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Huge May for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. For their on-going Birthday Year activities, as well as museum month, the Institute will be venturing out into the city with full-scale reproductions of some classics. Through the first half of the month they’ll be showing Rembrandt’s Lucretia at Bobby and Steve’s Auto World, Monet’s Grainstack, Sun in the Mist at U.S. Bank in Uptown, Van Gogh’s Olive Trees at Hennepin County Central Library, and Soutine’s Carcass of Beef to pop-up, of course, at Kramarczuk’s in Northeast. Then halfway through the month, the paintings relocated to Wedge Table, Loring Park, the Stone Arch Bridge, and The Strip Club Meat & Fish (in St. Easy). And don’t forget starting this weekend is the annual Art in Bloom floral art show inside the MIA. It’s a good time to go, too—the Vermeer show closes the weekend and the resoundingly successful Habsburgs show is closing in two weeks.
How’s this for some crazy movie trivia: Did you know that Janeane Garofalo was director David Fincher’s first choice for the female lead in Fight Club? Crazy, but true—just like much of Garofalo’s fiery, opinionated, and still original comedic material.
Regardless of role, or even whether it’s television, film, radio, or just entertaining from the stage, Garofalo is an American comedy institution—and she’s stopping at The Varsity this Thursday, April 30th. 7:30 PM. $26.50, General Admission. Tickets on sale now.
New exhibition from Northwestern students, Surface Purpose, opens at Denler Gallery. Ciné Club meets up at Alliance Française to watch L’œil de l’astronome. There’s two rock shows stacked on top of each other at the Driftwood Char Bar with Bosky & The Rumbluffers and The Fairfields doing the early sets and then Autumn Electric (Seattle), The Drug Budget, and Hyperslob playing the late sets. A mighty loud lineup takes the stage at Amsterdam that includes Nightosaur, Swimsuit Area, Muscle Beach, and The Great Went. For dance nights, you got another installment of Hipshaker! at the Kitty Cat Klub and the epic throwdown of Wants vs. Needs taking on Hold Tight at Bedlam Lowertown.
It’s the Spring Opener for the MPLS Farmer’s Market. There’s an April Craft Fair at the Minnehaha Free Space. Omnium Bike Shop in St. Easy celebrates its 5th Birthday with a BBQ. If you haven’t been to the Northern Voice Festival at the Ordway, here’s your chance to go, you can also take in the TC Gay Men’s Chorus doing selections from The Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. Flat Earth Brewing takes over Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis. The MN RollerGirls have a double header at Roy Wilkins for their last bout of the season. There are still tickets available for Neko Case at the Fitzgerald Theater. Mos Def plays the Skyway Theater, but just be warned he’s usually more late than Lauren Hill. Machinery Hill and The Sons play at the Aster Cafe. Austin’s Whiskey Shivers play at Lee’s Liquor Lounge. It’s the closing party for the MSPIFF at Mattie’s on Main. Our friends at ANTI-HUMAN are throwing an Awareness Rave to showcase some of their explorational electronic music from the likes of Heckadecimal, Canoe, Jim Frick aka An Actual Real Life Hamburglar and TML aka DJ Peter Lansky aka DJ Qeng Dynasty.
Monica LaPlante comes out of hiding to do two 45 minute sets at The Red Stag Supper Club.
Let us first say we like most of these bands and that this is a pretty good bill for the Basilica Block Party and we might even go for Weezer. There’s Weezer, Nate Ruess, Motion City Soundtrack, Wilco, Jason Isbell, Jenny Lewis, Fly Golden Eagle, O.A.R., Mat Kearney, Matthew Sweet, Fitz and the Tantrums, Echo Smith, Rachel Platten. There’s also the local stage, too: American Scarecrow, Southside Desire, Aero Flynn, Zoo Animal, Rupert Angeleyes, and TYTE JEFF. But we’ll be damned (and then redeemed, hopefully) if this list isn’t just derived from an attendee’s demographic info within 2-3 years of age, 3-4 miles of residence, and $5-10K in income.