Conductor Osmo Vanska


Bob Dylan


Vince Flynn

Peter Hurley,

Sue McClean


Timeline: The year in Minnesota arts

  • December 27, 2013 - 1:58 PM

Jan. 15: Tickets sell out instantly after Prince announces a three-night, six-show hometown engagement at the intimate Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.

Feb. 1: Celebrating a Grammy nomination for best orchestral performance, musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra perform with music director Osmo Vänskä for the first time since they were locked out Oct. 1, 2012 in a contract dispute.

Feb. 10: Local duo the Okee Dokee Brothers win a Grammy for best children’s album with “Can You Canoe?,” inspired by a monthlong paddling trip down the Mississippi.

March 14: Maple Grove’s Drew Horwood wins on “Jeopardy!” for the eighth day in a row, a feat surpassed by only four other people in the show’s 29-year history.

March 15: Bob Dylan becomes the first rock star ever inducted into the elite American Academy of Arts and Letters.

April 29: After a 191-day lockout, musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra ratify a three-year contract that cuts their base salary by 18.6 percent — and leads to the departure of 10 longtime players — but allows them to finish the season.

May 17: Beloved music promoter Sue McLean passes away after a long bout with cancer.

May 23: Gov. Mark Dayton signs a bill to jump-start the state’s stagnant film industry with a $10 million, two-year grant to the Minnesota Film and TV Board’s Snowbate program, which uses rebates to lure film productions.

May 28: Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds” goes to No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Songs chart, less than two weeks after the Stillwater High School senior’s death.

June 4: A $25 million gift from a California cattle breeder makes the Minneapolis Institute of Arts one of the largest centers for Japanese art in the country.

June 19: Twin Cities author Vince Flynn, best known for his CIA thrillers, dies at 47.

Aug. 25: The Replacements reunite in Toronto for the first of three road shows, all of which receive rave reviews.

Sept. 15: The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona unveils a new gallery and seven works by marquee names, including a rare Gauguin and a $4.5 million J.M.W. Turner painting.

Oct. 1: Vänskä resigns as Minnesota Orchestra music director after the collapse of the first face-to-face contract talks since January.

Oct. 7: The Artists’ Quarter, downtown St. Paul’s longest-lived nightclub and a mainstay for jazz lovers, announces it will close at year’s end.

Oct. 11: Minneapolis’ most fabled nightclub, First Avenue, announces plans to take over St. Paul’s landmark Turf Club.

Nov. 18: Comedian Dave Chappelle launches a 12-show marathon that starts at First Avenue and ends with a pancake breakfast at Target Center.

Dec. 12: Barkhad Abdi, a first-time actor from Minneapolis, gets SAG and Golden Globe nominations for playing the leader of a group of hijackers in “Captain Phillips.”

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