Motherhood the Musical, the brainchild of singer and songwriter Sue Fabisch, whose album Music 4 Mommies bore multiple Top Ten Billboard Comedy hits, celebrates the joys and travails of parenting in uproariously melodic fashion. Praised by the Tampa Bay Times for its "genuine laughs and relatable observations on the job that never ends," the show first takes place at the baby shower of a naïve first-time mom, whose impressive record of never killing a Tamagotchi pet has convinced her she's prepared for motherhood. Over the course of 18 toe-tapping songs, her three experienced friends share stories about the frustrations and triumphs of raising their offspring. The production's spirited music ranges from the heart-tugging ballad I'm Danny's Mom to the exultant barnburner The Kids Are Finally Asleep.
At Cinema Ballroom, swinging students rhythmically master movement in a fun, supportive environment. Experienced professionals guide dancers through each 60-minute class, starting with the basics and progressing into more difficult techniques as students master their new moves and shimmy off their shyness. Dip a chip-toting partner into the spiciness of salsa, learning the cha cha, cumbia, and mambo, or lose your blues in the romantic embrace of the Argentine tango, where fancy footwork blends with raw emotion and the passionate singing of a lovelorn barrel organ. Partners wind their way through elegant waltzes in ballroom class, and Latin dancers incorporate swing, samba, and paso doble into the traditional salsa repertoire. Check the schedule for class times.
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.
In 1969, the founder of Padelford Packet Boat Co. Inc., Captain William D. Bowell, Sr., launched the Jonathan Padelford steamwheeler into the Mississippi River, hoping to bring visitors to the riverfront for leisurely jaunts that harkened back to simpler times. After more than 30 years of growing his fleet and ferrying passengers down the historic waterways, he handed the reigns over to his daughters and nephew. Today, the family operates five boats with amenities such as dance areas, bars, sun decks, and the nostalgia that William hoped to keep alive. With the Twin Cities' skyline and the rugged, green banks of the river as the backdrop, US Coast Guard–licensed vessels float passengers past sights such as Pig's Eye Cave, Fort Snelling, and Pike Island. Some cruises also include dinner or fireworks, and special holiday cruises are also available. The company also offers private charters for unique party opportunities, including weddings set before the city's waterfront sites.
The Minnesota Wild shreds the ice during thrilling matchups, giving crowds plenty of reason to cheer, chant, and toast each other. With a memorabilia package, wild Wild fans can give the skate masters their full-throated support during a private viewing of the Year Ten DVD (a $19 value) while high-fiving one of six player bobbleheads available (up to a $15 value). Nod along with facsimiles of Martin Havlat, Brent Burns, Niklas Backstrom, Cal Clutterbuck, Mikko Koivu, and Guillaume Latendresse (limited quantities available per player). Adorn caps or kitchen curtains with the Year Ten collectors' pin set (a $20 value), which contains four jersey pins and the Year Ten pin in a numbered collectors' case. Hungry enthusiasts can cook up one of more than 50 appetizers, entrees, and desserts from the pages of The Game Plan Cookbook (a $15 value), which features favorites from Wild players and families.