We don’t have a comprehensive calendar of events because you’re not going to everything anyway. But we’re trying to get better—per your many requests—at giving Readers more heads up on upcoming events that we think are cool. So here’s a look at the rest of April.


Even before her recently released mixed tape confirmed her status as one of the biggest (young) talents coming up in our electro-soul scene, Dizzy Fae was winning hearts with her vocal stylings opening on tour for Lizzo. Her show in the Entry with her beat-makers and producers Psymun and Su Na will be can’t miss for smart music fans. Tuesday, May 8th. $12 advance, $15 door. 

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; first-avenue.com

Osmo Vänskä, jeremy messersmith + the Minnesota Orchestra

A part of the very fancy and fun Symphony Ball, jeremy messersmith (who’s all lowercase now) joins the Minnesota Orchestra for two songs and then a set with his own band. Plus there’s movie tunes by the Bryan Nichols Trio, top-notch DJ Ander Other spinning movie classics, Trivia Mafia, more live music from Synergy, cocktails and refreshments, complimentary desserts and more. Saturday, May 12th. $75.

Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, MPLS; minnesotaorchestra.org

Bad Weather Outdoor Arcade Party

Like a block party, but with arcade and pinball machines instead of the same ol’ same ol’ live bands, the Outdoor Arcade Party includes a bunch of other fun as well as Bad Weather’s super delicious beer. May 11-13th. $5 unlimited play.

Bad Weather Brewing, 414 7th St W, STPL; badweatherbrewery.com

Shake, Rattle and Read: Lazerbeak

Doomtree CEO and super producer Lazerbeak breaks out his favorite stories, and even some of his top tracks, at the downtown library for a very hip Saturday afternoon version of library story time. Saturday, May 12th. 

Hennepin County Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, MPLS; hclib.org

BLISS by Sam Graber

An anticipated new production from Swandive Theatre, the world premiere of Bliss from playwright Sam Graber, runs through a post-utopian drug trip—the happiness and the entrapment—but only for three shows. Grab tickets quick. May 4, 5, 11th. $5-35.

Good Arts Collective, 810 S 7th St, MPLS; goodartscollective.com


If awkwardness leads to pure comedy, then a bunch of comics, mostly women and many big local names, taking the Turf Club stage with their real life moms to do some material to celebrate mother’s day is sure to be pee-your-pants (esp after having a kid or two) funny. Sunday, May 13th. $15. 

Turf Club, 1601 University Ave W, STPL; turfclub.net

Opening Patio Party | Longridge & braai

The sudden onset of the warm spring weather makes us want to hit up all the best patios, including the Walker’s Esker Grove outdoor seating. They’re throwing open the doors with special South African selections including braai (a South African style bbq) and a glass to taste selections from Longridge Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa with winemaker Jasper Raats. Tuesday, May 15th. 6 PM.

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, MPLS; walkerart.org

Sidewalk Chalk With Dua

Hear the next evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz with a can’t miss night of new music from Sidewalk Chalk from Chicago, who will be playing with the award-winning MPLS-based multidisciplinary performing artist Dua. Tuesday, May 15th. 7 PM.

Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, MPLS; thecedar.org

Trash Film Debauchery: Hot Boyz

The sickos at Trash Film Debauchery continue their demented run of under-appreciated Gary Busey “films” with the iconic hip-hop action flick that stars Silkk Tha Shocker, Snoop Dogg, Busey somehow, and more. Wednesday, May 16th. $5.

Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS; trylon.org 

The Royal Wedding Tea Party

American Meghan Markle is finally making an honest lad of Prince Harry, and fans of the crown can watch the dreamy royal wedding in style at Merlin’s Rest cozy pub with proper British tea party and bubbly. RSVP early, this likely will only have a few spots left by now. Saturday, May 19th. $45-55.

Merlin’s Rest, 3601 E Lake St, MPLS; merlinsrest.com


A 10-min set is still plenty of time to fit in, well, 6-8 Ramones tunes. Quickly becoming one of the highlights of the spring musical calendar, nearly 20 local rock and punk groups will blitzkrieg bop their way through all their several selections from the punk icons. Saturday, May 19th. $10 suggested donation.

James Ballentine “Uptown” VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave S, MPLS; uptownvfw246.org

Power Trip w Sheer Mag + Fury + Red Death

It takes a lot for us to recommend a packed show at the Fine Line, but after the throwback thrash metal maniacs in Power Trip topped basically everyone’s best metal albums list last year with their Nightmare Logic, we’ve no choice. Plus they’re joined by the absolutely fantastic vintage sounds of Sheer MagSunday, May 20th. $15 advance, $17 door. 

Fine Line, 318 1st Ave N, MPLS; finelinemusic.com

The Odd Couple: Lemmon & Mathau

It’s hard to separate one fantastic actor from his ill-fitting partner, so the Trylon has put together a fantastic series of some tremendous Mathau films (The Taking of the Pelham One Two Three), some huge Lemmon films (Irma La Douce), and joint projects (The Odd Couple, The Front Page). You’ll definitely find one you’ll like. All May. $8.  

Trylon, 2820 E 33rd St , MPLS; trylon.org 

Reading + Discussion: Michael Ondaatje

Not only will internationally acclaimed author Michael Ondaatje present Warlight, his latest mesmerizing new novel set after World War II, Rain Taxi has also brought in literary heavyweight Louise Erdrich to talk shop with him. Monday, May 21st. Free.

Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, MPLS; plymouth.org

Big Fat Love: 10th Annual John Prine Tribute

All the singer-songwriters you regularly see on Twincy’s small stages—Mother Banjo, Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, The Belfast Cowboys’ Terry Walsh, The Federales’ Ben Miller, The Roe Family Singers—meet up on John Prine’s half-birthday to celebrate his incredible influence as one of the most illustrious songwriters of the last 45 years. Thursday, May 24th. $7 advance, $10 door.

The Hook & Ladder Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave S, MPLS; hookandladder.com

Memory Lanes Block Party

One of the best block parties of the summer returns for two nights of musical mayhem outside the classic bowling alley! Along with headliners like Tickle Torture, The Spits, Butcher’s Union and more, there’s a long list of rockers on Sunday and hip-hoppers on Saturday. Pro Tip: Don’t forget there’s also a really great indoor stage, this year hosted by Mina Moore. May 26th-27th. $5 per day.  

Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave S, MPLS; memorylanesmpls.com

Soundset Official Before Party with The Klituation ft. JUNGLEPUSSY

We’ve already told you that this year’s Soundset festival from Rhymesayers will likely be the best one ever—Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang Clan, Tyler the Creator, Lioness, so many more—but you’ll also want to get extra hyped the night before with all the local all-stars of The Klituation’s Before Party, which could be as much fun as the other party. Saturday, May 26th. $15 advance, $17 door. 

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; first-avenue.com