Weekend Best Bets: April 29-May 1

Your weekend to-do list in the Twin Cities


Fresh as a Daisy

WHAT: Art in Bloom
WHEN: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Combining classic pieces and fresh perspectives, Art in Bloom offers budding floralists the opportunity to observe and interpret the art in Mia’s collection and convert inspiration into an arrangement. The show will be pleasing to see and to smell, and it’s free. artsmia.org

Sharing is Caring

WHAT: Minneapolis Art Lending Library Presentation
WHEN: 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Public Functionary, NE Minneapolis
Public Functionary is loaning out original artwork. To anyone. For free. Take home your favorite piece for three months from a collection of about 95. Contributing artists are mostly local with work that spans a multitude of medias. This quarterly event is complete with music from DJ Josh Dibley and presentations from Artist Fellow Teresa Audet, and is bound to be as engaging and creative as the concept itself. facebook.com


Strings and Spirits

WHAT: Pink Martini with the Minnesota Orchestra
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
An eclectic combination of orchestral and international music will take Orchestra Hall this weekend. Vocalist China Forbes’s jazzy voice mixes with Pink Martini’s wide-ranging genre ability and the Minnesota Orchestra’s full, adaptable sound—an experience to remember. minnesotaorchestra.org 

Local Art With a Lake View

WHAT: Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Minnetonka studios
This all-day event features eight studios and 23 unique artists. Mediums from sculpture to glass to textile will all be available for viewing and for purchase, and many of the artists will be present alongside their work. Explore the site for a map and details about the selected artists. minnetonkastudios.wordpress.com


You May Celebrate

WHAT: 42nd Annual MayDay Parade
WHEN: 12 p.m.-dusk
WHERE: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Accruing nearly 2,000 participants and 50,000 supporters, the MayDay Parade brings communities together to enjoy sunshine and a fun tradition of puppets, tall bikes, percussion bands, and inclusivity. Celebrate spring with the three-part event including the parade starting at noon, a lakeside ceremony immediately after, and a festival until dusk. hobt.org

Tippy (toe) Top

WHAT: James Sewell Ballet Spring Season
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: Cowles Center, Minneapolis
Comprising three parts, James Sewell will keep the audience—and the dancers—on their toes in this spring show. It all starts with Band It, a piece accompanied by the Edina High School Band that incorporates props such hover boards, tubas, and inflatable water balls. Next, Nashville Ballet’s artistic director Paul Vasterling’s choreography is featured in Seasons, which serves as a study of gender based off Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Finally, Sewell offers Chopin Studies as a close to the show with the help of live piano. jsballet.org

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