April 2013 Arts Calendar

What you need to do, see, and hear this month


The Primrose Path • Roger Rees has acted on TV (Cheers), in movies (Frida), and in theater (snagging a Tony). Now he’s directing a world premiere at the Guthrie, a play by fellow Brit Crispin Whittell, known for his snappy update of the Guthrie’s A Christmas Carol. It’s about a Russian noble who leaves his adulterous wife for the country, a story as layered as Rees himself. • 4/27–6/15, guthrietheater.org


Stick Fly Marion McClinton directs this dramedy stuffed with secrets. • 4/26–5/19, parksquaretheatre.org

Deathtrap • Steve Hendrickson, Cheryl Willis, and Michael Booth star in the mystery.
3/29–5/19, jungletheater.com

Alice in Wonderland • Lewis Carroll gets the CTC treatment. • 4/30–6/15, childrenstheatre.org


Joey Kantor CD release • Kantor, who plays the keys for Rogue Valley, has a jazz and classical background, and on his solo album, Tucson, he combines that with a hook-laden pop sensibility. It’s part of a larger project cooly called Chalet, and he’ll release it amid a photo exhibition, cocktails, a remix set by Grant Cutler, and general chilling at the gallery-like Live Letters Loft in Minneapolis. • 4/25, thisischalet.com


Josh Ritter • The singer/songwriter/novelist pulls from his new marriage-breakup album.
4/25, first-avenue.com

Michael Nesmith • The former Monkee is on tour for the first time in 30 years. • 4/5, fitzgeraldtheater.org

Night: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt • Classical meets indie-country in this cool project.
4/11, dakotacooks.com


Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival • It’s the year to get real as documentaries dominate. The new More REEL series features two Werner Herzog documentaries and other imaginative searches for truth while the Songs of Exile series offers new documentaries about immigration and displacement. For local pleasures, check out the Minnesota Made films. • 4/11–28, mspfilmfest.org


HD Opera • The Heights broadcasts Eugene Onegin on April 14 and Il Trovatore on April 28.

MotionPoems • Local poet Todd Boss’s initiative of turning poems into film, at the Walker.
4/24, motionpoems.com

Blind Faith: London Hyde Park 1969 • Rock’s first supergroup, on the big screen.
4/4, theparkwaytheater.com


Lover • Ah, to meet cute. The James Sewell Ballet offers a poetic shout-out to the sweet and silly romance of Depression-era musicals in this story of tough love—literally—set to the music of Rodgers and Hart. Actor Bradley Greenwald, singer Maria Jette, and musician/storyteller Dan Chouinard add their own winking artfulness to the drama.  • 4/5–13, thecowlescenter.org


Botanica • Momix celebrates spring with Vivaldi and giant puppets by Cirque du Soleil designer Michael Curry. • 4/20–21, thecowlescenter.org

Cinderella • The fairytale comes alive, thanks to Ballet Minnesota. • 4/5–6, theoshaughnessy.com

Niicugni • Truly a one-woman show—choreographed and performed by Emily Johnson.
4/21, northrop.umn.edu

Visual Arts

Brewer’s Craft • Craft beer may or may not be an art form, but northeast Minneapolis is blending its two historic industries into a combined brewing and arts district. And Altered Esthetics gallery is putting the results on the wall in an exhibit featuring artist-submitted pieces and fresh work from last year’s Featured Artist Contest winner, Chris Price. • 4/4–25, alteredesthetics.org


Flood • Recent work by Jil Evans, who observed the Cannon River flooding in 2010.
4/4–5/11, formandcontent.org

Out of the Abyss • Works from William Murray’s collection of prison inmate art. • 4/12–5/17, btacmn.org

The Museum of Non Participation • An international exhibit on how artists try to reconcile aesthetics and politics. • 4/18–7/14, walkerart.org


Miriam Karmel • The Kenwood resident has published fiction in this magazine, among other places.  Her slim debut novel, Being Esther (Milkweed, $22), tackles aging and the meaning of life with a memoirist’s touch for detail and the kind of wry humor that could get you through life’s final indignities. She’ll launch the book at Magers & Quinn. • 4/4, magersandquinn.com


Saint Paul Art Crawl • The biannual studio tour in a revitalized Lowertown. • 4/26–28, stpaulartcrawl.org

Homegrown Music Festival • The Duluth fête of local music marks 15 years.
4/28–5/5, duluthhomegrown.org  

Colum McCann • The National Book Award winner talks at Coffman Union in advance of his new novel, Transatlantic. • 4/10, english.umn.edu