MAY "ALL IN ST. PAUL" EVENT LISTING

Friday, May 1

Festival of Nations, Rivercentre

Beethoven's 1st Symphony, Ordway, 8pm. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

Cafesjian's Carousel and Comotown open at Como Zoo thru September 6; Tuesday - Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday - Sunday 11 am-6pm. Operated by volunteers, the 68-horse carousel was built in 1914 and rescued from auction in 1988 for $1.1 million, ten minutes before the first horse was to be auctioned.
Como Town will open with a few new attractions - Hodge Podge Park will feature a Splash Zone and interactive village, complete with a School House, Police Station and Fire Department. http://www.comotown.com/

Sunday, May 2

Festival of Nations, Rivercentre

Monday, May 3

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.

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

Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Ordway, thru May 16th.

Wednesday, May 5

St. Paul Rotary Club Roadshow, 260 Summit Ave., 3-7pm. Ten appraisers and refreshments included. $25 to Rotary Centennial Projects. Reservations 651-895-6187.

Coffee Concert: Faculty Showcase, St. Paul Conservatory of Music, noon.  Conservatory faculty present a varied and exciting season finale concert. 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.

Music in the Café, Landmark Center’s Anita’s Café, noon, FREE. Galactic Cowboy Orchestra.

Thursday, May 6

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Jerusalem Origin, Science Museum of Minnesota, 7-8:30pm. Dr. Norman Golb - Ludwig Rosenberger Professor of Jewish History and Civilization, University of Chicago

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/

W7 Collective, 1032 West 7th St. 11-5pm. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety, intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works on the second weekend of each month.

Friday, May 7

Taylor Swift, Xcel Energy Center, 7pm.

W7 Collective, 1032 West 7th St. 11-9pm. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety, intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works on the second weekend of each month.

Saturday, May 8

National Train Day, St. Paul Midway Amtrack Station, 11-6pm.  Model train displays, 25 exhibits, music and give-aways. FREE http://www.nationaltrainday.com/

Bonsai Show, Como Zoo and Conservatory, 10am-6pm. The Minnesota Bonsai Society Mother's Day Weekend Bonsai Show is a unique opportunity to see privately owned bonsai.

Summer Flower Show opens, Como Zoo and Conservatory.

Simon & Garfunkle, Xcel Center, 8pm. The iconic folk-rock duo.

Eric The Juggling Musician, Central Library, 11:15am.

The Piano Bar Show, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm. Hosted by Dan Chouinard, an evening at the well-worn neighborhood watering hole where musician types stop by after a gig to let down their hair and sing a couple of tunes in exchange for a drink on the house. A big-tent barrelhouse evening of swing, soul and sweetness. $29.

W7 Collective, 1032 West 7th St. 11-5pm. Artists, designers, importers - entrepreneurs of every variety, intent on reinventing the current mundane shopping experience by offering remarkable, hand-selected works on the second weekend of each month.

Minnesota Boychoir with special guest Zenon Dance Company, Ordway McKnight Theatre, 7:30pm http://www.ordway.org/

Sunday, May 9 Happy Mother's Day!

Smuckers Stars on Ice Tour, Xcel Energy Center, 4pm.

Riverboat Mother’s Day Brunch, 9:30-11:30, 1-3pm, $41.50 adults, $19.73 3-12. www.riverrides.com

Pat Metheny, Fitzgerald Theater, 7:30pm. Performance will feature all new original compositions from his forthcoming CD, as well as some older tunes from the Metheny songbook - brilliant solo guitar improvisations to acoustically driven “solo ensemble” music he is dubbing Orchestrionics.

Minnesota Boychoir with special guest Zenon Dance Company, Ordway McKnight Theatre, 4pm. http://www.ordway.org/

St. Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert, Landmark Center, 1pm. Souvenirs from Beyreuth and the winner of the 2009 WAMSO Young Artist’s Competition. Mother's Day Tea,2nd Floor Galleria, 3pm, FREE. Join the American Association of Woodtuners immediately following concert for a Mother's Day tea party. Mother's and their families are invited to enjoy a cup of tea and baked goods as the American Association of Woodturners talk about their amazing teapot exhibit. Space is limited.

Tuesday, May 11

The University Avenue Project, MN History Center, 10:30am.  Wing Young Huie shares stories and insights from his acclaimed University Avenue with Seniors In Mind.

Wednesday, May 12

World’s Largest Game of Catch, Robert Street between 6th St. & 7th Place, 11:30am-1:30pm. Meet the 2010 Saints and their four-legged mascot. $1 lunch, free beverages and fun!

Music in the Café, Landmark Center’s Anita’s Café, noon, FREE. Atlantis Quartet!

Thursday, May 13

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/

Great River Gathering, Rivercentre, 5pm. Civic leaders and community members – all deeply committed to the ongoing renaissance of Saint Paul and the Mississippi River valley; $65.

Friday, May 14

Brookes & Dunn, Xcel Center, 7:30pm. Their farewell tour “last Rodeo”

Sleeping Beauty, Fitgerald Theatre, 7:30pm.  22nd Annual Minnesota Dance Festival featuring the full length ballet. Sleeping Beauty is the classic fairy tale story of Princess Aurora, who is curse by an evil fairy and sleeps for 100 years until she is awakened by the kiss of a prince. $26-$12.

