Music, Dancing, Comedy and Stories About Toys and Animals in 2014 Big Wow Variety Show

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Release dated: 
January 22, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 •

Quick facts: 

Event: Big Wow Family Variety Show
Date: Feb. 22, and March 29, 2014
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: $15 adults, $10 children ages 6 to 17; $5 for children age 5 and under and MNHS members. Includes gallery admission.

Reservations: Recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

Music, Dancing, Comedy and Stories About Toys and Animals in 2014 Big Wow Variety Show

Escape cabin fever with quirky talent and heartwarming entertainment for the entire family.

BigWow2014Now in its 7th year, The Big Wow Family Variety Show is a cabaret-style multicultural mash-up featuring music, dancing, comedy, storytelling with engaging local performers.

The Big Wow Variety Show will appeal to the youngest of visitors but is sure to entertain their adult companions as well. The show is a two-part series with different acts offered in February and March.

Pre-show activities will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the History Center rotunda. High energy and interactive performances will keep the kids involved and a now famous dance-along finale will whisk everyone off their feet.

Hosts this year are Tou Ger Xiong and Beth Gilleland(aka professor Pangea Thunderblust.) The hosts will quiz visitors on their global and cultural knowledge.

All About Toys!
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Host Tou Ger Xiong with music by Cafe Accordion Orchestra.

Get excited about toys in advance of the upcoming Minnesota History Center exhibit "Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s" opening May 24, 2014.

Entertainment will include hula hoop acrobats with Chimgee Haltarhuu, yo yo comedy by David Harris, elf tales told by Josette Antomarchi, and Hawaiian ukulele songs from hula school - Kaleiokapilialoha.

Pre-show activities will include a display of mechanical sculptures created by St. Paul artists Dean Lucker and Ann Wood.

All About Animals!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Host Beth Gilleland(aka professor Pangea Thunderblust) with music by Daddy Squeeze.

Get excited about animals as Chinese lion dancers from Hong De Lion Dance Association take to the stage; John Molkenbur with the Minnesota Duck and Goose Callers Association demonstrates duck calls; musical group "Los Lara" performs animal songs from South America; Julie Kastigar, a performance artist, storyteller and puppeteer brings tales of the majestic coyote to life; and Beth Hatch and Peggy Ferdinand from True North Animal Training show-off dog tricks and chicken agility.

Plus, prepare for some wild fun with a pre-show demonstration of animal makeup with children’s illustrator and make-up artist, Tessie Bundick.

The shows cost $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-17 and $5 for MNHS members and kids age 5 and under. Tickets include admission to the Minnesota History Center exhibit galleries. Purchase tickets by calling 651-259-3015 or online.

About the Minnesota history center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.