Pick 3 Weekend Events April 29 – May 1

Pick 3 Weekend EventsIt’s hard to believe we are already rounding out April and heading into May. How in the world did that happen?

Anyway, lots happening this weekend, including some Prince parties and tributes. Find out the where, when and what here.

In our Pick 3 Events, we have some insight into Downtown NYC in the 1970s and 80s, a way to celebrate the independent bookstores that you love, and an iconic, annual May event.  Enjoy!


Friday, April 29 -Downtown New York: 1970s and 1980s Art and Film
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis135-grand-street-beckman-03-ppjpg-preview

The Walker is hosting screenings and talks on the downtown New York art and film scene of the 1970s and 80s. On Friday, enjoy Filmmakers in Conversation with Vera Dika and Ericka Beckman. They will discuss some of the challenging, and at times controversial works, that raise questions about a distinct moment in New York City culture.

Take a closer look at ways artists responded to the changing times—from the rise of new music and art forms to issues of civil rights and gender equality—in films that shift the boundaries between high art and popular culture.

Tickets are $9 ($7 for Walker members, students and seniors) and the talk begins at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets here.


Independent Bookstore DaySaturday, April 30 – Independent Bookstore Day
Various Bookstores around the Twin Cities

Enjoy the Second Annual Independent Bookstore Day with about 10 independent bookstores around the Twin Cities. The stores are teaming up and producing a Bookstore Passport, which you can pick up at any one of the 10 participating bookstores. If you travel to all 10 stores and get your Passport stamped at all 10 stores, you will receive a $10 gift card from each store.

The Bookstore Passport participants are Common Good Books, Red Balloon Bookshop and SubText Books in St. Paul; Birchbark Books, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, DreamHaven, Magers & Quinn, Moon Palace Books, Paperback Exchange and Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis.

Some special events happening at some of these stores include:

  • Birchbark Books – Meet store owner and local award-winning author Louise Erdrich at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.; enjoy food samples from Heid Erdrich’s cookbook “Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes From the Upper Midwest” at noon; hear former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak read from his new memoir, “Pothole Confidential,” at 1:00 pm; and Isabella and Tom Lablanc (Sisseton Wahpeton) perform traditional fancy shawl dancing with hand drum accompaniment, 4:00 pm.
  • Magers & Quinn – Enjoy free Nespresso from Kitchen Window and doughnuts from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
  • Moon Palace Books – If you wear a Moon Palace Books T-Shirt, enjoy free doughnuts, balloons, and coffee at Peace Coffee next door.
  • Once Upon a Crime  – At 7:00 pm, hear John Sandford, which is the pen name of former Pioneer Press writer John Camp, read from “Extreme Prey,” the latest in his bestselling series featuring Minnesotan Lucas Davenport.
  • Red Balloon – They have a bunch of activities plan all day long! From 10:00 am until noon, enjoy face-painting, balloons, and a Neverending Story chalked on the sidewalk. Then, from noon until 4:00 pm, they’ll have Poetry-on-Demand. The Ramsey Junior High jazz band will be playing between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Plus, they’ll have root beer on the patio from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, and a literary character costume contest and reception at 4:00 pm.
  • SubText Books – They’ll have story time for kids in the morning, live acoustic music, guest readers and more.


Sunday, May 1 – MayDay Parade & FestivalMayDay
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis

The 42nd Annual MayDay Parade & Festival is happening on Sunday and is a time to celebrate the coming warmth (please!) with amazing, hand-built puppets, music, street performances and more.

The Parade begins at 12:00 pm and travels south on Bloomington Avenue, starting at 25th Street to 34th Street, where the route turns west and heads toward Powderhorn Park.

The Festival takes place throughout the day at the Park and includes amazing food vendors, all sorts of live entertainment and a variety of information tables featuring information on various issues, interests and causes. The Tree of Life Ceremony, a favorite story told through puppets, dancers and music, takes place at 3:00 pm.

It is only fitting that some way, some how, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, the folks behind the MayDay festivities, pay tribute to Prince and Kirk Washington, a local artist who recently died tragically in an accident. And they will.

For more information on MayDay, please check out the MayDay website.

For more of what’s happening, be sure to check out the Minneapolis Happening Calendar.

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