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Things to do this week: CannaFest, ’Hecuba,’ Twin Cities Auto Show, and more

Darin Kamnetz

For the Cannabis Curious

What: CannaFest
April 4
Where: Machine Shop, 300 Second St. SE, Minneapolis

The finest cannabis businesses from across the state will sample and sell THC and CBD foods, beverages, health & wellness products, and more at this expo event. Tickets include a commemorative glass, reusable bag, endless samples, education, and enjoyment.

Pangea World Theater

Fall of Troy Performance

What: ‘Hecuba’
April 5-21
Where: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis

Pangea World Theater presents this compelling reimagining of the aftermath of the Fall of Troy. “Hecuba” follows Agamemnon, the victor, as he locks horns with Hecuba, the vanquished queen. The drama weaves threads of inconsolable rage and grief with fate, revenge, and inevitable carnage.

Zither Artist in Concert

What: Music in the Chapel Concert Series at Lakewood Cemetery
When: April 7
Where: Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

The Music in the Chapel Concert Series kicks off with master guzheng (Chinese zither) artist Jarrelle Barton in one of the most intimate spaces in the city, the Lakewood Memorial Chapel.



Puppet Show

What: “Phantom Loss”
Through April 7
Where: The Avalon Theater, 1500 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) opens its next stage performance, “Phantom Loss,” a tabletop puppet show created by local artist Oanh Vu. Vu describes the show as a tragicomedy that weaves Vietnamese mythology and American pop culture to explore the impact of criminalized immigration and intergenerational trauma.

Switch Into Drive

What: The Twin Cities Auto Show
Through April 7
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

The 51st Annual Twin Cities Auto, the largest consumer show in the Upper Midwest, rolls into Minneapolis this week with hundreds of models to compare, an extensive focus on electric vehicles, popular TV and movie cars from the Cars Against Crime collection, and more.

Civil Rights Moment

What: ‘A Unique Assignment’
When: Through April 7
Where: History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul

In this theater production, two men—Henry Gallagher, white, and James Meredith, Black—are thrust into each other’s lives in the aftermath of the Ole Miss Riot. Explore a milestone moment in Civil Rights history through the men’s own words and perspectives on their shared experience.

Spring Has Sprung

What: Into the Deep floral experience
Through April 7
Where: Galleria Shopping Center, 69th Street and France Avenue, Edina

For the fifth year in a row, Galleria and Bachmans create an early spring surprise with a free floral installation. Open during mall hours, Into the Deep provides an  immersive experience with sea-inspired floral sights and creative floor-to-ceiling installations.


Autumn Ness in “Babble Lab”

Glen Stubbe Photography

Science Scene

What: “Babble Lab”
When: Through April 14
Where: Cargill Stage at Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

When an experiment unexpectedly goes awry, a concoction of sneaky, sprightly letters takes over a weird science lab. Watch them jump into jars, spring from drawers, bounce around the room, and play hide-and-seek as a scientist makes her findings. Created with early learners in mind.



Dan Norman

One Fine Day

When: Now open
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen
The true story of singer Carole King follows her life from teen to Grammy-winning songwriter, best known for her album “Tapestry.”


Craft Show

What: “Firsthand: Contemporary Craft in Context”
Through Aug. 3
Where: Goldstein Gallery, McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul

The University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Gallery of Design, which is a research center in the U’s College of Design and the only design museum in the Upper Midwest, opens this new exhibit featuring more than 75 items showcasing leather shoes, woolen knitwear, thrown pottery, ceramic tiles, and youth-built boats.