Best Bets: April 8-10

Improv, a craft beer festival, orchestral music, and more happening this weekend in the Twin Cities area
‘Passing Strange’ debuts at Yellow Tree Theatre; from left to right: Maje Adams, Jamecia Bennett, Michelle de Joya, Jeff Bailey, Valencia Proctor, Erin Farste, Malo Adams, Antonio Rios-Luna, Lester Mayers.

Photo by Tom Wallace

Yellow Tree in Bloom

What: Passing Strange
When: Opening Friday, April 8; runs through May 8
Where: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul

Yellow Tree Theatre, in Osseo, embarks on its fourteenth season with Passing Strange, a rock musical that takes its audience on an “intense, humorous, and soulful” journey from Black middle-class America to Amsterdam and Berlin, driven by an artist whose goal is authenticity.

Yes, And 

What: Whose Live Anyway?
When: Friday, April 8; 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul

Cast members of the Emmy-nominated improv television show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, perform a 90-minute show filled with quick improv and audience suggestions. The show will include improv games from the beloved series along with musical talents from Bob Derkack. 

Fish Fry Friday 

What: Friday Night Fish Fry
When: Friday, April 8, 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center, 11099 South Highway 61, Cottage Grove 

End the week with a Friday-night fish fry at the River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. The menu includes fried fish, obviously, plus shrimp, Cajun pasta, burgers, and chicken. Online orders and reservations are available. 

Take the Stage 

What: New Eyes Festival
When: April 9, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 10, 5 p.m.
Where: Theater Mu, 755 Prior Ave., North St. Paul

Theater Mu is hosting a staged reading of new works from Asian American playwrights, called the New Eyes Festival. The 2022 festival includes work from Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Katie Ka Vang, Melissa Li, and Keiko Green. The staged reading form of theater is a minimal approach to storytelling, as the readers perform with their scripts and limited movement to bring the dialogue, flow, and other elements to the forefront. 

More Beer Here 

What: Minnesota Craft Beer Festival
When: Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South Minneapolis 

The Minnesota Craft Beer Festival is showcasing the best of Minnesota breweries with over 450 beers and 115-plus breweries across the state. The festival includes unlimited pours, world-class breweries, and live music. And the event is dedicated to a good cause. A portion of the gross revenue goes toward Habitat for Humanity to build houses in the Twin Cities area.  

Sunday Spotlight at the Orchestra 

What: Sphinx Virtuosi with Border CroSing
When: Sunday, April 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Sphinx Virtuosi and Border CrosSing are combining their missions with the upcoming program “Tracing Visions.” Sphinx Virtuosi defines itself as “the most diverse professional chamber orchestra in the country,” and Border CrosSing is a Minnesota-based choir dedicated to making music that reflects cultural reality. The organization uses its platform to ensure that its community understands the value in difference. The concert will feature works by Alberto Ginastera, Xavier Foley, Jessie Montgomery, and more.

Salsa Sunday 

What: Salsa Sundays at Midtown Global Market
When: Sunday, April 10, 11 a.m.-noon
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Spend Sunday learning salsa from professional dance instructor Rene Thompson. Thompson has toured around the world and has appeared in music videos with stars like Gloria Estefan. Thompson eventually retired in Minneapolis and has held dance lessons for overy 20 years. Salsa Sundays are scheduled to take place every other Sunday at Midtown Global Market. 

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