FEBRUARY 2012 "All in St. Paul" Event Calendar

Winter Carnival wraps up, Pirates, and Scottish Ramble - Plan ahead! February means we are on our way to SPRING!

Friday, February 3

Winter Carnival: Bouncing Team Tryouts, Landmark Musser Cortile, 6-9 pm. FREE. See dozens of teams try out for the annual competition.  You’ll be able to view the event even from the second floor logia in the building.  For more information visit www.stpaulbouncingteam.org.

First Friday, Black Dog Café and Wine Bar, 4-6pm. Sponsored by CapitolRiver Council
World’s Toughest Rodeo, Xcel Center, 7:30pm.

Saturday, February 4

Torchlight Parade, 5:30pm Lowertown to Rice Park along 5th Street.  Fireworks at 7:30pm!

Winter Carnival: Family Day Events, Landmark Musser Cortile, 9-5 pm. FREE. Ongoing entertaining events designed to please all ages. www.winter-carnival.com/events/.

World’s Toughest Rodeo, Xcel Center, 7:30pm.

Cancer and the Human Body, Science Museum of Minnesota, 1-4pm.  Learn the basics about a disease that touches so many lives each year—from cancer biology to laboratory research and treatment methods. Discover the amazing tools physicians can use to fight the disease, meet scientists active in the field, and ask questions about current trends in the study of cancer.

A Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theater, 4:45pm.

MN Rollergirls, Rivercentre, 7:30pm

Sunday, February 5 SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

Monday, February 6

St. Paul Bureau of Arts and Beverages, Black Dog Café and Wine Bar, Artists Happy Hour, 5-8pm.  All Welcome!

Tuesday, February 7  Minnesota Caucus Night www.caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us 


Thursday, February 9

"Courtroom Concert", Landmark Courtroom 317, noon; FREE. The Schubert Club Concerts this month’s  concerts celebrate Early Music.  The concert is being hosted by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

Mu Performing Arts: Mu Daiko opens, Ordway, thru February 19.  The Twin Cities-based drum ensemble brings its signature blend of tradition and innovation to the Ordway with familiar favorites and original compositions. During the second week of performances, Mu Daiko will share the stage with special guest artists that exemplify the influence of women in American and Japanese taiko.

MN Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, Xcel Center, 7pm.

Friday, February 10



Art of Romance Soiree, Artists Mercantile, Friday, Feb. 10, 4-8pm.  Live music, tasty chocolates, refreshments, eclectic gift choices and a new exhibition of artist Becky Kehrwald's Heart series - valentine gift ideas all wrapped up!

MN Swarm vs. Edmonton Rush, Xcel Center, 7:30pm.

Upshaw, Dennehy and Beethoven, Ordway, 8pm.  Experience the work of Donnacha Dennehy as the SPCO and Upshaw present the world premiere of a new work by the dynamic young Irish composer with “a soundworld all his own” (The Wire). The program also features the SPCO debut of in-demand conductor Stefan Asbury, who is renowned for his passionate advocacy of new music.

Saturday, February 11

A Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theater, 4:45pm.

Charles Darwin's birthday Celebration, Science Museum, 1-4 p.m.  Participate in family friendly activities in the Community Gallery.

Upshaw, Dennehy and Beethoven, Ordway, 8pm.  Experience the work of Donnacha Dennehy as the SPCO and Upshaw present the world premiere of a new work by the dynamic young Irish composer with “a soundworld all his own” (The Wire). The program also features the SPCO debut of in-demand conductor Stefan Asbury, who is renowned for his passionate advocacy of new music.

MN Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Xcel Center, 7pm.

Sunday, February 12


Como Enchanted Evening, Como Conservatory, 5:30 & 8pm seatings. Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day. Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner.

Saint Paul City Ballet, Sundays at Landmark series, 1 pm; FREE. Excerpts from their fall works will be presented by the advance student groups. Performed by both the Chamber dancers and the students of Saint Paul City Ballet. 

The Grand Landmark Bridal Show: Make it Grand, Landmark Musser Cortile, 1 - 4 pm; $5 (includes free companion ticket). Glimpses of a variety of products made available for those planning a wedding. The event is being hosted by Bridal Accents; Minnesota Bride; Katie Murphy Stationary and of course Make it Grand. Free parking is available at Macy's on Wabasha.

Playing for Change, Ordway, 7:30pm.  Musicians from the documentary come together for a live performance and fervent delivery of blues, gospel, reggae, and Afro-pop led to an amazing run of sold-out shows, moving audiences worldwide and earning them a remarkable debut on Billboard’s Top 10 with Playing For Change­­—Songs Around The World.

MN Swarm vs. Rochester Knighthawks, Xcel Center, 2pm.

Monday, February 13


Como Enchanted Evening, Como Conservatory, 5:30 & 8pm seatings. Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day. Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner.


Tuesday, February 14  Happy Valentine’s Day!


Como Enchanted Evening, Como Conservatory, 5:30 & 8pm seatings. Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day. Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner.


