Bootleg Valentine: Romancing in the Prohibition Era

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On Valentine’s Day eve, snuggle up to your sweetie and enjoy a delectable evening of songs and lore about the places and faces that defined Twin Cities society during the dry days of Prohibition. The evening will be hosted by Dan Chouinard and featuring soprano Maria Jette, with Jim ten Bensel and the Minnesota Showboat Ramblers. “Bootleg Valentine” will remember some of the great restaurants and venues of the day, from St. Paul gangster hangouts like the Castle Royal and the Green Lantern to elegant supper clubs. Put on your spiffiest duds and get ready to sing along to some memorable tunes and revel in the glamour and (sometimes illicit) fun of a bygone era. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine with chocolate pairing during the pre-show reception from 7 to 8 p.m.

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.