APRIL "ALL IN ST. PAUL" EVENT LISTING

Saint Paul Hotel Celebrates 100 Years in 2010 and is offering a special rate of $100 a night, based on availability, throughout 2010. "This is our way of giving back to our community, which has provided so much support to us throughout our history." To book a room at the special centennial rate, call reservations at 651-292-9292 or 1-800-292-9292.

Thursday, April 1

Book It: The Party, Central Library, 7-10pm. A grown-up spelling bee, photo scavenger hunt, food by Barrio, cash bar and music by DJ Jake Rudh - cool! $30, $25 with a library card. http://www.thefriends.org/

Butch Thompson Jazz Originals April Fools' Day Concert and Radio Show Taping, McNally Smith Auditorium, 7pm. Jazz88 and McNally Smith College of Music are teaming with Jazz pianist Butch Thompson for a free concert and radio show. Musical trickery by such legends as Eubie Blake, Jelly Roll Morton, and more. Admission is FREE but reservations are required.

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.

Swing Nite, Wabasha Street Caves, lesson starts at 6:15, music and dancing 7-10pm. $7 at the door.  Check band schedule at http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

First Friday, Rumours and Innuendo, 4-6pm. Community happy hour sponsored by the CapilolRiver Council.

Outta Here!  History Theatre, 7pm. Spend a fun filled nine innings of delightful and hilarious original series of one-act plays and sketch comedy honoring the spirit of baseball and celebrating the inaugural season at the new Minnesota Twins' stadium. $15, $17 at the door.

Friday, April 2

Wild vs. San Jose Sharks, 7pm

Andes and Berlioz, Ordway, SPCO

Outta Here! History Theatre, 7pm. Spend a fun filled nine innings of delightful and hilarious original series of one-act plays and sketch comedy honoring the spirit of baseball and celebrating the inaugural season at the new Minnesota Twins' stadium. $15, $17 at the door.

Saturday, April 3

Andes and Berlioz, Ordway, SPCO

Target Free Family Series, Ordway, 9:30 & 11am, I am inspired by... Learn what inspires composers.

Minnesota RollerGirls, Rivercentre, 7:30pm.

Swarm vs. Edmonton Rush, 7:30pm

The Poetry of Puppetry, Central Library, 11:15am. The library’s puppets celebrate National Poetry Month!

Sunday, April 4th HAPPY EASTER!

Monday, April 5

Lowertown Reading Jam Series, Blackdog Coffee and Wine Bar, 7-8:30pm. Curator Desdamona and readers from the St. Paul Almanac.

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.

Wednesday, April 7

Bon Jovi, Xcel Energy Center

Coffee Concert, St. Paul Conservatory of Music, noon. Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time - Rena Kraut, clarinet; Oleg Levin, piano; Teresa Richardson, cello; Orieta Dado, violin. FREE

The Rose Ensemble, James J. Hill Library, 7:30-9:30pm. The premier vocal ensemble performs early American hymns and spirituals celebrating the America the Beautiful exhibit. FREE

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, April 8

Bon Jovi, Xcel Energy Center

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.

Swing Nite, Wabasha Street Caves, lesson starts at 6:15, music and dancing 7-10pm. $7 at the door. Check band schedule at http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Friday, April 9

Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens, Park Square Theatre, thru May 2nd.

Swarm vs. Rochester Knighthawks

Americana Showcase, James J. Hill Library. A unique celebration of American heritage, combining the extraordinary photographic exhibit America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscape of dedicated environmentalist Clyde Butcher, with the Americana Showcase, a Southern Minnesota-based music series. $20, $22 at the door. http://www.americanashowcase.com/

Saturday, April 10

Chris Koza, Fitzgerald Theater, 8pm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, St. Paul Spring Parks Cleanup, Saturday, April 10th, 8:30-11am To register or for more information, call 612-623-2411 or visit www.stpaul.gov/parks/environment

Ten Penny Tunes, Central Library, 11:15am. Folk music from the Appalachians to Southern Louisiana, Irish to Klezmer.

St. Paul Women’s Expo, Rivercentre, 9am-5pm, $10. The St. Paul Women's Expo is a two-day event catering to every aspect of a woman's life. You’ll leave the Women’s Expo knowing about the latest trends and snatching up some of the best deals.

