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When you look at this calendar, you'll wonder how you ever spent spring anywhere else.
Northrup Dance Presents the Houston Ballet
Known for its visually stunning, virtuosic performances and one of the heirs to both the Balanchine and Ballet Russe legacies, the anticipated return of the beloved Houston Ballet is razor-sharp dance at its finest. Two gorgeous evenings of repertoire by the fourth largest ballet company in the U.S. will feature the best of both classic and contemporary ballet.
Macy's Flower Show
March 25-April 7
Spring is in bloom at the annual Macy's Flower Show! Step into Towers of Flowers and discover a magical world of soaring floral architecture, magnificent rolling landscapes and specialty gardens bursting with color, fragrance and imagination.
Walker Art Center
Through May 27
Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This international group exhibition features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured.
2012 Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow
Minneapolis Convention Center
March 28-April 1
The 2012 Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow celebrates 80 years of life outdoors, cruising into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 28 - April 1, 2012. This year's show will commemorate its big birthday with new attractions, hundreds of exhibits including a vast selection of boats and RV's for sale, thousands of accessories for every outdoors enthusiast, and dozens of travel booths for attendees to plan their next adventure.
Diary of Anne Frank
Park Square Theatre
Be inspired by a girl whose imagination and hope would not be stifled by adversity. In this extraordinary account of eight Jews hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Anne Frank emerges from history as a lyrical and intensely gifted young woman.
Winning Recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off
Mill City Museum
See how history is revealed in a demonstration of Chocolate Cherry Bars, a Bake-Off winning recipe from 1974. Learn about the 60-year history of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, sample treats, get baking tips and take home a copy of the recipe.
Minnesota Twins Home Opener
The Minnesota Twins officially start their season at Target Field against the Angels on April 9! Come experience baseball at the best sports stadium in North America.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival
St. Anthony Main Theaters
April 12-May 3
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is the most ambitious and best attended film event in the Upper Midwest. Over its three-week run, the Festival presents an exciting and diverse slate of some 300 narrative, documentary and short films from over 60 countries, hosts many visiting filmmakers to introduce and discuss their works, sand includes an array of events, panels, discussions, and parties. The Festival takes place on the five screens of the St. Anthony Main Theatre, set along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.
Run with the Wolves
5K and Kid's Run to benefit the Minnesota Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation. All registrations include a general admission ticket to the April 14th game at Target Center! Participants will also get a ticket the World Champions Minnesota Lynx!
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All.”
38th Annual MayDay Parade
The MayDay Ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities.
Each year, a 200-person pageant re-tells the story of that year's parade, with children and adult dancers, puppeteers, a live orchestra and four giant serene puppets who represent the Prairie, Sky, River, and Woods.
It culminates in the Tree of Life Ceremony: to the steady beating of drums, a resplendent red Sun Flotilla paddles the Sun from across the lake to the shore where the Tree of Life sleeps, waiting to be reawakened.
A Prarie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor is heard on close to 600 public radio stations across the U.S., with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.
Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices), and sound-effects wizard Tom Keith will be on hand, along with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Richard Dworsky. And as always, we'll catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.
Fox on the Fairway
Old Log Theater
Through May 26
A charming, screwball comedy about love, life and man's eternal love affair with... golf. Two rival country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel, prepare for their annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. With a sizeable wager at stake, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, ghastly golf sweaters, mistaken identities, emotional mulligans, slamming doors and rapid-fire chip shots.
Diana: A Celebration
Mall of America
Through June 10
Diana: A Celebration will include the gown from her fairy tale wedding in 1981 to Prince Charles as well as 28 of her designer dresses, family heirlooms, personal mementos, items connected to her extensive charity work, paintings and rare home movies and photos.
Science Museum of Minnesota
Through September 3
Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship opens at the Science Museum. Hollywood's glamorous and adventure-packed portrayal of pirates has captured our imaginations for generations. But what was life on the high seas really like during the Golden Age of Piracy? You'll find out on February 18, 2012, when Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota.