Category Archives: Public Events and Activities

Morel Mushroom Fanatics

If you’re one of those big Morel Mushroom fanatics (who knew this was a thing?), you’re going to want to make sure to attend the first annual MN Morel Fest!

Morel Fest Postcard

Bitten

A friend sent me a text on Monday asking if I wanted to go to “White Snake” at The Guthrie Theater.

“Yeah, totally!”

“Wait…what is the 80’s hair band doing at The Guthrie?”

I was mildly disappointed that “The White Snake” turned out to be a play, but hadn’t been to a play lately, so said yes.

Imagine sitting down and being immediately engaged in the storyline and characters of a play….no easing into it. The set, while sparse was so smartly and beautifully designed that the minimalism of it all allowed the senses to be a bit more focused in order to take in the story.

White Snake and Green Snake photographed by Liz Lauren

White Snake photographed by Liz Lauren

White Snake Night Scene photographed by Liz Lauren

I was really bitten by this play. This ancient fable is really a story about love, friendship, judgment and acceptance.  There were so many lessons to be learned from the story, that it would be worth seeing the play a second time.

The White Snake written and directed by Mary Zimmerman runs at The Guthrie Theater through October 19, 2014. More information and tickets are available here.

Waiting to Exhale

amaluna

If you’ve ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show, you know that there is always a nervous energy in the crowd.  And even though this is the seventh show I’ve seen, each show is like a first because you have no idea what to expect.

Amaluna was visually one of the prettiest Cirque shows I’ve seen.  Perhaps because the set and costumes were a bit more on the minimalist side.

amaluna riding the moon

amaluna hand stand

The beauty of Amaluna is the balance that is struck between strength and the softness of movement.

amaluna parallel bars

But every Cirque show has at least one major show stopper and that had to be the balancing act.

The stage was black and as the lights came on, a woman came into view standing amidst a pile of bones.  Bones?  Yes.  Bones, ranging in size from maybe a foot and half to over ten feet.

amaluna balancing bones

She picks up the smallest bone and proceeds to pick up the next bone with her foot and rest the smallest bone on the larger bone.  One by one, she rests each bone on to the next.

The amount of precision and concentration made the crowd hold their breath.  We were afraid to breathe for fear of causing a shift in the air.

By far, this was my favorite single act of all the Cirque shows I’ve seen as it exuded beauty, strength, softness, drama and suspense. But also because the vulnerability of the performer was for all to see and that is such a beautiful thing.  After her performance, I asked “How many times did she have to fail until she nailed it?”  It still leaves me breathless to think about.

Amaula is at Mall of America until October 20, 2013.  For more information, click here.

Not To Be Missed

Thomas Keller (yes, THAT Thomas Keller) is having a book release / signing event for Bouchon Bakery at La Belle Vie on June 18, 2013 starting at 6:30 pm.

Ticket price for the La Belle Vie event includes hosted cocktails, wine, passed small plate reception, an Andrew Zimmern-hosted Q&A presentation and an autographed copy of Bouchon Bakery.  Advance ticket purchase is required and tickets are $250 all-inclusive. Tickets may be purchased by calling the restaurant directly at 612.874.6440.

** please note only 125 tickets are available for this once in a lifetime event