Your Weekend Outlook: Happy


C'mon everybody, get happy! Live Action Set presents "The Happy Show"

Photo by Eric Melzer

Flowers, poetry, parades, plays about happiness and falling in love - yep, it's spring alright. Enjoy all the giddiness that comes with warmer weather and get out and enjoy yourself!

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What does it take to be happy? And how in control are we of our own happiness? Live Action Set presents "The Happy Show" at Bedlam Theater, a "choose-your-own-adventure" style of theater production that takes over every corner of the building. Meet the King of Dogs and keep the gods from destroying the universe by being happy!

Things will be in an uproar on Sunday in Minneapolis as In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater presents its annual May Day Parade and Festival. This year's theme is - you guessed it - "uproar" in honor of the Year of the Tiger. HOTB says it's "a call to be fully present to the uncertainties of these shifting times."

From May through October, Wing Young Huie's photographs will transform Saint Paul's University Avenue into a six-mile public gallery from the KSTP Tower to the State Capitol. The University Avenue Project is designed to reveal the everyday realities of the diverse neighborhoods connected by this main artery, and will include evening projections on 40 foot screens as well as monthly cabaret performances.

From Thursday through Sunday, you're invited to experience the floral fragrance of spring within the walls of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Art in Bloom showcases the work of 150 floral artists, whose work will be on view next to the works of art that inspired them. The four day event includes an opening party, free docent tours, and a floral themed Art in Bloom Shop.

Saturday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the Fine Art Building will be taken over by Craftstravaganza, an "urban craft fair" (does that mean the art is more gritty?) that runs from 9am - 5pm.

In conjunction with her exhibition "In and Out of Place" at Obsidian Arts, Gabrielle Civil will participate in a national event of performance broadcast on the internet. Low Lives 2 features artists in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Miami and elsewhere all showcasing work on the same evening.

As part of Marimba 2010, So Percussion will perform the regional premiere of 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Reich's Mallet Quartet for two vibraphones and two marimbas, as well as the world premiere of acclaimed Minneapolis-based composer Mary Ellen Childs' "And So." At the Southern Theater Thursday and Friday night.

The Festival Of Nations is this weekend at the St. Paul RiverCentre. 90 different ethnic groups from around the world will share their foods, crafts and traditions that form the mosaic of American culture.

In order to close out National Poetry Month with a bang, more than 30 poets will take the stage at Normandale College in Bloomington to read a new (or relatively fresh) poem. The Inaugural Twin Cities Poetry Read will present cash prizes to select winners, invite audience members to share their own poetry, and publish an anthology of poems read at the event.

Meet Celeste - a Nancy-Drew-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland detective of sorts, and her companion, Starla the starfish. Together they star in Celeste and Starla Save Todd and Win Back The Day. Dubbed as a hilarious romp for adults only, this mystery/comedy involves falling in love, who we are allowed to love, and how we love. At Minneapolis Theatre Garage April 30 - May 15.

Oh and don't forget, this weekend also marks the openings of "Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking" and "Make Something Cool Every Day."