Gather your family and join Minnesota Center for Book Arts Lead Teaching Artist Madeline Garcia for a free virtual workshop! You’ll learn how to make 3 unique pop-up valentine cards to send to your loved ones. Fun and accessible to many developmental levels, this hour-long workshop is open to all ages. Families can choose to work together or side-by-side to create their valentines. Read more about Love Local: Make Pop-Up Valentines!
Arts & Performance
Learn more about MacPhail Center for Music's Electronic Music Recording Arts (EMRA) program with our virtual Open House.
Meet the instructors, and discover the technology you can utilize in the virtual EMRA Open House on December 1.
Discover the capabilities of our studio, such as audio recording, production, DJing, and sound design. We'll also cover the various programs you can use to make the music you envision a reality.
Sign up for the open house to prepare for our spring classes:
Intro to Digital Audio Production with Isaac Rohr Read more about MacPhail Center for Music Electronic Music Recording Arts (EMRA) Open House
Join Ellen and Clark Griswold for this virtual salute to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
A holiday mash-up for the whole family, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Read more about The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Night Before Christmas: In Concert brings Soulful Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Fine Reindeer, and the famous Dancing Chitlins to life with show-stopping, roof-raising music, in styles ranging from R&B and hip hop, to jazz, blues, and gospel, in a contemporary adaptation of the beloved holiday classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Sounds of Blackness holiday favorite hits “Joy of Christmas,” and “Soul Holidays,” are featured, along with arrangements of classic carols like “Silent Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Read more about Sounds of Blackness presents The Night Before Christmas: In Concert
Twin Cities Jazz Fest, in partnership with MacPhail Center for Music, present the Twin Cities Jazz Fest Master Class Series featuring Ernest Bisong and Greg Byers.
Classically trained violinist Ernest Bisong is considered by many as a rising star on the jazz music scene in the Twin Cities. He continues to further the course of the genre by providing a fresh perspective on improvisation and harmony as he demonstrates mastery of the bebop language through a unique lens on his violin. Read more about Twin Cities Jazz Fest Master Class Series: Ernest Bisong & Greg Byers
Holiday classics, traditional Irish carols, heartwarming duets, full orchestral sounds, and wonderful choirs will sweep you away to spend the evening in the warmth and the glow of Christmas in Ireland. Read more about A Virtually Celtic Christmas
Light up your holidays and join Christmas’ favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold, for this virtual salute to the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) lead audiences through this live event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the “Vacation” franchise, and answer your questions in a live audience Q & A. Read more about A (Virtual) Christmas with The Griswolds: An Evening with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo