A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor
If you have clients who wonder whether Minnesota really is Lake Wobegon, show them that it’s all true. Fresh from a January tour with stops in San Francisco; Tempe, Arizona; and Madison, Wisconsin, Garrison Keillor returns to St. Paul for four memorable performances of the country’s last live radio variety show on February 2, 9, 16, and 23. Continue the pilgrimage with a stop at Common Good Books, Keillor’s bookstore, for a signed copy of Good Poems, American Places, Keillor’s poetry anthology.
Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E, St. Paul, 651-290-1200, fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org; Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, 651-225-8989, commongoodbooks.com
City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival
Even if you and your client aren’t skiers, this annual urban winter festival is a fun way to experience Twin Cities sporting life. Watch an array of colorful bike and ski races, including the Freestyle Loppet on February 3, which begins in the very picturesque Theodore Wirth Park and ends in Uptown, where you can often feast on buttermilk pancakes, frittatas, omelets, and seasonal specialties at Lucia’s.
City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Mpls., 612-604-5330, loppet.org; Lucia’s, 1432 W. 31st St., Mpls., 612-825-1572, lucias.com
Even if it’s too cold to stroll around Spoonbridge and Cherry, no visit to the Twin Cities is complete without a trip to the Walker Art Center. After lunch at Gather, visit the many personas of Cindy Sherman: artist, model, photographer, makeup artist, hairdresser, wardrobe stylist, and creator of nearly 200 images of herself as a screen siren, clown, aging socialite, and other guises that reflect the nature of contemporary identity.
Through Feb. 17, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600, walkerart.org
If you and your client share a passion for basketball, book an executive suite for a memorable evening with Spanish superstar Ricky Rubio, All-Star forward Kevin Love, center Nikola Pekovic, and the Minnesota Timberwolves on your agenda. Highlights of the February schedule include the Wolves versus the L.A. Lakers on February 1, New York Knicks on February 8, and the Utah Jazz on February 13.
Minnesota Timberwolves, Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls., 612-673-8344, targetcenter.com
Nordic Lights Film Festival
Impress your trendiest clients with an evening on the cutting edge of new Nordic style. After dining on rutabaga and apple soup, Swedish meatballs, and smoked white chocolate ice cream at the Bachelor Farmer, navigate your Volvo or Saab over to St. Anthony Main for the Nordic Lights Film Festival. An annual celebration of contemporary film from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, this year’s festival explores the themes of love and relationships.
Feb. 8-14, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 612-331-4724, nordiclightsfilmfestival.org; the Bachelor Farmer, 50 Second Ave. N., Mpls., 612-206-3920, thebachelorfarmer.com
Two Sides of the Modern: Maverix ReMix
For art aficionados of any genre, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ latest Art ReMix exhibition offers a fascinating perspective on collecting art. The show juxtaposes nearly two dozen pieces belonging to Myron Kunin, legendary collector of early 20th-century American art, and Gordon Locksley, noted collector of contemporary art, to illustrate the evolution of art over the past century.
Feb. 19-March 10, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-3000, artsmia.org
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
More than a century ago, when a New York newspaper reporter declared that St. Paul was “… unfit for human habitation in the winter,” a group of local business leaders created the Winter Carnival. Now in its 127th year, the carnival culminates on February 2 this year with the dazzling Torchlight Parade. The parade starts at about 5:30 p.m. in Lowertown and ends up in Rice Park, where you can join the festivities after a hearty dinner and a round of Fiery Scotsman cocktails at the St. Paul Grill.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival, 651-223-4700, winter-carnival.com; the St. Paul Grill, 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com