American Craft Show
When: April 4-7, various times
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Does having this show (which we stole from NYC) make the Twin Cities the craft capital? (I just Googled it, and it gave me “craft beer” capital—which, Vermont? C’mon.) More than 230 artists turn up to the St. Paul RiverCentre, showcasing the best of the best of things that are knitted, carved, glass-blown, thrown on a wheel, leather-bound, and whatever the verb is for when you make jam. Jammed. Learn more.
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
When: April 4-20
Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis
Every year, some truly great, weird, moving international films—that you’d otherwise never hear of—come to a quaint little theater on the banks of downtown Minneapolis. Check out the schedule here, and embrace the subtitles. Learn more.
When: April 5-May 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Artistry, Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington
Julie Andrews told us this story in 1982, but I’m pulling straight from Artistry’s press release for this one: “Down-on-her-luck soprano Victoria Grant’s fortunes change overnight when she stops being a woman who sings and becomes a woman who pretends to be a man who pretends to be a woman who sings.” Yep. It was a musical that maybe seemed edgier in the ’80s. But it’s also a chance for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres vet Ann Michels—looking a heck of an awful lot like Annie Lennox—to don a suit. Learn more.
Beatles Vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown
When: April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul
Two nationally touring tribute shows—Abbey Road (the Beatles) and Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show—spar off on stage, specifically to spark fire under an age-old rivalry but also so folks (of any age, right?) can jam out to live selections from the most rarefied section of America’s rock ‘n’ roll canon. Learn more.
Art in Bloom
When: April 11-14, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
April flowers bring art lovers. Not this weekend—but if you follow our Sue Z., you’ll know Art in Bloom is coming up next week, when Mia pairs art history with horticulture. Fresh flowers sit beside, and reinterpret, pieces of fine art, from Renaissance to regalia. On April 10, there’s a preview show benefiting Fund a Need. Learn more.