Located in the Dayton’s Bluff area, historic Mounds Theatre is a great spot to experience live theatre, movies, and occasional paranormal encounters. Knotareel Getaway Cruise is an interactive dinner-theater production written by Greg Eiden that features musical comedy and a gaggle of mimicking pirate parrots all named Polly. You’ll ward off scurvy thanks to the show’s dinner menu, which offers roasted chicken with herb vinaigrette, fettuccine or linguine (tossed with olive oil, fresh basil, and garlic), vegetable medley, field green salad, and chef’s choice dessert. You’ll also be supporting a good cause since the theater is home to the Portage for Youth, a nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged youth that collaborates with arts and cultural groups.
Although it’s known for comedies such as the two-man, 24-character A Tuna Christmas, Actors Theater of Minnesota also places a significant emphasis on education and corporate training. At The Creative Institute, the ensemble trains students how to work theatrical media such as improv and writing into their everyday problem-solving skills.
Bent, set within the iron gates of the Dachau concentration camp during the Holocaust, begins with prisoners Max and Horst meeting each other for the first time. The two gay men are imprisoned, but the couple soon falls in love. Though they never touch each other, their passion forms a bond that comes to defy the despair and death that surrounds them on all sides. The Candid Theater Company has earned a reputation for tough, riveting dramas, and Bent promises to be no different. Buy extra Groupons and invite along some thought-provoking friends for after-show coffee and conversation.
The season finale of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to a dramatic Deutschlandic conclusion, with a showcase of classical German music spanning three centuries. Join conductor, ivory tickler, and SPCO artistic partner Christian Zacharias, who has conducted both the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, as he begins the evening with an elegant performance of Piano Concerto in D Minor by C. P. E. Bach. Zacharias will then resume vertical posture to conduct Schumann's Spring Symphony, a piece composed from Schumann's fast-flowing heart and mind during his honeymoon period with pianist wife, Clara Wieck. Enjoy this evening of joyous classical music, and attend the SPCO before the offseason starts.
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.