The Minnesota Wild put up a 25-12-4 record at the Xcel Energy Center last season, giving crowds plenty of reason to cheer, chant, and toast each other. With goal-focused pucksmen Mikko Koivu and Martin Havlat leading the way this season, the Wild are poised to bury the Predators and the Red Wings—both Western Conference rivals and 2010 Stanley Cup playoff teams—in a hailstorm of supersonic slapshots and seamless shift changes. Your suite seating will let you watch the sub-zero spectacle of your choice from within the confines of a fan-friendly pod of sheltered luxury. The Xcel Energy Center will fuel your full-throated cheering and creative high-fiving throughout the evening with a hot dog, chips, a cookie, and a soda or water.
Ken Davenport, the producer of Altar Boyz, crafted My First Time from a collection of more than 40,000 first-hand stories of people's first sexual experiences. The stories were all submitted anonymously to a website in 1998 and were drawn from the fossilized depths of the pre-socially networked Internet, where MIDI files swooped over vast primordial lakes of raw HTML. The range of pathos for such an assemblage is easy to envision, with tales vacillating from the sweet and silly to the absurd and existentially horrifying. Four fully clothed actors weave the anecdotes together from fine, lacy yarns of minimally graphic language while sitting monologue-style atop stools on center stage. Over the course of 90 minutes and without intermission, the play cheekily reveals true stories from real people and the five W's of their first adult trials. The result is a play infinitely more compelling than alternative premises such as My Initial Sandwich or New Shoes: The Blister Stories.
For $7, today's side deal gets you a general ticket to one of two opening weekend night performances of Pangea World Theater and Teatro Del Pueblo's production of The House of Bernada Alba (a $15 value). Choose from Saturday, April 10th, or Sunday, April 11th, both at 7:30 p.m. at the newly remodeled SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul.
Recently profiled on an episode of Fox’s Game On!, the Minnesota Machine of the Women’s Football Alliance puts women back into the game of tackle football, a sport long dominated by burly men and leather-helmeted old-timers whose 3-foot-long mustaches often trip referees. Descending on the centrally located James Griffin Stadium, the 2010 Midwest Division champs regularly outwit regional rivals such as the Chicago Force. Former Minnesota Viking defensive end Willie Howard coaches the Minnesota Machine, imparting years of hard-earned wisdom to his team of pigskin-passing women. Find a football fanatic or a sports agnostic and head to a Minnesota Machine match for tackle-derived thrills, precise punts, and escaped wildebeests posing as pass-rushing linebackers
The 92 KQRS Rock Stock festival entertains concertgoers with a roster of canonical rock artists, including Styx, Cheap Trick, Badfinger, and The Lamont Cranston Band. Headbanging general-admission ticketholders can flock to Midway Stadium for a full afternoon and evening of timeless tunes that kicks off at 2 p.m.; VIPs can cruise into VIP parking spaces and strut onto the premises an hour before gates open. Once inside, important persons can scarf complimentary snacks and sip brews at the VIP cash bar before attending private Q&As and exclusive acoustic performances. Sadly, Midway Stadium is not equipped with beds or zero-gravity simulators, so the event is standing room and bleachers only. Concertgoers will receive tickets on the day of the event.