Bring It On January – We’re Ready!
January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
a frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.
- Edgar Fawcett
The holidays with its whirlwind of social activities are behind us, our days resume a normal cadence, and winter is solidly entrenched. Yet, it doesn’t mean that life comes to a standstill because it’s cold and snowy! We’re Minnesotans after all and that means we are hardy folk! Many of us love this season as we break out the ice skates, skis, sleds, snowboards and snowshoes. We try out that new long underwear we bought from LL Bean and dig our warmest mittens and scarfs from the bottom of the drawer.
If cavorting like Frosty the Snowman is not your scene, there is the theater, symphony, opera and ballet. Perhaps an afternoon at one of our wonderful museums or art galleries. How about a weekend Happy Hour or a movie? Unless you are a member of the Minnesota Snowbird population and head south to lands with palm trees, white sandy beaches and drinks sporting tiny paper umbrellas, the Minnesota Property Group would like to offer some great suggestions for what’s noteworthy in January on the Twin Cities Metro scene.
January – any day!
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN
Admission is free for the entire month of January so enjoy the Arboretum inside and out. Stay warm while you oh and ah as you view the 25 foot tall tree covered with orchids in the Great Hall. Outside 16 miles of snowshoe and cross country ski trails await you. Warm up after with a cup of hot chocolate in the café. Check out their blog and discover 31 great reasons to visit.
January 3rd and 4th
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis 612-871-4444
The Blacker the Berry is a multidisciplinary performance and art exhibit featuring over 40 women of color. There is a long list of talented performers. Performances run from 7:30 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. Visit the website for more information.
The Gurthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 612-377-2224
The Cocktail Hour – Final weekend closes Sunday Jan. 4 – Set in the 1970’s, this comedy is about a holiday family reunion with some interesting family conflict. Read the Twin Cities.com review for more information. Purchase tickets on the Guthrie website or take your chances in the Rush Line. Personally I have had decent luck going that route in the closing weekend of a performance.
January 10th and 11th
Sushi Tango 2011 Hennepin Ave S Minneapolis 612-822-7787
Ever go to Happy Hour on Saturday? Sushi Tango in Uptown has a great one every Saturday from 12-6 PM. Happy hour features a $4 Bloody Mary, $3 rail drinks, $3.50 16-ounce tap beers, and appetizers that mostly stay in the $4-or-under range. You will also find sushi at bargain-bin prices.
Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Uptown, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, 612-822-9900
Enjoy some music dished up with your ribs! Moses Oakland has been performing at this Calhoun Square establishment since 2000. Open Blues Jam with Moses Oakland every Sunday at 8:00 PM.
January 17th and 18th
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
This unconducted program features Steven Copes as soloist performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Book casing this performance are Prokofiev’s Symphony #1 and Beethoven’s Symphony #2. Saturday’s performance at the Ordway in downtown St. Paul and Sunday at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.
Bloomington’s Winter Fete
This annual event is filled with fun activities held throughout the city. Events include a Fat Bike Race, a Nordic Ski Jumping Competition, a Broomball Tournament, and Ice Harvest Festival and much more. The Fete dates are January 17-25.
January 24th and 25th
St. Paul Winter Carnival
Beautiful Rice Park serves as center stage for this coolest celebration on earth, the annual winter carnival! List of events are simply too numerous to mention but there is something to please every member of your family I assure you. The carnival dates are January 22 through February 1 but do check out the website for detailed information.
Indoors or out, whatever you do, Joe Houghton and The Minnesota Property Group says, stay warm and be careful out there!