Community Christmas Dinner & Program
Saturday, December 14, 5-9pm
$25 GAI members, $30 non-members, $10 children
Ratskeller Opens: 4:30pm
Christmas Program: 5pm
Sing Along: 8:30pm
This year's Christmas program will include performances by the Twin Cities Männerchor, the Volksfest Singers, and a reading of the Christmas story. The menu for dinner includes traditional beef Rouladen (beef roll-ups with brown gravy), Haussuppe (homemade soup), red cabbage, Spätzle, and dessert. After dinner the Twin Cities Männerchor will lead a community sing-along.
We are currently SOLD OUT for 2013. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact the GAI office via email or at 651.222.7027. We will need the names of everyone in your party for membership verification. Please note that once purchased, all tickets are non-refundable.
Winterfest: Karneval & Euro Dance Party
Saturday, February 1
The GAI is thrilled to present a German twist to Karneval festivities for the 4th year in a row. Break out your craziest costumes, because now is the time to show them off!
Outdoor Tent Party
All ages and free admission!
Keep warm under the tent with some Glühwein or gather around heaters on the GAI grounds. Festivities include live music from German party band Alpensterne, fire breathing entertainment, and kid-friendly activities. Karneval is the perfect opportunity to use those Halloween costumes one more time! Glühwein, Paulaner beer, brats, and other German favorites will be available.
Euro Dance Party
Ages 21+, $5 cover
The party moves inside for more music and dancing. Our DJ will be spinning retro '70s and '80s Europop, classic Karneval party music, and special requests. Shake off the winter chill with your favorite German shots, and get your groove on!
Please follow Winterfest on Facebook for up-to-date event information and invite your friends!
Waltzing and Wine
Fridays, January 10, 17, and 24
GAI Members: $25 individuals, $40 couples
Non-Members: $30 individuals, $50 couples
Do you miss dancing in the ballroom? Have you always wanted to learn how to waltz but never had the time? This is your chance! Polish off those dancing shoes and learn the Viennese Waltz from Markus Berger, who attended Vienna's prestigious Tanzschule Fräntzl.
Registration includes 3 sessions, plus a complimentary glass of wine each night. Dance instruction will take place at 7, followed by open dance at 7:45. Registration is available online or by calling the office at 651.222.7027.
Spring Culture Series:
Max Beckmann's Blind Man's Buff Presentation
Thursday, January 23
7-8:30pm at the GAI
Free and open to the public
Max Beckmann may not be a household name, but he was one of Germany's premier artists during the 20th century. To kick off our Spring Culture Series, Dr. Amy K. Hamlin, Assistant Professor of Art History at St. Kate's, will give a talk inspired by his painting, Blind Man's Buff, which is currently featured in an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
This talk will offer an interpretation of Beckmann's painting as an allegory of history. It considers the relationship between the materiality and symbolism of the Blind Man's Buff triptych, which the artist considered his greatest painting. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.
The special exhibit, Restoring a Masterwork III: Max Beckmann's Blind Man's Buff is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through March 1. For more information, please visit artsmia.org or call 1-888-MIA-ARTS.
Stammtisch (German Luncheon)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
11:45am, $9 members and non-members
Join us the second Tuesday of each month for our German Stammtisch luncheon. Each month we serve a home cooked German meal, prepared by Helga Parnell and her group of volunteers.
We also provide cultural programming in German after the lunch, arranged by Evelyn Klein. This is a great opportunity for natives and non-natives to practice and maintain their German language skills while enjoying great food and Gemütlichkeit.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the GAI office by Friday, December 6th. Call 651.222.7027, extension 1, or email the GAI office. Regular attendees can also request to be added to the standing list at that time.
Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café
Saturdays, January 11 - April 26, 2014*
9-11am, $8 adults, $4 children
Head over to the GAI Saturday mornings and enjoy our European-style breakfast buffet with your friends and family! Frühstück includes German rolls, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, spreads, and more! Members and non-members welcome.
The GAI Library will also be open during Kaffeestube. Check out a book or DVD or read the latest edition of Das Fenster.
*There will be no Kaffeestube on February 1.