An international film fest, political improv and more

Routine Patrol by Russ White as part of "Macro Machines" at Gamut Gallery from April 2-23.

Macro Machines

The latest exhibition at the recently located Gamut Gallery, “Macro Machines,” features the work of Minneapolis-based artist Russ White. Through pencil drawings, sculptural installations and photographs, White reflects on childhood stresses and assumption with at once funny and political effect. The large-scale works, a play on the tiny Micro Machine toys of White’s childhood, stand in for larger social institutions like the military, policy and the school system. The exhibition will have an opening reception on April 2 from 7-11 p.m. and a finale on April 23 from 7-10 p.m. with performances from Genre Beast and Ghost Army ($10 entry, $15 with a CD).

Where: Gamut Gallery, 717 10th St. S.

When: April 2-23

Cost: Free




The Theater of Public Policy

Policy inspired improv comedy show The Theater of Public Policy kicks off its new season with Lt. Governor Tina Smith on April 4. The show, one part political conversation and one part seat-of-the-pants comedy, will also feature former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak (May 9), Reps. Pat Garofalo and Frank Hornstein (May 23), and Ward 6 Council Member Abdi Warsame (May 2), among others, as guests this season. Described as if “C-SPAN were suddenly swarmed by the cast of ‘SNL,’” The Theater of Public Policy will tackle controversial topics like gentrification, building oil pipelines and more this season.

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

When: Mondays in April and May

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at door



Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with events from April 7-23 and a takeover of the Uptown Theater. This year’s festival features more than 200 feature-length films, documentaries and more from over 60 countries. Among them is “Remember,” which casts Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau to tell the story of a 90-year-old man living out his finals years. There’ll also be a discussion with an evolutionary biologist following a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds.”

Where: Various venues

When: April 7-23

Cost: $13, $7 for students and children under 12, passes available


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James Eli Shiffer. Photo by Karl Herber


The King of Skid Row

“The King of Skid Row” tells the story of a different Minneapolis. The skid row detailed in the book belongs to John Bacich, otherwise known as Johnny Rex, a former bar and hotel owner in Minneapolis’ Gateway District, who documented his clients and the gritty neighborhood through photos and film in the 1960s. Author James Eli Shiffer will give a talk and sign copies of the book at Mill City Museum, which will also host the “Skid Row Minneapolis” exhibit featuring some of the photos. Shiffer, a journalist and editor at the Star Tribune, brings the story to life based on hours of interviews before Bacich’s death in 2012.

Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St.

When: Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free


High Wheels!

High Wheels!

“High Wheels!,” the Hennepin History Museum’s latest exhibition, focuses on the high wheel bikes that were all the craze when cycling rose to prominence in Minneapolis back in the 19th century. During the time, the city had its first cycling clubs and Minneapolis became nationally known for six-day racing. The towering bikes, seemingly impossible to ride, would later play a pivotal role in developing the bike that are now ubiquitous on the city’s streets today. There will be a free opening reception on Thursday, March 31 from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave.

When: March 29 through June 26

Cost: $5, $3 for seniors and students



Community Connections Conference

The Community Connections Conference gets neighbors, community leaders and elected officials together to think big about the future of Minneapolis. The conference, with this year’s theme of Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis, has three tracks. First, Your City, will kick off the planning process for Minneapolis 2040, the next 20-year guide for the development of the city. Your Neighborhood allows residents and neighborhood officials to offer their voice to the next 20 years of the Community Participation Program. Lastly, Your Voice focuses on how residents can engage with city leaders and learn how to joins City of Minneapolis boards and commissions.

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S.

When: Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: Free, lunch provided



Modern Vaudeville

Midwest Emmy-winning comedian and magician David Harris is hosting a variety show of elite Twin Cities performers, from dancers and musicians to magicians and comedians. David Harris (a different David Harris) juggles everything from sheets of paper to shovels and combines it with acrobatics for comedic results. Minneapolis-based musician Hannah von der Hoff will perform her visceral combination of jazz, blues, R&B and roots. Comedian Tommy Thompson, a finalist in the World Series of Comedy in 2010, brings high-energy comedy that will leave you laughing non-stop.

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

When: Saturday, April 9 at 10 p.m.

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 day of show



Dog Day at the California Building

It turns out the dog days aren’t quite over. The California Building is hosting its own dog-friendly day with an open studio event. The Northeast Minneapolis artist building will have 25 studios open for pups and their owners to wander through, check out local art and meet the artists. Project Pet Rescue, an animal rescue service, will be bringing adoptable dogs to play with and local dog businesses Bone Adventure and Ollu Dog Wash will have booths. There will also be swag bags for attendees with products from local Northeast Minneapolis businesses.

Where: California Building, 2205 California St. NE

When: Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free