music together. Participants can present one paino 4-hands, or piano and voice, wind, or string instruments.

Saintly City Annual Championship Cat Show, Rivercentre, 10am-5pm.

Global Hotdish Variety Show, Minnesota History Center, 2-3:30pm. Multi-cultural, multi-generational artists leading the crowd in music, dancing and sing-a-long.  Reservations required http://www.mnhs.org/ or 651-259-3015.  Pre-show entertainment in the rotunda at 1:30.

Sister Kenney's Children opens, Minnesota History Theatre, thru February 14th.  Sister Elizabeth Kenney battles adversity to make her ground-breaking therapies standard for polio treatment. 651-292-4323.

Sunday, January 24

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-1pm, Any Day Now; 1:45 –3 pm, Red Light Casualty.

Minnesota Wild Skills Competition, Xcel Energy Center, 11am.

Orchid Society of Minnesota Winter Carnival Orchid Show, Como Conservatory, 10am-4pm.

Saintly City Annual Championship Cat Show, Rivercentre, 9am-4pm.

Winter Carnival Kids’ Day and Parade, 2 – 4 pm, Rice Park and Landmark Center Cortile. Have your child decorate their sled and join the parade around Rice Park.

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

Monday, January 25

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-12pm, SOS Players; 12–2 pm, Ken Wanovich.

Tuesday, January 26

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-1pm, John Anderson.

Wednesday, January 27

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-12:15pm Okee Dokee Brothers; 1 pm–3 pm, Mark Stary.

Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

The Rose Ensemble, Central Library, noon, FREE! Award-winning early music ensemble – one of my favorites.

Teen Wednesday, Central Library, 3-5pm. New activities every week.

Thursday, January 28

Outdoor music, Rice Park, 11-1pm, The Melvilles.

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.

Central Library Closed for Customer Service improvements

Friday, January 29

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11-1pm Ananda & Acoustic Roots; 1:45 pm–3 pm Wannabe Hasbeens; 3:45 pm–6 pm Crosstown Band.
World’s Toughest Rodeo, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30pm. The toughest cowboys in the world show off their speed and skill in action-packed events that will entertain the whole family. Family Four Packs for Friday night, which include four lower level tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for $80. Also, the first 500 kids (12 and under) on Friday night will receive a FREE cowboy hat!

Omnifest, Science Museum of Minnesota, thru March 11. Everyone’s favorite giant screen festival moves to January. Africa’s Elephant Kingdom, Into the Deep, Van Gogh: Brush With Genius, The Greatest Places, and Ski to the Max.

America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscape of Clyde Butcher, St. Paul Public Library and  James J Hill Reference Library thru April 15th. Fifty large-scale black and white photographs of the American landscape, spanning beautiful sites across the United States, from the coast of Maine, to the Badlands, to Hawaii. The photographs in this exhibition capture the great public lands of the United States which Butcher, an avid conservationist, aims to preserve through his art.

Pizza Friday Nights, Children's Museum. Your family can enjoy Papa John's pizza, carrots, lemonade and a cookie for only $1.99 per person when you come to the Museum. Each Friday night in January will have a special theme, so it's always a new experience. Reservations are required and space is limited. http://www.mcm.org/

Saturday, January 30

Outdoor music, Rice Park 11am-12:45pm, Brian David Band; 1:30 pm–3 pm, Davina & The Vagabonds; 3:45 pm–5 pm, Root City.

Indoor Music Winter Carnival Celebration, Landmark Center, 9am-5pm. Teddy Bear Band, Korean Drums, Radio Disney Dancers, Boardwalk Blues Band and more!
 An entire day of family-oriented concerts. http://www.winter-carnival.com/

Beethoven Quartet Weekend, Pacifica Quartet, St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave, 4pm. Part 3 – part of the Grammy Award-winning group’s three-year project to perform the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle. $25, $15 students http://www.musicintheparkseries.org/

World's Coldest Game of Baseball, Saints Stadium, 11:30am tailgaiting, 1:30pm first pitch. Join Crispin Natural Hard Cider and the St. Paul Saints - entrance is FREE and patrons are encouraged to support Second Harvest Heartland by donating cash, food and warm clothing. Because sometimes giving back is a worthy adventure in itself.

Magic of Brian Richards, Central Library, 11:15am-noon.

General George Marshall History Forum, Minnesota History Center, 2pm.

KTIS presents Song of Solomon Conference with Mark Driscoll, Rivercentre, 9am-4pm.

World’s Toughest Rodeo, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30pm. The toughest cowboys in the world show off their speed and skill in action-packed events that will entertain the whole family.

Minnesota Kite Association Frosty Fingers Fly, Lake Phalen, 11 am.

"History on Ice: Winter Carnival Ice Palaces,” a lecture by historian Bob Olson, Landmark Center, Room 430, 2 pm.

Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade, 5:30 pm, 5th & Wacouta; see the Vulcans overtake the Royal Family on the steps of the Saint Paul Public Library off Rice Park immediately following the parade.

Carnival Fireworks off the banks of the Mississippi right after the overthrow!

Vulcan Victory Dance, 8 pm, Crowne Plaza http://www.winter-carnival.com/

Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Contest, begins at noon on White Bear Lake.
St. Paul Saints host 2nd Annual Winter Carnival Ice Ball Game at Midway Stadium!
 
MN Opera: Roberto Devereux, Ordway, 8pm.

Sunday, January 31

Outdoor music, Rice Park 12-2pm, Deepsoul Dieties

Beethoven Quartet Weekend, Pacifica Quartet, St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave, 4pm. Part 4 – part of the Grammy Award-winning group’s three-year project to perform the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle. $25, $15 students http://www.musicintheparkseries.org/

Winter Olympics Preview, Central Library, 2pm. Learn the history of the Winter Olympics, Minnesotans in WInter Olympics, as well as what to watch for in the Vancouver games by librarian James, who competed in the 1968 and 1976 Games with the Luge.

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

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