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Love Letters: The Second Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest

Macalester College Weyerhaeuser Chapel : 1:30 p.m. April 27

Garrison Keillor's love of good poetry is well known, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Prairie Home Companion host is sponsoring Love Letters, the second annual poetry contest from Common Good Books, where he is a proprietor. The winning prize is $1,000, with four runner-up prizes of... More >>

Macalester/Groveland Poetry, Arts

James Sewell Ballet: Inferno

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. from April 26 until May 4; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from April 27 until May 4

A timeless tale gets a high-tech makeover when the James Sewell Ballet unveils Dante's Inferno. Sewell's rendering of that iconic work takes on the mythology of morality and issues of crime and punishment from the 14th century to the present. New York artist Fritz Masten has designed an... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Dance, Arts

The Bungalow

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. every Thu.

Friday night gets all the love, Wednesday night has its nudge-wink "hump day" cachet and everyone hates Mondays so much that there's no choice but to go out and wash that start-of-the-week ennui away. But what about Thursday, the day of the week where people are most likely to put... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Get Cryphy!

First Avenue : 10:00 p.m. first Fri. of every month

We may be a few years past the point where crunk and hyphy are the hot-trend hip hop subgenres, but First Ave's recurring "Get Cryphy!" night isn't just a matter of trying to find new life in a couple aging styles by portmanteauing them together. Jimmy2Times¬, Plain Ole Bill, DJ Fundo and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Behind the Eye

Park Square Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. from April 25 until May 18; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. from April 27 until May 18

It's a little surprising that Elizabeth "Lee" Miller hasn't become a cultural icon. After all, we're talking about a woman who defied social conventions by trading an extremely lucrative career in the fashion industry for an artistic pursuit that would lead her through some of the most horrific... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater

2014 Saint Paul Art Crawl

Lowertown : 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. April 25; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. April 26; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. April 27

What's one of the best signs of spring? The return of the Saint Paul Art Crawl, of course. The biannual event is an excellent opportunity to see what artists have been up to during the colder months. For the next three days, over 400 studios, galleries, and pop-up spaces will be hosting a... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Festivals, Arts, Art - Galleries

Mercy Killers

Pillsbury House Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 4; 3:00 p.m. April 27; 7:00 p.m. May 4

Actor and playwright Michael Milligan takes the American healthcare crisis head on in his critically lauded one-man show, Mercy Killers, which arrives on tour for a short run over the next two weeks. Milligan, who has appeared on Broadway in the likes of August: Osage County and off Broadway in... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

Playing with Fire

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center : Daily until May 6

This Thursday, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center opens an exhibition featuring local and national artists in conjunction with the Society of North American Goldsmith's annual metalsmithing conference. The show, "Playing with Fire," features eight nationally recognized metal artists, as well as... More >>

Powderhorn Arts, Art - Galleries

Reina del Cid & the Cidizens

Amsterdam : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.

When you hear the name Reina del Cid, you may think Latin music, but it truly is not the case with the Minneapolis singer. A stage name taken because she named her guitar "El Cid," (a knight) the artist came to the conclusion that she would be the "Reina," meaning queen in Spanish. Reina spent... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Music

International Reggae All-Stars

Bunker's Music Bar & Grill : 9:00 p.m. every Tue.

Make all the jokes you want about the climate differences between Kingston and Minneapolis, but the cultural ones aren't as hard to reconcile. The aptly dubbed Lynval "Golden Voice" Jackson and his band have been a welcome and frequent presence in Twin Cities clubs for years now, and they're... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival: Suspicion

Heights Theater : 7:30 p.m. April 24

Even in the sunshine of springtime, the Sixth Annual Hitchcock fest continues to celebrate the dark corners of the psyche. Leading the screenings is the portrait of fractured personae in Psycho (1960), which remains downright disturbing despite the film's pop-culture ubiquity. No less gripping,... More >>

Columbia Heights Film, Festivals, Arts

SlutThaw

The Saloon : 6:30 p.m. April 26

With the arrival of spring comes the yearly benefit party for SlutWalk Minneapolis, a march protesting rape culture that usually occurs in the fall. This year, the celebration will take over the Saloon for a Saturday night of shenanigans. Folks from Bawdy Blue: A Burlesque Revue will take the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Burlesque, Parties and Receptions, Benefits, Drag, Arts, Adult

