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Things to do this week: Easter egg hunts, Twin Cities Auto Show, puppet show, and more

Craft Show

What: “Firsthand: Contemporary Craft in Context”
March 26–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.

Puppet Show

What: “Phantom Loss”
March 28-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.

Easter Egg Hunts

What: Easter Service Egg Hunts
March 30-31
Where: Renovation Church, 12390 Frazier St. NE, Blaine

Renovation Church in Blaine is hosting the largest Easter egg hunt in the Twin Cities with 75,000 eggs for kids up to age 11. There are seven egg hunts planned after each of the church’s seven Easter services. There will be 75,000 eggs filled with candy, stickers, and prizes from donors like Raising Cane’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cold Stone, Texas Roadhouse, Culver’s, and more hidden in some of the eggs.

Switch Into Drive

What: The Twin Cities Auto Show
March 30-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, a celebrity appearance by Constance Nunes of Netflix’s “Car Master: Rust to Riches,” 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.”