A Kentucky Derby party, MayDay parade and more

Credit: Emily Temte Necklaces at Walker Jewelry Artist Mart

Walker Jewelry Artist Mart

The Walker Art Center is hosting the perfect event to combine its pursuit of art with great shopping opportunities. The museum will have a jewelry mart in its Skyline Room with original, handcrafted designs from 25 Midwestern artists. This semiannual event will have unique items and Walker members can save 10 percent on their purchases. From 10 a.m. to close Cassie Wallace of Round Bottom Baby will showcase her cool tees for kids and babies in the Walker Shop. And from 4 to 5 p.m. a happy hour will round out the sale with honey bon-bons from local confectioner Mademoiselle Miel.


Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave.

When: Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: walkerart.org


Hijab Tube

In this 45-minute family show, a young Muslim woman asks herself a seemingly simple question: Whether or not to wear a hijab in the United States. The character of Seema Sueko’s play looks to YouTube for answers from American Muslims. “Hijab Tube” continues the 55454 series, which features plays by, about, for and with Africans and Muslims in the United States.


Where: Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St.

When: April 25 through April 27

Cost: Free

Info: mixedblood.com


Derbatante Party

Northeast Minneapolis’ local faux country club is hosting its own Kentucky Derby event, but with several twists. Leslie Bock’s new concept, Betty Danger’s Country Club, will have a derby hat contest, live ponies, inflatable horse races and violinists playing southern Kentucky tunes. If that wasn’t enough to transport you to the horse capital of the world then perhaps dancing at a derby ball and a free mint julep will do the trick. Bauhaus Brew Labs is providing beer for this derby celebration.


Where: Betty Danger’s Country Club, 2501 Marshall St. NE

When: Saturday, May 2

Cost: $15 advance, $20 door

Info: bettydangers.com



The quintessential Southwest Minneapolis event returns once again to welcome spring. MayDay is a day of performances, festivities and a parade from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The parade begins at noon at Bloomington Avenue South and 25th Street East, traveling south on Bloomington and ending at Powderhorn Park. The Tree of Life ceremony is a multi-generational ritual after the parade with giant serene puppets and live dancers. The festival follows the ceremony and features live music, dancing, food, canoe rides and more.


Where: Bloomington and 25th

When: Sunday, May 3 at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Info: hobt.org


Story Club

Minneapolis’ storytelling club will have its April event at Bryant Lake Bowl with featured performances from Christopher Lear and Allison Broeren. Lear is a Minnesota native and writer. Broeren is the founder of Story SlamMN! the slam master of Poetry SlamMN! and a spoken word artist. The show will also have four open mic slots for the public. Each performer will get eight minutes to tell their story and a free drink. The club provides no judges or scores to achieve a mix of spontaneity and live theater.


Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.

When: April 30 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $6 to $12

Info: storyclubminneapolis.com


James Sewell Ballet

James Sewell Ballet will close out its 2014-2015 season at the Cowles Center with three exciting routines packed into each performance. Making a Twin Cities debut, “Silk Road” investigates the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures, and is set to acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma. “Dusty Realms” is an abstract work exploring the human struggle of when to be proactive and when to be patient. “Into the Spin” utilizes the music and lyrics of Minneapolis rapper and artist Dessa to dig deeper into the local musician’s songs.


Where: The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave.

When: April 24 through May 3

Cost: $20 to $36

Info: jsballet.org


Riddle Room: Starship

The second Riddle Room, dubbed Starship, is set to open for all Minneapolis puzzle lovers. For newcomers, Riddle Room is a one-hour live puzzle game where teams of 12 work together, find clues and solve a series of challenges. It will be a serious challenge for friends, coworkers and even strangers when it opens May 1. For fans of the first Riddle Room, Modern Antics is hosting a grand opening where guests can see Starship and check out the new retail shop.


Where: Modern Antics, 507 E. Hennepin Ave.

When: Saturday, April 25 at 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: riddle-room.com


The Joy Ride

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out on your bike, look no further than The Joy Ride.  The ride, which bikers can join at any time, begins at the new Cycling Museum of Minnesota in Minneapolis. At noon, Spinning Stories, a place-based riding group, will feature storytelling from Cynthia McArthur, Amy Salloway and Robin Garwood and conclude at Goldstein Museum of Design. If bikers are up for a second ride, a superhero-themed ride begins at 5 p.m. at Goldstein. Don a costume of your favorite, ride over to Big Brain Comics and end the day with a dance party at Honey.


Where: Various Twin Cities locations

When: Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: facebook.com/joyridemsp