Saturday, May 15

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

Laura Law, Educational Specialist, Glacier National Park, Central Library, 11:15am. Laura shows children a way to send themselves on a special journey to visit a national park of their choice.

Glacier National Park: The First Hundred Years, Central Library, 2pm.  Author C.W. Guthrie will discuss her book celebrating the National Park's centennial.

Sleeping Beauty, Fitzgerald Theatre, 2:00 and 7:30pm. 22nd Annual Minnesota Dance Festival featuring the full length ballet. Sleeping Beauty is the classic fairy tale story of Princess Aurora, who is curse by an evil fairy and sleeps for 100 years until she is awakened by the kiss of a prince. $26-$12.

Sunday, May 16

Artist & Photographer Day, Como Conservatory, 8-10am, $5.

Target FREE Sunday, Children's Museum, 9am-5pm. Explore the current exhibit "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice".

Dr. Maya Angelou, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2pm. An afternoon of poetry. http://www.oshaughnessy.stkate.edu/

Lex-Ham Community Band, Landmark Center, 1pm.  Playing tunes from Fiddler on the Roof to Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams, this 45 piece band offers something for everyone. FREE

Americana Showcase, James J. Hill REference Library, 7:30pm. A unique celebration of American heritage with a Southern Minnesota based music. $22 at the door.

Wednesday, May 19

Monica Ali, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm. Talking Volumes discusses her latest novel, In the Kitchen.

Music in the Café, Landmark Center’s Anita’s Café, noon, FREE. The Roe Family Singers

Thursday, May 20

Wits, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm. Leading humor writers, satirists and storytellers with Susan Orlean.

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 Secrets of the Copper Scroll, Science Museum of Minnesota,7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Michael O. Wise - Scholar-in-Residence, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Languages and Department Chair of Biblical and Theological Studies, Northwestern College.

Young Professionals Event, Science Museum, 6-9pm, $15. Twin Cities young professionals are invited to the Science Museum of Minnesota for a night of history, culture, and excitement. The Young Professionals Event includes admission to The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, appetizers, and one free drink. rsvp http://www.smm.org/

Dre.dance, Ordway, 7:30pm. The Midwest premiere of dre.dance, a quickly rising New York-based group that uses contemporary dance as their base for exploring topics in contemporary society. The performance that they will share with us is called "beyond.words," and was created following intensive study through workshops, residency, and interviews with people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. http://www.ordway.org/

Saturday, May 22

Mad Science of Minnesota, Central Library, 11:15am. Kids have a chance to make observations and predictions while assisting with the experiments.

Art in the Hollow: Swede Hollow Plein Air Art Fest, Swede Hollow Park, North Maria Ave, 10am-4pm. Children's Activities, crafts, and more.  FREE

Bruce Vento Regional Trail Open House, 9am-1pm. History presentations and eduactional opportunities http://www.phalencreek.org/.

Solar Boat Regata, Lake Phalen Beach House, 10am-4pm.

Sunday, May 23

MPR Open House, Fitzgerald Theater, 11am-3pm. A family event, the MPR Open House will feature plenty of radio hosts and personalities on hand, refreshments, live music, demonstrations and more.

Hamline Midway Coalition Annual Music Festival, Newell Park, noon-8pm. The family-friendly fest features art, food and beverage vendors and two stages of live music, featuring sets by Loudray, Nikki and the Ruemates, Heelsplitter and many more!  After-party at the Turf Club featuring live music from fest bands and other folk-branded locals. $5 donation, http://www.hamlinemidwaycoalition.org/  

Monday, May 24

Chris Niskanen autographing, Pioneer Press lobby, 4-6pm. PP Outdoors editor will talk about his favorite Minnesota state parks and adventures readers will find there, at a signing event for his new book, Prairie, Lake, Forest.

Tuesday, May 25

Carol King and James Taylor, 8pm.

Christine Brewer, Soprano, Ordway,8pm. Performance with the Schubert Club.

Wednesday, May 26

Music in the Café, Landmark Center’s Anita’s Café, noon, FREE. Joel Roberts.

Thursday, May 27

Minnesota Twins, the Early Days, Landmark Center Courtroom 317, 6:30pm, FREE. Learn more about the Legacy of Minnesota Black Baseball by attending these engaging panel discussions. Featuring former Minnesota Twins Julio Bequer and Tony Oliva

Joshua Bell, Ordway, SPCO, 8pm. http://www.ordway.org/

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, May 28

Joshua Bell, Ordway, 10:30am, 8pm, SPCO. http://www.ordway.org/

Kostya Kimlat, Twin Cities Magic Jewel Theatre, 6:30pm. World renowned magical entertainer performing orginal mysteries. Call 651.797.7591 for ticket information.

Saturday, May 29

Joshua Bell, Ordway, 8pm, SPCO. http://www.ordway.org/

The Big Back Yard opens at the Science Museum. Take on its science-style mini-golf course, wander through a 17,000 square foot prairie maze, and watch water separate sand and dirt from gemstones and fossils in the Big Back Yard's very own sluice. http://www.smm.org/

Sunday, May 30

Sparky the Sea lion Show opens, Como Zoo

Eddies 12th Annual Potluck and Concert, Harriet Island.  Potluck 4:30, Concert, 7pm. Details http://www.eddiesontheriver.com/

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