Uncle Sam Worked Here Lecture Series, Landmark Center Courtroom 326, 9:30am. From Orphan to Icon: The Preservation of Landmark Center moderated by former St. Paul Mayor, George Latimer. FREE but requires a reservation kthompson@landmarkcenter.org

Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Saint Paul's UCC, 8pm.  SPCO and conductor and violinist Thomas Zehetmair. http://www.thespco.org/

Wild vs. Dallas Stars

Salome opens, Ordway, thru Apr. 24, MN Opera.

Sunday, April 11

Urban Expedition: Ghana!, Landmark Center. Learn about the food, fashion and dance of this African gem.

Hand-Drawing Class, The Grand Hand Gallery, 2-4pm. Artist-teacher Steven Nesheim will lead a drawing class for beginners of all ages and will talk about the joys of combining drawing and writing in journaling. For our subject... The Hand! Bring yourself, your hands and that's all! $20 class fee. Reserve your spot at 651-312-1122.

St. Paul Women’s Expo, Rivercentre, 9am-5pm, $10. The St. Paul Women's Expo is a two-day event catering to every aspect of a woman's life. You’ll leave the Women’s Expo knowing about the latest trends and snatching up some of the best deals.

Poetry and Flute, Central Library, 2pm. Walt Blue and Linda Chatterton.

Casting Crowns, Xcel Energy Center

Tuesday, April 13

Ballet Tuesday, Landmark Center, noon. Saint Paul City Ballet FREE performance.

Wednesday, April 14

Loud & Rich, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7:30pm. Richard Thompson & Loudon Wainwright III, long-time friends and collaborators begin their first ever North American tour together.

Thursday, April 15

Swing Nite, Wabasha Street Caves, lesson starts at 6:15, music and dancing 7-10pm. $7 at the door. Check band schedule at http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

Women in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Science Museum of Minnesota, 7-8:30pm. Dr. Eileen Schuller, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University will be discussing "Women in the Dead Sea Scrolls" as part of the Thursday Evening Lecture Series. $20 non-members, $15 members and students.

Plug Into Saint Paul, St. Paul Hotel, 5:30-7:30pm. The Small Business Committee of CapitolRiver Council invites you to attend Plug Into Saint Paul, designed to feature downtown businesses and organizations and promote networking and connecting with downtown residents.

Friday, April 16

Accapella Choir, Landmark Center, noon.

The American Craft Council Show, Rivercentre, 10am-8pm. Over 240 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists from across the country will be on hand selling their one-of-a-kind handmade works.

Saturday, April 17

Musical Poetry with Clementown, Central Library, 11:15am.

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 American Craft Council Show, Rivercentre, 10am-6pm. Over 240 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists from across the country will be on hand selling their one-of-a-kind handmade works.

Saint Paul Hotel Centennial Gala, 7pm. A celebration of a century of world-renowned hospitality, architecture, and dining, The Saint Paul Hotel will be decked for the decades with a series of period-inspired scenes at the Centennial Gala. $100 per person.
Swarm vs. Philadelphia Wings, Xcel Energy Center, 7:30

Minnesota Book Awards Gala, Crowne Plaza, 8pm. http://www.thefriends.org/

Sunday, April 18

Hotel Tour and Tea, St. Paul Hotel, 11am. The St. Paul Hotel celebrates there 100th Anniversary! $35.

Cavani String Quartet, St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave, 4pm. Works by Syzmanovski and Mendelssohn, and Dvorak’s “American” quartet. $22, $15 students http://www.musicintheparkseries.org/

The American Craft Council Show, Rivercentre, 10am-5pm. Over 240 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists from across the country will be on hand selling their one-of-a-kind handmade works.

Discover Nature Photography, Central Library, 2pm. Learn about composition of landscapes, how to use tripods and filters, and more! Bring your camera and owner’s manual.

Spring Awakening, Landmark Center, 1pm. Saint Paul Conservatory of Music vocal ensembles and instrumentalists. FREE

Thursday, April 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.

Swing Nite, Wabasha Street Caves, lesson starts at 6:15, music and dancing 7-10pm. $7 at the door. Check band schedule at http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

The Way We Played the Game, Landmark Center, 6:30pm. Learn more about the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball by attending this engaging panel discussion featuring Ken Christian, Jim Robinson, Jim Milsap and Larry "Bubba" Brown.

Saint Paul V-Day, Camp Bar, 7:30pm. Three shows of Playwright and Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play, The Vagina Monologues. The performances will raise awareness and funds to stop violence against women and girls by donating all proceeds to local beneficiary, Cornerstone of Minnesota.

