Your Weekend Best Bets: April 5-7

Friday, April 5

Men in Tights

WHAT: Twelfth Night
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Friday is the last night to catch the funniest Brits around, acting troupe Propeller, take Shakespeare’s classic comedies (they also perform The Taming of the Shrew Saturday night) to levels previously unseen. Men playing women disguised as men: you know the drill. Learn more at

Friday, April 5

Super Sisters (Hermanas Fuertes)

WHAT: In the Time of the Butterflies
WHERE: Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Caridad Svich’s bilingual play, based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, follows the Dominican Republic’s Mirabal sisters’ 22-year fight against dictator Rafael Trujillo. Just like all Mixed Blood shows, admission is free (first come, first serve), unless you choose to reserve seats for $20 online. Learn more at

Saturday, April 6

May the Best Chef Win

WHAT: 2013 Minnesota Monthly Local Chef Challenge
WHERE: Mall of America, Bloomington
WHEN: Starts at 10 a.m.
It’s Iron Chef gone local, with eight of the Twin Cities’ hottest chefs—Donald Gonzalez of Forepaugh’s, Jorge Guzman of Solera, Sarah Master of Barbette, Marshall Paulsen of Birchwood, Nick O’Leary of Borough, Sameh Wadi of Saffron, Doug Flicker of Piccolo, JD Fratzke of The Strip Club—facing off in Mall of America’s Rotunda. Two days of chopping, frying, and plating all comes down to Sunday’s final duel, when one chef will walk away with his or her pride intact—and $10,000. Learn more at

Saturday, April 6

Bike Love

WHAT: Art Crank
WHERE: Grain Belt Studios, Northeast Minneapolis
WHEN: 5 to 11 p.m.
What are two things Twin Citians love most? Bikes and art. Put them together, and you get the most wonderfully Minnesotan lovechild possible: Art Crank MSP. The opening night party takes over Grain Belt Studios with hand-made, bike-inspired posters ($40 a piece) from 45 local artists; pints from Widmer Brothers Brewing; and food from Chowgirls. Admission’s free. Learn more at

Sunday, April 7

City in Bloom

WHAT: Macy’s Flower Show
WHERE: Macy’s, downtown Minneapolis
WHEN: 12 to 6 p.m.
Sick of winter? Head to Macy’s 8th Floor, where the vibrant colors and exotic scents of thousands of flower displays will help you forget the gray and brown world that is Minnesota in April. This is your last day to revel in this temporary paradise, so don’t wait. Learn more at

Sunday, April 7

Fellini Fest

WHAT: Federico Fellini: Beauty in the Mire
WHERE: Trylon Microcinema, Minneapolis
WHEN: Every weekend in April
Immerse yourself in Italian film-master Federico Fellini’s New-Realist, hyper-intellectual worlds every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in April at the Trylon Microcinema. This weekend features La Dolce Vita, the 1960 classic about fame, corruption, and the human spirit. Learn more at

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