After a highly successful 2018 12-event arena tour across 10 cities, additional dates and cities have been added to Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama.
Attendees at Mrs. Obama's events will hear her honest reflections on the experiences and events, both public and private, that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent at the most famous address in the world. Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.
Michele Norris will serve as moderator. Norris is one of the most trusted voices in American journalism. She is the former host of NPR's All Things Considered and Founding Director of The Peabody Award-winning Race Card Project. Norris is the author of The Grace of Silence and has worked for ABC News, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. Her work has been honored with Emmy, Peabody, Livingston, AP Feature Writing, International Women's Media Foundation and DuPont Awards. She is the Executive Director of The Bridge, the Aspen Institute's program that uses narrative exchange to create connections among people of different backgrounds and perspectives. Norris was born and raised in Minneapolis.
"I couldn't be more excited to visit even more cities across the country and around the world," Mrs. Obama said. "I've been so humbled by the response to the tour thus far and the overwhelming interest we've received from so many communities we weren't able to visit this year. That's why I'm thrilled that we're able to expand our conversations to these new settings and wider audiences. I can't wait to continue the discussions that have been so meaningful for me and, I hope, for so many others."
BECOMING was released on Nov. 13, 2018 in the U.S. and Canada by Crown Publishing, a part of Penguin Random House, as well as in 33 languages around the world. Since its publication, BECOMING became an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller after one week of sales, and has sold more than 3 million units in all formats and editions in the U.S. and Canada.
The Mich Golden Light Fan Zone, located at Gate 4 of the arena, will open at 6:30 p.m. and will offer happy hour pricing from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. plus a full-service bar and dinner menu.
The Reserve is an upscale lounge on the Bremer Bank Suite Level that boasts an eclectic, chef-driven menu and an array of cocktail options. To make a reservation, call 651-726-8400. The Reserve opens at 6:30 p.m.
Book Drive inspired by Michelle Obama
To celebrate Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama coming to Saint Paul on March 13, Xcel Energy Center and Live Nation are hosting a Book Drive in honor of Mrs. Obama's commitment to education. Donations will be given to Saint Paul Public Schools, including Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School, for use in libraries and classrooms and as giveaways to students to supplement home reading materials.
The public will have the opportunity to donate new and gently used books beginning Wednesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. until the start of the show at 8 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the main entrance to Xcel Energy Center (Gate 1 off of Kellogg Blvd.).
Donation guidelines and suggestions:
- Recent copyright (2012 or newer) nonfiction books suitable for children ages 4-12 on high interest topics like animals, cars, planets, space exploration and sports.
- Popular series children's fiction titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Magic Tree House and Lightning Thief.
- Children's perennial favorites such as Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems (Elephant and Piggie) and Doreen Cronin (Click Clack Moo) books.
- Recent copyright (2012 or newer) picture books that feature contemporary children of color.
To provide a safer environment and significantly expedite guest entry into the arena, Xcel Energy Center encourages you to not bring a bag to the event or to limit the size of the bag that you bring. Should you choose to bring a bag, we encourage using a clear tote (plastic, vinyl or PVC) that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or a maximum one gallon size plastic storage bag. Small bags or clutch purses no larger than 5" x 8" are permitted. Oversized bags and backpacks are prohibited.
Pro tip for faster mobile entry: Add your tickets to your phone's "wallet" and have a fully charged battery.
Mobile tickets are accessed with a smartphone via the Ticketmaster app or mobile site in a QR code format and scanned at the gate for entry.
Once you are within 48 hours of your event, log on to your Ticketmaster account and add the mobile tickets to your Apple Wallet/Google Wallet app. Once you have added to the app, your QR code will be accessible for entry. This bypasses the need for Wi-Fi or cellular data at the gates.
Guests are reminded to fully charge their smartphones prior to arriving at the venue in order to access mobile tickets. Click here for more information.