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The International Film Festival, ”Victor/Victoria,” the American Craft Show, and more around the Twin Cities this weekend
Ann Michels as Victoria in “Victor/Victoria”

Courtesy Artistry

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.

Victor/Victoria 

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.

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