Ballet Tuesdays, Landmark Musser Cortile, 12 pm; FREE. Saint Paul City Ballet presents this free ballet program on the second Tuesday of the month.  Performance will have Excerpts from SPCB Kids and The Company at the McKnight. Guests can bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch at Anita’s Café.  

MN Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks, Xcel Center, 6:30pm.

Wednesday, February 15

SPCO International Artist Series, Ordway, 8pm. Julia Fischer, violin, Milana Chernyavska, piano

Thursday, February 16

Plug Into St. Paul, Embassy Suites, 5:30-7:30pm.  Join CapitolRiver Council for a great networking night with local businesses and organizations.

The Schubert Club's "Courtroom Concert", Landmark Courtroom 317, 12 pm; FREE. This month’s concerts celebrate Early Music.  The concert is being hosted by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

Upshaw, Dennehy and Beethoven, Ordway, 8pm.  Experience the work of Donnacha Dennehy as the SPCO and Upshaw present the world premiere of a new work by the dynamic young Irish composer with “a soundworld all his own” (The Wire). The program also features the SPCO debut of in-demand conductor Stefan Asbury, who is renowned for his passionate advocacy of new music.

MN Wild vs. Winnipeg

Minnesota Home and Patio Show, Rivercentre, noon-9pm.

Friday, February 17

Minnesota Home and Patio Show, Rivercentre, noon-9pm.

Jason Aldean, Xcel Center, 7:30pm.

Saturday, February 18

A Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theater, 4:45pm.

"Scottish Ramble", Landmark Musser Cortile, 10 - 5 pm, $5 adults / $3 kids & seniors. Nothing’s cooler than kilts in February! Enjoy bagpipes, dance competitions, shopping, informative lectures and traditional music.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship opens, Science Museum of Minnesota. Journey into the exciting world of real pirates and experience their fascinating, true adventures. A treasure trove of genuine artifacts, including authentic pirate treasure last touched by real pirates—gold coins, pistols, swords and cannon.

Upshaw, Dennehy and Beethoven, Ordway, 8pm.  Experience the work of Donnacha Dennehy as the SPCO and Upshaw present the world premiere of a new work by the dynamic young Irish composer with “a soundworld all his own” (The Wire). The program also features the SPCO debut of in-demand conductor Stefan Asbury, who is renowned for his passionate advocacy of new music.

Minnesota Home and Patio Show, Rivercentre, 10am-9pm.

MN Swarm vs. Colorado Mammoth& MN RollerGirls Double Header!, Xcel Center, 7pm.

Sunday, February 19

 "Scottish Ramble", Landmark Musser Cortile, noon - 5 pm, $5 adults / $3 kids & seniors. Nothing’s cooler than kilts in February! Enjoy bagpipes, dance competitions, shopping, informative lectures and traditional music.  

VocalEssence WITNESS: In the Spirit of Being, Ordway, 4pm. Joyce Awards-winning composer Hannibal Lokumbe (Dear Mrs. Parks, WITNESS 2007) returns with VocalEssence for the world premiere of his ambitious new composition, In the Spirit of Being.

Minnesota Home and Patio Show, Rivercentre, 10am-6pm.

MN Wild vs. Boston Bruins, Xcel Center, 2pm.

Tuesday, February 21


My Antonia, O'Shaughnessy, 7:30pm. Willa Cather's gutsy novel about 1880's European immigrants who followed their dreams to the Nebraska prairie. 


Wednesday, February 22- Saturday, February 25 MSHSL Girls’ Hockey Tournament

Blind Date opens, Ordway, thru Apr. 1. In the brand- new play Blind Date, you’ll experience all the excitement and awkwardness of love as Mimi, a Parisian temptress played by Rebecca Northan, goes on a blind date with a different man every night—plucked right out of the audience!


Literary Speed Dating, James J. Hill Library, 7-9pm, $10. Discussion centered on your favorite literary read of all time.  Discussion, trivia and cocktails. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2882107461

Social Science Buccaneer's Ball, Science Museum, 7-11, $10 + for Pirates Exhibit or Omnimax.  A swashbuckling good time with drinks, food, and music.  Pirate theme but no weapon please!

Thursday, February 23

The Schubert Club's "Courtroom Concert", Landmark Courtroom 317, 12 pm; FREE. This month’s concerts celebrate Early Music.  The concert is being hosted by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

Friday, February 24

Copes Plays Korngold, Ordway, 10:30am &8pm. SPCO.

Saturday, February 25

Copes Plays Korngold, Ordway, 8pm. SPCO.


Minnesota Parent Summer Camp Fair, Como Conservatory, 10am-2pm. FREE>

Sunday, February 26

"The Rose Ensemble",  Sundays at Landmark series, Landmark Musser Cortile, 4 pm; FREE. This Internationally award-winning choir that represented the United States in this past year’s international festival held in Brazil.  My favorite!!

The Amen Corner readings and excerpts, Central Library, 2pm. Lou and Sarah Bellamy and actors from the company discuss the upcoming Penumbra production.

MN Wild vs. San Hose Sharks, Xcel Center, 5pm.

Tuesday, February 28

MN Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings, Xcel Center, 6:30pm.

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