When it's your birthday, the last thing you want to be worried about is party logistics. With the Pass to Party, all that planning is taken care of for you?reservable on the Friday night of your birthday week, the package includes free drinks for the guest of honor, drink specials for up to nine friends, and free cover charges for the entire group. The Pass gets you access to five Minneapolis bars?including Rouge, Aqua, Bar 508, or The Pourhouse?and even includes a gift card for food or edible napkins at either Urban Eatery.
In the olden days, racetracks employed ladies on roller skates to deliver axle grease to steam-powered racecars so that they could maintain their blistering pace of 9 miles per hour. When a scuffle between two such ladies proved more entertaining than the race itself, roller derby was born. Today’s Groupon gets the Twin Cities its daily recommended dosage of kinetic estrogen. For $6, you get a general-admission ticket (a $12 value on the day of the game) to see the North Star Roller Girls battle it out in a flat-track roller-derby bout. During the Wild Wild Midwest double-header on Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Banger Sisters take on Delta Delta Di, while the Violent Femmes face off against the Kilmore Girls. This will be the final grudge match before the championship bout on April 10. Customers may purchase up to four Groupons. General admission tickets are good for chair and bleacher seating or standing, but not trackside seating.
The Twin Cities Auto Show has been drawing hundreds of thousands of auto enthusiasts for more than 40 years. However, there's nothing middle-aged about the auto technology visitors see there—the event celebrates, not the auto industry's past, but its future. Visitors can check out the latest models from over 30 trusted brands such as Ford, Lexus, and Maserati on the massive exhibit floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center, as well as in themed rooms. These include the Green Room—home to the latest eco-friendly technology—and Luxury Lane—which comes stocked with more than $1 million in luxury vehicles. When they're not checking out automobiles, visitors can get free car-seat safety checks, stop by food trucks for snacks, or visit entertainment and celebrity exhibits.
Competing for the title of world’s largest interactive baseball event, the All-Star FanFest will transform the Phoenix Convention Center into a bat-swinging theme park July 8–12. Groupon holders gain admission to the final day of the fest, which will celebrate the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2001 World Series championship. Visitors can score free autographs and jovial noogies from Diamondbacks legends such as Gold Glove shortstop Jay Bell and five-time All-Star Matt Williams, who currently coaches third base, as well as swap thumb-wrestling tips with Hall of Famer pitcher Rollie Fingers. Historical exhibits from the Baseball Hall of Fame wow guests with colorful timelines, vintage uniforms, and photos of bygone mustache styles. Batting cages and baserunning challenges test fans’ speed and reflexes, and the first 5,000 ticket holders to storm the gates get a mini pennant to commemorate the Diamondbacks’ big win and assist in shooing away pickpocketing horseflies.
Theatre Unbound has a solution to the lack of women writing and directing theatrical plays: give them opportunities to create at a theater company made exclusively for that purpose. Founded in 1999, Theatre Unbound has already shattered the dismal record—18%—of women writing and directing American theatre. Since its inception, the company has produced the work of 137 female directors and 126 female playwrights, some of whom came through a portal from the 10th century to stage their work.
Spanning 30 years of satirical song and skit performances, the Capitol Steps pokes friendly fun at the same governing body that employs its performers. The 30-member cast, including 10-year Capitol Hill veteran and former lobbyist Mark Eaton, delights audiences with politically themed song parodies and relevant comedy sketches, with material updated on a daily basis to reflect political-figure high jinks and Post-it-note constitutional amendments. Since 1981, the Capitol Steps have recorded more than 30 albums and have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and NPR's Politics Takes a Holiday broadcast specials.