A dandelion festival, MayDay and a Kentucky Derby party

"Botanica" at Light Grey Art Lab. Image by Nicholas Kennedy.


Light Grey Art Lab is celebrating the arrival of spring with its latest exhibition, “Botanica,” which showcases the world’s flora from 125 artists. Designers, illustrators and crafters have put together art inspired by the plant kingdom — from ferns to fungi — in as many forms, from oil painting to collage, embroidery to jewelry. Light Grey Art Lab’s gallery in Whittier is free and open to the public from 12-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Where: Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. 26th St.

When: Through May 13

Cost: Free

Info: lightgreyartlab.com


5K Bee Fun Run/Walk

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get outside and, while you’re at it, do a little cleaning up of the city’s parks? The Great River Coalition is hosting a 5K Bee Run/Walk and river cleanup where runners and walkers can take to Boom Island Park for a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. and then clean up the river at 9:30 a.m. Participants can also enter to win club seats at U.S. Bank Stadium or even a 55-inch TV. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and includes a shirt, honey packets and a bee headband. Bags and gloves are provided for the cleanup.

Where: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE

When: Saturday, April 23 fro, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $35, $40 day of race, kids 6 and under free



Telling: Minnesota 2016

The Telling Project returns with its presentation of “Telling: Minnesota 2016” at the Guthrie Theater. Jonathan Wei, founder and executive director, and co-founder Max Rayneard created The Telling Project to prompt community discussion and recognition of the realities of military service. The project collaborates with local community organizations to interview and records veterans and families, transcribe them verbatim and construct a script. Then veterans and family members work with a director to perform and tell their story, from deployed social workers to those enlisted. More than 200 military veterans and military family members have taken to stages around the country as part of The Telling Project.

Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St.

When: April 29 through May 1

Cost: Free

Info: guthrietheater.org


Fight Like A Mother

The ColorWheel Gallery is hosting its seventh year of “Fight like a Mother!” exhibition. The exhibition’s 20 local artists, all mothers, were asked to response in their art to “What does ‘Fight like a Mother’ mean to you?” and the results — from painting and collage to sculpture and textiles — express the power, love and struggle of women and motherhood. The exhibition will feature live performances every 30 minutes throughout the day with poetry and spoken word.

Where: ColorWheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St.

When: Saturday, May 7 from 2-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: colorwheelgallery.com

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

For generations the wacky classrooms, quirky students and unique teachers of the “Wayside School” series has captivated young readers. Now, the Youth Performance Company is bringing the books to life, interpreting the classroom comedies for the theater. The show, recommended for second grade and up, is a delightful way to introduce kids to theater as the kids of Mrs. Jewls’ classroom solve a silly mystery on stage.

Where: Howard Conn Performing Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Ave.

When: Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 15

Cost: $15, $12 for children and seniors

Info: youthperformanceco.org


Kentucky Derbatante

Northeast Minneapolis’ local faux country club is once again hosting its own twisted version of a Kentucky Derby event. Betty Danger’s Country Club will have a derby hat contest, live ponies and an ‘80s dance party. If that wasn’t enough to transport you to the horse capital of the world, then perhaps dancing at a derby ball and a mint julep — one is included with admission — will do the trick.

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

When: Saturday, May 7 from 3-9 p.m.

Cost: $16.95 in advance

Info: bettydangers.com

Minneapolis MayDay Parade and Festival 2013. File photo
Minneapolis MayDay Parade and Festival 2013. File photo


For many in Minnesota, MayDay is a quintessential Southwest Minneapolis event to welcome spring and connect with their community. 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 parade culminates with the Tree of Life ceremony, 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: Powderhorn Park, 821 E. 35th St.

When: Sunday, May 1 at noon

Cost: Free

Info: hobt.org


Dandelion Day

If you’ve never visited the Ard Godfrey House, you’ve probably passed it on your way to work or a Northeast Minneapolis taproom. A perfect time to visit the historic 1849 home, tucked among the hustle and bustle at University & Central, is The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis’ Dandelion Day celebration. The day celebrates the introduction of dandelion seeds to the St. Anthony Falls area. Both adults and kids can learn to make dandelion necklaces, bracelets and crowns; get dandelions painted or temporarily tattooed; and even bring recipes home for dandelion coffee and more. Guests can also tour the historic home with hostesses dressed in period fashion .

Where: Ard Godfrey House, 28 University Ave. SE

When: Sunday, May 15 from 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: womansclub.org