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Tuesday only: MSP to Chicago $69 each way on Southwest

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: April 3, 2012 - 11:59 AM


Southwest is offering "Tick Tock Tuesday" fares for $69 each way between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago Midway for $69 if tickets are purchased before midnight Tuesday, April 3. Fares are available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for travel between April 17 and May 23. The $69 price includes taxes and fees and a free checked bag.

Other fares from several cities are also on sale. Check the site for details.

If you'd rather fly another airline to Chicago nonstop, try Delta, American or Spirit. Only American appeared to be matching Southwest on some flights, but that may change throughout the day.

Just announced: Rush tickets for "Lion King" at the Orpheum

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: January 18, 2012 - 11:09 AM


Hennepin Theatre Trust announced on its website this morning that  $25 rush tickets will be offered for

"Lion King"  performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 9, availability permitting. Like most of its shows, HTT made the "Lion King" rush line available only to educators and students with a valid student ID. Only one ticket is allowed per ID.


Rush tickets go on sale one hour before curtain time of 7:30 p.m., although people will start lining up before that. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, not the lottery system used for "Wicked."

Regular ticket prices are $34 to $139 and rush seats can be any unsold seat at any price, said HTT's public relations director Karen Nelson. 

According to the Hennepin Theatre trust site, the show is a "visually stunning, technically astounding [phenomenon] with a musical score like none other. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. The entire savannah comes to life and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist."


"Newsweek called the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation 'a landmark event in entertainment.' The New York Times said, 'There is simply nothing else like it.' Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40 actors. Wonder at the inspiration of award-winning director Julie Taymor, who created visual images for this show that you’ll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' and 'Circle of Life.' "


The show runs for two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.


$1 tickets to Timberwolves/Bucks game on Dec. 17

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: December 8, 2011 - 2:37 PM



The lockout is over for pro basketball this season, and the Timberwolves are rewarding its patient fans with pre-season tickets for $1 to $5 on the Dec. 17 game against the Milwaukee Bucks.  The obe downside? A $15 delivery fee, even if you choose standard delivery via Ticketnetwork.



To purchase, go to this link.


About 75 tickets in these price ranges remained at 2:15 CST Thursday.

Goldstar is a goldmine for theater & entertainment. Who knew?

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 22, 2011 - 3:50 PM

 The Twin Cities has had a small share of half-price ticket outlets. and TC Tix come to mind, but neither seemed to catch on in a big way. At its height in 2004, TC Tix sold 7,600 half-price tickets

Last year added the Twin Cities in its national mix.Customers sign up free online for no obligation and then receive a weekly e-mail with new listings every Tuesday. E-mails are customized and personalized based on a member's profile. Goldstar currently has 25,000 sign-ups in the Twin Cities (average age 36 and most are female)

Unlike many half-price ticket outlets, many of the tickets are for events several weeks out, not just the same day or for the upcoming weekend. Tickets purchased are then picked up at the event.

This weekend or shortly thereafter Goldstar is offering a great selection of more than a dozen plays, the Minneapolis Beer Fest, City Pages Wine Tasting, Barney Live at Target Center, a sunset and wine tasting cruise on the Mississippi this Sunday (perfect weather forecasted), live swing music from the 30s and 40s, a live salute to the Gershwins, and an odd period piece about insurance salesmen in the 1920s billed as a comedy. 

Not everyone wears bargains on their sleeve as I do, but I haven't heard a lot of people talking about their Goldstar deals. If you've never used it, you're missing out on great entertainment deals. You can cherry pick your shows without a being tied down to one theater or one season subscription. 


I wonder if some people are put off by the handling fees. They're not as high as Ticketmaster, but they average about $4.50. Sometimes, the deal is better directly through the venue, but it's rare that a venue offers its own deal in addition to Goldstar. Children's Theatre is offering a deal for $20 on its 2 p.m. Saturday perf of "Mercy Watson to the Rescue" by local author Kate DiCamillo. With CTC's fees it's $22.50 per ticket, a savings of $21 for adult tickets and $11 for children.  To get the deal, call 612-874-0400 or buy at the site. Goldstar is also offering discounted tickets to the same show Saturday, but its price with fees is $25 per ticket.



Anyone else want to share their opinion of Goldstar?



Tired of "Santaland Diaries"? Try a new Sedaris play for only $4.50

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: September 6, 2011 - 12:08 PM


Today only Goldstar is offering tickets to the play "The Book of Liz" by David and Amy Sedaris (bro and sis) for only $4.50, regularly $14. Actually, Goldstar is offering "free" tickets, but I don't want to mislead you. The free tickets have a handling fee of $4.50. Limited quantities remain for Saturday and Sunday's performances by Freshwater Theatre at the Nimbus Theatre in Minneapolis..


If you miss out on the $4.50 seats, there are other seats available for about $10, still a nice discount from $14.


Check out Goldstar if you aren't already signed up for its discounts on local entertainment.


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