September 2012 "All in St. Paul" Event Calendar


September, here we come! Squeeze out one last outdoor music festival celebrating the launch of the Fall performance season.  Lots of good things to come.

Thursday, September 6

Concrete and Grass Music Festival, Mears Park,7-9pm. FREE. Launch of the fall performance season - rain or shine.

Friday, September 7

Back to the Future II, Raspberry Island, dusk. 

A Seagull opens, Gonzo Group, The Baroque Room (275E 4th St.), 7:30.  Shows thru Sept. 16th. Tickets are "Name Your Own Price" benefiting Friends of Mears Park.

SPCO: Beethoven’s Eroica and Stravinsky, Ordway, 8pm.

Concrete and Grass Music Festival, Mears Park, 5:30-10pm. FREE. Launch of the fall performance season - rain or shine.

Saturday, September 8

SPCO: Beethoven’s Eroica and Stravinsky, Ordway, 8pm.

Concrete and Grass Music Festival, Mears Park, 4-10pm. FREE. Launch of the fall performance season - rain or shine.

Selby Avenue Jazz Fest, Selby & Milton, 11am-8pm. FREE. Live jazz from local, regional, and national acts, artists, food and fun.

Heaven & Earth – Alan Fine, Ordway, 8pm.

Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm.  Loretta Swit evokes a personalized, intimate portrait of the historic woman and the many challenges that surrounded her in the years following WWI.

MN Rollergirls, Rivercentre, 7:30pm.

Sunday, September 9

Sun Dance Trio, Landmark Courtroom 317, 1pm. FREE

PipJazz Sundays, Landmark, 5pm. Hosted by Pippi Ardennia, a Chicago born jazz/blues singer and songwriter residing in St. Paul, Minnesota, who co-produces the series with drummer/manager Glenn Swanson. Guest artist Dennis Spears.

Heaven & Earth – Alan Fine, Ordway, 2pm.

Thursday, September 13

Batman Live, Xcel, 7:30pm.  A 15-million dollar stage production with an original story featuring a 43 strong cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100 foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.

2013 St. Paul Almanac Release Party, AZ Gallery, 7-9pm.  The indispensable seventh edition of the friendly guide book to Minnesota’s capital city and Saint Paul’s eclectic community storytelling book of record!

Friday, September 14

SPCO: Strauss and Brahms, Ordway, 10:30am.

Back to the Future III, Raspberry Island, dusk.

Batman Live, Xcel, 3:30pm and 7:30pm.  A 15-million dollar stage production with an original story featuring a 43 strong cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100 foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.

Saturday, September 15

SPCO: Strauss and Brahms, Ordway, 8pm.

A Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theatre, 4:45pm.  Season opener followed by the annual Meatloaf Supper and Street Dance out in front of the theater on Exchange Street.

Batman Live, Xcel, 11am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm.  A 15-million dollar stage production with an original story featuring a 43 strong cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100 foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.

Sunday, September 16

Mid Autumn Moon Festival, Landmark, 4-6pm. FREE. Cultural lantern dances, traditional holiday displays and storytelling. Children and families will have the opportunity to enjoy a taste of moon cake, participate in a lantern-making contest and join in a lantern parade through Rice Park.

Batman Live, Xcel, 1pm and 5pm.  A 15-million dollar stage production with an original story featuring a 43 strong cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100 foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.

Tuesday, September 18

Junot Diaz: Talking Volumes, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm.  This is How You Lose Her.

Thursday, September 20

TOT LOT GRAND REOPENING!, 4th & Sibley, 11am. Mayor Coleman, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and treats from Golden's Deli.

Conor Oberst, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm. First solo tour.

Friday, September 21

Tracy Grammer, Red House Live, Landmark, 8pm.  $15 advance, $18 door.  Saint Paul based, Grammy winning indie folk label Red House Records partners for a second season with Landmark.

Broadway Songbook: The Words and Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein & Hart opens, Ordway, thru Sept. 30. A catalog of the most enduring pieces of classic musical theater: Oklahoma, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music.

September 21-22 Festa Italiana Minnesota, Harriet Island.  Traditional food, wares, and entertainment. www.festaitalianamn.com

Saturday, September 22

LOWERTOWN BALLPARK CELEBRATION, Mears Park, noon-2pm. Peanuts and Crackerjacks!

MN Opera: Nabucco opens, Ordway, thru September 30. Verdi's monumental opera follows the plight of the Jews as they are conquered and exiled from their homeland by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Prairie Home Companion, Fitzgerald Theatre, 4:45.

Wednesday, September 26

MN WILD vs. Stars, Xcel, 7pm.

Jeffrey Toobin: Talking Volumes, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7pm. The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

Thursday, September 27

Henry Rollins, Fitzgerald Theatre, 8pm.

MN WILD vs. Blues, Xcel, 7pm.

Friday, September 28

Tornado Alley opens, Science Museum. Get a close-up look at the relentless strength of nature's most dramatic, and least understood, weather phenomena.  The state-of-the-art Omnitheater is the perfect place to witness never-before-captured tornado footage - warnings for small children. 15,000 Tornado Intercept Vehicle is parked in the lobby! www.smm.org for showtimes.

Saturday, September 29

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

Sunday, September 30

Nooks and Crannies Tour, Landmark, 1pm. FREE. Enjoy behind the scenes access to Landmark Center. From the sub-basement to the North tower, visitors will get to see areas normally closed to the public.

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