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.
Out in a Limb Dance Company & School's professional instructors introduce kids and adults to styles as various as classical ballet, modern dance, acrobatics, and hip-hop. School performances let students show off what they've learned to family, friends, and Barbies whose legs refuse to plié, while summer intensives let young bundles of energy immerse themselves in the choreography of a full-scale musical production. Ballroom classes help casual students get comfortable for wedding-mandated whirls about the dance floor and nights out at salsa clubs. Teachers come from backgrounds including the sets of musical theater productions, the Moscow Ballet, and training with Paula Abdul, and all work to create a disciplined, distraction-free environment by asking that students adhere to a formal code of etiquette.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies every day for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. Rattling bass shakes the historic Congress Theater's gold-domed interior and main floor as fans dance and weave through the crowds to try to snag an autographed poster, CD, or security guard.
If you’re looking to have some old-school roller-skating fun, the Minnesota Roller Girls is the way to go. Roller Derby is the name of the game at the Roller Girls dome, an exciting sport that pits teams of roller skaters against one another as they try to out-skate each other around a circular track. The charm here is how the rules are very easy to initially grasp, but require deeper study to understand the nuances of the teamwork and strategy needed for a win. The Roller Girls were one of the first members of the Women’s League of this sport, joining in 2006. In addition to the intense, nonconventional contact sport that’s played here, spectators can also enjoy the in-house band intermission performances, which are lively and fun to listen to.
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.