Plugged In: December 2013

Plugged In: December 2013

The best opportunities for networking this month.

December 4th

YPro: Annual Holiday Celebration

If you’re a young business professional looking for a gathering to attend this holiday season, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce’s annual outing offers food, a cash bar, and music, with a short overview of the chamber’s activity this year. At a manageable attendance of about 75, the celebration draws guests from the political, philanthropic, and, of course, business world involved in the economic development in St. Paul and the east metro area. Proceeds from the raffle and silent auction benefit the chamber’s foundation.

5 p.m.., $20, Crowne Plaza St. Paul – Riverfront, 651-223-5000,


December 7th

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis’ 25th Annual Benefit

With a resumé boasting stints at MTV and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, stand-up comedian Elon Gold appears as the special guest at JFCS’ fundraiser and networking event. Up to 1,100 are expected at this evening of cocktails, dinner, and a raffle (with prizes including a trip to New York and a MacBook Pro). Those 40 and under can attend their own pre-party to talk philanthropy, enjoy a complimentary cocktail and network. As a charter member of the local United Way, JFCS serves more than 16,000 people in the Twin Cities annually. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s 40 programs, including career services, children’s mentoring, and early childhood literacy program.

5:45 p.m.., $50 (ages 40 and under, $150 includes dinner), $125 (ages 40+, $275 includes dinner), with group rates available. Hilton Minneapolis, 952-542-4878,


December 11th

The Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association Holiday Party

MIMA’s holiday party is similar the group’s monthly meetings, but with a festive air, attracting nearly 300 industry leaders from digital marketing, design, publishing, and web development. Relax with drinks and food, and connect in the high-energy atmosphere.

5:30 p.m., free for MIMA members, cost TBA for non-members, Guthrie Theater, 651-999-5345,


December 12th

EcoNetworking for Sustainable Solutions

Hosted by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, eco-innovators and sustainability chiefs across industries bring their expertise to the fore. This installment’s topic in the business-to-business series is on digital/social media storytelling and includes a presentation by Wendy Meadley, who will discuss the Town and Country Club’s use of bees, special kinds of turf and even chickens in its eco-friendly practices.

7:30–9:30 a.m., $12, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 952-443-1422,


These aren’t ordinary runway models. Local tattoo artists, writers, chefs, and entrepreneurs don designs from local boutiques in this variety show’s fashion runway. Started by stylist and consultant Sarah Edwards, this annual event is a call-out to creative individuals to meet other artists from myriad industries, including culinary, advertising, fashion, music, and comedy. In its fourth year, I AM MPLS, an annual event of the I AM KINDNESS nonprofit, is promoting local brands, such as Len, Emma Berg, and Atmosfere. Catering courtesy of Barbette, Red Stag and Chowgirls is a highlight, along with stand-up comedy and live bands.

6 p.m.., $15 general admission, $50 for VIP, Aria, Minneapolis, 612-669-0161,

Holiday Classics

December 6-7

The Great Russian Nutcracker

The Moscow Ballet makes a grand leap to Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre for a two-day debut, featuring award-winning dancers and hundreds of exquisite costumes. The company recruits local children in roughly 65 cities, so a local Twin Cities cast of youngsters will also make their debut.

Times vary, $32-$92, Orpheum Theatre, 800-982-2787,

Through December 29

A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ beloved story, directed by Joe Chvala in the Guthrie’s beloved production, now in its 39th year. J.C. Cutler plays Ebenezer Scrooge again this year, appearing on the Guthrie’s Wurtele thrust stage. Bah, humbug indeed.

Times vary, $28-$85, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 612-377-2224,

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