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‘Passing Strange’ Debuts at Yellow Tree Theatre; left to right: Maje Adams, Jamecia Bennett, Michelle de Joya, Jeff Bailey, Valencia Proctor, Erin Farste, Malo Adams, Antonio Rios-Luna, Lester Mayers.

Photo by Tom Wallace

Blooming yellow tree

What: strange passage
When: Opening on Friday April 8; until May 8
Or: The Fitzgerald Theatre, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul

Yellow Tree Theater, in Osseo, begins its fourteenth season with strange passagea rock musical that takes its audience on an “intense, humorous and moving” journey from middle-class black America to Amsterdam and Berlin, driven by an artist whose goal is authenticity.

Yes and

What: Who lives anyway?
When: Friday 8 April; 20:00
Or: The Fitzgerald Theatre, 10 Exchange St. E., St. Paul

The cast of the Emmy-nominated improv television show, Whose line is it anyway?, perform a 90 minute show filled with quick fixes and audience suggestions. The show will feature improv games from the beloved series as well as musical talent from Bob Derkack.

Fried Fish Friday

What: Friday Night Fish Fry
When: Friday, April 8, 4:30-8 p.m.
Or: River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center, 11099 South Highway 61, Cottage Grove

End the week with a fish fry on Friday night at the River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. The menu includes fried fish, of course, as well as shrimp, Cajun pasta, burgers and chicken. Online orders and Reservations are available.

Take the stage

What: New Eyes Festival
When: April 9, 4 p.m.; April 10, 7 p.m.
Or: Theater Mu, 755 Prior Ave, North St. Paul

Theater Mu is hosting a staged reading of new works by Asian American playwrights, called the New Eyes Festival. The 2022 festival includes works by Saymaoukda Duanghpouzay, Katie Ka Vang, Melissa Li and Keiko Green. The staged reading form of theater is a minimal approach to storytelling, as readers play with their scripts and limited movements to bring dialogue, flow, and other elements to the fore.

More beer here

What: Minnesota Craft Beer Festival
When: Saturday April 9, 1-5 p.m.
Or: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Avenue South Minneapolis

The Minnesota Craft Beer Festival showcases the best of Minnesota’s brews with over 450 beers and More than 115 breweries across the state. The festival features unlimited installments, world-class brews and live music. And the event is dedicated to a good cause. A portion of gross revenue is donated to Habitat for Humanity to build homes in the Twin Cities area.

Sunday Spotlight at the Orchestra

What: Virtuoso Sphinx with Border CroSing
When: Sunday April 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Or: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

Sphinx Virtuosi and Border CrossSing combine their missions with the upcoming program “Chasing visions.Sphinx Virtuosi calls itself “the nation’s most diverse professional chamber orchestra,” and Border CrossSing is a Minnesota-based choir dedicated to making music that reflects cultural reality. The organization uses its platform to ensure its community understands the value of difference. The concert will feature works by Alberto Ginastera, Xavier Foley, Jessie Montgomery, and more.

salsa sunday

What: Salsa Sundays at Midtown Global Market
When: Sunday April 10, 11am-12pm
Or: Midtown World Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Spend Sunday learning salsa with professional dance instructor Rene Thompson. Thompson has toured the world and appeared in music videos with stars like Gloria Estefan. Thompson eventually retired to Minneapolis and taught dance lessons for over 20 years. Salsa Sundays are scheduled to take place every other Sunday at Midtown Global Market.