April Fools’ officially begins Monday at midnight, so we hope you’ve all been ruminating on which gags you’ll pull on friends and family, as well as which of your coworkers’ goat you’ll get and how. As a tribute to the jokesters and young-at-heart of the world, this week’s events were aptly chosen because of their ability to conjure childhood nostalgia. Whether it’s being able to once again wonder at how something is created, recalling your first love, or marveling at carousel figurine-inspired paintings, your childlike sensibilities are bound to be restored.
First Thursdays at the Northrup King Building
Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MN // April 3rd // 5:00pm–9:00pm
The Northrup King Building, located in the arts district that is Northeast Minneapolis, is just one of many Northeast buildings that houses artist studios. Furthermore, on the first Thursday of every month, a myriad of NKB painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, ceramists, textile and fiber artists, jewelers, and furniture artists open their studio doors to the public. This is a great chance to observe craftsmen and women in action, to discuss with them their philosophies on art, and to support local artisans. In reference to the latter, First Thursdays is a great place to procure one-of-a-kind gifts for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions. The event is free and runs from 5:00–9:00pm.
Beer bonus: Both Indeed Brewery and 612 Brewery are located minutes away from the Northrup King Building. However, First Thursdays visitors can also pick up a wooden token, while supplies last, at NKB that is good for one drink at Red Stag Supper Club. The Red Stag Supper Club features late night music, as well as happy hour from 3:00pm–close.
A Capulet and a Cheapside Maid
Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN // Mondays, Thursday–Sundays from now until April 12th //
From now until April 12, Classical Actors Ensemble presents Romeo and Juliet in conjunction with A Chaste Maid in Cheapside at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. One a classic and the other lesser known, these thematically related productions are meant to be viewed in tandem. If you’re between paychecks at the moment, but still want to attend both shows, note that there are “pay what you can” performances on both Monday, March 31 and Monday, April 7. Tickets are available by cash, check, or credit at the door and can also be purchased online in advance here. Thursday–Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm, while Saturday and Sunday matinées start at 2:00pm.
Beer bonus: Bluestem Bar, which is run by and literally connected to the French Meadow Bakery & Café, is just a few blocks down from the Theatre Garage on Lyndale Avenue. The restaurant features a wide selection of craft beers, as well as an extremely vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly menu.
Jennifer Davis: Joyride
Public Functionary, 1400 12th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN //Thursdays–Saturdays through Friday, April 25th
Anything that contributes to the stereotype of art galleries being elite, exclusive, stuffy, and homogenous is everything that Public Functionary is not. According to their mission, they imagine “art patronage in a modern context, responding to current technology, communication and culture to cultivate an evolving community around contemporary art” and showcase artists from a variety of media and locales. Currently, Public Functionary is exhibiting the paintings of local artists Jennifer Davis in Jennifer Davis: Joyride. The joy and ride elements derive presumably from the fact that Davis’ paintings were inspired by vintage carousel animals, but they are of course of their own breed entirely. While donations are suggested, the exhibit is free and runs Thursdays–Saturdays from now until April 25.
Beer bonus: Looking for new palate pleasing drinks, as well as something your gluten-free friends can enjoy? Sociable Cider Werks’ taproom, which is located not five minutes from Public Functionary, is open Thursday–Friday from 4:00–10:00pm and Saturday from noon–10:00pm. While SCW mainly does cider grafts, they have also begun brewing some delicious sour beers for the sour connoisseur. They’ve also got food trucks most nights! This week Simply Steve’s is set to appear on both Thursday and Friday, while Little G’s Pizzeria will be present on Saturday, March 5.
Café Accordion Orchestra at the Loring Pasta Bar
Loring Pasta Bar, Minneapolis, MN // Tuesday, April 1st // 6:00pm–9:00pm
Fresh off their live broadcast last week on A Prairie Home Companion, Café Accordion will return to the Loring Pasta Bar this Tuesday for their regular Tuesday gig. The orchestra, which features accordion, fiddle, bass, mandolin, guitar, and percussion, plays a variety of world music genres, but specializes in the traditional bal-musette French style. As mentioned, Café Accordion Orchestra plays at the Loring Pasta Bar weekly, so if you can’t make it this Tuesday, consider stopping by sometime in the near future. Besides making you more knowledgeable about an accordion’s true range, the event is sure to put the kind of pep in your step that will enable you to traverse the mid-week slump.
Beer bonus: Ok, so it’s only half off wine bottles (under $36) on Tuesdays, but the Loring Pasta Bar does offer a pleasing array of craft beers. Moreover, you won’t even have to lose your seat while ordering one.
Suspension, Belief, and Austerity at SooVAC
SOO Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN // Opening Receptions, Saturday, April 5th // 6:00pm–9:00pm
Always wanted to tell your coworkers that you “went to an art opening last weekend”? If so, consider visiting the Soo Visual Arts Center (SooVAC) this Saturday for the opening reception of both David Lefkowitz’s Austerity Plans and Zelda Zinn’s Suspension and Belief. Lefkowitz’s show is a survey of his decade long exploration of creating architectural watercolor drawings on corrugated cardboard, while Zinn’s photography work “elevates the mundane into mysterious” and depicts her mastery of material manipulation. Founded in 2001 by artist Suzy Greenberg (hence the Soo in SooVAC), you can feel good supporting an organization whose mission is to connect our communities with fresh, under-represented, and provocative art. Both openings run from 6:00–9:00pm and are free and open to the public.
Beer bonus: According to careful calculation, SooVAC is exactly a nine-minute drive from Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub. You’re likely to be craving something smoky after the show since many of Zinn’s photographs from her Irresistible Air series evoke thoughts of something smoldering.