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Bedroom Farce

Theatre In the Round : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until May 17; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until May 17

Taking place in three bedrooms over the course of one night, Alan Ayckbourn's wry comedy dissects the institution of marriage by exposing the various dysfunctions of four interconnected couples. Though each relationship initially appears relatively stable, a catalyzing incident of infidelity... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

Walker Art Center : Daily until September 11

This year, the Walker Art Center is celebrating a huge anniversary. It's been 75 years since T.B. Walker, an art-loving lumber baron, founded the museum. Since then, there have been major dance performances from Merce Cunningham Dance Company; a growing collection that includes the work of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

James Sewell Ballet

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until May 3; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until May 3

James Sewell's fertile imagination conjures up ballets that take on subjects from an ancient trade route to rapper Dessa's syncopation. His "Silk Road" explores the clashes and commonalities between East and West in a richly textured dance tapestry set to music by cellist Yo Yo Ma. In "Into the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Dance

El Willy's Vive! Open Mic Comedy

Willy's : 10:00 p.m. every Sun.

There's a chance to slip in one more comedy show before the end of the week every Sunday at El Willy's Vive! Not only is this your last opportunity to catch a laugh before the start of the work week, it's also one of the metro's quirkiest open mics. Host Corey Adam has a wrestling promoter's... More >>

Coon Rapids Open Mic, Comedy

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

Limelight: Mixed-Media Works by Aaron Brand

Gallery 360 : Daily until May 31

The latest show at Gallery 360 should prove to be illuminating. For "Limelight," local artist Aaron Brand has created a series of intriguing light installations. The decorative arts designer constructed the pieces, from a variety of nontraditional materials he collected, such as reams of ball... More >>

Edina Arts, Art - Galleries


The Varsity Theater : 10:00 p.m. last Wed. of every month

"Retro" is a tricky niche to slot a dance night into. Usually you've got to find yourself an era and a genre, hew towards the hits, and maybe garnish it with an outsized wink, a double-pistol-point and a smirking acknowledgement that you think the past is, well, kinda goofy. But Transmission... More >>

University Music

Death Cab For Cutie

Northrop : 7:00 p.m. May 2

Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie’s eighth album, is overshadowed and fundamentally influenced by two jarring rifts: Guitarist Chris Walla’s decision to leave the band after playing on the record (while not producing a Death Cab album for the first time); and singer/songwriter’s... More >>

University Music

Hot Dish Happy Hour

Grumpy's : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue.

Throwing the words "hot dish" together with "happy hour" might sound odd. One usually entails booze, while the other reminds us of Grandma's comfort food. Yet somehow at Grumpy's this combo works spectacularly. Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can load up on the carbs, meats, and... More >>

Northeast Minneapolis Barhopping

We Are Hmong Minnesota

Minnesota History Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 29

Forty years ago, after fighting in the CIA's secret war or escaping from internment camps, Hmong families and individuals began emigrating in large numbers from Southeast Asia. Today, 66,000 Hmong and Hmong Americans call the Twin Cities home (the biggest urban population in the U.S.). For "We... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Art-Inspired Music Project

McNally Smith College of Music : Daily until April 30

The second edition of this project, curated by William G. Franklin and Elizabeth Black, showcases musical responses created by students and faculty from McNally Smith College of Music with the artworks that inspired them. The pairings themselves are inspired: visual artist Pritika Chowdhry with... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Hurray For The Riff Raff

The Cedar Cultural Center : 7:00 p.m. May 1

As its name implies, Hurray For The Riff Raff embraces outsiders of every stripe along with the historic roots music that often defines them. Riff founder Alynda Lee Segarra grew up in the Bronx, but hit the rails as a teenager, eventually ending up busking in New Orleans. Along the way she... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Detroit ‘67

Penumbra Theatre : 7:30 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until May 17; 2:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until May 17

There’s a riot going on at the heart of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67. The play centers on an after-hours basement dance party in a black neighborhood that is under constant threat of being broken up by the cops. Siblings Chelle and Lank find themselves facing increased... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater

