Weekend Best Bets: April 24-26

Friday, April 24

Film Festival Buzz

WHAT: The Center Premiere
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 9:30 p.m.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival pulls in filmmaking talent from around the world, but one of the most buzzed-about films receiving its premiere during MSPIFF comes straight from our own backyard. Produced locally and filmed in St. Paul, The Center tells the story of a young man who takes a job with a secretive, cult-like organization, and soon gets caught up in their dangerous agenda. For tickets and information visit the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Homegrown Humor

WHAT: MinnRoast
WHERE: State Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Local celebs and politicians say funny things all the time—but not always on purpose. Come see a cast of local politicians and media icons such as Governor Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor Besty Hodges, and Sen. Al Franken sing, dance, and be intentionally funny, with ticket sales benefiting MinnPost. To buy tickets and see the full lineup of appearances, visit the Hennepin Theater Trust.

Saturday, April 25

Legendary Locals

WHAT: Best of Minnesota Music Festival
WHERE: Minnesota Music Café, St. Paul
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Join local music legends as they perform with music students during a day packed with jams ranging from blues to metal, all benefitting music education through School of Rock Minnesota. Artists include Claudio Rivera of alternative band Motion City Soundtrack, solo artist and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame member Mary Jane Alm, and Lori Barbero of the all-female punk band Babes in Toyland. For tickets visit the Best of Minnesota Music Festival.

Spanish Seductress

WHAT: Carmen
WHERE: The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Even non-opera fans can recognize the passionate, lush music of Carmen, the classic tale of a seductive gypsy girl and the men fighting for her affection. The Minnesota Opera’s production transports Georges Bizet’s work to the 1970s, in post-Franco era Spain. For tickets and more information, visit the Minnesota Opera.

Sunday, April 26

Art Adventure

WHAT: St. Paul Art Crawl
WHERE: St. Paul
WHEN: 12 p.m.
Visit artists’ studios and pop-up shops throughout Lowertown, Downtown, Midway, and other St. Paul neighborhoods for a day of art and hometown pride. New this year is a partnership between the Saint Paul Art Collective and the St. Paul Saints, which presents an “art meets baseball” event in honor of the new CHS Field. For artist locations and more information, visit the St. Paul Art Crawl.

High School Maestros

WHAT: Minnesota Youth Symphonies Spring Concert
WHERE: Orchestra Hall, Mpls.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
The Minnesota Youth Symphonies end the 2014-2015 season with a showcase of young talent and songs from the silver screen. The program will feature music from Aladdin, The Lord of the Rings, Verdi’s “Requiem” featuring the Minnesota Chorale, and Adele’s James Bond theme “Skyfall,” sung by The Voice finalist Kat Perkins. For tickets and more information visit the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.