If you are looking for free concerts, try the University of Minnesota’s Music Department. There are so many free shows, I can’t even get them all onto our calendars. Instead, I’m trying to pick some of the best performances to highlight. This week, the University Singers, Campus Singers, and Men’s and Women’s Choruses will join together to put on their annual Recital at the Cathedral of St. Paul. This is a great chance to introduce the choral arts and beautiful architecture at the same time. I’ve had pretty good luck with small children at these things. The music seems to soothe them. However, I would recommend sitting towards the back on an aisle. It’s just easier to escape if you don’t have to climb over 10 people while trying to make sure they don’t get kicked in the face. There is limited parking available across from the Cathedral on Selby Avenue — you might want to arrive early and take a walk. It is supposed to be in the 50s on Sunday. It’s less than a mile to walk from the Cathedral to the Capitol (which has free 45-minute tours starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays).
Pop Art and Beyond Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408 Saturday, March 29, 2014; Noon–4:00 PM
Saturday is the last day to see Contemporary prints from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. This exhibition has 26 prints the collection of Jordan Schnitzer. Get up close with Andy Warhol and his contemproaries. The print to the right is by Roy Lichtenstein. The Center has off street parking spaces available off of Colfax Ave for members and visitors, and ample on-street parking in the surrounding area.
Family Blackout as part of Earth Hour Your Home (along with hundreds of millions of other people) Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The World Wildlife Foundation has invited all of us to join with the world in an hour on solidarity for the planet. They are asking us to turn out our lights for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will be among the participants in the Earth Hour.
For a lot of you, your kids will be in bed by then, and you could use this opportunity for a candlelight conversation with the love of your life. If, like me, you expect your kids to be up, GE Generator Systems has some ideas for 8 Fun Power Outage Games to Play in the Dark. My favorite from my childhood is Number 6 – Hide and Go Seek in the Dark. Number 8 — stargazing — may be a little impractical in Minnesota in March. P.S. Technically the WWF is only asking us to turn off our lights, but to make it more fun, we’ll turn off our computers and televisions, too.
Collecting Threads Exhibit Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102; First Floor – North Gallery Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12 pm – 2 pm and Sunday March 30, 2014, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm and ongoing until May 4, 2014
There are actually five galleries with free exhibits currently open at the Landmark Center right now. I chose Collecting Threads, A showcase of Hmong paj ntaub embroidery. I picked this exhibit as a great family outing, because it is the type of art that can engage a small child. You could play I spy or tell stories. Exhibit hours vary. For more information and hours hours click here.