Crime and Punishment

The Soap Factory : 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 27

You're asked to wear comfortable shoes, and required to wear a plastic mask. The performers might touch you, but you can't reciprocate. Welcome to Crime and Punishment, a work of participatory performance art based loosely on Dostoyevsky's novel. The piece, which sold out at last year's Fringe... More >>

University Theater

The Minneapolis Hitchcock Film Festival

Riverview Theater : 7:00 p.m. April 27; 7:00 p.m. May 4; 7:00 p.m. May 11

Instead of relying upon today's fusillade of special effects, filmmakers could take a lesson from the superlative orchestration of anxieties intrinsic to the works of Alfred Hitchcock. For a riveting refresher, look no further than the Minneapolis Hitchcock Film Festival, a film series... More >>

Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha Film, Arts, Festivals

Beyond Glitch: Stuart Atteberry's Solo Exhibition

Nomad World Pub : Daily until June 1

This week, Altered Esthetics is hosting another art exhibition at Nomad Pub. Stuart Atteberry is both a painter and a programmer. You can see how those two things play with each other in his latest series. For "Beyond Glitch," the artist takes found items and digitizes them into abstraction.... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

The Crucible

Guthrie Theater : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 24

Not content to coast, Joe Dowling is spending his remaining time at the Guthrie embarked upon an ambitious run of directorial work, beginning with the recently concluded A Midsummer Night's Dream and closing out with Juno and the Paycock. In between, Dowling looks to reintroduce a canonical... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Session Minneapolis

The Record Room : 10:00 p.m. every other week Wed.

This bi-weekly dance music night in First Avenue’s Record Room focuses on bringing a local and international flavor to their Drum ‘n’ Bass and Jungle mix. The vibe is always positive and welcoming, as a wide array of dance music fans get loose with whatever modern sounds the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase

Universe Games : 7:30 p.m. every Sun.

Every Sunday night, the funniest, weirdest, and, occasionally, the most confusing comedy show in town takes place at Universe Games. Created by local comedians Turner Barrowman and Collin Klug, Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase is a weekly rotation of sketch, characters, music, and standup comedy... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Comedy

Rhiannon Giddens

Pantages Theatre : 7:30 p.m. April 28

Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens is on quite a roll. Her magnificent voice and superb interpretive skills have helped define the Drops' fascinating forays into African-American folk traditions. She was a standout on the live tribute to the '60s folk revival inspired by the Coen... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Paul Thorn

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant : 7:00 p.m. May 3

A former professional boxer who once fought Roberto Duran, Paul Thorn is a Pentecostal preacher’s son who shares Elvis’ Tupelo hometown and an affinity for Southern roots music. For two decades, Thorn has been knocking out a gritty mix of swampy rock’n’roll, gospel, R&B,... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Music

Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles

Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts : Every Wed., Thu., Sat. until May 16; 3:00 p.m. every Sat. until May 16

It's fools on parade in the latest company-created piece by Interact. Director Jon Ferguson (Theatre Forever) works with the group to explore the longstanding nature of "the fool" who, like the artists in Interact, were often disabled. The long history of these characters forms the backbone of... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Theater

Cornbread Harris

Loring Pasta Bar : 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri.

You might've heard of his son -- a man named Jimmy who teamed up with another man named Terry, the rest being R&B history -- but Cornbread Harris is a Twin Cities legend in his own right. Harris is a WWII vet who joined Augie Garcia to record the area's first rock'n'roll record (1955's "Hi Yo... More >>

University Music

75 Gifts for 75 Years

Walker Art Center : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 2

For the past three years, the Walker has been working with 75 donors to secure works from their personal collections. The result is more than 250 pieces from almost 100 donors, with 50 of the works being by artists not previously represented in the Walker's collection. The title of the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Museums

Soo Visual Arts Center's Grand Opening

Soo Visual Arts Center : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until May 23

This week, SooVAC celebrates the opening of its new home on Bryant Avenue South with three exhibitions by emerging artists. Betsy Hunt and Zach Moser's "Vacationland" is an installation about a roving, maybe-fictional band of women, called the Rowdy Raccoons, hoping to cure their boredom in a... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Arts, Art - Galleries
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