The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read

Augsburg College Sateren Auditorium : 7:00 p.m. April 26

As a rough and ready rule, poetry readings should be closer in length to an episode of House of Cards than a staging of Macbeth, but while the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read is, well, not short, its format works strongly in favor of zippiness and festivity. Now in its fifth year, the event... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Literary Events, Arts, Poetry

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Triple Rock Social Club : 7:30 p.m. April 29

Kip Berman, frontman of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, has said his intention for the fuzzy indie-pop band going back to their 2009 debut has been to play music with his friends. This justifies any singer-songwriterly change while explaining why, despite Pains' revolving-door lineup, the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

Walker Art Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 11

In 1994, artist Jim Hodges created one of his revelatory early works: an assemblage of doodles on napkins done at a coffeehouse, which he pinned to a gallery wall. Since then, Hodges and many of his sculptor-contemporaries have been revered in the art world for their works, utilizing everyday... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

RETROAPOLIS

TractorWorks Building : Daily until May 16

Local artist Mike Welton has an eye for urban structures. His ongoing series, Urban Extract, features oil paintings that capture bits and pieces of the Twin Cities that may be often overlooked, yet still recognizable. There are awnings, ledges, signage, and snippets of support arches. Half the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Hamlet/Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Guthrie Theater : Daily until May 4

The Acting Company returns to the Guthrie Theater's McGuire Proscenium with a fresh interpretation of one of Shakespeare's great tragedies, played in tandem with a modern, metaphysical look at the adventures of a pair of minor characters. Shakespeare's Hamlet and Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

The Lost Art

Gamut Gallery : Every Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 24

The artists showcased in Gamut Gallery's latest show, "The Lost Art," have something to say. For the group exhibition, 20 artists were invited to create pieces in response to something that has deep meaning to them. Running with the idea, folks birthed works expounding on incendiary topics such... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Blue

Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until April 25

In public opinion polls, the color blue often comes out on top as people's favorite color. It's a color that shows up in nature, in iconic clothing items such as jeans, and in many famous pieces of artwork. Picasso had a blue period. Yves Klein even created his own hue of blue (International... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Jennifer Davis: Joyride

Public Functionary : Every Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 25

Jennifer Davis may be one of the Twin Cities' most beloved painters, in part because of her richly detailed, whimsical, and intimate works. With her show at Public Functionary, she's expanded that oeuvre to make room for large-scale paintings inspired by the carnival. Don't expect... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Arts, Art - Galleries

Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Arts : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 18

With Minnesota in the middle of its gray months, who wouldn't appreciate a little color? Folks who visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' latest exhibition, featuring pieces spanning 60 years of work from prolific and influential Henri Matisse, will be treated to bursts of bright red, warm... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Arts, Art - Museums

Papercut! The Incredible Psaligraphy of Karen Bit Vejle

American Swedish Institute : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 25

It's amazing what Karen Bit Vejle can do with a piece of paper and some sewing scissors. The Danish-Norwegian artist works in an unusual medium: psaligraphy, the art of cutting paper into paper art. Her creations, which have been featured in galleries around the world, as well as in Hermes... More >>

Powderhorn Arts, Art - Museums

Fruitful and Multiplying: The Overpopulation Exhibit

Bloomington Theater and Art Center : Daily until May 30

John Schuerman directs and curates his Instinct Gallery in downtown Minneapolis with a focus on contested terrain in which nature and humans, ecology and sociology, collide. For "Fruitful and Multiplying: The Overpopulation Exhibit," he's moved to the Inez Greenberg Gallery in Bloomington to... More >>

Bloomington Arts, Art - Galleries

Hopper Drawing

Walker Art Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until June 20

In an art-making culture now often focused on the conceptual — be it re-contextualized objects or ongoing forays into abstraction — it's easy to forget that many painters, before putting brush to canvas, start with drawing. The traveling exhibition "Hopper Drawing: A Painter's... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Weekday Happy Hours

Spill the Wine : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sun.

Although there's plenty of great dining to be had in the Lyn-Lake region of south Minneapolis, the neighborhood was missing a bar specializing in wine. This omission has been corrected with Spill the Wine Bar + Table, which recently moved from its near-the-Guthrie location on Washington Avenue... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping
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