Stay In Guide

books and bars
Books and Bars

In the spirit of social distancing, our regular Get Out Guide feature is turning into a Stay In Guide. We’re offering some great ideas for fun, entertainment and community, while staying safe at home. 

Books & Bars

The popular literary event is heading to your computer screen, via Zoom. The discussion now takes place over video chat. Bring your own beer and join in the fun, emceed by local comedian Jeff Kamin. This month’s event takes on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book “Daisy Jones & the River Six,” set in the 1970s formatted in the style of an oral history. 

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15

How to view: Zoom 


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Through the Narrows 

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz has turned its live puppet show into an on-demand audio piece. The work is about a 3,500-year-old Jewish woman and a 6-year-old Cherokee boy who have both witnessed unimaginable trauma. Shari Aronson and Cherokee tribal member Chris Griffith drew from their own ancestral history for the piece, working in collaboration with director Laurie Witzkowski. Z Puppets Rosenschnoz is also hosting a live Q&A session for people who register for the event. 

When: Through May 1

How to view: Sign up via the website and you’ll be sent the audio piece. 

Cost: Free access for all tribal member and for people who live and work in Central Neighborhood, Minneapolis (thanks to a grant from CANDO). Pay-what-you-will general access (starting at $3). No one will be turned away from access.



April Fools Telethon

The Four Humors transform their annual April Fools show into a telethon, streamed live from the Strike Theater. There will be jokes, music, theater and more, as the phone banks and operators stand by to take donations. It will be fun, but also needed, in this disastrous time for arts and theater groups. 

When: 7-8 p.m. Saturday, April 4

How to view: Watch Four Humor’s social media pages for updates about streaming 

Cost: Free, donations encouraged 


Lucretia, by Rembrandt van Rijn

Mia at Home 

What’s terrible about the impact of the coronavirus is that just in the moment of crisis, we need art more than ever. To stay safe you can visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art virtually. The museum has blog posts and articles that tell stories about the vast collection as well as a gallery-by-gallery tour. The website also has audio options, multimedia explorations and even a 3D section. 

When: Ongoing 

How to view: From the main web page (, click “Explore the Art”

Cost: Free


Front Steps Portraits

Graphic designer and photographer Sarah Karnas is requesting donations to Second Harvest Heartland in exchange for five- minute portrait sessions on families’ front porches.

When: To be arranged with the photographer

Where: Any home in Southwest Minneapolis

Cost: Donation to Second Harvest Heartland


School Age Child Care for Essential Employees

The YMCA is collaborating with local government and health officials to deliver school age care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade for essential employees and critical workers in 38 sites, including the Blaisdell location.

When: 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Where: YMCA, 3335 Blaisdell Ave.

Cost: $40 per day


Virtual Concerts

NPR is maintaining a long list of virtual concerts, including upcoming performances by the Vienna State Opera and jazz pianist Fred Hersch.

When: Almost every day

Where: Online

Cost: Varies


Explore the Walker’s Collections

Review the Walker Art Center’s featured artists, collection highlights, exhibition history and more on their expansive website.

When: Anytime

Where: Online

Cost: Free


Beyond the Stage

Stages Theatre Company of Hopkins is releasing virtual theater activities for ages 18 months to 18 years through a special online program.

When: Anytime

How to view: Online

Cost: Free


Virtual Launch: The Happy Ever After Playlist

Abby Jimenez will launch her book “The Happy Ever After Playlist,” joined by Erin Campbell, Food Network Holiday Baking Champion.

When: Saturday, April 11

Where: Online via Magers & Quinn’s website

Cost: Access is granted after purchase of a copy of “The Happy Ever After Playlist” from Magers & Quinn.


Litter Outta Lyndale

The neighborhood cleanup continues with revised rules: Pick up litter on your own and take a photo that will be entered into a contest for $50.

When: Through April 12

Where: Lyndale Avenue

Cost: Free