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The Death Comedy Jam

Grumpy's Bar & Grill : 9:30 p.m. every Wed.

If you've ever considered writing some jokes and giving standup comedy a try, know this: That first time is gonna be brutal. That being the case, you might as well test your mettle in the most brutal setting possible, which in Minneapolis means hitting up the Death Comedy Jam at the downtown... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) 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


Jungle Theater : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until May 25; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until May 25; 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sun. until May 25

Joel Sass returns to the directing chair at the Jungle with the regional premiere of Detroit, a comedy that pokes and prods at modern American middle-class life. Lisa D'Amour's play examines the world through a pair of couples. Ben and Mary are longtime residents of a nice neighborhood in a... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Theater

The Magic Flute

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. April 18; 7:30 p.m. April 19; 7:30 p.m. April 23; 2:00 p.m. April 27

Throughout our long and arduous winters, the Minnesota Opera has consistently provided a much needed respite from our barren landscapes via a passionately performed slate of classic works and contemporary compositions, each with enough emotional wallop to transport audiences beyond our frigid... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Theater, Opera

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

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

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

Art(ists) On the Verge

The Soap Factory : Every Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 20

Inter- and multidisciplinary are out. Extra-disciplinary is in. Especially when we're talking about the emerging artists supported by the Soap Factory and Northern Lights' "Art(ists) on the Verge" program. Now in its fifth year, the mentor-based fellowship (those mentors include Ta-Coumba... More >>

University 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

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

St. Anthony Main Theater : Daily until April 19

Looking over the enormous slate of selections at the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), even the most devoted of film buffs can feel overwhelmed. Taking over all five screens at St. Anthony Main Theaters, the 17-day fest offers over 200 features and shorts drawn... More >>

University Film, Festivals, Arts

Encroaching City

Flow Art Space : Every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until April 19

As humans continue our outward sprawl, we increasingly encroach on the native habitats of diverse flora and fauna. Coyotes eat our garbage and small pets. Bears lounge in yards and on porches. Mountain lions stalk runners. Plants push up through concrete, forever seeking light. The artists in... More >>

St. Paul (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

Water & Gasoline

Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers Hotel : Daily until April 27

For the Burnet Gallery's latest exhibition, artist Matthias Merkel Hess has meticulously recreated commercial items mostly overlooked in production history. The show, titled "Water & Gasoline," features ceramic watering vessels and gasoline cans modeled after plastic and tin versions from the... More >>

Minneapolis (Downtown) Arts, Art - Galleries

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


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

Danish Modern: Design for Living

Goldstein Museum of Design : Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until April 27

With all the mid-century vintage furniture stores popping up around town, it's a wonder an exhibition focused on Danish Modern didn't happen sooner. At last, here we are. The Goldstein Museum of Design has teamed with the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, for this delightful... More >>

Como Arts, Art - Museums

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


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

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

Weekly Happy Hour

Blackbird : 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.

Although many restaurants close over the years, few are forced to do so because of fire. This is what happened at Blackbird's original 50th and Bryant location in 2010. A benefit party and a new lease later, the pleasant little restaurant has flourished in its new digs at 38th and Nicollet. The... More >>

Kingfield Food and Drink, Barhopping

Minnesota's Greatest Generation: the Depression, the War, the Boom

Minnesota History Center : 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue.; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun.

If the hardest of minerals can only be created under the most extreme of pressure, perhaps our Greatest Generation could only be forged in the toughest of times. In a project that the National Endowment for the Humanities suggested "may establish a model for history museums throughout the... More >>

St. Paul (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

Happy Hour at Sushi Tango

Sushi Tango : 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed.; 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat.; 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every Sun.

Finding a happy hour on the weeknights is pretty easy, and even Sunday brunch can be cheap and boozy if you Google the right place. Saturday-afternoon happy hour, on the other hand, is a slightly rarer thing. Sushi Tango actually has one, and it happens during the desirable hours of noon to 6... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping

Weekday Happy Hour

Pancho Villa Restaurant : Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.

Happy hour can be a tricky thing if you work a regular job. Most are over by 6 p.m., so forget it if you're a commuter. And sometimes staying out past 9 p.m. is just not an option. Thankfully, some bars and restaurants have more friendly drink specials and hours. Eat Street's Pancho Villa would... More >>

Uptown/ Eat Street Barhopping
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