Friday, April 23

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, 6-10pm. The Art Crawl has a sound track this year, starting with a musical parade by McNally Smith participants http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/

United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7:30pm. Elite 65-piece symphonic band and 29-voice chorus will share its range of marches, overtures, and patriotic selections. FREE

Award-winning Theo Dorgan reading, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST, 7:30pm.

Saint Paul V-Day, Camp Bar, 7:30pm. Three shows of Playwright and Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play, The Vagina Monologues. The performances will raise awareness and funds to stop violence against women and girls by donating all proceeds to local beneficiary, Cornerstone of Minnesota.

Saturday, April 24

St. Paul Art Crawl, Lowertown, noon-8pm.

St. Paul Farmer's Market opening!! 6am-1pm. My favorite Pork Truck, Amor Pork, will be there with their killer pepper bacon - leave some for me!

Minnesota Zoomobile, Central Library, 11:15. Live animals, biological artifacts, theater techniques, story telling, and audience participation.

The Diary of Anne Frank, Park Square Theater, 2pm. Be inspired by this timeless account of a girl whose imagination and hope would not be stifled by adversity. http://www.parksquaretheatre.org/

The Men's Fashion Show, Lowry Theater, 8-10pm. Live muic by The School of Rock Road Crew, Men's fashions by Details Style Lab, VState and Elsworth Menswear, eyewear from the Spectacle Shoppe.  RSVP needed, but free entry.  Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  I've heard the final "set" is men's unmentionables - sounds like an event to me!

Magic Show, Jewel Theatre, 6:30pm. Kevin & Janet Hall, aka "The Halls of Magic," will be performing a high energy comedy magic show. Get tickets by calling 651.797.7591.
Show Your Love for Como & the Planet!, Como Zoo and Conservatory. Two-day conservation event set to coincide with Earth Day Weekend. Make way for the polar bear parade, make your own polar bear mask, or make a contribution to Polar Bear Odyssey, the next step in conservation education at Como Zoo.

Swarm vs. Orlando Titans, 7:30pm.

SPCO, Mozart and Copland, Saint Paul's UCC, 8pm. http://www.thespco.org/

Pete Mayer, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm. Celebrating the release of his latest recording Heaven Below.

Saint Paul V-Day, Camp Bar, 7:30pm. Three shows of Playwright and Founder Eve Ensler's award winning play, The Vagina Monologues. The performances will raise awareness and funds to stop violence against women and girls by donating all proceeds to local beneficiary, Cornerstone of Minnesota.

The Queens of Burlesque opens, Minnesota History Theatre, thru May 23

Sunday, April 25

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

St. Paul Farmer's Market!! 8am-1pm.

Gallery of Wood Art Family Day, Landmark Center, 12-4pm. Activities will include woodturning demonstrations and family activities! i
Wishes for the Sky, Harriet Island, 11am-5pm. Make a wish from your heart, have fun flying a kite, honor Earth Day, and celebrate the arrival of spring.

Martin Sexton, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7:30pm. Celebrating his new release Sugarcoating.

A Shakespearian Renaissance, Central Library, 1:30-4pm. The Society for Creative Anachronism will demonstrate arts and crafts of Tudor England including calligraphy and illumination, music, spinning, and blackwork embroidery.

Tuesday, April 27

Honors Concert, Ordway 7pm. Hundreds of the best artists, vocalists, and musicians from Saint Paul Public Schools showcase their skills and talents as part of the Annual Honors Concert, Performance Art and Art Exhibition.

Jakob Dylan & the Three Legs Band, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7:30pm.

Wednesday, April 28

50th Anniversary Minnesota Prayer Breakfast, Rivercentre, 7-8:30am. http://www.minnesotaprayer.org/

Thursday, April 29

Wits, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm. Leading humor writers, satirists and storytellers with George Saunders.

Beethoven’s 1st Symphony, Ordway, thru May 1st. SPCO

Festival of Nations, Rivercentre

Swing Nite, Wabasha Street Caves, lesson starts at 6:15, music and dancing 7-10pm. $7 at the door. Check band schedule at http://www.wabashastreetcaves.com/

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.

Friday, April 30

Americana Showcase, James J. Hill Library. A unique celebration of American heritage, combining the extraordinary photographic exhibit America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscape of dedicated environmentalist Clyde Butcher, with the Americana Showcase, a Southern Minnesota-based music series. $20, $22 at the door. http://www.americanashowcase.com/

International Marimba Festival, Cathedral of St. Paul, 8pm.  With Vocalessence, "Magnificat a 33"
http://www.vocalessence.org/

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