Critic's Picks: What to Do This Weekend

MSP International Film Festival
When: April 15-April 29, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Anthony Main, 115 Main St. S.E., Mpls
Cost: $5 for kids, $8 general admission
What: The waterfront of Minneapolis’s historic Main Street is lit up once again for the 28th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. This year’s line-up offers more than 100 films from 50 different countries. Make it there this Friday to catch St. Paul native Terry Hitchcock in My Run, a true story about his quest to raise awareness for single parents by running the equivalent of 75 marathons in 75 days from St. Paul to Atlanta.

Voltage: Fashion Amplified
When: Friday, April 16 8 p.m.
Where: First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls
Cost: $25-$30
What: It’s Fashion Week again in Minnesota and what better way to kick it off than with a party at First Avenue. A cool combo of fashion and music, Voltage features styled-up local bands providing ambiance for the models strutting down the runway. Tickets sell out fast, so call first before heading over. For more information on the designers and bands, check out or

Frank Theatre presents: Frank Kafka’s Metamorphosis
When: April 16 & 17 at 8 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m.
Where: Open Eye Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Mpls
Cost: $18-$20
What: Franz Kafka’s story of poor Gregor Samson’s transformation from textile salesman to ungeziefer gets the Frank Theatre treatment. The play runs until May 1, but meander down to the Open Eye Theatre this weekend to catch Frank’s John Catron (playing Samson) crawl to his demise as a dung beetle. For more information, including where to buy tickets, visit

331 Drinking Spelling Bee
When: Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Where: 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. N.E., Mpls
Cost: $6
What: You may have to adjust your beer goggles to make room for your thinking cap if you head over to the 331 Club on Saturday. For $6 you get the chance to spell a word—spell it right and earn yourself a drink ticket. The grand winner gets a $25 bar tab, slurred speech or not. The Current’s Steve Seel will preside as the celebrity judge to determine just how well you can spell out the vernacular once you’re three sheets to the wind.

Gabriel Iglesias
When: Sunday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Where: State Theater, 824 Hennepin Ave., Mpls
Cost: $35
What: You may recognize this stand-up comedian from his appearance on Last Comic Standing in 2006, or you may recognize him from the national tours he’s done before and after that. Iglesias is known for both his clean and ultra-hilarious comedy. The stand-up purist’s jokes usually center on his own “fluffy” stomach—he’s not fat, as the title of his newest DVD release will tell you—and include parodies and character voices. To get a preview, check out